Friday, February 22, 2013

Forsaken Dreams - Pre-Release Party Final Day!

Welcome to the final day of the Pre-Release party for Forsaken Dreams!!!   Every Friday this month I've posted something about the book and chosen a winner from among the comments. This week's winner is: Amanda Stanley  (chosen by  Congratulations,  Amanda!!  

Forsaken Dreams is now available on 

If you haven't won yet, don't despair! You have one more chance this week when we play "Guess what the character will say next" !  This is by far my favorite game to play in these parties. It's always fun to see what everyone chooses.  Here's how it works. If you've read all the posts this month so far, you should have a pretty good idea of who the main hero and heroine of the story are...their personalities and strengths and weaknesses. Below I took an excerpt from the book wherein Blake and Eliza are having a conversation. At the end I ask you to choose what you think the hero, Blake would say next. Whether or not you choose the right answer has NO bearing on whether you can win the book.  (Don't forget to leave your email in your comment!) 

Okay, here we go. I won't provide an introduction but will let the scene speak for itself.

Swerving around, she knelt before him and placed a tray on the cot. “This will hurt a bit, Colonel. Would you care to bite down on a piece of wood?”
“I’ll manage, thank you.”
She drew a deep breath and threaded the needle. “How did this happen? Seems an odd thing to occur while hunting for pigs.”
“Boar.” Her scent filled his nose, tantalizing his senses. Blake cleared his throat. “I was hacking through the jungle when my blade slipped.”
“Hmm.” She slid the needle through his flesh.
It felt like she’d set his skin on fire. Blake closed his eyes, listening to the slap of water on the hull, the hammering and shouts from above, the screech of pelicans. Anything to distract him from the searing pain.
She must have noticed his discomfort for she uttered a “sorry” that sounded genuine.
Yet the pain was nothing compared to the suffering she had already caused him. “Pains of the flesh I can handle,” he muttered.
She met his gaze and swallowed before continuing her work. “I never meant to deceive you.”
Blake had never seen such lustrous eyes. “You didn’t even tell me your real name. How can that be unintentional?”
She slipped the needle through and tugged on the thread. Her lower lip trembled. “You are right. I should have been truthful.” She continued stitching his wound, but Blake could no longer feel the pain for the agony in his heart. He’d hardened himself to it.
“But then you wouldn’t have let me join your venture, would you?” she asked.
Lantern light crowned her head and glistened on her moist lips—lips he had almost kissed. He licked his own. “No.”
“I had to get away.” She clipped the thread and tied it. Then dipping her fingers into a poultice, she spread it over the stitches.
“We all needed to get away.” Blake couldn’t tear his eyes from the way her delicate fingers caressed his skin. “From Yankees.” He sighed. “You betrayed everyone on board.” Good, now the anger returned.
She cut a swath of bandage and wrapped it around his leg. “I was born and raised a Southerner just like everyone else on this ship.” She looked up at him. Her breath filled the air between them, her eyes just inches from his face. 
Blake looked away from the pain he saw in her gaze. He offered a caustic snort. “At least some of your story was true.”
“It was all true.” Her eyes narrowed. “Everything I told you about my past. I simply changed the names and omitted one year of my life.” 
“A year in which you betrayed your country.”
She jerked the bandage tight. Blake hid the pain from his face. With a huff, she gathered her tray and stood, turning her back to him. “Doesn’t my service as a war nurse count for anything?”
“Ah, so you hoped to make restitution.”
She spun around, her skirts knocking a tin cup to the deck with a clank. “No, that’s not why I served.”
 “Why didn’t you just stay with your husband’s family? I hear the Yanks love Southern traitors.”
“They tossed me out, if you must know.” She stooped to pick up the cup, her skirts billowing around her. “Although I wouldn’t have stayed anyway. They hated me for my Southern ties as much as you hate me for my Northern.” 

Blake tore his gaze from her, clenching his jaw against his rising sympathy, despite his best efforts to push it down.
She set the cup on the table. “I hope someday you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me.”  

Setting his injured leg on the deck, Blake rose, ignored the pain, and headed for the door. 

Now, choose what you think Blake said as he left the room

A. "You've given me much to consider, Mrs. Crawford. Thanks for tending my wound." 
B. "Perhaps someday, Mrs. Crawford, just not yet."
C. “I will never forgive you, Mrs. Crawford. Or any Yankee.”
D.  "How can I not forgive you after all God has forgiven me?"

  So, which one is it?  Leave your guess with your email and I'll draw a name and announce the winner next Friday!  

Have a GREAT weekend!! 


  1. I am going to go with C: mostly as I get the sense that Blake is a man quick to lighting the fire inside his belly, and slower to smodder the ashes,... I think he might speak out in haste, reflect on it lateron, and change the stubborness of his heart, because he's not a man that strikes me as one that trusts 'easily' or 'forgives' openly.

    I've enjoyed getting to know the characters of your books, and I keep tabs on their availability on Powells + the Book Depository, in case I do not win! :) :) Congratulations on such a wicked sweet launch this month! I cannot wait to meet Blake & Eliza in person as I read their story! :)


    ps: I love how this scene brought me back to "Master & Commander" one of my favourite historic epic motion pictures!! I never could decide it my heart went for the Captain or the Doctor! Such a choice!

  2. Blake is starting to come around, so it might be B. But I really don't think he'd actually say that out loud yet, he doesn't want to admit he'd consider forgiving her. So my answer is C.

  3. Fri Feb 22nd,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Wow .... B and C are a real toss-up for me. Both sound reasonable -- considering his anger and hatred of the North.
    "B" doesn't sound so condemning ... like Blake might just be "coming around" to forgiving Eliza's deception.
    But ... I think I will have to go with "C" -- as his anger and unforgiveness have great hold over him at this moment in time. Yes, "C" is my final answer.
    This was fun, yet again.
    Have a great weekend everyone.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda

  4. I agree with the other ladies - a decision between b and c. But, I'll have to go with c. I think Blake may have alomost been able to say b, but as he gets up I think he's not quite ready to do so. Much anger seems to be simmering under his skin.
    I like these two - can't wait to meet them between the pages! :)
    Thanks for the fun with this, MaryLu!

  5. I'm going with
    B. "Perhaps someday, Mrs. Crawford, just not yet."

    mamabunny13 @ gmail dot com

  6. This is my favorite game to play as well. According to your past description of Blake one of his weaknesses is being unforgiving, so I'll go with "C". You've definitely whet my appetite after reading this scene. Can't wait for more.

  7. Wow, this is so fun! After reading the scene and judging by what my 'compassionate' heart would say, I was going to say "B" but then I read the comments and everyone else said "C" :)! Since this sounds as if they are already at their destination (he was hunting for pigs) and not just sailing, I would say this scene is farther along in the story, giving Blake time to warm up to Eliza (which it sounds like he came close to). I, after all that mouthful, still think I'm gonna go with "B". :) Sorry for the long post; I've confused myself now. At least we had mulitiple choice, because I would have said the scene ended right there, without dialogue!


  8. I am going with C - Blake does not seem to be the type of person to forgive and forget - at least not easily!
    So looking forward to reading the book!!

  9. SO much fun. :) My guess is B.

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  10. I am going with C. He has a lot of bitterness in his heart towards the North and he doesn't want to forgive. But I also think it is hard for him to say that to her, because deep down he wants to forgive her, but his anger prevents it. I can not wait to read this book!

  11. C. “I will never forgive you, Mrs. Crawford. Or any Yankee.”

  12. oh, gracious! What a gorgeous cover. And your hero and heroine inspiration are yummy! I would have to guess B. This is a must read!

  13. Hm... I would say probably B or C... but I suspect it's C, because he seems to want to hold on to his anger... at least at this time.

  14. I'm gonna go with D.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  15. Looks great! I'm going to have to go with B. =)


  16. My guess is B.

  17. I'm going with my first reaction, which is B...mainly because I think that's what will happen, not because I think he's ready (in actuality, I think a more realistic response at this point is C) but because that's what I want him to say, B is my choice.
    Thank you for this last chance to win a copy of your book!

  18. I'm having fun! I guess it would be:
    "Perhaps someday, Mrs. Crawford, just not yet."
    Thank you for the giveway! beautiful cover!

  19. Hmm! I'm leaning towards "C", but "B" could be a possibility, also.
    Great scene, by the way!
    As always, I can't wait to read this. :)

  20. I am guessing A.
    I hope my book gets here today!

  21. I think the answer is "C" - he still seems to have anger in his heart. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book!

  22. -NOT AN ENTRY-

    Hi MaryLu :-) Thank you so much!! I can't wait to read Forsaken Dreams!!

    I just sent you an email because I realized I gave you the wrong email address on last Fridays post! I can't believe it; I feel like a fool *blushing* In my comment I said it was at instead of So sorry for all the confusion! My CORRECT email address is joycomethatdawn{at}gmail{dot}com

    THANK YOU, MaryLu!!!

  23. guess is C!


  24. I think I will go with B.....this books sounds so fantastic. Can't wait to read it!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  25. Hmmm, I think I'll have to go with B. Can't wait to read the book!



  26. Please put my name in again for this book. I would love to win it. I think he said ( D.) How can I not forgive you after all God has forgiven me?
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  27. "A" and I do hope I am the "Miss Randomly Chosen" this time. :)

  28. I am going to go with B.

  29. I think I agree with Chaplain Debbie and am going with 'A'. "You've given me much to consider, Mrs. Crawford. Thanks for tending my wound." MaryLu, thanks for the last four weeks of fun. Looking forward to reading this new adventure of yours. :)

  30. It's D. Has to be D...

  31. Considering the conflict of anger and sympathy warring within Blake, I would think B an appropriate response. However given the dialogue between Eliza and Blake, I would venture to assume that Blake is not willing to let down his guard because he's been hurt by someone he cares for (even if he doesn't want to admit it yet) and he wants to stay angry at Eliza a bit longer, not willing to release forgiveness to Eliza just yet, so C is my answer.
    My answer is C :)

  32. I want to say B... but C seems like the right answer thus far in the story... B or C... B or C... B or C...????
    OK... I'm going with B! heehee ...
    Can't wait to read this book!!!


  33. I think the answer is A. It's polite given the fact that she tended his leg. It also makes her think he will consider her apology, and he appears to be proper while he weighs it in his mind and heart.


  34. My guess is C...can't wait to read the whole book!

  35. I choose B

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest


  36. I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  37. My guess is C. The others seem too nice for what just happened. Lol :D

    Love this! Sneak peek and suspense all in one!!

  38. I'm going with B! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. I have to say B. I hope it all works out.


  40. I believe the answer is most likely C.

    It seems from the flow of the scene that it would be this answer from how he is acting. He doesn't want to forgive a Northerner and he doesn't want to feel anything for her because of that, so instead he's pushing her away and not letting go of his anger.

  41. I'm going with C.
    I can't wait to read this book.


  42. C. seems like the appropriate choice. With how the scene was flowing and the attitude of the characters it seems he would choose some harsh words at this point because he's rather push her away than have feelings for her due to him not forgiving. He certainly doesn't want to forgive the North or anyone that sided with them.

    I can't wait to read your book!!! :)
    (Oh and I commented on this post once, but it seems my comment isn't on here for some reason... glad I came back and checked.)