Monday, December 22, 2014

Interview with Nancy C. Weeks and Jared McNeill

Let me welcome Nancy C. Weeks back as she introduces Jared McNeill from In the Shadow of Vengeance, and also the last in her Shadow series.  Her heroes are the stuff fantasy is made of and it's a delight to talk to her about her latest hunk…. ah, hero. What can I say? I'm smitten.

So Nancy, over to you

Nancy:  I can’t thank you enough for having me on your lovely blog for the release day of In the Shadow of Vengeance.
Rowena: Nancy, it’s my pleasure. So, In the Shadow of Vengeance is the last book in the series. That story must have been a little bitter sweet to write.
Nancy: I loved writing Noah McNeil and Elizabeth Merlots story. But…typing The End to In the Shadow of Vengeance, and sending it to my publisher was very hard. I wanted to turn back the clock and start all over again. Now that it’s a reality, I want to share it everywhere because I just love this story and all the characters. In fact, I brought along with me a special guest.  I thought your readers might like to meet a very important character of my In the Shadow series, Noah McNeil’s twin brother, Jared McNeil. He has agreed to answer a couple questions about Noah.  

Rowena: Ladies and gents, I have to say it is a real treat to meet Jared. Talk about tall-dark-drop-dead-sexy and gorgeous. Sorry…I made him blush.
A little bit of background: Jared and his love, Jenny, are featured in the first book in the series, In the Shadow of Evil. Jared, thank you for coming.

Jared: It’s nice to be here. Noah will want to kill me for talking about him, but that’s half the fun. Noah gave me such a hard time for falling in love with someone from a case. Now he has gone and done the same thing by falling for Elizabeth Merlot.

Rowena: So how did Noah meet Elizabeth Merlot?

Jared: That is not an easy question to answer.

[The smile in Jared’s eyes has disappeared and he has become very uncomfortable.]

Nancy: Maybe I should answer that question. In the Shadow of Vengeance is connected to In the Shadow of Evil in that the trauma that occurs in Evil is still an open wound in Vengeance.  Jared and Jennie were hounded by a man named Elías Mendoza---who I can only describe as pure evil.  It’s hard to tell you much about the plot without spoiling the story for those who haven’t had a chance to read it yet. One spoiler that’s not too hard to spill is that Elizabeth’s son Danny was kidnapped by Mendoza. Noah was captured a couple days later. Mendoza used Danny and Noah as leverage against Jennie and Jared. It was a very frightening situation.

Jared: And when it was all over, a bond formed between Noah and Danny. He kind of became the kid’s big brother.

Rowena: So Danny and Noah’s friendship brought him together with Elizabeth?

Jared: No! My brother can be a real moron without even trying. From the moment they met, there was such crazy attraction between them you could almost see sparks fly. But Noah was too stupid and stubborn to ask Elizabeth out.

Rowena: Why?

Jared: Noah has this thing about secrets and lies. Elizabeth had more secrets than the day is long. Noah may have been attracted to her, but he sure the hell didn’t trust her. I don’t want to give anything away, but they had to go through a lot of crap before they both lowered their walls. It was hard to watch and I never felt so helpless.

Rowena: But In the Shadow of Vengeance has a happy ending, right?

Nancy and Jared: Absolutely!

Jared: Maybe we should have said, “You will have to read it to find out”.

Nancy: I write novels filled with a balance of gripping excitement, intrigue and heartwarming romances that will take your emotions on an incredible roller coaster ride. Sometimes you may even find a hint of the paranormal, but what you can always count on is a happy-ever-after.

Rowena: Nancy’s books have wonderful endings. So, one more question for Nancy. How do my readers find more about your books?

Nancy: For a peek at the first four books in the In the Shadow series, your readers can visit my WEBSITE and enjoy the first three chapters of each book free.
Rowena: Since In the Shadow of Vengeance is the last book in your series, should my readers read the 5 books in order?
Nancy: Each book in the series is a stand-alone novel and they don’t have to be read in order. With that said, I think readers will have a much richer understanding of In the Shadow of Vengeance if they read In the Shadow of Evil first -- where the series began. And wonderful news!! In the Shadow of Evil has been placed on sale for only 99 cents from 12/22 to 12/29!!

Nancy: I have a question I would like to ask your readers. I’m planning out my next project and I was wondering:

Do you prefer single titles or series?

Jared: If your readers leave a comment, they will be entered into a drawing and I’ll send them either a digital copy of my happy-ever-after with my beautiful, amazing Jennie, In the Shadow of Evil or they can choose any of the other four books about my brothers.

Rowena: Well, thank you both for coming! It’s been a blast and I hate that our time has run out. If any readers would like to read the blurb and an excerpt for In the Shadow of Vengeance, it is copied below.

Nancy: Rowena, you are awesome and I love visiting your blog. Thanks again for hosting me.

Rowena: Any time Nancy.

Here is a brief blurb of In the Shadow of Vengeance.

Detective Noah McNeil has his cases under control, but the same can't be said for his personal life in Fells Point, Maryland. Elizabeth Merlot, the mother of a troubled teen Noah is mentoring, is freezing him out of the family's lives - especially criminal given how hot this single mom is.

Elizabeth Merlot can't afford to let the handsome detective close to her son lest he discover she's in the witness protection program. Until the day, that is, when the teen tries to fend off a gang attack and her entire world of secrets begins to crumble - and Noah may be the only one who can save their lives. Don't miss this exciting conclusion to the McNeil family saga!

Nancy: Here is an excerpt I thought you might enjoy from  In the Shadow of Vengeance . My nasty villains weren’t the only thing keeping these two apart. Enjoy!

“What other man hurt you?”
This time Elizabeth was the one who stepped back. Shit. Of course Noah would pick up on that. Her life was a lie, and she hated how it turned her into a quick-thinking liar.
“There isn’t another man. I don’t know what Danny is talking about. Unless it’s Mendoza—”
“Elías Mendoza will die in the hole we put him in.” Noah’s voice went deep as every muscle in his body tensed.
Elizabeth swallowed. Everything about the man’s demeanor changed in that instant. And her instincts might have been defective when it came to relationships, but they were spot on in other areas. Detective Noah McNeil could be charming; fun-loving, even; but underneath all that charisma was a dangerous man. She needed to remember this moment.
She walked toward the door, almost surprised her knees didn’t tremble out from under her, and pulled it open. “I’ll get you that name.”
Noah moved into the small foyer, clutching the paper bag. His dark blue irises bored into hers with a mixture of irritation, confusion, and something she almost didn’t recognize: desire.
He took a step into her personal space. She held herself perfectly still. When he finally spoke, his deep baritone voice oozed sex and a slight hint of malice.
“I get you don’t like me. I can even understand why you don’t want any McNeil near Danny.”
“I don’t blame you for what happened to Danny.”
He slowly moved his hand up to her face and brushed a strand of hair back behind her ear. The simple touch sent an electric jolt through her, but she held her stance. Damn. She needed to stop staring at his mouth and wondering what those full lips felt like—tasted like.
“Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to me, Elizabeth. I don’t deserve that.”
“I’m not lying—”
Noah’s fingers pressed gently over her lips. “My superpower is I’m a human lie detector. I don’t care if you don’t like me or trust me. Don’t lie to me.”
She knocked his hand from her face. She had to pin her arms to her side to keep from shoving the damn stubborn man down her steps. “You’re right. I don’t trust you and I don’t want you near my son. And that has nothing to do with what happened. I just don’t like you.”
Noah let out a forced laugh and then reached for his wallet. Pulling out a card, he pressed it in her hand. “That was honest, and for the record, the feeling is mutual. But I do like your kids.”
He eased past her. On the first step, he turned and placed his hand flat on the door, keeping it from closing. “This isn’t going away. If you don’t want my help, then reach out to someone.”
“I don’t need—”
“It’s not a dream, Elizabeth. It’s a warning. Listen to Danny.”

More information about Nancy C. Weeks:

Nancy 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.
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Remember to leave a comment for Nancy on "do you prefer single titles or series and you will go into a draw for a digital copy of her happy-ever-after of In the Shadow of Evil or choose any of her other four books in the Shadows series.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Confessions of NYT Bestselling Author Gone Indie

For those interested in self-publishing, Anne R. Allen always has wonderful blogs and interviews about writing and in particular self-publishing.  She's posted a fab interview with Eileen Goudge this week that is well worth a read.  Here's the link.

Anne R. Allen's Blog: Confessions of NYT Bestselling Author Gone Indie

Cheers from Rowena

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Heather Thurmeier, The Wedding Hoax and Giveaway

Heather Thurmeier, The Wedding Hoax and Giveaway

Welcome to romance author Heather Thurmeier who has popped by to tell us all about her new release THE WEDDING HOAX (don't you just love the title).  She's also agreed to answer a few questions about writing romance and has a giveaway at the end of this post you can enter to win a lovely bracelet - via Rafflecopter. 

Author bio:
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas and a hater of spiders. She was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in New York state with her husband and kids where she’s become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. When she's not busy taking care of the kids, Heather’s writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes who make your heart pound, laugh out loud moments, and always a happily ever after. You can find out more about Heather and her books by checking out her website at:

So First up I sent Heather a few questions, which I now refer to as THE GRILLING!

So Heather how long have you been writing and what genre do you write in?  
I’ve been writing for 6 years now. I write romance—contemporary, paranormal and new adult. 

What is it you love about writing and what attracted you to writing romance? 
I love the freedom to make my own schedule and work when it fits in with the rest of my life, namely being a full-time stay at home mom. My family will always be my first priority, but writing is a career that I can totally fit into that. I love writing romance because I believe in true love and happily ever after. Writing romances allows me to relive those moments over and over again. What’s not to love about falling in love?

Could you tell us about your first sale and why you also chose the Indie Publishing route as well? 
My first sale to a publisher was with one that doesn’t really exist anymore. At the time, I was thrilled that someone found my story worthy of publishing. And I’m still grateful for that first publishing credit because it definitely spurred me on to bigger and better things. The indie publishing route attracted me because I don’t believe in putting all of my eggs in one basket. There are so many avenues available to us as writers, I feel it’s beneficial to keep my options open and fluid to change with the market.

What do you think is necessary to produce a successful book and do you have any suggestions for those wanting to write romance?
Patience, hard work, willingness to learn, and a bit of talent. Learn your craft, write, and write some more. Don’t give up and get discouraged at the first sign of difficulty. Keep learning, keep writing and eventually you’ll get there.

When I write I'm often not sure how I'm going to get to the end. Therefore I'm a pantser. Are you a plotter or a panster?
I’m a plotter, all the way. I need to know what point A is and what point z is. And usually a few along the way like points E, M, U etc. Those things might change through the process, but I need to have an idea going into it.

If you were cast actors for your characters, who would they be?
Cole:  Joe Manganiello Or Liam Hemsworth
Daisy:  Amy Adams or Scarlett Johansson
Note from Rowena:  Oooh, I do love that Joe Manganiello!!!

Do you have a favorite book or books that you always go back to? 

I’ve read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning a couple of times already and I would happily read it again. Same goes for the entire Harry Potter seires. I have really eclectic reading tastes!

What’s next for you? 

Up next I’m hoping to write another contemporary romance. I would also like to write the second in my Falling Stars paranormal romance series.

For fun, if you were to have a dinner party, and you could invite anyone in the world, who would you invite and why? 
I would invite: Bruce Willis because I’ve loved him forever and seeing that lopsided smile he does would be awesome, J.K. Rowling and Steven King because I’d like to ask them a million questions about writing, Will Farrell and Jimmy Fallon because they would keep us laughing through the meal and maybe my family because it wouldn’t be as much fun without them there sharing it with me.

The Wedding Hoax - a blurb and excerpt!!

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A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s Lovestruck imprint…

To save their companies, they’ll plan the fake wedding of the century...
Meet the bride...

Daisy Willows is a wedding dress designer who longs for her own happily-ever-after. In the meantime, she’s struggling to keep her business going even as she covers her mom’s increasing medical expenses. So when a bridal show expo owner offers to help her out, she can hardly say no. And all it takes is Daisy pretending she’s back with her playboy ex. And that they’re engaged...
Meet the groom...

Cole Benton works for his father’s bridal magazine, which is on the verge of downsizing. All he really wants is a crack at an outdoor lifestyle magazine, and if he has to fake-marry Daisy to make it happen, he’s definitely in. Now Daisy and Cole are playing up their fake engagement, shopping for rings, and even kissing upon request. All of which is makes it a whole lot harder to remember that their big white wedding is a big white lie...


Cole adjusted himself in the boutique chair as Daisy came out in yet another stunning dress. He didn’t think it was possible to be attracted to a woman in a wedding gown, but apparently it was.

And it was maddening.
Damn it. He didn’t want to be any more attracted to Daisy than he already was. At this point, he wanted her to walk down the aisle in a white garbage bag so he didn’t have to see the shape of her curves, teasing him about what he couldn’t have but also couldn’t stop thinking about.

Nor could he stop imagining those undergarments she’d mentioned to the women at the bridal show. Was Daisy wearing something sexy under all that white lace and satin, too? A push-up bra? A thong?

He sat forward and leaned his elbows on his knees, ignoring the ache in his groin at the thought of Daisy in a thong. He didn’t even have to use his imagination. An image
of her lying on her stomach across his bed came to mind. Her skin had been smooth under his fingertips as he traced the lace of her thong to where it disappeared between two luscious hills of milky-white flesh. She’d shivered beneath his touch when he’d caressed the tiny crease where her bottom met the backs of her thighs. And when he’d playfully smacked her ass, the apples of her cheeks weren’t the only spot on her body to blush as she’d rolled away from him, giggling and smiling seductively.

If he’d realized that would be one of his last moments with Daisy, he would have savored it more, prolonged his own enjoyment to push hers further. What he wouldn’t give to see that spark in her eyes when she was on the cusp of going over the edge again. Or the pink tinge in her cheeks as his tongue tasted her.

“Cole!” Daisy’s voice was sharp, piercing his thoughts and shattering the nice memory he was currently enjoying more than the present moment.

“That one is nice,” Cole said on instinct, forcing himself to focus on the dress she wore instead of what she might be wearing underneath it. This dress was similar to the others— sleeveless, white, satin and beads, and expertly hand-stitched. He’d never really given Daisy a lot of credit for her work before, but he should have. She was a master of her craft.

She put her hands on her hips. “That’s what you said about every dress so far. Are you even paying attention?”


“I’m trying to, but you know how I feel about shopping.” He laid his head back and rubbed his eyes hard, hoping to erase the memory of Daisy’s thong from his brain long enough to get through this torture without a raging hard-on.

“How could I forget? You’re worse than taking a child shopping. At least with a kid you can give them a snack or a toy to keep them busy.”

“I could go for a snack.” He shrugged.

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