The Reckoning by MaryLu Tyndall ~ A Review

The Reckoning

When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego’s Annual Tall Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn’t expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship three-hundred years in the past. But of course, it wasn’t real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he?

Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican Society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father.

Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan’s secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever.

I went into this book expecting a full and adventurous read. What I got was so much more.

Morgan has a problem. Cancer. As everything seems to fall down around her and she isn’t sure she could feel more alone, everything fades away and she finds herself in an even more unpredictable situation. Anxiety soars as the world grows more unknown. She faces down an unruly pirate captain and his crew, while trying to hold herself and her world together. When she’s not sure she could possibly face another moment, when a simple breath is beyond her, she has a decision to make. Face the rest of the unknowns alone… or put her life in the hands of the One she doesn’t think cares.

Rowan is a mighty Captain and one tough pirate. Known for his cunning and ruthlessness, he meets his match in Morgan. He can’t figure her out and she seems to not care for his charm, which usually sends the ladies swooning. Morgan is not swooning. In fact, she seems to be immune to him… but is he immune to her?

As a person who fights anxiety, this heroine spoke to me. MaryLu draws the emotions of anxiety out and I could nearly feel Morgan’s panic. I also love how MaryLu dealt with anxiety and the other trials that Morgan had to face. Numerous times I wiped tears from my eyes as truths were spoken that even spoke into my life.

Not only is this a wonderful read if you struggle with anxiety, it’s a fantastic adventure for anyone. MaryLu knows how to write a fantastic pirate story. She knows her ships, pirates and adventures and knows how to grab a reader and yank them into the story. It was really hard to put this book down and yet, when it ended, I was sad to read the final page.

This will definitely be a book I will re-read many times. I loved it!

*I received this book from MaryLu Tyndall in exchange for my honest review. I didn’t have to love it, but I sure did!*

You can find MaryLu on her website, facebook, twitter, and goodreads.

M.L. Tyndall (MaryLu) grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu’s novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Redemption was nominated for the prestigious Christy Award for Best Christian Fiction.




Operation Zulu ~ Pt. 2: Out of Nowhere Sneak Peek

I won’t waste time chatting when I know what you’re here for.  Here’s your sneak peek of Operation Zulu ~ Pt.2: Out of Nowhere!!

Sneak Peek

Coughing, Téya rolled, agony squirming through her as she fought for air. It was then she saw the booted feet. Followed the black pants up to a black shirt. Corded muscles. And a face of fury.

She hadn’t hit a wall.

The man who’d followed her hit her.

He grabbed and yanked her up off her feet.

Blinded by pain and groping for air, she struggled to think. Then oxygen flooded back. She swung her arm back then aimed for the side of his throat.

He blocked and nailed her with one of his own.

Again unable to breathe, she dropped to her knees, straining for air. Feeling her temples pound. She wobbled to her feet.

But the man shoved her forward.

Her head hit the wall. Bounced off. Stars sprinkled across her vision. Téya braced herself, then threw her head backward.

But he deflected. Moved away.

She stumbled backward, her feet pedalling too fast. She flopped onto the ground. Anger lit through her. She’d been one man’s punching bag already this month. Not happening

again. In that split second, Téya took in her surroundings. His position. She swung her legs to catch his.

He hopped back—and laughed.

Indignant, she flipped onto her feet.

His punch nailed her jaw.

She spun, gritting her teeth and tasting the blood his hit caused. His hits came again. And again. Driving her back. . .back. . .


She heard it now—the river. Heard the lapping against a wall or rocks. Smelled it. Felt the dampness. He was going to knock her into the water, no doubt hoping she was unconscious.

Team Zulu

Oh my goodness!!!  Now I can’t wait for Part 2!!  If you haven’t checked out Operation Zulu, you can get ‘Overkill: The Beginning’ for FREE!  Just click the banner below and strap in for this high-stakes, action-packed serial adventure!!


Do you Zulu?  What have you thought so far?  Are you as eager to get your hands on Part 2 as I am?



Operation Zulu: Overkill by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review

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They hoped it would never happen and now it has.  The call has come in.  They are desperate to save the rest of the team, but can they make it on time?  What prompted the new attacks after such a time of quiet?  How can they get in front of this threat and prevent another disaster?

I love the dynamics of Ronie Kendig’s new team.  They are still haunted by the past, yet trying to move on.  Someone doesn’t want them moving on.  Someone wants them dead.  Each of the characters has an amazing story to tell and I can’t wait to hear them all!  There are some interesting dynamics floating around and I love how Ronie is building the mystery while still revealing so much.

Desperation and panic drip from the pages.  In the first instalment of this five part serialization, Ronie will pull you in with heart-stopping action and pulse-pounding twists.  It will leave you not wanting to put this episode down and dying for the next!!

I can’t wait for the next episode!

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Ronie Kendig

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“Elusive Hope” by MaryLu Tyndall ~ A Review (and a sneak peek!)

Elusive Hope
“Embark on an exotic adventure in Book 2 of the Escape to Paradise series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. In the fledgling colony of New Hope, their friends struggle to create a Southern utopia in Brazil soon after the Civil War. But Hayden is seeking revenge—relentlessly. And Magnolia is seeking a way out—desperately. They both seek to use the other for their own purposes—deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans.”

I went in to this book thinking I knew what to expect.  The first book was a great read (see my review here) and I was sure that this one would be too!  Well, I was absolutely right.  Actually, I think I liked it even more.

The dynamic between Magnolia and Hayden is awesome.  I love the interplay of sarcasm, frustration and attraction between them. One minute they are seemingly wanting to kill each other and the next they are growing closer.  I really enjoyed the relationship.  I loved how Hayden came to realize how God wants for all of us.  Magnolia’s realizations and changes are wonderful.  I liked how she finally came into her own!

Throw in a temple and some really creepy happenings and I was riveted to the pages and did not want this to end.  I liked the addition of the brief glimpses of the temple.  I was really intrigued by it and wanted to hear more about it (which will be coming in book 3).  I liked how the settings were so different in how MaryLu wrote them.  The colony sounded like such a beautiful, peaceful setting.  The temple, on the other hand, was dark and creepy.  The writing reached out and grabbed me around the throat, I could feel goose-bumps on my arms and my heart would begin to race.  Awesome!

The epilogue left me desperately wishing book 3 was already printed and on my shelf!  I can’t wait for Abandoned Memories.

If you enjoyed ‘Forsaken Dreams’, you will definitely enjoy ‘Elusive Hope’.  If you haven’t read ‘Forsaken Dreams’, what are you waiting for?  These are great books!!

Abandoned MemoriesThanks for reading my review and, just because I appreciate you guys so much, I’ve obtained (courtesy of the awesome MaryLu Tyndall) a sneak peek from ‘Abandoned Memories’ for you.  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone.  😉  Enjoy!

October 18th, 1866 The jungles of Brazil
The ground shook like a ship in a sea squall. Dirt and rocks pelted Angeline. . .striking. . .stinging. Her heart seized. Covering her head, she spun and staggered back the way she’d come—up toward the tunnel entrance and into the temple, where at least she wouldn’t be buried alive. Unless the roof of the ancient shrine caved in. A violent jolt struck, launching her against the rock wall as if she were made of paper. Pain radiated up her arm. Her legs quivered like the ground beneath them, and she fell onto the shifting dirt.
The hand that engulfed hers was rough like old rope, powerful, yet warm. An equally powerful arm swung around her waist as tremors wracked the tunnels. “Hang on. You’re safe,” James spoke in her ear, covering her head with his own. Pebbles rained down on them. Coughing, Angeline flung a hand to her mouth when the quaking finally stopped.  
She drew a deep breath, her lungs filling with dust scented with spice and man and James. And standing there, ensconced in his embrace, fears that had risen so quickly when the ground had begun to shake suddenly vanished. She hated herself for it. She pushed from him. The stench of sulfur and mold instantly swept away his masculine aroma and resurrected her terror.
James stared at her oddly while he said to the men, “I told you we should not have brought the women.”
Brushing dirt from her skirts, Eliza, who stood in front of them with her husband, Blake, turned to face him. “You had no say in it, Doctor. We insisted. Did we not?” She smiled at Angeline. “There’s nothing to fear from a little shaking.”
Angeline wasn’t so sure. But then again, she didn’t possess Eliza’s courage and strength. Few women did. Those qualities, along with a multitude of others, were the reason Angeline admired her friend so much—the reason she’d cast aside her fears and agreed to venture into the eerie temple they’d found in the middle of the Brazilian jungle.
And then down into the tunnels beneath.
Yet at the moment, Eliza looked as if someone had dumped a bucket of chalk powder on her head. If Angeline weren’t so frightened, she’d giggle at the sight. But her alarm at being so far below ground during an earthquake stifled any laughter. She never should have come along. The men had insisted on investigating a loud explosion they’d heard last night that had shaken the ground all the way to their settlement of New Hope. When they feared it came from the temple, Eliza’s concern for Mr. Graves mounted, but now that Angeline had seen the ancient ruin and experienced the stink and heat of the narrow tunnels that spanned beneath it, she wondered why anyone would want to return. Or live here, as Mr. Graves had done since they’d arrived in Brazil.
Mr. Graves was one of the reasons Angeline had joined them today—to witness for herself the madman “digging his way to hell,” according to some of the colonists’ reports. Exaggerated reports, she was sure, but after Eliza had regaled her with further tales of gruesome obelisks, prison alcoves hewn in rock, strange Latin and Hebrew inscriptions, and Graves’s obsession with releasing powerful, invisible creatures, Angeline’s curiosity had gotten the best of her—regardless of James’s insistence that she remain in town. Or maybe because of it. Angeline grew tired of men dictating her. Telling her how to live and what to do and how to behave.
And using her like a dried-up commodity.
So, she’d come. And now, despite the heat and the terror and the pain, the look of approval in Eliza’s eyes made it all worth it. Almost.
“We ladies don’t fear a little earthquake, gentlemen. Do carry on.” Eliza’s courage caused Angeline’s shoulders to lift just a little. The woman was nearly two months along with child, yet here she was burrowing into the depths of the earth right beside her husband. Oh, how Angeline longed to be brave and independent like Eliza. Not weak and submissive as she’d been her entire life. Angeline had not only come to Brazil to start a new life but to become a new person. To put both her past-life and her past-self behind her. If only she could. . .
The ground trembled again and she pressed a hand against the wall. Sharp crags pricked her fingers as they slid over rock that seemed to sweat in the infernal heat. “If there was an explosion here last night, I’m surprised these tunnels didn’t collapse.”
“Indeed,” James said, shifting his torch to his other hand, “though these walls appear to be solid enough.” He ran a sleeve over his forehead, leaving a streak of mud. “Still, being below ground makes me nervous.”
“I couldn’t agree more.” Blake, an ex-colonel in the Confederate army and the leader of their colony, raised his torch and wiped dust from his wife’s nose. He planted a kiss on it and shook his head. “I told you it wasn’t safe.”
“Which is precisely why I didn’t want you coming here alone.” Eliza brushed dirt from his shirt. “Besides, we have to discover if Mr. Graves is injured.”
The colonel huffed his frustration and glanced at James with a shrug. But James was still examining the tunnel walls. “Odd. I wonder how primitive cannibals managed to score these tunnels out of rock.”
“This place is filled with nothing but questions.” Hayden’s voice preceded his appearance from the shadows behind them. “The main one gnawing at me now is why we are bothering to check on Graves when he’s made it plain he wants nothing to do with us.” He ran a hand through dark hair moist with sweat.
“Where are Patrick and Dodd?” the colonel asked.
“They spotted the gold moon and stars above the altar.” Hayden’s lips slanted. “Need I say more?”
James snorted and leaned toward Angeline to whisper, “Are you sure you want to continue?”
“Yes, I’ve come this far. I might as well go on.” Though her bodice was glued to her skin and sweat trickled down her neck and the fetor that rose from deep within the tunnels was enough to wilt a sturdy oak tree, she would prove herself brave. At least this once. Anything to keep James gazing at her with such admiration.

Thank you MaryLu for the great sneak peek!  You can find the amazing MaryLu Tyndall on Facebook, Twitter, Blog and on Goodreads.

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“Broken Wings” by Shannon Dittemore ~ A Review & A Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Broken Wings blog tour hosted by YA Bound!  You can see the full schedule HERE.  For now, let’s get into what I thought about it!  🙂

Broken Wings

Broken Wings

Release Date: February 19, 2013


320 pages

Giant angels with metal wings and visible song. A blind demon restored from the pit of darkness. And a girl who has never felt more broken.

Brielle sees the world as it really is: a place where the Celestial exists side by side with human reality. But in the aftermath of a supernatural showdown, her life begins to crumble. Her boyfriend, Jake, is keeping something from her—something important. Her overprotective father has started drinking again. He’s dating a much younger woman who makes Brielle’s skin crawl, and he’s downright hostile toward Jake. Haunting nightmares keep Brielle from sleeping, and flashes of Celestial vision keep her off kilter.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s been targeted. The Prince of Darkness himself has heard of the boy with healing in his hands and of the girl who sees through the Terrestrial Veil. When he plucks the blind demon, Damien, from the fiery chasm and sends him back to Earth with new eyes, the stage is set for a cataclysmic battle of good versus evil.

Then Brielle unearths the truth about her mother’s death and she must question everything she ever thought was true.

Brielle has no choice. She knows evil forces are converging and will soon rain their terror down upon the town of Stratus. She must master the weapons she’s been given. She must fight.

But can she fly with broken wings?

I’ve just finished Broken Wings (book 2 in the Angel Eyes series) and the first word that left my mouth was WOW!

Broken Wings is another extraordinary thrill-ride into the celestial.

Shannon brings us further into the realm of demons and angels with celestial armies, warriors and spies.  I could see and feel all that Shannon wrote.  Every triumph, every agony and every battle.

Shannon is a master of imagery, similar to Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker.  As she describes the majestic ‘Sabres’ I found myself nearly breathless with wonder to see with my own eyes the awe inspiring sight she portrayed!  I found myself sucked into the small town which is the focus of this celestial battle.  Shannon sets the scene early and leaves your heart pounding in anticipation.

The description of worship in Broken Wings  has stayed with me since I’ve finished the book.  I’ve always enjoyed worship and have found it even more rich with Shannon’s imagery.

I was so enthralled with Broken Wings that it did not take me long to reach the last page and it nearly broke my heart.

This is a wonderful series that I have so enjoyed!  I cannot wait for Dark Halo, due out in August.  Seriously, I cannot wait!  Hurry up August!  Shannon is so skilled at telling a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you desperate for the next book!

Shannon, you’ve done it again!  I was immediately as captivated by Broken Wings as I was with Angel Eyes. (<–Check out my review here!!)

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*I received a complimentary e-book copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Thomas Nelson.  I didn’t get paid and I didn’t have to give a positive review!  My opinions are my own and this book rocks!  :)*


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Shannon is awesome and answered a few questions for us about Broken Wings!

1)      What inspired this series?

This is such a great question and one I get asked a lot. Writing about the supernatural was really a very logical choice for me. I grew up in a church with a travelling creative arts team. We did puppetry, mime, dance, that sort of thing. The supernatural featured prominently in so many of our dramas and the invisible world has always been something I’ve liked reading about and pondering. When I decided to write a young adult novel, angels and demons seemed the most natural thing in the world to explore.

2)      What is the most fun about writing a book that includes a look into the celestial?

 I’m a huge fan of imagination and that’s really what this trilogy has been for me. A journey into the what ifs. Broken Wings, especially, has a lot of speculation. I got to develop a new kind of angel in this one. Sabres. Gigantic angels with wings made up of blades instead of feathers. Very fun.  

 3)      Who was the most difficult character to write?

I reserve the right to change this answer at any time, but I’m going to say Marco. In early drafts, Marco’s role was very clear to me, but as the story grew and changed, so did he. That said, he’s one of my favorite characters as well.

 4)      Who is your favourite angel?  (I know, it’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favourite) Why?

Well! Goodness. Um. I think I’m most committed to Canaan, because he’s been with me from the beginning, but it’s very hard not to say Pearla. Pearla was such a fun character to write. A character full of those what ifs I was talking about earlier. I’d love to tell some other, smaller, stories from her perspective.

 5)      I love to know, before I read a book, who the author pictures in the roles.  If ‘Broken Wings’ was made into a movie, do you have actors in mind to portray your characters?  Who do you imagine in those roles?

I do have my very own dream cast! I’d love to see Elle Fanning in the role of Brielle. I just adore her. She’s got the right look, is crazy talented and a dancer to boot. For Jake, I’ve always pictured Thomas Dekker. You know the kid who played John Conner in Terminator: the Sarah Conner Chronicles. It’s his eyes, I think. I’ve actually cast most everyone else, but I’ll just point you to my Pinterest board for that. Lots of pictures and I’d love everyone’s opinion. I’m curious who you would all cast. Here’s the link:

6)      Do you have a favourite paragraph or line from ‘Broken Wings’?  (if it won’t give away too much)

I like how it begins. In hell. It’s always fun to start in hell. Things can only get better from there, right? Here are the first few sentences.

 Hell is loud.

Talons scratch at the stone floor and clack against the pillars circling the chamber as the great hall fills. Hisses and snarls sound all around but the noise doesn’t unsettle the Cherub.

She’s been here before.

7)      Has writing this series impacted you in any ways you didn’t expect?

Yes. Absolutely. You think you’re ready, you know? To put your stories out there. To create characters and share them with others. But it was harder than I thought. Once the books are completed and on a shelf somewhere, they don’t belong to you anymore. They belong to readers. As a reader myself, and a lover of story, I adore that. But as a writer, it’s a little scarier than I anticipated. Readers bring their own lives to what they read and your world mingles with theirs. It’s an honor anytime someone takes time to step into my imagination for a few hours and it humbles me.

8)      What is the one thing that you would like us readers to take from this story?

That you’re not alone. Ever. Even when it most feels it. Especially when it’s darker than you ever imagined it could be. I’m a girl who dealt with fear for a season and if readers walk away from my books knowing they’re not alone in that, I’ll be very happy.

9)      ‘Dark Halo’ is book 3 in this series… can we have a sneak peek?  Pretty please?

 Okay, let me see if I can do this without spoiling Broken Wings. How about I give you a few facts about Dark Halo? Cryptic facts.  🙂

 ~There will be a new point of view added and, yes, it’s a character you’ve met.

~Kaylee’s Tasmanian Devil slippers give a repeat performance.

~Some of my favorite moments happen in the basement of a lighthouse.

~We “see” more of Ali.

Thank you Shannon for the insight!  I love knowing more details!!


Shannon Dittemore has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. The daughter of one preacher and the wife of another, she spends her days imagining things unseen and chasing her two children around their home in Northern California. Angel Eyes is her first novel.

“I’m a firm believer that books open doors into the imagination and remind us that we should venture there often. We should dream. We should try hard things. We should be fearless. And while there are many obstacles that stand in the way, I hope my stories remind readers that life is to be lived. Pain is to be tackled. Mountains are to be climbed. And while you may fall into dark places along the way, light is as close as the prayer on your lips.”

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Angel Eyes

Angel Eyes

Release Date: May 29, 2012


336 pages

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. Everything changes when you’ve looked at the world through . . .


Brielle’s a ballerina who went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and the incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than Jake or Brielle has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices start.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

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Whew!  That was a TON of fun!  So since Shannon asked, if you’ve read Angel Eyes and/or Broken Wings… who would you cast?  Leave us a comment with your choices!


‘A Dangerous Stage’ by Camy Tang~ Book Review

Camy is a master storyteller.  I have enjoyed every book I ever read by her and ‘A Dangerous Stage’ is no exception.

Camy knows how to write great characters!  I love Tessa.  I want to be like Tessa when I grow up.  Not the Yakuza part!  She is so tough and confident and bold!

If you haven’t read ‘Protection for Hire’ by Camy, you’ll want to start there.  It’s another awesome book!

Tessa is in the bodyguard business and she is awesome at it.  Her unique background helps her defend the people who hire her.  The chemistry between her and Charles is electric.  I enjoy the way that Camy develops their relationship.  Tessa is wounded by Charles and he is unable to see how much they mean to each other.  Tessa is so strong and put together but we also get to see her softer side, the side that can be injured.  Brought together by  a mutual client, Tessa and Charles are forced to interact and the sparks fly!!  Yay sparks!!

This is an action-packed ride.  I didn’t want to put it down, even for sleep… and I like sleep.  The first scene has Tessa in a car chase and kicking butt!  Camy keep the action coming and the characters are so engaging that you can’t help but get sucked into their world.  I laughed at the humorous interactions, felt wounded for Tessa and Charles and even felt my adrenalin spike as Tessa dealt with the danger around them.  Whoo, what a ride!

Camy has a wonderful way of writing that is just hers.  I wasn’t far into ‘A Dangerous Stage’ when I paused and thought ‘I feel like I am sitting with Camy, over a cup of tea, and she is telling me this story in her own words.’  She has a unique way of making her voice shine out of the pages.  I’ve never met Camy, nor talked to her on the phone, but I could hear her voice in the book and loved it even more because of it.  Like hearing a thrilling story from a good friend!

If you enjoy a fast-paced story with wonderfully developed characters, this book is for you.  If you enjoy a good romance with twists and turns, this book is for you!!

Camy’s tagline is:

‘Romance with a kick of wasabi’

(I made this pink for Camy)

and she sure does deliver!  Bring on the Wasabi!

Thanks for the great ride Camy!  I hope we get to read more about Tessa someday!  Five big stars for this awesome book!


Have you read any of Camy’s books?  What is your favourite?