Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE RANSOM - MaryLu Tyndall - On Free Book or Ebook

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 land of Israel. 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.

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.
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.

The Pirate Earl, 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 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
March 1692
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 England 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?

Thank you, MaryLu for sharing this new pirate book with us.

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The Ransom: Legacy of the King's Pirates -
The Ransom: Legacy of the King's Pirates - Amazon
The Ransom (Legacy of the King's Pirates) - Kindle

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Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued by this one! Loved hearing a bit about MaryLu. Thank you , Lena.

Melanie Backus, TX

Teresa Mathews said...

Thank you so much for having MaryLu Tyndall here today! If anyone ever asked me the question "What Author would you like to be stranded with on a desert island?" My answer would be MARYLU TYNDALL because she knows the BEST Pirates!! Hey, I'm a sucker for a handsome pirate with a heart (of) gold and no one does that kind of Pirate better!! I have already had the pleasure of being introduced to The Pirate Earl and thankfully I survived the experience after almost melting in a puddle reading his description. (No one does descriptive writing better than MaryLu Tyndall) :-)

Jackie McNutt said...

Looking forward to reading The Ransom. No one writes these books as well as MaryLu, I love her story lines and characters.
The interview was well done Lena.
Thank You from Ohio

Sylvia said...

I'm from North Carolina and have enjoyed the MaryLu Tyndall books that I have read so far. This book sounds very interesting. There aren't very many CBA books that take place in the 1600's so I'm happy to see another one.


Peggy Coster said...

I love all of MaryLu Tyndall's books! The Ransom sounds like the one I need to read, though!! AHHHHH! I love her rogue pirates who turn to God! MaryLu does such a good job on every page! I can't wait to read it! Peggy Coster, MIssouri

Amada Chavez said...

I would want to go to that "writing retreat"! You picked GREAT authors MaryLu! :) I would LOVE to win a copy of The Ransom!

Blessings, Amada (pronounced:

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Hi Everyone! First of all, thank you so much, Lena, for having me here! It's always a blast! And thank you all for your comments. No, I don't know of any other Christian authors writing about handsome pirates.. except Linda Chaikin years ago.

About that deserted island.. I'm ready, let's go! I'll call on all my hunky pirates to come hang out with us awhile. ;-) And keep us safe.

Hugs to you all!! And thanks for coming by.

Heidi said...

I need to pick up a MaryLu Tyndall book soon for an adventure fix! :) Thanks for sharing your great interview.

Heidi, CA

Noela Nancarrow said...

Wonderful interview, thanks! And sign me up for that desert island experience with MaryLu's pirates, please!!! Lol, I'll only take one though, I'm not that greedy. ;)
I've only just very recently read The Ransom and will be putting the finishing touches to my review today. What a THRILLING and breathtaking story it was too. Another top-notch book MaryLu!!
No need to enter me in the comp as I'm from the land Down Under and already have an e-book.

Anonymous said...

My sister has the first three of these books and just the other day she begged me to read them because she said I'd love them. She'll be so excited to read this next one!
J.C. -Indiana-

Amy C said...

I can NOT wait to read The Ransom! I LOVE MaryLu's books!
Love the interview. Thank you for sharing.
Amy C

Melody said...

MaryLu made me believe that even pirates need Jesus! I guess we're all pirates when we're without Him!

Donna, TX

Mary Preston said...

Oh my!!! What an exciting beginning.

Mary P


Anne Payne said...

I could become addicted to pirate stories! My friends from OWG assure me that MaryLu is the pirate queen :)

Anne, rural NC

Patsy said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. I love MaryLu 's writing!
From Mississippi

Patty said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies! I've only read a few of MaryLu's books, and don't think I've read the pirate trilogy, but this sounds like a good read.

Patty in SC

Vera Godley said...

Ah, methinks this book be just the cure for the woes of winter lingering. ;)

Vera in North Carolina

Cyndi said...

Another great interview, Lena! LOVE MaryLu's books and this one joins my TBR list! Teresa Mathews, love your comment! LOL

Cyndi in Alabama

Courtney Clark said...

I've never read MaryLu, but I've heard great things! The Ransom sounds great.

Courtney C. from AR

Bookishqueen said...

I really want to read this!!

Rebekah TN

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book!
Sydney Harries GA

Pam K. said...

My daughter has the other books in this series and we both like MaryLu's books. It would be wonderful to win The Ransom. Thanks for the chance.


kam110476 said...

I, unfortunately, haven't had the chance to read the first 3 books in this series but they've all been on my wish list for a few months. They all sound very interesting to me - as does this newest addition!
Kristen, OK

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Happy Saturday, All! Wow, how wonderful to come here and see all the lovely comments! Thank you so much for dropping by.
I'm excited about The Ransom. I think it's my best book yet.. or maybe I'm just so excited to be back in the Caribbean on that deserted island with all my handscme pirates! Have a wonderful weekend! God Bless!

Lourdes said...

Great interview thank you.

Lourdes Long Island

Britney Adams said...

I would love to win a copy of THE RANSOM! Thanks so much for sharing this interview and giveaway!!

Britney Adams, TX

Anonymous said...

Great interview. I am ready to sail away and read MaryLu's book
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann in NY

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me for the book!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

ripatale! said...

Hi. I read the first five chapters of this book on Amazon and promptly reported my finding to my local library. The library is placing an order for the entire series which should be arriving in about three weeks.
Good job MaryLu; keep up the excellent work!
Folake Israel, NJ