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Monday, October 26, 2015

RELEASE DAY, AT LAST, with my Haunted Open House Blog Hop!


I’m SO excited to introduce (or re-introduce) my favorite book boyfriend, Cale Terriot. I fell hard for this dark-souled, strutty, tattooed, rowdy rock-and-roll prince-turned-king in the House of Terriot way back when he was just a sinister whisper in HUNTER OF SHADOWS. I just had to learn more about him. After digging for his secrets and exposing his vulnerability with the help of his childhood love-now queen-Kendra in PRINCE OF SHADOWS, I thought I’d gotten over him until he roared back into REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT to settle a debt, and almost took over the pages (it’s that Terriot arrogance!). I had to promise him another book of his own so I could finish the edits in peace.



UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS explores the darkness that provokes terrible deeds, the regrets that keep happiness at bay, and strength that can only be discovered through heartbreak. Enjoy this sample and then on to the treats . . .




“Complex characters, vivid writing and intriguing plot twists keep readers coming back to Gideon’s magical NOLA.” –Publishers Weekly

He feared no man, no foe, no obstacle or challenge . . .

Burdened by the weight of his secrets and his father’s sins, the need for redemption pulls Cale Terriot from his duty to his clan and the arms of his new mate into deadly intrigues in a rival territory. His dangerous masquerade in a high-stakes Shifter fight club is about to be exposed to those who would show no mercy – if he can survive in the ring.

How to protect a prince turned king made pawn?

Fearing she’ll lose her soulmate to the darkness he carries inside, Kendra Terriot, newly made queen in the Shape-shifter House of Terriot, must provide him with an heir in order to save his life . . . and his soul. But first she must risk all to coax him back from the edge of violence inherited with his crown.

Can her love tear him from an unbreakable vow that can only end in death?

“Every delicious word Nancy Gideon puts on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” —Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author


It may have been momentary insanity that had me thinking releasing a book during my 5th Annual Haunted Open House would be a good idea (cut to frantic pulling at hair and turning on the computer at 4:00 a.m.) but UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS is here (!) debuting as I open the doors to my haunted house extravaganza of ghoulish guests, goodies, giveaways and other unearthly delights. Get up close and personal with Cale (But not too close. I get jealous easily!) with excerpts, phenomenal book trailer, rockin’ playlist, deleted scenes, insight into the “By Moonlight” shape-shifter and “Touched by Midnight” vampire series and much, much more! (Make sure you check out UbS’s precursor REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT and my Indie horror movie novelization IN THE WOODS for only $0.99! in my HOH!)



But before you leave my doorstep, join in my Haunted Open House Blog Hop!



The lights are on so follow the path above to other generous souls offering giveaway goodies on their blog porches. But first, enter below for a chance to win autographed copies of the first six books in my “By Moonlight” series! What a way to pave the way for UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS. Sorry US Only!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now . . . on to more spooktacular fun! HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

Saturday, October 24, 2015

WeWriWa: Looking Back and then Ahead


Sometimes looking back reminds us of where we’re going. In the middle of all the hustle bustle of preparing for my new release to hit readers’ hands in all formats tomorrow (I could go on about that frenzy if you had a day or twelve!), I took a breath and remembered being in this same position last year. I survived that and will survive this, and will look back upon these manic, panicked weeks with fondness (well, maybe not FONDNESS!).

To celebrate that year past, here’s a snippet from REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT, the precursor to UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS:
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. Knowledge 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 looking ahead to hopefully making some green off my new release, I’m planning to thank readers for sticking with me by saving them some. During my week-long 5th Annual Haunted Open House, I’m reducing the price of both REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT and my Indie horror movie novelization IN THE WOODS to just $0.99! It’s an experiment. I’m new at this self-pubbed stuff. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

In the meantime, Happy Writing and Happy Halloween! Help me celebrate by visiting my house for some ghoulish fun, lots of steals and deals, more excerpts, author guests, giveaways and a peek at why I think I have a few more grey hairs (not that you’d EVER see them!).


And here’s a look at the 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.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Blog Hop


Halloween is just around the corner and it's time for the 4th annual Attack of the 14 Nights of Halloween Giveaway from Laughing Vixen Lounge. 7 wickedly fun shops have come together to create one spooktalcular Prize Pack ($225+) full of Jewelry, Perfume, Clothing, Accessories and more! All shops are offering Gift Cards or your choice of item(s) so there will be something for everyone. Many of the shops have items perfect for any book lover along with lots of other unique, handcrafted and custom designs. You can enter via the Rafflecopter below or visit the Main Giveaway Page on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE.


Join us daily on the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog during the giveaway for our Halloween Movie Marathon featuring the Guess the Movie Game and our Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Each event will get you daily entries in the giveaway plus a special giveaway for the Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Find full details for these events HERE.

    

October is the perfect time for watching spooky movies. Along with the Halloween Movie Marathon each of our participating shops, and many of our blog sponsors, will be sharing some of their favorite movie choices with you.


I LOVE scary movies! Monsters, ghosties, zombies, chillers, anything that gets the heart pumping and the imagination jumping. My list could go on forever but, because we’re talking favorite movie or book, how about favorite movie AND book! My go-to for woo-woo is Dean Koontz, and his ODD THOMAS is my pick for both a great read and frightfully good viewing (it even has a love story and a few tears for the tenderhearted along with chills and thrills).


The giveaway runs October 18th - November 1st and is open worldwide. 1 winner will win the Prize Pack and 1 winner will win the Scavenger Hunt Prize Pack. Laughing Vixen Lounge is responsible for all giveaway details. Please visit the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog HERE to see the full prize list, participating shops and daily giveaway events. 

And for more spooktacular fun, I hope you grrrls and ghouls will join me for my Haunted Open House Book Party from October 26 to 30. I’ll be celebrating the release of my shape-shifter paranormal UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS with extra giveaways, treats, great reads and eye candy! There’s still time to sign up for my Haunted Open House Blog Hop and open up your blog’s front porch to more visitors.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

WeWriWa: Finally Unleashed!


Just when you begin to think it will never happen. . . UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS is finally available for pre-order after endless rounds of tweaking. I never appreciated the term “Hurry up and wait” more painfully than when pacing in anticipation of CreateSpace proofs. Here’s a new glimpse of UNLEASHED to tide you over until its October 26 release . . .

She’d spend her entire life cloistered behind protective walls both physical and psychological in the care of her protective cousins. She’d been an object of pity, of well-meaning devotion that smothered more than it sheltered, of terrorizing manipulation being dangled as a prize in a battle for a crown. She’d never known emotion stronger than her fear until a fierce, claiming kiss on a moonlit night woke her to passion. She’d never known independence until she clasped a dangerous prince between her knees on her first wild motorcycle ride down a mountainside. She’d never realized her own strength until a hoarsely whispered, “Don’t let me fall” demanded it of her. 

The timid girl clinging to the protection of others had evolved into a woman eager to embrace all the world offered, beginning with an impulsive trip to a dangerous city to support her prince now king.

If Brigit MacCreedy could see her now. Since bonding, she’d felt driven by an almost ferocious need to provide whatever her mate needed be it comfort, support, or the one thing he desperately desired that she’d yet to supply. A child to cement their relationship and his legacy.

Many thanks for your comments and encouragement on this loooooong ride to print and e-format!



He feared no man, no foe, no obstacle or challenge . . .

Burdened by the weight of his secrets and his father’s sins, the need for redemption pulls Cale Terriot from his duty to his clan and the arms of his new mate into deadly intrigues in a rival territory. His dangerous masquerade in a high-stakes Shifter fight club is about to be exposed to those who would show no mercy – if he can survive in the ring.

How to protect a prince turned king made pawn?

Fearing she’ll lose her soulmate to the darkness he carries inside, Kendra Terriot, newly made queen in the Shape-shifter House of Terriot, must provide him with an heir in order to save his life . . . and his soul. But first she must risk all to coax him back from the edge of violence inherited with his crown.

Can her love tear him from an unbreakable vow that can only end in death?

“Every delicious word Nancy Gideon puts on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” —Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author

Just for fun, I’m helping to launch UNLEASHED during my 5th Annual Haunted Open House. Doors are open October 26th through 30th for a Book Party filled with excerpts, giveaways, teasers, guest grrrrls and ghouls and more. You’re invited to join me in my Haunted Open House Blog Hop to bring new visitors to you blog doorstep.



Happy Reading 8-10 lines at a time!!


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, October 7, 2015

IWSG: And So It Begins . . . (with Cover Reveal!)


That last page. That final edit. That closed file. One job ends and another begins.

I just finished UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS, the latest in my dark paranormal “By Moonlight” shape-shifter series, and now the work REALLY begins (because I’ve never considered writing work even though it is my job!). Time to put together that promotional plan. Love it, hate it, you gotta do it.

I confess part of me, that OCD part, LOVES doing promotion. Oh, not the actual participating in it, which sucks the energy out of you like a Hoover, but the preparation. I’m in my zone with list making, calendars, piecing together book trailers (which I have to get back to as soon as I finish typing this post), setting up blog visits, researching the best bang for your buck ad ops. Part of me thinks, "Oh, I could so do this for a living!"  But in reality, self-promo is like babies – I really LOVED mine, but everyone else’s – not so much.

UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS comes out on October 26, 2015. Back in August, that sounded like plenty of time to get those duck in a row, but in actuality, the clock doesn’t start ticking until the 11th hour. And then it’s not that boat of bad guys closing in on Chuck Norris in slow motion for fifteen minutes. It’s a short wick on a big bomb.

Putting together a promo package is almost like writing. It’s all swirling creative energy and excitement. The sky and your imagination is the limit. And then the postpartum blues. The rush and anticipation is over. Now it’s on to the hard work. The rolling up of sleeves to face those 20 posts for the release day blog tour, the mechanics of a Facebook event, hosting my 5th Annual Haunted Open House (which is a Book Party and Blog Hop this year so put it on your calendar for 10-26 to 10-30!), the angst and anxiety of waiting for numbers to translate into $s (one hopes!).

Rolling up sleeves . . .

Here’s a first glimpse of UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS to help heat up your morning coffee.



He feared no man, no foe, no obstacle or challenge . . .

Burdened by the weight of his secrets and his father’s sins, the need for redemption pulls Cale Terriot from his duty to his clan and the arms of his new mate into deadly intrigues in a rival territory. His dangerous masquerade in a high-stakes Shifter fight club is about to be exposed to those who would show no mercy – if he can survive in the ring.

How to protect a prince turned king made pawn?

Fearing she’ll lose her soulmate to the darkness he carries inside, Kendra Terriot, newly made queen in the Shape-shifter House of Terriot, must provide him with an heir in order to save his life . . . and his soul. But first she must risk all to coax him back from the edge of violence inherited with his crown.

Can her love tear him from an unbreakable vow that can only end in death?

“Every delicious word Nancy Gideon puts on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” —Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author


Available October 26, 2015!

Now, on to prep for my favorite holiday. Hope you’ll consider joining me for the HOH Blog Hop!


Happy Fall! Happy Halloween! Happy Reading!




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 October 7th posting will be TB Markinson, Tamara Narayan, Shannon Lawrence, Stephanie Faris, and Eva E. Solar!