Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spotlight (+ Tour GIVEAWAY): For Love & Honor




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About the Book

Book: For Love & Honor
Author: Jody Helund  
Genre: Young Adult Historical  
Release Date: March 7, 2017

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?


About the Author

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.









Guest Post from Jody Hedlund


Is Chivalry on the Brink of Extinction?

By Jody Hedlund

With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey movie and its popularity, I can't help but wonder about the long-term consequences that such ideology will have on how people view relationships.

Already, too many couples struggle to maintain happy, healthy relationships. In fact, it's become almost a weekly occurrence to get news of another friend or acquaintance who is dealing with a spouse cheating or leaving.

Mutual respect, loyalty, honor, and self-sacrifice have become out-dated, forgotten, or tossed aside in place of short-term pleasure that often leaves people feeling hollow and empty.

I honestly can't help wondering where chivalry has gone, and not just the man-doting-on-the-woman chivalry. But mutual chivalry, the kind where each person in the relationship puts the other in high esteem, uplifts them, and makes a concerted effort to protect and cherish (both emotionally and physically).

Has chivalry become antiquated in our modern society? And even if it has, should it be outdated and on the brink of extinction? Should we be making more of an effort to reclaim mutual respect in relationships?

The kind of respect that does things for someone with no thought of getting anything in return.

The kind of respect that is graciously honest about problems instead of sneaking around and being unfaithful.

The kind of respect that is willing to sacrifice and see the needs of others instead of demanding our way and our own needs be met first.

As my teenage children enter into dating relationships, I worry about the influence of movies like Fifty Shades of Grey. I worry that they'll see dysfunction as the norm. I worry that they'll settle for a lot less than they should in theirelationships. I worry that they won't even know the meaning of chivalry.

Of course, we're having candid conversations about all of these issues. Of course, my husband and I attempt to model mutual respect. And of course, I'm praying my teens work on growing their own character so that they can be strong and ready for whatever they might face.

But one of the things I've done over the past couple of years is write a young adult (YA) series that is aimed at some of these very issues. The third book, For Love & Honor, just released this spring (and can be read as a stand-alone). Since the story is set in medieval times amidst castles, knights, and ladies, chivalry is already a huge part of that era.

More than giving readers a glimpse of chivalry, however, I hope the book sparks some discussion about what it means to have healthy, respectful relationships. The book contains reader questions at the end that youth groups, moms and daughters, or friends can use together.

It's not just another dating book. Instead, it's a fun and entertaining story that can hopefully facilitate discussion regarding what it means to truly demonstrate chivalry in ourelationships.

So what do YOU think? Is chivalry on the brink of extinction? What are some ways we can make sure that we don't lose it?


Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Jody is giving away all three books in the Noble Knights Series! I hope you enjoyed Jody's guest post and will respond to the question she asked. And be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! It will also help a lot if you will click on this link and share my Facebook post. Thanks for visiting!




9 comments:

  1. I agree with Jody. We need to model good behavior and Church attendance. We need to put our kids in the environments that we want them to emulate.

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  2. We do need to be better examples as Christians. Living godly lives and teaching our children is so important, but not easy!

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  3. In my family and friends chivalry is very much alive but in today's world it is a lost cause.
    Mother's need to teach their sons how to treat a lady.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Respect for others is key to living in a Christ-like manner. We all want respect, and we all need to demonstrate it.

    I'm eager to read this book. Jody Hedlund is an excellent author!

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  5. I think there are some environments where chivalry is mostly non-existent, but it is so nice when someone actually opens/holds the door for me, or does something else that seems to go along with that theme. I certainly want to teach my children to behave in that manner. It's not always easy but I am trying.
    Thanks for sharing Jody's guest post.

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  6. I don't see much chivalry today....even in my grandsons! Parents need to model chivalry.

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  7. I have to agree with other comments here, we need to model chivalry to our children! They learn by example and my son has had an excellent mentor in my husband. He's a fine example of how a young man should act like :-) We're very proud parents.

    I think I see more chivalry displayed in older men, sadly. When I do see it in younger men/children/teens I compliment them. It never fails to bring a smile to their face!

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  8. Simply, teach basic manners to children but that is easier said than done with some environments.

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  9. Unfortunately I do believe we are not a nation of respect anymore.
    My children are adults now and grew up before the age of political correctness, they were taught by example at home, church and school.
    They now have their own children and they also try to teach by example at home and by attending church and serving God, but they also direct their activities.

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