Monday, October 10, 2011

Jennifer Hudson Taylor's "Highland Sanctuary"

Title: Highland Sanctuay
Publisher: Abingdon Press is the publisher

Cover blurb: Caithness, Scotland (1477) Gavin MacKenzie is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh. He discovers a hidden village of outcasts that have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass who captures Gavin’s heart. The villagers have an intriguing secret, while Serena harbors a deadly past that could destroy her future. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. As Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God’s love is more powerful than any human force on earth.

1) How did this story come to you?
I've always loved historical romances set in Scotland. The highlands have always fascinated me and since so many of my ancestors were Scots-Irish, I wanted to write about that setting. When my daughter was born with a seizure disorder and we were surrounded by hospital staff, had access to medications, and support, I began to wonder what it would have been like for a family in 15th century Scotland.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I first pitched it to my editor at the ACFW Minneapolis Conference. I knew she was considering my debut novel at the time and wanted to tell her about the sequel. At that time she wasn’t interested, but after my debut novel came out, she asked if I had any other Scottish historicals. I pitched it again and the second time they made an offer on it. So a “no” isn’t always a permanent “no”.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1) I am a workaholic. I have a full-time job, then I come home and write til late at night.
2) I have become a coffee-holic in the last few years. My husband's family have always been huge coffee drinkers, I guess they finally got to me.
3) My dream is to go to Scotland. Although my books are set in Scotland, I've never been fortunate enough to actually go.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m working on a Quaker historical set in the heart of Piedmont North Carolina in 1858, called A Path of Promise.

5) Parting comments?
No matter what your dreams or goals in life are, never give up, persevere and continue to press through.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. Oh, I'd love to be entered in this book giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. I would love to win Highland Sanctuary. I have Highland Blessings and loved reading it. Juanita W

  3. I would love to win this book! I have Highland Blessings and would enjoy reading them back to back! I love Scottish books!


  4. Highland Sanctuary sounds very interesting. I love books set in this time period and the story line is intriguing!! margie at mijares dot net

  5. I would be honored to be entered to win this book. I know it is the kind of story I would LOVE TO READ?.

    Thank you for giving me a chance to be in this drawing!


  6. HIGHLAND SANCTUARY looks like my kind of book as does your new Quaker Historical A PATH OF PROMISE.


  7. I love romances set in Scotland too! Thanks for entering me.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  8. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  9. would love to win

  10. thanks for the opportunity to read jennifer's novel...i enjoyed her first one :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  11. I love all things highland so count me in thanks!


  12. I would love to visit Scotland too.
    greenduckie13 at gmail dot com

  13. I am grateful to be considered for this giveaway!
    Thank you!

    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  14. Thanks everyone for stopping by! Blessings to each of you!

  15. I would so love to win this! Thank you!