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#Free ebook!

Published June 17, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Hello, my friends!

Finding Baby J is Free from today thru Sunday. Download your copy with my blessing. 🙂

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One lonely woman, a doctor afraid of commitment… Will finding Baby J help them find each other?

Shana Davis knows what it’s like to be unloved and unwanted. Her childhood involved being shuffled from one foster home to the next. One night, as her shift at Mercy hospital comes to an end, she hears a forlorn, mewling sound and finds a newborn baby boy left in a dumpster. The abandoned baby appeals to her soft heart and her immediate attachment to the child—dubbed Baby J—leads to her spending a lot of time in the Maternity Ward in the company of the handsome Dr. Daniels.

Dr. Kagan Daniels is heart-sore and commitment-shy due to his failed marriage and past experiences with selfish, cold-hearted women. But he sees a gentle, caring soul in Shana and is drawn to her. Despite his reservations, he realizes he wants to get to know her better and finds excuses to spend time in her company.

Having always wanted to be a daddy, Kagan adopts Baby J. As he and Shana grow closer, Shana feels she’s found her own private heaven. She has Baby J and the man of her dreams. What more could a woman want?

But a conniving woman, a manipulative mother, and a man from Shana’s past threaten to come between them. Will the lies spewed by others separate them forever? Or can their love win out over all?

***Warning: Sexual Content


And in other news, Evernight Publishing has accepted Cowboy Dreamin’, book 8 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series. It’s scheduled for a July release. More info to follow.

Also, Guarding Alesha, book 2 in my Wyoming Secrets series is almost ready for it’s release as well. Soon, my lovelies, soon.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading about Shana, Kagan, and Baby J.

Just click on the link and it’ll take you to Finding Baby J at the Amazon nearest you. myBook.to/FBJ




#99cent Sale!!!

Published June 2, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Yes! I’m happy to do this for you, my loyal fans. 🙂 Over 200 pages of reading for only 99 cents. Sale runs from June 2nd to 9th. I urge you to grab it while you can.

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Love on the Rocks is set near my hometown in New Brunswick, Eastern Canada. Love on the Rocks came to life after a medical emergency required therapy. n an effort to regain the flexibility in my left hand, I began typing. I practiced with typing tests and such but soon got bored. The inkling of an idea began running through my mind, and I went with it. Seven weeks later, Love on the Rocks was edited and ready to go. This romantic suspense has been a favorite for many readers. It begs the question…What would you do to protect your child and keep him or her safe.

On the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Sara has exhausted all avenues of hope. Although her landlady has been great, she’d received an eviction notice and had to relocate in two days. Knowing she’d have to live out of her car and with winter fast approaching, it was no life for an infant. She wanted more for her child. In desperation, she comes up with a plan.

And so begins this story full of drama, heartbreak, renewed hope, and love. A good, clean read for your enjoyment. 🙂

Here is what readers are saying:

“Ms. Nelson, with her trademark skill in creating romantic suspense filled with unforgettable characters and smooth-flowing dialogue, beautifully builds bonds of love between Sara and the book’s hero. The plot will instantly hook you and keep the pages turning. And the book contains a surprising twist I totally didn’t anticipate. An excellent read all around.” M. Fayard

“There was a lot of suspense in this book. It seemed wherever Sara went suspense followed. This was a well written book and I enjoy reading books by this author!” Angie

For more reviews, as well as the official blurb and excerpt, please visit my website at: http://lorrainenelson.weebly.com

To receive your copy, follow this link: myBook.to/LoveontheRocks

***Please Note:  As this is a Kindle Countdown deal, I’m not sure of its availability at the sale price everywhere. If it’s not on sale in your area, I do apologize, and remember, if you’re an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you get to read it for free.

I hope you enjoy Love on the Rocks. Happy reading.

New Release!!! Daydreams and Night Scenes

Published April 4, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Hello again! Just a quick note to let you know that Daydreams and Night Scenes is now available on Amazon. Daydreams and Night Scenes cover_TAKE 4


A night of love..Fantasy or Fateful Alliance?

Miranda Stuart is lushly built, hauntingly beautiful, career-oriented, and extremely intelligent, but thanks to a teenage crush on Alex Denning, a man who was way out of her league, she acts out of character when they meet up years later at a posh resort. When she finds out his room is adjoining hers, she determines to have her fantasy night in his arms. When the night’s magic should have begun (unbeknownst to him) our dashing, billionaire playboy enters the scene with bright lights blaring and another woman in tow. Had she just set herself up for blackmail?

Warning: Sexual Content

Amazon link: myBook.to/DaNS

Thank you all for your support during my Kindle Scout campaign. It ended with 180 hours in Hot and Trending and 1016 page views, but apparently, that wasn’t enough to guarantee a contract. We gave it a good go though and that’s all we can do.

Thanks again!

Kindle Scout…Last day!

Published March 24, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

It has been a totally hectic month! But today is the last day for nominations for my contemporary romance, Daydreams and Night Scenes. Every time I see the cover, I fall a little more in love with it. He’s so handsome and both models are so sensually pleasing to the eye.Daydreams and Night Scenes cover_TAKE 4

I do so enjoy all the beautiful covers on my books. I intend to revamp a few of them in the coming months, but first I need to finish Jack’s story for the Thunder Creek Ranch series while I wait on my answer from Amazon’s Kindle Scout team. I want to thank everyone for supporting me this month. Right now I’m sitting at 983 page views and 156 hours in Hot and Trending. Not too shabby. 🙂 I might just break one thousand before today is over. So thank you all very, very much.

Have a happy and blessed Easter weekend And I’ll be back with you again next week.

Here’s the link for Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/XUL7D2OPHOX9



Kindle Scout…Only 3 days left to vote.

Published March 21, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

It’s cold and snowing here in southern New Brunswick but Daydreams and Night Scenes is Hot and Trending on Kindle Scout. WooHoo!!! I haven’t seen that since the 5th day of my campaign and it’s all thanks to you…my followers, my readers, my supporters, my friends.Daydreams and Night Scenes cover_TAKE 4

I know you’re all probably tired of listening (reading) about my campaign on Kindle Scout, but it’s almost at an end. It’s been a wild ride, I can tell you. I’ve blogged, I’ve twittered, I’ve shared on Facebook, in groups, on Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. I’ve had friends RT and share. I even ran a fiverr campaign through Bookkitty.

To date, I’ve had 883 page views and I’m thankful for every one of you who took the time to read my chapter. It would be nice if all those views meant the same number of nominations, but I’m not that naive. I know my writing doesn’t appeal to everyone and that’s okay. I happen to write what I enjoy reading. Romance and romantic suspense, sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy–it works for me. The comments and support for my novel have been overwhelmingly complimentary. I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve given the campaign my best and if Daydreams and Night Scenes is not selected for publication by Amazon’s Kindle Scout, at least I know I tried. And in the process, I’ve created a month’s worth of advance publicity as I will surely self-publish. After all, I have this beautiful cover and the novel has already been professionally edited, so it’ll be live on Amazon within 24 hours if not selected. Although it would be nice to have the benefit of Amazon’s marketing and that $1500 advance. It might not be much, but just think of the books I could buy. 🙂

I may be a writer, but I’m also a reader. I have a 15 shelf bookcase filled with works by  Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, John Grisham, James Patterson, Mary Higgins-Clark, Sandra Brown, and many others. As to newer authors, I love London Saint James, Julie Miller, Delores Fossen, and several others. In addition to the print books, I have an ereader with over a thousand stories and my Kindle for PC has that many or more. Yes, I enjoy reading…Always have and always will. When I was younger and still in school, I spent my babysitting money on books. The Hardy Boys were my favorites back then. Sadly, I lost a whack of books in a house fire but I’ve since collected many more titles. My children, as they grew, never had a lack of books to read, from being babes in arms through their teenage years. I read to them daily and my oldest son is a Stephen King and John Grisham fan. The two younger boys are more into video games, but hey, they had to know how to read to play some of them. Now it’s my grandchildren who come to me to be read to or borrow books from. It’s a bond I share with them all and I am sincerely pleased.

And surprise of surprises, my mother enjoys reading my books. She’s always been a great supporter of my writing so I’m not sure why I was surprised when she asked for the print ones…and insisted on paying for them, too. 🙂 The first one she read, His Christmas Wish, was nothing more than a printout from my computer, but she loved it. Then Zakia and the Cowboy…she read it in two days! And this is a woman who doesn’t read much. God, I love that woman. She’s always been there for me.

I guess that’s all I have for you today. Happy reading and writing. Love you all!


Please take a few minutes and pop over to Kindle Scout to read my chapter. If you like it, hit the ‘nominate me’ button. I really would like to win this publishing contract. Thanks to you, I already stand a good chance. Just click here.

30 days of Kindle Scout…Day 21

Published March 15, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

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I absolutely love this cover! The models suit this story so well. So confident and sexy. 🙂


A night of love. Fantasy or Fateful Alliance?

Miranda Stuart is lushly built, hauntingly beautiful, career-oriented, and extremely intelligent, but thanks to a teenage crush on Alex Denning, a man who was way out of her league, she acts out of character when they meet up years later at a posh resort. She determines to have her fantasy night in his arms. When the night’s magic should have begun (unbeknownst to him) our dashing, billionaire playboy enters the scene with bright lights blaring and another woman in tow. Had she just left herself open to blackmail?

Sound good?

This is the book that is up for nominations at Kindle Scout. I’m trying to win a publishing contract there. In case you didn’t know, Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing. The more nominations I get, the better my chances of winning a contract. Not only do I want to tap into their marketing, I like the idea of a $1500 advance. Just imagine how many books I could buy with that! LOL

The first five days my novel was listed as Hot and Trending and although I’ve had plenty of page views, it hasn’t hit that since. With only 9 days left of my campaign for Daydreams and Night Scenes, I need your help. I’d really appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to pop over there and read my chapter. If you like what you read, then please nominate my book. You may need to open an Amazon account, but that’s easy enough and no purchase necessary. If Daydreams and Night Scenes is selected for publication, you win a free copy direct from Amazon. How’s that for incentive? 🙂 Just click on the cover pic and you’re there.

In other news, I’m working on the next installment of the Thunder Creek Ranch series with Evernight Publishing. This one is about Jack Grayson, Winnie’s youngest son, and Allison Wakefield, the new vet in town. Fresh out of university, Jack’s all set to return to the Grayson spread and implement his studies and ideas in bringing the family’s ranch into the current generation. He’s sidetracked when he meets Allison and finds himself wanting to spend time with her. Meanwhile, someone has targeted him via his truck and vandalism to the point of attempted murder.

The working title is A Cowboy’s Drive, but I’m beginning to think it’s not catchy enough. Can you throw me a few ideas? Please?

Thank you and please, don’t forget to nominate Daydreams and Night Scenes. 🙂

Casting Characters

Published February 10, 2016 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

The following is a post I received from someone at some time during the past few years. I’m usually pretty good at giving credit where it’s due, but in this case, all I can tell you is that this post was not written by me. It’s not my intention to plagiarize or step on anyone’s toes, but this is such a good article and I wanted to share it with you. In reality, I probably couldn’t explain it any better. 🙂 So, if you are the original author of this post, please contact me or take credit in the comments. In the meantime, I’m going to share. 🙂

Casting Your Characters
Most people think that an exciting and well-developed plot is what makes a script good, but even the most intriguing plot won’t hold someone’s attention if the action is performed by flat, unoriginal characters.

Flat Characters vs. Original Characters
Flat character: Joe is 20 years old. He likes football and eats a lot of bacon.
Original Character: Tucker Wallace is the coolest nerd on Earth. This month, he’s been on the cover of Popular Science, Time, People, Cosmo, and GQ. He’s been a guest on Oprah, hosted Saturday Night Live, and has been offered a job at, literally, every pharmaceutical company in the world. One magazine deemed him the “most sought-after bachelor in the world,” while another claimed that his “discovery will change life as we know it forever.” While spending hours upon hours in a makeshift laboratory in his parents’ basement as a boy, leaning over test tubes, pushing up his glasses, and wiping the sweat from his forehead, Tucker never thought his efforts would come to this. Never did he think he would be sitting where he is right now, under the bright lights in front of another live studio audience explaining how he feels now that he discovered the Fountain of Youth. What Tucker won’t tell the person interviewing him is that he is terrified. Terrified of being in the spotlight and even more terrified about some unexpected side-effects starting to appear in his patients.”

Which movie would you rather watch? The one about Joe or the one about Tucker?
Not only are characters with hidden depths and secrets more fun to read about, they’re also more fun to write about. Though you’ll end up writing about a bunch of different people in your script, all of them will fall into one of three categories: the protagonist, the supporting characters, and the antagonist.

The Protagonist

The protagonist has the starring role in your script. In most scripts, the protagonist is on a journey to get what he or she wants more than anything else in the world. Your protagonist could be after fame, revenge, or something much more elusive, like overcoming poverty or cancer.

The Supporting Characters

Supporting characters have an important role in your protagonist’s life. Some may be around for the protagonist’s entire journey, some for only part. Supporting characters can be friends, close relatives, or love interests—you name it. These characters also have dreams of their own, and their adventures will add even more excitement to your script.

The Physical Antagonist

A physical antagonist is a living, breathing character in a script that is standing in the way of the protagonist achieving his or her goal. This does not mean that all physical antagonists are evil monsters. Some antagonists stand in the way simply through jealousy, or misunderstanding, or by having a set of goals that conflicts with the protagonist’s. If Gavin is your protagonist and he wants to take Kim to the dance, but Chet asked her first, this doesn’t mean Chet is a “bad guy.” He’s just another guy who likes the same girl. Then again, there are those antagonists that are just plain evil. It’s up to you to decide who’s going to stand in your protagonist’s way, and how he or she is going to do it.

The Abstract Antagonist

Though a lot of antagonists are living, breathing beings, some are not. Some protagonists face off against illness, grief, or the powers of a corrupt government. We like to call these kinds of antagonists abstract antagonists because they don’t take actual physical form. If your script’s antagonist is not a living person/animal/entity, you have an abstract antagonist. It may be easier to think of it this way: if your protagonist cannot physically kick your antagonist in the knee, he or she is probably abstract.

Physical Antagonist

A racist or intolerant character

A character who is working to make sure your protagonist lives a poverty-stricken life

A character who is forcing your character to struggle against nature (e.g. someone who has left your character stranded in Antarctica)

A character whose religious beliefs oppress your protagonist

A government official such as a dictator who has it in for your protagonist

Your protagonist’s evil boss

A character whose sole mission is to make sure your protagonist becomes ill (e.g. through poisoning or exposure to a deadly disease)

Abstract Antagonist

Racism/intolerance in a community or in general

Poverty or the economy in a community or in general

Nature as an entity (e.g. a natural disaster or an extreme climate)

A religion or all religions

A corrupt government

A corporation/company

Disease/illness in general

It’s a great idea for you, the author, to try and get to know your characters before you begin writing. We asked a team of scientists, mathematicians, and creative writing gurus from around the world, “What’s the easiest way for writers to get to know their characters?” Hands down, the experts all agreed the single best way is to fill out a Character Questionnaire for all your characters.

Character Questionnaire
In your notebook, answer the questions in this questionnaire about your characters.
Section One: Core Character QuestionsComplete Section One for every character in your book. If you have an abstract antagonist, try to answer as many questions as you can from this section for them then move on to Section Four.
Section Two: Questions for Your Supporting CharactersComplete Section Two just for your supporting characters.
Section Three: Questions for a Physical AntagonistComplete Section Three if you have a physical antagonist. OR Section Four: Questions for an Abstract Antagonist. Complete Section Four if you have an abstract antagonist.
Section One: Complete this section for all your characters!
1. Name:
2. Age:
3. Height:
4. Eye color:
5. Physical appearance:
6. Strange or unique physical attributes:
7. Favorite clothing style/outfit:
8. Where does he or she live? What is it like there?
9. Defining gestures/movements (i.e., curling his or her lip when he or she speaks, always keeping his or her eyes on the ground, etc.):
10. Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change:
11. Speaking style (fast, talkative, monotone, etc.):
12. Pet peeves:
13. Fondest memory:
14. Hobbies/interests:
15. Special skills/abilities:
16. Insecurities:
17. Quirks/eccentricities:
18. Temperament (easygoing, easily angered, etc.):
19. Negative traits:
20. Things that upset him or her:
21. Things that embarrass him or her:
22. Things this character really cares about:
23. Any phobias?
24. Things that make him or her happy:
25. Family (describe):
26. Deepest, darkest secret:
27. Reason he or she kept this secret for so long:
28. Other people’s opinions of this character (What do people like about this character? What do they dislike about this character?):
29. Favorite bands/songs/type of music:
30. Favorite movies:
31. Favorite TV shows:
32. Favorite foods:
33. Favorite sports/sports teams:
34. Political views:
35. Religion/philosophy:
36. Dream vacation:
37. Description of his or her house:
48. Description of his or her bedroom:
39. Any pets?
40. Best thing that has ever happened to this character:
41. Worst thing that has ever happened to this character:
42. Superstitions:
43. Three words to describe this character:
44. If a song played every time this character walked into the room, what song would it be?

Section Two: Supporting Character Questions
1. Relationship to the protagonist:
2. Character’s favorite thing about the protagonist:
3. Similarities to protagonist:
4. Differences from protagonist:

Section Three: Antagonist Questions
1. Why is he or she facing off against the protagonist?
2. Any likable traits?
3. Weaknesses:

Section Four: Abstract Antagonist
1. What is your abstract antagonist? Is it a disease like cancer, a social ill like poverty, or something larger than life, like grief?
2. How is this antagonist affecting the protagonist?
3. Do other characters notice? How does this antagonist affect the other people in your script?

So there you have it. If you want well-rounded, believable characters, get to know them before you start writing. It will make telling the story a whole lot easier as well. And, until next time, Happy Writing! 🙂