la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
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Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, March 02, 2015
Christine Lindsay - Veiled at Midnight
Good Monday Morning Readers!
Today, Christine Lindsay visits Lagniappe where she shares the most awkward situation she put her characters into.
Tell us a little about Veiled at Midnight.
Christine: Veiled at Midnight is the final
installment to my 3-book historical series Twilight of the British Raj. The
hero and heroine of Veiled at Midnight
were only little children or newly born in the first book Shadowed in Silk.
As a grown
man Captain Cam Fraser is in love with an Indian woman, Dassah. Cam has known Dassah
since they played together as children when she was an orphan at a Christian
mission in northern India. But in 1946 it’s still taboo for an Englishman to
marry an Indian women, especially if he has the prestigious position of being
aide to the last British Viceroy of India, Lord Louis Mountbatten. To make
matters worse, Cam struggles with addiction to alcohol handed down to him from
his natural father.
passionate and explosion conclusion to this series is set against the violent
partition of India when Britain gives independence to India and the world watches
the British Empire come to an end.
Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
Christine: My brand/tagline has evolved over the past few years out of my speaking ministry. The song title “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” rang in my ears as I shared with women at events and conferences, so I simply took off the last word. My brand is now, “What Becomes of the Broken?”
I’ve never met anyone whose heart hasn’t been broken. But what do we do with that—allow it to make us bitter? Or is there a way to hand it over to God and have Him create something wonderful out of that brokenness? These are the things I learned when my heart was broken relinquishing my first child to adoption back in 1979.
My books are all about that too. My characters all learn the same lesson—what are they going to do with their broken heart. What can be made out of a black hole?
What is your hope for the readers of your
Christine: It’s my hope that readers
will be entertained for a day or so, that they will be swept away on a romantic,
riveting, high-stakes story so they can relax a bit from their own busy life.
At the same time I hope they will be encouraged in their faith as they are
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond
to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
Christine: Oh yes, I read them
avidly. I smile over the 5 or 4 star reviews. I cringe a bit over the few not
so favorable reviews. Thank the Lord they are few. But I never respond.
Reviewers need the freedom to express their true opinion. As far as I’m concerned
all news is good news. I think that if someone reads a 1 star review about me
they may discover that the reviewer’s reason for that poor review is not the
same criteria that they consider important. They thing that someone does not
like about my novels may be the very thing the other person is looking for. My
advice—consider it all good.
What is your least favorite part of the
publishing / writing process?
Christine: Marketing. I hate
marketing. Can I say it again, I hate marketing. I love all of the writing
process but having to publicize myself is very uncomfortable.
What is the most awkward situation you've
ever put your character(s) into?
Christine: There are two
situations that pop out. One is when I had my heroine Abby Fraser from Shadowed in Silk suffer a slap across
the face from her abusive husband. It was a delicate tightrope to write that
scene without it being overly graphic and yet show bravery and strength on the
part of my heroine. And hope for the reader. Shadowed in Silk is about standing up to abuse, refusing to be
In the final book Veiled at Midnight to that series, I had
another awkward situation. That was with Cam the grown up son of Abby from Shadowed in Silk. Cam struggles to stop
drinking and I have to show him as an alcoholic, but how do you make a hero
struggle with that and still make him likeable? So I started the book off with
Cam forced on the road to sobriety by sticking him in a military situation
where he can’t get his hands on a drink. I also have him not show his weakness
until much later in the book after the reader has had a chance to see his true
What can we expect from you in the
Book Group is releasing a historical romance of mine called Sofi’s Bridge in 2015.
And I am
currently writing my non-fiction account of relinquishing my first child to
adoption in 1978 and our reunion twenty years later in 1999. That’s when my
heart was truly broken when I relived my original loss of her as my child. But
the Lord healed my broken heart when He showed me how much He loved me. I could
never understand a father’s love. My own dad was a neglectful alcoholic father.
All I understood was a mother’s love.
verses in Isaiah 49:15, 16a showed me the truth. “Can a woman forget the baby
at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may
forget, I will not forget you. See…I have engraved you on the palms on my
will be released in November, and I hope it will encourage others whose hearts
have been broken for whatever reason, and that they will find the greatest of
joy in seeing God turn that brokenness into something new and wonderful.
Laptop or Desktop?
Christine: Laptop, I need to
work in various rooms of my house. I’m always on the move.
Dogs or Cats?
Christine: Both. I love my
critters, and we have 2 dogs and 1 cat.
Nora Roberts or Diana Gabaldon?
Gabaldon---love her historical novels and my goodness what passion!!!
Superman or Batman?
Christine: Batman—I like the
darkness of his brokenness and how it spurs him on to help others.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?
Christine: Both. Anytime.
Just let me know, I’ll meet you there.
Hugs to all,
ABOUT VEILED AT MIDNIGHT Book 3 of 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.
ABOUT CHRISTINE LINDSAY:
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
stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India
that inspired her Multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the
British Raj. Book 1 Shadowed in Silk,
Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and the
final installment to that series, Veiled
at Midnight just released October 2014.
Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first romance which
is set in Ireland.
makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada with her
husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all