Saturday, January 30, 2016

CHAPPY DEBBIE'S WEEK-IN-REVIEW

Ship's Log 01.30.2016




                                                                 


              What I spied from the deck of me ship
                    January 24th-January 29th
                   


Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard, find yerself a nice spot on the deck and enjoy.






                               BOOKS:




This past week I spied MaryLu Tyndall's newest release Charity's Cross. You can pre-order the ebook at a great price. On Monday, the price goes up....or purchase the paperback, which is available now. This has to be my favorite book of MaryLu's so far. I adore all of her books, but for some reason this one captured me. I've read it twice already and intend to read it again once I get my hands on the paperback. 

If you are a long-time fan of MaryLu's books, you will recognize a lot of the characters. But, this is a stand-alone book, so if it's the first book you've read by her, no worries. And I guarantee that once you read this book, you will want to seek out more of MaryLu's books.
I created a few memes for MaryLu to help promote Charity's Cross. I will be sharing them over the next few weeks on Facebook and Twitter. Here are a couple that I've shared already:















 Description....


Suspected of killing her husband, Charity Westcott flees on the first ship out of Portsmouth, England heading for the colonies. Loathing all men after her abusive marriage, she hopes to reunite with her family in Charles Towne, but the ship’s destination is Nassau. When she spots her husband’s brother, who is intent on seeing her hang, boarding her ship, she jumps overboard. 

Elias Dutton, missionary and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados. 
Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities. 


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My Review:



Classic MaryLu!


I am so in love with MaryLu Tyndall's books, especially her pirate series, and I've yet to be disappointed by her writing. She has taken me on adventure after adventure, causing me to sigh, cry, grimace and Praise God.
I love it when books touch my soul....books that take me back to a time, place and characters that I have loved and missed. If you have read MaryLu's books, namely her pirate series, this is going to please you to no end. If you are a first time reader of her books, once you read Charity's Cross, you will want to grab MaryLu's Charles Towne Belles and Legacy of the King's Pirates series, to read about all of the adventures that you have missed out on.
Charity's Cross is about the 4th sister, Charity, from the Charles Towne Belles series....she's rarely mentioned, but mentioned enough to want to know her story. And FINALLY, MaryLu has penned Charity's story. And let me tell you.....NO, I won't go into any details, for I truly hate spoilers in reviews. I will say, however, that this story tells of God's forgiveness and reminds us that we need to always put God's will ahead of our own. Ignoring His voice can have some serious repercussions in our lives....as Charity drastically discovers. Do you ever find yourself blaming someone else or yourself for bad things that happen in your life? Do you blame God? While enjoying this wonderful tale, you will be reminded of the truth that no matter where you find yourself in life, no matter how desperate things seem....God will use your suffering for good. It will all work out in the end.....just trust in Him.
Along with a wonderful message of trust, Charity's Cross will provide...Adventure on the high seas! Danger! Love! Oh, and PIRATES!
I highly recommend this book, especially to those who have waited.....and waited.....for Charity's story to be told.
Bravo, once again, MaryLu! Your pirate series are where you truly shine and Charity's Cross is a Classic MaryLu Tyndall story. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

 

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Trust Chappy, this is a must read! You can get your copy by clicking on the link below.

               
            CHARITY'S CROSS by MaryLu Tyndall



                            MOVIES & TV




Staying with the Pirate theme, I am sharing about Pirate's Code. I won this movie from another blog and it's a good movie. Check out it's IMDb page, so you can read up on it....I am giving this movie away to one of my commenters, so check out the giveaway section below. 






NEWS:


Here's a scoop!  Starting Wednesday, February 10th, MaryLu Tyndall will be having a huge release party with authors Debbie Lynne Costello and Julie Lessman. They will be giving away tons of prizes, a Kindle and there will be a scavenger hunt too! Keep checking in here and I will continue to give you info and links. I am even in the process of creating one of my Captain Jack Sparrow Exploding Picture boxes as a giveaway to help promote this! 





BLOGS:

            This week I am introducing Michelle Griep's blog. 



Michelle doesn't have an actual logo that I could copy, so I took these images from her blog.
Michelle is a wonderful author and blogs every weekday. This lady has a style all her own. I get a big kick out of each and every one of her posts. Most of her posts are geared towards writers and would-be writers, offering advice and information on the craft of writing. You have to drop by sometime and check out her style....unique and quirky....a blast! Even when she is serious, she always has a way of letting her wonderful personality shine through. So, click on the link below and check out Michelle's blog....read previous blog posts to get a feel for her blog. You won't be disappointed. 

      Writer Off The Leash (blog)



Michelle has written a book on writing that is filled with so much great information and advice. I highly recommend it for any writer....whether you are just getting started writing or a veteran writer. Here is the link...check it out. And while you are over there, check out her other books, too. 




Ship's Galley:

  

This week I want to share about a great pizza place....
                           
                           Westside Pizza

Whenever we have the urge to eat pizza, we always order from this company. They are pleasant to deal with and the pizza is yummy. We usually order online for take out. This past week we ordered two pizzas and after waiting for an hour for delivery, the pizza man arrived with a third pizza as an apology for being late! This company only has stores in 3 states here on the West Coast. Click on the name above to find a location near you. 







MaryLu Tyndall has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her newest release Charity's Cross to one of my commenters....paperback for US, ebook for outside of US. All you have to do is answer this question in the comment section below:    

      What's the best novel you've ever read? And please tell us why you love it so much...we may want to read it for ourselves.

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I am giving away my copy of Pirate's Code to one commenter. To be entered to win, just mention AYE AYE in the comment section below: PLEASE LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS  (Sorry, but for the dvd, US only)

YOU CAN ENTER BOTH CONTESTS IN THE SAME COMMENT!

(These contests run from now until my next blog post...winners will be announced in the special section below)





                                






 


Have a blessed week!



33 comments:

  1. Aye, Aye, wonderful post, Debbie - thanks!!

    So hard to pick a fave book - there are so many excellent books I've enjoyed, I'll just say that MaryLu, Julie Lessman, and Laura Frantz are 3 of my fave authors - I absolutely love everything they write. As with you, I was drawn to "Charity's Cross" - in fact, it may be my fave of all MaryLu's books. I'll be writing a review on it today. I love the adventure, romance, and realistic characters in each of her books, and so appreciate the faith in each one. I loved the lesson in forgiveness in "Charity's Cross" - which is the same lesson in Julie Lessman's latest novel "Isle of Hope".

    I love the memes you create for MaryLu's books, and am really looking forward to the release party. I receive Michelle's daily posts, she is so cute, and quite a character.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunities!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Shared post!!

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    1. Thanks fer comin' aboard, Bonnie! Isn't Michelle a hoot? Yer name is in both drawings!

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  2. Ahoy Matey! So honored to be featured on your blog today. Thanks!
    How can anyone pick just one favorite book? Argghh!
    I'll go with a classic, Jane Eyre. Why? Because Jane says no to her emotions and stands up for what's right.

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    1. Ahoy Buddy! Yer blog is too good not to share. Jane Eyre? Color me surprised....LOL

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  3. Hmm, my favorite book? That's a hard one, because I like so many, so I don't really have an overall favorite. Is it okay if I choose favorite book read in 2016 so far? That would be "Until the Dawn" by Elizabeth Camden. It was such an interesting story, with a good mystery, spiritual message, and romance. It's a fantastic read and one to check out.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Grace. Sounds like that book has a lot going for it. Your name is in the drawing for MaryLu's book.

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  4. I loved Charity's Cross. I liked the fact that Charity's story was told. We would catch a word here and there in MaryLu's books and I am sure that her readers are going to love this story and the message that is throughout .
    What is my all time best and reread book. I have so any but this one book that us so old that the pages are turning yellow is written by James Alexander Thom. It is --Follow the River-- based on the life of Mary Ingles. A woman and children captured when Indians raided their small village.
    The courage and fortitude that this woman showed helped her to treated fairly. She left her new born child and escaped with another woman and followed that long River back to her home. That River was the Ohio River which she followed from the farthest point north to Virginia. It is a fantastic book.
    But MaryLu is in great company on my list of authors which include Lori Bento, Ronie Kendig for starters .

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    1. Ahoy Elsie! I've never read Follow the River, but I've seen the movie at least three times. It's a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. It's a small world. One of my very best BFF's here in Ky. is a descendant of Mary Ingles!! Not too long ago, I ordered the book for her.

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  5. Aye Aye Chappy! There were so many awesome books in 2015. I loved both of Kristy Cambron's books. I also enjoyed Dawn Crandalls' The Everstone Chronicles. I'm looking forward to reading EMBERS by Ronie Kendig. ;)

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    1. Ahoy Caryl! Thanks fer comin' aboard and sharing. You are in both drawings!

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  6. My favorite book is Sweet Accord by Felicia Mason. It is a really sweet book, and I have read it more than four times. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks fer comin' aboard! Yer in the drawing!

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  7. Hi Chappy!! Sorry I missed this yesterday... I've not been feelin' well, a bit under the deck as we say in pirate language. Anyways, thanks fer posting about me book!! An' fer mentioning Michelle Griep who be one of me favorite authors!! Thanks to all who commented too. Now, I best be gettin' back to me bunk. Blessings and hugs to all!

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    1. So sorry you're not feeling well, MaryLu - prayers for healing!!

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    2. So sorry ye be under the weather, dear Cap'n...I be prayin' fer ye! Take care of yerself! Hugs!

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  8. Aye, aye, chappy! How be ye today?
    Best novel I've ever read?! Oh, boy... Guess it would have to be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. But my favorite modern novels would be Ray BLackston's trilogy - Flabbergasted, A Delirious Summer, and Lost in Rooville.
    The Pirate Code movie looks fun! I just watched the trailer :) I've for sure never seen a pirates/teen military/high tech movie before. Haha!

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    1. Thanks fer comin' aboard, Matey! Ye be in the drawings.

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  9. I really don't think I can pick a favorite book. It seems to me that each book I read is a favorite until I read the next one...lol I just finished Elaine Cooper's Promise of Deer Run which was just wonderful. It has some mystery, romance and lots of history - just what I love!!
    Thanks for the giveaways - Charity's Cross sounds just fabulous! I would love to win :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Ahoy Betti! Elaine Cooper is a wonderful writer. I'll put your name in the hat.

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  10. AYE AYE! Shelia Hall sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. AYE AYE, So many great books,how can you choose just one? Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz was great.

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    1. I loved Courting Morrow Little....once I got past that terrible tragedy in the beginning.
      Your name is in the drawings.

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  12. AYE AYE! =D saw a preview for that movie and thought it looked good! sign me up! How to pick a favorite novel? That is hard. I love MaryLu Tyndall's Legacy Of The Kings Pirates series. Romance and adventure amidst the high seas and salty air. Greedy pirates and bloodthirsty cutthroats, all while staying tasteful and giving thoughtful Scriptural guidance. What's not to love? =) Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer Moore is another favorite. It's also a clean Christian romance at sea, though it's set during the Napoleonic wars. Plus Melanie Dickerson's modern Fairytale renderings of classic tales. I love the Robin Hood and Swan Lake melding of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. It's so thoughtful and unique. Two of my favorite tales/legends put together. Awesomeness. Her Cinderella remake The Captive Maiden is another top fave. Hope I haven't overwhelmed you with all my favorites. I kinda got a library full of them! =)

    smittyfan01(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's always good hearing about great books, Matey! Thanks fer comin' aboard and playin' along. Yer name be in both drawin's!

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  13. Thanks so much for doing these giveaways! =D it's so neat!

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  14. Aye aye.

    I have read so many awesome books, it is hard to choose. One of my all time favorites though is Haddassah by Tommy Tenney with Mark Andrew Olsen. It is an in depth look into the life of Esther. It is an extremely interesting book that I highly recommend.

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    1. I love the story of Esther. Thanks for sharing. You are in both drawings!

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  15. Aye Aye , well seeing I have only read The Redemption I would have to say it's my favorite, but now that I will be on the road again I will will have more time to read again. It's nice that these books makes me want to read again. I'm not your normal reader it takes me a long time to read anything but it's nice that the books keep my interest. It may take me a year to read one novel but as you know that is big progress.

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    1. Yep, MaryLu's books keep you reading! Your name is in both drawings. Good luck!

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