Friday, March 15, 2019

WELCOME CALEB DOYLE, HERO OF THAILAND WITH THE TYCOON, AND AUTHOR, ALEXIA ADAMS


Hi Everyone!

I'm handing my blog over to the lovely, Alexia Adams today. Alexia is sitting down with her hero from her new release, Thailand with the Tycoon, Caleb Doyle. I can't wait to read Thailand with the Tycoon and meet Malee ... and Steve. Enjoy!



Alexia Adams...

Hi, I’m Alexia, author of Thailand with the Tycoon. I got to know Caleb Doyle, the hero of that story pretty well when writing the book. Caleb’s an adrenaline junkie, an easy-going guy, a good friend, but distant from his family. He’s wealthy but hasn’t let that go to his head. All round he’s someone you’d like to have a few beers (or whiskeys) with but wouldn’t really expect to settle down and commit to a long-term relationship. Or so we thought… Let’s see if we can learn any secrets today.

Alexia:       Thanks for agreeing to chat with us, Caleb. Are you ready for some difficult questions?

Caleb:       Absolutely. Should I have brought my climbing ropes?

Alexia:       Probably, but it’s too late now. First question: You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Caleb:       I’d be a yellowy-orange, something bright and electric, full of energy. Plus, nothing rhymes with orange and I like to be individual. I’d call myself yellnge. Which would also be unique because no one would know exactly how to pronounce it.

Alexia:       It worries me that you didn’t take any time at all to answer that question. Clearly, it’s something you’ve thought about before, although I have no idea why.

Caleb:       Before I met Malee, I used to spend a lot of time dangling from the side of a mountain. Really frees up the mind to explore out of the box, or in this case, inside the box, questions.

Alexia:       All right. Have you thought about this one: How many Taylor Swift songs do you know the lyrics to?

Caleb:       Just one, Blank Space. I believe she wrote that about me.

Alexia:       I can see how you would think that. Okay, now that we’ve broken the ice, on to the real questions. What’s your favorite 90s jam?

Caleb:       Blueberry.

Alexia:       *sigh* Always the funny guy. Okay, next question: If someone gave you an elephant and you couldn’t sell or give it away, what would you do with it?

Caleb:       Wait. You’re responsible for the elephant, aren’t you?

Alexia:       *shifts in her seat, looks away* I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Caleb:       The elephant that adopted Malee and me. Did you set that up?

Alexia:       Perhaps you could be more specific. I’m an author, there are a lot of elephants in my brain.

Caleb:       You know the one. Malee called him Steve. He’s big, and gray. An Asian elephant if that makes a difference. We came back from exploring the area when we were stranded and he was waiting for us at Destiny Resort. If that was your doing…well…thanks for nothing.

Alexia:       You have a problem with Steve?

Caleb:       He’s annoying. And has terrible timing.

Alexia:       (Having perfected her innocent look from her four children who would never admit to drawing on the wall with crayon) How so?

Caleb:       Whenever I try to kiss Malee, Steve gets in the way.

Alexia:       I can see how that would frustrate you. What did you do about the situation?

Caleb:       What could I do? He’s a giant elephant. And you put him there.

Alexia:       This interview seems to have got off track. Back to my prepared questions.

Caleb:       No, I think we’re done. I have an elephant to feed. And clean up after. Do you know how much poop comes out of an elephant? You couldn’t just have put a cat in the story, could you. It had to be an elephant. *storms out of interview*

Alexia:       *shrugs* What can I say? The book is set in Thailand. They have elephants. Everyone loves elephants. Except, it seems Caleb. Although he did pay someone to feed Steve and has hired a caretaker for when he and Malee aren’t in Thailand. So, I guess what we learned today is that deep down, Caleb loves elephants.

Find out the whole story in Thailand with the Tycoon.

And a special thanks to Nancy for hosting us today and giving Caleb a chance to air his grievances.
  
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Alexia, it was my pleasure. I love character interviews. If you missed Alexia Adams's author interview, you can find it HERE.

That's it for today. I hope you have a great weekend and find a few stolen moments to read a wonderful book. 

Hugs to all, 
Nancy C. Weeks


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Monday, March 4, 2019

WELCOME KATIE KENYHERCZ, AUTHOR OF VEGAS GIRL--BOOK 2 LADY SINNERS SERIES

"She let him in, and he stayed forever."


Happy Monday, Everyone!

I would like to introduce you to a wonderful author, Katie Kenyhercz. This is Katie's first visit to my blog and I'm thrilled to have her. 

Katie, thank you for sitting down today with us. To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself--the real Katie behind the writer.


When I’m not writing, I’m a college English teacher. I love painting and walking in the park, and I have a fluffy, grumpy cat named Motley.

I would love to see your paintings. Maybe next visit you can give us a peek of that side of your life, and of course, you can bring Motley too. I love moody cats.  Can you tell us a little something about Vegas Girl and how you came to write it?

Vegas Girl is book 2 in my Lady Sinners series, a spinoff from my original Las Vegas Sinners hockey romance series. The Lady Sinners are the dance team for the Las Vegas Sinners. To gain respect, they form a community hockey team and play in an intramural league. The series shows the women finding their way in life, love, and hockey.

I fell in love with On the Fly (Las Vegas Sinners Series Book 1) AND...it's free everywhere books are sold! 
I have to admit, before reading On the Fly, I wasn't much of a hockey fan. But Katie, your book brought hockey alive to me in a big way. Along with reading the series, I started following my local team, The Washington Capitals, then they went and won the Stanley Cup! So thanks for that.

Here is a look at the cover of Vegas Girl and the blurb. You can get your own copy HERE.

https://amzn.to/2Umkkg0
Melody Hanson was born to be a professional dancer and she’s so close to achieving it. But when her best friend Miranda leaves their intramural hockey team and the dance team captaincies to Mel, it’s an honor. It’s also a ton more responsibility right before she’s set to graduate with her dream job. She can juggle everything for half a season, right? It might have been possible if Miranda’s older brother hadn’t taken over coaching their hockey team, reigniting the major crush Melody’s had on him for as long as she can remember. They’d always been star-crossed, but now those stars are aligning. Following her heart and her dream had always been the same path. Until now.

Spencer Evans breathes hockey. Assistant coaching for UNLV’s Aces has been fulfilling, but the head coach spot is opening up, and it’s his. If he can get a little outside experience first. When the Lady Sinners offer him that chance, he can’t say no, especially not when his little sister Miranda begs him to save her team. It’s not ideal, but along with the experience, it also puts him in daily contact with Melody, the girl he’d spent the better part of his teen years secretly in love with. The more he’s with her, the stronger the sparks until a full-out fire blazes between them hot enough to melt the ice. But she’s about to graduate and leave Las Vegas—and him—in the dust. Asking her to stay would mean asking her to give up her dream, but he’s not about to give up on her.

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? 

Writing this book was a little different because when I started, there were only a few months until my husband left for a six-month deployment—our first ever. I was so nervous and upset I couldn’t write at all. After he left, the muse still wasn’t there. I started my teaching semester and got sidetracked. It wasn’t until the December school break that I buckled down and wrote every single day. I finished my last editing pass right before he came home!

Life has a way of getting in our way, driving the muse into a quiet corner. I'm so happy your sweet hubby home. He must be so proud of you. 
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Writing has been something I loved to do since I was twelve years old. I started with fan fiction and worked my way up to original stories. I’d say I was in my early twenties when I knew I wanted to be published.

Do you believe writers are born or made?

Both! Most writers I know have come by it naturally. They can’t remember a time they weren’t writing something. Some people just have a tendency toward it, and I fall in that category. It was always my best subject and the one I enjoyed most. That said, anyone can improve with practice and by learning from their favorite writers as well as a good editor! But I do think most writers are born.

I agree. My earliest memories I had stories running loose in my head. I dreamed of being an author and having my book on the shelf next to my favorite authors. It took me a long time to actually do something about that dream. How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for a writing career?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and Editing, a Master’s in English, and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction. The course of my education has prepared me as well as one can be! The connections I’ve made along the way have also made an enormous difference. I’m better for knowing every single writer friend I’ve met over the last eight years.

I would say your advance education gave you a great advance. I bet your editors love you. I think I give my editor nightmares. LOL! Tell us a little about your ideal writing space?

A sunroom with a desk! Or a covered porch on a nice day. I need sunlight.


OH yes! That is lovely. I believe fresh air clears the cobwebs from my brain, giving way to suspenseful, heartwarming stories. Winter of 2019 can't leave fast enough. 
So what would you say is the moment in this journey you are most proud?

In 2017, I made the USA Today Bestseller’s list in a hockey romance anthology!

Congratulations. That is an incredible accomplishment and so well deserved. Now for a few giggles. Can you write a love story in eight words?

She let him in, and he stayed forever.

Beautiful, and so romantic. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Nice job.

That's my wish too. What is up next for you?

Lady Sinners Book 3, Vegas Vixen!

Where can readers find out more about your book and yourself?

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That's it for today. If anyone has a problem leaving a comment for Katie Kenyhercz, please send me an email at nancy@nancycweeks.com or use the CONTACT ME icon above. I'll post it for you. 

I hope everyone can find a couple hours to relax and read a great book.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

HIS ONE WISH IS LIVE--PRE-ORDER TODAY!

Hello Everyone!!

I hope this new year is treating you well. I'm so proud to announce the re-release of HIS ONE WISH.  It's up on Amazon for Pre-Order. RELEASE DAY: MARCH 25TH.

Meet Aiden Cooper and Jazlin Morgan...



AMAZON ONLY


His One Wish Blurb

True worth comes from within…

Aiden Cooper loved being a Marine, but an explosion ripped that world to shreds, leaving him adrift without purpose.  When a contract to locate a missing high tech prototype appears out of thin air, he decides to take it despite the shady details. How much trouble could a palm size codebreaker cause?

Jazlin Morgan has been groomed from childhood to run Turhan Technologies, but she has another dream. However, when her father collapses into a coma from a poison with no known antidote, Jazlin steps into the CEO role with a vengeance. As she struggles to save her father’s company, she must confront whether she is the root of the chaos that has befallen it.  

For Aiden, locating the “Genie” is easy. Separating the job from the enigma that is Jazlin Morgan could destroy him. 

Jazlin can’t protect Turhan and her father by herself. Can she trust a stranger who is hiding his identity, but can’t seem to veil his heart? Or is he the real threat?

As competing desires tear their worlds apart, whose wishes will come true?

And once revealed, it will set the heart free.

Heat level: Sensual

*This is the re-release of His One Wish. It was previously published in anthology, Modern Magic by Crimson Romance. 


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I hope you grab your copy today. It's a fast, exciting and fun read. I'll be back with an exclusive except, so stay tuned. 

As always, I hope you find the time to relax and read a great book. Be kind to each other.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Emotion Thesaurus Cover Revealed

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I hope the beginning of 2019 has treated you well. I want to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite writing tools. There are so many books on the market that promise to make me a better writer. I've bought and tried more than I want to admit here. Most of them ... well, I wish I could have my money and wasted hours back. 

And then I was introduced to Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi's first book in their descriptive thesaurus series, The Emotion Thesaurus.  WOW! It blew me away. 

The one key element that keeps us reading is emotion. The story's premise could be enticing, the pacing great, but if we don't feel for the characters, we close the book and move on. I know what I want my readers to experience on each page of my books, laughter, heartbreak, and everything emotion in between. Angela and Becca's thesaurus makes that possible. I own the entire series and use one or two of their books almost daily.

Have you ever held onto a secret you've been dying to share, and then finally...you can?


REDACTED The Emotion Thesaurus cover For the last few weeks, I've been helping Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers keep a BIG secret...what the next book in their thesaurus series will be. 
It might seem strange to not tell one's readers what book you're planning to release...unless you happen to write books on Show, Don't Tell like Angela and Becca do! They couldn't resist the opportunity to show, not tell, by waiting for the cover reveal. They even created a *REDACTED* cover for it, which you might have seen floating around.

We're revealing the cover at long last!

*DRUM ROLL*

The next book in the descriptive thesaurus series is ...


Emotion Thesaurs 2nd Edition cover


The Emotion Thesaurus Second Edition 
AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 19, 2019 EVERYWHERE 

It's been 7 years since the original Emotion Thesaurus hit the shelves. Many writers have credited this unusual book with transforming their writing. This guide is packed with helpful lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75 different emotions, which makes it easier for writers to convey what characters feel. Since 2012, many have asked the authors if they would add more emotions, so that's what Angela & Becca have done. This new edition has added 55 more emotions, bringing the total to 130. There are other new additions to the book, and in fact, it's almost doubled in size! I recommend checking out the full list of emotions (and some sample entries) HERE

And more good news: this book is available for Preorder! You can find it on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and Indie Bound.org

One last thing: Go grab a Webinar!

Angela and Becca are giving away a free webinar recording of one of their popular workshops:

Using Emotion To Wow Readers

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I highly recommend Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman's Descriptive Thesaurus series. Start with The Emotion Thesaurus, Second Edition. I'm grabbing my copy. 


Until next time, have a wonderful week. Take a moment to sit back and read a great book.



Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks