The MacGregor Legacy - For Love or Loyalty

1760 Scotland - To atone for her father's evil, Lauren Campbell agrees to help Malcolm MacGregor. By the time she realizes she's the bargaining price to free Malcolm's mother from indentured servitude, it's too late.

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.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Book Review - "Auralia's Colors"

Description

  • As a baby, she was found in a footprint.

  • As a girl, she was raised by thieves in a wilderness where savages lurk.

  • A
  • s a young woman, she will risk her life to save the world with the only secret she knows.

    When thieves find an abandoned child lying in a monster’s footprint, they have no idea that their wilderness discovery will change the course of history.

    Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.

    Auralia’s gift opens doors from the palace to the dungeons, setting the stage for violent and miraculous change in the great houses of the Expanse.

    Auralia’s Colors weaves literary fantasy together with poetic prose, a suspenseful plot, adrenaline-rush action, and unpredictable characters sure to enthrall ambitious imaginations.

    Visit the Website especially created for the book, Auralia's Colors. On the site, you can read the first chapter and listen to jeffrey's introduction of the book, plus a lit more!

    About the Author

    Jeffrey Overstreet lives in two worlds. By day, he writes about movies at LookingCloser.org and in notable publications like Christianity Today, Paste, and Image.

    His adventures in cinema are chronicled in his book Through a Screen Darkly. By night, he composes new stories found in fictional worlds of his own. Living in Shoreline, Washington, with his wife, Anne, a poet, he is a senior staff writer for Response Magazine at Seattle Pacific University.

    Auralia’s Colors is his first novel. He is now hard at work on many new stories, including three more strands of The Auralia Thread.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    Thankful My Ancestors Came to America

    Since it's Thanksgiving this week, a lot of people are taking the time to consider what they are most thankful for. I'm thankful for my salvation and my family, but there is still one other thing I'm very thankful for. Like the pilgrims I'm thankful for America and my freedom here.

    As I'm finishing up a new manuscript and plotting ideas for new stories, I've been considering ways I can tie in my Scottish medievals with the Carolinas. After all, it shouldn't be too hard, I have three family lines from which to choose--the Gregorys, the Fraziers, and the Morgans.

    I'm seriously considering the Gregorys, which came from the MacGregor Clan--the same clan as lengendary Rob Roy. When Robert the Bruce granted the barony of Loch Awe to the chief of the Campbells, some of this land included what had traditionally been MacGregor land. This caused a huge rift between the Campbells and MacGregors, waging war between the two clans. In 1603, King James VI abolished the MacGregor name, meaning those who carried the name must renounce it or suffer death. Thus, my family became the Gregorys and we migrated to the Carolinas. Can you imagine all the great possible stories with this as a subplot?

    The photo to the right is Thomas Gregory, my third great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. He wore a long beard to cover a huge hole in his face thanks to the battle at Gettysburg. I've found so many interesting things through my genealogy research and they are good kindling to some great story ideas.

    So what am I thankful for? Although the reasons may not have been good, the travel may not have been easy, and starting over had to have been hard, I'm thankful my ancestors came to the Carolinas.

    Please visit my website at www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com.

    Thursday, November 15, 2007

    Author Interview - Molly Noble Bull

    Q. Tell us about your book and how readers can pick up a copy. Where is it available?

    A. Sanctuary is the first of three long historical novels in the Faith of Our Fathers series and is a fast-paced romantic inspirational adventure story set in France in 1740. The novel is about the Huguenots, persecution and forgiving the unforgivable, and Tsaba House published Sanctuary on September 15, 2007 in trade paperback.




    Steeple Hill published The Winter Pearl in trade paperback in 2004, and Love Inspired put it out again in 2007 in mass-market paperback. The Winter Pearl is a long, romantic, inspirational, “woman in distress” novel about forgiveness and set in Colorado in 1888.

    Both Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl were given good reviews at www.christianbookpreviews.com.

    If you visit my website at http://www.mollynoblebull.com/ you can see my covers, learn more about my books and read excerpts from Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl. Simply scroll down my main page and click Molly’s Books. Several of my novels can be ordered from Amazon via my website, and they are easier to locate that way. Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl can also be ordered from Barnes and Noble, ChristianBook.com, Books a Million, Target, Borders, Wal Mart and from Christian books stores around the country. My books might not be in stock; so prepare to order them.

    And if you like any of my books, please let me know. My mailing address is
    Molly Noble Bull
    PO Box 404
    Kingsville, Texas 78364.

    Q. Many CBA publishers feel that historicals set outside America or before 1800 are hard to sell—that there aren’t enough readers in that subgenre. Was this ever any concern when you wrote Sanctuary?

    A. No. I write what I feel God is leading me to write. What is popular with editors today is like the weather. It can change in an hour. Years ago western novels, movies and TV shows with western settings were super popular. Just about everybody liked them. But there is, what is known as too much of a good thing. Soon people wanted something different, and westerns were put on the back burner for a long time.

    Q. How much research did you do? Did you have to travel?

    A. I do as much research as I need to do in order to write my book. Sometimes, in the middle of a novel I am writing, I realize I need to do a little more study in certain areas. So I often do my research as a go along. And when I travel, I collect any information I might need for future books.

    Q. How long did you write before your first book was published?

    A. When I started writing to sell, I was teaching kindergarten in an elementary school, and I had been writing for about a year or so. I sold two magazine stories for children and was writing a short novel for children nine to twelve when a friend convinced me that there was no future in children’s literature. Romance Writers of America (RWA) was just getting started, and she insisted that the future of fiction was writing romantic novels for women. She was right, of course. But kiddy lit is doing well, too.

    Q. What is the most significant thing that God taught you while writing this book?

    A. The Lord taught me to listen to Him and not the news media.

    Q. What advice do you have for other writers?

    A. Do not be discouraged. Write the book of your heart. At the same time, keep an eye on the wave coming instead of the one flooding the bank. Markets can change in a heat-beat. When the economy is good, books sell well. If hard-times come and money is tight, markets dry up. If publishers buy new books during hard-times at all, they will purchase books from the biggest of the big-name authors. New and mid-level authors are often lost in the shuffle.

    The exception to that rule might be what happened in World War II. Though money wasn’t tight as it had been during the great depression, people were dying all over the world. Everybody was stressed to the limit, and Americans swarmed to movie theaters to be entertained—to forget for two hours that their loved ones were on the other side of the world and in harm’s way.
    So current conditions at home and around the world has everything to do with whether or not new books are purchased.

    I would suggest to Christians everywhere that if they want the current, inspirational “book boom” to continue, they should pray for our nation daily and also pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.

    Q. What do you want to do next? Are there any other books on the horizon?

    A. I have a short inspirational romantic comedy titled Runaway Romance, and Tsaba House will publish this novel in trade paperback in 2008 or 2009. Runaway Romance is actually two short novels under one cover and will be written by Molly Noble Bull and Teresa Slack.

    My novel is called Alyson. God willing, I am also contracted to write two non-fiction books and two more long historical novels about the Huguenots in the Faith of Our Fathers series.

    Q. What would most readers be surprised to know about you?

    A. That I am dyslexic. In fact, along with four other dyslexic Christian authors, we are contracted to write a non-fiction book on that very topic.

    Molly, thank you for joining my blog today. I hope and pray the best for your success.
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    Prayer Request: We have an author friend, Kristy Dykes, who is having serious brain surgery this morning. Please remember her in prayer. You can read about her journey at http://christianlovestories.blogspot.com/.
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    Please visit my website at www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com.

    Monday, November 12, 2007

    Blessed Writing Retreat

    This past weekend my writing journey took me to a far-away, secluded log cabin in the mountainous woods of Franklin, NC. Only one thing could describe it.


    I loved it!!!

    We plotted, brainstormed, and wrote. And plotted, brainstormed, and wrote. Prayer bathed us, both when we prayed and our loved ones at home prayed for us. I felt so blessed and relaxed. We formed friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. We had no cell phone access and only one of us succeeded in hooking up to the dial-up line on the Internet. Of course, this meant that I missed posting my Saturday blog on F.A.I.T.H. It wasn't for a lack of trying. Missy even let me borrow her laptop, but the connection kept failing.

    I learned a few things from my new writing friends:


  • Camy Tang is a Night Owl and a Branding Queen.



  • Cheryl Wyatt is a Spiritual Warrior and a Squirrel who is excited about her first book!



  • Missy Tippens does NOT Snore, although she claims to.



  • Lynette Eason can connect to the Internet when no one else can.



  • Pamela James (Pammer) can stomp a wayward sleeping bag into shape until it fits in its duffel bag.


  • Everyone was able to plot a new book with our brainstorming sessions. I came home with four new books plotted and a new brand for my author image. Stay tuned as I discuss the new changes with my agent and begin to implement my new "author look" on my website and blog. These ladies were awesome and we definitely decided we want to do this again next year! We all came together from California, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The bond of writing and Christ tie us together.

















    Please visit my website at www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com.

    Thursday, November 08, 2007

    My First Writing Retreat

    This weekend I'll be going on my first writing retreat in the mountains of NC. Some of the authors that will be coming are Camy Tang, Cheryl Wyatt, Lynette Eason, and Missy Tippens. I'm looking forward to the fellowship and time we'll get to spend together. I'm hoping to get to know these ladies much better.

    Last night as I started to gather my things, I discovered that the floppy drives to my laptop aren't working. My first thought was, why now? The fact that this is happening is no surprise. I have an ancient laptop with no Internet access and I still have to pull out the floppy drive and exchange it for the CD drive depending on which one I want to use. See, I told you it was ancient. Last year my husband wanted to buy me a new laptop with all the bells and whistles and I told him no. This laptop is my discipline machine. Because it has no Internet access, when I use it, I actually get more writing done. I don't stop every hour to check email, respond to email, and waste hours.

    We need a new desktop too. My husband owns his own fire safety business (http://www.goodnewsfire.com/) and he needs it for that. So we are back in the market for computer gadgets, but I need something this weekend, for now! I've heard conflicting advice on the new Windows Vista. Alas, I have no choice. (sigh)

    My brakes will need new rotars and pads in 4-5,000 miles and I was leary of driving my car to the mountains. Those hills can wear out the brakes fast, especially a driver like me. So my husband offered his brand new truck that we've only had for two months. Isn't he a sweetie?

    Then this morning we got up and, no heat. I'm using the gas logs to knock off the edgy cool air this morning. I have a child that's been running a fever for seven days. She needs to be comfortable, not cold. We have to go in this afternoon to have blood work done. They think she may have mono.

    In spite of all this, my husband and daughter both support me in going, so I'm still going on this writing retreat. God is so good. To top it off, my husband called a while ago and said he'd be happy to still buy me that laptop. What more could a girl ask for? Okay, a publishing contract maybe?

    Please visit my website at www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com.

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Book Review - "Surrender Bay" by Denise Hunter

    Description
    When Sam's estranged step-father dies, she inherits his ocean-front cottage in Nantucket--not because he kindly bequeathed it to her, but because he neglected to ever create a will. Sam returns to the island she left 11 years ago with her daughter Caden to fix up the house and sell it, but she isn't counting on is the fact that Landon Reed still lives two doors down from her childhood home.

    As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Sam must face the fact that Landon still doesn't know why she really left the island. Will the secrets she's hidden all these years tear them apart? Or is Landon's love really as unconditional as he claims?

    About the Author
    Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped.

    Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

    In addition to Surrender Bay, the second Nantucket book releases in April 2008. The title is The Convenient Groom and features Kate Lawrence, a relationship advice columnist, whose groom dumps her on her wedding day. Denise is currently at work on the third Nantucket book (Oct 2008) which is untitled so far.
    Please visit Jennifer's website at: www.authorjenniferhudsontaylor.com.