Author Michelle Griep – **GIVEAWAY**

Michelle Griep HeadshotAuthor Michelle Griep has been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas…professionally, however, for the past 10 years.

When not squirreled away with laptop in hand, she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild).

Michelle has offered to give away a copy of her latest book.

Please leave a comment below with your email address for a chance to win. We must have at least ten comments from residents of the Continental US only to make a contest.

Now, here’s a post from Michelle to enjoy.

A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Opium Addiction: How to Tell if Your Mr. Right Has Been Tokin’, Smokin’ or Shootin’ the Poppy

What comes to mind when I say Jane Austen? Hold on. Let me guess…

– swirling ballroom scenes
– dinner parties galore
– the dashing Mr. Darcy

Any of these answers would be right, of course, but you’d also be correct if you’d shouted out opium usage. Austen’s mother used opium to help her sleep, and her father was an agent in the trade. Elizabeth Barrett Browning took opiates every day from the age of fourteen, Sir Walter Scott consumed 6 grams a day, and Samuel Coleridge was a regular user.

Yes, indeed. I hate to burst your bubble of the romantic days of yore, but opium addiction was an issue to be reckoned with.

The first written account of the non-medicinal virtues of this drug is in De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium Eater, published in 1821. He advocates opium usage not as a pharmaceutical pain reliever but as a trip into “an inner world of secret self-consciousness.” Sounds positively hippyish, eh?1343433_24355084

Had Mr. Darcy been hanging out in a nearby opium den, these are the symptoms Elizabeth Bennett should’ve looked for:
• Red or glazed eyes
• Confusion
• Slurred or rapid speech
• Loss of appetite
• Apathy or depression
• Frequent headaches
• Insomnia

While Jane Austen preferred to write of dances and dinners, I dove into the seamier side of things and made the hero in A HEART DECEIVED a recovering opium addict. Why?

Because addiction is a contemporary problem with historical roots.

It’s just as hard for my fictional character Ethan to turn down a bottle of laudanum as it is for a real person today to pass on a hit of meth. With God’s help, it can be done—which is exactly what Ethan discovers.

So take care, gentlewomen, when searching out your Mr. Right. Opiates have been around since the days of Pharaoh, and are likely here to stay.

Interested in Ethan’s story? Check out A HEART DECEIVED…

A-Heart-Deceived-front-coverMiri Brayden teeters on a razor’s edge between placating and enraging her brother, whom she depends upon for support. Yet if his anger is unleashed, so is his madness. Miri must keep his descent into lunacy a secret, or he’ll be committed to an asylum—and she’ll be sent to the poorhouse.

Ethan Goodwin has been on the run all of his life—from family, from the law … from God. After a heart-changing encounter with the gritty Reverend John Newton, Ethan would like nothing more than to become a man of integrity—an impossible feat for an opium addict charged with murder.

When Ethan shows up on Miri’s doorstep, her balancing act falls to pieces. Both Ethan and Miri are caught in a web of lies and deceit—fallacies that land Ethan in prison and Miri in the asylum with her brother. Only the truth will set them free.

A HEART DECEIVED is available by David C. Cook and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ChristianBook.

Keep up with the exploits of Michelle Griep at Writer Off the Leash, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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8 thoughts on “Author Michelle Griep – **GIVEAWAY**

  1. I have to say I am interested as a Christian woman with such a passion for God and a health problem that is treated for one with opiates. Can God takeaway the pain if I take away the medicine? I struggle with this daily. I think the read may give some insure. Ms. Griep may your book open my heart to Gods words for me. Jdovefamily (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Aww, Jenn…being treated with opiates and being addicted are vastly different issues. I pray that indeed God will heal and deliver from your pain, but if He chooses to manage that pain via doctors and prescriptions, then may you rest in knowing He’s still in control and you are very, VERY precious to Him. Blessings to you, my friend.

  2. I’ve never read much about drug use in earlier times, so this post was quite interesting. A Heart Deceived sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for offering a chance to win a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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