Friday, January 30, 2009
"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
So please take a look at the following bloggers - I either look forward to seeing if they have read my posts and commented - or they are bloggers that I look forward to reading! And folks - if you have already received this award - then you are being Blessed again! Everyone should go visit these blogs to see the great stuff they post!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Washington's Lady - Mez
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser is the story of Martha Washington (George Washington's wife) starting from their first meeting through the Revolutionary War, his presidency, and finally his death. If you're interested in this time period and want to feel like you are right there alongside Martha, then I highly recommend this book. It's written in first person, which I always find a challenge to read, but Nancy Moser is a fabulous story teller.
A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell is the story of a young lady struggling to save her marriage while battling the intrigue and betrayal in the court of Queen Elizabeth. Also written in first person, I was enthralled with the amount of historical detail incorporated in the story, and I came away with a much clearer understand of Queen Elizabeth and her court.
These are used books (only read by me) and if you'd like one, just leave a comment telling me which one and your email address. I'll pick the winners next Friday, the 30th.
Have a blessed day!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
It has a unique and interesting premise (Every part of a story that a young boy makes up in his head actually comes true)
- An underlying theme that All things are possible for those who believe! I may be the only person to pick this theme out, but throughout the story, I was reminded of the scripture that says "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine"
- A love story
- A main character who learns to be less selfish and more giving through the story. (A moral theme)
- The bad guys get it in the end (sorry to be a spoiler)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Just to wet your appetites, if you'll permit me a bit of bragging, here's a couple of excellent reviews I received lately:
Christian Review of Books: Roseanna White
The Red Siren is yet another powerful, captivating tale by MaryLu Tyndall. As the story progressed, full of adventure and romance and danger lurking in every crevice, she managed to truly stump me. How, I wondered with the turn of every page, is she going to pull this off? How can I be rooting for the pirate heroine and the naval officer out to capture her at the same time? How can they possibly arrive at both justice and romance? The conundrum had me turning those pages all the faster, propelling both me and the story to new levels of anticipation with each chapter. And of course, with her usual way of combining the power of God with the power of human love, the author delivers an ending that will leave you breathless and aquiver with delight.
The Red Siren will join my shelf of favorites. I fell in love with the characters, was entirely gripped by the action, gleefully ignored all outside intrusions as the climax unfolded (even though dinner really needed cooked), and finished it with a smile on my face. I can’t wait for the next books in this series! This one’s definitely not to be missed by lovers of romance, historicals, or just a good pirate tale.
ArmChairReviews: Edyth Abraham
I enjoyed this novel immensely. It is not often that you find a story that revolves around a
woman pirate. Faith’s character is unique and original and her troubles, fears and questions are
so real that I was able to relate to her on many levels. The storyline moves very quickly and I
can say that there was never a dull moment. Even the book ended as a cliffhanger–and the
problem will be solved only in the next book. Hence, those who do not like cliffhangers, wait until
the entire series has come out. It is a very well-written and very well-thought-out book that
reminded me time and time again that God’s ways are higher than our ways.
Armchair Interviews says: Definitely a book that will not disappoint–highly recommended!
Let me just add that everytime I get a good review, I say a quick praise to God. He's the one who gives me both the story and the ability to write it down. So, to Him be all the glory!
Also, I'm a guest blogger on Jennifer Taylor's blog today. I wrote a short article about Charleston and pirates which you might find interesting and for those of you who didn't win a copy of The Red Siren, Jennifer is offering another opportunity. Here's the link: http://jenniferswriting.blogspot.com/
This week, I'm diving back into writing after a month off. I'm starting on the 3rd book in the Charles Towne Belles' series, entitled, The Raven Saint. It is the story of sister number 3, Grace Westcott, who you'll see a bit of in book 1.
Have a marvelous week, everyone!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
And for everyone who participated in the contests in December, thank you so much for your comments and your interest! I hope you all have a great 2009!
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'