Sunday, August 4, 2019

Yowza! All the Books Day 4: Marilyn Turk

Marilyn Turk, The Gilded Curse

Congratulations Kailey Bechtel! You are the winner of yesterday's giveaway, Escaped, by author Elaine Manders. Watch your email for official notification!

Even though I wanted to write devotions since the birth of my first child thirty-something years ago, I didn’t have a desire to write a book until 2009. It took a while, and I self-published Rebel Light in 2016. Two years later, it was published by Forget Me Not Publishing. If the book was made into a movie, I imagine Morgan Freeman and Nicole Kidman as the main characters. For Gilded Curse I think Scarlett Johannson and Chris Pratt would be the perfect leads.

I loved lots of books as a child, but when I was very young The Little Engine that Could was my favorite. As I grew up, my favorites were Nancy Drew books. I guess it’s no surprise that my favorite author was Carolyn Keene.

Creating a book is a long process of researching, writing, and revising. I like research the best, and revision second, because by then I know what the story is really about. One aspect of research is selecting character’s names and I do that by searching for baby names that were popular the year of their birth.

My idea of the perfect vacation is actually split. I love going somewhere tropical by the water, but taking a tour of historic places in Europe is also a great way to spend time away.

I love Proverbs. Here are two passages that are on the top of my list:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” Proverbs 16:3

About Marilyn:
Marilyn Turk’s roots are in the coastal South, raised in Louisiana, moved to Georgia, then retired to Florida. Calling herself a “literary archaeologist,” she loves to discover stories hidden in history. She is the author of two World War II novels, The Gilded Curse and Shadowed by a Spy, and the four-book Coastal Lights Legacy series set in 1800s Florida—Rebel Light, Revealing Light, Redeeming Light, and Rekindled Light—featuring lighthouse settings. Marilyn’s novella, The Wrong Survivor, is in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides collection and Love’s Cookin’ at the Cowboy CafĂ©, in the Crinoline Cowboys collection. She also writes for Daily Guideposts Devotions.

She lives with her husband, 10-year-old grandson, and a 17-year-old cat. When not writing, Marilyn can be found playing tennis, gardening, walking, fishing, or kayaking. She and her husband have visited over 100 lighthouses so far, but the RV is ready to travel and go see more.
Marilyn is the director of the Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat in Alabama,

About The Gilded Curse:
In early 1942, a mysterious telegram draws Lexie Smithfield back to the island her mother thought was cursed. Now the only heir to the dwindling family fortune, Lexie plans to sell the family’s vacation “cottage” in the Millionaire’s Village on Jekyll Island. But someone else is interested in the cottage and is getting more desperate to find what they’re looking for, even to the point of murder.

Lexie’s childhood friend, Russell Thompson, is now the Jekyll Island Club’s superintendent and the keeper of members’ secrets, especially one that would shatter Lexie. When he learns Lexie is in danger, he stays close to protect her, but soon discovers an attraction to Lexie he didn’t expect.
Could the danger be from someone they know or is it possible that the threat of Nazi invasion on their coast is a reality? Or is the island really cursed?

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