Monday, September 26, 2016

WELCOME BACK MORGAN O'NEILL! THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT — IN THE PAST

ALERT: AMAZON US AND UK KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL BELOW

Happy Monday, Everyone!

I hope you all had a restful weekend. Today, I'm absolutely thrilled to have back on my blog dear friends and award-winning authors, Cary Morgan and Deborah O'Neill Cordes who co-write as Morgan O'Neill. They have dropped by to share a little about how they came together to write eight fantastic novels and to share their Amazon Kindle Countdown beginning today.

Deborah and Cary, welcome! Have a cup of tea and please make yourself at home. My blog is yours...

Cary Morgan and Deborah O'Neill Cordes as Morgan O'Neill

We’ve been on a writing journey together for over a decade and a half. Happenstance played a role in the formation of our writing team, because we met by chance at a writers' conference. Lucky day for us! Good fortune was also with us regarding our pen name, since the combination of our maiden names made a great pseudonym. But luck won't write a novel, let alone eight of them. An old expression fits what we do—two heads are better than one—and it works well for us, especially because of the complexity inherent in writing epic time travel fiction.

We love weaving many fantastical layers with real history in order to make a cohesive and exciting series. One of our goals is to give our time traveling heroines realistic and challenging experiences when they arrive in the past, in that they don’t necessarily know the language or customs. This literally opened the world to us, and our characters have ventured beyond the time travel standards of Ireland or Scotland to ancient Rome, medieval Italy, and Elizabethan England. We’ve also put our passions and experiences into the novels, from Cary’s love of her daughter’s flute playing, to her own horsemanship and seafaring skills, to Deb’s penchant for terriers, tea, and researching historical wonders like Westminster Abbey or Ravenna’s mausoleum of Galla Placidia. 

It’s always a sad day when we write “the end” on any manuscript, because we’re saying goodbye to our characters, who’ve become as real to us as our dearest friends and family members. Although it’s a bittersweet farewell, there’s always hope we’ll revisit them someday—and perhaps write another book about them. The Roman series could go on, and someday it might. Just wait and see what happens next. The future is bright—in the past.

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 Love, Eternally, Book One of the Roman Time Travel Series


Love, Eternally
A witch's ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. 

[I asked Morgan O'Neill for their inspiration for Magnus. So HOT!]

On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.

After the Fall, Book Two of the Roman Time Travel Series 


Sept. 22 through Sept. 28

 Sept. 21 through Sept. 27

    After the Fall ratchets up the tension as time traveler Gigi Perrin and her husband, the Roman warrior Quintus Magnus, join forces with the Visigoth King Alaric to march on Rome. There waits Princess Galla Placidia, the admirable sister of the despicable Emperor Honorius. About to be forced into an arranged marriage by her brother, Placidia fears a bleak future, trapped in a loveless union. In an attempt to save Rome from barbarian invasion, Placidia puts aside her troubles and meets with Alaric’s delegation, which includes Gigi and Magnus, and the king’s second-in-command, the Visigoth prince, Athaulf. The attraction between Placidia and Athaulf is instantaneous and overwhelming, but theirs is a forbidden love, destined to fail because of implacable politics and impending war. Bound by a friendship that transcends time, Gigi and Placidia must do whatever they can to protect the men they love, after the fall of Rome.

Return to Me, Book Three of the Roman Time Travel Series 


Sept. 22 through Sept. 28

 Sept. 21 through Sept. 27.

Return to Me finds time traveler Gigi Perrin happily settled into twenty-first century life with her husband, the former Roman senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus. Gigi has resumed her successful musical career, playing the flute for her adoring fans, while making her first foray into Hollywood by creating the musical score for a feature film about the Roman emperor Nero. At the film’s wrap party, Gigi is presented with a gift to commemorate her work: an ancient Roman ring depicting the goddess Victoria. Stunned, she and Magnus recognize it as the very ring that brought them together, and the one subsequently stolen from her and lost in A.D. 410. How did it make its way back to them? Magnus believes the answer is clear; Victoria sent it as a warning about their dear friend, Princess Galla Placidia. They start researching what happened to Placidia after Gigi and Magnus time traveled from the barbarous fifth century. To their shock, they discover Placidia's life took a series of terrible turns, culminating with the murders of her children. Realizing they have no other choice, Gigi and Magnus prepare to embark on a perilous quest to go back in time and rescue them. But one ominous question remains—how can they save the children without altering the course of history?

Where to find out more about Morgan O'Neill:

Morgan O'Neill is the pen name of award-winning authors Cary Morgan and Deborah O'Neill Cordes, who specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance—with a time travel twist. Journey with them to the dangerous and barbaric fifth century in their Roman time travel series, which begins with Love, Eternally and After the Fall, and culminates with Return to Me, as well as their medieval Italian series, The Other Side of Heaven and Time Enough for Love, and their Elizabethan time travel series, The Thornless Rose, Begun by Time, and their forthcoming work, Ever Crave the Rose. 

Personal Media Links:

Morgan O’Neill Website           

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That's it for today. Cary  and Deborah, it is always a pleasure hosting you on my blog. I wish you the very best success with your Amazon Kindle Countdown and every new adventure you undertake. If anyone has any questions for Morgan O'Neill, please don't be shy. You can comment below in the comment section, or if that doesn't work for you, please leave your note HERE, my blog email, and I'll past it alone. 

Have a great week. I hope you find the time to read a wonderful book.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Hi Everyone,

I hope your week has started off on a great track. I have had a wonderful long weekend celebrating 35 years of marriage with the best man in the world. 

I ran across this quote awhile back. Like most of my Thought for the Day posts, its strikes a deep cord.

People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.
― John Green, Looking for Alaska 


I think we should all do a little more people loving. Who is with me?

I'm off to dig back into editing my new novel. I can't wait to introduce you to Emersyn and Alec. Such a wonderful couple. I know I have said this before, but I think they are my favorite to date. It is going to be so hard letting them go. But I will so one day you can come to love them too. 

Happy Tuesday and hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks




Saturday, August 20, 2016

VISIONS OF LOVE:5 PSYCHIC ROMANCES: RELEASE DATE 08/22/2016

Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited to announce a new bundle my publisher is releasing in just two days called Visions of Love: 5 Psychic Romances--Release date: August 22, 2016. 



Available from these and many other fine internet retailers.

Visions of Love: 5 Psychic Romances
Adventure, danger, and intrigue are taken to new heights by these five couples who each share a sizzling psychic connection. Between visions and dreams, mysteries and mysticism mingle to forge a love strong enough to withstand any obstacle.

This bundle contains my first novel, In the Shadow of GreedIf you haven't had a chance to meet Jason McNeil and his amazing heroine, Sarah Tu, now is the time. And if you can't wait until Monday, you can begin the novel here:In the Shadow of Greed .

If you have read Greed, thank you! I really hope you enjoyed Jason and Sarah's happy-ever-after as much as I enjoyed writing it. This is your chance to meet four authors you may have not read before, Glenys O’Connell, Shay Lacy, Rachel James, and Charmaine Ross. Take a chance and explore their wonderful novels for an amazing price of only $0.99 cents. 

Here are brief blurbs of all five Psychic Romances:

In the Shadow of Greed by Nancy C. Weeks Brilliant cryptologist Dr. Sarah Tu races against time and the warnings from her deceased sister to block the most dangerous Internet malware ever created—and it’s up to FBI agent Jason McNeil to make sure she stays alive long enough to do it.

Saving Maggie by Glenys O’Connell Reporter Maggie’s psychic gift incites a serial killer to play games with her, and this madman seeks her death to bind them together forever. Only detective Joshua Tyler has the power to break this bond in time—that is, if she can make him believe her.

Secrets and Lies by  Shay Lacy Actor-turned-private-investigator Charlie Ziffkin traces a stolen sculpture to his hometown, where his path crosses again with former sweetheart Juliana Sanchez, a psychic who knows exactly what he’s hiding.

The Kindred by Rachel James When it comes to being psychic, Janice Kelly is the best of the best. But she didn’t foresee falling in love with Adrian while fleeing the anger of thwarted ghosts in a haunted house.

Cursed by Charmaine Ross After years of her scientist father’s abuse, Katia uses her genetically engineered “gift” of sight to destroy the lab that has been her living hell…and wakes up 100 years in the future. Can she trust the enigmatic Dr. Julius Freeman at her bedside? She’ll have to learn to—only together can they face down their demons for any chance at happiness.


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That is it for today. Have a wonderful weekend. As always, I hope you find time in your busy schedule to enjoy a great book. Take care and be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,


Nancy C. Weeks

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WELCOME ALEXIA ADAMS, AUTHOR OF THE TYCOON AND THE TEACHER

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

I hope your week has been going well. Today, I thrilled to have back on my blog my lovely friend, Alexia Adams. Alexia is here to introduce us to her new novel, The Tycoon and The Teacher.

HAPPY RELEASE DAY, ALEXIA ADAMS!!!!


Cover reveal and Blurb for The Tycoon and The Teacher


He’ll do everything he can to avoid love. It may not be enough.

Argentinian tycoon, Santiago Alvarez recently lost his sister, brother-in-law, and father. Now he’s solely responsible for his traumatized niece, Miranda, who hasn’t spoken for three months. His only hope to help Miranda recover is a woman who tempts him like no other. Whatever it takes, he’ll live up to his promise to care for his sister’s daughter—even if it means marriage.

French teacher Genevieve Dubois is slowly recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder after the death of a student. Her new position, helping a little girl find joy again, brings with it an unusual complication—a super-sexy uncle who awakens Genevieve’s desire for a family of her own. When her employer proposes marriage so he can keep custody of Miranda, Genevieve accepts, hoping to turn their passion into love. But when she discovers the real reason Santiago wants to be guardian of his niece, it threatens all their futures.


Now doesn't that sound like an exciting story. I can't wait to dig into my copy. Alexia brought along a wonderful excerpt to tease us all. Enjoy!

Short excerpt from The Tycoon and The Teacher

She put her wine down on the cement railing and stepped towards him. Without warning, she put a hand up to his face in a gentle caress, her thumb sweeping under his eye. “Never underestimate the power of a loving touch. From birth we respond to it. Even stone-hearted tycoons have been known to soften in time.”

He didn’t know about softening—parts of him were getting harder the longer she stood within kissing distance.
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Alexia gave a few excerpts to chose from and I couldn't pick just one. 

So, short excerpt #2 from The Tycoon and The Teacher

“I care for you, Vivi. I want you to be happy. But don’t wait for me to love you. If, after I adopt Miranda, you find someone else who will love you and give you the life you want, I won’t stand in your way.” He was lying through his teeth now. She was his. His remarks to Eduardo on his wedding day were even truer now. But possessiveness wasn’t love. 

“I’ll keep that in mind.” The hand on his cheek slid behind his neck, pulling his head towards hers. As their lips met, she whispered, “Until I meet my Prince Charming, I’ll just have to make do with you.”

Here where you can get your copy of The Tycoon and The Teacher by Alexia Adams.



All about Alexia Adams:

Alexia once traveled the world. However marriage and the birth of four children clipped her travel wings, so she took to vicarious voyages through the characters she creates in her romance novels. Her stories reflect her love of exotic destinations and unique cultures and feature locations as diverse as the wind-swept prairies of Canada to hot and humid cities in Asia. To discover other books written by Alexia or read her blog on inspirational destinations, Journey to Love at http://Alexia-Adams.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up-to-date with new books and adventures.

Social Media Links: 
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AlexiaAdamsAuth Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/alexiaadamsauth/ Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068526.Alexia_Adams Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Alexia-Adams/e/B00CNIDYN2/ BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alexia-adams

Alexia, thank you for coming by today. I wish you great success with The Tycoon and The Teacher and hope you will come back again soon. If anyone has any questions for Alexia, please don't be shy. It's a pleasure to get to know our readers.
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That is it for today. Have a wonderful weekend. As always, I hope you find time in your busy schedule to enjoy a great book. Take care and be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, June 10, 2016

MY THOUGHT FOR TODAY

Hi Everyone!

This quote by Maya Angelou has become an all-time favorite. 





As with almost everything I have read by Maya Angelou, the message appears simple at first glance, but it isn't simple at all. I can turn these few words into something very personal. I have to accept my limitations until I learn how to overcome them. Then, I should try harder. 

Personal... all about me.

I look away and then read the quote again. The message doesn't have anything to do with me nor my personal wants or needs. It's a message about compassion. 

It's easy to be compassionate to those in my own little bubble. I understand them, accept them and live among them. Where I stumble is when I burst my bubble and I expand my world.

"Do the best you can until you know better."

To be truly compassionate, it takes accepting everyone for who they are and caring without judgment or prejudice.

“When you know better, do better.”

I pray I’m up for the challenge. What about you? Do you want to take Maya Angelou's challenge with me?

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WELCOME SOPHIA SASSON, AUTHOR OF FIRST COMES MARRIAGE

Hi All,

I hope the beginning of your week is going well. I have a wonderful new author to introduce to everyone. Sophia Sasson, author of First Comes Marriage has agreed to sit down and allow us a little peek into her life. 



But she's already found Mr. Right… 
She would rather call her impending nuptials planned than arranged, but she's certain her fiancé is her perfect match. Still, Dr. Meera Malhotra jumps at the opportunity to spend the month before her wedding doing a medical rotation in small-town USA. Getting a taste of independence and improving public health are both part of her plan. Falling for a cowboy? Not so much. Jake Taylor is totally wrong for her, anyway: he raises cattle; she's a vegetarian. He's content with life on the ranch; she's from bustling London and wants to travel. She couldn't possibly throw away everything she's built over something as illogical as love.


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Sophia, I'm so thrilled to have you here today. To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself so my readers can get to know the person behind the writer. We would also love to hear how you came to write First Comes Marriage

First Comes Marriage is one of those books that’s always been floating in my heart. In June 2014, Harlequin Heartwarming did a Write from the Heart contest and I entered on a whim. I’m originally from India and while I didn’t have the kind of life my heroine Meera did—she grew up in an orphanage—I’d seen children like her. I’ve had to live with the kind of cultural expectations that Meera experiences and I wanted to create a character who had the strength to face an impossible dilemma.

Completing a book is an enormous challenge. What was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it? In other words, what do you think drove you to complete this enormous project?

I didn’t find it hard to write this story. The characters spoke to me, sometimes so loudly that I had trouble sleeping.  I believed in the story, I wanted to resolve the conflict for my characters and get them to their happily ever after and that’s what kept me typing.

My characters wake me up nightly. Three in the morning seems to be their favorite chatty time. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

Probably when I was twelve and started reading Nancy Drew books. When I didn’t like the story, I made up my own. For me characters drive the story, so I’m always on the hunt for my next character.

I loved Nancy Drew and went through so many of her books. I remember picking up The Hidden Staircase the first time because we shared a name. I was hooked. 

I love to hear what authors think about this next question. Do you believe writers are born or made?

I think a mixture of both. Writers need to have imagination and a flair for storytelling that is innate to the person. But to become a good writer, you have to work at it, constantly improve your craft.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career?

I love traveling. I’ve seen many different countries and make it a point to immerse myself in other cultures. You’ll find a lot of diversity in my writing because part of my joy comes from sharing a part of the world that not everyone knows about. First Comes Marriage takes you to rural Virginia, London and a glimpse of Indian culture. My next book, the Senator’s Daughter is based in Washington DC. The book I’m currently writing is based in Guam.
My website has pictures from places I’ve been, including my favorite place on earth (so far at least).

Wow, Sophia, what an exciting life you have led. I love the photos on your website. 

So lets switch gears a little. I love character interviews and would love to learn more about your heroine Meera’s mother, Neela Malhotra. She is a is fascinating character.  Let’s get to know her a little better shall we.

First, tell me more about Neela and her background.

Neela was born in Calcutta to a lower middle class family. Her father was a clerk in a bank and barely made ends meet. She grew up in a rent controlled two bed room apartment where she lived with her sister, parents and her cousins, uncle and aunt. Each family of four had one bedroom. It was the only way they could afford to live in a place with a real roof rather than one made of mud or tin. Neela was fortunate enough to meet Prem who fell in love with her. Prem was a doctor who emigrated to London. He amassed a fortune and gave Neela the life she always wanted.

I did not realize reading the story that Neela’s beginnings were just as humble as Meera’s. So why didn’t she want to adopt Meera?

Early in her marriage, Neela felt she had married up. She was from a lower socio economic class than Prem and was less educated than him. But she figured she would be the mother to his children and that would secure her place in his heart. Then she discovered that she was infertile. Prem, nice guy that he was, suggested they adopt. This just fed Neela’s anxieties that she had nothing to offer him.

So she took out her frustration on Meera?

That would be the simple answer but it’s not right. Neela strove to give Meera everything she didn’t have growing up. Neela understood better than anyone what it was like to be plucked from poverty and be given everything in the world. She tutored Meera in the way of the wealthy, groomed her so she would fit into society the way Neela never had. Neela wanted her daughter to have the one thing she didn’t; the security of knowing her husband loved her unconditionally.  

As a mother of a daughter, I can understand Neela's desire for Meera's happiness. So why didn’t she support her daughter when Meera wanted to marry Jake?

Because Neela looks at life practically and she knew Raj had loved Meera since they were kids. She felt Meera had a crush on an American cowboy and would throw away everything she’d achieved in her life; Raj would be a life partner for her. A physician like Meera, Raj would be her medical practice partner, he understood the culture and value system. Neela didn’t understand love.

I understand both mother and daughter are fashionistas and were wearing East meets West gowns in the story. What did those look like?

Why spend a thousand words telling you when I can show you.
This  is Meera’s Indian inspired wedding dress. The wedding to Raj that is. I won’t spoil it by telling you whether or not she marries Raj, you’ll have to find out.


Every dress needs some jewelry so feast your eyes on the necklace Neela gives Meera to wear for her engagement party.


This is the dress that Neela wore to Meera’s engagement party. Another east meets west design. 


You can find more pictures of jewelry and clothes on my pinterest board.

Again, WOW! Just stunning. So what’s next for you? Any promotions that readers can take advantage of?

My next book, The Senator’s Daughter will be out in September. Just in time for those of us who want something heartwarming from the elections. After that comes Mending the Doctor’s Heart in December; both from Harlequin Heartwarming.

I have a number of promotions on my website. This week it’ll be an Amazon giveaway long with a free ebook—the prequel to First Comes Marriage called Then Comes Love.


Thank  you so much for having me on your blog Nancy. If your readers would like more information, they can always email me at Readers@SophiaSasson.com or sign up for my newsletter to get VIP exclusives. 

Sophia, it has been my pleasure to have you today. I wish you all the luck with First Comes Marriage and hope you will come back for a visit during your future releases. If anyone has any questions for Sophia, please don't be shy. It's a pleasure to get to know our readers.
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That is it for today. Have a wonderful week. As always, I hope you find time in your busy schedule to enjoy a great book. Take care and be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Saturday, May 7, 2016

FINAL DAY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE – AND YOU COULD WIN A KINDLE!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

This is my last post [I promise- :}] to shout out the amazing Summer of Love Contest.  Today, just for entering, you have a chance to win a KINDLE. This wonderful giveaway is sponsored by Kristi Rose, Ashlinn Craven and Gemma Brocato

If this is the first time you had time to clink in on my blog this week, here are the details. 


Two Grand Prize winners- 16 PRINT books for 2 Grand Prize winners—an entire summer’s worth of love and passion. We’re also giving away 1 print book to each of five other lucky winners! But that’s not all. Each day the contest runs, we’ll randomly draw a winner for one of seven daily prizes. Today's giveaway is a KINDLE  for one lucky person who just enters the contest. It can be you!
You can improve your odds of winning by entering more than once, but the only way you can enter more than once is to give another romance author a little love. Follow the directions on the Enter the Contest page. You can sign up for other author's newsletters [My Newsletter] or follow another author's blog or Facebook page —and each action gives you another entry into the contest.
NO COST TO ENTER! Free shipping of books and giveaways, but only within the United States.


I would like to thank everyone who has signed up for my newsletter this week. I only post a few times a year and will never give away your email address to anyone. Just a note. If you do sign up for my newsletter, you will receive an email from me that will ask you to accept the subscription. In order for your sign up to count as an extra entry, you must accept that subscription. This action will only take you a minute to complete. 

So that's it for today. I had a blast joining several fantastic authors who have all donated PRINT copies of their books just to spread our love of reading.  Best of luck. 

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks