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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, 26 July 2013

The Rising by Lynn Chandler Willis

How did you come up with your premise? Is there a story behind your book? How did the story evolve? This is going to sound so strange, but the idea for the story hit me while grocery shopping. Right there in the frozen foods section, I had the ol' “what if” scenario!

For those who are not familiar with this story, would you please give us the blurb? Sure. A dead child that isn't dead. A cop out of control. When their worlds collide, God intervenes.

Are there any fun titbits about this story you can share with us? Jesse was supposed to be a minor character. Like some characters will do, he tried to take over. I had to wrestle him down sometimes and remind him it was Ellie's story, not his.

How did you decide on the setting? I'm totally in love with the North Carolina mountains and foothills and the plot needed snow. I'm a firm believer in  allowing the setting and weather associated with that setting to become secondary characters in themselves.

When will it be released? July 26

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Probably Ireland. My dad's side of the family hailed from County Galway and we're very proud of our Irish roots.   

What music groups/artists blast from your CD player while you write? It depends on what I'm writing. I make a playlist before I type the first word and will play it during every writing session. I pick songs that are similar to the overall tone of the story.

What are you most passionate about, other than writing? Developing my grandkids' imaginations. With stuff like making a tent in the living room with an old quilt. I'm also very passionate about animal welfare – particularly dogs. I'm a strong advocate for rescue organizations.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out? This is such an exciting time to be a writer. I don't know of a time when there have been so many different opportunities available. That being said, because there are so many opportunities, you have to study and research the industry. As far as actually writing goes, you have to be able to develop the story. It doesn't matter how much talent you have, if the story doesn't work, it doesn't work.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing? Character, character, and character. Did I mention character? Without well-written, well developed characters no one is going to care about the plot to begin with.

How do you develop your plots and characters? Usually, they work hand-in-hand. You have to understand your characters' motivation and characters, like people, have agendas – it's why they do the things they do, think the way they do that moves the plot forward.

How do you come up with the titles to your books? The title usually comes very early in the process for me. If it doesn't, I usually end up struggling with the story. It doesn't seem “real” to me unless it has a name, so to speak. I think a good title makes a prospective reader curious about what the story is about, rather than tell them outright.

When did you first consider yourself a writer? The first time I heard my daughter tell her friend, “My mom's a writer.” To have my children acknowledge that made it real.

Do you really, really want a dog? Yes and no. I have Sam the cocker spaniel and he's all I need right now. Being a strong animal welfare advocate, I firmly believe a person should only have what they can afford to properly take care of. I think you should be realistic about it, too. I'd love to have a couple border collies but I don't have the time, energy, or finances to properly train them, exercise them, or care for them. So, yes, I want them. But no, I probably won't get one any time soon.

What is your strangest habit?  I don't know if it would be a habit or a superstition but I have this white plastic egg from one of the grandkids toy food sets that I'm very weird about. It's been rolling around on the floor of my kitchen for over a year – and I can't pick it up! It rolls under the cabinets, under the table, under chairs, and I've come to accept it as part of the home d├ęcor. I don't know why I feel so strongly about it – I probably need therapy. Don't mess with my egg.

When you looked in the mirror this morning, what was the first thing you thought? Bad hair day.

What’s a saying you use a lot? No, Casey! My 18month grandson – Casey – is quite the handful.

Have you ever eaten a crayon? Hasn't everyone?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? My daughter ate a dead bumble bee...does that count?

What is your heritage? Irish

If you could see anyone tomorrow (dead or alive), who would it be? My mom and dad. They died twelve days apart fifteen years ago. I'd like for them to meet all these great-grandkids they have. I think they'd really get a kick out of watching them grow. I'd like to hear how many times they can say “No, Casey” in any given day.

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Friday, 5 July 2013

Piece of Heaven by Donna B. Snow

Trina Wembly dreamt of owning a Christian coffee house for years –a Godly place where people could enjoy a good meal, and entertainment that wasn’t offensive. A Piece of Heaven is that dream.
Jared Larou, the construction foreman who helps design and build the coffee house, is a wounded soul with a soft heart.
Once the coffee house opens, Trina and her partner, Laura, work day and night. From coffee in the morning, to gourmet dinners in the evenings, it’s a heavy load. Plus Trina performs most nights as the entertainer at the coffee house.
Trina longs to be more than just friends with Jared, she just hopes that’s what God wants for her too.

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I had the privilege of seeing a very early copy of this story a long time ago. And it only improved over time. Trina and Jared are both characters that worm their way effortlessly into your heart and have you alternately rooting for them and yelling at them. Which is always a sign of a good book. Ms. Snow had me laughing out loud in some places. Each chapter left me wanting more and I read the book in one sitting.
Not to be missed, this is a book to curl up with on a summer's evening.

Thursday's Child is here

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. From soldiers to sailors to firefighters and police officers. From pastors to teachers to fathers.

From the Monday’s Child series comes the latest installment— Thursday’s Child.

Monday’s Child must hide for protection,
Tuesday’s Child tenders direction
Wednesday’s Child grieves for his soul
Thursday’s Child chases the whole
Friday's Child is a man obsessed
Saturday’s Child might be possessed
And Sunday’s Child on life’s seas is tossed
Awaiting the Lifeboat that rescues the lost.

Meet Jared Harkin. Firefighter. Husband. Father. A man with a deeply troubled personal life, yet still puts his life on the line every day to save others.

Thursday's Child chases the whole...

Broken...with bits missing. That's how Niamh, senior prosecutor for the CPS, feels when she wakes in hospital severely injured with no knowledge what happened--for the past ten years. A tall man in a firefighters uniform claims he's her husband. While he's everything she's ever dreamed of in a man and more, she doesn't know him. And if he was so important why can't she remember? Was there something so terrible, so painful in her marriage, her mind has suppressed it?  

First on the scene at a horrific accident, Jared Harkin is devastated to find his wife one of the injured. He's already lost a child, can he live through this? Niamh survives the crash, but awakens with ten years missing and no memories of their life together. Determined to help her remember the past and their love, he sets about wooing her all over again. But are some things best forgotten?

As Niamh struggles to remember, the investigation into the accident reveals foul play. Did her recent caseload have anything to do with the attempt on her life? Or was it someone closer to her?  As bit and pieces of memory return, the attacker strikes again. Can she piece together the whole of her past before it's too late?

Thursday’s Child releases July 5th from Pelican Book Group. To celebrate this, we’re giving away two print copies and two e-book copies. To enter do one of two things.
Either leave a comment and your email address here. 
Go visit one of the wonderful Pelican authors who's hosting me over the next few days and leave a comment and your email addy there.
All names will go in a hat and the winners drawn randomly on July 12th.

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