Friday, July 29, 2011

Last chance to win a copy of Surrender the Dawn!

Congratulations to last week's winners:   Ashly and Nicole!!!
And thank you all for entering and for your fun comments.   Now to the answer to last week's quiz:

Cassandra searched for a glimpse of his eyes in the darkness, but the shadows denied her. How could he joke about such a disgusting habit?

“Wondering how I managed to fend off three men?” Luke asked.
A. Her heart fluttered. "Indeed, it was quite impressive."
B. “Two.” She lifted her chin. “I took care of one of them.”
C. "No. I wonder why you bothered at all." Sorrow gripped her that this handsome man was such a rogue.
D. "I've already thanked you for your trouble. Now, I must be on my way."

The answer was B. Many of you got it right!! Some chose D which could possibly have fit her personality as well. However, I'm thinking I need to make the quiz a bit harder!  So, this week you must guess what Luke would say in the following conversation (And no cheating if you've already read the book!)

This is roughly halfway through the book.

They turned down Pleasant Street, lined with quaint homes and decorative flower gardens. The smell of wild bergamot and fresh apple pie drifted over her nose.

He was a gambler, yet she trusted him with her investment.

Turning down the path in front of her house, Mr. Heaton stopped at the bottom of the porch stairs. Cassandra stepped up on the first tread and spun to face him. She was nearly level in height with him—nearly. The lantern light sparkled in his eyes as he placed a boot atop the step and released her arm.

He was a womanizer; then why did she feel her heart yearning for his affection?

He turned to leave.

“Thank you once again for your rescue, Mr. Heaton.”

He faced her. A sad grin hovered over his lips. “My pleasure.”

“So, you’ll be leaving tomorrow?” She longed to keep him here. And hated herself for it.

“Riding out to the ship first thing in the morning.”

“How long will you be?” Cassandra asked then realized the absurdity of the question. She laughed. “Of course you don’t know that.”

He gave her a quizzical look. “Will you miss me?”

“Don’t be absurd.” Cringing at the dishonest twang in her voice, she stared off toward the bay. “I’m simply anxious for you to catch another prize.”

“Ah.” He scratched the stubble on his chin and gave her one of his beguiling grins. “Of course.”

Cassandra tapped her foot. “Oh, bother, Mr. Heaton. You can wipe that grin off your face, Not every woman in town pines for your affections.”

“No.” The sorrow in his voice nearly broke through the shield she’d erected around her heart. “Not every woman.”

What was she doing? Allowing this rake to charm his way into her graces. Steeling herself against his further attempts, Cassandra pursed her lips. “Mr. Crane informed me of your ignoble activities.”

“Which ones?” He jerked the hair from his face and chuckled. Moonlight drifted over a scar on his right earlobe.

“You may make sport of it all you wish, Mr. Heaton, but I hardly consider gambling, drinking, and fighting suitable pursuits for a successful privateer, much less a gentleman.”

“Well, Miss Channing, you knew what you were getting when you hired me.” One brow cocked, he gave her a pointed gaze. “Besides, I’m hurting no one.” His eyes lowered to her lips. He swallowed.

Heat swirled in her belly. “I am not so sure, Mr. Heaton.”

“Why are you so interested in what I do at night, Miss Channing? Care to join me?”

“Of course not! I’m sure you have no need of me with all your trollops to entertain you.”

Propping his hand on the post, he drew close until she could feel his warm breath on her cheek.

And he said what?

A. “If I were a more astute man, I’d say you were jealous.”
B.  "None of them compare to you."
C. "I never tire of female attention."
D. "Entertain? Bah! They merely pass the time."

Told you it would be harder!! Anyway, leave a comment with your guess and I'll enter you for next week's drawing!! 
Thanks everyone! Have a great weekend!!


  1. Fri July 29th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    "Congratulations" to -- Ashly and Nicole !
    Now ... about what Luke would answer (I could see/hear him answering any one of the four choices) ! Hmmmmm ....
    Well ... my "first guess" ... is "B". (And, my second guess is, "A".) But truthfuly .... "C" and "D" sound just like what he would answer too !!! Okay, I'm stumped, MaryLu ... really !!! I've now just sat here, in front of the computer, for 15 minutes, staring at and re-reading the choices ... and continued to 'change' my answers. Oh good grief !!! Yes, you definitely made it more difficult. Guess we'll find out by next Friday !
    Have a great weekend, one and all.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

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  3. Congrats to Nicole and Ashley!

    And, only three more days!!! Can't wait!!

    My guess is "A"...seems in keeping with Luke's lively personality we've seen before. Thanks for this opportunity, MaryLu!

  4. Fri July 27th,
    Heh again, MaryLu.
    Forgot to leave my e-mail address (under my name and comment at the top)
    Sorry .....
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  5. Gah! This just makes me want to read this book even more. If that's even possible
    My guess is A. Though I'm not entirely sure. This question was definitely harder.

  6. I can't wait to read this!I just finished Legacy of the King's Pirates series (in 3 days) and loved them!
    As for the question, I would say A (although C looks like a plausible choice too--actually, they all look possible.)
    God bless!

  7. I say it is A. Because I don't see him saying D when he is so close and took time to answer her. I am saying answer. Thanks so much!

  8. I am stuck between A and C but I think A sounds more like something Luke would say at an intimate moment like this. Thank you and have a good weekend!

  9. Hi Mary Lu...I'm going to guess C. I thought A, too, but I'll stick with C. You definitely have me hooked! I want to read this one! What is it about those rogueish guys that draw us in!? lol Blessings~Stacey

  10. I don't know!!! lol I'm going to guess A though! :)

  11. Congrats to the winners! Enjoy the book!
    As for the question, I say A. I can't see him saying B and C & D wouldn't be said in a whisper. (I am guessing he said it softly, because he was so close to her face)
    I love the line [One brow cocked, he gave her a pointed gaze.] I can totally picture Karl Urban doing this! I can't wait to read this. I hope my package comes soon.

  12. Hello Marylu,

    I have to go with A because I think he wants to get her heated to see her blush.


  13. Kristina AndersonJuly 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Hey MaryLu,
    I would say A for sure!


  14. I, too, would say A.
    I must read this book!


  15. I think the answer is A. The book is sounding very interesting.

  16. Haha wow, I don't know but I'm going to go with maybe B.?


  17. why do all these answers seem right???? haha I think it's A, i don't know, seems like him. and if I can't win it here, well, it's only a few weeks until it comes out!!! yay!

  18. Yes, I was right about last weeks answer. Great post.
    Now this post, wow, much tougher!
    I think A first then B. I will feel dumb if I am wrong about both my guesses. lol.
    Thank you for sharing. How exciting. I cant wait to read it! I could really use a story that gets me away from all that is happening around me. Thank you for writing MaryLu! You are so talented and blessed.
    Also, congrats to last weeks winners!

  19. I think his response would be A (although I was between A and B). Even though C and D sound like something he would say, I don't think he would make one of those comments in this situation. Yes, I'm definitely going with A!
    Thanks, MaryLu!

  20. Ah! This is harder!
    I almost don't want to guess. lol
    Any of them would go, it would just change what comes next.

    I guess I'll go with A.

  21. Hey, MaryLu!
    Wow! This one is sooooo much harder! I can't decide..... A maybe?
    Amber Minnehan

  22. Wow. This is a lot harder. I am going to go with B.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  23. I'm going with C. A is cliche and B is gag me sweet... but I guess that's up to you and where you're going with the scene! :)