Friday, April 3, 2020

HOT NEWS from Author Nancy lee Badger


Hot news! I recently set aside my writing to help my Mom get her belongings moved from Florida to here in Raleigh, North Carolina. She temporarily moved in with my youngest sister. 

The big problem being the statewide Stay-at-Home order during the Coronavirus pandemic. She could not tour apartments or houses!

As we watched the movers empty the truck she felt better knowing her belongings were now safe and it a climate controlled storage facility. She still had no idea where to live.

However, as we watched the movers with my other sister, we really considered a nearby 55+ community I had toured with this sister. We loved it!

So, after looking with the floorplans on-line and choosing an available unit, we managed to get the lease application filled out. She was accepted! Thank goodness for interactive websites!

Next: pick a move-in date!

Getting back to writing means taking more time off to promote Heaven-sent Flame, which will be released April 22 by Soul Mate Publishing. After that? Who knows? In the meantime, watch for the cover reveal and the pre-order links @Amazon.









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I have several plot ideas and a bunch of scenarios, so I really will get back to my writing. Thanks for following me!

Nancy Lee

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Author Joanne Guidoccio



Joanne Guidoccio stopped by to share something exciting: she has reached out to readers during this pandemic and is spotlighted her Mediterranean Trilogy by offering a sale price on two ebooks. Take it away, Joanne!

Thanks, Nancy! In the Mediterranean Trilogy, which is paranormal romance released by Soul Mate Publishing, I feature the mermaids of the Bella tribe. In Book 1, Between Land and Sea, I follow Isabella on the road to reinvention. Having been brutally transformed into an overweight, middle-aged woman, Isabella struggles to reinvent herself as Barbara Davies.
After writing Between Land and Sea, I started to imagine more books involving the mermaids and ex-mermaids in the protagonist’s life. One night I dreamed of another mermaid, one not as kind and supportive as the characters in the first novel. The following day, a series of What if scenarios emerged: What if the new mermaid was somewhere on the Narcissist/Sociopath continuum? And what if she was determined to wreak havoc in everyone’s life?  
In Book 2, The Coming of Arabella, Isabella/Barbara’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of her beautifully preserved twin sister, Arabella.

Ideas are percolating for Book 3 – The Making of a Mermaid Psychic.

Inspirational Quotes from Between Land and Sea

“Your path will diverge for a while, but do not let that worry you. You have known difficulty before, but you will survive and thrive.”
“You must take responsibility for your own life and make full use of your gifts.”
“Your life has turned out the way it has for a reason. And now, you need to unearth that purpose and use it for your own good and the greater good.”
“You should be ready to take advantage of all opportunities that arise. Accept every invitation. Follow each whim. Some will work out, others won’t. But don’t give up.”
“Whatever you decide to keep hidden could implode later…with disastrous results.”

Inspirational Quotes from The Coming of Arabella

“Life is good, and I intend to enjoy all the abundance the universe sees fit to send my way.”
“The only magic that exists is the magic you create for yourself.”
“You are in the present season for a reason. It is your job to figure out why.”
“Set the intention and let the universe figure out the how.”
“No one, absolutely no one, can ruin your life unless you give that person the key to your inner soul.” 
 These ebooks will be on sale for
$0.99 (US)
March 29 to April 4
Blurb – Between Land and Sea
After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged, weathered, and abandoned on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England. She faces her human journey as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three-year-old woman.

With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, she reinvents herself as a career counselor, motivational speaker, and writer of self-help books. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers. As Isabella evolves into Barbara Davies, she embraces her middle-aged body, heals her bruised heart, and learns to love again.

This contemporary version of The Little Mermaid offers hope and inspiration to anyone who has been dumped, deceived, or demoted. It will also appeal to mermaid enthusiasts.


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Blurb – The Coming of Arabella
On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So, when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.

Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.



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More About the Author

A member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime, Joanne Guidoccio writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario. Connect with her here:







Friday, March 13, 2020

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Author Sally Brandle

Fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, Sally Brandle, stopped by to share her latest book. Since the cover depicts my favorite animal, I was happy to have her join me. Take it away, Sally!

Thank you for allowing me to post on your site. My clean, contemporary, romantic suspense book The Targeted Pawn releases from Soul Mate Publishing on March 18, 2020. 

Animals and humans deserve hope at finding loving, forever homes. I first partnered with my horse at his age of twenty-two, our kitty we estimated to be four, and our pup who’d turned three. Elon Hardy, heroine in The Targeted Pawn, is thirty-nine and facing a loveless, uncertain future. She’s willing to take action to better the outcome, same as one of the horses in the story. Keeper, a real life gelding, came to reside with a friend of mine in the manner I depicted in the book. The story grew as a result of his determined path to a safe haven, and I’d encourage readers to share their stories about second chances. Happy trails, Sally



Elon Hardy’s romance skills are rusty after a loveless marriage ends, but upon meeting hunky rancher, Rane Calderon, sparks blaze hotter than her welding torch. To support her collegiate sons, she’s determined to acquiesce to the bullheaded, female-phobic boss until her divorce finalizes from her deceitful husband.

A woman Rane trusted ruined his life, and at forty, he won’t be fooled again. Blisteringly mad he’s hired a female bearing a man’s name, he fights attraction for the curvy, determined brunette while thwarting efforts to build a private prison atop his Blackfeet ancestors’ burial ground. 

Can Elon and Rane realize love doesn’t have a “best used before date”? If you enjoy smoldering romance, mercenary villains, and rescued animals, you’ll love escaping again to Emma Springs, Montana.

Excerpt
Elon smiled. Angel needed an advocate. “Just tell me where to park my car and oh…I, ah, have a dog.”
“Your car’s ok where it’s parked. Didn’t realize you brought a guest,” he said, in a voice turned soft as suede.
The calm before the storm? “Hadn’t planned to adopt a pet. A jerk tossed her from a truck on the highway an hour ago.” She clenched her fist. “I won’t abandon Angel. That’s what I named her.”
His boots scraped the floor as he pulled them in. He rose to his full height. “Angel can bunk inside, or I’ll find her a temporary doghouse.”
“I won’t let her bother you.”
“Dogs never do. If she needs kibbles, ask for Fred. He’ll find someone headed to town.”
The man did have a heart. For the first time today, she smiled. “Thank you. I’ll find something to feed her tonight,” Elon said.
Rane leaned over her, close enough to show dark stubble on his perfectly sculpted jaw. The guy’s black lashes appeared thick as paint brushes. His eyes glowed a deep shade of russet.
Flutters swirled in her belly. She blinked several times and leaned back.
With one fist braced on the papers, his chest stiffened into a shield. “Animals I trust, Ms. Hardy. Women are another story. A month’s trial, then we’ll talk.” He straightened and walked out, leaving a trail of spice-scented annoyance.
The front door slammed shut. Elon flinched. So much for the misconception of a kindly old rancher. Nope. Her fortyish boss possessed the ability to morph into a hardened commander with one scowl from his squint-eyed, condemning looks. How gracious of him to give her a month’s trial run. The ugly divorce might take a year.

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More About the Author
Multi-award-winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense stories. Sally left a career as an industrial baking instructor to bring to life stories motivating readers to trust their instincts. Her rescue Aussie is her companion during long spells of writing or afternoons spent riding on the wind with her nearly thirty-year-old Quarter Horse. Sign up for her newsletter at www.sallybrandle.com for freebies. The Hitman’s Mistake opens her Love Thrives in Emma Springs series of stories (without intimate scenes). Torn By Vengeance, Book 2, continues showcasing friendship, courageous women, and the men who deserve their love. The Targeted Pawn, Book 3, features a second chance for a life filled with love for humans and their furry friends. Connect with her here:








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Friday, February 28, 2020

My Thoughts on Celtic Mythology


Myths are often considered an aspect of folklore. Even so, mythology might include the belief in the supernatural, where as folklore and folk tales derived when people had the need to explain mysterious events. Pre-Christianity might have had a hand in old world myths and folklore. A people’s yearning to believe in the hereafter, or in some type of entity, lived on through stories passed generation to generation. Once Christianity became widespread, faeries, brownies, and even the belief in the Loch Ness monster faded away.

With a rich Celtic History going back over 2,000 years, it is not surprising that Scotland has an extensive heritage of myths and folklore. Many objects have accumulated their share of myths and legends; circles of stones, cairns, and even castles.



Watching for things that could cause them harm (omens) might have morphed into an ability to come up with causal narratives for natural events (folk tales). Other people had minds of their own with their own beliefs, desires and intentions (mythology and the precursors of organized religion). 


Religion changed everything. Popular Christian beliefs were the norm. Myths and folklore slipped to the back burner, but never disappeared. Many tales are quite popular today. Think of the legend surrounding the Blarney Stone in Ireland or the Loch Ness Monster. Even Girl Scout troops around the world call their youngest recruits ‘Brownies’ after helpful creatures that do good deeds.

Here's hoping March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb (folk tale? Your guess is as good as mine)

Nancy Lee Badger

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day GIVEAWAY!


Valentine's Day is the first romantic holiday of the new year and I am taking full advantage to say 'Thank you' to my readers.


How? By giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate. Actually, you have a chance to WIN $20 worth of books! 

No, I am NOT horsing around! Author Donna Steele and I have pooled our resources together to promote our novels. 

Here's what Donna Steele says about Rth Home and horses:
"I’ve never really been around horses. I read about them and saw how other girls loved them (See the Trixie Belden books!) but had little to no access growing up. I’ve always liked them and have ridden a few times. That said, I knew they needed to be at least a peripheral part of a series on colonizing another planet. Especially when the goal of the colony is not to harm the planet in ways that happened on the original home planet.

In the first book of the series, horses played a small role in the shirking of Davd and Kat. In this final book, their role is expanded with the moving out onto the planet’s surface. Only Ellon, the stallion has a really good time on the trek from Thirdport to Centerport, but you’ll get an explanation of that later.

These animals, while not pets, are cherished and appreciated for what they now offer the growing colony and I wanted to show my appreciation here as well. I hope you enjoy the story.

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Here is my take on SPARK and horses:
I have always loved horses. I helped care for a neighbor's horses and spent several summers at 'horse camp'. When the idea for a shape-shifting family of lovesick Scottish brother dragons popped into my head, so did the idea of shifting into a horse in order to trot among humans. Evan heads to a village to find a way to interact with humans and get close enough to a red-haired beauty to mate with her. The purple dragon shifts into a copper-colored horse and comes to the beauty's aid.

When an unfamiliar horse kicks Toal into the creek, releasing Vika from his roaming hands, her appreciation turns to horror. A sputtering Toal demands that the animal die. Anger makes Vika agree to a wager. A three day hunt will determine the fate of the horse she names Spark. Failure will mean his death, and the loss of her freedom. Pirates, wolves, a wild boar, and a handsome stranger lead her on a wild ride. She discovers her heart is in as much danger as her life.




In celebration of this holiday for lovers and especially horse-lovers
SPARK is on sale for $.99 (US)
for a limited time.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Life's a Beach


I recently spent a couple of days with darling hubby at a hotel on Atlantic Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Virginia and enjoyed the beach. The air was cool, and the wind was not too strong, but there were enough waves to make the half-a-dozen surfers happy. We walked along the boardwalk and in the sand, both damp from an overnight rain, but we didn't care.

Enjoying the ocean air is something I regret I have little chance doing. Raleigh, North Carolina, where I live, is about 3 to 4 hours from the coast. Growing up within walking distance of the north shore of Long Island and a half-hour away from the Jones Beach and Fire Island, I need my *fix* every few months.

Many times I get this from visiting my folks in the Daytona Beach area. However, Dad passed away last February and Mom has sold her house, so we have arrived at the ending of an era. She will enjoy living close to her three daughters in Raleigh, but I will miss her house near the ocean. I guess it is time to get back to writing.

Thanks for listening...   
Nancy at Daytona Beach
 


Bye-the-way,

SPARK is on sale 
for $.99 (US)
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Friday, January 31, 2020

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Author RJ Parker


I love to pay-it-forward to other authors, especially brand new ones. When I heard R.J. Parker had recently published his first book, I was happy to learn more about him. What I discovered sounded interesting, so I am sharing him and his book with my readers. Take it away, RJ!

Thanks, Nancy. I had an accident which gave me the opportunity to have several surgeries and make doctors richer. Once they were done with me, I was great, but disabled. It gave me the opportunity to write a book that I wish was out there to read. It was great except for one thing. No one would publish it. I was lucky enough to be published by Olympia Publishing and Requiem, Changing Times has been out since September and is available in ebook & print.

BOOK BLURB
Clint and Corbin are having a weird day. Best friends for life, things are getting a little strange around their town, and at school. When they're followed by a strange man looking for Clint and later attacked by an imp, it makes sense to retreat to the safety of home. But when strangers from another world, Banks and O'Neil, arrive with their medley of allies, things get even weirder. Why are they here? What do they want? And what is The Requiem that everyone keeps talking about? As Clint and his friends and family are drawn deeper into a thrilling adventure, only one thing is for sure. They may not be getting out alive. And class with Mrs. Christenson will seem like a walk in the park after this.

EXCERPT from Requiem, Changing Times

    Suddenly a song cracked through the air from somewhere in the room. It was from Tamara’s cell phone. Tamara shot bolt upright in panic to see her phone on her bed ringing.
    “It’s Bill!” she whimpered in terror so low that Clint could barely hear her.
    Wham! The intruder had leapt from the doorway across the room and slammed his club over Tamara’s bed, shattering it into pieces. Tamara screamed as the creature lifted its heavy club and turned those small eyes toward the closet. It let out a war cry that sounded like a lion charging to kill. It shifted its weight onto its back foot and started to charge right at the closet door, club held high once more, mouth open yelling, coming right at Clint and Tamara.
    Slam! Banks shot from the open door, connecting with the creature that was only a foot away from breaking through the closet door. Banks bared his shoulder into the massive green intruder and with legs pumping drove him to the far side of the room. With both of their strength moving them they were out of control as they whirled toward the window.
    With an almighty cry from both of them they shattered the window and plummeted down one story as they clung to one other fighting and punching, until they hit the moist earth with a squelching noise like a plunger in a plugged drain. Their cries of war stopped as Banks hit the ground first, the green man landing right next to him. Clint flung the closet door open and hurried to the broken window, looking down as the rain water poured off the roof on top of his head and down to Banks and the intruder who were sprawled on his front lawn.
    Clint watched as Banks rolled over on his back, unsheathing a long sword and holding it up in a defensive stance, while the intruder adjusted his grip on the club to hold it on the very end and swung it along the ground while not getting to its feet. The blow hit Banks’s feet causing him to fall sideways back onto the ground, splashing mud and water everywhere as he moaned in pain.     The green intruder swung the club high in the air as it got to its knees and, like a hammer meant to drive a man into the ground it came down right at Banks’ head. Banks pushed with his legs sliding down the sloping hill of their front yard, causing the club to miss him by inches and the force of the blow driving the weapon down into the grass.

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More About the Author
Russell Parker was born in Bountiful, Utah. As his father was safety manager he had to move around until his senior year of high school, when he came to Cache Valley, Utah to stay. He married the most wonderful woman in the world, and they are the parents of four fantastic kids, with one crazy dog.

Russell played all kinds of sports and was an outdoorsman until an accident brought him to writing. A writer since high school, encouragement brought his stories to life. Connect with him here: