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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.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

NILA’S HOPE, by Kathleen Friesen


NILA’S HOPE, by Kathleen Friesen

Blurb
Just when her career as a carpenter and a relationship with handsome co-worker Will Jamison are within reach, Nila Black's abusive ex-boyfriend is released from prison. He's out of jail, out for revenge, and making promises she knows he'll keep. Nila will do whatever it takes to save her friends from the evil that will come their way if she doesn't put distance between them-even if it means abandoning her new-found faith. It will take a miracle and an angelic messenger to show Nila that God is her greatest protector. He has never left her side, and He wants only the best for her and for the man she loves.

Excerpt
Nila pushed up the long sleeve of her burgundy silk dress and tugged a small paper from under her watchband. As Faith’s husband, Jason, began his master of ceremonies monologue, Nila unfolded the note and tried to smooth out the wrinkles. Her hands were shaking so much she ripped it in half from top to the middle.
The servers began bringing their dinner, so Nila tucked the torn paper under her plate and clasped her hands in her lap. She wished Faith hadn’t gotten sick. She wished she could be sitting out there instead of in front of everyone. She didn’t want to disappoint Melody, especially today.
Too soon dinner was finished and Jason introduced her toast to the bride. Nila pushed herself upright onto shaking legs and tried not to wobble or spill the juice in her fluted glass.
She clung to the podium for support and smoothed out the torn paper. She tried to read her notes, but her handwriting seemed to have morphed into another language. Her hands shook the podium, so she folded them together on top of the useless paper. The silence in the room felt heavy. Nila glanced up. So many people.
She opened her mouth, but no words came. Then she spotted Faith sitting at a table near the back. Faith smiled, patted her heart, and put one thumb up.
Speak from your heart. Easier said than done. Nila breathed a silent prayer. “Jesus, help me do this, for Melody’s sake.”
She glanced over at the head table, hearing only the pounding of her heart. Will nodded and mouthed, “You can do it.”
Nila took a deep breath and cleared her throat.
“As most of you know, Melody’s daughter Faith was supposed to be her matron of honor, but she caught a bad cold last week. When Melody and Faith asked me to take her place, I was honored–and terrified. I’ve never done anything like this before.”
She glanced at the nearest tables. No one snickered. Everyone seemed to be listening, most with smiles on their faces. She looked down at her paper.
“Melody is a very special lady. The first time we met was when she came to visit me in the hospital. Even though Melody didn’t know me and had to fight through her own fear, she came to tell me that God loves me. She didn’t just visit me once and then leave me alone, either. She kept telling me over and over how much I was worth to God and to her. No one had ever talked to me like that. She showed me what real love is.”
She glanced up. Every gaze was locked on her. Her hands shook again. She quickly looked at Melody, and her warm smile gave her the courage to continue.
“God used Melody to save me–not only my soul, but my life. If it weren’t for Melody…” Her vision blurred. Nila blinked several times and dabbed at the tears that spilled onto her cheeks. She took a deep breath and released it slowly.
“When Melody and Daniel realized they were meant to be together, I was thrilled for her. I’ve enjoyed watching their love grow and bloom as beautifully as the flowers Melody nurtures in her garden. She deserves a life full of love and happiness, and I trust that today is the beginning of many years of joy with Daniel.”
She paused, looked out at the crowd, and with a steady hand raised her glass.
“Would you please stand and join me in toasting the bride? To Melody!”
A movement caught her eye. A door at the back of the hall opened without a sound. A head appeared. Glittering eyes stared at her. Hatred sliced across the room and raked her with an icy touch. The figure raised a finger to his lips and shook his head. The message was all too familiar.
Nila froze. Black spots filled her vision, and the room disappeared.
When she came to, she was back in her seat at the table, and Melody’s hand patted
 her face.
“Nila, honey, are you okay?”
She shuddered and looked toward the door. No one was there.

My Review:

Nila’s life is finally on the up, when a blast from the past arrives intent to ruin everything in the new life she’s started for herself. Nila’s Hope is one of those books that I found hard to put down. Fast paced, Ms. Friesen has a perfect balance between suspence and romance to keep readers of each genre happy. Not one to be missed.


Character Interview:

1.  Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Nila Black. I grew up in foster care, nobody’s child—until I met Jesus. He saved me, claimed me, and is giving me hope. Even though sometimes I wonder how he could possibly love someone like me.
Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?
I live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. That’s in Canada. I’ve always lived here and haven’t even thought about going anywhere else.
What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?
I love power tools! That’s how I got hooked on carpentry.
Name two things would you hate people to know about you?
I’d never want people to know what happened in my past or how close I came to ending my own life.
Tell us about your special bloke. What makes him special? 
Will Jamison is my co-worker and best friend. His mother introduced me to Jesus, so we had that link even before we met. He looks a lot like the hero in Princess Bride. (Sigh)
The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?
The first time I saw him, he was shirtless. Usually that would be “enough said,” but in this case it meant more. His back was covered in raw scars, so I knew he’d suffered, too. We seemed to understand each other right away.
What would he hate people to know about her?
He probably won’t like it that I’m telling you he’s afraid of clowns.
What is your favourite thing to eat and drink?
I love coffee any time of day, and fresh cinnamon rolls make my mouth water. Together? Incredible!
If you had to fight, what would be your weapon of choice and why?
I don’t like to fight, but if I had to, I’d choose my hammer. It would maim to protect but probably wouldn’t kill anyone. I wouldn’t aim for the head.
Pepsi or coke
Doesn’t matter. Actually, I’d rather have root beer.
tea or coffee
Coffee, of course.
elephant or tiger
To be, or to have as a pet? If I had to choose to be one, I’d like to be an elephant. I’ve always been small, and it might be fun to be jumbo-sized. For a pet? I guess a tiger. I wouldn’t want to clean up after an elephant!
roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
Burger and fries, please.
classical music or pop
Can I choose both?
sunrise or sunset
Sunrise. I love the promise of a new day.
walk or run
Depends on the situation.
chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)
Ooh, chocolate. Definitely chocolate. Like in freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
What would you like on your epitaph?
Thanks to Jesus, she overcame.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

How to put a book onto your kindle using a computer and a usb charging cable.

Ok, so you got a free book from an author or even from the FREE book offer from Pelican Book Group. Maybe even one of mine (shameless plug) but now a MOBI file, or a PDF is on your computer and the kindle is on the desk and never the twain shall meet....

Not any more. Here is a step by step guide on how to get that elusive book onto the kindle. With pictures :)


This bit goes into your kindle as if you were charging it.



remove the other end from the plug like so. At this point a kindle fire needs to be turned ON. My paperwhite or keyboard kindle doesn't need this.



and put into the USB port on your computer


This window pops up. Click on the first option.



Now unless your using a kindle fire, this window opens. A kindle fire opens another window first, that says internal storage. Click on that to open it and you get this window


Click the document folder to open it


it gives you all your books you already have on it.



Now at the bottom of my comp screen are the books i want on the kindle.


just put your mouse over it and drag and drop into the open document window as many times as you need. Wait until each one has finished loading first though.


Remove the kindle properly, don't just yank the cable out. 


like this



and then remove the cable.


And there you go. All ready to read your new book.



Wednesday, 18 February 2015

FREE Ebooks. Today's the day!

Yes you read that correctly. and it's not just ALL of my books. It's Every Single Book in the Pelican catalogue, with the exception of the Pure Amore line. Thats 300 titles. Something to suit everyone - from straight romance to sci fi to thrillers to young adult to romantic suspense. With Christmas, Easter etc covered too.


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Pelican Book Group authors and staff pray you have a Blessed & Happy Easter season. This year, we're giving away our entire catalog of non-subscription E-books!

From
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to 
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"During our Lenten journey towards Easter, we're giving away e-books. And not just some e-books; the entire current catalog so that readers may experience Christ this season, regardless of the size of their wallets. It is my hope that by the time we celebrate the glorious resurrection of our Lord, Pelican titles will have touched countless hearts and shown Christ to readers in ways that are both entertaining and impacting-and hopefully even transformational," Pelican editor-in-chief, Nicola Martinez, said.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

What Brits say v what they mean. Or rather a translation for the rest of the world.


What Brits say v what they mean. Or rather a translation for the rest of the world.

As a Brit writing for a US publisher, I’ve had to relearn English. Yeah, seriously. I mean whose language is ENGLISH anyway? (insert winky face here :P). The grammar is different – they put a comma before the word ‘and’ for a start, and don’t even get me started on the spelling. Z’s (that’s zed by the way) instead of s’s and no u’s and …. (is laughing quietly while writing this bit which you won’t be able to see. And it has to be quiet. It’s almost ten to two in the morning).  
I often get comments back on the manuscript highlighting something I’ve put with a “huh?” in the margin. Not so much now… Well, occasionally I still manage to chuck something in that I understand perfectly, as would every other Brit who reads my books, which knocks my editor for six.

Anyway here are some of those things that other people have asked me to explain. If you can think of anymore, leave a comment and I’ll do that next time.

Throw a spanner in the works - completely and utter mess something up for someone so it no longer works. Think tossing a spanner into a bike wheel and it jamming.
Spend a penny - go to the loo. Originally using the public toilets involved putting a 1p coin in the lock on the door. So you'd literally spend a penny to go to the loo. These days it’s more like 50p in the train stations. Probably more in London.
It's monkeys outside or brass monkeys. Means its freezing. Cold enough to freeze the nuts off a brass monkey. Yes, I know they don’t have them. It’s a sailing metaphor.
Bangers and mash - sausages and mash potato. A British fave.
Oh and toad in the hole. Something my kids and hubby love. That’s sausages in batter pudding (pancake mix.)
Shepherd’s pie. That’s minced lamb topped with mash.
Cottage pie – see above but use beef mince not lamb.

Spotted dick – a perfectly innocent and yummy sponge pudding with currants in. Served with custard. See picture.

Up the duff / knocked up/ bun in the oven – pregnant.
Knocked for six – something totally unexpected
See a man about a dog - where I’m going is none of your business
Blow a gasket – lose your temper suddenly and violently
Throw someone into the middle of next week – not wanna see them for a very long time
Boozer – pub.
Plastered / blotto / three sheets to the wind / paralytic - drunk

So if your 13yr old daughter came home and announced she was up the duff, you’d likely blow a gasket, be knocked for six and go see a man about a dog down the boozer until you're either three sheets to the wind or you’d calmed down enough not to want to commit murder or throw someone into the middle of next week.

Mobile - cell phone
Trousers = pants
Pants/knickers = women’s underwear
Boxers/ y fronts = men’s underwear
Suspenders = what women use to hold stockings up with (so a bloke saying he's got suspenders holding his pants up will send any Brit into hysterics. Quietly of course)

Time is another good one. Whereas we sometimes say six ten for example, its far more common place to use the words past or to. For example
Five past six – 6.05
Quarter after or quarter past six - 6.15
Half six or half past six - 6.30
Quarter before or quarter to seven - 6.45
Ten to seven – 6.50

And then there's the rubber. Stop sniggering and get your minds out of the gutters. I had Niamh in Thursday's Child pick up a rubber from her desk and throw it at her boss. I had to change it to eraser. ... It's a perfectly innocent little word in Britain. Every school kid has at least one rubber to rub out pencil marks! You can even get HUGE ones that read for BIG mistakes. If I'd have meant something else I'd have said it. Not that I would as I don't write that kind of fiction.

The houses we live in all have their own individual name as well as being a house. Yes, some of them have names too. Not telling you what my house is called. Anyway with pictures for you...
Detached - one house on its own.


Semi-detached - Two houses joined together. Looks like one big one. 

Terrace - three or more houses joined together. Sometimes all painted different colours (note the u in colour :P) Sometimes not. I live in one of these. Each house is totally self-contained. 

Maisonette – a single house divided into two – upstairs is one living space. Downstairs is another. Call it two self-contained flats in one house. Each with its own entrance.

Flats - block of flats is an apartment block

Bungalow - a single story house on its own like a detached

Hope these have helped shed some light on weird things we say. Like I said, if you have any more, comment either here or on FB and I’ll do my best to address these in another post.

I’ll be back next week with a look at British life. Cricket and pubs and village greens, parks, duck ponds, Sunday afternoon naps and photos,
Come back next week and find out then.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Cover Reveal - Signal Me series

Here are the covers for my new three book YA series - Signal Me. No release date as yet, but the pre-galley edits have been done for book one of the series. the names of the book come from the flags on the covers and the call signs associated with each one.





November Charlie 
Following a tsunami and earthquake in which Jim and Staci Kirk’s parents are declared missing, Jim decides to go and search for them himself. Unbeknown to him, Staci and their best friend Lou, run away to join him. It seems so simple on paper, sail from England to the Philippines and find them. But a hurricane named Erika and a shark conspire against them to make this trip one of the most dangerous trips the three teenagers have ever done in their lives. Will they find the Kirk’s or does God have another idea in mind?


Delta Victor
Shipwrecked on the remote volcanic island of Agrihan, Lou Benson and Jim and Staci Kirk now have to somehow find their way to civilisation. Their mission to find the Kirk’s now abandoned, it is them that need rescuing. Joined by orphan Ailsa Cudby, who has been living with a local village since her parents died, they set off past the volcano, in search of an abandoned air force base. Lou is far from recovered. Will they find help for her in time?


Echo Foxtrot
Rescued by the USAF, Lou’s life hangs in the balance as she, Jim and Staci are reunited with their parents. But it’s not easy having been alone for so long, to suddenly find themselves under adult supervision again. And what will happen to Ailsa? Surely God didn’t bring them this far, together, just to separate them all now?


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Psalm 23

Saw this on facebook and it's worth putting on here as well.

The 23rd Psalm
Most people probably never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way, even though they say it over and over again.
The Lord is my Shepherd 
That's Relationship!
I shall not want 
That's Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures 
That's Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters 
That's Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul 
That's Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness 
That's Guidance!
For His name sake 
That's Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death 
That's Testing!
I will fear no evil 
That's Protection!
For Thou art with me 
That's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me 
That's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies 
That's Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil 
That's Consecration!
My cup runneth over 
That's Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life 
That's Blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord 
That's Security!

Forever 
That's Eternity!