Thursday, January 14, 2010

THE RAVEN SAINT - M. L. Tyndall - Free Book

M.L. Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but expose Christians to their full potential in Christ. For more information on MaryLu and her upcoming releases, please visit her website at or her blog at

I really enjoy having you on my blog, MaryLy. Why did you become an author?

I love to write! That’s the first prerequisite. :-) I wrote stories, poems, and novels as a hobby for most of my life, never expecting to get published. So, why did I become an author? Because God led me to submit one of those stories I wrote to a publisher. And I did. And they liked it! The rest is history. God is good.

I do agree. It's really a blessing to have a job that gives yourself and others so much pleasure. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?

Painting beautiful oil seascapes. Well, beautiful ones, I hope. I love to paint, although I don’t think I ever got very good at it.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?

Mid-nineteenth century when our country was still young and government officials still had integrity and honor and we could still pray in school, and men were men and women, women. And chivalry was not dead!

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?

As far as cities go, I’d love to visit Boston, Savannah, and St. Augustine, but I’d also love to see Yellowstone National Park.

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?

Israel is at the top of my list. Then England and France. I’d love to see all the historic sites and buildings! Drool. But the Holy Land takes top priority. I hope for a chance to see it before I die.

What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?

I think too often we Christians try too hard to act like Christians. We say the right things, do the right things, watch our language, avoid looking at things we shouldn’t. We try to be good witnesses to our lost friends and loved ones and say all the right words. I don’t know about you, but I always fall so short. I get nervous when I’m around an unbeliever because I want so badly for them to know the truth. I want so badly to be a good ambassador for Christ. In essence, I don’t want to blow it. But I always walk away feeling like I let God down. But the Lord, in his great mercy and love, has been telling me the following:

Stop trying. We can never “try” to be like God and expect it to work on our own power. All the trying in the world does not produce godliness. If we want to be like Jesus, to have His impact on the world, then we need to hang out with Him. We become more like Him by spending time with Him. Then one day we’ll wake up and surprise ourselves when we are good witnesses without having to even try. We just will “be” like Jesus.

That realization will change a person's life, and the lives of others. Tell us about the featured book?

The Raven Saint is a story about a young lady kidnapped from her home in Charles Towne, South Carolina by a French Mercenary hired to sell her to a Spanish Don. Being a godly woman who constantly serves the Lord, Grace cannot understand why the God she trusted has allowed this to happen to her. Thinking perhaps God has sent her to preach to the vile captain and his crew, Grace’s every attempt to correct their sinful ways is rewarded with only mockery. When Grace’s situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn’t prepared to face her biggest weakness of all—falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois.

What happens when a bitter Frenchman who’s sworn off God falls in love with a pious woman determined to change him?

Will Grace discover God’s purpose for her on this harrowing journey? And what will she do when she realizes that purpose is not to redeem the wicked Captain Rafe Dubois, but herself.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Outside Charles Towne, Carolina, October, 1718

Chapter 1

Black, menacing clouds snarled a warning from the Carolina skies.

Clutching her skirts, Grace Westcott trudged down the muddy path. A shard of white light forked across the dark vault, and she glanced up as thunder rumbled in the distance.

“I hope the rain doesn’t catch us, miss.” Alice’s shaky voice tumbled over Grace from behind.

“Never fear, Alice, we are almost there.” Grace pushed aside a leafy branch that encroached upon the trail. As the wind picked up and raindrops began to rap on the leaves above them, the wall of greenery arching overhead provided a shelter that brought an odd comfort to Grace.

“Look, miss. This plant. Isn’t it bloodroot?” Alice squeaked. “To heal afflictions of the skin?”

Grace huffed. Her legs ached from the mile-long journey from Charles Towne. She could hear the rush of the Ashley River in the distance. They were close to the Roberts’ cabin, to poor little Thomas, sick with a fever and in desperate need of the medicines they brought.

Whirling around, Grace examined the leaf in her maid’s hands. “Nay. ’Tis not bloodroot, as you well know.” She searched Alice’s eyes but the maid kept her gaze lowered. “Whatever is the matter with you today?”

The maid cast a quick glance over her shoulder and shrugged. “I am only trying to help, miss.”

“You can help by hurrying along. Thomas may be failing as we speak.” Grabbing her skirts, Grace turned and forged ahead. A drop of rain splattered on her forehead, and she swiped it away.

“But the rain, miss. Shouldn’t we return home and don some proper attire?”

“Mercy me, Alice. We are nearly there. A bit of rain will not harm us. We’ve been in far more dangerous situations.” Grace hoisted the sack stuffed with herbs, fresh fruit, and rice farther up her aching shoulder. “Besides we are going about God’s work. He will take care of us.”

Grace heard Alice’s shoes squish in the mud “Indeed, miss.”

Her maid’s voice quivered—a quiver that set Grace’s nerves on edge, along with the dark tempest brewing above them. Something was bothering the woman, Grace couldn’t guess what.

Another flash lit up the sky. Releasing her skirts to the sticky mud, Grace pushed aside a tangled vine that seemed to be joining forces with Alice in attempting to keep her from continuing. Musky air, heavy with moisture and laden with scents of earth and life, filled her nostrils. Thunder bellowed, closer this time, and raindrops tapped upon the canopy of leaves overhead. Plowing ahead, Grace ignored the twinge of guilt at her most recent expedition. One of many expeditions she’d been strictly forbidden to embark upon—both by her father, before he set sail for Spain, and more recently, her sister Faith and Faith’s new husband, Dajon. But Grace could not allow anyone or anything to stop her from doing what God had commissioned her to do: feed the poor, tend to the sick, and spread the good news of His Gospel.

She glanced up at the dark clouds swirling like some vile witch’s brew. Perhaps she should have left a note informing Faith of her whereabouts. No matter. She would drop off the food and herbs, attend to Thomas, and be home before sunset.

Grace emerged from the green fortress into a clearing. Thunder bellowed, and she shivered as a chill struck her. In the distance, the wide Ashley River tumbled along its course. A cabin perched by the water’s edge, smoke curling from its chimney. Squaring her shoulders, she took a deep breath and quickened her pace. “Here at last. And, as you can see, Alice, all is well.”

A nervous giggle sounded from behind her.

Hoisting the sack higher up on her shoulders, Grace clutched her skirts and climbed the steps of the cabin, but before she could knock on the door, it swung open. Mr. Roberts, a burly red-faced man with unruly dark hair, stared curiously at her for a moment then cocked his head and smiled. “Miss Grace. A grand pleasure to see you.” His glance took in Alice standing on the steps behind Grace. His forehead wrinkled. “What brings you this far from home on such a rainy day? Helen, Miss Grace has come for a visit,” he yelled over his shoulder. The scent of smoke and some sort of meaty stew wafted over Grace.

“Why, we’ve come to help Thomas of course.” Lightning flashed, casting a momentary grayish shroud over Mr. Roberts’s normally ruddy face.

“Thomas needs help?” He scratched his thick, dark mane.

Alice’s boots thudded on the steps, and Grace turned to see her maid inching away from the cabin, her chin lowered.

Shaking her head, Grace faced Mr. Roberts. “Yes, you sent Alfred yesterday to inform us of Thomas’s fever and ask for my help, did you not?” The man looked puzzled. Grace slid the sack from her shoulder and set it down on the planks of the porch. “I’ve brought elder root and dogwood bark for his fever and some fresh fruit and rice for you and your family.”

Mrs. Roberts appeared in the doorway, her infant daughter cradled in her arms. “Grace, what a wonderful surprise. Henry, don’t just stand there. Invite her in out of the rain.”

“Thomas isn’t sick.” Mr. Roberts’ nose wrinkled. “And Alfred was here with us all day yesterday.”

Grace swerved about to question Alice, but the girl was nowhere in sight. Descending the stairs, she dashed into the clearing, her heart in her throat as she scanned the foliage for any sign of her maid.

A swoosh of leaves and stomp of boots reached her ears, then a band of five men materialized from the foliage. Armed with cutlasses and pistols, they stormed toward Grace. She tried to move her feet, but the thick mud clung to them like shackles. Mr. Roberts cursed and ushered his wife inside. The baby began to howl.

A tall, sinewy man halted before her. A burst of wind struck him, fluttering the green feather atop his cocked hat and the tips of the black hair grazing his shoulders. He shifted his jaw, peppered with black stubble, and gazed at her with eyes the color of the dark clouds churning above them. A slow smile crept across his lips, lifting his thin, rakish mustache. “Mademoiselle Grace Westcott, I presume.” His thick French accent turned her blood to ice.

Grace met his gaze squarely. “I am, sir.”

With a snap of his fingers, two of his men flanked her. “You will come with us.”

“I will not.” The men wrenched her arms behind her back. Pain shot across her shoulders.

The snap of a rifle sounded, drawing the man’s attention to Mr. Roberts pointing his musket in their direction. “Leave her be.”

More, I want more! How can readers find you on the Internet?

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Thank you, MaryLu, for spending this time with us.
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Anonymous said...

What a great interview. I enjoy your books. I have this book on my to get list. Please enter me.

Cherie J said...

Wonderful interview! Would love to read this so please enter me. Thank you!


Casey said...

I read this book and really enjoyed it. I already own it, but my mom doesn't, and she loves MaryLu's books as much as I do, so I am entering her name under mine! Thanks!

Debra said...

I enjoyed this interview very much! Sounds like a wonderful book.Please enter my name in the drawing. Thanks!


Mark said...

I'd like to enter, thanks

Katy (A Few More Pages) said...

How fun! This book is on my wishlist. :)

collettakay said...

I REALLY want to read this book!


Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Good interview. And the first page took me captive!

Carly Kendall said...

Please add my name to the drawing. Thank you very much.

Sarah R said...

Please enter me in the drawing. I want to read this book so bad! My friend read it and said it was awesome. I loved the interview too- so insightful.

Merry said...

MaryLu is always so encouraging, loved the interview! Please add me to the drawing for The Raven Saint. Thanks!

Kim said...

I would love to win this. Please enter me!

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MJ said...

I just bought the first of the series, if I win, I only have to buy one more! Please sign me up to win.

Sherry Kuhn said...

I own this book and have already read it and let me tell you, you are in for a real treat!

Hugs to you MaryLu (aka Gramma) :-)


Megan said...

wow, writing full time and raising 6 kids - that is incredible! And what a great book! sign me up. And thanks for the interview, Lena!

sherrinda said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview! And wow, I think this books sounds fabulous! I would love a chance to win.


mariska said...

I haven't heard about this author before. please count me in !

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing this interview and the first chapter. Sounds great! I can't wait to find out what happens next! Please enter me.

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Super exciting! Love the cover art too.
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Abi said...

I love M. L. Tyndall's books. Please include me in this giveaway. Thanks.

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Carla said...

Sign me up. Thanks.

Kristi said...
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Kristi said...

Boy, I need coffee this morning - let's try this again! Very good interview! I have really enjoyed Ms. Tyndall's first 2 books in this series and am really looking forward to this third one. Thank you for the entry!

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bigguysmama said...

I love MaryLu's writing and have really enjoyed this series. I would want to live in the same time period, too, although I'd probably head out west. :) I've never been to Boston and would love to visit there.

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Deborah M said...

I've read "Blue Enchantress" and would love to read the next one in line. Please sign me up.
Deborah M.

Linda Cacaci said...

Please enter me in the drawing. It looks like a great read.
Linda Cacaci

Rosalie Patience said...

The Raven Saint sounds absolutely amazing!! I love books from that time period, please enter me in the drawing!!

Sheila Deeth said...

Great interview, and great timing for me. I'm glad to have had the chance to meet you here.

Esther said...

I would love to win this book! Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks! Esther

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Hi everyone! Just dropping by to say thank you so much for taking the time to read my interview and for your interest in The Raven Saint! I'm waving to old friends and to new ones! Thank you, Lena, for once again having me on your blog. What a generous lady you are, as well as a fabulous writer!
Have a great weekend, all!

Emma said...

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Charity said...

Please enter me:) Would love to win this!!


Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to read this book...thanks for the opportunity.


Anna W. said...

Ooh, I love MaryLu's books! Please enter me!

Anonymous said...

Really been wanting to get this book!! Please enter me. Thanks!!!

ladybug said...

Love MaryLu's books. Please include me!!

Lady Araujo said...

Thanks for this interview.
Please, enter me.

Anonymous said...

MaryLu's books have been on my watch list for a while... I'd love to try one for myself!


Nancye said...

This looks like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for the chance!

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adge said...

I liked the interview.

Marla said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Robyn said...

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Eszter Kovacs said...

I've been searching every store for this book, only to realize that it has not been released yet!
I can hardly wait, so full is my anticipation! :) Your interview says a lot about your personality, and it was great to get to know you better. Please enter me.