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. 

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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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Friday, November 14, 2014

Tears of the Sea RELEASE party and Giveaway!!

Hi Everyone!
I'm excited to announce the release of my new book, Tears of the Sea.  In honor of its release, I'm giving away a mermaid gift basket which contains the following:

A mermaid exploding box hand made with love by Chaplain Debbie Mitchell. It's absolutely stunning! You have to see it to really appreciate it. You can use it just for decoration, but it also holds family photos



A Mermaid pendant with blue crystals





A mermaid/shell box jewelry holder








Sea Kind Ocean Breeze Body Lotion
Handmade bookmark by Amanda Rog!

Handmade Paper dolls of Savion and Perdita, along with several different outfits! (There are more not shown here)
Normal Dress

The dolls
Perdita as a mermaid

Perdita's wedding gown

These are hand made by Karen Martin!!!   Aren't they gorgeous?? 




A Stunning Mermaid Clipboard - Handmade by Johnette !! 












And Mermaid tear earrings!  


Have you ever seen such a great gift basket??

Please help me by spreading the word and enter below in the Rafflecoper form to win the gift basket!

Tears of the Sea is a story I've been trying to write for several years. This mermaid story is an allegory of the gospel, and God-willing, it is my hope that it opens the eyes of those still in darkness. If you know someone, especially a young person, who needs to hear about God's unconditional love, then you might consider ordering them a copy. There is no mention of God in the book, yet the message of the sacrificial gift of His Son in order to break the curse over His bride is clear.  

Please join me in praying that the words God gave me will reach many. 

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. Yet, after three-hundred years, her failures have left her heartbroken and alone.


Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal sent him far away to battle Natas’ rebellion. He longs to return to his father’s kingdom in Nevaeh but must first complete an unknown mission.After Savion falls off his ship during a storm, he wakes on the shores of an island with visions of a dark haired mermaid tending his wounds. 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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A closeup of the 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. 

My friend and publishing assistant, Debbie Mitchell is also hosting a party on her blog with even MORE giveaways!!!   So when you are done here, please follow this link to her blog and check it out!!   Chappy's Blog
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Seas and all that move in them!


In honor of my new release, Tears of the Sea!


Let heaven and earth praise him,
    the seas and all that move in them

Psalm 69:34




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Monday, November 10, 2014

Do you Stink?

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. Ephesians 5:2

My Mom and I were discussing perfume the other day. Much to her dismay, she has lost her sense of smell and can't smell her favorite perfume, Beautiful.  Me? I love perfume. Vanilla is a particular favorite of mine. But I have a different problem. No matter the perfume, no matter how expensive it is, the scent always fades after I put it on. Usually in less than 15 minutes, poof, I can't smell it anymore. And neither can anyone else, apparently, because I never get compliments on it.  I have very thin white skin, which I believe is the reason. Lots of other skin products don't work on me either. Anyway, all that to say that the Scriptures indicate that God also loves perfume!  God has a great sense of smell!  How absolutely delightful. Then again, I suppose He must since He created flowers and fresh-baked bread.

All through the Old Testament, the Israelites were instructed to burn incense and sacrifices and burn them on the altar for a sweet and satisfying fragrance before the Lord.  In Revelation, the 25 elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

It would seem that along with our physical scents, there are also scents in the spirit realm as well. Our prayers smell sweet to God. (Isn't that incredible?)  Our sacrifices to Him smell sweet! (I'm hoping my blunders don't make his nose pinch!)   That's amazing.  But here's something even more amazing: True believers in Jesus also put off a smell in the spirit realm, a sweet, pleasing aroma!

 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life.  2 Corinthians 2:14-16

What's even more interesting is that to those people whom God has chosen to be saved, we smell sweet, but to those people who will never be saved, we stink!    Have you ever tried to share God's love with someone and they've been completely repulsed, even angry, volatile, and insulting? Have you ever had someone just not like you for no obvious reason, or someone who is mean to you and degrading when you haven't done anything to them? After I read this verse I realized that in some of those cases, these people could smell a scent of death around me. They may not have even known why they didn't like me... but in their spirit they smelled something stinky. 

Alternatively, have you ever noticed that some people just like you? They enjoy your company, they want to hang out with you, and tend to gravitate toward you? I'm talking about those who don't know the Lord. When I worked at IBM and was around a lot of lost souls, I had quite a few friends. People knew my beliefs but wanted to hang out anyway. Even years after I left, I still had lost friends call and want to go to lunch.  I don't know what happened to most of them, but I still pray for them now and then. I believe they were drawn to a sweet scent (Not my own, but God's Spirit within me!)  

I also tend to believe that the closer we get to God and the more like Him we become, the sweeter we smell!  I may not be able to keep a sweet scent on my earthly body, but it's nice to know that I can keep a wonderful fragrance in the spirit realm... and that there are those who smell it and are drawn to it. 

So, strive to be a sweet sweet fragrance first to God and then to those around you!



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