Friday, November 28, 2014

Mermaid gift basket winner! And AudioBook release of The Ransom!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Ours was small, just 3 of us this year, but the food was delish (if I do say so myself since I was the cook)  and the company great.   Anyway, I want to thank all of you for entering to win the Mermaid Gift Basket which includes:

  • Gorgeous mermaid handmade exploding picture box  (Thank you, Debbie Mitchell!)
  • Mermaid tears earrings
  • Mermaid jewelry case
  • Ocean-scented body lotion
  • Mermaid necklace
  • Mermaid handmade one of a kind Clipboard  (Thank you, Johnette Ferguson!)
  • Mermaid hand crocheted book mark  (Thank you, Amanda Rog!) 
  • Hand drawn Savion and Perdita paper dolls with several gorgeous outfits! (jpgs files)  (Thank you, Karen Martin!)
  • And I'm throwing in a paperback of Tears of the Sea too!

The winner is Jennifer Stevenson Tipton.  Jennifer was randomly drawn by Rafflecopter.   Congrats Jennifer!!  Thank you all for entering and helping me spread the word! 


WRITING NEWS!!

The Ransom is now out on Audio!!!  I hired a professional actress to do the narrating and you won't
believe what an awesome job she did. You'll have to hear it to believe it. She did all the different voices, even Munny, so perfectly.   The audio is 12 and 1/2 hours of pure entertainment and fun. It would make a great gift for the book lover in your family.

Here's a link to hear a sample and find out more on Amazon.






Anyway, happy Black Friday!  Me and crowds don't mix well so I usually stay home on this day. In fact, I'll probably do most of my shopping on line this year. How about you?



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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


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This is obviously from thepirates-movie, but I thought it was cute and perfectly fit what I wanted to say on this week's Wednesday picture. 
Of course, the next picture says it all!





I pray you and your family have a very blessed, happy, fun, peaceful, and warm Thanksgiving!!!  Personally, I'm very thankful to God for you, my readers and my friends!  Without you I couldn't do what I do, without your support and encouragement and friendship. So from the bottom of my heart, I THANK YOU!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Take your medicine three times a day!

We humans walk around with a deadly terrible disease that is eating away our bones and rotting our heart.  Most of us don't even know about it, some don't recognize it, and others who know it's there do their best to ignore it. Some try to muddle through day after day doing all we can in our own power to cure the disease, while others simply give up and throw themselves at the Great Physician's mercy. You probably guessed that I'm talking about Sin.

Sin is a nasty word in a culture that makes excuses, tolerates, and places blame elsewhere for evil. Nobody is held accountable anymore for their sin. And even worse, what is sin is no longer considered wrong. But I digress.

Will you allow me to get a little personal? I'm a wretched sinful person. Yes, I write Christian books that hopefully glorify God, but my heart is as dark as can be. I don't know about you, but the closer I grow to God, the more pitiful and evil I find myself to be. Which I guess makes sense since Jesus said that the light exposes the darkness for what it is.  Yet, so often when the evil within me is exposed, I cry out to God for help and it is then that He can begin to change my heart. Still, it seems to be taking so long!!  I don't think I'm getting worse, I just think that God is exposing my heart bit by bit... and it ain't pretty. I know I'm forgiven. I know Jesus paid the price for all my sin, but I want to be free of the struggle. Perhaps I won't be until I'm in eternity, but still, there must be something I can do to get better faster and deepen my walk closer to God. 

I remember one of my favorite Bible teachers, Derek Prince, say that the Bible was God's Medicine Bottle. At one point in his life when he was suffering from a terrible illness, he felt led to read God's Word 3 times a day with his meals. Just like one would take medicine for a sickness, he opened the Word and read 3 times a day.   For some reason, I remembered this after all these years and I started doing just that.  Derek was eventually healed, by the way, and even though I'll never be completely cured of sin in this life, I figured maybe I could get rid of some of the symptoms at least.

So, I set about to read the Bible three times a day. A chapter from the Old Testament, a chapter from the New, and a Psalm at night.

This is what I discovered

  • The Devil will do everything he can to stop you from doing this. He will throw every interruption, stressor, mind-blocker, problem, sickness and struggle in your way. Which says one thing to me. This is IMPORTANT!
  • Even after a week of doing this, I felt different. I felt stronger, closer to God, more at peace, had more joy, more faith. It was incredible. I literally only spent 10-15 minutes reading the chapter, meditating on it and talking to God about what it said. (In addition to my normal morning prayers)

Then I remembered David... the only person in the Bible whom God referred to as "a man after My own heart."  David LOVED the Word of God. (And he didn't even have all the Scriptures we have today!)

How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  Psalm 119: 104-105


How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

So often we Christians take the Bible for granted. It's just a book, after all, with some really cool stories. But how does it apply to my life today? Will it pay my mortgage? Heal my sickness, find me a job, help my marriage, save my kids? Ah.... actually yes, all of the above!  We need to look at the Word of God differently. It is Alive. It is Powerful. It can and will change your heart and your life!

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

I challenge you to take God's Medicine 3 times a day. You may mess up and forget some times.. no worries. Keep at it!  Keep doing it until it becomes a habit, until you miss it desperately when you skip a time.  I guarantee it will change your life for the better!



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tears of the Sea



Doomed by the evil warlock Forwin to wander the ancient seas as a mermaid for all eternity, Perdita longs for the release death would bring. Every ten years she has a chance to break the curse when she emerges from the sea fully human for one month. The catch? She must find a man willing to die for her.

Captain Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal ruined his life and his reputation. After nearly drowning in a storm at sea, he wakes on an island with visions of a dark haired mermaid pulling him from the water. When a woman similar in appearance begs for his protection, he is suspicious.

Perdita has never met anyone as honorable as Savion. Even though he shuns her every advance, she falls for him. But as the end of her time on land approaches, she faces the hardest decision of all, save Savion and remain cursed for all eternity or break the curse and watch the man she loves die

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Main Characters



Perdita Mulier (means Lost Woman)

Though she looks no older than 20, Perdita is over 300 years old! Unfortunately, she's spent most of those years wandering the ancient seas as a mermaid. Yet, she wasn't always a mermaid. Born a human, the daughter of a poor farmer. Perdita soon grew into the most beautiful and desired woman in her village, in fact, in the entire kingdom. Although many young men vied for her hand, Perdita fell in love with Sir Ivan of Morehead, a Knight who promised to marry her and rescue her and her family from poverty.  But another man set his sights on Perdita, the evil warlock Forwin who refused to let her go. Laughing at Perdita's naive belief in true love, Forwin made a bargain with her to prove it doesn't exist, especially when it came to Sir Ivan. When Perdita loses the bargain and still refuses to marry Forwin, he curses her to wander the seas, half-human, half-fish, all alone for all eternity. The only thing that can break the curse is for Perdita to find true love, but after 300 years of trying, she no longer believes it even exists. Depressed and extremely lonely, Perdita longs for death.

Perdita is strong, kind-hearted, courageous, clever, and independent  But she is also  cynical, vain, impulsive and manipulative



Savion Ryne (means Savior King)  
Even though Savion's father, King Abbas, rules the Kingdom of Erden and Savion is a prince in line to the throne, he feels inadequate due to a mistake he made in the past.  He was taken in by a beautiful princess who stole his heart, but her immoral wanderings brought shame to the kingdom and his father. So his father sent him to the Ancient seas in Erden on a mission to save someone. He won’t tell Savion what or who he is to save, merely that he’ll know when he finds them. 

But the Ancient Seas in Erden is under attack by the traitor Natas, a wicked general who led a rebellion against King Abbas and who is trying to take over Erden for himself. Savion and his crew spend their time fighting off Natas and his Malum hoards and helping those trapped in their evil rule. 

Savion's father is the most honorable, decent, honest, wise man Savion has ever known. It is his desire to become like him so that Savion can someday take over the kingdom. More than anything he longs to complete his mission and go back to Nevaeh.

Savion is everything a hero should be: Noble, Kind, Caring, Honorable, Honest, Courageous and Moral. 

Enter Perdita's World through Pinterest!  


Reviews!


When MaryLu Tyndall writes a book, you should read it. When she writes a mermaid story, you should put it at the top of your to-read list. Lisa Bartlett

Powerful, compelling and intriguing!! Mermaids, warlocks, hope, sacrifice,faith, redemption are only a few things you will find in Ms. Tyndall's latest adventure, "Tears of the Sea".  April Renn, My Book Addiction

There is a lot of depth to the story, while at the same time it is like one of the fairy tales you read growing up. The whole story has you cheering for the heroine to find true love, everlasting love. And of course you want to see the curse lifted...  Joygirl

If you enjoy sea-faring adventure and derring-do, then read Tears of the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall. Sword fighting and raging seas clash and roar. If you want to be surprised as each page leads you deeper into a fantastic realm of good and evil, then read this book. Eileen B

Truly, Mary Lu Tyndall never fails to bring a brilliant novel into the readers hands, which always includes God's wonderful truths...yet this one is unlike all the rest, very special indeed. It will come to no surprise that setting this book down before it's finished will be quite the challenge! Rebecca Brown

I cannot recommend this spell-binding, thrilling and heart-rending story highly enough. The ripples from this tale left me truly stirred and inspired. And I found that, as in all of MaryLu’s novels, that the exquisite story-telling and the vivid, expressive descriptions throughout were simply sublime! This tempest on land, sea, and in the heart, is immersed in ingenious spiritual analogies taking this page-turning fantasy to one of perfection. Highly recommended!   Noela Nancarrow, book reviewer

Marylu Tyndall has created an amazing cast of characters that speak to the hopes, fears, and dreams of us all. This is a fantasy story that everyone will enjoy, including magic, love, sacrifice, adventure, and redemption. In a land where pirates and mermaids exist, this is a spellbinding story that everyone will enjoy! Sophie


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Frenzy!

Guess what? It finally rained her in California yesterday. Thank God. It wasn't much rain but at least the plants and trees got a sprinkling. Having lived in both Florida and California, I can tell you the rain is VERY different. In Florida, it comes mostly in heavy spurts pounding all around. I remember it being so thick I had to pull over on the side of the road because I couldn't see. Then, usually, it's gone rather quickly. Here in California the rain is more like a mist. We do get an occasional downpour, but mostly it's just light sprinkles that last for days and days. One year I remember I didn't see the sun for a month!  Even though I find such gloom terribly depressing, we could use that right now with this drought.

Writing News!
I started writing The Reckoning!  Check out the final cover on the left!  After 2 months of not writing, it felt good to be back into creative mode. I'm a pretty slow writer and I plot much of the story while I'm writing so I'm only on chapter 2.  I'm hoping for a summer release. I know that is a long way off, but hey, I'm working as fast as I can.  It always amazes me the amount of time and work and research and sweat and tears that goes into a novel, and then some of my readers finish it in a weekend!!  Yikes!  If you've ever truly tried to write a novel, you understand. I congratulate anyone who has finished an entire novel. It's a huge accomplishment. 










Mermaid Gift Basket!
In honor of the release of Tears of the Sea, I'm giving away a huge mermaid gift basket filled with lots of goodies. If you haven't already, please go HERE  to check it out and enter!  You still have a week before I choose a winner.

Blog tour Giveaway!
I'm taking part in a blog tour with different authors who are giving away books every week.
This week's book giveaway. Author: Katheryn Haddad. Title: Star Song. Topic: a lyrical novel retelling the story of Christmas from many different characters' perspectives.
Go check it out  and enter to win!  Star Song Giveaway!


Friday Writing Tip

Speaking of plotting as you write, there's an actual name for it called Pantzer. So you are either a plotter or a pantzer. My friend Camy Tang spends months plotting every scene of her book. Some authors write each scene down on index cards and hang them on a story board. Others use a software program to do the same. Some just keep track of everything in an outline. But if you're a plotter, you will know most every scene in your book before you even start writing. There are great advantages to this way of writing. With everything so well thought out, the scenes just naturally fall into place and rarely does anything not make sense. No plot holes for this type of writer. Nothing is forgotten or overlooked and the story flows logically to it's intended conclusion.

The Pantzer may have a general idea of the plot and may even have in-depth character sketches, but they don't really know what's going to happen in each scene. For me, I normally have a beginning, an end, and a couple of disasters and other events that must happen to pull the story forward. I also have all my characters figured out, their personalities, fears, quirks, journey, etc. But other than that, I don't have a clue. It usually takes about 5-10 chapters before the characters become real to me and start taking over the story. When that happens it's so sweet!! It's like riding a roller coaster. I just sit back and enjoy.  

The tip? Figure out which way works best for you (or maybe it's a combo) and enjoy the process. Don't let others tell you how to write your own book!


I pray you all have a great weekend and a fabulous Thanksgiving!! I can hardly believe it is upon us.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When I am weak, then I am strong!


Feeling old and beat up lately?


And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Are you a Judas?

Of course not, you say! I would never betray my Lord! Really?  I'm pilfering part of my pastor's sermon from yesterday because it really spoke to me.  How often do you hear a sermon on Judas? Most of us just shake our head at him and write him off as just one evil dude: Heartless, self-centered, and greedy.  No doubt he was, but how different is he from any of us?

At the last supper when Jesus is reclining and eating with His disciples, He shares with them about His upcoming death, explains to them the meaning of the bread and wine, and then kneels before them to wash all their stinky feet. In those days washing someone's feet was the lowliest of jobs, but Jesus wants His disciples to experience what real love is. He even washed Judas's feet, knowing the man was going to betray Him that very night. Amazing.

When Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray Him, they are shocked and start looking around to try and figure out who it is. Even after Jesus points to Judas and tells him to get on with it, the disciples still don't believe Judas would do such a thing. When Judas left, John tells us they actually thought Jesus had sent him on an errand.

But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.  John 13:28-29

You see Judas was in charge of their finances. So, naturally the disciples thought he was trustworthy.  Jesus wouldn't put a betrayer in charge of their finances!  Think about that for a minute. Jesus put Judas in charge of their money, knowing full well that the man was a cheat and liar.Why? My theory is that Jesus knew how much Judas valued money and was testing him, trying to get him to see his wicked heart and truly turn to Jesus. But Judas never did.

Think about what Judas saw and did when he was with Jesus.
Judas had 3 years of listening to the best sermons ever preached. He had 3 years 24-7 of hanging out with God, Himself, talking one on one with Him, asking Him questions, getting His advice, absorbing His wisdom. He had 3 years of being loved personally by God Himself.  How many of us would love to have that kind of personal intimate instruction and love from God in the flesh? (Me! Me! Waving my hand!)   Not only that, Judas experienced tons of miracles:  Bread multiplied, people healed, demons cast out, Jesus walking on water, etc.. etc..  And if that weren't enough, Judas also went out with the 12 and did most of those same miracles himself when Jesus sent them forth into the cities.

Judas experienced God and had knowledge of Scripture and knowledge of God more than any of us could even imagine. More than Billy Graham or any of the great preachers and theologians in the world.  Is it possible for someone to go to church every Sunday, attend 3 Bible studies a week, give to the poor, serve the needy, heal the sick and cast out demons in Jesus's name, even be a pastor or elder in a church but NOT be saved?  Apparently yes.

So, this made me wonder.... am I saved? Or am I just going through the motions? Am I just absorbing information about God but never knowing Him.  Jesus told Nicodemus that a man had to be born again to be saved. Born again in spirit, not body. That means God's Holy Spirit must come and dwell inside of us. But how do we know if He's there?

Check your fruit! If God's Spirit is living inside of you, you should be bearing some fruit. For those who are closely following God, there will be more fruit. For those who are struggling along, maybe less. But there still should be fruit. What is the fruit?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control.  Galatians 5:22


If you aren't sure if you are bearing fruit, ask someone close to you who knows you well, like a spouse, parent, or child. If you've been walking with the Lord 10 years, are you more patient than you were 10 years ago? Do you have more joy in your life? Do you worry less? Are you kinder? Do you love people more?  Honestly, I wasn't completely sure, so I asked my hubby and he smiled and gave me a definite yes!  I guess I used to be pretty difficult to live with. LOL. 

I'm not trying to scare anyone or make anyone doubt their salvation, but even Paul told the Corinthians to check themselves and make sure they were saved. Jesus, Himself, said to look for fruit. So, don't be afraid to ask the question of yourselves. But once you know the answer, God tells us that nothing can pluck us from His hands. So, rest assured of that you are secure in His love. 


Have a wonderful week!!



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