Thursday, June 7, 2012

Q&A with Nancy Gideon--and Win Seeker of Shadows



First, a reminder that the giveaway for the new Kindle continues at my sister site
 HERE. The ebook of Susannah Sandlin's Redemption is only $3.99 at Amazon right now, and a preorder will get you twelve extra entries in the Kindle giveaway. See details at Susannah's site.

I’m thrilled to welcome author Nancy Gideon to the blog today! She’s been gracious enough to subject herself to the Preternatura interview and talk about her new book, Seeker of Shadows, the sixth in her terrific Moonlight paranormal romance series from Pocket Books. (You know we love New Orleans paranormals!) You can also learn more about Nancy and her books by checking out her website.

ABOUT SEEKER OF SHADOWS: Susanna Duchamps risks discovery in New Orleans to settle a debt and to temporarily escape the controlled constraints of her place among the Chosen. What she, seeker of shadows, finds is an opportunity to make miraculous strides with her research into Shifter genetics . . . and an unexpected, though never forgotten, link to her complicated past.
            Shifter club owner, Jacques LaRoche is fiercely protective of his freedom. Stripped of his memories of a former life, he longs for the mate now lost to him . . . until the enticingly familiar presence of a mysterious stranger from the north ignites a primal, nearly uncontrollable need to release the untamed beast inside him.
            Susanna dares not tell Jacques that she was the one who sacrificed his past and her future years ago to protect him and the secret she carried. But her arrival in New Orleans comes with consequences. When a bloody confrontation erupts between their enemy clans, will she betray her lover once again or throw her own life on the line so they can finish what they started?

Read on to meet Nancy and comment for a chance to win a copy of either Seeker of Shadows or, if this is a new series for you, the first book, Masked by Moonlight.

Welcome, Nancy! Give us the “elevator pitch” for Seeker of Shadows:
SEEKER OF SHADOWS, the expanded Twitter version:  A shape-shifter with no past, a geneticist with a dangerous secret, a choice between forbidden passion and the fate of a species.

What is your favorite scene in the book?
I’m an action/adventure junkie and there are a couple of awesome page turners, one in the hero’s Shifter club and the other in Lafayette #1 cemetery. Have your inhaler ready!

Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
Across the board, the first scene in any of my books is the hardest to write because that’s the reader’s first introduction to the tone of the book and author’s voice and you really want to grab them right away. Sometimes it’ll take me days to get it just right . . . then I’m off and running.

What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile? 
I just started reading Catching Fire, the second in the Hunger Games series on my iPad Kindle app…and loving it! Then I’ve got the first and third books in author buddy Eileen Dreyer’s “Drake’s Rakes” excellent regency series I’m dying to get to.

Favorite book when you were a child:
The Black Stallion. I was a huge Walter Farley fan.

Your five favorite authors: 
Dean Koontz, J.D. Robb, Lisa Gardner, Kresley Cole, Sandra Brown are my must reads.

Book you've faked reading:
Most of the classics force-fed in high school and college lit classes. Shame on me! I did go back and read most of them later, probably out of guilt.

Book you've bought for the cover:
The Polar Express. Children’s books have the most fantastic art! For my own reading, cover doesn’t matter (unless I have to put a dust jacket over it!).

Book that changed your life:
The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  All of us were sneaking peeks at it on the bookrack in the department where I was working during college and I thought, “Wow!  This is what I want to do!”

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Stephen King’s The Stand is one of my all-time favorite books. I got his unabridged version in hardcover but have never gotten around to hefting it. Maybe someday while I’m recovering from knee replacement.

Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
When my first Dana Ransom historical The Pirate’s Captive came out I was proudly reading through it . . . and discovered the typesetter had left the “r” out of “shirt.” As far as horrifying-scary, King’s Salem’s Lot. I slept with the light on for weeks!

Favorite book about books or writing:
Rotten Reviews II by Bill Henderson (only because I don’t have Rotten Reviews the original.  If these famous authors can endure those slings and arrows, so can I. It takes thick skin . . . and a sense of humor!

What’s next?
SEEKER OF SHADOWS, the sixth book in my dark paranormal shape-shifter series for Pocket just hit the stands. Book seven, BETRAYED BY SHADOWS comes out as a Pocket Star e-exclusive on 12-18-12. I’m currently pathologically working on Book eight, PRINCE OF SHADOWS but don’t have a release date yet.  I also just got the rights back to about 20 of my Dana Ransom historicals and contemporaries from Zebra/Kensington and am trying to decide how best to get them back out to readers. So I’ll be busy for a while . . . except when the Bourne Legacy comes out in theaters! I brake for Jeremy Renner!

Thanks, Nancy! Want to win a copy of Seeker of Shadows (or the first in the series)? Leave a comment—tell us if a book ever made you sleep with the lights on (Salem’s Lot did it for me, too!), and you know the rest of the drill. One entry for comment, another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Now...Go forth and comment!

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  2. yes i have it and even i want to throw the book because i dont know what the book told about, just make me faint and dont want to continue reading it and better go to sleep but when remember i bought the book ,damn i have to finish the book and then kept it to the very deep place so i dont need to see the book anymore T_T

    i hope i'm not so bad because i always appreciate author's book because i think they all are an awesome people :)

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  3. I'm a wimp so I try to avoid scary books, but the first Anita Blake book totally creeped me out! I've developed a tougher skin since then, but still....

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  4. I avoid Horror book so so far no book i read made me so afraid that i had to keep the lights on

    i would love to win the first book of this serie because i don't know it yet

    thanks you a lot

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  5. I've never read a book and then not been able to sleep. I haven't read this series yet.

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  6. I've never read a book then had to sleep with the lights on. This book sounds good.

    I follow the blog.

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  7. "It" by Stephen King ruined my sleep for a whole summer. No joke!

    This series looks great - you had me at shape-shifters.

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  8. I would have to definitely to go with Salem's Lot ** Shiver **! I absolutely love Nancy's books and can't wait to read Seeker of
    Shadows! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. bpatrick64113@sbcglobal.net +1 Comment, +1 Follower

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  9. Great interview.Nope a book has never made me sleep with the lights on.

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  10. I read Stephen King's It when I was 14 and, yeah, I did sleep with a light on for awhile. That damn creepy Pennywise. I have a serious clown phobia to boot.

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  11. nope, never read anything that made me keep the lights on -- unless it was because I couldn't put the book down & was still reading ;) -- as a rule I generally stay away from the books/movies/etc that are apt to freak me out :)
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  12. I'm not sure if any book made me sleep with the light on, but I do know becuase of Steven King, I will never think of fog the same way again.

    You never knows what lurks in the fog.

    His short stories rock.

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  13. Great interview with Nancy! I love her Moonlight series :)

    As for a book that made me sleep with the lights on, I can say that I don't read horror books at all. Just not a fan of the genre whether in books or movies...

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  14. No books, but the movie Psycho made me open the linen closet door in our bathroom every time I went in there for about a year, just to make sure nothing was hiding in there.

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  15. Forest of Hands and Teeth.

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  16. I'm such a big chicken; I avoid reading scary books! Or even scary movies. The only time I sleep with the lights on is if I fell asleep reading now THAT happens quite a lot. :)

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  17. to be honest.. i avoid scary things, books and movies. i wanna enjoy my sleep without nightmare or worry of it.

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  18. Yes, It and Pet Cementery by Stephen King

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  19. I don't usually leave the lights on after a book or a scary movie but the only book that made me think about it was Bag of Bones by Stephen King. I was way younger and well, it was a bit scary at times...

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  20. Any books with Ghost charactet will make me put the lights on after read it. I remember read Dream Man by Linda Howard long time ago, and afraid to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night because I always remember how creepy the murderer was. Do that mean I'm a coward?

    Thanks for the giveaway, love Moonlight series. Hope Ms Gideon will back again to Max and CeeCee :).

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  21. Most recently would be Don't Breathe A Word by Jennifer Mahon. It kept me up fearing the shadows for a while.

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  22. Yes, The Shining. That was a creepy book.

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  23. Stephen Kind usually does that to me. I remember my first read of one og his book...so scary!

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  24. The machine gunners scared me so much i couldn't sleep at all!
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  25. I have never had a book make me sleep with the lights on. I love scary books and movies always have. The only thing that scared me was a zombie movie when I was little it just gave me nightmares but now I love them.

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  26. sorry forgot I follow by GFC Rachel Vessar and by email pefrw at yahoo dot com

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  27. Stephen King's Gerald's Game. It has been awhile since I read it but I remember the story disturbed me.

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  28. O yes, I often sleep with the lights on! I am very prone to nightmares after reading or watching something a little bit scary (the snake in Harry Potter for instance). Luckily, my boyfriend often works nights so I can call him to talk to me a bit until it is safe to sleep again.

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