Monday, September 12, 2011


Today my guest is MaryLu Tyndall, a multi-published Christian romance writer. She has just released her 11th book, Surrender the Dawn.


In high school, I was the shy, introverted, pimple-faced, nerd who never got a date. Months of piano lessons faltered on my clumsy hands, my cooking would make the staunchest overeater lose weight, and I was always the last one picked for sports.

Have you ever felt like you don't measure up—that you aren't pretty enough, smart enough, funny enough, or talented enough to bring any value to this world? Most of my life I felt like God must have made a mistake when He created me, but the truth is, God made me exactly the way I was for a reason.

Seven years ago, God told me He had something for me to do that would blow me away. At the time, I was working at a job I hated, my kids were rebelling, and my marriage was falling apart. I thought I had misunderstood Him. Besides, what could I do? I couldn’t even handle my own ordinary life. But, I wanted to believe Him.

So, I stopped fighting and I gave Him complete control. Within two years, my first novel was published. Now I’m working on my 11th!

At the time God spoke to me, I hadn’t considered becoming a novelist, hadn’t written a word, had no prior education or training. Now, I’m doing something I love and using it to glorify God. This is my destiny!

So many people go through their entire lives and miss their destinies. Don’t let that happen to you. Submit to God. No matter what He asks you to do, no matter the struggles, the trials, submit to Him and His will. And in Romans 12:2, He promises that His will for you is perfect, pleasing and good—something you and only you can do.

This is the major theme in my Surrender to Destiny series, where you'll meet ordinary, flawed characters who don’t think much of themselves, but who God considers His precious children. Once they turn to Him, God transforms their weaknesses into strengths and uses them mightily to save America and change the course of history. And He can do the same with you!

Review of Surrender the Dawn by Christine:

I thoroughly enjoyed another tender romance set on the high seas by MaryLu Tyndall. Surrender the Dawn is an excellent example of this author’s talent for telling a fast-paced and romantic tale. She always manages to fill her stories with realistically flawed characters who live and breathe and that you begin to root for from the very first page.
Cassandra Channing is a head-strong heroine who has to care for her family of younger sisters and her mother who prefers to bury her head in the sand, or in this case a bottle of laudanum. Cassandra takes a huge chance when she invests the last of their family money with a privateer sailor, Luke Heaton. She figures she has to take a chance or the family will starve.

Everyone is outraged that Cassandra would trust their few last dollars with the town rogue who has a penchant for the rum bottle. And her mother continues to push Cassandra into the arms of a man who has the money to support them.

But things seem to be going well when Luke makes good on Cassandra’s investment. That is until he’s forced into treason against his fellow Americans in The War of Independence. The tables turn quickly and the stakes get higher.

What I love about MaryLu Tyndall’s stories is the real struggles her characters face that people face today, such as alcohol addiction in the face of great stress. I also love the families she sets her heroes and heroines in. Altogether a delightful fun read.

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