Welcome, MaryLu and Debbie Lynne. I'm so happy to host you here.
First we'll look at MaryLu Tyndall and her book, Charity's Cross:
Eleven Fun facts about me and my new book Charity’s Cross
By MaryLu Tyndall
Charity’s Cross is my 4th Independently published book (I have 16 traditionally published books before I went Indie).
I never intended to write Charity’s Cross, but after receiving so many reader emails begging me to write it, I relented.
Charity’s Cross is book 4 in my Charles Towne Belles series (originally published in 2009). However, I wrote the story in such a way so it could be read as a stand-alone without having read the other books.
I wrote Charity’s Cross while caring for my very first grandchild.
I have been writing romance novels for 13 years. Before that, I was a software engineer at IBM.
I am an introvert with a rabid fear of public speaking.
I listen to alternative rock while writing battle scenes and classical movie scores while writing romance scenes.
I had to dig deep into the psyche of an abused woman to write some of the scenes in this book. Not fun, I can tell you.
Chocolate and popcorn are my go-to snacks while writing.
Charity’s Cross is a sort-of crossover book between my Legacy of the King’s Pirates series and my Charles Towne Belles series, containing characters from both family lines.
The most important thing to me when writing any book is that God is glorified and readers are brought closer to Him through the pages.
Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of
heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she
hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship ends up in Portsmouth, England Nassau. When she spots
her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she
Pirate turned preacher, Elias Dutton, must get to
as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him
with her safety. He cannot let them down—again.
But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself
tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.
Pirates, storms, shipwreck, and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’s heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a woman pure as the virgin sands of the
He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a
murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to
Amazon link to buy Charity’s Cross: http://bit.ly/CharityCrossAmazon
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And now we're going to check out Debbie Lynne and her book:
Bio: Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She
raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been
begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate
She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director. Debbie
Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now
and then. In their spare time, She and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and
In 1886 after some mild earth rumblings,
, was hit with a
7.0+ earthquake that twisted the earth so severely that waterlines broke
leaving people without water and gas lines fractured, causing widespread fires. Charleston,
Very few buildings escaped either total destruction or major damage. Many of the buildings that were salvageable were fitted with earthquake bolts. These are long rods with a washer and nut on the end that runs through both walls of the building. So many buildings and even hospitals were damaged as the ground shifted and rumbled. In Shattered Memories, my hero’s family sets up a makeshift hospital when all the local hospitals are damaged beyond use.
Wires were cut and railroad tracks twisted from the quake, leaving
and its close neighbors temporarily
cut off from the world. Charleston
An estimated 14,000 chimneys fell from the earthquake and nearly every building had severe damage. My heroine, Olivia experiences this devastation when she returns to her family’s home and finds it in shambles.
Structural damage was reported as far away as
central Ohio, eastern Kentucky,
southern Virginia, and western . West Virginia
Although most numbers say 66 deaths were attributed to the quake, it is hard to know for sure what the true amount was. Due to poor accounting of people, there seems to be a question of how accurate the numbers are. There were people counted who were already sick but it was said their death was hastened from fright of the quake. Then there were the deaths that occurred instantly, and the deaths that came over time as a result of injuries sustained. So a true count will never be known. However, I found numbers as low as 50 and high as 500. Just as the real people of the
earthquake struggled with loss, my characters face the deaths of family and
Doctors saw wide varieties of injuries from the disaster. My hero, Drew, is a doctor as is his father and brothers. His family works hard to treat victims of the earthquake while comforting them through their loss and pain.
The total damage was in excess of 5.5 million dollars (112 million in today's market). Despite
South Carolina’s leading role in the Civil
War, the country rallied around
and sent aid to help in its rebuilding. In 14 months, Charleston had rebuilt its city. Charleston
The people behind my characters in Shattered Memories
Most of my characters come from within my head. I can ask myself what if—and then see how my character responds. As I go through visualizing how they react to different circumstances and questions, I learn my character. It usually takes about 3 chapters for me to truly get to know who they are and before I am comfortable with them. Those first 3 chapters are sometimes slow to write because I’m not sure how they are going to respond to things or how their dialogue with others will progress. I want to keep them true to who I visualize in my head. The more I write the more I know them and know what their response is going to be. I think I can say that all of my characters have something, whether it’s a habit, trait, look, or belief comes from someone I have met, seen, or know.
But the characters of Shattered Memories are a little bit closer to home. Each of the
children has traits of one of my own children. It was fun to mold the
characters with a child in mind. Now that isn’t to say my characters are my
children. Sweet mercy! They’d tar and feather me if I did that. But I tried to
pick out things about them (my children) which would resonate with my character
and then I developed the personality from there. Warwick
I hope as you read this story that the people within the book will come to life and you’ll somehow connect with them, feeling their pain, uncertainty, turmoil, as well as their relief, discoveries, and happiness. I hope the setting will be real and you will walk through the streets with each of these characters, seeing the devastation and experiencing what they experienced.
But above all I hope you walk away with some nugget that brings you closer to our Lord and Savior.
Shattered Memories Back Cover Copy:
Olivia Macqueen wakes in a makeshift hospital, recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.
Doctor Drew Warwick frantically searches through the rubble left by the
earthquake for the lady who owns his heart. He finds her injured and lifeless.
When she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are dashed as he realizes
she doesn’t remember him. But things only get worse after he discovers she
believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is
on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart
again before she marries the wrong man. Charleston
Debbie Lynne's Links:
Purchase Shattered Memories: http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Lynne-
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