Friday, April 18, 2014

The Re-Release of The Redemption!

First of all, Happy Good Friday!  Although I suppose I shouldn't use the term happy because of the suffering our Lord endured for us. I don't take it for granted what he went through. In fact, to this day I still can't watch The Passion of the Christ again. I love that movie but the explicit scenes of Christ's suffering are too much for me. And I believe it was much much worse than even that movie portrayed. Thank God and Thank you Jesus for going through that for us. He went through it for you... and me, even if we were the only ones left on earth. That blows my mind.

Anyway, perhaps it's fitting that I re-release my very first novel ever, The Redemption, today. It is a story of redemption, after all, and isn't that what Good Friday is all about?  I haven't owned the rights for my pirate series for quite a while and I finally was able to get them back. So, I edited the book and slapped a new cover on it and voila! It's available again in ebook now and print in a few weeks. The story is the same. I merely made the writing flow a bit more smoothly.

Please celebrate with me the release of The Redemption!  And let me know what you think of the new cover!  

Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of a father she never knew, only to become shipwrecked on an island. She longs for a father’s love to fill the emptiness in her soul from an abusive childhood, but resigns herself to a lonely death of starvation. Her salvation comes in the form of a band of pirates and their fierce, enigmatic leader, Captain Merrick.

The last thing Merrick expected to find in the middle of the Caribbean was a beautiful maiden. Now he is burdened with the task of not only protecting her from his crew, but from himself. A recent convert to Christianity, Merrick is haunted by a sordid past while he struggles to become a better man and accepts a mission from God to hunt down the most vicious pirates on the Caribbean.
Charlisse can make no sense of Captain Merrick. A pirate who prays and drinks rum? Breaking her vow to never trust any man, she finds herself falling for the pirate/priest, who more than once risks his life to save her. When she confides in him her quest to find her father, Merrick agrees to help. What he doesn’t realize is Charlisse’s father is the ruthless Edward the Terror, the one man Merrick has vowed to hunt down and kill.

Evil forces are at work against Charlisse and Merrick: enemies, battles, imprisonment, jealousy, and betrayal, all threaten to destroy not only their new found romance but their very lives. It will take a miracle—or several—for either of them to survive.
If you'd like to win a free E-copy of the book, please leave a comment with your email address. I'll choose TWO winners next Friday.

In the meantime, I pray you and your family have a lovely, blessed Resurrection weekend! 



  1. How appropriate for this weekend. I just checked out this book to re-read again after having read "The Ransom" to relive Merrick and Charlisse's story. Today on Relz Reviewz (a Christian Book Blog) she asked the question who was our favorite pirate and why. Of course, I said Alexander Hyde, the Pirate Earl :-) I really like the new cover for "The Redemption" as compared to the old one. Very fresh looking.

    Happy Easter!

  2. Mary Lu,

    I absolutely Love the cover of your new book, and I absolutely would love to read it. Happy Easter to you and your family.
    Can't wait to get your other pirite book
    Thanks for doing the free Giveaway

  3. MaryLu, I just love your blog posts and this one is extra special with Good Friday! Big time congrats on the re-release of The Redemption :) The cover is AMAZING and so happy you got the rights back on it! I think I read it a long time ago, but looking forward to reading the new and improved version, just lovely! I just ordered The Ransom today on amazon and also big time looking forward to reading that as well :) Have a lovely Easter weekend FILLED with blessings to you and yours, love and hugs to you!
    *not an entry, I'll be getting the print version when it's available, will share this on facebook :)*

  4. I love your entire Pirate series! Congrats on re-releasing THE REDEMPTION! BTW, my website, is giving away a copy of THE RANSOM! The Giveaway ends April 26th!

  5. I think my comment either flew away or is awaiting moderation. But not wanting to take a chance here goes again, and sorry if you get duplicate comments.

    I LOVE the new cover, MaryLu! It's been so long since I read The Redemption, it'll be like reading it all over again for the first time. Congrats on re-publishing it!


  6. Ahoy MaryLu , I love your blog . I love the cover of your new release The Redemption . I love all of your books and would love to win this one . Thanks for the giveaway .

  7. MARYLU this was the first book I read by you and it is still in my all-time top ten favorite books EVER!!! LOVE the new cover and I can't wait to re-read it! :-)

  8. Congrats to you! :) This is exciting! I just finished reading the original version and can't wait to re-read it! The Redemption is one of my favorite books to read. :)

    He is risen!

  9. I love the cover and the story line. It is the first pirate story I have heard of that has a Christian captain. I would love to read it. Congratulations on getting the rights back. fishingjan[at]aol[dot]com

  10. Hi ladies!! Thanks for coming by on this Good Friday! I'm so glad you like the new cover. The girl in the pink is a friend of my editors... Isn't her hair gorgeous??? Just like the curls I describe of Charlisse's.
    Cathy I saw that you were doing a giveaway on your Enkspoty! Thanks !!! I tweeted it and will share some more. I appreciate that so much!
    Kara, thanks for ordering The Ransom. I hope you enjoy it!
    Amy... thanks for casting your vote for The Pirate Earl! I need to head over to Relz and check that out.
    Anyway, Blessings to you all!!

  11. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway! --Connie


  12. I love the new cover and would love to win the book :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

  13. I would love to win a copy. Have a great resurrection weekend with your family. :)

  14. cool! I always love reading your books:)

  15. Thanks for a chance to win your book, MaryLu. The cover is very pretty. Love it and sure the story will be great. GOD bless and Happy Easter. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  16. Hello MaryLu, the new book cover is beautiful and I would love to read it!
    Blessings to you and yours on this Resurrection weekend. Tracey
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

  17. The new cover is very pretty! Thanks for giving us the chance to win a copy! The blurb is very intriguing!!
    RW620 (at)aol(dot)com

  18. Congrats on the re-release of "The Redemption", MaryLu!! The cover is beautiful, and so is the model's hair!! My niece has always had very curly and has worked hard to straighten it, however - I have always thought it was beautiful!!

    I have quite a few of your books, but don't have "The Redemption" and would love to read it - love the story line!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!! SO many of us, as children, missed the expressions of love from an earthly father - however, we're blessed to ALWAYS have the love of our heavenly Father!!

    Hugs and love to you this Easter season - aren't we blessed??

  19. Sorry - forgot my email addy!!


  20. Love the new cover. This is one of my favorite stories and I'm so glad that you get to re-release it!
    Have a great Resurrection Sunday!

  21. I love the new cover! I think I like this option better than the one you posted a few weeks ago. This way, it is still left to the reader to imagine what her face looks like :). Happy Easter and thanks so much for the giveaway!
    genuinegagirl (at) gmail (dot) com