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.

Friday, December 28, 2007

My Blog Makeover

How do you like my blog's new look? I decided it was time for a change after I attended a writing retreat in November. Why? Because I need a writing brand if I really want to sell books and build a readership who knows what to expect from me and my books. 

Right now I'm concentrating on layout and design. I'm not ready to discuss my theme, although I have something in mind. For this reason, I took out the description on my blog and my newsletter. I want to work on the wording before I post it. While a picture can be a thousand words, I can't help but visualize the power of words and realize how definitive words can be. I'm reminded of all the biblical scriptures that remind us of bridling our tongues and watching the words that come out of our mouths. 

The images I've used in my new design are distinct to who I am and what I write. The first image is of a bottle of ink, a quill, and an old handwritten document to symbolize my historicals. The second image is of the Dogwood. It's the North Carolina state tree and represents my heritage from the Carolinas. The next image is a complete book. I hope to have many manuscripts printed as books for people to read and enjoy. The final image is of the red cardinal, our state bird. Many Christians think of the red cardinal as the Christmas bird, and I've even heard of its color representing the blood of Christ. This final image symbolizes my faith in Christ.

This is still my writing blog and will continue to contain information about writing related material, authors, new books, and personal updates about my family and I. Some of what I write will be more targeted and focused as I plan to incorporate much of my blog into my new newsletter. I want to combine some of the readership of Our Carolina Roots and my involvement with Carolina Christian Writers. I'm looking at ways I can market myself locally as well as on the Web. Speaking of the Web, I will update my website last. 

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think. Sign up for my RSS feed so you can receive updates as I post them. I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Book Review - "What Lies Within"

Book Description

Nothing’s going to stop Kyla…

until the ground crumbles beneath her feet.

Kyla Justice has arrived. Her company, Justice Construction, is one of the most critically acclaimed, commercially successful companies in the Pacific Northwest. And yet, something is missing. Not until she’s called on to build a center for inner-city kids does she realize what it is: her sense of purpose. Now nothing can stop her, not the low budget, not supply problems, not gang opposition, not her boyfriend’s suggestion that she sell her business and marry him–and most especially not that disagreeable Rafael Murphy.

Rafe Murphy understands battle. Wounded in action, this Force Recon Marine carries the scars–and the nightmares–to prove it. Though he can’t fight overseas any longer, he’s found his place as a warrior in the civilian world. So he soldiers on, trusting that one of these days, God will reveal to him why Rafe survived the ambush in Iraq. That day has arrived.

Kyla and Rafe both discover that determination alone won’t carry them through danger and challenges. When gang violence threatens their very foundations, there’s only one way to survive: rely on each other, be real–and surrender to God. In other words, risk everything…

About the Author
Karen Ball , bestselling novelist, is also the editor behind several of today's bestselling Christian novels. Her love for words was passed down through her father and grandfather - both pastors who shared God's truth through sermons and storytelling. Blending humor, poignancy, and honesty, Karen's writing style is a powerful force for revealing God's truth. She lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their "kids," Bodhan, a mischief-making Siberian husky, and Dakota, an Aussie-terrier mix who should have been named "Destructo."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Author Kristy Dykes Needs a Miracle

Please pray for Author Kristy Dykes today at 3:30 p.m. or anytime thereafter. She needs a healing miracle.

From Kristy's blog:
Kristy has been diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme stage four tumor. According to all reports, except the Word of the Lord, this is terminal and without a miracle she will not live long even with radiation and chemotherapy.We believe God works miracles. We are not kooky, foolish people. We just believe God's Word is for today, for our lives, and works to help meet our needs. Is anything too hard for the God of all creation?

Her husband has been updating her blog during this ordeal. If you read their posts from November through December, you will read a beautiful, heartfelt, true love story. Read her blog at

Saturday, December 08, 2007

We Make Our Own Snow

Here in the south, sometimes we get desperate enough to make our own snow. That's what they did in Rock Hill, SC last weekend. They provided manmade snow for children who may not see it around here in these parts by Christmas. Most of our snows come in January or February, if we have any.

Yesterday the temperatures were in the mid-50's for the high. Today it will be closer to 70. It's kind of depressing for those of us who enjoy snow around the Christmas time. I at least like cold weather for the holidays. After December, I don't really care much, except I like as many days off from work as possible.

We have a huge sign across our front porch. "Let It Snow!"

Below is my daughter playing in the snow. And we took an old-fashioned carriage ride. I'm ready to write a story now.