Monday, January 28, 2013

CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT - Christine Lindsay - One Free Book

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write books with lots of romance, adventure, danger, suspense, because this is the type of exciting book I like to read. I like a book that takes me away, and leaves me with images to remember for months, if not years later. But at the same time, I must write books that tell about the greatest love of all—that of Christ’s love for us. Nothing is more exciting than that.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day my husband David asked me to be his wife, and the consequent days that each of our children were born. Aside from God, my family is my greatest joy.

How has being published changed your life?
It got a lot busier, but also brought a lot of people into my life, people I consider friends, like our very dear Lena Nelson Dooley. How wonderful to go to a writers’ conference and find lovely fellow writers such as Lena and receive a big hug. It’s so wonderful to work in tangent with quality writers like this, who only want the same thing—to share Christ with others through the telling of stories.

And then there are all the really neat people I get to meet when they contact me after reading my books. I wish more readers would email me at I love to meet them. It all boils down to relationships with others. Such a great feeling to get to know people.

I so agree Christine. I love getting to know other authors, and hearing from readers really makes my day. What are you reading right now?
Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke, and really loving it.

I loved that book as well. What is your current work in progress?
I’m working on a romance novella set in England, and then I have to start writing the third and final book to my series, Twilight of the British Raj, which will be called Veiled at Midnight and released by WhiteFire in 2014.

We need to schedule that book on my blog. What would be your dream vacation?
Oh my goodness, anywhere tropical where I can sit on a beach, look at turquoise water, sip a nice fruit juice and read a great book. With my hubby beside me. Although I did hear about this wonderful horse-drawn sleigh-ride that you can book at Christmas time up at Lake Louise in Canada. I would love to do that for a winter  vacation.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
The settings always come with the character that takes my heart. In my India series, it started out with my British Cavalry Major, Geoff Richards, who was the fictionalized version of my great, great, great—or something like that—great grandfather. And so that series was permanently set in British Colonial India—an extremely exotic place, terrific for danger and romance.

Because I’m Irish born, a lot of my characters tend to be of British or Irish stock, so often that sets my books in the British Isles. But British history fascinates me. Hence their colonies do which used to take up a large segment of the map. 

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I’d love to sit down and have tea with Queen Elizabeth. Being born in British owned Northern Ireland, and a citizen of Canada which is part of the British Commonwealth, Elizabeth the Second is my queen. In my opinion she is a royal that is deserving of great honor. She’s kept her promise to her subjects and served her people well.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I’m chuckling to myself. There isn’t much time for anything else, although I love my garden. I just saw some of my daffodils have poked up in the front by the driveway. 

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Fitting everything into a tight schedule. There is so much more to being a published writer than writing books. Getting the word out about our books is a tough job. It’s hard to talk about yourself, when as a writer—especially a Christian writer—we are much happier shining the light on Christ or on our characters.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
If you find great joy in crafting words on a page, then do it. Keep at it, because it is not an easy climb. But along the way you will make many friends, and most of all come to rely more and more upon Christ, and you will be what God wired you to be—a writer.

Tell us about the featured book.
Captured by Moonlight is the continuing story of Eshana and of Nursing Matron Laine Harkness from Shadowed in Silk. These two feisty women from Book 1 practically demanded that I tell their story.

Due to their desire to help young girls who are being sexually abused in the north of India, Eshana and Laine find the police on their heels. As they both escape to the south of India, they are each captured by their respective pasts.

Laine goes to a new position as nurse in a clinic that is thick in the jungle, only to discover the owner of the plantation is her former fiancé who broke her heart during the war. Laine is determined that Adam will never again crush her like he did when he sent her that Dear Jane letter.

Unknown to Laine, Eshana is caught and imprisoned by her traditional Hindu uncle who is angry that she is living as a Christian. He secretly imprisons Eshana in a house hidden in the jungle where she discovers friendship with a little girl who is also engaged to be married, though she is only six.

Eshana wonders if she will ever see freedom again, or is she to wear the funeral garb of a Hindu widow for the rest of her life? She is also saddened that she may never again see Dr. Jai Kaur, a Sikh man whom she has become great friends with.

Captured by Moonlight has two romances within its story, and I believe it will capture the heart of any Christian romance reader. At the same time I try to gently tackle a serious issue that is still current today—young children being used as sex slaves.

Here is the book trailer.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Amritsar, Northern India, Late October, 1921

If the head woman from the temple looked in her direction, Laine Harkness wouldn’t give two
squashed mangoes for her life, or Eshana’s. Laine could never be confused for an Indian, but with the tail end of this cotton sari covering half her face, and her brown eyes peeking over, she simply had to blend in. Still, any minute now that hatchet-faced female standing guard to the girls’ quarters could let out a pulse-freezing yell.

A sudden blare of a conch shell from within the Hindu temple stretched Laine’s nerves. She and
Eshana must be mad to risk this exploit again. The Principal Matron at Laine’s hospital would give her a severe reprimand if she ever found out. More likely sack her. If either she or Eshana had any sense at all, they’d turn around, go back to the mission, and mind their own business.
But a line from Wordsworth, one of Adam’s favorites, ran through her mind...little, nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and of love...

Blast! She wouldn’t call what she and Eshana were about to do little, but please let it be
unremembered. Unnoticed would be better still.

Nudging Eshana in the side and closing her mind to the writhing creatures in the burlap bags
they carried, she hissed into Eshana’s ear. “Well off you go. You’ve got yours to dispose of, and I’ve got mine. Just please keep that guard distracted.” Laine jutted her chin toward the obese head woman waddling around in a sari stained down the front with betel juice. Every once in a while she would take her long wooden club and rap on the doors of the hovels.

Eshana hurried through the narrow alleyway toward the guardian of the temple girls, carrying a
similar burlap sack to Laine’s.

On the opposite side of the bazaar, the globelike spires of a temple devoted to a Hindu goddess
poked above nearby rooftops. Like a multi-tiered cake decorated in a variety of colored icings—pinks, blues, orange—the temple enticed like a sugary concoction.

But from there the loveliness ended. In these alleyways behind the temple, the pervasive scent
of incense and stale flowers mixed with the reek of human misery. Girls who should still be playing with toys, and some a little older, chatted with each other. Many of the paint-chipped doors were closed, imprisoning within those adolescent girls forced into ritual marriages to a Hindu deity.

Laine flattened herself against the peeling plaster wall to watch Eshana shake out the contents
of her sack at the base of a cluster of clay pots. Now she waved her hands about, talking in rapid Hindi to the older woman. Good girl, Eshana, that’s the ticket. Laine’s stomach writhed in rhythm to the creature in the bag she carried. She strengthened her grip at the top of the sack though the drawstring had been tightly pulled.

Sure enough the head woman stomped off with Eshana and began to clatter around the pots
with her club, giving Laine the moment she waited for. Sixth door from the end on this side, Eshana had told her. Eshana had been visiting the inhabitants of this alley on a regular basis in an attempt to give them some sort of medical aid.

How exciting. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I would love readers to drop by and leave me a message on

Thank you, Christine, for sharing your book with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Captured by Moonlight

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Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you so much Lena for having me as a guest today. You are such a dear woman, and so encouraging to other writers. Not to mention a wonderful author. A great big hug coming your way.

Christine Lindsay said...

And oh yes, just want to remind readers that that Ebook comes out Feb. 15 and the printed tradeback comes our May 15.

Naomi Musch said...

Christine is such a talented writer. I love the attention to detail in Shadowed by Silk. Great layering too! I'd love to win the new release. Oh -- I'm up here in the great north woods near Lake Superior in Wisconsin. Blessings~
muschfarm at yahoo dot com

mongupp said...

Great topic. I pray that sexual trafficking in our world will cease to exist!

Lcenlow said...

I have never read any of your books, but loved your interview. I am always looking for new Christian books. Thanks for sharing with us and please enter me for the book. :) lcenlow (at) sit-co (dot) net

Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you Naomi for those kind words. I'm so glad you're enjoying Shadowed in Silk too.

Christine Lindsay said...

I've been quite amazed at how much sexual trafficking still goes on. Such a blight on our world. In Captured by Moonlight I touch lightely on the subject, but also show some of the great true-life Christians who worked to ease the suffering of people in places such as India.

It also has a couple of lovely romances too.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview. I have never read your books but I would like to start. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books.

Katie J. from FL

Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you Katie, it's nice to meet you. I hope you win too. Let's stay in touch. I'm on facebook, send me a friend request.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
(from PA)

ps: i enjoyed 'shadowed in silk'

JoAnn Durgin said...

I don't need to be entered for the drawing, but I want to encourage everyone to read Christine's fabulous books. They are "take me away" escapes with everything you want in a great book: drama and romance with "captivating" characters, intrigue and spiritual takeaways. If you don't win, please check them out! I guarantee you'll remember her books long after you read the final pages. Blessings.

Christine Lindsay said...

Aw, JoAnn, thank you so much for those kind words.

Norma S said...

Thank you and Lena for giving me a chance to win your book. The book sound fabulous i can't wait to read it, about those girls being sexually abused in India. God bless you and Lena, you both do such a great job.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Christine Lindsay said...

Hi Norma, thank you for your encouragement. Yes, it's a harsh world we live in, but our God is so amazing in His saving. That's what I love about this book---while it is fiction, it shows some wonderful true-life people who made a difference.

I like a book that has a bit of everything---spiritual truth, adventure, excitement, reality, and all with the hope and love that comes from our Savior.

Jasmine A. said...

I enjoyed watching the progression of the cover on the Facebook page for The Book Club Network. I'd love to read the story :)
Jasmine in Montana

Lane Hill House said...

I would like my name entered in the drawing for a print copy of Captured by Moonlight. Thank you! Kathleen ~ Missouri

Mary Preston said...

I don't think I have ever read a book set in British Colonial India. How fascinating.

Mary P


rubynreba said...

Captured By Moonlight looks very good. I have not read any books on sexual trafficking but know it is a problem that we all need to be more aware of. Thanks for the chance to win this.
Beth from Iowa

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Anonymous said...

please enter me to win this book i cant wait hurry hurry hurry lol

Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments, and hoping you all win a chance to win a book. It's been such a hoot hearing from all of you. Blessings.

Deborah D said...

This sounds like a wonderful book.

Deborah D from FL

A Cooking Bookworm said...

Shadowed in Silk has been on my TBR for awhile now! Book 2 sounds great!

Binghamton, NY

mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

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Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!

Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book, "Captured by Moonlight" by Christine Lindsey to add to our Young Adult section in the church library.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

Great interview and I'm looking forward to reading books by Christine. I learned a lot of new tidbits about her today. She sounds like a fascinating person, plus her books are right up my alley. Blessings, Susan Fryman Alamogordo, New Mexico

sharon m. said...

Very interested in this book, as our son and wife have been trying unsuccessfully to adopt a young girl from Delhi. We are concerned about her as she now reaches the age where the orphanage will discharge her back to the streets or something like this. Sharon, San Diego

Anonymous said...

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Denice Weatherholt
Fisher, WV

Anonymous said...

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Fisher, WV

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville, Tx

Lourdes said...

Would love to win. Thank you for a great interview.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Shopgirl said...

This sounds like a fascinating book! I can't wait to read it! I'm in MN.

Hannah said...

This sounds like a great book!
Hannah Peasha

Michelle said...

Would love to read this one. Please enter me.


Cindy W. said...

I would love to win a copy of Captured by Moonlight. I love the cover!

Thank you,
Cindy W. from Indiana

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com