More Five Star Reviews!

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March 8, 2018

Natasha Hartford creates illustrations for greeting cards and finally thinks she has her big break when she is given an opportunity to present her work to Jonas Waverley, a publisher. When Natasha shows up for her interview she discovers that Jonas has been murdered and now she has put herself on the suspect list. Then her ex-husband Darien McCabe shows up and asks her to hide his briefcase, although Natasha has a restraining order against him for him physically abusing her.

Detective Chase Brandon has his work cut out for him investigating the death of Jonas Waverley. When he meets Natasha he is initially suspicious of her but when he learns who her ex-husband is things start to fall into place and he realizes that she herself is in danger.How far will Chase go to keep Natasha safe and when Natasha puts herself at risk will he be able to protect her? Can Chase figure everything out before it’s too late?This was such a great book full of so many twists and turns from the beginning to the end!

Natasha was a great character as she was strong enough to leave here abusive relationship yet at the same time she was still weak when it came to Darien and the power he had over her. Every time I thought Natasha would listen to reason she proved me wrong and got herself in so many bad situations.

Chase was great and did he ever have his work cut out for him trying to protect Natasha. She definitely kept him busy and I was so mad at how secretive she was when it was obvious how much Chase cared.
I loved all the twists and turns and so many things surprised the heck out of me!! The ending blew me away as I was not expecting what happened at all!
Such a great book and I look forward to more from the author!
Rebecca A
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March 7, 2018

Fabulous from start to ending.
I was captivated from the very first. Couldn’t put the book down.
Natasha is trying to regroup her life after an abusive marriage. Unfortunately, her Ex doesn’t believe in divorces nor in restraining orders. He stops by her house and demands she hides a briefcase which he’ll retrieve when the heat dies down. Worse yet, the cop in charge of a murder has already snagged her as a person of interest.
There is a very tangled web of secrets and secret relationships in this story. And while it took a long while to reach and unravel the complete truth, I found every event along the way most intriguing. And I even guessed one of the main surprises, so I am very proud of myself.
Liza O’Connor

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Release Day!

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My latest baby, Broken Trust, is officially out in the world! Better yet, Broken Trust has already received some great reviews.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Really good romantic-suspense story

Natasha Hartford shows up for a job interview at a successful publisher’s office, hoping to be hired as an illustrator for a children’s book series, but finds herself face-to-face with a hard-broiled cop. Even though he grills her repeatedly, thinking she’s a suspect, Natasha manages to stand up to him despite her fear of authoritative men.

Detective Chase Brandon knows the woman is hiding something—his gut is telling him she’s somehow involved—but he doesn’t think she killed the publisher. As the body count rises, clues in his investigation lead to Natasha and her abusive ex-husband. He thinks she could be the killer’s next target, so he sticks close to her, determined to not let the fragile, secretive woman under his skin.

Natasha and Chase had great chemistry. They’re both attracted to one another, but lies and distrust are constantly pulling them apart. Despite being horribly abused, both mentally and psychically, by her ex, Darien, she helped him and kept his secrets from the police, which definitely made her look guilty. I completely understand why Chase had a hard time trusting her. Luckily for Natasha, however, he had dealt with own share of abuse, and he understood the way victims sometimes acted and thought.

I really enjoyed the who-dun-it mystery. There were a few twists, multiple bad guys, police investigations gone awry, art theft, and romance. All that makes for a great romantic-suspense.

This is a really fun read.

5 Stars!

* I have received this book as an ARC for a fair and impartial review. I have no personal connection to the author. *
C.B. Clark delivers again with chilling suspense and characters you’ll never forget.
Chase Brandon is a hard-as-nails Homicide Detective on a puzzling case. He runs headlong into Natasha Hartford at his crime scene. She claims to be there for a job interview, he’s not buying it.
The first thing the two have in common is a physical attraction – the second is a history that causes both to be distrustful of everyone. However, to protect themselves and each other they have to work together to find a killer. It’s hard to build trust when lies have to be told and promises have to be broken.
These characters will touch every emotion you have. At the same time, the suspense keeps your adrenaline pumping.
When you think you have things figured out – brace yourself for the next plot twist.
Sandra D
Broken Trust: WOW! was fantastic and amazing. Characters were very strong throughout the book. Loved the whole concept of the story! C.B. Clark did another fantastic job of writing. Loved everything about the book.
Katyjane

What Are You Doing For Valentine’s Day?

UnknownWhat are you doing on Valentine’s Day? Sharing a romantic, candle-lit dinner with your love? Receiving a dozen red roses, chocolate truffles, or jewelry? I won’t be doing any of those things, but I will be spending quality time with the love of my life.

On Valentine’s Day, my husband and I are flying to Buenos Aries, Argentina. Crammed into an economy seat with our knees jammed against the back of the seat in front of us for twenty long hours doesn’t sound very romantic, but I’ll be sitting beside my best friend as we begin another adventure.

We’re joining up with friends from Scotland and Australia we met three years ago while on a trip to Peru. We’ll explore the city of almost three million, and then hop on a plane and fly three and a half hours south to Patagonia. That’s where the adventure begins. We’ll be hiking, rafting and cycling through this incredible part of the world.

I’m excited about this journey to the bottom of the world. Adventure awaits…the people we’ll meet, the sights we’ll see, the experiences we’ll treasure forever.

My Valentine’s Day may not include a romantic, candle-lit dinner, or dancing, but we’ll be experiencing all life has to offer. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Soon To Be Released!

My fourth romantic suspense published by The Wild Rose Press is being released March 5! Check out the blurb of Broken Trust below.

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After five years of hell with an abusive husband, Natasha Hartford vows never to trust another man. Then she stumbles onto a murder scene and meets sexy, stubborn Homicide Detective Chase Brandon, a take-no-prisoners tough guy who’ll settle for nothing less than the truth. Sparks fly, but Chase’s suspicions and Natasha’s innate distrust block the way to happiness.

The detective struggles with his own troubled past and is determined to find the truth behind the shadows dimming Natasha’s eyes. As more murders occur and a possible connection to her ex-husband appears, Chase fears her life is in danger.

Natasha and Chase race to find the killer before he strikes again. Their survival depends on their willingness to overcome their mistrust of one another. Will they overcome their fears and find love again?

A Wolf Encounter

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A few years ago, my husband I were mountain biking on an old, deactivated logging road at the base of the Cariboo Mountains. The ride was challenging, and I wasn’t feeling well, so I turned around and headed back on my own to camp. I hadn’t ridden far when an animal slipped out of the thick forest onto the trail in front of me.

I couldn’t believe my eyes. A wolf stood not more than twenty feet away. His coat was glossy black, and he was huge. I’ve seen wolves in the wild before, but never a black one, and never one so close. I doubt he’d ever seen a human riding a bicycle, and he didn’t know what to make of this strange apparition.

We stared at each other for what seemed like an eon, but was probably not more than a minute before he disappeared back into the trees. I was nervous, but not afraid. I’ve never heard of a wolf attacking an adult human, so I remounted my bike and continued riding.

When I cycled past the spot where the wolf had vanished into the forest, a loud growl came from deep in the shadows. My stomach dropped, and even weak and ill, I managed to break land speed records back to camp.

After my encounter, I researched wolves and discovered a genetic mutation creates a black coat in some wolves. How fortunate I was to see this rare and beautiful animal. I’ll never forget my experience.

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Great Start To 2018!

Wow! Bitter Legacy finished second in the Romance category of the 2018 Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll! I’m thrilled. There were an incredible 49 entries. I couldn’t have accomplished this amazing feat without the support of my family, friends, and readers. Awesome support, and a great way to start 2018. Thank you.

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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZVR5LJ/

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-legacy-c-b-clark/1126254341?ean=2940157509132

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bitter-legacy-4

The Wild Rose Press http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5061-bitter-legacy.html

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bitter-legacy/id1231855938?mt=11

 

 

The Moose Came Back!

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Our moose came back! It’s early evening and I’m looking out my living room window watching a full-grown bull moose as he nibbles bitter apples, somehow avoiding the Christmas lights strung on the tree.

I live in a small, rural community backing onto hundreds of acres of forested woodlands. Every year for the past ten years, the same moose has come to visit. Amazing when you consider the average life expectancy for moose in the wild is 15-20 years. Somehow he avoided hunters, wolves, and the forest fires we had last summer, and survived another year in the wild.

He shows up around the middle of December and stays a few weeks, visiting local homes, eating the buds off trees, and munching the food (and destroying the bins) in our composts. We call him Fred after a long-time resident who passed away around the time the moose first appeared. Our little general store put his image on reusable shopping bags and gave them out as gifts last Christmas.

Fred’s huge. Moose can weigh up to 1200 pounds and stand 5 to 6.5 feet at the shoulders. In spite of their impressive size and sharp hooves, moose are usually not a threat to humans (except during mating season in the Fall, or if you stumble across a cow moose and her calf, then look out!)

When Fred’s first sighted, there’s an excited buzz in the community. His annual appearance gives us hope and an appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Welcome back, Fred.

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Fred behind our house.

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Merry Christmas!

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View from behind our house.

When I look up from my lap top computer and gaze out my office window, I realize how lucky I am. The sky is a clear, robins-egg blue, and the sun is shining, sparkling on a million, tiny diamonds in the snow blanketing the trees and covering the ground. Another beautiful day in paradise.

Now, not many people would refer to our little plot of forest as paradise, but every day when I walk on the trails behind my house through the thick Douglas fir forest, I revel in my good fortune. The air is fresh, the snow crunches under my feet, and the river glistens with ice chunks. If I’m lucky, I’ll catch a glimpse of a deer, rabbit, or moose hiding amongst the trees.

2017 has been a very good year. We were blessed with the arrival of healthy twin grandsons, and my very senior dog is still enjoying her life and our walks. Friends and family surround me. My second book, Bitter Legacy was released, and an audible book is coming out in January. Another romantic suspense novel comes out in March.

I wish everyone the very best for the Holidays and the coming year. Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from my patch of paradise to yours!

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Our local moose.

 

 

 

‘Tis The Season!

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Never before has Holiday shopping been so easy. With a simple click of a button, I can order clothing, sports equipment, the latest electronic gadgets, the hottest toys, and any other gift I desire. Better still—the package is delivered right to my front door. No more jockeying to find a parking space, or shouldering through crowds of sweaty Holiday shoppers, or facing long line ups at the till. From the comfort of my living room, ensconced in my recliner, bathed in the cold blue light reflecting off my computer screen, I can shop stores worldwide.

I’ve realized something this year. By ordering online, I’m isolating myself in my home, and I’m missing a big part of what makes Christmas special. Amidst the crowds of shoppers, there’s a sense of excitement, an expectant hush as if anything can happen. If I leave my house, I meet my neighbours and catch up on community news, watch excited children line up to visit the mall Santa Claus, listen to the peal of Christmas bells, and wish others a Merry Christmas and good will for the coming year.

And so, I’ve decided to put down my lap top computer, leave my chair and bedroom slippers behind, and brave the chaos of the local shopping center. Sure, real-life shopping  is harder, and I’ll be tired and maybe a tad cranky, but I’ll witness the magic of this season surrounded by my neighbors, friends, and children. And I’ll be supporting the local economy.

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The Glamorous Life Of An Author

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I grew up watching Angela Lansbury in Murder She Wrote, a television show (1984-1996) where the main character is a famous author of mystery books, and she also solves murders. This show was my impression of the glamorous life of an author… money pouring in from royalties, praise from my adoring fans, exciting book tours meeting fascinating people, solving the odd crime, and a few short hours a week spent crafting my next best seller.

The reality is vastly different. Not only am I not a famous author (very little glamour or adoring fans exist in my life), I haven’t solved any crimes.

Writing is damn hard, probably the most challenging work I’ve ever done. There’s nothing sexy about the daily grind of sitting your butt down in a chair before a computer and plugging away, one word at a time.

On a typical day, I wake up early and start writing. I write for a couple of hours, and then take a break. After lunch, it’s back in the writing chair. After a few more hours of writing, my brain’s mush and black spots are dancing in front of my eyes, but the work’s not over.

The social media commitments and promotion efforts of an author today are overwhelming. Even big name authors spend hours every week promoting their books. I’m fortunate in that I have a supportive team behind me at The Wild Rose Press. My editor, cover illustrator, copy editor, marketing expert, and publisher all take on part of the load.

 

So why do I continue to write? I think like most authors, I live for the moment when I’ve written a really good sentence, found the perfect word, or developed an intriguing plot twist. A word of praise from a friend, a five star review, or being offered another contract, all make the hard work worth the sweat and tears. Not an ounce of glamour, but plenty of fulfillment.

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