Monday, August 5, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 7, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book mentioned below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at DisclaimersPlease see my note at the end of this blog post.   


A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep


Our guest blogger is Michelle Griep, author of A Heart Deceived. She’s graciously offered a copy of her book to the winner of a drawing from among comments made on this blog post.

Michelle’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas...professionally, however, for the past 10 years. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, you can find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.



A Gentlewoman's Guide to Opium Addition: How to Tell if
Your Mr. Right Has Been Tokin', Smokin' or Shootin' the Poppy

What comes to mind when I say Jane Austen? Hold on. Let me guess…
-         swirling ballroom scenes
-         dinner parties galore
-         the dashing Mr. Darcy

Any of these answers would be right, of course, but you’d also be correct if you’d shouted out opium usage. Austen’s mother used opium to help her sleep, and her father was an agent in the trade. Elizabeth Barrett Browning took opiates every day from the age of fourteen, Sir Walter Scott consumed 6 grams a day, and Samuel Coleridge was a regular user.

Yes, indeed. I hate to burst your bubble of the romantic days of yore, but opium addiction was an issue to be reckoned with.

The first written account of the non-medicinal virtues of this drug is in De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater, published in 1821. He advocates opium usage not as a pharmaceutical pain reliever but as a trip into “an inner world of secret self-consciousness.” Sounds positively hippyish, eh?

Had Mr. Darcy been hanging out in a nearby opium den, these are the symptoms Elizabeth Bennett should’ve looked for:

·        Red or glazed eyes
·        Confusion
·        Slurred or rapid speech
·        Loss of appetite
·        Apathy or depression
·        Frequent headaches
·        Insomnia

While Jane Austen preferred to write of dances and dinners, I dove into the seamier side of things and made the hero in A Heart Deceived a recovering opium addict. Why?

Because addiction is a contemporary problem with historical roots.

It’s just as hard for my fictional character Ethan to turn down a bottle of laudanum as it is for a real person today to pass on a hit of meth. With God’s help, it can be done—which is exactly what Ethan discovers.

So take care, gentlewomen, when searching out your Mr. Right. Opiates have been around since the days of Pharaoh, and are likely here to stay.

Interested in Ethan’s story? Check out A Heart Deceived

Miri Brayden teeters on a razor's edge between placating and enraging her brother, whom she depends upon for support. Yet if his anger is unleashed, so is his madness. Miri must keep his descent into lunacy a secret, or he'll be committed to an asylum—and she'll be sent to the poorhouse. 

Ethan Goodwin has been on the run all of his life—from family, from the law ... from God. After a heart-changing encounter with the gritty Reverend John Newton, Ethan would like nothing more than to become a man of integrity—an impossible feat for an opium addict charged with murder. 

When Ethan shows up on Miri's doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces. Both Ethan and Miri are caught in a web of lies and deceit—fallacies that land Ethan in prison and Miri in the asylum with her brother. Only the truth will set them free.

A Heart Deceived is available by David C. Cook and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,and ChristianBook.

Keep up with the exploits of Michelle Griep at Writer Off the Leash, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 7, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address or I cannot enter you in the drawing. I’ll need you email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Thursday’s blog.


The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Lighten Up by Angela Strong is Shelia H. I'll email you to get your mailing address and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


NOTEBook 3 of the Caney Creek Series releases in late September. Would you like to be a member of my launch team for Claiming PeaceMy launch team will receive the latest news about the book before it comes out, get to see the cover when it's completed, maybe send out postcards (I'll put stamps on them) announcing the book's release to your friends, and other bits of news along the way. If you'd like to help me get the word out about my next novel, please email me and in the subject line please put "launch team" or mention in a comment below that you'd like to be included. Thank you so much.


Till then … keep on smiling.

32 comments:

  1. This sounds intriguing. I don't think people realize that this was a very real problem - think Anna Karenina. Although, I don't think Tolstoy considered it as part of her downfall, to me it was.

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    1. Yeah, definitely not a light topic, but a very real one, nonetheless!

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    2. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. IF YOU WANT TO BE ENTERED IN THE BOOK DRAWING I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Should you be the winner I would need to email you.

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  2. Very interesting! I think sometimes we tend to romanticize days gone by.
    Would love to win a copy of this book...

    I signed up to follow via e-mail!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Patty! I wish you all could win!

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    2. Patty, I so appreciate you becoming a follower of my blog. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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  3. Yes, we love to read about the past, but they had a lot of the same things to deal with as us. It is always sad to hear that someone is addicted to drugs, or alcohol. But, we have more help now than back then. I'm thankful for that. This sounds like a book that would be sad but interesting. I would love to win it. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  4. There are sad parts but woven into the story is God's hope...and yes, there is a happy ending!

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  5. Thanks for hosting me today Jo! Happy to be here!

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    1. Michelle, glad you're with us. Hope you enjoy your visit. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. Jo, I forgot to say that I am a follower of yours. Thanks for the give-away.
    Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, you're welcome. I'm glad you remembered to tell me you're a follower--which I appreciate very much.

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  7. Very interesting topic. I must admit I've never read about opium addiction.

    Please enter me in the drawing to win a copy of A Heart Deceived.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

    I'm also a follower via email.
    I'd be happy to help with sending out postcards for your new book release.

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    1. Cindi, thanks for reading and leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog. Thank you so much for being willing to help me get the word out about my new release--I'll be in touch nearer the release date.

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  8. Thank you so much for the interview and giveaway Miss Jo and Miss Michelle. Your book sounds really great and I hope to read it.

    Wanda Barefoot
    flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Wanda, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview with Michelle. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  9. This is definitely the different side of the past. The book sounds very interesting and intriguing. Thank you for sharing and please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm a follower and a subscriber!

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    1. Barbara, you're entered. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I'm so glad you're a follower and a subscriber--thanks!

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  10. I am a Follower and this sounds VERY interesting! This post really grabbed my attention when I read..."Had Mr. Darcy been hanging out in a nearby opium den, these are the symptoms Elizabeth Bennett should’ve looked for" ! :D

    Amada Chavez

    amada_chavez[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

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    1. Amada, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. So glad you follow my blog--thanks.

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  11. thanks for the chance to read this novel, jo.
    i'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karen, you're welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog.

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  12. I would love to win a copy of this book for my church library.
    I am a follower of your blog too.
    Thanks!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Very interesting story. I know there were just as many things going on in the past as there are now. The difference is that back then it wasn't talked about as much as now. We all have our demons and I feel very lucky that drugs is not one of mine. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win this book. email at: jtagee@bham.rr.com Thanks, Jeanne

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    1. Jeanne,glad you found the interview interesting.You're welcome for the giveaway. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  14. Sounds very interesting. It is interesting how things were so much like now in years past. Love to read this book.
    I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  15. I would like to win this copy. I have been watching it on other blogs! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    Great cover. Would like to open it and start reading!

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  16. Well, readers, even if you don't happen to win a copy this time around, I'm happy to say it's on sale over at Amazon for the next 2 weeks for $2.50 (http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Deceived-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CM0O3EA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1375896742)

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