We’re doing a book drawing for Thief, the second book in the Brides of Alba historical series by Linda Windsor. Linda is joining us this week until Friday evening, answering your questions. Please ask about her writing, her home (we’ve included two pics of her lovely home decorated at Christmas), her books, etc., for a chance to win her book. Also, give me a way to contact you & let me know if you follow my blog (or are a new follower) as you’ll get another entry in the drawing. (sorry, U.S. addresses only on this drawing).
Thief—–Exiled in shame and wounded in battle, Caden O’Byrne accepts a mission of penance—to search for his healer’s long-lost daughter. At worst, he’ll finally get his death wish. At best, this could be God’s second chance. But the lovely minstrel Sorcha wants no part in him, his newfound God, or the rescue. In fact, she’s robbed him blind—to help finance her work of buying young captives and returning them to their families. She’s also gone into debt and promised to marry a man she doesn’t love—all for the chidlren’s sake. But before she and Caden can sort out the situation, a treacherous murder forces them to run for their lives…together. While Caden’s rekindled faith is tested, Sorcha wonders if his God is real. If so, can a thief like her dare hope for His mercy? And do the two of them have a chance of reaching home—Sorcha’s real home—alive?
Since so many readers have asked to see pictures of our home, here are some holiday pictures of the great room & dining room. I constantly battle soot on the walls from our love of candles! I had my web mistress recreate my big cooking fireplace on my website and we decorate it seasonally, just like I do at home. At the moment, there is a vase of colorful flowers in it, since it’s summer, and the decorations are beach motif.
The house is made up of three single room cabins ranging in age from 1790-1830. They are cobbled together with a second floor added sometime around 1900. We left many of the original beams exposed. And like the families that lived in the house before us, we added on as our family grew. I have not used the big fireplace since my husband died six years ago, but my goodness, the delicious roasts, chickens and pies we cooked and prepared for guests.
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. 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 Linda.
Linda’s testimony that Christ is her Druid (Master/Teacher) opens wary hearts wounded by harsh Christian condemnation. Admitted Wiccans and pagans became intrigued by the tidbits of history and tradition pointing to the how and why Druids accepted Him. She not only sells these non-believers copies of her books, but also outsells the occult titles surrounding her inspirational ones.
When Linda isn’t writing in the late 18th century home that she and her late husband restored, she’s busy speaking and/or playing music for writing workshops, faith seminars, libraries, and civic and church groups. She and her husband were professional musicians and singers in their country and old Rock and Roll band Homespun.
Presently, she’s working on REBEL, book three of her new historical series Brides of Alba, which tells the story of three brothers finding faith and love in war torn Arthurian Scotland. But woven into the background are the little known historical traditions of the early British church, the Grail Church and its protection of the Irish Davidic kingly and the British Arimathean priestly bloodlines that allegedly survive in the British royal family today. Meanwhile, rave reviews continue to pour in for the first two of this series from her peers and industry professionals.
In Healer, Linda Windsor combines a knack for thorough research and the skill to draw from it judiciously in telling an engaging story. She weaves together a rich and detailed tapestry of sixth century life in Scotland. Her notes about Arthurian characters, the Grail Palace, and the bibliography are well worth reading. Linda has done her homework and written a fine story.
Author of Safely Home and Deception
“I’ve read and loved many of Linda Windsor’s novels; Thief runs away with the prize as my absolute favorite! The conflicts are real, the characters more so, with larger-than-life Caden O’Byrne fighting body and soul to win a spirited woman worthy of his warrior’s heart. Stirring romance, high adventure, and genuine faith all beat like a drum from first page to last. Once you start reading, Thief is sure to steal your every waking hour!”
Liz Curtis Higgs
Best-selling author of Here Burns My Candle
“Windsor’s competent storytelling makes her tropes fresh and entertaining.”
Publishers Weekly on THIEF
“Windsor keeps us on the edge of our seats, mixing romance with early Christian testimony. An enchanting tale of intrigue and the power of compassion.
Romantic Times TOP PICK!