This is an old blog that I started in 2006. I keep it because it has a lot of historical data and people still come here. As of September 2016, no new updates will be made here. All new blog posts and writing/publishing related news will be posted over on my new site at

The MacGregor Legacy - 3 Book Series

From Scotland to the Carolinas
For Love or Loyalty (Book 1) ~ For Love or Country (Book2) ~ For Love or Liberty (Book 3)

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. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass, who harborsg a deadly past that could destroy her future. .

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.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Author Photos

The images below are in order from recent to oldest.




Speaking Topic: Creating the Emotional Heartbeat of a Story

This workshop concentrates on how to show character emotion to engage the readers' feelings as they experience the story. Writers will learn how to incorporate the senses in a creative way to invoke realism and make readers care about the characters. Emphasis will include showing rather than telling, deep POV, powerful dialogue, and the power of word choice. Jennifer will discuss the stages of relationship development, action vs reaction, internal and external conflict, and sensual vs sexual tension. (For intermediate writers who are beyond the basics and who want to carry their skills to the next level.)

Speaking Topic: Building An Online Platform with Impact

If you're blogging and have a presence on social media, but your follower base doesn't grow, and ranking numbers in the search engines are stagnant, then this is the workshop for you. The content in this workshop covers why you need an online platform, how to maximize your blogging efforts, increase traffic, and online interaction. Social network sites are included such as how to best utilize Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, Google+ and Amazon. Learn why you still need a newsletter if you have a blog and how to build subscribers. As much as you would like to, you can't clone yourself, so Jennifer will share how to use apps to automate your social media efforts without sacrificing your ability to network with your readers. 

Speaking Topic: Digging Deep Into POV

Still confused about POV? This workshop discusses the various character points of view, head hopping, and how to make the reader feel as if they are inside the character's mind, feeling what the character is feeling, rather than reading about a character's actions like a report. We will compare writing samples that show the basic level of writing and then how deep point of view can make it better. We will discuss layering in sensory details and concentrate on the reader's experience. 

Speaking Topic: Vital Signs When Seeking An Agent

Jennifer shares lessons she's learned from the three agents she's had and how their role in the publishing industry has changed and continues to evolve. She will share resources on where to find an agent, how to approach an agent, and how to pitch to an agent in face-to-face consultations at writing conferences. Each agency is different and so are their submission requirements. She will discuss the submission process, industry standards, and taboos to avoid. There are lots of people claiming to be agents who do not have the connections to editors they claim, are charging crazy fees, have unethical practices, and Jennifer will share vital signs to look for when seeking an agent.

Above, Jennifer and her agent, Terry Burns, at the ACFW Conference after winning two certificates for her unpublished manuscripts in the 2007 Genesis contest. One of those manuscripts went on to become Jennifer's debut novel at Abingdon Press, Highland Blessings. 

Speaking Topic: The Art of Researching Today & Yesterday

Jennifer gives tips on how to explore the Internet and access resources you may have never considered, including new innovative ways libraries are updating their systems and how it will benefit you. She shares ideas that will help both contemporary and historical authors. You will leave with fresh knowledge and a renewed energy for researching that story that's been nagging at your muse. 

Speaking Topic: Writing for Publication

This workshop covers the basics of writing fiction for new, aspiring authors. It includes mistakes to avoid and industry standards on how to format a manuscript. We will discuss plotting and compare character driven plots to action driven plots. We will concentrate on characterization in developing realistic and believable characters, ways to make them memorable and briefly discuss layering in sensory detail. We will compare stilted dialogue to natural sounding dialogue. Also, we will discuss POV, give examples of head-hopping, and how to avoid it. Writers will receive a list of trigger words to look out for in finding troublesome passive voice, a list of action verbs to replace boring passive verbs, and ways to cut fluff words in order to tighten and polish one's writing. (For new writers who are writing their first manuscript or starting the editing process of a completed manuscript. It may also help writers who have completed their first manuscript, but are trying to edit their manuscript for publication.)

Speaking Topic: Publishing 101

This workshop covers the basics of how the publishing industry works, including writing query letters, preparing proposals for agents and editors, the dreaded synopsis, types of responses to expect, length of waiting time, contract negotiations, and marketing oneself. Since the publishing agency has changed significantly in the last few years, we will discuss the realistic advantages and disadvantages of traditional publishing, self-publishing, print books, e-books and the new hybrid author. We will also compare large publishers to small publishers and how the roles have changes for authors, agents, publicists, editors and agents. This will be a candid discussion and will include lots of info sharing. The amount of material will depend on the length of time we have available. 

Speaking Topics: Marketing 101

Before becoming a published author, Jennifer worked full-time in the Marketing & Communications field and it gave her extensive knowledge in how to build an online platform and market her books. As the publicist consultant for Hartline Literary Agency, she advises clients on book launches, industry changes, technological advancements, building social media connections, and expanding their online platform via a community of channels and avenues. 

This workshop provides the basics of how to begin to promote oneself as a serious writer/author. We will cover traditional and online promotion, networking, public relations, using a publicist, and the importance of building a platform before you're even published. (For writers who are currently seeking publication and/or newly contracted authors, or for newly published authors seeking ideas on how to expand their platform.)

Speaking Topics: Writing By Faith

Our writing journey is a walk by faith as we are divinely inspired by ideas, personal experience, and other people's stories. Whether we write fiction, biographies and testimonies, blog or produce informational articles that teach and inform, through our work we are touching hearts, transforming lives, and being the bridge that brings hope and healing. Inspirational fiction is like biblical parables with a modern day twist. God uses these stories and other writings in ways we never imagined. 

Speaking Topic: Balancing Act of Faith, Family & Work

If you are working a full or part-time job and struggling to find time to do all that is expected of you, then you need balance. Jennifer shares some time management tips that will lead to a more disciplined lifestyle enabling you to not only meet your obligations, but fulfill your dreams and goals for your family and career. 

Speaking Topic: Climbing Your Dream

Jennifer shares a re-occuring dream throughout her childhood and how she has seen this dream unfold as she began climbing the ladder to her dream of publication and growing faith on her journey of  life. Using scripture and experience, Jennifer will inspire you to never give up on your dream regardless of life's obstacles or what your dream is. Learn to believe again in the dreams God has given you. Leave motivated and ready to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. 

Speaking Topic: Parenting Special Needs Children

Jennifer shares her experience and lessons learned in rearing a special needs child. She gives her testimony of mistakes, fears, triumphs and a parent's point of view in battling rigid school systems, over-expensive healthcare systems, and tight-wad insurance companies. She'll give you tips and advice on how to maneuver around the system, advocate for your child's rights, and encourage your child to reach mile stones at his/her own pace.

Jennifer's daughter was born with a life-threatening seizure disorder. Although her daughter later stopped seizing, she still experienced developmental delays, Sensory Integration Disorder, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Celina's seizures went away for ten years and during that time she was med-free, but her grand mal (tonic clonic) seizures returned once she reached puberty and developed a new hormonal imbalance. At this time, her daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism. Now as a teenager, her daughter is overcoming her challenges step-by-step.

Media Release-Highland Sanctuary Author Signing

Media Release
Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor returns to hometown of Greensboro, NC 
for Meet & Greet Book Signing on her new release, 
Highland Sanctuary, an inspirational novel set in 15th century Scotland

Date:  Saturday, Oct 8, 2011
When: 3-5 PM
Where: Barnes & Noble (Friendly Shopping Ctr)
Who: Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor
What: Author will sign books, read a brief excerpt, offer a Q&A session, host a drawing of a free gift basket and serve Scottish Breakfast tea and snacks.

Jennifer's Bio: 
Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe and the Carolinas. She's a speaker on writing, publishing and social media marketing. Her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. She serves as the Publicist at Hartline Literary Agency. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with family, long walks, traveling, touring historical sites, hanging out at bookstores with coffee shops, genealogy, and reading. 

Jennifer's fiction is represented by Literary Agent, Terry Burns with Hartline Literary Agency.

About the Book:
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.

Where to Find Jennifer Online:

Online Press Kit:

Path of Freedom Reviews

"Pre-Civil War tale of romance mildly seasoned with adventure"  
Publisher's Weekly

"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

"Jennifer Hudson Taylor has penned a heart-warming medieval romance full of mystery and intrigue with HIGHLAND SANCTUARY. This book grabbed my attention from page one and kept it as I prayed for Serena to recover from her mystery illness and find true acceptance and freedom." 
Laura Frantz, 
author of Love's Reckoning

"I looked forward to reading a book about historical quilts. I liked the important part the quilt played in the story. The characters leapt off the pages and straight into my heart. I was sorry to see their story end." 
Lena Nelson Dooley, author of  
Maggie's Journey and Mary's Blessing 

Highland Sanctuary Reviews

"In her second historical romance (after Highland Blessings), Taylor does a wonderful job of bringing 1477 Scotland to life. Kathleen Morgan fans and readers who enjoy Scottish romances will delight in Taylor’s strong heroine and delightfully dashing hero."
 Library Journal Review 

"Taylor’s Highland saga continues with a new cast of characters as the heroic MacKenzie clan expands their peaceful missions. There are plenty of suspenseful twists and turns. The reader will thoroughly enjoy seeing how redemption comes to a village of outcasts. God’s love and grace are evident."
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) 

"A highland happily ever after with a twist, this Scottish tale of tender romance and sacrificial love is truly enchanting, stealing sleep while wooing the heart and nourishing the soul."
Julie Lessman, award-winning author of 
The Daughters of Boston & Winds of Change series.

"Highland Sanctuary is a wonderful medieval tale fraught with rich, compelling drama, excellent characterization, a plot with depth, beautifully described backdrops, and satisfying romance. In other words, a page turner. (Not recommended if you don't want to miss a night of sleep!)
                Sharlene MacLaren, bestselling author of
                Daughters of Jacob Kane Series & River of Hope Series

"Jennifer Hudson Taylor has written another wonderful Scottish medieval novel. In Highland Sanctuary, she masterfully created a setting and authentically portrayed the culture of the time period. And the characters leapt from the pages. I loved the hero and heroine and really disliked the villains. The book was peopled with a variety of secondary characters who grabbed my heart as well. 
Lena Nelson Dooley, award-winning author 
of the McKenna's Daughters series 

Highland Blessings Reviews

"This romantic story is full of tender moments and the author adds suspense by examining an arranged marriage with an extremely rocky beginning. Readers will be totally hooked, turning the pages to find out if this marriage can work. This book deserves applause!"
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars) 

"Jennifer has a winner with her debut novel, Highland Blessings. What’s not to love about battling Scottish clans, a lady kidnapped, romance, intrigue, and a mystery that will keep you turning pages to the very end? This is the kind of book you can curl up with on a rainy day and forget all your troubles as you plunge into the adventure and romance of 15th century Scotland . Highly recommended."
MaryLu Tyndall, 
author of the Charles Towne Belles Series

"Highland Blessings is a surprisingly adept first novel from Jennifer Hudson Taylor. The book serves up a truly likeable heroine, a satisfying romance, and all with a lush backdrop of castles, clans, plaids and a Scottish brogue to boot. A good supporting cast brings depth to the story, and I can recommend this book for a good dose of blessings, indeed. I look forward to seeing more from this new author."

Linore Burkhardt, 
author of The Country House Courtship

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & digital marketing.

Both her debut novel, Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary, received a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews. Highland Blessings won the Holt Medallion Award for Best First Book and she has had reviews appear in USA Today, Publisher's Weekly & the Library Journal. Jennifer's work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Blog Tour - Highland Sanctuary

Sept. 14, 2011 AJ Hawke Inspirational Writing

Sept. 15, 2011 A Day in the Life of a Wife Mom and Author Blog

Sept. 16, 2011 Quintessentially Quilly

Sept. 19, 2011 Faith Chats Blog 

Sept. 20, 2011  Living Water Fiction Blog

Sept. 21, 2011 Creative Madness Blog

Sept. 22, 2011 Sharon's Garden of Books

Sept. 23, 2011 Reviews By Molly

Sept. 27, 2011 Katieslegacy Blog

Sept. 27, 2011 A Christian Writer's World Blog

Sept. 29, 2011 Tracy Riva Books & Reviews

Sept 30, 2011 Black n' Gold Girl's Book Spot

Oct. 3, 2011 By Grace Alone Blog

Oct. 4, 2011 Edgy Inspirational Blog

Oct. 6, 2011 Write of Passage Blog

Oct. 7, 2011 Beverly's Bookshelf

Oct 10, 2011 Margaret's Blog 

Oct. 10, 2011 K. Dawn Byrd Blog

Oct. 11, 2011 Daysong Reflections Blog

Oct 12, 2011, Living Faith in the Real World Blog

Oct. 13, 2011 The Twinners Blog

Oct. 17, 2011 Valentine at Carabosse's Library

Oct. 20, 2011 Reviews by Jane 

Oct. 21, 2011 Inkslinger Blog

Oct. 24, 2011, Bibliophile's Retreat Blog