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Good morning MaryLu! I am so excited to have coffee with you this hot and sunny Friday morning! I am even more excited to be talking about your upcoming book She Walks in Power. Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE the cover! Will you tell us more about the book and why you decided to write it?
Knights, Castles, and the Spirit of Power
What little girl didn’t grow up completely enthralled with stories about medieval knights and castles and dreams of being the fair maiden rescued from the dragon? I know it doesn’t sound very women’s-lib, but I was one of those girls who longed for the knight in shining armor to come to my rescue. I couldn’t get enough of medieval books and movies. So, when I grew up and became an author, I knew I had to write a medieval romance. However, year after year, my publisher told me that medieval stories weren’t selling and nobody would want to read one. Really? Yet it seemed every time I surveyed my readers, medievals were at the top of everyone’s reading wish list.
Fast forward ten years and against all odds, I’m finally writing that medieval series on my own. Yes, there are swoon-worthy knights, a castle, and even a damsel in distress. Though, I must admit said damsel is not as defenseless as Sir Knight assumes. She is not only an expert with bow and arrow, but she has the gift of spiritual discernment and can see angels and demons and other such things that exist in the spirit realm around us. With that gift and her allegiance to follow the Son of God, this damsel is not one to cross. In fact, she is quite powerful. Hence the title of the book She Walks in Power.
Why am I writing a book containing the spiritual gift of discernment? It may interest you to know that the people in medieval times were very spiritual. To see a demon or an angel was not as unusual as it is today. Why? I believe it was because they had more faith than we do. They not only believed in God, but also in the devil and demons. However, because most of them were ignorant of spiritual matters and relied solely on a corrupt church to interpret Scripture for them, they had no idea how to do spiritual warfare.
Fast forward 700 years and we find much of the same. In fact I would say much worse. Many Christians today don’t even believe in the devil and demons, and many of those who do have no idea what to do when they enter the battle. Why? Once again, I must point to the church. Though, thanks to the martyrdom of many over the centuries, we now have access to God’s Holy Word, many of us still rely on our pastors and Bible teachers to instruct us on spiritual matters. Yet unfortunately most of them don’t discuss these issues from the pulpit for fear of frightening people and losing church members. So we find ourselves right back where we started.
That’s one of the reasons I’m writing this series. I want to reveal through my characters how some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit operate and how to engage in battle with our enemy who is the hater of our souls. And along the way I guarantee you’ll love the adventure, the mystery and intrigue, and of course, the romance.
She Walks in Power releases in early September 2016, so be sure and look for it, or better yet, sign up on my Website to receive my blog updates or my newsletter, or “Like” me on Facebook.
Here’s a little more about the story
Alexia D’Clere didn’t ask to be Protector of the Spear, but after her dying mother gave her the tiny metal object and made her promise to keep it safe, she had no choice. Orphaned at age 9, she began to take over the running of her parent’s castle with the help of a trusted steward. Yet, when a plot to murder her was revealed, a friar whisked her away to live hidden in the forest. There, she learned to shoot expertly with bow and arrow and hone her skills to see into the spirit realm.
Now, at 18, she continues to keep the spear protected, provide meat for the starving village, while secretly caring for her ill sister who still lives in the castle. With Alexia’s powers of spiritual discernment and her skill as an archer, she is no match for those who come for the spear. That is until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King’s elite guard.
Ronar desires nothing more than to do his duty to God and King and pay penance for his past sins. Yet a forest sprite with red, flaming hair blocks his every move, all the while enchanting him like no other. Something evil lurks at Castle Luxley, and both Ronar and Alexia are soon thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle which will not only test their very beliefs, but put them both in mortal danger.
MaryLu Tyndall is an award-winning author who dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida’s Coast. With more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award winner, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandchildren and several stray cats on the California coast.
In honor of our coffee visit this morning, MaryLu is giving away a copy of her book, Charity’s Cross! To enter, comment below answering the following question: MaryLu dreamt of knights and castles when she was growing up. What were you fascinated with as a child?
This giveaway will end on Monday, July 18 at 11:59 pm PDT.
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