Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spotlight on Nancy C. Weeks - In The Shadow of Pride Release & Giveaway

Hi all,

Although Nancy and I have never met, we both sold our first books to Crimson Romance and have formed a friendship that the wonders of the internet can now provide and I mean it when I say she is a fabulous writer and I'm really happy to see that Mac finally has his own story.  Nancy writes romantic suspense and her fourth book in her Shadows series, The Shadow of Pride is out on 21 July and she's visiting on my blog to tell us all about it and to give away a free digital copy (see below for more details). Remember to leave your email address when you comment so I can contact you if you win.  Over to you Nancy.

Hello Rowena!

I’m so pleased to be visiting with you today to share the news about my newest novel, In the Shadow of Pride. Pride is the fourth book in my In the Shadows series and I am so very happy with the way everything turned out.

In this story, you will meet the third McNeil brother, Luke ‘Mac’ McNeil. Mac has a tough job as a FBI Special-Agent-In-Charge. He sees the worst that mankind has to offer on a daily bases. One of the most heart wrenching experiences he had to live through was losing his friend and fellow agent, Rico Trevena. Rico was on an undercover operation and Mac was his handler. The unthinkable happened and Rico lost his life while saving Mac’s younger brother, Jason [from In the Shadow of Greed]. Rico’s last words to Mac: “Promise me you’ll take care of Lexie for me. Promise!”  For the last three years, Rico’s wife, Lexie Trevena has made that promise almost impossible to keep because she hates everything about the FBI and despises Mac.

Throwing my gorgeous Mac McNeil and spunky, Lexie Trevena into life altering situations, making them work through their animosity toward each other and then watching them fall in love on the page is what makes being an author such a joy.

I loved every minute of writing In the Shadow of Pride. If you would like to see who I envisioned while writing this story, please  drop by my Pinterest story board here:


In the next few days, I will be posting three free chapters of In the Shadow of Pride on my website:


Have questions? I would love to answer them. Feel free to ask me anything. Here is a question to help get you started. Have you ever disliked someone, but over time, began to see this person in a different light? Did you ever become friends?  I would love to give away a free digital copy to one lucky commenter so please leave an email with your question. Rowena, you get to do the drawing. J

I left a blurb and a short excerpt. I hope you enjoy In the Shadow of Pride as much as I enjoyed writing it. Rowena, thank you again for having me on your lovely blog today. This has been such fun!

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

You are most welcome Nancy.  Check out the Blurb and an excerpt below of Nancy's latest release as well as buy buttons for her other books in the Shadows series and don't forget to leave a comment to go in the draw for a free digital copy of The Shadow of Pride.

Blurb for in the Shadow of Pride

Lexie Trevena buried her murdered husband, discovered he had cheated on her, and signed to adopt his newborn son—all before noon. Now she just wants to raise her child in the loving, supportive home she never had. The last thing she needs is another man to complicate her life, but her best friends feel differently. Their matchmaking meddling accidentally places Lexie smack in the path of a terrorist who intends to use her as his pawn.

The only person who can help her is the FBI agent she holds responsible for her husband’s death.

Special-Agent-In-Charge Luke “Mac” McNeil watched his best friend and partner marry a woman he knew was too good for him, but he did nothing to stop the wedding. He stood by as Lexie adopted the cheating jerk’s son. But when someone goes to great lengths to make it appear that Lexie is responsible for launching a drone into the home of a prominent Texas senator, Mac’s conscience finally speaks up, and he fights for Lexie’s freedom ... even though all the evidence leads to her door, and she has never given him a reason to trust her.

Can Lexie and Mac find the courage to forgive and trust, or will their pride stand in the way of love, allowing terrorists to bring another devastating attack onto United States soil?

Sensuality Level: Sensual


Excerpt of In the Shadow of Pride

Excerpt of In the Shadow of Pride

Lexie leaned her back against the cool stone and made herself release Mac’s hand. She then took a breath of fresh, clean air and tried to hide the shakiness in her voice. “Now what?”
“I’m going to drop down to the roof. You will kneel on the ledge and, using the window to balance, turn so your legs hang over the edge. Let go of the ledge, and I’ll catch you.”
“Are you crazy? I can’t—”
“Lexie, look behind you.”
She turned her head slowly toward the open window. Flames appeared under the door and the small office was completely filled with smoke. One word escaped her lips. “Trapped.”
“Once we get down onto the roof, there’s a fire escape ladder to the street.” He reached for her hand. “Gabriel needs you. We can do this together.”
Finding her voice, she whispered, “Not fair using Gabriel.” She bit down on her lower lip and dredged up an ounce of courage. “Mac, do what you have to do.”
With the grace of a trained athlete, he lowered himself over the side until only the tips of his fingers were on the ledge. An instant later, he dropped, landing on his feet.
“Tag, you’re it, Lexie. Just drop and I’ll catch you. Trust me.”
Lexie’s heart pounded like she had just run the 100-yard dash. After a quick glance into the office, she knelt, and holding onto the window, rolled onto her stomach.
“That’s it. Now just ease your legs over the ledge.”
The instant her feet hit empty space, panic ripped through her and she swung a leg back onto the ledge as her fingers dug into the window frame. God, she couldn’t do this. It was freaking crazy.
“You have to let go of the window frame. I’m right under you.”
“This isn’t the time to be nice to me, Mac.”
“Okay, then how’s this? I’m loving the view of the sexiest red panties I have ever seen that barely cover an ass that will live in my dreams for years to―”
Lexie dropped. Before she could get out the ear-piercing, girly scream that roared in her head, she landed in Mac’s arms. The impact crushed the air from her lungs.
“You’re okay,” he whispered. “I’ve got you.”
Wrapping her arms around his neck, she allowed his strength and his herbal all-male scent to soothe her. He eased her legs back on solid ground, but she didn’t let go. She couldn’t remember a time in her life when she felt so safe, protected.
She raised her chin and met his amused stare. Of all stupid days to wear a skirt to work. As soon as she got out of this mess, it was going to Goodwill.
Heat spread up her neck and her chest tightened. “This one time, I’m going to let that go.”
“Let what go, Lexie?” Mac’s hand moved slowly down her back to her waist and pressed her tightly against him.
His touch sent a flash of need that had been dormant for too long into her gut. Lexie swallowed but couldn’t look him in the face. “That wasn’t my best moment on that ledge. You shouldn’t have looked.”
“You told me not to be nice. I was saving your life.”


Bio:
Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.

Find Nancy at:
Twitter: @NancyCWeeks

Look for In the Shadow of Pride at: 

Crimson Romance ebooks | Amazon | B&N | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play | BAM

Buy links for In the Shadow series:

IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL:

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/17hjfco

IN THE SHADOW OF GREED

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/16GHb6I

IN THE SHADOW OF MALICE

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1dId2db


Thank you so much Nancy for visiting. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Footloose & Faerie Free Countdown to Release….




Hi there everyone. It's sunny blue skies and really cold in NZ at the moment.  I have freesias popping up in the garden too. It's the first time I've ever grown them and there are only a couple of handfuls but it's such a delight to see them growing and flowering.  It might be an early spring here I'm thinking.  I've been doing house things - like getting two rooms ready to paint the walls.

In the meantime, I've being going through Footloose & Faerie Free yet once again, fine-tuning as it were and it's about to go out to a few readers for comments/review purposes.  I've even gone so far as to make myself a little poster which I put up at the beginning of this email.  It's my first attempt. I haven't quite figured out how to make it bigger and not blurry. I'd love to hear what you think or if you have any ideas on how I can improve the image quality.

And the countdown has begun.  It's only 39 days until I let Footloose & Faerie Free upon the world!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Footloose & Faerie Free has a Release Date

OK. I have a release date for Footloose & Faerie Free.  It's Tuesday 26 August. There. I said it. No turning back now. Bites nails and hopes all goes according to plan.  I'm in the middle of designing a poster to advertise this book  - who knew marketing could be so hard.  When I've finished it, I'll put it up for you to see.  So this will be a very soft launch as I'm learning the ropes and  only managing to retain so much information.  My brain apparently, is shrinking, as my age increases. Sigh.

Tonight is also the Indtale 2014 RONE Awards, and one of my books, THE JADE DRAGON, is a finalist in the paranormal category. I'm biting my nails for this as well.  All the best to my fellow competitors. I really am excited to be in the same category as the others who have been nominated.

I actually have the rights back for both The Silver Rose (book 1) and The Jade Dragon (book 2) of the Greenwood Witches Trilogy in my Marylebone Chronicles series.  I'll be republishing these myself over the next few months. In the meantime, I'm finishing the standalone Footloose & Faerie Free (although I feel there will be a second) and writing book 3, The Spell Weaver.  So I've quite a bit going on.

I haven't been reading much this past month as I've been working on Footloose & Faerie Free. I still am, so can't report there at the moment.

In my day to day life as a mum and nana it's been busy.  My daughter-in-law was chosen by Air New Zealand to fly to Seattle to pick up the new Dreamliner - the first of it's ilk - and bring it home.  I helped look after the grandson by picking him up from daycare a couple of nights and taking him home and looking after him until 'daddy' got home.  NanaRo went off to put the plug in the bath, pour bubbles in and returned to collect grandson only to discover he'd been exploring his artistic self by taking his felt-tip pens and drawing all over the couch. "Oh no," said NanaRo. The little cherub looked all innocence and guilt at the same time. "I hope it washes off," I said. He nodded and said, "yes." I gave him a cloth and we cleaned and thank the heavens it came off.  I said, "Thank goodness." And the little darling said, "My Goodness." And I said, "Yes. My Goodness. Now what must you never do?"  To which he replied, "Not draw on the couch."  "That's right," I said. So the next night he drew on a chair instead!!

That's my week.  How was yours?