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Clare writes inspirational romance, usually of a suspenseful nature. Her books are available through her publisher Pelican Book Group and Amazon. She is married with three kids and lives in the UK. She loves watching sci-fi, crime drama, cross stitching, reading and baking.

Monday, 31 May 2010

guest interview with Lucy Naylor Kubash

Today we are talking to Lucy Naylor Kubash author of Chance's Return.


blurb:
When prodigal son, Chance McCord, returns home to the North Star ranch, he faces a tragic past and a family divided. When young widow, Casey Girard, decides to spend the summer working on the North Star near the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, she doesn't expect to meet such a man as Chance, nor to fall so completely in love with him. They both must learn to trust in each other.

Can Casey's faith and love truly bring Chance home?
review:
This wonderful, heart-warming tale set in the mountains of Wyoming, tells the story of Chance McCord homecoming and his search to put the past behind him. The descriptions of ranch life and the changing weather add authenticity and a sense of realism. You become part of the story, smelling the smoke of the camp fires and the chill and damp of the rain. This captivating love story between Chance and Casey has you rooting for them both though out.
Hi Lucy and welcome.

First off, could you tell us a little about yourself and how long you've been writing. Do you write everyday? How does each session start? How do you proceed? How, where and why does it end?
I'm married (for nearly 38 years) and have a grown daughter and son. I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember, but I started writing them down around the time I was in junior high school. While I may not be working on a book or story every day, I'm usually writing something. I write a monthly column called the Pet Corner, and I'm president of my RWA chapter, so I'm often writing something in regards to that. Even though my children are grown and on their own, I don't seem to have anymore free time! I usually do my writing in the morning or evening, and it often ends when I have to go to one of my outside jobs (I have two) or to bed.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Inspiration comes from many sources. Sometimes from an article in the newspaper or a story on TV. Sometimes from a particular song or a place we've visited. Sometimes it's just a character or characters that come into my mind and won't leave me alone until I tell their story. I think most of my stories are character-driven.
Is there a story behind Chance's Return? How did the story evolve?
The answer to that is a story in itself. I have always loved westerns and stories set in the West. After my husband and I visited the Tetons, I knew I had to set a book there. I first wrote Chance's Return before my son was born, and he is nearly 25! I sold it to an inspirational publisher after attending my first RWA conference, but the following year, just before the book was scheduled to come out, that publisher decided to cancel their line of romances.
After several attempts to place the book elsewhere, I finally put it away. I was writing short stories for Woman's World magazine at the time and just concentrated on that, while caring for my family. Then I went through a rather long dry spell. I was still writing, but I didn't have anything published in quite awhile.
About six years ago I rewrote Chance's Return and sent it out again. It was accepted by an epublisher and actually won an award, but that publisher closed down. Once I had the rights back to the book, I submitted it to The Wild Rose Press, where it was accepted. I think with every rewrite, I learned something new about the characters and I hope I made the story better. Now it's with White Rose Publishing. I guess that goes to show you should never give up if you believe in a book.
What do you do in your spare time? (Assuming you have any ;-) )
I love to read and I am a gardener of sorts. I like to spend time with my family, when we can get together, and I love going to the movies. We have pets, one dog, one cat, and they tend to take up a lot of my time with their shenanigans, especially our Jack Russel Terrier, Zeke.
What person or experience inspired you to become a writer?
I had a few teachers who made encouraging comments on papers I wrote back in high school, and I took several creative writing classes in college, but it really wasn't any one person who inspired me to write. I just liked making up stories. I will say that reading a lot made me want to emulate the writers I admired. Oh, and when I was young, my mom and I used to go camping, and I remember being bored and sitting in the camper and starting to write down a story in spiral notebooks. That was really the beginning.
CR. When you write do you start with a plot outline, a character sketch, how do you begin? How do you stay on course?
I usually start with a character outline but it's not very detailed. I really prefer to just start writing and see where the story takes me. I sometimes have an idea of where I want it to go, what it's going to be about, but I often just let the characters tell me. If I get too carried away with an outline, I tend to lose interest. I will make notes as I go along, if I think of something that will happen in a later chapter, but it's better if I just get that first draft out and worry about fixing it later.
What made you write Inspirational romance?
I really didn't start out writing in that genre, but Chance's Return just seemed to lend itself to that sort of story. The stories I'd written before and the ones I wrote after (for Woman's World) were all sweet romance, so that's more my style. But I would like to write more inspirational, too. Maybe a sequel To CR. (Now that I'd love to see. I want to know what happens next)
What genre would you like to explore that you haven’t tried to write in yet? Will you? What would you never see yourself writing?
I would love to write mystery or suspense. I am actually working on a book now that has an element of mystery. I don't think I could ever write science fiction.
Do you have a favorite author or authors? Do you read a lot? Is there an author whose books you pick up just because they are the author?
I've always been an avid reader, and I have so many favorite authors. Two all time favorites are Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. I enjoy the mystery/suspense of Mary Higgens Clark and Karen Harper, and women's fiction like that of Karen White and Debbie Macomber. I buy anything by Luanne Rice, and I read a number of inspirational authors and category romance authors.
If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?
I would wish that people learn to be more respectful and tolerant of each other. That every homeless pet would find a family, and that I'd win the lottery!
If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?
I would love to travel through the New England states, but I'd also love to go out West again and see the mountains. It would be great to visit all the national parks.
If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?
My mom. She's been gone a little over a year now, and I think about and miss her every day.
Thanks for stopping by Lucy :) Chance's Return is avaliable from White Rose Publishing and Amazon in both ebook and soft cover.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Blurb

Nicola tweaked it. It's wonderful. I love it.


A Killer lurks in Headley Cross…

…And Holly Carmichael is the only woman to survive his attack. Now she lives in fear, searching for normalcy and trying to put her life back together. When she meets Kyle Stevens, he turns her world upside-down. He’s as exasperating as he is appealing. How can Holly make sense of her awakening feelings when she’s so unsure of Kyle? His voice is familiar, he’s left-handed, and he wears the serial killer’s cologne. Who is he…really? As Holly struggles to restore her damaged faith, she must find the strength to trust once again—in Kyle and in God.

Kyle Stevens isn’t ready to live again. Racked by guilt, he’s afraid to feel. His sole focus is finding the Headley Cross serial killer—his girlfriend's murderer. That is, until he meets Holly Carmichael. He’s drawn to Holly, vows to protect her where he failed to protect his former love. But Holly makes him feel again, emotions quickly morphing into something much more dangerous to his hardened heart.

When the serial killer returns to finish what he started, only a miracle can save them…but then, it's the Season for Miracles.


*did I really write this lol*

Monday, 24 May 2010

aghhhh football

Hmmm, now you know me and sport. Sport is a waste of time lol, well football. - soccer to the US ppls. But its World Cup season and England is going football crazy. Infact in my house that song is oh so true.

He's football crazy, he's football mad. And the football it has taken away the little bit o'sense he had....

But this has really annoyed me. The Bishop of Croydon has written a series of prayers asking God to support England and ensure they win!!! And the best bit one written for those with no interest in the game, asks that they may be granted "the gift of sympathy".


How about the gift of patience to get through a month where hubby and son won't talk to her unless its football related and when there is nothing else on the TV??

Interview with JoAnn Carter

This morning (yes its 2am but gone midnight so morning - well here in the UK anyway ;-) ) I have JoAnn Carter on the blog.

I am reviewing two of her books then she took the time to do an interview too :)



Smuggler of the Heart.


Disheartened and tired, Samantha Warren returns to Vermont during the winter break. Her passion for history rekindles after finding an old smuggler's chest hidden in her grandparents' attic. Will she be able to return to New Jersey without her heart being smuggled like the chest once was? Or is it already too late?




Review: From the discovery of the chest to the breathtaking ending, JoAnn Carter draws you into a world of family and memories. Just as the chest has a past, so do Samantha and Tim. A visit home during the holidays, gives Samantha more than she bargained for. Weaving a delightful story with characters that have you rooting for them the whole time, Ms Carter skillfully brings together past, present and future in a story that you won't want to put down.




Daniella

When Harrison Beckman meets his father’s secretary, Daniella Duncan, she’s shy and self-conscious. Harrison, however, is determined to get to know her better. Before he gets to do that a rival comes along to steal Dani’s heart as quickly and thoroughly as the company’s contracts, which have been disappearing. As the mystery unfolds, Harrison has to fight for the woman he loves, even though this means crossing swords with his father and his determined adversary. Will Harrison be able to find the love that could await them or will it be too late?



Review: Daniella is a woman I can empathise with. Picked on in gym class, unhappy with her size, hates cooked liver and once she’s awake the day has begun no matter how early it is. Tucked away in her tidy office, she does her work and goes home, until she has to cover for a friend in the boardroom and is plunged into a situation out of her depth.. Easy to read, but not so easy to put down, this story from JoAnn Carter keeps your attention through the twists and turns from start to finish. With it’s fair share of smiles, laughs and heart stopping moments this is definitely one to read.




Both of these and her others are avaliable from White Rose Publishing or Amazon.



Hi JoAnn :) First off, could you tell us a little about yourself and how long you've been writing. Do you write everyday? How does each session start? How do you proceed? How, where and why does it end?

I’ve been writing off and on for 14 years. With an active family of six, I don’t have the time to write everyday. Rather, I grab the chance whenever I can. I start by praying that God would guide my thoughts. How I proceed from there has evolved over the years. When I started, I never had a plan—I kind of just went where ever the story took me. While I’ll still do that every now and then for a short story, I discovered that I like having a plan for my plot. It’s much easier to work with—especially when I can’t be invested in the story every day. It helps me stay on track.
My writing sessions stop when I run out of time and something more pressing needs to be taken care of.



CR. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Inspiration comes in many forms for me. I love listening to music, watching people, observing creation.


CR: Is there a story behind Danielle and Smuggler of the Heart? How did the story evolve?

While writing Daniella, I heard the song MIRROR MIRROR by Barlow Girl on the radio. As I listened to the lyrics, it hit me how many women like Dani, (the heroine in DANIELLA) struggles with self-image. So, in this story Dani comes to the realization God loves her the way he made her. I had to be honest and ask myself, "Do I believe that?" It’s easy for me to nod my head while I’m writing this, but it’s another story when I’m standing in one of those dinky changing rooms try to find a bathing suit for the summer! Accepting myself is sometimes is a daily struggle.

The idea of Smuggler of the Heart came when my husband’s family came up for a visit to Vermont and we visited Smuggler’s Notch. I love the rich history of this amazing spot in the mountains.


CR. What do you do in your spare time? (Assuming you have any ;-) )

Lately it’s been watching baseball. (Three of my sons are on a team.) When I’m not doing that, I read and write reviews for our local Christian Radio station, putter in the garden, and enjoy spending time outside with my family.


CR. What person or experience inspired you to become a writer?

Some people seem to be born with a pen in their hands and have written for as long as they can remember. That’s not the case with me. In fact if my Jr. High teacher’s knew how much I enjoy writing now- well, lets just say I’m sure they would get a kick out of it.
In 1996, my husband (a Youth Pastor) and I discovered we were going to have our first child. I knew as I stopped working as a LPN and transitioned into motherhood, I’d be home alone many nights. It was then, without ever having tackled anything like it, I wrote my first manuscript with the desire to encourage others as I have been.



CR. When you write do you start with a plot outline, a character sketch, how do you begin? How do you stay on course?

Ah, good question. Like I mentioned earlier, if it’s a book that will take me a while to write, I do start with getting to know my characters and plotting an outline. I’ve learned that the more I know about my characters before I ever write a word, the easier it is to tell how they would respond to whatever circumstance they find themselves in.
Writing has been such a learning process for me. I cringe when I think of how I used to agonize over things—simply because I didn’t have the knowledge or tools that I have now. It makes me look forward to the future. How much more will I learn, and how will that help my writing grow stronger?



CR. What made you write Inspirational romance?

I write Inspirational Romance because I want to encourage others in their walk with the Lord.

CR. What genre would you like to explore that you haven’t tried to write in yet? Will you? What would you never see yourself writing?

Since we have four boys, I would like to try to write a book that would interest teenage boys. The problem is we think so differently. :) However, if God gives me an idea on day—I’m going for it.

I could never see myself writing thrillers. When I read something like that, all I want to do is hide under the couch.

CR. Do you have a favorite author or authors? Do you read a lot? Is there an author whose books you pick up just because they are the author?

I do read a lot—especially now that I read books to review for the radio station. This commitment has helped me broaden my scope of reading as well to include a lot more non-fictional titles.
There are so many great author’s out there. I really don’t have a favorite, but I do have a favorite genre, which probably comes as no surprise…Inspirational Romance.


CR. If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?

Oh, this could be fun. Lets see…The house would be cleaned with the snap of my fingers… (Okay time to get more serious) Our government and country would turn their hearts back to God. And hmm…that my sons would always have a heart for God and the He would be able to do mighty things within their lives that would bring Him honor and glory.

CR. If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?

This may sound corny, but it’s true—anywhere with my husband!

CR. If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?

Wow—you would not believe how many answers to this question come to mind. I think ultimately I’d want to see Jesus.

Thanks for having me here, Clare. Many blessings on your own writing!

Thanks JoAnn. Lovely to have you here too. You can visit JoAnn Here

Sunday, 23 May 2010

It happened one hurricane - review


It Happened One Hurricane by Carla Rossi


blurb

When Pittsburgh native Amber Kensington moved to the Texas Gulf coast to take a job, hurricane season was the last thing on her mind. That is until a massive storm named Ike appears destined to make a direct hit just miles from her apartment. Evacuation is the answer, but what happens when your car won’t cooperate?

Alex Clarke has seen his share of tropical weather, but it never gets any easier. A childhood experience with lightning has left him fearful of storms. Still, his greatest desire is to participate in his church’s outreach program and assist hurricane victims. Now he’s discovered his new neighbor is stranded. Can he convince her to go with him? And can Amber and Alex find God’s comfort and healing despite the raging storm?

review

'This was it. A hurricane. A real live dangerous storm."
Written during the 5 day power outage of Hurricane Ike, Carla Rossi skilfully blends fiction and reality in `It happened one hurricane.' Plunged straight into the action from the outset, it follows Amber and Alex through Ike and out into the clean up on the other side. As well as the hurricane, both have their own personal storms to battle and over come. An action packed story, with heart warming characters, this well written tale keeps your attention from cover to cover.

It happened one hurricane is avaliable from White Rose Publishing or from Amazon.com

Friday, 21 May 2010

sneaks in...


... and curls up in heap unsure whether to scream or cry. A bad week is getting worse. Ever had one of those? This is just totally doing my head in. Everything is spinning out of control here and I'm drowing. Honestly not sure anyone would notice if I weren't here. Oh they might when dinner wasn't there or the laundry mountain hit the ceiling, but other than that... no they wouldn't.


So I just gonna sit here, alone, again, and hide from the world for a while.


Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Child of my heart review

Child of My Heart by Merry Stahel avaliable from Amazon US or White Rose Publishing.
"A child of their heart. What the body couldn't do, love did." That phrase sums up the book beautifully. Left to care for her half brother after the death of her mother, Hannah adopts him. Only to have her world rocked when his father arrives on the scene a year later to claim him.
This story had me laughing and crying, to the amusement of my children. I got annoyed with the insensitive doctor and my heart stopped, and dinner burned, as the story took an unexpected twist.
Worth the read, Hannah and Aaron's story will keep you rivited until the end.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Guest Author - Delia Latham.


As part of her blog tour today we welcome author Delia Latham. To the commentators of any of the stops on her tour she is offering two (2) $10 gift certificates to White Rose Publishing which will be awarded after the tour. Winners will be drawn from all the comments left at all of the blogs during the 3-week event. The drawing takes place on June 1st.

As an added bonus anyone who comments today/on this entry will be entered in a draw to receive a copy of Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.

Down the page is a little about her recent release from White Rose Publishing - Yesterdays Promise. The link will take you straight to it :)


Now - an interview :)





First off, could you tell us a little about yourself and how long you've been writing. Do you write everyday? How does each session start? How do you proceed? How, where and why does it end?

I’m a born-and-bred California girl, recently transplanted to Oklahoma when my husband was medically retired and needed to move out of the area where we lived. A huge change for people at our stage of life, but we’re learning to love our new surroundings.

I’ve been writing since … well, I think I was born with a pencil in my hand! J No, actually I won an essay contest in third grade, and that’s when the literary bug sank its sharp little teeth into me and just never let go. I’m a former newspaper staff writer, and contributed frequently to a Bakersfield regional magazine before we left California. I also love to write songs, poems, greeting card verse, and short stories.

I do write something every day, though not always something related to a manuscript. I blog and write book reviews, so when I’m blocked on a story line, I’ll pull off and do something else. Most often, that little break will grease the mental wheels and get me rolling again on my manuscript. If that doesn’t work, I pick up pen and paper (instead of using a keyboard). Writing longhand almost always gets me back into the flow.

Writing sessions start when I plunk my rear down in front of my desk and pull up my manuscript (or a blank page) on my computer. I always read back through the last chapter before starting a new one. It eases me back into my fictional world, and into the story. That done, I’m usually off and writing. I don’t stop until (a) the ideas begin to slow—or worse, come to a standstill. Or (b) my husband insists I come out of hiding for awhile. :)


Where do you get your inspiration from?

I have this theory that ideas are much like chameleons … they’re out there, but they meld themselves into the environment and you must deliberately look for them if you hope to find them. Sometimes I get ideas by magnifying minute events in my own life or the lives of people I know; newspaper headlines yield more possibilities; books I read that don’t pan out the way I think they should lend an opportunity to change the characters and circumstances and write it my own way. I guess the answer to your question is … ideas are all around me. I simply have to open my mind to them.


Much of Yesterday's Promise is set in Yosemite. Have you ever been there?

Funny you should ask. I grew up and lived most of my adult life within a couple hundred miles of Yosemite, but I never visited until I started writing Yesterday’s Promise. Just about that same time, a dear friend of mine moved close by Yosemite. When she found out I was doing all my research online, she had a fit—and promptly invited me up to spend a week with her. She was my Yosemite tour guide, even managing to get me into one of the cabins at Curry Village, so I could describe Hannah’s vacation premises with accuracy and vision. Once there, I was hooked—it’s got to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Is there a story behind Yesterday's Promise? How did the story evolve?

No background story. I was working on another book (Goldeneyes), when I happened on an advertisement for National Novel Writer’s Month (an annual event in which authors are encouraged to churn out a minimum of 50,000 words of a novel). I loved the idea. So without a single plan in mind, I laid aside my WIP, pulled up a blank page on my word processor, and started writing. I didn’t have a clue where I was going or what the story was about. Sometimes that’s what works best for me. :)

What do you do in your spare time? (Assuming you have any ;-)

Spare time … what’s that? :) I have a full-time secretarial job, so most of my writing is done in the evenings and on Saturdays. But I also enjoy designing bookmarks and various promotional materials for other authors, and I love spending time with my children and grandchildren.

What person or experience inspired you to become a writer?

My pastor’s wife when I was growing up was a tremendous inspiration to me. Rita Dawson was one of the most talented women I’ve ever met, and an absolute character! She was an amazing writer, a fluent speaker, and just a barrel of fun. She was my speech coach in high school, and also prodded me constantly to further develop my writing skills, as I was always writing something. I promised her that one day I’d write a novel. Yesterday’s Promise is dedicated to her memory.

When you write do you start with a plot outline, a character sketch, how do you begin? How do you stay on course?

As I mentioned in regard to how I wrote Yesterday’s Promise, I’m pretty much a seat-of-the-pants writer. I usually cook up my plots while I’m driving down the road or standing over a sinkful of dirty dishes, but I rarely outline or plot on paper. By the time I sit down to write, I usually—not always, but most of the time—have a fairly good idea about storyline and plot progress.

What made you write Inspirational romance?

I consider my writing skills a God-given talent. Using the skills He gave me to encourage, uplift, and entertain women is my way of giving back to Him.

What genre would you like to explore that you haven’t tried to write in yet? Will you? What would you never see yourself writing?

I’d like to delve a little more into the realm of angels and demons. I love Tosca Lee’s book, Demon. Also thoroughly enjoyed Frank Perretti’s work. What I cannot see myself ever writing is erotic fiction. I refuse to even edit it for someone else.

Do you have a favorite author or authors? Do you read a lot? Is there an author whose books you pick up just because they are the author?

I read a lot because I write reviews for several different publishing houses and publicists. In fact, I read too much—I have to find a way to back off a little and make more time for writing! :) And yes, there are authors I pick up for the name, but you’ll be surprised. Because I write sweet romance, folks are usually shocked to learn that I like to read Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Robert R. McCammon. I don’t get opportunity to make that foray into other genres often, but when I do, I take a wide detour!

If you were granted three wishes by a genie, what would they be?

They’d be for my children as well as for myself, and I believe they would be:

1. Happiness
2. Health
3. A thin body with a high metabolism :)
Can I have one too?

If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Ireland. I’d love to visit the land of my ancestors.

If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be?

My parents. I will never stop missing them, and there’s so much I’d love to talk with them about. My Dad loved to read, and I wish I’d finished just one book before he died. But somehow, I feel pretty certain he knows all about it anyway.


Thank you so much :) And here's a little about the book itself.




Yesterday's Promise - Delia Latham
Blurb:A whirlwind romance amidst the natural splendor of Yosemite National Park.A spur-of-the-moment wedding near Bridalveil Fall.A young bride who awakens the morning after to find her new husband gone with the mountain wind.

Songbird Hannah Johns supports the child born of that ill-fated union by singing in a dinner lounge. Her dream of someday owning the elite establishment and turning it into a venue more suited to her Christian values is shattered when an unexpected transaction places it in the hands of Brock Ellis, the handsome biker who abandoned her in their honeymoon suite.

Ensuing sparks fly high, revealing buried secrets and forgotten pasts. Seeking to find peace with her painful past, Hannah returns to Yosemite, and Brock follows hard on her heels. Back where it all began, she finds herself in danger of losing her heart yet again to the man who shattered it the first time around.


Extract:

“I can’t believe you, of all people, can get that look on your face because I have a son without the benefit of a husband. At least I’m there for my son, and I will be as long as God allows me to walk this earth. I would never, under any circumstances, never abandon someone I love. Never. It’s right there.” She pointed a trembling finger at Lissy's house and fumbled for the handle as Brock swung the car to the curb.

By the time he brought the vehicle to a full stop, she had the door open and one foot outside the car. Tears burned her eyes, but she refused to let them fall.

“Hannah, I…” Brock’s bewildered expression almost passed for convincing. “I’m sorry, really. I didn’t mean…”

“Lissy will take us home.” She ignored his apology, then slammed the car door and marched up the sidewalk, head high, back ramrod stiff.

Davey flew out the door to meet her, his dark curls bouncing. “Mommy! Mommy, I missed-ed you!”

Hannah picked him up, hugging him to her. “Hey, big guy! I missed-ed you too.” She rarely encouraged his mispronunciation of words, but at the moment she wanted Davey to stay little for a very long time.

“Who’s that man, Mommy?” One arm around Hannah’s neck, her son pointed to the car where Brock sat watching them. “Huh? Who is he?”

“Nobody, Davey.” She set the small boy on his feet. Taking his hand, she led him to Lissy's door. Behind her, she heard the BMW pull away, but she refused to look back.

Only your daddy, sweet boy. He’s only your daddy.


Review:


Yesterdays Promise arrives on todays doorstep with a huge thud, knocking Hannah's world for six. Ms. Latham weaves an enchanting tale that mixes both past and present together in an ecleptic mix of laughter, tears and heart stopping moment. Hannah and Brock's story is an enticing one, that keeps you reading to the end.

grrrrr

Would love to know how to add photos properly to this. Spent the last hour failing and deleting said entry bcause I can't do it.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

hosting a virtual blog tour on May 17

Throughout May Delia Latham is doing a virtual blog tour. She'll be here on May 17th with an interview and give aways to commenters. Two (2) $10 gift certificates to White Rose Publishing will be awarded after the tour. Winners will be drawn from all the comments left at all of your blogs during the 3-week event.

In addition she will be giving away a copy of Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado to one of my commenters.

So make a note of the date and come back :) Or feel free to visit one of the other places on her tour.


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Jeanne Campbell
the character therapist
http://charactertherapist.blogspot.com/
10
Lisa Lickel
Living Our Faith Out Loud
http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/
10
Margaret Daley
Margaret Daley
http://margaretdaley.blogspot.com/
11
Bill Wetterman
The Heart of a Novelist
http://theheartofanovelist.blogspot.com/
12
Tracy Ruckman/Phee Paradise
Pix 'N Pens
http://pixnpens.blogspot.com/
12
Roxanne Rustand
All Creatures Great and Small…
http://roxannerustand.blogspot.com/
13
Lisa Lickel
Living Our Faith Out Loud
http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/
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Lisa Lickel
Review & Interview Blog Page
http://lisalickel.com
13
Lisa Lickel
Christian Fiction Reviews Group
http://shoutlife.com/groups_home.cfm?group_id=1957
13
Rebecca Lynn
New Kid on the Writer’s Block
http://newkidonthewritersblock.blogspot.com
13
Eddie Snipes
Eddie’s Word Turnings
http://gesnipes.blogspot.com/
14
Margaret Daley
Margaret Daley
http://margaretdaley.blogspot.com/
14
Gina Conroy
Portrait of a Writer…Interrupted
http://ginaconroy.com/ginablog/wordpress/
17
Jennifer Slattery
JenniferSlatterysBlog
http://jenslatterysblog.wordpress.com
17
Clare Revell
The World Can Wait
http://telscha.blogspot.com/
18
Julie Arduini
The Surrendered Scribe
http://juliearduini.com/Blog/tabid/72/Default.aspx
18
Roseanna White
Christian Review of Books
http://christianreviewofbooks.com/
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Roseanna White
Writing Roseanna
http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com
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Marianne Evans
A Minute with Marianne
http://marianneevans.blogspot.com/
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Tori Close
a Merciful Heart
http://www.toriclose.com
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Shirley Kiger Connolly
A Pen for Your Thoughts
http://apenforyourthoughts.blogspot.com/
21
Angie Breidenbach
God Uses Broken Vessels
http://godusesbrokenvessels.blogspot.com/
21
Teresa Slack
Joy in the Journey
http://teresaslack.blogspot.com/
24
AusJenny
Come Meet AusJenny
http://ausjenny.blogspot.com/
24
Sharon Ball
A Break from the Norm
http://www.sharonball.com/
24
Kara Hunt
Fiction with Faith
www.fictionwithfaith.blogspot.com
25
TRS Blog (Guest Post)
TRS Blog
http://theromancestudio.blogspot.com/
25
Vickie Price Taylor
Write Along the Way
http://vickiepricetaylor.blogspot.com/
26
JoAnn Carter
White Roses in Bloom
http://www.whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com/
26
Robin Bayne
Between Sundays
http://wwwwritingbetweensundays.blogspot.com/
27
Carla Stewart
Carla's Writing Café
http://www.carlastewart.blogspot.com/
28
Miralee Ferrell
Coming Home
http://miraleesdesk.blogspot.com
28
Susan Holloway
Journeys of Love…Inspired by Faith
http://susanhollaway.blogspot.com

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Book trailer again

Well... version two is up on my site atm. HERE The music and pics I used are copyright free so long as I credit which I have. Cept the park photo and the tree photo which are mine. Took them in Jan when we had 3ft of snow. That credit got added in take 3 where i bolded the font, but it didn't work. Still needs work but hey... got time to do that. Right?

Honestly dunno why I didnt just use my daughter tho, cos the model looks so much like her, people askedwhere I took the pic of her.

Nothing else is happening really. Cept its raining again and despite being asked not to, ppl still did birthday stuff on Monday. Oh well, maybe next year.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

windows movie maker

Well i conquered the beast that is windows movie maker and made a book trailer. Only problem is I can't use the pics of the actor and actress cos they prob be copyrighted some place. And the only piece of music I found is also copyright. but then i knew that when i started. I just wanted to try it out.

and the words aren't exactly in the right place either. But was a first attempt.

Just wish I could find a free uncopyrighted version of silent night. As that's what i really really want to use and short of playing ti myself I can't find one. And my piano playing aint' that great. Sides it sounds better on the guitar and mine

a - needs a new g string (and i aint' going into the music store and asking for a new one of them!!!!) (for US ppls a g string here is a thong!)

and b - I can't play it how I want it done. And i don't know any guitarists.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Star Wars Day

Its Star Wars Day! Happy Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you

Saturday, 1 May 2010

writo de mayo

well its May 1st. And that means that writo de mayo is on. It's a bit like nanowrimo only its done in May and you pick your own target. My target is to finsih this WIP. Well actually I spent the last two hours, while hubby and kids 2 and 3 went shopping to stick my 3 WIP's into one. Yes its possible.

Kid 1 is still asleep. But then he's 15 and beds aren't to be got out of until at least 1pm on a day when there is no school. Apparantly.

I'd like to sleep in past 2am but cramps forbid that most of the month. TMI but am planning on going to the dr again this week - with hubby this time - and am hoping for a better outcome than "You're a woman, put up with it." or "It's normal. Don't worry about it."

Ummm 17 days out of every 27 is normal. Putting my life on hold for 4 days is normal cos I can't move or go out? Not being able to survive without my heated corn pad tied around my stomach and lots and lots of codine is normal??? Okkkkkkkkayyyyyyyyyy.

Enough of that.

I havent' cast this novelyet. But FMC Beth/Lucy and MMC Jack are demanding my atteniton. Tempted to make Jack older this time, but we'll see. And Beth/Lucy isn't cos I can't decide on a name. She put herself in the WPP thus her orig name is Lucy but she's now Beth. If that makes any kind of sense at all.

So writo de mayo target is complete novel and write 25k at least. depending when the edits for SFM come in.

starting today on 17,600