Please join me in extending a warm welcome to fellow author, Nancy Gideon. Nancy is dropping by today to celebrate the release of her latest book, Unleashed by Shadows. Unleashed by Shadows was published on October 26th and is the tenth book in Nancy’s By Moonlight series.
Nancy Gideon is the award winning author of over 58 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to dark paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix, and is currently testing the “Hybrid author” waters. She works full time as a legal assistant in Southwestern Michigan, and when not at the keyboard, feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl. She’s also written under the pen names Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings, and is a member of the Mid-Michigan, PAN and FF&P Chapters of RWA. You can learn more about Nancy by visiting her website, her blog, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT UNLEASHED BY SHADOWS: He feared no man, no foe, no obstacle or challenge . . . Burdened by the weight of his secrets and his father’s sins, the need for redemption pulls Cale Terriot from his duty to his clan and the arms of his new mate into deadly intrigues in a rival territory. His dangerous masquerade in a high-stakes Shifter fight club is about to be exposed to those who would show no mercy – if he can survive in the ring. How to protect a prince turned king made pawn? Fearing she’ll lose her soulmate to the darkness he carries inside, Kendra Terriot, newly made queen in the Shape-shifter House of Terriot, must provide him with an heir in order to save his life . . . and his soul. But first she must risk all to coax him back from the edge of violence inherited with his crown. Can her love tear him from an unbreakable vow that can only end in death?
And now, let’s hear from Nancy…
With Nancy Gideon
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Before fully assuming his mantle as new king of his Shifter clan, Cale Terriot must deal with the demons of his past regardless of the cost. Determined to protect him, his gentle mate becomes a fierce queen to save his life . . . and his soul. And it begins with providing him with an heir.
Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?
So many! It’s a long dang book. Action, dialogue, conflict, sexy sizzle . . . ? I think the one that was cathartic is when, after hitting rock bottom, Cale remembers who he is, returning to his purposeful, arrogant self in a confrontation with a rival leader, saying, “Don’t make the mistake of thinking I’m not in control. Those who have in the past regret that error. Those few who are still alive. I am a Terriot king. I am never weak when strength is demanded, and you’d be a fool to believe otherwise.” It’s a turning point in the book and for my hero.
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
The hardest scenes are always the first. That first look the reader will have at your work, sometimes your ONLY chance to hook them and pull them into the story. I angst over those paragraphs more than any in the rest of the book. I’ll mull that opener over and over in my mind sometimes for weeks until I have the “Ah HA!” moment. And then it’s full steam ahead. It’s like launching a ship out to sea, the harbinger of smooth sailing ahead (one hopes!).
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
My Kindle app overfloweth. I don’t yet. I’ll probably turn to something out of genre. Suspense sounds good. Ah, that Sandra Brown . . .
Favorite book when you were a child:
“The Black Stallion.” It caught my imagination in a wonderful way. And introduced me to the power of a series.
Your five favorite authors:
Dean Koontz, Justin Cronin, Kresley Cole, J.D. Robb, Lisa Gardner.
Book you’ve faked reading (Moby Dick is the most frequently given answer!)
I DID read Moby Dick and wrote a paper called “Whale of a Tale!” The Scarlet Letter did me in. Maybe I’d appreciate it more now than I did in high school.
Book other than your own for which you’re an evangelist:
The Passage by Justin Cronin. Looong book but held me spellbound. I was chomping for the second and read it while recovering from knee replacement. Even Percocet couldn’t keep me from turning pages until I was done. Now that looooong wait until spring for book three. It’s about a vampire apocalypse and the story is riveting, heartbreaking and so visual you can’t look away.
Book that changed your life:
“The Flame and the Flower.” It introduced me to the brand new romance genre and opened possibilities for writing I’d never expected.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
The Stand by Stephen King. My absolute favorite for every reason possible. I bought the expanded addition in hardcover and never cracked the spine. It’s about four inches thick and my poor old hands tremble at the thought of wrestling with it. I think I’m going to go look for it right now.
Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
After toting Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour in hardcover on a plane, devouring every word (all 600+ pages) . . . only to be left hanging with no resolution. Not ONE! It was like paying top dollar for a movie at the theater and having it end in the middle without warning. I was so angry I never did buy the second book.
Favorite book about books or writing:
Probably the little tome Rotten Reviews. You laugh through the pain. What a way to stay humble and to develop the thick skin one needs as an author.
I can’t wait to dive into my next project, a group of novellas on Cale’s sizzling hot brothers. “The House of Terriot Foursome” begins with Colin in Prince of Power.
Thanks for dropping by today, Nancy. Congrats on the release of Unleashed by Shadows.
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