Sunday, December 4, 2016

WeWriWa: A Deal with the Devil . . . and a Devil of a Deal!


As the holidays approach, I’m always on the hunt for a bargain and was thrilled when BelleBooks/ImaJinn announced that MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT was being discounted from Dec 1-15. Bargains aren’t always made with the best interests of others at heart, as our greedy solicitor discovers in this excerpt from the fourth book in my “Touched by Midnight” series when he tries to manipulate his “eccentric” client . . . Sink your teeth into this week’s 8-10 lines of (creatively edited) creepy goodness . . .


“Now, I may not be able to convince anyone that you are a . . . a vampire, sir, but, if I give this information to the newspapers, they will hound you unmercifully, and without access to your monies, you’ll have no means to flee the city.” 

Silence as the dark night creature pondered this, unperturbed, and that alarmed Percy, as did the words that followed. 

“And if I were to just tear out your throat before you could give that information to anyone?” 

The casual way he presented Percy’s death made the lawyer’s blood run icy because it was no idle threat when dealing with a dangerous being who’d survived centuries by preying upon human lives, and would snatch his soul without a moment’s remorse. But prepared for that, too, the solicitor told him, “The original papers are in a safe place with instructions to turn them over to the authorities should anything happen to me, and be assured, they might not believe what you are, sir, but they take murder very seriously.” 

A frustration of rage pulsed from Gerardo Pasquale in palpable waves. Suddenly, Percy knew an instant of true terror as the solidity of Pasquale’s figure seemed to flicker before his eyes, becoming so faint as to be transparent, edges shifting, transforming into something else, something horrible, alien and monstrous, but exactly what was not quite clear. Standing frozen, Percy feared he’d made an irrevocable error in believing himself safe. 

Then, to his relief, Pasquale assumed his human shape once again and with a deadly quiet, asked, “What do you want?” 

“I want you to marry my sister.”


Hmmm, doesn’t sound like a marriage made in heaven to me. Perhaps our vampire friend will be the one surprised when he gets to know his new bride . . . MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT offers two of my favorite things, returning smooth and snarky vampire villain, Gerard Pascal in his turn as reluctant hero and pre-Turn of the Century New Orleans as a moody and mysterious setting with voodoo and witchcraft tossed into the mix. And, it’s just $0.99!!



Hunt or be hunted . . A centuries old obsession stalks a noble family fighting to hide their dark secret from an ever-changing world. Sink your teeth into Nancy Gideon's Touched by Midnight series.

A deal with the devil. . .

After a 400 year existence as a vampire, Gerard Pasquale wants only to be left alone to shadow the midnight streets of turn of the century New Orleans . . . until blackmail binds him to a mortal bride who throws his dark world into an upheaval. Certain he can escape the unwanted bargain through the treacherous terms he makes, Gerard discovers his new wife may not be as helpless to resist his will as he at first believes.

. . . that might save them both!

Haunted by a whispered past of witchcraft and voodoo, Laure Cristobel became a bride out of necessity to protect herself and the unborn child she carries. Though alarmed to find herself wed to a monster, she's dangerously close to falling in love with the man he once was—the man she hopes she can make him once again . . . .

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Like the other books in the series, MIDNIGHT ENCHANTMENT easily stands alone as a dark paranormal historical read, but beware, the rest of the books might start calling to you.

And if dark broody vampires aren’t your thing, my publisher also reduced the price of my Dana Ransom contemporary romance, LOVE’S OWN REWARD, to $1.99. I’ll pull from that next week as I finish up the edits of my current W-I-P.



If you haven’t been following my PRINCE OF HONOR blog tour or taken advantage of the chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, hop back to last week’s post for a list of stops and the giveaway’s main Rafflecopter.

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36 comments:

  1. This makes me wonder what the sister's like that he has to coerce a husband for her.

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  2. Love the premise to the story and the snippet. Considering Percy's fear, he doesn't seem to have his sister's best interest at heart.

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    1. Ssssssssnake! He is one slithery villain!

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  3. Awesome story, Nancy!
    Poor Laure, her brother is a piece of work!

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    1. Thanks, Kim!! Yes, he is, and a piece of something else that I'm too poite to mention.

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  5. Exciting and disturbing. Oh those vampires! Nancy, you've written a wonderful snippet.

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    1. Thanks, Charmaine!! Exactly what I was going for. Whew!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! They did a great job on all the covers for the reprints. A luck break.

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  7. Twisted. I'm not sure if he's smart, brave or stupid.

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  8. I think Percy is in over his head and I hope his sister can handle being married to this guy! Interesting situation....enjoyed the snippet, very smoothly written.

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    1. Thanks!!! I hope our hero can handle being married to her! Percy will be luck to KEEP his head!

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  9. Thank God MY brother has better taste (pun unintended) than Percy.

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    1. LOL!! No brothers, just sisters, so I'm safe!

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  10. I'm new to the world of vampires, but it all sounds quite menacing to me. Probably not a book to read before sleeping! Great snippet.

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! Probably a good idea to read during the day (and sleep with the light on!).

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  11. Did not expect that last line. Love watching his confidence fading. Never mess with a vamp. Great job.

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  12. great portrayal of how terrifying the vampire comes across. The last line was definitely a surprise!

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  13. Julie Evelyn JoyceDecember 4, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Count me in with those surprised by the final line! What a great cliffhanger. I love you and hate you for it. lol. Excellent work, Nancy!

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  14. Marry his sister? That was not where I thought this scene was heading. lol I love the way described how his true self (vampire self) started to show itself. Well done and terrifying. :)

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  15. I dunno. Providing there's a "no killing the wife or her family" clause their deal, it doesn't sound too bad to me so far.

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    1. I work for attorneys. We know how to phrase a clause!

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  16. Wow, that's quite the turn of events. I wonder if he likes his sister or means to punish her. Nice snippet!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica!! I don't think I'd want him for my brother!

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  17. Now that's a sentence you never want to hear- “And if I were to just tear out your throat before you could give that information to anyone?”
    Creepy. Tweeted.

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  18. Wow, wasn't expecting that! Intriguing snippet. I really want to find out what's up with the sister.

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    1. Thanks, Alexis! And therein lies the book . . .

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  19. Quite a turn up. I really like Percy. Sexy cover. Great snippet

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    1. Thanks, Naomi! Percy is a fun villain!

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