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Her Unlikely Bodyguard – Character Interview

Published June 6, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

As you know, if you’ve been following my posts, Her Unlikely Bodyguard releases next Friday, June 15th, from Breathless Press. Yay!!! Part of the promotion had me working up my first ever character interview, which was posted on the BP Facebook page this past Monday. I had a great time writing this up and hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think. 🙂

Teddy’s Most Embarrassing Moment:

LN: That would be when Jemma Leigh saved his hide. *Chuckles*

TG: Damn! I’ll never live that down.

LN: Nope! Some bodyguard you are!

TG: Hey! It all worked out.

LN: Yeah, thanks to me.

Finish this sentence: When Teddy’s in the laundry room…

LN: He’s looking for clean socks.

TG: No, I’m doing laundry.

LN: No way! Not one scene in that entire book had you doing the laundry.

TG: Well, you couldn’t be there all the time. And I did help bring clothes in off the line. At least you managed to record all the important stuff.

LN: *Smirking* Probably more than you realize.

Favorite Toy:

TG: I don’t play with toys.

LN: You treat that big brute of a truck you drive like a toy.

TG: I do not.

LN: You do! And instead of playing around with your gears, you should watch where you’re going.

TG: I do watch! That was an accident.

LN: Uh, huh. Tell that to Jemma Leigh.

Favorite Drink:

TG: Jemma Leigh’s lemonade.

LN: Hmmm, can’t argue with you there.

TG: Well, that’s a first!

Favorite Car:

TG: That would be my Dodge Ram 4×4.

LN: That’s not a car! They asked for your favorite car.

TG: My favorite car, if I ever feel I need one, is a Jaguar.

LN: Oh, flashy.

TG: Gotta keep up appearances.

Favorite Scent:

LN: Oh! I’ve got this one…lilacs.

TG: Women! There’s more to life than flowers.

LN: Maybe so, but they asked for my favorite scent. *sniff, sniff* It certainly isn’t whatever cologne you’re wearing.

TG: This happens to be a very subtle scent, and besides, Jemma Leigh likes it.

LN: Hmmm, gotta have a talk with that girl.

Favorite Movie:

TG: Anything with Sylvester Stallone in it.

LN: *snort* That’s a favorite actor, not movie.

TG: Woman, do you have to question everything I say?

LN: Why not? You gave me a hard enough time, butting in when I was trying to write your story.

TG: I had to make sure you got it right.

LN: Ha! Give me a break, will ya? I wrote you into this world. I can erase you right back out.

TG: *Superior grin* No one else wanted to work with you, so you’re stuck.

LN: There are many more where you came from, buddy.

TG: But none fit the bill as good as I do, and besides, it’s a done deal. Our book releases in nine days.

LN: Our? I hate to admit it, but it is one of my better works.

TG: Guess my charm won you over.

LN: Could be that Jemma Leigh’s plight did.

TG: At least we survived it.

LN: Yes! I so love a happy ending.

Now for some of my favorite lines from the book:

1/ “I thought you’d left,” Jemma Leigh stated, her fingers beating a nervous tattoo on the arms of the wheelchair.

“Free country, last time I checked, and I don’t take orders easily,” he answered. “It goes against the grain.”

“So does your presence,” she said. She turned the wheelchair and tried to ignore him as best she could, but, oh my aching heart! Ignoring him was much harder to do now than it had been years ago.

2/ “Just how do you propose to get me up into this thing?”

“You have two choices, Jemma Leigh. First, you can behave yourself and let me lift you onto the seat in the cab or, secondly, I will lower the tailgate long enough to lift chair and all into the back of the truck. Of course, even with the braking system in place on the chair, you’d be jostled around, and it wouldn’t be too good for your busted ankle, but I’d get you home like I promised.”

3/ Jemma Leigh caught on to how his body was reacting to the forced intimacy.

“Nice to know I can still get a rise out of you, Teddy.”

“Great to know you still pucker up for me so nicely, too,” he said, looking pointedly at her pert breasts where her nipples protruded against the thin, summery material of the blouse she was wearing.

Blurb:

A stalker who wants revenge…a past flame rekindled…Jemma Leigh’s summer just got interesting.

***

Jemma Leigh Harding has drawn the attention of an unknown stalker and returns to her hometown of Somerville, a safe haven—or so she thinks—on the east coast of Canada.

Theodore Garrity is the last person she expects to see, considering how easily he walked away from her after graduation to join the army.

Their past history involves secrets Jemma Leigh is hesitant to share. When it becomes clear the stalker has followed her home, Teddy becomes her unlikely bodyguard. Will the terror and past hurts separate them forever? Or will love blaze a fresh path for their future?

So, that’s it for now folks. What did you think?

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3 New Contracts Signed!

Published January 28, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I recently submitted 3 books to Breathless Press and was totally astounded to find out they wanted all 3!

Her Unlikely Bodyguard fits their Embers line and is scheduled for release on June 15th, 2012.

Blessed HomecomingI feel honored to say that this novel is to be the first title released in BP’s new Blessings line on July 13, 2012.

Love on the Rocks, my first ever completed novel fits their Sweet Confection line. Look for it on August 10, 2012.

You can read a short summary of all 3 books here.

In other news…I have finally finished tweaking and polishing A Cowgirl’s Pride, Book 4 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series with Evernight Publishing. I submitted it tonight and am waiting to hear.

 

What do you think of this cover?

             Hot! Hot! Hot!

                  I love it!

Last but not least, I’m excited to announce that my western historical short story, Hawk’s Woman, has found it’s way into this Evernight Anthology, Virgins Behaving Badly, scheduled for release in March, 2012.

Featured Title AND Bestseller!!!

Published October 9, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Zakia and the Cowboy is a featured title and also made the Bestseller List at All Romance eBooks! http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-zakiaandthecowboy-608452-149.html

Wow! Thank you to all those who have purchased my novel to date. You’ve made all the waiting and agonizing worthwhile. 🙂

Writing is a hobby which I truly enjoy, especially now that I can share my stories with the world. Isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing? I’ve made friends from all over and, I suspect, now my readers/fans. I love you all!

I’m so thankful for the day I subbed to Evernight Publishing. They have a terrific staff and my editor, Emma Shortt, is awesome. And the cover art is to die for! Thank you Dara England of LF Designs. It’ll make a terrific poster for my home office, don’t you think? And thank you, Evernight, for taking a chance on this newbie. Words simply cannot express how thrilled I am to be one of your authors.

During the course of this past couple of years, I’ve spent a lot of time on Medical leave from my day job. I won’t bore you with the details of each ailment except to say that hand surgery is what motivated me to begin writing that novel of romance I’d always intended to try my hand at. (pun intended!)

I developed an infection in my thumb and by the time the doctors realized what it was, it had eaten away at the bone from the inside. Needless to say, they had to amputate so the infection didn’t spread. Everything I do involves the use of my hands, from typing to cooking, baking, gardening and even reading. It’s difficult to get used to holding a book open with half a thumb. Luckily, it was my left and I’m right-handed, but it still took some getting used to.

In trying to prepare for a return to work, I started typing. It helped to increase the flexibility in that hand and kept me from going stir crazy. At first, it was just online typing tests, but one day an idea began to take shape and I started writing. Seven weeks later I had finished Love on the Rocks, totally edited and polished to the best of my ability and began subbing to publishers. Boy, have I learned a lot since and have received many rejections for my efforts.

But I found that I really enjoyed writing – enjoyed the challenge of it, learning as I went. I’m still learning. Nobody’s perfect. I’ve since written seven other full-length novels and three novellas.

Zakia and the Cowboy is the first in my Thunder Creek series, with Books 2 and 3 in the works and ideas for 2 more. I enjoy crafting stories and it’s helps to keep my mind alive. There are so many ideas floating around in there that at least once I have them written down, they ease off and let me rest… sometimes. lol

My doctor has me off work indefinitely, but at least I have my writing to sustain me. Making money from it was never an impetus. Creating a believable story from nothing more than a vague idea – that’s what motivates me. The fact that people want to read my writing is a bonus, and one that I’m rather proud of. I love hearing from my readers and can be contacted by dropping a comment here or on my website. Tell me what you like or didn’t like about this book and I’ll enter all names in a draw for the sequel. http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com

*** P.S. When that first royalty cheque arrives, I’m certain I’ll find something to spend it on. 🙂

Zakia and the Cowboy is now at Amazon!!!

Published October 4, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I’d like to say a big Thank You to the staff at Evernight Publishing for helping me realize a life-long dream. Emma Shortt is one of the best editors ever! And Dara England did up a spectacular cover! This is all so exciting.

A special thank you to my fans who have been patiently waiting for Zakia and Luke’s story. Enjoy!

Zakia and the Cowboy is now at Amazon!!! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005SEUZVW#reader_B005SEUZVW

Also, drop by and like my author page on FB for a chance to win a free copy.  https://www.facebook.com/LorraineNelson.Author

Evernight’s Big Birthday Bash!

Published September 25, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Today starts a week long party to celebrate Evernight Publishing being one year old! I’m so pleased to be part of this brilliant group of authors and designers! Some of the Evernight Authors are having a blog hop to celebrate one year of fantastic reads!

THE CELEBRATION RUNS FROM SEPT 25-OCT 2

These are the three big prizes being offered from Evernight.

1.  Kindle E-reader
2.  50.00 U.S. (via paypal)
3.  40.00 Evernight Gift Certificate.

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!!!

Here’s the plan, you MUST leave a comment on participating blogs with your email address in the body of the comment. Three people will be chosen from ALL the participating blog comments so the more blogs you visit and leave comments on, the greater your chance to win!! Unfortunately, WordPress does not support the blog hop link, but if you comment here, I’ll make sure all names are entered in the draw.  Visit Evernight’s blog to take part in the main blog hop. The link:
http://www.evernightpublishing.blogspot.com/
Evernight is also picking one name from each blog’s comments and that person will win a $5.00 Evernight Gift Certificate! So flex those fingers and get ready to blog.

To top it all off, on October 1st only, ALL e-books will be 75% off on the Evernight Website. So take advantage and stock up on those books you’ve been wanting to read. Here’s the link:

http://www.evernightpublishing.com/

In addition, Zakia and the Cowboy, my debut novel, is set for release on Oct 5th. I’ll be giving away a PDF download to one lucky commenter here on my blog between Sept 25th and Oct 2nd. Just answer the question: What do you love about cowboys? Don’t forget to leave your email addy so I can contact you. 🙂

Blurb:

With a stalker following her every move Zakia has no choice but to flee the city. Her options limited, she runs to the only place she’s ever felt safe…the Thunder Creek Ranch and her ex-husband, Lucas.
 
Will he protect Zakia from the stalker? And if he does will either of them be able to ignore the feelings that have simmered for so long, ready to explode… before danger either draws them together or pulls them apart.

Now for the Excerpt:

(Warning!!! Sexually explicit!!! Adults Only!!!)

“Sorry, Darlin’. Always a cowboy,” he apologized.

He sat on the edge of the bed and struggled to remove his cowboy boots, then disposed of pants, briefs and socks. When he looked up and saw the still smooth, silky skin of her upper torso and full breasts partially covered by her beautiful, long, blonde hair, he had to ask himself how he got to be so lucky. Déjà vu was very much in existence as he admired the woman standing before him. Zakia was still every bit the exquisite, sexy woman she’d been on their wedding night, only now she was trying hard not to giggle.

“What’s so funny,” he asked with a grin as he reached for her.

“Just a little touch of déjà vu going on.”

“I was thinking the same thing. You’re just as beautiful now as you were on our wedding night,” he stated as he pulled her back into his arms.

“Well, I was thinking it funny that you said those exact same words on our wedding night.”

“What words?” he asked, curious and trying to think.

“Sorry, Darlin’. Always a cowboy.”

“Ooohh, those words. It’s true. A cowboy doesn’t go too far without his boots.”

“Did you mean it, Luke?”

“Mean what?”

“That you still think I’m beautiful.”

“Do I need to install mirrors on every wall in the house?” he teased. “Yes, you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, and sexily built. Now, shut up and kiss me.”

“Oh, I so like a man who knows what he wants,” she cooed.

When she reached for him, pulling him down for a kiss filled with all the passion he remembered, his heart soared. Gone was the polite restraint they’d held to since her arrival. He kissed her back, longing for more, aching for the promise her lips delivered.

His hands moved to her breasts, rubbing and tweaking the nipples to turgid peaks, then massaging the silken softness until she moaned against his mouth in pleasure. Breaking the kiss, he took one rosy nipple into his mouth, sucking and nipping lightly before transferring his attention to the other one.

He worked his way down her body, one kiss at a time, having to keep a tight rein on his control as she breathed his name over and over again. Her body writhed beneath him as he reached her sopping pussy, her unique scent driving him wild as always. He parted her lips and kissed her, rubbing tiny circles on her clit with his thumb. His other hand reached beneath her to fondle her ass as he began sucking her, his tongue laving and prodding her wetness until he could take no more. Rising up, he coaxed her legs apart with his knees and positioned himself. As he looked into her desire-glazed eyes, he moved, pushing into her with one hard thrust.

Then he stilled. It had been as tight as their first time. “Did I hurt you?”

“Uh, uh.” She shook her head as her body began to move, encouraging him to pull out and push into her warmth again.

She grabbed his hips, pulling him closer, deeper, and they fell into a rhythm that told of their familiarity with each other. It was as if he’d gone back in time, back to the days of love and laughter, caring and sharing their lives, completing each other. He thrust in and out, faster, harder, seeking the rapture he’d only found with the woman lying beneath him.

Thought took a long, slow ride after that as they concentrated on catching up on years of lost loving, and he was pleased to note, she still had that deep, husky, pleading note in her voice when she screamed his name.

And to continue this week’s birthday celebration, following are the blogs participating. This is a Blog Hop29 entries so far…


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Have Fun Hopping!

Winners will be posted on Oct. 3rd

Yes! I have a release date!

Published September 23, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Yes! Zakia and the Cowboy has a release date! Oct 5th.

I will be drawing one name on Oct 6th from all those who ‘Like’ my author page and leave a comment on Facebook  to receive a free download of Zakia and the Cowboy. Share it with your friends, link back to me and your name will be entered twice for the draw. 🙂
http://www.facebook.com/index.php?lh=e5bf493004393101d494ffca864e428b&#!/pages/Lorraine-Nelson/158447630896264

Christmas Novella

Published August 13, 2011 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

An idea for a Christmas story came to me yesterday as I was working on Trouble at Thunder Creek. It just wouldn’t leave me alone to write the story I was working on, so I opened a new doc and went to work.

 

Bear Love

His Christmas Wish is complete at 5026 words, 3468 of which I wrote today. Now it’s off to my critique partners so I can get back to Thunder Creek.

I also sent my entry off for  the Harlequin Intrigue pitch. Wish me luck!

I’m off to bed. Nite all!