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  • February16th

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    Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt where we are helping the Kinsman people find a new home. If you’ve just found us, be sure to start the adventure at Stop #1, which is Jill Williamson’s blog.

    Collect all the clue words in order so you can enter to win the Kindle. If you want to enter to win the second Kindle, you’ll have to take a quiz at the end, so take your time and read each post carefully. The main prizes in the hunt are open to international entries. Individual author contests, however, might have different rules, so please read the parameters on each site. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight, Pacific time to finish.

    If you need help, or get lost along the way, click here for assistance.

     

    Lost at Sea Stop 4

    Seultrie seemed far too dangerous for the kinsman people to settle at this time. They have wars of their own going on. The kinsman party follow the coast north until they reach a massive beanstalk. It’s so huge they can climb it like a spiral staircase. Curious where it goes, the kinsman party begins to climb. It is a long ways up, and when they reach the top, they find themselves in a strange, futuristic land. They keep to the unpopulated areas, but they are very uncertain this is the right place for their people—or if they will ever be able to find their way back! Their journey leads them to Stop #4, a small town called Stratus in a realm called Oregon from Shannon Dittemore’s Angel Eyes trilogy.

     

    Shannon Dittemore_croppedThe author of the Angel Eyes novels, Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a love of all things literary. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys mentoring teen writers–both online and in person. Since 2013, Shannon has taught mentoring tracks at a local school where she provides junior high and high school students with an introduction to writing and the publishing industry. She also blogs for Go Teen Writers, posting encouragement and instruction on a weekly basis.

     

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    One thing the kinsman people notice right away in Stratus is the feel of otherworldly creatures present. They have their own problems with shadir from the Lowerworld, and are instantly concerned that these so-called demons might be problematic.

     

     Seeing Stratus

    Welcome hunters! Shannon here! Thought I’d share a little about the fictional town of Stratus, which is the setting for much of the Angel Eyes trilogy. The incarnation of this little town was inspired by several such communities in both California–where I live–and the Pacific Northwest where I attended college and was married. Because I drew so much on real life, I can’t help but see Stratus everywhere I look.

    Here are a few things that always remind me of my story world:

    Main Street, USA: Whether it’s Sutter Creek, California, or Forest Grove, Oregon, small towns always seem to have a main thoroughfare. A couple stoplights down a stretch of road where the storefronts are a mix of old and new, weathered and shiny. Almost always there’s a dance studio and a sweet shop, an old theatre with a marquee sign and flickering globe lights, curbside parking and seasonal banners strung light post to light post. All these things scream Stratus to me and I can almost see Brielle and Jake wandering the streets, ballet slippers dangling over her shoulder and a doughnut in his hand.

    Coffee and doughnuts: The Pacific Northwest is famous for their coffee culture and I couldn’t imagine crafting a story set in Oregon without including it. Jake, in particular, is constantly trying to push a cup of steaming coffee into someone’s hands—especially when he’s asking them to spill their guts. He also has a deep infatuation with doughnuts which, in the spirit of transparency, he inherited from my own father.

    Volkswagen Beetles: Brielle’s car is a hand-me-down Volkswagen Beetle—1967, black, with a rack on top. She calls it Slugger and I am always on the lookout for the two of them driving down the road. Though, sadly, Brielle’s not allowed to drive Slugger out of town—a rule she almost always obeys.

    Lighthouses: Stratus is a bit of a drive from the Oregon coast, but in Dark Halo invisible forces draw Brielle and crew out to the fictional Bellwether lighthouse, inspired by the real life Heceta Head lighthouse in Florence, Oregon. I read somewhere that they’ve converted the Keeper’s House into a B&B and I’m determined to visit it someday soon.

    Orchards: There’s an apple orchard on Brielle’s family property and it plays a significant role in Dark Halo. Apple and walnut, orange and pear, the west coast has no shortage of orchards. Whether I pass them in the car or wander them picking fruit with the family, my eyes are always wide open looking for the invisible.

    I hope you’ll keep your eyes open too.

     

     A few things before you go:

    You can order Dark Halo on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore!

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    The next stop on our map is Stop #5, Redmond, WA, on

    Kim Vandel’s website.

    ALSO! To celebrate Jill’s release, I’m giving away a copy of Dark Halo to three lucky winners. To enter, use the Rafflecopter below. I’ll randomly choose three names on Tuesday, the 21st and contact the winner via email.

     

    Thanks for visiting Stratus, Oregon! Enjoy the rest of the hunt!

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  • September23rd

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    It’s fall, you guys! My favorite of the four seasons.

    Pumpkin-spiced everything and hay rides and damp chilly mornings. Sweaters and boots and skinny jeans that aren’t quite warm enough. Fingerless gloves with a snag in the seam–a snag that always reminds you of that trip to the apple farm and your clumsy attempt to climb the squat little apple tree.

    Ahhh! Fall! My absolute favorite.

    It’s still too warm here in Northern California to feel properly like fall, but I thought I’d speed things along with a fun little giveaway.

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    My favorite social media platform of late has been Instagram, so you’ll have to hop over there to participate. But, PLEASE DO! All you need is an Instagram account and the entry is as easy as pie.

    And spread the word, will you? I had some fantastic Angel Eyes mugs made specifically for the occasion and a gorgeous necklace with book cover charms. And of course, I’m giving away books! Because fall just would not be fall without the books.

    So, let’s play! Find me on Instagram and #FallForAngelEyes!

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  • August21st

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    Angel Eyes trilogySchool is in session! And that means the littles have vacated my home office. I spent the day scraping goldfish crackers and peanut butter off my keyboard and sorting through their arts and crafts. Beneath it all, I found a couple boxes of books and it got me thinking. It’s been a bit since I’ve done a giveaway!

    So, here’s what we’ll do. To enter, you MUST leave me a comment on this blog post with a little story about your first day of school. Because I’m a HUGE believer in fiction, your story does NOT have to be true, just entertaining (and clean!). It doesn’t have to be long; a few sentences will work. Once you’ve shared your story in the comments section, Rafflecopter will let you rack up entries in a few other ways.

    Here are the prizes I’m offering:Storyworld First

    Three lucky ducks will be drawn at random and will receive a signed copy of Dark Halo with a couple bookmarks to share.

    And one VERY lucky duck will be chosen BY ME. From the comments section, I’ll choose my favorite first-day-of-school story. The winner will receive his or her choice of any book in my Angel Eyes trilogy as well as my pal, Jill Williamson’s, upcoming book on writing, Storyworld First.

    I’ll let the giveaway run until 9/1 (which just happens to be the day Jill’s book releases!) and I’ll notify the winners via email.

    So, let’s have some fun, tell a few stories, and win some books!

    UPDATE! I’ve chosen my favorite Back To School story and it was written by Sara Bennett! It was the toilet seat advice that did it for me! ALSO, the three random winners are listed below. EVERYONE CHECK YOUR EMAIL!

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  • March21st

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    Shan_Alicia_RenoI’m working on a new story. It’s a detective story with a speculative twist thrown in to please the strangeness in me. And I like it. I’m enjoying the characters and the fact that I know where this one is going. For a writer, those are things to be celebrated.

    But I noticed something the other day. Something that made me sad. My main character is alone a lot. Now, that’s not so uncommon for these types of stories, not so uncommon for your heroine to strike out on her own, but it does make for a hefty amount of internal monologue and not quite enough conversation. And suddenly, I wished my lead had a best friend.

    I’m not sure I’ll give her one. It’s okay for her to be lonely right now. But that need, that vacant spot in her fictional existence became desperately apparent because I know what it is to have a best friend. I know the noisy, companionable, sometimes silent, space-filling, hand-holding, shoulder-leaning blessing another kindred soul can be.

    I know this because I was born one month and three days before Alicia. Our fathers were best friends and we were raised to be the same. Rumor has it everyone expected me to be a boy, and our arranged marriage agreed upon. I spoiled things by showing up a girl, I suppose, but maybe not. Because I gained something in Alicia that so few can really claim: a lifelong friend.

    Shan_Alicia_TJWe have lots of things in common, Alicia and I. We were both raised in Christian families by church leaders. We vacationed together. We went to high school together. We took piano lessons from the same teacher. We cheered together. We slathered on the mime makeup and performed together. We even crushed on all the same boys at church camp. They ALWAYS chose her, by the way. LIKE. ALWAYS.

    But even with all the things we’ve shared through the years, we’re very different individuals. Our temperaments, our challenges, our talents, our passions. We don’t share many of those. And yet, God saw fit to stick us together. He thought we’d need one another.

    He was right.

    I mean, nobody can beat us at Taboo. Nobody. We have too much history. And if you need to know the fastest way to get around Disneyland, or the best way to apply mime makeup, we’ve got you covered.

    Shan_Alicia_campAnd if you need to sit and talk, or cry, or vent, there’s no better person to call than Alicia. Especially when she’s driving! There is nothing quite so amazing as talking to Alicia when she’s toying with a little road rage.

    And when life changes and you don’t see each other quite as often, it’s okay, because Alicia is still Alicia. No matter what she’s gone through, no matter the battles she’s had to fight, no matter how you’ve both changed–Alicia is still the kindhearted, sassy soul she’s always been.

    And she’s going to tell you the truth. And she’s going to let you mope. And she may even curse a little bit (which might be the funniest, most surprising thing about her).

    The world can be crashing down around us, and still, Alicia will be there.

    And life is less lonely because she is.

    While my detective story is short on BFFs, my Angel Eyes trilogy is not. And if you’ve caught the similarities between Alicia’s name and Ali’s, you are one bright Crayola. Today–on Alicia’s birthday!–we’re celebrating best friends. To do so, I’ve put together a little Dark Halo BFF Prize pack to be raffled off. Two of each prize will be given. One for you and one for a friend. The winner will receive:

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    2 copies of Dark Halo | 2 Dark Halo audio books | 2 Dark Halo bookmarks | 2 Dark Halo posters

    Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. I’ll draw a name on Friday, March 28th and notify the winner via email.

    And hey, enjoy your friends today. 😉

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  • December12th

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    You guys! It’s CHRISTMAS! Cause it’s not just that one day is it? All month long we celebrate, and I thought it was time I gave away a few gifts myself.

    Since my crafting skills are more than a little lacking, there is really only one thing left for me to share with you all, and that’s the gift of story. So, for the next twelve days, I’ll be drawing names and letting the winners choose just which of my Angel Eyes books they’d like to receive this Christmas.

    It’s crazy easy to play. Just use the Rafflecopter below to rack up your entries and each evening I’ll randomly draw a winner. I’ll notify winners via email and also by posting your name here on my site. That’s it!

    12 days. 12 winners. 12 books. Fun, right?

    Also, be sure to check back. I have an Angel Eyes freebie on the way, another Christmas present to you all. I’ll shout from the rooftops (social media!) when it’s ready. It’s ready! On Monday, I’ll be sharing an Angel Eyes freebie, a short story called Pearla’s First Christmas. To have it sent directly to your inbox, sign up for my newsletter.

    Merry Christmas, you guys. I can’t even tell you how blessed you’ve made my year. *tear* But, I’ll save my gushing for another post. For now, let’s play!

    The December 13th winner is: Angie Brasher

    The December 14th winner is: Mary McAlister Robertson

    The December 15th winner is: Amber McCallister

    The December 16th winner is: Cheryl Hart

    The December 17th winner is: Amy B.

    The December 18th winner is: Deecountrygirl

    The December 19th winner is: Angie Carroll

    The December 20th winner is: Laken

    The December 21st winner is: Lisa Shantz Medeiros

    The December 22nd winner is: Charity Tinnin

    The December 23rd winner is: Sherry Russell

    The December 24th winner is: Magan Bagan

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  • November29th

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    32authorSmall-iPadminiYou’re here! You’ve made it to stop #19 on the #32AuthorHunt! I hope you’re enjoying yourself and entering to win lots of prizes.

    Here’s how it works: Collect the clues at the bottom of each post, beginning from Stop #1. Once they’re all collected they’ll form a phrase. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form at the last stop and you’re all entered to win an iPad Mini and 32 books, one from each author on the hunt! This hunt is open to the US only. Sorry, international readers.

    If you’ve missed a stop, are starting here, or if you have completed the hunt and are ready to enter the entire phrase to win, head on over HERE.

    I have the privilege of introducing you to author, Kerry Nietz. His newest book, Amish Vampires In Space, made quite a splash a few months ago and I think you’ll enjoy reading his thoughts on the whole thing.

    Kerry Nietz - Amish Vampires in Space - Book CoverHere goes!

    Okay, Kerry, before we go any further: Amish Vampires in Space? What is that about?

    What, you want me to give you the plot?

    No, I mean, that seems crazy. Why on Earth would you write such a thing? And who published it?

    Well, it doesn’t take place on Earth—

    You know what I mean.

    Right, I know what you’re getting at.

    The story’s genesis goes back a couple years. Amish novels were all the rage, and my publisher, Jeff Gerke, sent out a mock cover to the Marcher Lord Press authors. An obvious spoof. It featured a bonneted female vampire with some Amish paraphernalia behind her. Also behind her was a large window with a view of an orange planet. Enough to make it clear that the setting was in space. The novel’s title was Vein Pursuit and it was part of the Amish Vampires in Space series. Jeff said it was the ultimate speculative novel! A genre crossover that was sure to be a hit. He shared the joke at writing conferences he attended, as well.

    ASCSwithEmblemA year or so passed, and at one point I told him that someone should write that Amish Vampire in Space book. I didn’t think it was me, because I tend toward hard science fiction, and the title screams: Camp! Plus, I had a trilogy of my own to finish. (The DarkTrench trilogy, which started with the award-winning A Star Curiously Singing.)

    Then last year I got this idea about how it all might work, and not be campy. A theme emerged along with a couple key characters, so I started writing. Before I knew it, I was 30,000 words in. I emailed Jeff to tell him what I was doing. When he stopped laughing, he encouraged me to continue. I finished last June and sent it to him. He liked what he read, so went through the editing process.

    Amish Vampires in Space was published in October 1st of this year.

    Wow, so you essentially took a joke title and ran with it.

    Pretty much. A joke title that turned into 135,000 words of story.

    Sounds hefty.

    I’d avoid dropping it on your foot, but it really isn’t that big. The print version is just over 600 pages, but there’s lots of bonus material in there. Samples of other great Marcher Lord Press stories—three in the print version, six in the eBook!

    The story itself is around 500 pages.

    Huh. So was it fun to write? Any big challenges?

    It was great fun to write. A speculative novelist’s playground! Plus the characters really drove the plot. They just started showing up on the page and took over. AViS is my longest book, but it felt like it could’ve been much longer if I hadn’t reined the characters in a little.

    The biggest challenges were a) creating authentic Amish characters, and b) contriving plausible science fiction vampires. I had some help with the first one, in the form of a friend who’s an Amish romance writer.

    I was pretty much on my own with the second….but not really. God is always gracious to me when I’m doing research. Providing just the right science or intriguing idea when I need it.  It is a difficult process to describe, but it has happened with all my sci-fi books. It is typically like “Well, Lord, I’ve written myself into a corner here…whoa, oh wait, this will work. Thanks!”

    So you have other science fiction books. Do those mock other cultures as well?

    Hold on, let’s get one thing straight:  My intent in writing Amish Vampires in Space wasn’t to mock the Amish at all. To me the whole scenario seemed more interesting if everything was played straight—including the Amish and their culture.

    MaskCoverTo that end, I asked my Amish fiction writing friend to read the completed manuscript. He had lots of good suggestions to make the Amish portion more authentic, but he didn’t find my portrayal exploitative. At least, no more so than the scores of Amish novels that are already out there. And in some ways my portrayal might be more genuine, because I don’t overly glamorize the culture either. I tried to write them like any other free willed people: capable of both good and evil.

    I often explore other cultures in my books, though. My DarkTrench trilogy speculates a world under sharia (Islamic) law. Those books center around this techno-slave named Sandfly. He has an implant in his head to help him connect to the future version of the internet, but it also controls his behavior. Again, the intent wasn’t to exploit or demean, but to extrapolate a future that some in that culture would like to see happen. (Just search for “caliphate” to see what I mean.)

    I also have a book entitled Mask that examines a slice of American culture. More specifically, the idea that everything is up for a vote, including sometimes what is considered “good” and “evil.”

    Sounds like you’ve written a fair amount of words.

    I have over 560,000 words in print now. Hard for me to believe. I’m actually sort of shy.

    Hmm…me too. So what advice do you have for aspiring authors?

    Start early. You might get published before you die.

    What?

    LOL. That’s something an elderly author once told me on a plane. We happened to be sitting next to each other on a flight from Detroit to Seattle. (I worked at Microsoft at the time.) When he told me he was a writer I said that I always wanted to write.

    “Start early,” he said. “You might get published before you die.”

    That’s good advice for any dream, actually: Start early, you might accomplish it before you die.

    Kerry Nietz_Author PhotoYeah, that’s something to think about. Thanks for sharing.

    Welcome. And now I want to say “our books”.

    What?

    That’s the clue for the scavenger hunt folks. Write this down before you move on: our books.

    Right. Is there anything else you want to say?

    Sure, my website is www.kerrynietz.com. I have an author page on Facebook, as well. Please check them out, and buy my books!

    Isn’t Kerry a riot! I hope you enjoyed his interview as much as I did. Be sure to tell him so in the comments here and check out his books.

    BEFORE YOU GO, write down the Stop #19 clue:

    our books

    Your NEXT STOP is Kerry’s very own website.

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    *BONUS PRIZE! If you’d like to win a book from my Angel Eyes trilogy (winner’s choice), leave a comment here about Kerry’s interview. I’ll announce the winner at the conclusion of the scavenger hunt.

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  • November23rd

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    Unlikely DebutYou guys! The newest brain child of author Stephanie Morrill, has just released. If you’re new to Stephanie and her stories, PUH-LEASE allow me to introduce you.

    Stephanie’s books are fabulous, but she’s so much more than that. Stephanie is the founder of Go Teen Writers, a website whose sole purpose is helping out–you guessed it!–teen writers. I seriously wish I’d thought of it first, but there’s no way I could do such a thorough and sincere job of it. It is, by far, the site I recommend with the most frequency to new writers starting out. If you haven’t visited, you simply must. And spread the word!

    TODAY, I want to tell you about her newest book, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. I devoured the first one in the series, so when Steph asked if I’d like to read book number two a little early, I jumped at the chance. I loved this one so much I endorsed it. Here’s what I said:

    “With the compelling voice of a storyteller, Stephanie Morrill has done something special in The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. She’s taken a sweet, engaging read and given it depth. I felt every step of Ellie’s journey, and when I closed the book it was with the impression that I was sending a cherished friend on her way in the world. I do wish her well.”

    If that doesn’t do it for you, here’s the official blurb:

    For once, Ellie Sweet has it all together. Her hair now curls instead of fuzzes, she’s tamed the former bad-boy, Chase Cervantes (she has, right?), and her debut novel will hit shelves in less than a year. Even her ex-friends are leaving her alone. Well, except for Palmer Davis, but it can’t be helped that he works at her grandmother’s nursing home.

    Life should feel perfect. And yet, it’s not that easy. Ellie’s editor loves her, but the rest of the publishing biz? Not so much. And they’re not shy about sharing their distrust over Ellie’s unlikely debut.

    Ellie has always been able to escape reality in the pages of her novel, but with the stress of major edits and rocky relationships, her words dry up. In fiction, everything always comes together, but in real life, it seems to Ellie that hard work isn’t always enough, the people you love can’t always be trusted, and the dream-come-true of publishing her book could be the biggest mistake she’s made yet.

    Stephanie Morrill Low ResStephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since.

    Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, and the award-winning Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com. You can also find her online at www.StephanieMorrill.com

    **To celebrate Ellie’s release, Stephanie is offering up a GIVEAWAY. The winner will have his or her pick, either the first book in the series, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, or the second, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. Tons of ways to earn entries. If you’re on Twitter, you can come back and enter daily. I’ll have Rafflecopter choose a winner on Friday, 11/29!**

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  • October17th

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    This is my first scavenger hunt, you guys, and I’m stoked! So many fabulous authors are taking part. The hunt begins Friday, 10/18 at noon (Mountain Time) and ends on Sunday, 10/20 at midnight. You have oodles of time to visit the 25 stops, so enjoy the trek, okay? This is a fabulous way to discover new authors and their novels.

    Here’s how it works: Collect the clues in RED on each post, beginning from Stop #1 and finishing at Stop #25, then fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #26, back at Lisa’s site.

    So what are you playing for? Glad you asked! The grand prize is a fancy shmancy iPad Mini! *crowd goes wild* Our second and third place winners will receive a hard copy of every book on the hunt. That’s 25 books, worth over $300. And yes! The contest is open internationally. So, let’s get started!

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    Please help me welcome my lovely guest, MaryLu Tyndall. MaryLu describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. Oh yea, and she also writes novels! You can find MaryLu at http://www.marylutyndall.com

    It’s such a privilege to have MaryLu with us today. Her books are immensely popular and have inspired many. Her newest is titled Elusive Hope. Isn’t that a gorgeous title? Here’s a little more about the book:

    In a colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a Southern utopia. . . .
    Elusive HopeCoverHayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.
    After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing–at any cost–the vile man who he believes killed his mother.
    Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.
    She’s in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear—wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home—and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.
    As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . .

     

    Here’s MaryLu now, sharing some thoughts with us inspired by this captivating story.

     

    Would You Want to Peek in a Mirror that Reflected Your True Character?

    by MaryLu Tyndall

    We humans are quite obsessed with our appearance, aren’t we?  We scrub and clean and soften and stretch and pull and tone. We get our nails done, our hair done, our face done. We primp and polish and preen. We buy the latest fashions and makeup. Sometimes I wonder what is it all for? Especially when I notice my body aging anyway!

    Yet societies throughout the ages have always elevated human beauty above most every other attribute. It’s quite baffling since outward beauty is the one thing we humans have the least control over. Yes, we can dress nice and put on makeup, but we can’t truly change the way we look. (Unless you have tons of money and a good plastic surgeon!) Regardless, we are either born beautiful or we aren’t.

    The heroine in my new release, Elusive Hope, is a very beautiful woman. With long hair the color of sunshine, eyes as blue as sapphires, and a figure to put Helen of Troy to shame, Magnolia Scott never lacked suitors vying for her hand.  Trouble was, since she was a little girl, that’s all she was valued for. Her father considers Magnolia his ticket to recover the fortune stolen from him in the Civil War. With her good looks, the family can procure an excellent match with a wealthy gentleman.  So, not only do her parents focus entirely on her beauty, Magnolia grows up believing her appearance is her sole value. She spends her days enhancing her outside while neglecting her character and heart.WomanwithMirror

    But then an angel gives her a mirror. Not just any mirror, but a mirror that gives her a glimpse past her body and into her soul and spirit.  And she is horrified at what she sees!

    Her story got me to thinking, what would I look like in such a mirror? How beautiful is my spirit and soul or is it old and wrinkled and ugly like Magnolia’s was in the story?  Would I be pleased with the appearance of my spirit?

    monsterI believe before we submit to God and invite His Spirit to live within us, our spirits look something like this grotesque creature to my right. But once God sets up shop within us and He starts to work, we begin to change. It’s a slow process, but as we submit to His gentle blade, a cut here, a twist there, we start to look a lot better.  Magnolia found this out the hard way, yet once she realized it, she began to allow God to work on that image in the mirror!

    In the end when we shed this old body, it is only our spirit and soul that will remain. What we end up looking like is up to us. Will we shine like the stars in heaven? Or will we be dark and lumpy?

    I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have a special mirror like Magnolia’s so I could check on my progress daily!

    You can find Elusive Hope at the following retailers:

    Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christian Book | Deeper Shopping

     

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    Before you go, write down the Stop #8 clue:

    genres–

    Your NEXT STOP is MaryLu Tyndall’s very own website.

    *BONUS PRIZE! If you’d like to win a book from my Angel Eyes trilogy (winner’s choice), be sure to leave a comment here about MaryLu’s upcoming book or her inspiring post. I’ll announce the winner at the conclusion of the scavenger hunt.

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  • September13th

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    It’s FRIDAY! Thought we’d have a little fun! Tell me what you think of my Dream Cast and you’ll be entered to win signed copies of each book in the Angel Eyes trilogy! Scroll down for the Rafflecopter!

    My webmaster (a.k.a. the husband) put these graphics together for me. Cool, right? Originally they were used for the Dark Halo blog tour hosted by YA Bound. If you haven’t stopped by their blog, you absolutely should. There’s a bunch of reviews and other nifty Dark Halo related stuff.

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    The graphic above was first shared on the Reader Girls Blog. Check it out.

    The-Angels-of-Dark-Halo

    This graphic above was first shared on Jessabella Reads. Check her out.

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    This graphic above was first shared on Leisure Reads. Click to read their review of Dark Halo.

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  • August1st

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    It’s party time! Dark Halo releases in less than three weeks, and if you’re in the greater Sacramento area, I’d love to celebrate with you. The Barnes and Noble at Birdcage in Citrus Heights will, once again, be hosting the party. I’ve been assured that all three books (Angel Eyes, Broken Wings, and, of course, Dark Halo) will be available for purchase. So, come on out. Books and giveaways and freebies, oh my!

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    And because I know it will not be possible to celebrate with all my readers in person, I have a way for you to participate in the launch online. On Tuesday, August 27th, I’ll be doing a celebratory Twitter chat. During the chat, I’ll be announcing the winner of a 7″ Kindle Fire HD. That’s right! I’m giving away a Kindle. The graphic below will take you to the contest landing page. So, go! Enter. And then on 8/27, I’ll see you on Twitter!

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