Welcome! I am thrilled to be visiting with Michelle Griep today and chatting about her latest book 12 Days at Bleakley Manor. Join us for a fun chat, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. Be sure to share the post with your friends also. You can read my review by clicking here.
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of both Regency and Colonial historical romances but also leaped the writerly fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. Keep up with her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on
England, 1851: When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, BENJAMIN LANE.
Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.
Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.
Trisha: Thank you Michelle for visiting today. It’s always fun to get to know the authors behind the stories that we enjoy and love. Let’s get started with a few getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about the book.
Q: What is your favorite season, and why?
Michelle: I adore autumn. The colors. The scents. The double dark hot chocolate with marshmallows. Plus my favorite holiday is in the fall: Thanksgiving.
Trisha: Fall is a beautiful time of year, and I do so enjoy the yummy foods of fall. Fresh crisp apples, and juicy grapes!
Q: What is the best part of your day?
Michelle: Slapping on my jammies and crawling into bed with a good book.
Trisha: That does sound like a cozy way to end the day!
Q: What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?
Michelle: My all time fave is Robin Hardy’s Streiker’s Bride trilogy. Absolutely awesome. I came to know God’s love for me in a whole new way after reading that series.
Another series I loved was Tahn by L.A. Kelly It’s kind of a medieval but kind of not. The plot is thrilling and I love the character arcs.
Q: If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?
Michelle: A quirky mix of James Brown and the Last of the Mohicans sound track.
Trisha: Oh, I too love listening to movie soundtracks. The Last of the Mohicans is a favorite of mine.
Q: Did the plotline or the characters come first?
Michelle: The characters for Bleakly Manor came first. As much as I admire Dickens writing, it’s his characters that first and foremost grab a reader by the throat. I thought it only fitting to steal a few of his and tweak them to my liking.
Trisha: The characters in this story are so vivid and rich in detail! I was hard pressed to pick a favorite.
Q: Which character took you by surprise?
Michelle: Miss Scurry turned out to be quite a sweet old lady. At first, I thought she might be a bit more mysterious, but she ended up being an all-around nice senior.
Trisha: Yes, I wasn’t sure what to think of her at first, but you are right, she turned out to be quite charming.
Q: What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?
Michelle: Only midnight. After that, I turn into a pumpkin and things get real messy.
Trisha: Haha! I often don’t make it much past 11 pm myself.
Q: What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
Michelle: Nothing, actually. It takes me forever to write a manuscript compared to other authors, but that slow pace allows me to think carefully about what I’m putting in and why. It’s a rare manuscript of mine that I’d have to cut any scenes.
Trisha: Thank you Michelle for visiting today. It was truly a pleasure to have you here. Please do come visit again!
*** GIVEAWAY ***
Michelle is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “12 Days at Bleakley Manor” The winner may choose a paper copy or e-copy (paper copy USA only). Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries.
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“If you could step back in time to the Victorian era, would you?”
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Congratulations: Janice M.