Debut #Paranormal with Nancee Cain and #Giveaway

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 EvangelineSaving 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.

Saving Evangeline CoverABOUT 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?

If you would like to purchase a copy of Saving Evangeline, click on one of the following links:

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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!

What’s next?
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.

Saving Evangeline Tour BannerThanks 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’ will smile on you. Good luck!

52 thoughts on “Debut #Paranormal with Nancee Cain and #Giveaway

  1. i haven’t had a specific experience but i do believe in them
    i wish you a lot of success
    thank you for coming here to introduce us to Saving Evangeline

  2. I do believe. When I was in Junior High.I was hit by a car while crossing the street. I hadn’t been paying attention. I was hurt with a head injury and other scrapes and bruises.It could have been much worse.But I believe my Guardian Angel cushioned the impact.
    Nancee Congratulations on Saving Evangeline.It is a fabulous Book!

  3. I do believe in guardian angels. Too many of my family members have had instances were they could have been harmed seriously and this was inexplicably avoided. Congrats on the new release!

  4. I do believe. My son wanted to go with his friends one night. We had my step mom visiting us from another state. My son argued with us because he just had to go. We refused, me with a sick stomach, asking he kids if they didn’t want to hang out here. They had to go do their thing. A couple of hours later we got a phone call asking if we knew where the kids were, thinking my son went with them. The kids had been teaching a girl with them how to drive, got caught on the railroad tracks, & a train hit them. The 3 of them had been killed. I feel my son’s guardian angel was looking out for him that night by telling us not to let him leave.

  5. Don’t know about guardian angels, but everytime I put the butter away with toast crumbs in in, I can feel my mother over my shoulder 🙂 She also points out the dusty places in my house. With love, of course!

    • I sometimes feel my Mother-in-law’s presence. She LOVED romance books, and the day Saving Evangeline published, I found one of her old needle threaders in our couch. (she used to sit there to quilt and read when she stayed with us)

  6. Yes. Back in 1959, a senior in High School, every Friday night, Buzzy and I would ride the one-ways. I got a call from my boss and ended up working at the gas station instead. Buzzy rolled his covertible and died. No seat belts in those days. I think of that often, and think that somehow I was saved by not going.

  7. I do Believe we all have guarding Angels, to help us in life and after life. Btw, I think my guardian angel is drunk or just plain crazy. Lol

  8. I am open to the possibility. I have not experienced anything to indicate that they exist but I have no proof that they do not…frankly, I prefer a world with guardian angels.

  9. This sounds like a great book! I ABSOLUTELY do believe in guardian angels. When my cousin, Peter, passed away suddenly at the age of 19 (I was also 19,) I got lost getting to the cemetery. With only 15 minutes to get to a location that was about 35 minutes away, I just started driving (through LA traffic, mind you) and made it to the location just as the service was starting. It was especially important to me, as he was one of my best friends and I was to deliver the eulogy. He was (and still IS) my guardian angel.

    • Thank you for the kind words! I hope you enjoy it. Definitely some intervention there from what I hear about LA traffic!!!! So glad you have Peter.

  10. I do believe in guardian angels. Years ago, I can think of two times when a wrong way driver at night almost hit my family’s car. I can think of other times of near potential accidents happening etc.

    • Our angels seem to work overtime with cars, don’t they? We had one (or more) that protected my family when an 18 wheeler pushed us off a bridge. We landed in a thicket instead of going into the river. Saved by a mere 20 feet or so.

  11. I do believe in guardian angels but don’t have specific experience. I do thank God whenever I safely get where I’m going on highways, though.

  12. Great interview, ladies. AND I do have guardian angels – I believe cardinals are deceased family members looking out for us. I see them when I am in need. Sometimes just one and sometimes multiple. One particularly hard day recently, there were 14 outside my office window. I always feel better when I see one of those beauties. Jillian Chantal

    • I feel the same way, only with crows. They freak everyone at work out. One will actually come and peck on the window of our office, but only on the days I’m not working!

  13. I do believe in Guardian Angels. There have been a few times in my life when I knew I was being watched over. Things could have turned out a lot differently.

  14. Congratulations on your new release! I believe in guardian angels and sometimes I feel that one is watching over me.

  15. thanks for such a great interview!!! I’d love to say yes… but… I don’t believe in anything supernatural in real life. Maybe why I enjoy them so much in books. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I believe in Guardian Angels. I think one was watching over me. He came in a form of a dog and prevented two strays from attacking me on my way to school.

  17. I absolutely believe in guardian angels. I’ve had many experiences but the one that sticks out most is when I was 16. A girlfriend and I were driving along a country road when some cute boys came up behind us. Being stupid and flirty, I took my hands off the wheel as the car hit a pothole, sending us out of control. I stomped the gas (thinking I was on the break) and had both hands on the wheel. My mind froze in panic. My girlfriend hit her head on the side of the door and hung half out the window as we careened up an embankment and toward house.
    We suddenly stopped, INCHES from the house. When I came to, the engine was revved high (because my foot was still on the gas) and my friend was still out the window. I looked down and the car was in Park. After that, I tried over and over to try to “knock” it into park while driving and I could never do it. If that wasn’t divine intervention, I don’t know what is.


  19. I do believe! I haven’t had any personal experiences, but I believe that others have!