Shannon Dittemore




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!

 MaryLu TyndallMLtyndall-Headshot

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

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


The Scavenger Hunt Skinny

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


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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  • Comment by Sarah — October 19, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    I’m very intrigued by MaryLu’s new book. Love the cover. The inspirational post is so true.

  • Comment by brian calhoun — October 19, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Mary lu’s elusive hope sounds good The civil war turned many families away from home escaping the war or going to other parts of the world spouses and families that want to be in that situation

  • Comment by Kristen — October 20, 2013 @ 12:59 am

    Great post Marylu! I think if had that mirror I’d see a gargoyle staring back at me, unfortunately. However I’m with you on getting to have the mirror for daily checkups. I can’t wait to read Elusive Hope. I’ve been counting the days ever since I finished, Forsaken Dreams!
    Shannon – your Angel Eyes trilogy sounds like something I’ve got to get my hands on asap!

  • Comment by Angieleigh @ Once Upon A Book — October 20, 2013 @ 3:04 am

    I cringe at the thought of seeing past my outside appearance to my inside. With that said, I should probably work on my inside more than my outside.

  • Comment by Mary Preston — October 20, 2013 @ 3:12 am

    ELUSIVE HOPE looks & sounds like such a great read.

  • Comment by Becky — October 20, 2013 @ 4:00 am

    Different genres! Awesome! What a great way to open new doors for people!

  • Comment by Melody — October 20, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    Love the cover which makes me want to read the book!

  • Comment by Paul — October 20, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    Sounds great, a redemptive version of A picture of Dorian Gray. (Couldn’t stand the depravity in Wilde’s work.) Looking forward to MaryLu’s!

  • Comment by Jody Rigle — October 20, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    Exciting and beautiful stories

  • Comment by darci — October 20, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    the inspirational post is thought provoking and makes you think about what people still go through and how sometimes we are set on autopilot and need to open our eyes and hearts a bit more.

  • Comment by Kelly — October 20, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I’m definitely excited to get my hands on the book! Sounds intriguing and introspective.. my favorite kind of book.

  • Comment by Michelle Corning — October 20, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    This looks like a great book 🙂

  • Comment by Sara Tobias — October 20, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    Can’t wait to read this as I have read the first in this series and loved it

  • Comment by Sara Wise — October 20, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    I think we’d all be terrified to truly look into a mirror like that!

  • Comment by Becky Burkert — October 20, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    This is such a unique setting for a series…can’t wait for ELUSIVE HOPE!

  • Comment by Rick Estep — October 20, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    All of your books are very well received in our church library.

  • Comment by Carolyn Snider — October 20, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    Interesting thought – a mirror into your soul. What different lives we might lead if this were handed to us. Thank you for sharing.

  • Comment by Allison T Jones — October 20, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    it’s a scary thought to think we could see what our souls look like – but it might be a very helpful thing, too!
    thanks for the chance to win!

  • Comment by Kali — October 20, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    This book is definitely going on my reading list. Thanks for the wonderful post.

  • Comment by Mark — October 20, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    I’d like to win it

  • Comment by Deb Kastner — October 20, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    I love the idea of a mirror that reflected inner beauty (or not so much). What an intriguing concept!

  • Comment by Melodi — October 20, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    I really appreciated MaryLu’s writing about the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives…Thank you!! and thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

  • Comment by Tiffany DeOs — October 20, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    The book sounds great!

  • Comment by Connie R. — October 20, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    Interesting post, and thought-provoking. I don’t think I want one of those mirrors.

  • Comment by Katie Edgar — October 20, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    A mirror like that would sure be great way to see where our heart is and our will according to God’s! Thanks for being part of this! I can’t wait to read this series! katie07edgar(at)gmail(dot)com Katie Edgar

  • Comment by Genny — October 20, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read! I would love to find out more!

  • Comment by Cheri Schueller — October 20, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

    I would love to read this book! It sounds like such an adventurous story!! Thanks for being part of the scavenger hunt!

  • Comment by Tina Peterson — October 20, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    What a great idea for a book! I think we’d all be horrified to see what is truly in our hearts – we all spend way to much time turning our back on the bad and focusing on the good don’t we?

  • Comment by Shirley Ashley — October 20, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    Love the civil war time stories. Guess it would have been nice to live in the history but I don’t suffer well! 😉 Blessings!

  • Comment by Sheila McIntyre — October 20, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

    This sounds like a great book! I really like the mirror idea–so often we do focus on the outside; we need the reminder that the Lord is interested in the inside of us…the inner man.

  • Comment by Sharon — October 20, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    These all look like great books… glad I found you and this hunt!

  • Comment by Shanda — October 20, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    Well, now, that’s something to think about. Hm. At first I think I wouldn’t want to have a mirror like that, however, it would be nice to be able to look and easily evaluate my spiritual progress. An interesting concept to consider.

  • Comment by Ashley Osborn — October 20, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    This sounds really interesting! There are a lot of people who would be surprised to see that they are beautiful on the outside but not on the inside. We are all capable of “looking” ugly on the inside sometimes. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Comment by Mary Johnson — October 20, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    MaryLu’s book sounds very interesting!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  • Comment by Laura VanNice — October 20, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Have been waiting for “Elusive Hope” ever since I finished “Forsaken Dreams”. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Comment by Rose — October 20, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

    awesome book

  • Comment by Carolyn Valdez — October 20, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

    I hope that I will shine like a star. Your book sounds very interesting. Will need to put it on my TBR list.

  • Comment by Joelle S. — October 20, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    I am currently working with a Brazilian couple so I was really excited to see that this book features their country. It will be fun to read it!

  • Comment by desiree — October 20, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    +that look like a great book and then i love the clor of the cover

  • Comment by Ashley — October 20, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    I cannot wait to read MaryLu Tyndall’s new book! My mom and I read Forsaken Dreams with our book club and loved it! Also, the blog post was fantastic. Very inspirational. Thank you for this opportunity! 🙂

  • Comment by Lisa wilson — October 20, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    I think this is a book everyone should read, as it lets us see ourselves as others see us.

  • Comment by Bethany Baldwin — October 20, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    I really want to read Elusive Hope and it’s predecessor. They look so good!

  • Comment by Sharon — October 20, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    I do judge books by their cover! MaryLu’s book looks like something I would enjoy reading.

  • Comment by Charlotte — October 20, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    The book sounds excellent MaryLu and the mirror idea is intriguing and definitely food for thought. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt.

  • Comment by Titi Funto — October 20, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    Such a great post! And what a fun idea the scavenger is!

  • Comment by Susan Vance — October 20, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    enjoy reading books by MaryLu Tyndale

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