Thursday, March 19, 2009
MaryLu Tyndall is a Christian Romance author that I got in touch with through Christian Romance author Linore Rose Burkard after I reviewed her novel Before the Season Ends. She contacted me about a possible book review, author interview and author guest blog. After I checked out her website to know more about her current released novel The Red Siren, I got back to her and we set up for an author interview that I posted on Tuesday, March 17 and an author guest blog for today and for a book review that will be posted here soon. Now enjoy the author guest blog about The Red Siren by Christian Romance author MaryLu Tyndall.
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The concept for The Red Siren—actually for the entire Charles Towne Series—came to me while I was on one of my long walks on the hills behind my house. I had been doing some research on lady pirates and a particular scripture kept popping into my mind from Matthew 13. It’s a story that Jesus tells about a farmer who scatters seed. Some seed lands on the road and the crows eat it up. Other seed land on rocky soil and the plants start to grow but have shallow roots and wither away. Other seed falls among the thorns and the plants get choked out. And some seed falls on good soil and grows into a bounteous crop. The seed is God’s word and the different types of soil are people’s hearts. I thought it would be a cool idea to write a series about 3 sisters, and have each sister represent one of the seeds. So, in The Red Siren, the heroine Faith is the rocky soil. She starts out strong in her faith, but problems and struggles come and she fades away from God. Becomes a pirate, in fact, in order to provide for and protect her sisters. Hope, the 2nd sister (The Blue Enchantress) represents the thorny soil where the pleasures of this world choke out her faith and she ends up getting herself in the precarious situation of being sold as a white slave to some planters in the Caribbean. And Grace, (The Raven Saint) is the good soil. But she has problems of her own! She is a bit pretentious and self-righteous so I have a French Mercenary kidnap her in order to humble her. (I’m quite mean to my characters!) The Red Siren takes place mostly in Charles Towne in the year 1718. I had the privilege of spending a week there last year doing research, so the street and house names, taverns, and some of the characters in my book are true to the time. I tried to capture the tiny port town’s wild atmosphere in the story, along with the pirates that used to frequent the city. Anne Cormac, for example, makes an appearance in the book. She is the same Anne who became Anne Bonny, the famous woman pirate who scoured the Caribbean. I had a lot of fun writing this adventurous tale, and I hope if you get a chance to read it, you’ll enjoy it too!
The Red Siren Blurb:
Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. How long can she maintain this dual identity before she’s caught red-handed? God-fearing Dajon Waite, who scours the Carolina coast, expunging it of pirates, is a more-than-capable captain in the British Royal Navy. But when he is asked to take on the guardianship of Faith and her sisters, he’s headed for deep water. Having vowed to avoid women, what will he do when he finds himself falling for Faith?
Author bio:
M.L. Tyndall, a Christy Award Finalist, and best-selling author of the Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. You can visit Christian Historical romance author MaryLu Tyndall at her Website, Blog, Facebook and Shoutlife. Live in the awareness of your eternal destiny.

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I'm a part-time aspiring romance novelist, book reviewer and blogger. I've always wanted to travel the world and learn everything I can about other countries. Learning the Italian language is one way of trying to make that dream come true. Traveling will help me with my writing because I'll be learning about the history of the U.S., Latin America, England, Italy, and Ireland, the countries I find so fascinating while reading the romance genre.
 
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