Welcome back, MaryLu. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I’m the prodigal child who ran away from God at a young age and spent years in dissipated living in the world doing all the things that I thought would bring me happiness and give me meaning. But much like the prodigal son in the Bible, I woke up one day and found myself in a pig sty. My life was a mess, a big, giant mess. My marriage was failing, my teenage kids were rebelling, I hated my job, and I was aging. I actually wanted to die. Instead, I picked up my old Bible, dusted it off, and began to read. Somewhere in prophecies of Ezekiel, I realized that the words of a prophet who lived some 2000 years ago were coming true in my day and age in the
A light flickered deep in my soul, and I gazed up to heaven and said, “You’re
real.” Up to that point, I hadn’t really believed God was there. His Spirit
fell upon me in that moment, and I’ve never been the same. land of Israel
That’s our powerful God! You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Julie Lessman because we are surely twins separated at birth and our parents never told us.
Michelle Griep because she’s super quirky and my writing buddy.
Laurie Alice Eakes because she’s a brilliant writer and a good friend.
Ronie Kendig because she’s just plain cool.
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
My husband might say yes to that question since I tend to talk his ear off, but no, I don’t speak professionally.
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Write it! Lots of people dream about writing a book but very few actually sit down and write the entire thing. It’s hard work. If they are serious, they need to start learning the craft of writing, take classes, read books, attend conferences. Then get a great idea and plant their behind in a chair and write.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Ransom is the sequel to my best-selling Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, but you don’t have to have read the prior books to enjoy this one. Here’s the back cover blurb.
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.
The Pirate Earl, Alexander Hyde, son of the infamous Captain Edmund Merrick Hyde, is the most feared pirate in
Royal. Disillusioned with the religion of his parents and the
pleasures of the world, Alex staves off his emptiness by leading a dual life to
hide his deepest secrets.
A long-time enemy is out to destroy Alex and take Juliana for his own. Struggling to maintain her faith in the Divine, Juliana faces her problems bravely, but the harder she tries, the more it seems everything is working against her. Unwittingly, she and her weak fiancé become entangled in the hostility between the Pirate Earl and his enemy, while even more dangerous forces are rising up to destroy them all.
Please give us the first page of the book.
The Cat and the Fiddle Tavern,
Port Royal, Jamaica
Murk, mire, and mayhem. ’Twas the only fitting description for the punch house in which Juliana Dutton found herself. No, not found herself. She had come here on purpose, passed through the display of debauchery once on her way to the brothel beyond, and now, yet again, on her way back to the street. Only this time, the room overflowed with patrons—if patrons was a fitting term for the slovenly-attired men and women guzzling their drinks amidst shouts and curses and a discordant fiddle. What had she been thinking?
But she had to make sure one last time that her friend
Abilene was not among the
dissolute cullions flooding the room—that the woman had not been hiding when
Juliana had passed through before. Or worse, swallowed up in the arms of some
foul ruffian. Yet, as Juliana peered from beneath the hood of her cloak,
cringing at the visions that met her eyes, her friend was nowhere in sight.
What was apparently in sight was her. Dozens of glazed eyes fastened upon her as she wove through tables laden with mugs of Kill-Devil rum, card games, flickering lanterns, and plates brimming with roasted boar and fish pudding. The scent of food joined the odors of sweat, smoke, and bitter spirits, creating a stench that would keep the Devil himself away. Though, from the befouled language and equally befouled sights, it appeared he was already present.
The ensuing whistles and lewd invitations proved her assumption correct. Air fled her lungs. Gripping her throat, she hurried toward the door. A chair slid in her path. A man rose before her, brashly eyeing her from the hood of her cloak to the tips of her red mules. A brace of pistols crossed a chest the size of
adorned with a red doublet trimmed in metallic lace. Two formidable swords hung
from each hip. A scar on his neck disappeared behind a stained cravat that
bubbled over his shirt like the ale foaming on his mustache.
I can’t wait until my copy arrives to read the rest. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Thank you, MaryLu for sharing this new pirate book with us.
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The Ransom: Legacy of the King's Pirates - Christianbook.com
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