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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.

Friday, 30 November 2012

REview: Future Savior 4: Desecration by Jennifer Hartz




Blurb:
Charis' latest time paradox has left me staggering. The history of Meric is being unraveled right before my eyes. While some unimaginable questions are being answered, even more start to creep up. Will we make it out of this place alive? Will we make it back to Meric in time to stop Leticia and save our friends? Will I ever marry Shaw, the man of my dreams?

I guess only time holds the answers to these questions. Considering I'm not even in my own time, I'm not so sure anymore. One thing I do know is I never would have thought Meric's origins would have been in this place.

Excerpt:

"You!" A growling voice roared behind me. I spun around to see Rayliex, slowly emerging from the closet. I had completely forgotten he was there. "You brought us here!" He looked demented. His eyes were as wide as I had ever seen them. His entire body shook with rage and fear. He lunged at me and wrapped his hands around my shoulders, shaking me violently. "Take me back, witch! Take me back right now," he bellowed.

"Get off her," Shaw yelled. He grabbed Rayliex and whipped him away from me.

Rayliex fell to the ground but he was unfazed by Shaw. He quickly regained his feet and dove for me again.

"No!" Shaw sprang at Rayliex shoulder first, like a professional wrestler might spear an opponent. All three of us fell to the ground in a painful heap.

I untangled myself from the two men, but they continued to grapple on the ground. I think they forgot they were power-wielding Guardians, because they were exchanging punches instead of powers. Rayliex swung wildly at Shaw, but Shaw easily avoided it by ducking under Rayliex's arm. Shaw popped up and caught Rayliex square in the mouth with a fast moving fist and Rayliex stumbled back several steps.

"Shaw! Don't hurt him. He's having a panic attack. He doesn't know what he's doing," I called. Since they were so incessant on fighting hand-to-hand, Shaw clearly had the advantage. His strong, broad, muscular physique outmatched Rayliex's fit, athletic stature. Of course, it certainly helped that one of Shaw's gifts was abnormal strength. He could easily throttle Rayliex with his bare hands.

Poor Rayliex wasn't in his right mind. He was determined to get at me. In his panic stricken state he thought I was the one who brought him here and evidently he planned to stop at nothing to get me to send him back. With blood trickling down his split lip from Shaw's punch, Rayliex charged at me again, but Shaw grabbed Rayliex by the shirt.

Apparently Shaw didn't hear my request not to hurt Rayliex because, in a massive display of strength, Shaw pressed him high over his head and hurled him several yards away. Rayliex landed precariously close to the staircase leading down into the bunker. Rayliex stumbled to his feet, but this time Shaw didn't wait for him to run at us again. Shaw charged, slammed hard into him, then both men toppled down the stairs.

I rushed to railing just in time to watch Shaw and Rayliex get to their feet. They were standing about four yards apart with hate-filled glares on their faces. Their tumble down the stairs reminded them they had powers, because Shaw moved at an unnaturally fast rate, grabbing his sword and running toward Rayliex. Throwing his hand up in the air, Rayliex slowed Shaw down with his powers. Then he grabbed a knife from his shoulder strap and threw it at Shaw. He released Shaw from his powers so he could accelerate the speed of the knife. It zipped through the air at an alarming velocity.

Fast as lighting, Shaw deflected the knife with his sword. Rayliex grabbed another knife then vanished from his spot. He reappeared several feet behind Shaw and released the knife using his powers to speed it up again. Shaw turned and started running at Rayliex. I didn't know if Shaw saw this new knife. It was sure to hit him.

"Stop," I screamed, throwing my hands up in the air. I expected my telekinesis to push them both back away from each other... or at the very least stop them... or stop the knife from slicing Shaw... but what actually happened surprised even me.


Review:
Wow. This series just gets better with each book. So many threads get pulled together in part four, many questions are answered, as Christina and Shaw fight to save the land of Meric from the evil powers of Leticia. Ms Hartz again draws us into the wonderful world of Meric, with its endearing cast of characters. Not to be missed, this one again leaves you on tenterhooks waiting for the next book.

Buy link: Avaliable Dec 1st

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Advent Blog -

Tomorrow is December and that means the start of the Advent Blog. Most of these are Christmas stories. Most of them are this years releases. they are all worth checking out. Each day I will feature the cover and blurb and buy link.
The posts will go live at 9am British time each day. I've scheduled all of them in advance.

As always Pelican Book Group will be offering all this years books at $1 or between 60p and 80p (depending on the current exchange rate throughout December). They are also all on Amazon.

Date
Author
1
Carla Rossi
2
Davalynn Spencer
3
Deborah Pierson Dill
4
Marianne Evans
5
EA West
6
Mary Manners
8
Robin Patchen
9
Marian Merritt
10
Lily Maytree
11
Dora Hiers
12
Robin Bayne
13
Patty Froese
14
Therese Travis
15
Janalyn Voigt -
16
Anne Greene –
17
Mallory Mitchell (not inspirational)
18
Mary Annslee Urban
19
Donna B Snow
20
Tayna Stowe
21
Lillian Duncan
22
Tanya Hanson – (not inspirational)
23
Linda Rondeau
24

25
Jess Revell


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Boiled Fruit Cake - the recipie

Boiled Fruit Cake


Defies all known cake baking skills known to man. Or woman. 

12oz mixed dried fruit
4oz glace cherries
8oz marg
8oz soft brown sugar
10oz self raising flour
1 large tablespoon marmalade
3 eggs

1.Light oven gas mark 2/150C/300F

2.Put fruit into pan and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for 5 mins.

3. Put ALL other ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Yes, you read that right. Put the flour, marg, 
sugar, marmalade and eggs into the bowl at the same time and mix. Trust me. It works.

4. Strain the fruit and tip into the cake mix

5. Stir well.

6. Tip into greased and lined 8inch cake tin.

7. yes i know my pic isn't round. I made 4 littler ones this time. The mix does that.

8. Bake in oven for 2½ to 3hrs. Or if making the 4 smaller ones roughly 45-50 mins.

9. Test with skewer and then cool in tin upside down on a wire rack for 15mins before taking the tin off to 

finish cooling.

It's almost December...


And that means the return of the Advent Blog. This year I'm guest hosting authors and Christmas books. Well most of them are Christmas related anyway ;-) All the posts will include blurbs and buy links if you decide you fancy them.

As always Pelican Book Group will have all the 2012 stories on offer throughout December.


Date
Author, book title
1
Carla Rossi – Dr Noah and the sugar plum fairy
2
Davalynn Spencer – As You Are At Christmas
3
Deborah Pierson Dill - Ransomed Hope
4
Marianne Evans – Finding Home
5
EA West – Breath of Christmas
6
Mary Manners – Angel Song
7
Clare Revell – An Aussie Christmas Angel
8
Robin Patchen – One Christmas Eve
9
Marian Merritt – Southern Fried Christmas
10
Lily Maytree – Home before Dark 
11
Dora Hiers – Journey’s Edge
12
Robin Bayne – Christmas forever
13
Patty Froese – Legally wed
14
Therese Travis – Everyone loves Mickey
15
Janalyn Voigt - Dawnsinger
16
Anne Greene – Texas Christmas mystery
17
Mallory Mitchell –  Down the Chimney
18
Mary Annslee Urban – She came to see the snow
19
Donna B Snow
20
Tayna Stowe – White Christmas
21
Lillian Duncan – The Christmas stalking
22
Tanya Hanson – Ransom for Christmas (not inspirational)
23
Linda Rondeau – It really is a wonderful life
24

25
Jess Revell - yes Jess wanted in on the fun too

yes there will be a post on Christmas Eve. Just no one wanted that spot yet. Even though I threatened to fill it with my past three Christmas stories.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Rains of Terror by L W Rondeau


In the year 2020, due to epidemic paranoia and economic hardship, the world has already aligned itself into various alliances. The global economy has failed to recover from a twelve-year recession culminating in the recent collapse of the World Bank.
In these uncertain times, a young Jacques Fontaine expects to fulfill the conditions of his medical school scholarship through residency at Victoria Medical Center in Elizabethtown, the former Lagos, the seat of the newly formed African Alliance. Instead, after landing at Queen Elizabeth International Airport, he is taken to a remote coastal village. Thus begins Jacques’ tumultuous adventure. Caught in the crossfire of a world at war, unwilling enlisted into the Christian Militia, his travels traverse continents.
Felicia Lecroix, Nigerian born but naturalized American Citizen since the age of five, looked forward to her mission work at Victoria Medical Center, elated when Jacques received permission from the African Alliance to be assigned there to fulfill his scholarship requirements. She looks forward to working side by side with the man she loves. She knows Jacques wants to marry. Yet, the signs are everywhere. She, like most Christians, believes the current world rumblings signal Christ’s imminent return. Should she marry and start a family when the world stage is poised for God’s judgment?

Volume 1 - Hailstorms   BUY LINK
Instead of serving his residency at Victoria Medical Center in Elizabethtown, Nigeria, the African Alliance has changed his assignment to a remote village in the coastal regions. He laments his lot, but is encouraged by the people’s love and by Felicia’s visits. The assignment wouldn’t be forever, and maybe someday he and Felicia could marry and start a family. Jacques hopes are dashed when a successful coup gives government control to the Jihadist majority, throwing the entire continent of Africa into civil war.

Review:
Wow. A short read but a great beginning. The descriptions are so vivid you are immediately transported to the African jungle. You feel what Jacques does, his frustrations and fears. And just when you start to feel safe, Ms. Rondeau ups the tension and everything changes. Great cliff hanger ending and a real incentive to get the next book.
Only 37 pages, but what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in content.

Vol 2 Tempest   BUY LINK
In a coupe by the ruling majority of the African Alliance Council, the jihadists, called Allah’s Warriors, take control over most of Africa.

Review:
Carrying on from where book one left off, this one concentrates on Jacques as he tries to search for Felicia. A short read, but just as compelling, this book plunges you into the civil war where no one trusts anyone else.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Amazing love by K. Dawn Byrd

Amazing Love

Blurb:

Gabe Knight is a respected preacher in a small coastal town. His life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she's inherited from her aunt.      Dee dashes his plans for wedded bless when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she's the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.
Gabe falls in love with her, but can't believe he's hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him. Over and over again
Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. He travels to the pits of sin in Nevada not once, but twice to save Dee from herself. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing to sacrifice for his children.


Review:

A modern day Hosea and Gomer story. Just the idea drew me in from the blub and once I started reading I had a hard task putting it down when Gabe, the most Godly man and preacher you could hope to find, falls for Dee, the highest paid call girl in Nevada.
An edgy story, at times hard to read, pulls no punches as it plunges you into the seedy world of prostitution, balanced with Gabe’s live as a preacher and his faith.
But through it all shines the message that no matter what we do, no matter how far we fall, God loves us and will forgive if only we ask.

Friday, 9 November 2012

New Release. Hearts Haven 2: Operation Breathless by Marianne Evans

Today sees the release of Hearts Haven Vol 2. Operation Breathless by Marianne Evans

Operation Breathless

Blurb:
Psychologist Susanna Daniels helps troubled teens find their footing and their faith, but in the face of erroneous accusations, she's lost hope, wondering if her work at Wellsprings of Grace even makes a difference any more.

Detroit police officer Gabe Peretti has returned home to Angel Falls, Texas, burned out by the big city, his faith stretched to the breaking point by the badlands he's witnessed and tried so hard to change. He craves fresh perspective, and wisdom enough to discern God's will.

A sparkling kiss and an embattled young lady careening down the wrong path bring Susanna and Gabe together, sweeping them into a set of circumstances that will require enough faith to shine bright, and enough love to leave them both forever changed, and positively breathless.



Review:

A rollercoaster of emotions that leave you breathless. This second in the Hearts Haven series has adorable characters that leap from the pages and leave you wanting more. Susanna is a psychologist who works with ‘difficult’ children, Gabe is a burned out cop who thinks there is only one way to deal with such children. Put the two together, add a wonderful dog, and you have a story you won’t want to put down.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Lori's Redemption by Pamela S. Thibodeaux



Blurb:
Lori Strickland (introduced in Tempered Fire) has always been known as her father's "wild child" with no desire to change until she meets ex-bull-rider-turned-preacher Rafe Judson. Her attempts to change her wanton ways come to naught until she realizes redemption only comes with true repentance.

Review:
Horses, cowboys, preacher man, cowboy, rodeo, cowboy... Did I mention this book has cowboys in it? Seriously, what is there not to love about this new story from Ms. Thibodeaux. This short read has 59 action pack pages that will pull you in with a lasso and not let you go til you turn the last of them. We catch up with Lori from Tempered Fire and meet Rafe, a famous rodeo rider, who  changes his career after an accident. Fast paced, lots of action, gripping storyline... I loved it. It's gone straight back into my TBR pile.


Amazon UK

Amazon US

Monday, 5 November 2012

Whispers on Shadow Bay by Raquel Byrnes

Coming in Jan 2013 from Pelican Books but currently on pre-release but available from Amazon comes Whispers on Shadow Bay from author Raquel Byrnes. Think Gothic Romance. Think Jane Eyre. Now put that into the 21st century. Intrigued? Read on...



Blurb:
Ejected from her privileged life, Rosetta comes to Noble Island with a broken heart and shaken faith. She is enticed by hope in the arms of the dark and brooding Simon Hale, but people keep dying at Shadow Bay Hall, and Rosetta hears something in the walls.
Simon Hale finds the reclusive Rosetta both beautiful and intriguing, but when she seeks out the truth behind Shadow Bay Hall’s unexplained happenings, he is torn between hope for the future and his need to protect a dangerous secret.
With dark forces determined to keep truth at bay, Rosetta and Simon fight to uncover lies that imprison the island with fear. His wife’ death, tangled memories, a Romany feud; Rosetta must decide if she is strong enough to discover what’s behind The Whispers on Shadow Bay.

Excerpt:
I dropped my purse on the bed and looked around. A wrought iron twin bed, nightstand, and an empty book case were all that furnished the room. Thin white curtains covered a shuttered, crescent-shaped window over the bookcase. They rustled softly as wind forced itself through a crack in the glass making a low whistle.

Tired, I sat on the bed, arms around my knees, and fought back tears. Unsettled as this old mansion made me feel, come morning I had nowhere to go and just a bit of money  left. Biting back the frustration, I hugged myself tighter, resolving to be strong. Still, in the ache of my heart, I wondered.

I did what you asked, Lord, and lost everything. How could you let that happen? How am I supposed to have faith when it feels like You abandoned me right when I needed you most?

Suddenly, waves of sorrow and shame I’d fought so hard to quell washed over me, and I flashed on my day at the church. The feel of white satin under my hands, the bouquet clasped to my sobbing chest as my would-be sister-in-law led me from the vestibule. He wasn’t coming. He didn’t want me anymore.

And now this. I’d summoned all my courage to travel to these wet and cold woods for what? To be rejected all over again. To be not good enough once more? I had to get out of here. I couldn’t bear to feel their eyes on me in the morning, looks of pity that I’d grown to dread. Shaking my head, I grabbed my purse and yanked open the door. Walking quickly along the corridor, down the steps, and back to the front door, I moved as silently as I could.

Pushing through the double wood doors, I dragged the suitcase behind me. In my hurry, I stumbled down the stone steps, nearly losing my footing as the oversized case tumbled, coming to rest near the front tire.
I fought with the suitcase, shoving it into the back seat with ragged pleas for its cooperation on my trembling lips. I climbed into the driver’s seat, slammed the car door, and tried with shaking hands to start the car. It coughed, then revved. The front door cracked open and Mr. O’Shay stared out at me with a puzzled look.
“Go, just go,” I sobbed.

Pulling away, I took the turn around the driveway way too wide, and ran over some bushes as the car barreled back down the road towards the iron gate. Eyes blurry with tears, I didn’t react to the headlights that burst suddenly from the thick mist. A horn blared as I swerved. The wheel jerked from my hands, and I veered off the path. The car rattled and bounced down the embankment’s uneven ground. A large tree jumped out of the fog right in front of me. I screamed as the car hit it with a jarring blow, and my jaw snapped shut as my head hit the steering wheel. Everything stopped.

Moaning, I felt the bump on my forehead. Pain flashed behind my eyes, and I gasped with the force of it. Unclasping the seatbelt, I stumbled from the car, groping blindly in the dark fog.

“What were you thinking?” A man’s voice, low and tense, called out from the fog. “You were speeding.”
Confused, I heard movement, and someone scrambling down the embankment.

 “Are you OK?” The man shouted.

I couldn’t tell the direction from which it came, and I turned in a circle. A wave of dizziness made my stomach lurch. I staggered for the car.

“My head,” I croaked. “I hit—”

The ground tilted. My head spun. I was falling. Strong arms snatched me before I hit the ground.
“Whoa,” the man said, concern creeping into his voice. “You shouldn’t try to walk ’til we get help.”
I glanced up. Framed in the glow of the headlight, a man with piercing blue eyes  and light hair looked down at me, his handsome face etched with a thin scar that ran the length of his jaw. It made him all the more magnetic. I smiled at him, my thoughts tumbling together; I thought he was old. How did he get that scar?
“I came to take care of you, Mr. Hale.” My words sounded muffled to me; far away.

“Take care of me?” His blond hair, backlit by the headlight, made a halo around him. “You’re hurt. Be still.”
Sudden clarity rang through my mind at his mention of injury, and I tried to stand. “I’m fine, Mr. Hale.” I tried to wiggle free of his hold, but he held fast.

“You don’t look fine.” His eyes narrowed. Sounding gruff, almost irritated, he bent and lifted me in his arms and carried me up to the road.

“This is unnecessary,” I protested, but my head spun again, and I rested my cheek against his chest as he climbed. Warm and solid, he smelled like grass and sunshine. When he set me on my feet, I glanced back down the embankment at the sedan’s off-kilter lights, worry gripping me again. “I’m so sorry, Mr. Hale, really. I’ll pay for the damage and for the bushes, too.”

He opened his car door, and the interior light cast his face in shadows. My heart thrummed, a flush creeping up my neck under his intense gaze.

“I’m not Davenport Hale,” he said. “I’m his son, Simon.”

A far away buzzing sounded in my ears. I shook my head, trying to clear it. The movement sent a fresh stab of pain flashing across my vision.

Simon reached for me.

“I’m…” I didn’t get the rest out before the world grayed and blinked out.


And if that isn't incentive enough, here's my review:
Whispers on Shadow Bay had me spellbound from start to finish, making it hard to put down. A modern day Gothic romance, with a tortured hero, a hurt but strong heroine and a mystery that rivals those written by Charlotte Bronte. Definitely one to curl up with during the long winter nights.

Buy Link:
Amazon UK
Amazon US


Bio:


Raquel has written books for more than a decade. She loves to do research and has taken private detective courses, gun classes, and underground tours to get every detail right for her novels. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-of-your-seat pace. Stories filled with faith, love, and adventure.

Raquel married her college sweetheart seventeen years ago and you can still find them spending time together chatting over a cup of coffee like when they were first dating.

Her husband is her biggest fan and most ardent supporter. He encourages her to take time for writing as often as he can. He regularly gives her gift cards to her favorite coffee house so that she can go there to write and relax.

Raquel has six children ranging from 15 to 2 years old, with her youngest two barely 9 months apart. She has said that adopting was the most amazing blessing she could have ever hoped for.

She homeschools her children and finds herself working amid sugar cube pyramid projects and science fair experiments.

When she isn't foraging her kitchen for project parts or giving spelling tests, she is writing or researching her novels. Raquel calls it controlled chaos and she loves it.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Stolen Miracles by Mary Manners



Blurb:
Rebecca Gillespie is lucky to be alive following a devastating car accident that claimed her husband’s life and put her in a coma with little hope of recovery. Her heart still aches for the loss of her precious daughter given up for adoption by her wealthy, dying mother-in-law to a couple in Mills Landing. Now, fully recovered, Rebecca struggles to rebuild her life—alone. She soothes the emptiness in her heart with laughter of children who fill her local preschool, Precious Miracles.

Cole Seibert clings to his daughter, Kimmy, following the death of his wife. They’d adopted the child as an infant, and Cole never imagined he’d be left to raise her alone. When he drops by to register Kimmy at Precious Miracles, he’s confident the center is the best place for Kimmy…Until Rebecca steals his breath and casts his heart into a firestorm with her revelation--

“I think you have my daughter…”




Bio:
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus.
Mary’s debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance 2010, and was finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award and her follow-up, Tender Mercies, was awarded an outstanding 4 ½ star rating from The Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures, her third novel, was named Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal. Light the Fire, her fourth novel, took top honors for the 2012 Inspirational Readers Choice Award while her fifth, Wisdom Tree, continues to garner top ratings. Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone.

Learn more about Mary Manners at her website: www.MaryMannersRomance.com and at her author pages at www.PelicanBookGroup.com and www.amazon.com