Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WELCOME ANGELA SMITH, AUTHOR OF DARK RIDE

"My own fear, tangled up in passive sentences and light plot structures that fall flat...that is no way to win it except to confront it head on and keep pushing through."

Hello Everyone!

I'm thrilled to introduce you to a new author on this blog. Angela Smith has been one of my author buddies from the very beginning. I'm so glad she could stop by today and talk about her new release, Dark Ride. 


Meet Angela Smith. She's offering a wonderful giveaway at the end of this interview.


Angela asked me to beta read Dark Ride a few months ago. Let me just say, this novel will plunge you into a high-paced tell of intrigue, and then hurl you into ringside seats of a captivating romance between an over-worked nurse and a deep undercover agent fighting for their lives. But in the end, you will be left with the most charming happily-ever-after. 
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Lets first take a look at Angela's Dark Ride.

Adrienne Fuller is used to working late hours and long nights. As a nurse, her job is to save people, but when she witnesses a wreck on the road in front of her home and sees the men involved leave a dead body in a crumpled car, saving anyone is the last thing on her mind. This was no accident, and she’s already learned a hard lesson about the criminal justice system. She vows to tell no one what she saw, even the cops who come knocking on her door the next day. 

Henry “Zan” Duncan is deep undercover investigating a human trafficking ring, and in his line of work he has to pretend to be the bad guy. During a horrendous car chase, it’s either kill or be killed. When he spots a woman with fiery red hair hiding in the bushes, he goes back the next day to save her life, unaware he just raised the stakes on his mission, blew his cover, and failed in his effort to never fall in love.

Dodging bullets, fights, and explosions, Adrienne must learn to trust the man who claims he wants to protect her, and Zan must open his heart to the woman he is starting to love.




Dark Ride's and blurb give you a great introduction into what you can expect from this wonderful novel. 

It's time to meet Angela Smith, the amazing woman behind the nine novels. My questions and comments are in italic.

Angela, thank you so much for doing this interview. As you might have guessed, I loved Dark Ride. Can you tell us how you came to right this romantic suspense.

I started Dark Ride with an idea of a woman who witnesses a terrible accident outside her home. She’s outside in the dark hunting for her cat. She watches the accident, realizes it wasn’t an accident, and decides not to call the cops. Later, the “hero” AKA the man she thought was the villain, and caused the accident, comes to “rescue her” AKA she thinks he is there to kill her. I wrote the first scene and the one where he goes to her home before I ever had the actual story idea. I melded it and rewrote to fit the rest of the story once I finished it, but the first scene is how Dark Ride came to be.

I have never began a book in that way before. Lets talk about the basic possess of writing a book. You would not be here today if you hadn't figured out how to turn that one scene into a full length novel. What was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it? In other words, what do you think drove you to complete an enormous project like Dark Ride ?

Oh Gosh! My biggest obstacle was in finishing it! I had this image of what I wanted to happen, and the beginning was easy. The ending was a mess as I tried to figure out the best way to bring this to a climax, and it changed from my original intention. Even when I tried to rewrite it to my original intention, I froze, got stuck, I couldn’t move forward. It’s like my characters knew that’s not how it was supposed to end and they stopped me from proceeding. But slugging through the middle, adding scenes, removing scenes only to add them back. All the while I was trying to remodel my home, and dealing with issues at work can make a difficult time even more so. But what drove me is the characters not wanting to shut up, like an intrinsic part of my pulse that made me keep on writing and pursuing this story. I couldn’t give it up.

Wow, do I get all of that! Just living life gets in my way, and things that come up I couldn't possibly see in my future. I also have the constant voices in my head from my characters demanding I get their story out there. I'm sure you will agree that the day the voices stopping making demands is the day I discover something else to do. 
My next question ties nicely into this discussion.When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Probably by the time I could read, but definitely by the time I was 17. I checked out a book about writing from the library—this is when they still had library cards you signed—and my mother, who had died two years before, had checked out that same book. I wrote off and on but every time I stopped, I felt restless. It’s like that quote, and I’m sorry I can’t remember who said it, but it basically says:  “writing is the only thing that, when you’re doing it, it doesn’t feel like you should be doing anything else.” I get pretty restless if I haven’t been writing.

Great quote. I did a little researched, but came up clueless of the author. But his/her words are priceless. My next question I look forward to learn about from every author I host on my blog. Do you believe writers are born or made?

I believe you are born with the desire, but not necessarily the talent. Although there are some writers who probably were born with the talent also.

That's an interesting response, born with the desire. I wish I had the insight in my teens to see that my English classes were providing the talent to fulfill my desire to write. Maybe I would have taken everything more serious than a good grade.
So for something a little lighter. What is your ideal writing space? 

An office full of space, books, dictionaries, and lots of room to breathe. Overlooking a beautiful mountain countryside. Must include water. A lake, river, pond, or swimming pool. But honestly, this will do! 


OHHH that's adorable. He/she wants nothing to take away your constant focus on her/him, or your pet can nap anywhere. And I'm jealous. #naplesswonder Earlier, we talked about the struggles of writing. What moment in this journey are you most proud of?

The fact I did it.

Monday, July 30, 2018

SUMMER NIGHT ROMANCE GIVEAWAY

Hi Everyone!

I've so bad. Yup, my silly brain completely forgot to let you know about a new contest I'm taking part. Here's the pretty graphic.




I want you to imagine lazing in a hammock under the stars this summer with your favorite new book boyfriend. That could be you if you’re the lucky winner of a Kindle Fire 7 or one of 3 ebook prize packs where winners get to choose the books they want us to buy for them. Or maybe you’ll nab an Amazon gift card or a big ole box of chocolate. 



Enter for your chance to win. The possibilities are delicious!

Not sure which books you’d choose from Amazon if you’re a winner? We have some awesome suggestions in our Summer Nights Book Fair, where you’ll also find a bonus giveaway for a $32 gold ballotin of Godiva chocolate.

I would love one of my readers to win all the marvelous loot, especially the chocolate. 

Have a great week. Please find a moment to sit back and read a great book. OHHH.....Best of luck.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. weeks
AGAIN...


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH SAMANTHA ANNE


Hi Everyone!

I would like introduce you to author, Samantha Anne. We're sitting down for a very quick interview about her re-release, Kirby.

Cover Reveal/Pre-Sale Event: June 15, 2018 – July 1, 2018

“What she wanted to find was her heart’s desire. What she found was her sassiest self – and Hottie McCoffeehouse.”

AMAZON
ONLY $2.99

Super cute new cover! So tell us, why did you choose to re-release Kirby?

I really wanted to give Kirby new life after my original publisher, Crimson Romance, shut its doors earlier this year. It’s a really fun read that I’m happy to say has made quite a few people giggle and happy-sigh! I decided to re-launch it on my own because there is also so much more I can do with it now that I have the rights to myself.

What do you hope to do with Kirby now that the book is all yours again?

I’m working on adapting the story into a screenplay, because a lot of readers have said that they can see it on screen (I admit, I can too!). I also want to ultimately release an audiobook version, and – well, there’s one more surprise that I’m working on (at the persistent request of readers who have already devoured Kirby), but you’ll have to wait until the book comes out!

Any fun facts about Kirby?

Kirby started out as a defunct screenplay that sat in the bottom of a blue bin in my closet for close to five years. 2012’s So You Think You Can Write contest came around, and I decided immediately that I wanted to participate. What ended up happening was that Kirby was written from start to finish in 12 days!
The man who inspired the hero (assuming he hasn’t tossed it, of course!) has not only a copy of the original edition, but also has an early treatment that I wrote for the screenplay. The latter was not my best work, so I’m fairly certain that made it into the trash. But see below to find out who exactly inspired the book’s hero, Joe “AJ” Pavon.

Who inspired the two main characters?

Rachel was always meant to be an amalgam of myself (well, who I wanted to be) and Anne Hathaway, though lately I’ve “dream casted” actress Jessica Stroup if it should ever make it to screen.

Joe “AJ” Pavon, forever known as Hottie McCoffeehouse in the pages of Kirby, was 100% inspired by Joe Manganiello. The teasing smile he gave me when I told him (I fangirl-traveled to see him perform in a play in Connecticut) reinforced how happy I am that I did. 😉

How do you get inspired to write?

Sometimes, music does it. Other times, people-watching is a sure fire way to get me going. Then of course there are times where inspiration pops up out of nowhere! Those days are why I have a notebook on me at all times. 

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

The best thing for me is being able to clean my brain out on a daily basis. Sometimes, just having the ability to write my thoughts out is a huge blessing. When someone reads it and either relates or enjoys it, well - that's just ten times more awesome.

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

I tell everyone the same thing that was told to me: Write. Seek inspiration. Then write more. 

I still have that printed next to my writing space. So let's give everyone a peek at your blurb and excerpt for Kirby.

Blurb for Kirby

Rachel Sirianni is a twenty-seven-year-old native New Yorker with dreams of becoming an editor for Equinox Publishing, one of the top imprints in the city. And it seems she’s finally gotten her foot in the door, until one wild morning turns her fast track into an uphill climb.
Unable to pay her bills, she takes an unlikely second job to make ends meet and finds herself struggling to maintain two lives – her own, and that of her alter ego. Kirby is a sassy, imaginative, and extroverted fireball whom Rachel had no idea was lying dormant inside of her.
     
Enter Joe, a larger-than-life, brutally hot writer with a heart of gold. Rachel can’t seem to control herself around him, despite the fact that she’s sworn off men until she can get her career back on track. Their backgrounds and interests very nearly run parallel, and the Universe seems to keep pulling the pair together – in every aspect of Rachel’s life.
 What happens when two worlds collide, particularly where it concerns Joe? The ride of her life may just lead to love – or it could lead back to the drawing board.

Excerpt

(You can find the entire first chapter on Wattpad by clicking here.)

"I'm screwed."
Rachel sat across a small round table from her best friend Camille, as they both sipped from two abundantly filled glasses of riesling. Camille raised an eyebrow and gave her a smirk.
"You make it sound like a bad thing."
Rachel pursed her lips and fought a smile. "Cami, I'm serious! I'm only making a dollar more an hour than I was at StarChefs."
"I thought we were here to celebrate," Camille teased, "You're in the company you've wanted to work for since freshman year. So you've got to start back at the beginning. Suck it up and wow them, now! And if that doesn't work, just sleep your way to the top."
Rachel snickered and tilted her head to one side. "Cami, please."
Camille gave Rachel a wink and turned to hail their waiter. "Don't you worry Rach, we'll make this week disappear and you can start fresh on Monday."
Rachel smiled at her best friend. Camille had just turned thirty, and somehow seemed more worldly than most women ten years her senior. The fact that she was a fashion photographer might have had something to do with it. She'd been to a number of different countries, and had met some of the world's most interesting people. The way Cami told it, the most interesting were usually found in back alley bars, local watering holes, and hole-in-the-wall pubs. She'd seen it all, done it all, and captured it all. Buying Cami a glass of wine would get you hours of some of the best stories ever told — and Rachel got to hear them all for free.
A waiter approached and filled their glasses once more. Camille held her glass up to toast Rachel.
"To the finest junior editor the publishing world has ever seen," she announced with a smile, tossing her thick ash blond locks behind her shoulder.
Rachel blushed. "The finest almost junior editor."
"Semantics," Camille replied with a sly smile, "Your future is set, and I say that it's so. Now clink my glass and drink already!"
Rachel laughed and saluted her buddy, taking a long, satisfying sip. Camille studied her closely, and allowed herself a serious moment.
"Honey, listen," she said, placing a comforting hand on Rachel's forearm, "This may be a setback, but it's a minor one. I know how talented you are, and I know how much you love books and the business. You will get the position you were hired for; I know it. You're already a star, now you've just got to prove it."
Rachel smiled. "Thanks, Cam. And thanks for dinner! I'm not going to need to eat until Monday! Then again, I can't really afford to."
"Now, now, enough of the pity party," Camille chided, "You know if you need money I can lend it to you. It comes with an open-ended payback policy, and zero interest."
"Thanks, but I think I'm just going to have to find another job again."
Rachel breathed a heavy sigh at the mention of a second job; she was so tired of it! Losing sleep to barely get by wasn't her idea of living life. She'd expected to have that under control by now. But, it was the price one often paid to live their dream.
"It's only six months," Camille insisted, "You can make it. You'll be fine by the end of the year."
Rachel leaned back, stretching her arms. "God, I hope so. I'm pretty much over the four hours of sleep routine."
Cami took a long sip from her wine glass. "You can get through it. What you can't do, however, is be late again."
Rachel nodded, giving a yawn. "Let's call it a night. Or at least let's get a bottle to go and watch some movies at my place."
"Is the roommate home?"
"Nope, she just left on an improv tour."
Camille stood. "Throw in a couple of Diane Keaton movies and I'm there."
Rachel grinned. "Annie Hall?"
"Annie Hall."

Meet Samantha Anne

Samantha Anne is the author of Kirby and Company Ink (nominated for a 2014 Rone Award and a 2016 Rone Award Finalist, respectively) and has been writing Contemporary Romance since 2013. She grew up writing fan fiction for her friends (dubbed ‘Daydreams’) and their first book boyfriends, as a result, included the likes of Joey McIntyre, Kevin Richardson, and JC Chasez.
Her writing style was built on a healthy diet of Anne Rice, Nora Ephron, Amy Heckerling, Garry Marshall twisted with the comedic stylings of Mel Brooks and National Lampoon set to the tune of The Ramones, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, and Joan Jett, and it often shows in her work.
When she’s not writing about flawed heroines and their charming love interests, Samantha loves playing bass, baking, feeding her friends, podcasting, singing and drowning in Disney movies and 80’s/90’s pop culture. Learn more about her at www.samantha-anne.net

Where to find Samantha Anne

Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.samantha.anne         
~~~
Samantha, thank you so much for taking the time to drop in today. I wish you the very best on Kirby's re-release. I too am planning to give my older backlist titles a fresh new look with added material in the next few months. I hope you will hold my hand a little as I venture into this new area of my writing career. 

Please don't be a stranger. Come back and let us hear about your next release. 
If anyone has a question for Samantha Anne, ask away. Clink on the pencil below or drop me an email at nancy@nancycwees.com and I'll post it here for you. 

Have a great week, and as always, take a moment to read great book.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

THE EYEWITNESS IS A RONE AWARD FINALIST

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

So this happened ...


Ind'Tale Magazine's RONE Award--Reward Of Novel Excellence!


I know it's a little hard to see. Just in case your eyes are like mine, it says under Suspense/Thriller, The Eyewitness - ME!  This very cool badge can be inserted onto my cover.
I'm so thrilled that my book baby is a Rone Finalist. I love Emersyn and Alec's story so much, and the fact that InD'tale Magazine nominated it, and my wonderful, generous readers took time to give it their vote----my heart is full. Thank you so much. I have the best readers out there. The Eyewitness will now be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc., and judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing--the list goes on. The winner will be announced at the 2018 InD’Scribe Author Reader Conference in October, Burbank, CA. Please keep your fingers and toes's crossed. If you remember, In the Shadow of Greed was an honorable mention. I would be thrilled if The Eyewitness is ... sorry. I can't jinx it. 

Again, thanks for your continued support. 

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

P.S. If you missed Ind'Tale Magazine's review of The Eyewitness, you can find it here:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

MY THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


A thought from the strongest woman I will ever know. 
My mother, Louise.

We are what we think.
 We attract what we think.
Ugly attracks ugly.
Kindness attracts kindness.
Compassion attracts compassion. 
If we want kindness and compassion in our lives, we have to be kind, compassionate to everyone we meet. 
I cleanse my life of negative thoughts. And when they work their way to my surface, I physically shake them from my head. And then, I pray. 

I live my life by these simple words...and I have a pretty amazing life. 
Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

Thursday, April 26, 2018

WELCOME BETHANY-KRIS, AUTHOR OF LOYALTY AND DISGRACE


I went searching for the people who needed a voice. I wanted to give them a voice.

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week. I spend my week hiding out in my writer's cave [kitchen table] enjoying the process of beginning a new novel, my ninth. The first few chapters are always the hardest part of the book, but I'm in my happy place.

Today, I'm thrilled to showcase a first-timer on my blog, Bethany-Kris, author of Loyalty and Disgrace

Bethany says below that she's 'boring as hell' in real life. Ladies and Gents, that so untrue. My head spins with what Bethany can do with her few free hours a day. 

Bethany-Kris, I can't thank you enough for sitting down today with us. To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself--the real woman behind the writer and how came to write Loyalty and Disgrace?

Hi, Nancy. Thanks for having me!

I always find these bits in interviews come off the same when I answer, and so I will try to do something different this time. So, I am a mother of four young boys which means I don’t do anything without someone needing me, wanting something, or climbing up my legs. I have three dogs, one cat, and a hubby. I’m boring as hell in real life because well, I don’t have a life beyond writing and my kiddos.

That’s the way I like it.

I have lived an interesting life before all of this, but that’s another story for another day.

The John + Siena duet was a set of books that I have been waiting to write ever since Johnathan was born to a character (Lucian) in one of my earlier works (Filthy Marcellos: Lucian). Mind you, it’s not required for you to read the Marcellos series—I simply have a habit of refusing to let go of my characters, and letting them have their own big world and life. I continue them on as standalone series or novels, and that’s what happened with John. I knew he was different and special due to his own set of circumstances, and I really just wanted to put him down on paper. That’s how those two books were born.

Bethany, I'm the same way with my own characters. I just can't let them go and have to write their stories--because they won't allow me a good night's sleep if I ignore them for too long. 
I'm sure a lot of people ask you how you manage to get so much writing done with four young boys, but do you think your boys (or being a mother of all boys) have shaped the way you write in any way?

It has—a lot, actually. There seems to be this trend in romance where men are getting labeled as heroes who have literally no business being called a hero. Sure, authors can slap the pretty dark romance tag on it and think they’re safe, but I call garbage on that kind of thing. I write my heroes the way I want my sons to be, and how I am trying to raise them.

As good men. And sure, my heroes tend to fall on the gray side of life—not entirely good people, but not the villains, either—but at the end of the day, they are good men who love their wives, and treat their children well. They protect their family, and honor it.

That’s how my sons have influenced the way I write.

My daughter has a very small tattoo on her wrist that says simply, WORDS. As authors, our words have an unique power to drive change. Your sons are very lucky to you in their lives...just saying. 
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? 

I was nineteen, had my first son, and was battling severe post-partum depression. I woke up one day, and needed an outlet for everything that was going on inside my head. And that was sort of how this was born for me. I just went from there. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

THE EYEWITNESS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS RONE AWAY. PLEASE VOTE!

GREAT NEWS!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Eyewitness, Book 1 The D'Azzo Family series has been nominated by InD'tale Magazine for a prestigious RONE Award--Reward of Novel Excellence in the Romantic Suspense category. As with television shows like The Voice or American Idol, The Eyewitness needs your vote this week to make it into the final round.

Suspense/Thriller Weeks 2-- April 23--April 29, 2018.
To cast your vote for The Eyewitness, please log-in/sign-up at InD’tale Magazine. Registration is completely free and a wonderful source for great romance.  The Eyewitness can be found second from the bottom of the Suspense/Thriller group. 


You can read the complete review from InD'tale HERE. This is my all-time favorite paragraph in any review ever!  

I can't thank you enough for your vote. Have a wonderful week.
Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, April 20, 2018

THE PROTECTOR QUEST: WRITING THE NEXT NOVEL

"Nothing worth doing comes easy." 

Happy Friday, Everyone!
I'm beginning a blog series, The Protector Quest. What the heck is that? Well, The Protector is the title of my ninth novel. Each new post will be presented in chapter form--because I'm a writer and I love getting through one chapter and going on to the next. This series is a bird's eye view of what I put myself through with each new novel. So lets get to it! 


Chapter One--The Beginning

I have nothing!


Well...that's not exactly true. I have an amazing title that the members of my wonderful Facebook group, Nancy's Corner, helped me select. The image above depicts the road I have ahead of me. It's that disorganized, unpredictable, and at times, so disheartening. AND...I constantly hear my sweet, wise mom's voice in my head. 

Nothing worth doing comes easy." 

I'm not overstating when I say I have nothing planned for The Protector.  This is how every new novel of mine begins. While I have a soft foundation for my hero, Nathan D'Azzo, Emersyn and Tessa's older brother, that's where things get sticky. I haven't a clue what comes next at this point.

You met Nathan for the first time in chapter two of The Eyewitness, and he has a much bigger role in The Analyst. The Protector will be the third book in my The D'Azzo Family series. Here is what it looks like: 
The Eyewitness--starring Emersyn D'Azzo and Alec Pearce
The Analyst-- starring Tessa D'Azzo and Eric Logan
[More to come about The Analyst below.] 
The Protector--starring Nathan D'Azzo and ???

Another truth: I know that The Protector is Nathan's journey, and that the man I introduce you to in the first sentence will not be the same man on the last page. I don't know how Nathan will change, but if I do my job, he will have envolved in ways I can't even imagine today. That is the magic of writing, the reason I love what I do so much.

So.... no name for my heroine. I'm thinking about Olivia, again, a name suggested from Nancy's Corner. It is beginning to fit the image I have of her in my head. What I can give you is by the end of chapter one, Nathan will put up every shield he built over the years and protect himself against her. 

But this is a romantic suspense with an HEA, right? 

I'll get there somehow. Next post, I hope to get your help choosing what she looks like---and what Nathan looks like, the inspiration I will use to create two amazingly strong characters. I know my villain, and they are going to need all the help they can get. 

This is your front row seat on my quest, writing of The Protector. I hope you will stick around and invite your friends too. As you can see, I have a lot of work to do. I want this book done by October. 

Unsettling News: The Analyst

I know you have been waiting patiently for  book 2, The Analyst. A month ago, out of the blue, Simon & Schuster closed the doors to my publisher, Crimson Romance, effective immediately. This came as a shock to everyone. I signed a contract on Friday three days before, and was so excited to announce it to you. Monday afternoon, The Analyst's contract, gone. All my books are still being sold by S&S, but I'm looking for another home for The D'Azzo Family series. Until I find it, I'm going to do something positive, write the next book.  I hope you will all be a little patient with me as I figure this out. It's time to take a deep breath and allow the dust to settle. I love what I do, and I love living my dream--even after this last month. 

That's it for today. Next week, I have invited the wonderful Bethany-Kris to sit down for an author interview. I'm so impressed by Bethany's confidence and drive. I can't wait for you to meet her. Until then, I hope you can take a break in your busy life and read a great book.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

***If you haven't heard about Nancy's Corner or joined Nancy's Newsletter, please do so today.  I would love to have a closer relationship with my readers.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I WANT ROMANCE GIVEAWAY

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
I hope you are having a great week. This is a short post to tell you about another contest. To begin, check out this adorable banner.


Now...what you can win if you enter? Who couldn’t use a little more romance? Not to mention a pretty in pink Marc Jacobs leather wristlet? Or a Kindle Fire 7? Or maybe you’ve been lusting after the newest romance bestseller on Amazon. Enter our giveaway April 2-22 and you could be one of 8 lucky winners to add new ‘romance’ to their lives!

Why am I in another contest? It's simple. I would love for you to follow me on BookBub. If you haven't checked out BookBub, do so. It's a fantastic way to find sale prices on all your favorite authors in all genres. BookBub chooses books that meet their high standards. If I'm lucky enough to be on BookBub, I want you to know about it.

This contest is sponsored by 67 wonderful authors.
Alexia Adams • Allyson R Abbott • Amy Ruttan • Anne Stone • Aubrey Wynne • Becky Lower • Bethany-Kris • Brenda Whiteside • Brighton Walsh • Cailin Briste • Calinda B • Candace Sams • Carla Krae • Carrie Whitethorne • Cate Tayler • CB Samet • Cecy Robson • Charmaine Ross • Crystal Dawn • Donna R. Mercer • E.B. Black • Eliza Daly • Elizabeth Meyette • Elizabeth Rose • Holly Cortelyou • J. L. Lora • J.E. Parker • Jacquie Biggar • JC Andrijeski • Jen Doyle • Jennifer Dawson • Joan Reeves • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • Julieann Dove • Karly Morgan • Kim Petersen  • Kris Michaels • Kristin Holt • Kristy Tate • L A Cotton • Lana Campbell • Laurel Greer • Linda Carroll-Bradd • Lola Karns • Madeline Iva • Mari Carr • Marilyn Peake • Megyn Ward • Melissa Belle • Melissa McClone • Michele Barrow-Belisle • Nancy C. Weeks • Patrice Wilton • PG Forte • Renee Ann Miller • Ruth A. Casie • Sarah Williams • Shereen Vedam • Soraya Naomi • Stacey Joy Netzel • Stacy Gold • Susan Jean Ricci • Susanne Matthews • Sydney Aaliyah Michelle • Victoria Saccenti • Aileen Harkwood

Plus, shop our book fair where you can choose from books in genres from contemporary romance to romantic suspense to PNR for $2.99 or less. You’ll even find a bonus giveaway!

BOOK FAIR WITH BONUS GIVEAWAY


Browse, click, and buy from over 55 titles in the I Want Romance Book Fair, all but one priced at 2.99 or less.
Whichever genre is your favorite, contemporary romance (sweet or steamy), historical romance, romantic suspense, paranormal, fantasy and science fiction, we've got page-turning reads that will make you want to pull up a comfy chair, grab your favorite beverage, and forget everything else while you disappear into another world.
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You could win a $15 Amazon gift card 


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

WELCOME NANCY LOYAN, AUTHOR OF AFTERLIFE

"Earth is just the beginning ..."

Hello Everyone!
I hope you are having a great week. Today, I would love to introduce you to Nancy Loyan, author of Afterlife


I asked Nancy to sit down with me in order to get to know her better and maybe hear a little gossip about her new release. Afterlife sounds fascinating, and  as a reader, I had to know more about this story as well as the woman behind it.

Special Note: I don't want to confuse anyone-- Nancy (me) interviewing Nancy (Nancy Loyan). My questions and comments will be italic. Now take a look at Afterlife's amazing cover and short blurb.


Kalden Nicholas, a man of science, has lost all he loved on Earth, but the pull of space and new discoveries drives him on a one-way mission to the far reaches of the universe.

Landing on a mysterious planet, his perceptions of life, death and beyond are challenged and tested in ways he could never have imagined. Finding renewed purpose, he returns to Earth where he learns that faith cannot be proven, and one person can make a difference.

After all, Earth is just a training ground for the Afterlife.

AMAZON



Nancy, I can't thank you enough for dropping by today. Can you start interview off by telling us a little about yourself.

Mine is a life gone full circle. Writing has always been like breathing for me. However, I’m far too practical. I first attended Cuyahoga Community College, and after, graduating with a BSBA in Marketing from John Carroll University. I worked in retail management, outside sales and marketing. I left corporate America to embark on a freelance writing career. I wrote for numerous local and national publications, specializing in architecture, construction and antique safes. I continued to write fiction and pursue publication. After twenty years, I landed a contract with a small publisher, Inner Vision Books. My first published novel was Paradise Found, a multicultural romance set in the exotic Seychelles Islands. 

The next six novels were contracted major publisher, F & W Media who was starting the Crimson Romance line. As luck would have it, Inner Vision  closed its doors. Regaining the rights to my novel, I embarked on self-publishing.  Shortly after, an editorial changes at Crimson had me regaining the rights to five of my novels. I subsequently self-published them as well. I just had the rights reverted for my last Crimson novel, Special Angel, as Simon and Schuster, new owners of Crimson, closed the line. I am enjoying the control and freedom that self-publishing allows.
I obtained my BS before my Mrs. My husband Bill and I have been married thirty years and have “fur children,” Amber and Topaz, English Pointers. My husband is a retired architectural photographer. Being married to a self-employed creative person made the transition to author easier because he understood me and my  need to create.  We have traveled the world, and many locations have provided inspiration and research for my novels. Going to Egypt was special because I have an alter ego, Nailah, Middle Eastern belly dancer, and studying in the country of the dance’s origin was special. I instruct Middle Eastern dance. 


My favorite venue is teaching at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. This will be my 11 Season. I have also taught writing and had a book signing at the Institution. One of my romantic suspense novels, A Kiss in the Rain, takes place on the grounds.

I have to break in here and say---OH MY...you are awesome! Hello alter ego, Nailah! And...I love that you teach Middle Eastern dance. Sorry to interrupt. Please continue. 
My forte is romance and women’s fiction, as my other eight novels can attest.  Afterlife is quite a departure. 

It can be classified as Speculative Christian Fiction. Though it has a little romance, this futuristic novel is about an astronaut who finds faith and himself after volunteering for a one-way mission into the universe.  This novel came about in an unusual way. I was seated in church listening to a sermon about Heaven. The “what if” in the writer in me came out. I sat pondering about Heaven being an actual place, a planet. I rummaged through my purse for a small note pad (writers must always carry paper and a pen for when inspiration strikes) and began jotting down ideas. When I got home, I continued writing. This novel literally took over my life. I felt possessed. Putting aside my WIP, a romance, I set out to complete this project. Six months later, it’s a published novel.

Oh, Nancy, that 'what if' question plagues me in Mass too.  Good for you for taking the time to jot down your thoughts before they evaporated into thin air. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t remember when I wasn’t writing. I composed picture books for fellow students in elementary school. In junior high, I wrote romantic novellas for friends. The final for my creative writing class in high school was to complete a short story. I surprised the teacher by handing in a four-hundred page historical manuscript!

You have to add in comments below your teacher's reaction? I bet it was priceless. And don't forget to let us all know your grade. So my next question is a favorite of mine. I think I know the answer but ... do you believe writers are born or made?

I think that it’s a little of both. I do think that writers, particularly fiction writers, have some innate ability. Most people, unless they have a diagnosed mental illness, do not hear voices in their heads that propel them to put pen to paper/fingers to keyboard.

Ha Ha! I think you just labeled us a little crazy. I can't argue with you. Again, sorry for the interruption, but you are so fun.