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, April 22, 2011

Good Friday! And Lots of Good News!

First, I want to wish you Good Friday! I pray the Lord will touch your heart with a new insight that only He can give during the celebration of His Resurrection. It was and is a time for old things to come to a close and for the start of new beginnings.

My New Website/Blog
After two years of the same old thing, I decided it was time to give my website/blog a new "look" that has a better "feel" for what I write. I may continue to tweak things here and there, but I'm glad to have something different. Please let me know how you like it!

Updates and News
  • Those of you who submitted a nursing home and photo of your loved one during my last newsletter contest, you will soon be hearing from me in May. 
  • If you are writing a special needs article for my blog, don't forget the deadline is coming up on May 1st. I'm looking forward to seeing and sharing all your stories. 
  • Highland Sanctuary is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Christian Book Distributors, LifeWay Christian Bookstores, and Amazon in Canada and UK. In some places they've left out my middle name, so you may have to search for both Jennifer Taylor and Jennifer Hudson Taylor. 
  • Call for Influencers! I'm looking for people who will spread the news about my next novel. You can either read it and post a review on your blog, Amazon, B&N, Christian Books, Goodreads, and other places. Or you could interview me on your blog, podcasts, etc. You could submit my book to reading groups or suggest it to your local libraries, Host me as a speaker for your writing groups, women and youth ministries, etc. Email me at jt4novels@yahoo.com and type "Influencer" in the subject line. Once I receive your email, I'll send you more info.

As always, I'm so thankful for any assistance you can provide in helping me spread more Good News to this hurting world through the parables of Christian fiction. 


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tara Contest for Unpublished Writers--Inspirational Category

***Permission to forward granted and appreciated***

100% Electronic “ Please visit www.tararwa.com for complete rules and electronic instructions.
 
Spring is in the air. The bees are buzzing, plants are peeking through the soil, and trained TARA judges are waiting to pollinate constructive feedback to help your manuscript bloom.

In this struggling economy, make your contest bucks count. All editors are actively acquiring in the category they're judging in the TARA Contest. So give yourself a break and take a chance at sidestepping The Slush Pile! Check out our awesome lineup of editors.

***Categories/Final Judges***
 
Category Romance – Brenda Chin - Harlequin
Inspirational – Natalie Hanemann – Thomas Nelson

Women’s Fiction – Holly Blanck – St Martin’s Press
Romantic Suspense – Emilia Pisani – Pocket Books

Historical – Leah Hultenschmidt – Sourcebooks
Paranormal – Elizabeth Bistrow – New American Library

Single Title – Lauren Plude – Grand Central
Do you see an editor you’d like to get your manuscript in front of? If you do, now is the time to polish your baby and make it shine. Remember to end your entry on a hook, leaving your judges breathless with no more pages left to turn. TARA encourages finalists to implement changes prior to final editor judging. First place winners receive bling!!!
  
Fee: $25.00 (U.S. funds) per entry. Fees are non-refundable.
Deadline: Entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST May 1st, 2011.
 
Contents: The first chapter, 4,000 words max (actual word count), including prologue if applicable. *Word count will be verified. No part of a second or any additional chapters will be judged.
  
Eligibility requirements: The TARA Contest is open to unpublished writers and to any author who has not been published in the past three years and is not currently contracted for any novel-length work of fiction (40,000 + words) in any format (eBook, mass market, etc.). Manuscripts that have previously won the TARA or First Impressions contest may not be re-entered. For additional information visit  (http://www.tararwa.com/)

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Book Review - "Yesterday's Tomorrow" by Catherine West

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

About the Book:
She's after the story that might get her the Pulitzer. He's determined to keep his secrets to himself. Vietnam, 1967. Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor wants two things: to honor her father's memory by becoming an award-winning overseas correspondent and to keep tabs on her only brother, Teddy, who signed up for the war against their mother's wishes. Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery. Kristin is convinced he's hiding something. Willing to risk it all for what they believe in, Kristin and Luke engage in their own tumultuous battle until, in an unexpected twist, they're forced to work together. Ambushed by love, they must decide whether or not to set aside their own private agendas for the hope of tomorrow that has captured their hearts.


Book Review:
Yesterday's Tomorrow is different--not the typical Christian romance novel--but compelling and realistic in that it shows the temptation and downfall of mankind, but the redeeming power of God's love and grace. It is one of the few in it's genre (maybe the first) to be set in Vietnam. The characters are gripping--they grab your heart and don't let go. Even after the book, you're left thinking about Luke and Kristin and their lives. Catherine West has a fresh, new voice that readers looking for variety and something new will love. Highly recommended.

About the Author:
Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. Catherine and her husband live on the beautiful island of Bermuda, with their two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a founding member of International Christian Fiction Writers. Catherine's debut novel Yesterday's Tomorrow, releases March 15th, through OakTara Publishers. 



Buy Yesterday's Tomorrow on Amazon.

Catherine West's Website

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Fexible, Bendable, Page-Flipping E-Reader! Watch It!

I saw this on Michael Hyatt's blog and wanted to share it with you. It's a phenomenon! It shows how our future will soon be. Our homes will be equipped with appliances and technology that is interactive in ways only the Jetsons could have imagined. It shows how we will shop for fashion, our phones will pick up GPS locations from other GPS devices, how our vehicles will work, road signs will be interactive, photos on the refrigerator, meeting schedules on the bathroom mirror. 

Best of all, an electronic e-book reading device that allows you to flip pages, I've never seen a flexible, bendable, page-flipping electronic e-reader like they show on this video. 

Please watch it!