The Mystery of Names

Dear readers,

May has missed out on a post, but I’m getting in early with June!! Musing on the subject for this month I wondered why some of the calendar months are used as girls’ names, whilst others are completely ignored. e.g. I’ve heard of April, May and June, and even Augusta (Augustus for the boys) but never heard of anyone named December, or July, for example. It’s the same with seasons – why are Summer and Autumn chosen, but not Winter or Spring?

Anyway, welcome back to this month’s post which is about how I choose the characters’ FRENCH KISS - 18 Feb 2012 - gunnames for my books. I aim to give each character a name as distinct as their personalities, and often choose one with a pertinent meaning.  For example, in my debut novel, French Kiss, my Resistance saboteur heroine is named Louisa because this name means famed fighter.

My latest work-in-progress has a heroine named Victoria, although she prefers to be called Vita.  As the name suggests, the meaning of it is ‘victory’, and I think it’s very fitting for my lady who must overcome deeply hidden personal demons to emerge victorious in life.Victorian people

She was easy to name. My hero, however, is onto his second ‘christening’ as his former name was too popular, and I wanted a distinctive Victorian era name, not a cliched Tom, Dick or Harry.  The one I’ve chosen means lord,  but that’s all I’m going to reveal for now!

I’ll conclude this topic with a pet peeve: One or two authors I’ve recently discovered seem to recycle the same names through several (not series) books. It’s quite disconcerting to find Mary, in one book, popping up as a completely different character in another. Is this laziness, or bad editing? Surely not a lack of imagination??  Anyway, whatever their reasons, I find it annoying, especially as there are thousands of names to choose from. I keep a note of the ones I’ve used so that, hopefully, I’ll not ever be tempted to recycle the same old, same old.

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New science fiction/thriller/paranormal novel giveaway


EXODUS 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett 
Publication date: May 21, 2014 
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller, Paranormal
SYNOPSIS: Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.
Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.
THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”
Twitter: @Exodus_2022 @kennethgbennett #Exodus2022
 EXODUS 2022 cover concept and design by Kathleen Grebe,

The author is hosting an ebook giveaway in celebration of this Cover Reveal! A total of 25 ebooks! 
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A Recipe for Disaster?


Cooking with a school-aged child

Happy Kidmas!

Stir the Christmas cake round and round

Doesn’t it make a delicious sound?

Slurp, slop, splish, and plop

I know you kids won’t want to stop.

Don’t lick the spoon, we haven’t finished yet

And quit picking your nose,  it’s making me retch

The bowl will tip if you spin it around

Be careful now…

Oops, what did I say!

Oh well, the floor is due a wash anyway

There’s gloop in your hair and down your dress

Goodness, we’ve made an awful mess!

Scoop it up quick and into the tin

And please stop making that awful din

“Eat it?” you shout, grinning with glee

Ok, I smile, if it makes you happee!

Copyright: Cherie Le Clare.

I wrote this quick poem for the Writing group’s Christmas lunch.

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Happy Christmas

candleIt’s almost the end of another year, and time to wish my readers a lovely holiday with yummy food, pleasant company, and many blessings.

It’s summer here in New Zealand and my husband and I will celebrate Christmas at my brother’s beach house.  We’re looking forward to a relaxing week there.

Funny Christmas Jokes


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Liquor lips

I had a week’s leave from my day job recently, and worked on my current manuscript, Pioneer Bride, as often as possible during that time. Writing each day meant steady progress for my story, and gave me a real boost in motivation.

This picture has helped me visualise a current scene I’m writing. Much tension between the hero’s and heroine’s values is causing havoc in their romance!

Lips that touch liquor shall not touch ours

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Dynamic Music Duo

Clare Dave

Click on the screen above to see my cousin’s daughter, Clare, in this video clip showcasing her talents in London!

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Jennifer Faye swaps stats for stetsons

Jennifer - Author PhotoIn another life, Jennifer Faye had been a statistician. She still has a love for numbers, formulas and spreadsheets, but when she was presented with the opportunity to follow her lifelong passion to spend her days writing and pursuing her dream of becoming a Harlequin author, she couldn’t pass it up. These days when she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys reading, fine needlework, quilting, tweeting and cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly patient husband, two remarkably talented daughters and their two very spoiled furbabies otherwise known as cats, but shh…don’t tell them they’re not human…

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JPEG - Rancher to the RescueRancher To The Rescue

Damsel in a wedding dress!

Jilted at the altar, celebrity chef Meghan Finnegan flees the scene—and the baying press—only to run straight into the muscled torso of Cash Sullivan.

The former rodeo champion knows what it’s like to have your life crumble in the spotlight, so he offers Meghan a place to lie low at his ranch.

Fresh air, no paparazzi and the brooding rancher’s lazy smile are making Meghan not want to leave her sanctuary. But she and her unborn baby can’t stay here forever…can they?

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