Friday, December 10, 2010

A peek at Surrender the Dawn, and I'm hiring a crew!

I'm about halfway done with Surrender the Dawn, the third book in my Destiny series. This book doesn't release until August 2011 (which seems awfully far away!)  But that's the publishing business. I thought I'd tease you with the first 2 paragraphs:

March 26, 1814 Merchants Coffee House, Baltimore, Maryland

“Miss Channing, no privateer in his right mind would consider a woman investor. It is simply bad luck.”
Raucous laughter—all male—shot through the tiny coffee shop that smelled more like ale and sweat than coffee.
Wrinkling her nose beneath the odor and bracing her heart against the mounting impediment to her well-laid plans, Cassandra rose from her seat, avoiding the myriad cynical gazes fastened upon her. “It is merely foolish superstition, Mr. McCulloch. I assure you, my money is as good as any man’s.” 
Snickers and grins interspersed with the occasional salacious glance continued to fire her way. But Cassandra brushed them off as naught but excess chaff. After an hour of sitting in the muggy male-dominated room, listening to various merchants selling shares for the equipping of their vessels into privateers, she had grown numb to the attention.
When the customs agent had finally announced eight shares offered at two-hundred dollars each for the equipping of a Letter of Marque, the Contradiction—a one-hundred and three ton schooner out of Dorchester, housing one long nine, ten men and captained by Peter Pascal—Cassandra had raised her hand. With her one thousand dollars, she could purchase over half the shares rather than be one of many investors in a larger, better equipped ship. Owning more of a privateer meant higher returns. And she definitely was in dire need of higher returns.

  Also, if you got my newsletter, you were able to read an excerpt from Surrender the Night, which comes out in less than 3 months!  Which reminds me,  February is Surrender the Night month where each week on this blog, I'll be posting some interesting stuff about the book, included an in-depth look at the characters, interesting history I discovered, a trailer, and free excerpts. Plus everyone who enters will have a chance to win a free signed copy!
So tell your friends to drop by and enter! 

Also, next year, I'm recruiting hard-working, courageous, sea-faring men and women to be part of  "MaryLu's Motley Crew"   

Qualifications Include 
  1. Ability and Desire to write reviews of my books on as many online bookstores you can find!
  2. Willingness to hand out bookmarks (provided) to interested readers, bookstore clerks for stuffing in bags, and to secretly stuff them in the store's best-sellers! (Arg.. that be the sneaky stuff)
  3. Willingness to mail out postcards (provided) to everyone on your mailing list
  4. If you liked my book, tell as many friends and family you can find
  5. Check local libraries and if they don't have my book, request it
  6. If your church as a bookstore, tell them about my book. I'd be happy to send them a free copy if they'd like.
  7. If you have a blog or are on Facebook, chat about my book 
  8. If you know of any local bookclubs, suggest my book
  9. Ability to pray and ask God to touch people's lives through not only my books, but other Christian authors
  1. A free, signed copy of each new release
  2. Free bookmarks, postcards and fridge magnets (for handing out but you can keep some too!)
  3. Your picture displayed on the crew page of my website. 
  4. Access via a password to a secret part of my website (the captain's cabin) where you will get privileges no one else will receive (this is still in the works)
  5. An additional gift, yet to be determined, but something associated with each new book, like a coffee mug, pen, or totebag, bubble bath...etc.

So think about it. If ye think ye've got the stuff to join me crew, send me your name, address, your mugshot, how many of my books have you read, a list of reviews and other things you've already done, if any,  and a signed statement saying you agree on pain of death to do all the things listed above. I'm thinking I need to limit the number of my crew (or the ship will sink!) So get your name in early.  If for some reason, you can't or are unable or not interested in doing the requirements, please don't apply. I won't hold it against ye, but I need a crew that won't mutiny on me. I'm sure ye understand.
Send your applications to: and put MaryLu's Crew as the subject.


  1. OK, I have been looking forward to Surrender the Night for months (and I still am), but now I have another awesome book to look out for!

  2. Fri Oct 10th,
    Morning, MaryLu,
    "Surrender the Dawn" sounds like it will be yet another award-winning book, MaryLu !!! I absolutely love your writing skills ... a 'gift from God Himself'.
    As to your "Motley Crew" ... I will give that careful consideration ... as I take on any committments I make, seriously. I would never want to promise you I'll do something, and then ... let you down by failing to keep my word.
    Thanks for sharing from your 'newest book' (Aug 2011) ... looking forward to "all three" !!!
    (P.S. MaryLu -- I ended up taking several "tiny videos" with my camera over at the SeaWay Mall (here in Welland), of the 'Hallelujah Chorus' ... and downloaded them into my "picture file". However, I cannot seem to get them transferred over to my e-mail, and, forward them on. So -- you 'may' or 'may not' receive them ! I'll keep working on it ...) ... Very annoying !!!
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  3. This sounds really cool. I be wantin te sign up te be apart a ye motley crew, fer shore. ;D The only problem that I have, however, is that I have limited computer access. I rarely get on during the summer or school breaks. So I won't be on until mid January, after today.=(
    But I'll be doing as much as I can (I already talk about your books nonstop, even got my sister to start reading one-yay!) and I'll keep you in my prayers. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, MaryLu!

  4. Thanks for the excerpts of your books (both here and on your newsletter) - it's torture to have to wait so long, but these little snipits make the release dates not seem as far away. :-)
    I'll definitely contemplate all the qualifications of joining your crew to make sure I can fulfill them, and if so, I'll drop you that letter!

  5. Ooooh, I just sent you an email! I hope, hope, hope I pass the test and make it!! I would love to do this. :) A GREAT sneak peek btw. :) Can't wait for another Tyndall book!

  6. Oh my goodness!!! I would absolutely LOVE to be a part of "MaryLu's Motley Crew!" :D

    I love your books, and I would be more than happy to continue to spread the words about them!

    I have to work on an assignment for school right now, but can I still e-mail you later today?


  7. Thanks Annabell, And Brenda! And I'm sorry about the videos, Brenda. They might be too big to send. You can try uploading to U-tube? Ask your son.
    Eszter, you don't have to have alot of computer time to be one of my crew, so that's not a problem. So, if you're still interested, send me your addy and a picture of you.
    Thanks Sapphire! Got your note, Casey, thanks!
    And Amber, you're in! Just send me your addy and a picture.
    Thanks so much ladies.. !!! Have a great weekend! We are getting our tree this weekend.

  8. Well, first of all I can't wait to read your next novels. Second, I sent you my application. Who wouldn't want to join your crew? It isn't hard to promote something and someone who has touched your life in such a great way. You can count on me, Cap'n! *hugs* oh wait, do pirates hug? :o)

  9. Thanks so much, MaryLu! I just sent you an e-mail. :) I really hope I qualify! :D


  10. Your new book sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read the whole thing instead of these little tidbits that hook me.

    And to top it off, now you reveal your Motley Crew openings. OOOOHHHH!!!!! I'm dying! I REALLYREALLYREALLYREALLY would like to join. Unfortunately, I don't think I could fulfill the requirements that well. So, I wish the best of luck to everyone else and I'll be praying about for y'all, that you all (including you, MaryLu) have the best of success!


  11. Thanks for giving us a peek at the last book in the series!!!!
    I hope you don't expect us to look like that crew....ha!
    Really awesome ideas!
    ~Abigail =D

  12. YAY! I get to share this with Amber! How fun!! :D

  13. Casey,

    Awwww, thank you! :D I'm excited we'll hopefully both get to be in this crew together, too!


  14. Thanks for all your comments, Ladies!! You wouldn't believe the number of people wanting to join my crew. I was overwhelmed. Anyway, I appreciate the honesty of those of you who can't commit to the qualifications. I completely understand. And Eszter, I still have not received a note from you.. so can't add you to my list until I have your email... so if you want to join,... please email me at
    Have a wonderful week!!!

  15. I'm getting Surrender the Sea for Christmas and I'm very excited to read it! So wish I could be part of your Motley Crew, but since I don't live in an English-speaking country, it's impossible to consider. I tried to write a review once too, but it was rejected by the website...probably something I was doing wrong. But once again, thanks for your books...keep writing!

  16. Thanks for your enthusiasm, Diane! I hope you enjoy Surrender! Sorry you are unable to join my crew.. but I understand. I just appreciate you reading my books and enjoying them! Where do you live?