Sunday, July 24, 2016

WeWriWa: Up the Down Staircase . . .


Finally! The re-release of MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE, book 8 in my Touched by Midnight vampire romance series is available with its sultry new cover and irresistible air of spookiness and dark suspense, two things I adore in any genre. And then there's the inevitable link between vampires and lawyers . . . The inspiration was spawned on an escalator ride down to the Metro in Washington, DC that was so steep, midway, you couldn't see either the top or the bottom. Cue Twilight Zone theme! By the time I left the writers' conference I was attending, I had the entire book plotted around that one eerie moment (and the fact that our hotel looked like something out of Ghostbusters during a storm!).

The tug of war between the law and justice, success and culpability have the hero and heroine instantly at odds over choices that once made, can never be undone. Here's a stepping off point for my heroine in today's 8-10 sentence teaser:



"If you want justice, Miss Borden, what are you prepared to do to see it done?” 

“Anything.” 

“Anything within the limits of the law?” 

She returned his somber gaze with an unblinking intensity and amended, “Anything within the limits of my ability.” 

Where was the law when I attended two funerals in one week? 

As she sat in Marchand LaValois’s office, she purposefully turned her back on all the things that motivated her career, things like honor and duty and right and law that meant nothing now because they meant nothing to a man like Zanlos, and she couldn’t bring him down unless she played by his rules. That meant surrendering herself to darkness. 

She didn’t know this man LaValois any more than she knew his servant, Gabriel McGraw. But she knew people, and she knew this was a man she could trust. 

“What can I do for you?”




Can they escape the shadows of the past?

This time, he could lose his soul . . .

An invitation to join an exclusive D.C. law firm seems like a chance for Nick Flynn to leave his mistakes behind. But it's his shadowy past and unrealized inheritance that attracted his mysterious employers. Once embroiled in their dark schemes, his struggle for success becomes a battle for his salvation.

And she could lose her life . . .

Loner detective Rae Borden goes undercover as a call girl to discover the truth about her best friend's death. Her carefully laid plan of revenge and personal redemption becomes a crusade against an unbelievable evil . . . with Nick Flynn in the middle.

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

If I don't stop by for a visit or respond to comments, it's because I'm off at a Write-In retreat to knuckle down on PRINCE OF POWER, Colin's books in my House of Terriot Foursome. Two and a half days with nothing but my keyboard and meals being served . . . Nirvana! Will be thinking of all of you!



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Sunday, July 17, 2016

WeWriWa: It’s Slice and Dice Time!


Got both my BETA reads back on PRINCE OF HONOR with some very different input. Not bad, just different in a good way. Now, to blend it in to make a stronger whole. While I’m working on those edits, here’s a new snippet for you to read . . .


There was no security with James, no family bosom to return to. She had what she’d always had, her wits and her wiles, and unfortunately, it seemed, a conscience. 

What a damned inconvenient time to discover that. 

She twisted in the bed she’d made. 

Was Turow still alive, even now, being beaten and broken by James’ thugs? Beaten, probably, broken, never. He’d die without giving them the satisfaction, the stubborn fool, while she’d always considered confession good for the soul. The truth would set you free, but Turow would never speak to save himself. 

Knowing that tormented her fatigued brain and provoked her not so hard heart. 

There had to be a way for her to rise above this intolerable situation, but at the moment, she couldn’t see find it through the thorny tangle of her emotions.


As I ferociously slash pesky adjectives, I’m trying to block out the fact that I just sent out a new proposal. It’s not like it’s the first time I’ve chewed my nails with Tums chasers. It’s more like the 50th. It never gets any easier, even though this is to an editor who loves my work and asked me to send it. Churn, gurgle. More Tums. I’ve been enjoying self-publishing because it takes that particular anxiety out of the mix (adding in others but that’s another topic for another day!).

So while my fledgling YA paranormal series rests in the hands of another, I’d better get mine back on the keyboard and to the work at hand.

Hope your fingers have been flying this week!!


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG: Where Seldom is Heard an Encouraging Word


Being a writer is lonely business. Face-to-face contact with your public is limited, support is sometimes difficult to find, and understanding from someone other than your critique group (or this wonderful collection here at IWSG) is nigh on impossible. Praise for what we do is scooped up like nuggets in a gold rush, with everyone scrambling for those same few precious glittery bits. But when we find them, they’re worth their weight. Those are the words that keep us going while sequestered in our isolated keyboard cave.

This month’s question posed by IWSG is about encouragement: “What was the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?”


I’ve been fortunate to work with some fantastic people within the publishing industry, but one stands out as a rock. I “met” Micki Nuding when she was the assistant to dynamo Ellen Edwards at Avon Books when I was writing historicals as Rosalyn West, but we didn’t have a face-to-face until an industry party in New York years later where I discovered she was an editor at Pocket/Simon & Schuster and casually pitched her a proposal for a dark shape-shifter series. Her response, “Send it.” We worked together on eight books in my By Moonlight series. She was a relentless cheerleader, a shrewd and insightful editor, and when I recently learned she’d retired, I sent her an e-mail thanking her for her support and for teaching me so much about self-editing. Her reply is tacked on my bulletin board beside my laptop for those days when I wonder why I get up at 4:30 a.m.:

“I also consider you one of the best writers I’ve ever worked with; your gift for storytelling is supreme, your versatility is impressive, and your heroes are beyond hot.”

This, from someone I respect so highly! So when I struggle, I remember her faith in me. And this morning at 4:30, facing revisions, I glanced at that note, and I got right to work, hoping to live up to those words.

Who keeps you 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 July 6th posting will be Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

WeWriWa: It’s All in the Hook


I just got word back from my first BETA reader! She gave PRINCE OF HONOR a big Thumbs Up (along with some very insightful suggestions addressing a couple of my closet concerns). My other BETA is still reading, so while I wait, I’m pondering over my prologue. Those first few paragraphs and pages determine whether your book goes “home” with a reader, and while I love the scene (which was actually deleted from my last book for the sake of word count), it didn’t do the job the way I wanted it to. Then an AhhhHAAA! moment struck . . . More on that after my 8-10 for this week’s excerpt from PRINCE OF HONOR.


“Syl.” 

Turow was the only one, other than Cale, who shortened her name that way. Before, it had always annoyed her, his familiarity stripping away the distance she preferred to keep between herself and others. Now, that rumbled intimacy did the opposite, drawing her closer, where outside influence held no sway. 

“Syl, let me protect you. I swear, on my life, no one will ever harm you.” 

She touched his face, his bold, beast face, reveling in the strength she’d always known dwelt within him. She touched his mouth, first with her fingertips, feeling the fierce cut of his teeth beneath the yielding softness of his lips, then with her own, slowly, prudently, until his tongue touched and mated with hers. A fierce vibration shook through him, harsh, hungry. Oh, he was exciting, barely restrained, dangerous and hers to control . . . if she could . . . but of course she could.


No, this isn’t the scene (though I do love it!). Since the next book in the Foursome begins with a brief look into the hero’s childhood, I recalled an earlier excerpt from PoH (take a peek!) that got a big response from my WeWriWa pals. Wouldn’t the entire scene make the perfect lead-in to soften the reader toward a previously hateful heroine? Just a glimpse that there was more to her than a selfish agenda? Boom! I think I’ve set my hook!

Off to cut and paste . . .

Just a reminder, if you’re looking for some fireworks for this Fourth of July . . . PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS (my first boxed set!) is still just $0.99 (FREE with Kindle Unlimited!). Here’s what readers have to say: “A steamy smorgasbord of PNR Heroes/Heroines!”, “A Super Steal!”, “Something for everyone and some new twists and ideas”, “A captivating collection”, and my favorite, “The best $0.99 I’ve ever blown!” Sizzle! Boom! Enjoy!



AMAZON


Happy Holiday and Happy Writing to all my firecracker WeWri Warriors!


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Sunday, June 26, 2016

WeWrWa: It’s a Bestseller, Baby!



PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS, the new boxed set featuring my dark shapeshifter novel, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT along with 8 other deliciously different offerings, debuted Monday and instantly hit on multiple Amazon Top 100 Bestseller lists in low double digits (missing Paid Kindle only because it was released on Kindle Unlimited for free too) and still remains there as of this writing! Woo Hoo! What a new breath of fresh air for my book and my By Moonlight series. Me, doing the happy dance!

Here’s a last look at REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT for today’s 8-10 drama-drenched sentences:

Had she expected it to be easy having him here so close and yet so agonizingly far away? Bad enough watching him in that antiseptic clinic cell, a prisoner of his own panicked madness, raving, raging, out of control. Worse was having him here in the lush, sexy surroundings he’d built for them to share, temptingly near yet impossible to reach.

A bargain made in heartbreak hell.

Though she might be tortured by cherished memories, he was not. She was nothing to him but a protective port in his emotional storm, and that knowledge was driven home like a stake through the heart every time they were together, every time he stared at her through those cool green eyes without the slightest flicker of response. Every time he took that distancing step back to evade the casual graze of her hand. Every time he lay next to her in the night and silence created a force field of discomfort.

Tripping over him every minute of the damned day only emphasized how much she wanted, needed him back.

And underlined how far away he was.


While I’m busy using my would-be writing time to stalk Facebook groups with PR, here’s another taste of my latest release. Bring on the popcorn!



Praise from Publisher’s Weekly for the “By Moonlight” series: 

“A paranormal romance series with intriguing characters and zippy action . . . Gideon masters the tension required to keep her complex and engaging story moving.” (Starred Review) 

“Vivid writing, plot twists and a satisfying ending will keep readers coming back to Gideon’s magical NOLA.” 

“Rich and complex. Enticing new dimensions to the Shifter world keep things fresh. Gideon delivers well-crafted prose and page-turning tension.”
 

If you haven’t snapped up a copy of PARANORMAL ATTRACTIONS while only $0.99 (!), hurry before it jumps up to its regular price.

Happy Happy Dance Weekend!! And Happy Writing!



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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!


Twitter hashtag is #IWSG 

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!


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.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.