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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.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

invisible post

Adds invisible blog post to invisible tweets, book announcements and FB status's.

:P

ugh

First cold for ages and I go get it now. Knew it was coming the past couple days cos my nose had been running and bleeding which is always a sign. But now my throat feels like Mr. Kruger's been at it and I really don't wanna go to work...

Its below freezing again. At least the snow they promised hasn't come. Yet. There is still time.

Went to see the girls in their school musical last night. They did a version of the Nutcracker with some modern pieces mixed in it for the exam students. It was really good. And you know something - it was a PE production. Yup. You read that right. Dance is as important as football and hockey and any other sport. They invovled the Whole School. REhersals took place during PE lessons as well as after school and the whole thing was put together in 11 weeks. And it was Brilliant!

Monday, 29 November 2010

snow, snow go away. Don't come back another day

The snow they forecast can go away. It can go back up north where they already have 16 or 17 ins of the nasty white stuff. Had enough of it in Jan. It's bad enough walking to work in temps of -7C or 19F.

Actually it reached -0.89F in parts of the UK last night. Taht's -17C

And that my friends is a tad chilly :P

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So Saving Christmas came out last week and Dad bought three copies. One for each comp and a spare. Why? Because he said $1 isn't much for a book.


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So off back to writing where somehow the heroine just got caught up in a bank robbery. Tell you, the last person in this here series is gonna refuse to get married or even date cos stuff just keeps happening LOL

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sorry. got scene breaks on the mind now :P
I've written my cards and made my cake and done some shopping... hmm is there a holiday coming up in the UK by any chance?

Friday, 26 November 2010

New Release - Saving Christmas by Clare Revell


Rather than do the expected thing, Christmas Daniels, pursued a high powered career in London, flying across the world, never being home long enough for anything. When her father is taken ill, she returns to Hollies Christmas Emporium, an all year round Christmas shop to run it in his absence.


Matt Pringle, store artist and accountant, doesn't make a good impression on his new boss when he accuses her of stealing his parking space. Wanting to make up for it, he tries to impress her, but ends up falling for her instead.


When the store is threatened with closure, Christmas, who insists on being called Chrissie sacrifices everything to try to save it. A committed Christian, Matt knows that Chrissie needs saving just as much. Will their growing attraction help Matt save Christmas before it’s too late?

Avaliable from White Rose Publishing and Amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Guest Author - Tanya Stowe

Today I have Tanya Stowe with me, talking about her new release from WRP - Tender Touch



CR - How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind your book? How did the story evolve?
TS - Years ago when my children were young, my husband discovered that he needed to return to school to complete some of his studies. His classes were intense and I found myself acting as a single parent to four young, rambunctious children. To help me out, my sister organized a long summer vacation touring the California Gold Country.

One sunny morning we set off in her motorhome, my four children, my sister and I. We visited Sutter’s Mill, Columbia, Angel’s Camp, most of the major gold camps of the past. I was struck by the beaut y of the gold country, the mountains, caverns and rivers, so different from the deserts of Southern California where I lived.

We parked in many remote spots. During the day, we let the kids romp and play but at night, we locked the camper door, shut the blinds and put on a video for the kids. Yes, this was pre-DVD days! As the kids settled down and the night grew quiet, I wondered what it must have been like for those early pioneers alone, in this rugged land, filled with gold fever and determination. But mostly I wondered how these lovely little towns survived after all the gold fever passed. That’s where Lacy’s story started … twenty years ago on a more than memorable trip through California’s back country!

CR - For those who are not familiar with this story, would you please give us the blurb?
TS - Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers…even those undeserving…yet fails to save her mother. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart?

With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most…Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?

CR - When will it be released?
TS - November 19, 2010

CR - Where were you born?
TS - I was born in small ranching/farming community called Alamosa, Colorado. I moved to Southern California when I was 11 and I’ve been there … until now.

CR - If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
TS - Well, I’m pretty excited about our move to Oman. It’s not the perfect location or best spot in the world, but I’m excited to live on the beach again. I’m even more excited to learn about the customs, history and culture of the country. I can see sooo many books coming out of this time.

CR - What are you most passionate about, other than writing?
TS - My faith and my family.

CR - Name some of your most favourite things.
TS - I have a lovely oak antique secretary/side board that looks like it was made to match my dining room set. I have a grandmother’s clock and another mahogany clock. Oh also, my wedding ring, the same one I had when we married and a diamond necklace my husband gave me on our 10th anniversary. I never take them off.

CR - What got you interested in writing?
TS - I’ve created stories in my head for as long as I can remember.

CR - Why did you begin writing? How long have you been writing?
TS - I started writing at 11. I didn’t like the endings to my favourite TV shows so I decided to write my own.

CR - What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
TS - Persevere and be true to yourself. Take good advice and improve, but hang on to your unique voice.

CR - Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
TS - Yes. I had 15 year break between my books. I was working pretty much full time at a performing arts center. It was a creative atmosphere and it drained me. When I would sit down after work I didn’t have any desire to write. Then we took a long vacation and travelled all over the Southwest and seeing all the historical places and beauty set my imagination on fire. When I came home, I couldn’t stop writing! But mostly when I can’t seem to get passed a spot in my story, it’s because I’ve taken a wrong turn, made the characters go in the wrong direction. Usually when that happens, I take a break, then I go back to see where I got off track. Margaret Brownley, a well-known So CA romance writer once said, writer’s block is usually just a characterization problem and I think she’s right. Or a health issue. If you don’t take care of yourself, the well runs dry.

CR - How do you develop your plots and characters?
TS - I use a process called Discovering Story Magic by Laura Baker and Robin Perrini. In my early days I found that I understood my secondary characters better than my main characters so I had to go back and find ways to get to know them better. This process helps me do that.

CR - When you write do you start with a plot outline, a character sketch, how do you begin? How do you stay on course?
TS - I’m a plotter. But usually, my characters don’t follow my guidelines!

CR - Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us?
TS -I’m working on a 2nd in the series called Tender Trust. It’s Lacy’s best friend, Penny’s story and picks up where Tender Touch leaves off.

CR - Do you really, really want a dog?
TS - I have a great big, German shepherd, Husky mix.

CR - Do you hate how you look in pictures?
TS - I liked the pictures better when I was younger! :-)

CR - Have you ever cried during a movie?
TS - The question is when do I not cry in a movie?? My children and now my grandchildren just get up in the middle of the movie and get me the box of tissue because they know what’s coming. Fortunately, my daughter and some of my daughter-in-laws are the same way. Now it’s a family thing!

CR - Do you sleep with the light on?
TS - No.

CR - What is your favourite pizza?
TS - I prefer spaghetti but if I have to have pizza, I want everything on it. Lots of veggies.

CR - Are you a morning person or a night person?
TS - I’ve learned to be both because I was a night person but my husband is a morning person so I’m up with him and now I love sunrises!

CR - If you could go anywhere to tomorrow, where would you go?
TS - Home to spend the day with my grandbabies and then I’d come back to continue our new adventure!



Thanks so much Tanya. You can pick up a copy of Tender Touch HERE




And if you'd only seen me adding the CR's and TS's to that you'd have creased up. I had CS, TA, TR...course it doesn't help that until I got married my initals were CS, so that one is excusable, but the rest?




Friday, 19 November 2010

New release - Tender Touch by Tanya Stowe




Tender Touch - Tanya Stowe





Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers—even those undeserving—yet fails to save her mother. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart?





With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most—Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?

Tanya will be here on Tuesday talking about her new book and a few other things. Come back and visit her then.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

12 days of Christmas blog tour

Several authors have got together for the 12 days of Christmas blog tour.

Sandra has made a video you can see here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbEwzyUafMg

The blog entries will be here: Believing is Seeing blog

It should be fun :) My day is the 7th Dec.

And on the 6th Dec I'm over on Tayna's blog - which I will edit in when i find the link. oops.

Friday, 12 November 2010

new wrp release - Continents Apart by Dana Sudboro

Continents Apart by Dana Sudboro


(image to follow when blogger decides to play nice lol)




Odette Peterson has a clear understanding of where the Lord wants her, and that's in the African missionary field. When she meets veteran missionary, Xavier Sand, she embraces their budding relationship. He's everything she's wanted in a man: Christian, kind, and a man who's dedicated his life to ministry. But when he insists she put aside her evangelization efforts and join him in Japan, she finds she must let Xavier go.

Xavier cannot understand why Odette stubbornly clings to the idea that God wants her in Africa. Missionary, yes, but she can do missionary work anywhere. After all, he does. Despite all his efforts to convince her to change her conviction, she refuses and Xavier finds himself floundering for significance in his life.



Across three continents, and with others vying for their hearts, Odette and Xavier must learn to trust that God knows what's best for their futures...even if that means they will never be together.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Friday, 5 November 2010

Release Day



It's Finally Nov 5th and release day for Season for Miracles. It's also on the front page of the website today.



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.

Extract

Kyle’s voice came from a long way off, and Holly had to concentrate to hear it. “I’m sorry, Holly. He’s normally pretty well behaved, but he’s never seen snow before and is a little over-excited. Plus he was on his own all day yesterday. Are you all right?”

Holly nodded. The headache upped a notch. That was a stupid thing to do.

“Can you stand?”

She moved her head a little as Kyle helped her to her feet. She brushed the snow from her coat and tried to focus on the man. His hat, pulled down over his ears, hid his hair. Her head pounded, stars danced in front of her eyes, and it was all she could do to stand upright.

I want to sit down. Please, let me sit down. The words echoed in her mind, but she wasn’t sure she’d said them aloud. He didn’t respond.

His deep voice reverberated as he pulled off his glove. “Are you sure you’re all right?”

Holly nodded for a third time. She had a huge lump in her throat and she struggled to breathe. Her legs didn’t want to hold up, but she didn’t want a fuss. Fingers tingled inside her glove where he held her hand. His grip kept her upright.

Kyle’s other hand cradled the back of her head. Holly winced as he found and examined the lump. His touch increased the pain by a magnitude of five. Kyle checked his fingers and relief crossed his face at the lack of blood. “Holly? Please, say something. Otherwise I’ll have to assume Orion ate your tongue.”


The ebook is avaliable as a download from Here

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Today i'm on Beth's blog

I'm over here talking about my new novel and a little about nano-writing and the publishing process in general.