You've found the home on the net for romance writer, LaVerne Clark. Thanks for visiting! :)

I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

Make yourself your drink of choice, stay a while and feel free to leave comments. I love to meet new friends.



Heartpounding suspense and fantasy Downunder



Thursday, June 28, 2012

More Goodie Giveaways!

Still Up for Grabs..........

How to enter detailed below 

Draw taking place 8pm EST (Lunchtime NZ)
Spot prize
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And one more of these!

My heroine, Jenna is half-Japanese. She jumped to life as soon as I thought of the tragedy that was the bombing of Hiroshima. Her family moved to New Zealand after they realized radiation was slowly poisoning their land - and their very lives. But little did they know how truly deep it would change them at a basic level - and Jenna's abilities were the result.

My question for you is - have any events in our world's history jump-started an idea of a story for you? If you're a reader - does a story with a twist on an actual event interest and excite you? I'd love to know.

 

SPOT PRIZES WILL BE ALLOCATED FROM COMMENTERS OVER THE COURSE OF THE RELEASE PARTY 



23 comments:

  1. Definitly, I like Steam Punk for that very reason. Frequently Steam Punk will take an event & turn it around to see what might have happened if events went other ways.
    Thanks for the cool contests today LaVerne :)
    Affinity looks like a great read!

    Mindy:)
    Birdsooong@aol.com

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    1. That sounds like a genre I need to read more of Mindy! I sounds right up my alley! And you're more than welcome for the contests - I've had a blast!

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  2. I JUST saw the email! What a fabulous tote full of fun, LaVerne! I hope by overseas you mean USA! I was totally bummed to miss out on the last one. Congrats again!
    cmselfridge@gmail.com

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    1. Absolutely Calisa! You're in to win my friend!

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  3. I hit submit too soon. lol I wanted to tell you that my SIL (married my baby girl) is half Japenese so I have to read this one.

    As for your question- My fireman WIP was inspired by those first responders who survived the Twin Towers bombing in NY, but more closely to home, the bombing of the Oklahoma City Murrah Fed. Bldg. by madman Timothy McVeigh. Being an Okie (though I lived in California at the time) this one broke my heart. I felt personally invaded upon, betrayed and demolished by this man's actions and the following devastation. Even now, years later it's the same. I blogged about it April 17th(?). The fireman who tried to save a 1 yo baby (but failed), now a Captain w/OKC Fire Dept, inspired me to write my story. I'm still working on that one. It's hard.

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    1. Wow Calisa - what a powerful reason to write a story. I can't wait to see this story of your heart come to life. But yeah - I can see why it would be hard.
      I remember that blogpost you did and the photo of that darling baby. The image has stayed with me - as it should. Images like that and the atrocities behind them should never be forgotten. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. I love hearing the germs of a story. Fascinating. my latest release 'That Dating Thing', came out of my fascination with the Bernie Madoff scandal.

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    1. I'll have to google that Mac. What does that entail? Ooo - I've just googled and read the story. Wow! One man's dishonesty affecting so many people and their futures. I've got to check out your book to see how you've treated the subject!

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  5. I love hearing the germs of a story. Fascinating. my latest release 'That Dating Thing', came out of my fascination with the Bernie Madoff scandal.

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  6. stupid phone. makes me repeat myself and send before I'm ready. LOL Wanted to add, You are gorgeous, LaVerne!

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  7. Today's release, my part of it, is about a young man wounded in the War in Iraq. The war changes him in many ways. Great question to ask!!

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    1. Sigh...Win is sooo dishy!! You got him down on (virtual) paper so well Vonnie, that he leaped right off it while I was reading! But now, who do I love more? Storm or Win? But a girl can have both can't she? ;)

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  8. My WIP is set shortly after the Chicago fire, so yes. :-)

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    1. Ooo - now that sounds like a goodie Jolan! Our writing is all the more powerful when it comes from the heart like that. I've got you entered for the final goodies drawn at 10pm EST ;)

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  9. (Posted for my good friend and critique partner - Annika)

    My congratulations to the launch of your new novel first of all, but also to a lovely website! I will definitely buy the book, just tell me how.

    Yes, I have written a novella called ‘Operation Exodus’, which was triggered by two events in my past in Sweden. The discovery of ‘the war phone’ in my boss’ room at the South Hospital in Stockholm, and the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. After Chernobyl happened all the Scandinavian countries were in danger for a couple of years, especially the northern parts. Small children were not allowed to play outside for a long time, berries and mushrooms couldn’t be picked and eaten for two years, no game meat could be eaten, including the Sami’s (Lapps) reindeer, which was a huge financial blow to them.

    After Chernobyl a lot of Scandinavians immigrated to New Zealand and Australia.

    Much Love,
    Annika

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    1. Wow - that is pretty powerful stuff Annika! And to have lived through the fallout must have been terrifying - even though you weren't directly in contact, the terrible stuff got everywhere.

      I've been lucky enough to get a taste of "Operation Exodus" and can't wait to read more. This story is going to be a knock-out!

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  10. Wow, there are a lot of great sounding books I'm going to have to keep a watch out for :)

    Mindy :)
    Birdsooong@aol.com

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    1. Aren't there Mindy?! You should see what I've got on my Kindle waiting for me!! :)

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  11. Hi LaVerne,

    You asked about events from history jump starting stories. One of the islands near my home is Blackbeard Island, named for a pirate famous around these parts. Rumor has it that his treasure is buried on the island, though folks have been looking for it for nearly 300 years and have come up empty handed - or so they say!

    Anyway, lost or buried treasure comes up quite often in my books. Muddy Waters, my latest at The Wild Rose Press, features a lost treasure.

    Affinity sounds great. Wishing you all the best!

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    1. How funny is that Maggie?! Is that subconciously that lost treasure sneaks in like that? Its a great theme to run with though isn't it? Especially in suspense novels which yours are aren't they?
      Thanks for your good wishes! I'm super excited to have Affinity out there in the world now :)

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  12. Hi sweetie!! Congrats on your release! Very awesome! Sounds very good and i gotta say, that cover has me intrigued! ;) Wishing you the best! You enjoy your party! Definitely adding your book to my TBR pile. Thank you! :) Have a wonderful week! :)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much for popping in Shadow! I'm sorry you missed the party but I'm thrilled you made it in the end anyway - and can I just say I LOVE your use of exclamation marks?! You and I sound like soul sisters! ;)

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