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Monday, November 03, 2014

Visit with Christine Lindsay - VEILED AT MIDNIGHT

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Welcome Christine Lindsay, Author of Veiled at Midnight 

Tell us a little about Veiled at Midnight
Christine: Veiled at Midnight is the passionate and final book to my series Twilight of the British Raj. The characters Captain Cam Fraser and Dassah the Indian beauty he loves were little children in Book 1 Shadowed in Silk. The other main character, Miriam, Cam’s younger sister, was first introduced as a baby in Book 2 Captured by Moonlight. But these three characters are adults now and facing the explosive ending to the British Empire as England leaves India and hands over independence to the Indian people.

Set against this traumatic historical time are these three people who don’t know where home really is—Cam and his sister Miriam don’t feel English, having lived their entire lives in British Colonial India. To complicate matters, Cam has the prestigious position as Aide-de-camp to Lord Louis Mountbatten the last Viceroy of India, but Cam loves Dassah a poor Indian woman. And English officers just don’t marry poor Indian women.

As for Miriam—a beauty and an academic—she’s not sure her romantic feelings for Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland means he’s her soulmate, or a distraction from what she really wants to do with her life.

If you could spend the day with a famous author, whom would you choose and why?
Christine: I would love to spend time with the famous blockbuster author of the past century, MM Kaye who wrote the global best-sellers Far Pavilions and Shadow of the Moon. I first fell in love with novels written in British Colonial India because of her romantic epic historicals. MM Kaye made that country and era so exotic, so full of spice and aromas, so passionately romantic that I wanted to write books like her but from a Christian point of view.

If you weren't a writer, what would be another dream job?
Christine: I would be a painter in acrylic—landscapes, florals, children’s portraits. I started out as an amateur painter long before I ever began to write. But I’ve discovered that many writers are gifted in art as well. This ability to portray things in a visual manner helps me see the way I want my scenes to come across in my novels.

What led you to choose the genre in which you write?
Christine: Along with devouring the novels written about British Colonial India by the great MM Kaye, I also had ancestors who served in the British army and the cavalry during that time. My mother told me stories of these ancestors when I was a child, and the romanticism of these soldiers, cavalry officers, their steeds, wives, and families in exotic India just fed my romantic soul.

So, I began to write the kind of books I loved to read. I believe that what makes my British heart go pitter-patter will make an American heart do the same. Nothing sexier than a British hero with a stiff upper lip who makes the heroine swoon.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Christine: I am currently under contract to write the non-fiction story of my experience as a birthmom—a woman who relinquished her baby to adoption—and to the reunion with my birthdaughter 20 years later.

I am also laying down the groundwork for a new series set in Ireland and the US.


Pride and Prejudice or Gone with the Wind?

Definitely Pride and Prejudice. It’s the British banter in the conversations that I love. Plus, I love a happy ending, and Jane Austen always gave us that. While I dearly love Rhett Butler, I would have liked to have seen Scarlett treat him better.

eReader or Paper book?

Both. I’m happy reading from both versions, and believe that both give us greater options.

More important: Plot or Characters?

Again, both. I have to have great characters as well as a riveting plot. To me, you can’t have a good book without both.

Nora Roberts or Diana Gabaldon?

Diana Gabaldon for sure. I love her ability to take the reader away to a completely different world. I love her sense of mystery and romance. These are elements I also try to put into my novels.

Click here to read for free: Chapters One and Two of Veiled at Midnight

Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship.
Stories of Christine’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight. And Christine is currently writing the final installment of that series called Veiled at Midnight to be released Autumn 2014.
Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland.
Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.
Please drop by Christine’s website or follow her on Twitter and be her friend on Pinterest , and  Goodreads

PURCHASE LINKS FOR Veiled at Midnight

Christine, thanks for sharing with us on Lagniappe!

Readers, thanks for stopping by. I hope you find a little "something extra" in each of our days!

Until next time, 


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