MBA&M: Thank you, MaryLu for spending time with us and our readers today! What a great honor to have you with us! For those who may not know you, please give them some insight into the life of MaryLu Tyndall?

MARYLU: Thank you! I’m so happy to be here.  For those who don’t know me, I’m a cave-dwelling introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, lover of history, hopeless romantic, sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings.   🙂



MBA&M: Please tell us what your inspiration behind writing the “Escape to Paradise” series?

MARYLU: Have you ever been bombarded by so many problems that all you wanted to do was run away and forget everything?  I think all of us have felt that way at one time or another. This series is based on that desire to run away from your problems and start over. Yet the story lines encompass so much more than that. I pitched the series as LOST meets Gone with the Wind. It’s about a group of people longing for a new life, essentially running away from God, yet finding out in the end that their problems came along on the journey with them! Not only that, but each of them discovers their pasts are inextricably linked by a supernatural Hand that brought them each to Brazil for an eternal purpose.



MBA&M: What made you decide to write a story about life after the Civil War, in a new colony in Brazil?

MARYLU: The history is fascinating! I have not run into a single person who knew about this event. For some reason, it seems to have been buried in our history books, yet close to 20,000 Southerners traveled to Brazil after the Civil War. Many more went out west and some to Mexico.  For me, I find the story of a people traveling to an unknown land and forging a life from the wilderness utterly fascinating. Even though my stories are fictional, I felt this was a history that needed to be told.

MBA&M: In “Elusive Hope”, Hayden is seeking revenge. While Magnolia is seeking a way out. Can you give us insight into these two characters?

MARYLU: Hayden is a mix between a bad boy and a charmer. He’s the man who walks into a room and draws every female eye, not just because he’s handsome, but because he has a mesmerizing charm and confidence about him that lures the female heart. But he’s not interested in women. His only interest is in enacting revenge on the man he believes orphaned him at a young age and left him to die on the street–his father–and in order to find him, Hayden had to become a con-man just like him.

Magnolia is a Southern Belle through and through, but a bad decision on her part cost her parents most of their fortune and Magnolia her reputation, and sent them to Brazil for a new start. Accustomed to opulence, she detests the barbarity of Brazil and longs to sail home to reunite with her fiance. Constantly berated by her overbearing father, she has been told that her only value is in her appearance.  Consequently, Magnolia suffers from a severe lack of confidence and an obsession with her looks. 


MBA&M:  Now inquiring minds want to know or me rather..Did you visit Brazil to get your vivid descriptions for this setting?

MARYLU: I wish!  Unfortunately that was not in my budget.  However, thanks to the internet, there are plenty of vivid pictures, videos, and descriptions of that beautiful land. Plus, I used Google-Earth, which is the next best thing to traveling there myself!  I am amazed at how gorgeous Brazil is. They have everything from white sandy beaches to lush tropical jungles to snow-capped mountains. Some day I hope to go there on vacation.


MBA&M: I know you enjoy writing about pirates, will we ever get to see those dastardly pirates,again? If so when can we expect another pirate based story?I enjoy pirates by the way….

MARYLU: Absolutely!   In fact, I’m currently writing a sequel to my pirate series. (About Captain Merrick’s son!)  I’m very excited about the story. It’s set in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1692, right before an earthquake sinks most of the city into the sea. That’s all I can say about it for now, but I hope to release it in early to mid 2014.


MBA&M: I understand you may be on another new and grand adventure, can you give us any details?

MARYLU: Let’s just say that God is asking me to step out of the comfortable boat of traditional publishing and walk on the waves of managing my own career. I’m very excited about this new path in my life and know that whatever God has in store, it will be a grand adventure! 

MBA&M: Besides, writing, thanks for your time and effort to write your wonderful stories by the way! What do you enjoy most in life?

MARYLU: My family, church, my cats, a good book, a great movie, gardening, chocolate and popcorn!

MBA&M: Who would you say is your favorite character in life and in fiction?

MARYLU: My favorite character in fiction. Hmm. . .can I have more than one?  Edmund Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo,  The Scarlet Pimpernel in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Peter Blood in Captain Blood

A few of my favorite characters in life: George Washington and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

MBA&M: Last for not least, please tell our readers how to connect with MaryLu Tyndall and where they may purchase “Elusive Hope”?


Barnes and Noble:


Thank you, MaryLu, for spending time with us and our readers and for your exciting stories!!




  • Series: Escape to Paradise (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc. (November 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265977

*from the author’s website*

Elusive Hope – Escape to Paradise Series Book Two


In a colony named New Hope, while their friends are seeking a Southern utopia. . . .



Hayden is seeking revenge. Relentlessly.


After years of all but selling his soul to track down his scoundrel of a father, Hayden Gale discovers his search must continue in South America, where his father is reported to be helping colonize Brazil. Hayden has nothing more to lose, certainly not a good reputation, and vows to keep pursuing–at any cost–the vile man who he believes killed his mother.



 Magnolia is seeking a way out. Desperately.


She’s in the jungles of Brazil against her will, but what choice does Magnolia Scott have? Her father insisted on uprooting their family to escape the uncertainty of Southern life after the Civil War. But how will she survive without all she holds dear—wealthy suitors, beautiful clothes, summer balls, and slaves waiting on her every whim? She vows to find a way to get back home—and attaches herself to handsome Hayden Gale.


 As they journey toward Rio de Janeiro, they both seek to use the other for their own purposes. Deceptively. Falling in love was never part of their plans. . . .

Buy Links:


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Escape to Paradise Series:

Book 1 – Forsaken Dreams


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(Sponsored by the publisher)

Thanks to Kelsey, we are offering not 1 but 2 lucky commenters a chance to win a print copy of “Elusive Hope” by MaryLu Tyndall. Sorry, open to US residents only!

Giveaway will run from November 11 until November 18,2013.



Thank you for spending time with our guest, MaryLu Tyndall and if you get the chance please spread the word!!


35 Replies to “MaryLu Tyndall~ ELUSIVE HOPE~ GIVEAWAY AND Q&A”

  1. What a fascinating story! The time of the Civil War literally ruined the lives of so many people especially when it pitted friends against friends and family against family. I have always enjoyed reading stories of how the Civil War affected families and how they were able to cope with it. I’m looking forward to reading Mary Lu’s new novel.

  2. Fascinating indeed! This sounds like quite an adventure and I would love to win a copy of ELUSIVE HOPE! Thank you for sharing MaryLu's interview and the generous giveaway!

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  3. What a great interview! Elusive Hope sounds like a wonderful book and I would absolutely love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  4. GREAT interview, so glad to get to know MaryLu even more in this!! Loved the series pitch idea you made and your choice of fave fiction characters, good stuff 🙂 Thanks to Kelsey and the publisher for this giveaway, this book is DEFINTELY on my TBR list!
    Blessings, Kara

  5. I am so interested in finding out how this story proceeds & I would love the chance to win a copy. Thank you for a double chance to win.

  6. Loved the interview and i loved your book Elusive Hope MaryLu. I loved the story of Magnolia and Hayden. Can't wait for the third in the series. I would love to win your book to give to a friend. Thanks

  7. Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies! This sounds like such a fascinating time in US history that none of us know about…

  8. Sounds like a very interesting story. I love the time period it is set in, and would enjoy reading it. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  9. I've read the first book in the series: "Forsaken Dreams" & "Elusive Hope"–both are AWESOME!! Now I am eagerly waiting her 3rd book in the series! MaryLu is such an exceptional writer, and I feel like I'm RIGHT THERE in the scenes with all of her characters. Nothing is ever predictable, her plot twists are so intriguing, and it's seriously hard to put her books down! MaryLu is one of my top favorite authors, and I've been buying her books for my close friends & family to enjoy. So, even if you don't win, make sure you put at the top of your Christmas list "Forsaken Dreams" & "Elusive Hope"!! 🙂

  10. I am so excited to read this story!II've been waiting ever since the frist book in this series decided to come out!_Can't wait and would love to win! Thanks! spanisheyes8761(at)aol(dot)com

  11. This is very interesting! I never knew that southerners escaped to Brazil either. Finding out more of history is always fascinating. Amber Perry has this book in her top five favorites list. I'd like to see if I agree. 🙂

    I'm interested in what you say about managing your own career. Are you going to strictly self-publish? Do you have the story behind this written online somewhere?

    1. Sylvia… I'm planning on self-publishing a sequel to my pirate series in the spring… after that, it's whatever God decides! When you say "story behind this" are you referring to the history of Southerners heading to Brazil? If so, I have various articles written here and there and I mention the history at the back of each book in the series. A great book to read on the subject is: The Lost Colony of the Confederacy by Eugene C. Harter.

  12. I love historical fiction, but the Civil War period never appealed to me … However, I just started Forsaken Dreams and am enjoying it! Definitely a unique historical premise –it makes me wonder how Mrs. Tyndall found out about these southerners who migrated to South America & Mexico! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. It's a strange story.. but one of my readers mentioned the history to me when I was at a book signing. She said she would write about it but she wasn't a good writer.. so I looked it up, and discovered this fascinating lost history. 🙂

  13. great interview! Elusive Hope sounds wonderful.Please me in contest.Thank you for the opportunity to win .

  14. Marylu I do hope you will get a chance to visit Brazil. I spent a summer in Brazil 36 years ago in the Amazon Region. It was an awesome summer. thank you for writing such great books.

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  15. I need to reread book 1. All I remember is that it left me hanging, there was hints of danger still in place at the end of book 1. So I'm wondering how these characters fit into the story. I just gotta win this and re-read book 1. Then I can be all grumpy at waiting for the 3rd book 😀 I really should do what my husband does – he waits till the whole series is out before reading the first one – whether it be books or movies. Then he's not in suspense for months wondering what will happen next! Unlike me who devours each new book as fast as she can get her hands on it and then moans and groans when it leaves the reader in suspense. 😀
    So hopefully you'll pick me and I can moan and groan till book 3!
    ~ J:-)mi

  16. Just dropping in to say Hi to everyone! And to thank you all for your Wonderful comments and for your interest in winning my book! I also want to thank April for having me on her blog!! Hugs to you all! MaryLu

  17. April and MaryLu great interview. The book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  18. I so enjoyed this interview. I love it when authors dig up little know bits of history and place them in fiction. Great job, MaryLu! And I look forward immensely to reading more pirate books!

  19. Hi, MaryLu!

    Enjoyed your interview, learning more about you, your writing, & your books!

    I have never heard of this migration to Brazil after the Civil War, & want to learn more about it.

    Praying for you as you embark on a new journey re: your career!


  20. This is a great interview, thank you for having MaryLu on. I have been blessed to be a reader of MaryLu's books since I came across those wonderful Pirate books she is known for!!! Love, Love, Love the new Escape to Paradise Series and I can barely wait for the new Pirate series!

  21. Cool giveaway! Do you just comment to be entered into it? If so, then YAY! I've been wanting to get my hands on this book for a long time:)


  22. What a lovely interview! MaryLu, I love your books and I have been wanting to read Elusive Hope for some time! I recently found Your Charles Towne Belles trilogy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing with us!! Blessings ~ Juli

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