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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.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

I blame the muse...

I think I mentioned that the Liam/Jacqui story had spawned a poss series of sequals...

Well... I now have eight blurbs for the eight stories..

Each charries has a name and a job and each story is a current WIP that has been sat on my comp in vairous stages of being written...some for years.

This gets them finished and done. And yes I'll probably mention them to my editor at some point, but hey if none of them sell, at least they'll be finished.

And when I say sequal I mean only that all the m/c's are related. Each will stand alone and may or may not feature any of the others.

And the storm surge one is based on this - teh pic was taken in Nov 2009 in Cornwall during a really bad storm. Impressive huh? That story incidently is finished :)

Friday, 17 September 2010

sigh

why is it when you have a really good day, when things go right and everythings okay, that its followed by one of these, when all I do is cry and nothing is right? Not even my fault, but being made to feel like it is.

so i going away for a bit. just avoiding email and yahoo groups and life in general. well, can't avoid that - not right now which is a shame.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Second draft done

The second draft of Liam and Jacqui who take time off from playing pooh sticks long enough to foil a coup in Africa is done. Draft three has begun. Still don't have a proper title as you can see.

However this does produce a very pretty m/s. It's orig in black. (w/c was about 24k) The second additions go in in red. Mainly so I know where I am each day without having to have umpteen bits of paper with page numbers on all over the desk. (w/c was roughly 42, 900) Draft 3 is blue. Who knows what the word count will be. Esp as in the first 9 pages i've added 130 words. Of course some have been chopped out, but anyway...

But... worryingly I now have plots floating around in my head for at least two of Liam's many family members. Which was originally 7. Then became 5. Now has gone back to 7. But the names are Gaelic and so pretty...blame the baby naming website I use... and at least one of them needs a story.

Just so happens I have a plan for Nate--he's a secondary character from a short story entitled Saving Christmas. And Nate is going to fall heavily for one of Liam's 6 sisters. Not sure which one, but I know what she looks like and know she's deaf.

Writing a deaf character will be as much of a challenge as writing Dawn was after she lost her sight. That will most likely be my nano novel this year :) Assuming I can stop myself from starting it before then.

And it also has a title. Yeah, I know. A first for me. Usually the title is the last thing.

And speaking of saving Christmas... no sooner than I mention it than an email regarding it arrives. Not saying anymore...don't want to jinx anything.

Anyway off to do dinner and pull up a few files.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

welcome Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans loves to tell a good story. In fact, she’s been enthusiastic about writing ever since she could string sentences together. Kensington Publishing purchased her first book, Friends & Lovers, a contemporary romance. Her second release, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third offering from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from readers, and The Oakland Press.


Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – the contest winning novella Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of the ‘Woodland Series.’ This series of books centers around Woodland Church and characters who are first introduced in Hearts Crossing. Book two is titled Hearts Surrender. Hearts Communion and Hearts Key will follow as books three and four. The series is offered in both print and electronic formats via White Rose Publishing (http://www.whiterosepublsihing.com/) and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/).
A lifelong resident of Michigan, she calls suburban Detroit home. She’s happily married, with a son, a daughter, and cats who wrap her around their paws. An active part of Romance Writers of America, she’s a long-time member of the Greater Detroit chapter where she served the chapter most notably as Treasurer and two terms as President. She also belongs to the Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA, American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

Connect with her at: http://www.marianneevans.com/ or via her fan page at facebook.com: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744?ref=ts




Blurb – Hearts Surrender

Kiara Jordan is a sophisticated modernista, but beneath an engaging personality and super-model looks, her heart hungers, and she longs for deeper meaning in her life.

Ken Lucerne is the charismatic young pastor of Woodland Church ; he's adjusting to life on his own following the death of his wife and copes by keeping as busy with parish life and mission work as he can.

A home-building mission in Pennsylvania brings them together, and forces them to look hard and deep at the relationship they share, and where God means for it to go. Already bound by mutual respect and caring, love dawns, a love that takes them to a life-point neither would have expected.

After all, can a chic, vivacious woman find fulfillment within the quiet, mission-centered life of a clergyman? Can they trust God's hand strongly enough to surrender their hearts to one another…forever?

Excerpt – Hearts Surrender

“I’ve been the wallflower who bloomed. But I’ve never believed in myself enough to give up the fancy trappings. I've clung to vanity-centered ideals for too long, I suppose. I’ve worked hard to fit in, and finally I succeeded. Problem is, that kind of success is a double-edged sword. That pathway, once you start to follow it, is hard to leave.”
In an unexpected, graceful motion, Ken caught her swing by the chains. He held her in place, suspended backward, with nothing but a cushion of air between them. All at once Kiara went dizzy, tempted once more by that full, supple mouth, and the satiny-looking fall of his thick brown hair. He was close enough to touch. In this moment, she wanted nothing more than to do just that.
“Some time – at some point – I’d like to hear more about that, Kiara. I’d like know how you became the woman you are.”
“I’d bore you to tears. It’s nothing extraordinary.”
“All present evidence to the contrary.” He set her gliding once again and Kiara’s stomach performed a sparkling fall-away. She delighted in his words but forced herself to brush them aside before they could take root and sway her into believing he saw richness to her spirit. After all, it was part of Ken’s persona to be gracious and encouraging.
He continued, “You're moving forward in directions that are not only admirable, but eye-opening – not just for you, most likely, but to everyone who's part of your life. Don't hold to what other people see, or expect of you, Kiara. Be who you are. And while you're at it, create the best version of yourself you can imagine. After all, the only question, with the only relevance that matters, is this: Who are you now?"
When she sailed back his way, he caught the chains of her swing once again and whispered in her ear, "I believe in you."
With that, he released her on a push, sending Kiara on another dizzying spin of sensation. He walked away, retracing his steps up the path to the cabins and mess hall. She swung to a stop then sat in silence for long moments after he left, absorbing, shivering in a way that had nothing at all to do with the cool of the encroaching night.

Purchase Link for Hearts Surrender

http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Hearts-Surrender
Available in Print and Electronic Formats - $4.99 Digital / $11.99 Trade-Size Paperback

The Story Behind the Story

Talk about a risk…

There I was…well, no. I take that back. There they were, my characters I mean, Ken and Kiara, all but leaving me sleepless as they fed me their story. I tried to silence them. Had to silence them. Really. After all, I couldn’t tell their story unless Collin Edwards and Daveny Montgomery had their shot first!

Let me fill in the blanks for you. I was writing furiously on a submission to White Rose Publishing for their Hearts Crossing contest. Collin and Daveny simply filled up the pages and I fell in love with them completely – but hey, this was a contest. Chances of winning were slim to none when you consider how many talented authors would be participating. Still, I had to try. So, I finished off this heart-warming novella and sent it in.

That’s when the weirdest thing happened. Two of the secondary characters from Hearts Crossing stepped to center stage and threw me into the midst of a story that stole my entire focus. It centered around the modernista versus the clergyman. The gorgeous, vivacious woman versus the quiet, yet completely charismatic missionary. When I wrote this story, the scenes, the dialogue, the characterization, poured out of me like water.

One small problem, though. What about the prequel? What about Daveny and Collin’s story? Ken and Kiara stand just great on their own, but how would I be able to convince White Rose to contract Hearts Surrender if Hearts Crossing didn’t win their interest? Ordinarily that would have stopped my writing angel like a freight train. Not this time, though. The story needed to be told.

I knew I was setting myself up for a letdown, but I had to try, and I figured if I didn’t win the contest, I might still be able to work out details and logistics at a later point. So on I went…or in this case, wrote.

How good is God’s providence and provision? I ended up winning the Hearts Crossing contest! Furthermore, when I told my editor I had a sequel about ready for review, she seemed eager to see it! The rest, as they say, is history. I ended up contracting Hearts Surrender to White Rose Publishing, and beyond that, I have been contracted to create an series of books based around Woodland Church, home of the characters you met in Hearts Crossing, and continue to meet in Hearts Surrender…in fact, Ken Lucerne, the hero of Hearts Surrender, is its pastor. Books 3 and 4 of the series are Hearts Communion and Hearts Key, and they’ll be coming soon from White Rose Publishing!

Thanks for letting me share my story, and excitement about the release of Hearts Surrender! I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by Marianne. This book is gaining rave reviews. And I loved it... Just wish it came with the hanky too :)

Don't forget she's on tour - see this post for where she is and when... http://telscha.blogspot.com/2010/09/blog-tour-announcement.html

At the end of her blog tour, Marianne is giving away three special prizes:

1. A $10 gift certificate to White Rose Publishing
2. A $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com
3. An autographed, print edition of her new release, Hearts Surrender

Entering is simple: Leave a comment – or several comments as you track her progress on the tour (Marianne and her blog hosts will get the word out and let you know where she’ll be!). Each comment gives you a chance to win!

On September 30th, she’ll randomly select three comments from visitors at any of the blogs she’s visited, and award them the prizes!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Curry recipie

oh look at the date - 08/09/10

Well I've had no feedback on this at all, so this will probably be the last one I post. Can't say I haven't tried. Actually tired of trying now.

Curry

500g cubed meat - lamb, beef and chicken all work well
2 tbsp oil
1 onion
1 garlic clove crushed
2 celery sticks
1 apple
1 tbsp flour
2-3 tsp curry powder
½ tsp tumeric
½ tsp cumin
½ pt water + 2 relevant oxos ;-)
1 tsp tomato puree
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp mango chutney
salt and petter
1 tbsp coconut to garnish

heat oven gas 3/170F/325C

brown meat in large pan - i use a wok
add onion, garlic, celery, apple and cook til onion is soft
add flour, curry powder, tumeric and cumin. cook 2 mins stirring all time
add stock, tomato puree, lemon juice, chutney and seasoning. Stir and bring to boil.
put into casserole dish. cover and cook for 1½ hours.
Serve with rice and sprinkled coconut.
nb my lot don't like garlic or celery so i leave those out. quite often i chuck in sweetcorn or pototo and carrot chunks.

Monday, 6 September 2010

did you know...

That the dashboard will only hold 2 days worth of posts for you? So go away for longer than that and you've had it.

So...if I've missed anything I'm sorry.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Release day offer for Hearts Surrender

Release Day Special offer! Purchase any edition of Hearts Surrender by Marianne Evans--The latest release from White Rose Publishing--and receive a FREE .pdf of "Hearts Crossing." Purchases must be made on 3 Sept 2010 to be eligible, so hurry before time runs out. http://bit.ly/cSdv74

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Blog Tour Announcement

This is Marianne Evans. Her new novel - Hearts Surrender comes out Sept 3rd
At the end of her blog tour, Marianne is giving away three special prizes:

1. A $10 gift certificate to White Rose Publishing
2. A $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com
3. An autographed, print edition of her new release, Hearts Surrender

Entering is simple: Leave a comment – or several comments as you track her progress on the tour (Marianne and her blog hosts will get the word out and let you know where she’ll be!). Each comment gives you a chance to win!

On September 30th, she’ll randomly select three comments from visitors at any of the blogs she’s visited, and award them the prizes!

Join in the fun as Marianne lets the world know about Hearts Surrender!

So I'm sure you want to know where she will be so you can read what she has to say and leave comments for a chance to win.

(tries to copy from an excel doc. My comp never read them til I upgraded word so never tried before lol)


JoAnn Carter
September 03 2010
http://whiterosesinbloom.blogspot.com/

Dawn Roberto (Love Romances & More)
September 06 2010
http://loveromancesandmore.blogspot.com/

Regina Andrews
September 07 2010
http://reginaandrews.wordpress.com/

Robin Bayne
September 08 2010
http://wwwwritingbetweensundays.blogspot.com/

Mary Manners
September 09 2010
http://marymannersromance.com/

Holly Hewson (The Romance Studio)
September 09 2010
http://theromancestudio.com/party

Delia Latham
September 10 2010
http://delialatham.wordpress.com/

Clare Revell (me :D )
September 11 2010
http://telscha.blogspot.com/

Therese Travis
September 13 2010
http://theresetravis.net/

Tanya Stowe
September 15 2010
http://www.creativewritingforces.blogspot.com/

Gina Welborn
September 15 2010
http://www.inkwellinspirations.blogspot.com/

Mary Eason
September 18 2010
http://www.maryeason.blogspot.com/

Casey Herringshaw
September 20 2010
http://encourageanauthor.blogspot.com/

Book Discussion @White Rose Publishing Readers Group
September 20-24 2010
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WhiteRosePublishing/

Carol Ann Erhardt
September 29 2010
http://www.carolannerhardt.blogspot.com/

Shawna Williams
TBD
http://inspirationalebooks.blogspot.com/

Sarah Coiner
TBD
http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/731779/sarah_coiner.html


(yay i did it lol :D )

I know Marianne would love your support on her tour. Hope to see you there.


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ok how many ppl thought I was organising one for my book lol. No I'm not having one. I'm in no way clever enough to organise one for me. Or brave enough.
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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Lasagne recipie

In honour of oldest son's 16th bday, I bring you one of his fave dinners - home made lasagne. Spelt the English way lol. Really need to get my charries to eat something different cos it doesn't look right ending in an A but oh well. So onto the recipe. Prep time about 25 mins. Cooking time 90mins.

Meat Sauce
pkt mince
tin chopped tomatoes or dollop of tomato puree
2 oxos/stock cubes
mixed herbs

lasagne sheets - don't need pre soaking with this recipe

Cheese sauce
1½ oz cornflour (three tablespoons)
1½ pt milk
as much cheese as you like :)


fry mince til brown
add tomatoes, oxos, mixed herbs and stir.
add boiling water, enough to cover meat and cook til all water is absorbed.

make white sauce with just cornflour and milk. Trust me it works.
put cornflour in saucepan and add milk. Stir over heat until sauce boils. Add salt and pepper and
cheese.

Put a spoonful of sauce on bottom of dish. Layer it up
lasagne sheets
half meat
third sauce
lasagne sheets
remaining meat
half remaining sauce
lasagne sheets
rest of sauce

cook on gas mark 5 or 190C for an hour and 15 mins

i sometimes add carrots and sweetcorn to the meat mix

basic meat mix also does shepherds pie and spag bol ;-)