Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Friday! And winner of Undercurrent by Michelle Griep

Sorry foe the late post, but apparently Blogger was down for nearly 24 hours!   Anyway, I drew the winner's name for Undercurrent, Michelle Griep's exciting time-travel Vicking story and it's Brenda Hurley!!! Congratulations Brenda!!!  I encourage the rest of you to go to Amazon and order this wonderful book for yourself!!

Now for a bit of news: I received the prelimnary cover of Veil of Pearls and shared it on Facebook. If you haven't seen it yet, I'm posting it here with a blurb from the book and the release date. The cover may change slightly from this, but I think this is pretty much it.

Adalia Winston, a runaway slave, arrives in the bustling port town of 1811 Charleston, South Carolina, having escaped her vicious owner on the island of Barbados. Only one quarter Negro, she is able to hide her heritage and use her herbal medicinal skills to procure a job with a local doctor. When she meets Morgan, the handsome, spoiled son of a rich plantation owner, she finds herself swept up into the extravagant, pampered lifestyle of the Charleston elite, relishing the attention and opulence of a world she never dreamed existed. But in her efforts to be a part of popular society and capture the heart of Morgan, has she pushed the God who has never left her into second place, while being ashamed of the person He created her to be? And when her owner comes to stake his claim, will Morgan and her new friends stand up for her when they discover who she is, or will her world come crashing down around her?

Releases June 2012

Finally, let me leave you with this wonderful soldier's prayer I found. May it encourage you, bless you, and give you a clearer picture of our Awesome God!

Author Unknown,
(Attributed to a battle weary C.S.A soldier near the end of the war)

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.


  1. *Sigh* I hope these bloggers woes are over for good! It's annoying when you have deadlines.

    I love the cover for Veil of Pearls! I didn't know you had a new series in the works already but this looks awesome!!!! Can't wait till summer!!!!!

    XOXO~ Renee

  2. Friday, May 13th ....
    "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH .... I am SO excited !!!!!!!!!!! WOW, for me !!! I can't believe I won the free copy !!! Sorry to be carrying on about it ... but I am truly, so happy !!! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you -- Michelle, and MaryLu !!!!!!!!!
    Your new book "Veil of Pearls" sounds wonderful, MaryLu. And, I very much like the cover !!! I saw that "tiny print" ... "Releases June 2012" ... I'd say we have a bit of a wait. However, that being said ... your books are ALWAYS worth waiting for !!!
    Loved the "Soldier's Prayer" ... how humbling, and, how beautiful ! I especially like the line: "I was given life, that I might enjoy all things".
    God IS good ... ALL the time ... no matter what ! He always knows, what is best for us !
    Thanks again, MaryLu.
    And thank-you so very much Michelle. I can hardly wait ! (Can hardly believe - I won !)
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda hurley

  3. Congrats to Brenda! Enjoy.
    I love the soldier's prayer, MaryLu, it is so uplifting. So many of us pray for one thing and get something else, not realizing at the time that it is what we 'really' needed. God sometimes gives us what we 'want', but He always gives us what we 'need'. Praise God!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  4. Oh my goodness that cover is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

    Michelle V

  5. This sounds like a must read for me. And a beautiful cover!

  6. I hate to use the word 'favorite' but this might be my favorite of your covers yet. Can't wait to read it, of course.

  7. Thanks Ladies! I think this is my favorite cover so far too! Barbour has really improved in this area.
    Have a great weekend! I'm hoping to go check out Thor. I heard it was good. If not, at least I'll have some buttered popcorn.

  8. Beautiful, MaryLu! You know how excited I am about this one and why. Charleston is close by!

  9. I can't wait to read Veil of Pearls, and I adore the cover - especially the fancy bracket around the title. :-) I'm also going to copy down the soldier's prayer - very moving.

  10. Gorgeous cover, MaryLu! Looking forward to reading this one; the story sounds fascinating!

  11. Congrats Brenda!

    I'm very excited for Veil of Pearls to release. Absolutely love the cover! Cant wait to read what happens when Adalia's friends find out who she really is. :)

  12. Thanks for your enthusiasm, Ladies! God bless you all and have a fun, relaxing weekend! I'm off to shop for some new clothes. Yea!

  13. That is an absolutely fantabulously stunning cover!
    Congrats, MaryLu, on a book that no one will be able to resist picking up, and congrats to Brenda for winning Undercurrent!

  14. Really looking forward to the book Veil of Pearls! Is part of a series or stand alone?

    Will be praying for you!

  15. It's a stand alone, BW. Thanks, I need the prayers!! God Bless you!