Dear Readers, I’ve featured all of Melanie’s books on this blog. Many of you will remember them—the series of fairy tales retold in Medieval times. I’ve loved them all. This new book is a different genre, a Regency romantic suspense. You won’t want to miss this one. It’s every bit as good or even better than her earlier books. An intriguing story line, characters who leap into your heart and live there, and a peek into the Regency era. What's not to love?
Welcome back, Melanie. Why did you become an author?
I wanted to be a novelist when I was in middle school and high school, but I decided it would be too hard to break into publishing, so I quit writing altogether. Then when I had a toddler and a baby, fifteen years after high school, I started thinking about what I could do after my kids started school to generate income, and that’s why I started writing—because I was hoping to make a career out of it. But I soon realized it would probably be more of a ministry than a money-making scheme. J
If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Hmmm. I don’t really like anything besides writing fiction. The only thing I think I MIGHT enjoy is meteorology. I think I might enjoy studying and talking about the weather.
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
It’s hard to say, since I sort of cringe at the thought of not having indoor plumbing or antibiotics, but I think Medieval Europe, since I adore castles and everything else about Medieval times.
What place in the
have you not visited that you would like to? United States
Lots of places, but I’ll say
Charleston, since I love antebellum
architecture and history.
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I would love to visit
Germany again to see more castles.
I’d also love to visit Slovenia
The more pictures I see of those two countries, the more I really want to
What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
Trusting God is always an ongoing lesson. But I have been overcoming some things that have been long-time struggles, such as guilt and lack of confidence. I am learning more about intimacy with God, too, and about prayer.
A wonderful thing about walking with the Lord is that He’s always taking me just a little bit deeper as we go along. And I know there’s so much more for me to learn about Him. Tell us about the featured book.
A Spy’s Devotion is a romantic suspense novel set in Regency England. It’s about a young woman, Julia Grey, who has been orphaned since she was 6 years old and taken in by her aunt and uncle as a companion for their spoiled only child, Phoebe. Julia has the idea that if she just conforms to society’s rules and everything her aunt and uncle want her to do, things will go well for her life. But when they ask her to do things that go against what she feels is right, she is forced to change her life philosophy. She ends up helping Nicholas Langdon in his quest to save
England from a plot to murder
General Wellington, and falling in love with him, though she knows there is no
hope that she could ever marry him, since she has no fortune. It’s my first
foray into Regency Romance, but hopefully shows my love of Jane Austen, with
some suspense and spying thrown in for extra excitement. J
Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Mr. Nicholas Langdon wasn’t supposed to be here.
Miss Julia Grey blinked, but he was still standing across the room from where she sat at the pianoforte.
It was the first party of the Season, and several of her aunt and uncle’s guests surrounded him. And in spite of the recent wounds he’d sustained fighting in the
Peninsula, he looked
as handsome and whole as he had the last time she’d seen him, a year and a half
Just then, Miss Phoebe Wilhern, Julia’s cousin, turned and saw him—and gasped loudly enough to be heard by everyone in the room. Phoebe’s face turned pink, and the hand she lifted to cover her overjoyed smile never quite reached her mouth.
Julia stood to go to Phoebe, to admonish her not to make her feelings so obvious. Julia had spent the last year and a half trying to help Phoebe forget her infatuation with the faraway army officer and think of other things besides her obsession with Mr. Langdon.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Melanie, for sharing this new book with us. I always put your newest book on the top of my to-be-read pile, and I loved it.
Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.A Spy's Devotion - Christianbook.com
A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London) - Amazon
A Spy's Devotion (The Regency Spies of London Book 1) - Kindle
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