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Tomorrow I’m having a “book-baby!”

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Tomorrow I’m having a “book-baby!”

This is my twelfth “book baby” and one was stillborn ūüė¶¬† At times I still wonder if that first struggle to write a book could be brought back to life?¬† It had a rather strange title–“How to Bring about Change Without Everybody Getting Mad at You?”¬† I guess it didn’t fly then, because I couldn’t find the answer.¬† The manuscript was all about¬† being hurt — and what the people who were mad at me–and my husband–did.¬† Maybe when I turn ninety (next February) I will haul it off the shelf and read through those typed pages again. I suspect the answer would come as I read. God has certainly given me more insight and understanding of relationships after almost fifty more years of living!

I’m not having a big launch party for The Queen’s Daughters. ¬†It’s not that she isn’t worth it — my, the adventures¬† Katharine Bushnell and Bess Andrews had in India should keep my readers awake! When they both got stuck in Peshawar at the end of the Kyber pass (from Kabul,Afghanistan) I had a hard time getting them out of there myself.

The launch of a twelfth book is something like launching the fifth child in a family. Relatives visit and send cards  and gifts when the first grandchild is bornРand in this century the cellphone lines are hot with baby pictures.  But my fifth baby started life on the road in  the back bedroom of our 42-foot trailer as we traveled across the country meeting people and speaking in churches about our youth work in South Africa.  In one church a dear lady felt sorry for our baby, and offered to take him home and care for him the whole week we were there!! (I wish she knew what a godly, sensitive, caring man he turned out to be, and how much he was and is loved by the whole family!)

Well, back to¬† — THE QUEEN’S DAUGHTERS. She’s my twelfth and fulfills my dream of birthing a book that will challenge readers¬† with¬† Kate’s passion and risk-taking efforts to overcome injustice.

Tomorrow– September 1– is the day.¬† If you enjoyed Daughters of Deliverance you’ll be eager to read the sequel, The Queen’s Daughters. Please write a review at the bottom of the book’s page in Amazon–it helps so much to get the word out to others!

The Setting of The Queen’s Daughters

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The Setting of The Queen’s Daughters

I visited India for the first time  in 1979, but my memories are still vivid.  Most of the cars on the roads were black  Ambassadors, manufactured in India.  No bells and whistles, but the drivers cleverly maneuvered around cows in the road, and daring pedestrians forging ahead through the traffic.

One night we stayed in a guest-room across from a park ¬†full of peacocks. ¬†We looked forward to seeing them in the morning, especially the males, proud in their plumage of yellow,blue,and green feathers.¬† What we didn’t know when we laid our weary heads on the bumpy pillows and longed for a breath of moving air, was that our peacock neighbors couldn’t sleep either. They were awake at sunrise, greeting each other with the loudest, most raucous, ugly sounding calls you can imagine — and multiply that by one hundred or more birds.

India is a fascinating, colorful  land to visit, though the sight of beggars living along the side of the streets, or a mother in a bedraggled sari, standing in the middle of traffic, her hand outstretched  for food for the baby in her arms and the toddlers clinging  to her skirts, was always heart-breaking. As I traveled frequently to India over the years, beggars became less visible (perhaps by some municipal regulations?) and the cities looked more prosperous.

My early travels in India¬† were far less comfortable than today. We seldom had air-conditioning in the moderate guest houses where we stayed, and suffered frequent loss of electrical power.¬† We often rode on rickshaws drawn¬† by men whose powerful muscles in their arms and legs kept their bony frames moving through traffic with ‘seeming’ ease.

¬†I could go on, but I think this will help you to understand why I especially enjoyed researching and writing¬† Dr. Katharine Bushnell’s experience in India eighty-five years earlier.¬† The challenges were greater, but she was determined to expose the mistreatment of¬† young Indian women in the brothels of the military¬† during the British Raj, and to help free any she could.

A historical novel, The Queen’s Daughters is the second book about the life of Katharine Bushnell. It is set in Victorian England, British India, and the Far East.¬† There’s joy, victory and obedience to God’s call on her life, even though the subject matter may seem dark at times. If you like to read books about strong women who served God in unexpected places, you’ll enjoy getting to know Dr. Katharine Bushnell. The Queen’s Daughters¬† is available on Amazon, September 1, 2017,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifteen Days to Launch

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Fifteen Days to Launch

My long hiatus is over. ¬†I haven’t written you since May 19 ¬†from Kenya. ¬†It was a God-given opportunity to live there with old friends while I wrote the story of the founding of Daystar University. Every day was a God-given experience– whether watching the monkeys trying to get into our garden, ¬†whooshing a ‘Shongololo’ out of my bathroom, or finding a twist of words that energized the story more. ¬†I worked with a team of gracious people, ¬†and we were able to finish ¬†the draft of Daystar Rising¬† by the time I had to leave. But that’s for another time.
Today I want to focus on my new book. Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s¬†will launch my twelfth book, The Queen’s Daughters,¬†on September 1, 2017. I wanted ¬† to introduce you to the beautiful cover. What comes to your mind when you see ¬†this lovely face? What do you think she’s pondering? I ‘ll be very interested in your thoughts.

And even more grateful if you would read The Queen’s Dauighters¬†and write a review on Amazon.

Blessings, Lorry