Friday, July 11, 2014

Book and Personal news!

 Most of you probably already know this, but The Falcon and the Sparrow Ebook is FREE. Yup, completely FREE right now. However, this is the last day so click on the links below and get a copy, or send a copy to a friend.

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If you don't know anything bout the story, click here for a complete description.  The Falcon and the Sparrow has been a fan favorite ever since it released, so check it out!

Also, I recently released The Reliance in digital form. It has a spiffy new cover that many either love or hate. LOL.  But I like it. I think it captures Charlisse's mood, her determination and also sorrow as she faces her many trials.  I've priced it a little lower than the other ones in the series, so now's the time to pick up a copy! 

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I'm currently rewriting The Restitution, the third book in the series, and hope to put that out in digital form with a brand new cover in just a few weeks. 

Then it's back to my mermaid story, Tears of the Sea, which will release early next year.  It's coming together nicely and I think you're going to like it.

I've taken up a new hobby!  It's called a Salt-water Reef System.  This is no ordinary salt-water aquarium. This is trying to mimic an actual live reef, complete with all the live rock, coral, and tiny creatures that live on the reef.  The first step is to fill a tank with water and add reef salt until it is the right salinity. Then add sand and what they call live rock, which is rock harvested directly from reefs that contains all sorts of live organisms. You add a bio-filter, protein skimmer, cool LED light system and pumps that mimic the flow of tides in the water. Then you enter the cycling phase where the tank has to cycle through various phases where the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates rise and fall until they end up in the perfect amounts and the water is healthy to add little creatures. This normally takes several weeks. That's where I'm at now.  Thankfully, my son, who is really good at this stuff is helping me.  Here's a picture of my tank now.

Now here's what a mature reef tank looks like.  Where I hope to be someday!

Cool, eh??

I'll keep you informed of my progress.

Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Abandoned Memories - Escape to Paradise 3!

Something sinister lurks in the lush Brazilian jungle. . . .

It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.

James Callaway failed at both doctoring and preaching, but he hopes that his move to Brazil will give him another chance to become the spiritual leader he so desires. He longs to create a world free from the immorality that plagued every street corner back home and ruined his life. And he believes Angeline is just the sort of refined woman he needs to keep him on the right track.

But something is amiss in New Hope: haunting visions, the discovery of crypts beneath an ancient temple, and an archaic Hebrew book, set the colonists’ fears on edge. When one of their own is murdered, a series of disasters leads them to believe God has brought them to Brazil to defeat an evil that, if unleashed, could wreak havoc on the entire world.

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Main Characters

Angeline Moore (AKA Clarissa Paine)

Brief Description:  At only twenty years old, Angeline has endured enough horror and heartache to fill a lifetime. When her father was murdered, she was sent to live with an abusive uncle but was soon forced out onto the streets. Starving and cold, she trusted a woman who took her under her care, only to discover that she’d been thrust into a life of unimaginable disgrace. Running from the law for another crime, Angeline joins Colonel Wallace’s expedition to Brazil, hoping to hide her past and start a new life. And maybe even become a lady again. If only there weren’t two colonists on the journey who she’d met before. One is a man she is sure recognizes her, and the other is a hypocrite preacher who stirs her heart like no other.  However, because everyone she has ever loved has betrayed her, she trusts no one. She doesn’t want to depend on anyone every again, especially God, whom she believes has let down as well. Angeline is a true beauty. Petite, curvaceous with long russet-colored hair and eyes the color of violets, she attracts her share of male attention, yet she shuns them all. She doesn’t need a man. She can take care of herself. And she carries around a pistol to prove it!  Insecure, emotionally wounded, and plagued with nightmares, you don’t want to cross this lady, or you may discover a dragon lurks beneath her angelic exterior

Strengths: Courageous, Kind, Persevering
Weaknesses: Insecure, wounded, defensive, untrusting
Quirks: Angeline hates being touched by men and will often shirk away from any affection. She carries around a pistol to defend herself and bites her lip when she is nervous. Her most prized possession is a ring her father gave her on his death bed. To her, it represents home and love and safety—all the things she lost when he died.

Inspiration:  Angeline is the type of woman other women tend to hate. She’s beautiful, gets lots of male attention, and seemingly has low morals. Women tend to steer clear of her because they fear she’ll steal their boyfriends or husbands. Hence, she ends up with very few girlfriends and her only male friends use her for her physical appearance. Yet, how often do we judge women like this? Raise our noses in the air and walk on the other side of the street without peeling back the layers and seeing what’s beneath? Often you’ll find years of tragedy and abuse and a heart so filled with sorrow and shame that she no longer wants to live. That is Angeline. She feels dirty and worthless, even to the point of trying to kill herself more than once. To the outside world, she seems to have it all together, to be strong and independent and tough. But inside, she’s a whimpering little girl who only wants to be loved and feel safe again.

James Callaway

Brief Description:  At 28, muscular, with wheat-colored hair and hard bronze eyes, James presents quite a commanding figure. Unfortunately,  he knows his appeal is only external for he has already made a huge mess of his life. He failed at pastoring his father’s church—TWICE—and then failed as a doctor on the front lines of the Civil War when he was overcome with an acute fear of blood. Though he wants more than anything to make a difference in the world and help others, everything he touches turns to ash. He blames his failures on a weakness he has for beautiful women, and in particular immoral, beautiful women. Twice, women lured him away from his duties as pastor and his devotion to God, the last time they cost James his father’s life. Blaming them for his failings, James vowed to rid his city of all immoral women, and when that didn’t work he joined the expedition to Brazil in the hopes of creating a Southern Utopia free from immorality.  Only there will he be able to become the preacher his father hoped and make a difference in the spiritual lives of the colonists. Even so, guilt weighs heavy on James as he goes about his duties, for he never seems to live up to his own expectations. Perhaps if he could find a Godly, chaste women to marry, that would set him straight. Fortunately, there is such a lady among the colonists, Angeline Moore.  

Strengths: Smart, Patient, Cares for others, Devoted, Hard-working, Courageous, Self-sacrificing
Weaknesses: Insecure, feels like failure, unable to control passions, fear of blood, vulnerable, sensitive
Quirks:  James’s most precious possession is his father’s Bible. James wears his heart on his sleeve. He has a scar on the right side of his mouth from a sword fight with a husband of a lady he “spent time with”. 

Inspiration: James is a male messiah. He wants so badly to make his life count for something, to make a difference and help others! I love his character. His heart is in the right place, but it’s the execution of his dreams that needs some help. He tries his hand at both pastoring and doctoring but fails to call upon God for help and strength when things get tough, and therefore he ends up failing at both. Not only failing, but inadvertently causing his father’s death. Now, weighted down with more guilt than a man can bear, he looks for someone to blame, and instead of blaming himself, he blames the loose women who led him astray. Yet, how many of us do the same thing?  We want so badly to serve God, yet when the enemy comes against us, we don’t ask for God’s help. We try to do it on our own power. Then when we fail we blame anyone but ourselves! James has a hard road to travel before he realizes his error.

View more Character pictures and scenes of Brazil on my Escape to Paradise Pinterest Board! 

4 STARS Romantic Times!
In this fast-paced conclusion to the Escape to Paradise series, the detailed descriptions of the Brazilian jungle are breathtaking yet do not overburden readers. Tyndall has written a magical story with some characters who are sweet — and some who are unsavory.  Patsy Glans Romantic Times

Here's what others are saying:

Excellent Series! Astounding Conclusion! 
Action packed danger and Intrigue!
Wow, what an awesome read!
Beautifully written
MaryLu knocks it out of the park with this third book in the Escape to Paradise Series!
MaryLu has woven all these stories together in a wonderful tale of pirates, the supernatural, greed, forgiveness, love and grace.  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Safe in his arms

You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8





Monday, July 7, 2014

Think about it!

Doesn't it seem that the more technology we have, the busier and busier we are? Things and gadgets that should make our lives easier and free up our time seem to, instead, suck it out of us.  One of the things I believe people did more of long ago was sit and think. How often do you just sit down in the silence and think?  I mean without TV or music or a book or even conversation? Just you and God. If I were to answer honestly, I'd have to say, hardly ever.

Yet there are some things in life that we need to stop and think about, that the devil doesn't want us to stop and think about, like Who are we? Why are we here? Is there a God? What is the purpose of life? Who am I really? What do I want out of life? How did all this beautiful creation come into being? What is important in life?  So many young people today fill the emptiness inside with constant chatter, twitter, facebook, ipods, ipads, tv, movies, always on the go. I fear for them because I don't believe most of them ever sit and think about what they are doing.

Yes God asks us to think:
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season,  whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1

Before you click away thinking you already know you're supposed to meditate on God's Word, let me give you a slightly different perspective.  In Mark 8, Jesus miraculously fed 5000 men (Probably more like 15-20 thousand) with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  Later that day, he and his disciples get in a boat and head across the sea. But they had forgotten to take any bread so when Jesus warned them about the leaven of the Pharisees, they thought he was talking about bread. 

This is what he says to them: Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened?  Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

He then reminds them how he fed the 5000 men.  This always made me wonder. What does the feeding of the 5000 have to do with their misunderstanding of  what Jesus said about Leaven?  Yet earlier in the story Jesus chastised them for the same thing. Remember when he walked out to them on the sea? They were terrified, thinking it was a ghost. After he calmed them down and got in the boat, the Scripture says

And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. 

Strange, isn't it? Yet Jesus seems to be trying to teach us something. I believe it's CRUCIAL for us to stop and really consider the miracles God has done in our life. Right when they happen. Boom. he provides when we had nothing. Boom, he takes away pain. Boom, he showers us with his comfort, Boom, he protects our kids, Boom, he answers a prayer we've been praying for years, Boom, he heals us. You name it. Whether we realize it or not, God is always doing stuff for us.  But how often do we even recognize it, let alone stop and really think about it, ponder it, and let it sink into our soul?  And what would happen if we did that? 

I bet our faith would grow by leaps and bounds! I bet we'd trust God more. We'd see Him at work all around us. We'd realize how much He loves us!  We would grow from baby Christians to mature disciples. Just like Jesus longed for his earthly disciples to do.  

So the next time you realize God is working in your life, stop!!  Ponder, think, pray, consider... and I bet you'll be happy you did!  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Forth of July!!

The final winner of a free copy of Abandoned Memories is:  LIS K !!!  Congratulations, Lis!!  The
winners were all drawn by for fairness. 

THANK YOU all so much for helping me celebrate the new release of Abandoned Memories!  I always enjoy doing this for each of my books. It's become sort of a tradition.

You may be interested to know that Abandoned Memories already has EIGHT five star reviews!!   Here's a couple of excerpts from the reviews.

If you're a fan of movies like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Romancing the Stone, or the TV show Lost, then this is a series you don't want to miss

I absolutely loved this series! I feel her readers will thoroughly enjoy "Abandoned Memories". Pick up all three tales for a tale of sacrifice,greed,healing, hope, dreams, forgiveness, and the power of grace,love and faith. A bit of an Indiana Jones! Well done! 

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I hope all of my fellow Americans have a fabulous Forth of July!!  We have much to celebrate in this great nation. No other nation on earth has ever been as free as we have been or as prosperous. God has truly blessed us.  We have a great history filled with Godly men and women who sacrificed everything to form and protect a nation of free people. So many have lost their lives to keep us safe. May we remember their sacrifice today while we are eating hot dogs and watching fireworks.  And while you're at it, please pray for the United States. If things continue down the road they are on, I fear our freedom and prosperity will be a thing spoken of only in history books.

Tune in next week when I'll be talking a little bit about what I'm working on next and when it will be available. And what's coming around the bend after that! (God willing)
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Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lady Pirates Rule!

No verse today. For the life of me, I couldn't find one that fit! But it was too cool of a picture to pass up!

However if you get some inspiration, leave a verse in the comments. If I like it, I'll use it!
Have a great day!

From Amy! This is perfect!

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. - Proverbs 31:25


Monday, June 30, 2014

What is freedom, really?

This Friday we Celebrate the Forth of July here in the US. On that day over 200 years ago. we won our Independence from the tyranny of the King of England.  The United States is often called the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!  For many of us who live here, we have never known anything but freedom. (Although I believe that is changing. But I digress) But what is freedom? In the US, it has meant freedom from political tyranny and freedom to express your opinions without fear of punishment, freedom of expression, speech, freedom to pursue your own happiness, meet in groups, freedom of religion, etc. . ..

Yet, I believe there are certain myths about freedom that if we examined them, we'd discover they aren't true.

Myth 1:  Freedom means we don't answer to anyone. We don't serve anyone. No one rules over us!

The truth of the matter is, each one of us serves something or someone. If you aren't serving God, you're serving Satan. There's two sides in this world, light and dark, and you're on one of them. You may not think you serve Satan, but that's all part of the deception. You're either in the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan. When you die, you'll find out which one you belong to real quick.

So, you may say, if I serve God, I'm still not free. Not true. God offers a different kind of freedom, a better kind of freedom: Freedom from fear, the law, sin, depression, addiction, sickness, divorce, rejection, etc...   and He replaces it with the freedom to love, to care, to be kind, patient, good, humble, freedom to dance and sing and be filled with joy!  He gives us the freedom to live to our full potential in Him.

Freedom is not about not serving someone. It's about serving the right Someone! 

Myth 2:  Freedom means getting to do what you want to do when you want to do

The problem with this is that because we are fallen, sinful creatures, normally what we want to do is something that will ultimately destroy us.  We are like children who want to eat only cake for dinner, too stupid to realize that it will eventually make us fat and sick.  The Bible says the heart of man is wicked. Jesus, himself, didn't trust mankind because he knew what was in their hearts. We have a disease. It's called sin. And if left unchecked, it will kill us physically and ultimately it will kill us eternally.

True Freedom is allowing our Creator to direct our lives, to change our hearts, so that we can do what He created us to do. Only then will we find fulfillment and happiness!

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32

On this forth of July, if you are a child of God, celebrate the Freedom HE gives you!!

Happy forth!