Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WELCOME KATHLEEN SHAPUTIS, AUTHOR OF THEIR WITCH WEARS PLAID

"There is, and always will be, such powerful magic in the pen."


Happy New Year, Everyone!
To start off 2018, I have a delightful author to introduce. Kathleen Shaputis is here to tell us a little about herself and her new release, Their Witch Wears Plaid. I read this charming paranormal romance and loved it. 

Here is a peek from my review of Their Witch Wears Plaid. 

I can’t thank Kathleen Shaputis enough for the enjoyable hours spent reading Their Witch Wears Plaid, the third book in her Baillie Castle series. On one hand, this story is a lighthearted read, lovable, funny characters, wonderful descriptive scenery of Scotland, castles, and a very handsome ghost who pops in at will. I loved our heroine Nell from the start. Her special ability—sorry—no spoilers—has always fascinated me....

You can find the whole review here.

On to the interview.

Kathleen, I'm so glad you could come by for a visit. As you can tell, I truly enjoyed Their Witch Wears Plaid. To start off this interview, please tell us a little about yourself so my readers to get to know the person behind the writer.

I believe I came into the world with a pencil in my hands. My first pieces were scripts and plays acted out by my neighborhood friends in our backyard, using the clothesline and a blanket as the curtain. In those days I dreamed of being a hermit, living in a forest and writing best-selling novels. I got one out of three so far, living in the Pacific Northwest on our two acres of woods, lol. If I’m not writing a story, I handwrite missives to relatives and friends. There is, and always will be, such powerful magic in the pen.

How about we give everyone a glimpse at your adorable cover and blurb. 

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Even though Nell felt right at home as the palm reader at Scotland’s Baillie Castle, a romantic bed and breakfast, her own love life fell short. Surrounded daily by married and engaged couples, Nell enjoyed her independence, though there was this one sweet crush she had on a fantasy knight in shining armor.
Her delightful end of summer is shoved into a powerful hurricane of mystery when an evil druid battles for her service, throwing her into nightmares and catatonic trances. Will her infatuation with the professional knight rescue her from the darkness or is he entrenched with the dreaded Druid?
The hurricane reaches Category 5 intensity when a magic coin, the diva queen squad and a pair of witches collide at the castle. Will magic be enough to save Nell from a broken heart or cause certain death? 






Tell us a little bit about how you came to write Their Witch Wears Plaid? 

This is the last book of my Baillie Castle trilogy and I found the character Nell deserved her own HEA. She has carried a special place in my heart. I believe in palm readers and psychics and have had the good fortune of knowing a few talented ones. Nell is inspired by an incredible woman here in Olympia whose talent and love I’ve embraced for years. She’s gotten me through some tough times and encouraged my successes at others.

Kathleen sent along a couple photos I'm sure she used for inspiration. She was able to attend a writer's conference at Hever Castle. How amazing that must have been.


Kathleen in front of the gates of Hever Castle
Hever Castler, Edenbridge, 30 miles south-east of London, England




Kathleen, we both know that 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?

In the past twelve years, I’ve been a ghostwriter as well as an author, busy with various projects of other people’s dreams. But I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease in 2015, a debilitating, incurable nightmare. My days now are bothered by feelings of seasickness and dizzy spells. This makes it difficult to spend any major time at the computer. I had to give up my day job, ghostwriting and find I am more of a hermit shut indoors. Completing TWWP through these obstacles became possible from the love of the characters and a “never give up” attitude.

I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I'm very familiar with the love of creating new characters and worlds to ease the struggles of daily life. The best medicine in the world is your never-give-up attitude.

So here an interesting question I love to toss at my guest. Do you believe writers are born or made?

For myself, I was born a writer. However, I had a practical mother who caboshed my writing goals during most of my childhood. It was one thing to entertain the neighbor parents, but growing up meant focusing on school and getting a decent job. It wasn’t until the 90’s, I finally threw myself back into my passion. I do believe there are others who are self-made as authors. Their muse may have been chipping away for decades before breaking through to their hearts.

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

I used to describe myself as a headliner for the Baby Boomer generation. I was the first of my friends to be a working single parent, take care of an aging parent, raise a grandchild, and be a Prozac Princess. If I looked back further, other events and such were mere fodder for the plot lines and characterizations yet to be.

LOL! I thought I held that title. I'm waiting for someone to write our story--The Amazing Baby Boomers.  Life does feed our already overactive imaginations. 

What is your ideal writing space? 

Though I carry a notebook with me everywhere so I can jot scenes or dialogue while waiting at a doctor’s office, the majority of my work is at a computer in my library. The room is in the front of the house with large windows overlooking Junior’s memorial garden and our cul de sac. Often black-tail deer are walking through the yard or my Pomeranians are going hysterical chasing the trash truck who had the nerve to stop at the end of our driveway.


Wow!! That is gorgeous. I can see myself hiding away in this space, warm, cozy, and doing what I love most, writing.

Now for a few giggles. There is someone you will never meet but whom you desperately need for them to know who you are. The only way to communicate with them is to send them a box with three items. What would those three ideas be?

A blank journal, a box of pens and a thick, fuzzy blanket.

Ahhh...yes! You have to have the fuzzy blanket. Here is one more if you don't mind. Write a love story in eight words.

He touched her hand and stole her heart.

Perfect! I stole this last question from author, Becky Flade. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

You have an incredible crowd waiting for you.

Yes, that would be lovely! What is up next for you?

I had always wanted to participate in the NaNoWriMo challenge and I can now check this off my bucket list. The manuscript titled Twinkies and Tranquilizers is about a confident, ERA supportive single mother in the 70’s during the disco-dancing, sexual revolution years. Her colorful, dedicated world is nearly destroyed by harassment and misogyny. I have six months to revise and edit before attending the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference where I hope to pitch it to a few agents.

Kathleen, I'll keep my toes and fingers cross that you find a wonderful publisher. Where can readers find out more about your book and yourself?

Check out my author page on Amazon for a listing of my books: http://amzn.to/2APaYlT

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathleenShaputisAuthor/

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Kathleen, thank you again for taking the time to stop by. I loved getting to know you a little better. As always, if anyone has any questions for Kathleen Shaputis or me, please ask away by clicking on comments below. If you have trouble with blogger, please email me at nancy@nancycweeks.com and I'll post your question. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of 2018. Please take a few moments to put your feet up and read a good book.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

Monday, December 25, 2017

FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

"We look at our world and speak the word aloud.

Peace."

Again I turn to the beautiful voice of Maya Angelou. From my heart to yours...


Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth's tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal's, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.”

― Maya Angelou 

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WELCOME DEBUT AUTHOR ERIN KANE SPOCK AND COURTLY PLEASURES

"The storyteller in me was born that way, but the writer in me came from learning how to work hard and follow through."

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

I am thrilled to introduce you to a debut author who just join our Crimson Romance family, Erin Kane Spock. 



Erin's first novel, Courtly Pleasures is out for all of us to enjoy! And can I say, the reviews so far are wonderful: 
  • "A real pleasure to read."
  • " Engaging characters, real struggles and a bit of intrigue makes for a satisfying romance"
  • "Full of great imagery, entertaining dialogue, a touch of humor, and a whole lot of sexy."

Erin, I would love to start off this interview with you telling us a little about yourself--the real Erin behind the writer. How did you come to write Courtly Pleasures? 

I majored in history partly because of my love of historical costuming. My costuming brought me to Renaissance Faire and I became part of a living history group portraying the court of Queen Elizabeth. 

Here is a glimpse of costumes modeled by my girls ... So adorable ... RIGHT!


My character was a real person from history, Frances Pierrepont. In researching her I found very little so I created details. The character, as I chose to portray her at that point, was a flibbertigibbet and a lot of fun. Years later, after the birth of my second daughter, I took a second look at Frances from the perspective of a young mother. I thought about how life would have been, how she would have dealt with the infant deaths recorded in her history, and this became the starting point of the story that would eventually be Courtly Pleasures. After the first draft (written entirely in dialect!), I changed her name to Frances LeSieur and modified her genealogy so I could call her a truly fictitious character.

That is a wonderful way to begin your career as a writer. 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 wrote the book in stages and kept putting off the end (and the sex scenes). The Elizabethan world grew and grew but the story stagnated. My first challenge was ending the book. The next was streamlining the actual story and pruning out the fluff. I think I probably cut about 75,000 words. 
Writing the next books was smoother. I had a direction and an understanding of the process. By then I’d also started to research the Romance industry. After writing three more books, I came back to Courtly Pleasures and rewrote it with a focus on the romantic elements and brought it to the place it’s at now.

You're very brave to admit that you cut 75,000 words. I cut about 40,000 words on my novel, In the Shadow of Greed. FYI Readers: One of the hardest things for a writer is hitting that delete key and erasing parts of the story that's become a part of us. But it's an necessary evil.
So, I have an interesting question I like to ask new authors. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always liked to write – journaling, poetry, short stories, plays… nothing I ever took seriously and never with the intention of making them public. Courtly Pleasures started out just for me as well. It wasn’t until I finished the first draft that I realized I had a real book and could think about publishing.

Erin, I write first for myself. That ideal keeps me grounded. Since we have mentioned Courtly Pleasures often in the last few minutes, lets give everyone a peek at your first novel: 
Drum roll.....

What’s a neglected wife to do when her husband doesn’t know she exists? Create a scandal, of course, in this delightful Elizabethan romp.

After ten years of marriage, Frances LeSieur has faded into her role as a lady wife and mother. She has no idea who she is as a woman. So Frances joins Queen Elizabeth’s glittering court and discovers a part of herself she never knew existed—and one she’s sure her neglectful husband would never notice.

Henry has always done his duty to family and crown despite his own desires. When Frances asks for a separation then transforms into a confident and vibrant courtier, he’s floored—and finds himself desperate to learn what makes her tick, both in and out of the bedroom. After years of silent alienation, can he woo her back, or will he lose this intoxicating woman to one of the rakes hell-bent on having her?

As Frances and Henry come to realize that living is not merely surviving, can they create a second chance at love before it’s too late?


Such a sweet moment, right? You can read an excerpt here. Courtly Pleasures's Excerpt.

On with the interview. Here's another question I love to ask new authors? Do you believe writers are born or made?

I think writers are born creative, raised in a place that fosters imagination, and shaped by experiences into men and women of determination with the ability finish what they start. I’ve heard many people say they have great ideas for a book, but they’re not writers if they don’t write. I’m not necessarily more creative or skilled in writing than the person next to me, but the difference is that I actually sit down and write. The storyteller in me was born that way, but the writer in me came from learning how to work hard and follow through.

That's the best explanation to date. You're so right. Writers write. How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career?


Monday, November 27, 2017

NANCY C. WEEKS HOLIDAY GIFT PACKAGE--SHORT TIME ONLY!


This year, I'm excited to announce Nancy's Holiday Gift Package for my readers. 




Nancy's Holiday Gift Package includes a personalized autograph copy of The Eyewitness OR any book I have in stock with a $5 Starbucks gift card to someone on your gift list for only $20. If you want your order to be delivered before Christmas, I must have the order form no later than December 15th. Click on the green box before and it will take you to the order form and instructions.
Special Note: 
*Since shipping cost are so high, this offer is valid within the United States only.
*While supply last. Order today!
Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks  


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Monday, November 13, 2017

ROMANCE WRITERS GONE WILD



To my Romance Readers in Every Genre!!!

I'm part of am amazing event on Facebook.[LINKS ABOVE!]  RWGW is a week-long romance reader's paradise! November 13-17, join over 100 romance writers for sneak peeks, excerpts, and giveaways, with a specific day dedicated to your favorite romance genres, and all without leaving the comfort of your home (or changing out of your bunny slippers). There's something for every romance reader -- contemporary to Scottish Highland, romantic suspense to inspirational, paranormal to urban fantasy, and everything in between. 

I'm up November 13th, tomorrow, with my fun giveaway--and everything in between. Drop by and comment on my post, but don't forget to spend time with other authors:meet new authors you have never read, ask all those questions you wanted to know and win amazing prizes besides the event prizes. Best of all, have a great time. 

I hope to see you tomorrow, and the whole week. 

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

Monday, November 6, 2017

WELCOME STONI ALEXANDER, AUTHOR OF THE WILDE TOUCH

"I’ve got a closet-full of ghosts waiting for their fifteen minutes of anonymous fame!"

Happy Monday, Everyone!
Today, I'm thrilled to introduce to a first timer on my blog, the lovely Stoni Alexander. 



Stoni has agreed to sit down for a quick interview and tell us a little about her amazing life before she became an author and how it's changed now that she spends her days in her writing cave. Welcome, Stoni Alexander. I personally can't wait to hear about the ghosts in your closet.
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Thank you for having me, Nancy. I’m thrilled to be featured in your blog post!

Hello, hello! My name is Stoni Alexander and I’m a romance author! I cherish the opportunity to be creative and am grateful that I get to write every day. When not writing, my husband and I are avid power-walkers and we love watching our son play football.

Most of my pre-writing career was in corporate and government sales. Talk about a pressure-cooker! I also spent several years as an actress doing local theatre, television spots, training videos, and some gigs on Unsolved Mysteries, too. It was a fun time in my life! These days I can be found in my writer’s cave crafting angst-filled stories about couples finding their happily-ever-afters.

My debut novel, THE MITUS TOUCH, released in March of this year. I was ecstatic to receive Night Owl Reviews “Top Pick” and Scandalicious Book Reviews “The Cherry on Top Pick.” In October, I published the second in the series, THE WILDE TOUCH. This story also garnered Night Owl Reviews “Top Pick.” The third book in the series, THE LOVING TOUCH, is currently with the editor. This novella will be published in January/February of 2018.The Touch Series is not a light read. There’s betrayal, mystery, suspense, eroticism, and of course, true love. 

What an amazing year you have had. Congratulations! There is nothing like the feeling of your first book being released to the world. So, can you tell us the origins of your stories? 

I’m often asked, “Where do your story ideas come from? That’s a great question! They begin with a single image or incident. For THE MITUS TOUCH, the novel blossomed from a photograph and a movie scene. 



Thursday, October 26, 2017

WELCOME BACK JL LORA, AUTHOR OF MADE

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

J.L. Lora is back to give us a peek at her new release out TODAY, Made, the second book in The Trinity. If you missed her interview, you can read it HERE. But wait, check out JL Lora's sexy as heck cover and blurb first.


BLURB:

No matter how hard she runs . . .

Gia Corey’s on a first-name-basis with danger. Nothing can protect her from the madman stalking her every move. Not her vital role in New York’s most powerful cartel, her money or her influence.  She can’t run from the cops coming to arrest her for the deaths of six people. She can’t hide from the past that thrusts her into the path of a madman, sets her up for murder, and threatens those she loves.

Noah McLean’s carefree lifestyle as a playboy has come to a swift and violent end. Betrayal is the bullet that forces him to take his place in the family business. Gia’s his anchor, holding him together, helping him accept the role he’s been burdened with. He fell in lust with her beauty and helplessly in love with her heart, but when danger slithers close, he risks everything to keep her safe. But she only trusts two people and Noah isn’t one of them.

The past is never far behind . . .

The monster will stop at nothing to have Gia. He’ll wage a dangerous battle where murder, extortion, and terror are his instruments to tear her way from Noah and her friends. To win the war, Gia must do the unthinkable — embrace her own inner darkness.

Will she slay the monster, once and for all, or will her past break her in the end?
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