Friday, June 21, 2013

A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep - Giveaway!

Today I have the pleasure of introducing my GOOD friend and GREAT author, Michelle Griep.  I first met Michelle at an ACFW conference years ago. Then when my publisher sent me on a booksigning tour in Minnesota, she offered me a place to stay in her home.  I can't say enough good things about this woman. She's fun, quirky, a great mom, wife, homemaker, fabulous hostess, extraordinary friend, lover of God, and an awesome writer. I've often told her that she puts my writing to shame. And I mean it!  She's the new voice in Christian Fiction.

Anyhoo, she has a new release this month that I had the privilege of reading awhile ago. It's a Regency Romance, but unlike any Regency Romance you've read!   Michelle has a way of drawing you into a story with a combination of wit and suspense that will capture your senses and keep you wanting more and more. I don't say that about many authors.  Her stories are not typical. They are far above typical.   She also has two incredible Viking romance novels out that you won't want to miss!  And if you want to see what a doll she is and how funny and quirky she is, be sure and visit her blog,  Writer Off the Leash
And now, without further ado, let's hear from Michelle!

Avoiding the Fellas in White Jackets

My mother took me to a pediatrician when I was five because I spent an excessive amount of time beneath the dining room table talking to my best buddy…Daniel Boone. Yeah, I know. He’s dead. I knew it at the time as well, but that didn’t stop me from having heart-to-hearts with him. In my mind, he was as real as the old cat lady who lived next door, only he didn’t smell as funky.

The doctor vindicated me by telling my mom there was nothing to worry about. I simply had a bad case of a vivid imagination. I don’t dare tell her (or the good doctor) that my gray matter now devises horrific murder scenes in cinemagraphic color—and that I actually make money doing it.

All this to say that writers are a quirky lot. They have to be, or they won’t get paid, which is really interesting because a few hundred years ago, the same twitchy behavior might’ve landed one in the loony bin. It didn’t take much...


Husbands committed wives for being “melancholy”. Translation: the fella took a fancy to the hot babe down the lane and wanted to ditch his wife.

Physical Glitch

Yo, mom and dad…got too many mouths to feed and one of them has a slight deformation? Maybe a cleft palate, perhaps? No worries. Pack that kid off to the asylum and voila; one less plate to serve at dinnertime.


If someone higher up the food chain has an issue with you, watch your back, buddy. Dueling is against the law, but getting you committed sure isn’t. All it takes is a lie or two whispered into the right ears and you’ll be packing your bags for Bedlam.

Traitorous Tendencies

One of the most famous nutjobs in Bethlehem Royal Hospital was James Tilly Matthews, who was little more than a verbal threat to the crown. Well, to be fair, there was the rumor that he was a double agent, and he did think there was a conspiracy to place bad thoughts into his head by use of an “airloom”, but other than that, he was relatively harmless…unless you happened to be one of the politicians he spoke against and were worried he might froth up the rabble against you.

Getting packed off to a late eighteenth century asylum was about as much fun as stint in a Poorhouse. Many were understaffed, over populated, and the mental health industry itself was in need of reformation—which would and did come, but not in time to help out the heroine in my latest release, A HEART DECEIVED.

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 Reverend 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.

Today, writers, daydreamers and silly hearts don’t need to be as fearful about the men in white jackets coming to haul them away. Still, it wouldn’t hurt if you kept all your talk about airlooms to yourself.

Endorsements for A Heart Deceived
Michelle Griep will keep you enthralled in A Heart Deceived. While her style is more Bronte than Austen, she weaves in a subtle yet dry humor that makes me wonder if her roots aren't dipped in the soil of the U.K. But whether Vikings or Brits, she will keep you turning the pages. Novel Rocket and I give A Heart Deceived our highest recommendation. It's a must read! Ane Mulligan, editor at Novel Rocket

Keep up with the exploits of Michelle Griep at Writer Off the Leash, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Buy it here:

David C. Cook

If you'd like to enter to win a copy of A Heart Deceived, please leave a comment for Michelle, along with your email address. I'll select a winner on June 28th!


  1. Fri June 21st,
    "Morning - MaryLu (welcome home), and Morning - Michelle".
    So thrilled that Michelle Griep has a new book out. I own, and have read both "Viking romance novels" ... and enjoyed them thoroughly !
    Michelle -- "A Heart Deceived" sounds like a terrific story. And already loving your style of writing, I would like to be entered into the contest, for a chance to win your book.
    Thank-you for this opportunity.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda Hurley

  2. MaryLu & both have me blushing! Thanks for the sweet words, ladies. And a big thank you to MaryLu for hosting me on your blog today. The only reason I'm such a sweetie (though that's highly debatable) is because I aspire to be just like you!

  3. I have seen this book around and I am interested in reading it. And you wrote viking romances?! I will definitely need to find those (So few people write those for the Christian market)


  4. Michelle, I love your blog and your fun Friday videos. Your book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it. MaryLu, I love your blog too. Have an awesome day ladies. :)

  5. Oh, and my email address is lol

  6. Wow, this sounds like it would be an interesting read! I worked for a few years as a psych nurse in a lock down mental health facility, so these things always fascinate me!

  7. Thanks for giving us some insight into your background Michelle! And thanks for the intro to the new author MaryLu!


  8. This looks like a great read. centraleast2 at gmail dot com

  9. Hi MaryLu and Michelle, This sounds like a great book... very interesting! Thanks for the recommendation MaryLu! :) Please enter me in the giveaway.

  10. This sounds like a very original plot! I look forward to reading your books as any author MaryLu is impressed by, I'm guessing I will be too! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!

  11. Sounds like an amazing story. I would love to read it.

  12. Sounds like a fantastic book from a great author. Would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson

  13. Serious introduction, MaryLu! I'm hooked already!

    Michelle, I'm so excited to be introduced to you and your writing! And Viking stories! Tell me how you came up with that idea! Sounds intriguing! Especially since so many story settings are either America or England.

    joleeng {at}

  14. I have honestly never heard of Michelle Griep, but I trust you MaryLu in saying that she is a great Author because I have liked the books you have written and I feel like I can trust your opinion. I looked her up on GR and read the summaries for the other books as well. They sound very interesting and I would love to read and review at least one of Michelle's books. I am always interested in discovering new authors, or at least new to me. I don't find many regency or books full of suspense that I like that are Christian. However, I would love to read more of them and have some thrilling reads with a Morally good message as well.:)

  15. Oops... almost forgot my e-mail!!!


  16. Thanks Ladies!! You won't be disappointed with Michelle's books!
    I just saw that this very book is only $3.82 on Kindle! What a great price.
    Anyway, you will be hearing a lot about Michelle in the future. She is one of the best out there! :-)

  17. MaryLu thanks for introducing this author and her book. This sounds like a wonderful story and one I would like reading.

    Paula O(

  18. Wow've got some of the best blog readers a girl could have. Thank you, everyone, for such great responses. I wish you could all win!

  19. What a great post. Thanks, MaryLu, for the introduction to Michelle's book! Sounds fantastic!

    carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. Hey Michelle! Nice to see you here on MaryLu's I am not stalking you...I visit this blog a lot...honest. LOL
    Anyway, congrats again on your new release! See you back on your blog...still not stalking. ;)

  21. Best of luck, Carla.

    Chaplain ~ No worries. I knew you picked up that piratey accent from hanging around MaryLu. Great to see you here!

  22. Hi, Michelle, and nice to meet you, MaryLu. The things I'll do to try to win a book I'll buy anyway :) But one of my favorite things I've learned from you (Michelle) is that prizes are fun. (jan miller)

  23. Holy moley! I would've been committed and recommitted many times over if we still went by the ways of yesteryear's! Thank goodness we know a wild imagination when it crosses our paths! Thank si much Michelle for Mayfield sharing on Marylu's blog! I'm itching to get my hands on your book and thank y'all for the oppurtunity to win a copy!
    kam110476 (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. What an unusual, suspenseful, storyline - would like to read!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  25. This sounds wonderful! I'd love to win. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  26. Hey! Miss Michelle Griep! =D Honestly, I have no idea about what you have to offer through your writing. But something tells me I need to read "A Heart Deceived" to be astounded in a beautiful way since I've not been there for quite some time.

  27. Wow. I'm pretty sure I've seen this cover somewhere, but I wasn't familiar with the author/storyline until now. I'd love to enter, if it's not too late!

  28. Callie ~ I've got a daughter named cool is that?

    StandingupforJC ~ It's always astounding to read of God's grace, hmm?

    Veronica ~ Thanks...and best of luck!

    Bonnie ~ If nothing else, yes, I always write an unusual story.

    Kam ~ We most likely would've been cellmates then, eh?

    Jan ~ You would love MaryLu...and in fact you should do java with us next time she swings by this way.

  29. Sounds great! I've never read any of her books so I am excited to start.
    crochetsisters (at) earthlink (dot) net

  30. I've never heard of this author, but wow, what an intriguing storyline! Sign me up!

  31. Thanks for introducing a new author to me! I love reading Regency romances and am glad there are more Christian ones coming out in the market these days. And now I learn there are Viking romances too?! I definitely will check those out.

  32. I'm new to Michelle Griep's works, but I'm more then happy to add her to my reading list. I am descended from Vikings, so those books are a must read right there. A HEART DECEIVED sounds superb.