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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, 17 October 2014

New Release - Vegas Vacation




Former protective services officer, Sgt. Martin Ames, is five weeks short of medical retirement from the Vegas PD when he lands one last case: spoiled English heiress, Lady Tamlyn Bradshaw, whose bodyguard is hospitalized with suspected food poisoning.
Tamlyn  is on holiday, her first without her father and his ever present bodyguards. She wants to have fun, not spend the time stuck in a hotel room with a disabled cop, even if he is tall, dark and disturbingly handsome.
When food poisoning becomes murder, passions and tempers flare as Martin attempts to keep Tamlyn  safe from the assailant who gains everything on her death.


extract

“Martin, you’re the only person in the department with the security clearances and the experience to do this.”
“I haven’t worked protective services for over three years and for good reason. I’m five weeks from early retirement, and I don’t want to spend them running around after a spoiled heiress.”
“Did I ask what you wanted? This woman’s father is royalty and I just got off the phone with him—”
Tamlyn cringed in her seat, her cheeks burning. This was a bad idea. She’d go back to the hotel and trust God to protect her. No one knew who she was; she was just one more tourist in a city of thousands.
The angry voice continued its tirade in the office. “Royalty? In that case, I’m sure she can afford a replacement bodyguard. Even better…ask the British Embassy to provide one. My days of babysitting people are over.”
“Unless you want to be fired five weeks before your retirement date, your assignment for the next three weeks is to be Lady Bradshaw’s bodyguard. There’s the door. She’s by your desk waiting for you.”
The door flung open, and Tamlyn  glanced down. She focused her gaze on her fingernails. Maybe she could just pretend she hadn’t  heard.
Heavy steps crossed the room as muted conversations started up again. They stopped by the desk. “Lady Bradshaw, I presume?”
She looked up into the most intense, glittering pair of blue eyes she’d ever seen. His hair was pulled back in a long black ponytail, and he leaned on a cane. They had to be kidding. A disabled cop? His navy blue shirt and tie at least gave an appearance of professionalism. Although the gun holster on his shoulder made her shiver.
She stood, grateful he couldn’t  read her mind, because she was already regretting that first thought about his gorgeous eyes. She held out a hand. “I am. You must be Sgt. Ames.”

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Shadow Remnant by Michael Duncan

 Today on my blog I’d like to welcome back Pastor Michael Duncan. He wrote the Book of Aleth series you can find on Pelican BooksBut today I want to tell you about his new book, Shadow Remnant.
 

Blurb:
When truth is lost, liberty dies.

For a hundred years the United States has been gripped by martial law, with freedom and faith a forgotten memory. In the summer of 2132, Peter Sheridan learns this the hard way when he finds himself on the wrong side of the government–but the right side of freedom.

All he wants to do is escape the notorious education center and find his parents. But when he is shot and left for dead, he is rescued by a mysterious recluse and finds himself drawn into a world of chaos and intrigue.

Racing against time and the government to try and complete his father’s mission—Peter must reignite the call for freedom. To do so, he turns to the last hope for America, the mysterious group known as the Shadow Remnant.


Review:
An amazing read that keeps you gripped to the pages. I laughed and cried and read long into the night on two occasions. Mr. Duncan has crafted an incredible story with plot twists a plenty, as Peter discovers the truth and then tries to keep the truth from being buried again.

Interview:
Welcome to the blog, Michael.

M: Thank you! It is great to be here.

Are you a plotter or a pantser when you write?

M: Actually… a little bit of both. I begin a new story with an overarching theme that I want to explore, then put a setting together and stick characters in it. After that, it’s all “by the seat of your pants” writing – exploring along with the characters. I often feel as if I’m simply watching the story unfold page by page, and just writing it as I see it.

As a pastor do you find it hard not to preach when you write fiction, or is writing fiction a welcome respite from sermons? ;-)

M: Not really. I don’t find it hard to preach when I’m writing fiction – because I’ve been doing both for so many years. I’ve been preaching for over 25 years, and it is what God has gifted me to do. But I am also called by God to write – and my love is to write fiction. It does become a welcome respite, not from sermon writing (I love to do that), but from grappling with all of the other challenges of ministry.

Can you tell us briefly how you became a Christian? And a pastor?

M: I’ll try, but I’ve not ever been accused of being brief. As to becoming a Christian, it happened while I was serving in the United States Air Force. I was stationed in California, and my roommate was a Christian. Now, before this, I had heard of Jesus from a very close and dear friend who had prayed for me for many years (we knew each other in High School). So, this roommate of mine continually pressed me to come with him to a weekly Bible study that he attended. After several months of this, I finally relented and went with him. It was at the Bible study that I learned about the tragic state I was in without Christ, and, after several weeks of participating in the Bible study, I finally yielded my life to Christ and received His mercy and Forgiveness. I hope this was brief enough.

Now, for becoming a pastor, that is also a long story. It begins with the first Scripture I ever memorized, Colossians 1:28-29, “We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” Who would have thought that such a statement would become the life-verse of all that God called me to become! So, while in the military, I began working as a volunteer with the base chapel. My chaplain saw in me something that I didn’t and he asked me to fill in for him—to preach at a rescue mission in a nearby town. Reluctantly, I agreed and went to the down-and-out of society and brought them the word of God. Three men came to believe on Jesus that night and my chaplain was there (he snuck in to listen). He came up to me and told me that he believed I was called and gifted to preach God’s word and that I needed to pursue the work of ministry. So, after several other confirmations from many Godly men, I embraced God’s call and started my long, arduous journey into the world of being a pastor. There is much more to the story – but I’m trying to be brief again.

Where did the inspiration for Shadow Remnant come from?

M: It came from the 2008 election cycle here in the United States. I hold very deeply to the ideals of truth and liberty and I began to witness both falling away with the state of our nation. So I began to write a story, depicting what America might become if we continue down a road away from truth and liberty. And, what would need to be done to reignite the fires of freedom in the heart of the American people. So, with that, I created Peter Sheridan, a young man who discovers the truth for himself and has his life thrust into a mission to bring it to light.

I love the way each chapter has a verse that summarises the events of that chapter perfectly. Which came first? The chapter or the verse? (that sounds very Biblical somehow lol)

M: The chapter did. I added those verses to the opening of the chapters to help the reader understand the Biblical underpinnings of all that I was writing.

You left the book on kind of a cliff hanger. Is there going to be a sequel?

M: Yes… the “cliffhanger” was intentional – because I wanted the final words of the first book to be the first words of the Constitution of our United States. There will be a sequel.

How long am I going to have to wait?

M: Years and years! Just kidding. I’m working on the sequel even now. I hope to have it done by next year.

What are you currently writing?

M: I am working on three novels right now and two non-fiction books. The novels are first, a sequel to my “Book of Aleth” series, second, a medieval mystery and the third one, of course, is the sequel to Shadow Remnant. The non-fiction books deal with the current issues facing the church.

Where can people find you on line?

M: Please come and visit me! You can find me, my books, sermons and other things at my website – http://www.michael-duncan.net.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to talk to us J

You can pick up a copy of the book here:

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Coming Soon...





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Former protective services officer, Sgt. Martin Ames, is five weeks short of medical retirement from the Vegas PD when he lands one last case: spoiled English heiress, Lady Tamlyn Bradshaw, whose bodyguard is hospitalized with suspected food poisoning. 
Tamlyn is on holiday, her first without her father and his ever present bodyguards. She wants to have fun, not spend the time stuck in a hotel room with a disabled cop, even if he is tall, dark and disturbingly handsome. 
When food poisoning becomes murder, passions and tempers flare as Martin attempts to keep Tamlyn safe from the assailant who gains everything on her death.


This releases on Oct 17th. Come back then for an excerpt, interview with the hero and heroine and for cast photos. 


Friday, 26 September 2014

Echoes of Edinburgh by JoAnn Durgin

Blurb:

To honor her dying father’s wish, Chicago stockbroker Shelby Harmon promises to hand deliver an envelope addressed to “Robert Nichols, Personal & Confidential.” Her quest to find Robert leads her to a most unlikely place—the Castlehill Gardens outside Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle. Who is this fiercely private man and what is his connection to Harmony Lane, her family’s horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky? Harrison Reed cautions Shelby against dredging up hurtful memories for his close friend, Robert. As they explore the city together, Shelby and Harrison find themselves increasingly drawn to one another. When the contents of the mysterious envelope are revealed, the answer gives her hope for the future of Harmony Lane. Is the time spent in Edinburgh with Harrison destined to be nothing more than a beautiful memory? Did Shelby lose her heart in Edinburgh...or find her way home again?


Review:
Shelby travels from Chicago to Edinburgh to hand deliver a letter from her dead father, little imagining the path it would take her on. Losing her balance lands her in a world she couldn't imagine in her wildest dreams, leading her to the last thing she expected. A lovely page turner of a story, set in a country that I consider a second home, which leads the reader content.

JoAnn Durgin’s Author Bio:

JoAnn is the author of The Lewis Legacy Series and Catching Serenity. Her novellas from Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing include Echoes of Edinburgh and three Christmas novellas: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Starlight, Star Bright and Sleigh Ride Together with You. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Louisville Christian Writers, JoAnn lives her husband and three children in her native southern Indiana. She loves to hear from her readers via her website at www.joanndurgin.com or on her author page on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/authorjoanndurgin.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Daed Ringer by VB Tenery

Blurb:
Mercy Lawrence is terrified.

Bermuda airport facial recognition software has identified her as missing runway star, Traci Wallace. Despite Mercy’s protests, Traci’s husband, ex-CIA agent Thomas Wallace, is convinced Mercy is the mother of his ill six-year-old son. With only his son’s welfare in mind, he abducts Mercy and takes her to a private island to care for the boy.

But Mercy soon discovers there are men much more dangerous than a father desperate to save his son. Her doppelganger has made deadly enemies—a relentless team of killers who now want her dead.

When Thomas is lured into a covert mission to rescue a CIA asset and uncover a government mole, Mercy is left isolated and alone—and Thomas finds himself stranded on foreign soil with a compromised mission and a wounded agent. Fighting against a rogue nation’s timetable for launching a nuclear strike, he has to escape Saudi Arabia alive and rescue Mercy and his son before assassins finish the job they started.

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Dead-RingerV-BTeneryebook/dp/B00K7S0PVY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399747768&sr=81&keywords=dead+ringer+vb+tenery

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Ringer-V-B-Tenery-ebook/dp/B00K7S0PVY/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1399747934&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+ringer+by+vb+tenery



Extract:
CHAPTER ONE

Hamilton, Bermuda
Friday, May 5

Mercy Lawrence wouldn’t have noticed the large man standing by the silver Mercedes, except for the way he was dressed. Unlike the tourists on the sidewalk, he wore a light gray business suit and tie. Sunglasses hid the upper portion of his face, and the grim set of his mouth detracted from his otherwise handsome appearance. He stood beside the car’s open back door, arms crossed as if waiting for someone.
Not wanting to stare, she tore her gaze away. In jeans, T-shirt, and sandals, she blended easily into the vacationers along the boulevard. She’d spent the last five months in this wonderful country, recuperating from a head injury. Most of her memory remained intact after the accident, but dark recesses still refused to reveal their mystery.
But tomorrow, like a good soldier, she would return to Houston and report to her new job at Sabine Oil, the fulfillment of a goal she’d worked towards for the past six years.
The city’s main drag ran four lanes wide with a palm-tree-lined median, the sea on one side, shops and hotels on the other. A soft wind filled the air with the scent of sea kelp and brine, mixed with a light floral fragrance from the purple bougainvilleas hanging on the walls along the walkway. Seagulls swept low over the water, looking for lunch out past the rolling surf.
She shook her hair loose from the confines of its ponytail clip and turned her face to the balmy sunshine—mainlining vitamin D. Her path took her within four feet of the parked car.
The man moved onto the sidewalk and grabbed her arm. “Having fun, are we?” He spoke with a slight Scottish burr, the strange question more an accusation than a greeting.
She tried to jerk her arm away. “Let go of my arm.”
His grip tightened. “I’ll just bet you’ve been living it up.” His voice was harsh, his jaw tight.
No one intervened. Casual observers would think she knew him.
One hand locked on her arm, he shoved her into the backseat, slid in beside her, and slammed the door. His movements were so quick, so smooth, she had no time to struggle, no time to scream or put up a fight.
She swallowed the lump in her throat choking off oxygen. Women disappeared all too often on foreign soil, never seen or heard from again. “Who are you? What do you think you’re doing? Let me out. Now!”
He ignored her protests and leaned forward in the seat. “Airport, Fergus.”
Blood pounded a persistent rhythm in her ears. He couldn’t be police. They had to tell you the charges before making an arrest. Besides, she’d done nothing wrong.
Her heart skipped a beat. She wanted to run, but it was too late for that. Pivoting towards him, she drew back her arm and aimed the heel of her hand for an upward thrust under his nose. The move from a seated position lacked the needed momentum. He blocked the blow, slamming her back against the seat with a forearm of steel across her chest. “You dropped off the map six months ago. To do what, find yourself?”
 “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” She squeezed her eyes shut. This couldn’t be happening. “This is kidnapping. My name is Mercy Lawrence and people are expecting me back at my bungalow.” She struggled against the vise-like grip, slapping at his hand.
“Stop it, and cut the crap, Traci, or I’ll slap you back. Taking a wife, a mother, home to the son she abandoned is not kidnapping. Besides, you’re not a kid.”


 BIO:

About the Author:
Author V. B. Tenery lives with her family in East Texas. Her passion is writing books with shinning characters and settings and plots so exciting readers come away feeling delighted with the experience. Not content to stay in one genre, her novels range from contemporary suspense and supernatural suspense, to an upcoming historical suspense set in WWII England.

Feel free to contact me at any of the following:
Website: www.vbtenery.com
Blog: www.agatharemembered.blogspot.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com
FB Author Page: www.facebook.com/vbtenery
eMail Address:  vbhtenery@aol.com

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Deadly Communications by Lillian Duncan


Deadly Communications Blurb:
Improving communication skills is never easy. In this case, it could be murder!
Maven Morris is a speech-language pathologist on medical leave–or as she likes to put it: out to pasture.
When she’s offered a lucrative position by one of the community’s most powerful men to help his traumatic-brain-injured daughter improve her communication skills, Maven discovers deadly secrets behind the iron gates of the mansion.

Now, she must find the courage to seek justice no matter who gets hurt–even if it’s her.


My Review:
This is a lovely, gripping story about what we Brits call a speech therapist. Maven, a beautiful but unusual name, which is exactly right for our heroine. I've never read a book with this profession as the lead character, but it's brilliant. It has characters that live through the pages and a mystery that drags the reader in and keeps them hooked. A real page turner.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Redemption by Lillian Duncan


BLURB:
Others may think Jamie Jakowski is a hero, but she knows differently.
Haunted by her past, she seeks redemption by helping others in spite of the danger to herself. However, after almost orphaning her daughter, Jamie opts to retire. When a friend needs her, Jamie agrees to one last undercover operation.
She is determined to reunite a heartbroken mother with her kidnapped son. Used to working alone, Jamie’s not happy when she’s assigned a partner. And after a failed operation and their failed romance, Enrique Rodriguez is the last person she wants to work with—ever.

To succeed, Jamie must confront her past as well as the people who want her dead.



REDEMPTION—A DEVOTION
Romans 3: 22-24
 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 

The title of my newest book is REDEMPTION so it seemed to me a good topic to write about in a devotion. Dictionary.com defines redemption as an act of atoning for a fault or a mistake; deliverance or rescue; deliverance from sin; salvation; atonement for guilt.
The title came about as a result of Jamie, the main character being ashamed of things she’s done in her past as a consultant to the FBI. As a result she feels God can’t love her the way she is. So she seeks redemption by putting herself in dangerous situations to help other people.
But the redemption part of the story doesn’t stop there. Enrique, the tall, dark, and handsome FBI agent seeks redemption as well. From Jamie. Then there’s the bartender Jamie meets on her quest to find a friend’s missing child. He’s trying to overcome a lifetime of criminal acts. More redemption.
And then there’s the father of the kidnapped child—who is the kidnapper! Talk about needing redemption. No wonder this book is named REDEMPTION!
That makes for a good plot in a suspense novel, but it’s important to know that we can’t save ourselves through good acts, through helping others, or even being really good people. There is only one way to receive redemption: meaning salvation; meaning going to heaven to live with God forever!
We are saved through our faith in Jesus—and only through our faith in Jesus.
No amount of good works can earn us a ticket to heaven! It doesn’t matter how “good” we are, how much money we give to good causes (including the church), or how kind we are to others.
 Only our belief in Jesus as the Son of God can save us.
And the reverse is true as well as Jamie discovers in my novel, REDEMPTION. Your past doesn’t matter. God loves you just the way you are. He won’t turn his back on you because of your past, present, or even your future mistakes.
And that is more awesome than I can say, but 2 Corinthians 9:15 says it best: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”


To celebrate the release of REDEMPTION, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. So hop on over to TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at www.lillian-duncan.com  to enter. Leave a comment on the post entitled REDEMPTION and you’ll be entered to win. 

BIO:
Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!
Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us
Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.
To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at www.lillian-duncan.com