Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Giveaway! Meet author Debbie Lynne Costello!

Please welcome my good friend and fabulous author, Debbie Lynne Costello!!  She has a new release out that you're not going to want to miss! In fact, you're not going to want to miss any of her books either.  I'm so thrilled to have her as my guest!  Welcome Debbie Lynne! Please giver her a Cross and Cutlass warm welcome!

Here's what she is giving away!

Her new release is The Perfect Bride, one of three great books in the Best Friend Brides collection.

The Perfect Bride

Avice Touchet has always dreamed of marrying for love and that love would be her best friend, Philip Greslet. She’s waited five years for him to see her as the woman she’s become but when a visiting lord arrives with secrets that could put her father in prison, Avice must consider a sacrificial marriage.
Philip Greslet has worked his whole life for one thing—to be a castellan—and now it is finally in his grasp. But when Avice rebuffs his new lord’s attentions, Philip must convince his best friend to marry the lord against his heart’s inclination to have her as his own.


(If you read Debbie Lynne's Sword of Forgiveness novel, followed by Sword of the Matchmaker novella, then The Perfect Bride is the next novel in that series. However you don't have to have read the others first.)

I asked  Debbie Lynne to explain the difference between Medieval and Renaissance

Medieval Era 5th to 16th Century or Renaissance 14th to the 16th Century

The Medieval Era and the Renaissance Era is a bit convoluted when one era ends and the other begins. They overlap. It’s too bad it can’t be as simple as the Elizabethan but then that overlaps too! Have you ever wondered why some stories are called medieval and not Renaissance? It has a lot to do with the culture at the time.

As you may already know Renaissance means “Awakening”. And this was a new awakening or new beginning in many areas of the medieval person’s life. Imagine how long it would take to write a book when books were written by hand. During the medieval time periods, books were painstakingly hand written. The printing press revolutionized books and changed the literary culture in Renaissance Period and forever. Writers also switched from Latin and Greek to vernacular.

Another of the big changes was in art. During the Renaissance Period we see great artists like Michelangelo—think of his work on the Sistine Chapel, Leonardo da Vinci, and Dante. The artists from this time period focused on the beauty of men and woman as well as a deep religious conviction entwined with their artwork. Artwork from the late medieval time period also had a lot to do with religion and often times was commissioned by the church. But the artwork of medieval time was of a Gothic nature. One of the popular examples of Gothic Artwork is the Notre Dame Cathedral.

A third difference we see between the two was in the church. During the medieval time period the people were strongly influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. The church’s views, laws, and words were considered as coming from God, Himself. But during the Renaissance period things began to change. There were questionable practices in the church, among other things, that led to the fall of a universal church. The Renaissance Period saw changes in religion and the emergence of humanism.

One last interesting fact. The Renaissance Period began in Florence, Italy. Times were not like they are today. There was no internet, planes, and newspapers to spread the word to other areas. It was a slow process and that was part of the reason we see such a convolution of when the Medieval Period ended and Renaissance Period actually began. Being a slow spread, some cities and countries had moved into the Renaissance Era while the cultural change had not reached other areas leaving them in the Medieval time period.

MaryLu Here: Thank you, Debbie Lynne! I learned something!

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, cat and miniature donkey.

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Connect with Debbie Lynne:
Heroines and Heroes and History blog

Did you ever question why the two periods overlapped? Do you like one period better than the other? Do you read either time period? Were you hesitant when you read your first Medieval/Renaissance time period book?

Answer one or more of the above questions for a chance to win choice of one of my books signed  (choice format, too!) PLUS be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for more great giveaways! Must live in the Continental US for paperback. E-book for outside of CUS.

Do you love to read? Do you have time to read? Do you love medieval? Do you know how to leave reviews on Amazon and GR? If you can answer yes to all 4 of those questions and you would like to join my street team, send me an email and let me know! I am looking for a few readers who would like getting an early free copy (usually ebook, or PDF) to read and then leave a review. I also do monthly giveaway drawings for my team and the first 10 to get their reviews up get a signed paperback of the book. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, you can reach me at debbielynnecostello (at) Hotmail (dot) com.

If you'd like to drop by ALL of Debbie Lynne's online stops and check out her other articles, here is her schedule:

April 29th Overcoming With God

April 30TH Anne Payne Blog

May 2nd Cross Romance

May 4th Amy Booksy

May 7th  The Sword and Spirit

May 9th Singing Librarian Books

May 12th Stitches Thru Time

May 15th- Heroes, Heroines, and History- Mid Month Madness

May 17th Jodie Wolfe Blog

May 21st  Sunnie Reviews

May 24th MaryLu Tyndall

Here's where you enter to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Hey Marylu! Thank you so much for having me!

  2. Tamara Leigh was my first introduction to medieval books, and she had me. Hook. Line. Sinker. I really enjoy reading about gallant, honorable knights and the ladies they fight for. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    1. Tamara is awesome.. if you love her, you'll love Debbie Lynne! Thanks, Amy!

    2. Hey Amy! I'm so glad to hear you love medieval, too! And there is nothing more romantic than a knight saving a damsel in distress. Although, I have to say my heroines are no push over and usually give the hero as much or more than he does. LOL> I love a strong heroine! Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for this post and explaining the differences between the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Historical Christian fiction is my favorite genre to read, but I must confess I haven't read anything from the Medieval or Renaissance time periods. Sounds like I definitely need to start! Thanks for a chance to win one of Debbie's Books! ~Alison Boss


    1. Thanks for coming by Alison. Oh my goodness, you are missing a great time period if you haven't read medieval. I might be a little partial, but just a little. ;) Good look in the giveaway!

  4. Love this post! Debbie Lynne's books are a must read!


    1. Caryl!!!! So good to see you here! Thanks so much for coming by and saying hello. YOu are wonderful for my ego!

  5. I prefer the Renaissance Period. The Medieval is too Catholic for me.

    1. Hey Nancy. I understand where you are coming from on that. However, the time I write in is around the Wycliff and lollards. They started seeing there was a problem within the church and started moving away from it. My characters are more about a personal relationship with a living God than church. I hope you get a chance to one of them. :)

  6. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway! To answer your question about Medieval and Renaissance time periods; I enjoy both of them and find it hard to choose between them! Each has qualities that make it unique!
    Diane Buie

    1. Hey Diane! Thanks so much for coming by and sharing. I love both time periods myself. I may someday write a series in the Renaissance time period. Who knows! Good luck in the giveaway!