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Monday, June 26, 2017

Tragedy Behind Inspiration by C.B. Clark


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We're lucky to have C.B. Clark on Discover Yourself today. Please welcome her!
Readers often ask authors where we get our story ideas. The plot of my recent release came from hearing of terrible tragedy. Fires in sawmills are a big concern. With clouds of highly combustible sawdust clogging the air and piles of kiln-dried lumber in the yards, explosions and fires are not uncommon. Mill owners take precautions, but fires still occur. In my area alone within the past five years, there have been three fires at local sawmills resulting in the deaths of four employees and injuring forty-two others. 

These devastating disasters provided me with the idea behind my latest story. The hero and heroine are combative owners of a multi-million dollar lumber mill, the town’s main employer. What would happen if the sawmill was destroyed by a fire? What if someone deliberately set that fire? The owners must work together to find the arsonist and save the town by rebuilding the mill. Can they find love amidst this tragedy? 

Book 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? 

Excerpt:

Fire!

Even as the dreaded word reared like a monster inside her head, a thin trickle of smoke crept out of the dark storage room. Terrifying images of flame, smoke and searing heat threatened to overwhelm her. For a nightmare second, she was back in the midst of scorching heat and roaring flames.

Using all her strength of will, she tore free of the chilling memories. Instead of fleeing, she placed one wobbly step in front of the other and shuffled toward the storage room. Her nostrils flared at the acrid tang of gasoline and smoke. With a shaking hand, she gripped the door handle and opened the door.

A figure burst out of the darkness, crashing into her, knocking her back.

She yelped at the pain of the blow and the shock of falling. A jolt of agony and blinding light as her head hit something hard.

Heavy boots pounded across the tile floor. Cold air washed over her. And then darkness. 

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27 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Brenda. I really appreciate the support.

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  2. Thanks, Jennifer. I can always use a good dose of luck.

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  3. Fascinating premise for a story! You're right--ideas for new books abound! Wishing you every success.

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  4. I have an entire journal filled with ideas for future stories. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Laura.

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  5. I loved this book. I must have had a half dozen suspects. I love it when I'm kept guessing. Good luck CB.

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    1. I really appreciate your kind comments, Laura. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you for commenting.

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  6. It is always so very interesting to discover the inspiration behnd a novel. Facinating.

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  7. It's on my TBR. I love a good mystery thriller romance. Good luck with this release!

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    1. I hope you enjoy Bitter Legacy, Charlotte. Thanks. You can't go wrong with romantic suspense.

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  8. Bitter Legacy is right up my alley, looking forward to reading it. Good Luck!

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    1. Awesome, Tena. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. This is a busy time for you as well.

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  9. Bitter Legacy sounds intriguing! Best of luck with sales :)

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    1. Appreciate your support, Joanne. Thanks.

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  10. Good luck with the release C.B.! The book sounds excellent. Claire Marti

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    1. Wonderful of you to say that, Claire. Thanks.

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  11. Hey C.B. this sounds like an excellent read. I really enjoyed reading about your inspiration and how it led you into the story of these two characters. Best of luck!

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  12. Thanks, Dee Dee. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and post a comment.

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  13. I remember hearing about at least one of those fires, in Burns Lake, I believe. All the best with your new book, C.B.!

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    1. Yes, Jana, one of the fires was in Burns Lake...terrible. Another one was in Prince George, and another in McBride. Can tell you're a fellow Canadian. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

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  14. Sounds like another winner, CB! Best wishes on it!

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  15. Loving this story, C.B. Congratulations on this successful release!

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    1. Glad you're enjoying it, Stanalei. Thank you.

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  16. Good luck with this CB, it sounds like a really great read and it's always interesting to hear how other authors got their inspiration.

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  17. Thank you, Lyn. I also like to read how authors get the ideas for their books.

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