Friday, October 22, 2010

Gone With The Posts Blogaversary Party day 2

"Scarlett: Atlanta!?
Mammy: Savannah would be better for ya. You just get in trouble in Atlanta.
Scarlett: What trouble are you talking about?
Mammy: You know what trouble I's talkin' 'bout. Mr. Ashley be comin' to Atlanta when he gets his leave, and you sattin' there waitin' for him, just like a spider.
Scarlett: You go pack my things like Mother said"

 Welcome to day 2 of my GWTP Blogaversary celebration! I hope you got a chance to read yesterday’s post, but just in case you didn’t, you can click HERE and catch up on all the fun. And I forgot about it yesterday, but since I just can’t part with my copy of LFYI Hershey, I’m going to give away a copy of Within My Heart, Timber Ridge Reflections Bk. 3 by Tamara Alexander to one lucky commenter. Scroll down to giveaway rules, to see how to enter.

Before we go on to all the fun stuff and the mystery guest, I’d love to thank all my blogging friends once again. You guys make this the best place to be, and Y’all’s blogs always life me up with encouragement and humility at how awesome God is to us. Sometimes, I forget that, but then I go to one of my friend’s blog, and I am once again reminded of His unwavering love and protection. Even if it didn’t seem that way at the time. Thank you all. *sniffle, sniffle*

Well, now that I’m all choked up, grab one of them there fruity drinks and a heaping  plate of fresh fruit, cause we're hitting the high seas today and you might want to grab the refreshments while their here.Don't want to be gettin' scurvy. LOL

But, what do the High seas and Gone With The Wind have in common? Well, maybe it’s because their both today’s GWTP party theme or maybe it's because today I had the privilege (with much begging on my part, since I did this on short notice) to interview the best pirate adventure/romance writer on both sides of the Rio Grande. Let’s give her a great pirate welcome, Ms. Marylu Tyndall! Arrgh!

Q1. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?
An artist. Probably an oil painter. I used to paint seascapes and landscapes before I got published. Honestly, I really miss it.
Me: Sounds very peaceful and tranquil. I wish I had an inch of talent with a brush, but God never did bless in that way.

Q2. If you could live/go anywhere, where would it be and what would you do there?
 If I could visit anywhere, it would be Israel, the Holy land. I’d love to walk where Jesus walked and see all the places I’ve read so much about in the Bible. If I could live anywhere, it would be on an island in the Caribbean. Any island, as long as it had fresh water, a gorgeous white sand beach, and it was mine!
Me: Visiting Israel is #4 on my bucket list; and the Caribbean would be the perfect place to live. I’ve only been there once, but it was so much fun.

Q3. If you were planning your “dream” party, what would it be like?
I would definitely rent an old historic tall ship (maybe a pirate ship), hire a captain and crew to sail her and then invite all my family and friends to join me in a cruise around the Caribbean. We would stop at all the islands, eat fresh crab, drink fruity drinks with umbrellas in them, and then sail some more until we ran out of horizon. (yes, I know I’m a bit extreme!)
Me: Hmmm….I’ll book my ticket on that heavenly sounding cruise, of course that’s only if I’m invited. LOL

Q4. If you were hosting a party, what favorite (living or deceased) author(s) would you love to invite? Can I invite two?
Jane Austen and Raphael Sabatini. Both deceased and in my opining two of the best authors ever
Me: Jan Austen seems to be the one author everyone chooses, honestly *checks surroundings, just in case there is a mob of Jan Austen lovers nearby*, I don’t very much care for her books *sound of angry mob leaps out of bushes from behind*….Oh snap! *runs for cover*

Q5. You’re stuck on a deserted island with one other person and a box of party supplies filled with a helium tank, balloons, noise makers, Care Bear themed paper goods and a giant inflatable bounce house; who would you want to be stuck with and what party supply do you think would be the most useful?
A deserted island? Well, it would have to be Captain Jack Sparrow, of course, and hands down, we would have the most fun with the helium tank! But the most useful item would be the inflatable house. After we had fun with the helium, Jack and I could make a small raft and row out to sea to be rescued! Not that I would really want to be rescued.
Me: Hahaha, I’m not sure I would either. But wouldn’t your Husband have something to say about it? ;)

Last, but never least...

Q6. Do you have a favorite verse from the Bible about celebration and joy that you’d like to share, or a verse that still speaks to your heart no matter how many times you read it?

Yes! Psalm 103 ( “1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me bless his holy name. 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies….” ) has always been my personal favorite to read when I’m feeling down. It’s all about how great and loving and merciful God is and how He always keeps His promises, and forgives all our sins and never leaves us!

Thank you Mrs. Tyndall for doing the interview with me, it was tons of fun reading your responses. And I really hope Y’all enjoyed it too. 

If you would like to know more about Marylu or her books (which are GREAT) you can go to:
 And when I say Mrs. Tyndall’s books are great, I’m not just shamelessly promoting them. Her books are truly that good. And if you like pirates too, well me-oh-my! You have been missing out. In fact, as a special surprise I’m going to be giving away Ms. Tyndall’s one of her first books, The Redemption.

Here is the back cover:
Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of a father

she never knew, only to find herself shipwrecked on a deserted
island. Near starvation, she is rescued by a band of pirates and
their fierce captain, Edmund Merrick. Will Charlisse win her
struggle against the seductive lure of this pirate captain? While
battling his attraction to this winsome lady, Edmund offers to help
Charlisse on her quest-until he discovers her father is none other
than Edward the Terror, the cruelest pirate on the Caribbean.

It is a great book, and a great one to start off your Marylu Tyndall high seas collection.

Here are the giveaway rules:
*You must be a U.S resident (sorry my Canadian friends, shipping just way too much).
*You must have a valid e-mail address and you must put it in your comment for me to count the entry.
*The contest(s) goes Friday to Friday. The winner will be announced on next Saturday.
*you must leave one comment , per post, if you wish to enter all the giveaways.

Now it's time for today's quiz (I've been on this quiz "kick" all week, and for some reason I can't help but post another one). Are you a true Southerner at heart, or do you have that Yankee grit in ya? 
Again,  I'd love  to see what you  got.  Cause of course, if you get Northern, well, I'm sorry, it was nice knowing ya! jk/jk

I just took it and I'm not sure how accurate it is, because it said I'm only 40% Southern! Can you believe that? Why, I've been in the south my whole life and the best I can show for it, is 40%? what is this world coming too?!?!?!? ...;)

 I hope you get a chance to enter and there will be more giveaways tomorrow, as well as one more mystery guest. Who could it be? Hmmm…guesses? Anyone? LOL There is plenty of fruit left, but maybe someone could whip up a few sfogliatellas --> (another name for them is Lobster Tails ), which are lobster shape tails of puff pastry with a creamy, almost ice cream like filling, that make them downright addictive! Any takers? ;)
Have a perfectly blessed Friday, my friends!

Love Y’all,


  1. Yum, I'll have some lobster tails whether pastry or the meaty kind dipped in butter :).

    I have recently discovered MaryLu's books and I love the Scripture she shared.

    And I agree, I really want to go to Israel, too.

    33% Yankee, not surprising since I've grown up all my life in NY. Surprised its not higher.


  2. I haven't read any of MaryLu's books yet.
    I've always been interested in the setting of a deserted island since the movie, "Castaway". It sounds like a great read!
    Please enter me in the giveaway!
    charsaltz at yahoo dot com

  3. Has Julie Lessman visited your blog yet?
    With the "Gone With The Wind" theme, she would LOVE it:)
    charsaltz at yahoo dot com

  4. Ashley,
    It showed that I am 70% southern even though I was raised in northern Ohio; however, my mom was born and raised in West Virginia, so that may explain it. Just wanted to share that with you:)
    charsaltz at yahoo dot com

  5. It seems like everybody would like to party with Jane Austen...I'd like to know who the guy was that inspired Mr. Darcy! ;-)

    Fun party once again Ashley!

    Please don't enter me I already have the book to read!

    XOXO~ Renee

  6. ASHLEY!!! AbsolutEly LOVING the GWTW theme, girl!! And I took the test and I am "40% Dixie and definitely a Yankee." But don't tell Margaret M. Oh, and yesterday I was ... Mammy!!! I was disappointed because I SO wanted to be Scarlett ... :(

    And even more than the GWTW theme, I love, love, LOVE MaryLu Tyndall -- both as one of my favorite authors and a great friend. In fact we are SO much like sisters, you wouldn't believe it.

    And, CHARLOTTE, are you kidding??? I'd come to Ashley's blog even if it wasn't GWTW-themed because she is THAT sweet, but I gotta tell ya, the GWTW theme is music to my ears ... literally!! Also, you HAVE to read MaryLU -- she is seriously one of my FAVORITE authors, not only because she is really great, but she is also ... shhhh ..."edgy," too!! :)


    P.S. ASH, hope you are on the mend and feeling better.

  7. Fun interview and fun quiz! It says that I'm 40% Dixie.

    Also, regarding Jack Sparrow. I have him as the wallpaper right now on my computer. Seems my 13 year old has a crush on him! I have to admit, he doesn't look all that bad, lol. :-)

    I haven't read any of Mary Lu's books yet, but I plan to SOON. I picked up her newest book a couple weeks ago at Borders.

    Thank you for putting my name into the hat for a chance to win The Redemption!

    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

  8. Be back later, just wanted to share:

    19% Dixie. Wow! You are a Duke of Yankeedom!


  9. Just finishing Mary Lu's Charles Towne Belles series and would love to win this one! 100% southerner...born/raised in GA. Thanks! Love your blog, Ashley.

  10. i don't think i have any southern roots...happy birthday ashley :)

    thanks for the chance to read marylu's
    novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. *gasp in delight* Redemption? Ohh! I've been wanting to read this one for a long time now! Please enter me!! ;-)

    Katie M

    legacy1992 at gmail dot com


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