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, March 22, 2013

The Spring 2013 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is On!


Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you at any time need to READ the instructions for the hunt, please visit
www.christianfictionscavengerhunt.com. The Scavenger Hunt begins, Friday, March 22nd at noon and runs through the weekend until Sunday, March 24th. 

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the 2013 Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! My latest book is Path of Freedom, the third book in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon Press.  


"Jennifer Hudson Taylor weaves a delightful and endearing story of two characters who must fight their personal feelings and prejudices toward each other in order to follow their convictions. You'll laugh and cry as Flora and Bruce face very real circumstances. Path of Freedom is a story not easily forgotten!"
Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author


About the Book: 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. With only her mother’s quilt as a secret guide, the foursome follows the stitches through unknown treachery. 

As they embark on their perilous journey, they hope and pray that their path is one of promise where love sustains them, courage builds faith, and forgiveness leads to freedom.


READ the First Chapter!




Please leave a comment letting me know that you followed my YouTube Channel, and I will enter you in a drawing for a free copy of Path of Freedom. You may choose either a signed copy of the trade paperback in print or an ebook version that you can download on your Kindle or Nook. Be sure to include your email so that I may contact you if you win the random drawing. I will check to see if you have subscribed to my YouTube Channel, so if you use a different username on YouTube, please let me know in the comment section.

If you do not have a YouTube account, you may sign up for my quarterly newsletter here on my website/blog. Scroll down to the brown box on the left side of the page.  

The next stop on the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is, Carla Stewart!

Have a blessed weekend!




Thursday, March 21, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour - "Swept Away" by Mary Connealy


The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Swept Away
Bethany House Publishers
by
Mary Connealy

#christianfiction, #christianromance

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Christy Award Finalist, a Carol Award Finalist and an IRCC Award finalist. 

The Lassoed in Texas Series, Petticoat Ranch, Calico Canyon and Gingham Mountain. Petticoat Ranch was a Carol Award Finalist. Calico Canyon was a Christy Award Finalist and a Carol Award Finalist. These three books are now contained in one large volume called Lassoed in Texas Trilogy. 

The Montana Marriages Series, Montana Rose, The Husband Tree and Wildflower Bride. Montana Rose was a Carol Award Finalist. 

Cowboy Christmas—the 2010 Carol Award for Best Long Historical Romance, and an Inspirational Readers Choice Contest Finalist. 

The Sophie's Daughters series. Doctor in Petticoats, Wrangler in Petticoats, Sharpshooter in Petticoats. 

She is also the author of; Black Hills Blessing a 3-in-1 collection of sweet contemporary romances, Nosy in Nebraska, a 3-in-1 collection of cozy romantic mysteries and she's one of the three authors contributing to Alaska Brides with her Carol Award Winning historical romance Golden Days. 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

When a cowboy focused on revenge encounters a woman determined to distract him, there's going to be trouble in Texas! 

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't terribly upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone...so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. 

Luke is on a mission to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men currently on the property won't let it go without a fight. Luke plans to meet up with friends who will help him take back the land, and since he can't just leave Ruthy in the middle of nowhere, she's going to have to go with him. 

But the more time Luke spends around the hardworking young woman, the more he finds himself thinking of things besides revenge. Will Ruthy convince him to give up his destructive path and be swept away by love? 

If you would like to read the first chapter of Swept Away, go HERE.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

CFBA - "Icecutter's Daughter" by Tracie Peterson

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Icecutter’s Daughter
Bethany House Publishers
by

Tracie Peterson
#christianfiction, #christianromance

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 85 novels.

She received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next 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 author 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:


As the lone female in a houseful of men, Merrill Krause dedicates her life to caring for her family and their business, as her dying mother asked. Besides, it suits her; she's never felt like she fits what most people expect in a girl--she'd rather work with her father's horses and assist with the ice harvest. And though she's been mostly content up to this point, a part of her wonders if there will ever be anyone who will notice her amid the bevy of brothers determined to protect her from any possible suitors.

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small Minnesota town to join his uncle's carpentry business, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn't intimidated by them or by Merrill's strength and lack of femininity. The attraction between them begins to build...until Rurik's former fiance shows up with wild claims that bring serious consequences to Rurik.

Can Rurik and Merrill learn to trust God--and each other--when scandal threatens their newfound love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Icecutter’s Daughter, go HERE.

Monday, March 11, 2013

God's Faithful Promises - Spiritual Salvation

The New King James Version of the Bible mentions the word "salvation" 166 times. Salvation is a constant theme throughout the Bible, therefore, it must be something that God wants us to understand. 

What does salvation mean? And through God's promise of salvation, what can we expect?

According to Dictionary.com salvation means: 

1. The act of saving or protecting from harm, risk, loss, destruction, etc. (a physical deliverance from things in this world)
2. Deliverance from the power and penalty of sin; redemption (a spiritual deliverance)

The most widely used scripture for the basis of spiritual salvation is John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 

It says that God loved the world. This means that He loves everyone, those who believe in Him and those who do not believe in Him. To save everyone in this world, He gave His only son, the most important thing to Him as a sacrifice. The only requirement to receive the gift of His Son, is to believe in Him. If we do this one act--believe--we will not perish with the rest of the world, but have everlasting life. This doesn't mean that we won't die a physical death, because our bodies are mortal and will die on earth, but this is referring to the salvation of our spiritual body (soul).

This spiritual salvation is first explained in further detail in John 1:12-13.

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." 

If this is a birth not of blood or flesh, then it must be a spiritual birth the moment we believe in this scripture as truth. This gives us the spiritual promise of eternal salvation, a life after death. It also gives us a physical promise of being children of God while still living on this earth. We are no longer sons and daughters of the earth, but of God, because we are adopted through our belief (in Jesus Christ) in the spiritual promises of these scriptures. 

The Bible takes this promise and adds another promise to it, making the gift even more fruitful. Not only will we who believe will have everlasting life, but we will be raised up at the last day. This is the reference to the resurrection that Christians believe will take place at  the end of time. 

"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in Him, may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)

The Book of John says that God loves all mankind, men and women. This is expressed again concerning His promise to mankind in 2nd Peter. It points out that God will do what He promises, because He is not slack, but we have conditions in order to receive it. Those who refuse to believe and repent will not receive this promise. It is offered to everyone, but not everyone will choose to receive it. We are given free will because God is not a dictating God. 

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:13)

God goes on to give us more promises concerning our spiritual salvation. These other promises are wonderful for those who are His children, but horrible for the rest of the world. Here are more promises on Resurrection Day, even though the Bible doesn't use the word "resurrection" itself. 

The Lord will descend from heaven. We will be able to see Him. He will come with the voice of an archangel. We will be able to hear Him. He will come with the trumpet of God. We will hear His call. The dead in Christ will rise first, this means anyone who has died and believed in Him will rise to meet Him. Then those of us who are still alive, and believe, will rise in the air to meet Him. The next promise is that we will ALWAYS be with the Lord.

"For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)

Then there is a promise of what will happen to those who remain on the earth. The earth and all that is in it will one day be destroyed melted away by heat and fire. If we have everlasting life in the spirit, then our physical bodies will be burned up with everything else, but our spiritual body will continue to live in the new heavens and earth that God will create. 

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." (2 Peter 3:10-13)

This is the promise of eternal salvation!

Is this the first time you have heard this promise? What part do you have questions about?



Thursday, March 07, 2013

CFBA Blog Tour - "Flora's Wish" by Kathleen Y'Barbo

The
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Flora's Wish
Harvest House Publishers
by
Kathleen Y'Barbo
#christianfiction, #christianromance

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots. Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.


ABOUT THE BOOK:

May 1887--Flora Brimm is determined the fifth time is the charm. Back home she has a reputation as "Fatal Flora," a woman whose previous four fianc├ęs died in untimely accidents. Flora is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family's estate. She's confident this visit to Eureka Springs with her grandmother will help her land a husband.

Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister's heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Will Flora be able to convince Lucas of her innocence? Will Lucas catch the elusive Mr. Tucker?

And, more importantly, will Lucas survive if he pursues Flora's heart?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Flora's Wish, go HERE.


Monday, March 04, 2013

God's Faithful Promises - Nothing Can Separate Us From God's Love

The first and greatest promise that I believe God wants us to know and understand is that He has PROMISED to LOVE us. This is not just a promise to His children--Christians--but to all mankind whether or not they choose to love Him back, acknowledge Him, or outright deny Him.

God is not a dictator. Everyone is free to accept or reject His love. Just because people choose to not love Him back, doesn't mean He stops loving them. Those of us who have experienced the pain of loving someone who refuses to love us back knows how painful this can be. He loves each of us--every sinner.

Here is a promise that has spoken volumes to me through betrayal, loss, disappointments, injuries, fear, failure, abuse, bankruptcy, poverty, tragedy, death, and loved ones with health conditions. Read it and reread it--slowly. Allow the profound depth of this promise sink into your heart and know that you know that you know YOU are loved by the creator of the universe.

"Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:37-38)


There is not one thing that this verse doesn't cover. 
You can reject Him. He still loves you. 
You can deny Him. He still loves you. 

Read it again. 

Now listen!

And be blessed!

(Sorry about the ad at the beginning.)