Friday, June 14, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Madeline’s Protector Virtual Book Tour

Tell us about Madeline’s Protector.

Madeline's Protector is a Christian Regency. The romantic novel is set in 1800's England and tells the story of two strangers, a reforming rake and sheltered but devout duke's daughter, who is forced to marry to save their families' honor. They must learn to trust each other in order to stop the evil, which threatens all they hold dear. The book is filled with danger, suspicion, and romance.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

It was a dream I had in high school that I wrote as a short story in a diary. I think I had just overdosed on Pride and Prejudice's movies and a reading assignment for Jane Austen's Emma. A few years ago, I found that diary and started plotting and developing the tale into a full-length story.

Did you have to do quite a bit of research for this book?

Lots and lots of research. My website, showcases a portion of my notes. I had to research fashions, etiquette, and prevalent beliefs of the time. One fatal flaw for a historical writer is to assume present day motivations existed back then. For the most part, they did not. It would be wrong to dress ladies up in corsets and walking gowns and expect them to grouse about not having the right to vote or not having a career. You have to immerse yourself in the period and its conventions. For me learning about the Regency, is a labor of love.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading fill-in your book title?

I hope readers will see in Madeline's and Justain's journey, that despite the circumstances God has a plan for their lives. He will work all things for the good, who love and trust Him. Reader should also be reminded approval should not come from man but the God who made them.

Okay, a not-so-fun question. How important are reviews to you as a writer?

Speaking of approvals…. Reviews are important because these comments are written by motivated readers who took the time to express an opinion. A writer can see what things made an impression, what folks liked, and even what annoyed the readers.

Nonetheless, not all reviews are created equally. Some of my writer friends go into therapy to recover from hit pieces written by people who hate Christian books, loathe the writer's style, or for some reason wish for plagues to consume the writer. Ok, I'm exaggerating, but a bad review can make a writer feel as if someone just called her baby ugly. In this business, one has to grow a thick skin.

The most helpful reviews point out specifics, good or bad. Trust me, a writer will remember all fair critiques when he starts his next book.

Thank you for hosting me.

About the Book

If all the young men of England leapt off a cliff, Madeline St. James wouldn't care. Then she'd have peace. Her nightmares of courtship would end, and she'd cozy up with a Psalm in her aunt's quiet sculpture garden.

Yet, a chance meeting and a bullet wound change everything, and Madeline must trust the Good Shepherd has led her to the altar to marry a dashing stranger, Lord Devonshire.

Death and pain are no strangers to Justain Delveaux, Lord Devonshire, and he vows his dutiful bride will be kept safe and in her place. Though this compromised marriage is in-name-only, his wife and her unwavering faith both intrigue and allure him. Perchance when he thwarts his brother's killer, Justain will tempt the unpredictable Madeline with the comfort of his arms.

But can Madeline and the stubborn earl forge a true bond before the next disaster strikes?

About the Author

The Regency and Victorian eras have always been a magnetizing draw for Vanessa Riley. Even as she worked to complete her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, she made time for renaissance fairs and any novel or cinematographic work depicting these genteel societies of old. Perhaps, the attraction arises from the kinship she feels with the period being brought up in the restrictive Southern Bible Belt with its stringent definitions of decent behavior and life expectations. Perhaps the common dominator to this appeal is her own thirty day Christian courtship or even the arranged marriages of her uncles; each is emblematic of the nuptials of those earlier times.

A technology muse like Dr. Vanessa Riley is probably not the immediate choice to write about haute ton English society set in the 1800's. With her most recent published work being "Reducing Deformation by Phase Manipulation," the common visceral reaction is that Providence has given another mule a voice to tell His story. Nevertheless, this mule uses her determined spirit and dogmatic tenacity to master the subject and to discover the hidden nuances of a character making him believable, her human and both ready to be used of God.

Vanessa holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a masters in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. She also earned BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. She has been a radio anchorwoman and church announcer. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association and Romance Writers of America.

Today, Vanessa juggles mothering an eight year old, her seventeenth wedding anniversary, engineering, writing and speaking at women's events. She is known for her humorous delivery of poignant truths. Vanessa is currently, editor in chief of an online social network,

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