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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, 31 October 2012

Blog Tag. I'm it

I got tagged by Paula Mowery to answer questions about my latest release. I'm meant to tag five more authors for you to go visit but the last time I tried that it didn't work so I'm not going to.


What is the working title of your book?

Well the working title was 12,000 miles to love. As you can see the end title is very different. At one point it was angels from the realms of Sydney.

Blurb:
On an extended holiday from the UK, John Connington finds himself in Sydney with nowhere to stay. Only a telephone number from a friend of someone his sister works with offering him a place to stay. Trusting that God knows what He’s doing, John rings and asks a total stranger if he can stay.

Jo can’t believe the audacity of the man, yet when her flat mate knows of this arrangement there is nothing she can do. She’s not prepared for the avalanche of feelings produced by seeing John. Not impressed by God’s sense of humour she fights how she feels until just before John leaves for home, both their lives change forever.

Can a long distance relationship really work or is God just teasing them both?


Where did the idea come from for the book?
It's based on a true story. Albeit moved to Christmas and condensed into a few weeks instead of a few months. But its how my brother met his wife.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary, Christmas

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
John would be played by Rupert Penry-Jones. And Jo would be played by Kirsty Lee Allan

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
The ultimate in long distance relationships--"See, I told you Miss Right lived in Australia."

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It's being released by my publisher Pelican Book Group as part of their Christmas Extravaganza in Dec 2012

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About six weeks. the same as always regardless of it's length.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I promised my brother I wouldn't kill anyone in this one... so probably Saving Christmas, Times Arrow and Cassie's Wedding Dress.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Like I said above, it's based on how my brother met his wife.


Monday, 29 October 2012

Its that time of year again - Nanowrimo


Gold postbox in Henley, to commemorate the rowing winners of the 2012. There are roughly 50 specially painted one scattered up and down the country. Do I look cold? It was cold. 2C and falling. Finally settled around minus one in the end.

This will be my 7th year doing nano. Wow. Going for my 7th win. You can find me HERE

I've sold my last 3 nano novels actually. 2009 - Season for Miracles. 2010 - Tuesday's Child. 2011- Thursday's Child. And this years is already sold on the synopsis alone. Hence the very brief one on the site. A hero, a heroine, a radio station, lots of coffee, even more flowers... No that wasn't what I sent in, in the book proposal. lol.

Thing is I don't plot. Well, not to the extent some authors do. I have a 700 word basis. But in the other 50-80,000 words, anything can and quite often does happen.

And if I get stuck. Well then there is my trusty help sheet HERE. Which does give hilarious out takes at times, but can be incredibly useful at others. And not a zombie in sight.

Meanwhile, inspiration struck during the sermon yesterday for another story. No I didn't write it during the sermon. My sermon sheet is full of sermon notes. With Five lines detailing hero's name, heroine's name. what she does, what he does, why they meet. But then soon as I look at the title of the sermon I'll remember the plot.

I don't write on a Sunday. Course this means that I do Nano in 26 days and not 30. Or some years in 25 days depending how many weekends there are. Makes it harder, but not impossible.

No blog entries don't count. Unless written in heroines POV and she takes it over for a month. Don't tempt her. Leah is particularly fond of blogging, whilst not making coffee that is.

And one final word to the wise... don't annoy the author. Because it will end up in a book and she might just kill you. ;-)


Friday, 26 October 2012

New release. Callie by Sharon Srock




Blurb:
Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.
Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.
Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.
Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing.  And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.
For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.
Extract:
Callie Stillman dabbed raindrops from her face with a linen napkin as Benton dodged a server with a loaded tray and took his place across from her. She smiled into her husband’s blue eyes and reached across to wipe water from his beard. “We’ll both have pneumonia if we don’t dry off soon.”
Benton took the napkin and finished the job. “I’ve been told the food is very good. A few sniffles should be worth it.”
Callie’s gaze roamed the room. “It’s…” Recognition slammed into her chest, forcing the air from her lungs. The man crossing the room behind her husband nodded and continued to his table. Was that the bailiff? Do you swear to tell the truth… She gulped for breath and fought the familiar darkness that crowded the edges of her vision.
Callie ran a finger around her collar, tugging the neck of the blouse away from skin suddenly dewed with a fine film of sweat. Too hot. She took a sip of water, dismayed at the tremor in her hand as she lifted the glass to her lips. Not here, not tonight. Callie closed her eyes and practiced the breathing techniques she’d learned over the last six months. In through her nose, hold for a few seconds, and out through her mouth. Concentrate only on the current step in the process, the next breath. The tightness in her chest began to fade away. Thank you, Jesus. She raised her water again and held the cold glass to her flushed cheek.





An interview with Sharon.
When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? That I didn't get nearly enough beauty sleep.
Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)? A lot of times I find that I mix cursive with printing in the same word
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 love a good mystery, but can't see myself trying to write one. My mind just doesn't work that way. I think historical romance is the one thing I wouldn't consider. I love history, but I hate the time it take to research.
What are you reading now? The Wedding Dress, To See the Sun, and Delusions in Death.
How much of yourself do you write into your characters? I don’t, intentionally, write any of me into my characters. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a little piece of me in all of the women. Callie teaches Sunday school and loves her guacamole, Terri is looking for God’s will in her life and arguing the whole way, Pam is learning lessons in forgiveness. Yep, there I am.
When did you first discover that you were a writer? Believe it or not, I went to bed one night, a normal person, and woke up the next morning determined to write a book. I know, now, where that came from. It was more than a little weird at the time.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.I love a good courtroom drama. Fantasy when it’s well done. By well done, I mean it has to completely draw me into a different world. Mysteries, and Romantic suspense are devoured at my house like chocolate covered cherries.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?I’m going to assume you don’t mean raising terrific daughters.  Really? This book. Not just for the validation or a sense of “I can really do this”. But because I feel like it represent me, finally finding God’s place for me.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?It has to be a God thing. I wake up with these stories in my head, things I would never see or think of on my own. He gets all the credit.
If you could invite a fictional character to dinner who would it be and why?
Oh, can I pick two? Merlin and Spock. Merlin because I’m captivated by the whole knights in armor, Arthur, slaying the dragon thing. Spock because…well…because the idea of extraterrestrial life interests me. If we ever find life out there, I’d hope they would be wise and beneficial sort like Vulcans. Not the I’ve come to destroy your world we see portrayed 99% of the time.

Of all the current technological marvels, which is your favorite and why?
My GPS. I don’t navigate. Now I don’t have to.

If you could have a do over on one day in your life what would you pick?
Fourth of July, 1996. It was the last day we spent with our little grandson before he was murdered. I wish I’d spent more time with him that day.

If you could travel back in time when and where would you go?
King Arthur’s court. I wouldn’t want to stay forever, I’d miss my hot rollers, but I think there was a elegance to life then that we don’t have any more.

What is your favorite season of the year? What’s special about it for you??
I only have three seasons to my year. Summer, Spring, and SWEATER. I have a serious sweater addiction, so Sweater is my favorite. :-)

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’m a serious Trekker. I have my own uniform. (Clare adds – me too)
Note from Clare here – did you know that live long and prosper is in the Bible? Yeah it is, look up Deuteronomy 5:33

What is the hardest part in writing a story?
Editing and Editing and Editing….

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My Kindle. It’s just the most amazing machine.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
My characters constantly surprise me. Their individual determination to be front and center in my brain is relentless. I’m a SOTP writer. I don’t work with an outline, so I can’t give you an example of where I planned to go one way and they insisted on taking their own way, but I continue to be amazed.

What three things about you would surprise readers?
My favorite pet of all time was an iguana.
I hate reality TV
I love to mow the grass

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
A lack of time. I don’t think there is a way to overcome it until I retire. I just have to deal with not enough hours in the day.

If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?
Australia. It’s on my bucket list. I’ll make it someday, God willing.

Bio:
Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

blog tag

I was tagged by Tanya Stowe

What is the working title of your book?


Tuesday's Child tenders direction...

Deaf from the age of five, Adeline Munroe operates a hospital for injured dolls, but lately her quiet life is disturbed by violent, haunting visions. Perhaps it's just her unspoken fear--a serial killer has struck in Headley Cross. But Adeline soon realizes she's seeing each murder just before they happen and reluctantly contacts the police. 

Detective Sergeant Nate Holmes has enough to deal with between caring for his orphaned niece and his current assignment--the Herbalist killings, so when a woman comes forward who claims to be "seeing" the crimes in dreams, he isn't hopeful she'll be of any help. But he knows her from church, and she inexplicably describes how each crime is committed. Is God answering his prayers through Adeline?

Adeline assists the police, yet more women die and she becomes the prime target of the killer. Will Nate crack the case before the Herbalist can complete his agenda--or will the next murder Adeline foresees be her own?

The working title was All of Me. It changed to Tuesday's Child after my seven book proposal was accepted.


Where did the idea come from for the book?
It's based on a prompt on the White Rose Blog - a child, a hat and a lightning storm. And just turned into an epic from there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary, inspirational romantic suspense

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Adeline would be played by Deanne Bray. And Nate by Jamie Bamber

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Guilty of love in the first degree - a deaf witness who 'sees' the murders and a cop torn between doing his duty and going out in faith.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It was released by my publisher Pelican Book Group on Oct 19th

How long did it take to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About six weeks. the same as always regardless of it's length.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Almost everything I write falls into the category of mystery, romance, crime. It's mainly the death toll that differs.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Like I said above, it's based on a prompt Jamie West posted. So I guess it's Jamie's fault LOL. But Grandad was deaf and I'd been toying with writing a deaf heroine for a long time.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Review: Book of Aleth 2 - Revelation by Michael Duncan

Revelation: Book of Aleth, Part Two
Blurb:

"We have lost much of what we once were."

A new alliance...After escaping the dwarvish prison in Brekken Dahl, Aaron, Lorik, and two dwarves continue their quest to recover the Book of Aleth, now fallen into enemy hands. To avoid Therion's forces, the band forges deep under the shattered hills into long-forgotten passages, where foul creatures wait in the darkness.

An ancient prophecy...Although each step is fraught with danger and betrayal, the mission must succeed. The travelers encounter beings, both friend and foe, straight from myth and legend. And when a member of the group falls, a new ally of a race thought extinct joins the quest. In the ruins of Kellen Dahl, a discovery is made...to restore hope and a future a new protector must rise.


Review:

Having read the first book, I was very keen to read the second part of Michael Duncan's story, and it didn't disappoint. Picking up from where book one left off, this one continues Aaron's search for the Book of Aleth and the truth. With everything he had been told from childhood, turned on its head, Aaron's journey is as much one of faith and discovery as anything else.

Full of elves, dwarves and all the elements you'd normally find in fantasy, Mr. Duncan has woven a modern day Tolkien-esque story that I couldn't put down. Hooked from the first word, easily visualised each word leaps from the page with such clarity I didn't want it to end.

If you love Tolkien you really don't want to miss this one.

Buy links
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Revelation-Book-Aleth-Part-ebook/dp/B009EHQKYK/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1

http://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Book-Aleth-Part-ebook/dp/B009EHQKYK/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2

http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/revelation-book-of-aleth-part-two


Bio:
Michael has spent more than 20 years preaching and teaching God's Word. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Rev. Duncan entered into public ministry and has served in four churches. He currently resides in Washington State with his wife and three children and serves as pastor. When Michael is not preaching or teaching God's word, he spends time writing. His first novel, Shadows, will be released in October, 2011. He is an apprentice-level alumnus of the Christian Writer's Guild. Michael is also a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and serves as a board member and a critique group facilitator. Given the opportunity, he also enjoys time on the golf course.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Wed Child still free


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wednesdays-Child-ebook/dp/B009MP6VU2/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349652397&sr=1-7

http://www.amazon.com/Wednesdays-Child-ebook/dp/B009MP6VU2/ref=la_B005NZT2O2_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1349652563&sr=1-9

Free today on Amazon


Wednesday's Child grieves for his soul...

Liam Page, school teacher and ex-missionary, is a man with a secret agenda. Revenge. But when he says it with flowers, toppling a vase of carnations and drenching  a woman who just happens to be the school's landscape architect, he may have found a light in his darkness.

After an abusive relationship, Jacqui Dorne prefers work to men. It's safer. But Liam Page with his boyish charm and wounded soul, manages to change her preferences. Has God led her to Liam to help him heal?

When their growing relationship is marred by the reappearance of Jacqui's ex-boyfriend, they find themselves suddenly embroiled in a series of dangerous events --leading them to Africa and leaving them fighting for both love and life.

extract
“Hey, watch where you’re going.”
“Sorry.” Liam turned around, hitting the table again. He watched in horror as the table shifted, like a view in slow motion. The vase of flowers tipped over, sending water all over the laptop and papers.
“Oh no! That’s all I need.” The female voice, as soft and silky as he imagined, was tinged with dismay and anger.
His face flaming, Liam snatched a pile of napkins from her side. “I’m so sorry. Let me help.”
“I think you’ve done enough.” Irritation flashed in her hazel eyes as she glared at him. “Just leave it. I’ll do it.” She picked up the flowers and shoved them back into the vase.
Liam’s cheeks burned, matching the churning in his stomach as it rebelled against his lunch. Dumping the napkins on the table, he pulled a pen from his jacket and scrawled his number on one of them. “I’ll pay for any repairs your computer needs. My name’s Liam Page. This is my mobile number. The phone’s on all the time. If you get voice mail, just leave a message, Miss...?”
The woman flinched as she took it, her cool fingers sending waves of heat through him as they brushed his hand. “Miss Dorne. No doubt I’ll be in touch”--she glanced down--“Mr. Page.”


And don't forget to enter the draw for the Tuesdays child giveaway


Friday, 19 October 2012

Release day - Tuesday's Child

 Today's the day! Tuesday's Child officially releases. Second in a series of seven based on the new version of the nursery rhyme -


Monday’s Child must hide for protection,
Tuesday’s Child tenders direction
Wednesday’s Child grieves for his soul
Thursday’s Child chases the whole
Friday's Child is a man obsessed
Saturday’s Child might be possessed
And Sunday’s Child on life’s seas is tossed
Awaiting the Lifeboat that rescues the lost.



Blurb:
Tuesday's Child tenders direction...

Deaf from the age of five, Adeline Munroe operates a hospital for injured dolls, but lately her quiet life is disturbed by violent, haunting visions. Perhaps it's just her unspoken fear--a serial killer has struck in Headley Cross. But Adeline soon realizes she's seeing each murder just before they happen and reluctantly contacts the police. 

Detective Sergeant Nate Holmes has enough to deal with between caring for his orphaned niece and his current assignment--the Herbalist killings, so when a woman comes forward who claims to be "seeing" the crimes in dreams, he isn't hopeful she'll be of any help. But he knows her from church, and she inexplicably describes how each crime is committed. Is God answering his prayers through Adeline?

Adeline assists the police, yet more women die and she becomes the prime target of the killer. Will Nate crack the case before the Herbalist can complete his agenda--or will the next murder Adeline foresees be her own?

Excerpt:
All of Nate’s senses kicked into action, his copper’s antennae twitching. 
She knew something, or at least thought she did.
“What is it?”
Adeline sucked her lower lip into her mouth, worrying it with her teeth. “This is going to sound stupid, but…” She took a deep breath. “I saw them. All of them. They all had their hair tied back or up.” She picked up the top clipping. “She was playing on a swing and wearing a red jacket. This one was walking the dog and wearing blue.”
Nate jolted as if he’d been struck by lightning. Those details hadn’t been released. Was he wrong about her? Was she somehow involved with the murders? “Wait  a minute. How did you know any of this?”
Adeline carried on speaking as she shifted through the papers. “She was on her way to dance class in pink. This one was jogging in a gray toweling track suit and the first one…”
Nate put a hand on her arm, cutting her off. 
She jerked her head upwards in surprise. 
He held her gaze. “How do you know all this?”
“I told you, I saw them.” 

Buy link 



And for today and tomorrow you can pick up WEDNESDAYS CHILD FREE for kindle. Yes Free! It doesn't officially come out until Jan 11th next year, but on Oct 19th and 20th its FREE. After that it'll be regular price but still available. 

Wednesday's Child grieves for his soul...

Liam Page, school teacher and ex-missionary, is a man with a secret agenda. Revenge. But when he says it with flowers, toppling a vase of carnations and drenching  a woman who just happens to be the school's landscape architect, he may have found a light in his darkness.

After an abusive relationship, Jacqui Dorne prefers work to men. It's safer. But Liam Page with his boyish charm and wounded soul, manages to change her preferences. Has God led her to Liam to help him heal?

When their growing relationship is marred by the reappearance of Jacqui's ex-boyfriend, they find themselves suddenly embroiled in a series of dangerous events --leading them to Africa and leaving them fighting for both love and life.


Now the Give away


In order to win a PDF copy of Tuesday's Child and these three hand made candles from Busy Bees in Wales, along with the autographed cover in the picture, all you have to do is comment either here. (Actually with the comments on most blogs acting up your best bet might be commenting on FB or twitter.)

Or comment on my author facebook or the Headley Cross facebook page

or tweet: #Tuesdays Child @ClareRevell A deaf witness who sees the murders, a cop torn between his duty & going out in faith. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009MA40PK/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_j9dGqb0XT35JZ
OR
#Tuesdays Child @ClareRevell A deaf witness who sees the murders, a cop torn between his duty & going out in faith. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009MA40PK/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_j9dGqb0XT35JZ

It's that simple :) Doesn't matter where in the world you are either. I will put all the names of commenters in a hat and draw one out next week.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Is it Friday yet?

It's almost here. Release day for Tuesday's Child - though it's been on Amazon for a couple weeks now...


But here's the give away.
Three scented candles, hand made by a company in Wales called Busy Bee Candles.
A PDF copy of Tuesday's Child
Plus the signed cover you see in the picture.

How do you win this? Easy

On Friday there will be a post here, a few other posts around the net - which i will post the links for - a special post on FB, a tweet to repost, and a post on the Headley Cross FB.

A comment on any of them gets your name in the hat. Simples.

The winner will be contacted by email and then i shall snail mail the candles. Anywhere in the world. Cos I can :D

Friday, 12 October 2012

New release. Hearts Haven 1: Jewels for the Kingdom by Delia Latham


Hearts Haven - an exciting new series from four great authors debuts today with book one

Jewels for the Kingdom by Delia Latham

Jewels for the Kingdom


Blurb:

Pia Peretti’s past could destroy her future. Thanks to her pre-Christian lifestyle, she can’t marry a believer, and she won’t marry a non-believer. Minister David Myers wants to help Pia release her guilt and trust that God has forgiven her...but the young minister is working through his own trial of faith. 

After a failed counseling session with a wounded soul, David's confidence is shaken. He accepts a new pastorate, and moves to Angel Falls to find a haven for his wounded heart. 

Is it possible these two hurting hearts are meant to mend each other’s brokenness with some divine intervention?

Buy Link

Visit Hearts Haven

Thursday, 11 October 2012

New release and review - The Homecoming of Reece Flynn by Mallary Mitchell

The Homecoming of Reece Flynn

The Homecoming of Reece Flynn


Blurb:
The Homecoming of Reece Flynn
Having escaped from a bad marriage Molly has no plans to venture back into the dating world. But when Reece Flynn drives through her father’s church—literally, that is—he crashes into her life like no other man ever has. It’s crazy to think a man like Reece would be interested in a woman like her, but why would God allow her to meet him if Reece wasn’t meant for her?
With his singing career in shambles, Reece Flynn relocates to Piney Mountain, North Carolina where he’s assigned a long hitch of community service. Reece is restless, always searching, but no matter what he gets, it’s not enough. He hopes to find some peace and quiet in Piney Mountain, but instead he finds Molly Harmon. Could what he feels be love?

Review:
You know how sometimes a line from a book lingers long after the last page has closed? This is one of those books."My pop used to say that one all the time when I would complain about something. He’d say all things work together, not all good things, but the good, the bad, the plain out terrible, work together and the sum total is good." Reece Flynn

The Homecoming of Reece Flynn is the second of Ms. Mitchell's books I have read and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. From Reece's first appearance in court and the hilarious way he argues with the judge, to the tear jerking parts later on, and the intrigue of the plot, this book has all the right ingredients to keep you glued to the pages. I read it in one go, staying up way too late to finish it. The characters come to life in such a vivid way, even the secondary characters, I found myself wanting to tell one of them off for being rude.

Definitely a kindle keeper and one to curl up with on a chilly autumn evening.

Buy link

Bio:
Mallary Mitchell fell in love with writing at age ten. Two years later she became hooked on romance while staying with her grandmother who always had a big stash of “happily-ever-afters”. When not writing, she spends time with her children who also share her love of writing.

Friday, 5 October 2012

New Release - Devotion by Marianne Evans

And here's the second of today's releases

Devotion by Marianne Evans 



Blurb:
From This Day Forward
Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse
But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part
When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.


Review:

Marriages may be made in heaven, but they consist of two fallible human beings, who manage to mess up in so many ways. And no more so than in Devotion, when even the most perfect couple discover just how badly things can go wrong. This book will make you cry and at points want to bang their heads together - which just shows the power of Ms. Evans writing. It pulls you in and won't let you up for a single breath. But then I didn't expect any less coming from this author.
Another great one to curl up with.

New Release. Wisdom Tree by Mary Manners

Two great books release today from Pelican Book Group. Both by great authors. Both gripping reads that will leave you in tears at some point. But each one deserves its own page, so that's what they're getting



Wisdom Tree by Mary Manners


Blurb:
Sometimes the last thing we think we need is exactly what God has planned. 

After the death of his parents, Jake Samuels has enough on his plate—including a fledgling church to lead and a mischievous younger brother to raise. The last thing he needs is a rambunctious woman to contend with. 

Carin O'Malley is dealing with the death of her brother and a new job as an English teacher at East Ridge Middle School where Corey Samuels reigns as King of Chaos. The last thing she needs is to fall in love with a man...especially a handsome and complicated preacher like Corey’s brother Jake. 

But when Corey's antics toss Carin and Jake together, the two must draw from God’s wisdom to find refuge in His perfect plan for them.

Review
I love reading books where the main lead is a pastor. For some reason we always set Pastor's up on a pedestal. They can do no wrong, they always lead sinless lives and somehow seem above the rest of us. Not true. Especially not in this new story from the pen of Mary Manners. Jake may be a pastor, but he's as human as the rest of us. And when he finds himself falling in love, it throws him as much as anyone. Even more so as she's his brothers teacher.
Coming from Ms. Manners this book couldn't disappoint. I've decided that Mary's books are like chocolates. I haven't yet met one I don't like. 
This is one to curl up with on those cold autumn nights.
And it comes with a month's worth of devotional readings. So two books in one.




Thursday, 4 October 2012

question

Should i keep the star rating for my reviews or come up with a new one. Lighthouses for example.
Haha, bet you were expecting lifeboats then. Well I could.

any thoughts on this?

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Harbourlight books release - Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor




Blurb:

To soldier-of-fortune Jeb Sledge, the assignment seemed simple: Rescue an heiress and her journalist friend from Colombian guerrillas and collect a sizable paycheck for his troubles. But things rarely go as planned. After stumbling upon a mass of dead bodies, Kristin Halvorsen isn't about to leave Colombia without the proof she needs for the story of a lifetime, and Sledge soon finds himself ensnared in a chemical weapons conspiracy that involves civilians, guerillas and high-ranking government officials. But neutralizing the factory isn’t enough. Where are the weapons that have already been fabricated? Who are the intended targets? How potent and far-reaching are the effects? A pursuit through South America, the U.S. and Caribbean embroils Sledge and Kristin in a mission to prevent a catastrophic attack—and leaves Sledge fighting to save both their lives.

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Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature (especially Renaissance) at two liberal arts colleges. His novels The Lazarus File and Rhapsody in Red have received excellent reviews, and he has also authored Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond. His new book is another suspense novel, Deadly Additive. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences such as Glorieta and Blue Ridge. He and his wife live near Houston, Texas, where he continues to write fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics. 
Web site: www.donntaylor.com.

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