Please join me in extending a warm welcome to my friend and fellow author, Nancee Cain. Nancee and I are members of the same RWA chapter but we really didn’t have a chance to get to know each other until the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans last year. She’s awesome, and I’m excited to help her celebrate the release of Saving Evangeline! Saving Evangeline was published on May 26 by Omnific Publishing.
Nancee Cain writes contemporary and paranormal romances with a serrated edge. In her stories she addresses some tough social issues, but always with a healthy dose of humor. Her daytime hours are consumed by nursing in the never-boring field of substance abuse. This is rather ironic since at age 22, she met her real-life hero in a bar. She swears the amount of alcohol she’d consumed had nothing to do with her boisterous proclamation she’d met her future husband. A year later, she married him. Raised below the Mason-Dixon line, she dishes sarcasm like a Southern woman dishes blackberry cobbler, sweet and tart. She considers life too short not to laugh and too serious not to discuss. Her ultimate book hero will always be Atticus Finch. An avid reader and admitted autographed book junkie, Nancee needs a 12-step program for her compulsive book buying. Her Devoted Hubby swears her To-Be-Read list qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder. You can learn more about Nancee by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT SAVING EVANGELINE: Evangeline is the town pariah. Everyone knows she’s crazy and was responsible for the death of her last boyfriend. Even her mother left her and moved cross-country. Lonely and desperate, Evie decides to end her life. Rogue angel Remiel longs to return to earth, but there’s just one problem. He tends to invite trouble and hasn’t been allowed back since Woodstock. The Boss sends him to save Evangeline, but there’s a catch: he can’t reveal his angelic nature, and he must complete the task as Father Remiel Blackson. Forced together on a cross-country trip, a forbidden romance ignites and love unfolds. A host of heavenly messengers tries to intervene, but Remiel and Evangeline are headed on a collision course to disaster. Will his love save her, or will they both be lost forever?
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And now; let’s hear from Nancee….
Thank you for having me, Suzanne. One of my best memories from RT 2014 was having breakfast with you. I’ve never forgotten the encouragement you gave me before my very first pitch to an editor. I’ve found the journey of writing to publishing is a lot like childbirth. Others can tell you what it’s like, but you have to experience it to truly understand the fear, the pain and the joy.
My paranormal romance, Saving Evangeline started as a dream and I’m not really sure what triggered it. I think I must’ve either seen a commercial for It’s a Wonderful Life, or ran across the DVD looking for another movie.
In 2013, I decided to try my hand at the Nanowrimo Writing Challenge. I wanted to do something totally different to push myself out of my writer’s comfort zone. I’m a pantser writer, meaning, I do very little plotting. (sorry Suzanne, you tried, and I do at least write outlines now!) However, I’m bad to get stuck over-editing my first draft and taking forever to finish a story. Nanowrimo forced me to simply write, and not worry about grammar, or finding the perfect word. It’s about getting 50,000 words done in 30 days.
I also wanted to flex my storytelling ability into a different genre, paranormal romances. (I typically write contemporary romances) It was a wild ride from the get go. I’ve never had such persistent characters. They nagged me constantly! (Yes, my characters talk to me, Remiel, in particular. He insisted he was a smoker and wanted black wings.) I’d never written paranormal before, but found it to be very liberating. As a writer, it gave me more leeway because it’s my world, and my rules in some respect. But my heart was still contemporary, so I placed my rogue angel in the real world with a suicidal girl and made him deal with it.
I’m often asked if any of my writing is based on “real life.” Working in the addiction field and with young adults, suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts are sadly more common than people realize. The emotional pain they suffer is real and at times crippling. Through Evangeline’s character, I wanted to show someone struggling with these dark, overwhelming thoughts, yet do so with love and even humor. When depressed, a person feels isolated and alone. They need someone to talk to. Evangeline receives this help with Remiel. And his quirky, irreverent version of “reality” therapy teaches her how to live and love again.
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Disguised as a priest, an angel travels cross-country with a suicidal girl in a humorous and sexy twist on It’s a Wonderful Life.
Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite scene is when Remi and Evie find the roadside carnival. It occurs after an intense, emotional day between them and allows them to relax. On the Ferris wheel, the sexual tension between them explodes and starts them on an even wilder journey.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
In a contemporary novel, that I haven’t published yet, the hero and heroine have to deal with the aftermath of an attack. I cry every time I work on it.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
The new Harper Lee book, I’ve preordered a copy.
Favorite book when you were a child:
Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books. Each book was a different color. The Red Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy book, etc.
Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is the most frequently given answer!)
David Copperfield. Can you say Cliff Notes?
Book that changed your life:
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia.
Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
The last sentence. I hate to let them go!
Favorite book about books or writing:
The Synonym Finder by J.I. Rodale It stays at my feet (I have a tiny desk) and when my 20 lb cat isn’t sitting on it, it is quite useful!
I’m finishing another paranormal; this will be Raphael’s story. The elevator pitch would be: Jo Sanford has fallen for her “devilishly handsome” boss in a paranormal twist on Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Now, I will leave a question for your blog readers. Do you believe in guardian angels? If so, tell us about your experience.
Thanks for stopping by today, Nancee. And congrats on the release of Saving Evangeline–it’s up next on my TBR list, which means I should start it this week…and you’re ahead of the last Kitty Norville book 🙂
Nancee is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and some signed swag (U.S. only); or an equivalent Book Depository order for international entries. In order to be entered for your chance to win, you must leave a comment answering Nancee’s question and perhaps good ol’ random.org will smile on you. Good luck!