Monday, September 15, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic Hop . . . and COVER REVEAL!

I’ve had a love affair with fairytales since my mother read them to me as a child. They contain everything I adore: adventure, fantasy, romance, suspense, life lessons, more than a few chills and sometimes the not so happy ending. I’ve never outgrown them. Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, right down to Disney and new renderings on TV and movie screens, they had me at “Once upon a time . . .”

I credit the larger-than-life heroes, clever heroines, and often gruesome feats of daring do in my favorite bedtime stories for my love of paranormal romance—reading and writing them. Getting carried away into other realms where mythical and magical creatures roam—what’s not to love?! Even when they’re bad, to me, those guilty pleasures are oh so good. (Jeremy, Matt, Heath and Hugh, those roles may not have been Oscar-worthy, but I watch them over and over! Probably because of the leather!)

Behind my current dark paranormal “By Moonlight” shape-shifter series lurks the heart and soul of a fairytale: the Beauty and the Beast. My tortured preternatural hero Max Savoie is back in REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT (October 13, 2014!) as leader of a secretive clan and love of clever and courageous New Orleans detective Charlotte Caissie.

Because the road to Happily-Ever-After doesn’t always run smooth!

A fairytale come to life! Working with Patricia Lazarus at Lazarus Art, I got to find the hero I imagined from the very beginning when writing about Max Savoie. 

REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT will be available October 13, 2014 in both print and e-versions. Check back for more details . . .

Other Books in the By Moonlight Series

To help celebrate dreams that come true, as part of the Fairy Tale Magic Hop, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card, so one lucky winner can find their happy ending.

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Love...All things Fairy Tale? We're celebrating them in all their forms...originals, adaptations, twists and retellings. Sweet or steamy or a little bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don't forget to enter for the $100 Amazon gift card grand prize drawing too!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party: Whetting the Appetite

A nibble. A tease. My favorite thing about eating out or a dinner party has always been the appetizers. Those quick, delicious samples that excite the taste buds and make the wait for the main course bearable. Too few make you cranky. Too many overstuff and leave no room for the meal. Just the right balance gives you something to whet anticipation while building the desire for more. Rather like the countdown to a book release.

REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is just a month away (October 13!). Time to start serving appetizers.

For the next thirty days, I’ll be laying out savory, sweet and spicy samples for you to try as an introduction to the newest book in my dark paranormal shape-shifter series: Quotes, excerpts, reviews and especially the cover! Look for these yummy morsels on my Facebook author page, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and here on my blog. For an endless buffet, visit my fun and enthusiastic “Nancy Gideon by Moonlight” Goodreads group where they’ve been busy dishing up contests and tidbits. And keep an eye on my Event page here because I’m going to be serving it up regularly, especially once my Buy the Book Tours Blog Tour begins on October 6. Watch for a sign up if you’d like to participate.

As a good host, let me offer something to get your palate tingling . . .

You’re my everything, Charlotte. There is nothing but emptiness before you, nothing but promise from this moment on. Fill my days and nights. Be the heart that beats in my chest, the hope that builds in my spirit, the dreams that stir my soul.
– Max Savoie, Remembered by Moonlight

Also, be watching for LIFETIME INVESTMENT {writing as} Dana Ransom, my third contemporary reissue from BellBridge Books coming later this month.

From my buffet table, here’s one of my favorite appetizers:

Using a shooter glass (I use plastic!), fill the bottom with dip or dressing (my new crush is guacamole ranch!) then fill with vegetable strips (celery-with leaves is a nice touch, colorful peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, cucumbers, etc.). I like to prepare a dozen or so to display around the veggie tray along with empty cups and selections of dressing so guests can build their own. Another delish variation is using shot glasses with cocktail sauce, tail-on cooked shrimp and celery leaves. Easy to tote and toss and attractive on the table.

Join my fellow Hoppers and keep the Party going by following the links . . .

Cover reveal, back blurb, book trailer, sneak peeks? What teases your anticipation of a new release?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG: Pay It Forward

You don’t survive in a shark-infested industry like publishing without grabbing onto to life preservers. They’re the people who keep you afloat and your head above those choppy waters. They’ll toss you a ring, jump in with you, extend a hand to pull you out of the current just when you’re ready to go down for the last time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In The Name of Love Character Quiz with Jennifer Lowery

No one does an Alpha hero contemporary suspense like Jennifer Lowery! Her heroes are intense and steely, her heroines tough yet vulnerable. Her scenes crackle with terse action and swoon-worthy passion. She had me at Hard Core and her latest release, The Maze reminded me why. Attie and Noah make a wonderful pair, battling over-whelming odds and their desire for one another. And Jen let me borrow them for a quick Q&A.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG: Procrastina . . . where did I get that chip in my nail polish?

My name is Nancy and I’m a procrastinator. My motto might as well be “If it wasn’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done-oh, look! A squirrel!” Blessed/cursed with ADD, I can cruise blissfully through the day wasting time (that’s why God invented Solitaire and Facebook!) unless my OCD turns on the laser pointer to get my attention. Working full time, my writing time is too precious to let seconds tick away on YouTube scrolling cat videos (one can never get enough cat videos!). So how do you channel that distractibility into productivity?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Hop: New Release on the Block!

Nothing says Happy Summer like a Beach Read. I’m thrilled to offer my new contemporary release, TOTALLY YOURS, now available on Kindle and soon to be released in print and other e-formats, written under my pen name Dana Ransom for inclusion in your tote. Let the tempting beginning . . .

Start with a gorgeous cover. Can’t you just feel the warm sea air?

Add a couple carrying emotional baggage aboard the trip of a lifetime. Meet Lisa and Harlan . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop

Welcome - I'm participating in the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop hosted by Buy the Book Tours and this week's co-host, author MJ Schiller! Please be so kind as to #FF me on Twitter - My handle is @NancyGideon.

One of my favorite vacays ever was cruising the Virgin Islands. The sun, the warm breezes, the exotic food and music . . . can you spell r-e-l-a-x-a-t-i-o-n! So today I’m bringing a bit of the tropics to the Block with a yummy grill recipe I got off Pintrest and a tease from my next new (actually re-issued) release.

First, get your taste buds tingling with this juicy palate-pleasing delight that made my family’s 4th of July explode with favor!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

20 Questions for Teresa Blue, Your Favorite (or Soon to Be Favorite) Author . . .

Man of Her Dreams, with its fresh new cover, makes me smile. I remember the first time I saw it, standing on wobbly legs in first draft form fresh off the computer of aspiring author Teresa Blue. You’ve come a long way, baby!

Teresa’s debut romance is all about family and choices made for or because of them. Leslie is a young woman desperate to break free of her smothering ties, and her fiance’s infidelity is just the push she needs to spread her wings. Jay has seen too much of the world from his jaded mother’s fortune teller’s wagon and the minute he rescues Leslie from a break down on the side of the road, he knows she’s trouble he doesn’t need . . . but he can’t stay away. What makes Man of Her Dreams a pure delight is the richness of the secondary characters. Bar-fly Sally who befriends Leslie, Les’s wacky family, and even Jay’s mother create a wonderful patchwork of emotions and laughs that aren’t to be missed.

I’m looking into my crystal ball and can see you want to know more about this talented new writer. Presto – meet Teresa Blue.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Is it just me? Am I the only one who takes offense when you have a group of friends over to catch up and stir the creative muse and you glance over to see one of them not so discretely carrying on a Text session with someone not on your guest list? Or you’re in the middle of a holiday dinner and your son is scrolling through his e-mails? Or at the sound of a ding, everyone around you grabs for their phone like well-conditioned Pavlovian dogs?

In my younger years, I delighted in Huxley, Orwell and Bradbury tales of artificial helpmates taking control of humanity. Guess what? It’s here! Welcome to the Twilight Zone of technology.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Lovin’ Giveaway Hop!

Summer vacation growing up meant one thing – traveling up north for two weeks to stay at my family’s trailer which later became a cabin in the woods. The worst thing – riding for three hours in the backseat with my two sisters and the dog with two smoking parents in front and all the windows rolled up, many years with no running water or TV and . . . the outhouse where spiders always hid until after the door was closed. The absolute best was walking to the lake and corner store every day with my cousins . . . unless it rained. Rain meant staying inside with two older sisters, wet dog and smoking parents with nothing to do unless I could talk my mom into making the three mile drive down the highway to ‘town’ where I discovered a lifelong love. The library! It was a musty old building with uneven shelves filled with tattered hardcovers of the classics and Reader’s Digest condensed books. But there was a small section for kids, just in case it rained. I’d load up my arms with those take-me-away adventures – Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series and Trixie Beldon and Hardy Boys mysteries - and read for hours, forgetting about the rain on the roof while I got lost in the pages.