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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review - "Dance of the Dandelion" by Dina Sleiman


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

#christianfiction

Book Description
Love's quest leads her the world over. 

Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with color and music, with adventure and passion . . . with more. 

Haunted by childhood memories, Dandelion determines to find a better existence than the life every peasant in the village contents themselves with. Even if her sweetheart William s predictions prove true, and her journey leads straight to heartache. 

From her sleepy hamlet to the intrigue of castle life, from the heart of London to the adventurous seas, Dandelion flees from the mistakes of her past, always seeking that something, that someone who will satisfy her longings. 

Will Dandelion ever find the rhythm to her life's dance . . . or did she leave her chance for true love at home in Arun village?

My Review
This is an intriguing medieval tale of the prodigal daughter searching for the lust of the world to only discover more heartache and ruin than she ever imagined possible. Dandelion dreams of escaping her peasant world of poverty and hunger to the luxurious life in a castle full of comfort and security. She discovers the pains of betrayal, abuse, jealousy, abandonment, and a spiritual hunger that devours her soul, giving her no rest in her quest.

In many ways, this book reminds me of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers with the exception that Angel was forced down her path of destruction as a child devoid of a choice, while Dandelion was a young woman who consciously made her choices. Both heroines had a man who steadfastly loved them with an unconditional love in spite of being rejected and abandoned themselves. This is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness, sacrifice and redemption. The ending is satisfying both romantically and spiritually.


To learn more about the author, visit Dina Sleiman.


Dance of the Dandelion is available in both print and e-book formats. Purchase here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Word of Inspiration: Pray for Wisdom When Making Decisions

"Wisdom calls aloud outside, she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses at the openings of the gates in the city. She speaks her words." (Proverbs 1:20-21)

For those of us with problems to solve and decisions to make, asking God for wisdom is the best thing we can do. Sometimes we are blind to all the circumstances around us due to love, optimistic hope in others, or our own wants getting in the way. While we should never give up hope that loved ones will turn around and do the right thing, we must also be wise enough to realize when they aren't yet ready. You don't know your future, but God does. His infinite wisdom will give you the better choices in life, if you're willing to trust his judgment over your own.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This Year I Have Many Thanksgivings

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

The truth is, 2011 hasn't been the best year for us, but it wasn't the worst either. It's been a year of progress and loss, happiness and sadness, work and rest, prayers and thankfulness, as well as love and forgiveness. But in the spirit of Thanksgiving, today I want to count my blessings, specifically in 2011. These are not listed in any particular order.

I want to thank God that my husband is still alive and well after a serious accident this summer on the interstate highway in Charlotte, NC. I thank God for the angel He brought by way of an 18-wheeler trucker who blocked traffic to keep others from hitting my husband while he was turned around backwards and facing oncoming traffic. There were many doctor trips and a back injury that resulted with physical therapy, but we are all aware of how blessed we were that it wasn't worse.

I want to thank God that my mom is still here with us after surviving cancer surgery and six weeks of radiation treatments form a very aggressive cancer. While she may still need another surgery, we are taking one day at a time and thanking God for today. 

I want to thank God for His unconditional love and peace when we lost my father-in-law. There was a level of comfort to our family that soothed us in ways I hadn't experienced before. I know that this grace from our heavenly Father will continue to carry us through the holidays without our loved one.

This year we also lost my uncle. I know that my cousin felt God's love and comfort when her father died. A peace surrounded her that hadn't been there before, because she found God. I rejoice and thank the Lord for her salvation.

I want to thank God for the birth of my new little nephew, JJ. In spite of a rocky start with a blood infection that landed him in the hospital for a couple of weeks and months of antibiotics, he's a healthy and happy little boy who has brought much joy to our lives. I'm so thankful for him and for how well my sister and her husband handled everything. God definitely gives us the strength we need, right when we need it.  

I want to thank God for how far my daughter has come in overcoming her delayed developments and jumping 3 grade levels in reading. Also, I'm thankful that her hospital visit worked and her chronic migraines are no more. We were able to break the cycle as her pediatric neurologist had hoped to do. And I thank God for doctors and hospital staff who work so hard to make people better. And I'm still thankful there are no seizures. 

I'm thankful to celebrate another birthday (4-0) and another anniversary with my husband, Dwayne (18 years). This year my husband's birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Birthday, Dwayne! I love you and I'm thankful to be celebrating this day with you!


There are many other things I'm thankful for--too many to list--and some too personal to mention, but God knows them all. 

Regardless of what you might be going through, know that you aren't alone and God is with you. He will comfort you, but you have to be willing to allow Him, because He will never force Himself on anyone since that would take away our free will. 


Accept the free gifts that God is offering whether it be salvation, healing, forgiveness, freedom from strongholds, etc. To accept His unconditional love, you must step forward and receive it. The gift has already been offered.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Word of Inspiration: The Peace that Surpasses Understanding

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)

There are many people going through some terrible things during this Thanksgiving, but God does offer us a peace that surpasses all understanding. What does that mean? It means that in spite of all our circumstances, we will know in our hearts that we will survive this and we'll be okay--that we won't go through it alone. It doesn't mean that we won't hurt or feel lonely, but it does mean that we can be comforted through it, given strength to survive it, and the intensity of the pain can ease a bit even if it doesn't completely go away. It's when others shake their heads and say, "I don't know how you're enduring it." It surpasses the understanding of the human mind. This is when God provides those small miracles inside us--pouring healing balm on our hearts--with His word. 

Give God thanks for this PEACE!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Jennifer Hudson Taylor's Book Signing Tour for Christmas


By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Over the next two months, I'll be at the following book stores signing copies of Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary. Please stop by and consider them as Christmas gifts for the reader in your life. 

If you can't come by in person because you live too far away, feel free to order directly from me by December 15th in order to receive your signed copies before Christmas, here. If you want to pick up a copy from your local bookstore, I can send you a signed book plate for free in the mail. It's a sticker you can insert inside the book with my signature. Just send me an email at jt4novels@yahoo.com with Bookplate typed in the Subject Line.

Saturday, November 19th
11 AM - 1 PM
LifeWay Christian Stores
5417-B Sapp Road
Greensboro, NC  

Saturday, November 19th
4 - 6 PM
LifeWay Christian Stores
1082 Hanes Mall Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC

Saturday, December 3rd 
12 -2 PM
LifeWay Christian Stores
105-A River Hills Road
Asheville, NC

Saturday, December 10th
5 - 7 PM
LifeWay Christian Stores
Hickory Corners Phase II
1714 Highway 70 Southeast
Hickory, NC

Saturday, December 17th
12 - 2 PM
Books-A-Million
130 Randolph Mall
Asheboro, NC

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Word of Inspiration: When God Seals the Hand of Man

”God thunders marvelously with His voice, and He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth.' Likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work.” (Job 37:5-7)

I've always been fascinated by how God just speaks the word and it is done. It may be immediate or it may take time, but it is done. 

The last part of this scripture has captivated me where it says He seals the hand of every man that all men may know his work. To me, this means there are going to be times when the work of our hands may not produce the fruit we're hoping for.  In spite of how hard we work to make something happen, God will provide the result in His way and in His time, which is greater than ours, so that we know it came from Him and no one else. This is when a circumstance is beyond our ability to fix it. God steps in and creates the miracles in our lives that build our faith and remind us of who Christ is in our lives--that He is all powerful, He cares, and He will provide and heal.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Podcast on Platform Building & Perservering with Jennifer Hudson Taylor

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

This morning instead of writing a new blog, I'm sharing a podcast interview that Cynthia Simmons did with me on CAG November Spotlight. She asked me about my background in Marketing & Communications and my ideas on platform building. In this interview I give advice to new writers and share some strategic tactics in how my books are reaching beyond the Christian market to individuals who would never willingly pick up Christian fiction. It's about 32 minutes. Enjoy!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor Podcast on Platform Building & Perservering

Friday, November 04, 2011

My Birthday at Biltmore!

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

On Sunday my husband piled us in the car and none of them would tell me where we were going. He'd already given me a beautiful birthday cake on Friday with the image of my two book covers. He said it would be a reminder of what I'd accomplished by the time I turned the BIG 4-0! My mind raced with possibilities. Where could we be going? 

As we headed south, the possibilities began to form. Then we headed west, and I knew we were going to the mountains. It's no secret that I love going to the mountains on my birthday at the end of October so I can see all the beautiful autumn colors. 

When I started seeing the signs for the Biltmore House, I knew we were going to see the gorgeous castle built by Mr. Vanderbilt in 1895 in Asheville, NC. We toured the basement part of the house and then my husband said we had to leave, we had an appointment. Huh? We hadn't finished touring the house. We still had the 2nd and 3rd floors. 

We took the car to another part of the estate and when we pulled up to the stables, my heart started beating so fast. I knew what was coming. My daughter and I rode horses around the Biltmore Estate for an hour. It was beautiful weather, the horses were well-behaved, the trees all kinds of colors and a castle in the background. We rode by the river, and so close to a ledge on a winding trail that I worried we would fall if my horse mis-stepped a couple of feet to the right. It was an exhilarating feeling for a good story!

Then we went back to the house and walked around the house, took photos of the back, the balcony and the view. We also toured the gardens and took more photos. Then we visited the Biltmore Village and had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Once I showed them my ID--that it was really my birthday, they gave me $10 off my meal and a free dessert that I could share with everyone at the table. It was delicious!


I thought I would share a few photos with you. Have you ever been to the Biltmore House? The inside of it covers 4 acres. It's the largest single dwelling home in America. It was definitely state of the art in it's time. It was a 40th birthday to remember!



Thursday, November 03, 2011

Word of Inspiration: Respect Governing Authorities Even in Disagreement

"Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God." (Romans 13:1)


When we are displeased with our leaders, it's tempting to judge and criticize them--even complain and gossip. It's true that sometimes our governing authorities abuse their power and make unwise decisions, but that doesn't mean we need to allow THEIR sin to tempt US to sin. Pray that God will find a way to change these leaders' hearts, to help them understand their wrongs, and to have courage to do what is right. Subjecting to their authority means respecting their authority. It doesn't mean you have to agree with their position on things.

Here in America, we will be coming up on an election year in 2012. Let's be wise in our behavior, our choices, and prayerfully vote for the right leaders. Not only did God give us these leaders, but He also gave us a democracy so that we have a choice in who we select as our leaders. Our ancestors fought for this right, and God granted it to us. Don't take it for granted. 

Do your homework. It is YOUR responsibility to research who runs for office BEFORE you walk into an election booth. Don't rely on what the media reports and your friends and family tell you. Listen with Godly ears, search your heart with Godly wisdom, research candidates' lives and bio and compare it with the Word of God. And remember, be respectful of others who may not agree with you and ignore those who cannot have healthy debates. Change the topic.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Word of Inspiration: Heeding Instructions from Parents

"My son, hear the instruction of your father and do not forsake the law of your mother. For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, and chains about your neck." (Proverbs 1:8-9)

Something happens to us when we hit our teenage years. All of a sudden we believe we have all the answers and our parents are just old-fashioned traditionalists. But the truth is, they've been around long enough to learn a few lessons that stand the test of time. Fast forward a few more years to rearing children ourselves. How many times have we caught ourselves repeating the same phrases to our kids that our parents said to us (especially during discipline) that we thought we'd never utter? What our parents taught us is still in us, even if we didn't always heed the advice ourselves.

I believe the graceful ornament on our heads is the wisdom our parents instills in us so that we can age gracefully without having to relearn some of their lessons the hard way--if we heed their instruction. The chain around our necks is the law, a constant reminder to not stray to the left or the right. It is our boundaries of protection so that we won't have to experience the heartache of certain consequences if we keep and obey these laws or "rules". 

Some things aren't as hard as they seem. We just make it that way when we want to go our own way and do things our way.