This is an old blog that I started in 2006. I keep it because it has a lot of historical data and people still come here. As of September 2016, no new updates will be made here. All new blog posts and writing/publishing related news will be posted over on my new site at

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, August 30, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Jesus Is the Cure

"Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God." (Ephesians 2:19)

If you have accepted Christ and believe in Him, don't allow the enemy or this world to make you feel lonely or as if you don't belong anywhere. You belong to the family of God, the Most High. He knows your heart and thoughts. As His child, you can tap into the power of His forgiveness and love, the ultimate cure for emotional pain, depression and guilt. Jesus is the cure!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Word of Inspiration: The Lord Is Our Judge

“For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us.”  Isaiah 33:22

When you are following God's Word and trying to do what is right, do not worry what the world thinks. The world is not your judge, God is. He is also the world's judge, whether or not the world recognizes Him as their judge.  If we obey God's law, we will abide in the blessing of His promised protection, not the consequences of sin. We are called to obey man's law, but if man passes a law that goes against God's law, God's law is higher. He is the King of all kings and over all man-made justice systems. The law of man is corrupt and broken, filtered with mistakes that cannot save us. Only God can save us from ourselves, from our sin, from this world. Put all your faith in the Lord! It's His desire to save you!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Guestpost: "Preparing for and Making the Most of Conferences" by Candy Arrington

A writer's conference is one of the best ways to get a proverbial "foot in the door" in a tight publishing market. But often, people spend lots of money on conference fees, lodging, and travel without doing the necessary preparation, interaction, and follow up to make the most of their investment of time and money. Following are some ways to ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck and a chance to make your publishing dreams a reality:

Prior to the conference:
  • Do your homework – Read the conference brochure or website to determine which publishers will be represented. Then study publisher websites, current book titles, and submission guidelines. Notice the professional writers on faculty also. Look at the class schedule and decide which classes suit your needs. If you wait until you get to the conference to look at the class schedule, you'll end up confused, frustrated, and miss classes you really wanted to take.
  • Gather a clip folder – If you already have publishing credits, compile these in a notebook so you have examples of your work available to support your ideas.
  • Create a one-sheet or pitch sheet – You can do one for each book idea you are pitching. Or have a list of article topics with a one-paragraph synopsis.
  • Prepare an elevator pitch – Come up with a 30-second spiel about your book project or magazine article idea. Then, when an editor turns to you at the dinner table and says, “So, what are you working on?” you won't sit there with a slack jaw until she moves on to the next person.
  • Proposal/Manuscripts – Work weeks or months ahead to get a proposal and sample chapters ready in case an editor wants to look over these once you give a verbal pitch. While an editor may not take your proposal or manuscript at the conference, you're a step ahead when you get home and can email requested material immediately, before the editor has time to forget who you are and what sparked interest about your proposal.
  • Make business cards – Have some writer business cards made (or create them on your computer) that list your contact information and include a picture so editors can remember who you are when they get home. Opt for a professional-looking card rather than a cutesy one.
While at the conference:
  • Be friendly/network – Some conferees are so intent on getting their book published they sport a grimaced face and a barge-ahead attitude. Introduce yourself to everyone, not just editors, and be personable.
  • Be teachable – Attend the conference with an open mind and a teachable spirit. There is a lot to learn in the publishing business so don't go with a know-it-all attitude. You'll appear foolish, plus annoy everyone.
  • Take advantage of freebies – Many conferences offer free copies of books, magazines, publisher catalogues, and writer guidelines. Check out the freebie table and take copies of what interests you.
  • Make appointments with editors and professional writers – Don't be afraid to meet with editors and professional writers. They will not bite! It’s crazy to attend a conference and not make any appointments because you're too nervous or unsure of your writing. Also, realize you'll have to schedule appointments during workshops. Don't "cut" a whole workshop because you are afraid your arrival or departure will interrupt. Presenters expect a revolving door and understand folks will be coming and going.
  • Attend workshops – You paid for them! You can sleep later. You'll never have this much information in one spot until the next conference. Absorb as much info as you can. Make notes and then debrief and distill when you get home.
  • Follow through – Many aspiring writers are plagued by self-doubt once the conference is over and never follow up on the opportunity to send a manuscript or book proposal. You can do it! Don't let the fear of rejection cause you to miss an open door.

Candy Arrington is a multi-published author whose credits include Focus on the Family, Thriving Family, Clubhouse, Living with Teenagers, Encounter, The Lookout, The Upper Room,, The Writer,  and Writer's Digest. She is coauthor of When Your Aging Parent Needs Care: Practical Help for This Season of Life (Harvest House Publishers) and AFTERSHOCK: Help, Hope, and Healing in the Wake of Suicide (B & H Publishing Group).

Candy's writing provides support, encouragement, and practical advice, often on tough topics. In addition to her writing, Candy teaches at writers' conferences, speaks on various topics, and does freelance editing.

A native South Carolinian, Candy lives in Spartanburg with her husband, Jim. They have two adult children. She is currently in the process of overseeing the renovation of her childhood home, a house constructed in 1951 by her builder father.                                  

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Book Review - "A Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

#christianromance, #christianfiction

Book Description

When young widow Lady Lydia Gale helps a French prisoner obtain parole, she never dreamed he would turn up in her parlor. But just as the London Season is getting under way, there he is, along with a few other questionable personages. While she should be focused on helping her headstrong younger sister prepare for her entrĂ© into London society, Lady Gale finds herself preoccupied with the mysterious Frenchman. Is he a spy or a suitor? Can she trust him? Or is she putting her family in danger?

Readers will enjoy being drawn into this world of elegance and intrigue, balls and masquerades. Author Laurie Alice Eakes whisks readers through the drawing rooms of London amid the sound of rustling gowns on this exciting quest to let the past stay in the past and let love guide the future.

My Review
This is a well-written Christian historical English Regency. While it has the style of a traditional Regency following the historical detail and accuracy of the time period and places of London, it has an intriguing thread of mystery. I absolutely love books like this! Historical romantic suspense would be a great subcategory for it. 

The characters are interesting and the plot thickens as you read through the story and wonder how they will all get out of their predicament. While Lydia acted as a proper lady in the English Regency era, I love the way she was also different and had her own personality. She wasn't too constricted by the rules of the time. It was interesting that the hero was French at a time when England was at war with the French during the Napoleonic War. This made their romance even more interesting as it progressed at a natural and appropriate rate. This is a wonderful book that I highly recommend!

Purchase the book here.

Visit Laure Alice Eakes, here