Friday, February 8, 2013


Ship's Log 02.08.2013


MaryLu Tyndall's Pre-Release Party continues....................................

First of all, let me congratulate the winner of Week 1, KARA! Enjoy your copy of Forsaken Dreams!  Now, for Week 2.......

Let's start off with a brief synopsis of Forsaken Dreams: (copied from MaryLu Tyndall's blog)

They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia

Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.
Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can't help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she longs to start over again in Brazil.
But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea  and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.
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Today, MaryLu is introducing the hero of the story, Blake Wallace:

Brief Description: Blake Wallace is a true warrior. Standing at just over six feet tall with jet black hair, stormy gray eyes and  a muscular build honed by war, Blake’s commanding presence offers no doubt as to his profession. A profession he used to love until the war. Now, Blake has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath a weight of defeat and loss. Son of a wealthy Atlanta merchant, Blake attended WestPoint before the war and worked his way up through the American Army to become a colonel. A career officer, he loved the structure and discipline of the military, and he was proud of his role in the defense of his great nation. So, when the Southern states seceded from the union and declared their independence, Blake didn’t hesitate to lead the charge to protect his homeland from the North. But as the war dragged on and Blake realized that men lived and died based on his decisions, his zeal began to fade. He lost several close friends in his regimen, but it wasn’t until his younger brother was killed that Blake began to loathe the North. As soon as the war ended, he hastened home to his mother, father and sisters, only to find they’d all been murdered during the burning of Atlanta.  Now, angry at God and man, and with nothing to keep him home and with the North inflicting chains of punishment around the South, Blake decides to organize a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new south in a succulent land called Brazil. 

Now, here is your chance to win a copy of Forsaken Dreams and delve into this wonderful tale. All you need to do is go over to MaryLu's blog and follow her instructions. (make sure you leave your email address) You will also find out more about this book and her inspiration for this character.


You think winning a copy of Forsaken Dreams is great, there is more! 

A wonderful friend of mine is also offering the following in conjunction with this giveaway this week:   Ocean Blue Gift Giveaway includes: A lovely hand-made Victorian doll in a blue gown with lace shawl, a blue silk fan, an 11" X 15" basket of violets print suitable for framing (Feb. flower of the month), Godiva chocolate--and a copy of MaryLu's book Forsaken Dreams. Now, let me tell you, this lady is a true artist. If you look in the sidebar of this blog, you will see one of the dolls she created....Adalia....based on MaryLu's book Veil of Pearls.. No doubt this new doll will be gorgeous!

Now, head on over to both blogs and leave a comment to get yourself entered! I cannot order you to do this, for I am not the Captain........I am merely the Chaplain, so I will just say Please. God bless.    


  1. Fri Feb 8th,
    Hey Debbie. Don't be disheartened by me, my dear .... I know NOTHING about blogs, tweeting, etc. So, I just mosey along, and look at everyone elses. Great job though, truly !

    1. Thank you, my dear, you are such a sweet soul! I am so happy you joined the crew!

  2. oooh what a great blog post! I too am so excited for this release...March 1st cannot come fast enough for me! And who doesn't want to learn more about Blake? Lol. Thanks Debbie...I am heading over to MaryLu's page....wonder who will win this awesome book?