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A Marriage and a Ship Threatened to be Split Apart by Villainous Caribbean Pirates
Captain Edmund Merrick, convinced his pregnant wife, Charlisse, is dead, sails away to drown his sorrows. Having turned his back on God, Edmund reverts to a life of villainy and joins forces with the demented French pirate Collier. When Edmund's mind clears from its run-induced haze, will he be able to pull himself up from the depths to which he has sunk?
Believing herself abandoned by her new husband, Charlisse begins to battle her own insecurities as well as the vengeful pirate Kent who now holds her and the Lady Isabel captive. Will Charlisse lose her love for Edmund as well as the life of her unborn child?
As they battle the tempests that threaten to tear them apart, is there any way Edmund and Charlisse can regain the helm and steer their way back to the haven they both so desperately seek? Or will their love drown in a whirlpool of treachery and deceit?
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Brief Description: Charlisse is fair skinned with light blonde hair that falls to her waist and holds a natural wave. Her eyes are the color of a tropical sea in the full sun. Though she appears to harbor the natural weakness of her gender, inside Charlisse is as brave and strong as any man. Abused as a child by a demented uncle, she was also raised in nobility and carries herself with a haughtiness expected of her station. She is spoiled, demanding, and can be difficult to get along with, especially when she is upset or threatened, but this stems from a deep wound in her heart. I named Charlisse after the actress Charlize Theron, and I picture her looking much the same: a raw beauty that speaks of strength and yet innocence.
Strengths: Courage, Determination, heart of gold
Weaknesses: Pessimist, bitter, angry and insecure. She doesn't trust anyone
Quirks: Charlisse plays with her hair when she is nervous or upset
Inspiration: Charlisse is a character that was born out of my own personal life journey. She is a kind-hearted woman with a zest for life that was squelched early on by a difficult childhood. She never knew her father and her mother died young, leaving her at the mercy of a disturbed uncle. Charlisse runs away from all she knows to search for the father she never knew, believing that once she finds him, he will give her all the love she's been missing her entire life. In my own life, I also never knew my father and searched for many years for anything to fill that empty void. And like Charlisse, it wasn't until I turned to God and He showered his love and acceptance upon me that I finally found the love, acceptance, and fulfillment I'd been seeking.
Captain Edmund MerrickBrief Description: Merrick is tall and big boned. He wears his long coal-black hair tied behind him, cavalier style. He is tanned and well muscled from having spent years sailing across the Caribbean. Once known as the most notorious pirate captain, he has now repented of his wicked ways and become a godly man. And though he continues to sail the seas, he now brings to justice those who commit acts of violence and piracy as he used to do. His dark, piercing eyes are his most notable feature.
I always pictured Merrick to look a lot like the actor, James Caviezel: strong, dark, and brooding.
Strengths: Wisdom, Courage, Decisive, Loyalty
Weaknesses: Bad temper, pride, arrogance, women, alcohol
Quirks: Runs a hand through his hair when he is frustrated or confused
Inspiration: When God gave me the idea to write a story about a Christian pirate, I got very excited. I mean, what a dichotomy! I wanted to portray a man who wasn't just an ordinary pirate but a man who came from nobility in England, a man who was running away from something and who had spent years committing acts of thievery and violence upon the seas. So much so, that he was now feared by his fellow pirates. Then I gave him a life-changing conversion to Jesus Christ and watched what he would do with it. Amazingly, he stayed on the seas and took to privateering instead. Determined to become a better man, a godly man, he still battles his old weaknesses of women and drink, both of which are tested when he rescues the lovely Charlisse from a deserted island.
Sweet romance, fast-paced adventure, stormy seas, dangerous pirates, handsome heroes, and a woman not afraid to go rescue her man from danger all combine to make this sequel a read that won’t disappoint. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this faith-filled, fabulous series by Ms. Tyndall. Sherri Meyers, Romance Junkies
"Self-reliance is contrasted with reliance on God, and Tyndall demonstrates which choice is the most beneficial. The Reliance is a lively and fulfilling follow-up to the histories of the characters in The Redemption, also ending the author's journey with her beloved couple and preparing the faithful reader for the storyline of her final volume in the Legacy of the King's Piratestrilogy."
Natalie Gorna, The Fresno Examiner
Two thumbs-up, five stars, ten yo-ho-ho’s and a bottle of rum for Tyndall’s masterpiece, The Reliance. Michelle Griep, Novel Reviews
Armchair Interviews says: A Caribbean pirate adventure with something for everyone.