The MacGregor Legacy - From Scotland to the Carolinas

(Book 1 - For Love or Loyalty) (Book 2 - For Love or Country) (Book 3 - For Love or Liberty)

Path of Freedom, Quilts of Love series

1858 North Carolina - When Quakers Flora Saferight and Bruce Millikan embark on the Underground Railroad, they agree to put their differences aside to save the lives of a pregnant slave couple..

Highland Sanctuary, (Highland series - Book 2)

1477 Scotland - A chieftain heir is hired to restore Briagh Castle and discovers a hidden village of outcasts who have created their own private sanctuary from the world.

Highland Blessings, (Book 1 - Highland series)

1473 Scotland - The story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise to his dying father.

Awakened Redemption (Inspirational Regency)

1815 England - A story that pierces the heart and captures the Regency era.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

God Cares About the Small Things

Over the weekend my Girl Scout Brownie troop had a sleepover with nine other troops--in total there were about 100 girls. I know, what was I thinking? Anyway, we had a wonderful time. In fact, the girls were great. There was only one adult that was the problem.

At about ten o'clock we sent the girls to their rooms to get ready for bed. They were sitting up in their sleeping bags and talking. We had three adults in our room so my troop was well-monitored. In spite of this fact, the troop leader next door came to our room and shut our door as if we were being extemely loud, in which we weren't. Later when it was time to brush our teeth and go to the bathroom, my girls got a little excited and ran down the hall.

This same woman came out and addressed my girls in an angry tone. She was quite rude. Another mom and I stood there with our mouths gaped open. I had already gotten after my girls for running in the hallway, but if she expected 7-9 year olds to tip-toe down the hall and be especially quiet on a sleepover, she had another thing coming, and probably shouldn't have volunteered. Everything in me wanted to give her "what for" but I knew that wouldn't be the Christian thing to do. Sometimes I'm not very good a bridling my tongue, so I think its a good thing that I was too shocked to respond. God brought a blessing as a reward.

We planned to sing Karoke songs at our next meeting and I anticipated more complaining. For this reason, I decided to talk to the person that oversees all the rooms in the church. I didn't know it, but some of the girls from another troop saw and heard what had happened. She was more than willing to give me another room for my girls. As a result my girls now have a room that is double the size of their own room. It's off the side of the gym and we can make as much noise as we want. We have a piano, a ping-pong table, and a foosball table. My troop is so excited!

I couldn't help reflecting on how God blessed us for keeping our mouths shut. All year we had been very cramped in that room, but I couldn't complain. I felt so blessed just to have a room for my girls to meet in. So many churches were not willing to let us meet in their facilities. The whole experience just reminded me of how much God really cares about the small things.

Visit my website at www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Media...Your Link to Readers

When you send out a press release on your latest book or speaking engagement, where does it go? Does it go to world, national or local media? Who do you send it through? If you don't send out your PRs to the right people, you might as well throw them in the trash. The links below are places to begin your media research, not endorsements. Other services and links are offered on these sites that will lead you to other research options.

~ Gebbie Press (
http://www.gebbieinc.com)

~ Media Finder (
http://www.mediafinder.com)

~ News and Newspapers Online (
http://library.uncg.edu/news)

~ NewsDirectory.com (
http://newsdirectory.com)

~ Parrot Media (
http://www.parrotmedia.com)

~ SmallBusinessDepot (
http://www.smallbusinessdepot.com)

Return on Investment (ROI)
Whether you hire someone to create your website or design it yourself, you will want a return on your investment. That's why you need to give great consideration to the development, layout and over all design; as well as how you'll market your website.


If you want to partner with others, sell ads on your site, or trade promotional favors, stats from your site are your bait. This is why tracking your website statistics will help you and potential business partners determine your ROI.

Examples of tracking methods would be online surveys, opt-in newsletters, blog comments, guestbooks, etc. Other methods would be software programs that automatically track the basic statistics for you such as www.sitemeter.com, www.web-stat.com, www.opentracker.net or you can hire a professional website developer to design a specific software program tailored to your needs.

Most websites depend on one of the following e-models for successful ROI.

~ Branding – This is more than determining the brand content in your novels. Online branding is the distinct "look and feel" readers will find when they visit your site, see your banners, tag line, logo, etc. Although these measures are hard to determine in dollars, readers will develop author recognition when shopping for their next book.

~ e-Direct – This is online direct marketing through email at low costs, which can be very profitable when handled professionally and ethically. Build your email database through opt-in email submissions, contests, feedback surveys at events, etc.

~ Market Research – Readers volunteer information through online surveys, emails, and other direct mediums.


The next blog will be on "Testing before Investing."

Visit my website at www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com and our F.A.I.T.H. blog at http://writingbyfaith.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Six Weird Things About Me

Okay, I got tagged by my friend Lindi and so I'm going to play. Below are the six weird things about me.

1) I hate to eat a banana by itself, but I love banana flavoring. I love banana pudding, banana nut cake, ice cream, etc.

2) I like to write at the wee hours of the morning when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet. It might be 2, 3, 4 o'clock a.m. If I wake up at these hours, I get on my computer and write away.

3) I hate to sit in traffic, so I will go miles out of my way just to keep moving. I have the impatient bug.

4) I go behind everyone in the house and cut off TVs, radios, lights and fans because I can't stand for something to be on when no one is in the room.

5) When I have free time, I enjoy visiting cemeteries to collect historical data on my ancestors. I take photos of them too. Check out my genealogy site at
Our Carolina Roots.

6) I have to write on my laptop instead of my desktop to keep from checking email or surfing the Web.

If you've just read this blog, Tag Your It. Share some of your weird things! Let me know where to find your blog.

Jennifer

Visit my website at
www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com and our F.A.I.T.H. blog at http://writingbyfaith.blogspot.com.