Megan Whitson Lee Speaks Up!

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Everyone’s Story warmly welcomes back author Megan Whitson Lee. Megan appeared here back in April  and I’m thrilled she’s back to share with us about her soon-to-be release novel, Dangerous To Know, and whether or not those good old days were really great or something we all may romanticize from time to time. Do check out the blurb for Megan’s newest novel, her generous Giveaway of an Amazon Gift Card, and her thought-provoking message. We look forward to hearing from you!

**Look for the upcoming cover reveal for Dangerous To Know

 

 

 

Dangerous to Know

Giveaway:

Megan is offering 1 randomly chosen commenter  a $25 Amazon Gift Card. The winner will be announced between 6-7 PM EST on September 22nd.

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

 

 

Character card of Lord Bromby created by Stephen Lee.

Character card of Lord Bromby created by Stephen Lee.

Blurb for Dangerous to Know:

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions, and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

 

What Was So Good About the Good Old Days? By Megan Whitson Lee

 

As humans, we love to look back on a previous time in history as “the good old days.” Who doesn’t love Jane Austen and long to live in the charm of the Regency era? Who wouldn’t want to spend a few weeks in Queen Victoria’s kingdom? There is something wonderful about imaginative time travel which allows us to escape our modern, complicated, busy lives and return to a simpler, gentler, more civilized time.

But was the past we revere really so much better?

In Jane Austen’s day, there were no bathrooms, so chamber pots and outhouses were necessary. Bathing in a proper tub required upwards of six buckets of heated water, and full-immersion baths were few and far between. In one household, many people reused the previous person’s dirty bath water.

And wow! How l love the look of the corset, waistcoat, and cravat. But corsets caused poor digestion and dyspepsia, and women often fainted from the constriction of their organs and inability to breathe properly when the laces were pulled too tight (which was often). Men were highly restricted in their dress. They could not remove their cravats (neck cloths) or even their jacket in polite company. One can only imagine what that must have been like in the extreme heat of summer.

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No one jumped into a car and took off down the road. Travel was difficult and dangerous—some areas had poor roads or none at all, and highway robbers were a threat.

Typhus, ague (malaria), consumption (tuberculosis), Boulogne sore throat (diphtheria), smallpox, and Typhoid fever regularly took people out. Without penicillin, many were treated with crude concoctions or bloodletting. The idea of draining the blood from an afflicted person was very popular and considered as a cure/treatment for a multitude of ailments. In fact, even though many accounts attribute Lord Byron’s death to fever, scholars say that bloodletting actually killed him.

For those who had to work, life was hard and death came early. They worked an average of sixty-six hours a week (and many kept longer hours than that). In 1800, the average age of death was thirty-nine. No electricity, no air-conditioning, no refrigerators.

So really, what was so great about living in Jane Austen’s time period?

We like to think people “back then” were better behaved, but in reality, they still committed murder, adultery, and theft. They were cruel and heartless and wretched. In short, they were all sinners … like us. The Bible tells us, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18) It’s easy to romanticize the past, but there really were no good old days. Since the Garden of Eden, we’ve all been struggling with the same moral and spiritual pitfalls.

While escaping from the present and into another world is something I love about historical fiction, I recognize that other time periods weren’t perfect. Now, when I write historicals, I strive to reveal the gritty truth about the times and depict characters who experience the same hurts, hopes, dreams, and failures as all of us. As C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know we are not alone.”

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Author’s Bio:

Megan Whitson Lee is a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. 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 women’s contemporary and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions, crises of faith, and moral dilemmas. Her novels depict 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

 

 

Megan and I look forward to your comments.

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31 comments to Megan Whitson Lee Speaks Up!

  • Marilyn

    Great perspective about the past. Each era has their draw but not as romantic or easy when an in depth look is taken. Thanks for your message showing reality despite wanting to look through rose colored glasses about the past at times.

    Dangerous to Know sounds intriguing. Another book to add to my TBR list.

    • elaineadmin

      Marilyn, the title itself lures me in 😊 So glad to see you… always.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Thanks, Marilyn. Yes, it is easy to glamorize the past. I think we all do it to some extent or other. But when you take an in-depth look at what many of those people went through, it gives you a glimpse into their reality.

  • Totally agree not all was great back in the day! I have lived through out-houses and don’t want to again. lol. Dangerous to Know sounds really good.

    • elaineadmin

      And I’ve lived through the days before color-TV, let alone cell phones. Oh, my! Makes you wonder what the future generations will say about us when they look back on our present “good old days.’

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      I’m sure a couple of nights of using an out house would cure me of wanting to live in that time period for long.

  • Ann Ellison

    Very interesting post and the book sure sounds like a good one.

  • I know you’re right, Megan, but don’t bust my bubble! LOL! Hubby always says I might like to read about Caroline Ingalls but I wouldn’t last a day in her shoes. I’d love to be on one of those reality tv shows that lets you live for 4-6 months like they truly did in another era.

    • elaineadmin

      You made me smile, Kelly. I often feel as if I could have fit right into a castle’s ballroom, dancing away in my flowing gown. Ha, I probably be the one woman wondering why my betrothed knight was late coming to the dance, fearing he had horse issues. But then I think about those drafty castles and no indoor plumbing and the restrictive role of women and I realize and accept God placed me where He did for excellent reasons 😊 Always nice to see you here!

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      As many times as I’ve watched Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility and sighed at the idea of that era, I don’t think I would last very long. I’m sorry if I burst your bubble, though. Lol!

  • While I love to think of the “grander” way educated people might have spoken in the “good old days” as I write dialogue, or think about the pretty dresses they might have worn, the 1800s and early 1900s were certainly fraught with peril! That is a realistic way of looking at things. I appreciate your perspective, Megan. Dangerous to Know sounds intriguing, indeed! Thanks for sharing.

    Another great, thought-provoking post, Elaine. Thanks for taking the time to host Megan this week.

  • Trixi

    Oh my, I didn’t realize how many “bad” things people faced in the good old days! I read quite a bit of historical fiction, so of course I knew about women’s dress (corsets and many layers of clothing), but I had no idea that it was considered rude for a man to remove his jacket in company. And taking a bath in water that was used by someone before you makes me shudder in disgust! I’m very grateful for our modern day conveniences of running water and working toliets. Thank you for this eye opening post!

    I think in spite of all the bad, there still has to be some good things in those days. 🙂

    Thank you for the gift card chance!

    • elaineadmin

      Nice to see you, Trixi. I’m happy you stopped by for the fun. I admit, surrendering my hot showers and washing machine aren’t pleasant thoughts 😐

      Hope to see you again!

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Oh yes, I think you’re right. Let’s face it–there is something wonderful about the polite way people spoke to each other (regardless of what they may have said in private). I remember when I was growing up, my grandfather stood when a lady entered the room (he was a WWII era man). I’d love for that practice to return. Lol!

  • Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you so much for bursting my bubble about the past. LOL. I love reading about the past but am so glad I live now! My 7 year old grandson was a little shocked when he asked me if I had a TV when I was young and I told him we didn’t have one until I was 8 yrs old and it wasn’t color either! Yes I like my modern conveniences. Dangerous to know sounds like another for my ever growing TBR pile. Thanks for sharing.

    • elaineadmin

      I hear you, Anne. I work with so many young adults and teens that I won’t tell them I grew up with black and white TV, and no computer/internet, because they’d think I’m “ancient”! LOL. Yet, I can outdo them any day when it comes to work. Go figure!

      Always a joy to see you!

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Thanks, Anne! Yes, sometimes when I research for the Regency era, I’m shocked by what I find. Customs were so different–some of them better, some not. By the way, my first TV (the first one I got as a kid) was a black and white one!

  • Dangerous to Know sounds fascinating! I’m one of those who is thankful for modern conveniences. Outhouses and chamber pots. No, thank you! Great interview, Elaine and Megan.

    • elaineadmin

      Makes you wonder the opposite: if we could go back in time to offer our modern lifestyle conveniences to the people of the time era, would they leap into the present without thinking twice?

      Always a pleasure to see you, Kathleen.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathleen. We really do take modern conveniences for granted.

  • I’m happy to live right here in the present. Every generation has its challenges. My folks lived through The Great Depression and WWII. My grandparents lived through WWI in addition to the Depression and WWII. Who knows but we were born for such a time as this?

    I’m now following you on Facebook, Pinterest,and Twitter. 🙂

    • elaineadmin

      Susan, I agree. Although I can’t help but occasionally dream what it would have been like to live during a past time era (funny, but seldom do I ever hear of someone pondering what it would be like to live in the future), I figure He has a great reason to plant us where He has.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Thank you, Susan! You are so right that every generation has its challenges. There is a movie called Midnight in Paris that addresses this very theme. And you’re so right … other than speculative fiction, I rarely hear people say that they wish to live in 2056!

  • Patty

    I love my modern conveniences, I don’t think I would have wanted to live back in the “good old days “.

    It’s hard to imagine the life expectancy being only 39!

    I love reading historical fiction, but I do appreciate when enough it doesn’t sugarcoat hardships of these times.

    • elaineadmin

      Patty, it’s so nice to see you again 😊 That’s one thing I really admire about Megan’s novels–they don’t sugarcoat the rougher elements of yesteryear or present life.

    • Megan Whitson Lee

      Patty, you’re so right. I also don’t like to sugarcoat the emotions from this time period. The Regency era suggests romanticism and nostalgia, and a lot of novels only highlight the sugary-sweet parts of it, but I do like to show that there was plenty of heartbreak and conflict in that time as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  • elaineadmin

    Megan, it’s always a delight to host you on Everyone’s Story and I’m glad you were with us this past week. It’s so exciting to help share the news of your next release, Dangerous To Know, and I hope it does very well among happy readers!!

    Thanks so much for your lovely Giveaway of a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a most generous prize offer to 1 lucky winner who is…

    Trixi. Yay, Trixi!! Megan and I will contact you via direct email. Enjoy!

    Blessings to all.

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