Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Of Pirates and Parables

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Blue Enchantress

Barbour Books (August 1, 2009)



M. L. (MaryLu) Tyndall grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul--a longing for something more.

After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart.

Still searching for purpose, adventure and true love, she spent her late twenties and early thirties doing all the things the world told her would make her happy, and after years, her children suffered, her second marriage suffered, and she was still miserable.

One day, she picked up her old Bible, dusted it off, and began to read. Somewhere in the middle, God opened her hardened heart to see that He was real, that He still loved her, and that He had a purpose for her life, if she'd only give her heart to Him completely.

She had written stories her whole life, but never had the confidence to try and get any of them published. But as God began to change her heart, He also showed her that writing had been His wonderful plan for her all along!

Her other current release in the Charles Towne Belles series includes The Red Siren.


Betrayed by the man she longed to marry, Hope Westcott is about to be auctioned off as a slave to the highest bidder on an island in the Caribbean . After enduring a difficult childhood in an unloving home, Hope's search for love and self-worth have led her down a very dangerous path. All she ever wanted was to find true love and open an orphanage where she could raise children with all the love she never experienced as a child. But how can a woman with a sordid past ever hope to run an orphanage, let alone attract the love of an honorable man?

Determined to overcome the shame of his mother?s past, Nathaniel Mason worked for many years to build his own fleet of merchant ships in an effort to finally acquire the respect of Charles Towne society. Ignoring the call of God on his life to become a preacher, he forges ahead with his plans for success at a distant port in the Caribbean , when he sees a young lady he knows from Charles Towne being sold as a slave. In an effort to save Hope, he is forced to sell one of his two ships, only to discover that her predicament was caused by her own bad behavior. Angry and determined to rid himself of her as soon as possible, Nathaniel embarks on a journey that will change the course of his life.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Blue Enchantress, go HERE

View The Book Trailer:

Oh, I love MaryLu Tyndall and her books!! She weaves an adventure that keeps me spellbound and eagerly turning pages. (In fact, I couldn't put it down and read it in one day - or rather, late into the night! The romantic element is delightful. But most importantly, she crafts a story of folks who struggle with the circumstances in which they find themselves, skillfully depicting the battle between self-reliance and faith, between revenge and justice, between passion and love, and between dark and light. I had the privilege of meeting and spending some time with Mary Lu back in the spring at the Book Expo. I was so touched by her heart and desire to pen stories that speak to the heart and demonstrate God's redemption. I will do my best to post my interview with her later this week. I will say that the Charles Towne Belles trilogy, of which The Blue Enchantress is the second book, is based on the parable of the seeds that fell on the various types of ground. The Blue Enchantress was all I expected and more, and I eagerly await book three, The Raven Saint, coming in January!


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Quilly said...

I just read about this novel the other day. I stumbled on Tydall's website while searching for something else. That trailer was great and I am intrigued!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

What a great review, Lid. Sounds great.

Carole said...

Good review of The Blue Enchantress, Linda, and I completely agree with you. I wish I had read The Red Siren first, but I knew enough about the series plot for this one to stand alone. It would be so much fun to meet MaryLu in person.