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We had a post that should have gone live today and didn’t that was my fault. I had issues and didn’t get it posted correctly. It will go live tomorrow. I hope you will visit us for a great guest blogger.

And if you notice my mom, AprilR, is not posting or commenting or around it’s because she has done something to her back. Years ago my mom had a spinal fusion. For those who don’t know she’s a retired nurse, who had to retire due to this injury and surgery to repair said injury. She loved nursing and misses it. Now she is having severe pain and numbness in her leg. She went Friday to ER and today to a specialist. We are looking at more doctors and c-scan in the near future but for now they’ve put her on meds they hope will help with the pain. So for the foreseeable future I will try to keep up with the blog posts.


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A visit with Jodi Thomas! And a Giveaway!!!

Today we at My Book Addiction and More are thrilled to welcome author, Jodi Thomas! Please join us in welcoming her.

When I began writing WILD TEXAS ROSE, I felt like I was going home.  My footprints were already molded into the foundation of this Historical Romance.  I’d been thinking about these characters for years and finally it was time for their story.  All four men in this story were damaged by the Civil War but all were going on with their lives believing they’d always be alone.  This book is about friendship that always stands fast and how the love of a few women, good or bad, can change a man’s life for the better.


This is my 25th Historical Romance, my 35th book and I’m still having a ball.  I think what I love most about writing is discovering the characters and letting them tell me their stories.  Like breathing , no two people are alike.


When I sat down in my study and traveled back to Texas in the 1800’s, I began with Rose McMurray.  As a child she drove everyone crazy organizing her world and as an adult nothing has changed.  She’s twenty-six and traveled from Whispering Mountain to Fort Worth to help a friend with her wedding plans.


From the first, Rose knows something is very wrong and of course, she sets out to correct the problem.  The adopted son of her uncle, Duncan McMurray, has his hands full with a gang of killers in Dallas, but he rides over to help Rose.


As Rose builds her forces, not only the bride’s life falls in dangers but so does Rose and Duncan’s.


I had great fun mixing up the stories of people in this book.  So often when people think they are all alone in the world they find they are surrounded by friends when trouble rides in.  The love stories were also fun to write, for with the exception of one lady who took her clothes off for a living, most of the people were new to loving.


On August 7th when this book hits, I’ll be like a proud parent standing outside the nursery windows looking at a newborn.

Hope all of you enjoy WILD TEXAS ROSE.


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Jodi Thomas presents her latest Whispering Mountain novel WILD TEXAS ROSE, about a woman who’s cursed when it comes to love—and the man determined to save her.

Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her adopted family’s ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she’s backed away from marriage three times without giving any reasons. Everyone thinks Rose is a coward, afraid of any adven-ture, including falling in love. She’s never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life…until now.
“At the top of everyone’s favorites list.”
—Romance Junkies
“Wonderfully written, romantic, and delightful.”
—The Romance Reader
“Exceptional…Packs a powerful emotional punch.”

Release date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-425-25037-2
Retail Price: USA$7.99

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Release Date August 7, 2012

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 35 novels and 11 short story
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To be popular or not to be popular, that is the question

By MaryLu Tyndall


Our culture is obsessed with fame and popularity. Just look at all the reality shows that have sprung up over the past twenty years where ordinary people compete to win a prize and potentially become famous. Survivor, The Great Race, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, to name just a few. Everyone wants to be famous! To be a star! To have people accept them, love them, and give them value. Honestly, who wouldn’t want that? It feeds a deep ravenous need within all of us to be somebody, not just another of the billion or so people who inhabit the planet. We want to be special. To be unique and valued. We want what God has implanted in each of our hearts—to be loved unconditionally for who we are.

This need begins to truly manifest itself in High School. At least it did for me. If your High School was anything like mine, it didn’t take long for each kid to be assigned a label. Jock, Cool, Skater, Grunge, Emo, Nerd, and a million other “groups” which separated everyone and predetermined their behavior based on stereotypical ideas.  My shyness and good grades automatically put me somewhere between the nerd and weirdo groups, where I stayed my entire High School years! At the time, I thought that was entirely unfair and couldn’t understand why I couldn’t join the “cool” and “popular” kids. They got all the attention, got invited to all the parties, had all the fun. (Or so it seemed). I wanted to badly to be accepted in their group—to be liked. But that never happened.

This longing to be valued extended well into my adult years as I grew and matured and tried to fashion myself, both in speech, dress, and behavior, into the kind of person who would fit in with the crowd everyone liked and looked up to.  For a while I even succeeded. I began dating a man who was in that crowd, and I quickly became one of them.  But I was still empty inside. Hanging out with these people wasn’t me. I didn’t enjoy the things they did, the parties, the dinners, the conversation. In truth, I wanted so badly for them to like me, that I had molded myself into someone completely unrecognizable. And in the process I had denied the unique-self God made me to be.  In essence, I made these people my God instead of worshiping my Creator.

This is the theme of my new release, Veil of Pearls. The fear of man. When you crave human opinion and accolades more than you crave God’s approval, then you have a problem with the fear of man.  And if you continue down that course the results can be a devastating—a complete loss of the person God made you to be and a gnawing emptiness inside. Not to mention the worse result of all, a weakening of your relationship with God himself.

That’s what happens to Adalia, the heroine in my story. She hid her heritage, the essence of who she was, in order to become part of the Charleston Elite—to enjoy their lavish lifestyle of delicacies, parties, plays, and the approval of people who wouldn’t have given her the time of day before. But in the process, she lost touch with her true self and with God.

Fortunately for Adalia (And for me!), we both came to our senses and returned to the only ONE who can fill that need for value. God Himself. He is the answer to this burning desire to be somebody. You see, everyone is somebody in His kingdom! He knew who you would be, all your talents, quirks, personality, likes, dislikes, humor, etc.. before he even formed you in your mother’s womb. You are unique and precious to Him. He has something He needs you to do here on earth that only You can do. He loves you boundlessly. Maybe you’ve heard that before. Maybe you haven’t, But once you really believe it and get it deep down inside of you, you won’t have any desire for fame or praise from anyone else this world but God!



MaryLu, with a degree in Math and fifteen years spent in a software engineering career, what led you into writing Christian fiction?


I’ve always written. I had a poem published in my High School Year book. I wrote a novel at age 16 and another one in my twenties and had several started but never finished. Believing I could never get published, I never submitted any of them and ended up choosing a career that made money.  Of course God had a HUGE work to do in me before I could write for Him.  It wasn’t until ten years after I committed my life to Him that I distinctly heard Him tell me to write a novel about a Christian Pirate. Yes, I thought I was hearing things too!  Yet even though I was working full time, I obeyed. That book was The Redemption, my first published novel!

Where do you get ideas for your books?

From History, from life, from God.  Many times while I’m doing research for one book, I’ll come across a story or event in history that really piques my interest and I’ll mark it to investigate later on. This happened with my Surrender to Destiny series when I read about what a huge role Baltimore, Maryland played in the War of 1812 and how if they had been defeated, the US would probably be under British rule to this day.  I also get ideas from people and things going on around me, in particular ideas about human struggles and our quest for meaning. And of course, God plops a lot of strange ideas in my head! My very first book, The Redemption, was a result of Him telling me to write a story about a Christian pirate. J

Do you feel that your life experience before becoming a Christian helps you add depth to your characters and their stories you might not have had without it?

Absolutely! In fact, I’m not sure I could write the type of stories and characters I do without my BC (Before Christ) life. If you’ve read any of my books, you know that my characters normally start out in pretty rough places, some of them doing some pretty bad things. My characters are usually the down and outs, the forsaken, the hurting, rejected. Some have partaken of, or at least have witnessed, the seedy side of life. Even so, they are searching for meaning, purpose, and hope, ultimately finding them only in God.  Their stories mimic my own dive into the world as a youth, my own search for meaning, and my own realization that everything the world offers is nothing but meaningless chaff. Only God fills every longing of the human soul.


Your tagline for your collective works is “Swashbuckling Romances Anchored in Faith.” What do you attribute to your strong interest in all things nautical?

Hmm. Good question. I suppose part of it had to do with growing up on the beaches of South Florida. I spent many a day snorkeling and body surfing in the warm waters and lying upon the sand dreaming of pirates and tall ships!  There’s just something so mysterious, enchanting, and romantic about the sea! Also, my grandfather graduated from the US Naval Academy and served until he died in a tragic air accident aboard a US carrier, so I suppose I have navy blood flowing through my veins as well.

What’s your secret to staying on deadline (chocolate, coffee …)?

Prayer!  And definitely coffee!  In fact with prayer and coffee, I believe you can do anything you set your mind to do! LOL

But honestly, I’m a pretty disciplined person. I treat my writing like a regular 8-5 job, barely even breaking for lunch!  How would you like me to be your boss? LOL


Where can fans find you or your books on the internet?







Thank you,MaryLu for spending time with us and our readers today! What a pleasure to have you visit with us again.



A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. Now, while writing her twelfth novel, she manages a home, husband, and six kids while battling three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep!  She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God.





  • Publisher: Barbour Books (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265779

An Epic Romance of the Old South 

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with immigrants like Adalia. But she has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. She lives in terror that her owner will come looking for her. Instead Morgan, the son of a plantation owner, finds her. He is handsome, charming, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia. Soon she is swept into his glamorous world, a world in which the truth about Adalia’s heritage would ruin her—and Morgan. This epic romance reveals the beauty and tragedy of the Old South.

  • A Runaway Slave and a Plantation Owner’s Son Fall in Love.
  • A Romance with Characters Straight from the History Books
  • From an Acclaimed Christy Award Nominee

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She thought she could outrun her past. . .

It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life, thankful for her freedom but still fearful that her owner will find her.

Born into one of Charleston’s prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan’s persistence, however, finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society.

But Adalia’s new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is she willing to go to win the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is revealed, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?


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Celebrating the soul of America’s heartland, The Band Plays On is Rick Niece’s heartfelt tribute to friendship, community, and, most importantly, his father, Lewis Niece. When DeGraff, Ohio’s beloved band director is invited to conduct an encore performance, “Lewie’s Alumni Band” gathers to celebrate with gusto. As the band practices for its final parade, Rick, his baritone in tow, reflects on treasured memories, relationships, and the legacy of a small town with indomitable spirit. The second volume in the delightful Fanfare for a Hometown series, The Band Plays On provides an entertaining, inspirational glimpse into lives richly lived…and shared.




Following in his father’s footsteps, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is a lifelong educator who has served as a classroom teacher, a public school administrator, and a university professor, provost, and president. In 1997, he was named President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and has been steadfast in his devotion to the University’s success


Welcome to My Book Addiction and More, Dr. Rick Niece, Author, The Band Plays On!

      MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?


I was raised in a small town (population 900) in Ohio. From age 9 until I attended college, I had a paper route with 72 customers. The route taught me the life lessons of responsibility, dependability, and customer service. My undergraduate degree is from Ohio State University, and my Masters and Ph.D. were received at Kent State University. My forty-five year career in the magical field of education has been as a high school English teacher, principal, college professor, dean, and university president. I am currently the President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, where my wife and I are the “proud parents” of 630 students.



  MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “The Band Plays On”?


The Band Plays On is the second book in my Fanfare for a Hometown series. Book 1, Side-Yard Superhero, was inspired by the influence of my hometown and by an amazing young man on my paper route. Bernie Jones was wheelchair-bound with severe cerebral palsy, and the book chronicles our friendship and adventures.


The Band Plays On also celebrates my hometown, but the focus is on the legacy of my father, Lewis Niece, who was the beloved band director there for 16 years. Dad was invited back to conduct an encore performance of “Lewie’s Alumni Band” when members of his bands, over those 16 years, returned to DeGraff to perform a halftime show during the high school’s football game, march in a parade the next day, and play a concert downtown. The Band Plays On is a celebration of the soul of America’s heartland, and a tribute to friendship, community, and my father, as well as a journey of humor, heartbreak, and hope.



   MBA&M: If you could make a movie of “The Band Plays On,” who would be some of the actors you would use and why?


I think a movie would be terrific, especially if it were actually filmed in my hometown of DeGraff and starred a number of DeGraff’s citizens who are feature characters in the book. I will leave the rest of the casting to the producers, but I would suggest, because of physical resemblances, that William H. Macy play me, and my dad be portrayed by Mickey Rooney.



  MBA&M: What were the challenges in writing this title? And where did you find your research?


The research comes from my upbringing in the small town of DeGraff, Ohio. The Band Plays On is an “automythography,” a term I did not invent but have defined for literature. An automythography is a work of non-fiction that looks reflectively at what we think we remember and how we think we remember it. It is an iridescent memory based upon the author’s truth and personal narrative. Soap bubbles are iridescent. As they float away from us, they change shapes and colors, but they are the same soap bubbles. Our memories change shapes and colors over the years, but they are the same memories. Those memories are our automythographies. I depend upon my memory of past events, and I trust my memories.





The title of the book references an old music classic, “The Band Played On,” written in 1895. That song begins with this lyric:


Casey would waltz with a strawberry blond

And the band played on.


The difference is that in this lyric, the band “played” on—a verb in the past tense. The title of my book is in the present tense, plays, to signify that this music continues on and on in hearts and memories of my father’s many students.



  MBA&M: Most people talk about the main characters, but the secondary characters help to move the story along, so we will change things about a bit, I think it would be nice to hear a bit about at least one of the secondary characters, tell us a little about one of your secondary characters?


Fern Burdette was a legend in DeGraff. She was a lady way ahead of her time in many ways. After graduating from DeGraff High School, she travelled the world as a journalist. She was a trendsetter. When she returned to DeGraff after her career, she continued to be a trendsetter. You see, old Fern wore nothing but a brassiere from her waist up—no shirt, no blouse, no sweater, just her bra. As hard as it is to believe, especially in a small and conservative Midwestern town, Fern was not considered scandalous. She was just bra-bearing, no blouse-wearing Fern. She was a customer on my paper route, and I found her to be fascinating.



   MBA&M: What are some of the things that influence you while you are writing?


My life continues to be influenced by that small hometown, its citizens of long ago, and by my father. Also, my major in English and years as an English teacher are influences. However, another factor has impacted my writing. I believe we are, at birth, divided into two groups and assigned our roles. In one group are the memory makers. In the other are my favorites—the memory keepers. I am a memory keeper and always have been. Even as a child, I sponged up and carefully pocketed the events around me. In my books, I share those nostalgically-kept memories for others to live and relive along with me.



   MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine in your personal life? Why?


My father is a logical choice as a hero for me. I have modeled my career and personal demeanor with him as an example. Al Kaline, who played right field for the Detroit Tigers for 22 years, is my sports hero. His loyalty to one team and its fans is a lesson I wish current professional athletes would follow. My wife, Sherée, is my heroine. I would not be a successful university president without her by my side. She is a servant leader, community and campus volunteer, and role model for our students. Plus, she is the best proofreader I know.



MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where to find “The Band Plays On”?


Readers can find more information about the new book The Band Plays On and the overall series, as well as further information on my background online at I also enjoy hearing from fans or responding to questions on or  My books are distributed through Midpoint Trade Books, Baker & Taylor and Ingram and can be purchased on my own website at Amazon or any major book store. Both books are available in print as well as in electronic format.  Side-Yard Superhero is available as MP3 Audiobook, recorded by Alex Cord.  


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Stewart Realty Series: Life in the House Lane

Love is an easy word to use, a hard one to demonstrate, and sometimes impossible to trust.
The Stewart Realty series is a sweeping epic, encompassing over ten years in the lives of two people who know how to love with their bodies, how to please and get pleasure, to control and be controlled. When it comes to the deeper meaning of the one word they both need however, their strong personalities get in the way. While their physical connection sizzles they continue to disappoint one another emotionally.
Jack Gordon has it all–money, success, a string of women—but sustains a deep longing for something more. When he thinks he finds it with Sara Jane Thornton, his world is never the same again. Sara releases his natural Dom, a side of him he’d thought buried out of frustration and unhappiness. Sara learns a true submissive must trust implicitly, something she cannot associate with him, no matter how many times she tries, and he fails.
With a rich cast of secondary characters, including a young man who presents a near-perfect foil to Jack’s intensity, and who falls hard for Sara; the Stewart Realty series is a romantic saga with an emphasis on contemporary life and love, with a healthy dose of white-hot eroticism. Modern, busy, driven characters living lives of purpose and real-time stress, seek the ever-elusive and highly coveted combination –a friend, lover and trusted advisor who will be there for the long haul.


Floor Time (Stewart Realty Book 1)

Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor’s most delectable bachelor. At age thirty-five, he’s made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.
While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now. A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows. (Continued)

Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.
A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she’s been missing.


Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it. However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach. The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.
A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she’s been missing.
Sweat Equity (Stewart Realty Book 2):

Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it. He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he’s made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust. Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?
Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her “war” one that comes from without or within?
Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.