Sunday, November 19, 2017

WeWriWa: A Tease and a Tour


Nothing breaks the grey, grim mood of approaching winter like a surprising ray of sunshine. After weeks of sharing dark, moody, broody passages from my latest release PRINCE OF FOOLS, I thought we needed a little fun . . . that hopeful shot of Vitamin D therapy to lift the spirits of both my heroine and my readers. In this scene that will carry into December, Rico has provided an anxious Amber and her pre-teen daughter with overnight sanctuary from their fears (maybe imagined but probably very real!) in his luxury apartment. This is the next morning . . .


The intimacy of sharing space while scrubbing and spitting had Amber trembling to her toes. It seemed like forever ago when they’d shared that big bed alone and she’d looked forward this private, awkward, exciting morning-after-a-night-of-great-sex that never happened, but somehow, this was more personal, more emotionally intense because instead of an uncertain teetertotter of just the two of them, they were becoming that stable triangle of three, a wonderful and truly terrifying possibility resting on one tentative point.

Trust.

Could she trust him with the truth, with her past, with her fears; with her child and their future; and, beyond that, would he still want her once she revealed all?

Their gazes met in the mirror. 

Her confusion must have shown because Rico paused mid-swish to ask, "You okay?"

Amber shook off her uncertainty to smile and reply, "I was just thinking this is the first time I've ever shared a bathroom sink with a man."

His brows lifted with a surprise that prompted him to vow, “I'm really very tidy . . . just in case you were thinking of making it a habit."

She laughed to scatter her nervousness and claimed, "There's hardly room at mine for me, let alone company."

Lids lowered speculatively over those warm, tawny eyes as he suggested, "Maybe you've just outgrown where you're living, and it's time to think about upgrading."

I don’t see a downside to this request but then I’m not walking in my heroine’s uncomfortable shoes. How do you think she’ll react?

While we’re waiting to find out, here’s a fun way to spend the rest of the month . . . on a 2-in-1 New Release and Reduced Price Tour! While I’m sharing the news about PRINCE OF FOOLS being ready to be read, I’m also offering the first book of my “Touched by Midnight” vampire series for only $0.99!! AND what's even better, the chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card to scoop up more reading material for the holidays! Win-Win!! Follow along and take a chance.

Follow Along and enter at each stop for a chance to win a 
$10 Amazon Gift Card!

Saturday, November 18
Mythical Books
Books,Dreams,Life
Novel Reads Cafe

Sunday, November 19
Passionate Encounters

Monday, November 20
Melissa Keir

Tuesday, November 21
Diane Burton - adventure & romance
HBS Author's Spotlight

Wednesday, November 22
Romance that's 'Out Of This World'
Reader's Edyn

Friday, November 24
Mello & June, It's a Book Thang!

Saturday, November 25
Paranormal Realms

Sunday, November 26
Loren E. Pryce

Monday, November 27
Paranormal Dimensions

Tuesday, November 28
Romance Me

Wednesday, November 29
Paranormal Dimensions

Thursday, November 30
The Realm of Fantasy & Fiction
What Readers Want
I’ll be pulling my nose out of the pages of Ed’s newest book to comment on all your snibblets (It’ll be difficult but I’ll try!). Can’t wait to see what you’re working on!

Happy Weekend! Happy Writing!!


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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Saturday, November 18, 2017

From Midnight to Moonlight $0.99 Sale & Blog Tour - What a Deal!


Follow Along and enter at each stop for a chance to win a 
$10 Amazon Gift Card!

Saturday, November 18
Mythical Books
Books,Dreams,Life
Novel Reads Cafe

Sunday, November 19
Passionate Encounters

Monday, November 20
Melissa Keir

Tuesday, November 21
Diane Burton - adventure & romance
HBS Author's Spotlight

Wednesday, November 22
Romance that's 'Out Of This World'
Reader's Edyn

Friday, November 24
Mello & June, It's a Book Thang!

Saturday, November 25
Paranormal Realms

Sunday, November 26
Loren E. Pryce

Monday, November 27
Paranormal Dimensions

Tuesday, November 28
Romance Me

Wednesday, November 29
Paranormal Dimensions

Thursday, November 30
The Realm of Fantasy & Fiction
What Readers Want

THE BOOKS


Midnight Kiss
Touched by Midnight Series {Book 1}
Just $0.99 for a Limited Time!
Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Google
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Published by: ImaJinn Books
Release Date: July 12, 2015
Length: 262 Pages

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 DARK CURSE

Miss Arabella Howland is content to forgo the London marriage mill to assist her father in his research, especially when it comes to his intriguing patient, Louis Radman. But it’s not long before Bella’s curiosity alerts her to the danger of her father’s work . . . and to the fact that Louis is not who or what he seems.

A BRIGHT PROMISE

After centuries struggling with his vile existence, Louis Radman will soon be free of his affliction, thanks to his very capable physician. Unfortunately, his heart is less secure around the man’s tempting daughter. His yearning to walk in the light once more is complicated by his desire for the delightful Bella, who is as intelligent as she is fearless. But if history has taught him anything, it’s not to tempt fate.

AN UNFORGIVING PAST

Still, happiness has a price and Louis is soon reminded that mortality comes with unfortunate limitations. To protect his new bride, he must face the demons from his past who wish to pull him back into their vampiric fold.

Yet, if he’s forced to return to his midnight world, will he lose his beloved Bella forever?

"Dark and compelling, Gideon’s novel will appeal to those who enjoy the vampire novels of Anne Rice." —Library Journal 

"A colorful and hauntingly beautiful tale of otherworldly love . . . destined to become a classic!" —Affaire de Coeur 

"Incredible, spellbinding reading!" —Rendezvous

READ AN EXCERPT


Prince of Fools
House of Terriot {Book 3}
Only $3.99!
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2017
Length: 294 Pages

A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?

READ AN EXCERPT


Deadly, Damaged, Delicious
Brothers Too H.o.T. to Handle

     

THE GIVEAWAY

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

WeWriWa: Spinning Out of Control


Being a born and raised Michigander, that first morning on icy roads going to work is a winter rite of passage: Don't do nothing dumb and watch out for those who don't know any better. It's in the '20s, the car windows have been heavily christened by Jack Frost yet the roads look deceptively clear. The sun rise is brilliant. But I always assume the worst - Don't believe it! It's a trap. When you least expect it - expect it. Sure enough, at the first red light, that warning growl of my brake system. Do I ignore them or proceed with care? That's the position my PRINCE OF FOOLS heroine is in. She wants to believe what she has is real but the ABSs are shrieking a warning in this continued 8-10 line scene . . .

She paced a tight circle in her little kitchen, panic surging, a dark, sickening tide over what she’d never considered, that Rico might bring disaster to her door, a question that went a step farther as she confronted her brother to demand, "Are they watching you, too? I want you to leave my house and not come back, do you hear me?" 

Seeing his argument backfire, Auguste sputtered, "But Evie--" 

"Evie doesn't know you, and I don't ever want her to learn what you've become, so stay away from us . . . you ruin everything you touch!" 

"I was just trying to protect you, Ammy . . . you don't know men like them and what they want." 

A harsh laugh, "Oh, I think I learned all about men like that at dear Daddy's side and you're not going to bring that ugliness back into my life. You're as dead and gone to me as he is." 

Teary-eyed, angry but frustratingly without any argument, her brother grabbed up his coat and was out the door. 

Amber stood motionless in the kitchen, paralyzed by grief and fear and loss, knowing it was over: The dream, the desire, the hopes that they'd become more. Rico Terriot was a luxury she couldn't afford.

Am I the only one who wants to yell, "Girl, don't panic and lose control! Go slow and steady until the tires grip pavement!" 


New release is going well, not an Indy start but a steady advance with a brisk pick up in sales of the first two books of the series to salt the way and give me confidence as I travel on with book four, PRINCE OF DREAMS.

Happy Writing, fellow Warriors and hope your roads are clear with lots of traction in the coming week!


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

WeWriWa: New Release! PRINCE OF FOOLS: A Dark Shapeshifter Prince and His Cinderella Barmaid


The frantic daily pace of release week has eased into a manageable frenzy with more stops planned and still to be made in November. The best part of doing promo is getting to revisit your work and fall in love with it all over again – something you lose when proofing pages over and over and over again, making the words into something you view with a clinical eye instead of for their beauty. You forget the little nuances of plot and emotion while seeking out those rogue commas, skip over those small segments that become a pivot point of action and intention. Scenes like this one between heroine Amber and her long absent, troublemaking brother who could be trying to save her . . . or more likely use her by preying on her fears and exposing her vulnerability. Enjoy this 8-10 line clip and fittingly creepy video (because I just hate letting Halloween go!).

"And when he finishes here, is he going to take you home and make you his honest to God princess in front of all his family?” Auguste’s sarcasm wounded. “Would they welcome you with open arms, or direct you to the glassware in the kitchen?"

"We haven't discussed it," she bit out, saying nothing more because he wasn't saying anything she hadn't wondered herself. 

"And would this good man, this prince of a fellow, stick around knowing who and what you are, knowing where Evie comes from?"

She stood pale and trembling with rage, with devastation . . . the prince and his Cinderella barmaid . . . no, it wouldn't end well for her and Evie, but she’d always known that deep down.

He’d saved the best for last, that killing blow of, "Do you think I'm the only one watching where he goes, who he sees? Does that trail keep leading here to your door? Can you afford to have these people asking questions about his wrong-side-of-the-Quarter squeeze? And if they find out who you are, you think he'd risk his royal ass to save you from what they have in mind?"


It takes someone close, who knows just how to twist that knife of paranoia and long-buried pain to cast hope into darkness. Will Amber be able to see through him and find her way out of it?

Reviews for PRINCE OF FOOLS are starting to come in (always that teetering balance of excitement and sheer terror!). If you get a chance to read my latest, please consider leaving your opinion (truthful but kind, one hopes) where it can be read.


I’ll be making use of today’s extra hour to plot out the rest of my next book, PRINCE OF DREAMS. I’ve been madly scribbling down scenes but need to whip them into some sort of manageable order before I go full bionic with a second knee replacement on December 18th – just in time to get out of all the holiday shopping and cooking, take a couple of weeks off work to binge watch shows and slip my medical in under the deductible and out-of-pocket wire. Ho Ho Ho!

Happy Writing 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.


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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

IWSG: NO-NO, NA-NO


Hopefully, I’m not the only one old enough to remember Mork and Mindy, the silly ‘80s comedy that launched a moderately successful comedian by the name of Robin Williams (all right, he was and is HUGE!). I’m reminded of him every November when the frantic productivity of NaNoWriMo launches. But this alien-sounding battle cry that rallies a tremendous hoard, drives me away. Competitive sprints and pathological word counts may inspire some to unlock their creativity but the pressured message and rigid structure of it paralyzes me (like being called on in class to give an impromptu speech!). That said, I admire those who successfully apply the technique. Whatever gets words on the page, right? My OCD/ADD brain automatically structures my time like a drill sergeant, but many need and thrive on the camaraderie and accomplishments of the event. For me, it’s more stressful to try to carve out the extra allotments of time than to take advantage of the ones I already have in place.

The one tool I now enjoy using that I never imagined I would is the Write-In (kind of a mini or weekend unstructured NaNo). Our Mid-Michigan RWA chapter sets up meeting time and/or weekend retreats designed for quiet and industrious keyboarding. After finding the right mix of rock music on my headset to drown out the sound of frenzied typing and occasional whispering all around me, I’ve made fantastic use of these events that provide both silent work time AND the opportunity to brainstorm and network. Our chapter also promotes an on-line monthly NaNo group for those who can’t carve out a weekend or don’t have a coffee shop nearby.



Whatever works! Make use of the tools at hand. It’s the end, not the means. Finding the right creative grove is mana from inspiration heaven. If you haven’t tried NaNo, it may be that perfect fit. So NaNo NaNo, y’all!



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.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 1st posting of the IWSG will be Tonja Drecker, Diane Burton, MJ Fifield, and Rebecca Douglass!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, October 29, 2017

WeWriWa: New Release! Knowing is Half the Battle!


When my eldest was in elementary school, he’d get dressed in the morning in front of the TV watching GI Joe cartoons (I’d be watching, too, but pretended not to! Cross Country was my favorite! Of course now it’s Channing Tatum . . . I mean Duke.) He’d be sitting there with one pantleg on, mesmerized (by our shared ADD!) until I reminded him to complete the task at hand. But how could I not let him finish the show because it ended with the best saying ever – “And knowing is half the battle!” True in cartoons, true in life, true in fiction. Facing your greatest fears is easier if you know right up front what you’re dealing with, as Rico Terriot declares in this snippet from my brand new release, PRINCE OF FOOLS.


"How much do you want to know?"

He and Colin were just finishing their drinks at Pat O’Brien’s when the New Orleans leader suddenly filled an empty chair, just like that, sitting between them with that disconcerting “Now you See Him, Now You Don’t” way he had about him, putting Rico’s already frayed nerves to the test as he bit out, "All of it."

Then Max turned it a notch tighter by saying, "It's bad."

He'd already known it was bad, a nightmare still terrifying mother and daughter, paralyzing them with fear and distrust – “bad” was nowhere near a strong enough word for whatever they'd gone through. 

Colin gripped his shoulder for a firm, stabilizing press, cautioning quietly, "Knowing might change things."

Rico stared at him, temper percolating as he snapped, "Change the way I look at them, the way I feel about them? What kind of shallow, self-centered son of a bitch do you think I am that anything those two suffered would be too much for me to hear about third-hand? I love them and nothing either of you can tell me is going to change that one damned bit, so tell me!"

His brother gave the back of his head a light tap and smiled at Savoie with a smug, "Told you he's a tough guy."

"He's a pissed off and scared right down to his socks guy whose gonna start throwing punches if you two don't start talking like right f-ing now!"


Forewarned is forearmed, he’ll soon find out. But is he strong enough to accept that awful truth he hears?


A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?

“5 Captivating Stars (or Hearts)! A stunningly raw, heart racing story that held me in a trance from cover to cover! Intense and seductive paranormal romance/suspense at its best – PRINCE OF FOOLS is another Page Burning, Must Read by an author that delivers every single time!” – Cross My Heart Reviews

It’s been a hectic release week stuffed with events and giveaways . . . and quite truthfully, I can’t wait to put all the hoopla aside to get onto the next project, PRINCE OF DREAMS, the concluding book in this mini-series. I get a date for a knee replacement this week and hope I can sneak some keyboard time in before the narcotic stupor sets in. But then again, I just ordered a lap desk for recovery time . . .

Hoping your Halloween is filled with delightful scares and lots of sweet treats!



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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

New Paranormal Release: Happy Book Birthday to PRINCE OF FOOLS!


PRINCE OF FOOLS, Book 3 in my "House of Terriot" dark shapeshifter series is now available in e-book and print formats! Pick it up today at Amazon, B&N or Kobo! If you've pre-ordered, it should already be waiting for you to start reading!



A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?

“5 Captivating Stars (or Hearts)! A stunningly raw, heart racing story that held me in a trance from cover to cover! Intense and seductive paranormal romance/suspense at its best – PRINCE OF FOOLS is another Page Burning, Must Read by an author that delivers every single time!” – Cross My Heart Reviews

And here's a taste of what's in-store in PRINCE OF FOOLS . . .



I'm celebrating all over with giveaways and goodies. Here are some of the places you can find me and my latest . . .


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Prince of Fools by Nancy Gideon

Prince of Fools

by Nancy Gideon

Giveaway ends November 10, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway


This makes published release number 65! And that's not including the re-releases! Woo Hoo!!

Thanks for supporting me and my books and giving my imagination a place to run free!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

WeWriWa: Respect . . . New Release Time!


PRINCE OF FOOLS, the 3rd book in my “House of Terriot” shapeshifter series debuts tomorrow!! Squee! It seems like I’ve been sharing excerpts forever . . . and haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of this complex tale of family and loyalty. Those two things are the beating heart of my hero Rico Terriot. As a middle prince in a warrior clan, he’s never had the chance to prove who and what he is . . . until it’s demanded of him because of his unacceptable love for a secretive woman and her child, and by a city that turns the ruse he’s playing into a cause worth dying for. He has the chance to earn the one thing that’s always escaped him - respect, if he can rally the trust and support of men who have no reason to trust him. Let’s see how he does in this fiery speech (please forgive the world’s longest sentences to fit our requirement of 8-10!).


Without blinking, with his voice so flat and cold it sent a palpable shiver through each of them, Rico said, “I had the blood of a dozen grown men on my hands before I was old enough to enjoy my first female, because we never had the luxury of being children in our House. We grew up forced to fight our brothers to shine in our father’s eyes until able to turn that rage on our enemies . . . and we had plenty of rage, enough to burn down the world.

“Here in your sheltered little community, you don’t know what fear is - that cold that seizes up in your belly worse than any hunger. You don’t know what loyalty is, that unquestioning drive pushing you to leap in front of another to take a bullet without hesitation, or kind of pride that makes death preferable to disgrace, because you’ve never known a threat to your families or your clan that could tear all you love away in an instant, but you will. It will come to your city, to your comfortable homes, to crush and conquer everything you know; it’ll come from the North, and there is no place you can hide, no mercy you can beg for, and no future you’ll want for your children. That’s what’s coming, not from Memphis, not from Tahoe, but from the cold and the unforgiving who are not like us.

“You think I’m here because I get off pushing you around, and maybe I do,” he confessed with a thin smile, “but I’m also here to teach you how to save your own lives, so you can protect this city that’s valuable to all our survival, so our enemies won’t be one step closer to my family’s door, because if we can’t stop them here, they’ll devour us like a plague and if any of you think I’m just playing around, that this is a game, leave now, because shit’s about to get deadly serious.”

“You’ve seen them?” Trey asked almost in a whisper.

“No, and I don’t ever want to see them, but I know the evil they do,” he confided then smiled fiercely and promised, “I can teach you how to become a force they’ll be afraid to confront, if you’ll listen, if you’ll trust me and yourselves, because I don’t plan to die here, but I don’t know how to surrender. Will you follow me?”

And if that wasn’t a rousing enough call to action, here’s one of my favorites from the Queen of Soul. Sing it, Sister!


If you haven’t already, and are of a mind to, grab up a copy of PRINCE OF FOOLS . . .


A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?

“5 Captivating Stars (or Hearts)! A stunningly raw, heart racing story that held me in a trance from cover to cover! Intense and seductive paranormal romance/suspense at its best – PRINCE OF FOOLS is another Page Burning, Must Read by an author that delivers every single time!” – Cross My Heart Reviews

I’m looking for blogs to visit over the next month in my PR campaign. If you have the space and inclination to host, drop me a line. I’m really a very tidy guest!

Happy writing and Happy Book Birthday to Me!!


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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

FALLING FOR YOU in a BIG Way . . .

I'm proud to jump on the New Release Blitz band wagon for critique partner Dana Nussio and her latest project, FALLING FOR YOU, a salute to love in small towns with ten fall-themed novellas by bestselling, award-winning Harlequin Superromance authors.



FALLING FOR YOU

When the weather cools down, hearts heart up . . .

Bonfires aren't the only things warming up the night. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and warm your heart with ten tales of autumn love.

Foreword by Brenda Novak

I've coaxed these ten talented authors into a cozy Q&A about my favorite time of year, so grab a pumpkin spice anything, curl up, and enjoy their toasty take on autumn.


Tara Taylor Quinn, author of “It Was You”


Is your offering part of a series you’ve written?

My novella is book 14 in a 15-book series, Where Secrets Are Safe! The series revolves around The Lemonade Stand, a very unique, resort-like women’s shelter I created off the coast of California. The books are mostly completely unconnected, though there are a few that have sequels. The novella stands alone!

Pumpkin patch or city park? Are you a country girl or a city slicker?

I am a CITY GIRL!!! I get claustrophobic in the country with no grocery story or mall close by! And yet…I just bought a house I love out in the dessert at the base of Arizona’s largest mountain range! It’s considered out of the city, but shopping is about two minutes away!

Home-made or eat out for holiday dinner?

Holiday meals are always homemade. I haven’t eaten out even once in my entire life on Thanksgiving or Christmas. I hope I never have to, but if I do, I’m sure I’ll find something good about doing so!

Having written over 80 novels, Readers' Choice winner Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA TODAY bestseller with over 7-million copies sold, and a past president of Romance Writers of America.

Heatherly Bell, author of “The Right Man”


Is your offering part of a series you’ve written?

“The Right Man” is part of the Harlequin Superromance Heroes of Fortune Valley series. Jimmy and Trish are two minor characters from Breaking Emily’s Rules, and Emily makes an appearance in the novella.

Is your location based on a real place?

Fortune, California is based on my own small town in the Bay Area.

Where’s your favorite or dream place to visit in the fall?

It’s on my bucket list to someday visit New England in the fall.

Heatherly Bell drinks copious amounts of coffee, craves cupcakes, and occasionally wears real pants. She lives in California.


Lisa Dyson, author of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”


Is your location based on a real place?

The location in Can’t Help Falling in Love, my novella in the Falling for You anthology, is Whittler’s Creek, Maryland. Although not a real place, it’s a combination of other small towns in western Maryland. It’s so much more fun to make up all the details!

Upside/downside to writing a novella?

The upside is that a novella is only a quarter of the length of a Superromance book. The downside is that it’s only a quarter of the length of a Superromance book, so there’s much less room for character development, secondary characters, and subplots.

Home-made or eat out for holiday dinner?

Definitely home-made holiday dinners. The only time I’ve eaten a holiday dinner in a restaurant was over thirty years ago when my husband and I took our oldest son to Disneyworld over Thanksgiving weekend. We ended up eating turkey at Denny’s. And the food was exactly as you would imagine!

 Lisa Dyson has created stories ever since she got an “A” on a fifth-grade writing prompt. She grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and rescue dog. She has three grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. Besides writing, reading, and family time, she enjoys rooting for her favorite sports teams.


Kris Fletcher, author of “If I Fall”


Is your location based on a real place?

Yes it is! Comeback Cove was heavily inspired by the town of Morrisburg, Ontario (Canada), home of one of my favorite places in the world, Upper Canada Village.

What’s your favorite autumnal event?

I've always been a huge fan of Halloween, and that appreciation is all the sweeter because that's when I met my husband.

Home-made or eat out for holiday dinner?

Oh please. If it's not homemade, why bother?

Kris Fletcher lives in central New York, but her heart and her stories still reside in her native Canada. 


Kristina Knight, author of “Outsider in a Small Town”


Is your offering part of a series you’ve written?

Yes, it is! Outsider in a Small Town is part of my Slippery Rock series, and features Aiden (twin to Adam, hero from Breakup in a Small Town) and Julia, a newcomer to Slippery Rock. Both of them are feeling a bit outside the small town circle they're finding themselves in.

Pumpkin patch or city park? Are you a country girl or a city slicker?

Depending on my mood, all of the above...but I confess, I love visiting a local-ish farm (Ramseyer) every fall to wander through the two different corn mazes, take a hayride, and sample all the apple-offerings!

Is your location based on a real place?

Slippery Rock is very loosely based on the small lake towns where I grew up in Missouri, but it's a bit farther south in the state. I drew a little from several different towns to come up with the area - and it's been so fun to write!

Kristina Knight is a bestselling author of contemporary romance, part-time swim-kid wrangler, and a very bad housekeeper. She lives on the shores of Lake Erie with her very own Knight in shining cowboy boots, precocious 9 year old, and 2 very silly puppies.


Claire McEwen, author of “Her Hometown Cowboy”


Is your offering part of a series you’ve written?

Yes, Her Hometown Cowboy introduces the hero from Wild Horses, the first official book in my Sierra Legacy series. But it's also a story that stands very much on its own.

Is your location based on a real place?

Yes! My fictional town of Benson is based on several towns just east of the Sierra Nevada. I love Bridgeport and Bishop in California and Gardiner in Nevada, and there are little bits of all these towns in Benson.

Where’s your favorite or dream place to visit in the fall?

I'd love to visit Vermont in the fall and see all the maple trees change color! But I do love the Eastern Sierras in the fall, when aspen trees turn golden.

Claire McEwen writes heartfelt contemporary romance set mainly in her home state of California. When not writing, she can usually be found digging in her garden, or playing on the beach.


Jo McNally, author of “Meet Me in the Middle”


Is your offering part of a series you’ve written?

Yes and no. The setting, Gallant Lake, is very much part of my Lowery Women series with Harlequin Superromance. Meet Me in the Middle moves away from the Lowery cousins and begins a small town series about the people of Gallant Lake (and a familiar face makes an appearance).
Upside/downside to writing a novella?

The downside for me is I love words - lots of words. I panicked at the thought of writing an entire romance with such a limited word count. The upside? Plot structure is the same regardless of length. This story came together nicely (but still barely within the limit!).

What’s your favorite “taste” of fall?

I am proudly Team Pumpkin Spice! I had some pumpkin yogurt yesterday that was delicious.

Jo McNally lives in coastal North Carolina with 100 pounds of dog and 200 pounds of husband – her slice of the bed is very small. When she’s not writing or reading romance novels (or clinging to the edge of the bed…), she can often be found on the back porch sipping wine with friends while listening to an eclectic playlist.

Dana Nussio author of “Home to You”


What does the fall season remind you of from your childhood?

Fall reminds me of going to the pumpkin patch with my parents and sister. I was notorious for always picking the biggest pumpkins that were oddly flat on one side or wouldn’t even stand up, so they would make lousy jack-o'-lanterns. Sadly, my choices were usually overruled. (Oh. So that’s what happened to me. 😊 )

Pumpkin or apple pie?


Apple, of course, especially when it’s my own recipe for Apple Amaretto Pie. Yum!

Where’s your favorite or dream place to visit in the fall?

I’m an Indiana native, so in the fall I always want to return to Brown County, Indiana, where I can get my leaf fix at Brown County State Park and then satisfy my shopping need in nearby Nashville, a little artist community with tons of cool shops. Hmm, now I want to go back.

Formerly an award-winning journalist, Dana Nussio took a sharp turn toward fiction and never looked back. She is member of the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll of Best-selling Authors.

Janet Lee Nye, author of “Finding Harmony”


Is location based on a real place?

Not entirely. Jericho Falls is a composite of all my favorite Western North Carolina small towns.

Favorite autumnal event?

The changing of the leaves. Hiking through a forest of red, yellow, and orange, breathing in the crisp air scented with pine. Heaven!

Where’s your favorite or dream place to visit in the fall?

Continuing with my love of Western NC, I'd say it is my favorite place to visit in the fall. A foliage tour of New England would be my dream place to visit.

Janet Lee Nye is a writer by day and a neonatal nurse by night. She lives in Charleston, SC with her fella and her felines. She spends too much time on Twitter and not enough time on housework. She has no plans to change this.

Angel Smits, author of “Perfect Fit”


Is your offering part of a series you’ve written?

Yes, this is part of my A CHAIR AT THE HAWKINS TABLE series. If it were in number order this would be 4 ½.

What’s your favorite autumnal event?

Growing up I LOVED Halloween. Now that I’m grown, it’s not nearly as much fun, but I still love it. We lived in the Denver suburbs, and dozens of us kids would dress up, run around the neighborhood in the freezing cold, ring door bells, scream trick-or-treat and laugh until our sides hurt. That was back in the day when the parents stayed home and gave out the candy. We’d run wild and free—and they knew we wouldn’t go far since it was almost always so danged cold!

What does the fall season remind you of from your childhood?

Fall is when EVERYONE in my family has a birthday, including me. I’m a twin, and my sister and I have always celebrated together. As kids we’d get the same gifts, have the same cake (though one for each of us), and I seldom got to watch her open her gifts as we opened them at the same time in order not to spoil each other’s surprise. It’s nice now that we’re grown to be able to watch each other! And now that there are 5 of us with October birthdays…it’s just one great big, cake-eating party!

Angel Smits lives in Colorado with her husband, two grown children and a hyper border collie mix. Her social work background inspires her characters, while improv writing allows her to torture them. It’s a rough job, but someone’s got to do it. 

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Just as favorite seasons end, it's hard to say good-bye to a beloved longer-length line of heart-warming stories. Sadly, Harlequin is closing the doors to Superromance, but be sure to watch for these authors in other contemporary venues. FALLING FOR YOU is a parting gift to a wonderful family-friendly imprint. Take it to heart, and take it home for the holidays.