Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Kamal Dhillon--a true life heroine
It’s a bit unnerving when I write a novel only to meet someone real just like the fictional person I created. Except for one difference—the real life person had a more horrendous experience than anything I could ever cook up as an author. And believe me—I can cook up some tough situations. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, I put my female characters--Indian and American--through some hard circumstances from abusive men.

But all that I concocted blew off like a dandelion in a stiff breeze when I met Kamal Dhillon.

I first heard about Kamal on Facebook when a former co-worker mentioned that it was International Woman’s Day and she wanted to nominate Kamal Dhillon as Woman of the Year. I clicked on Kamal’s website, and knew in less than a minute I had to meet this woman, and try to tell others about her story and ministry to people suffering from domestic violence.

Kamal and I had lunch, and it was a delight to meet this beautiful woman of Indian descent, full of the joy of Christ, even as she prepares for more surgery. Kamal has already had several surgeries to correct her jaw that was shattered years ago by continuous and atrocious violence. 

Black and Blue Sari, written with raw honesty, tells Kamal's story. Here is an excerpt from this brave woman's book and website.

The woman sat trembling at the foot of her master. He despised her and tried to control every aspect of her life.  She had inadvertently displeased him again, although she could never have anticipated beforehand what small violation would set him off.  Grabbing the gallon container of kerosene, her tormentor stood menacingly over her.  She knew what was coming by the icy look in his eyes.

She glanced at the sharp utility knife on the table behind the kerosene, her mind grasping for a possible way out.  She quickly discarded the option of using the knife to protect herself, knowing that he would overpower her as he had done so many times before.

She knelt before him with clasped hands, as if praying to some deity, but found no mercy there.  Her weak begging landed on deaf ears.  The sight of the blood coming from her cut mouth and her pleading cries seemed only to fuel the man’s anger and heighten his sense of power over her.

He cunningly had her in a defenseless position, bowed in the corner of the kitchen.  He slowly began to tip the container, watching with satisfaction as the caustic liquid soaked his victim.  He took his time, savouring every moment of her indignity.  After all the kerosene had been emptied over her drenched form, he shook the container for emphasis to make sure nothing was wasted.

She pictured scenes from an Indian movie where a young bride had been burned. The horror of ending her life through such a painful death engulfed her and made her weak with fear.

 Her mind raced to thoughts of her four children, feigning sleep only a few feet away in the same room.  Who would look after them if she was gone?  Would they be left to the mercy of this monster?

His tobacco stained fingers fanned the matches before her face, taunting her, daring her to light them.  The stench in the room was overpowering.  The woman gagged as the volatile fumes of the kerosene swirled around her.  The man was breathing fumes of his own frustration, as he grabbed her by the hair, lifted her off the ground and flung her into the shower.  He muttered something about how filthy she was, about how much she stunk.  Then he left the woman, her skin burning, not from kerosene or even the allergic rash that was spreading over her body... Her skin was burning from shame.

“That man was my husband. The woman was me.”
Christine here again: Please pass the link to purchase Kamal Dhillon’s book on to others. This is a book that must be shared with others who suffer in this terrible way. Politicians and leaders--civic and national--listen to this woman with tears in their eyes.

Purchase Black and Blue Sari from Kamal Dhillon’sWebsite

Christine Lindsay is the author of fictional novels set in India. What Kamal Dhillon has done with her true life experience, Christine tries to do through fiction. Both Kamal Dhillon and Christine Lindsay write and speak to help others find healing in Christ, and to affirm and embolden hurting women and men.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

From Candlelit Cellar to Cosy Writers’ Studio

Hopefully you’ve been following my blogs on the Jonker wine estate, Weltevrede, meaning ‘well satisfied’. If you haven’t read them yet, go to:

The first intriguing thing my husband, son and I did on this hundred year old wine estate was wine-tasting by candlelight in an underground cellar. This was a first for me. Steyn Fullard, Marketing Manager of Weltevrede, was our host on this unusual experience. 

Wine tasting by candlelight in an underground cistern

Steyn led us to what looked like a warehouse where large wooden doors led us inside to the cement cisterns beneath the earth. It was dark, damp, and musty. And it was quiet. Candles lit our way as we walked through low-roofed, cemented corridors, moving from one cistern to the next. It felt like we were inside catacombs, as if we had stepped back in time.  



We were fascinated as Steyn explained the process of Methode Cap Classique aging (or making champagne for those who live in France). Bottles of sparkling wine were stacked inside the walls. Steyn pointed out a missing bottle. Philip, Weltevrede’s owner, likes to take one out randomly, just for fun, he told us. 

Steyn educating us on the making of sparkling wine

Spot the missing bottle

We walked deeper into the underground cellar, stopping at the last cement cistern. In the center of this candlelit room, no bigger than sixteen square meters (170 ft2), stood a large oak barrel. Beside wax covered bottles that served as candlestick holders, stood four glasses and two wines for our tasting—one a sparkling wine; the other a sweet dessert wine made from their oldest vineyard. It was the first time a winery host had joined us in a tasting, making this experience just that much more intimate and special. As we examined the golden liquid, smelled its bouquet and tasted its flavour, we were surprised to learn that tinier bubbles were indicative of a better Cap Classique sparkling wine.

Steyn shared some history about the room we were standing in, the first cement cistern to be cast decades before. He pointed out the square trapdoor in the low roof—large enough for a person to climb through—from where wine was pumped into and out of the tank. Every year the cisterns had been rubbed with beeswax which was then melted with a flame to fill any cracks. This prevented the wine from coming into contact with raw cement.

For two generations the underground tanks had been forgotten. Four layers of floor had covered the original openings before Philip Jonker and his father discovered them several years ago. We only saw a small portion of more than eight hundred square meters (8600 ft2) of underground cellar. I’d love to return for the full Indiana Jones experience.

Every conversation with Steyn has been fascinating, and as we chat in the candlelight, sipping the sweet dessert wine, we learn even more. He tells us vineyards last up to around twenty-five years, but the original vines planted by Philip’s great-grandfather in 1926—fourteen years after acquiring Weltevrede, and the first vineyards in the area—are still producing wine after more than eighty years. Isn’t it incredible to think that five generations of this wine-making family have tasted from the same vines we enjoyed? This particular vineyard had been declared a Conservation Worthy Property by the Board for National Monuments—the only vineyard in South Africa to receive this accolade. Philip’s great-grandfather and grandmother’s pictures form part of the labels’ design on Oupa se Wyn and Ouma se Wyn (Grandpa’s Wine and Grandma’s Wine).

After the cellar tour, we followed Steyn by car to the Jonker home where we met Philip, his wife, Lindelize, and their daughter, Marianna. They took us through their house to the other side where we climbed a flight of stairs that ran up the outside of an adjoining double-story building.

The building is ordinary, but the history and what’s inside, make it extraordinary.  Set in a lush garden between trees as old as the three thousand books inside, it had been built by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. The books in the Writers’ Studio, some of which are Africana, came into Philip and Lindelize’s possession when Philip’s grandmother died some years ago, and are freely available for writers’ research. It is amongst these aged pages, and the freedom of the farm roads between three hundred hectares of vineyards outside, where writers are invited and encouraged to find inspiration.

Chatting with Philip and Lindelize inside the Writers’ Studio

A little further away from the Jonker’s home, overlooking vineyards, lies Ons Huisie (Our Little House – see Weltevrede website for photo), Weltevrede’s Writer’s Cottage. This tiny thatched cottage is a place where writers can finish a manuscript in the tranquility of the surrounds. I will have to return some time as I didn’t get an opportunity to see this cute cottage for two. Maybe when polishing my novel set in the Cape winelands? I can edit, and hubby can go fishing in the Breede River.

Vineyards, cellar, writers’ studio, writer’s cottage—Weltevrede oozes a combined love for books and wine. Each generation of Jonkers have added to the uniqueness of this wine estate. Klaas Jonker, who purchased the farm in 1912, planted the first vineyards; Japie Jonker began wine farming in 1933;  Lourens Jonker, a visionary and leader with over fifty years’ experience took risks that have transformed the face of the South African wine industry; and now Philip Jonker, Weltevrede’s fourth generation award-winning winemaker . . . an extraordinary man of God whom I'm honored to know.

Hanging on a wall at Weltevrede, four generations of family portraits:
Klaas, Japie, Lourens, and Philip Jonker

Imagine, as writers, being able to pass on our knowledge, love and passion for words to future generations, as the Jonkers have done with their wines. I could think of nothing better.

Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles in Winners (2009) and The One Year Book of Joy and Laughter (published August 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers). She blogs for International Christian FictionWriters and belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She now lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Coming Up This Week


Marion Ueckermann: From Candlelit Cellar to Cosy Writers' Studio


Christine Lindsay


Mary Hawkins: Encouraged to Write


Valerie Comer

Friday Devotion

Kathi Macias: Be Still and Know...


Contest Giveaway Winners

Kay is the winner of Ronie Kendig's book, Trinity (Lisa's post, April 24).

Congratulations Kay!



Sandra Orchard's book, Critical Condition, is the winner of RT Reviewers Choice Best Book Award in the Love Inspired Suspense category - congratulations Sandra!

Lucy Morgan-Jones is a finalist in the historical category of the Faith, Hope and Love Inspirational Chapter of Romance Writers of America's Touched By Love Award - congratulations Lucy! 


New Book Releases

P. A. Baines' science-fiction book, Alpha Revelation, is an April 2013 release from Splashdown Books.

Donna Fletcher Crow's Clerical mystery set in England, An Unholy Communion, Book 3 in The Monastery Murders series, is an April 2013 release from Monarch Books.


Upcoming Book Releases

Kathi Macias' historical set in the US, Last Chance for Justice, will be a May 2013 release from B and H Publishing Group.

Christine Lindsay's historical, Captured by Moonlight, Book 2 of the Twilight of the British Raj series and sequel to the multi-award winning Shadowed in Silk, will be released in eBook format in February 2013 and print in May 2013 from WhiteFire Publishing.

Lisa Harris' romantic suspense set in the US, Stolen Identity, will be a June 2013 release from Love Inspired Suspense.

Sandra Orchard's romantic suspense set in Canada, Deadly Devotion, will be a June 2013 release from Revell Publishing.

Jo-Anne Berthelsen's book set in England and Australia, The Inheritance, will be an August 2013 release from Even Before Publishing.

Sandra Orchard's book, Fatal Inheritance, will be an August 2013 release from Love Inspired Suspense.

Lisa Harris' romantic suspense set in the US, Dangerous Passage, Book 1 in the Southern Crimes series, will be a September 2013 release from Revell. 

Kathi Macias' historical set in the US, England and France, The Doctor’s Christmas Quilt, will be an October 2013 release from New Hope Publishers.

Donna Fletcher Crow's romantic suspense set in England, A Jane Austen Encounter, Book 3 in The Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries series, will be a 2013 release from Stonehouse Ink.

To find more International Christian Fiction books, please visit our 2013 - 2015 Book Releases page and Backlist Titles.

Friday, April 26, 2013

DEVOTION: Grow in Confidence ~ Jan Cline

“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom then shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
 Psalm 27: 1, 13 & 14

This Psalm discloses David’s personal relationship with God. His experience reflects an ongoing attitude of confidence. Through all the trials and calamities of his life, David could look back on those days when God rescued him. He took courage in knowing he didn’t let fear diminish his faith. He understood that in order to accomplish God’s will he would need the confidence that only comes through capturing God’s character in his own life. It came to be as he sought God’s habitation daily.

The very powerful words the Lord gave to King David brought personal assurance and focus to his task at hand. God uses waiting to renew, refresh and teach. In our times of waiting, we are in a better position to hear the voice of God. As we hear his voice, we grow in confidence. With confidence we can express our talents and abilities in God’s power. This is how individuals and the church as a whole climbs to the next level of faith. If we have the courage to wait upon the Lord, we will see our prayers answered and his will accomplished.

David’s writings tell us he came to know God in a special way, earning God’s favor, and received a reward for his test of patience. As he accepted the gift of confidence, he continued to practice waiting and listening, taking hold of the power to be gained. Even though David faced circumstances that would cause most men to crumble, he leaned on the confidence he found in his deep relationship with God, and enjoyed victory again and again. He learned to throw confidence in the face of his enemies.

Fear consumes confidence. All things, seen and unseen, are subject to the glory of God. As we confront our fears and call upon the power of the Lord, we will see how unfounded they are in light of an almighty God. As we yield to Him, growing closer to Him, we find the confidence we long for. Listen as you wait—and, like David, you will hear God speak confidence into your life.

Let's Pray: Dear Lord, help me to wait. I want to face my fears. Open my eyes to see the confidence I need to serve you well. Thank you for being patient with me. 

Over to You: What is preventing you from waiting on God?

Jan Cline is an author and speaker from the Pacific Northwest, USA. She is also founder and director of the Inland NW Christian Writers conference and leads a writers group in her area. You may learn more about her at www.jancline.net.

Author of A Heart Out of Hiding
Also available on Amazon

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Spring - just the word alone evokes images of flowers blooming, the sun shining, new life and rebirth.

However, although it’s spring here, that isn’t what I see when I look outside. A few days ago, it snowed. And as I’m writing this, it’s dark and rainy.

But, I know it won’t last. I know the sun will come out, the temperature will rise, the lovely days can’t be too far off.

And it’s that hope and patience, that we must have as professionals to make our dreams come to fruition.

As Michelangelo once said, “Genius is eternal patience.”

So we must learn to endure it, cultivate it, revel in it, because, “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” (Saint Augustine)

A novel can’t be written yesterday. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

Good work, work worth doing, takes time.

And if we can learn to be patient, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.“ (John Quincy Adams) And before we know it, we get exactly what we’ve worked for.

So I hope you enjoy the spring, and come what may, summer is just around the corner.

Eva Maria Hamilton is the author of Highland Hearts, a Love Inspired Historical novel published by Harlequin.

Scotland 1748

The Battle of Culloden is over, but one Highlander’s fight has just begun…

Logan McAllister survived years of indentured servitude in the Americas to reach this moment. Now he’s returned to Scotland, ready to redeem the secret promise from Sheena Montgomery’s father – that his years as an indentured servant would earn him Sheena’s hand in marriage. But when he arrives home, he learns that Sheena’s father has died, his contract has been lost… and Sheena is engaged to another man.

To connect with Eva Maria Hamilton online, please visit her at www.evamariahamilton.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Interview and giveaway with Ronie Kendig

I’m so thrilled to have Ronie here on our blog today, answering questions about her latest release, Talon. And after the interview, I'll let you know how you can win a copy of book one of Ronie's A Breed Apart series from Barbour Publishing, Trinity: Military War Dog.

LISA: Ronie, tell us briefly about Talon and why this is one of your favorite books that you’ve written so far.

RONIE: In all honesty, there is an organic beauty in this story that I never intended to happen. The journey of the hero and the military working dog of working through trauma from the past is similar in a lot of ways. And there’s just a beauty in the hero’s journey and dealing with the leftover pain from an abusive father. I’ve never referred to my stories as beautiful before, especially with all the action and fast pace, but this one definitely has all of that—and more!

LISA: Love that answer! This is your second military series with Barbour. What was your motivation to write novels in this genre?

RONIE: I grew up an Army brat and married an Army veteran, so it was a big part of who and what I was, what I knew. There are so many novels out there that glamorize our military heroes, then leave out the tough parts, where they struggle to create a new normal when they return home. Or ignore the statistics that a vast majority of our heroes return home with PTSD. We abandon them because we aren’t sure how to help them. Being a voice through fiction is one way I hope to bring awareness and open dialogue about our military heroes. 

LISA: The men and women in our military are heroes, and I love how your heart for them. Between writing scenes set in different countries, to military dialogue and protocol, you clearly put a lot of research into your books. Can you tell us about your process of ‘getting it right?’

RONIE: Getting it right can be really tough, especially within the military community because what happens in one unit or with one squadron, isn’t the same as what another might experience. So, I go with the best detail and information I can acquire, and speak to experts—those who’ve been there/done that. If they have the time, they read the scenes/book and let me know what’s off.  Technology and the combat theater are constantly changing, so it’s important to read, read, read, and dialogue with those who know what’s happening out there.

LISA: Writing scenes set in Afghanistan isn’t the only difficult thing you do. What about balancing writing, homeschooling, and raising a family? Can you give us any tips?

RONIE: This year—2012-2013—has been the most challenging homeschool year for me, what with a major move halfway across the US to our new home in VA, to putting my daughter into AP courses through Patrick Henry College, and homeschooling without a co-op. . .I’ve really struggled. But through that struggle, I re-learned how to prioritize.

It gets really tough when you meet with some success and get published—because now you have a readership that wants your time, too. Finding that balance is tough. I’ve determined and followed through with God first, family next, and then my writing. It’s very hard to say no to some readers/bloggers, but I am not capable of doing everything by myself, even though I’ve tried hard for a long time. As a person who is very people-oriented, this lesson has been hard for me, but I’m only one person, and I have five others in my home who depend on me. They are first. And I do my best after that to take care of my writing and my readers, whom I love dearly.

LISA: Such good advise. We can’t do everything and that’s okay! What have you learned from your writing journey that you would like to share?

RONIE: Ironically—I’ve learned how little I’m in control. I can write my heart out, then pluck out my heart editing, but it’s all in the Lord’s hands once I’ve fulfilled my obligation to my publisher and my commitment to the Lord to write the best story I can. From there, it’s really up to the Lord. I nearly killed myself in my debut year trying to make myself a success. I felt like a failure, but after months of soul-searching and heartbreaks, I came to realize that it wasn’t up to me whether I became a success. I mean—yes, do your best, but after that, it’s in His hands. I’ve done what He asked me to do—WRITE THE STORY—but what He does with it from there is not in my control or up to me.

LISA: I have to smile because I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue of control—and all the things I can’t control. Yes, we have to do our best in writing or whatever we do, but you are so right that there are just so many things we just can’t control.

Here’s the blurb on Talon that releases next week!

“Aspen Courtland is out to find her missing brother. Only his combat tracking dog, Talon, knows where to look. Problem is, after a brutal attack that separated dog and handler, Talon’s afraid of his own shadow. The search is on, but when one mistake means disaster, can Talon muster the courage for one last mission?”

Ronie is offering to give away a copy of the first book in this series, Trinity. US or international! Leave a comment and tell us why you want to read this series. Please include a way for us to contact you as well. Comments must be left by Friday midnight (PST) and will be announced in the Sunday Edition.

For more information on all of Ronie's books visit her websiteThanks for stopping by!


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Visit Lisa's website to learn more about her books and life in Africa. Watch for Stolen Identity from Love Inspired Suspense, coming June 2013, and a brand new romantic suspense series debuting from Revel this fall.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Interview with Christine Lindsay

Narelle here. I'm delighted to have the pleasure of interviewing ICFW member Christine Lindsay today on our blog.

Irish-born CHRISTINE LINDSAY writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. 

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.

Prisoners to their own broken dreams… 

After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts. 

Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancĂ© is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago. Why, then, is she still drawn to him, and to the tiger cub he is raising? 

Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home? 

Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

Narelle: What was your inspiration for writing Captured by Moonlight?

Christine: Two characters from the first book, Shadowed in Silk, insisted I tell their story. They are Eshana, the young Christian woman who served in the mission, and Lieutenant Laine Harkness of the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Corp. 

Eshana’s story of being a child Hindu widow needed to be told, so I had someone come out from Eshana’s past to capture and imprison her for being a Christian. 

Laine also needed to be imprisoned by her emotions for her former fiancĂ©, Adam. Things become interesting for her when she finds Adam in a refuge-like plantation in the thick jungle. 

But the overall inspiration was India, and the many Christians in India. Indian women like Pandita Ramabai who did so much for suffering widows and children, American missionary Dr. Ida Scudder, and Indian preacher Sundar Singh, who I wanted to share with modern-day readers.

Narelle: Does Captured by Moonlight include many characters from Book 1, Shadowed in Silk?

Christine: Captured by Moonlight includes Geoff and Abby in a tiny way. But the story is predominately about the adventure and danger that Eshana and Laine are thrust into when they must flee the north of India. The police are seeking these two women for rescuing young Indian girls from the sex slave trade, and the Hindu population is up in arms about that.

Narelle: What do you find most fascinating about the British Raj period of India’s history?

Christine: To me the British Raj is more exciting that even the Wild West is to the Americas. British Colonial India was a time caught in a capsule. It could not last, because it was built on an imperialistic attitude of Britain. But oh, such a time of memsahibs and sahibs, cavalry officers and their steeds, huge Indian armies, grand glittering palaces, beautiful women in saris, the grandeur and beauty of India. Color and spice. Romance in the desert or a flower-perfumed jungle. Need I go on?

Narelle: Captured by Moonlight touches on the historic sex trade in South East Asia. What inspired you to write about this issue?

Christine: You can’t study much about India before realizing the Hindu caste system is one of the cruelest philosophies in the world. It is the height of injustice to believe that some people are of more importance simple because of their lineage as a high-caste person, versus the horror and filth that the lowest class of people (the untouchables) must live with. Even Gandhi did his best to stamp this out. 

One of the practices of Hinduism is called Devadasi. This is where a young girl is “married” to a Hindu deity and dedicated to service in a temple for the rest of her life. Sometimes these girls were from high-caste families who thought they were pleasing their gods by giving them their daughters. Many times the girls were from the untouchable class, who were simply brought in to be prostitutes for Hindu men who came to worship in the temples. This practice is often debated that it really happened this way. But if you read the writings of women such as missionary Amy Carmichael, Dr. Ida Scudder, or Indian heroine Pandita Ramabai, then you know these horrible practices took place. These godly women were just a few who rescued young girls and women from the atrocities of the sex trade. 

I weave part of these truth injustices into Captured by Moonlight. The current-day sex trade is still as strong and still as horrendous as in the days of my fictional story. Something we as Christians nowadays need to be aware of and concerned.

Narelle: What faith issues do your characters struggle to overcome in the story?

Christine: Eshana has been happily living as a Christian and serving God in the medical mission that was built by her mentor, Miriam from Shadowed in Silk. After Miriam’s death, Eshana is convinced it is God’s will for her to administer the mission in her mentor’s footsteps. But God allows something terrible to happen. Eshana is captured by her traditional Hindu uncle and imprisoned for living a life as a Christian. He forces Eshana to be dressed in the course white funeral clothing of a widow and have her head shaved. 

Eshana must go through a sort of death to her own dreams and ambitions. She learns like I am learning—to die to myself so that Christ may live His life and complete His plans through me. Eshana learns that the Lord’s plans are far more wonderful than anything she or I could ever devise.

Narelle: How has your faith influenced your writing?

Christine: I would not be writing if it were not an opportunity for me to show in story format who Jesus Christ is, and what a yielded life to Him can accomplish. What I learn in my devotions at the feet of Christ is what comes out in my character’s journeys.

Narelle: Please tell us about your upcoming releases. Are you planning to write more books in the Twilight of the British Raj series?

Christine: I had always wanted to write a series that would take the reader from what is the beginning of the end of the British Raj and up to its total end in the Partition of India. 

Book 1 Shadowed in Silk starts out with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that pushed the Indian independence movement into high gear. 

Book 2 Captured by Moonlight carries on with that and focuses on British people who had been born and raised in India. With the end of the Raj nearing they aren’t sure what nationality they are. They’re not truly India. Nor are they quite British. 

Book 3 Veiled at Midnight will finish this series. It will showcase all the glory of the British Raj leaving India. That leaving brings about the Partition of India into a new independent India and the new country of Muslim Pakistan. This was a brutal time in history. But through that I hope to inspire people that God can gather His people from all four corners of the world. No matter where you go in this world, He will find you and care for you.

Christine, thanks for providing us with a fascinating insight into your latest release, Captured by Moonlight. If you'd like to learn more about Captured by Moonlight or connect with Christine, please check out the following links.

NARELLE ATKINS writes contemporary inspirational romance and lives in Canberra, Australia. She recently sold her debut novel, set in Australia, to Harlequin's Heartsong Presents line in a 6-book contract. Her first book, Falling for the Farmer, will be a February 2014 release. 

She has published Bible Studies on Smashwords and blogs regularly at http://30MinuteBibleStudies.wordpress.com 

Narelle is a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA) http://www.acrba.blogspot.com 

To learn more about Narelle, please visit her website.