Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Welcome Guest Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Today we welcome a brand new Abingdon author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor. In addition to her exciting Scotish Medieval romance novel, she's written a special story for our "Once Upon a Time" theme. Be sure to share it with your own little princes and princesses.  Take it away Jennifer.

Once upon a time, there was a little 4-year-old princess by the name of Celina Taylor. By day, the princess loved to watch Disney movies about other princesses and read storybooks. By night when her chamber was dark with naught, but a nightlight, she feared monsters lived under her bed. She never heard them speak, but there were noises of movement throughout the castle and slight shadows in the corners, so the monsters had to exist.

Princess Celina pondered what to do and how to get rid of them. She noticed her mommy and daddy, the Queen and King of the kingdom, turning to a book called a Bible whenever they were uncomfortable or distressed by burdens of the land. The princess had a Beginner's Bible, but the Queen's Bible was much more powerful, or so she thought.

One day the Queen discovered that her Bible was missing. She asked the princess if she had seen it. The little princess adamantly shook her head and linked her fingers behind her back in a touching scene of pure innocence. A week goes by and the Queen still cannot find her Bible. One Saturday while the maid had the day off, the Queen decided to tidy the princess' room. She found her Bible under the bed. Shocked, the Queen simply stared at it, hurt that the princess had told a fable.

Unable to to let the matter rest, the Queen questioned Princess Celina.

"It scares the monsters away!" replied the princess with tears streaming down her little cheeks. Her green eyes were wide with fear and her bottom lip trembled.

The Queen touched her finger to her chin. Now, she had a dilemma, indeed. She didn't want to discourage the little princess for putting her faith in God's Word, for that was the key to their entire kingdom. Yet, she couldn't let the princess believe that it was appropriate to lie or deceive in order to put her faith to the test. What was the Queen to do?

So the Queen sat the princess on her lap and told her that it was very good to trust in the Bible--the Word of God--to fight away all the monsters. However, the Queen explained that Princess Celina's Bible was just as powerful as the Queen's Bible, and she could put it under her bed to scare away those no good creatures.

Princess Celina was very pleased to hear this news. She dried her tears, put her Bible under the bed, and all the monsters disappeared.

They lived happily ever after.
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Jennifer Hudson Taylor is the author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her fiction has won awards in the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest. Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, will be released May 2010. Other works have 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.

Click here to visit Jennifer's Website

Highland Blessings
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.

Available at:
Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Christian Book Distributors, Borders Books, Target Online, Abingdon Press, and Christian Post Books
ISBN 978-1426702266

Click here for Susanne's review
Click here for Dina's review

Jennifer will be stopping by today. Be sure to leave your questions and comments for her.


  1. Welcome to the Inkwell, Jennifer! I'm so glad you're able to stop in during this very busy month, and you'll see a few familiar faces here.
    Congratulations on Highland Blessings!

    What a sweet story, and . . . such a beautiful princess. Is she real, or too sweet to be anything but a fable?

  2. Debra, Thank you! It's so exciting to finally see Highland Blessings in print. And yes, Princess Celina is real. She's now going on 13! My, where does the time go?

  3. Sweet story, Jennifer! I'll share with my family tonight.

    Congrats on Highland Blessings -- what an amazing feeling it must be to hold your book in your hands. The cover is great: Abingdon has done a lovely job.

    Thanks so much for visiting the Inkwell today! Oh, can you tell us what's next for you?

  4. Jennifer what a cute post! I'm glad the bible dried Celina's tears. It often does mine.

  5. Hey Jennifer. I can tell just by your Princess story that I'm going to love Highland Blessings.

    Thanks for visiting the Inkwell.

  6. Thanks for hanging out with us today, Jennifer. I saw a sneak peek of Highland Blessings and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the real deal. Blessings to you as you tackle this journey along with everything else you do.

  7. Thanks for having me!

    As for what's next, I'm working on the sequel, Highland Sanctuary! Here's a brief blurb:

    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.


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