Sunday, May 7, 2017

WeWriWa: Max & Cee Cee - The Meet That Launched a Thousand Sighs . . .


While writing a post on Wednesday regarding a research trip in New Orleans for my “By Moonlight” series, I got to waxing sentimental about my original series couple whose chemistry was so strong, it pulled me through four books as the main heroine and heroine (unheard of in romance!) then reader demand brought them back for an encore after four spin-off books: Max Savoie, the undeniably dark and dangerous mobster bodyguard who is something more than just a man and the target of his unwise fixation, Charlotte Caissie, a tough as nails NOPD detective out to bring down his boss/father figure. Here’s a clip from their first on the page encounter – though their history goes back farther than she knows . . .


He was the only man she allowed to move in on her without snapping to immediate Back-The-F-Off defensiveness. She didn’t know why she’d never felt threatened by him, this big man who was most likely a ruthless murderer.

She could feel his heat without actual contact, and though it was unsettling, it didn’t set off the expected alarm bells – because it wasn’t alarm that unsettled her. It was something else – something quiet, something deep, like a secret her soul knew but wouldn’t share with her mind. What was it about him that tugged a blanket of calm over instinctual agitation? 

He never touched her, not even a casual brush of his hand or unintentional bump of his body. Sometimes she perversely found herself wondering what it would be like, that contact he withheld so purposefully.

I’d rather it was you.

Though her heart slammed against her ribs, her reply was a decisively cold, “That’s not going to happen, Max.”

He eased back, moving with startling grace for a man his size: “I can dream, can’t I?”

This dynamic couple, who appear in almost all the series books, be they “Moonlight,” “Shadows” or “House of Terriot” launched its own Goodreads group of fans who are constantly demanding MORE from their favorite pair, so I guess I’ll have to comply as soon as I finish the last two books of my current “H.O.T.” series. For newbies, here’s a bit of backstory . . .


Get caught up (and caught up!) in the series from the beginning with MASKED BY MOONLIGHT (the book that earned me my first Publisher’s Weekly starred review!) or jump to REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT which begins the threads leading into the Terriot books. Once you sink your teeth in, you won’t want to let go!


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IN THIS STUNNING FIRST BOOK FROM NANCY GIDEON’S SIZZLING NEW SERIES, A TENACIOUS COP AND HER SHAPE-SHIFTING ENEMY SACRIFICE EVERYTHING FOR FORBIDDEN DESIRE. 

ALL SHE WANTS IS REVENGE. 

New Orleans homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder. Using Jimmy Legere’s mysterious and irresistible right-hand man is a dangerous gamble, and not only due to his reputation as more monster than man. Because her feelings for Max Savoie are . . . complicated. 

THEN HE RISKS HIS LIFE TO SAVE HERS. 

Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max exists silently in Legere’s shadow, heeding only his voice—until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties. Stepping outside his cautious rules threatens more than just his heart. He could expose his darkest secret. 

NOW THEY’RE BOTH IN OVER THEIR HEADS. 

Testing boundaries they weren’t meant to cross means facing the truth about who and what they are—and what they need from each other. If Max is the murderer she seeks, Charlotte could be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man. Good thing Max isn’t one.


Because the road to . . . 

Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.

Happily-Ever-After . . . 

After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes . . . and in his bed. The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past. To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.

Is never smooth. 

When an investigation into grisly deaths in an underground Shifter fight club points to more than just dangerous clan rivalries, Cee Cee enlists Max’s help to find a traitor in their midst while there’s still time to turn a deadly invading tide. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past. Especially when the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself.

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

Off to enjoy a sunny Sunday as soon as I check in with my WeWriWa peeps to see what they’ve been doing. Happy May and Happy Writing!!




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34 comments:

  1. Such well-written inner-conflict! :-)

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  2. Great snippet. It pulled me in and I'm intrigued to know more about their relationship.

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    1. Thanks, Elyzabeth! After seven years and 12 books, it still fascinates me.

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  3. They definitely have a strong connection whether she wants to admit it or not. Great snippet! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! A deeper connection than she realizes!

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  4. Terrific snippet with lots of energy and heat. Way to go, Nancy.

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    1. Thanks, Charmaine. Can't have less for one of my favorite couples!

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  5. H*ll Yeah! This couple melts the words right off the pages - and that's before they ever touch! Highly recommend this series! A Must Read all the way!

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  6. You got four books out of this, eh? Way to go, Nancy!

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  7. Despite Charlotte's defensive wall she's risen, I still think Max's dream will come true eventually. Expertly-written snippet!

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    1. Thanks!! He's going to have to fight her every inch to get her to agree, though!

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  8. I think Max needs to hang on for a bit. Intriguing snippet!

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    1. Thanks!! He's been hanging on for a lot longer than she realizes!

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  9. I sighed again as I read your snippet. This series is so good. I'm going to have to reread it.

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  10. Just from this snippet, I can already see why this couple is so compelling!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! (They get better!)

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  11. Oh, loved that snippet and I can totally understand why your readers want MORE of these two. Count me in! Terrific excerpt - wow.

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  12. Julie Evelyn JoyceMay 7, 2017 at 4:44 PM

    Holy crap, I don't doubt people want more! Count me as one of them! Sheesh, that's some good writing, Nancy!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Those were the heart and soul books.

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  13. That was goosebump worthy! Great snippet :)

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  14. ooh, tingles! Definitely get a hint of why this couple is so popular.

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  15. Very sultry and sexy, and again, they don't even touch. i bet when they finally do, it'll be with the intensity of a star exploding. Excellent snippet!

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  16. I can see why they're so popular. Very sensual.

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  17. If there is that much heat when they don't touch- when they do- things are going to melt.
    Tweeted.

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  18. I like! Must be nice to have characters that never go stale. :)

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  19. They haven't even touched, but when they do... my oh my. Can't wait. :)

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  20. She says she's not interested, but that doesn't seem true at all! Nice and hot snippet!

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  21. Wow, great trailer! Especially the line about Max not being a man...and the photo behind it.

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