Sunday, April 11, 2021

WeWriWa: Take a Bite Out of Life . . . MIDNIGHT KISS $0.99!


Sometimes, what sustains also drains . . . as my naïve heroine discovers when she falls for her father’s mysterious patient who is undergoing secret treatments to cure his “condition.” Word of advice to heroine: Undergoing secret treatments for a “condition” is not something you look for on a dating app! She should have read this week’s excerpt. Here’s a taste . . .

“Where is your father?” Half whisper, half growl, his voice startled her as he demanded, “Get him here, now!”

“What is it? Is there something I—”

“Come no closer.”

Arabella gasped at the sight of him—so pale, in the dimness his flesh seemed almost translucent, lean features drawn into taut relief of highlight and hollow, as if ravaged by a wasting sickness. Wet hair clung sleekly to the contour of his skull from which his eyes burned, just a trick of the light, surely, for in that moment, she could have sworn they blazed like coals beneath the dark slash of his brows. Then he turned his head away, denying her the sight of his misery.

“Leave me, please. I will be fine if you leave me.”

He wouldn’t be fine. She could tell by watching his agitation that something was so dread­fully wrong, he’d come to her father for help . . . but Stuart Howland was not at home.

(And the rest of the scene . . .)

“Please,” she cried out softly, “please tell me what I can do for you.”

For a moment there was silence, then the slow, hissing draw of his breath as he came about to face her. They were quite close, so he had no diffi­culty reaching out to catch her by the upper arms, long fingers biting into tender flesh with hurtful pressure. What kind of illness left such strength in a man’s hands, she wondered somewhat frantically? But she couldn’t move, couldn’t complain, for he was staring down into her eyes and suddenly nothing else existed beyond the pull of his unblinking gaze. An odd lethargy spread through her as she heard him speak, his tone quiet and somehow soothing, seeming to melt her very bones.

“What can you do for me?” he repeated, as if con­sidering the question. His arms bent to compel her forward, until she could feel the force of his rapid breath against her upturned face. There was no warmth to it. Nor was there any sign of weakness or distress in him.

Power . . . she sensed power. It en­gulfed her, swallowing her whole.

“Arabella.”

MIDNIGHT KISS, the first book in my “Touched by Midnight” vampire romance series, has taken on a surprising life of its own over the past decades. First released in 1994 as the first of three (ultimately nine) books that move through the same vampiric family from the Regency era to modern times, it was raised again through Belle Books in 2015 and shows no sign of going gently or quietly into that goodnight. If you like a darkly delicious romance, a bite of the paranormal and a taste of history, sink your teeth into MIDNIGHT KISS for only $0.99 through April 15th! You may find yourself hungry for more . . .



I’m happy to be back with my friends at WeWriWa after a week of wonderful relaxation with a critique partner pal doing final edits on my Texas-set romantic suspense, AN UNTARNISHED HERO. It’s off for BETA reads so I’m somewhat at a loss of what to do next. The search for an agent is foremost on my agenda. Any suggestions . . . ? Looking forward to seeing what’s been playing on your keyboards in this beautiful month of April!


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23 comments:

  1. Great snippet. The word "compelling" comes to mind.
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  2. Julie Evelyn JoyceApril 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Holy crap on a cracker, Nancy! This is SO good! I would pull a line to quote, but I can't choose just one! Such amazing, descriptive writing!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! It's nice to know it's held up over the years!

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  3. Uh oh, she's going to get a lot more than she bargained for, I'm guessing. Very vivid snippet! The building tension was masterfully done (as always with your writing).

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  4. Damn, that's intense. Every instinct is screaming, "RUUUUUUN!!!!" Too late for that with his steel vice gripped on her arm.

    Silly girl should have chosen a better dating app. ;-)

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  5. Sounds like she's in way over her head. And I think it might be a bit too late to get him the help he needs. Now, she's going to help him in a different, and unexpected way, it seems. Fabulous snippet!

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    1. This time, yes, but he won't stop searching, with her help.

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  6. That snippet left me shaking. Wow. She'd better run! Glad you had an enjoyable with week with your bud. I am so looking forward to your newest.

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    1. Thanks, Di! I'm stymied at the Now What? stage.

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  7. It looks like he's going to get that help he needs, whether she wants to give it or not. Fabulous snippet! Just downloaded my copy. :)

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    1. Did I just hear the dinner bell? Weeeeell not just yet.

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  8. That "engulfed her whole" line is far too ominous in a vampire book. Run girl, run!

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    1. You said it! But that would make for a short book . . . and series!

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  9. Seems like she should've listened when he told her not to come any closer!

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  10. I could feel his power in that snippet. Great scene!

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  11. I'd guess it's too late to tell her to run?

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