Monday, July 15, 2013

I SPY WIT' ME LITTLE EYE





Ship's Log  07.15.2013  





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Ahoy Mateys! It be time again fer me I SPY WIT' ME LITTLE EYE post. Today I be sharin' a great book wit' ye. It be written by a great lady and author, Michelle Griep.




Meet the author:
Michelle Griep




From Michelle's website....her words:

A Pen and Ink Fanatic
Dare I be so bold as to call myself an author? Being that I’m one of those freaks who attended poetry workshops instead of summer camp during my formative years, yes, I will. While other teens busied themselves throwing parties when their parents weren’t home, I was the nerd holed up in my room with pen and paper.
A Relative
Relatives. Can’t shoot ‘em. It’s against the law, although I bet my husband and four children have been tempted now and again to put me in their crosshairs. I’m a wife of twenty-something years and mother of two sons and two daughters. And yes, it’s true…boys are way easier than girls, unless drama is something you crave.
An Anti-Establishment Rabblerouser
I am one of those library-card wielding, mini-van driving, let’s-take-a-jaunt-to-the-grocery-store and call it a field trip kind of homeschoolers. But allow me this disclaimer: I don’t wear denim jumpers, and I farm out anything related to science or math. Bonus disclaimer: The last of my nestlings has flown the homeschooling nest, but I continue to tutor writing and history at a local high school homeschool co-op. You can read some of my views on homeschooling at:
http://www.crosswalk.com/homeschool/1349201/ 
A Princess
No, I’m not currently on medication for delusions of grandeur. I am a daughter of a King. Seriously. I take the Bible as inspired truth and that’s what it says (Romans 8:16, 17).  
A Boxer Lover
I’m not talking Fruit of the Loom vs. Hanes. I’m talking stubby-tailed, fuzzy muzzled, bundles of face-licking love. As the great philosopher Groucho Marx once said, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Click here to see photos of my current canine companion.
An Anglophile
What’s the deal with me and Great Britain? Beats me. I’m as passionate about anything English as I am about chocolate and java. Oddly enough, I prefer Bronte over Austen, and if you’d like to debate the qualities of Typhoo versus PG Tips, feel free to e-mail me.
A Sci-Fi Geek
As a matter of fact, that was me squirreled away in the backseat of the school bus with my nose plastered in a Bradbury book. Throughout junior high, I escaped classmate alien abductions by reading Asimov, Vonnegut and Wells. And I’m doggone pleased to be living in the same metro area as Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore.
A Chef
Sorry, I did not graduate from the Cordon Bleu. I didn’t even cough up the cash to attend. I am, however, a veteran of once-a-month cooking, and you can be, too. Check out Once A Month Cooking. Also, if you’d like to email me, I’ll send you my favorite brownie recipe. Just go to my contact page and gimme a holler.



Check out her website here: http://michellegriep.com/

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Michelle puts a smile on my face every time I visit her blog. I truly enjoy her writing and I know you will too. 



To get to know her a little better.....Here are a few questions she was nice enough to answer for me:



Question One: When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

When I discovered Crayolas and blank wall space. Seriously. Ask my mom. There was a season, however, when I kicked around the idea of becoming an astronaut. Two problems with that, though. First off, I hate science and math, both of which are slightly necessary to succeed in an aerospace career. Secondly, it was a total deal breaker when I found out that astronauts don’t actually wear cool Lt. Uhura uniforms.


Question Two: When you sit down with a good book, what genre do you prefer? Any favorite authors you can recommend? (I know that's two questions)

I love me a good historical romance with dark undertones…hence my love for Jane Eyre. But honestly, there’s really not a genre I won’t read, and I also have a definite bent toward YA and sci fi. Go figure.

If you’re looking for a fantastic British historical, there’s a debut author coming out this fall that I’m SUPER excited for the world to discover. Jessica Dotta is her name. Her series is The Price of Privilege and the first book is Born of Persuasion (which you can already pre-order).

YA authors I love are Jill Williamson, Travis Thrasher, and Lisa Mangum. And if you’re looking for some snarky dialogue, Tim Downs is my fave.


Question Three: Your blog is very entertaining, you are a very funny lady. Did you find it difficult curbing that humor while writing the darker parts of A Heart Deceived?

Not hard at all. Guess I’m a creeper at heart, eh? Actually, I’ve been through some very dark times in my own life—as we all have. As tough as they are, that’s when God shines the brightest. I want people to know that He can and does show up when you think you have no hope left.


Question Four: I feel like this book could easily have a sequel. Did that thought ever enter your mind, or do you feel like you wrapped everything up with nowhere else to go?

Aack! I wish you were my publisher! I do have books 2 & 3 already mapped out, and even started writing book 2. Yes, there is indeed more to say about these characters, but for whatever reason, my publisher has declined my sweet offer to get them in print. Such is the industry. But (and I’ve always got a big but)…that doesn’t mean I can’t self-pub them (cue evil laughter).


Question Five: One final question....If you could live the life of ANY character from ANY book, who would you choose and why?

Don’t even have to think about this one. Cassie Larson from UNDERCURRENT. Who wouldn’t want to live with Ragnar?


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Don't you just LOVE her answers? Michelle is such a pleasure......make sure you visit her blog, especially on her Fun Fridays! Her videos will put a smile on your face.


Now, on to the book!



A Heart Deceived





Before I share my review of A Heart Deceived, here is a description of the book:


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 Reverand 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.



Sound good? Here is a little excerpt to whet yer whistle:


"Up you go, maggot. I hope they tie the rope 'specially tight 'round your neck." Mr. Handy put some muscle into heaving him upward, above and beyond what was necessary.
Ethan plunged forward, smacking his chin on the wooden planks of the cart. Behind him, a door clanged shut, followed by a rough "Haw!"
The cart lurched, and Ethan used the momentum to swing into a sitting position. Either it was exceptionally dark in there, or he was about to pass out-possibly both, and either a good thing. "Did you commit murder?"
The question shot out from nowhere and everywhere. Was God in the cart too?



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Now that ye have had a taste of this book, here is my review of A Heart Deceived:


After reading Michelle’s previous book Undercurrent, I was expecting nothing less than a great read. Well, I was not disappointed. Michelle has definitely stepped it up a bit with this new release. A bit on the darker side, but so intriguing and well written. There is so much going on in A Heart Deceived, you may ask “Will I get lost?” The answer is no! Michelle does an excellent job bringing all the different aspects together and making a perfectly harmonious story…..Murder, addictions, insanity, uncertainty, heartbreak…..add to that, forgiveness, love, compassion and heroism. You will also get a close up look at what went on inside Asylums in those days….so sad. 
Best of all, Michelle brings the power of God into her story in a way that will give you goosebumps. I truly think the story ended too soon. I would love to see a sequel to this book.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that stirs the soul and makes your heart pound. 

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, but was under no obligation to give a positive review. 


You can purchase a copy of A Heart Deceived here.


GIVEAWAY!!!!  I am giving an ebook copy of A Heart Deceived to one of my commenters. Leave a comment with your name and email to be entered. Contest ends Tuesday, July 16th at midnight.(Pacific time) I will announce the winner on my Wordless Wednesday With a Twist post.

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I wish to thank Michelle for being my guest this week on my blog! Thanks Buddy!





Thanks fer comin' aboard, Mateys! God bless!





41 comments:

  1. This book sounds awesome and I love the cover! :)
    debradawn777@gmail.com

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    1. It is awesome and apparently there is more to the story. I can't wait to read the rest one day. You are in the drawing! Good luck!

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    2. Thanks for hosting me today, matey. Umm....arrrr?! That's the extent of my piratese. I hope it means I'm grateful and not that you have broccoli in your teeth.

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    3. Yep, Debra, I gotta agree. Cook did a fantastic job on the cover!

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    4. Michelle, you are too funny! Arrrr has so many meanings, I believe, so ye be safe there matey! ;) It be me pleasure havin' ye on me blog. I only spread the word about authors and books that I truly enjoy, so I be the one thankin' ye! :)

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  2. This book really does sound amazing!! So often I read about a book that sounds perfectly good, but I decide I already have way too much to read, so oh well. Not the case here! I REALLY want to read this!! For one, just reading her self-descriptions and interview make me know that I like her and she is a good author :) Also, the book description and your review, Debbie... Awesome.
    Please enter me in the drawing!!! ;) (You have my email.)

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    1. Awww....thanks Sarah! My little cheeks are red! Good luck on winning!

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    2. Hey Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. You won't be disappointed with A Heart Deceived....except that it ends too quickly. Your name is in the hat!

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  3. Don't enter me, I've had the privilege of reading this GREAT book already. I'm just dropping by to say Hi to Debbie and Michelle, two of my Favorite people!!!! And to say that you won't want to miss this book my Michelle. She's one of my very very favorite authors!!!!

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    1. Thanks fer droppin' by Cap'n! Always pleased when ye board me blog! See ye back on the Redemption!

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    2. I wouldn't trade you two pirates in for all the gold in the world! Thanks buddies!

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  4. I would love to win this book.

    Wilani Wahl
    wwchildren@gmail.com

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    1. Ahoy Wilani! Your name is entered...good luck!!!

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    2. You want me to cross my fingers? Here's hoping!

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  5. Loved the post! Michelle you have an awesome sense of humor! Please enter me.

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    1. Ahoy Tonja! Thank ye fer stoppin' by. I be needin' ye to leave yer email address, so I will know how to reach ye if ye be winnin'.

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  6. Loved the post! Michelle you have an awesome sense of humor! Please enter me.

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    1. I just might quote you on that, Tonja, next time my husband give me "The Look".

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  7. This book is on my wish list. I would love to own it. I like the setting it takes place in and the plot sounds really good!

    Quartermaster Barb :)

    darrylnbarb@juno.com

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    1. Hey Barb! It is a really good book. You are in the drawing!

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    2. What a coincidence...Your name, Barb, is on my I wish people would read my book list. Sweet!

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  8. Unusual storyline - would love to read the book, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks fer stoppin' by Bonnie...ye be in the Drawin'.

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  9. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway, Chappy :)
    Much love, Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ahoy Betti! You are in the drawing! Good luck! :)

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  10. I can hardly wait to read it.

    Elizabeth klugje@gmail.com

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    1. It is a great book, Elizabeth! Good luck!

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  11. This book sounds great! Would love to win a copy!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hello Beth! Thanks for stopping by. Your name is in the hat!

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  12. Sounds great! Thanks for the review and intro!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Ladette! Thanks for coming by my blog! I put your name in the drawing. Good luck!

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  13. Michelle, I can't wait to have this one in my hands. I've seen some of the scenes as you worked on it, and I know it's good! Thanks so much for mentioning Born of Persuasion!

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    1. Hello Jessica, thanks fer droppin' by me blog! Isn't Michelle great?! She always puts a smile on me face!

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  14. Ahh, Chappy! You write such great reviews. :)
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Susan, yer sweet. I really enjoyed Michelle's book. Her book Undercurrent is great too! Good luck in the drawing!

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  15. I can't wait to read this book! It looks so interesting, especially the cover.
    hisprincessdaughter (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Angelica, I love your name and your email name! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

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  16. Hi Michelle! I'm a boxer lover also :) book sounds great!
    Ljbayer44@gmail.com

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    1. Ahoy Lj! The book is great..you are in the drawing.

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