Please join me in welcoming author Jen Geigle Johnson to the blog today to chat about her newest Regency romance, A Lady’s Maid!
A LADY’S MAID
GENRE: Regency Romance (clean)
PUBLISHER: Covenant Communications
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2019
Molly O’Malley, lady’s maid to the progressive Lady Amanda Halloway, is determined to continue the life’s work of her lost love, killed in the Peterloo Massacre. But when her efforts and a trip to Lady Halloway’s charitable orphanage culminate in her own abduction, Molly’s eyes are opened to the horrifying crimes transpiring in the city’s slums. Despite the risks, she broadens her mission and is drawn ever closer to the peril all around them.
Thomas Flaherty, a footman in the Halloway household, has been with Molly from the beginning, but he fears she will never trust him with her heart. Even though her cause and happiness are of foremost importance to him, his loyal patience is tested by the fears that keep her at a distance. But with their safety on the line, Thomas is resolved to sacrifice everything for the woman he loves.
Risking their lives and their love, Molly and Thomas and a team of nobles on their side will stop at nothing to empower the powerless, no matter the personal cost.
Hi Jen! Welcome to the blog!
Jen: Oranges. They are full of sweet juicy goodness.
Carrie: But they’re such a pain to peel lol! Apples of full of sweet juicy goodness without the hassle 😉
Jen: SUMMER is when the schedules slow down and my family is all together. We travel and relax into a non stress environment. And Summer reminds me of light beach reads which I love.
Carrie: I’m all for non-stress & light beach reads … just with cooler temps haha
Jen: Coke. It’s just a thing. I love my Coke. I love their commericals. I love the taste, especially FOUNTAIN coke, with cherry. This is dfferent than a can of cherry coke which is also good. But there is something special about a fountain cherry coke.
Carrie: Oh yum! My mouth is watering for a fountain cherry coke now!
Jen: I’m a BOTH. How can I choose? I would love both. I drink in the beauty and the sounds of the ocean. I feel like it heals me to hear the waves rolling in one after another. But it’s hot and the sun feels harsh. I love the mountains. I love to hike up in them and to see things so beautiful I can’t even breathe. But some of the prettiest views are only available to those who hike for hours up hill.
Carrie: Yes! Beautifully said. My ideal happy place is mountains + ocean in the same place 🙂
Jen: PRINT for that book I want to savor, hug, read more than once, and argue with my family that it deserves space in my home. Ebook for that book I want to fly through, or for the series I can’t get enough of.
Carrie: Ooo I like that distinction!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jen: Reading might be my super power too. Or actually, I can hear the sound a peppermint patty makes when you break it in half.
Carrie: LOL!!! That may be the most unique super power anyone has ever given me for this question. hahaha. love it.
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Jen: I browse through all the books on the tables in the very front, and then I make my way immediately to the romance section followed very closely by the YA fantasy section.
Carrie: We would make good bookstore browsing buddies 🙂
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Jen: I love to move around different rooms in my house. I’m usually on a couch, but I love my dining room table and lately the kitchen table has suited just fine. But I’m also a social writer which means, I like to have someone beside me, writing away on their laptop, but I don’t want to have to talk to them. I call that a social writer. But it fills a need for me and it helps me get a lot of words down when I write next to friends.
Carrie: oh that’s interesting!
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote your book?
Jen: Sara Barelles is a wonderful musician. The song she wrote, Brave, was very influential on my themes in a book, The Nobleman’s Daughter and also in A Lady’s Maid. I thought a lot about how important it is for our voices to be heard.
Carrie: I love that song!!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote A Lady’s Maid?
Jen: I learned how incredibly much He loves us. A Lady’s Maid taught me what a struggle it has been for women to make their way in our world, particularly long ago, and yet, they rose from the oppression all around them and did have an influence. their voices are heard. Their influence changed things. Even though they were discounted and not represented, they were able to stand and have a say. I find this miraculous. While researching for A Lady’s Maid and studying the lives of the people who lived in poverty in the 1800’s, I could see God’s hand in the efforts to begin freedom and representation to their lives. I could see it clear as day. So even though their lives were hard, sometimes terribly hard, God was there working miracles for them that they couldn’t see yet, but those miracles were coming. It gave me faith to carry on when times get rough.
Carrie: “God was there working miracles for them that they couldn’t see yet, but those miracles were coming.” That’s beautiful and very encouraging. He is so faithful, isn’t He?
What about you? What interests you most about Jen Geigle Johnson & A Lady’s Maid?