Friday, June 20, 2014

Abandoned Memories - Pre-Release Party Week 3!!

Welcome to the Third week of my Pre-release party for ABANDONED MEMORIES!!  A fascinating tale of romance, love, adventure and spiritual warfare in the midst of the Brazilian jungle! 

The winner from last week's drawing is Lynda E!   Congratulations Lynda!
For the rest of you, you still have TWO chances to win. Plus I add all the entries from the past few weeks to the entries from this week so if you comment again, you have even more chances to win! 

Something sinister lurks in the lush Brazilian jungle. . . .

It is 1866 and the fledgling Confederate colony of New Hope is Angeline Moore’s last chance at a normal life. Running from the law, she longs to make a fresh start in this new Southern Utopia. But a series of strange disasters threaten to destroy everything the colonists have worked for, and strange visions threaten to reveal a past Angeline is desperate to hide.

James Callaway failed at both doctoring and preaching, but he hopes that his move to Brazil will give him another chance to become the spiritual leader he so desires. He longs to create a world free from the immorality that plagued every street corner back home and ruined his life. And he believes Angeline is just the sort of refined woman he needs to keep him on the right track.

But something is amiss in New Hope: haunting visions, the discovery of crypts beneath an ancient temple, and an archaic Hebrew book, set the colonists’ fears on edge. When one of their own is murdered, a series of disasters leads them to believe God has brought them to Brazil to defeat an evil that, if unleashed, could wreak havoc on the entire world.

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The last two weeks, we've learned about both the heroine and the hero.  Today we are going to play GUESS WHAT THE CHARACTER WILL SAY NEXT!  A fan favorite game.  Based on what you learned the past two weeks, read this little scene and then choose the answer you think best fits what the character will say. 

Angeline and James have just escaped being eaten by army ants and are perched up in a tree.

  “You’re trembling.” James swung an arm around her and drew her close.
  “Who wouldn’t be?” She wiggled from beneath his touch. “With a horde of army ants beneath our feet.” She hated that she’d put a frown on his face, but she rarely allowed anyone to touch her—especially a man.
   Taking the hint, he moved away. “If I act inappropriately, you still have your pistol.” He gestured toward the weapon stuffed in her belt as a rakish grin appeared on his lips.
   She laughed and plucked out the pistol, laying it beside her. “I’d forgotten all about it.” Though as uncomfortable as it was pressed against her belly, she didn’t know how. She raised a coy brow.      “Don’t think I won’t use it, Doctor.”
   “Oh, I have no doubt, Miss.” He lifted his hands in surrender. “You can count on me to be a gentleman.”
   Yes, she did believe she could. But that only made things harder. She looked away. “I suppose I should thank you, yet again.”
   “Not if you don’t mean it.”
   A breeze swirled through the leaves of the tree, dousing her with the scent that was uniquely James—all musk and man. “Of course I mean it. . .I do thank you. It’s just that. . .” She sighed. “Never mind.” Bundling Stowy close to her chest, she suddenly wishing she weren’t alone with James. He had a way about him that made her want to share things she wouldn’t share with anyone. She supposed it was the preacher in him. His duty to care for people and listen to their problems.
   He stretched his legs out, dangling one over the side of their wooden platform. “But you’d rather not accept anyone’s help, is that it?”
   She searched his eyes for any mockery but found only concern. “Do you find that so odd?”
   “For a lady, yes.”
   “So you assume all women are weak and in need of help?”
   His brows shot up and a grin touched his lips. “Whoa, I didn’t say that. I meant no disrespect, Angeline.”
   She looked away. “Forgive me. I suppose it’s just the stress of being chased by killer ants.” She forced a smile, trying to lighten the conversation. It wasn’t James’s fault she trusted no one.
   Placing a finger beneath her chin, he turned her to face him. “There’s no shame in needing help.” His eyes seemed to look right through her, and she found the sensation unsettling to say the least. 

Now how does Angeline respond?

A. Releasing a sigh, she leaned on his shoulder. "I suppose you're right."
B. She jerked from his touch. “It depends on the price.”
C. She gave him a sultry smile. "You're just too kind for your own good, Doctor."
D. "Not only a good preacher but wise too. How can I resist such a man?"

Leave your answer with your email and I'll draw a winner next Friday.!!  Be sure to return for the final week when I discuss my views on spiritual warfare and give one final chance to win!! 



  1. Hmmm....I REALLY want to read this book. This scene sounds great! I am guessing that she will jerk from his touch. Of course, I don't need to be put into the drawing, just playing along.
    Praying that you are feeling better. Hugs and God bless.

  2. Oh that's a tough one! I'm going to go with B I think. But thank you for the little snippet of the story, I can't wait to read the whole thing! And thank you for the chance to win. Have a great day MaryLu!!

    1. Oops forgot my email address....

  3. So looking forward to reading this book! Can't wait to see where James and Angeline adventure leads :) I would say B. Praying you feel better soon.

  4. It would depend on when in the story it occurred, but I would guess B based on her responses in the other books.

  5. I'm guessing B also! I so want to read this!

  6. Fri June 20th.
    "Morning, MaryLu .... how are you doing/feeling ?"
    Congratulations to -- Lynda E, on winning a copy of the book.
    After reading the responses Angeline could have made ... I feel strongly the answer is B: "She jerked from his touch. It depends on the price."
    Just playing the game today, no need to enter me into the contest. Love guessing what "he/she" says next !
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda

  7. I definitely think it is answer "B"!
    Brittany McEuen

  8. Hey Mary Lu,
    Hope you are feeling better. I am so looking forward to reading your new book. I am going to have to say A.

  9. Good morning, MaryLou!! SO glad you're feeling better!!

    I think the answer is (B) !! Thanks for another opportunity to win a copy of "Abandoned Memories" !!

    Love and hugs to you, MaryLu - along with continued prayers !!


  10. BBBBBBBBB! And I can relate to killer ants. Even the innocent ones eat me alive in Nicaragua. I carry a jug of sanitzer with me to kill the pain. Guess there wasn't any hidden in their tree, huh?

  11. Afternoon Cap'n! So glad that you are feeling better. I love playing "Guess what the character says next"! Based on the last two weeks (and the last two books ;), I say "B". So excited about the release of Abandoned Memories! No need to enter me. Have a great weekend!

  12. B

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  13. I would say B. I cannot wait to read this book!!! :)

  14. I'm so happy that you are giving a great book. I think that it is b.

  15. I think the answer is B. I would love to read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two in this series. :)

    Rachel K.

  16. Oh, this is really making me want to read the book! :D I think Angeline's response is B!
    Jessica Pifer

  17. Oh my goodness! I absolutely abhor ants. When I was younger, I fell into a whole nest of fire ants, and to this day I am still scared of any ants.
    I can't wait to read this book! I loved the other two so much, and I am positive this one will be even better than the other two in the series. I think the answer is B.
    Hannah Straw:

    1. I can totally understand your fear of ants. Falling into them as a child would make anyone fear them.

  18. B sounds like what Angeline would say. I'd love to read their story! Thanks for the giveaway!
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

  19. My choice is B, for this sounds right for this time in her story. would love to win your book MaryLu. ThanksI story sounds very interesting. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  20. My guess is:
    B. She jerked from his touch. “It depends on the price.”


  21. Hi everyone!!! Thanks for dropping by and entering!! Looks like most of you think the answer is B. Hmmm... interesting. ;-)

    1. MaryLu, It appears that we all think we know your writing style. Anxious to see if we do. :)

  22. I think "B" would be her response. Thanks for a chance to win.

  23. I would say B !! :)

  24. I say B

  25. I love this game!!! My guess is....B.



  26. Knowing the strength of your female characters, I am going to guess the second one. I can't wait to read your new book. I will be starting to write book reviews again next week. Assuming nothing happens.

    Congratulations on your newest venture with self-publishing. I never doubted your ability to make it happen. I am proud to know you.

  27. I posted links to your party on Facebook and tweeted it. I forgot to add my email to my comment.

    Villageanne AT yahoo DOT com

  28. She sounds like a "B" answer at this point in the story.

  29. I'm thinking B. Can't wait to read the book!


  30. An easy "B"!! Thanks for the chance to win!!