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.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Taking a Break from Blogging

I'll be taking a break from blogging until April 2nd and then I'll be back in full swing.

Blessings, 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour - "Prize of My Heart" by Lisa Norato

#christianfiction
 
The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Prize of My Heart
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
by
Lisa Norato


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A life-long New Englander, Lisa Norato lives in a historic village with homes and churches dating as far back as the 18th century. She was born into a close-knit Italian family that hungered as much for the things of God as they did for lasagna. After church, the family spent Sunday afternoons gathered in fellowship around a never-ending feast that featured her grandmother's homemade spaghetti and pizza.

From the time she learned to read, her mother impressed her with the joy of getting lost in a good book. She passed novels along to her as early as age 13, but it wasn't until many years later that Lisa felt compelled to write one herself.

She first discovered a love of writing when assigned to write and illustrate a children's book at the art college she attended. She balances writing with a career as a legal assistant specializing in corporate law. When not creating stories, she enjoys domestic pursuits like precious time with her dog and family, cooking, baking and eating vegan, reading, her Bible, her favorite television shows and crocheting.

Lisa is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Rhode Island Romance Writers (RIRW) and American Colonial Christian Writers.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day anothers evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Prize of My Heart, go HERE.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Encourage Someone TODAY!

"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so." (Proverbs 3:27)

Give compliments, encouragement, free time, and special gifts to those who have worked hard, keep trying and don't give up, who are loyal, steadfast, and good to you. If you are a manager in a company and you have the power to reward your staff, do it. They will appreciate your kindness and encouragement even when you can't give them a raise in salary. People want to know they are appreciated. Do this for your children, your Sunday school class, for any clubs you might lead. Don't withhold good things from others. Encourage someone in your life--today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour - "The Messenger" by Siri Mitchell

#christianfiction
 
The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
 
is introducing
The Messenger
 
Bethany House Publishers
by
Siri Mitchell


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Siri Mitchell graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she has lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri enjoys observing and learning from different cultures. She is fluent in French and loves sushi.

But she is also a member of a strange breed of people called novelists. When they’re listening to a speaker and taking notes, chances are, they’ve just had a great idea for a plot or a dialogue. If they nod in response to a really profound statement, they’re probably thinking, “Yes. Right. That’s exactly what my character needs to hear.” When they edit their manuscripts, they laugh at the funny parts. And cry at the sad parts. Sometimes they even talk to their characters.

Siri wrote 4 books and accumulated 153 rejections before signing with a publisher. In the process, she saw the bottoms of more pints of Ben & Jerry’s than she cares to admit. At various times she has vowed never to write another word again. Ever. She has gone on writing strikes and even stooped to threatening her manuscripts with the shredder.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Hannah Sunderland felt content in her embrace of the Quaker faith

...until her twin brother ran off and joined the army and ended up captured and in jail. Suddenly Hannah's world turns on end. She longs to bring her brother some measure of comfort in the squalid, frigid prison where he remains. But the Quakers believe they are not to take sides, not to take up arms. Can she sit by and do nothing while he suffers?

Jeremiah Jones has an enormous task before him. Responsibility for a spy ring is now his, and he desperately needs access to the men in prison, whom they are seeking to free. A possible solution is to garner a pass for Hannah. But while she is fine to the eye, she holds only disdain for him--and agreeing would mean disobeying those she loves and abandoning a bedrock of her faith.

With skill and sensitivity, Mitchell tells a story of two unlikely heroes seeking God's voice, finding the courage to act, and discovering the powerful embrace of love.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Messenger, go HERE.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Let God Be Your Confidence

"Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes. For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught." (Proverbs 3:25-26)

It's very clear from these verses that trouble from the wicked will come. Clearly, it's not a matter of if, but when. Too often, we are busy concentrating on the circumstances around us, and not enough on the Word of God. We worry, fret, and doubt our faith. In short, we lose confidence in ourselves for what must be done and to be able to stand against the winds of attack. We forget that the battle is already won. Victory is already ours. We need to take confidence in this. 

We don't have to do anything, but believe that God will be our shield as He has promised. God will trip up the enemy and block him, all we have to do is pray without ceasing, speak the Word, and believe. If doubts comes, don't give up. That is what Satan wants you to do. Keep speaking God's Word and it will be done. There is ultimate POWER in the Word of God! Use it. 
 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Seeking Guest Bloggers on Mondays

I've decided to open my blog to guests posts on Mondays regarding the publishing industry with an emphasis on Historical Christian Fiction. I would like to have at least one editor/agent each month, and two authors and/or a publicist. I've set monthly themes to provide variety, but I realize that editors and agents may not want to write about those themes and would prefer to concentrate on the publishing industry, which is fine. 

Authors may choose to promote a particular novel that ties into that monthly theme regardless of publication date, so backlists are as welcome as new books as long as it is still available as a print or ebook. I encourage authors to tie in some historical detail or event that might pertain to their novel and the related theme of that month. 

Feel free to recycle a blog post as long as it hasn't been posted in the last 30 days. Authors will not be required or requested to give away free books, however, if you wish to give away any books, you may do so. Slots will be filled as received, and as of this post, I've already starting receiving guest posts.

Send an email to Jennifer Hudson Taylor at jt4novels@yahoo.com with Guest Post Request in the subject line. Provide 2-3 dates/themes. If you would like stats on my blog and outreach, let me know and I'll try to provide that for you when we correspond.

Check out my blog here: http://www.jenniferhudsontaylor.com

Schedule of Themes (2012)

March - (Publishing Buzz Words)
12th, 19th, 26th

April - (1900- 1940)
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

May - (Writing Contests)
7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

June - (Regency Era)
4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

July - (Colonial Era)
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

August - (Preparation for Writing Conferences)
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

September - (Medieval)
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

October - (Publishing News & Trends)
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

November - (Thanksgiving)
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

December - (Christmas)
3rd, 10th, 17th
 

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Word of Inspiration: Pray for Wisdom & Understanding

"Happy is the man who finds wisdom. and the man who gains understanding. For her proceeds are better than the profit of silver, and her gain than fine gold." (Proverbs 3:13-14)

Wisdom is one of those gifts you can't put a value on, since its value is limitless. With wisdom we can find ways to make our situations better without waiting and hoping it will get better on its own or through the work and/or authority of someone else. Rather than waiting for an inheritance or how to make do with what we have, we can use wisdom to prosper ourselves and our family. We can invest wisely. With wisdom we can see multiple sides of an issue and think strategically how to better solve differences, bring peace and compromise. Regardless of our career choice, the level of our spiritual journey, or our past history, wisdom and understanding will help us make better choices in whatever we do. I encourage you to pray for wisdom and diligently seek it.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour - "Chasing the Sun" by Tracie Peterson

 #christianfiction
 
The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
 
Chasing The Sun
Bethany House Publishers 
 
by
Tracie Peterson


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels since 1993. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the first two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row. In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers to co-write a series with Judith Pella. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers.

She teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests.

Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max. She's active in her church as the Director of Women's Ministries, coordinates a yearly writer's retreat for published authors, and travels, as time permits, to research her books.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but for the ranch her father recently acquired on the Texas plains. Though a marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, she determines to trust God for direction.

Wounded soldier William Barnett returns to his home only to discover that his family's ranch has been seized. Though angry and bitter at this turn of events, he's surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

Hannah, desperate for help, and William, desperate to regain his family's land, form an uneasy truce. But nearby Comanche tribes, the arrival of Confederate soldiers, and a persistent suitor all threaten the growing attraction that builds between them. Will they be able to set aside their own dreams and embrace the promise of a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing The Sun, go HERE.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Word of Inspiration: YOU Have Eternal Value

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25-26)

The spirit inside us craves nothing, but completeness in Jesus whether in heaven or on earth. Our flesh and physical heart desires different things, but they are mortal and will one day fail us. When things go wrong and everything seems to be going against you, concentrate on what REALLY matters. 

All the busy day-to-day stuff here on earth will fade. Your home and job are temporary. Your season is temporary. Where is your eternal value? When you compare everything else to that, nothing else matters. YOU are a son or daughter in Christ Jesus and YOU have eternal value, not what you accomplish or don't accomplish, not what you make or don't make, not who you friend or unfriend, not who you marry or don't marry.