Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No Write or Wrong: Interview time with Nancy Weeks!

Good morning everyone!



Today, I'm visiting with author, Sarah Allen. We are discussing my new release In the Shadow of Pride as well as a little about how I come up with my stories.  I would love it if you would stopped by for a visit. AND YES!!! There is a giveaway if you take a moment to answer the question or just say hi. If you have trouble with Blogger leaving a comment, please select the CONTACT ME icon at the top of my blog and send me an email. [I will never, ever, never give away your email address---I don't even know how!]  I'll post the comment for you. 



So here is the interview. Enjoy!



No Write or Wrong: Interview time with Nancy Weeks!: Today I have fellow author and Maryland Romance Writers member Nancy Weeks on my blog! The fourth book in her Shadow series, In the Shadow ...

Monday, July 21, 2014

HAPPY RELEASE DAY IN THE SHADOW OF PRIDE

Good morning everyone!!!


Today is the DAY! In the Shadow of Pride releases to the world. It no longer just lives in my head and heart. I'm sharing it to you for all time. 


THIS IS ME RIGHT NOW--YIPPEEEEEE





Okay, I'm taking a breath, in through the nose---out through the mouth. Release days don't come often for an author and it's just so very exciting.








I know that I'm going to come down from this release high and things are going get back to normal. Until that moment happens, I want to share with you a few photos that I kept close while writing In the Shadow of Pride. Every author needs a little eye candy to look at now and then. 









So...with that said---I would love for you to meet my inspiration for my wonderful hero, Special-Agent-In-Charge, Luke 'Mac' McNeil.




This is actor, Josh Holloway from the famous series Lost and now he's starring as Gabriel Vaughn on the new CBS series, Intelligence. Josh makes a perfect Mac, doesn't he? The instant I saw this photo, I knew he had had to be Mac. 










Choosing my heroine always takes me a little longer. So for Lexie Trevena, I finally found this photo of actress, Jessica Alba. Jessica is almost exactly what I envisioned my heroine while I was writing Pride. I can see a loving single mother in Jessica. And just look at her eyes---good grief--- would she give Mac a run for his money or what? So...let me know what you think of Jessica Alba as Lexie once you have had a chance to read Pride. If not her, then who would you have chosen? I would love to know...





The next thing I needed to inspire my writing of In the Shadow of Pride was the setting. Austin Texas had to be the city. Did you know I'm a misplaced Austinite? I spent a year at the University of Texas before I married my hero and moved to Maryland. Austin will always be one of our homes.




Austin Texas is a very beautiful, unique city. I have never found another city quite like Austin. It was the perfect backdrop for In the Shadow of Pride.







This photo was very important to Pride. One glance and I headed off in a direction that change my story and made it so much stronger. Such an exciting suspenseful element. Maybe one day, I'll hold a contest question about this photo. What scene was inspired by this photo....hummmm?  














This scene of the walkway up to the Texas State Capitol build also inspired a very dramatic moment in Pride. I'm really bad about giving things away. You never want to tell me what you got someone for Christmas. I can't keep it to myself. Same goes here. Just know I'm having a real hard time not spilling the beans. You're going to have to read all the way to the end of Pride to see where I used this photo. You have to come back and tell me if I got the scene right.



The last inspiration photo is of Big Bend National Park. Part of the Pride takes place just northwest of here.




It's a rugged, beautiful country. I loved using it to help create a very exciting suspenseful element in the story. It's at this point in Pride that Mac and Lexie must begin to trust each other before something unthinkable happens.


Well, that's all for today.  I hope you enjoyed the photos I used to inspire In the Shadow of Pride. If you have any questions for me, you can hit the little pencil below. If you have a hard time reaching me there, please, please, please use the NEW Contact Me icon at the top of the page. Send me an email and I'll post your comment and my answer in the comment section for you. I really do love making a connection to readers. 

There will be more to come this week. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great Monday. As always, be nice to each other.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Sunday, July 20, 2014

START READING IN THE SHADOW OF PRIDE TODAY!

Hi everyone!


In the Shadow of Pride will be released to the world TOMORROW. You can start reading it TODAY by clicking the Google Preview button below. 


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


As I have said before, I had such a great time writing this book. Throwing my gorgeous Mac McNeil and spunky, Lexie Trevena into life altering situations, making them work through their animosity toward each other, and then watching them fall in love on the page is what makes being a romantic suspense author such a joy.


 Well, that's it until tomorrow. I'm so excited about In the Shadow of Pride. Don't be surprised if you hear a loud 'whoopeeeee' first thing in the morning. Enjoy the read.  And as always have a great day. Be nice to one another.  


((Hugs to all))


 Nancy C. Weeks 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MODERN LOVE CONTEMPORARY BUNDLE FROM CRIMSON ROMANCE ONLY 99 CENTS!


Good morning, Everyone!

SO SORRY! DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THE LINK TO MODERN LOVE DIDN'T WORK. THE LINK BELOW SHOULD WORK NOW!  THESE ARE SUCH ADORABLE STORIES. GIVE THEM A TRY. :)


Today, I wanted to introduce you to a great deal my publisher, Crimson Romance is putting out for a very limited time. TEN  wonderful contemporary stories from TEN different authors all together for one AMAZING price. ONLY $0.99 CENTS.  



AND HERE IS THE BUY LINK:

http://amzn.com/B00LHYG9ZI


BUNDLE BLURB

When love calls, it’s rarely easy but always memorable, and definitely worth turning the pages. Recapture the thrill, the delicious anticipation of finding your happily ever after in these 10 unforgettable, hot stories by some of today’s brightest names:

 

Her Knight in Black Leather – J.M. Stewart
Destination Wedding – Robyn Neeley
Drawn to Jonah – Jennifer DeCuir
On the Fly – Katie Kenyhercz
Wildly – Debra Kayn
Falling for You – Heather Thurmeier
Beginning Again – Peggy Bird
Spiraling – Rachel Cross
Save My Soul – Elley Arden
Sweet Gone South – Alicia Hunter Pace


Here are just a couple excerpts

Her Knight in Black Leather by JM Stewart

A beat of silence passed, and Michael let out a heavy exhalation behind her, a sound of acceptance, defeat, dejection. He stepped up behind her, his warm, solid body pressing against her back, pinning her where she stood. Reaching around her, he opened a cabinet door, revealing a shelf full of glasses and mugs. “Because I was afraid.”

His words and the truth behind them settled into her core. She knew that feeling. Too well. “Of what?”

“What did you need from me last night, Cat?” His hot breath teased her neck, the sensitive skin below her earlobe, and images invaded her mind. Of his mouth latching on there, leaving his mark. The possessive look in his eyes when he plunged inside her body, claimed her as his. How simultaneously wrong and right it felt to be claimed that way. They were strangers, yet deep down, she couldn’t deny she gave him a piece of herself last night.

“I wanted the fantasy. You were a little wild, a little dangerous. A Harley-riding bad boy in black leather with a wicked gleam in your eye who challenged anyone to try to judge you.”

A faint chuckle sounded behind her, so infectious one corner of her mouth curled in response.

“You were everything I wanted to be and exactly the type of man I never go for.”

About JM

J.M. writes what she likes to call sweet and spicy contemporary romance. She’s a stay-at-home mom who lives in Seattle Washington, with her husband, two boys, and their two very spoiled puppies. She’s been devouring romances for as long as she can remember.


AND ONE MORE

Destination Wedding by Robyn Neeley

“Kate, I was expecting you.” He chuckled and pointed to her side. “Do you need some help with that?”
Kate looked down in horror. She had forgotten to zip up her dress! Her lacy blue bra and matching thong strap were visible. She yanked up the side zipper. “You have something of mine,” she said icily.
“Your dress from last night. Here it is.” He pulled back the closet door and handed it to her. “Looks like they were able to get the tomato juice stain out. Good as new.”
“Thank you.” She clutched the dress and turned to leave. On impulse, she spun back around. “You know. You’re an ass.”
He smiled down at her. His smile was just as warm as it had been last night. “I’ve been called worse. Listen, Kate, we need to talk. Let me get dressed real quick. Why don’t you come in and have some champagne.”
Kate peered in. Next to him was a bottle of champagne chilling in an ice bucket and a glass plate of chocolate covered strawberries.
“I sent those to you and Lauren. There’s nothing to say. You, Drew Cannon, are my client. I don’t know what last night was about, but we will not be clinging champagne flutes unless it’s at your wedding!”
“Kate, you’ve got this all wrong. This isn’t what you think.”
“You commandeering my dress and posing as my boyfriend isn’t what happened?”
“Well, yes, but come in. I’ll explain everything. I think you’ll find it quite amusing.”
“There is nothing funny about my client being a lying, cheating schmuck.” She turned and headed back to her room.
The door slammed behind her.
“Kate, please stop. If you would just listen—”
She put her hand up to block his words. “Don’t follow me. I am only going to pretend to be nice to you because you are my client, and your wedding is going to catapult me to partner. I need this wedding to go off without a hitch.”
He swore under his breath.
“You don’t have to get nasty.” She pushed her keycard in and unlocked her door.
“No, it’s not you. I locked myself out.”
“Not my problem.” Kate entered her room and slammed the door.
“Kate. Come on,” he pleaded from the hallway. “At least let me borrow your phone to call housekeeping. You can’t leave me out here in a towel.”
“Consider it payback!” she yelled and peered out of the peephole. He had turned around. His beautifully sculpted backside was exactly as she had imagined. No tattoos, no scars. Pure perfection. Her nails would have a heyday…
Frustrated, she turned around and leaned against the door. So he has to go to the lobby in a towel to fetch a new key. He’d probably get some suggestive looks from women anxious to find out what was underneath it. That’s not payback. Her lips turned up in a devilish smirk. “But this is.” She gripped the door handle and flung it open.
“Thank you, Kate.” He started to enter. “I knew you wouldn’t leave me out here. I’ll only be a minute.”
“Not so fast.” She rested one hand on his chest and yanked off his towel with the other, leaving him naked. “I’ll just have this dry cleaned for you.”
She slammed the door and rolled up the towel, shoving it in the wastepaper basket. Now that was payback.

About Robyn

Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know. Visit her at robynneeley.com.


Doesn't that make you want to just find a wonderful spot to sit under a shaded tree and spend the afternoon reading a great romance? Now if you are wondering if one of my books will hit such a deal, you will not have long to wait. Crimson Romance is putting out a Romantic Suspense bundle called RACING HEARTS on July 28th. More about that next week. But for now, you can't pass up this great buy. So here is the link again. Ten books for only 99 cents! How can you not head right over to Amazon?

http://amzn.com/B00LHYG9ZI

Have a great day, and remember, be nice to one another.

((Hugs to all))

Nancy C. Weeks

 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WHERE I AM TODAY

Good morning, everyone!


I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. I'm going to keep this post short and sweet. I just wanted to let you know that today I'm visiting with the wonderful Maureen A. Miller on Just Romance Suspense. 



www.justromanticsuspense.com


In this post, I talk about how I play a game I call  What Would Happen If or WWHI for short. Drop by and find out how I used this game to create the story line of my new release, In the Shadow of Pride--RELEASED IN JUST SIX DAYS!!! 


AND YES! There is a give-away! If you take a moment to leave a comment, your name goes into a hat for a chance to win one free autograph copy of any book in my series. Winner's choice. I will mail it outside the United States, but you must leave an email address or some way for me to contact you with your comment. If you have trouble leaving a comment, you can sent an email to Maureen and she will post it for you: please contact maureen@justromanticsuspense.com


That's all for today. Here is the link: 

http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/


I hope you have a great day and please be kind to one another.


((HUGS TO ALL))


Nancy C. Weeks

Saturday, July 12, 2014

IN THE SHADOW OF PRIDE UP FOR PRE-ORDER


Available for Pre-order on: Amazon B&N Kobo Google Play | BAM

Hi  everyone!

Guess what? In the Shadow of Pride is up for pre-order everywhere. I'm so excited I can barely sit still. Why am I so crazed. Well,  I guess I need to explain what goes on in my head as I end one project and begin another.



For months, In the Shadow of Pride swirled around in my mind and heart. I was just itching to write it, but I was on a tight deadline for Malice. When Malice was off to production and I could no longer meddle in the lives of Adam and Calista, [and boy did I miss them]  it was a joy to be able to place all my concentration on Pride. For the next several weeks, I agonized over whether this story was working, if I had the right balance of romance and suspense, were my characters likable, and most importantly, were they believable. There are so many elements in story building and they all have to jell. 


When I finally finished the book, it was such a thrill because I fell in love with the story and my emotions were all over the place. I was ecstatic to make my deadline, terrified my wonderful agent wouldn't like it, and I couldn't sleep because--well I just wanted my readers to fall in love with Mac and Lexie as much as I did. It's been an emotional time. 


As with the other books in the series, I wanted to give Mac and Lexie their happy-ever-after and get their story out there for readers to read. But by letting it go, I cut myself out of my character's lives. I think that is the hardest part of finishing a book. Letting go. I know Mac and Lexie are only real in my imagination, but after spending weeks thinking about them day and night, they became part of me, part of my world.


All things have to come to an end so I let go of In the Shadow of Pride. Once it went through the final editing pass, waiting to see it appear on Amazon is like waiting for a baby to be born. Is this the day? Is it up yet? I will never admit how many times a day I went onto Amazon to see if it was up. That's just a little too embarrassing. 


Then one day, I got lost into the beginning of the last book in the series, In the Shadow of Vengeance and I [bowed head in shame] forgot to look. Watching for a book to appear for pre-order must be like watching a pot boil. [Get it.....Watched Pots Never Boil. heheh :)] As soon as  I stop checking, there it was. 


I may not be able to write any new scenes, but the book is wonderful just the way it is. In the next few days, I'll post a couple chapters, but for now, I want to give you just a little taste of my wonderful stars of In the Shadow of Pride. In this scene, Mac and Lexie are escaping a burning building. To know how the fire started and what placed them in that building together, you will have to wait just 9 days. 


Enjoy the read: Excerpt of In the Shadow of Pride




Lexie leaned her back against the cool stone and made herself release Mac’s hand. She then took a breath of fresh, clean air and tried to hide the shakiness in her voice. “Now what?”

"I’m going to drop down to the roof. You will kneel on the ledge and, using the window to balance, turn so your legs hang over the edge. Let go of the ledge, and I’ll catch you.”

“Are you crazy? I can’t—”

“Lexie, look behind you.”

She turned her head slowly toward the open window. Flames appeared under the door and the small office was completely filled with smoke. One word escaped her lips. “Trapped.”

“Once we get down onto the roof, there’s a fire escape ladder to the street.” He reached for her hand. “Gabriel needs you. We can do this together.”

Finding her voice, she whispered, “Not fair using Gabriel.” She bit down on her lower lip and dredged up an ounce of courage. “Mac, do what you have to do.”

With the grace of a trained athlete, he lowered himself over the side until only the tips of his fingers were on the ledge. An instant later, he dropped, landing on his feet.

“Tag, you’re it, Lexie. Just drop and I’ll catch you. Trust me.”

Lexie’s heart pounded like she had just run the 100-yard dash. After a quick glance into the office, she knelt, and holding onto the window, rolled onto her stomach.

“That’s it. Now just ease your legs over the ledge.”

The instant her feet hit empty space, panic ripped through her and she swung a leg back onto the ledge as her fingers dug into the window frame. God, she couldn’t do this. It was freaking crazy.

“You have to let go of the window frame. I’m right under you.”

“This isn’t the time to be nice to me, Mac.”

“Okay, then how’s this? I’m loving the view of the sexiest red panties I have ever seen that barely cover an ass that will live in my dreams for years to―”

Lexie dropped. Before she could get out the ear-piercing, girly scream that roared in her head, she landed in Mac’s arms. The impact crushed the air from her lungs.“You’re okay,” he whispered. “I’ve got you.”

Wrapping her arms around his neck, she allowed his strength and his herbal all-male scent to soothe her. He eased her legs back on solid ground, but she didn’t let go. She couldn’t remember a time in her life when she felt so safe, protected.

She raised her chin and met his amused stare. Of all stupid days to wear a skirt to work. As soon as she got out of this mess, it was going to Goodwill. Heat spread up her neck and her chest tightened. “This one time, I’m going to let that go.”

“Let what go, Lexie?”

Mac’s hand moved slowly down her back to her waist and pressed her tightly against him. His touch sent a flash of need that had been dormant for too long into her gut. Lexie swallowed but couldn’t look him in the face. “That wasn’t my best moment on that ledge. You shouldn’t have looked.”

“You told me not to be nice. I was saving your life.”


Have a wonderful weekend, and as always, be nice to one another.


((Hugs to all))


Nancy C. Weeks



Thursday, July 3, 2014

WELCOME BACK JULI PAGE MORGAN


Hello everyone,

I’m so thrilled to have my friend and award winning author, Juli Page Morgan back for a visit. Juli is here to talk about her new release, Sister Golden Hair. Isn't that a fantastic title? That is one of my all time favorite songs and you can bet it's playing away in my head as I hold this interview. Juli, welcome back. It's been way to long since your last visit. 


And I'm thrilled to be here, too! Thanks so much for having me!



To start off this interview, tell us three things about yourself that readers may not know about you.


Well, let's see ...


1.         I'm deathly terrified of bugs. Any kind of bug will send me into a screaming frenzy, and I think they know that, too. That has to be the reason they target me and get themselves tangled up in my hair. I can just see all their bug friends perched on a tree branch or something, laughing themselves sick while they watch me lose my mind. We won't even discuss the wild, uncoordinated "dance moves" I do until I can get the little critter out of my hair.


 2.         Even though I no longer work in broadcasting, I'm still "on call" and record voiceovers for television and radio commercials.


 3.         I love thunderstorms! I love sitting in the house while Mother Nature serves up some rip-roaring lightning, thunder, wind and rain.


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


My experiences as a Rock radio deejay definitely influenced the books I write now. Through my work in radio I was able to meet a lot of bands. I was backstage with them, on their tour buses, and in their hotel rooms. I got to stand on the side of the stage as they played, and there were even a few times when I was on the stage announcing them. Since I got to hang out with them, I got to know who they really are, not just the public persona they put out there. Yes, they are larger than life - if they weren't then they wouldn't be Rock stars - but they're also people, not the caricatures you sometimes see portrayed. They're husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, someone's best friend. And I think that reality is so much hotter than the fantasy! I love that I'm able to show that in my books.If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?Just write the book. You'll go back and clean it up later, but you have to write it first. So just do it. (Now I sound like a Nike ad! LOL!)Tell us about your newest book release, Sister Golden Hair. The heroine in Sister Golden Hair is in her forties. It's the first time I haven't written a twenty-something as the main character, and I really enjoyed showing that a woman in her forties is just as vibrant and exciting and fun and sexy! I'll let the book's blurb tell you more:


Recently widowed and newly jobless, 42-year-old Rhett (yeah, she knows that’s a man’s name) Davis has a major life decision to make. She can either stay in the little Texas town where she was never really accepted, driving the same old beat-up Dodge and sliding toward genteel decrepitude, or she can buy a Jag, get some highlights, ditch the frumpy clothes, and strike out for the big smoke of Dallas. Hey, she never liked that Dodge, anyway.


The one thing she’s not looking for in the Big D is romance, but when her upstairs neighbor turns out to be the delectable and very single Rhys James, frontman for the band Illicit, Rhett decides that she just might give this love thing a shot…assuming she remembers how to go about it, that is. It doesn’t take her long to figure out that Rhys is anything but a predictable, paint-by-numbers sorta guy. Music is his mistress, and she’s not good at sharing. Throw in a scheming ex-wife and a demanding daughter, and Rhett’s quest for her old crush’s heart just got a hell of a lot harder.


But Texas women don’t scare easy. And Rhett will be damned if she lets this English Rock star go without a fight.



As a misplaced Texan girl myself, Rhys doesn't have a clue what he's up against. I can't wait to read this one, Juli. So, tell us a little bit about how you came to write Sister Golden Hair. 


I was actually in the middle of writing Song Without Words when the idea for Sister Golden Hair came to me. I found that strange, because the storylines of the two books aren't anything alike! But I kept seeing this blonde woman in her forties, stuck in traffic while on her way to a job she hated, and I knew her name was Rhett. So I had to stop writing Song Without Words long enough to write down this idea about Rhett. It later turned into the first chapter of Sister Golden Hair.


Do  you believe writers are born to write or learn to write?


I think even born storytellers have to learn to write. It's so important to learn about plot, dialogue, pacing, arcs, and how to cut what doesn't work, in addition to the proper use of grammar and punctuation - all those things that make a book something people enjoy reading. Just a few of my go-to references are The Emotion Thesaurus, The Negative Trait Thesaurus and The Positive Trait Thesaurus, all by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi; Mastering Showing and Telling in Your Fiction by Marcy Kennedy; Writing Active Setting by Mary Buckham; Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. In addition, I have The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, The Ultimate Guitar Book, Roadie: A True Story, and Tales From the Rock 'n Roll Highway, because research, as well as experience, is absolutely vital to writing believable fiction. I also follow the blogs of Jennifer Crusie, Kristen Lamb, Jami Gold, Writers in the Storm, C.S. Lakin, and the For Writers section of Roni Loren's website, all of which offer great lessons on writing. It's an ongoing process, and to write a good book and not just a book, you can't skimp on learning how to do it.


I love Angela and Becca too and can't write a word without them. I wish I had your list three years ago. For a fun question, what is the theme song to this book ... because there has got to be one?


The title of the book is the answer to this one: "Sister Golden Hair" by America. The funny thing is, Illicit, the band in the book, is a hard rock band, so whenever I thought of the song I heard it as being redone as a heavy rock song instead of the way the original was done. But the words to the song are just perfect for the story.


As you wrote the story, what music did you go back to time and time again?


I always have a playlist for each of my books. Sister Golden Hair's playlist has music by Alice in Chains, Tom Petty, Linkin Park, Journey, Hinder and more. In fact, the playlist is at my Pinterest board.



I hope to have it up on my website in the near future. The playlists for my other books are at my website now. 


What is up next for you?


 Right now I'm working on the sequel to Sister Golden Hair. It's called Heart of Gold, and it will wrap up the story of Rhys and Rhett. Look for it this fall! 


Thanks again for dropping by and sharing your new release with us. Where can we find Sister Golden Hair?


Sister Golden Hair is sold exclusively at Amazon.  Here is the link:


If you have any questions for Juli or me, please don't hesitate to ask. We love interacting with our readers. Just clink on the small pencil below and say HI! 


I hope everyone has an amazing weekend. Pick up a great book like Sister Golden Hair and find a quiet corner to read. As always, be nice to each other.

((HUGS))


Nancy C. Weeks

In the Shadow of Pride release date: 21 July 2014