Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Frenzy! Yay Medieval! and Paradise Giveaway!

Last week I posted a short survey asking the question what you all preferred that I write next. I thought you might be interested in the results.

66 people responded.

Another Pirate Novel                 25 People, 37.88%
Medieval or Viking Romance    28 People, 42.42%
The American Revolution          16 People, 24.24%
Other                                            9 People  13.64%

Others' ideas:  Viking Romance, Mermaid Romance, World War II, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Escape to Paradise sequel, The 50's, Revolutionary war mystery

The really weird thing is, I had truly felt the Lord leading me to write a Medieval series, but wasn't completely sure. But the results of this survey, along with other signs I've been receiving, confirm my choice.  In fact, I've already begun to start the vast amount of research I'm going to have to do since I know very little about that time period. (Except that there were castles and hunky knights!)

For those of you who did not choose Medieval, don't worry. I am planning on writing more pirates novels in the future, along with a host of other ideas.  THANK you all so much for voting!!!  I value your opinions!


Recently, my publisher combined all three books in my Escape to Paradise series into one neatly packaged volume.  I have SIX copies I'd like to give away!  No cost to you! I'll even pay the shipping. (Sorry US only. The Shipping outside of the US is outrageous! Unless you are willing to pay)

I will give a copy to SIX people who:

  • Promise to leave a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble of the trilogy
  • Sign up to follow my blog via EMAIL (Form on the right side of this page. Scroll until you see it)
  • Leave a review on one of my other books that you've read on Amazon. (Tell me what book and your handle) If you have left reviews on all my books, tell me that in your comment.
  • Sign up for my newsletter (also to the right)  If you've already signed up, let me know
  • If you enjoyed the series, promise to tell one other person about it, someone who you think would benefit from the spiritual themes.

What a deal!
Leave a comment listing that you have done the above, along with your email, and I will have choose 6 winners. I will check each winner's comments (along with my newsletter and email subscribers and reviews)  to make sure they have done the above. If not, I will have choose another.

WINNERS will be announced on the 22nd!  

Leaving on May 12th and returning on May 21st.  I'm visiting my Mom and sister. And guess who else I'm seeing???  For those of you who know her and her writing, you're going to be jealous!  Julie Lessman!!  We rented a small cabin just for a day, along with a lovely lady who I have never met before, but someone who I feel like I've known forever, Bonnie Roof!

Should be a fun, relaxing trip! Pictures to be posted next Friday if I can manage it. :-)



  1. Friday 8th,
    "Morning, MaryLu."
    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh .... to the "medieval/or/viking" books !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it, love it, love it !
    Wishing you safe travels and fun times in Tennessee ... visiting with your Mom. And, for the day with Julie Lessman and Bonnie Roof. Enjoy your "R & R" !!!
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda

  2. Yay! I'm so excited that you're going to write a medieval series!!! Have a great trip. :)

  3. Ok, that's it, I am moving to the US! (Then I can enter the competitions!) LOL...have a great time.....I loved the first 2 books and have not read the 3rd one yet! Love from me here in Canada! <3

    1. Come on down, it's warmer down here, Melony!

  4. WHAT!?! I live in exciting to have two of my favorite writers in my neck of the woods! We're in a hot spell right now, so dress lightly. Hope you have a great time and am SUPER excited about you writing a medieval series - especially since it got my vote.

    1. Wasn't sure if I could be part of the contest since I already receive your newsletter and follow your blog.

    2. Thanks Amy!! I love Tenn! Sure, you can enter the contest! Since you're already on my blog and newsletter, all you need to do is promise to write a review on the book..

    3. YEAH! Please sign me up for the contest then. I do promise to leave a review about the trilogy. I have left a comment via Amazon about 'The Ransom' under my name (Amy). I've already told others about your book, but will happily continue to do so .

  5. Good morning MaryLu!
    I have only read a couple medieval themed books and enjoyed them more than I thought I would. I am sure your medieval book will be as fantastic as your others are.
    Tennessee, I am so jealous! Julie Lesson and Bonnie too, would love to tag along. Enjoy your visits and refresh yourself. Happy Mother's Day to you and your mom.

    1. Since I already have the Escape to Paradise series, I am not entering the contest.

  6. Hi MaryLu! I finally got my library to get your books and then I moved. Sad day. But I checked the library where I live not and they have your books. Yay!! So...

    -I Promise to leave a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble of the trilogy.
    - I have previously signed up to follow your blog via EMAIL.
    -I will happily leave a review on one of your other books that I've read on Amazon (as soon as I read one), as well as review it and the series in this giveaway on my blog (
    -I have previously signed up for your newsletter.
    -I am sure I will looove the seires and I promose to tell at least one person (probably more via my blog) that I enjoyed them.

  7. I will leave a review on Amazon and B&N. I follow your blog via email and signed up for your newsletter. I've not read any of your books. Escape to Paradise Trilogy sounds amazing. Enjoy your time with the LOVELY JULIE LESSMAN and AWESOME BONNIE ROOF.


  8. Awesome! A Medieval series! I'm really beginning to enjoy reading those. Have fun on your trip to Tennessee and visiting with Julie and Bonnie. I'm a bit jealous of you three, because I would LOVE to meet all three of you myself. ;)

    No need to enter me, since I have the series. Have a great weekend, MaryLu!

  9. Yay!!! After a tough choice, I voted Medieval--how exciting!! :-)

    I would LOVE to receive a copy of this series to give away as a gift (since I own them already)--I want to introduce others to your incredible writing!

    I reviewed the trilogy on 3 sites: Amazon, B&N, and CBD.
    My pen name is "LD" on Amazon, "LD2" on B&N and CBD.

    I also reviewed these other books: Tears of the Sea, Forsaken Dreams, Elusive Hope, Abandoned Memories, and Veil of Pearls on Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, (INSPYs, Grace Awards, PUYB, various other sites).

    I've already signed up to follow your blog via email and to receive your newsletter.

    I've also told MANY people about your books--and even bought many copies for others! (I can't WAIT for your next one to come out!! I'll publicize that one, too!)

    (You know my email ;-)

  10. FYI - for those of you who want to review the trilogy, here are the links:


    B&N LINK = Links =

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  12. Elizabeth HerreraMay 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Hi! Hope you have a great trip. I just stumbled across you in the last year or so and you have quickly become one of my favorite authors. I signed up for your newsletter and blog updates and left a review on Amazon under my name, Elizabeth Herrera. My email is And of course, if I end up with the books I will leave reviews. I already tell people you are one of the best so of course I will keep spreading the word!

  13. YAY!! Another beautiful book - no matter the subject, time, or setting, it will be wonderful!! But first, the exciting "The Reckoning"!!

    I have the "Escape to Paradise" series - but would love to win the series for a good friend, who is an avid reader, unemployed, and with many serious health issues. She became a MaryLu fan after I gifted her 7 of your books last Christmas. I would also like to put it in my church library - I have already promised to provide them with some of your other books. Have completed the required above - one of my Amazon reviews is for "Tears of the Sea", under my name; will be glad to write a review for the trilogy.

    Can't wait to meet you, one of my very fave authors and a sweet, godly online friend - you and your writing are such an inspiration to me!! Hopefully, I will meet you one day, also, Angi (as well as Tina, Caryl, and other sweet online friends) - looking forward to reading a book written by you. Visions of wonderful girl-times!!

    Love, hugs, and prayers, MaryLu!!

  14. I Promise to leave a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble of the trilogy
    I follow your blog via EMAIL . I love all the ships. Beautiful ! !
    I left a review on Amazon for the Red Hot Clean Romance collection -.The Redemption; Legacy of the King's Pirates, Deanna Stevens-
    I've already signed up for newsletter & blog & follow..
    I haven't read the series but promise to tell one other person about it! I do have Tears of The Sea in my TBR stack and will review if too :) dkstevensneAToutlookD OtCoM