Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Story Time . . . HIGHLAND BLESSINGS Interview & Giveaway

Today I'm pleased to welcome Jennifer Taylor, fellow HisWriter, to chat about her upcoming release Highland Blessings, which hits shelves next week. Congrats, Jennifer! As an enthusiast of European-based historicals, I'm just thrilled about this.

Jennifer has graciously offered a copy to one lucky commentor, so as usual, leave your messages below with a way for me to contact you!


About Jennifer

Jennifer Hudson Taylor writes historical Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her fiction has won awards in the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest, and her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Everton’s Genealogical Publishers, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, genealogy, and reading. She resides with her husband and daughter in the Charlotte area of NC. Highland Blessings is her debut novel. Learn more about Jennifer at www.jenniferhudsontaylor.com.


About Highland Blessings

Scotland, 1473
Highland warrior Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. When he forces Akira to wed him, hoping to end a half-century feud between their clans, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment. . .Yet her strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce. But there is a traitor in their midst . . . and murder is the ultimate weapon.


What's your latest book?

Highland Blessings comes out May 2010 from Abingdon Press

Check out my review here. What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

My dream office would be a high balcony with shade overlooking the sea so I can listen to the waves of the ocean and my laptop. A view of a lighthouse would make it complete. My real office is a long bonus room with a glass window in the corner by the window. I have several tables in a long row in the middle of the room and stacks of printed manuscripts around the tables with folders of accompanying research materials. I have a wooden bookcase filled with research books and the top shelves contain my collection of lighthouses. Framed images are on the walls and more lighthouses are on the filing cabinet in the other corner.

Oo, lighthouses. Makes me want to go to the beach! Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

My full-time job—40 hours a week. I dream of spending that time writing and promoting my work. It would be so nice to be relaxed in my own home when writing, not carting my work with me everywhere in case I get some time at lunch, during my allergy shots, on weekend trips, etc.

Someday! If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving of gifts to charities allowed!)

A plane ticket to Scotland, but I would need more than that to take my family and I’d want them to be with me.

More is granted for this wish fulfillment dream. =) What writing goal have you set for yourself that would be the hardest (or unlikeliest) but most rewarding to achieve?

That’s easy, to be successful enough at my writing to quit my day job.

My prayers are with you on that! Do you remember where you were when you got your first or most important call about a book contract?

The Call came on my birthday. I was waiting in line at the drive-through at Arby’s on my lunch break during work. I got so excited I had to pull out of line and park so I could talk to my agent coherently. It was the best birthday present God had ever given me. I knew in my heart that only He could orchestrate something so cool. And it was a personal message that He had not forsaken me, and since I had originally set my birthday as a goal, seven years earlier, He chose that day to give me my gift.

Okay, that rates as one of the coolest Call stories EVER! Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

The sequel, Highland Sanctuary, October 2011.


Thanks for chatting with us, Jennifer! Everyone be sure to check out Jennifer's website. Her book is available at Amazon and CrossPurposes.

Void where prohibited. Contest ends 5/3/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim book before another is selected.


  1. Don't enter me! I just wanted to stop by and say how much I loved Highland Blessings! I am so excited to hear there's going to be a sequel! YAY! Loved the interview!

    Michelle V

  2. Thanks, Michelle! I really appreciate your review!

    That was supposed to say a "glass desk by the window". LOL

  3. Glass windows are always good too. ;) LOL

  4. I have never wanted to win a contest so bad. As soon as I saw some reviews of this, I wanted it! Pllllleeeeease!!!!!

    tiffanyniekro at hotmail dot com

  5. Im with you on the plane ticket to Scotland! I would add England and Wales too! And the vision of your dream office is one I can share!
    Super interview!

  6. If I promise to not be much trouble, can I come to Scotland too?!!

    This books sounds awesome!

    Thanks for the interview.

    kristengjohnson [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. Hey, I get to go too!! (Who's funding this trip, anyway?) Can we swing by the Cotswolds while we're in Britain? And Ireland? ;-)

  8. Aww... If all of you are going to Scotland I should get to go too! Maybe we can get some government aid :) Would love to win this book!!


  9. Thanks, everyone! We can all make a big family trip to Scotland together! And yes, England and Ireland would make a great pit stop. My Hudsons are from Staffordshire, England. Thru DNA testing, we are connected to Richard Hudson of Accomack County, VA, great-grandson of Gentleman Henry Hudson, grandfather of Henry Hudson the Explorer. Ireland is a beautiful country, too! I have written one Irish historical. There is no limit to where we might go!

  10. I've already read Jennifer's book and thoroughly enjoyed it - no need to enter me in the giveaway. She paints a wonderful picture of the era. I look forward to the sequel!

    Don't you love those "God-moments?" He always surprises us in ways beyond what we could ever think or imagine - hmmmm, sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it?

    Congratulations on your release, Jennifer.


  11. Oh, I am so excited that I have a chance to win Highland Blessings! It sounds exciting!

    Thank you for the chance to enter your contest.

    Cindy W.


  12. Don't enter me -- I'm reading it now and just love it. Can't wait for the sequel! Thanks so much for the interview, Roseanna, and congratulations to Jennifer.

  13. Thank you, Susanne and Golden! I'm about half-way through writing Highland Sanctuary!

    Cindy, I hope you enjoy Highland Blessings!

  14. I would LOVE to be entered!

    My friend was married in a castle in Scotland and the pictures that she took while there were aaaammaaazing and I would totally love to go there someday too!

    XOXO~ Renee

  15. I would love to read this, please enter me. Thank you!

    Carman sent me. :)

    Email in profile.

  16. a wonderful interview/posting...would enjoy reading this novel very, very much...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  17. Highland Blessings sounds terrific; Scotland, kidnapping, romance and more... please toss my name in the hat! Thanks.

  18. Nice interview

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  19. We have the exact same dream office, Jennifer, right down to the lighthouse. If it were on the Maine coastline, that would be even better for me!

    I look forward to reading Highland Blessings and am glad there will be a sequel. Thanks for a great interview.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  20. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for thee giveaway!

    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

  21. Thanks everyone for stopping by! Carole, I've always wanted to visit the lighthouses in Maine. I dream of it. One day, Lord willing, I will!

  22. This book sounds great. I really enjoyed the interview.


  23. I would love to read this book.

    Carman sent me...

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  24. Hi.

    This book sounds awesome.

    I would love to win a copy.

    Please enter me if entries from malaysia are accepted.

    God bless


    p/s Carman sent me

  25. Have not read anything by this author but am excited to see her writings. Love to check to out new authors and I love historical Christian fiction. Count me in. Carmen sent me!

  26. This looks like a terrific book - thanks for the interview!

    We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/04/highland-blessings.html

    Janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  27. This book sounds wonderful, Jennifer! Please enter me!

  28. Sounds like my kind of book; I'd love to win it!


  29. This sounds like an interesting book--and I like Scotland and Ireland!


  30. Count me in, please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  31. I would love to win this book. Thank you for giving me the chance. ybutler@oppcatv.com

  32. I would love to read this book.

  33. I'm half Scot, on my dad's side, and I lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for about 6 months. It's gorgeous, and I love all things Scottish!

    I'd love to win this book!



  34. Please add me to win this book It looks Amazing!
    I love the cover to!

  35. This sounds great. Please enter me.

    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

  36. Sounds like a wonderful book, I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


  37. Please enter me in this giveaway!


  38. The book sounds great - please enter me!! Thanks!
    (Carman sent me)
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

  39. I would love to read t his.
    Please enter me

    rhondastruthers at yahoo dot ca