Megan Whitson Lee Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story welcomes a good friend and gripping author (I’ve endorsed her soon-to-be release of Suburban Dangers, June 1st). What I like about Megan’s stories are that they mirror true life and gets you thinking. This week Megan speaks up on why women are naturally attracted to the bad boy and what can be done to prevent life-long consequences. Check out Megan’s BookGiveaway of Captives and the blurb of Suburban Dangers. Megan and I look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

Captives

BookGiveaway:

Megan is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter a choice of 1 print or ebook of Captives. The winner will be announced here on Friday, April 28th between 6-7 PM EST.

** For Giveaways: it’s not necessary to insert your private email information within comments.

Blurb of Captives:

                                Winner of the 2016 Blue Ridge Mountain Director’s Choice Award

Finalist in the 2016 Selah Awards for Women’s Contemporary Fiction

When seventeen-year-old Amy Timothy disappears from a rural Virginia truck stop, world-renowned cellist Blaise Timothy puts her life on hold to join the search for her sister. While conducting her own investigation into Amy’s disappearance, Blaise seeks solace in addictive and destructive relationships.

Three years later, the search for Amy becomes a homicide investigation and catches the attention of national media and sex trafficking activists. Less than a mile from where Amy’s body is recovered, Andrew Victor attempts to manage a failing career in art, an addiction to pornography, and a family secret that links him to the murder investigation. In Washington, DC, Asha Edgewater knows first-hand the horrors of sex slavery and lends support to the Timothy family even as she comes to terms with her own past. As all three lives intersect in their search for redemption and healing, they find it is only possible through God’s saving grace.

Much like Francine Rivers unveils the painful reality of prostitution in her historical novel Redeeming Love, Captives takes a look at the modern enslavement of sex trafficking, its links to pornography, and the possibility of real and lasting freedom.

 

Confessions of a Bad Boy Chaser by Megan Whitson Lee

 

Several of my novels include thematic material and storylines about women trapped in bad relationships.

As a young woman, I was consistently attracted to the wrong sort. You know the one I’m talking about. The dark, tattooed, leather-jacket-wearing rock star that your mother warned you about. The “bad boy.”

According to a recent number of articles I’ve read, this is not an unusual phenomenon. Women are by nature attracted to the man of mystery, the rebel, the macho guy with the rough edges. The caring, sensitive, sweet-natured man doesn’t stimulate the emotions like the Machiavellian brooder. Prince Charming is predictable. Dracula is not. Apparently, there is a physiological response that affects adrenaline and serotonin levels when women interact with bad boys. Never knowing if he will love or reject her tickles an area of the brain which spurs on the interest. As the attraction deepens, women delude themselves into thinking these men will be more exciting partners, better husbands, and sincere dads. So it’s nature, right? Science. Kind of like tectonic plates shifting.

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This is how the devil works. He often deceives us by telling us we need this. This man is the one who will make you happy and fulfill all your dreams. But you don’t want the godly, righteous one because you’ll be bored and won’t live the life you’ve envisioned for yourself. I believed that voice for a long time.

I had an image of the man I wanted: an amalgamation of Heathcliff, Hamlet, and Lord Byron—some of the darkest, most troubled, most tortured souls in literature. This quest sent me abroad to England, looking for this elusive man, and finally meeting one who fit the bill. Actually, Don Juan would have been a more accurate description. I thought this guy was it. He was everything I’d ever wanted—he was exotic, exciting, charming, good-looking, an entrepreneur … and an atheist. He told me outright that he had no interest in getting married for a long time. He only saw me when it was convenient for him and regularly flaunted other women in my face. In my twisted mind, I saw the fact that he had all these other women at his disposal as confirmation that he was worth fighting for. I was, after all, privileged to be one of these women. It took nearly three years, three flights back and forth to England, and a complete mental and spiritual breakdown to finally rid myself of that stronghold. All because I sought the darkness in a desperate attempt to secure acceptance and love. But then, God showed me that kind of love isn’t really love.

Scripture tells us, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” –John 3:19. The scientific studies are dead right. By nature, we crave that which is bad for us and seek evil because at our core, we are wicked and our desires are sinful. Humans do not naturally crave what is good and righteous because our hearts are so easily deceived.

Thankfully, we can be freed from these shackles. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”—1 Peter 2:24. God never intended for women to live under the bondage and emotional torture of the bad boy. Selfish and narcissistic personalities are the opposite of what the Lord wants for his daughters.

The woman at the well had most likely seen her fair share of bad boys. She’d had five husbands and currently cohabitated with a man. Any other man would have spit at her, called her names, or turned away in disgust, but Jesus didn’t. He respectfully conversed with her, treated her with dignity, and showed her mercy. Having been treated like a dog by wicked men, what a soothing balm Jesus must have been for her. His kindness and His brand of love must have been like a drink from the purest, cleanest water, quenching her soul. The only love that satisfies.

No matter how attractive, seductive, and exciting, the path of the bad boy leads to destruction. Perhaps it’s true that neurological impulses draw women (and men) toward the dark and mysterious, but in the end, bending to what comes naturally without listening to God leads to heartache and misery. We needn’t be a slave to nature. Jesus came to set the captives free.

Megan’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

Author @MeganWhitsonLee speaks up: Confessions of a Bad Boy Chaser. #BookGiveaway (Tweet This)

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Blurb for Suburban Dangers:

Sixteen-year-old Kaki Jones lives a normal life in suburbia. She makes good grades, runs on the cross-country team, and helps care for her younger brothers and sisters. Her younger brother, Brandon is the troubled child. He parties, fights at school, keeps photos of girls on his cell phone, and runs into trouble with the police.

But Kaki harbors a secret. After meeting cool girl Sydney Diaz, Kaki’s life is forever changed.  Now, she’s a sophomore by day and a commodity sold at the hands of gang members by night. Living a double life and controlled by threats of violence against her family, Kaki sees no chance of escape.

When parents look the other way and strangers offer more affection than a father, God’s deliverance is the only answer.

Available now for Pre-order.

Author’s Bio:

Megan Whitson Lee is a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, and an editor for Pelican Book Group. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director’s Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women’s contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes inspirational women’s contemporary and historical fiction that deals with loss and love, involving characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions, crises of faith, and moral dilemmas. Her novels depict characters confronted with real-life problems, address universal spiritual and moral struggles, and offer messages of hope, recovery, and redemption through God’s saving grace.

Places to connect with Megan:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Amazon link for Captives

 

Megan and I look forward to your comments.

 

27 comments to Megan Whitson Lee Speaks Up!

  • Kelly A Tyree

    Both books sound so interesting. I love that book shows the many things that can hold us captive in life. Yet God’s grace can still reach us.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Kelly. Always nice to see you 😍

      I am forever grateful His grace reaches us. Amen and amen

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Hi Kelly,
      Yes, when I was trying to come up with a title for Captives, I tried to think about the whole bondage/stronghold angle and that bondage comes in many forms, but Jesus sets the captives free!

  • Ann Ellison

    Another new to me author. I enjoyed her interview and her books sound really good.

  • I would love to win Megan’s book. I have a good friend who founded Fierce Freedom, shining the light on human trafficking in our own backyards. There is so much awareness that needs to be raised, and I’m so glad that Megan wrote this book!

    • elaineadmin

      Josie, thanks for your visit and welcome to Everyone’s Story. You’re definitely in the drawing for Megan’s BookGiveaway!

      I’ve been hearing about more and more groups fighting human trafficking. I’m glad this tragic horror is coming to the public’s attention.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Thanks, Josie! Raising awareness was the whole point in writing these books, and I’m so glad the cause is getting so much attention these days. When I first wrote Captives, not many people were aware or involved.

  • Sonnetta Jones

    That is so deep. I was commenting on another page how we need these type of topics in fictions. We cannot continue to deceive ourselves.

    • elaineadmin

      Waving, Sonnetta.

      I agree about Megan’s choice of topics to speak out on, and how she shared it with us. I agree. We can all benefit by strong topics/premises.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      I agree Sonnetta. I hope more authors will come forward and write about the tough stuff. Most of us have been through something and can learn from the pain and the victory of others.

  • I was with GAL and worked with a girl as young as 13, who had been given (by her own mother)to a local pimp to pay for her mother’s drugs. The girl told me the story … cold and straightforward. I know the area the creep holds as his “territory”. Mother was jailed, I visited her a few times–once to see if she could tell me where to find her daughter, who was hiding. I wish I could say there was a good final story, but no. The girl had gotten on drugs and fought us on every hand, saying she knew how to survive. Admitted she slept on random porches at night, without the home owners even knowing. Carried all she owned in a backpack. I did finally get her into a great foster home, and she cleaned up, looked great, beautiful, and talked so positive, spinning a good story, when I’d visit, but she ended up practically destroying the foster family’s home life. She ran, and the story is left open-ended. Her older sister was on the same destructive path. But both of them wanted to be with their mother … and sought her when she got out of jail. Did the young girl ever change? I don’t know. I hope so. She was good at hiding. Yes, perhaps, more truth needs to be woven into our books of fiction, but without taking it to the point that we contribute to the “dirt” being written. Offering hope, or showing hope, in our books could be what someone needs. Somehow, letting them know that … the beginning of the trail downward was not their fault. There is always something or someone taking the control, inch by inch. Oops, I better stop! I’m writing a book! Megan, good luck with the release of this book! The bad guys and their “game” need to be exposed. We all need to be aware of things around us, because sometimes our God-given instincts can help us reach out to a silent person caught in a web. And, if the way to do that, is to write a story someone can relate to–it just might save a life.

    • elaineadmin

      Karen, thanks for visiting and for sharing. I had no idea of your past work experiences in trying to help teens in danger. It’s so sad about their home–or lack of–situations. Looking back on my own wobbly home life, I know it was His divine intervention that kept me away from drugs and seeking a dangerous lifestyle substitution to help me “escape” from the family scene. And, this sad circumstance is all over the place, from “nice” neighborhoods (Megan’s novel, Suburban Danger, really opened my eyes to some horrors taking place in least expected areas) in this country, not only in “bad” areas or outside of the US. I agree–we need fiction to reflect current life. Not to say lighter story premises or comedy doesn’t have its importance.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Hi Karen,

      I agree. I also don’t want to sensationalize when I write about these topics, but I do want to shed light and offer a redemptive ending. Unfortunately, right now many of the happy endings are strictly fictional because they don’t often happen in real life where trafficking is involved. My prayer is that more churches and Christian organizations will get involved and work with girls coming out of the life. But the girls are difficult to reach as they’re so brainwashed and tied to their pimps. So it’s a real challenge. Thanks for sharing the story…so tragic, but it’s good when others validate that these are not just fictional tales. They happen every day.

  • So not the point of the book, but I’m a professional cellist, so of course I’m going to read Captives! Even if not for the cellist angle, I’d be intrigued; I love it when Christian fiction tackles tough issues.

    • elaineadmin

      Amanda, welcome to Everyone’s Story. A long time ago I played the viola… love classical music!

      Okay, back to literature… I’m thankful you’ve shared with us what you appreciate in Christian fiction.

      Hope to see you again 😊

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Hi Amanda,
      I love, love, LOVE the cello. It is my favorite sound of all stringed instruments. And how exciting that you’re a professional cellist! I was a music major (voice) and played a little piano and guitar, but if I had the time to go back and learn another instrument, I would learn the cello. I hope you enjoy Captives!

  • Thanks for shining a light on this very troubling problem. Even in my small town in NE Mississippi, this is going on. And what you said about women being drawn to the “bad boys” is so true. They believe they’re going to be the one to “fix” him, that he will love them enough to change. Only it’s the other way around. Excellent post and I look forward to reading your book. Not sure look forward is the right term, but you know what I mean. 🙂

    • elaineadmin

      Pat, troubling and sad is so spot on.

      As always, I’m glad to see you here 💗

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Hi Patricia,
      Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, the smaller towns are not immune to the problem either, they just have less resources to deal with it. Unfortunately, here in Northern Virginia, we’re seeing it on a wide-scale basis, and even the middle and high schools have become hunting grounds. But God can still come in through the doors of ours schools, even if we’ve tried to keep Him out. My prayer is for revival among the youth.

  • Marilyn R

    Megan, thank you for stepping up and writing about a growing problem. I’ve attended numerous sex/human trafficking workships with some of the speakers being survivors of being sold into the trafficking arena. Young women wants to change the bad boys; however, it’s the other way around unless Jesus Christ can set them free. Your books sounds intriguing and I hear them calling my name with the profession I’m in. Thank you for tackling a growing problem that affects so many more each day.

    • elaineadmin

      Hi, Marilyn. With your professional background I’ve wondered what you might share on this problem.

      I’m always glad when you visit 😍

    • Hi Marilyn,

      Thanks so much for sharing that you’ve attended human trafficking workshops. I’ve been to a few myself, and they are so information (and heartbreaking). Thank you also for your support. I’m really passionate about the cause and desire to shed light on it as I can.

  • Hi Megan, Thanks for sharing this personal story with us! I found your story fascinating. Just last night I told my husband that I didn’t understand the attraction some women had for “bad boys.” Do you think for some women its about try to “fix” him? I’m just so glad that the Lord broke that stronghold in your life! I’m looking forward to your new release!

    • elaineadmin

      Nice to see you, Kelly. My take: while I have no doubt a woman who is attracted to a bad guy has desire to fix him, I wonder if it’s a subconscious cry to fix herself… a cry for help. Often when one feels out of order one starts trying to “order” someone else, whether the target is a friend, spouse, or co-worker.

    • Hey Kelly,
      Yes, I think it’s partly the desire to change them, but I also think it has to do with the unpredictability. Some of us are just naturally drawn to the adrenaline rush of trying to figure out that type of guy and what they’re thinking. Sigh! Lots of years spent in those dilemmas. Thanks, Kelly!

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