Friday, June 15, 2012

Veil of Pearls Per-release Party Week 3!

First things first, last week's winners are: Ashley Roberts and Kath!!  (Ladies please contact me ASAP. You didn't leave your emails and if I don't hear from you in a week, I'll have to choose someone else! Eeeek!!!)

Congratulations, Ladies!!!  And thanks again for all you who entered!!  I read and thoroughly enjoyed all your comments! But don't dismay! You have yet another chance to win!! 

Now that you've had a good look at each character, let's see how much you really know them!

 So without further ado, it's the ever popular, "Guess what the character will say next" contest!!

To set the scene this is Adalia's first encounter with Morgan. He and his brother have been playing at swords when she accidentally walks by. 

Adalia fumed. She should ignore the pompous scamp and head back to the carriage. But the man stood between her and the bridge.  A rather handsome man if she were forced to admit. Hair the color of wheat and as wavy as the sea under a high wind. Eyes as green as the moss hanging from the trees, glinted mischievously in the sunlight. His taut chest peeked at her beneath his loose shirt flapping in the breeze. Tight black pantaloons led down to bare feet. Her body heated at his lack of attire. Did he have no shame?
 He gave her an audacious grin which only infuriated her further. She had been silent too long in front of men like these, and now she had a chance to tell them what she thought without repercussions. For they held no power over her. She must remember that. No one owned her anymore. 

Morgan waved at the other impudent devil. “We shall perform for you, Miss and you may judge the victor.”
“I need no performance to make my judgment, sir,” Adalia replied.
“Indeed? Then, no doubt, you have been admiring our skill from afar?” The light-haired brat waved his arm with flourish. “I implore you, do dispense with formalities and deem me the victor.” He chuckled.
“I will deem you, sir. But as nothing but a swaggering, vainglorious despot.”
A gasp escaped the dark-haired whelp’s lips before a chuckle followed. At first a choppy sort of “I can’t believe she said that, chuckle” but finally ending with a full-fledged belly laugh. The light-haired man (Morgan) gaped at her as if she’d grown a mustache. He planted his sword in the dirt and leaned on the hilt.
“I do believe the lady is acquainted with you.” The dark-haired man stopped laughing long enough to say.
But she wanted no more to do with either of them. “Good day to you, sirs.” Gathering her skirts, she headed toward the narrow bridge.
“I daresay, Miss.”  The light-haired man called after her. “How can you say such a thing? You hardly know me.”
“I know your type.” She shot over her shoulder and took a cautious step onto the bridge, which didn’t appear very sturdy now that she was up close. The wood creaked beneath her shoe.
“And what type is that?” His voice grew closer behind her. 

Now it's your turn to choose what Adalia's answer will be!!  Put your answer in your comment, along with your email and you'll be entered to win one of two books.  

A. She swung around, eyes blazing. "The type who thinks every woman will swoon at your feet!"
B. "The type who has neither the mind nor heart to even know what type he is."
C. Adalia faced him. “The type who plays idly while men and women are enslaved to do your work.”
D. She felt a blush rising. "The type who forgets how to dress in the presence of a lady."

I know I've made it hard this time.. but think hard about what her values are. Next week, I'll choose two more winners (not based on your answer, by the way)  And I'll show another excerpt and have you guess what Morgan would say.  (Please don't forget your email!!)

Have a great weekend!


  1. Hi MaryLu!
    This is a tough one ... but I think I will have to go with C. Kind of sounds the most like her for that scene.
    I like her, she sounds like a character I would enjoy reading about. I can tell this is going to be a great book!! Thanks for sharing this little snippet with us!
    Have a wonderful weekend, MaryLu!

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  3. I'd say "D".

    Vanya in NZ

  4. I believe the answer is C. She's already noted his skimpy clothing, but I don't think that's what really bothers her about him. They don't know each other well enough at this point for swooning or expecting to be swooned over to be an issue either. But she does know what he and his family stand for, which is her main hangup/baggage/ fear at present, so I think that's more likely what she would say. (Of course a case could be made for avoiding the topic of slavery so as not to draw attention to herself, but maybe she can't resist expressing her feelings. I still say C.)

    Enjoying your pre-release party, MaryLu. I pre-ordered the book months ago, though unfortunately won't get it until Christmas or so because of where I live. Is this going to be another series? I still like "The Restitution" best! Oh, and "The Blue Enchantress" too.

  5. Fri June 15th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Congratulations to ...Ashley R and Kath !!! Way to go ladies !
    As always MaryLu ... all four possible answers 'sound' correct. Hmmmmm ... but from what I've heard/learned about Adalia thus far ... I think "C" might be the answer.
    (P.S. Just finished re-reading "Surrender the Dawn" last night ... so I'm all geared-up for "new" reading material now.)
    Thanks for today's post ... great fun to guess what 'he or she says' next !
    Yes, you have a great weekend too. Tonight, dear friends of mine are treating me (with a 'free ticket') to a live Concert at our Church to see: "Ernie Haase and Signature Sound", perform ! Greatly looking forward to this !!! Saw them perform last year ... they are terrific !!! Very uplifting !!!
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  6. "Ooops", silly me ... forgot to leave my e-mail address !
    Brenda Hurley

  7. Congrats to the winners!

    Great excerpt, MaryLu! Gosh, I'm DYING to get my hands on this story!! I love a heroine with strong convictions that puts a spoiled bad-boy in his place ;)

    Ok, the only one I was sure it could NOT be was B, seemed kind of deep for a first encounter. Then it came down to A and C as the possible answers, as I think she was too mad to blush for D ;) While I do think she was mad enough for A and the situation certainly warranted such a remark, lol, you said think hard about her values, so... I'm gonna have to go with C, final answer :)

    Thank you so much for giving us another chance to win a copy of this sure to be wonderful story!!



  8. WOW! You did make it tough. Any of the four would be a good choice, but I'll go with "A".

  9. I would choose the comment: A.)She swung around, eyes blazing. "The type who thinks every woman will swoon at your feet!" Then he can counter the comment and continue this fun lovers feud. She is my kind of character. Love it!

  10. I'm thinking probably b or c. But since all I know about the character is what is written in this little section, I don't know for sure.
    ~ CTF Devourer

  11. Congratulations to the winners of last week's contest. Oh, MaryLu! It's getting so hard to wait! Really enjoyed the excerpt. I'd have to say, based on your description of Adalia, that the answer is C. I'm sure slavery would weigh heavily on her mind since that's where she came from. Have a great weekend everyone! :)

  12. Ooops! Forgot my e-mail address.


  13. Looking at your character sketches of Adalia and Morgan there are hidden thoughts that unless put under certain circumstances would not be spoken aloud.

    Most young men admire their agility and strength and I think Morgan is no different. You stated that he could have any comely woman, but it does not appear that the same "charm" works on Adalia.

    You mentioned Adalia background of birth which would make her have a sense of being inferior to others. Also her mistreatment and low-esteem. Sometimes unexpected comments or retorts come out even to the surprise of the person making them; maybe from resentment or embarrasement.

    All this in play might make her speak out of her normal character.
    "She had been silent too long in front of men like these..." So her remark would have to be "A"--
    "She swung around, eyes blazing, 'The type who thinks every woman will swoon at your feet.'"

    Have a great weekend :)

  14. Duh! Guess what I forgot---*sigh
    md(no space)davix127{at}[dot]com
    It's Friday--lol!
    Congrats to last weeks winners!

  15. I think A from the comment she came back with about being "a swaggering, vainglorious despot", and I'm sure she has seen many in her time as a slave who have thought that every woman would swoon at their feet.


  16. Sound like it going to be a good book. Can't wait to read it. Definitly A

  17. I'm going to have to say C although this is a hard one. Congrats to the winners!!! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!


  18. Hi MaryLu!
    This is hard! I'm going with C.
    This really makes me want to read the book. I can't wait!!!!
    I literally laughed out loud. It's great.
    (Don't enter me. I just wanted to participate.)

  19. Oh I didn't sign my name. Though that doesn't really matter.
    -Rebekkah xD

  20. Wow, this is hard!! I'd say A, although I think C is quite possible too. I think D is too demure for her when she's angry. And B is very deep and thoughtful (and I kind of like the idea that she might have said that)... but I don't think they've known each other long enough for her to say that. I'm so looking forward to reading this!


  21. Congratulations to last week’s winners!
    I love this excerpt! It shows the characters’ personalities and interaction so well!
    I would guess Adalia’s response is C, and I’m a little worried for the fate of the creaky bridge she’s stepping on to!

  22. I would go with C which fits best with the scene. Just the act of turning to him shows her determination to be strong.

  23. Since you mention to think of her values, I'm going to go with answer D. Answer C is my second choice though. Hard choice between the two.


  24. I love this scene! Hmmm... this is kind of hard to guess, because I am stuck between a couple of choices, but I think that Adalia's response will be choice C. Thanks for this excerpt! I am so excited to read this book!

  25. Great excerpt! I really enjoyed reading it! :) I would have to guess C!

  26. I like D. =)

  27. Wow, great excerpt! I'm with Amanda; I sooooo want to get a copy of this one :)
    Congrats to the ladies who won, please hurry and email MaryLu your info so you can get your copies promptly!

    It is difficult to figure out what Adalia's response would be, they all seem good! However, I'll also go with C: the type who plays idly while men and women are enslaved to do the work. Well said too!

    Thanks for the giveaway, MaryLu, blessings!

  28. Good morning! Congrats to the winners! I'm thinking that the answer would have to be C, just based on what I know about the novel so far. I love this scene, like right out of a movie. I want to read this soooo bad; can't wait!

  29. It was a hard choice between C and D, but I think I'm going to go with D. ;)

  30. Excellent post! I am going to say the answer is C. Although I can picture her saying any one of those lines. Being a slave herself, I can see her being affronted by him and how he is so cavalier about it. Excellent post! Can't wait to see next week.

  31. I think that it would be "C". She was enslaved and her master probably didn't do anything, while his slaves did everything.

  32. The comment that is "Karina said" the email is the one before it.

    ~thank you Karina

  33. Me goin' t' have t' go with...

    C. Adalia faced him. “The type who plays idly while men and women are enslaved to do your work.”

    Can't wait t' read yer novel!! :)

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  35. I am thinking maybe
    C. Adalia faced him. “The type who plays idly while men and women are enslaved to do your work.”

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  36. Oh, I really can't wait for this book! Even reading small peices of it like this makes me so much more excited! I would have to go with C for the answer. From what we are given, he didn't do anything to show that he expected her to swoon at his feet. D is not something I would expect her to say, as, although she did seem bothered by this, it wasn't the main reason she disliked him. B seems possible, but something tells me C.... :)


  37. Happy Friday All:)
    It is a tuffie this week but hmmmmm, Im gonna say A. Although i can imagine the other answers as well.

  38. I'm going to guess C.
    I can't wait to read the whole book!

    notesofsilver at gmail dot com

  39. I say "A."
    And I must say that you're writing style is very inspirational in many ways.
    God Bless!

  40. I always like the different types of words and language in your books and your overall literary style. I think it might be B. but I'm going to go with C. Can't wait for next weeks excerpt :)

  41. I have to say C.....from what I know of Adalia so far!! Can't wait to read the book!

  42. I seem to be mostly alone in my choice. But I'm going to say D. 'She felt a blush rising. "The type who forgets how to dress in the presence of a lady."'
    godleyv atyahoo[dot[com

  43. I would love to win this book!
    Enter me!
    God Bless!
    Sarah Richmond

  44. Yianna P. ChaffeeJune 15, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Definitely "C"!!
    ...Although D should be added in there.

    My thought is; C fits her past and what she had to deal with, but D is who she's trying to be now. Both are equally good, but when she's "flared up" so to speak, her emotions should reflect her anger from the past...

    Can't wait to read this!!! >_<

  45. Love it! :) Can't wait to find out the next line ... but for now, I'm going to go with A.
    Thanks for the fun, MaryLu!

  46. Definitely C!

  47. B

    I have to say B. I played the game "one of these things is not like the others..."


  48. I completely forgot ... congrats Ashley and Kath!! I hope you enjoy Veil of Pearls!

  49. Vanessa H. JohnsonJune 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    The answer is A (it was a toss between A or C).

    I am soooooooo ready for this book!

    This is fun...

    Vanessa H. Johnson

  50. A or B...gonna go with B :-)


  51. Such grand fun! I've never played this game before, but I love it.

    My guess is A. Can't wait to learn whether I'm right or not!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  52. Hi MaryLu! My guess is C, although it was tough deciding between A and C. C sounds like a response that would come from someone with her background, convictions, and life experience. I'm exciting to see if this is the right one!
    My e-mail address is

    Kim G

  53. Hello Marylu,
    Well, once again I am ready for more. You are a great writer God bless you. I would have to go with C) Adalia faced him. "The type who plays idly while men and women are enslaved to do your work." just because of her own background of being enslavedwhich would give her a reason not to trust Morgan or any other man in his prosition.


  54. Oh, you are a tease! I love the sparks flying in this scene. I will go with C because of what we know of Adalia's and Morgan's background. Thanks for a chance!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com