I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ten Things With Author Jillian Kent...And a GIVEAWAY!

Welcome Author Jillian Kent to Tea and a Good Book!

 It's my pleasure to welcome Jillian today! Her three Regency novels are delightful (and fascinating). She's also a great person, a gracious spirit who's offered me counsel and support through my writing journey!

Jillian spent the first semester of her senior year of college at Oxford studying British Literature, where she fell in love with England. During this season, she came to appreciate the written word, the rich imagery of romantic poetry like The Highwayman, and historical novels of many types, including Jane Austen and all things Regency.

Today Jillian, still loves to watch Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility, but she also enjoys digging deeper into the darker aspects of the Regency period.  This balance of light and dark is reflected in her books.

Jill received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bethany College in West Virginia, and her Masters Degree in Social Work from WVU, and she brings her fascination with different cultures and societies into her writing.

Faith is another feature of Jillian's work.  "My Christian faith is very important to me and its only natural that God plays a part in my writing, because He is so much a part of my every day life.  Faith is a journey for each of us, and I love to explore my character’s faith issues--whether they are running toward God or away from Him--and the reasons behind their motives. Fascinating stuff!"

Jill has always been a romantic at heart, so readers will find a good dose of romance woven through each of her novels.  Jill, her husband Randy, and children Katie and Meghan are animal lovers. They currently own one dog, Bandit and a menagerie of cats, Lucky, Yuma, Snow, and Holden. Critters of all assortments make their appearance in her stories.

Here are ten more things you may not know about Jillian:
  1. I grew up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania and shoveled manure for many years.
  2. I  hate to get dressed up. I prefer casual all the way around and definitely sneakers.
  3. Mental health for everyone is a passion of mine and I want to write a non-fiction book someday to help those who have family members with a mental health problem and for anyone who struggles with these difficult and complicated issues.
  4. The first story I ever wrote in school was from the POV of an ant at the assassination of Julius Caesar. Not bad for a kid.
  5. I was a member of Kappa Delta in college and we were considered the “smart ones.” J That’s almost too funny to believe.
  6. The first concert I ever attended was Chicago. It was also my first real date.
  7. My mother wanted me to be a nurse. No thanks. I chose social work and love my position as a counselor for nursing students.
  8. I tried to run away from the hospital in second grade when I was very ill. They caught me.
  9. I was a member of Toastmasters for five years. I’m comfortable speaking in public now and learned to get past that fear.
  10. I’m an Anglophile. Spent a semester of my senior year of college in Oxford, England. 

 Check out Jillian's latest novel, Mystery of the Heart (Book 3 of the Ravensmoore Chronicles):

Mystery of the Heart by Jillian KentLady Mercy Grayson has secretly been studying medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has dressed as a man to pursue the same passion her big brother Devlin, Lord Ravensmoore, pursued outside the acceptance of society. Her secret has been discovered. Now she's running away from Scotland and her dreams. Will she be able to accomplish what she feels is God's calling, or will the parameters of society and those who want to use her secret to accomplish their own selfish ends determine the course of her future?

Vincent Lyons, Lord Eden, is an adventurer coming home to London to deliver the mysterious Holy Lance to the prince regent who wants to see if the legends are true surrounding this relic that is said to possess both the power of healing and destruction. His life is catapulted in another direction when he meets Mercy who is pursuing a different kind of adventure that will cause him to question everything he believes.

Both will be forced to examine their personal motives when members of a voudon tribe, the Regent, and the London Legend Seekers Club search to possess the ancient relic for their own purposes.

Jillian has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of Mystery of the Heart! Please leave a comment (with your email addy) before midnight, January 20! I'll announce the winner here.

You can pick up Mystery of the Heart on Amazon and visit Jillian's website!


Jillian Kent said...

Hi Susie,
Thanks for your wonderful review of this novel and for inviting readers the opportunity to win a copy of Mystery of the Heart this week.

Karen Lange said...

It's wonderful to meet Jillian! Thanks, Susie, for the introduction. I love getting to know other writers/authors - it's so inspiring. I must check out these books soon. They sound like a great read. :)

Have a great weekend!

Anita Mae Draper said...

Hi Jilly. It's great seeing your success.

About that list... I didn't exactly try to run away from the hospital, but was in one while I was a 5 yr old suffering from pneumonia. My 6 yr old sister was in the same hospital because her nose wouldn't stop bleeding. It was my first time in a hospital and no one was in other big bed in my room. I spent hours alone, so one time I went down the hall looking for my sister. All I remember is that it was lacking light - not dark - but not bright, either. I got half way down before a nurse popped up from a desk and sternly told me to go back to my room. She scared me so much, I ran back. I was there a week, and never left my room again.

You're book sounds great. I'm throwing my hat in. Haha.


Dina Sleiman said...

POV of an ant, ha ha, nice. I think I knew a lot of this about Jill, although not the hospital escape. I'd love a chance to win the book. Congratulations, Jill!

dinasleiman at gmail dot com

Susanne Dietze said...

Jillian, thanks so much for sharing with us! I love your list--you sound like you were a fun kid. In fourth grade I wrote a story from the POV of a teabag...an ant on the Ides of March sounds a lot more interesting!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Karen! I'm so glad you could come by. Jillian's books feel both familiar and fresh to me, and they're lots of fun.

Have a great weekend!

Susanne Dietze said...

Oh Anita, how scary for such a little girl--sick in a hospital for a week. Poor thing! I would have been scared of that nurse, too. I was easily intimidated by sternness, LOL.

I've got you entered into the drawing. Thanks for coming by!

Susanne Dietze said...

Dina, do you have any good POV stories from when you were a kid? Other than my teabag POV, I had one in the POV of a puppy, but that's about as interesting as it got.

You're entered into the drawing. Thanks for visiting!

Jillian Kent said...

Hi Karen,
Nice to meet you too!

Anita, I can see you now making tracks back to your room. Mean old nurse.

Hi Dina,
I had a weird imagination then too! :)

A teabag? A teabag! You're good! I want to read that.

Susanne Dietze said...

Hey Jillian. I'm so glad you could visit.

Yes, sigh, a teabag. First person POV as a teabag, which was squeezed most uncomfortably by a elderly lady with a boil on her nose. Ugh! :)

DeAnna Julie Dodson said...

Oh, this book sounds fabulous. I'd LOVE to read it. :D

karenk said...

Thanks for hosting Jillian on your blog...and for this wonderful giveaway.

Looking forward to reading your latest novel. I enjoyed this posting...very much.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Susanne Dietze said...

DeAnna, thanks for coming by! I'm sure you'll enjoy the book.

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi KarenK! I'm glad you enjoyed learning the ten things about Jillian.

Thanks for entering the drawing!

Karen Lange said...

Forgot to leave my email! Thanks for offering the giveaway. :-)


Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks for checking back, Karen L. I did have you entered :) Good luck!

I'm off to do the random drawing...