Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MaryLu Tyndall Book List

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Interview with MaryLu Tyndall
Name one thing about yourself that would shock readers if they knew.
I’m an extreme introvert! I can hold my own socially but much prefer to be alone. I hate parties and social gatherings and avoid them like the plague.

Have you traveled to do research for your books?
Yes! Charleston SC, Key West, Baltimore, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Washington DC, and Annapolis. Someday I’d love to go overseas to Europe, but we shall see.

Do you laugh and cry while writing your books?
All the time! If I’m not laughing or crying, then the book probably won’t end up being very good. In my opinion, stories must evoke emotion, deep emotions, to truly satisfy.

Any advice for those who are just starting out?
Study, Work Hard, Write your Passion, and Pray without ceasing. Write something every day, even if it’s only a paragraph, and follow where God leads.

Do you ever forget that the characters are not real?
They’re not? Are you kidding me? LOL Well, I guess the answer to that is a most definite Yes. About halfway into each book, my characters become my best friends. To me, they ARE real. In fact, each one stays with me forever, like old friends who you never lose touch with.

Are you sad to end a series and leave the characters behind?
Always. In fact I usually have to take several weeks to a month off in between series before I can really start thinking of new characters.

What is your go-to snack? Popcorn!
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Legacy of the King's Pirates Series...
Books 1-4 in one set
Book 1: The Redemption
Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of a father she never knew, only to find herself shipwrecked on a desert island. Near starvation, she is rescued by a band of pirates and their fiercely handsome leader, Edmund Merrick. Will Charlisse win her struggle against the seductive lure of this pirate captain?

While battling his attraction to this winsome lady, Edmund offers to help Charlisse on her quest—until he discovers her father is none other than Edward the Terror, the cruelest pirate on the Caribbean. Can Edmund win this lady's love while shielding her from his lecherous crew and working to bring her father to justice?

Book 2: The Reliance
Tormented by his wife's apparent demise, Edmund Merrick sails away to drown his sorrows—only to find himself trapped in the dark world of a demented Frenchman. When his mind clears from it's rum-induced haze, will Edmund find the will to escape?
Seemingly abandoned by her husband Charlisse is thrown into the clutches of the vengeful pirate Kent. Will she be swept away by the undertow of treachery and despair? Can Edmund and Charlisse steer their way to the faith-filled heaven they so desperately seek, or will they ultimately lose their love and lives to the sea?
Book 3: The Restitution
Lady Isabel Ashton scorned by society after the birth of her illegitimate child, longs to regain wealth and position-despite Christ's call on her heart. But when her son is kidnapped, she's forced to seek the aid of the man who pirated her purity. How far will Isobel go to save her child and redeem her honor?

Captain Kent Carlton, desperate to win the heart of the woman he once ravished, finds himself battling jealousy as well as the sea. Can a penniless pirate capture the love he so urgently desires, or will the lady seek her safe harbor in another man's arms?
Book 4: The Ransom
Port Royal, Jamaica 1692

Living in a city deemed the wickedest in the world is no easy task for Miss Juliana Dutton. To make matters worse, with an ailing father and a drunken fool for a brother, she is forced to take over the running of the family business in order to survive. When a meddlesome suitor threatens to discover her secret and cast them all onto the streets, she agrees to a spurious engagement with the town buffoon, Lord Munthrope. She only hopes the man is trustworthy.

Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is the most feared pirate in Port Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life as both the pretentious dandy, Lord Munthrope, and the feared Pirate Earl.


A long-time enemy is out to destroy Alex and take Juliana for his own. Yet could their problems be a Divine hand leading them down a path of escape? Or when an earthquake strikes, will they be doomed with the rest of Port Royal to be swallowed up by the sea?
Book 5: The Reckoning
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Charles Towne Belles by M.L. Tyndall 
Book 1: The Red Siren
These books are about three sisters: Faith, Hope & Grace Wescott. They have an older sister who is married and still in England, her name is Charity. Their father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy and spends more time at sea then with his family. Their mother died in childbirth. As she lay dying she asked Faith to take care of her sisters. A request that Faith would do anything to accomplish.

Faith Wescott would not allow her sisters to be sold into marriages as their older sister, Charity, was. She was married to a despicable lecherous man who had his eyes set on her three sisters as well. Faith was sickened that they came to America without her older sister but was thankful to be away from her husband. Faith's father agreed if she could get enough wealth to support the three girls he would not force them into a marriage. She found that pirating was her way to do that.

Dajon Waite had one chance to prove to his father he was worthwhile. He had almost made it to his destination with his cargo with the Lady Em when they seen a lady in distress on another ship. His mistake was helping her, for she was no lady but a pirate. After the disgrace of losing his ship and his father disinheriting him life went downhill unto God lifted him out of the muck and gave him a new chance. Now he was a captain in the British Royal Navy and he was guarding the Carolina water from pirates. Admiral Wescott asked him to watch over his three daughters as he was called out to sea on duty. Dajon tried to refuse but received orders that the Admiral already left.

Sir Wilhelm Carteret had asked for Faith's hand from her father and was granted so. Faith begged to be given time to get her “soap” business going and make the money before the promise was sealed. Her father gave her until he returned, about six months. Faith is determined to find as much wealth to pirate as quickly as she can during that time. Wilhelm was not one to stand back and not get what he wanted so he plots and plans during the book. Mostly he needs to discredit Dajon.

Hope keeps throwing herself at the wrong men and Grace is determined to continue her work for the Lord helping the needy. To do so she has to go through areas where Indians are a danger to people. With Faith gone on the seas as well as Dajon trying to catch the pirate known as The Red Siren, the two sisters are continuing to sneak out of the house sending the steward, Edwin, into nervous fits.

There are many unique characters in her book. Many are imperfect making the need for redemption that much stronger. Lives are almost destroyed because of envy, greed and pride. The story is full of adventure and danger. You feel the salt water spray you on the deck of the ship and feel the gloominess of the Watch Tower dungeon.
Book 2: The Blue Enchantress
Hope Wescott has always seemed vain, self-centered and a flirt. Her father dismissed her without attention. When Hope received the attention from Lord Falkland she began sneaking off with him. Soon her reputation was in shatter around Charles Towne because she was seen with the rogue and in the taverns as well. Hope was desperate for love. And she had been assaulted at age seventeen and already seen herself as sullied. When Arthur Falkland said he was leaving for a bit she decided to sneak on the ship and surprise him so they could be married sooner. Only problem was that Arthur was already married and had his wife with him.

Nathaniel Mason struggles as an adult with the fact that his mother was a harlot. Even though a Pastor took him in after his mother's death and Nathaniel is a strong believer he still struggles with being good enough. Especially the way the beautiful Hope looks down her nose at him whenever they pass. As Nathaniel passes a slave auction while at St. Kitts he stops when he sees the ragged mess of a person being auctioned is actually Hope Wescott. In the end he buys her freedom and it costs him his ship. He had assumed she had been kidnapped so when he finds it was over an illicit affair he is not happy. And no sooner are they on a ship for home that she is back to her flirtatious ways with the sailors on the ship.

The trip from St. Kitts to the Carolina's is packed full of adventure. The books are written so that you experience them. You feel like you are in the hurricane, stranded on an island, getting sand flea bites, meeting pirates that need a bath, seeing the glory of one of God's sunsets, the dark expanse of water and sky and the spray of the sea hitting you while you stand on the deck.

And if Nathaniel can survive with any earthly possessions, his peace of mind and no broken bones he will be happy. It seems where Hope is there is one accident after another.

Abigail the missionary's daughter, Elise, Gavin, Captain Poole the pirate, the snooty Major Paine and the Hendrick's family are among some of the folks you will travel with on this adventure.
Book received through NetGalley for review.
Book 3: The Raven Saint
This is Grace's story. She has been devoted to God from the beginning. Her mother wanted her to make sure her sisters came to Christ as well and Grace carries that burden along with carrying for the people in her area and her family. She brings food, medicine and the gospel even when her life is in danger of Indian attacks. She just did not consider the real danger of being kidnapped until one day in October, 1718 when it became a reality.

Captain Rafe Dubois, French by birth, has a hatred toward the British Navy. His mother was killed during a war and a raid on their Island. So when a don from Spain offered a large sum of money for the daughter of Admiral Wescott Rafe agreed to it. He thought she would be much different than the woman he kidnapped. Instead she had courage and was kind although she was judgmental and pious. He would have second thoughts about selling her but he had hate and revenge to turn to in those times. So many people betrayed him in the past that he did not trust easily.

Grace kept trying to find why God put her in this situation, surely it was to spread his word. She had a way of trying to beat people over the head with the Word rather then ease it up to them. And she was a bit self-righteous. When she escapes the ship at Port de Paix, the Island Rafe grew up on, she does not fair well. She don't speak french, she is robbed and fortunately the robbers did not recognize a woman in boys clothes and after four or five days in the rainy weather without shelter or food she gets help from an unlikely source.

Grace and Rafe are as different as night and day. She is prudish and pious and is a rake who seems to not have many morals. She has never been kissed and he has women throwing themselves at him.

It is quite an adventure that ties up the last of this series. Spyglass the cat is unique and smart, Thorn the first mate who is not all he seems to be, Claire- who has outward beauty but is quite devious, Rafe's father who is just evil although he claims to be a Christian, Annette the slave who is caught between two worlds, Father Aler who left being a Jesuit priest to sail with Rafe, Nicole a soiled dove who reaches out to help Grace when no one else does and helps Grace understand that sometimes people do what they must to survive.

I recommend reading all three books in the order written to get the full scope of the stories.
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Surrender to Destiny Series...
All three books in one
Book 1: Surrender the Heart
A young mistrustful lady desperate to save her family..
A guilt driven man desperate to please his...
Both caught in the brink of a war that could change the course of history forever.

On the brink of the War of 1812, Marianne Denton must marry to unlock her inheritance. Without the money, her mother can't receive the medical care and her sister will be destitute. But Noah Brenin needs to sail his cargo to England before the war commences in order to prove his worth to his father and make enough money so he won't have to marry at all.

When Noah walks out on their engagement party. Marianne chases him down and ends up on his merchantman out at sea. The situation worsens when Noah's ship encounters a British man-of-war and the couple is impressed into the British navy.

While a young lad's prophecy of destiny looms over them both, Marianne and Noah are forced to face their darkest fears as they desperately try to find a way to escape and fulfill their destinies—destinies that could change the course of the war and history forever.
Book 1: Surrender the Night
A timid American farm girl at the mercy of the enemy...
A wounded British sailor driven into hiding...
Both are about to change the course of history forever.

When British soldiers invade Baltimore amid the War of 1812, Rose McGuire, alone on her family farm, is easy prey for a brutal lieutenant. In the midst of the attack, she's saved by British 2nd Lieutenant Alexander Reed. Will she now have to heal, as well as hide, this enemy soldier?

Alex hadn't meant to kill his superior, nor get shot in the process. Now badly wounded, he's at the mercy of this tomboy who obviously hates him. Can he trust her or will she turn him over to the Americans?

Rose is having trouble keeping Alex hidden from her family, the townspeople, and the man intent on courting her. Will the discovery of Alex's presence force her to accept an abhorrent proposal?

As their love blooms, trouble looms, for the British are on the move again. This time, their target is Washington D.C. Will these young lovers at heart find themselves enemies at war?
Book 3: Surrender the Dawn
A superb book. Characters with flaws and sins in their lives, characters that need redemption as we all do. This is the third in the series and I would suggest reading the first two books as there were many things that alluded to what happened in the earlier books.

Luke Heaton was the caretaker for his brother John ever since his parents were murdered. Being they were missionaries Luke turned his back on God and he blamed himself for not saving his parents. John had rickets and needed a brace on his leg which added to Luke's idea of why someone innocent would suffer. He turned his back on God and lived a life against everything his parents believed in. He was a gambler, womanizer and he liked his rum.
Cassandra Channing has lost her father to the war and her two brothers are missing. She is determined to take care of her family without depending on a man. With her families last thousand dollars she is trying to buy shares with a privateer. It is believed a woman involved with ships brings bad luck and none will accept her. After being rescued by Luke Heaton, the town rogue, he suggests joining him. He has the ship but needs the money to fix it up. Smelling the rum on him she rejects his offer until she sees no other way to help her family.

Cassie has lost her faith as well since her fathers death and with her brothers gone. Her overbearing and overly emotional mother wants her to marry Mr. Crane. Her mother misses having all the money to spend. She has two smaller sisters as well.

The romance story is enjoyable as Cassie struggles with feelings for a man who rumors have pegged as a womanizer. The story is more though, you go out on a boat with privateers, see choices of going against country or saving a brother who is most precious to you, the war of rejecting God when you know deep down you need him, a woman fighting to save her family and a man who will do anything to trick that woman into marrying him. The historical part of the books is fantastic as well.
Received book from NetGalley for review
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Stand Alone Books...
The Falcon and the Sparrow
Forced to betray England or never see her brother again, Dominique Dawson is sent to London to become the governess for the son of a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy. Her mission is to acquire intelligence information for Napoleon. Will Dominique find the courage to betray her homeland?
Widower Chase Randal at first abhors Dominique's weak nature and almost dismisses the new governess. But as the days pass, he finds himself drawn to the gentile mademoiselle. Is there a future for the spy and the rear admiral? Or will Dominique's deception cost them their love—and their lives?
Veil of Pearls (1811)
After seven tormented years of slavery, Althea made her escape from Sir Walter. Her light skin gave no hint to the quarter of negro blood running in her veins and she was able to not only find work but a place to stay in her new life in Charlotte. She changed her name to Adalia Winston. All was well until an aristocrat was attracted to her….and a spoiled rich girl set out to get her out of the picture so he would notice her instead.

Morgan Rutledge was handsome, rich and a sought after bachelor. From the moment he was tongue lashed by the common servant, he was intrigued. And soon he found himself truly enjoying her company. But could Morgan give up all his worldly possessions to be with Adalia?

MaryLu has once more written a book so vivid that you feel the salt water spray on your face while on a ships deck and cringe at the crack of a whip. She shows how far some people will go to get what they want….not matter who gets trampled along the way. She shows how many of the people were slaves to more than the human masters as well. Another well written adventure that keeps you hanging on each and every word to the very end.
**Received through NetGalley for review
Tears of the Sea
Charity's Cross
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Escape to Paradise Series
Book 1: Forsaken Dreams
They Left Everything behind to Build a New Southern Utopia

Colonel Grant Wallace cannot leave his once precious Southern homeland fast enough. After witnessing the death and destruction of the Civil War, he charters a ship and sets sail for the pristine shores of Brazil, eager to start afresh in a new land. Widow Eliza Crawford boards the ship NewHope harboring a dirty secret and a blossoming hope within her heart for a new life away from old memories. But once at sea, troubles abound. Will Grant overcome his demons of bitterness and rage? Can Eliza find the peace she longs for?
Book 2: Elusive Hope
Falling in Love Was Never Part of Their Plans
On the shores of Brazil, their Confederate friends are seeking a Southern utopia. But Hayden Gale and Magnolia Scott have different plans. Hayden is out for revenge and vows to keep pursuing his father—at any cost—whom he blames for his mother’s death. Magnolia is looking for a way out. . .and a way back home after her father insists their family escape the South following the Civil War. As the fledgling colony of New Hope struggles to survive, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Falling in love was never part of their plans.
Book 3: Abandoned Memories
Something sinister lurks in the lush Brazilian jungle. . . .

It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.

James Callaway failed at both doctoring and preaching, but he hopes that his move to Brazil will give him another chance to become the spiritual leader he so desires. He longs to create a world free from the immorality that plagued every street corner back home and ruined his life. And he believes Angeline is just the sort of refined woman he needs to keep him on the right track.

But something is amiss in New Hope: haunting visions, the discovery of crypts beneath an ancient temple, and an archaic Hebrew book, set the colonists’ fears on edge. When one of their own is murdered, a series of disasters leads them to believe God has brought them to Brazil to defeat an evil that, if unleashed, could wreak havoc on the entire world.
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Multi-Author Novella
Central Park Rendezvous
Love Comes Full Circle for Four Couples in New York City...

A Confederate coin connects the lives of four generations of heroes. Sean Wolfe doesn’t believe in love or happy endings. Will the perseverance of Jamie Russo change his mind? Heartbroken, Alan James has tried to forget Gail Gibson. Will a trip to Central Park confirm a love that was meant to be? A jilted, penniless Helen Wolfe has given up on love. Will Bernie O’Day find a way into her heart? Disfigured by war, William Wolfe has been rejected by his fiancĂ©e. Will he ever love again? Will God help these couples find a love that never fails?

Four Remarkable Authors Unite in a Spectacular Collection of Short Novels
Popular Geographically Themed Collection Culminates in Central Park
Readers Will Treasure These Riveting, Compassion-Filled Romances Spanning Four Generations.
The Westward Christmas Brides Collection
Take the journey into the American west alongside nine women who are chasing their dreams—Cynthia, for security; Beryl, for a new family; Adeline, for freedom; Molly, for marriage; Beth, for a new start; Belinda, for a place to heal; Suzette, for adventure; Carolina, for peace; and Caroline, for a future for her children. Celebrate Christmas alongside these pioneers as love finds them in nine distinctly different romances penned by leading Christian fiction authors.
Pearls from the Sea
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9 comments:

  1. After reading this book I searched under Francis Scott Key, John Stuart Skinner and Dr William Beanes to learn more history of the War of 1812. If Francis Scott Key had not went with Skinner to try and free Dr Beanes he would not have been on the British ship that had him witnessing the bombing of Fort McHenry and being inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner. There are no coincidences for believers. It is all in God's timing.

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  2. Thanks so much, Judy! What a great review! I'm so glad you liked the story, and also that it got you interested in digging into the history of the War of 1812!

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  3. Wow a lot of very interesting books. I will need to check these out. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. All awesome books! So happy to say I have read all of MaryLu's novels, and can't wait for more! :)

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  5. MAKE SURE TO FILL OUT THE FORM ON THE TOP RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ENTERED INTO THE GIVEAWAY. THANKS.

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  6. Thanks for hosting me, Judy! And thanks to everyone reading my interview and entering the contest. I appreciate you coming by! Hugs and God Bless!

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  7. Would love to win your book. I have 1 series of yours. U were talking about your characters feeling real to u, it reminded me of the time my sister and I were reading a series and she started to raise her hand during prayer request and ask for prayer for a character that was so sick and about to pass away in this book. We still laugh about this cause these characters felt like family! Grandmama_brenda@yahoo.com

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  8. Brenda.. that's such a cute story! I can really relate.. most of my characters still talk to me long after I finish writing the book. :-) Thanks for coming by.

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  9. Hi Judy and MaryLu, Love reading your awesome stories, this is a marvelous site with so many authors and books...great work Judy.
    would love to win Elusive Hope, read the first book and loved it.

    thanks Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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