Monday, June 24, 2013

3 Book Giveaway, The Ravensmoore Chronicles by Jillian Kent ends July 1st


 Jillian Kent is the author of the Ravensmoore Chronicles series which includes, Secrets of the Heart, Chameleon, and Mystery of the Heart. These are all historical romantic mystery/suspense novels set during England’s regency era that will keep you turning pages. Jill is a licensed independent social worker employed as a counselor for nursing students. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and passionate about mental health and wellness for everyone. She contributes and coordinates the writing of  The Well Writer column for the Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Escape into the past . . . Discover faith for the future are the first words you’ll find on her home page that perfectly describe her stories.

I want to welcome Jillian Kent to my blog. Jillian is a talented author and is graciously giving away her 3 book series, The Ravensmoore Chronicles. Leave a comment and tell us how you like to escape to be entered in this fantastic drawing.


THE ART OF ESCAPISM 
I’m thrilled that Debbie invited me here. I’ve decided to share with you why I wrote the three novels I currently have in print and where I think I might be headed next. For those of you who have no idea what my novels are about I’ll give you some information and if you’re interested you can click over to my website and read the first chapter of each novel on my books page.
First of all you’ll notice that my tag line on my website is, Escape into the Past, Discover Faith for the Future. It wasn’t difficult for me to come up with that line; it’s what I’ve been doing for a long time. I’ve always loved escaping into the past but it was really in order to escape the present. There was no other reason for it other than pure escapism from problems I was trying to cope with and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with that, however, I wanted more. I was missing that spiritual thread which was an important part of my life but I hadn’t discovered Christian fiction.
I studied the craft of writing without writing much at all in the early nineties after having my children. I worked full-time and devoted all the rest of my time to my children and husband. My hubby and I have worked continuously since we each received our masters degrees in social work in 1980 and we’re still working. I do have some thoughts of wanting to write full time but I don’t think I’d enjoy writing as much if I did that; at least not yet. I like the work I do as a counselor (it’s as much my calling as writing is) and I also like getting a paycheck. J Did anyone ever tell you that you may not make a lot of money writing novels? It’s true, so don’t write for the money, and if it comes you can celebrate.
I think it was in 1999 that I finished my first novel, Dreams in the Mist, that I still hope to publish someday after another few rounds of revision. If you’ve ever written a book you know that first novels rarely sell and with good reason, they usually stink. However, I believe that with time and knowledge many first books may be salvaged. I was writing that book for the secular market and I wrote my next book for the secular market as well. That book became, Secrets of the Heart, Book One of The Ravensmoore Chronicles.
I rewrote Secrets of the Heart for the Christian market after reading Robin Lee Hatcher’s, The Forgiving Hour. My first two novels in The Ravensmoore Chronicles delve into dark secrets, mental illness, and the treatment of the mentally ill in the early nineteenth century. This was my way of writing about a subject that was very important to me yet allowed me to put some distance between how the issue of mental illness was treated centuries ago as compared to today. And yet I could still explore themes that are relevant today, such as fear, ignorance, prejudice, stigma, etc.
So if any of you are reading this and want to shed light on a subject close to your heart but perhaps too painful to write about in modern times, I encourage you to think about making your novel a historical and bring light to a difficult subject today as you escape into the past to do so.

Tell us how you like to escape to be entered in this 3 book giveaway of The Ravensmoore Chronicles!


Lady Mercy Grayson has secretly been studying medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has dressed as a man to pursue the same passion her big brother Devlin, Lord Ravensmoore, pursued outside the acceptance of society. Her secret has been discovered. Now she's running away from Scotland and her dreams. Will she be able to accomplish what she feels is God's calling, or will the parameters of society and those who want to use her secret to accomplish their own selfish ends determine the course of her future?
Vincent Lyons, Lord Eden, is an adventurer coming home to London to deliver the mysterious Holy Lance to the prince regent who wants to see if the legends are true surrounding this relic that is said to possess both the power of healing and destruction. His life is catapulted in another direction when he meets Mercy who is pursuing a different kind of adventure that will cause him to question everything he believes.
Both will be forced to examine their personal motives when members of a voudon tribe, the Regent, and the London Legend Seekers Club search to possess the ancient relic for their own purposes.


Chameleon is the story of Lady Victoria Grayson, fondly referred to as Snoop by her physician
brother, Lord Ravensmoore. Lady Victoria journeys to London for the first time in her adult life after battling a chronic childhood illness that kept her home bound for years. She is embroiled in a hornet's nest of intrigue when her brother is called upon to treat a Member of Parliament after a brutal attack.
The Prince Regent has called Jonathon Denning, Lord Witt, from his home in the country to investigate Ravensmoore's activities. The Regent isn't so sure he wants one of his lords working a trade and expects to put an end to what he considers eccentric behavior. Jaded by his profession as a spy, Witt understands that some people are not what they pretend to be. When he meets Victoria his cynical nature is challenged along with his doubts about God. Together they must confront their pasts in order to solve a mystery that could devastate their future.


Madeline Whittington, daughter of the deceased Earl of Richfield, emerges from English society's prescribed period of mourning in the winter of 1817.
Madeline believes that she no longer belongs in a world of gossip and gowns after experiencing multiple losses. When she rescues a runaway from Ashcroft Insane Asylum, her life will be forever changed as she discovers the dark secrets within the asylum walls.
Because of his elder brother's unexpected death, Devlin Greyson becomes Earl of Ravensmoore and struggles between two worlds: one of affluence and privilege and one of poverty and disease. Torn between his desire to become a doctor and the numerous responsibilities of his title, he wrestles with God's calling for his future.
Will he be able to honor this God-given gift and win the woman he falls in love with in a society that does not value gentlemen who work? And will Lady Madeline be able to honor her father's memory when she is attracted to the man she holds responsible for her father's death?

Want to connect with Jillian? You can reach her at these places.                     



Twitter @JillKentAuthor

http://www.christianfictiononlinemagazine.com/

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49 comments:

  1. I have read Secrets of the Heart and loved it! I can't wait to read the next two. :) Books are very much my "escape". I homeschool 4 kiddos and getting out or vacations aren't really an option right now. So books are wonderful! Of course, loving to read is a huge factor too. Thanks for the interview.
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com
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    1. Oh my goodness, Susan! I homeschooled, too, and books were my escape. I consumed books, so I totally understand. Good luck on the drawing!

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    2. Good Morning Susan and Debbie!

      I finally crawled out of bed! I know that probably sounds very self-indulgent and it is but I rarely get to sleep in during the ten months I work as a counselor. I stayed up really late last night (escaping again) watching a series I'd never heard of called Ripper Street. It's not as awful as it sounds. It's about the police that work on the street in White Chapel where the murders took place but now follows a different set of crimes. Matthew Macfadyen from Pride and Prejudice plays the main lead. I think this may have to be my post for July over at the Christian Fiction Historical Society Blog.:)

      I think it's wonderful that you both homeschooled. I don't think everyone can do a really good job and it's wonderful when it works.

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    3. Susan,
      I love that you read Secrets of the Heart and enjoyed it. Thanks so much for escaping through one of my novels.

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  2. I escape by reading or doing a little quilting. The quilting doesn't happen often with 2 little ones at home with me. Been working on a quilt for almost a year now. I'll finish it before the kids get off to college. :)
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com
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    1. LOL! And that will happen before you know it. I don't quilt for escape but I did make each of my 4 kids quilts from their clothes. My daughter from all her dresses and my 3 sons from all their blue jeans. I also made the 2 older ones tee shirt quilts. I have to do the 2 younger ones this year. I saved their favorite tee shirts and make a lighter 'throw' type quilt for them as they head off to college.

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    2. Hi Amy,
      I'm impressed that you quilt. You too Debbie. I have no talent and no skills in that area. It all seems kind of magical to me. And anytime you have little ones at home it's hard to escape into hobbies or other ventures you love. But the children come first. Enjoy whatever escapism time you can find.

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  3. When I've had a rough day just trying to be Godly mom...I love to escape and just dive right into another world where there is no laundry, homeschool, dishes or cleaning to be done. =) It also makes me appreciate what we have - all the modern tech we use when they had to get the chicken from the barn and (ahem..you know) =) So thanks for writing these wonderful books that really help us escape and then come back grateful and closer to our Amazing God who was in control then and now. truckredford(at)gmail(dot)Com

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    1. oh, and I'm a feed burner subscriber too =)

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    2. Eliza, thanks for being a fb follower. You are the kind of reader that authors love to hear from. It's so good to hear good feedback from people who love reading as an escape.

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    3. Hi Eliza,
      It's not easy being a mom is it? Down right exhausting at times. Thank God we don't have to whack chickens although I bet there are still women out there on farms that might do that. Yikes! I'm such a chicken. LOL!

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  4. Thank you for sharing! After reading what you shared, Jillian, I am definitely intrigued! Your writing sounds very interesting and your books sound fascinating. As far as my escape -- I tend to go to reading as my means of escapism. Thanks for the chance at winning this awesome giveaway!! I am a feed burner and google follower.

    rhonda(dot)ritenour(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Rhonda. Yay! Another person who loves to escape through books! Thanks for coming by. good luck.

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    2. Hi Rhonda,
      It's always nice to hear someone say, "Your books sound fascinating." Music to my ears. :) I'd love to hear what books you and others are reading right now. Whenever I participate in a book signing I always ask that question. I genuinely love to get into discussions about what others are reading, do they like a particular author, etc. Guess I'm just a book junkie.

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  5. I read Christian fiction to escape :) I just love a good book that I can completely dive into and loose my self in the story and message! :)

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

    I am also a FEEDBURNER follower:

    I've been wanting to read and review this series for SO long now! :) Thanks for the chance to win it! :)

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    1. Hey Amanda. That is wonderful you've been wanting to read this series. I'm sure that Jillian will be glad to hear that. Good luck in the drawing.

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  6. Jillian, Thanks for being with me this week. So glad you had a chance to sleep in! Nothing wrong with indulging yourself some. My youngest son who just finished his first year of college classes and is now doing summer classes for his prePharm D degree called me this week to tell me he is the top student in his class and his professor told him how impressed he was that he'd been homeschooled. Made me feel good! There are some great programs out there anymore. Parent's aren't tied to one curriculum. YOu can shop around and find what works best for you for each subject. But the real key is being able to stay on a good schedule.

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    1. I bet you are so proud of your son's accomplishments. That's awesome for both of you. I'm glad there are a lot of programs out there now, I really think it's the way of the future.

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  7. Love your name, Amada. I would have never guessed that you pronounce your name the way you do. It's beautiful. I wonder if it is a name that's been passed down through your family. I think there might just be a story there. :) And Debbie's right. I'm very glad to hear that you've wanted to read this series. I'm always interested in how readers find out about books in this world with so many books available in so many formats.

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    1. Thank you Jillian. Yes it is a family name and yes there is a story there...sorta. :) It was my biological grandmother's name on my dad's side. She passed away long before I was born so I never got to meet her this side of Heaven. It means Loved in Spanish.

      I believe the first place I saw your books was on Amazon or maybe a giveaway from a blog I follow. It is always interesting and I think that The Lord guides me to certain books! :) Some I have found are from publishers. authors, and places I have never heard of so I think those are greatly lead. :)

      Many Blessings, Amada

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    2. Love that story, Amada. There's a great romance novel in there somewhere. You may have to be the one to write it. :) It's a blessing to me to hear you say that the Lord guides you to certain books. I'd encourage you to drop by my blog http://jilliankent.blogspot.com/ for another opportunity about to expire. :)

      Smiles,
      Jill

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    3. What a sweet story, Amada. Your grandmother must have been very special.

      Jill I wish I would have know about your other giveaway we could have put that in the post and directed everyone there too!

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    4. THANK YOU Jillian! :) I hope I entered just in time....I'm not very good at coming up with cute and creative titles or names but it's always fun to try! :D

      Thank you Debbie. I think she was. From what I have learned about her she was a VERY strong woman. In faith and will.

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  8. Ladies, I wanted to let you know I had to go back to the word verification on my blog to keep spam out. Blogger is being difficult right now and wasn't allowing some people to sign in with OpenID. Thanks for understanding!

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  9. This sounds like an interesting series, thank you for the chance to win the three books.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. I follow you by feedburner.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. Hi Wendy,
    So nice to hear of your interest. If you like historical novels I think you'll enjoy these. You can read the first chapters of all three novels here > http://www.jilliankent.com/books.html to see if it's your kind of reading. There's also a trailer there for Secrets of the Heart.

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  12. thanks for the chance to read these fabulous novels :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks for your interest in these novels.

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  13. ps: i'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. Hello Debbie and Jillian. Thanks for the interview. I like that your books have Mystery included. Please put my name in the drawing. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)
    Debbie, I am also a follower by feedburner. Please enter me again. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Maxie,
      If you like mystery in your books you won't be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Hey Maxie, Thanks for coming by. I enjoy a little bit of mystery myself. Keeps me on my toes. :o)

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  15. Hello - please enter me to win - I have not read either of these authors and would love to and review them. I am a follower by feedburner.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi squiresj,
      Thanks for your interest. You have some reading to do. :)

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    2. Thanks for coming by. It's always fun to find another good author!

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  16. I escape whenever I open up a book which isn't as often as I would like.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Janet,
      So glad you dropped by to join in the fun.

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    2. Hey Janet. So I've been meaning to ask, do you work at the library or just love libraries? Thanks for coming by.

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  17. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Kent, Ms. Debbie Lynne! :)

    I've been escaping inside hearty stories for such a long time now, as I am captivated by the emmense joy that I experience whenever I drink in a fully realised world, populated with strong characters and the undercurrent of a story that sticks to your bones! I read across genres (which is my way of saying I read both mainstream and inspirational fiction), yet I have a penchment for Regency & Victorian England as much as Revolutionary France! The 19th century in general is a preferred stopping point, but I like to move through time like a wanderlust time traveller seeking out new adventures and experiences! And, you can do that when you enter a person's shoes as told through their stories laid out before you inside of a book! :)

    As you know Ms. Kent, I'm encouraging myself into a bit of a reading challenge over a period of a year, and what drew me into wanting to read your books is first the historical intrique that engages you as you read about the stories, but it's the strength of the women you've stitched into the books that held my attention. I *love!* strong female characters who have something to say, carry themselves in fields that may or may not be readily known, and are bold enough to follow their heart, their mind, and their instincts.

    Thank you for offering such a delightful bookaway! The whole series in one swoop! Eek. What a happy winner to receive the good news when the draw is made!!

    inkand-bookaways(at)usa.net
    RSS Feed Subscriber/Follower

    PS: Is that a new photograph of Charleston in your header!? I love the ancient oaks and palm in the forefront as its appearing due to sepia tinting! Wicked sweet!

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  18. Hallo, Hallo Ms. Kent, Ms. Debbie Lynne! :)

    I've been escaping inside hearty stories for such a long time now, as I am captivated by the emmense joy that I experience whenever I drink in a fully realised world, populated with strong characters and the undercurrent of a story that sticks to your bones!

    I read across genres (which is my way of saying I read both mainstream and inspirational fiction), yet I have a penchment for Regency & Victorian England as much as Revolutionary France! The 19th century in general is a preferred stopping point, but I like to move through time like a wanderlust time traveller seeking out new adventures and experiences! And, you can do that when you enter a person's shoes as told through their stories laid out before you inside of a book! :)

    As you know Ms. Kent, I'm encouraging myself into a bit of a reading challenge over a period of a year, and what drew me into wanting to read your books is first the historical intrique that engages you as you read about the stories, but it's the strength of the women you've stitched into the books that held my attention. I *love!* strong female characters who have something to say, carry themselves in fields that may or may not be readily known, and are bold enough to follow their heart, their mind, and their instincts.

    Thank you for offering such a delightful bookaway! The whole series in one swoop! Eek. What a happy winner to receive the good news when the draw is made!!

    inkand-bookaways(at)usa.net
    RSS Feed Subscriber/Follower

    PS: Is that a new photograph of Charleston in your header!? I love the ancient oaks and palm in the forefront as its appearing due to sepia tinting! Wicked sweet!

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    1. LOL! Yes, Jorie!! It is a new picture of Charleston! I do love that city. It's a picture of the Battery. It took me forever to get it how I wanted it. I still may do a little tweaking to soften the edges. IT is SO GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AGAIN! WELCOME BACK!

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  19. Jorie,
    I love, LOVE, your enthusiasm for reading. I love strong female characters too. Women throughout history have shown strength in so many ways and have an aptitude for brilliance in many, many trials and circumstances. Smart men recognize this in women.

    Reminds me of this quote: “A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”
    ― Eleanor Roosevelt

    Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful words, Jorie.

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Kent!

      I appreciate your response, because I *love!* the quote you chose to express exactly what I was lamenting about the strength of women! I am thankful that my passion for the written word comes out as it does because one of my favourite things to converse about is the art of reading and the discovery of books! :) :)

      And, your quite right: the best blokes are the ones who recognise the full gift that women bring with them and who can respect our ablities without feeling indifferent themselves.

      And, thank you Ms. Kent for your response!

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    2. I love that quote! I wonder if he was speaking of his wife. ;o)

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