Friday, July 23, 2010

Authentic voice, authentic research, a joy to read. If you like this genre, you will love Healer. It's one of those "couldn't put it down" books you will tell your friends about. If you have friends into New Age beliefs, this is a perfect book to make them think and open the door to discussion. Can't wait to read the next one in the series.

“In Healer, Linda Windsor continues a knack for thorough research

and the skill to draw from it judiciously in telling an engaging story.”

~ Randy Alcorn, author of Safely Home and Deception

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With an estimated million books in print, Linda Windsor is an award-winning author of sixteen secular historical and contemporary romances and thirteen romantic comedies and historical fiction for the inspirational market. Her switch to inspirational fiction in 1999 was more like Jonah going to Ninevah than a flash of enlightenment. Linda claims God pushed her, kicking and screaming all the way. In retrospect, the author can see how God prepared her for His writing in her early publishing years and then claimed not just her music but also her writing when she was ready. At that point, He brushed away all her reservations regarding inspirational fiction, and she took the leap of faith. Windsor has never looked back.

Linda’s research for the early Celtic Gleannmara series resulted in a personal mission dear to her heart: to provide Christians with an effective witness to reach their New Age and unbelieving family and friends. Her goal continues with Healer of the Scottish Brides of Alba series, which reveals early church history, much of which has been lost or neglected due to intentional and/or inadvertent error by its chroniclers. This knowledge of early church history enabled Linda to reach her daughter, who became involved in Wicca after being stalked and assaulted in college and blaming the God of her childhood faith—a witness that continues to others at medieval fair signings or wherever these books take Windsor.

Windsor is convinced that, had her daughter known the struggle and witness of the early Christians beyond the apostles’ time and before Christianity earned a black name in the Crusades and Inquisition, she could not have been swayed from her early faith. Nor would Linda herself have been lured away from her faith in Christ in college by a liberal agenda.

Linda’s testimony that Christ is her Druid (Master/Teacher) opens wary hearts wounded by harsh Christian condemnation. Through her witness, admitted Wiccans and pagans have become intrigued by the tidbits of history and tradition pointing to the how and why druids accepted Him. She not only sells these nonbelievers copies of her books, but she also outsells the occult titles surrounding her inspirational ones.

About Linda Windsor’s latest book Healer:

A prophecy launches this family saga of strife

and superstition in Arthurian Scotland and

of the healer whose love and faith are its only hope.

Her mother’s dying prophecy to the chieftain Tarlach O’Byrne sentenced Brenna of Gowrys to twenty years of hiding. Twenty years of being hunted—by the O’Byrnes, who fear the prophecy, and by her kinsmen, who expect her to lead them against their oppressors. But Brenna is a trained and gifted healer, not a warrior queen. So she lives alone in the wilderness with only her pet wolf for company. When she rescues a man badly wounded from an ambush, she believes he may be the answer to her deep loneliness. Healing him comes as easy as loving him. But can their love overcome years of bitterness and greed…and bring peace and renewed faith to the shattered kingdom?

Healer (Book 1 in the Brides of Alba Series) by Linda Windsor

David C Cook/June 1, 2010/ISBN 978-1-4347-6478-2/351 pages/softcover/$14.99

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Getting There by Marcia Lee Laycock

“Done! Done, done, done!” My husband smiled as I did an excited dance around the room.

I had just finished the structural edit on my manuscript. It was a long haul and a challenge to my “little grey cells.” You see, this book came to me in flashes, in scenes and bits of dialogue. Unfortunately those bits and pieces did not come in any kind of order. In fact, they were a chaotic mess. So it has taken some time to put them into an order that will make sense and create the necessary tension and flow in the story. I think I have finally succeeded in doing that, without leaving any misplaced details or dangling threads.

When I finished I had a great sense of accomplishment, a sense that I am one step closer to being completely finished with this particular piece of creative work. But there is much more to do. There is more setting to be described and more dialogue to be fine tuned. There may be additional scenes to write and details to change. The work of editing, it seems, is never done if I want the work to truly shine. I’m willing to do that work because I’ve learned from experience that the end product will be much better for it.

As I worked on that manuscript this morning it made me think of the work God does in my life. It’s a work that will never be done until I am in His presence and that thought encourages me. He never gives up, never says, “Oh well, this is good enough.” He keeps on editing my life – nudging me to do this or that, putting people in my way who will sharpen me, books that will enlighten me and His Word that drops me to my knees. Some of the process isn’t easy but I’m willing to receive all of God’s editing in my life because I’ve learned from experience that the end product is much better for it.

A wise writer who had just given me a lengthy critique on a short story told me that “It’s impossible for me to edit bad writing. This writing is worth the effort.” In the same way it encourages me that God deems me worthy of His refining work. Some day it will be done and on that day I look forward to seeing what the final product will really look like.

“… we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52