a guest author blog
Please welcome today’s guest author, Nancy Gideon, to Jessica Aspen Writes. Nancy is a multi-published romance author who writes under several names (don’t forget to check out her bio to see if you recognize any of them) and is here today with her urban fantasy romance, Remembered by Moonlight. If you love shifters and adventure, with the mob thrown in for good measure, (and who doesn’t) check out Nancy’s book today!
Hi Nancy, please tell us a little about yourself and your book.
First, thank you, Jessica, for inviting me to visit!
I’m approaching my third decade as a published author (Gasp). The things I could tell you! As a Gemini who is ADD/OCD, I’m energetic and easily bored so the infinite variety found within the romance genre suits me perfectly. I’ve enjoyed explored various avenues from historical and Regency to series contemporary suspense and dark paranormal, and there are a few I haven’t gotten to yet. My newest release, REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT, the latest installment in my “By Moonlight” shape-shifter series is another first – my first venture into self-publishing (more on that later!).
What’s your writing environment like?
It’s evolved over the years from jotting stories as a stay-at-home mom in a loose leaf binder on the picnic table while watching my young sons play in the backyard to returning to the 9-to-5 workforce after a 15-year absence while still under a punishing deadline. I’ve had to be creative and flexible to fit those productive hours in. At the moment, I have a loft home office in my apartment. I’m at the keyboard at 5:00 a.m. every morning with Keurig coffee in hand before heading into the work office. I put in at least ten hours of serious writing over most weekends. The only thing I need now is a pair of noise cancelling headphones for when my son’s downstairs watching horror movies.
How to you respond to someone who says, “You write WHAT?”
I used to be slightly embarrassed to admit that I wrote ‘those’ books, but now I proudly say that I make a decent living doing what I love – writing what I love to read: action-packed, suspenseful books with strong characters and a happy ending. No apologies.
What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing?
That it’s a business (English major, not business major!) and that it would be constantly changing. There’s no stability in being a writer.
What do you want your readers to take from your books?
An enjoyable escape. The same thing I look for when I pick up a new read – page-turning, all-consuming entertainment on an emotional rollercoaster ride to a satisfying ending. Not too much to ask.
Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them? How did they push you?
I published the second manuscript I submitting (the first was a futile exercise in naiveté!). It was the mid-80s – the heyday of romance. I sold everything I submitted for the first ten years (11 books in one of them!) in three different lines at one publisher and in another genre at another, and then the bottom fell out of the mid-list and most authors at my level were out of work. Rejection became a cruel reality. I had to reinvent myself through a small press, writing the same books I couldn’t sell in New York. I built up a big enough buzz to get back into both the paranormal and contemporary markets with the Big 6 until the e-revolution tipped the market upside down again. As my publisher struggled to stay relevant, it quit buying the type of book I was writing, so I decided to venture into the self-pub realm. Rejection has always been a tool to make me work smarter, as well as harder, to be marketable. You have to be thick-skinned and flexible.
What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges?
New York decided the paranormal was dead and I still had books to write in my current “By Moonlight” series. I’d been observing the indie explosion with interest and decided it was time for me to take the plunge with REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT. I’m very fortunate to have good friends with great skills who helped me put together a fabulous looking product. The only downside was relearning how to promote through entirely new avenues in order to reach my readers. Still working on that. On the up side, I love the freedom to control my product and how it’s presented. I just got the rights back to dozens of earlier books. Some I’ve placed with a traditional small press publisher and the others, I’ll package and self-pub. And I have a YA paranormal series proposal under consideration in New York. It’s a whole new world out there for authors! Lots of options.
What’s unique about REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT?
Besides the fact that it’s self-published (you wouldn’t know from the e-book cover!) and the print version is in trade size instead of mass market dimensions, though REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is the ninth book in a continuing series, new readers can pick it up and not get lost in the world or with the cast of returning characters because they’ll be learning about them right alongside my hero, who has lost his memories. It’s a great way to get introduced to the series and for faithful readers to get caught up all over again as my hero and heroine search for their ever elusive happily-ever-after.
What are you releasing next, and when?
Next up is FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, a new contemporary romance written under the pen name Dana Ransom for Bell Bridge Books. It will be available this month! In 2015, look for the repackaging of my “Midnight” vampire romance series through ImaJinn Books, kicking off with the reissues of the long out of print (and very hard to find) first three books in the series. Beginning with MIDNIGHT KISS in March, 2015, all nine books will be released, one per month, with all new covers. I can’t wait to see them and to get those first three books back out to readers in print and in e-format for the first time. While that’s going on, I’ll be working on two of my western historical series to get them ready to self-pub and on the next “By Moonlight” book. It’s going to be a busy 2015!
REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT
Because the road to Happily-Ever-After . . . Is Never Smooth.
Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his memories, and his rightful place with the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who holds the key to his tortuous past.
After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes—and in his bed. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past, while exposing the secret Cee Cee carries. Because the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself!
“Hang on to your seat as the angst is high, the action swift, the romance sizzling hot! Remembered by Moonlight is firing on all cylinders. Moonlight fans – You will love this book! Fans of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, suspense, and romance – this is a Must Read! Awesome book! 5-out-of-5!” Cross My Heart Writing & Book Reviews
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“By Moonlight” series / Book 9
By Nancy Gideon
Max and Charlotte return to the “By Moonlight” world …
Fall in love all over again!
“Every delicious word Nancy Gideon puts on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” NY Times bestselling author, Darynda Jones
Nancy Gideon is the award winning author of over 55 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix. 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.