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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.

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

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.

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. 

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

Red Gold by Sandy Nadeau


Mandy Phillips loves life with her husband running an adventure ranch in the Colorado mountains, but when Mr. Shonee, their crotchety old neighbor, tries to stop them from building a kid-size old west town their dreams of expansion are crushed.
Is Shonee just being a difficult neighbor, or is something more sinister going on? A discovery on the property of Colorado’s state mineral leads to more mysteries for the ranch, and then a teenage guest finds herself thrust head first into danger.
Mandy will have to rescue her, but who will rescue Mandy? Her faith in God is her only source to keep the guests safe, solve the mysteries surrounding her ranch, save her neighbor from himself, and discover the secrets of the Red Gold. 

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Ever wonder about the adventure in the Colorado mountains? Red Gold takes you on a fun ride of overflowing adventure and mystery surrounding the High Country Safari guest ranch. Mandy Phillips will risk everything to protect her guests and her land.  
     My husband and I have lived in Colorado for almost thirty years. We love the mountains, the adventures we find ourselves on, the places we can explore, the back country four-wheeling, it's endless in this state. 
     We always dreamed of what it would be like to own and operate a guest ranch here, but we never found a way to make that dream a reality. Being a writer, I finally found my way. 
     The idea for the book developed with a lot of expansion on what all could go wrong... My husband is a wonderful person to brainstorm with, so we spend a lot of time coming up with various things for the characters to go through. 
     We also put a lot of miles on our four-wheel drive vehicle which will take us into places most people can't get to. And a few maybe we shouldn't have gotten into. But being able to see so much of the hidden beauty that God created in these mountains is such a fun blessing. We love to explore, and I love to share that with my readers.
     I love to develop characters with lots of issues they have to learn to deal with. And when they discover they need the Lord to get them through those struggles, they come more alive on the page. 
     Red Gold is a real page turner. It keeps you going since so many things keep happening. It's adventure with old mines, wildlife, four-wheeling, mineral thieves and kidnappers. All handled through faith in God. Hope you get a chance to read it and enjoy the ride. 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5,6 

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Release - TURNED

Turned upside down by misadventure. Amy Childs is running late for a party, when she makes an illegal U turn, and hits a pedestrian—the brother of one of the most corrupt men in town. Now her brush with the law has her running for her life from those who want retribution.

Torn apart by tragedy. Detective Sgt Dane Philips lost his wife two years ago to a serial killer. He’s juggled work and his two daughters ever since, but can no longer cope. A live in nanny seems the solution. He knows he shouldn’t hire someone without references, but he needs a nanny and Amy needs a job. Perhaps it’s an answer to prayer.

But for all of them, the nightmare is only beginning as the events take a sinister turn. And only a miracle can save them all from destruction.

tagline: Three lives torn apart by tragedy and one more turned upside down by misadventure, only a miracle can save them all from total destruction.

Turned: 3 lives torn apart by tragedy,1 turned upsidedown by misadventure, what can save them from total destruction http://tinyurl.com/q9wkear

She got out of the car. Her legs buckled, not wanting to hold her up. She glanced to her right. The guy in the blue shirt lay on the pavement, surrounded by police and paramedics. A huge crowd of onlookers stood everywhere. “Is…is he dead?”
“No. What’s your name?”
“Amy what?”
“Amy Childs.” She couldn’t tear her eyes away from the scene.
“Have you had anything to drink in the last hour?”
“No. I don’t drink.”
“Breathe into this until I say stop.”
She frowned. “I told you, I don’t drink.” But she did as the police officer asked. “Can I go now? I have somewhere I have to be.”
“Amy Childs,” the police officer spoke firmly, pulling her hands behind her back. “I’m arresting you on suspicion of dangerous driving.”
“What? It was only a U-turn…”
“You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.” Metal cuffs snapped around her wrists and firm hands put her into the back of the police car.
“But it was only a U-turn,” she repeated.
“U-turns are illegal,” the cop said sharply. “And you hit a pedestrian.” The door slammed shut. 
Amy looked at it. It had no handle on the inside. She swallowed hard against the rising nausea as the car started to move. What had she done? Tears burned her eyes.
The journey was short. The officers led her inside the custody suite to the desk. The place stank of sweat and sick. She gave her name and address and handed over all her belongings. The officer took her down to a cell and removed the cuffs. She had to take off her shoes and leave them in the corridor. The door slammed shut, leaving her alone.

Most people know I cast my books, so here is who plays the hero and heroine.
Detective Sgt Dane Philips played by Brad Johnson.

 Amy Childs played by Poppy Montgomery

Both with a British accent of course ;-). If you've read any of my books you'll have met Dane before. He plays a fairly big role in some of them, and especially in Tuesday's Child, which you might say is the prequel to this book, but you don't need to read it first. Turned also contains a few recurring characters--Nate obviously as he's Dane's partner, Liam also pops in once or twice and of course Dane's kids, Jodie and Vicky play a huge role.

Friday, 5 September 2014

and on a personal note...

I finally managed to update the website :) Being hopelessly tech impaired, when my ISP upgraded their CCGI servers, where I host all my photos, I found myself unable to upload the 18 or so book covers I needed to add. (How many???)

Anyway, emails and tweets and help questions went back and forth for several weeks. Then yesterday, they rang and talked me through it. :)

So now this page is up to date - http://www.revell124.plus.com/clarerevell/books.htm

brb - washings finished and need to hang it on the line. OK, back. Just hope it doesn't rain because I have limited inside drying space and another two loads to go.

And the other thing is:

22 yrs today

Friday, 29 August 2014

Creighton's Hideaway by LoRee Peery

Releases Aug 29th

Needing to finish her thesis in order to keep her job working with youth in a residential treatment center, Shana Arnold sequesters herself on Creighton Rice’s Nebraska ranch. She expects the secluded hideaway to provide a peaceful environment. What she doesn't expect is to become the victim of identity theft and a crazed home invader.
Creighton Rice has been content to live alone with his God--until he meets Shana. He's drawn to her, but must fight the attraction. Getting close makes him face a lifetime's accumulation of scars. Plus, Shana doesn’t share his faith. But when Shana's life is threatened, Creighton must protect her--even if it means letting her in.
Will Shana discover that even when a woman loses everything, she can regain courage and strength through faith in God, and can Creighton allow God to heal scars and open the door to a lifetime with Shana?

I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.—Psalm 121:1-2

A lilting soprano voice jolted him back to his childhood, and drew him like the legendary Lorelei. Chill bumps rose on his arms. The sensation rendered him as speechless as Shana’s kiss had the day before.
Creighton wound his way through the trees into the open, and stood transfixed when he spied the subject of his thoughts. An open hymnal was balanced on her upraised knees. Notes soared pure and light as Shana sang the lyrics to his mother’s favorite song.
God was surely present in this place. He closed his eyes and listened to Shana continue all the way through to the fourth verse. Shana lifted her chin. Her face glowed.
His heart picked up its pace, and his cheeks grew warm. Were there tears clogging his throat? Something he was slow to name filled his soul.
Then it came to him as Shana rose to her feet. Humbled. She’d humbled him.
God had given him a gift in this dark haired sprite who offered her friendship. And he had been too obtuse to appreciate its magnitude. Creighton’s feet remained in place as though they were stuck in a mucky feedlot.
“Hi.” She closed the gap between. “Is something wrong?”
“That song,” his voice rasped like a cornhusk. Creighton cleared his throat and tried again, “It’s my mom’s favorite. I grew up with her singing, especially when she pinned the sheets out on the clothesline to dry in the wind.”
Shana hugged the hymnal close. With a comical scrunched up face, she asked, “Did I slaughter it? I sight read the notes.”
“Not at all. It was beautiful. Your voice is lovely.”
“Thanks. I don’t sing much anymore.”
“Well, here’s your chance to use it. Come to church with me in the morning?”
The sky glowed pink and purple. While orange streaks danced along the horizon, he waited for her answer.
“Creighton, I left my business clothes in Lincoln. I only brought country clothes back with me.”
“No problem. We’re casual. But Rita has things up at the house.”
Reflections of the sun turned her cheek golden. “You’re right! She offered them to me. Guess I forgot.”
“So, do you want to check them out now?”
“Why not? Don’t think I have a hot date or anything.”
Creighton didn’t want to think of Shana dating. Instead, he nodded at the hymnal. “That belonged to my mom. She had one in almost every room of the house.”
“Did she sing in the choir or something?”
“Actually, she played the church organ.” He reached out his hand. “Here, let me carry that.”
Creighton tucked the old volume underneath his arm and wrapped his fingers around Shana’s hand.
She gave a secretive woman’s smile that tugged deep at his midsection.
They strolled through the brush strokes of sunset. A burst of reflected gold painted the clouds rosy pink in the east. The majestic sky squelched any more words.
At the ranch house, he laid the hymnal on the counter and ran his hand up to the light switch in one smooth movement.
“Rita tell you which room was hers?”
“Second on the other side of the bathroom.”
“Help yourself.” He entered the living area and turned on two lamps. “Since I didn’t feed you yesterday, I’ll rustle up something to eat.”
She turned down the hall.
How long would he be able to keep his dark side from Shana?

Buy from:
Pelican   Amazon US   Amazon UK

My Review:
I read this over a couple of days on holiday. Quite appropriate as the heroine leaves a busy city for a country retreat where there is hardly anything for miles. I immediately fell in love with Shana and Creighton and the situation they both find themselves in. Creighton is a rancher, so what is there not to love about him. And he has just enough of a shady past to match his rugged looks and enough of a flawed nature to make him human. And Shana too, petite, can handle herself to a degree, but isn't afraid to ask for help when she needs it.
Can't recommend this one high enough. Definitely one to curl up with as the nights draw in. Or sit on the beach with. Depending which side of the world you're on ;-)

I got a review copy in return for an honest review

Character Interview:

Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?
“My name is Creighton Rice and I don’t like talking about myself much.”
“Now, just a moment. You are talented and interesting, and I liked you even before we met.”
“Thanks, Shana Arnold. But my sister has a big mouth to tell you so much about me.”

Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?
“I live on the ranch where I grew up. Not much of a ranch any more but I like to be by myself and so do the people who stay in my cabins.”
“And Creighton, you’ve made me feel more at home there than my place in Lincoln.”
“You can stay as long as you like.”

What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know
“Don’t know if you’d call it a quirk, but I did something when I was a wild kid that I know God forgave, even though it still makes me sick to my stomach. I know what you’re going to say before you do, Shana.”
“Just sayin’ … That incident and all people involved turned out fine. You’re an unselfish, genuine man who shows compassion for others, which says a lot compared to the way I grew up as a spoiled daddy’s girl who didn’t start to grow up until I left home.”
“Take a breath, woman.” Creighton gives her a side hug and she hands him back a flirty grin of promise.

Name two things you would hate people to know about you.
Creighton scrubs a hand over his face. “I think my brother Thomas hates me for being born first.”
“You didn’t do a thing to bring that on. Thomas will come around. At least you haven’t been a pampered ninny who jumps at every new night sound.”
“I promise not to give away your notorious background.”
Shana jabs him in the ribs, but lightly.
Creighton’s face tenses up. “I’m an alcoholic. The new people I meet don’t need to hear what I was like as a young man.”
“And I don’t want any of my young clients to know I never lived under conditions similar to where they’ve come from. My home life was so opposite from adverse environments that they’d wonder how in the world I could possibly help any of them.”

Tell us about your special lady. What makes her special?
A deep chuckle rumbles from Creighton. “Oh, my sweet Shana reeled me in as soon as I laid eyes on her. Such a city girl out of her element when she first came to stay. But strength overrode her vulnerability.”
“I did balk at your protective gene.” Shana squares her shoulders and slants a smile. “But I love the idea you put my needs first.”

The first time you saw her, what did you think? Did you like her immediately, or did she have to grow on you?
They look at one another, gesturing for the other to speak first.
“You started this, big guy. Go for it.”
Creighton gives her a one-arm hug. “Okay, I’ll go first for the rest of this thing. I remember thinking my sister forgot to tell me Shana had freckles. And her blue-green eyes pulled me right in. She looked tiny to me, and lost. I wanted to save her from the world. But she proved to be feisty. Too big for her britches.”
“Feisty, my eye. And speaking of eyes, I felt I knew you already because of how your sis talked about you. Then we met and I thought your hazel eyes and everything about you fit the place you live. But I will admit I didn’t know which to explore first, you or your ranch.”
“And now you love us both.”
“I do, Creighton. And everything else about you.”

What is your favourite thing to eat and drink?
“I’m simple. Meat and potatoes. Coffee or water. Shana here, forgets to eat so I have to prod her about that.”
She slants him a frown that turns into a delightful smile.

If you had to fight, what would be your weapon of choice and why?
“Hammer or screwdriver.”
“Hairspray or bug spray. Right in the eyes.”

Pepsi or coke
“Is there a difference?”
Shana tucks her hair behind her ear, licks her lips. “Something clear, such as sparkling water.”

tea or coffee
“Coffee, hands down.”
“Hot chocolate. It reminds me of my first night in the cabin.”

elephant or tiger
“What kind of question is that? I’m a horse man. At least I was.”
“Your four-wheeler is like an elephant. But you walk through the land like a tiger.”
“You are such a sweet thing. What animal for you?”
“I’d have to do a search and compare characteristics. But I don’t have time because I’m preparing to meet a young girl who keeps running away from foster care.”

roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
“Hands down, three-quarter pound Angus burger and fries.”
“Mmm. Roast. You impressed me so with that crock-pot stew. A man who cooks is divine.”

classical music or pop
“Only one kind. Country.”
“Now Creighton. You love hymns like your mom played.”
“I could listen to you sing hymns all day long.”
“I try.” She leans her head against his arm and leaves it there. “I used to answer that question as classical. But I’ve learned nothing compares to the music of nature.”

sunrise or sunset
“Sunrise. What better way to meet the day?”
“Sunset. That’s closer to the time I end the day in my love’s arms.”

walk or run
“If a guy runs, how can he see what God’s prepared for the day?”
“I love to meander over the healing hills, but I’ve been known to run into the arms of my love.”

chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)
“What guy doesn’t like chips? The spicier the better.”
She sits up and gives Creighton a mock glare. “Not if you’re expecting a long kiss. I’m a girl. Give me chocolate any time of the day or night.”
They end the interview with a sweet kiss.

LoRee Peery is a lifelong Nebraskan who thanks her mother for teaching her to read when she was four. LoRee has devoured books ever since. She and her husband have tackled some interesting projects over the course of their married life. For one, they built the home they live in with their own hands. They used to want more acres further away from city life, but one day LoRee realized they had their “greener on the other side of the fence” already. All it took was removing the hedge made of trees and bushes.
She feels grounded in her sense of place and considers it a blessing to have lived most of her life in the country. She is also blessed to have five children and eleven grandchildren. www.loreepeery.com
Her Frivolities Series and other publications are available at Pelican Book Group

Friday, 22 August 2014

Helsinki Sunrise by Marion Ueckermann

This blog tour follows on from yesterday's stop at Tatum's Thoughts 4 Today. Diane shared with us her journey in critiquing this novelette. To increase your chances of winning Helsinki Sunrise in eBook, take a journey to each of the stops on this three-week blog tour and leave a comment along with your email address.

He needed the island to himself. So did she.

Three weeks alone at a friend’s summer cottage on a Finnish lake to fast and pray. That was Adam Carter's plan. But sometimes plans go awry.
On an impromptu trip to her family's secluded summer cottage, the last thing Eveliina Mikkola expected to find was a missionary from the other side of the world—in her sauna.
Determined to stay, Eveliina will do whatever it takes—from shortcrust pastry to shorts—to send the man of God packing. This island’s too small for them both.
Adam Carter, however, is not about to leave.
Will he be able to resist her temptations?
Can she withstand his prayers?
Eveliina nodded. “I need to be on my own for a while, and I don’t want to drive far to get that. Besides, I love that wooden cabin.”
Joel shifted on his feet. “Was it that stressful in Vaasa?”
“You have no idea.”
He looked down at the floor. “Do you think you’ll have some designs ready when you get back?”
A sigh escaped. What part of ‘time out’ did he not understand?
“I’ll try my best, boss.”


In far too many ways, Adam Carter should have been better prepared for this mission, but he’d been busy saving souls back home in rural Africa. And everything had happened so fast.
The call from his Finnish friend, Mikko Mikkola, came as a surprise—the command from God to go, totally unexpected. That’s why these three weeks of seclusion at this cottage were so important. Going into battle was never easy; wrestling against the forces of darkness, the hardest of fights. He needed this time alone with God—to fast, to pray, to connect with heaven. Nothing could disturb him out here on this little island.

My Review:

Character Interview:
1.)    Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself?

My name is Eveliina Mikkola. I was born 26 years ago in the place where children’s dreams are made—the home of Santa Claus—Rovanemi, Lapland.

I have a Degree in Visual Arts and am the VFX Director at Savant Studios. I love 3D Design, Animation and Visual Effects.

After my parents died when I was fifteen, I was raised by my grandmother and grandfather, or Mummo and Ukki as I’ve always fondly called them in my native language.

I have an older brother, Mikko. I’ve no idea what my parents were thinking when they named him. He doesn’t seem to mind and thinks Mikko Mikkola sounds pretty cool.

2.)    Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there?

I live in a two-bedroomed apartment in Helsinki, Finland. Where else should a Visual Effects Artist live but in the design capital of the world?

3.)    What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know?

Whenever I go to my grandparents’ summer cottage in Helsinki, I will always walk down the narrow wooden jetty and peer across the lake to the island where the summer cottage is located, hoping to catch a glimpse of my favorite place on earth. I’ve done this since I was I child. After all the years, I still haven’t accepted that I can’t see the cottage from that angle and every time I go there, I try. Perhaps it keeps the little girl inside of me alive.

4.)    Name two things you would hate people to know about you?
Just two?

OK, firstly, I think the relationship I’m in with my boss is for my own personal comfort. Nothing to be proud of, so I’d hate anyone to know that I don’t believe I’m really in love with Joel. Especially Joel. Why else would his talk of marriage make me so uncomfortable?

Secondly, I do like to get my own way, and I’ll manipulate if necessary to get it.

5.)    Tell us about your special lady/bloke. What makes her/him special?

Ah… Adam J Adam Carter is a missionary from Africa, and what a man of God. Of course, when we met, that was not the thing that attracted me to him. When Adam prays, things happen. So I guess I stood no chance once he started praying for my soul. I really don’t know of another man who’d go without food for a fortnight so he could fast and pray for a country, a city, and a woman he barely knew.

6.)    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 thought…what’s a dark-haired stranger doing in my sauna, on my island?

Besides the curse words I let out when I dropped the log I was carrying into the sauna on my toe, the first words I spoke to Adam were:
·         Who are you?
·         What are you doing here?
·         What do you want?

…in rapid fire succession. Not exactly the makings for a romance.

Except for my brother, Mikko, I have an intense dislike of missionaries. So, no, I did not like Adam immediately. He had to leave. And I did my best to make that happen.
Adam, however, was nothing but charming and helpful, a man of integrity who stands by his convictions no matter the cost. And he’s so much fun, too: paint fights, water fights, blueberry fights… I hope all fights with him will be as enjoyable.

He also looks really good in a T-Shirt and jeans, so it didn’t take me long to secretly want him to stay.

7.)    What would he hate people to know about him?

Adam is an open book. I don’t think there’s a thing he’d be ashamed of. Actually, I don’t think there’s a thing he’s done that he’d be ashamed of (although Adam’s so humble, he’s probably got a long list of minor misdemeanors for which he’s eternally grateful they’re washed away in the blood of Jesus.) I’ve never met a man so content with himself. Adam is truly secure about who he is in Jesus.

8.)    What is your favourite thing to eat and drink?

Mummo’s blueberry pie with ice cream and a cup of kahvi. Sorry, coffee.

9.)  If you had to fight, what would be your weapon of choice and why?
That’s easy, my tongue. There’s no sharper weapon I could choose, and have you ever heard how scary cursing sounds in Finnish? Heck, nursery rhymes sound scary in Finnish J

a)   Pepsi or coke

Coke. It’s the real thing, and as my days are spent creating fantasy, I have to have something real in my world.

b)   Tea or coffee

Coffee, of course. I’m Finnish, and Finns are the world's most voracious coffee-drinkers.

c)   Elephant or tiger
Actually, I like Lemurs the best. But, Africa equals elephants. My love for Adam Carter, my missionary from Africa, has to be the biggest reason I’m crazy about these giant creatures now, although I do prefer them to be animated.

When I think of Tigers, I think of the Life of Pi…boring (yawn). But then again, Winnie the Pooh’s friend, Tigger, could just change my mind. He’s fun…like Adam on a caffeine high.

Some of my favorites pachyderms are:  Dr. Seuss’s eccentric but lovable Horton; the age old Dumbo—he’s just the cutest and the only flying elephant I know; and one cannot forget the Jungle Book’s Dawn Patrol (or Jungle Patrol) led by the stately, ill-tempered, Colonel Hathi. Like a true elephant, he never forgets.  Lastly, you just have to love the heffalumps that terrorize Winnie the Pooh’s dreams.

d)   Roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)

Definitely a roast dinner. I’m not really into junk food, and like all good Finnish women, I love to cook. As long as that roast is followed by my Mummo’s blueberry pie and ice cream.
e)   Classical music or pop

Pop. It would be hard to create fun and entertaining animated creatures listening to classical music, I think. I need that thumping beat to get the creative juices flowing.

f)   Sunrise or sunset

In the land of the midnight sun, there’s no difference really…our summer sunsets merely blend into sunrises.

g)   Walk or run

Walk for sure. For me, there’s nothing like taking metsä, that’s a Finnish term for a walk in the forest. I love the peace and seclusion—the aloneness—it offers. Did you now that the body starts to physically recover from stress minutes after entering a forest? Can I just stop here and say that I take metsä a lot?

And who wouldn’t de-stress when in a forest? You can pick berries, mushrooms, hunt... I love the forest.

h)   Chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)

Chocolate. Have you seen the great choices we have in Finland? Yet another reason I have to take metsä a lot.


Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles and stories in Winners, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter (Tyndale House Publishers) and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven. Her debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise, releases 22 August 2014 by Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing) – Passport to Romance series. Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.

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                        This blog is run by Christian authors from across the globe, writing fiction with a foreign flair, for His glory. My blogs post approximately every six weeks.
Real women, real lives, real faith. My blogs post at random dates.

This is my personal blog of the journey into missions I have made and am making as the mother of a missionary. Blogs post every Friday.

This is my personal blog of being a grandmother.

Passport to Romance Series Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HN3CgDoPm0

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