Welcome back, Rachelle. Tell us about your salvation experience.
While I was raised going to church, summer camp propelled my faith forward in a very personal way. I later met my husband at the same camp, too, so it holds a special place in our hearts. We spend time there with our children every summer. It’s quickly becoming one of their favorite places, and a solid part of their faith foundation.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
If this is my dream writing retreat, I’d pick C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Susan Cooper, and Madeleine L’Engle. Then I would sit back and take notes like crazy!
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I’m an ordained Presbyterian minister, but I try to stay out of the pulpit as much as possible. I’ve found I can reach more people at a more honest place when I funnel my efforts into fiction.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Well, I was very nearly late for this blog interview! Fortunately Lena Nelson Dooley is an extremely gracious hostess and sent me a timely reminder. Thank you,
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Write! Just do it. You can’t edit a blank page. You may have a dozen books in your head, but no one can read them there.
Tell us about the featured book.
A Royal Marriage is my first foray into historical fiction. It’s the opening book of the new Protecting the Crown series, which is a spin-off of my suspense series, Reclaiming the Crown. The book’s focus on the Christian
of Lydia, a fictional place founded by
the leader of a house church who we meet in the Bible in Acts 16:14 & 40. This particular book is
set in the year A.D. 801 and features a real historical person—Gisela, daughter
of Charlemagne. History records her name and the dates of her birth and death,
but tells us little else about her. I’ve filled in the details.
Since I’ve read all the other books and loved them, I know I’ll love this one, too. Please give us the first page of the book.
"A ship approaches, Your Majesty. Her sail is spread with the Carolingian cross." Renwick, chief messenger among the Lydian guard, bowed low before the king.
"Charlemagne." His Royal Highness, King John of
the sword with which he'd been sparring with his younger brother, Prince Luke.
Why would the Holy Roman Emperor send a ship to Lydia unannounced? Charlemagne's
realm had expanded vastly under his leadership, but John had assumed the
renowned ruler would have no interest in the tiny .
Was he wrong? kingdom of Lydia
King John turned to face the messenger. "She approaches directly?"
"Making for the wharf at high speed, sire," Renwick panted as though he, too, had run to reach the king quickly.
"Then we shall make haste, as well." Sheathing his sword, John headed for the courtyard gate, the fastest route to the Mediterranean shore.
"To the lookout tower, Your Majesty?" Renwick appeared confused by the king's choice of direction.
"No, Renwick." John led the way. "To the wharf."
Prince Luke ran beside him. "Why would Charlemagne visit
We are not his vassals."
"I doubt it is Charlemagne himself," King John acknowledged. "The emperor regularly sends emissaries throughout his empire to report back to him." He prayed that was true this time, irregular though it might seem.
is not part of his empire." Luke chafed visibly at the idea.
"We are part of Christendom. As such, we ought to ally ourselves closely with the
Holy Roman Empire.
Such a position could prove to be advantageous." John reached the end of
the wharf and shielded his eyes from the sun, examining the quickly approaching
vessel, her sails emblazoned with the distinctive Carolingian cross, four
tri-quetras joined at the center to form the distinctive symbol of Emperor
"Three masts!" The sight filled John with awe.
Lydia had no
ship to match it. And yet, "She looks to be wounded."
"Aye, brother." Luke clapped one hand on John's shoulder and pointed with the other. "Her foresail has been rent and hastily mended. Do you think she has weathered a storm?"
"Or an attack." John met his brother's eyes.
"Saracens?" Prince Luke spoke the word softly, as though saying it aloud might draw the vicious pirates closer.
"They raid the Mediterranean waters regularly."
"Never so close to
"We don't know how far this ship has come," King John acknowledged. "Or whether the Saracens may have taken her."
"Taken her?" Fear sparked in his brother's blue eyes as he looked out to the ship and back at the ramparts of their castle. If the pirates had taken the ship, they could approach under Charlemagne's cross and dock before the Lydians realized trouble had reached their shores. The castle's defenses might be breached before they could even prepare for battle. "Why would Saracens approach so boldly?"
"For no good reason." John shook his head. He didn't want to believe that Saracen pirates had taken the emperor's ship, but given her condition, it was a distinct possibility. "Let us pray for
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Thank you, Rachelle, for sharing this new series with us. I know my readers will want to get a copy of this first book as soon as possible. I can hardly wait until my copy comes.
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