A Canoeing Adventure

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I’ve canoed since I was a child. I’ve paddled lakes of all sizes and rivers that ranged from easy flowing streams to raging rapids. In all that water, I’ve never tipped my canoe.

That all changed last week when my husband and I, and some friends, paddled down a remote wilderness river. The air was chilly but the river was beautiful. We floated past shores lined with giant cottonwoods, thick willows, and dense evergreen forest. Moose foraged along the shores, ducks and geese hid their young in the reeds, and eagles soared overhead. Rounding a bend in the river, my husband put down his paddle to take pictures. In minutes, the fast current swept us too close to shore. The next thing we knew we crashed into a sweeper (a tree jutting into the river), and the canoe flipped.

The first icy plunge took my breath away. We were wearing life jackets so we weren’t going to drown, but my concern was for my elderly dog. She was stuck under the canoe and terrified. If she got away, she wouldn’t be able to swim for long. I grabbed her and held her tight. The water was over my waist and the current swept my feet out from under me, but I managed to make it to shore and set the dog on dry land. Somehow, my husband held onto the water-filled canoe, though much of our gear floated down the river.

Our friends paddled like mad and retrieved most of our stuff, and they started a fire on a gravel bar. We managed to turn the canoe over and grabbed our dog and climbed back into the canoe, and paddled to the gravel bar and the hot fire where we changed into dry clothes.

Other than a few bruises, wet clothing, some missing equipment, and damaged egos, we survived. Had it not been for the quick thinking of our friends, the situation would have been much more serious. Moral of the story…never travel alone.

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Another Contract!

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Thrilled to announce that I just received a contract from The Wild Rose Press for my fourth romantic suspense. I can’t believe how lucky I’ve been.

My road to publication has been long and filled with many ups and downs. I submitted my first manuscript by mailing the first fifty pages to a dozen mainstream publishers (yes, that long ago), and then waited for the responses, which more often than not took months. Usually, the rejection was curt and impersonal, but I took heart from those few editors and publishers who took the time to offer suggestions on how to improve my writing, and I persevered. I’ll never forget the day I received an email from The Wild Rose Press offering me a contract. I did a happy dance, and celebrated with a glass (or two) of wine.

I can’t say enough good things about my publisher. They work hard to ensure we authors feel like we’re part of the team. They offer chats where we can learn more about our craft and this ever-changing, complicated industry. They’re open to communications and respond quickly and efficiently to any queries. No wonder they’ve been voted Top Publisher for the pasts several years.

I signed my first contract on June 3, 2015, and two years later I’m onto my fourth published book. Who would ever have thought it possible? Now I get to begin the process all over again. Yes! Thank you The Wild Rose Press.

 

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Five Stars For Bitter Legacy!

This week just keeps getting better and better. Not only was my third romantic suspense, published by The Wild Rose Press, released, but Bitter Legacy received great reviews.

Please check out this latest review by Avid Reader. Awesome! Happy Friday, everyone. Enjoy your weekend.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RIKQ60W1N431F?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl

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Buy Links:

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

 

 

More Great Reviews!

Wow! It’s been quite a week. My latest romantic suspense published by The Wild Rose Press was released today, (wild cheering!) and the reviews keep coming in. I’m so grateful for the fine folks who take the time to read my books and write a review. It’s always wonderful to hear what readers think about my work.

Follow the links below to read the latest reviews of Bitter Legacy:

https://alphabookclub.org/2017/06/07/bitter-legacy-c-b-clark-review-annamaria/

 

 

 

 

 

Five Stars for Bitter Legacy!

Lynda Coker at Between the Lines Reviews gave my upcoming Romantic Suspense, ‘Bitter Legacy’ Five Stars.

Lynda reads the first ten pages of a book and writes a review on whether or not a reader would want to finish the book. She bases this on the premise that if a story doesn’t catch the reader’s interest in the first pages, they won’t want to read the rest of the story.

Check out her site: http://betweenthelinesandmore.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-review-first-ten-pages-bitter.html

Or, read the review here:

Title: Bitter Legacy
Author: C. B. Clark
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Review Rating: ***** Totally hooked…Can’t Put It Down
Review Comments: 
The first sentence of the first page nailed the suspense factor and the first paragraph made me wonder if Sharla-Jean Bromley was a psycho or a sympathetic character I would invest more time in. After completing the first ten pages, I still didn’t have an answer to that question, but I knew I had to keep reading.
A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages: 
A nightmare of a secret kept for seventeen years. A daughter shows up at her father’s church funeral wearing a daring red dress. The whole group of mourners hate her.  The whole town is asking what Josh Morgan was going to do about it. To him, she is a package of trouble that threatens to ruin all his plans.
Quote from Book:
~ With each comment, each insult, each condemnation, the layer of ice encircling her heart thickened.~

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Another Five Star Review For Bitter Legacy!

jeep wonder of Reading Alley wrote this Five Star Review of Bitter Legacy:

The good, the bad, it’s in all of us.
Jun 1, 2017 (Edited Jun 1, 2017)

The author laid out a riveting and heart rending story that kept me entranced.
Anyone that was, or knew an angry upset teen will identify with the characters, and the way they reacted to life and it’s turmoils. Not many understand the angst of teens, and fewer still would have the skill and ability to use them as the author did. The story was more than about a woman returning to her home town, and it did that well. It was about the adults that fail their children, and redemption. When is enough remorse enough? When can someone change to the point that a victim feels safe offering forgiveness?

I read the first review and after reading it agree with the author weaving the plot into a well crafted story with subplots and twists and turns. The characters were fluid and grew as the story unfolded, nobody but the lawyer was typecast.

The author kept the action well paced and the style of the story lent itself towards character development. I guessed who the villain was, but it was just a guess. Even then the ending was unexpected. There were enough clues that it wasn’t a complete surprise, but it was done in a way that wrapped up a lot of loose ends.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and would easily recommend it to just about anyone that enjoys reading.

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Buy Links:

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

 

Five Star Review For Bitter Legacy!

My upcoming romantic suspense, Bitter Legacy received a Five Star review from Reading Alley.

Here’s the Review: “Stronger Than Most” https://www.readingalley.com/book/view_review/543774b3/1/a32e2583/

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Blurb:

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Wills he and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?

Available for PreOrder at the following on-line retailers:

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

 

TWIN BLESSINGS

1D5E2E7C-789C-412F-8863-B30281E23FEDLife has been crazy these past weeks. My daughter had an emergency cesarean section and delivered identical twin boys. The babies had a rocky start involving being flown by air ambulance to a neonatal intensive care ward in a larger center and spending three weeks in hospital care, but they are home at last and growing every day.

If you think a baby changes your life, try two. My husband and I have been at my daughter and her partner’s home helping with the new babies since they came home from the hospital. Double the feedings, diaper changes, laundry, more feedings, more diaper changes…and did I say laundry? The washer and dryer has been running nonstop.

At the end of every day, we collapse and sip a relaxing glass of red wine before falling into bed in an exhausted coma. But at least we get an uninterrupted sleep.

My daughter and her partner aren’t so lucky. Through all the issues involved in her risky pregnancy, the difficult births, and long hospital stay, my daughter has been a rock. She always has a smile on her face even with the nighttime feedings and lack of sleep.

The months ahead will be challenging, but with the help of her partner, family, and friends the babies will be fine. We’re so blessed. I can’t wait to watch these beautiful baby boys grow up and become men. What an adventure.

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CYCLING ADVENTURES

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A few years ago, my husband and I cycled through the Sacred Valley in Peru. The snow capped Andes loomed in the distance as we rode on dirt tracks past traditionally dressed locals herding llamas and goats. The high altitude air was so thin I struggled with mountain sickness, and even the slightest rise in elevation was exhausting. The downhill sections were almost harder, and I had to push my bike down narrow trails with hundred foot drop offs.

Call me crazy, but seven months later we booked a cycling tour through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. I’ve never taken a holiday where I had to train to be ready for the rigors of the trip. I rode a stationary bike three times a week for the longest hour of my life, and rode my bike on our local roads in below zero temperatures when frostbite was a real concern.

The trip itself was even more challenging. We rode six to seven hours every day in the heat of the tropical sun, up hills, down into valleys, through small villages, and on winding trails through the jungles of Central America with volcanoes smoking in the distance. The squawks of brilliant-colored birds and the haunting calls of howler monkeys were louder than my huffing and puffing. We caught glimpses of iguanas, sloths, and capuchin monkeys high in the trees, and were awed by the brilliant blue flash of blue morpho butterflies.

The trip pushed me to my limits. Sweat poured from every nook and cranny, and we fought over butt butter to relieve the blisters on our nether regions. But as each day ended, I was filled with a sense of pride at what I’d accomplished.

We’re already planning another bike tour through northern Italy. I don’t know if I’m a sucker for punishment, or I’m just looking forward to the liter of wine I’ll reward myself at the end of a hard day’s cycling.

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