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Thursday, July 19, 2018

GUEST: Nancy Lee Badger and her new release Heaven-Sent Warrior

Please welcome my guest, Nancy Lee Badger. Let's get to know her better.

Nancy, please tell us about yourself.

I am a mature woman who loves to write. With the release of Heaven-sent Warrior, a
paranormal romance set in North Carolina, I have had 24 books published. I retired from my job as a 9-1-1 emergency medical dispatcher to write fulltime and dragged my husband from the snowy mountains of New Hampshire to the warmer North Carolina climate.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Once hubby leaves for work, I am usually already going through my email, responding to Mom’s ‘I’m still alive’ morning text (she’s 87), checking the calendar, then getting to my writing. Because of this week’s new book release, I have to work on promotions for Heaven-sent Warrior while writing the next book, Heaven-sent Highlander. It is almost complete and will soon head to the editor, which is a relief.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When not traveling, I love to read. Reading is therapeutic and I try to only do it at night, as a reward for getting my writing done.

How long does it take you to write a book?

It used to take a long time, mainly because I kept ‘fixing’ the first chapter before going on to the next. I tried to figure out how to write faster. I took workshops, attended meetings with local writer groups, and read books on writing. I discovered that if I write an outline-with a beginning a middle and an end, the characters start coming to life, and the book gets written faster. I have had books grind to a halt because I had no idea where it was going. That doesn’t happen anymore, giving me the freedom to let the words flow. Writing a first draft-if that is all I did- takes about 3 months. Then I go back and fill in ‘holes’ then print it out and read it again. I probably complete three drafts before sending it to my first editor (my Mom). A complete manuscript ready for my Soul Mate editor takes about 5 months.

How many hours a day to you spend writing?

If you ask my family, I spend too many hours writing. If I did not care about waking my
husband, I would get up with the sun. I once stayed up all night, but he wasn’t too happy…seems he cannot sleep soundly if I am not in the bed with him. Sigh…

How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?

I am pretty organized. I worked 20+ years at a hardware store doing several different jobs from ordering, receiving, shipping, sign-making, ad creation, and left to become a 9-1-1 Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the state of New Hampshire. I found that particular job because I was an EMT and volunteer firefighter in my small town. Juggling two kids, a job, and a house built around 1863 required an organized life. The kids are grown, but I am currently president of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America, and that keeps me pretty busy.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?


I am glad you asked! My years as an EMT and volunteer firefighter show up in With Every
Breath, but my 20+ years volunteering at the NH Highland Games has given me tons of ideas. I wrote six time-travel books set at present-day fictional Highland games and 16 th century Scotland. I have many dragon shifter stories set in Scotland. Surrounded by 30,000+ kilted visitors, marching bands, athletes, Scottish food, vendors selling everything Scottish, the ideas flowed. My new series is set in North Carolina, my adopted state. It is centered around the NC Museum of Art including its outdoor garden and reflecting pool guarded by bronze statues by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. The idea for warriors sleeping inside statues, to awaken when needed, popped into my head and my series, Warriors in Bronze, was born. Heaven-sent Warrior is a paranormal romance with a little humor and a deadly twist.



Book Blurb from Heaven-sent Warrior

Henrí Chevalier's last memory, before stumbling naked into a museum’s moonlit garden, was Auguste Rodin and his dusty Paris studio in 1886. To escape his broken heart, Henrí volunteered to sleep inside a statue until needed. Expecting to die, he discovers he must learn to use the unexpected powers Heaven has given him. Without them he will fail his mission against otherworldly creatures, such as demons and faeries.

Kenzie Mackintosh, a dedicated art museum's curator, spies a naked man hiding among bronze statues. A quick glance ignites desire within her, but she is too tied-up in work to act on it. Unaware of her fae heritage, their relationship heats up as he disrupts her job. While Henrí tries to process modern buildings, cars, and a broken elevator, a demon attacks and forces Henrí and Kenzie to enlist the aid of her powerful fae relatives. When the demon possesses the body of her ex-lover and threatens to kill him, then use her to take over the world, Henrí and Kenzie must learn to trust each other, even if Kenzie’s death might be the only answer to the world’s salvation.

Excerpt
Kenzie opened her mouth while instinct demanded she rein in her body’s response to sitting beside Henrí Chevalier. Heat pulsed where his thigh rubbed against hers. When the food’s flavor exploded on her tongue, she whimpered. Every taste bud went on high alert as she chewed, swallowed, then licked her lips.

“Delicious. I was starving.” Kenzie grabbed the other fork and dug in.

Henrí sat back and sipped his wine. “You do appear a wee bit malnourished. This is no
wonder. I have seen you flit about.”

“You’ve watched me? When? Where?” She was glad she’d finished chewing her food,
because her mouth dropped open in shock.

“Going about your duties. And . . .”

The pause that accompanied his sly smile stopped time. She swallowed, waiting for him to
finish his thought. When had he first seen her? When he rescued her from falling in the reflecting pool?

“No. I first laid eyes upon you last night, ma chérie. If I frightened you, please accept my
apology.” Henrí turned back to the plate and scooped up a forkful of potato salad.

“Last night?” Kenzie coughed, fighting to breathe, as she recalled that he was the naked man she glimpsed. His slight nod blasted her with intense pleasure. She had lost sleep over his nudity because his image had filled last night’s dreams. Today, she’d kissed him. 

What next?

Henrí’s smile flickered, but he didn’t say a word.

“Why were you . . . naked?”

“No clothes.”

Find all Buy Links here: https://nancyleebadger.blogspot.com/p/books.html


Stop by my blog for a chance to WIN my Giveaway
I call it HEAVEN-SENT WARRIOR … Clay, Candy & Love Notes

One last question, Nancy. Where can readers find you?

Connect with Nancy:
Blog https://www.nancyleebadger.blogspot.com
Website https://www.nancyleebadger.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/NLBadger
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NancyLeeBadgerAuthor/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4101274.Nancy_Lee_Badger
BookBub Page https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nancy-lee-badger

Thanks for sharing your new release, Nancy. It's been a pleasure having you here.



Tuesday, July 17, 2018

GUEST: Casi McLean - #CoverReveal - Between The Shadows


Between The Shadows
Blurb:
She never expected to confront deadly villains…let alone fall in love with one…

After her friend, York, encounters the ghostly image of a young woman, Mackenzie Reynolds seizes the opportunity to initiate a time jump, thrusting them back to 1865 Georgia. Resolved to thwart the girl’s untimely fate, Kenzi stumbles into a deadly conflict over a stockpile of stolen Confederate gold.

An injured Civil War survivor, James Adams departs for home with a war-fatigued companion he’s determined to help. After pilfering a horse and kidnaping a woman, he never dreamed his hostage would steal his heart.
Kenzi and James must unravel a deadly plot, while helping York save his ghost woman from a brutal death. But can she leave York in a violent past to save James’s life?

A Gripping Novel By Award-Winning Author Casi McLean

Excerpt

“Don’t you dare die on me, James Adams.”
Kenzi pressed the blood-soaked gauze against the left side of his abdomen. “I won’t lose you. Not now.”
Barely clinging to life, he opened his eyes a slit, raised his hand still clenching Colin’s gun, and shot two rounds.
Stunned, Kenzi snapped around. “No.” She screamed and dove for the gun through the hazy blue mist engulfing them.
“Brady...” His voice faded as he slipped into semiconscious mumbling.
Yanking the pistol from his grip with her right hand, she maintained pressure with her left. A heartbeat later, the cylinder encasing them rotated open. Kenzi stood then sprinted across the room and pounded on a fist-sized alert button affixed to the wall. The resulting alarm shrieked through the underground chamber, reverberating as it radiated throughout the compound. Two men dressed in white jumpsuits burst through double doors.
“Gurney. Now.” Kenzi screamed at the attendants. “And O-Neg blood. Hurry. Go, go, go.” She ran to James and knelt beside him. Lifting his head, she slid a knee underneath it for support and smoothed a chunk of his dark brown hair from his face. “I’ve sacrificed way too much to have you die now,” she whispered. “My ass will burn for this. Not to mention the repercussions for abandoning York.”
Pulse racing, she checked his bandage. Despite her efforts, streams of crimson still oozed from the wound. Pressing again on the gauze, she shook her head. “Geez. You’ve lost so much blood. Please, hang on.”
Again, the double doors swung wide. This time, a gurney pushed through, followed by the two assistants. One man ran to Kenzi.
“Help me lift him.” Her hands, slick with blood, shot to her white T-top, already drenched in crimson. On second thought, she swept them down the rear of her jeans. Sliding her slippery arms beneath his back, she braced her stance with one bent knee.
“One, two, three.” They heaved him in tandem onto the gurney. She doused her hands with Betadine then splashed more on James’s forearm, snatched an IV from the attached supply basket, and punctured a vein on the inside of his wrist with the sterile needle. Once connected, she hooked the blood pouch on the IV pole and barked at the team, “Let’s move. If this man bleeds out, there will be hell to pay.”
The men, poised with hands on the side of the rails, awaited their next move. “Where to, Dr. Reynolds?” 
Kenzi stared at James’s ashen face, worried her meager experience wasn’t enough to save his life––but she had no option. “Surgery.” 
Springing into action, one man rolled the gurney down the hallway, while a second leapt onto the base and slipped an oxygen mask over James’s nose and mouth. “I hope this guy isn’t allergic to Propofol.” He attached an anesthesia drip to the IV. “Damn, what caused this gaping wound?”
“He was shot...with a musket.”  

Available for pre-order at Amazon: https://amzn.to/2m5Pjxn
Pre-order price is 99 cents.

Thanks again…so much, for hosting my cover reveal!

Casi McLean
Romantic Suspense, Time Slips, And Supernatural Mystery with a Sprinkle of Magic .

Award Winning Author
2016 Best Romantic Suspense  Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence 
Winner 2016 Best Heroine Still Moments Magazine
2016 Aspen Gold Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense
2015 Top Pick by Night Owl Reviews
2015 Chicago Fire and Ice Finalist
2014 Winner 2014 AWC Short Story Award
Fiction:
  Lake Lanier Mysteries
     Beneath The Lake
     Beyond The Mist
     Between The Shadows 


Readers,  if you sign up for Casi's website, you will receive a free story. You can access her award-winning short story, Destiny, through this link:

and after you click the link, you can scroll down to receive an additional special prize on her website too.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

#WeWriWa NUMBERS NEVER LIE - Jack Is Dead


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here

I'm sharing snippets from my new release NUMBERS NEVER LIE, a romantic suspense. This snippet comes after last week's when Maggie answered the call from the sheriff.

“I-I can’t believe he’s—”
Drew helped Maggie into a kitchen chair and forced her head between her knees. Talking to the deputy sheriff created such pain in his chest Drew feared it might be a heart attack—a tremendous heartache, instead. No wonder Maggie slid to the floor, ready to pass out, she who always appeared so confident, strong, capable, now she looked . . . vulnerable.
Maggie sat up, her expression haunted.
“Take deep breaths, c’mon, Maggie May.”
He deliberately used her full name, the way he did when they were kids, knowing she hated to be reminded that she’d been named after a song. His own breath hitched, he tightened his jaw and swallowed past the thickening in his throat—his best friend was dead, killed in a single-car accident near Muskegon in the early hours of Saturday morning--while he groused about the inconveniences of primitive camping, Jack lay dead. Thrown from his SUV that had rolled down a river embankment, undiscovered until late morning, after the fog burned off.




Blurb:

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie. 

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that--an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?

NUMBERS NEVER LIE is available at Amazon  It's free for KU subscribers.



Monday, July 9, 2018

NUMBERS NEVER LIE #ReleaseDay! #Giveaway




Release Day!






NUMBERS NEVER LIE
a romantic suspense

Available at Amazon
free on Kindle Unlimited

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie.

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Upon returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother Jack’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that--an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?



Blog Tour & Giveaway

At each blog, you'll get a chance to enter for 
a $10 Amazon Gift Card.


Monday, July 9

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

#WeWriWa - NUMBERS NEVER LIE: The Sheriff Calls


Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here

I'm sharing snippets from my soon-to-be-released (MONDAY!!!) NUMBERS NEVER LIE, a romantic suspense. Thank you all who offered me a guest spot on your blogs. I think I've contacted everyone. If not, please drop me a note at dmburton72 @ gmail.com




Thanks to your comments last week, I edited that section to explain why she doesn't answer the machine right away. Friends and family always use her cell. And she refuses to jump and run to the phone like her mother did, even leaving the dinner table or in the middle of a conversation. Besides, it was probably a robo-call.

Maggie and Drew are in her kitchen. Last week's snippet ended with: Drew slanted his gaze at the answering machine, “I can’t believe you’re not curious enough to listen to your message—I’d never not check.”

An uncomfortable (for Drew) conversation followed that he took out on the blinking machine.

Please excuse the creative punctuation, necessary to keep this within the guidelines.

Drew glared at her answering machine, “I can’t stand this,” he punched the Play button.
“You have a lot of nerve—”
“Saturday, one-fifty-three pm. This message is for Maggie May Sinclair—please call the Muskegon County Sheriff immediately,” A phone number followed.
Maggie stared at Drew, her heart thudded in her chest, alarm plummeted into her stomach like an icy weight.
“Jack?” Drew voiced her worst fear.
She grabbed the receiver and dialed the number, “This is Maggie Sinclair, I’m returning a call I received.”
The deputy said, “Ms. Sinclair, I called about your brother, Jack Sinclair.”
Alarm shot through her veins. She heard bits and pieces through the roar in her ears. “Regret to inform you . . . accident . . . early yesterday morning—”
She slid, the kitchen cupboard at her back, the phone clattered on the white vinyl floor.


Blurb:

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie. 

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that--an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack do that puts Maggie in danger?

NUMBERS NEVER LIE is available for pre-order at Amazon  Release Day is Monday. I can't tell you how excited I am. But then, you all know because of your own releases. It never gets old, does it?




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#IWSG - Independence Day!

It's July, already. Can you believe that? Where has the year gone? Anyway, Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. 

Thanks to this month's awesome hosts:  Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!


Happy Independence Day, America! Happy Canada Day!

What does independence mean as a writer? How free are we to write and get published? As an independent author (aka self-published), I have a LOT of freedom. Traditional publishers have to watch trends (or set them), and they have to be aware of the bottom line. When the economy takes a plunge, everyone tightens their belts. Publishers have to go with a known quantity. If it’s a choice between BIG NAME author and UNKNOWN, it’s good business sense to throw money at BIG NAME. The (as yet) unknown author is rejected.

As an independent author, I can choose to publish the genre I want (whether it's in fashion or not). I choose when my book will be published. No waiting for two years from the time the manuscript is accepted until publication. Email or print versions? My decision. Granted, there are some downsides to independent publishing. Traditional publishers pay for editing and cover design. Independent authors have to pay for that upfront. If you’re good at design, that’s something you can do yourself. I have a degree in English, and I’m a good grammarian. Errors in grammar, spelling, word usage jump off the page at me. With one exception—my own work. As often as I read the manuscript, these eagle eyes glaze over mistakes. Enter my freelance editor. Yes, she costs money. But, that’s money well spent as she catches my errors. Thank goodness. Formatting can be another expense for an independent writer. I have the patience (and can read and follow directions LOL), so I save a little money and do it myself.

The ease with which I can put my books out there is phenomenal. Because it’s so easy, everybody and their brother are doing it. And that’s the rub. How do I get my book noticed among thousands? I’ve tried many free things. And I’ve tried paid promotion. What works best? It’s hard to tell. Does organizing (or paying for) a blog hop sell books? I don’t know, but since I like doing them, I’m setting one up for my new release. I’d appreciate your help. Below is the link to sign up for hosting the celebration of my romantic suspense, Numbers Never Lie, to be released on July 9. 

Here’s the blurb for Numbers Never Lie.

A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie. 

As kids, they were the fearless threesome. As adults, Jack's an accountant; Drew, a lawyer; Maggie, a teacher and camping troop leader. Returning from a weekend camping trip, Maggie receives horrifying news. She refuses to believe her brother’s fatal car crash was an accident. If the police won’t investigate, she’ll do it herself. Convincing Drew Campbell to help is her only recourse.

Drew Campbell was too busy to return his best friend’s phone call. Too busy to attend a camping meeting important to his teen daughter. Too busy to stay in touch with Jack. Logic and reason indicate Jack’s accident was just that—an accident caused by fatigue and fog. Prodded by guilt, he’ll help Maggie even if he thinks she’s wrong.

A break-in at Jack’s condo convinces Maggie she’s right. Then her home is searched. What did Jack leave behind? And what did he do that puts Maggie in danger?

Sign Up To Host

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Thanks so much for all your support! A special thank you to all who signed up already. I'll be in touch this week.

A reminder: I'm always happy to help you celebrate a new release. Just drop me a note at dmburton72 (at) gmail (dot) com


This month’s optional question: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

My ultimate goal is hitting a best-seller list (for example: NYT or USA Today). That has never changed. What has is the method. There are independent authors who’ve hit the best seller lists. So it’s not beyond my reach. Getting my book noticed is the hard part. If anyone has a tried-and-true method, please share.

Until next month, enjoy the summer 











or winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.



Click here to find others on the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop. Or go to IWSG on Facebook to see who’s blogging today.