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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.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Important Recall Notice

I got this from Chris my SIL who lives in Sydney. Thought it worthy of posting here :)

RECALL NOTICE:

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Sub-sequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction
2. Foul vocal emissions
3. Amnesia of origin
4. Lack of peace and joy
5. Selfish or violent behavior
6. Depression or confusion in the mental component
7. Fearfulness
8. Idolatry
9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect. The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on Jesus.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility. Thank you for your attention!

- GOD P.S. Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by 'Knee mail'!

Because He Lives!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Friday extract

Not sure if this is a short lived thing but here we go. I figured maybe an unedited extract from whatever I'm working on at the time.


Meet Liam Page. He's an english teacher in a secondary school and the hero of the book with no name cos the only one I have is about 10 sentences long. Even the heroine, Jacqui, thinks he looks like Gerard Butler. Hmmm, I wonder why.

A little about Liam. He is second eldest of five. There's Patrick, him, Niamh, Cayley and Orla. They hale from Belfast - the Protestant side. Liam as he puts it 'fell out with God and isn't on speaking terms with him.' He holds God responsible for the murder of his wife and has vowed to hunt down and kill the men who carried out the slaughter on the mission field.

Anyway.... it's the anniversary of the death of Jacqui's parents in a train crash. She's just come from the memorial service.

Going around the car, he opened the door. “They say that sunsets are magical.”

Jacqui got out, rubbing her eyes. “Do they?” Her voice still carried the echo of her tears.

“Don’t believe it myself, anymore than I believe in the luck o’the Irish, but that’s what they say. Anyway, I have this bench right over here.” Liam walked with her towards it. “I had it put here after Sally died. Its part of their ‘adopt a bench’ scheme. Anyway I just come and sit here sometimes.”

Jacqui stood and read the plaque, her eyes glistening. “That’s lovely. Did you write that?”

Liam nodded. “Yeah, it’s the only poem I’ve ever written or likely to write. She loved it here.” He sat down and patted the space beside him. “Sit.” He smiled as she sat and lapsed into silence. He gazed out over the water. Aware she was crying, Liam pulled out a hanky and offered it to her.

“Thanks.” She buried her face in it.

He smiled. “It amazes me how women are always grateful for these, but never bother to ask if it’s a clean one.” He winked as she stiffened and pulled it away from her eyes looking at it. “It is. My mother always told me to wear clean underwear and carry a clean hanky every time I go out.”

Jacqui nodded, tears falling and shoulders shaking. Liam looked at her and held out an arm. “Come here.” As she moved into his embrace, he held her tightly, amazed at the force of emotion flooding her. What must it feel like to be able to let go like this? He’d mourned his wife, but never allowed himself to cry. Big boys don’t cry. His mother always told him that when he scraped his knee or blacked his eye in a fight. He was proud of the fact he hadn’t cried since he was seven.

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and on another note, no more recipes have arrived. no one took me up on the offer of interviews or guest blogs. Guess I am just not interesting enough.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Recipe Wednesday

Well here's the only response I got. So either I use all mine or this is a very short lived set of posts. This one supplied by Ru, my sister :)

Cacciatore microwave recipe

4x chicken breasts
4tbsp flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper
50g butter
1tbsp oil
Large chopped onion
1 crushed garlic clove
Tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
150 ml chicken stock
100g sliced mushrooms
Cooked pasta to serve

1. Toss chicken in seasoned flour.
2. Arrange floured chicken in a casserole. Put aside.
3. Cook butter, oil, onion and garlic covered for five minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, sugar and boiling stock. Cover and cook for five minutes.
5. Pour sauce over chicken. Cover and cook on medium for 20 minutes rearranging chicken half way through.
6. Add mushrooms. Cover and cook on medium for five minutes.
7. Serve with pasta.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Odo finally gets Quark off DS9

and makes a profit

well

I wanted to change things up a bit here, but despite pleas on FB, yahoo and twitter...nada. Guess I know where I stand, huh.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Stuff

I'm gonna cancel the hosp appointment. Its tomorrow and def the wrong week to go it you get my drift. It's a waste of my time and theirs. They will only tell me I'm normal again and there is nothing wrong and I'm a woman so I have to put up with it.

No thanks. Been there before.

No one will like it but tough. There cancelled it.

And I'm talking to myself again, aren't I? oh well.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Edge of Goodbye by Mary Eason

Release Day Special offer! 10% off Standing on the Edge of Goodbye by Mary Eason--The latest release from White Rose Publishing--Offer good 13 August 2010 Only. Use Code: NR4843 http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Standing-On-The-Edge-Of-Goodbye



Matt Stevens is finished with life. Grieving the death of his son, Matt withdraws from humanity, sequestering himself in a mountain cabin far from the reaches of anything human—anything that may remind him of the life he can no longer have…that is until Kate Alexander arrives on his doorstep and begins to strip away the bitterness he carries in his heart.


Running from an abusive ex-husband who tried to murder her, Kate Alexander’s life is turned upside-down. Learning of her grandmother’s death—the only woman who ever believed in her—is almost Kate’s complete undoing, especially when the devastating news comes from a man so lacking in human emotion he may as well be a robot. Yet, Kate is drawn to Matt Stevens in a way she’s never before experienced. Could there be more to this unlikely friend of her Grandmother’s—something beyond the cold surface he presents to the world?










Thursday, 12 August 2010

Rainbows

Now if you know anything about me, you know that half the photos on my computer are either sunsets or rainbows. This is the one that just appeared over the houses opposite us. The sky went black and the rain came down in torrents - just like in the song - so much rain there was puddles on the patio in minutes. We lost the satilite signal to the TV lol. Didnt bother me but the kids were like... mummy the TV's not working!
But who wants TV when there's double rainbows to go photograph :)






Monday, 9 August 2010

Guest Author - Mary Manners

Mary's first novel, Mended Heart, comes out on Aug 20th. She took the time to do an interview for me. Here's her answers. My review of her book comes at the end :)
1-Where were you born? I was born in Chicago, IL but have lived in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee for over 25 years.

2 –If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? I love where I live. We have a variety of scenery...mountains and rivers. The people are very friendly and the traffic’s not too bad.

3 - What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you or you witnessed that made you laugh so hard you couldn’t catch your breath? I was in Cracker Barrel with my husband a year or so ago. He bent over to look at something on a lower shelf and his shorts ripped along the length of the seam. The sound alone was funny enough, but his reaction was priceless! He has a great sense of humor. We still laugh about it.

4 - What hidden talent do you possess outside of writing... something you do for fun, but are good at? I like to run. I’ve done several marathons, and I think they were great training for the whole writing process. I learned how to pace myself through the hills and valleys and to never give up.

5. Why did you begin writing? How long have you been writing? I began ‘scribbling’ stories before I actually knew how to print. I think I was born writing. I wrote my first full novel in the sixth grade and I was fortunate to have a wonderful teacher who mentored and encouraged me. Writing is something deep in my bones. I don’t think I can separate myself from it—it’s like breathing.

6. What advice would you give a new writer just starting out? Write what you know, and never give up. Life will bring experiences that will enrich your writing. As you age, you will begin to see things from a wider variety of perspectives. This is so important.

7. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Yes, I suffer writer’s block, though not nearly as often as I used to. When it strikes I...mow. Yes, I mow my lawn. I have two acres, and I push mow it all. The mindless exercise frees my brain to think about the story. It’s like taking a sledgehammer to a dam.

8. What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? A writer needs to draw a reader in and make her feel like she’s ‘in’ the story. Use of an abundance and variety of imagery is most important.

9. How do you develop your plots and characters? I start with a steno book and give my hero and heroine names and physical characteristics. Then I list other qualities—emotions, quirks and such. I like to free write a few chapters before I actually hit the computer. And I never leave home without a pencil and paper. When inspiration strikes I write it down before I forget.

10. Are you working on anything at the present you’d like to share with us? Yes. I just finished a story named Tender Mercies, and I’m editing another titled Light the Fire. Both have strong heroes and heroines who overcome life’s disappointments and loss to find love.


11. Do you really, really want a dog? I have two...and two cats. They all came from animal shelters and have added plenty of quirks to my life.


12. You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? My mom used to send me down the block to a woman who ‘cut’ hair for $1.25. In reality, she scalped me every time. Uggh! I looked like a boy. To this day I won’t cut my hair above my shoulders :)


13. Are you a morning person or a night person? I am definitely a morning person. I love the quiet and stillness of pre-dawn when the rest of the world lay slumbering.


14. If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be? My dad. He passed away from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma eight years ago. Yes...I really miss my dad.


About Your upcoming release/Book:

1. How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind Mended Heart? How did the story evolve? I have always been intrigued by how the wealthy and not-so-wealthy co-exist. My family was very poor growing up. My dad had to drop out of school in the 7th grade to help support his family after his dad left his mom with nine kids to raise, and he did any odd job he could find to support us. Yet, he was one of the most intelligent men I’ve ever known. He could build anything. Also, every family has at least one secret. How does this change the course of one’s life?

2. For those who are not familiar with this story, would you please give us the blurb? Mended Heart is the love story of Jade McAllister and Shane Calkin...
Shane is a former bad-boy-wannabe fighting to raise his spunky niece and a rambunctious puppy. Jade nurses a wounded heart as she struggles to escape her mother’s rejection...and Shane’s. Nine years have passed since they last saw each other, and a terrible secret looms. Will the secret destroy them, or have the years taught them how to trust...and to love?

3 Are there any fun tid-bits about this story you can share with us? Shane knows how to sweet-talk a computer’s hard drive and his dog, Maggie, is a menace who likes to munch on picnic tables and alarm clocks. (Could do with Shane around here to sweet talk my comp at times)

4 How did you decide on the setting? I write what I know...the south is a beautiful backdrop for romance.

5 When will it be released? August 20, 2010.
Thanks Mary. I loved reading this book. Here's my review :) Oh and the cover too

Review:
Mended Heart by Mary Manners

Jade’s past catches up with her when she starts a new job at Piney Grove Church. Shane, the man she spent the last nine years trying to forget, is the youth pastor there. The story starts on a roller coaster and continues with its twists and turns through the heart warming love story as hearts that were broken, by time and circumstances, become whole. Well worth reading.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

The clock in the side bar

Please note the clock on the side bar has been removed! I do NOT consider the company who made it posting on every blog post I make telling me to change the colour of the clock a very nice thing to do.

I liked the clock yellow. I wanted to leave it yellow - not caring if it CLASHED WITH MY BACKGROUND!!!! Last time I checked this was my blog. I think.

So therefore, they lose and I removed the clock.

You know there isn't even a contact us button on their website else I would have made a quiet complaint and not a public one. Please note I haven't named them - but they know who they are.


If I find another one somewhere I may use that instead.

Friday, 6 August 2010

And its gone

Synopsis done. And all send off to the editor. More waiting...

But while you wait. On Monday we have Mary Manners right here with an interview and a little about her forthcoming release Mended Hearts.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

done in three days

A record even for me. Saving Christmas is just under 8k and complete :) Feed back from my readers is good :)

if only i could find a bible text for the top of page one i'd be a happy bunny but I can't.

Monday, 2 August 2010

as if i didn't have enough stories in my head

Yesterday I get an idea for another one. A short christmas story. Course it'll be way too late for this year but oh well. I'm writing it anyway while Dawn sits.

And speaking of Dawn - Jeremiah decided not only did he want a title and a new surname, he wants to be called Gabriel instead! Good job I havent' submitted this one yet isn't it! Just think how confuddled Donna will be now when I send her the new version. No more Mr Jeremiah Anderson, but Lord Gabriel Tyler instead.

Mind you, that does have a nice ring to it.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

A Child Loaned

"I'll lend you for a while a child of mine," He said.
"For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief."

"I cannot promise he will stay; since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over in My search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, not think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call to take him back again?"

"I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay;
But should the angels call for him much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand!"

Edgar Guest