Hello reader friends! I am happy to have Stephenia on the blog today! Before we get to chatting with her, let me tell you a little bit about her latest story!
About the Book
Can love offer a new future…in the past?
A mysterious gown, unexpected courage, and a love that transcends time.
Nursing student Lena Lowery faces a grim diagnosis and a dangerous surgery. On the cusp of the life-changing procedure, Lena stays at the Rosswood Plantation Bed and Breakfast for one last weekend with her mother. There in an antique armoire, Lena discovers a Civil War-era gown that holds an unimaginable cure…a trip back in time to when the house served as a hospital.
Confederate Sergeant Caleb Dockery lost his brother, his eye, and nearly his life. Stuck in a makeshift infirmary, he’s counting the days until he can return to duty…and seek revenge. When a stranger appears, he suspects she’s a spy. If he can’t return to duty and find the revenge he craves for his brother’s death, he can serve his country by stopping this traitor. But her nursing skills are saving lives, and her courage and independence stirs his heart. When Lena’s safety is threatened, Caleb must strain the loyalties that bind him or risk losing her forever.
Caught between a future that holds no promises and a past that could offer new life, Lena must face an extraordinary decision. Should she return to her own time where her days are numbered? Or can she and Caleb find a love that stretches across time?
If you like historical romance with a twist, strong female characters, and heroes that transcend eras, you’ll love this journey through time that tests the limits of love.
*Her Place in Time is set in the house from The Liberator Series, just prior to the start of Leveraging Lincoln. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing Annabelle and Peggy in this new novella.
Interview with Stephenia
Hello Stephenia! It’s so nice to have you back on the blog today 🙂 Let’s get right to the questions. You have worn some exquisite dresses. Which one is your favorite?
Thank you! I really enjoy having them. I think my favorite is the green ball gown, which I wore to the 2017 Christian Fiction Readers Retreat.
Oh, I loved that dress! And you looked so beautiful in it. How do you get those dresses to fit in your suitcase when traveling!?
It wasn’t easy! When we took one to ACFW last year, we drove, so it taking up all that space in my husband’s truck wasn’t bad. But with CFRR, I had to get it into my carry-on for the plane! I had to wrap the hoops (kind of like you do with those pop-up sun shields for your car’s windshield) and tie them tightly so they wouldn’t spring free. Then I rolled the skirts (yes, there are two!) and the bodice and crammed it all in there. Thankfully, since it was only a one day event, I didn’t have to pack too many other outfits, because they were rolled and stuffed around the gown. The dress took up 90% of my suitcase, but I was determined to take it!
What is it about the Civil War time period that captivates you?
It was a very tumultuous time in our nation’s history that divided not only the country, but families and friends as well. Women of that time had to find strength and rely on their faith to hold their homes and families together. Add in the tension of pairing couples from North and South or Southern characters who go against the grain (none of my Southern characters believe in slavery) and you have a story setting ripe with trials, tension, and the opportunities for courage.
And then, of course, there are those dresses…
I have got to get a dress of my own! This story is a bit different than your previous ones. What inspired you to write it?
When I first traveled to Rosswood (the historical plantation from the story) to research for The Liberator Series the owner showed me a dress they found in the attic they believe belonged to Maybella, the home’s historical lady. She let me gently clip the gown to my shoulders and take some pictures with it. I had this crazy idea. What if by putting on the gown, you could suddenly go back in time and see what the house was like when that dress was new? Rosswood guests also report seeing a Civil War era couple walking the grounds, and I thought, how cool would that be for a time slip story? The idea just kept nudging me until I decided to try something a bit different!
Here I am with the dress in the parlor at Rosswood. My cover artist was then able to give the dress to Lena for the cover, which I thought was really neat.
That is really neat! Have you ever been part of a re-enactment?
I’ve never been to a re-enactment (at least not for the Civil War. I’ve seen the Revolutionary War re-enactments in Williamsburg, VA) but I have had the privilege of hosting at Ft. Rosalie during the pilgrimage in Natchez. We dress in character and give tours through the houses. It is a lot of fun. My mom, my mother-in-law, and my niece went with me one year and we had a great time.
What does your hubby think of all this? Does he get dressed up too?
Despite my asking several times, he has no interest in dressing up with me. I can’t imagine why…*laughs* He is a great sport about it and takes lots of pictures of me when I wear them, but he says he will leave all the dressing up to me.
Maybe one day! What book are you currently reading (or wish to read if you’re not reading right now)?
I’m just about to crack open Pam Hillman’s The Promise of Breeze Hill. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while now, and I’m hoping I will get to do a lot more reading during the summer.
Oh, I read that book. It was great! What’s your favorite way to relax with your family?
I enjoy spending time with them outside. We like to go fishing together or ride the trails behind our house in the Ranger. We are usually very busy, so any Saturday when we can just take it easy and hang out together is always relaxing.
Can readers expect more stories like this one in the future?
This one was a lot of fun to write because it gave me the chance to see what it would be like for a modern woman to step into the time I am always writing about. I enjoy exploring a more imaginative side, so who knows, I may do something else fanciful in the future!
I hope so, I loved this story! What message do you hope Her Place in Time will give to readers?
As you can probably guess, this story is all about time. We never know how many days the Lord will grant us. One thing this story reminded me as I was writing it, and I hope the readers are reminded of as well, is that we need to make the most of our time and focus on the things that truly matter. My house will always need cleaning, but my boys won’t be small and wanting me to play castle with them for much longer.
Kids grow old so fast! It seems like just yesterday my daughter was in kindergarten. Now she’s finishing her sophomore year in high school! Sigh……
Thank you so much for chatting with us today!
Thanks for having me over today, Jessica! It’s been a lot of fun!
About the Author
Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. After earning a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences, she discovered her heart truly lies with the art of story. She put pen to page and never looked back. Visit her at www.StepheniaMcGee.comfor books and updates.
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