Friday, July 2, 2010

Winner of Ransome's Crossing and Day 1 of Surrender the Heart month!

The winner of a free copy of Ransome's Crossing is Dannielle!!! Thank you all for entering.
And now, Surrender the Heart has been released a month earlier than planned!!! It is currently available online at Amazon, B&N, and CBD.com and it should be seen in your local stores soon!

Anyway, Welcome to week 1 of Surrender the Heart Month. Each Friday I'll be posting something about the book, character, plot, etc.. All you need to do is read over the post, make a comment about what you read, and I'll enter your name in a contest. Every Friday, starting at the 9th, I'll be drawing 2 names to win a free copy of the book. So, tell all your friends and have them drop by and enter.!!!







Today, we will learn about the heroine of the story, Marianne Denton

Brief Description: Marianne Denton is plain. At least that’s how people describe her. At age 25with mousy brown hair, lackluster brown eyes, and a figure on the plump side, she rarely turns heads in her hometown of Baltimore. Possessing no particular skills and with nothing remarkable about her appearance, she has resigned herself to a life caring for her ailing mother and younger sister. After all, she can hardly compete for a husband when there are dozens of other young ladies much more beautiful and talented than her. She has no time for courting anyway. After her father died, leaving the family destitute, she spends her time trying to support her family and purchase her mother’s essential medicines. But the money is running out. The inheritance her father left her can only be touched upon her marriage. And there are not exactly suitors lining at her door, vying for her hand. Despite her waning faith in God, Marianne is a caring, loving person who is extremely loyal to those she loves.

Strengths: Kind, Patriotic, Charitable, Loyal, Intelligent, Persevering
Weaknesses: Untrusting, Stubborn, Insecure, Pessimist

Quirks: Marianne wears a ruby ring that her father gave her once. A distant, unloving father, he rarely had a kind word for Marianne, nor did he often give her gifts. Therefore, this ring means a great deal to Marianne. It represents the father she wishes she had—one who made her feel valued and loved. When she’s nervous or agitated, she twists the ring around her finger.

Inspiration: To me, Marianne represents every normal, average woman. There is nothing remarkable about her appearance or her abilities that would make anyone stop and take a second look. She’s the woman in the crowd that nobody sees, the girl that never gets asked out, the student whose grades are always average, the face everyone forgets, and the girl who knows her place in the food chain of popularity. I’ve been wanting to write a story about such a woman for a long time because I believe there are many women out there who can relate to her. Let’s face it, not many of us are top models or intellectual giants. Most of us just meander through life, doing ordinary things and really not expecting great adventures to come our way. But that’s not true. God loves the underdog, and He has great adventures and romance for everyone who turns to Him and surrenders to His will.
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91 comments:

  1. I love characters like this! Sounds awesome!

    Ann

    bookwormann93@gmail.com

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  2. Wow! I just can't wait to read this book!! She sounds great! I can definitely relate to her!

    sarah45431@hotmail.com

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  3. This looks really awesome!! I really like the way you describe the characters so we get to know them before we read the book.

    suzannemcniel@gmail.com

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  4. Just received your comment on facebook so please enter me

    May God Bless


    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  5. Debbie Mitchell debsbunch5@jesusanswers.comJuly 2, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    MaryLu, you never cease to amaze me. You hit the nail on the head with this one. You may pick up a few more readers with this story. Please enter me into any contest you are having. Thanks, and have a great day!

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  6. I like that Marianne is loyal and patriotic. I think it is cool that she wears a ruby ring. My birthday is in July, so it is my birthstone! It is also special that her father gave it to her. His love language must be gift giving. My grandpa was like that! My mom always said that was the way he showed his love to her.
    Can't wait to read this book!
    Thank you,
    Mandy Heffron

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  7. I forgot to leave my email.
    Mandy Heffron
    lovenjoy16@gmail.com

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  8. Sounds like another great story! Though it's not a pirate tale, I'll still be on the lookout for a dashing hero... ;-) I'm glad that Marianne sounds like a more relatable heroine. I'm sure her story will be a treat to read! I have no doubt because I have yet to read one of your books that I haven't!! :-)


    peachyqn@aol.com

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  9. I am seriously on pins and needs waiting for this book to come out. It sounds like such a thrilling story and You have yet to write a bad story!! I cannot wait!!!

    Nicol
    cantrainallthetime7@gmail.com

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  10. Marianne sounds like a wonderful character. I'm already rooting for her to get her HEA. =)

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  11. I cannot wait to read this book!:)
    ~Liz
    liz.m.moberg@gmail.com

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  12. Hi Marylu, I love all of your books. And this one sounds like it will be just as good. The character Marianne sounds like me. We both live in Baltimore albeit in different centuries, the ruby is my birthstone, I'm very much close to my family and want the best for them, and there are no suitors knocking my door down, but I don't let that get me down. I pray to GOD to keep me patient and teach all I need to know in oder to be more of a godly young woman, future wife and mother. Thank you for the books that you write and keep on writing, I pray that I will become a writer also sharing the love of God and the gospel of JESUS CHRSIT. Thank you so much.

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  13. I can't wait to read the book. But I'm a bit strange about NOT wanting to know anything before I read the book. Especially if it's a favorite author of mine (like you) where I know I'm going to love it and don't need to know anything about the book. I love to be surprised when I read the book!

    Blessings
    Michelle V
    michellevasquez2001[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. My best friend and I are so excited for this book! We both have a very hard time picking out a favorite book by you, and it tends to be whatever the last one we read was. I have the feeling that this will be a new favorite!
    You'll probably find it funny, but I found Redemption the other day ago at a Christian outlet store, and about had a heart attack! I was so excited. Right now the Reliance is the only book from you that I don't have.

    doubledutch84@yahoo.com

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  15. Marianne sounds like a genuine heroine, refreshing in today's bombardment of fake reality TV. (A la
    The Bachelor and The Hills) I'd love to read about someone real like her!

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  16. Ooh, this sounds awesome! I honestly don't think I have ever read a romance book where the heroine wasn't described as at least pretty (but in most books, she's always drop-dead gorgeous). It think that's one of the reasons I liked the new Robin Hood movie so much - they made Maid Marion a plain, mid-thirties woman and didn't weigh her down with makeup and fancy costumes.
    Anyway, Surrender the Heart sounds fresh and much-needed in the book market!
    Thanks for giving us the chance to win a copy! :-)

    safe_1227(at)bresnan(dot)net

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  17. Love your books and writing style! Always waiting for the next adventure from you.. Please enter me in the book drawing :)
    Ruth
    ralmap@hotmail.com

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  18. Wow. That sounds so sweet. Marianne reminds me of myself in so many ways, and to think that you wrote a character of her. it makes me giddy :P I luv your books so much, and the fact that you have this blog thing and we get to learn about the characters ahead of time, it is just awesome. I can't wait to read this book. I have read every single other book that you have written and they are so well written. Definitely enter me in to get this book!!!
    Melanie Isaac
    elanie94saac[at]gmail[dot]com

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  19. I love your books so much. The way your write it is so different than most books. It definitely makes them stand out. You have inspired me to write my own books too. I have been waiting for your newest book and am so looking forwards to reading it.
    virtad[at]gmail[dot]com

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  20. I can't wait to read this!! I love all your books and I know this ones going to be just as amazing! Your writing has made a huge influence on my own, and I really pray that one day I can write as good as you. God bless!

    rdbananna@aol.com

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  21. Oh can't wait to read this one...the heroine sounds perfect, just the type of character I love to read about..I think the best stories are when you read about the "least of these" and thier victories..thanks as usual Mary Lu..I know you wont dissapoint!

    Mimi
    Maisha_Walker1855@comcast.net

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  22. OK. Here's honesty. At first I thought, 'Aw, a plain person. That's nice, but not very exciting.' This shows some shallowness on my part, as it isn't the outside that makes us truly beautiful, but the inside and God transforming us to look like Jesus. Thank God He looks at the heart and not like man (or me, sometimes) who looks at the outward appearances to think well of someone.
    Thank you for pulling that out of me :-) and please enter me in your contest (lol- I can use a book like this)!

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  23. This book sounds amazing!!! Can't wait to read it. Enter me in the draw, please!
    Shayna
    shayna_bee@live.ca

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  24. Thank you for the preview to your book! I'm glad your heroine is an ordinary, everyday person. I agree that they are very identifiable for readers. I would love to win it please!
    potosrose(@)gmail(.)com

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  25. Oooh this sounds so good! I can definitely relate to Marianne's character. I would love to win a copy, but of course I will buy it if my name isn't drawn. Good luck to everyone! : )

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  26. Dying to read!!! Just discovered your books. They are all GREAT!!!!!

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  27. I look forward to reading this book. She sounds like she is a very interesting character.

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  28. This book sounds really good,
    and Marianne will be fun to get to know!!!
    thanks for having this give away!

    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  29. Hi MaryLu, I've read all your books and have been looking forward to "Surrender the Heart." Having a 'Plain Jane' heroine sounds like someone I will be able to ralate to.

    Have a blessed day!
    ~Lisa

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  30. It's those quiet ones that have spunk underneath. Please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  31. I like that the heroine is plain. Not everybody is "the most beautiful girl anyone has every seen". I'm looking forward to seeing how the story develops.

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  32. Sorry, messed up on the first one.
    Hi MaryLu, I've read all your books and have been looking forward to "Surrender the Heart." Having a 'Plain Jane' heroine sounds like someone I will be able to ralate to.

    Have a blessed day!
    ~Lisa
    bride03@sbcglobal.net

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  33. Marianne sounds like such a genuine character. I can't wait to read Surrender the Heart.

    brittanyehickey at gmail dot com

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  34. I can't wait to read this book; have 2 of your books that I plan to read next week! Please enter me; I have my Mother's ruby ring that I treasure.
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  35. Heh MaryLu,
    Well this sounds just wonderful ... I can relate to Marianne already !!! Wow, what a great way to go, re - your heroine. Can hardly wait to read this newest book. (Congratulations on having it ready earlier than expected !)
    God Bless, Brenda H

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  36. Looks great!! Can't wait to read it... Love all your books! :)

    ladette [at]live[dot]com

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  37. It sounds like many of us will be able to relate to Marianne. It sounds like a great read.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. MaryLu ....
    Sorry, I did not leave my e-mail address in the 'Comment' section above.
    Brenda H
    brennie7@hotmail.com

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  39. I can sure relate to this character. Sounds like it is going to be a great book! Looking forward to reading it.

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  40. Hi Mary Lu!
    Marianne is your inspiration and you are mine. :) I love the cover and wish you the best as this book comes to the market place. Have an awesome July 4th!

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  41. Thanks for sharing the character and background of your heroine. I love it that she is so 'ordinary.'Lynn McCallum
    tomasmc@cogeco.ca

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  42. I can somewhat understand how Marianne feels about the father she wishes she had who will make her feel valued and loved. My father is still around but in another country, so basically I live with my mother and younger sister. The only kind of love he would give my sister and I was doing activities we wanted to do, and never hugged us. Though we only got one hug if I went on a week long trip by ourselves... Marianne sounds very interesting and the book too! Wants me to dig in and read what happens to her! Thanks for sharing!

    Tracy C

    CoopaTroopa04@hotmail.com

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  43. Yay! July is finally here! I've been waiting for a while for this book give away! I'm sooooo excited to read the book, and I love that it came out a month yearly! Please enter my name in! Thank You!
    God Bless!

    -Amber Minnehan
    amberminnehan@yahoo.com

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  44. I always wait with great anticipation for your next book and even put it on my calendar! I like that this heroine is not the typical "drop-dead" beauty. I am excited to go on the journey with Marianne as she finds her purpose in the Lord. I know I will be challenged in my faith.

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  45. I am so exited about this book!! I dont know if I should order it now or wait to possibly win it from your blog. I love that you wanted to write a story about a woman like your character Marianne. I can hardly wait to see how the story goes!
    God Loves you MaryLu!

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  46. your books are always fabulous and I cannot wait to read this one also! Sounds great!

    mom2alyssa_tristan @ yahoo.com

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  47. Please enter me! I can't wait to read this book. I love your books. :D I'm hoping to win a copy to give to a friend. ;)

    booklovercb[at]yahoo.com

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  48. Her Quirk is so neat! I have a ruby ring, given to me by my parents for my 16th birthday...I don't spin it...at least I don't think I do...But I thought that was neat that we both have a ruby ring!!!

    Can't wait to read this book!!

    Rae Byuel
    raebyuel(@)gmail(.)com

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  49. Thanks for highlighting Marianne she sounds like one of those characters that gets swept under the rug and forgotten about.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot]com

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  50. Wow MaryLu...it will be refreshing to read about an "ordinary" woman who is struggling to get by. I think many of us can relate to that.
    Krystal
    krystal.chestnut@yahoo.com

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  51. I am intrigued by the heroine in your new book! It will be fascinating to read how plain Marianne finds romance amidst tumultuous 1812 while caring for an ailing mother.

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  52. I love Marianne! She is every (or most) women. Even those that are above average seldom see themselves that way. Can't wait to read this book.

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  53. I am sooo excited that this book is out early!!! Marianne sounds like a wonderfully REAL character! Thank you for the excellent books you write:)

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  54. The character sounds wonderful! I'm excited to see how Marianne will accomplish her needs for her family and feel loved and cherished also. A lot of novels with have an attractive main character (which is no problem). Having something different, I believe, will attract new readers to understand and put themselves in Marianne's position. I am very thrilled to read this story

    Vanessa

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  55. You've got me hooked just with your character description of Marianne. Can't wait to be introduced to the man God puts in her path.

    Blessings,
    Becca

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  56. Well, I'm here writing something to get my name in the draw. Yes, Marianne does sound like an ordinary girl next door type, like you, me and most of the people we all know. I'm going to be the odd woman out and admit that most of the time I'd rather read about someone different than myself!! I know quite well what it's like to be the plain girl, so I don't have any problem identifying emotionally. I guess maybe fiction to me is supposed to be an escape from the more painful aspects of our ordinary reality. MaryLu, am I making sense to you at all? Anyway...please sell me on her character. I'm looking forward to reading it, for sure!

    Just thought I'd let you know that my husband got back from his trip to the US and brought back The Raven Saint for me. I loved it!! Yeah, writing the bad boy Rafe must have been quite different for you than the saintly Nathaniel Mason. I liked them both. And poor Grace (whom I didn't much like in the other books of the series) did turn out to have some redeeming qualities. I confess I stayed up til 3:30 a.m. finishing this one!

    God bless you, keep writing and I'll cheer!

    csteward@gmsa.org

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  57. The idea to write about the normal, average woman is very intriguing to me. It sure does get me thinking about what I consider to be "normal" or "average." Can't wait to read it.
    Amanda Lewis
    jon.lewis16@gmail.com

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  58. looking forward to reading your latest novel...it sounds wonderful :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  59. Oh I loved this...learning more about Marianne Denton. It made me smile and cry at the same time because I see a lot of myself in her at times...I love all her qualities, especially being faithful to her family!!! I think she really is beautiful...but just hasn't realized it yet...and she's a diamond in the rough :) :) whoever finds her will be a lucky man indeed. Hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  60. I can relate to her. I'm not the prettiest flower in the garden and it's not easy to pick me out from a crowd. But that's ok!

    <=~)

    kendra fox

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  61. It sounds amazing! I cant wait to read it :) she sounds alot like me...

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  62. This main character represents me very much. I am not a person who is very pretty or very talented and I believe that I could learn a lot from this character in the book! I love your books!

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  63. Interesting, you could've used my photo instead of the one you have to go along with your description of Marianne. It will be interesting to see how she stands out in your book, we know they always do!

    Blessings & Happy 4th of July,

    Mimi
    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

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  64. its refreshing to see an average character in the sense that she's not drop dead gorgeous or really stereotypical. i love all your books and i buy everyone that comes out!!! please enter me :)
    kath

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  65. Sounds great! This average woman is looking forward to reading about Marianne.

    jeanmjohnson@yahoo.com

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  66. I wonder how you will find love and romance for this lady. I would love to win a copy of this book.

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  67. I've been excited about Surrender the Heart but even more so now that I read about Marianne. God truly blesses the ordinary with an amazing life in Him! I can't wait to read her story.
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  68. How exciting to have your book released early! I have enjoyed all your books I have read so far, and I am sure this one is going to be a favorite. Marianne sounds like someone I will love getting to know. Thanks for the contest and a chance to win this free book.

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  69. Hi MaryLu

    How are you? I'm doing better. Thanks for all the ways you've supported me I'm finding my way again.

    Thanks for writing this story I think at one time or another there is a voice in all our ears that tells us we're no one in particular and not worthy of time or attention. Thankfully there's always the Voice telling the truth too: that we're important, worthy through the Son and loved beyond compare.
    I like your heroine because she's not like most heroines who's slim, intelligent and full of confidence and poise. She's the rest of us who is afraid to venture out unsure and hesitant.
    Can't wait to read her story
    Hugs and Blessings
    Karien

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  70. ohh she sounds like an intriging characdter!!

    jazzybrowneyes@hotmail.com

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  71. Looking forward to reading this book.

    Lourdes11743[at]gmail[dot]com

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  72. I have long since been a fan of your books. They always seem to teach me a lesson of God's loving kindness as I finish the last page.
    The way you've described this book makes me think that many a woman will benefit from it. Although it is fiction I find these books tug at the hearts of people everyone who are looking for a quiet reminder that God is indeed faithful. When everything looks bleak we only have to tilt our heads up, smell the fresh air and see the beautiful flowers and know that someone far great than us, is in charge of the path before us.

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  73. Marianne, sounds like someone that fits me. It would make you feel like you could be in her place and be part of the story. It sounds like my type of book and I'm anxious to read it.

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  75. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read it!!!!

    ~Micah

    paleface.lu@gmail.com

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  76. Hello, MaryLu! Congratulations on "Surrender the Heart". Thank you for writing about an imperfect woman who is a perfectly wonderful character! Most intriguing : )

    Marianne actually sounds a bit like me. I have always thought that my "stubborness" was both my best and worst characteristic : )

    US Resident, Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  77. "He has great adventures and romance for everyone who turns to Him and surrenders to His will." love that! :)

    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

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  78. Just by reading the character description and etc., of Marianne, I know she will be a fantastic heroine!!!

    Nina

    LittlePurpleBug@Cablespeed.com

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  79. I am excited to read this book! I got my roomate hooked on your Redemption series and now we talk about it all the time. I like the main character because I think alot of women can identify with her. I am excited to read this book!

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  80. I can not wait to read this next book!!! Looks very exciting!!!

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  81. What a beautiful idea! Can't wait!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  82. Sounds like a great book....I've loved all the others you've written. Keep them coming.

    Marcia

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  83. I know it's too late for the drawing on the 2nd - Happy 4th by the way. I would love to be entered for Surrender the Heart though.

    As usual your writing draws the readers into the story as I'm sure the book will too. Although many characters have imperfections of some sort they are often something within the person's control to work at changing but Marianne's average looks don't fall into that category. Despite this I know that is how God created her and if she places her life under His leadership He can turn her "straw" into beautiful and priceless "gold". I can't wait to see how "He gives her the desires of her heart when she trusts Him with her dreams" (paraphrase from Psalm 37:3-4 [see also verses 5&6])

    forest_rose [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  84. Ok...I think I found where I'm supposed to go for this book drawing thing. :D I left a comment on your patriotic post. It explains what happened.

    Anyway, it thrills me to know that someone has written about a character like Marriane. I can't wait to read the book. It sounds fascinating! I love reading about ordinary people and how God helps them triumph through the difficulties of their lives.

    You can reach me at

    lr.mullin at live.com
    ~Linnette
    www.LinnetteMullin.com

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  85. Marianne sounds like a character I can relate to. I can't wait to read her tale. I love your books and your blog. Thanks.

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  86. Wow!! I love the main female lead now!! She's is not overly pretty and she is just like me and other women!! I'm looking forward to reading this book and thank for the opportunity to win a copy! ^_^

    ~Michelle F.
    SailorJeanne@hotmail.com

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  87. I think this character sounds wonderful--I definitely think I can relate to the average appearance thing! ;)

    I'm so excited to read this book, MaryLu! Since its releasing early, do the influencers get their copies early, too? ;) Just wondering...because I can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for sharing this information about the protagonist!

    ~Amber

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  88. MaryLu, you have truely become one of my favorite authors and I read A LOT! I cannot wait to read this new series! I am excited that Marianne is a girl like me and I eagerly await to see where her story will take us! Thank you!

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  89. Sounds like another page-turner. Marianne sounds like another great heroine! I can't wait until it comes to my local bookstore!

    ackoster@Telus.net

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  90. Can't wait to read this one and find out what surprising strengths Marianne possess. I can tell that the characteristics that make her average have probably made her strong way down deep and I can't wait to read how you expose those stubborn strengths. P.S. Wentworth was one of my favorite Jane Austin men

    dibby602@charter.net

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