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I blame the muse...

I think I mentioned that the Liam/Jacqui story had spawned a poss series of sequals...

Well... I now have eight blurbs for the eight stories..

Each charries has a name and a job and each story is a current WIP that has been sat on my comp in vairous stages of being written...some for years.

This gets them finished and done. And yes I'll probably mention them to my editor at some point, but hey if none of them sell, at least they'll be finished.

And when I say sequal I mean only that all the m/c's are related. Each will stand alone and may or may not feature any of the others.

And the storm surge one is based on this - teh pic was taken in Nov 2009 in Cornwall during a really bad storm. Impressive huh? That story incidently is finished :)


why is it when you have a really good day, when things go right and everythings okay, that its followed by one of these, when all I do is cry and nothing is right? Not even my fault, but being made to feel like it is.

so i going away for a bit. just avoiding email and yahoo groups and life in general. well, can't avoid that - not right now which is a shame.

Second draft done

The second draft of Liam and Jacqui who take time off from playing pooh sticks long enough to foil a coup in Africa is done. Draft three has begun. Still don't have a proper title as you can see.

However this does produce a very pretty m/s. It's orig in black. (w/c was about 24k) The second additions go in in red. Mainly so I know where I am each day without having to have umpteen bits of paper with page numbers on all over the desk. (w/c was roughly 42, 900) Draft 3 is blue. Who knows what the word count will be. Esp as in the first 9 pages i've added 130 words. Of course some have been chopped out, but anyway...

But... worryingly I now have plots floating around in my head for at least two of Liam's many family members. Which was originally 7. Then became 5. Now has gone back to 7. But the names are Gaelic and so pretty...blame the baby naming website I use... and at least one of them needs a story.

Just so happens I have a plan for Nate--he's a secondary character …

welcome Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans loves to tell a good story. In fact, she’s been enthusiastic about writing ever since she could string sentences together. Kensington Publishing purchased her first book, Friends & Lovers, a contemporary romance. Her second release, Right Hand Man, followed shortly thereafter. Her third offering from Kensington, Hannah’s Heart, won critical acclaim from readers, and The Oakland Press.

Her fourth book is her inspirational romance debut at White Rose Publishing – the contest winning novella Hearts Crossing. Hearts Crossing led to the creation of the ‘Woodland Series.’ This series of books centers around Woodland Church and characters who are first introduced in Hearts Crossing. Book two is titled Hearts Surrender. Hearts Communion and Hearts Key will follow as books three and four. The series is offered in both print and electronic formats via White Rose Publishing ( and Amazon (
A lifelong resident of Michigan…

Curry recipie

oh look at the date - 08/09/10

Well I've had no feedback on this at all, so this will probably be the last one I post. Can't say I haven't tried. Actually tired of trying now.


500g cubed meat - lamb, beef and chicken all work well
2 tbsp oil
1 onion
1 garlic clove crushed
2 celery sticks
1 apple
1 tbsp flour
2-3 tsp curry powder
½ tsp tumeric
½ tsp cumin
½ pt water + 2 relevant oxos ;-)
1 tsp tomato puree
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp mango chutney
salt and petter
1 tbsp coconut to garnish

heat oven gas 3/170F/325C

brown meat in large pan - i use a wok
add onion, garlic, celery, apple and cook til onion is soft
add flour, curry powder, tumeric and cumin. cook 2 mins stirring all time
add stock, tomato puree, lemon juice, chutney and seasoning. Stir and bring to boil.
put into casserole dish. cover and cook for 1½ hours.
Serve with rice and sprinkled coconut.
nb my lot don't like garlic or celery so i leave those out. quite often i chuck in sweetcorn or pototo and carrot chunks.

Blog Tour Announcement

This is Marianne Evans. Her new novel - Hearts Surrender comes out Sept 3rd
At the end of her blog tour, Marianne is giving away three special prizes:

1. A $10 gift certificate to White Rose Publishing
2. A $10 gift certificate to
3. An autographed, print edition of her new release, Hearts Surrender

Entering is simple: Leave a comment – or several comments as you track her progress on the tour (Marianne and her blog hosts will get the word out and let you know where she’ll be!). Each comment gives you a chance to win!

On September 30th, she’ll randomly select three comments from visitors at any of the blogs she’s visited, and award them the prizes!

Join in the fun as Marianne lets the world know about Hearts Surrender!

So I'm sure you want to know where she will be so you can read what she has to say and leave comments for a chance to win.

(tries to copy from an excel doc. My comp never read them til I upgraded word so never tried before lol)

JoAnn Carter
September 03 2010

Lasagne recipie

In honour of oldest son's 16th bday, I bring you one of his fave dinners - home made lasagne. Spelt the English way lol. Really need to get my charries to eat something different cos it doesn't look right ending in an A but oh well. So onto the recipe. Prep time about 25 mins. Cooking time 90mins.

Meat Sauce
pkt mince
tin chopped tomatoes or dollop of tomato puree
2 oxos/stock cubes
mixed herbs

lasagne sheets - don't need pre soaking with this recipe

Cheese sauce
1½ oz cornflour (three tablespoons)
1½ pt milk
as much cheese as you like :)

fry mince til brown
add tomatoes, oxos, mixed herbs and stir.
add boiling water, enough to cover meat and cook til all water is absorbed.

make white sauce with just cornflour and milk. Trust me it works.
put cornflour in saucepan and add milk. Stir over heat until sauce boils. Add salt and pepper and

Put a spoonful of sauce on bottom of dish. Layer it up
lasagne sheets
half meat
third sauce
lasagne sheets
remaining meat
half remaining sauce
lasagne she…