Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
I’m thrilled and honored to welcome MaryLu Tyndall here today! I’ve never met her in person, but I’m totally hooked on her writing. I hope she’s prepared for the crazed-fan attack whenever I do meet her. Her books are impossible to put down, so I recommend blocking off your calendar for 48 hours once you start reading.
A Christy Award finalist, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. Now, while writing her eleventh novel, she manages a home, husband, and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.
You can connect with her at the following places:
Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mofrYRedr8&feature=g-all-u
Welcome, MaryLu! I’m with you on the popcorn and chocolate addiction, so pardon my munching while we get to the questions…
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Passionate, Crazy, Worry-wort, Sensitive, Caring, Disciplined, Control-freak
1) Mediterranean or Caribbean Cruise?
Mediterranean! Only because I’ve never been there. The Caribbean is gorgeous and my first love, but I hear the Mediterranean is simply stunning, especially with all those exotic ports of call!
2) Right brained or Left brained?
Right! All creative and passion and absolutely zero logic and reason (At least that’s what my hubby tells me!)
3) Out on the town or Take-out and a movie?
Take out and a movie, of course. I like going out some times, but I’m much more comfy at home with my PJs and my big-screen TV and some popcorn!
4) Soup and salad or Burger and fries?
Are you talking to the dieting MaryLu or the MaryLu who can eat whatever she wants and stay thin MaryLu? The former would choose soup and salad. The latter, burger and fries every time!
5) Stretch limo or Yacht?
Yacht! Who would choose land when you can seek adventures at sea?
6) Life of the party or Fade into the background?
Definitely fade. Always been a wall flower. I much prefer to watch people than have them watch me!
7) Chocolate milkshake or Root beer float? Chocolate milkshake!! When I was a kid on a family picnic I drank an entire 6-pack of root beer and on the way home. . .well, let’s just say my Mom’s station wagon was never quite the same. Since then, I can’t even stand the smell of root beer! (Sorry if that was TMI)
LOL, MaryLu, not TMI at all! I have similar memories with chicken fried rice, so there ya go. I had to laugh at your right-brained comment. You must have at least a little left brain in there since you were a software engineer for fifteen years. But I can see how visiting the high seas through your books would send that left brain sailing.
Thanks so much for being here today! It was a pleasure to have you.
She thought she could outrun her past. . .
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.
Born into one of Charleston’s prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan’s persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.
But her new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is Adalia willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Are you a land lover or a sailor at heart, and why? What’s the biggest adventure you’ve ever experienced at sea?
*Giveaway Details: MaryLu has offered to give away a copy of Veil of Pearls! All you have to do is leave a comment. (For extra entries, you can Tweet or share this post on Facebook…I’ll add an extra entry for each. Just make sure to mention it in your comment.) Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post. Good luck!
**The winner of last week’s Jamie Carie giveaway is Amy Campbell! I’ll contact you this week with details.