Behind the Scenes of “The Lydia Collection” by Lisa M. Prysock
I am really excited to welcome author Lisa Prysock today as she shares about Behind the Scenes of her latest series, The Lydia Collection. Read all the way through as she’s offering a free download!
I walked into church one day not long after finishing my debut Regency Romance novel, To Find a Duchess. I was somewhere in the middle of writing a Victorian Romance series, The Victorian Christian Heritage Series. That particular morning, we had guests acting out short skits from the Bible. One of the scenes they acted out was about Lydia from Acts chapter 16, the seller of purple from the New Testament. Lydia made and sold purple linen in the marketplace. She was faithful to serve the Lord, learned from Paul, and her entire household was converted into the faith. She gave of the proceeds of her linen to help keep Paul and Barnabus doing mission work. I knew immediately that the Lord wanted me to give as much as possible of the proceeds from my books to missions.
This inspired me greatly and The Lydia Collection was born. I began giving the majority of the proceeds from all of my books to missions. The books in this collection can be read in any order and do not intersect. If you love Historical Romance but don’t want to be stuck in one era or time period, this collection was made with you in mind.
The first book is FREE. You can download it here: The Redemption of Lady Georgiana. This story is a loose adaptation of the Biblical Ruth love story with a Regency setting (1810-1820) in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. Prince George IV is the Regent Prince ruling in place of his father, King George III (due to his madness which deprived him of the ability to rule). The theme of the story is kindness and redemption. Some of the story takes place in the beautiful French Alps and later, in the English countryside of Essex. During the time when I was writing this story, my mother was coming to live near my family here in Kentucky. I felt the Lord allowed me to shower my mom with many kindnesses during this transition, much like Ruth showed to her mother-in-law, Naomi.
Protecting Miss Jenna takes place during the Antebellum Era (1812-1861). Being a resident of beautiful Kentucky, I really enjoyed researching this story. The more I read personal accounts of slaves, the more I felt compelled to write this story against slavery. In researching the life of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, I discovered she also felt divinely inspired to write this book that influenced Americans to want to abolish slavery and the suffering it caused. I felt as though we had kindred hearts at once. Real life events during this time period inspired many of the events in my book. The hero, Wade, is a renegade for standing up to his slave owning father against slavery. I toured beautiful plantations, including one where Abraham Lincoln stayed, Farmington House.
I also enjoyed a riverboat ride as part of my research. Forgiveness and developing healthy self-esteem are two additional theme threads in this book. These were things I struggled with in my own life and it was easy for me to write about them.
Persecution & Providence is a Jane Austen-ish mail order bride adventure that starts out in England and takes readers to Kentucky during the 1870’s Pioneer Era when the west was still expanding. The theme is the depths of the Lord’s love for us. This story has a number of farm animals which readers helped me name. The book includes a humorous, satirical character sketch and a map of the fictional town setting. I have to share one little known fact with readers though… the fictional town of Arbor Ridge is loosely based on two small towns in my neck of the woods. Also, the book includes a scene from the real life town of LaGrange and the city of Louisville. The first lines of the novel are a parody of Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
Don’t forget to download your FREE copy of The Redemption of Lady Georgiana and remember that when you purchase any of my books or read any of my books which are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited, you are helping to support missions. (Both of the other books in this collection are enrolled in KU, but may not be for long.) Also, thanks so much Donna for having me on your blog!
Lisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years. She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown). She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel. When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin. In regards to that, she laughs: “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”
Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.” A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing. Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room. “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop. Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era). She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior. Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ. She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers. You can find out more about Lisa at: http://www.LisaPrysock.com
https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock (author page)
Where you can purchase the first 4 of Lisa’s books (Protecting Miss Jenna & Persecution & Providence are exclusive to Amazon, but her other books can be found at these locations. Her devotional, Arise Princess Warrior, is currently available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on line in a full color paperback version or black and white on cream paper. Also available in Kindle eBook format at Amazon.) These links will take you to her debut novel, To Find a Duchess:
The Victorian Christian Heritage Series (also available at Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble online):
The Lydia Collection:
Devotional (also available at Barnes and Noble online):
4 of Lisa’s titles are also available at Apple iBooks.
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