Sunday, December 14, 2014

Random Questions I Have Received



Hi Everybody!

Something you may not know about me:  I answer every email, tweet, message or note I receive.  I thought it may be fun to compile some of the questions I've received lately and share the answers with you.

1.       What was the first thing you say you wrote as an author?

Meeting Destiny – published 4 years ago.

2.       Is there another field of work you saw yourself doing?

I have a great career that I love as a Business Development Manager for a US Manufacturer – writing is what I do with my “me” time.  Although I'm thrilled with the success I have achieved, writing is my secondary career.  I'm pretty lucky to have two careers which do not collide that both give me a great deal of joy.

3.       What guilty pleasure or quirky ritual do you have to have while you are writing?

I like to have my dog, Flash, curled up with me on my recliner with a can of Sour Cream and Onion flavored Pringles.  Although I’m not opposed to a handful of bite sized snickers bars, either. 



4.       Who is your biggest inspiration?

My inspiration changes each time I open my laptop, but one of the authors who inspires me is Amber Garr.  She has an amazing career as a scientist, yet writes for the same reason I do – because she loves creating worlds to share with others.  Meeting her in person in Nashville earlier this year was awesome – I followed that meeting up with reading her Touching Evil novel and was hooked!

5.       What Is your favorite place and time to write?

My living room either after everyone goes to bed or before they wake up.

6.       Has anyone made you so mad you wanted to write them into the next book just to off them? 
LoL – I have a pretty long fuse, so, no.  I can only think of one person ever in my life who I wished bad things on, but I have not written him into any of my books. 

7.       Do your Characters ever argue with you and who wins?

Once the characters find their voice, I always let them tell the story.  I start every book with an outline, but by chapter 2 it is usually out the window.

8.       What is the oddest place or time that a book idea has come to you and you just had to stop and write it down?

Driving – it happens all the time.  I find myself buzzing into gas stations way more often than my car needs fuel.  Thank goodness for texts, because I text ideas to myself a lot!

9.   What Genre do you typically write in and why? 

I have three books that are Paranormal Romance, four books that are Mythological Romance, and one Contemporary Romance.  I think the common theme is Romance – because everyone wants to be loved, we can all relate to the stories even if the circumstances are a little “out there.”

10.   What are you currently working on?

His Frozen Heart released on 11/9/2014.  Although it was written as a stand-alone (no cliff hanger), there will be three books in this series.  The second book, Fractured Karma, should be published around March 2015. 




11.   Do you ever put personal experiences into your work? 

Yes!  All the time!!  Funny phrases I hear often make it into books, too.  One of my favorites was in Centaur Redemption:  "Talking to you is like trying to shove a pig through a python."  I still giggle every time I think of that one. 

12.   Where is the one place in the world you would love to go?

I spent ten years traveling the world while I was in the Marine Corps.  While active duty I lived in Hawaii, Orange County, San Diego and Virginia Beach.  I traveled to Japan, Korea, Thailand, Australia, Alaska and a ton of other places.  My husband and I have traveled all over the world together for vacations - I wouldn’t mind returning to Thailand, but I’m equally happy to keep my feet planted firmly in South Carolina.


13.   What is your favorite food and beverage?

Mountain Dew is BY FAR my drink of choice (shhhh, don’t tell my dentist – he’s convinced I am purposely sabotaging the enamel on my teeth).  As far as food goes, I LOVE Vanilla Ice Cream with a warm brownie.

14.   We all have Pet Peeves, what is yours?

I’m not big fan of drama.  Luckily, there is very little in my life.  Every now and again I’ll see a “drama queen” on FB – those are the posts I tend to ignore.

15.   What do you like to do to relax?  

*Scrambles for the dictionary*  Relax?  Do people do that?  I’ve always thought it to be more theoretical.  I have a full-time career, two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband who I love to spend time with.  Relaxing for me is creating new worlds for others to enjoy, although between writing, editing, beta reads, blog tours, ebooks, paperbacks, audios, most days writing doesn't feel very relaxing, either.

If any of you have questions, feel free to type them in the comments or you can email me, too, at nancystraight@gmail.com  Happy Reading!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Why Centaurs???

Anytime someone new reads my Touched Series, one of the first questions I am asked is: "Why Centaurs?"





There have been so many Paranormal Romances I’ve read and LOVED.  Each one has been an inspiration to me.  It would be impossible to name them all, but a few of my FAVORITES are:  
         ·         Amy Bartol’s Premonition Series (Angels),
         ·         Christie Rich’s Elemental Enmity Series (Fairies),
         ·         Shannon Dermott’s Champion Series (Demons / Angels),
         ·         Quinn Loftis’ Grey Wolves Series (Werewolves)  
         ·         Charlotte Abel’s Channie Series (Magical).
         ·         Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux Series (Aliens).

The things all of these Paranormal Romance Series have in common are I absolutely fell in love with the characters and I was dying to know what was on the next page.  Each series reached out and pulled me into my kindle.  I knew I wanted to draw the reader in the same way, but I didn’t want to use a “type” of character one of my friends had written. 

Before I started writing the Touched Series, I began to researching Mythology in general.  One creature showed up as a secondary type of character in many – Centaurs.  Although the old fables were fun to read, I knew I wanted my story set in modern times, where readers could relate to the things the main character was going through.  Centaurs had always been interesting to me, but I’d read almost nothing about them.  It turns out, very few others had written about Centaurs and there weren’t a tremendous amount of legends available to pull from. 

I incorporated much of the published Greek Mythology surrounding Centaurs and in a few places I created a history which hadn’t been there before.  There is a lot of freedom, as an author, when you choose characters without a great deal of history behind them.  Most readers know what Centaurs are, but few know about the history of their battles, how they’re tied to constellations, or perceptions of them throughout history. 

I’m excited to share the Touched Series with the world.  I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Interview with Drake Nash from Blood Debt

Since so many of you have downloaded Blood Debt this week, I though it might be fun to interview Drake and give you a little more insight on him.

Tell me a little something about yourself… My name’s Drake Nash, I’m twenty-four years old, I work for my father’s construction business, and I was born a pure-blood Centaur.

Tell me how you feel about being a Centaur… Hmm, a tough one. I’ve always been a Centaur. How do you feel about being a human?

Right, that was a bad question.  How did you feel when you first saw Camille, as I know a lot of thoughts were going through your head with your betrothed standing next to you? Right, well, you cut to the chase don’t you? Could we go back to the last question? No? Okay, well, formerly betrothed. Bianca and Gage are happily together now. I suppose I should try not to get gushy on everyone, but it’s safe to say that not only did I forget how to breathe; the earth forgot how to rotate when I first saw Camille.

Seriously? What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say Camille’s name to you? When I first met her, my first thought was she was an apple; a very red, delicious, sweet, beautiful apple – the Forbidden Fruit. Now when I hear her name the only thing that comes to mind is: Mine.


Interesting, but it must have been awkward when Bianca and Camille were first becoming fast friends? Are you kidding me? I was betrothed to Bianca and I wanted Camille, male Centaurs don’t get to choose who they marry. I had already been chosen by Bianca. The fact that the two were becoming friends was about as welcomed as having a brand new bed of nails delivered to replace my mattress – strange and uncomfortable.

When Bianca and Camille told you of their little conspiracy plot, what were you thinking and how did you think it would play out? It was the equivalent of being thrilled to have vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day and then someone sits down with a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and says, “Here, why don’t you try this.” I was thrilled with my vanilla ice cream, a little smug to tell you the truth. Then just the idea that I might get one small spoonful of Chunky Monkey was worth letting Gage have my whole bowl full of vanilla.


I'm sure Camille will love the idea that you think of her as Chunky Monkey.  LoL!  How did you hold up when Zandra took Camille and you couldn’t find her? I was a wreck. Camille and I had done the unthinkable – we had planned an un-chaperoned date the night she was kidnapped. When she didn’t arrive at 10pm I worried she may have been delayed. By 11 pm I was furious with myself thinking our plan may have been discovered. At midnight I realized she wasn’t coming. The next morning I wracked my brain until I could come up with a good reason to call her brother Brent. That’s when I learned she had been kidnapped. For two solid months, thoughts of Camille consumed me. The day Gage called and said we were all going to Zandra’s to bust Camille out. . . well, there are no words.

I know you would do anything to be with Camille, but did you ever think about something happening to her to keep her from you permanently? You mean like finding out a marriage had been arranged by her grandmother, to my best friend, Gage?

Right, bad question.  Are you happy with how things turned out between yourself, Camille, Gage, and Bianca? Is there a word stronger than “Yes?” If there is, substitute it! Bianca should never have chosen me, she and Gage were meant for each other. I can’t imagine a life with anyone other than Camille – I’ll need to give her some time, but she’ll feel the same way I do soon.

Do you regret anything? Many things. I regret accepting Bianca’s betrothal to begin with and putting my friendship with Gage in jeopardy. I regret that I didn’t spend more time with Camille on the yacht when I had the chance. I regret not following Camille home from lunch the day she was kidnapped.

Do you think Zandra will ever find you and Camille? If we have to stay on the run for years, I’ll never complain, because I got a second chance with Camille. That’s more than I’d ever hoped for. Zandra is the most powerful Centuride on the planet and she’s none too happy with us, but we’ll do whatever is necessary to stay out of her sights.

In a perfect world, what would happen with you and Camille? The world will never be perfect, but it’s pretty darn close to it right now. We escaped from Zandra’s house, we’re looking for the one Centaur artifact that can save us both and we’re together. It feels like perfection to me.

Drake, thanks so much for being here today!! If any of you have any questions for Drake, feel free to post them in the comments below. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

His Frozen Heart Playlist


I'm not typically musically inclined, but a friend asked me for a playlist for His Frozen Heart. Toby helped me with this one, but I was so excited when we had completed it, I wanted to share it with all of you!

1. Libby and Candy teepeeing Mr. Brinks’ house. “Girls just wanna have fun” by Cyndi Lauper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A

2. Libby hustling pool with Candy. “Man Eater” by Hall and Oats – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbevQH1B9ic I know this is an old song, but I can’t help it – this is the song I hear in my head when Libby is hustling pool.

3. Candy being attacked at the gas station. “Stronger” by Kanye West https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsO6ZnUZI0g “That that don’t kill me can only make me stronger” should be Candy’s motto throughout this whole book.

4. Candy finding Libby at the hospital. “Every time you go” by 3 Doors Down https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-ZRX8984sc This is such a sad song it captures exactly what Candy is feeling while Libby is in the hospital.

5. Candy seeing Dave for the first time in two years. “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCTc9sLguuc This song just feels like a it was written for two people who have just discovered it other – I totally love it!

6. Dave chasing Candy back to her house. “I’ll follow you” by Shinedown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IF5TfnmV0k The part in the lyrics where he says he’d chase her into the eye of the storm – that’s exactly what Dave does by following Candy home.

7. Candy finding out Dave is really on her side. “Heartbeat” by The Fray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hp0_2fjPlbM This song feels like Dave is singing it to Candy.

8. Candy finding Mark in the parking lot of Bank Shot. “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESGLojNYSo This was a funny scene where Candy was trying desperately to keep her poker face.

9. Dave showing his tattoo to Candy. “Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLauchlan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SiylvmFI_8 This song is beautiful and echo’s Candy’s heart when Dave shows her his tattoo.

10. Candy being kidnapped. “Renegade” by Styx https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXhuso4OTG4 The whole “wanted” theme with this song goes great with this scene.

11. Candy’s escape from Grey. “What I’ve done” by Linkin Park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkwW9tdOV6Q Okay, the lyrics may not go with this one, but the music totally feels like an escape song!

12. Mark’s assistance. “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v_4O44sfjM This song is perfect for Mark who doesn’t seem he can catch a break.


13. Libby’s recovery. “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4uNoqbi67M I soooooo love this song and if I were Candy I would have sung it to Libby when she woke up!

14. Final Scene of the book. “Beautiful Day” by Chris Cagle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq6z8AGPf5E The perfect song for a happily ever after ending.

Happy Reading (and listening!) Nancy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last Day of His Frozen Heart's Tour!!

Okay, this is it. What an amazing two weeks. Special thanks to Autumn at Wordsmith Publicity for organizing such an amazing Book Tour! I couldn't be happier! To all of you who have gone out of your way to help me these last two weeks, I am beyond grateful!


Today is your last chance to enter the rafflecopter to win some great His Frozen Heart prizes ($100 Gift card, one of 10 Paperbacks, and one of 10 Audiobooks!). You can get to the link to the rafflecopter on each of the blogs below!


http://www.kumikoleilostinabook.blogspot.com
Lost in a Book
http://nanettesbookwhoreishobsessions.blogspot.com Nanette's Bookwhoreish Obsessions
http://seraphbooks.blogspot.co.uk Seraphim Book Reviews
Http://onceuponanalpha.com Once Upon an Alpha
www.AirickaPhoenix.com Airicka Phoenix

To all the bloggers who have participated this week, your generosity and advocacy and are without measure. Thank you is inadequate, but until Websters comes up with a better word for me to use, I'm stuck with it. Good Luck to all of you who have entered the rafflecopter and Happy Reading, Nancy

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Day 11: His Frozen Heart Tour

Wow, a few fantabulous reviews have posted the last couple days. Thank you to all of you who have posted your reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, B&N and iTunes. I am beyond thrilled!!

We are down to just a couple more days left to enter to win the tour's Rafflecopter. A big fat thank you to the blogs who are helping me promote His Frozen Heart! Please stop by and say hello, AND enter to win a $100 Gift card, one of 10 Paperbacks, and one of 10 Audiobooks!

http://www.xtheshadowrealmx.blogspot.ie/ The Shadow Realm
http://www.fundinmental.com Fundinmental - As I see it

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 10: His Frozen Heart Tour

Today is 4 days since His Frozen Heart Released!! It's officical, I should have written Contemporary Romance a long time ago! Do you know how hard it was not to give Candy superpowers?? LoL! Thanks so much for all the amazing reviews and feedback. You are the best fans ever!!

A big fat thank you to the blogs who are helping me promote His Frozen Heart! Please stop by and say hello, AND enter to win a $100 Gift card, one of 10 Paperbacks, and one of 10 Audiobooks!

http://www.supagurlbooks.blogspot.com Supa Gurl

http://delphinareadstoomuch.com Delphina Reads Too Much