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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.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Time's Arrow



Blurb:

Touching a milestone, Jonni Peterson is catapulted through time into a world both familiar and strange. Finding herself in Victorian England, she discovers love in the most unexpected place— at the feet of the man whose carriage knocked her down.

Lord Sebastian Tyler needs to remarry, but preferably not a woman of his mother’s choosing. The woman his carriage runs over both irritates and fascinates him. Could she be the answer to his prayers?

Will the arrow of love find them both before time runs out and the portal to the present reopens?


Extract:

Jonni twisted her head to the left. A young girl of no more than fifteen, wearing a rag cap over her blonde hair, got up and ran from the room. She opened her mouth to speak, but before she could say anything, a girl with dark curls started speaking again.

"My name’s ‘Attie, miss. Now don’ yer go movin’ or nothin’ til t’master’s bin an’ sent for t’doctor. Yer took a nasty bang t’noggin under them ‘orses ‘ooves an’ been asleep for nigh on t’whole day."

Jonni rubbed her head, wishing the girl wasn’t speaking in such a broad dialect. "Horses? I don’t remember any horses."

"According to my driver you all but threw yourself under them, madam. He was hard pressed to stop." The distinctly suave male voice, haughty and disapproving, came from the doorway.

Jonni twisted to look toward the voice. Her eyes widened at the vision of perfect manhood that strode over to the bed, his hands clasped behind his back. His form fitting breeches, shirt, waistcoat, and tail coat showed off his slender figure to perfection. But, why was he in fancy dress? Had she missed a costume party?

Long black hair framed his face and fathomless brown eyes stared down at her as his baritone voice rang out again. "What did you think you were doing running out into the road like that, madam? You could have been killed."

Buy Links:
Pelican Book Group - variety of downloads inc PDF (available Dec 11)
Amazon UK - kindle (available now)
Amazon US - kindle (available now)

Advent Calendar

Tomorrow starts the Advent Calendar. Each day a guest blogger will bring you either a story, book promo or recipe. Or I will. Some days you'll get two posts. Also each day you'll get a clickable link to Pelican Book Group where a new or seasonable book will be offered each day. 12 new books over 24 days. Including my offering Time's Arrow (Dec 11th). More about that in my next post.

Each comment on the Advent blog will be entered into a draw to receive a PDF copy of Time's Arrow. Leave your email addy on the comments.

date

who

Th 1

Barbara Early

2

Linda Rondeau

3

Carol Ann

4

Sandi Sookoo

5

Marianne Evans

6

Dora Heirs

7

Donna Basinow

8

Beth Cato

9

Mary Manners

10

Laura Briggs

11

LoRee Perry

12

Robin Bayne

13

Delia Latham pt 1

14

Kathryn Bain

15

Tara ARG

16

Merry Stahl

17

JoAnn Carter

18

Tayna Hanson

19

Delia pt 2

20

me

21

Robin Bayne

22

Beth Cato

23

Delia pt 3

24

me

25

me


So come and read and enjoy the run up to Christmas.

And at some point after Christmas a guest blog by a serving RAF officer, telling what Christmas was like on the front lines.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Shadows from the past - Ashley Dawn

“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”

Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where, but I want her dead now!”

Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent, Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?


For a change rather than interview the author, I interviewed the hero and heroine :)

Hero

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jordan Reiley and I'm an FBI agent. I love the job I do, I feel I am making a difference in the world and helping keep the peace. I get a wonderful sense of accomplishment when a criminal is brought to justice.

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?
I live in LA. This is where I was initially sent from the academy. I grew to love it here and it helps that some of my siblings live here now as well. I do miss home, in Arkansas, but I comensate by having a little place of my own outside of town.

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?
Though I love the thrill of my job, sometimes I get the most gratification from working a day on the farm with my father. I feel closer to God and the physical labor makes me feel like I'm accomplishing something.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to reach your Happily-ever-after?
My ex-fiance's feelings of betrayal and guilt. She believes she is responsible for her brother's death and that God didn't help him when he needed Him most. Not to mention the killer trying to get to her and the man who sent him!

Tell us about your special lady. What makes her special?
Where to start? Her personailty, temper, heart, mind. Everything about her is special.

The first time you saw her, what did you think? Did you like her immediately, or did she have to grow on you?
I thought, how am I going to get this woman to date me and her brother not strangle me? Lance was my partner and I think he knew as soon as he saw the goofy look on my face that I was a goner!

Pepsi or coke
Coke. It isn't as sweet tasting to me.

tea or coffee
Coffee. I have to have my coffee in the morning or I am told that I'm a bear to work with!

elephant or tiger
Tiger. They are stealthy and lithe...powerful and beautiful. Wonderful creatures.

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
Roast dinner. I get enough burgers and fries from drive througs that when I get the chance at a 'home cooked' meal, I would rather something different.

classical music or pop
Classical. It is usually soothing and relaxing.

sunrise or sunset
Sunset. Aurora is never awake for sunrise....at least not voluntarily!

walk or run
Run. I enjoy the feel of the ground under my feet and the scenery flying by.

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)
Chips. I love to munch on them!
Heroine

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
Hi! I'm Aurora Kavvan. I am an LAPD officer and am occasionally told that I focus too much on work to avoid emotional problems. My brother was murdered a few years ago and left me with no relatives so I've made a family of heart instead of blood. I love them as if they were my actual siblings and would do anything for them.

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?
I live in LA. It is where I have always lived and I stayed to find my brothers killer. Also, it is where the love of my life, Jordan Reiley is.

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?
I try to believe that no one notices that I use my temper and anger to cover my 'girly' feelings, but I'm afraid a few people have guessed that.

What obstacles did you have to overcome in order to reach your Happily-ever-after?
A killer, drug lord, traitor, myself & my issues with God. Mostly, what was keeping me from it was myself. I didn't think I deserved it.

Tell us about your knight in shining armour. What makes him so special?
Jordan Reiley is a wonderful man. He is caring, charming, good looking, has a wonderful family and he thinks I'm beautiful. :) I would have to say his steady faith is what makes him perfect for me!

The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?
I thought he was amazingly handsome and that I wouldn't stand a chance. He was nice & charming. I'm not sure my brother didn't know before either of us that we would end up together. He introduced us and it is just one of the many things he did for me.

Pepsi or coke
Coke. I just like it better but there isn't much difference.

tea or coffee
Coffee...usually Jordan's!

elephant or tiger
Tiger. It reminds me of Jordan :)

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
I usually subsist off burgers and fries so if given the option, I would have to say roast just for something different.

classical music or pop
Pop. I like my music to have some umph!

sunrise or sunset
Sunset, absolutely! I'm not a morning person at all.

walk or run
Run. I have to stay in shape for work and running is a release for my stress.

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)
Chocolate!!! There is just no other option for me.



Wednesday, 23 November 2011

guest author - Pamela Thibodeaux

Today we welcome guest author - Pamela Thibodeaux as part of her tour for her new novel The Visionary.
AUTHOR BIO:

Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and a lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” ™ and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”

Website address: http://www.pamelathibodeaux.com

Blog: http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Bayou Writers Group: http://bayouwritersgroup.com




BLURB:

A visionary is someone who sees into the future Taylor Forrestier sees into the past but only as it pertains to her work. Hailed by her peers as “a visionary with an instinct for beauty and an eye for the unique” Taylor is undoubtedly a brilliant architect and gifted designer. But she and twin brother Trevor, share more than a successful business. The two share a childhood wrought with lies and deceit and the kind of abuse that’s disturbingly prevalent in today’s society. Can the love of God and the awesome healing power of His grace and mercy free the twins from their past and open their hearts to the good plan and the future He has for their lives? Find out in…The Visionary ~ Where the power of God's love heals the most wounded of souls.




EXCERPT:

Taylor thrashed about and fought the fear clamoring in her throat. Panic stole her breath. The monster held her while Trevor grappled with a gun. She struggled and kicked, but the monster held her fast. She had to get away. She had to stop him! She begged and pleaded, but the monster just laughed. His gnarled, horrid sound sent shivers of terror through her soul. A blast of gunshot, a flash of lightning, and the scream tore free from her throat and echoed through the room. The door burst open and strong arms encircled her. Gentle hands stroked and soothed, a soft voice caressed, tender words flowed over her. Taylor buried her face in Alex’s shoulder while he cradled her against his chest and rocked.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to wake you,” she murmured. A pulse hammered against her skin, a tremble shimmered down her spine. She pushed herself closer, found safety and comfort in his embrace. Alex tightened his arms around her, smoothed her hair.

“It’s okay. That’s why I’m here and exactly why I didn’t want to leave you alone tonight.”


My Review:

When Alex Broussard hires Taylor Forrestier and her twin brother Trevor to renovate and restore the old house he bought, he has no idea what he’s getting into. For one thing he finds himself attracted to Taylor and for another he’s picking up vibes of something simmering below the surface. It’s not just the gift she possesses either, which makes her restorations perfect.

This novel by Pamela Thibodeaux is set in Louisiana and is full of the richness and beauty of the Deep South. Its vivid descriptions and wonderful characters add a depth to the story which serve to pull the reader in. The romance is mixed with mystery and a dark past which threatens the safety and sanity of all of. Well worth reading.

Every commenter goes into a draw to win one of four signed copies of The Visionary

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/n8as1b

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/o3YrMq

The Visionary - Blog Tour 11/16 - 12/16

Nov 16th: Amber Stockton: http://amberstockton.blogspot.com/

Nov 17th: Karen Kelly http://www.authorkarenkelley.com/blog.html

Nov 18th: Author Expressions http://authorexpressions.blogspot.com/

Nov 19th: Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com

Nov. 20th: Jessica Ferguson http://jessyferguson.blogspot.com

Nov. 21st: Guest @ LASR http://lasrguest.blogspot.com/

Nov 22nd: Robin Bayne http://wwwwritingbetweensundays.blogspot.com/

Nov. 23rd: Clare Revell http://telscha.blogspot.com/

NOV 24TH - THANKSGIVING DAY - http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Nov 25th: Tanya Hanson http://www.tanyahanson.com/Blog.html

Nov. 26th: Delia Latham http://delialatham.blogspot.com

Nov 27th: BWG Blog http://bayouwritersgroup.blogspot.com

Nov 28th: Raquel Byrnes http://nitewriter6.blogspot.com/

Nov 29th: Marianne Evans www.marianneevans.blogspot.com

Nov 30th: Shawna Williams http://inspirationalebooks.blogspot.com/

Dec 1st: Jan Rider Newman janridernewman.blogspot.com

Dec 2nd: Vicki Cain http://www.victoriapitts-caine.blogspot.com/

Dec 3rd: Justin Lugbill http://christian-book-review.com;

Dec 4th: Curt Iles http://creekbank.net

Dec 5th: Dana Pratola www.danapratola.webs.com

Dec 6th: Sylvia Ney http://writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

Dec 7th: Shonell Bacon http://chicklitgurrl.blogspot.com/

Dec 8th: Joanne Troppello http://joannetroppello.weebly.com/blog.html

Dec 9th: Nona Cross http://winonacross.blogspot.com

Dec. 10th: JoAnn Carter http://home.comcast.net/~jo.glenncarter/site/

Dec 11th: Donna Basinow http://donnabsnow.blogspot.com/

Dec 12th: Guest @ Edgy Inspirational Romance www.edgyinspirationalromance.com

Dec 13th: Michelle Sutton http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/

Dec 14th: Guest @ PenTalk Community http://pentalkcommunity.blogspot.com/

Dec. 15th: Judy Leger: http://judithleger.blogspot.com/

Dec 16th: Janet K Brown http://www.writingwithhope.blogspot.com

Friday, 18 November 2011

Tessa's teacakes - Mary Manners

Today sees the release of Mary Manners new book - the third in her sweet treat bakery series.


Blurb:

Tessa, the youngest Spencer sister--and the most impulsive--rushes into the Mount Ridge crisis center bent on saving her brother-in-law. She's ready to handle Brent's abductor, with or without help. What she's not ready to handle is the effect policeman, Colin Phillips, has on her. Romance is the last thing on Tessa's mind. She longs for the adventure and fast-pace of New York City, not being tied to Mount Ridge and a man who insists she shouldn't be so impetuous. After all "independent spirit" is what Tessa does best!

Colin transferred from the police force in Atlanta in order to find closure after the brutal murder of his younger sister. He wants a nice, safe future, not one filled with caring and worrying about another impulsive woman. His sister was naive and unpredictable, and while Colin is drawn to Tessa's spunk and vitality, her willingness to rush into danger scares him. No way could he cope with another devastating loss. His heart must remain closed where Tessa is concerned.

But God has His own plans--and His own way of changing hearts and cultivating love.

Review:

The third in the sweet treats series, Tessa’s Teacakes, is a wonderful read from its heart stopping beginning to its tear jerking end. Just as you think the story is all wrapped up, another twist comes along, sending it in another direction. Catching you up with the characters from previous stories, this one is another short story to snuggle up with on a cold night. Ms. Manners stories just get better.

Buy link


Blurb:

Following the tragic, sudden death of her parents, Kate Spencer broke off her engagement from high school sweetheart Logan Daniels, just weeks before their wedding. She chose, instead, to remain in Mount Ridge, Tennessee to raise her younger sisters and help keep the family together. Now, with her sisters grown, she spends her days at family-owned Sweet Treats Bakery, hiding a wounded heart in the sweet confections she creates. Logan Daniels left town when Kate broke his heart, but now he's come home to claim what he lost four years ago, and he won't stop until he gets what he came for...Kate's kisses.

Review:

Kate's Kisses is a wonderful short read, full to bursting with love and hope (and chocolate covered cherries - the kisses of the title). Logan and Kate leap to life off the pages and literally pull you into their story, immersing you in their hopes and dreams. Coming from Ms. Manners this one had to be good, and it is. Short and sweet and just like real chocolate, leaves you wanting more.


buy link




Blurb:

Brent Peterson returns to Mount Ridge, Tennessee with a single goal-to win back Grace Spencer. He's loved her since kindergarten, and should have told her how he felt, but Dan Turner swooped in and stole Grace away before Brent had the chance. Now Grace is a widow with a young son, and while it's been three years since her husband's death, Brent isn't sure he should make his feelings known. When Brent comes around the family bakery, Grace longs to restore their friendship, but the thin gold wedding band on her finger-and memories of Dan-stand between them. Can Brent's gentle patience coax Grace to let go of her memories...and the ring, or is it time for Brent to move on alone, and leave Mount Ridge forever?

Review:

Grace's Gold continues the Sweet Treat series with the story of Grace, Kate's widowed sister. Another brilliant story from Ms. Manners, this one doesn't disappoint. Full of love and second chances, it keeps you guessing right up until the end. There is a lovely continuation of the Kate/Logan story, as like the previous one in the series, it contains all four sisters. But you don’t need to have read Kate’s Kisses, in order to enjoy this one. A story worthy of its title, this story is gold.


buy link


You can visit Mary at her website


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Blogging from the Battlefield: The View from the Front Line in Afghanistan by Major Paul Smyth




Blogging from the Battlefield: The View from the Front Line in Afghanistan by Major Paul Smyth

blurb:

Front Line Bloggers - Afghanistan and Helmand Blog - Aghanistan (now combined as UK Forces Afghanistan) were established by the MoD to allow UK armed forces personnel to tell the public back home what they were doing there, in their own words. Officers, NCOs and other ranks representing a wide variety of units - infantry, artillery, signals, logistics, aviation, medical - contribute their thoughts and experiences on everything from what it's like to take on the Taliban in a firefight to the difficulties of trying to eat well at a patrol base. These personal accounts give a picture of the conflict at ground level, the details of daily life that usually do not make the news, as well as individuals' perspectives on major events. Some of the bloggers have even been asked to contribute to the Radio 4 Today Programme and Channel 4 News. With the war in Afghanistan in the news almost constantly, this is a timely book which tells the real story of what it's like for our troops on the ground.

My review:

This book is one emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. A no holds barred look at life on the front lines from the men and women who are there. It transports you from your safe home to an unfamiliar landscape, thousands of miles from the ones you love. Where it's incredibly hot by day and freezing cold at night. Where nothing can be taken for granted.

From the start of their tour in Sept 2009 til the end of it in March 2010, this book covers the highs and lows of life of on the front lines. The stories behind the news headlines. From Christmas dinner cooked and served by the CO to the excitement of a major operation. Routine things like night duty, setting up a vet clinic or a local meet and greet with the village elders. To the sudden death of a friend and colleague.

Reading this over the beginning of November, with my poppy still on my desk, and as another death on the front line was announced, had me alternately smiling and in tears. Watching it on the news is one thing, being transported there, standing with those soldiers as they watch the coffin of someone who was at their side only a few short hours ago being repatriated, before going back out on patrol, shows the war in a different light.

These men and women risk everything to bring hope and life to a nation. A job like none other brings risks, but incredible rewards as children can play safely and markets can reopen and schools rebuilt.

Definitely not for the faint hearted, but this book is a keeper.

5/5 stars

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Tray Bake - chocolate toffee fingers

Chocolate Toffee Stuff/fingers. Aka millionaire's shortbread. With photos :)

And yes i know its not Wednesday but I didn't want another tag :)

Ingredients:
base
8oz marg
2oz sugar
10oz flour

caramel
8oz marg
1 lge tin condensed milk
2 tbsp syrup
4oz sugar

topping
1 large pkt cooking choc


Base
cream marg and sugar.
Add flour
spread evenly over base of lined tin
bake 5 mins gas 4/180C/350F
then bake further 20 mins gas 3/160C/325F
Cool in the tin



Caramel
melt marg
add milk, sugar and syrup
bring to boil
boil 5 mins stirring all the time
BURNS EASILY
Pour over cooled shortbread
cool in the tin



Topping
melt choc as per instructions on packet
pour over COLD caramel
Cool in the tin



The end product :)



made in response to the pink whisk challenge Nov 2011

Friday, 4 November 2011

Marianne Evans - Heart's Key

the end of an era. The last in the Woodlands Series hits the ebook readers today. Sad to see them go, but it's not the last of Ms. Evans as I know she has a new book, currently in edits. :)


Hearts Key by Marianne Evans

BLURB:

Life hasn't been kind to Amy Maxwell. Once the effervescent leader of the pack, her marriage should have been perfect. Instead, she escaped with nothing but the clothes on her back and her daughter, Pyper.


Tyler Brock is dazzling. The once shy teen has evolved into a powerhouse in Christian music, and when he returns to Woodland for a benefit concert, Amy can’t believe he is as faithful and tender as ever. He even manages to touch the heart of a doubtful Pyper.


But, Amy can’t escape her own self-doubt, and she questions the wisdom of her heart when it comes to the charismatic musician who is so different now, yet so much the same.
Can the key to their hearts unlock a lifetime of love?

EXCERPT:

The after-concert crowd ebbed and flowed around Tyler like a tide. He stood comfortably amidst it all, his arm looped around his mom’s waist, his father nearby as well. Back home again.

If only it were that easy.

Amy took a deep breath. It was time to move forward, and act like the friend she had always been. She made progress toward approaching Tyler, watching as he shook hands with members of his crew and received enthusiastic hugs of support. Then in came Rebecca. He saw her immediately and grinned while she made a dash for his ready embrace. She gave a happy shout as he lifted her up, and spun her in a full circle.

“You were great,” she enthused, her voice touched by the cadence of the south. “Honestly, what a show!”

“Inspired, wasn’t it, Becs? It feels so good to be home!”

Rebecca pecked both his cheeks and smiled into his eyes. Amy’s heart sank. His dynamic backup singer then greeted others around them and dissolved into the crowd of tour staffers. Amy winced, battling off turmoil, self-doubt, and inadequacy.

It was a battle she lost.

In that instant, her mature, straightforward intentions vaporized. Hiking up her purse and camera strap, Amy kept a tight hold on them both as she turned to leave. She took a few steps toward the exit. She’d beg off tomorrow’s dinner, and bid this entire, world-rocking episode farewell. In the morning, everything would be back to normal. In the morning, she could—

“Seriously?”

Amy froze at the sound of the smooth and deep voice that carried with it just a touch of the South. She closed her eyes, and she trembled. Bad.

“You were seriously gonna leave without sayin’ hello to me?”

She couldn’t pull in a proper breath. Her heart skittered wildly. Red-hot heat crawled up the skin of her neck and ignited her cheeks, melting and burning in one fell swoop.

Bravely she turned around, her lips pressed tight, though she fought through it all to offer a tentative smile. “Hey, Tyler.”

It was the best she could manage. His eyes were unspeakably gentle and tender. His attitude of warmth so typical of the Tyler she had known, once upon a life. Amy welcomed that fact, and at the same time, she was swept away by just looking at him.

“Hey, Amy,” he greeted softly. His smile bloomed when he took her hands. A beat later, he drew her in for a long, tight hug that left her aching. He felt so hard, and strong. So wonderful. A lump formed fast in her throat—a bit of mourning, she supposed, for all she missed.

“I, ah, didn’t want to interfere or anything.” As soon as the words crossed her lips, she realized how lame they sounded.

Tyler kissed her cheek, and Amy went a bit dizzy. A bit weak at the knees. “You couldn’t interfere if you wanted to.” He leaned back and drew a fingertip against her chin; he looked deep look into her eyes. “I’ve missed you.”

My review:

The Woodlands series reaches a stunning conclusion in the fourth volume, Hearts Key. This novel reunites Amy and Tyler (secondary characters from book two, Hearts Surrender) and brings their story to a heart stopping close. Opening with a terrifying bang, Ms. Evans keeps up the pace, tension and emotion throughout its pages. I was so gripped, I pulled an all-nighter to finish reading. Not to be missed, this one will tug at your heart strings the whole way through.

PURCHASE LINK



Tuesday, 1 November 2011

nano day 1, pad 1

word count 2000/50,000
poems written 1/30
hours spent procrastinating, playing on FB, twittering... way too many.

Is the story going to plan - uh no
Are the characters behaving? uh no
Are you writing the story you intended? uh no.
Why?
Cos for some reason Jordan and Heidi jumped in and usurped John and Jo. So it looks like I have two at once. Grrrr.

So i shall be doing both and then connecting them with a ... meanwhile on the other side of town. Hah. Take that muse.

Anyway, am now writing a little of Niamh. That incidently is pronounced Neeve. Hmm what's wrong with incidently? Spell check doesn't like it. Well :P to the spell check and back to writing.

Ohhhh.................. Time's Arrow has a release date - and a page. :) Dec 11th :)