Sunday, June 19, 2016

WeWriWa: New Release Ahoy!


You wait, you plan, you worry, but nothing prepares you for RELEASE DAY of a new title. Okay, so it’s actually tomorrow, June 20, but I’m gearing up for it. It’s not like REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is new. My dark paranormal shape-shifter book had its debut in 2014, but is being reborn within the embrace of the boxed set PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS (at $0.99 – a steal!!). Sorta like starting to date again and meeting all new people! Okay, now I am nervous!

What better way to introduce my shape-shifter hero than through the eyes of the woman who loves him in today’s excerpt:


The bare wall of windows let in the lights of the city against an ink-black sky, silhouetting a solitary figure. Her throat clutched as she recalled the first time she’d seen him there when the building was still a metal skeleton, toeing the edge of the beam, his dark coat billowing behind him like the wings of a fallen angel. His pose was no less dramatic now, sleek, dark and solitary as he stared out into the night. 

He turned slowly to face her. 

Here was the Max Savoie she’d fallen helplessly in love with against all her best intentions—impeccably dressed, the lines of a designer suit skimming his long, lean and lethal frame, the toes of his athletic shoes peeping from beneath tailored slacks in sassy juxtaposition. 

Darkness and shadow carved out features too rough and bold to be handsome, yet too compelling to be ignored. Unblinking eyes, as pale and green as the still waters of the bayou, shone with an eerie intensity from beneath an uncompromising line of heavy brows and unruly black hair nearly tamed by a stylishly short cut. Faint stubble shaded the set of his rugged jaw, lending a harshly dangerous air to his outward sophistication. 

He was thuggishly elegant, graceful yet seething with raw power, aloof and still undeniably fascinating. 

Everything she’d ever wanted.


I’ll be featuring snippets from the other books in the set right here throughout the next two weeks, so stop back for some samplings. (Hey, its $0.99! Nine reads! Such a deal!)

Paranormal Attractions Trailer!



Time to get back to PRINCE OF POWER (which was about a third written when I had to back track to PRINCE OF HONOR for sake of storyline). Colin Terriot . . . sigh.

Hope your weekend word count battles are victorious!!



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Sunday, June 12, 2016

WeWriWa: Pre-release Pandemonium!


While busily editing my WIP, I’m stepping back to do promo on the paranormal boxed set I’m featured in. My PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS selection contains a direct tie-in to PRINCE OF HONOR (said WIP) as REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT launches a series of plot arcs that continue into my “House of Terriot Foursome” series. For this week’s 8-10 lines, here’s another glimpse at REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT with my hero, Max Savoie, ruminating over the past he doesn’t remember . . .

They’ll find you, hurt you, kill you. 

Don’t let them see what you are, what you can do. 

Too very distinct voices haunted him: One he’d come to believe was his mother’s who’d died horribly when he was a child, and the other, he assumed from what he’d learned, was his mentor, mobster Jimmy Legere. What had they known that he had yet to discover if he was to survive? 

That one forceful need seemed to drive him, the key to all he had been, to all he was. A deep, desperate, clawing, tearing purpose rooted in fears that shadowed his soul, forbidding this trust his supposed mate spoke of, challenging the life of wealth and hard won respect he’d been shown that afternoon, denying the insistent claims that he was safe amongst friends. Why did none of those things quiet the insistence that all was not well, that he was teetering on a precipice of disaster that would carry all he’d loved with him? 

If survival was the key, his memories held the treasure of knowledge locked beyond that wall of blankness. He had to get through, or this woman, these people, this world he supposedly protected would all be lost. And that meant plunging into a vast unknown with only tentative threads of offered trust to hold him.


How can the poor guy move forward when the darkness of an unknown past threatens his future? What a predicament!

REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT, along with eight other delicious paranormal tales, is available for pre-order, with the release date of June 20 rapidly approaching.



Back to the pages of PRINCE OF HONOR . . .

How’s your weekend shaping up?


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG: A Well Punctuated Life

I’ve always thought of the things on my plate as a smorgasbord – so many items to choose from but only so much room. Time is like that. No matter how you try to arrange it, manipulate it, deny it, there’s only so much of it. Cram too much in, you get sick. Too little, leaves you unsatisfied. At the moment my plate is overflowing. In addition to trying to get a first draft edited . . . so many ways to go but which way is the right way?


. . . I’ve also had to replace my trusty laptop Hal (“Good morning, Nancy!” and yes, I use that voice!). Horrors – it wasn’t just about moving files. I had to learn new stuff. Like Word 2016. I’m still trying to find that little helper for spelling the word right. I know I saw it in the tutorial somewhere. And then there’s the subtle differences in keyboard from Dell to HP and the freaky touch pad. And the search to find everything where I saved it. Is it in the Cloud? Is it on the thumb drive? Is it still in my imagination? Which has my corrections?

Soooooo, editing is on the backburner while I download all these new frustrations and watch the table of offerings continue to get longer. A Write-In for my local RWA chapter to finish planning. Two blogs to do. A basement to clean out for the carpet cleaners. Those dang flowers that won’t plant themselves. A page proof of the next book in my Touched by Midnight series to read through. My critique group coming over for the weekend (Ahhh. Time for a creative battery recharge!). That next W-I-P that suddenly became so much more interesting than anything else I need to take care of. The day job. And then the rush and bustle of getting info out on the Pre-Order release of my first boxed set. I can’t decide if I’m stuffed or starving.

So, I’m multi-tasking. Word 2016 mastered(ish), blog one done (almost) and now the promo shout-out for the new boxed set:



Vampires, sexy ghosts, gargoyles, mummy’s curses and a secret magical society are some of the fabulous paranormal twists you’ll find in PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS, a boxed set of 9 steamy romances brought to you by Amazon, Barnes & Noble bestselling, and award-winning authors. Lose yourself in these light and dark paranormal stories that are priced at only $0.99 for a limited time.

My offering for the boxed set is my dark shape-shifter romance, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT which anchors the set of books I’m working on now (so it’s a great time to grab it up for a low price to catch up on backstory. Just saying!).

Check, check and check off my Things to do Today list. Awww geez! I’ve got TWO lists. The other one will have to wait until the Day Job is over (and maybe I’ll sneak in some page proofing on my lunch hour!)

So how are your creative frustrations going? Plate empty or full?


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!


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IWSG awesome co-hosts for the June 1st posting will be Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

WeWriWa: Back for Seconds . . .


If you get a second chance, you should grab it, right? I did when it came to continuing beyond the first eight NY books in my dark shape-shifter By Moonlight series through self-publishing (two out, four on the way!). REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT was my first step into the unknowns of Indie pubbing, so it seemed only right for it to be the banner I flew when venturing into my first boxed set. PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS contains nine very different takes on the genre, from nine very different authors, and gives REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT a second opportunity to win over a new audience with scenes like these:

They turn you into a weapon against those who trust you, against those you love, making you an extension of their reach, seeing through your eyes, acting through your hands.

That’s not what was happening. He’d fought them, had beaten them, had been rescued before they had a chance to turn him. He hadn’t let them get inside to take control like cruel puppeteers plucking at strings, manipulating his movements.

But was that real or what they allowed him to believe?

Max massaged his forehead to alleviate the tension building there.

Could he begin a new life here amongst these caring friends not knowing if he was an unwitting agent of their destruction? Or did the real illusion reach even farther, making him think the past he was trying to recreate ever existed?

What did they want from him?

Wasn’t the real question why had they made it so easy for him to escape?

A second chance is all my hero Max Savoie desires - to find out who and what he really is. His memories stripped by the Chosen, a mysterious, cerebral faction of his own more beastly clan, he discovers he's mated to a New Orleans detective, a female he doesn't recognize, and hailed as leader of a cause he doesn't remember. But who can he trust to show him the way when he just might be his own worst enemy?

PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS is now available for pre-order, with a release date of June 20, 2016 on Kindle Unlimited. Rip into these otherworldly tales . . .




What second chances have you taken . . . or let pass you by only to regret it?



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Sunday, May 22, 2016

WeWriWa: Welcome to the Jungle!!

Finally! After all the teasing and loooong wait, MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, the latest re-release in my Touched by Midnight vampire romance series is finally available in its resurrected form. Take an ogle at its sultry new cover and at my final sneak peek as a long denied truth finally unleashes a new alliance between my hero and heroine:



She doesn’t believe in monsters . . .

Myth-busting ethnologist, Sheba Reynard's life's work is proving that destructive paranormal beings don’t exist. But while exposing hoaxes, she's also hiding from the frightening shadows in her past that say differently. To find the missing pieces of her memory that continue to haunt her dreams, she must face the truth behind the nightmares . . . a truth that could lead to madness or even death.

He doesn’t believe in death . . .

Frank Cobb knows monsters are very, very real. He's pursued a wily vampire into the jungles of Peru, prepared to face the demon with only his very human skill set. But are his motives—to bring the creature back for government research—purely business or for revenge? Either way, he’s not happy to have an annoyingly strong-willed—and utterly irresistible—woman getting in his way.

Forced together by circumstance, they venture into the shadowy unknown. Only it soon becomes clear that one of them will have to surrender their quest . . . if the other one is to make it out alive.

“Ms. Gideon continues to run in the fore-front of the vampire romance genre. Non-stop action and passion combined in an exotic setting will definitely thrill fans, leaving them craving more. —Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

“Nancy Gideon is one of the best supernatural writers on the market today!"— Midwest Book Review/BookWire

Nancy Gideon is the award-winning author of more than fifty-five novels ranging from historical and contemporary suspense to paranormal, including her Touched by Midnight vampire romance series.

Excerpt


“Sheba, what if the monster is real?” 

She meet his gaze directly, hers expressing her scorn and disbelief, yet there were shadows lurking behind the bravado, shadows he hated like hell to bring out into the open. 

“Real, as in the Fanged Deity the Indians worshiped before the Incas? Oh come on, Cobb, you can do better than that.” 

His expression remained somber, his stare unblinkingly sincere as he vowed, “Sheba, there are monsters, and I know this one by name.” 

She tried to laugh it off but the attempt at humor lodged in her throat, a hard, choking lump of horrible truth. She knew Cobb wasn't lying to her, but to say she believed him was to let her own personal demons loose, and she wasn’t ready for that yet. 

“I’ve heard a lot of different names, Cobb. Which one are you picking?” 

“Vampire.”

Writing is on a temporary hiatus as I scramble to get things ready for the June 20, 2016 release of the first boxed set I’ve ever participated in along with eight other uber talented authors (What a learning curve!). My addition to PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS is REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT from my By Moonlight series. PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS is now available for pre-order through Amazon. Check out this lush cover! More to come on this next week . . .



Now, out to dig in the dirt and get some Vitamin D therapy (Finally! Last Sunday there was snow!!).

Happy Weekend, fellow writers!


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

WeWriWa: Woo Hoo!!

That feeling when you write the final sentence of your first draft. 


Yeah, it’s like that. Euphoria! Now, you can finally get to some of the other things stacked up on your desk and collecting dust bunnies all around you. Things like planting flowers, getting out summer clothes and trimming cat toenails. But . . . you just can’t let it go. Maybe a quick read through . . . And next thing you know, you’re elbow deep in editing. Yeah. It’s like that.

Here’s a peek at what I’ve been doing on PRINCE OF HONOR, the first book in my shape-shifter “House of Terriot Foursome.” (The one that was supposed to be a novella but came in at 468 pages and 94K. I guess that ship has sailed . . .) It’s noble sacrifice time, and no one does it better than a former bad girl out to prove herself to her good man ...


Until that moment, Syl didn’t realize how tightly she’d been hanging onto Cale’s assurances that they’d be close by. She sank into the truth that she was truly and terribly alone like deep, dark waters, with no welcoming shore in sight.

Here it was. She’d planned this chance for a noble act that would wipe the slate of her sins clean. She could either sink or swim.
She started paddling.

* * *

“It’s not your fault, it’s mine.”

Turow took no reassurance from his king’s somber claim because it wasn’t about fault, it was about fact. Sylvia was gone and by now, James probably had her. 

“Your brother isn’t known for having a gentle hand.”

Had her and was going to hurt her.

Well, I have to step away from the manuscript to do some final proofing for my part in the 9- author PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS boxed set that will be available for pre-order May 23! A dirty job . . . And then do a last day push for the sale on my Touch of Midnight vampire series books 1 and 2 (MIDNIGHT KISS just .99 and MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION $1.99!). I’m over on the Bell Bridge Books blog talking about resurrecting a series if you have time to pay a visit.

How’s your writing going?


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Saturday, May 7, 2016

WeWriWa: Off the Beaten Path


As if you didn't have enough on your plate, you have to worry about the person at your back. That's my hero's concern as he prepares to go into the heart of darkness to confront an unimaginable evil with a woman in his care who is, shall we say, less than emotionally stable. Here's another peek at MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, appearing at month's end as the latest reissue in my Touched by Midnight vampire romance series:


“Are you crazy, Dr. Reynard?” 

“W-what?” 

“You know, crackers, loony tunes, nuts, bonkers - are you insane? Is your instability going to put all of us in danger once we get out into the jungle? If it is, I need to know now, because my job is to protect your oldest, dearest friend on his little hunting and gathering trek into the wilds and I have enough to worry about without waiting for you to go falling off the deep end.” 

“Don’t you worry about me, Mr. Cobb.” She chiseled out the words as if striking them in stone. “My problems are not your concern.” 

“You’re wrong there, Doc. You are my problem and I’ve got to decide on how to deal with you.”

I'll try to stop in to visit everyone but be warned, I'm on the last chapter of PRINCE OF HONOR and once I'm on a roll . . . I should have a snippet from PoH next week, or maybe from the YA paranormal proposals I'm pulling out to polish up.

Remember, MIDNIGHT KISS and MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION are still on SALE until May 15. Links are on last week's posts if you're looking for some historical vampire romance to sink your teeth into (or your mom would like it on her e-reader for Mother's Day!)

Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to!

Happy Writing! And Happy Mother's Day to you Moms out there!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG: Word Crimes


I’m on the last two chapters of my W-I-P and approaching the best and worst of times: rewrites and line edits. I love to play with words - twisting, turning, beating them into shape. I should have been a massage therapist! Going back through a book to enrich scenes is my favorite part of writing. It’s like being on the playground, free to explore and run and work off energy . . . until the playground monitor comes along to remind you of the rules. Rules? . . . There are no stinkin’ rules in having fun! But there they are - those bullies - forcing order into the free range chaos of imagination. Oxford commas, participles waiting to be undangled. Affect . . . effect. My brain hurts! I need to go back to grammar school . . .




Taking a step away from the approaching panic to breathe and shamelessly promote something less stressful – a SALE!

I always anticipate good things to come in May (birthday month, after all!) This one starts off with an AWESOME sale on the first two books in my Touched by Midnightvampire romance series! From May 1 to May 15, book 1: MIDNIGHT KISS will be available through all outlets for $0.99 and MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION, book 2, will be $1.99! This is better than getting two books for one and a fab opportunity to sink your teeth into the series and chew your way up to MIDNIGHT SHADOWS which will be out at the end of the month.











Back to work. This book isn’t going to write . . . or edit itself.

How’s your writing life going?


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!


Twitter hashtag is #IWSG 

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the May 4th posting will be Stephen Tremp, Fundy Blue, MJ Fifield, Loni Townsend, Bish Denham, Susan Gourley, and Stephanie Faris!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

WeWriWa: May Day!! May Day!!


May brings the "Midnight" rerelease of vampire romance MIDNIGHT SHADOWS (a personal favorite!) As I've said, I adore the human hero, Frank Cobb, the shady g-man from MIDNIGHT REDEEMER. Along with having non-vampire leads (but plenty of really nasty preternatural goings on), SHADOWS is set in the jungles of Peru for a steamy (on more than one level!) journey into real and imagined darkness. I've seen the new cover (Awesome!) but have been sworn to secrecy so I'm dangling another sneak peek to whet the imagination:
SHE’D WANTED HIM to kiss her. 

That knowledge shook him nearly as much as the thought of her in danger, making him pace the porch, desperately wishing for a cigarette. 

He’d felt the instant her intent had shifted from seeking comfort to steeping desire, in the way her body went from inanimate to molten in a single luxurious movement. He’d been doing the noble thing in taking her into his arms, to console her like a child. Well, that child had grown up damn and disturbingly fast, and he’d found himself with a willing woman in his arms. 

He’d remained still while his imagination roamed every long and lithe degree of her, filling in what he didn’t know from the feel of how she pressed against him. No fragile girl – probably from toting that hernia-popping suitcase of hers-she was tough and toned and yet still deliciously woman. He’d wanted to seek out soft spots with his hands, to taste sweet places with his mouth. 

When her breath blew warm and seducing upon his neck, he’d been a shivering mass of lust right down to his cotton socks, and if she’d lifted her head and he’d seen longing in her big brown eyes, it would have been all over for him . . . his nobility would have cracked wide open. 

Thank God she had more control than he did at that precarious moment.

I always anticipate good things to come in May (birthday month, after all!) This one starts off with an AWESOME sale on the first two books in my Touched by Midnight vampire romance series! From May 1 to May 15, book 1: MIDNIGHT KISS will be available through all outlets for $0.99 and MIDNIGHT TEMPTATION, book 2, will be $1.99! This is better than getting two books for one and a fab opportunity to sink your teeth into the series and chew your way up to MIDNIGHT SHADOWS which will be out at the end of the month. 






Happy May Day to all. I'm at a weekend writers retreat(!) and hopefully busy finishing up my W-I-P, PRINCE OF HONOR. More on that next weekend . . .

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

WeWriWa: Tomb Raider Meets VanHelsing


Just finished final page proofs for the reissue of MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, the most unique and adventurous of my Touched by Midnight vampire romance series. It’s a walk on the wild side because its main characters are both very human in a very deadly world filled with monsters. Our hero, Frank Cobb is the cynical spook from MIDNIGHT REDEEMER who’s in the mysterious jungles of Peru to capture a vampire for his governmental bosses. But his personal agenda of revenge takes an unexpected turn when he meets the woman he’s there to protect, the gutsy and strangely vulnerable myth-busting ethnologist, Sheba Reynard whose jobs is proving the demon he hunts isn’t real. Is she in for a surprise! Here’s a peek . . .
What’s happening to me? 

She pressed her face into the shelter of Cobb’s shoulder, her arms whipping about his neck in a circle the Jaws of Life couldn’t break, because that’s what he meant to her at the moment—life, safety, sanity—for those things wobbled in tenuous uncertainty as reality was pulled back toward the anchor he represented. 

Save me, Frank! 

From what, a threat that had stunned and so petrified her that, even now, she couldn’t grasp its enormity? Was she losing her mind? Nothing seemed real to her. 

Except the solidity of Frank Cobb’s embrace. 

He was real, and was here and strong and perhaps capable of fighting back her demons. If he didn’t think she was crazy. 

And she was very afraid she was.

I don’t have a new cover yet (waiting on pins and needles!) but here’s a look at MIDNIGHT SHADOWS, re-debuting at the end of next month.


MIDNIGHT SHADOWS

There are no monsters . . .
Myth-busting ethnologist, Sheba Reynard's life's work is proving that's true. While exposing hoaxes, she's also hiding from the frightening shadows in her past that say different. To find the missing pieces of her memory that continue to haunt her dreams, she must face the truth behind the nightmares . . . a truth that leads to madness or even death.

Death is only the beginning . . .
Frank Cobb knows monsters are real. He's pursued a wily vampire into the jungles of Peru, prepared to face a demon with only his very high, very human, skill set. But are his motives purely business-to bring the creature back for government research-or for a completely personal revenge? What he doesn't count on, is an annoyingly strong-willed woman getting in his way.

Forced together by circumstance, one must surrender their quest if the other is to survive.

"Ms. Gideon continues to run in the fore-front of the vampire romance genre. Non-stop action and passion combined in an exotic setting will definitely thrill fans, leaving them craving more. " Kathe Robin, Romantic Times



Happy weekend, fellow Warriors!!

Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

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