Sunday, January 3, 2010

MaryLu Tyndall is BACK!

I'm excited to announce the latest release of MaryLu Tyndall's third book in the Charles Towne Belles' series THE RAVEN SAINT!

When Grace Westcott is kidnapped by a French mercenary, tossed aboard his ship, and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia, she cannot imagine what she has done to deserve such a horrid fate. She has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor, not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. Thinking perhaps God has sent her to preach to the vile captain and his crew, Grace's every attempt to correct their sinful ways is rewarded with only mockery. When Grace's situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn't prepared to face her biggest weakness of all-falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois.

By leaving a comment and your email address below, you'll be entered to win a signed copy of this wonderful book! Sign your email like so: sandirog7 at aol dot com

Because MaryLu was kind enough to return for another giveaway, I decided to do something a little different and focus more on the book. However, if you'd like to get to know this talented author (one of my favorite authors), you can go to the link to see our September INTERVIEW.

MaryLu's publisher, Barbour, asks:

What do you hope your readers learn from The Raven Saint, especially from both Rafe and Grace’s characters?

Grace is such a perfect example of many Christians today. She loves the Lord and she’s busy about His work. The problem is, she’s so busy doing what she thinks He wants her to do, that she’s lost sight of who He really is. In other words, she has become entangled in good works and has forsaken her first Love. Because she measures her own worthiness on her good works, she measures others on theirs, and when she finds them lacking, she judges them. My hope through Grace’s story is that people will stop and take a good long look at their own hearts and ask themselves if perhaps they have fallen into the same trap as Grace. Do they have a heart like Jesus had, that loves everyone and doesn’t judge those who come to Him with open hearts? Or do they avoid and even snub those whose sins are out in the open? Now, I’m not talking about accepting sin. I’m talking about loving the sinner and by doing so, showing them who Jesus is so they’ll want to follow Him with all their heart. Jesus was able to separate the sin from the sinner and see the root cause of it in a person’s life. We can do that too, by getting to know someone and loving them, regardless of their sin. In reality, Grace’s sin of a judgmental heart was far worse in God’s eyes than the sins of those she judged. (The thieves, adulterers, murderers) Don’t believe me? Just read what Jesus had to say to the Pharisees of his day.

Rafe turned his back on God at an early age due to the bad example of his so-called Christian father. Rejected by the pious man as well as by a woman he loved, Rafe is filled with heartache and rage. I believe rejection is one of our culture’s biggest problems. Rejection by a parent or by a close friend or spouse wounds the heart like nothing else can. It causes insecurity and rage and sets a person on a very dangerous path. The last thing Rafe should have done is reject God based on the example of Christians. Never base your faith on the actions of so called godly people. You must seek God on your own and seek Him with all your heart. By rejecting God, Rafe ran away from the only One who could truly heal his own rejection. Through Rafe’s story, I hope people who suffer from deep-seated rejection can see a bit of themselves in Rafe, and like him, go to the only One whose love can heal that painful wound.

MaryLu, thank you for dropping by and sharing your talent and insights with us!


Folks, don't forget to leave a comment with your email address if you want to be entered into the drawing. Winner will be announced on Friday.

Good luck!


  1. Wonderful interview! MaryLu I'm looking forward even more to reading it now! I pray it touches peoples lives in a special way. You don't have to enter me into the give away as I have the book. Debbie Lynne Costello

  2. I love Mary Lou's books! I have every one. :-) Please enter me in the drawing. Dawn King momofkings at gmail dot com

  3. I really enjoyed "The Blue Enchantress" and would like to read this one also. Please enter me.
    Deborah M.

  4. Sounds wonderful. Please enter me for sure. cute_litl_blonde at yahoo dot com.

  5. I love Mary's books and would love to read her latest. It sounds wonderful. Great interview, I enjoyed so much. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

    New Year Blessings,


  6. Hi Sandi, and Mary Lu. I love the Charles Towne Belles Series, as does my pastor's wife who is borrowing these books from me after I read them. I'd love a shot at getting The Raven Saint, please enter me in the drawing.

    iacuttergirl at gmail dot com


  7. Thanks for the interview and teaser. Enter me for a chance, too.

    Candee at CandeeFick dot com

  8. I absolutely ADORE MaryLu and her books! Book 2 had a huge impact on me personally! I'd love to win book 3.

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

  9. Thanks for the interview. Please enter me. mdimaria3 at comcast dot net.

  10. I love Mary Lu's books, I have all of them so far, but not this one yet...please enter me!

    ryanx6 at msn dot com

  11. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you very much.

  12. I already own this book (and read it- loved it too :) But I am trying to win it for my mom who loves MaryLu's books too! Please enter me!


  13. I can't wait to read this book!!!

    please enter me!


  14. Please include me in the drawing, I am looking forward to Grace and Rafe's story! Thanks.


  15. sounds great. please enter me:
    rachelmarie42 at yahoo dot com

  16. can't wait to read the book. please enter me:
    paulinewollmann at gmail dot com

  17. I confess, I've never read any of your books, Mary Lu, but it does sound good.

  18. Looking forward to reading this one. Please enter me!

    Blessings & Happy Twenty Ten -
    andrealschultz at gmail dot com

    Please come visit my blog for books reviews & giveaways, etc...! Would love a follow!

    I'm also on Twitter & Facebook; links are at the blog! Thanks! : )

  19. I'd love the chance to win this book. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. Great interview, Mary Lu. I've not read any of your books yet but this does sound very interesting and really would love to read it.


  21. I've never read any of your books, Mary Lu, but I was just thinking & wishing for something new to read - and this will be it! Thanks for the interview!

    klovold [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Sounds like a good read.
    Put my name into the pot.

    A J Hawke

  23. thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book.


  24. I am already reading this stellar book, and enjoying it thoroughly. Kept me up until 2 AM last night, in fact. *grumble, grumble* :)
    Beautiful castles--love the new look here, Sandi!

  25. I just dropped by to say Hi to everyone! Thank you all for your interest in my book and for reading my interview! And thank you, Sandi, for having me on your blog!

    Blessings, MaryLu

  26. I would love to win the Raven Saint. BUT I won The Blue Enchantress, so that would be asking a lot.

    I do have The Raven Saint magnet on my refrigerator, though!

    Looking forward to reading Grace's story.
    Thanks Sandi and MaryLu

  27. It looks like a good book! I'd love the chance to win!!
    mommaof_3k at yahoo dot com

  28. I really enjoy this author!!

    natalie_mclean1 at yahoo dot com

  29. This is going to be my first of MaryLu's books. I'm excited to read it. Please enter me:

  30. Hi Sandi, This has been interesting for me!! I have not read Ms. Tyndall's books, but I will for sure get one to read. I love hearing about good authors who write books that are fun, but also an encouragement to us to keep fighting the good fight. Thanks for sharing this with us. God bless you!