Friday, 15 June 2012

Author Spotlight - Excerpt from "Nutured in Purple"

Thank you so much for supporting Jude during her Spotlight week. Leave a comment on today's post today, tomorrow and Sunday and I'll pull a random name out of the hat to receive their choice of either book one, "Joy Restored" or book 2, "Nutured in Purple" from Jude. Enjoy the Excerpt!

Moderator Steph


Elizabeth had come to this planning meeting simply because her mother harped she never did anything at church. She didn’t want to be here at all. Planning a boxed supper auction wasn’t her idea of fun even if the proceeds did go to an orphanage mission project. Orphanage. No doubt the brainchild of one of the elder Orbins.

There sits Kate with her adorable new son. Her adorable son. Not mine.

Besides Kate, Winnie Orbin, Margie Craig, Myrt Rich, Nan Holden, Ermon Upchurch and a few other ladies Elizabeth didn't know at all clustered around the table in the church basement. Of course, Mama was there. She had insisted Elizabeth come.

These ladies were the doers of Chanute Community Church. Most had attended all their lives, as their parents before them.Well, maybe not Kate. She hadn't been here all her life. She was a foreigner. A foreigner melded to the most aristocratic of families. How had that happened? How? It shouldn't have happened.

Elizabeth took in the women, all well dressed, but she couldn’t help notice how her own Mama’s dress surpassed them all and how her rings glittered on her fingers. Mama still looked pretty good for her age.

Elizabeth absently twisted the large diamond on her own ring finger. The date was creeping closer and soon she’d be Mrs. Willard Wittenberg. Not what she had wanted, but she guessed it would do. Willard wasn’t all bad.

"Oh, Elizabeth, we’re glad Adeline brought you. We can sure use your help," Winnie Orbin said. "We’ll need several cakes and pies to auction and I wonder if you and your mother would bring your famous lemon pound cake for the auction?" She looked toward Adeline.

Adeline answered, "Winnie, we’d be glad to bring a lemon pound cake, won’t we, Elizabeth?" Her hand strayed to her silver hair, tucking in what didn’t need tucking. "It’ll be practice for us. We’re having lemon pound cake at Elizabeth’s wedding shower next week." She smiled.

Elizabeth did not feel the need to say anything. Mama, why do you always tell everything you know?

"That’s exciting. When is the wedding, Elizabeth?" Ermon Upchurch sat beside her.

"It’s in five weeks, during Fall Break at school. I have nearly everything done, just last minute things left, you know."

"Good for you, Elizabeth," Margie said, "I’ll soon be the only unmarried one in Chanute Crossing!" She laughed.

"Margie Craig, you’re single by choice, so let’s not hear any more about it, okay? Remember Bob was single a long time before I came from St. Louis to marry him."

"Nan, we all remember your arrival and how happy it made Bob," Winnie said, "but, ladies, right now, we’d best get back to planning. Our event is less than two weeks away."

Elizabeth watched Winnie quietly, yet efficiently organize and delegate until every detail was completed. Though she hadn’t wanted to, Elizabeth said yes to working behind the boxed supper the social.

Willard wouldn’t be too happy. He was hanging in there with the Men’s Bible Study, but she felt his frustration and sometimes anger with the group. Especially toward Seth, whose kindness Willard found hard to understand or accept. It made him suspicious. He wasn’t used to kindness. Never had been.


The Chronicles of Chanute Crossing
Joy Restored, November 2011
Nurtured in Purple, June 2012
Desert Breeze Publishing


  1. Steph, it's been fun to be here. You do a fab job. Thank you.

  2. How in the world are you going to make this all turn out right? I think this is the perfect example how it's the not quite wrong that's the most complicated to work out. Congratulations on the new release, Jude.

  3. Laurel, you've hit an important writing technique and I did ponder how I could turn Willard and Elizabeth around. But I did and I loved them in the end!

  4. Jude, that is a hard task to redeem villains from previous books. I look forward to seeing how you pull it off.

  5. Jude, I agree in that it can be a hard task to redeem a villain from a previous book, but if you do it right it really "amps" up a story. In my writing, Anton, from "The Hungarian" was the villain, but he's the hero in "The Count's Lair." The book won silver in the Reader's Favorites 2011 Romance Sci-Fi/Fantasy contest.

    Congrats to Gloria - winner of a PDF copy of her choice from Jude. Thanks to everyone who supported Jude during her week in the spotlight.

    Moderator Steph