Friday, July 30, 2010

Surrender the Heart Final Week!

Alas, we come to the final week of Surrender the Heart month!  I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Before we begin, let me annuonce the two winners from last week: JackieSmith and Karien 
Congratulations, ladies!  Everyone else, you only have one more chance to win a free copy of my new book.

The answer to last week's quiz was B. "Then you shouldn't have snuck aboard my ship."
Many of you got it correct!! But in all fairness, it was a difficult question.

Now for this week's snippet.  Read the dialogue below and then based on what you know about Marianne, choose what you think would be her response.  No matter whether you are right or wrong, your name gets entered in this last contest. I will announce the two winners next Friday!

Surrender the Heart

He proffered his elbow. “Milady, may I escort you to the railing? I believe that’s where you were heading before I interrupted?”

Marianne hesitated. Why was he being kind? She could not trust him. Squaring her shoulders, she lifted her chin. “I can make it on my own, thank you, Noah.”


Did the man’s arrogance never end? “Captain Noah.”

“Just Captain will do.” He grinned.

Releasing the wood, Marianne started out again for the railing. “What brings you up here in the middle of the night?”

He chuckled. “I could ask you the same. But it’s not the middle of the night. Dawn will be upon us in minutes.”

Marianne inched her shoes over the planks, forcing down her fear, determined to prove to this man that she was no coward. “Do the floors on this ship ever stop wobbling?”

Noah grinned. “Decks. The floors on a ship are called decks, Miss Denton.”

She grimaced. “What does it matter? You know what I mean.”

“If you are to spend months aboard, you should know the terminology so you aren’t mistaken for a landlubber.”

“But I am a landlubber.” She huffed. “A landlubber who has no intention of becoming a seaman—or seawoman.”

Noah walked beside her all the way to the railing as if he cared whether she fell. Marianne gripped the railing, the perspiration from her hands sliding over the wood. Taking a spot beside her, he inhaled a deep breath as he gazed upon the obsidian sea. He shook his hair behind him. Moonlight washed over him, setting his sun-bronzed skin aglow and dabbing silver atop the light stubble on his jaw. He planted his feet part and clutched the railing, the muscles in his arms flexing beneath his shirt. He seemed to have the weight of the world upon him, and Marianne tore her gaze away before any further sympathetic sentiments took root.

Facing her, he studied her intently.

Marianne stared at the railing, the moon, the fading stars, anywhere but at the liquid black death upon which they floated or the liquid blue death in the eyes of a man who hated her. “Can I help you with something, Captain?”

“It’s true then.”


“You are afraid of the sea.” He glanced at the tight grip her trembling hands had on the railing.

She hated that it was so obvious. She hated showing this man any weakness. “You need not concern yourself with me, Captain.”

“As captain, I must concern myself with everyone on board.” His brows lifted. “What has me quite baffled, miss, is in light of this fear, why you would steal the very instruments which will aid us to shore. What were you planning on doing with them? Tossing them overboard?” He grinned.

A wave of shame heated Marianne’s face. She took a deep breath and tried to ignore the sea rushing past them not twenty feet below. “If you must know, yes, that was exactly my plan.”

He chuckled. Which further angered her. “I assure you, miss, I’ve been at sea long enough to know how to navigate without them. Difficult as it would be, it would only delay our reaching the safety of land.” He leaned toward her until she could feel his warm breath on her neck. “I would abandon your efforts to turn this ship around, Miss Denton. Mark my words, we will make it to England as well as our other ports of call.”

Marianne gave a smug huff. England perhaps, but once he discovered she had ruined his precious cargo, he’d have no choice but to return home to Baltimore.
Now, which one of these do you think Marianne said?

A."I fear I must confess a grievous sin."
B. "I plead with you, Captain. I cannot bear this sea another minute."
C. “We shall see, Captain Noah.”
D. "You are far too handsome a captain to be so cruel."
E. "Perhaps I shall use my feminine charms to persuade you otherwise."


  1. Man, You are pulling me in like you wouldn't believe!!! I can't wait to read this one!

    But E ("Perhaps I shall use my feminine charms to persuade you otherwise.") Sounds like a good one, But I'm not sure Marianne would use it, So I would have to say C. "We shall see, Captain Noah."

    Rae Byuel

  2. July 30th,
    Good morning, MaryLu.
    Congratulations to last week's winners !
    Well, after careful reading of what you wrote (along with reading between the lines) ... I also feel that Marianne would have said: "C" -- "We shall see, Captain Noah."
    (In your last paragraph, "Marianne gave a smug huff" -- insinuates that she knows something, that Captain Noah does not ! -- So again, the answer "C" -- sounds just like what Marianne would have said.)
    Have a good day.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  3. I just got done reading this book last night! And I was so sad to come to the end of it because I just wanted it to go on and on. Great job, MaryLu! I now have another one of your wonderful books to add to my collection, that I'll just end up reading over and over and over again!
    God Bless!
    Amber Minnehan

  4. The answer is definitely C! I'm basing that one the smug huff and the use of "Captain Noah." None of the other responses seem the least bit like her.

  5. I would have to agree with "C". This sounds so goooood!!! It is on my tbr list!! Thanks for the excerpts and chance to win!!!


  6. I am guessing 'C'. especially with how Marianne "gave a smug huff". :)

    I honestly want to read this book so bad! :) This is such a cool idea, too, to get us to guess who was speaking! :)

    God bless!

  7. I'm going to have to go with C, too, because none of the others seem to fit her.
    This snipet today makes me want to read the book even more! :-)

  8. Debbie Mitchell debsbunch5@jesusanswers.comJuly 30, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    If the answer isn't C, it should be. From what I read, it seems to be the only clear choice. Congrats to the winners and good luck to the rest.

  9. Well this time I have to agree C is the only one that sounds like Marianne especially since she's thinking about having messed with the cargo which he is still in the dark about.

    forest_rose [at] yahoo [dot] com

  10. I'm going to go with C- "We shall see, Captain Noah."
    It seems the most fitting, especially since she gave a smug huff.
    Is this book already in stores? I couldn't find on your website a release date, but it had places to order it online. Whenever I go to a book store, I always look for your books, in hopes this came out early, and in hopes of finding Reliance (only one of your books that I don't have). Thanks :)

    -Sarah C.

  11. I think that she would say C because it continues to show Noah that she is determined and won't show him her fears. I don't really picture her using her feminine charms to persuade him or confessing that she ruined his cargo or giving him the satisfation of knowing she thinks that he is handsome, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see! Can't wait to read your new book
    -Amy M.

  12. "C" seems to fit with her character and the fact that she is thinking about his ruined cargo, which he probably needed to continue on to other ports. Very intriguing, Mary Lu!


  13. I believe that the answer is "C". Marianne is being smug with Noah because he does not know what she has done.

    This looks like it will be a great book!

    Blessings, Megan S.

  14. I would have to go with 'C' because it flows with the scene.There is also a hint of her knowing something the Captain Noah does not know.

  15. Don't count this comment for the giveaway,..since I now have the book :) :) :)...but I wanted to say CONGRATS to the winners. You'll really enjoy this book..!!!!

    Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  16. I think the answer is C...even if i don't win i will be buying this book soon :)

  17. krsitina andersonJuly 31, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    I would say C. the other ones just dont fit. I cant wait to read Surrender the Heart!

  18. I would have to say C. I sure hope I win this one!!

    ~Michelle F.

  19. Man!!! I cant WAIT to read this!!
    It sounds so good!
    I would have to say C. “We shall see, Captain Noah.”
    It just sounds like her!

  20. I, too, will agree w/ answer C...looking forward to reading this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  21. This is my first visit to your blog, so I've not seen the rest of the excerpts and questions. It certainly is a story I'd enjoy reading and hope I'll be able to very soon.

    My answer would be "C" which is logical and befitting to the scene and Marianne's character.

    Congratulations to last weeks winners.

    Thank you MaryLu for offering a chance to win your exciting book.

    Grace & Joy of Christ,
    Barb Shelton
    Arlington, TX

  22. I'm choosing C, it sounds like a perfect, thoughtful prediction of things to come from a frustrated lady. With each excerpt I am drawn into Surrender the Heart. I am eagerly looking forward to curling up with it and savoring the experience. Thanks for another chance to win it!

  23. I may be too late for the entry but couldn't resist giving my answer. lol
    I think the correct response is "C".
    Thanks for the little insights to the book!