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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Word of Inspiration: Meditating on the Veiled Gospel

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
"Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." 

The god of this age is the deception of Satan. That is why god is lower case. The veil doesn't exist for those who believe. They see the light. Therefore, the veil isn't over the gospel, but over the minds of the unbelievers who are perishing. We need to pray for the veil to be removed from their mind.

"For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

We don't preach feel-good messages about ourselves and how we want to live. To reach unbelievers, we preach the gospel of Christ Jesus AS the Lord, stripping away the deception that Jesus was only a man, a mere prophet. The light that unbelievers need is the light of knowledge which shines in our hearts. It isn't a state of mind, but a knowledge from deep within, and this knowledge of the glory of God is the ONLY thing that breaks the veil in the mind and reveals the face (the truth) of who Christ Jesus really is.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Embrace Your Writing Journey


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Every writing journey brings us to a place where we need a mentor or a nugget of advice that stirs our hearts and motivates us to the next level. I believe life is a series of levels--various spiritual levels, writing levels, maturity levels--and between each level a place of rest before we go on.

Moving to the next level can bring fear of the unknown, worry that we may not be ready, and excitement of exploring new things, gaining new experience and learning so much more. My advice is this: Don't be afraid. Embrace the next level of your writing career. Just like in your spiritual journey, God will lead you through your writing journey. He is your true mentor, and when you need it, He will bring you the mentors you need and those nuggets of knowledge at the right moment--the right place in your life.

Whether you're preparing to enter your first writing contest, sending  off your first query letter, submitting your first requested manuscript, or signing your first contract--embrace the moment.  We labor over our manuscripts to the point of being able to quote them in our sleep. We slave over the opening sentences, create conflict in our stories, delete unnecessary adjectives and adverbs, tighten the prose, established POV by slaying head-hopping and we come to a moment of accomplishment. Rejoice and give God thanks for bringing you through it and revel in this place of rest before you begin climbing to that next level.

Where are you in your writing journey? What piece of advice would you give authors heading in your direction and what would you like to know from authors who have been where you are now?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Live Your Life as an Offering


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

We are called to live by #faith, but how many times have you heard people say, "It's MY life and I'll live it the way I want." Do you feel like it's YOUR life? Do you own your life?

Have you given your life to God? If yes, then you don't own it. Don't try to take that gift back by living for you. We are here to live for Him--for His glory--even when we don't understand why things are happening to us, to loved ones in spite of our prayers, and to the world around us. God never said we would understand everything. Instead, He asked us to trust Him. You can't truly trust someone without a measure of faith. That's why we feel so betrayed if someone breaks our trust--because we had to sacrifice something in order to give it.

In the Old Testament, they were required to live by the law--to give sacrificial offerings of physical animals. After Jesus died as the one true sacrifice for all mankind, we no longer have to offer physical sacrifices. Our sacrifices of today, in the New Testament, are spiritual. We sacrifice things we can't see--not a physical life--but a spiritual life. 


We are to live our whole life as an offering to the Lord. Life isn't about us. It's greater than that. It's about the one true Holy God. 

Do you love Him? Then trust Him. 
Do you love Him? Then give Him your life. 

I'm reminded of the movie Jane Eyre. For those who may not know the story, Jane is a governess who falls in love with the master of the house, but ends up leaving him when she feels betrayed. She returns a year later after circumstances change and tells him that his life is not his own, but hers. How easy we can understand this concept in a romantic love between two people in the flesh, yet we've struggled since the beginning of time to understand this same concept between our individual life with God. 


If you're a Christian, your life is not your own. Someone who loves your life even more than you do, owns it--enough so--that He sacrificed His own (in the flesh, His Son) for it.


"For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." (Romans 8:13)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Uploading First Chapters as Samples

As a sneak preview, I wanted to share a sample of the first chapter of Highland Sanctuary, releasing in Oct 2011.

Do you ever read those sample chapters? Do they tempt you to buy the book or make you rethink about buying a book? Inquiring minds want to know!

A couple of years ago there was the huge issue of not uploading anything as a sample, if it isn't published and/or contracted. Should unpublished writers wait until their manuscript is published or do you think it might help them sell to a publisher or gain an agent's eye?

What are your thoughts? In the meantime, here is a sample chapter of Highland Sanctuary.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Book Review - "Lady in the Mist" by Laurie Alice Eakes


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

#christianfiction

Book Description
By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, why he, a British aristocrat, is on American soil working as an indentured servant.

In a time when relations between America and England rest on the edge of a knife, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths, leading them on a journey of intrigue, threats, public disgrace, and...love. But can Tabitha trust Dominick? Finding true love seems impossible in a world set against them.

With stirring writing that draws you directly into the story, Lady in the Mist takes you on a thrilling ride of love's discovery. 

My Review
I loved the romantic setting of the coastal seaside in a long forgotten time brought back to life in Lady of the Mist. The book is perfectly titled due to the first meeting between Tabitha and Dominick. He's charming and witty, exactly what one would expect of an English aristocrat. Tabitha is responsible, alone, and guarding her heart from past hurts. I enjoyed learning about the aspect of how British ships were stealing young American men and forcibly enlisting them into Royal British Navy service, as well as midwifery. This book is a delightful faith-based romance with a hint of mystery that will keep one reading well into the night. It's a keeper!

Learn more about the author: Laure Alice Eakes

Purchase Lady in the Mist

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We were Created to be Centenarians

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

We all talk about living healthy and having a long productive life, but what does that mean? Do we plan our retirement years to last until our 70's, our 80's, our 90's, or should we have a vast, optimistic view on longevity of life and plan for retirement beyond 100 years?

And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3) We were created to be centenarians--to live beyond 100--and I believe we will, as long as we adopt the mindset of a centenarian.

The Mindset of a Centenarian
In the last 20 years, the number of centenarians in the U.S. has more than doubled to 72,000 and is projected to double again by the year 2020, according to the US Census Bureau. Some of this increase in centenarians is due to better medical care and a significant drop in the mortality rate of children in the early 1900's. (Number of Centenarians is Booming in U.S.)

In spite of advancements in technology and medical care, most centenarians have a few things in common. They:
  • Make common sense health decisions, such as not smoking and keeping their weight down
  • Stay active and social
  • Have a positive attitude 
  • Love life and have a sense of humor
  • Spirituality
  • Courage
  • The ability to accept losses that come with age, but not be stopped by them
  • Never quit
Many of these characteristics are choices and mindsets we can adopt into our lives. If you study the Word of God closely enough, they are also biblically-based. My great-grandmother lived from 1900 to 2000. Her sister lived to be 106. I know that I have the genes and it IS possible. 

Why People Don't Live to be Centenarians
The enemy comes to kill, steal and to destroy. He tempts us to live in ways that will steal our years by trying to steal our joy, our health, and our peace. 

People who don't feel joyful are depressed and oppressed. They don't take care of themselves as they should. They don't exercise, socialize or get out and breathe fresh air. Instead, the weather is never good enough for them--too hot, too cold, too windy, might storm. Or there is always an excuse. They're not in the mood for a walk, their feet hurt, or their allergies will bother them. 

We were created to LIVE! 

So LIVE!

Some become defeated by health issues and concerns. They get tired of battling and fighting. Sometimes our bodies give up regardless of our will and mindset, but other times, we give up on our bodies. I've heard too many people say, "I have bad knees so I can't exercise." Well, I'm sure they can do something. They need to find what that "something" is and do it--not sit around and do nothing. The weight piles on, the heart is never exercised, and their body is deteriorating through lack of activity.

A lack of peace will cause anxiety, stress and constant worry. This wears and tears on our bodies in other ways. But a simple walk helps get that anxiety out of us. Walking helps us sleep better. Sometimes is a matter of stepping out in faith and giving that worry to God--let Him keep it and don't try to take it back. Accept the situation and move on. Make the best of it. 

Are there any Centenarians in your family? Have you started adopting the mindset of a centenarian? What are some other characteristics of a centenarian that I might not have mentioned?

Monday, May 09, 2011

Check Out the New Colonial Quills Blog!

Here Ye, Here Ye!

I'm excited to announce that I'll be taking part in a new blog, @colonialquills, dedicated to the Colonial era, a time where our great nation was created and built by our founding fathers. My first post will be this Wednesday on The Bachelor Tax. Each week we'll feature a Fiction Sampler, In Ye Olden Days, Tools of the Trade and Colonial Recipes. 

Do you love historical fiction? Colonial Quills is a new blog featuring many of today's favorite historical Christian authors who write in the Colonial era, plus!

Please join us TODAY for our blog launch and show your enthusiasm for this great period in America's history. We have lots of great things planned for you!

http://colonialquills.blogspot.com