Tuesday, January 19, 2010

M.L. Tyndall's "The Raven Saint"

We're happy to have M.L. Tyndall with us today.
Click on the photo to the left to visit the author's website. Read on to learn more about M.L. and her book...

1) How did this story come to you?
The Raven Saint is the third book in a series called Charles Towne Belles which follows the lives of three daughters of a British Admiral stationed in colonial Charles Towne in 1718. Hence, The Raven Saint is about the third sister, Grace. What’s really cool about this series is that each daughter represents one of the seeds in the parable of the seed and sower in Matthew 13. Faith in The Red Siren was the seed that feel upon the rocks whose shallow faith falters when troubles arise. She becomes a lady pirate! Hope in The Blue Enchantress represents the seed that fell among the thorns where the pleasures of this world choked her faith. She is the seductress searching for true love. And in this book, The Raven Saint, Grace is the seed that fell on the good soil. She is the saintly sister who gets kidnapped by a French Mercenary (think Orlando Bloom) who intends to sell her as a slave to a Spanish Don.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
God gave me the idea for this series during one of my daily walks on a trail behind my house. At the time, I was still writing The Falcon and the Sparrow, a spy-regency novel. But I thought this was such a cool idea that I wrote up a proposal and submitted it to my publisher. It took awhile—several months—but they finally came back to me with an offer for the entire series. Needless to say, I was very excited. And I’ve had a blast writing these books. Each sister is so different and their stories are so different and yet so meaningful in their own way.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m extremely shy.
I would rather eat popcorn than most anything
I had several stepfathers when I was growing up.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on a new series entitled, Surrender to Destiny. The three books are set in Baltimore during the War of 1812 and follow the lives of three women who against their wishes get involved in the middle of the conflict. One of them gets forced to serve on a British warship, another helps prevent Washington DC from being completely burned by the British, and a third helps Francis Scott Key write the Star Spangled Banner while Fort McHenry was being bombarded. And of course these books are all highly adventurous, patriotic and very romantic. I’m very excited about this new series! The first book, Surrender the Sea, will be released in August.

5) Parting comments?
Thank you for having me on your blog! And if anyone made it down this far, thank you for reading my interview. If you haven’t yet tried my books and you enjoy a great page-turning, adventurous romance with a strong spiritual theme, I guarantee you’ll love my books!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Website: http://www.mltyndall.com/
Blog: http://www.crossandcutlass.blogspot.com/
And I’m on Facebook!


  1. I just finished reading "The Blue Enchantress" and love your descriptions of the period, language, setting, and your deft handling of spiritual warfare in the exotic environment!

    Stayed up late into the night finishing it, and look very forward to The Raven Saint! Well done, and so nice to know you...


  2. The Raven Saint sounds so interesting. I've not read the first two in the series, but now I'm going to see if my library has them so I can read them! Your series you are working on "Surrender to Destiny" sounds very good and I can't wait for them to be released, especially the one about Francis Scott Key. Again, I want to express my gratitude to K. Dawn for her fantastic interviews and bringing yet another Christian writer to my attention.
    Please enter me in the drawing for the book: bgrider2@cox.net

    God bless,

  3. Laura Russell


    Can't wait to hear more of your book. Great interview.

  4. You really picqued my interest in reading all three books. Thank you ...I love popcorn too....but never had a step Dad.

  5. Great interview. Thanks for the insight into the books and for introducing M.L. to us. I would love to win a copy of her book. I coordinate a very active book club and love introducing new authors to our group. We haven't read any of her books, but I will definitely be looking into hers now.
    Please enter me in the drawing.
    Sheryl Barnes

  6. This whole series sounds extremely amazing. please put me in the hat.

  7. I love M.L. Tyndall's books! Please enter me!

    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

  8. I would love to read this book because I've read the first two! Awesome stories!!


  9. I would love to read this book! I read the second in the series - great story!


  10. Please enter me:) I would love to read this book!!! Thanks!!


  11. It sounds like such a wonderful book. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you.

    Linda Cacaci

  12. I keep hoping to win The Raven Saint, count me in!


  13. Hi Ladies, just dropping by to say hello and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my interview and enter the contest! If you're looking for a book that's a bit different than your normal Christian Historical Romance, then my books are it! My goal is to weave strong spiritual truths throughout my books about God's love and His incredible power for those who believe and to bring Him glory. Of course, I'm sure you won't mind all the brash heroines and hunky heroes along the way. God Bless, everyone and have a great day!

  14. i would LOVE to read this book...thanks for the opportunity :)


  15. Sounds great. I love the name Grace! I love popcorn too.
    smrogi at att dot net

  16. I enjoy reading period fiction and this sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win.
    cbeargie at yahoo.com

  17. I have all daughters and this book sounds like a wonderful selection. Thanks.


  18. This looks like a really charming book, I'd love to read it!

    monkeykab2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  19. Your interview was so sweet, sounds like you have some nice books coming out. And this one, The Raven Saint, looks really fun! Thanks for offering it.

    bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  20. I Love reading about water, ships and romance. "The Raven Saint" sounds like a great book to me. Count me in on the drawing Please.

  21. Great interview.The Raven Saint sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  22. I enjoyed reading the interview.

    I look forward in reading this series.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com