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Saturday, October 18, 2014

IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL--HEART OF EXCELLENCE READERS CHOICE AWARD

Hi everyone!

My first novel, In the Shadow of Evil placed 2nd in the ACRA HEART OF EXCELLENCE READERS CHOICE AWARD IN ROMANTIC SUSPENSE.

I want to take a moment and thank all the wonderful, generous judges from The Ancient City Romance Authors in St. Augustine, Florida who took time out of their very busy lives to judge all the entries. 

I received a beautiful hand-made certificate and badge this week and had to share.

Here is the lovely badge.




And this is my beautiful certificate. Sorry about the poor image. It's going in a frame and up on the wall.






Have a wonderful week. Be safe and pass on a smile.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks
In the Shadow of Vengeance- December 15, 2014


Friday, October 10, 2014

WELCOME MORGAN O'NEILL AND THE TIME TRAVELING ROMANCE SERIES

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you had a great week and are gearing up for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Today, I'm honored to have back on my blog a fantastic writing duo, Deborah O'Neill Cordes and Cary Morgan Frates, who write as Morgan O'Neil. 


Deborah and Cary have dropped by to introduce you to their re-release of the TIME TRAVELING ROMANCE SERIES. I have such respect for both of these authors individually. As duo writers, all I can say is WOW!! They have a way of drawing the reader from the present into past worlds where every sense comes alive. I'm thrilled to give a huge shout out for this series because I'm unable to put their books down.

Here is a little peek of what you can expect. 


The Other Side of Heaven, Book One of the Italian Time Travel Series



Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn seeks to learn her family’s history and hopes to restore the bond that once existed between her Italian forebearers and those who live in America. While visiting her ancestral Italian town, Gwen is caught in a violent earthquake and inexplicably thrust through time. At first refusing to believe what has happened, she nevertheless uses her wits to survive, donning a monk’s cowl to hide her identity as a woman. Ripped apart from all she has ever known, Gwen finds herself in the midst of brutal territorial battles in an era she once blithely called “The Dark Ages.” When the golden Italian summer of 951 emerges from the strife and gloom, Gwen joins forces with a cadre of gallant men, allies in the struggle against the evil nobles, Willa of Tuscany and Count Berengar, kidnappers of Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide. Along with Father Warinus and Lord Alberto Uzzo, Gwen seeks to rescue Adelaide and restore her kingdom. 


In the midst of this great adventure, Gwen falls in love with the complex and passionate Alberto, to whom she reveals her identity as a woman. But can Alberto learn to love her strong and independent nature and help Gwen in her quest to discover her rightful place in time?


Time Enough for Love, Book Two of the Italian Time Travel Series



Through dark magic, Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn has been swept back in time to medieval Italy. There, she finds herself in the midst of a war between Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide, and those who have kidnapped her and seek to usurp her crown. Risking her life, Gwen elects to play a pivotal role in the planned rescue. In the midst of the chaos, she is drawn to the queen’s champion, Lord Alberto Uzzo, who battles not only their military foes, but also his personal demons. Tested to the limit when he discovers Gwen’s true identity as a time traveler, Alberto nevertheless fights through his doubt and the whirl of superstition that surrounds this intriguing and strong-willed woman. Time is of the essence as the lovers seek to overcome the evil forces rallying against the queen they’ve vowed to save. Will Gwen and Alberto be able to overcome the groundswell of danger to find time enough for love?


Review Quotes:

What an amazing adventure... These two books will have a very treasured place on my bookshelf. ~ Review by Hitherandthee of Night Owl Reviews. Both novels were given Top Picks, 4.5 stars for The Other Side of Heaven, 5 stars for Time Enough for Love.

Alberto and Gwen's relationship was one of the most touching and heartfelt romances, that I've read in a long time. ~ Review by Angela Searles, Satin Sheets Romance Reviews. 

More about Morgan O'Neill

Two authors writing as one, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance - with a time travel twist. They are the award-winning authors of the medieval Italian time travel duo, The Other Side of Heaven, and its sequel, Time Enough for Love, and the forthcoming Elizabethan time travel series, which will debut with The Thornless Rose, from Entangled Publishing, LLC, in November, 2014. They are also the authors of the Roman time travel series, which will be re-released in 2015.

For a little fun, check out the beautiful Morgan O'Neill's Pinterest pages:

THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN: 

http://www.pinterest.com/authormoneill/the-other-side-of-heaven/

TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE:

http://www.pinterest.com/authormoneill/the-other-side-of-heaven/


Where you can find more about these two marvelous writers:

Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes



And last but not least, where you can buy THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN AND TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE

THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN

TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE


Deborah and Cary, thank you so much for dropping by for a visit. Please don't be strangers. I love sharing your news. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and you find time to disappear into a great book. Until we meet again, please be nice to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks
In the Shadow of Vengeance release date: 22 December 2014


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

WELCOME HEATHER THURMEIER AND THE WEDDING HOAX

 Hi Everyone,

I'm so thrilled to have Heather Thurmeier with us today. Heather has just released a charming novel called THE WEDDING HOAX. I thought it would be fun to get to know Heather a little and hear what inspires her writing.

Heather has brought along a wonderful bracelet she would like to giveaway to one lucky winner. You can enter her contest at the end of this interview.

Heather, thank you again for dropping by for a visit. To start off this interview, tell us three things about yourself that readers may not know about you.

1. My favorite color is sparkly dark purple.
2. I have a weakness for handbags and cozy sweaters.
3. I’m a serious reality TV junkie. If I get control of the remote, it’s almost always on a reality show.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I think there was a part of me that knew from about elementary school on, but I didn’t actually embrace it until I was an adult. For a long time I wanted to write, but didn’t have an idea for a story. Once that story idea came to me, I decided to give it a try and I was instantly hooked! I haven’t stopped since.

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?

 I love the freedom to have my own schedule (within reason considering deadlines). I love having stories to tell that readers enjoy. And I love the creative outlet. I get to escape to another world when I sit down at my computer and it’s really fun. What I don’t like is that sometimes you have to have a really thick skin in this business. I’ve gotten really good with criticism really quickly and most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but every now and then, something stings. It’s those moments when I wonder if I’m in the right job or not. But I can’t imagine not writing so here I am with another book release to celebrate!

Criticism can really hit hard sometimes. A thick skin is a must. How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career? 

When I was 16, I met and fell in love with my husband. At 21 I left my country (Canada), my family and my friends to move away with my man to the USA. Years later, we are still married, still happy and have a wonderful life here. All of those things helped me to know that anything is possible, including writing a book and getting it published.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? 

Just keep writing. Go for it and keep going for it even when it gets tough.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why? 

I write romance—contemporary, new adult, and paranormal. I love giving my characters their happily ever after! However, I would one day like to write a mainstream adventure book! No plans just yet for that though.

Tells us about your newest book release, THE WEDDING HOAX. 



THE WEDDING HOAX is part of Entangled Publishing’s new Lovestruck line and I’m super excited about it! Here’s the quick blurb:

Wedding gown designer Daisy Willows is desperate for an influx of cash to cover her mother’s homecare bills. With subscriptions to his father’s wedding magazine plummeting, playboy Cole Benton needs to find a way to stimulate sales, and fast. But then a renowned bridal show expo owner offers to bail them out—if they rekindle their failed relationship and plan the fake wedding of the century. Except, with all the ring shopping and kissing upon request, they’re having a hard time remembering that their big white wedding is a big white lie…


I know you have brought along a blurb and an excerpt. I'll post those wonderful teasers below this interview. Here is an interesting question I would like to get your opinion on. Do you believe writers are born to write or learn to write? 

Both. I think there’s a little voice inside a writer that they’re born with. It’s that little voice that’s always whispering a story idea and pushing you to write it. But I also think that no matter how talented you are as a writer, there is always more to learn.

Now for a fun question. What is the theme song for THE WEDDING HOAX? 

As you wrote the story, what music did you go back to time and time again?  I’m really not much of a music person. I listen to it in the car but I can’t write to it. Every time I try, I end up singing along and no words actually get written.

Before you leave us, what is up next for you? 

Up next I’m not entirely sure. I’d love to write another contemporary romance. I also have plans to write the second book in my paranormal romance series Falling Stars. And I’d also love to start plotting that mainstream adventure idea I hope to write one day. I don’t know how I’m going to find time to complete all of those things, but I’ll try my best. 

Thank you so much for having me!!


It was my absolute pleasure, Heather. I can't wait to read THE WEDDING HOAX. I hope it sells off the shelves.

So as promised, here is the full book blurb for THE WEDDING HOAX


To save their companies, they’ll plan the fake wedding of the century...
Meet the bride...

Daisy Willows is a wedding dress designer who longs for her own happily-ever-after. In the meantime, she’s struggling to keep her business going even as she covers her mom’s increasing medical expenses. So when a bridal show expo owner offers to help her out, she can hardly say no. And all it takes is Daisy pretending she’s back with her playboy ex. And that they’re engaged...
Meet the groom...

Cole Benton works for his father’s bridal magazine, which is on the verge of downsizing. All he really wants is a crack at an outdoor lifestyle magazine, and if he has to fake-marry Daisy to make it happen, he’s definitely in. Now Daisy and Cole are playing up their fake engagement, shopping for rings, and even kissing upon request. All of which is makes it a whole lot harder to remember that their big white wedding is a big white lie...


Excerpt for THE WEDDING HOAX. Enjoy!!


Cole adjusted himself in the boutique chair as Daisy came out in yet another stunning dress. He didn’t think it was possible to be attracted to a woman in a wedding gown, but apparently it was.

And it was maddening.
Damn it. He didn’t want to be any more attracted to Daisy than he already was. At this point, he wanted her to walk down the aisle in a white garbage bag so he didn’t have to see the shape of her curves, teasing him about what he couldn’t have but also couldn’t stop thinking about.

Nor could he stop imagining those undergarments she’d mentioned to the women at the bridal show. Was Daisy wearing something sexy under all that white lace and satin, too? A push-up bra? A thong?

He sat forward and leaned his elbows on his knees, ignoring the ache in his groin at the thought of Daisy in a thong. He didn’t even have to use his imagination. An image
of her lying on her stomach across his bed came to mind. Her skin had been smooth under his fingertips as he traced the lace of her thong to where it disappeared between two luscious hills of milky-white flesh. She’d shivered beneath his touch when he’d caressed the tiny crease where her bottom met the backs of her thighs. And when he’d playfully smacked her ass, the apples of her cheeks weren’t the only spot on her body to blush as she’d rolled away from him, giggling and smiling seductively.

If he’d realized that would be one of his last moments with Daisy, he would have savored it more, prolonged his own enjoyment to push hers further. What he wouldn’t give to see that spark in her eyes when she was on the cusp of going over the edge again. Or the pink tinge in her cheeks as his tongue tasted her.

“Cole!” Daisy’s voice was sharp, piercing his thoughts and shattering the nice memory he was currently enjoying more than the present moment.

“That one is nice,” Cole said on instinct, forcing himself to focus on the dress she wore instead of what she might be wearing underneath it. This dress was similar to the others— sleeveless, white, satin and beads, and expertly hand-stitched. He’d never really given Daisy a lot of credit for her work before, but he should have. She was a master of her craft.

She put her hands on her hips. “That’s what you said about every dress so far. Are you even paying attention?”

No.

“I’m trying to, but you know how I feel about shopping.” He laid his head back and rubbed his eyes hard, hoping to erase the memory of Daisy’s thong from his brain long enough to get through this torture without a raging hard-on.

“How could I forget? You’re worse than taking a child shopping. At least with a kid you can give them a snack or a toy to keep them busy.”

“I could go for a snack.” He shrugged.


Buy links for THE WEDDING HOAX:




If you would like to learn more about Heather Thurmeier, here is where you can find her. 


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AND as promised above, here is the lovely bracelet Heather is giving away to one lucky winner. Good luck everyone and don't forget to check out her other wonderful novels. 





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Friday, October 3, 2014

WELCOME BACK LONI LYNNE

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today, I'm thrilled to welcome back to my blog, my good friend and wonderful author, Loni Lynne. The last time she dropped by, she filled us in on her debut novel, WANTED: ONE GHOST. Here is the link if you missed it: http://bit.ly/1rBDT2W.


Loni is back to share the exciting news about her new novel,  IMMORTAL HEAT, the first book of the The Guardians of Dacia Series.





Here is a blurb for THE GUARDIANS OF DACIA SERIES.

Romania has been called the mystical land of paranormal beings and creatures of the night. Before the Romans conquered their land, Dacia was a mystical land of magic and folk-lore until one man and his army destroyed the closely woven fabric set by the gods between man and beast. Now, cursed by their gods over two thousand years ago, one immortal clan struggles to maintain their private world while still learning to live and protect their human brethren while their enemy seeks power to destroy the new world.
 But as the clans face extinction, a new generation of Dacian blood emerges to unite the clans once more. The world as they know it may never be the same.


IMMORTAL HEAT


Dacian Historian…

Determined to study ancient Dacian folk lore abroad, Marilyn Reddlin’s plans are cut short when she is abducted by a dark haired stranger who insists she’s in danger. The only danger she’s in is losing herself to her abductor’s inexplicable seductive energy. Draylon Conier teaches her there is more to Romania than myth and fairy tales while sweeping her into a wild adventure of paranormal mystery and intrigue.

Dacian History…

Thousands of years trying to pay back a debt, Draylon Conier is finally able to do so. Sent to capture a young, American student who is in danger while in Romania, he just has to send her back home. Easy enough for him. Unfortunately, Marilyn Reddlin is determined to thwart his every attempt—even telepathy. But there is more to her than meets the eye and the closer he gets to her, the more danger she is in, not only from the ancient immortal Dacian clans he’s trying to protect her from, but also his own sexual need.

History just got a lot harder...

They must find out what connection Marilyn has to Dacian history before Draylon destroys her when she succumbs to Immortal Heat.



Loni brought along a wonderful excerpt to tease you until it's released on OCTOBER 6TH---IN JUST THREE DAYS!! Enjoy!

 Excerpt for IMMORTAL HEAT


The server rolled out a dessert tray, and Marilyn automatically possessed room for the piece of decadent Belgian-chocolate cake whispering her name. She couldn’t pass up the temptation. Besides, it was only a sliver of cake. She needed something to absorb all the wine. The rich chocolate would complement the merlot and appease her craving.

 The first bite hit her taste buds with the smooth, sinful flavor of Belgian chocolate- ganache. Marilyn sighed blissfully and closed her eyes, allowing the sweetness to pleasure her senses as she dragged the fork through her lips to capture every last molecule of taste.

Upon opening her eyes she saw a man sitting at her table, staring at her. She inhaled a crumb of chocolate cake, setting her to cough. Marilyn tried to breathe as her eyes watered behind her spectacles. The man handed her the water goblet and their fingers touched. Trembling at the jolt of electricity shooting through her hand, Marilyn took a sip to clear her throat.

She picked up the subtle scent of the amber and musk she’d noticed in the airport. Was it him? Was he spying on her?

He didn’t blink. His electric blue gaze bore into her soul. Small tremors of the fear her mother had addressed for years came running back, but she sat immobilized, staring back at him.

Dressed all in black, his raven hair blended in with the black leather of his jacket and turtleneck shirt. Those blue eyes caught fire from the reflection of candle light between them. Little bubbles of sensual awareness boiled within her bloodstream, and her mouth went dry as if the cake she’d been eating left behind a sawdust residue. She tried to laugh away the nervousness, but what came out was more of a croak. “I think you have the wrong seat,” she said in broken Romanian.

“You have to leave,” he said.

He spoke in perfect, modern English with a hint of accent. She wasn’t sure what kind. You have to leave, her mind echoed. She shook her head at the distracting sound of his voice. Like the Belgian chocolate ganache, the thick tenor drizzled delicious intent that could make a woman fantasize about what that voice would sound like whispering rich, sweet words into her ear. She needed to stop drinking red wine. It made her think silly things.

What would her mother do in a situation like this? With the stiffened spine she’d learned from Diane Reddlin, she met his gaze—difficult as it was to look into his eyes without melting. “This is my table. You are the one who needs to leave.” She took another bite of her cake as if he weren’t there. Whether the cake was more acceptable to bite into than he was would be a matter of decorum, but she bet he would taste yummy.

Hands joined in a single fist planted on the table, he leaned forward until his face was mere inches from hers. He studied her every move as she ate. The intensity should have unnerved her, and yet a wine induced boldness hit her, coupled with a determination to put him in his place, whoever he was. His good looks and dark, sensual appeal could only mean trouble.

The flickering candlelight created shadows along his jaw line, making him appear even more mysterious. His elegant European nose flared, the muscles in his jaw flexed. The mixed scent of the aroma she’d been alerted to at the airport and leather from his jacket again hit her senses. As much as she tried to fight her feminine instincts, her inner woman wasn’t cooperating. Her nipples hardened, and a quiver started in her core. She shifted uncomfortably in her seat.

“You are in danger, Marilyn Reddlin. Leave now. . . before it’s too late.”
Those eyes penetrated straight through to her soul. She hoped to God he didn’t know what her body was saying. Then his words and the fact he’d just addressed her by her name hit her like a bucket of icy water. She shook off the strange enchantment.
“Who are you?  How do you know my name?”

“That’s my business. Now, leave Romania…tonight.”

Marilyn sat stunned, fighting the commanding lilt of his voice. There was an odd, suggestive pull. She fought it but he’d already left. She hadn’t seen him get up. But when she looked, he’d walked out of the restaurant into the hotel lobby towards the entrance.

 A few moments later she grabbed his hand, halting him. His eyes flared up at her, and then down to where her hand had attached itself to his wrist. She stopped and realized she didn’t remember how she’d gotten from the table to being outside, trying to stop his departure. But here she was. They stared at each other for a moment, both astounded at the circumstances.

He jerked his hand from her touch and popped the collar on his jacket, glaring at her before walking away.

You will leave.

Did she just hear his voice in her mind or had he said that aloud? His back was to her, so she wasn’t sure. She shook her head to get the sound of his voice out of her senses. This was too bizarre.

Like hell I’ll leave, asshole, she thought while staring after him. Who did he think he was? Had her mother put him up to this?

Stopping dead in his tracks, he slowly turned around. Marilyn stood her ground, her hands fisted on her hips in defiance. Did she hear him curse? That was impossible, his lips hadn’t moved, and they were now a parking lot away from each other. 

A logistics truck pulled up through the circular entrance of the hotel, blocking her view, before driving away. When the view was clear, her mystery man had disappeared into the night, leaving only the echo of his warning behind in her head. She walked back to the dining room puzzled over the man’s audacity.

She’d be damned before she turned tail and ran back home to Mama.



WHERE YOU CAN BUY IMMORAL HEAT




Here is a where you can find more about Loni Lynne. She is one of the sweetest women you will ever meet. 

Born in north-central Michigan, Loni Lynne still loves the quiet woods, lakes and rivers in Otsego County and the Victorian era bay side houses of Little Traverse Bay. But after decades of moving around the country as a child and twenty-five years of marriage to her personal hero, she calls western Maryland her home.

Serving in the United States Navy didn’t prepare her for the hardest job ever, being a stay at home mom, to her two wonderful daughters. After years of volunteering as a scout leader, PTA officer, and various other volunteer positions, all while still writing snippets of story ideas, her husband decided it was time for her to put her heart to finishing a story. He gave her a laptop, portable hard drive and his blessings to have a finished manuscript, ready to be sent out to the masses in one year. He created a writing monster.


Immortal Heat was her first idea six years ago and has gone through many revisions since then. In the meantime another story took hold, Wanted: One Ghost and it became her first published book in 2013. Now with the help of her friends, family and friends of the romance writing community, she’s pursuing her love of telling stories written from her heart.



Links to Immortal Heat and Loni Lynne:



Facebook Page for The Guardians of Dacia series: 

Loni Lynne’s website: http://www.lonilynne.com

Loni Lynne’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lonilynne

Loni Lynne’s Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LoniLynne1

Loni Lynne’s Goodread Page:

Have a wonderful weekend and be nice to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GOODREADS' GIVEAWAY OF IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL

Hi all,

I'm hosting a giveaway on Goodreads for a chance to win an autograph copy of In the Shadow of Evil. 


Elías Mendoza’s personal vendetta against the McKenzie family rests on Jennie’s shoulders. As she cradles the bullet ridden body of her ten-year old student, she knows Mendoza is responsible. Quinton’s death is a message. Jennie’s life belongs to only Mendoza. But she has her own message. No one else dies. Her life means nothing as long as Mendoza is free.

Jared McNeil has spent ten years with Maryland’s Special Crime Unit and very little rattles him. When the haunted teenager he once tried to protect walks into his precinct now a beautiful woman, he wants nothing more than to wrap her in his arms and never let her go. But he soon realizes she is there only to settle her debts before she goes after his nemesis, Mendoza. Jared’s vow to stay away from Jennie until the task force destroys Mendoza now means nothing.

What Jared and Jennie don't understand is there are forces at play greater than the evil shadowing them, but time is running out. United, they can do anything. Alone, they will fail.


CLICK BELOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:







To read the first three chapters of In the Shadow of Evil, click here.

http://blogspot.nancycweeks.com/p/in-shadow-of-evil.html


Have a wonderful week and be nice to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Captivated by Cowboys

Hi Everyone!

I would love to welcome to my blog today, my friend and fellow Crimson Romance writer, Leslie P. García. Leslie has dropped by to tell us about Crimson Romance's new, sizzling hot cowboy romance bundle, CRAZY FOR COWBOYS, 8 full length sexy romance novels to jangle your spurs. 

ONLY .99 CENTS!!!

I'm so happy to have you today, Leslie. Before I ramble on and on, I'm turning my blog over to you. 

Take it away, Leslie P. Garcia...


Do you remember the first time you fell in love with a cowboy? If you’re like me, when you were six or seven, you sort of had it all backwards—that is, you watched westerns for the horses, and fell in love with Roy Roger’s Trigger or the Lone Ranger’s Silver or Zorro’s Tornado long before you really hankered after the man in the saddle.


Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger


            But let’s face it—even the innocence of childhood is touched by an awareness that horses can’t feed and care for themselves—unless they’re wild mustangs. And even then, they need the kind of devoted protectors that the cowboys of our childhoods were, and little by little, as time crawled by—or maybe raced by—we began to notice the men in the saddles before we even looked at the horses.

            Sadly, we found ourselves grown and looking for love. Happily, we discovered romance. And the men who tempted us to seek love—cowboys.

            We love their independent spirits, their connection to the earth and the outdoors, their honesty and loyalty. Men who can go eight seconds on a bull, ten on a saddle bronc...and keep a woman happy a heck of a lot longer than that.

            Other countries have cowboys—the huasos of Chile, the gauchos of Argentina, the vaqueros of Mexico. Yet who do women the world over lust after? Uh huh.

            I’ll be the first to admit that romance writers might have contributed slightly to the cowboy fantasy—certainly cover artists have. As someone who spent a number of years in the cedar of the Texas hill country and the hundred degree brush country of south Texas, I know—I know—that few real cowboys go shirtless in broad daylight. They certainly don’t ride around just in boots, chaps, and hats, no matter how much some of us might wish they did.

            But we portray them as we see them, I guess—and because of their courage, their dedication to their work and their women—their heart—we’re willing to allow them a few liberties in fiction. You know, to keep the legend alive and vibrant.

            And, to further the legend, Crimson Romance corralled eight of their finest cowboy romances—the same full length novels that have already captured critical and reader acclaim—and bundled them together in a sensational collection priced at just .99!

I’m extraordinarily proud to have Unattainable featured in this bundle, along with fellow Crimson authors and cowboy lovers Susan Arden, Lynn Cahoon, Kathryn Brocato, Tommie Conrad, Dorothy Callahan, Monica Tillery, and Kristina Knight.  We’re all crazy for cowboys—and we hope you are, too.


Tempted by Trouble: Susan Arden
When a veterinarian meets her sexy new boss, temptation beckons as they work together to find a cure for his family’s dying cattle.

The Bull Rider’s Brother: Lynn Cahoon
Rodeo weekend in Shawnee, Idaho, brings the cowboy who got away back into Lizzie’s life. But when James discovers they have a son, can they get a second chance at love?

Unattainable: Leslie P. García
DEA Agent Jovi Treviño comes to Dell Rosales’ ranch to investigate the drug movement sweeping south Texas and unexpectedly falls for the woman everyone calls unreachable.

The Counterfeit Cowgirl: Kathryn Brocato
Cattleman Aaron Whitaker has no use for a flashy, brown-eyed, fake cowgirl in his life. So why is he attracted to his new next-door neighbor, fashionista Felicity Clayton?

Heart Trouble: Tommie Conrad
Life comes easy to rancher Brandt Connor, until he falls for Marissa Sloan who’s leaving home at summer’s end. Will Brandt let her go or become the man he’s meant to be?

Taming the Stallion: Dorothy Callahan
A riding accident left officer Raylie McPherson fearing horses, but investigating an animal cruelty claim at Ashton Lyre’s stables may just offer her a way to heal.

Kiss Me, Katie: Monica Tillery
When fiddler Katie McCoy joins handsome singer Blake Jackson on his Country Summer Nights tour, they are a match made in music heaven. But will fame destroy their love?

What a Texas Girl Wants: Kristina Knight
A little too much fun in the sun lead Kathleen and Jackson to wake up on a beach together . . . married! But will their one-night fling turn into the real thing?
Sensuality Level: Sensual

Excerpt from Unattainable


Dell stood up and walked over to the window, looking out for a few, silent moments.
Finally she sighed heavily and turned back around. “I suppose we need to talk about a sale, then. But not today.” Her lips twisted in a wry smile. “I have to make peace with the idea first, I guess.” She came back again and sat down. “Tell me something, Jovi...how big a stickler are you for job descriptions and doing only what you were hired to do?”

He arched an eyebrow. “I don’t know. Why?”

“How are you at carne asada?”

He blinked, then grinned. “The best, naturally. I wasn’t away that long!”

“Good.” She plucked absently at the eyelet blouse she was wearing, removing
invisible lint. He couldn’t look away.

“These girls have lost so much—all of them have either left or been taken away from their families.” Emotion came and went in her eyes as she spoke. “Amy was telling me the other day that the thing she missed most was the Sunday carne asada—the family getting together—even the smell of the smoke, she said. I can’t give it all back, but I thought we might try to reproduce some of it.”

“Fine with me.” He leaned back a little and idly tapped the desk.

“I could do it,” she continued seriously. But Jovi, you remember carne asadas in these parts, right?”

He nodded. “Alcohol, music, and fighting, too often.”

“I want something better than that for the girls. A good time without the bad thrown in.”

“So I come in because…?”

“You can cook the meat,” she said immediately, “while I chaperone.”

Jovi gazed across the desk at her, straightening in his chair. This was an unwelcome situation. There was an intimacy about a carne asada—friends had carne asadas. And families. He was the last person she could trust, even if she didn’t know that. Yet. He couldn’t have hidden his irritation. She looked startled by his abrupt change in demeanor, and then the impenetrable air of calm and distance settled back around her. “Is something wrong?” she asked. “If you’d rather not, don’t feel obligated—”

“There’s no problem,” he answered. “Just don’t expect miracles, Dell. Those girls are tough cookies, deep down.”

Dell stood, her own annoyance undisguised. “I don’t expect miracles, Jovani,” she retorted. “I’m not that naïve. But the girls aren’t nearly as tough as you think.” She cast a quick glance at the clock on the office wall. “I thought we’d start around five.” She turned toward the door then stopped to look back over her shoulder. “I’ll let you know about the horses within the week.” Her tone was dismissive, boss to employee.

Good. Better that way, he reminded himself brusquely. Because at best, Dell was just his boss. And at worst…at worst, she was the woman he’d destroy. Soon.


        


Leslie, wonderful excerpt. Thanks for dropping by and sharing this great bundle with us. I hope it sells off the virtual shelves. I have my copy and can't wait to dig in. I hope everyone has a great weekend and finds a few moments to disappear into a great book. 

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks




Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE IDENTICAL- OPENING IN A THEATER NEAR YOU!!


Happy Thursday, Everyone!!!

I have such a treat for you today that I'm bursting with excitement.  Let me start from my earliest memory that brought us to this incredible moment. 

Four years ago at one of my family reunions, a young man leaned over toward me with a photo in his hand, and said, "Aunt Nancy, see this guy?" 



Source: Blake Rayne: http://imdb.to/1twKA6Z


I took a glanced and said, "Wow, he looks just like Elvis!" 

Dustin Marcellino, the wonderful young man who married my beautiful niece Alyssa said, "He's going to star in my first movie!" 




I remembered thinking, Way to go, Dustin! If you are going to dream, well, dream big. 

We spent the next few minutes telling each other about our dreams; I had just finished my first novel and wanted to get it published and Dustin dreamed of being a movie director.

As you know, I'm living my dream. What has me busting at the gut with excitement is Dustin has accomplished his dream!!! He took that photo and dream, and after hours upon hours of hard, demanding work, he turned that dream into his reality. 

Dustin Marcellino's  directorial debut, The Identical opens September 5, 2014 nation wide.





The Identical:


Twin brothers are unknowingly separated at birth; one of them becomes an iconic rock 'n' roll star, while the other struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father.

Director: Dustin Marcellino

Writer: Howard Klausner


Stars: Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd


CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING MOVIE TRAILER:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJX8ZN8GPQ



AND ... how freak'n amazing is this!!! Dustin and Alyssa at the premiere of The Identical in New York City.



This is just the beginning for Dustin and Alyssa and I'm so very proud of them. 

Dream big, everyone. Find that one thing that lives deep in your heart, but seems just out of reach, and go for it. It will not be easy. Some days will seem overwhelming, but stick to it. Your hard work and determination will pay off. And before you know it, it will be your time, your turn to watch your dream shine. 

((Hugs to all))

Nancy C. Weeks