Thursday, April 23, 2015

VEILED AT MIDNIGHT - Christine Lindsay - One Free Book

Welcome back, Christine. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Because my father, brother, and sister are all alcoholics, and because I also relinquished my first child to adoption, I’ve had my share of suffering. We all suffer, and God uses pain to draw us closer to Him. I write stories about people in really tough situations, and through the plot and characters show my readers that they can trust God implicitly to save them and help them through their lives
Healing from childhood sadness is a biggy for me. Often how we’ve been treated in our youth affects the choices we make as adults.

But I love to write about the new person those characters become after they have yielded to Christ. All my characters are flawed and often at the beginning of a book you want to clobber that character over the head. Such as the case with my Captain Cam Fraser in Veiled at Midnight.

The Lord is in the business of changing people, though, to make them like His son, Jesus Christ. I’ve seen this in my brother’s life two years ago when he gave his life to Christ and chose sobriety.

I love showing those changes in my characters in the hope of inspiring a reader to hear the gospel of Christ and surrender to that loving call.

Showing that there is great light and hope for those who put their hand in Christ’s.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I have two books coming out this 2015. One is from Pelican Book Group called Sofi’s Bridge, a light historical romance set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State in 1913. The spiritual theme of this book is that we cannot save the ones we love—only Christ can do that.

The other book I am currently finishing is a non-fiction book about the relinquishment of my child to adoption, and about our painful reunion twenty years later. This story will be entwined with other adoption reunion stories, good and bad, to show a balanced view, but most importantly to illustrate the El Shaddai love of our Heavenly Father.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would love to spend an evening with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. As a British immigrant to Canada, I consider her as the royal sovereign of Canada even though we rule ourselves. But the present Queen has always struck me as a very decent woman. Did you know that she claims to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and often refers to Him during her Christmas messages?

But she’s also so down to earth, when she gets a chance to put aside her royal duties. She loves animals and takes an avid interest in gardening.

Her Majesty has served Britain well these past 60 years, and was set a wonderful example by her parents during WW2 during the Blitz. She is one of my true-life heroes.

I loved her entrance into the last Olympics in London. It  revealed her whimsical nature. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Dr. Ida Scudder, that great American missionary to India. She built the largest private hospital that is still in existence today in the south of India. When I was in India in 2010 for a short missions’ trip, I was in her area. While on trains traveling past emerald green rice paddies and banana plantations, I kept feeling as though I was walking in her shoes. I feature the true-life figure of Dr. Ida Scudder briefly in Captured by Moonlight Book 2 in my trilogy.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
You must realize from the start that becoming a published writer takes a long, long, long, long, time—for most of us anyway. I started writing in 1999, my first book wasn’t published until 2011 even though it won the ACFW Genesis. And even though my books receive critical acclaim in awards they don’t sell as much as others because I’m with a small press. Here I am on book 6 and I’m still not selling a lot.

But I wouldn’t change a thing. God has been so good to me in this journey. Each time I want to give up, He does something to encourage me to keep going. Like I said, here I am looking forward to the publishing of my sixth novel this year. That’s progress—slow progress, but still wonderful progress. Hang in there. Keep working, but always, always, always, put the Lord and your family before your writing.

Tell us about the featured book.
To me, Veiled at Midnight is a historical about a terrible time in British/Indian history, but what I also call a Big Love Story. My historicals are not in the romance genre, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some delicious romance in them.

VEILED AT MIDNIGHT—Explosive and Passionate Finale to the series Twilight of the British Raj

As the British Empire comes to an end, millions flee to the roads. Caught up in the turbulent wake is Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah.

Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?

As this becomes clear to Dassah, she has no option but to run. Cam may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again.
Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?

The 1947 Partition has separated the country these three love … but can they find their true homes before it separates them forever?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Calcutta, August 15, 1946
The last arrow of sunlight shot back from the train’s brass trim, blinding Cam Fraser. As he narrowed his eyes, he recognized a face at the edge of his vision. A train whistle shrieked, steam hissed. A young woman in a green sari mingled within a crowd of Indian passengers. In an instant, his legs felt encased in steel. Out of that teeming mass on the platform, she stared back. Her skin the color of milky tea, her hair a thick braid of silk over one shoulder. The fast sinking sun set her awash in a glow of apricot. Then crimson. She’d been looking straight at him. Then in the descending dark she was gone.


His sister, Miriam, gripped him by the elbow. “Hadassah? Cam, you said Dassah.”

“I thought I saw her.” He shook his head, the pain nearly splitting it in two. He squinted to see into the crowd as the rapid Indian dusk fell. Ten long years….

With her hand on his shoulder to steady herself, Miriam strained on her tiptoes to see over the throng. “It’s been simply ages! Cam, are you sure? Where’d you see her?”

At that moment, whistles blew, and conductors ushered passengers aboard the night train bound for New Delhi. Miriam sent a pleading look over her shoulder. “Find her, Cam, before the train leaves.”

He didn’t need any goading from his sister, and while the steward urged Miriam up the steps of their carriage, he dodged passengers along the side of the train. Hundreds scrambled to their seats, more well-to-do Indians to first and second class. At least that injustice had been corrected somewhat since his childhood. The plush elegance of first class was no longer assigned to the British alone. Still, hoards of poor mashed into the cattle-like carriages called fourth. But it wasn’t fourth he’d seen Dassah standing outside of.

For as long as he could remember, Dassah as a scrawny little girl tagged after him when he visited the mission. He and Miriam had played with the muddle of orphans—Hari, Ameera, Zakir—to name a few—enjoying the usual sort of games, soccer, rugby, marbles. But the last time he’d seen Dassah she’d been anything but scrawny. Nor had she been a little girl.

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Deanna Stevens said...

I'm wanting to know - can they find their true homes before it separates them forever? Enjoyed meeting you today!
Dee From NE

Deanne said...

Yes, we all do suffer at some point. We need to use this to draw closer to him as I can see you have. I very much enjoyed reading the excerpt. I would love to read a paper back copy of this book in my Fort Loudon, PA home.

Sierra Faith said...

that cover is so pretty!!!!! yay for another new author :D


Trixi said...

I love discovering new-to-me authors! It opens my book reading world a little wider! Thank you for the chance to win a fantastic sounding book! Blessings

Trixi from Oregon

Alicia G. Ruggieri said...

Oh, India! :-) This sounds like a series I'll be reading. It was refreshing to hear that you don't ignore pain and suffering in your books but use it as an opportunity to show the transforming hope of Jesus Christ. (Thanks for offering the giveaway.)

Caryl Kane said...

I love reading stories that show the redemptive nature of Christ. I would love to read VEILED AT MIDNIGHT. Thank you for the giveaway.

Caryl in TEXAS

Mary Preston said...

This is a very beautiful cover. Thank you for the fabulous first page.

Mary P


Bonnie Roof said...

I am inspired by Christine's testimony and would love to read one of her books. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!


sm said...

We really enjoy Washington State and have travelled there a lot. We have a trip planned in June to the Cascades NP and I would enjoy your new book, Sofi's Bridge, as it's set in the Cascades. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Anonymous said...

please enter me in your wonderful drawing! Shelia Hall from Mississippi

kam110476 said...

Hi Christine & Lena! Goodness, have I got goosebumps! I have the first two books in this series and have been looking to get Veiled at Midnight as well so I can read all three together! I think I'm even more excited to get started now after reading that!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com