Friday, May 29, 2015

WELCOME NAOMI FRASER!

Happy Friday, Everyone! 

I hope you have all had a great week. Today, I’m so thrilled to have my wonderful friend and mentor, Naomi Fraser drop by for an interview. I met Naomi on-line in a Romance Writer's of America critique group almost four years ago when I was just starting out in this crazy world of publishing. I'm here today, living my dream because Naomi, and the other wonderful members of Lethaladies took time to critique my first manuscripts, teaching me how to be the best writer I can be. It is such a treat to have her here so she can tell us a little about herself, share her wisdom about writing and introduce us to her two new releases, Fins 4 Ur Sins and  Wild Girl (Immortals Book 2). 



Naomi Fraser

Welcome to my blog, Naomi. To start off this interview, tell us three things about yourself that readers may not know about you.

Thank you for having me, Nancy. Mm. Three things? Okay . . .


1)      I’ve always been a voracious speed reader. Scribd recently contacted me to beta test their software updates. I earned the title of ‘one of their dedicated readers’ by reading 153 books in a month. I love books.

2)     Each story I write is a completely different experience for me. This makes writing more fun than I could ever imagine, because the process is never the same twice. To start each book, I just have to follow my instincts.

3)      I’m scared of cats.

Oh, that's funny. I like cats but they seem scared of me. AND WoW! 153 books in a month! That would take me about three years. 

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Around five or six years old. Early on in my life anyway. Writing grew from my insane love of reading and words in general. My mother gave me as many books as she could, but I once read a book that I didn’t think was written very well, or so I thought at the time and, in an attempt to do better, I began writing my own. After that, I realized my limitations and discovered the poetry section in my school library. I loved writing poems that rhymed, so my real attempts at writing moved from stories to poetry. I could produce a poem about anything in no time at all during high school. When I decided to write romances, many people told me there were huge differences between novels and poems, but I was determined to write a book. I have always loved romance.

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

I like that there is no one to answer to but yourself and your readers. I love that I get to unleash my imagination and be creative. I love words, the rhythm, tones and sounds of them. Words are almost like chords of music to my ear. They’re fun. I love that I get to tell stories and connect people to the universe.

I don’t like that writing is essentially a sedentary task. I also dislike losing my concentration or forgetting that all important line. There’s nothing worse than when my computer has a fit and it wipes a chapter or a passage.

I think my laptop controls me instead of the other way around. Losing a chapter is heartbreaking. How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career?

As a child I grew up on all the rich and amazing ideas and thoughts expressed in novels and poetry, which expanded my narrow child’s view of the world and propelled me far beyond what my parents or school could possibly teach me. All my life experiences in Australia certainly did the rest. Australia can be a hard country with deadly predators, but there is an underlying spirituality. I like being the creator of a whole new world that readers can get lost in. But my life experiences are still shaping me, and I never stop learning. The best part is I enjoy the process.

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

Have a routine or a set time of day or night when you can write.

What genre(s) do you write in? Why?

I write poetry, non-fiction, science fiction fantasy cross overs, young adult fantasy romance, and paranormal romance. I guess I write in so many genres, because it’s similar to how I read. I definitely have a muse and I always go where my excitement leads. There will be different sub-genres coming—paranormal historical romance, maybe a contemporary romance or two and some erotica. I have so many ideas.

Tells us about your newest book releases, Fins 4 Ur Sins and  Wild Girl (Immortals Book 2). I'm so impressed that you can get two books out at the same time! Your Superwriter! 

I have two new releases and another book coming out three months after the first two. The two new releases are available for pre-order and come out on 29th May.


Here is the link everyone! 

FINS 4 UR SINS AMAZON


WILD GIRL AMAZON


WILD GIRL is the second installment of the Immortals Series and details the romance between a werewolf wild girl and a straitlaced vampire doctor.

Wow! Be still my heart. Naomi, that is one hot cover! I'll pause and give everyone a minute to take it all in. :)



WILD GIRL AMAZON


Naomi brought along short blurbs for Wild Girl and FINS 4 UR SINS to wet your whistle:

WILD GIRL, IMMORTALS, BOOK #2

What do a strait-laced vampire doctor and a werewolf wild girl have in common?


Tamara Westfield isn't any ordinary werewolf. She's half vampire thanks to Ravenkeep's MD, Alec Dimir, who saved her life with his bite. But no matter how handsome and gentle he is, she figures they don't match, because she needs someone who can match the wildness inside her. If only the temptation to rattle his cage wasn't so great, and if only Alec didn't blow all her preconceived notions out of the water.


FINS 4 UR SINS is a YA mermaid romance.




FINS 4 UR SINS AMAZON


This story was the third place winner in the Emerald City Opener Contest 2014.

FINS 4 UR SINS, FINS, BOOK #1

Transformation isn’t easy.

When fifteen-year-old, Eloise Mitchell, moves into Wynnum, Queensland, she doesn’t expect to wind up in hospital feeling like she had a lucky escape from death. Freaking out and asking everyone what happened, she pieces together a tale of how she unknowingly leaped off a cliff and into the sea.

New boy at school, Lakyn Ambrose, saves Eloise’s life. But danger, seductive and irresistible, lurks beneath the ocean—and the two of them must decide how far they will go to protect each other and all of humanity.

Those two novels sound fascinating. I can't wait to read them. So, to continue on with our interview, I have an interesting question for you. Do you believe writers are born to write or learn to write?

I believe both. You can learn to write and you can be born to write. I believe persistence, a great support group and loving what you do can make you succeed at anything. The same is true for writing. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you give up too early, then you won’t succeed. If you don’t have a great support group, you won’t get any feedback and then you can’t grow. If you don’t love what you do, you won’t stay the course when the going gets tough and you won’t be happy. 

That is wonderful advice, Naomi. Here is a fun question. What is the theme song to these books? As you wrote the story, what music did you go back to time and time again?

Oh, this one is easy. The theme song to WILD GIRL is Promiscuous by Nelly Furtado ft Timbland.

The theme song for FINS 4 UR SINS is All of Me by John Legend.

Oh, John Legend is one my all time favorite artist. He really stirs my emotions. 
What is up next for you?

I will be finishing the Fins series, finalizing SPARK the second book in my Elementals series, and also finishing the next book in the Immortals series. I will also be working on some other ideas I have. I find working on multiple books at once means I’m less likely to have writer’s block.

Naomi, thank you again for being here today. I wish you all the very best in your writing career. Please come back often and let us know what you are doing. Until then, you can follow Naomi Fraser with the links below. 



If you have any questions for Naomi, please don't be shy. Just leave us a comment below. Have a great weekend, and as always, be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SHADOW AND LIGHT: THE COMPLETE SERIES ON BARNES AND NOBLE

Hello Everyone!

Quick post to let you know that my new release, SHADOWS AND LIGHT:THE COMPLETE SERIES available June 1st is up for PRE-ORDER for Nook lovers on Barnes and Noble. Yup!  My wonderful McNeil brothers, Jared, Jason, Adam, Mac and Noah will be together in one digital book bundle.


TO ORDER, CLINK LINK BELOW:


Meet five Irish brothers, all sworn to protect and serve - and the smart women who help them take down the terrorists gunning for their family. Lock up your heart: when it comes to love, the sexy McNeils know how to walk this beat.

In the Shadow of Greed: Brilliant cryptologist Dr. Sarah Tu races against time to block the most dangerous Internet malware ever created - and it's up to FBI agent Jason McNeil to make sure she stays alive long enough to do it.

In the Shadow of Evil: After ten years with Maryland's Special Crime Unit, very little rattles Jared McNeil. Then his nemesis resurfaces, with his sights set on the woman Jared is honor bound to protect.

In the Shadow of Malice: Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret, but his cover's blown when he ends up on the run with waitress Calista Martin to protect his little girl.

In the Shadow of Pride: When Lexie Trevena's matchmaking friends accidentally place her smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn, the only person who can help her is Special Agent-in-Charge Luke "Mac" McNeil - the man she holds responsible for her husband's death.

In the Shadow of Vengeance: Elizabeth Merlot can't afford to let handsome Detective Noah McNeil discover her secret past. But when trouble finds her son, Noah may be the only one who can save their lives.


The bundle is also available for pre-order on AMAZON



That's it for today. I just wanted to share the news. Have a great weekend!

Hugs to all,



Nancy C. Weeks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COVER REVEAL THE UNRAVELING BY LAUREL WANROW

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I'm thrilled to introduce you to a wonderful friend of mine, Laurel Wanrow. Laurel is here to reveal her new cover for her Steampunk Fantasy romance called THE UNRAVELING. I will have Laurel back for an interview during her release week. But today, check out this intriguing new story that is ON SALE for only 99 cents. Laurel also brought along a GIVEAWAY!!




Welcome to the cover reveal for The Unraveling, Volume One of The Luminated Threads by Laurel Wanrow! This is a steampunk fantasy romance with new adult-aged characters and themes. The Unraveling ebook is on preorder for a special preorder price of only .99 cents from Amazon! A print paperback edition also features this beautiful cover artwork by the talented Craig Shields, www.craigshields.co.uk.


The Unraveling releases June 23, 2015.


About the Book:

In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…

…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate.

Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn't know if she'll ever belong.

Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat blames himself for the death of his mate and swears he won't be responsible for another pack. But when the farm he loves falls victim to an endless run of strange pests eating the crops, he joins the hunt, taking charge of an unruly team of predator shifters. In the midst of the battle, Annmar stirs feelings he can’t resist.

As Annmar becomes entangled in the fight against the pests, and with Daeryn, she discovers her magic might help…if she can learn to use it properly. If not, she’ll be forced to leave the people she has come to care for and become what she fears most: nothing more than another cog in the magnate’s gears.


THE UNRAVELING is a full-length novel, approximately 350 pages, for readers 18+ (new adult and older).

Please note: This is volume 1 of a three-part serialized novel. Volumes 2 & 3 will be published in 2015 to complete THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of these releases, sign up for Laurel's Newsletter.


Preorder from Amazon for the special price of only .99 cents!

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Laurel WanrowAbout the Author:
Laurel Wanrow loves misty mornings, the smell of freshly dug earth, petting long-haired guinea pigs and staring at the stars. She sees magic in nature and loves to photograph it.
Before kids, she studied and worked as a naturalist—someone who leads wildflower and other nature walks. During a stint of homeschooling, she turned her writing skills to fiction to share her love of the land, magical characters and fantastical settings.
When not living in her fantasy worlds, Laurel camps, hunts fossils and argues with her husband and two new adult kids over whose turn it is to clean house. Though they live on the East Coast, a cherished family cabin in the Colorado Rockies holds Laurel’s heart.

Visit her online at www.laurelwanrow.com.

To be notified of new releases: Laurel's Newsletter

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Giveaway:

One (1) winner gets a $10 Amazon gift card, and two (2) winners get paperbacks of The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (US/CA/UK)
Ends June 10, 2015

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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


Monday, May 25, 2015

WELCOME BACK SUSANNE MATTHEWS--ALL FOR LOVE BLOG TOUR

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back to my blog, my sweet friend and fellow author, Susanne Matthews. Susanne, it is always a joy to have you here. Since this is a blog tour, I'm going to just turn my blog over to you. I wish you great sales for All For Love and can't wait to read my copy. 

GIVEAWAY ALERT!

All for Love banner


Susanne Matthews ...


This is my stop during the blog tour for All for Love by Susanne Matthews. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 26 may till 8 June, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours. All for Love By Susanne Matthews Genre: Contemporary Romance Age category: Adult Publisher: Anaiah Press Release Date: May 26, 2015.

All for Love
Blurb: To overcome your fear, you must first face it. Someone is out to destroy Greg Simmons and everyone he has ever loved. After an accident leaves his teenage daughter depressed and distraught, Greg will do anything to make her happy again. Olivia Marshall lost both her fiancĂ© and her cousin in a deadly avalanche. She has vowed never to set foot on a ski hill again. But now, working as a bodyguard with Anderson Security, Olivia must face her greatest fears to save Greg and his daughter. Something about Olivia’s determination strikes a chord in Greg, but will she be the salvation he needs, or will he be her destruction?

Excerpt:

Jack rubbed the back of his neck. “Right. Well, if you’re determined to do this, Veronica has the guest room all set up for you in the apartment until you leave for the chalet near Scranton at the end of the week. Do you have everything you’ll need?”

“I have to pick up ski equipment, but the rest is in the truck Tim provided. By the way, what did your operative have to say about all this?
Greg watched the color seep into Jack’s face. Obviously, the mighty Livy wasn’t as happy with the situation as Veronica had said she’d be. He frowned.

“Nothing yet, but she’ll be fine. Don’t worry. You’ll meet her shortly. We’ve got a great cover story established for you both.”

Greg gawked, and fought not to lose his temper. Something in Jack’s voice told him things were definitely not fine. “She doesn’t know yet, does she?” His voice conveyed his irritation. “It’s too late to back out now and come up with another plan.”

Jack ran his hand through his hair, disarranging it. Greg could see the man was worried, and it didn’t calm his own unsettled nerves. Lord, this has to work.

“I know. Believe me, I know.” Jack’s frustration was evident. “I expected her early yesterday, but her plane was delayed because of bad weather. I couldn’t speak to her about this over the airport phone. Veronica’s convinced we have nothing to worry about. She says she won’t let us down, and since my wife knows her better than anyone, I’ll have to take her word for it. Livy’s been after me for assignments with more meat to them, and she won’t find anything more exciting than this cloak and dagger business. That’s what’s bothering me. Not only am I convinced this plan is full of holes, not knowing who’s behind the threats makes it almost impossible to eliminate them. You’re still convinced it’s personal and not political?”

“I am, and the note proves it. For what it’s worth, you don’t have to worry about me. I’ll play my part. Marrying a stranger is the last thing I want, but I’ll do what I must for my daughter. Let’s hope your woman is as good as you say she is and as agreeable as Veronica believes.” 

You can find All for Love on Goodreads 

 You can buy All for Love here: - Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Kobo - Smashwords 


About the Author:


susanne-matthews


Susanne Matthews grew up as an avid reader of all types of books, but always with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. Today, she has made her dreams come true. A retired educator, she now gets to spend her time writing, so she can share her adventures with her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love. Susanne lives in Cornwall, Ontario with her husband. She has three adult children and five grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, chatting on the Internet with her writer friends, and hearing from her readers.

You can find and contact Susanne here: - Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads - Amazon - Google+

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of All for Love. These are the prizes you can win: - 2 $10 gift cards (US Only) For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more information about Lola's Blog Tours, just click the image below. She's a wonderful person and you will love her!!

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

WELCOME J.J DiBENEDETTO--FEVER DREAM

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a great week. I have turned my blog over to J.J. DiBenedetto today. He has a new release and just dying to tell you about it.


The blog is all yours, J.J. By the way, you have the most amazing covers. Thanks so much for coming by for a visit.


J.J. ~~~

What if you could see everyone else's dreams?

Find out with the Dream Series by J.J. DiBenedetto! Book #9, FEVER DREAM, is out today!


FeverDreamV2


What's the story?
Dr. Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat. After two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any lengths to make sure they stay hidden. Now, time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know she has.
Where can you buy it?

  Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)
  Smashwords
  Barnes & Noble (Nook or Paperback)
  Apple iBookstore
  Kobo
  AllRomanceEboo

Want to know more?

Monday, May 18, 2015

COMING SOON:SHADOWS AND LIGHT: THE COMPLETE SERIES

This is such wonderful news that it will be on my HOME page and here. Coming June 1, 2015, my wonderful publisher Crimson Romance will release all my wonderful McNeil brothers, Jared, Jason, Adam, Mac and Noah in one book bundle called ....







The couple on the cover look like my inspiration for Jared and Jennie. Just love it!! Here is a short blurb of the books in case you haven't had a chance to check them out yet:

SHADOWS AND LIGHT: THE COMPLETED SERIES:

Meet five Irish brothers, all sworn to protect and serve - and the smart women who help them take down the terrorists gunning for their family. Lock up your heart: when it comes to love, the sexy McNeils know how to walk this beat.

In the Shadow of Greed: Brilliant cryptologist Dr. Sarah Tu races against time to block the most dangerous Internet malware ever created - and it's up to FBI agent Jason McNeil to make sure she stays alive long enough to do it.

In the Shadow of Evil: After ten years with Maryland's Special Crime Unit, very little rattles Jared McNeil. Then his nemesis resurfaces, with his sights set on the woman Jared is honor bound to protect.

In the Shadow of Malice: Adam Blake, ex-CIA operative, has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret, but his cover's blown when he ends up on the run with waitress Calista Martin to protect his little girl.

In the Shadow of Pride: When Lexie Trevena's matchmaking friends accidentally place her smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn, the only person who can help her is Special Agent-in-Charge Luke "Mac" McNeil - the man she holds responsible for her husband's death.

In the Shadow of Vengeance: Elizabeth Merlot can't afford to let handsome Detective Noah McNeil discover her secret past. But when trouble finds her son, Noah may be the only one who can save their lives.

So far, the bundle is available for pre-order on AMAZON. I'll post other links as soon as they appear. 

That's it for today. I just wanted to share the news. Have a great week!

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, May 8, 2015

WHERE I AM TODAY :)

Happy Friday, Everyone!



I have dropped by the Summer of Love Contest blog and shared the most romantic moment of my life. I thought you might enjoy it. Here is the link:



While you are on the site, don't forget to enter FOR FREE for a chance to win a PRINT book a week for the whole summer. [We pay all shipping costs] Just a reminder, I'm giving away a signed print copy of each of the books in my In the Shadow series.





I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Until next time, keep your eyes out for the beauty that surrounds you and be nice to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks


Monday, May 4, 2015

SUMMER OF LOVE GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday all!

You may have seen this icon at the side of my webpage. So what is all the fuss about?




I have joined a group of wonderful romance writers who want to share our love of romance! We came up with the idea to give away one print romance a week for the entire summer to three lucky winners. That’s 16 books for each Grand Prize winner—an entire summer’s worth of love and passion. But that’s not all! We’re also giving away packages of 5 print books to three other lucky winners!


AND THERE IS MORE








Today ONLY, 5/4/2015, you can win a digital copy of In the Shadow of Evil for just entering the Summer of Love Contest!







This contest will ONLY be OPEN until May 15, 2015--JUST 10 MORE DAYS. 

The winners will be drawn randomly, and we’ll let winners know as soon after May 15 as we can that they’ve won. Each Monday for the sixteen weeks of summer—from Memorial Day to Labor Day—we’ll send out one print book to each of the Grand Prize winners. The second-prize winners will get their collection of 5 books shipped in one package as soon after May 25, 2015 as we can get to the post office.

You can improve your odds of winning by giving another romance author a little love. You can sign up for author newsletters, like a Facebook page, or follow a blog—and each action gives you another entry into the contest.

What am I contributing to this contest? 



I'm giving away one PRINT COPY OF EACH OF THE BOOKS IN MY IN THE SHADOW SERIES!!!!

Again, you only have 10 days left to enter so please take advantage of this amazing contest. The link is above, but just in case you missed it, here it is again:

Have a great week!

Hugs to all, 

Nancy C. Weeks