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Sunday, September 25, 2016

WeWriWa: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye



I’m on the last few pages of my final read through of PRINCE OF HONOR, my shapeshifter W-I-P, soon to be my next new release. Parting is such sweet sorrow when you’ve worked, lived and breathed with a group of characters for months and months and now, the creative part of that relationship becomes all business. I’ve so enjoyed the ups and downs and wild in-betweens of my noble prince, Turow and his prisoner/first and only love, Sylvia. For today’s 8-10 line sneak peek, I’ve got things all steamed up . . .


He was just going across the parking lot. How far could she get when he had the keys to the truck and she had no money for the phone? But she was a dangerously clever female, he recalled, rubbing at his still tender jaw, and he’d made the mistake of underestimating her before. 

As much as he didn’t trust her alone, he desperately needed some saving distance from the constant temptation she’d become. Remaining in the room much longer listening to the jingle of the shower curtain and the sounds of spray against bare skin presented equal dangers, like forgetting what he was supposed to be doing in lieu of what he’d dreamed of doing ever since he’d snatched her out of her bed in next to nothing. Sylvia Terriot made it hard for him to remember his priorities. 

Hell, she just made him hard. 

He could almost feel his palms working up a lather on her soft skin the way she’d been working up a lather inside him all day. A man could only stand so much torment, even a boringly dutiful man. 

Carefully, Turow eased the bathroom door open.


Whew! I need a shower. But with these two, things aren’t always as they seem and Turow’s reasons for opening the door aren’t for what you’d think, which was why this couple was so much fun to work with.

I’ve just met with my cover artist and plans for a reveal of all four in the spin-off House of Terriot series are underway. I can’t wait to share!

Watch for PRINCE OF HONOR, soon to be up for pre-order with a release in mid-October!

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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Sunday, September 18, 2016

WeWriWa: Dropping That Other Shoe


So sorry I missed last week's 8-10 Sentence post but I'm in the final stretch of my dark paranormal W-I-P, PRINCE OF POWER, and couldn't tear myself away. (Fanning self!)


You spend 400+ pages building, building, building those moments that put the reader on the edge. Things aren't good, then they're bad, then really bad, then worse, then, just when you think they've gotten over the worst of it . . . Boom! That other shoe drops. That's where I am now, pushing my characters, bringing all the sides and players together so the Black Moment is as dark as it can be for all concerned . . . and I can hardly force myself to leave the keyboard to go to my 9-to-5! The suspense is killing me. Every time I think the plot is all in place, another twist comes to mind (I love bendy stories!) to make the knot tighter. That's where Colin, my hero, is. Bad and worse are about to collide. Take a peek . . .

Colin shoved the car door open then turned to the driver with a wry twist to his smile. "Thanks for the help and the ride, and the fatherly advice, but you're not my daddy or my big brother." 

Silas waited until he'd slipped through the courtyard gate and shut it behind him before reaching for his phone. His call was answered with a brisk, "Hey, baby, what's up?" 

"Cale, I need a face-to-face. How soon can you and as many of your brothers as you can find get here?" 

"Daylight, unless you need us sooner. Is this a dance party or a war party so we'll know how to dress?" 

Silas couldn't help but sigh and shake his head in fond exasperation at the cocky tone, hating like hell what he was about to do. 

"It's about Colin, and it's not good."


Oh, no! Now what? What more could possibly happen? Muwahahahaha!

Happy Writing! Happy sneaking up on Fall!


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, September 7, 2016

IWSG: “Finding” Time to Write . . .


Finding time to write implies that you’ve lost it in the first place. I’ve never HAD time to write, I always had to MAKE time.

In my 30 years as a published author, I’ve viewed writing as my career, my business. I’ve also worked at day jobs. Those day jobs required I be there for the hours I agreed upon to get my work done. I look at my writing profession no differently. The work doesn’t get done if I’m not at my desk, hands on keys. So I’m there, every morning at 4:30 a.m. (6:00 a.m. on weekends!) and I write until I have to get ready for work. Would I rather sleep in? Heck yeah, but I’m an unforgiving boss.

I got published when my older son was two-years old, which was already a full time job. I made my writing time around his schedule because, Hey, he didn’t care if Chapter 16 wouldn’t write itself. I got up before he did. I wrote while he napped and after he went to bed. Every day. Son number two’s due date was the same day my re-writes for Book 3 were due – both came early. I spent those years with young children carving out the path of least resistance, blocking off the time I needed around the time they didn’t need me. Once they were in high school, I needed a steady paycheck and went back into the fulltime work force and I made my writing time fit that new schedule. And still do. I’m more than halfway through Book 61. It’s not writing itself, either. I have to be there. Every day.

“Finding” writing time is an extra. Woo Hoo! Lunch hour to finish that scene I came up with on the drive to work. Jotting down notes or a quick piece of dialog while waiting for an oil change. My purse is full of Post-It Notes from those precious “found” moments. I’ve got another “found” moment at the end of the month for a weekend Write-In with other MMRWA chapter members and plan to make the very most of it.

If you’re serious about what you do, you make the time. Trying to “find” it leaves an opening for not being able to. So here I am at 5:09 a.m. writing this post so I can get back to Book 61 as soon as I get my second cup of coffee . . .

How about you?

Here’s one of those books that I made the time to write with kids in underfoot, a 9-to-5, and a household to run. MIDNIGHT REDEEMER, part of my Touched by Midnight series is on SALE for only $0.99 until 9/15, a perfect time to take a bite if you haven’t already sunk your teeth into these darkly suspenseful paranormals.




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.

Will his dream . . .
Centuries-old vampire Louis Redman is desperate to believe an inquisitive researcher's claim that she's close to finding a cure for his age-old curse. Determined to become human again, he must trust the lovely geneticist who has pushed her way into his guarded life . . . and heart . . . not to betray him to the government agency that wants to uncover his secrets for their own purposes.

. . . be the death of her?

Scientist Stacy Kimball discovers potential fame and the answer to immortality in a murder victim's blood sample. But as she gets closer to the truth, danger stalks her from the shadows. Who wants to silence her from making the breakthrough of a lifetime? Is it the agency that funds her work? The killer who’s terrorizing Seattle's night scene?

Or the mysterious Louis Redman, whose kisses seduce her beyond caring . . . ? 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"A rare treat . . . this exciting thriller will keep you up all night as Ms. Gideon weaves her spell." — Romantic Times

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

"Gideon's stories transcend the genre with action, adventure, mystery, horror, AND romance. Comparable in style to Dean Koontz."— Midnight Scribe Reviews


Happy reading! Happy writing!


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 September 7th posting will be C. Lee McKenzie,Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

WeWriWa: Hard to keep a Good Hero Down


He’s baaaaaack! Louis Redman, the toothsome hero of my Touched by Moonlight vampire series, has returned to take a big bite from the cover price of MIDNIGHT REDEEMER now just $0.99 (!) through 9/15!

Louis has it all, looks, wealth, influence . . . immortality, but the one thing he desires is out of reach . . . his long lost humanity. And rough-edged scientist Stacy Kimble may have found the answer. The only thing standing in their way is a serial killer trying to frame him, a government agency determined to steal her research, and a surprising chance to find love again.

To celebrate the sale, I’m resurrecting MIDNIGHT REDEEMER for this weekend’s 8-10 sentence sneak peek. It’s a great place to try out the series as it moves from historical settings into the modern age. Sink your teeth in . . .

Stacy shuffled through the pictures once again, her breath quickening with agitation, for in each numbered square, one figure was conspicuously missing. 

Louis Redman didn’t like to have his picture taken, not because he wasn’t photogenic, but because he didn’t show up on film. 

“Sensitivity to light, my hind leg,” she muttered, studying the oddly empty photos, her stomach tightened with alarm and more strongly, with excitement. 

Piece by piece, she was gathering evidence that Louis Redman was . . . what? A creature of the night, the undead? Her scientific mind rebelled against those superstitious labels as the toothsome image of Nosferatu played against more basic reason. But he was something, all right, something not quite natural that presented both threat and promise tied up in a mysterious and attractive package. 

She would start unwrapping those layers tonight. 

Until then, she would learn all she could about the sample from the dead girl. 

Results that proved startling, and exciting . . . and unbelievable.
 



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.

Will his dream . . .

Centuries-old vampire Louis Redman is desperate to believe an inquisitive researcher's claim that she's close to finding a cure for his age-old curse. Determined to become human again, he must trust the lovely geneticist who has pushed her way into his guarded life . . . and heart . . . not to betray him to the government agency that wants to uncover his secrets for their own purposes.

. . . be the death of her?

Scientist Stacy Kimball discovers potential fame and the answer to immortality in a murder victim's blood sample. But as she gets closer to the truth, danger stalks her from the shadows. Who wants to silence her from making the breakthrough of a lifetime? Is it the agency that funds her work? The killer who’s terrorizing Seattle's night scene?

Or the mysterious Louis Redman, whose kisses seduce her beyond caring . . . ? 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"A rare treat . . . this exciting thriller will keep you up all night as Ms. Gideon weaves her spell." — Romantic Times

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

"Gideon's stories transcend the genre with action, adventure, mystery, horror, AND romance. Comparable in style to Dean Koontz."— Midnight Scribe Reviews

This holiday weekend I’m doing an error check skim-through of the final rereleased book in the series, MIDNIGHT CRUSADER, which should pop up with its new cover in the next few weeks. I’ll sure miss these characters and their walk on the dark side of romance.

Happy long 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.

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