Friday, June 27, 2014
You all know how I can ramble on and on. Let me just turn this interview over to Shelley so you can get a chance to learn more about her.
Thank you for hosting me! My debut novel, THE FIRE WALKERS
releases July 1st, 2014. It’s been a journey watching the story
go from thoughts in my head to this adventure I can hold in my hands. I’m super excited to talk to you about it.
Ex-NARC turned arson detective, Aidan Wright is tracking the drug dealers who killed his partner. Kelly’s memories of the bonfire prove to be the missing piece to Aidan’s investigation of several drug-related teen deaths, perpetrated by the band of drug dealers who scarred him years ago. When Kelly becomes the unsuspecting victim of the drug group’s trafficking, Aidan is forced to stay close to her to catch them.
Friday, June 20, 2014
I hope everyone is having a good week. The last few days, I have been forcing myself completely out of my comfort zone and throwing myself into the horrid world of PROMOTION. If there was one awful, terrible, hated task all authors have to endure, it's PROMOTION. That word stiffens every 'creative juice', making me want to run into the hills and hide.
A little melodramatic, you think? Not if you live in my shoes.
Promotion is a horrible chore but so necessary if I ever want to reach readers and get my books in front of them. There are no clear road maps, solutions, or magical wands available to make promotion easy. It's hard work and a minefield of doubt and indecision.
BUT, this week, I have tackled two areas of promotion I want to share with you. First of all, I have finally tipped my toe into the mystical world of Goodreads and have entered my first book, In the Shadow of Greed into a Goodreads Book Giveaway. In honor of my next release, In the Shadow of Pride, I have chosen to give away one autograph copy of Greed. This contest is worldwide---and yes---I will ship the winning book to other countries besides just the United States. If this is something you think you might like to have, then all you have to do is clink on this link, hit the enter to win icon, and then cross your fingers. Best of luck!
The second thing I have done this week is begin adding FREE sample chapters of each of my books on Wattpadd.com. I just found out about Wattpad and am still learning how to use it. If you would like a chance to read more pages of my stories than are available on the on-line stores, you now can go to the link before. Watch for new chapters for the next book in the series, In the Shadow of Pride. If you take time to leave me a note on Wattpad, I will answer!!
Here is the link:
That's all for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you find something fun to read.
Nancy C. Weeks
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Good morning, everyone!
I just received my new cover!!! IN THE SHADOW OF PRIDE, the fourth book in my Shadow series is going to be released on July 21st. For all those who have been following the series, this is Luke (Mac) McNeil's story. You met Mac in the first book, In the Shadow of Greed.
I just love what the art department of Crimson Romance came up with for the cover. It not only fits the series perfectly, but it fits the story. Wait until you read why the State Capitol of Texas is shining so brightly in the back ground.
So without further ado....drum roll please...
IN THE SHADOW OF PRIDE
And here is the blurb for IN THE SHADOW OF PRIDE--RELEASE DATE JULY 21 2014
Lexie Trevena buried her murdered husband, discovered he had cheated on her, and signed to adopt his newborn son—all before noon. Now she just wants to raise her child in the loving, supportive home she never had. The last thing she needs is another man to complicate her life, but her best friends feel differently. Their matchmaking meddling accidentally places Lexie smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn.
The only person who can help her is the FBI agent she holds
responsible for her husband’s death.
Special-Agent-In-Charge Luke “Mac” McNeil watched his best friend and partner marry a woman he knew was too good for him, but he did nothing to stop the wedding. He stood by as Lexie adopted the cheating jerk’s son. But when someone goes to great lengths to make it appear that Lexie is responsible for launching a drone into the home of a prominent Texas senator, Mac’s conscience finally speaks up, and he fights for Lexie’s freedom ... even though all the evidence leads to her door, and she has never given him a reason to trust her. Can Lexie and Mac find the courage to forgive and trust, or will their pride stand in the way of love, allowing terrorists to bring another devastating attack onto United States soil?
So ...what do you think? Yep, I tipped my toe into the fascinating world of drone technology in this story. Stay tune. In a couple weeks, I will post a couple sample chapters.
I love sharing little milestones like this one with you. Publishing one book was a dream come true. Having four books out is just unbelievable at times. I can't tell you enough how much I hope you take the chance and reach for that one thing you think is just out of your reach. It's not! Finding my dream hasn't been easy--not by a long shot, but it sure is thrilling.
Have a wonderful week.
Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks
Here is where you can find the first three books in my Shadow series.
IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL:
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/17hjfco
CRIMSON ROMANCE: http://bit.ly/1oKIt9W--30% SALE
IN THE SHADOW OF GREED
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/16GHb6I
CRIMSON ROMANCE :http://bit.ly/1oKIt9W--30% SALE
IN THE SHADOW OF MALICE
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1dId2db
CRIMSON ROMANCE :http://bit.ly/1oKIt9W--30% SALE
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
I'm so excited today to introduce you to a new author, my friend and chapter mate, Laura Welling. Laura is here to tell us about her wonderful debut novel, Talent to Burn. Check out her first cover below. I just love it.
Since Laura has been so kind to answer all my questions, I'll try not to ramble on and get right to the interview. Laura, I can't thank you enough for being here today. This is such an amazing time in your life and I wish you great sales and look forward to news about your next book.
So Laura, please tell us when did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have been writing books since I was four years old, so I don't
remember not being a writer! It's part of my identity.
What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least?
The best part is having written. No, seriously – I really enjoy coming
up with ideas, and writing my characters into a corner, so I can get them back
The worst part…some days you have to force the words out whether you
want to or not. The funny thing is that those scenes that are the hardest to
write are sometimes the best to read. The good stuff is always the hardest.
Writing does take a serious level of discipline, doesn't it. How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career?
My mother's family is a family of
storytellers. There are hundreds of them, and they are Irish, so they all talk
at once, and everything is filled with great drama and humor. I always loved
stories, and loved books, and I can't imagine not being a storyteller myself.
Your family sounds amazing. I would just love to sit at your family's dinner table. Now that you have gone through the writing process from creation to publication, if you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?
Perseverance is the most
important skill. I see it over and over: if you keep at it, you will get
published, you will get better with each book.
Now on to your book:
What genre(s) do you write in?
Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
Tell us about your newest book release, Talent To Burn.
Talent to Burn is my first published novel, and the first
book in the Hidden Talents series. It's an urban fantasy story about people
with psychic Talents and the shadowy organization that's trying to exploit them
– kind of an X-Men-meets-The-X-Files if you will!
It's the story of Catrina "Cat" Wilson, who ran away from the secret government-sponsored Grey Institute for Talent research when she was eleven, because she had no apparent Talent and was being used as an experimental guinea pig. Her brother Eric, a powerful firestarter, stayed behind.
At the start of the book Cat is approached by the hero, Jamie – even
though she's spent her whole life on the run, he's tracked her down with his
Talent for finding people. He represents a group of misfit Talents and he
brings the news that her brother has left the Institute, lost control of his
Talent, and killed a bunch of people. Jamie wants Cat to help him track down
Eric before the Institute catches up with him, and before he kills again.
Laura, that sounds exciting. I can't wait to read it. Tell us a little
bit about how you came to write Talent
To Burn. What was it about this story that captured your imagination so
completely, it drove you to create an entire novel around it?
Many things that
were in my internal zeitgeist at the time came together to make this book. I
was interested in what it would be like to spend your life in hiding, which is
what the heroine has done. I've always wanted to write about psychics or
supers. It seemed natural that in the political climate of the last few years
that the government would want to resurrect a psychic research program as a
secret weapon against terrorism. And then I had the fun of mixing it up – the
"good" guys are on the run, and the "bad" guys are what
you'd normally consider good guys.
What kind of
research did you do to prepare for Talent To Burn?
I read up on
government and military use of psychics: the Remote Viewers and so on. There's
some fascinating stuff, and it all provided a backdrop for the book.
Now for a fun
What is the theme song to this book? As you wrote the
story, what music did you go back to time and time again?
It was "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. Love this
I love Snow Patrol too and they make a regular visits on my play list. What is up next for you?
I'm working on the sequel to Talent To Burn, which is tentatively titled Talent To Kill. It's a lot of fun!
I love the new title of your work in progress. Again, Laura, I can't thank you enough for being here today. Have a wonderful release day, enjoy your moment because you have worked so very hard for it.
Laura has been kind enough to share the blurb and an excerpt of Talent to Burn.
Here's a Blurb of Talent to Burn
Passion burns. Betrayal scars.
Cat Wilson grew up a misfit among misfits. She couldn’t read minds, see the
future, or start fires like the other Talented kids inside the shadowy Grey
Institute. Finally she ran, leaving her beloved brother, Eric, behind. She’s
been running ever since.
When she learns that Eric has escaped, leaving deadly fires in his wake, Cat
is torn between fear for her brother, and unwanted attraction to the messenger,
a charming, Talented ex-con who lives for the next adrenaline rush.
Jamie Murphy is sure his group of outcast Talents can help Eric—if they can
get to him before the cops or the Institute, and before he kills again. Cat’s
aversion to Talented bad boys is like a wall of ice, but to his surprise, he
doesn’t have to use an ounce of his own unique gift to find a way through it.
Yet locating Eric is only the beginning. In the battle to pull him back from
the brink, Cat must find the courage to unlock a fearsome Talent of her own.
And pray the psychic backdraft doesn’t destroy everyone she loves.
The place held echoes of a thousand
other bars, although the fire had painted everything black. The cheap tables
looked worse for wear, lopsidedly melted. The bar still stood, and was toward
the back of the venue, with a line of bar stools in front of it.“Do you know much about fires?”
Jamie asked.“Nothing technical.”“Look, here,” he said, gesturing at
the remnants of what had been bar stools. “See how these have melted, but this
one at the end is intact?” I looked where he pointed. A fan of burn marks
spread out from the untouched stool.“I guess Eric must have been
sitting there.” I rubbed at my arms, which were covered in goose bumps.
Thinking about what had happened here made my stomach twist. God, I hoped I
wouldn’t vomit. People had died here, right where I stood. I cringed inwardly.
“You think he burned them where they sat drinking?”“That adds up with what we heard in
the initial reports. One minute it’s a normal night out, and then everybody—and
everything—is on fire.” He paused, looking around, but his expression was
neutral. “I wonder what happened then. I guess Eric took off.”I tried to imagine what could have
caused my brother to start the fire. Had someone attacked him? Was it some kind
of freak accident? “If you’d started this fire, what would you do next?”Jamie looked directly at me. “I’d
run like hell and hope the cops never found me. Do you see anything else?”“A lot of mess and water and
charcoal.” I closed my eyes. I couldn’t close out the smells, or the images of
horror filling my mind. I could never un-see this.“I mean, do you see anything?”I fought the urge to punch him. “I
never see anything. I’ve told you
before.”“Sorry,” Jamie said. “I know this
must be harrowing for you.”His hand landed on my bare arm, hot
against my skin, and I plunged into a waking dream.
Here is a little peek about Laura Welling:
When’s she’s not writing, Laura Welling wears a lot of other
hats: mother, farmer, and software engineer. She's Australian but lives in the
United States on a horse farm, which she shares with her family, an over-sized
dog, and various horses, cats and chickens. She is a compulsive reader of all
genre fiction, who started reading before the age of two, and never stopped.
She wrote her first “book” when she was five—a spy story, which has since been
joined in a bottom drawer by various other early attempts.
This book was inspired by some of her favorite stories: Anne
McCaffrey’s science fiction novels, Marvel’s X-Men comics, and The X-Files
Where to find Laura Welling and her debut novel, Talent to Burn:
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