Thank you so much for having me on your blog Jodie! I thought your readers might enjoy hearing a little about my inspiration for a few of my characters in my newest series, “The Lydia Collection.” This is a collection of Christian Historical Romance books which can be read in any order. They aren’t connected, but I believe the overall theme of redemption in this collection will appeal to readers.
This collection begins with The Redemption of Lady Georgiana which has a setting that begins in the rugged, beautiful French Alps and carries readers to the countryside of Essex, England. I like to say it’s a modern day Ruth story of Regency proportions as it is a re-telling of the romance of Ruth and Boaz dropped into the Regency Era. Readers tell me they enjoy trying to figure out which characters in my story match the characters in the Bible story. It’s a very romantic love story with the hero, a widowed Earl, doing quite a bit of rescuing. He falls deeply in love with the beautiful Lady Georgiana who flees the Napoleonic Revolution to accept a position as governess for his three children.
Readers might find it interesting to know my inspiration for the heroine in book two, an Antebellum Era Christian Historical Romance, Protecting Miss Jenna--: Catherine Steadman! Catherine portrayed the character of Tilly in An Old Fashioned Christmas with Jacqueline Bisset. She also starred in Downton Abbey.
This romance is the story of Wade and Jenna as they work together on the Underground Railroad toward the goal of the abolition of slavery. I did an enormous amount of research for this story since I live in Kentucky and the book has a Kentucky setting. There is so much history around me from this particular time period. I toured a number of plantations and enjoyed a riverboat ride on the Ohio River as part of my research. Wade, the handsome school board hero, is a sort of renegade abolitionist as he defies all of his father’s views about slavery. He typically wears a long trench coat and cowboy boots.
Persecution & Providence, a mail order bride Jane Austen-ish story with an 1870’s setting begins in England and takes readers to the pioneer post -Civil War era in Kentucky. The heroine is an English rose named Chelsea. There is also an antagonist in the story named Maggie. My inspiration for Maggie is Maureen O’Hara. Incidentally, the hero, Braydon McLane, is an Irish preacher.
I hope you enjoyed these tidbits about “The Lydia Collection.” Purchases of my books help support missions as I give a generous portion of proceeds to a number of missionaries and an evangelist who all do a good deal of work right here in the U.S. and even abroad. I’m giving away a kindle version copy of Persecution & Providence to one random winner who leaves an email address with a comment in the comments on Jodie’s blog.
Don’t forget to download your perma-free copy of The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (or to purchase the series) here. The Redemption of Lady Georgiana is also available at Walmart online in standard print form. You may also purchase this book for FREE at Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo, or Smashwords online in eBook format (in print at Amazon and Barnes & Noble online).
I should also mention one of my books, To Find a Duchess, my debut novel, is currently in a contest and YOU could be the winner of a new kindle reader when you vote for my book (or one of the other books—but I do sincerely hope you’ll vote for my book)! This is an Inspirational Regency Era, classic (narrative style) rags-to-riches tale about how we discover who we really are in Christ. The plot includes a Duke who disguises himself as a gentleman farmer to find a mail order bride during the Regency Era who will love him for who he is rather than seek marriage for his title and wealth. Go here to this link to cast your vote and enter for a chance to win a new kindle reader! Thanks again Jodie for having me on your blog!
When she was thirteen she knew what she wanted to be: a mother and a writer! Lisa says she went on a detour a number of times but the Lord generously allowed both of her dreams to happen.