Friday, October 25, 2013

Elusive Hope - Pre-Release Party Week 3!!

Welcome to the ELUSIVE HOPE Pre-release party!!

Last Weeks Winner is: Brittany! (kbmceuen)
Thank you all for your GREAT comments!!  And for entering. But you still have a chance to win!

I'm giving away a Signed copy of the book or an E-copy (your choice) every week. In addition, I'm giving away to one lucky winner on the last day :

  • Chocolate covered Brazil nuts
  • The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter
  • Package of Ground Brazilian Coffee

Sorry, but winners of the paperback book and the final prize must be in US or Canada, but winners of the Ebook can be anywhere.
I'm pulling the winner of the grand prize from every comment, so if you comment each week, your chances are better to win!

Each Friday  I'll be posting something cool about the book. To enter, leave a comment and answer the question at the end of the post.   This week's winner will be announced on November 1st when I'll post the cool video trailer for the book!

You can purchase the book at  AmazonBarnesAndNoble,, DeeperShopping

(Personal note:  I'm having Lasik surgery today so won't be online for awhile... but I'll be sure and read all your comments as soon as I can!).

And without further adieu,  The Guess What the Character Will Say Next contest!   The last two posts have described in detail the hero and heroine's personalities and character. Now, put your knowledge to the test by reading the following excerpt and then guessing what the characters will say next.
(No Cheating if you already have the book!)

What would Magnolia say next?

      What happened? Why did you run off?” he squatted and brushed a strand of hair from her face.

     “It doesn’t matter.” She swiped her tears away and took the hand he offered. Once on her feet, she tugged from his grasp. “I can no longer feel my feet. I’m covered with bug bites and”—she hesitated—“sweat, if you must know. Yes, sweat.”
     The concern from his face vanished, replaced by his typical look of annoyance. “Forgive me if I don’t have a carriage to convey your ladyship through the jungle. What did you think the journey would be like?”
     “Must we walk so fast? And you don’t listen to me. Or talk. And my arm hurts from carrying my valise.” She glanced over the maze of green and brown. “And now I’m seeing things.”
     Hayden gave her a patronizing look. “Oh, do forgive me, Princess. I was under the impression you wished to get to Rio as soon as possible. Yet now I discover your real desire is to engage in idle chatter whilst we take a Sunday stroll through the jungle.”
     Magnolia would love to stroll over his face with her muddy feet at the moment. Instead she bent over, grabbed a handful of the black ooze, and swung her arm back to toss it at him.
     He cocked his head, that devilish grin of his appearing on his lips. “Come now, are we reduced to such childish antics?”
     “Apparently that’s the only language you speak.” She held the dripping mud up like a trebuchet about to release its fiery projectile. “I demand you give me the proper respect due a lady on this journey or you will not only be covered in mud, but you won’t be paid.”
     He chuckled. “I will be paid, Princess. The deal was to get you to Rio. There was no mention of licking your boots along the way.”

What does Magnolia say next? 

A.“In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not wearing boots.” She lifted her chin. “Why, you may ask? Because my feet are swollen to twice their normal size.”
B.  "I would expect, being the lackey that you are, you would be quite familiar with licking boots!"
C.  She gave him a coy smile. "Mercy me, did I forget to mention that part of our bargain?"
D.  Tears pooled in her eyes. She tossed the mud at him, but missed. "You are a beast, Hayden, and no gentleman!"

Now, What would Hayden say next???

Setup for the Scene: Despite Hayden's protests, Magnolia followed Hayden into the jungle hoping he'd take her to Rio de Janeiro. They have just spent their first night together. She didn't sleep a wink but he slept soundly.

     “If you must know, I hardly slept at all. No thanks to you.” She tossed the stick at him, missing him by an inch. He never flinched. Which only made her angrier. “I was assaulted all night long by feral insects and would have probably been eaten by a wolf if I hadn’t stayed awake.”  
     “I doubt your expert vigilance would have stopped a wolf.” He handed her the canteen. “You get the last sip. We’ll refill it when we find water.”
     Tipping it to her lips, she barely got enough of the precious liquid to wet her tongue. No more water? She stared in horror at her stained gown and the dirt smudges on her arms and hands. “But I simply must have my morning toilette.” Besides, she was terribly sweaty, though it wouldn’t be proper to mention that. “I’ve never slept in my clothing before and you have no idea how uncomfortable it is.”
     He didn’t seem to be listening to her anymore as he stood, shoved the pistol into his belt, and retrieved his coat from the dirt. “Well, now that I’m awake, we shouldn’t dilly dally, as you say.”
     “I’m a lady and I have certain needs.” She hated the slight catch of desperation in her voice.
      He turned to stare at her as if she’d dropped out of the sky.
     “So, if you’ll lead me to some water, Hayden”—she seethed out his name for effect—“I’d be most obliged.” Better to establish who was in charge before things got out of hand.
     “I am not God, Princess. I cannot produce water out of a rock no matter how much you demand it. However if you need to relieve yourself, you may do so in the bushes. I will wait here.”
     Heat stormed up her face. “How dare you mention such a thing?”
     He pinched the bridge of his nose as if he had a headache. “If we are going to be traveling together for four more days, I don’t see how we can avoid such breeches of etiquette.”
     Magnolia flung her hands to her hips and tried to spit a retort, but only nonsensical stuttering emerged.
     Hayden seemed to be trying to make sense of it but finally shook his head. “What about your feet?” He leaned over to examine her toes.
     “I brought along a pair of satin dance slippers. Though this heinous wilderness will destroy them within hours, they will suffice for now.”
     He nodded his agreement, then waved her off like a spoiled little child. “Run along. Take care of your business and be quick about it.”
     Magnolia’s stomach growled, reminding her that she hadn’t eating anything since yesterday morning. “Aren’t we going to eat breakfast?”
     “We’ll find some fruit along the way.”
     Magnolia had never met a more obnoxious brute of a man. As soon as she relieved herself, donned some new stockings, and slid her slippers over her bandaged feet, she returned to the clearing and handed him her valise.
     His amused gaze shifted from the case back to her before one of his eyebrows lifted. “Why do I want this?”
     “To carry, of course.”

What does Hayden say??

A. Grunting, he turned and trudged down the trail. "I knew you were going to be trouble."
B. "I'll only carry it if I can keep all the money inside," he said with a wink.
C.“You brought it. You carry it.” He dropped it to the ground, then turning, he disappeared into the greenery.
D. Opening the case, he dumped all her belongings onto the jungle floor then handed it back to her. "There, now it won't be so heavy."

Choose the answer you think best fits the character in both scenes and leave it in a comment (along with your email)  I'll post the winner next Friday on November 1st (RELEASE DAY!)

Have a great weekend!! 



  1. My guess for Magnolia's response is "B" and Hayden's is "C".


  2. My guess for Magnolia is "D" and Hayden is "C". Have a speedy recovery!
    bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

  3. I think Magnolia is D and Hayden is C....I'm not sure, though.


  4. B and C.

    Now I REALLY want to read this book!!!

  5. For the first question I was thinking A but from the second scene it was slippers that was mentioned so I'm going with B. even though that seems a bit harsh. For the second question I'm going with C. Can't wait for your new book! fancynoodle(at)yahoo(dot)ca

  6. D for Magnolia and C for Hayden (although I also like B for her and D for him!)
    I can hardly wait for the e-edition to come out! Since I'm overseas I can't get my hands on the hardcopy until Feb!!!!!
    Looking forward to reading it! By the way, I think an eye patch would look awesome on you! Get well soon!

  7. My guess would be D for Magnolia and C for Hayden.

  8. D for Magnolia and C for Hayden. I'm reading the first book in the series right now, so I enjoyed the sneak peak of the second... :)

  9. Fri Oct 25th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    First off -- "Congratulations to last week's winner - Brittany".
    Secondly -- "No fair MaryLu .... all of the possible choices sound right to me, for Magnolia and Hayden" !
    However, if I have to make a guess only: (D) for Magnolia; and, (D) for Hayden.
    Learning their character traits .... those answers just 'sound like' something they would each do and say.
    Can hardly wait to read the entire story !
    Rest easy, take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda Hurley

  10. 1. A - because Magnolia has been complaining all along about her physical discomfort. Could be D though, also.
    2. C. I don't think Haydn will comply, joke, or be completely mean. He's just matter-of-fact about it.

    Diane Steward

  11. I could see Magnolia saying 'B' and Haydn 'C'. More than one of the comments sounds plausible though.

  12. I think D for magnolia and C for Haydn. Sounds like an interesting pair!


  13. My guess is D for Magnolia and C for Hayden.

    I am really wanting to read this book. I spent a summer in Brazil in 1977 helping missionaries.

    1. That's so cool, Wilani!! So you can tell me if I got the jungle environment right. :-)

  14. I am so stinkin' excited about this book! I've already read it but don't remember what Magnolia said so I'll take a shot at it anyway. I hope your surgery goes well, Captain!
    My guess is D. for Magnolia and C. for Hayden.
    (Personally, these are my favorite characters you have ever written about, out of all you books that I have read, which is most of them :)) Thanks for hosting these parties/giveaways!

  15. I think Magnolia would say B and Hayden C! (The novel sounds soooo exciting! :D)

    1. Thanks to my friend Kara I forgot my email! It's sylvesternator(at)yahoo(dot)com

    2. LOL, I knew what you meant Laura :) So glad you got my message, hugs my friend!

  16. Love the line "Magnolia would love to stroll over his face with her muddy feet at the moment." I wish she'd say C, probably because that's something I'd say, but I think she'd say A. Although I hope she's wearing something on her feet even if it isn't boots. I think Hayden would say C.

  17. I think B for Magnolia and C for Hayden as well! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Wow, what great excerpts from the book!
    My guess would be for Magnolia: B and for Hayden: C (I saw a scene like that in a movie once and it sounds perfect here).
    Congrats to Brittany on winning and I'm praying you have a speedy recovery this weekend, MaryLu :)
    Blessings, Kara

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  20. Thank you, MaryLu!!! I replied to your email and am so excited to read Elusive Hope!
    Brittany McEuen

  21. I love your books, Marylu! The Charles Towne Belles was a really good series. Grace was my favorite of the sisters (probably because she reminded me most of myself ;)

    Magnolia would most likely retort with D, since she is in such an emotional state.
    Hayden would probably reply with C. This reply seems to fit him the best. If he really is attracted to Magnolia, then he would probably want to stay away from her and make her hate him as much as possible to help her stay away.

  22. I'm going to say D for Magnolia and C for Hayden. Though a part of me wants to say A for Hayden. It's kind of a toss up for me between the two answers for him.

    This has been a fun post to read and try to figure out. Thanks MaryLu. I hope that everything goes smoothly with your Lasik.

  23. B and D I would say.
    It will be a amusing tet on tat no matter what.
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  24. I guess B & C :) Good luck with your eye surgery :)
    Heather G., Corona, CA
    celebration_kids at yahoo dot com

  25. I think Magnolia will say B and Hayden will say C -can't wait to read the book.

  26. This book sounds wonderful! My guesses are B for Magnolia and C for Hayden, though it's not easy from these snippets. Thanks for the giveaway! danandlyndaedwards[at]msn[dot]com.

  27. Hmmm...I think B for Magnolia and C for Hayden. Praying all went well with your eye surgery. Hugs!


  28. Her answer would be A and his C. Good luck.

  29. B for Magnolia & C for Hayden. I just finished book 1, can't wait for book 2! :)

  30. My guess is that Magnolia would say B next and Hayden would say C.

  31. Maybe D for Magnolia and C for Hayden? I would love to read this book!

    time4us2havetea (at) yahoo (dot) com

  32. I think B for Magnolia and C for Hayden! Can't wait to read the book!
    Hope the lasik goes well for you, MaryLu.
    jacsmi75[at] gmail[dot]com

  33. This may have been the most tricky one of these yet! My guess is B for Magnolia and C for Hayden. Good luck with your surgery!

  34. I think Magnolia says "C" and Hayden says "C" Have a speedy recovery!


  35. I'm new to your writing, but enjoyed reading your scenes. This is tough. Perhaps A for Magnolia, since I don't think a fashion conscious person would wear boots. And B for Hayden, because it seems to be the only option where he carries her stuff, which I think he should.
    Sondra nskraak[at]Hotmail[dot]com

  36. Hi Miss MaryLu! I say A for the first answer. I originally thought C but her feet are bandaged which implies sore swollen feet. And C for Hayden because get doesn't seem the type to take any guff and the money thing just doesn't click for me but I don't think he would be so cruel as to dump all of her belongings either.

    Thank you
    Miss MaryLu for the contest. I am really looking forward to reading your book after the sneak peak!

    Wanda Barefoot

  37. Magnolia- A and Hayden- C
    grammador at gmail dot com

  38. Magnolia- B
    Hayden- D

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  39. I think Magnolia would say A, and Hayden C


  40. D for Magnolia, C for Hayden.

    notesofsilver at gmail dot com

  41. I'm not certain but I think Magnolia's response is D, and Hayden's is C.

  42. B for Magnolia. I think will say D for Hayden, tho had trouble deciding between it and A. Gonna be a good book.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  43. I think Mag would say B and Hayden would say D sounds like how it would turn out.
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  44. D
    sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  45. I survived my eye surgery!! Although one of the eyes didn't work so I'll have to have that one done again. Anyway, I need to rest my eyes but wanted to say I'm really enjoying reading all your answers. Methinks I made the questions too hard. LOL But it's fun seeing what people choose. Hugs to you all!

    1. will continue to pray for both eyes, so glad the surgery went well :) we're having fun answering with the choices you gave, hugs to you also MaryLu!!

  46. I would say A for Magnolia and C for Hayden. Reading these excerpts really makes me want to read the books. Right now.

  47. This is kind of hard! Can't wait to read the book! I think B for Magnolia and C for Hayden.

  48. I think D for both. But after reading the 1st book, it was a hard choice. I can't wait to read this one!

    leslie dot mcdonald at live dot longwood dot edu

  49. Hi MaryLu,

    I am going to say for Magnolia is D
    And for Hayden is A

    Hope your eyes feel better soon.
    Thanks for letting me participate in the giveaway.
    Love and hugs and also prayers for both eyes