Showing posts with label Highland Blessings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Highland Blessings. Show all posts

Friday, August 20, 2010

Celtic Heart of the Month

Jennifer Hudson Taylor, author of Highland Blessings is featured as the Celtic Heart of the Month on Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. In this interview she offers a candid glimpse into her writing routine, her take on love scenes in a romance, and free Kindle give-aways. 

Check it out here:

Friday, July 16, 2010

My First Experience at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

As a native North Carolinian with lots of Scottish ancestry, I've always wanted to attend the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. It was a special weekend to be selling my debut novel, Highland Blessings, as my first experience at the games. To put it into perspective for you, the Highland Games to those with Scottish ancestry is like the Olympics to the rest of the world--and even more with a tradition of culture and history combined.

The first thing I want to tell you is that I had a wonderful time. There was such great hospitality and I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Director, Frank Vance, and his whole team who pulled off a spectacular event--even with stormy weather. The program is excellent and detailed, I'm still reading about the people who were there and those who have made an impact during the early years to make the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games what they have become today. it is full of so much history that this program is a keeper. 

The rains kept me from wearing my 16th century highland gown as I didn't want the hem ruined. Unlike a kilt, my gown reaches the ground. I'll have other opportunities as I hope to attend the Renaissance Festival in October and the Foothill Highland Games in November. 

I sold out of books by 2:30 on Saturday afternoon. Next time, I plan to bring more books! It did give me an opportunity to walk around the games visit with some of our clan tents. We are members of the Fraser, Henderson and MacFarlane Clans. I plan to join Clan Gregor as soon as I can get around to it. I purchased my daughter a Scottish Clan bear and some bagpipe earrings for myself as souvenirs. 

The games are actually held on McRae Meadow with a gorgeous view of Grandfather Mountain in the near distance. Bagpipes played the whole time and I can honestly say I was still hearing bagpipes in my head a couple of days later. The feeling and nostalgia of the Highland Games stays with you for a while and I think that is part of the magic of the event. 

What kind of Games and Entertainment are at the Highland Games?
Competitions range from telephone pole toss (called cabers), bags of hay or (sheafs), Lochaber trump, pipes and drums bands, highland dancing, Scottish country dancing, Grizzly Bike Race, The Bear--a 5-mile foot race, hammer throw, stone toss, weight-bar throw, wrestling, rope tug-of-war. Children even have their own set of competitions and rules.

Track & Field events include: the 100, 220, 400, 880 yard dashes, 1-mile and 2-mile runs, long jump, high jump, triple jump, 26-mile marathon.

You'll experience modern Celtic bands, harpists, parade of tartans, border collies who are trained to herd sheep, fiddle playing, wool weaving, Scottish food and vendors with all kinds of Scottish memorabilia. Individual clan tents surround the outside of the track field where you can get information about the history of your surname an which clan your family line might have belonged to and how to join clans of interest and connections to your ancestry.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Today's the BIG Day for Highland Blessings!

(Repost from the F.A.I.T.H. Blog)
Today has finally come. The BIG launch for my novel, Highland Blessings!

All month long I'll be on a blog tour giving away a few signed copies here and there with interviews and reviews. I'll start my first book signing at Barnes & Noble on May 8th in my hometown of Greensboro, NC.

If ever there was a dream to come true, this is it! Highland Blessings took 14 years to come to fruition and I want to enjoy this moment as much as possible.

There are moments when I become so overwhelmed by the feeling that all I can do is sit and let silent tears of happiness roll down my face. There are no words. These times come most unexpectedly. The one thing I love best about those unexpected tears, is the closeness I feel to God at that moment.

It's as if He's reaching down and stroking the back of my head and saying, "See, my child, you only had to wait and not give up and I had all this waiting for you."

Please stop by and visit the blog launching my book today. Sharon Kirk Clifton was kind enough to host me and I'm so grateful to her. She has become a dear friend to me and I'm so excited to be on her blog this morning.

Sharon Kirk Clifton wrote both a review and provided a review of Highland Blessings. I'll never forget after she read my book, how she described it as, "an aerobic exercise for the heart".

Sharon's Interview
Sharon's Review

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Update on Highland Blessings

I'm sorry it has been so long since I last blogged here. I've been quite busy with the holidays, editing Highland Blessings, and working on writing two new novels, Highland Sanctuary and A Season of Atonement, as well as stepping into promoting my book release. The good news is, I have my schedule back in order, and I'll start blogging here again--starting with this post. 

Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to be posting a series on Celtic and Gaelic names and their origin meanings and spelling variations. Since we are still early in the year, if you would like to suggest a few topics you'd be interested in seeing on this blog, please leave a comment. I'd be delighted to hear from you.

In the meantime, here are a few dates on some upcoming events:

Highland Blessings Book Launch Party!
When: Sat, May 15, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Southpark Mall, Charlotte, NC (map)
Description: Book Launch Party for the release of Highland Blessings! We'll serve a tray of ore d'oeuvres & drinks, book signing, mingling, etc. There will also be a bookfair going on for the Ronald McDonald House. 20% of all purchases of my novel & other books will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. This program has a special place in my heart, as my hubby stayed there in Winston-Salem when my 3-week old baby was transferred to Brenners Children's Hospital 12-years ago.
Workshop: The Art of Research for Today & Yesterday
When: Tue, June 22, 2010, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Atlanta, GA (Sugar Hill United Methodist Church) (map)
Description: Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor will be giving a workshop on "The Art of Research for Today & Yesterday" at the ACFW Word Writers Group. (Book signing will follow.) For directions and details, visit 
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
When: Fri - Sun, Jul 9 – 11, 2010
Where: Grandfather Mountain, NC (map)
Description: The 55th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will be held at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC. I will be dressed in a 17th Century Highland gown and signing copies of Highland Blessings.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Highland Blessings Cover

My cover for Highland Blessings is now available! I think the Abingdon Press designers did a superb job. Please be on the lookout for my book May 2010. In the meantime, I've listed a brief description and posted a video book trailer on YouTube below.


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 over come 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.

If you would like to rate it on YouTube, go here.