Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MaryLu Tyndall and Debbie Mitchell on The Write Stuff today! Giveaway!

MaryLu Tyndall is a Christy Award Nominee and author of eleven Inspirational Historical Romance Novels.  Her books are not only known for their romance and adventure but for their strong spiritual themes. MaryLu has been walking with God for fifteen years, but prior to that, her experience as an agnostic has given her a unique perspective on all things both spiritual and carnal. Her life mission is to encourage believers to not take for granted the love and power of God and to live their lives fully for Him!  MaryLu lives in California with her husband, six children, and three cats.

Debbie Mitchell has taught Sunday school for over 20 years. She is a firm believer in reading through the Bible each year and is working on her 13th time through. Keeping in the Word and teaching Sunday School has helped her to recognize and face the enemy. She lives in California with her husband Jack and their two dogs. She has one son, two daughters, two sons-in-law and has been blessed with grandchildren that truly make her days. 

All aboard! From the shores of salvation to eternity's horizon, embark on a 180 day journey with Jesus at the helm of your ship. You'll encounter storms, ship wrecks, and battles but you'll also enjoy days of smooth sailing, glorious sunsets, and rainbows that span the skies! Life with Jesus is an adventure. He will never steer you wrong. Is your compass broken? Need some wind in your sails? Lost your anchor? Or maybe you've spotted an enemy ship on the horizon! Come aboard! Trust in the Captain of your souls. And hang on. You're in for the voyage of your life!

What inspired you to write your devotional, Pearls from the Sea?

Every Monday morning on my (MaryLu) blog ( for the past seven years  I post a short devotional. Just something the Lord has been speaking to me about or something that has leapt out at me from my Bible readings. My hope is that it encourages, blesses, or strengthens other Christians who come across it. Debbie Mitchell, who I met online, and who frequented my blog, kept telling me that I should gather all my Monday posts and put them into a devotional. I told her that I really wasn't a devotional writer, that this was just something I did on my blog, but she kept insisting!!  Finally, I told her that if she would write her own devotions, that I'd go in with her as a co-author on a devotional.  To be honest, (and she doesn't even know this yet) I didn't think she would do it! I was just trying to get her off my back. But she did! And her devotions were really good and inspiring. So, I figured this was from the Lord.  And who am I to not obey His will?   Hence, Pearls from the Sea was born!

To add to what MaryLu said above, I had only written one or two devotions before this and I never thought they were that good. MaryLu's devotions truly touched me and I just knew that others would be inspired and blessed by them. I guess when God lays something on my heart, I just can't help myself! And no one is more surprised than I am that I actually agreed to it! This is totally outside my comfort zone. I pray that many people are blessed by Pearls from the Sea!
Isn't it amazing all the new connections God brings about through cyberspace! While we know dangers exist and we must act wisely, you two formed a godly relationship that took you to places of ministry you never dreamed would occur. Thanks for listening to His voice! 
What is one fun thing my readers might not know about you two? 

Debbie Mitchell is a fan of my (MaryLu) fiction books and she contacted me one day to thank me for writing them and to tell me how much they blessed her. We became immediate friends! Though we both live in California and only about 5 hours away, we have never actually met!!

MaryLu Tyndall is basically a cat person. She likes dogs, but prefers to own cats. I (Debbie) am a dog person. I like cats, but prefer to own dogs. And to think we still like each other! Haha! 
Yep, it's a new age for writers. :) Technology has fostered writer connections and quickened output. 

Thanks for joining me today, MaryLu and Debbie! To learn more about Pearls from the Sea, log onto the following:

Enter to win an ebook copy by leaving a comment!


Rhonda Ritenour said...

Thank you for sharing this information, Eileen. I greatly enjoyed learning how Debbie and MaryLu became connected and how God led them to work on this devotional together. Wow! What an amazing, creative, sovereign God we serve! He's so much fun, isn't it? :-) Thanks again! I would love to have a chance to win!

chaplaindebbie said...

Thank you for having us on your blog today, Eileen! I pray that this devotional is a blessing to all who read it! God bless.

Eileen Rife said...

My pleasure, Debbie. Praying God uses Pearls from the Sea to encourage, challenge, and strengthen many hearts!

Thanks for stopping by, Rhonda! And yes, we serve an amazing God who delights to surprise His children with good gifts. Bringing Debbie and MaryLu together for this project is one of those gifts.

MaryLu Tyndall said...

Hi Ladies!! Thank you so much, Eileen, for having Chaplain Debbie and I on your blog!!! I really appreciate it! It's so true how amazing our God is!! The fact that this devo ever got published is a miracle in itself, which makes me believe God has great plans for it!
Hugs to you all! MaryLu

bonton said...

Just the kind of book we all need -thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Brenda Hurley said...

May 16th,
Hello there. Thanks for sharing even more info, about MaryLu and Debbie M, and how this newest project came into being. The devotional sounds really good, and I'm "hoping" that I would be able to see it on my computer ... as I don't own an e-reader or anything like that.
Thank-you for this opportunity.
Take care, and, God Bless,
In Him, Brenda H

Anonymous said...

It sounds amazing!!

chaplaindebbie said...

Bonnie, Brenda and Leilani: thanks for stopping by! Best of luck in the drawing. I pray you will each be able to read this one day and be truly blessed by it.
Waving at me Cap'n, MaryLu!

Eileen Rife said...

Come on down, Bonnie! You're the winner of Pearls from the Sea ebook. MaryLu and Debbie will be in contact with you concerning the details.

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