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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 May 2014

Hide and Seek by H.L. Wegley

Blurb:
A computer security breach within a US defense contractor’s firewalls leads investigators, Lee Brandt and beautiful, brilliant Jennifer Akihara, onto the cyber-turf of terrorists, where they are detected and targeted for elimination. Lee leads them on a desperate and prayer-filled flight for survival into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Will Jennifer’s pursuit of truth about the conspiracy, and the deepest issues of life, lead her into the clutches of terrorists, into the arms of Lee Brandt, or into the arms of the God she deems untrustworthy?

There is an interview with Jennifer here

And a book trailer HERE

Review:
Wow...
It's not often a book drags you in like this one does. It starts with a bang and continues at a heart-stopping pace through out its 264 pages. Asked to investigate a potential threat to national security, Lee brings in Jennifer to help. Not realising this would lead to both of them being put in life threatening danger and running for their lives.
A book that doesn't want to be put down, it'll keep your pulse racing, your fingers turning pages and your mind desperate for the sequel.
I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for a fair review

You can get a copy of this book, and I honestly recommend you do, from here. Or from Amazon, Amazon US

You can read about book two in this series in the next couple of days when I've finished reading it.
And book 3 is releasing next month. You can read about that on June 16th. Once I've read it :)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

An author interview with Mallory Mitchell

Today we have a guest author who willingly agreed to do my infamous author interview :)


An author interview with Mallory Mitchell

How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind your book? How did the story evolve?
Sometimes the things we search for, the things we think will make everything in our life make sense aren’t what we need to find.

For those who are not familiar with this story, would you please give us the blurb?
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?

Are there any fun titbits about this story you can share with us?
The hero puts the heroine’s name in the stall of a bathroom he is painting for community service…of course, he paints over it.

How did you decide on the setting?
It’s part of writing what you know.  I was raised in North Carolina

It’s out now and you can pick up a copy here -

Where were you born?
Charlotte, NC

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?           
Somewhere cold, like Alaska

What hidden talent do you possess outside of writing... something you do for fun, but are good at? 
I really enjoy sewing.

What are you most passionate about, other than writing?
Music

What got you interested in writing?
Reading the Little House series

Why did you begin writing?  How long have you been writing?
I began in first grade. I loved creative writing.

Who is your favourite author and why?
There are so many, but I’ll go with JRR Tolkien.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?
I try to take a line or a theme from the book.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When my fifth grade teacher read my story to the whole class and they clapped J Good Memory

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A writer.

What do you do in your spare time? (Assuming you have any ;-) ) 
I sew.

Do you really, really want a dog?
I have two they are BLT’s  Boxer, Lab, Terriers 

Do you hate how you look in pictures?
Ohhhh yes!

Do you have any strange handwriting habits, like capitalizing all your “r”s or dotting your “I”s with heart (or anything like that)?
My penmanship depends on the day as does the slant, and neatness. I forget to dot I’s. Also, I often mix script and cursive.

What were you doing at midnight last night?
I was sleeping.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?
No but I once ate a whole tube of chapstick when I was four.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
My sister’s pom-poms. (Again, I was four…I don’t think they were feeding me.)

What is your favourite animal?
I love animals, so I don’t have a favourite.

Have you ever cried during a movie?
All the time.

My Review of Homecoming of Reece Flynn by Mallory Mitchell

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.

Monday, 12 May 2014

cover reveal part three

And here's the last four covers.


Forget-me-nots in September
Lt Col Darren King is on his third tour of Afghanistan. He signs up for the parcel service, as he likes the contact from home.
Jude Travis loves sending parcels and is thrilled when ‘her squaddie’ replies. A rapid letter exchange follows.

When he comes home on R&R they meet up. But are things what they seem and if not, will they survive the rest of his tour? 


Marigolds in October

DI Milly Jenson spent the best part of a year haunted by a case that saw her demoted--one that resulted in the deaths of 3 colleagues, the kidnap victim and the suspect. When a spate of similar kidnappings occur in Perth, Scotland, TPTB send her to work with the local PD.
DCI Craig Makepeace doesn't want some English plod interfering with his case. Never mind one who stuffed up as much as Milly Jenson has. But it seems she knows the killer and may be their only hope.

The problem is his heart is in just as much danger as the victim. Can he keep his professional and personal lives separate? Or are he and Milly on a collision course that could have drastic consequences for everyone?


Chrysanthemums in November
The Adelphi Theatre has been in April Kincaid's family for coming up on one hundred years. An accomplished actress she has trodden the boards there many times and is thrilled to be directing one of her own plays, Home is where the heart is. The one thing that would make it perfect would be for Edmund Reid to take the main male lead. After all she'd written it with him in mind.
BAFTA winning actor Edmund Reid prefers stage work to anything else, but a month before Christmas is offered the lead in the new musical film version of Spartacus which he accepts. Meaning he has to turn April's job offer down and move to the States.

When disaster strikes the theatre, Edmund is faced with a stark choice. Does he carry on with the film which would send his career global or does he come to April's rescue? Is home really where his heart lies? Or does a snow free winter in LA have a greater pull on him?


Holly in December

Hope Chadwick ran away from home at 17. She hasn't been heard of since. Now she's 25, homeless and has two small children. Unable to cope or feed them, she leaves them both in the local church.
Nick Slater is assistant pastor at Headley Cross Baptist. He's on his way home when he finds a young woman about to throw herself off a bridge. He realizes she’s the same woman who keeps crossing his path and resolves to help her put her life back together, no matter what it takes.

With Christmas fast approaching, can Nick help Hope find herself and her family to ensure everyone gets a happy ending, while finding one for himself?

Monday, 5 May 2014

Cover reveal part two

So as promised here are the next four covers in my new series flower months of the year. We'll probably come up with a slightly catchier title but it'll do for now. :)


Lily of the Valley in May
After Faith Chadwick witnesses her fiancé kill a priest, her only choice for survival is to hide. She flees south and moves in with her sister, Grace.
Joel Wallac, the man next door is a best-selling author, who needs an illustrator for his new book. He employs Faith, but things aren’t as simple as they seem.

When Faith’s ex tracks her down, Joel hides her, but is it too little too late, or will their lives be changed forever?


Roses in June
Dawn Stannis has little time for anything other than teaching, never mind organizing a career's fayre for the year nines, but this year’s event will be well attended as one of the speakers she lines up is actor Gabriel Tyler.
After his father’s unexpected death, movie actor Gabriel became the 8th Earl of Elton a lot sooner than he expected and his mother became a right royal nuisance. She now has an issue with nearly everything in his life, most recently insisting he give up acting so he can play lord of the manor. She’s even gone as far as to set him up with “acceptable” wife material. He’s not ready to give up his career or his bachelor status. At least he didn’t think so until he meets Dawn. She’s beautiful, intelligent and it soon becomes apparent to Gabe that his heart is in serious danger.

But Dawn isn’t interested due to his Hollywood-cultivated playboy image. With a career where everything is a façade, can he ever convince Dawn that his intentions are honest and real?



Water lily in July
Lighthouse keeper, Kaylie Wells, loves her job. It just rules out much of a social life. The high point of her day is the cheeky fisherman who radios in for weather reports.
Rob Peacock is married to the sea—but dreams of the lady in the lighthouse he speaks to daily. Finally he gets the chance to meet her, during her leave, and she’s everything he hoped for.

All too soon, Kaylie’s leave is over and she returns to work. But a spring tide and storm surge spell disaster for both them and the town.



Gladioli in August
Jael Stevens ignores her brother’s warning not to go to volcanic island Tiampu—it’s got to be safer than living in Headley Cross, right? Wrong.
Micah Norris is convinced his heart is safe. He’s arrogant, conceited and no woman would ever want him, right? Wrong.

And Tiampu is an extinct volcano, right? Wrong.

come back next week for the last four covers.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Sunday's Child on life's seas is tossed, awaiting the lifeboat that rescues the lost.

Today is the day I've looked forward to and dreaded. If that makes sense. The last of my seven book series, Monday's Child, releases. 



Sunday’s Child on life seas is tossed, awaiting the lifeboat that rescues the lost…

Hattie Steele feels like the world is passing her by. Her entire life revolves around the guest house she runs in Headley Cross with her overbearing twin brother. He even attempts to undermine her friendship with a handsome guest. Not that famous ex-footballer, Callum Trant would ever give her a second glance. Hoping to regain control of her life, Hattie takes a well-earned holiday with her aunt on Penry Island.

After retiring from football, Callum Trant divides his time between the family business and volunteering as helm officer on a lifeboat. Danger is nothing new for him. But when he’s called out on a shout and finds the beautiful innkeeper from Headley Cross on a sinking vessel, Callum realizes his heart is in danger. But could Hattie ever forget his womanizing past and feel the same way? Or will a dangerous rescue end the relationship before its had time to grow?

Extract:

Cal turned the boat and headed into the heart of the storm, keeping the bow of the boat into the breaking waves. Visibility was down to five feet.

“There’s another flare,” Sam yelled. “But doesn’t look the same direction.”

“Radar’s got something.” Cal squinted at the screen.

“There. Two o’clock, there’s a light.” 

Cal aimed the boat at the faint light he could see between the towering waves. As he grew closer he could see the hull of the boat with a figure clinging to it. “Phil, toss the rope to him. If he catches it, bring him in that way. If not rope up and go get him.” He touched the mic button. “Penry base this is Ray of Hope. Found the Petunia Bay. We will need assistance to tow the capsized boat out of shipping lane. One in the water.”

“Roger that, Cal. Will send out the RHIB.”

Cal brought the boat around, bringing it in closer to the wrecked cruiser. He watched the figure on the boat catch the rope. Then he brought the lifeboat right alongside the upturned hull. 

Phil and Sam grabbed the man and pulled him into the safety of the lifeboat.

“Is there anyone else with you?” Sam asked.

“Harriet. Where is she? Did you pick her up, too?”

Hattie’s out here? A stab of fear filling him, Cal turned in his seat, hoping he was wrong. The soaked figure was as unmistakable as his clipped posh accent. He wanted to berate the man for being stupid, but now wasn’t the time. “Where did you last see her, Markus?”

“Didn’t you find her yet?”

“We barely found you. Where did you last see her?” Oh, God, keep her safe out here.

“Before we capsized. The boat flipped over so fast. When I came up she was gone.”

Trevor turned the searchlight on the water around them.

“Sam, check Markus over.” Cal yelled, fear twisting his gut. 

“I’m fine. Harriet was hurt before she went into the water. She hit her arm on something, and couldn’t use it.”

“You’re being checked over regardless. Trevor, rope up in case you need to go in. If she’s hurt she won’t be able to hold onto the rope.”

“Aye, aye.”

Did he imagine a faint call for help carried on the wind? “Aim that light over to the right.” The search light caught sight of something yellow floating on the waves in the distance. Cal turned the boat around on a dime. Please let it be her

“There!” Sam yelled.

Cal nodded and accelerated the boat towards the small yellow shape the light picked out. He came in close to the figure and Trevor dived over the side into the maelstrom. Waves crashed over and around them, spray threatening the stability of the boat.

You can find the book at the following places.