Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Highlanders Crave Hot Autumn Nights

Welcome to the HOT AUTUMN NIGHTS BLOG HOP! Join me and dozens of authors as we welcome the cool, crisp nights of fall under the harvest moon. My fictional New England Highland Games take place when the leaves turn to red and golds, and a chill fills the mountain air. Is that a snowflake?

Present day herbalist Haven MacKay’s
love spell goes awry, is cast back in time,
and meets her true love,
Laird Kirkwall Gunn. 

With a letter in Iona Mackenzie’s
hand and
Highlander Cameron Robeson
at her back,
what could go wrong?
How do you keep warm as the air cools with the crisp northern breezes? What's your idea of a hot autumn night?
1. Hot cocoa with your honey?
2. Snuggling in front of a crackling fire?
3. Do you watch the leaves turn brilliant colors from the heat of a hot tub?
4. Do you tangle with a special someone on a blanket under the stars?
5. Or, do you share a tent or castle bed chamber with a time-traveling Highlander?

My Highland Games Through Time series has hunky ancient Highlanders, the strong modern-day women who keep them on their toes, and lots of spicy tension to give the reader a good romp through the wilds of Scotland.

Leave a comment with YOUR idea
of a way to keep romance HOT
on cool Autumn Nigths!

I will chose a winner at the end
of the Blog Hop. That person
will win their choice of either
My Honorable Highlander
My Banished Highlander

Also, the coordinator of the Blog Hop will issue a Barnes and Noble Gift Card to one lucky person, so remember to visit all the participating blogs for better chances to win. The links are below.

*remember to include your contact info and ebook format choice

My winner will be chosen December 3rd

Monday, November 19, 2012

And the 13 Ebook Winners are...

I have chosen the winners and have emailed them. A couple DID NOT leave their email addresses. I am hoping to contact them soon.
Congratulations to all the winners of my historical paranormal romance,

Around this time last year, while researching a book, I stumbled on this great website: (click for link)
The website consists of numerous links surrounding a Civil war time line. How cool is that! All you do is click on the century, the decade, and the year, scroll down to the month and day, and there you have it! What a great research tool for someone writing Civil War stories. Since I was writing Southern Fried Dragon, my paranormal set on the eve of the American Civil War, this was priceless. I thought I would look to see what happened in my birthday month, in the year before war was declared. Since I start my story in this time frame, I came across some interesting tidbits. Check it out!
November 6, 1860
Republican Abraham Lincoln wins the Presidential election with 39.7% of the vote, defeating Stephen Douglas, John Breckinridge and John Bell.
November 9, 1860

South Carolina calls for a convention on December 17 to decide if the state should secede from the Union

November 10, 1860
James Chesnut becomes the first Southerner to resign from the Senate. He is quickly followed by James H. Hammond

November 12, 1860
In Preston County, Western Virginia holds its first organizational meeting, expressing a desire to "adhere to the Union".

November 13, 1860 (my birthday, though years later!)
At the end of a fiery, pro-secession speech, Robert Toombs announces his resignation from the U. S. Senate at the end of his term.

November 14, 1860
In Milledgeville, Alexander Stephens gives a response to Toombs' speech the day before, calling for a meeting of southern states to discuss secession.

November 23, 1860
Major Robert Anderson (who is mentioned in my book) reports Fort Sumter is being threatened in Charleston as federal forces begin to improve Fort Moultrie and Fort Sumter in the harbor. (both forts are in my book!)
My book takes place in and around the city of Charleston, South Carolina and Fort Sumter, which lies in the harbor nearby. It was a fun story to write since, with my love of dragons, I twisted history just a bit to include a Scottish dragon-turned-bar maid who meets a handsome soldier. 
Here is an Excerpt:
Rated PG-13 

He backed her against a shadowy wall and pressed against her, returning her attention to his rock-hard body. The swift surge of passion thrilled her with the power their shared kiss conjured. The second kiss was a joy-filled surprise that swiftly turned into a carnal promise of things to come.
With her fingers entangled in his silky locks, she wiggled her hips, yearning to get closer. He groaned, and pressed her between the hard planks of the wall and the steel planes of his chest. His tongue slid across her lips until she opened beneath his touch, welcoming him inside. She now knew what to expect. She now craved his intimate strokes within the sensitive curve of her mouth.
Prickles of desire brought a moan from deep within her throat. She never would have believed the fire inside could flame even brighter. She yearned for more.
Much more.
When he broke the kiss, Dru cried out with disappointment.
“I should not keep taking advantage, Miss…you neglected to share your name.”
She laughed. Yes, she’d forgotten he’d asked, as any human male would. Names were a big thing between humans. Saddled by the name of the woman whose life she’d overtaken, she had nothing to hide. As time wore on, she’d grown to like it.
“Dru Little.”
He smiled and bowed at the waist, picked up his bent loaf of bread and stepped back. “I must leave ye, now.”
“Getting back to Fort Moultrie?”
He nodded while his thumb wiped a raindrop from her cheek. “I will return in a week, at a more appropriate hour. Goodnight, Miss Little.”
As he retreated into the dark, she glared at his back. Why did he have to leave now? Kissing him could lead to a variety of pleasurable things and she desperately wanted to experience them. Her human body reacted uniquely different from her scaled dragon form, but he spoke the truth. No normal human woman would make love to a man she just met.
What was I thinking?

Author:  Nancy Lee Badger
Genre: Paranormal Historical
E-book  Was $2.99, now $.99

AMAZON   NOOK    Smashwords    All RomanceEBooks     

Since it is MY birthday month, I will give away 13 e-copies* of SOUTHERN FRIED DRAGON to 13 lucky people who leave a comment on what the American Civil War means to them. Yes, open to international readers as well. 
*Please leave your email addy AND your preferred format type, such as pdf, epub, mobi, etc.
I will draw the winners on Sunday November 25th

Friday, November 16, 2012


Congratulations to the following readers who
left  comments during my salute to the
Men & Women of the Military Blog Hop
which ended yesterday.

Julie R has won an ecopy of

Both Ann Q and
Kim in Hawaii will
receive an ecopy of
my military romance,

Thanks to all who entered!

Nancy Lee

Friday, November 9, 2012

Men & Women of the Military BLOG HOP-Win Books!

I am an Army Mom. I have been since 2002, when my youngest son joined the army on their delayed entry program. He was 17, just ready to start his senior year at high school. It was 2 weeks after his 18th birthday when he left on a bus for Basic Combat Training.

Fast forward to many years after he had served in Germany and Iraq. He is now safely home, living nearby, a Drill Sergeant in the army Reserves, and about to graduate college. I asked his help while writing a short story with a military theme for Whispers Publishing.

In UNWRAPPING CHRIS, Army widow Jayne Rockwell searches for a secure future for her and her two daughters. Staff Sergeant Christopher Hawkins regrets leaving young Jayne eight years ago to go off to war. 
A crash encounter a week before Christmas thrusts these two lonely people back into each other's lives once more. Jayne must learn to trust a man who disappeared with her heart. Chris must overcome the guilt of taking her innocence, and then leaving her heartbroken and alone.  

A Christmas wedding brings them closer when Jayne spies him as a groomsman in Highland dress, complete with kilt. He cannot keep his eyes off the woman in green velvet wearing a wedding ring. Accusations, explanations, and remorse leads to a love that erupts among candlelight, Christmas carols, and a dark room. Who needs mistletoe?
Fast Forward to last September when I released my latest book, MY BANISHED HIGHLANDER. Scottish warrioirs of the Highlands join forces to fight a sorceror bent on killing my hero's cousin, the laird of his clan. When his clan convicts Cameron Robeson of treason in 1598 Scotland, the last thing he thought his cousin the Laird would do was banish him to the future.
With a certain woman on his mind, he plans revenge while surrounded by the sights and sounds of the modern day New England Highland Games. His plans go awry when a comely redheaded lass wearing the Mackenzie plaid lands at his feet. 

Iona Mackenzie is worried about her friend, Haven, and searches for answers among the tents at the games. Whom can she trust to help? Her father? The handsome blacksmith? Or, the tall, golden-haired Highlander? Romance takes a back seat because saving her friend is her priority, no matter how great Cameron can kiss. 
When a magical amulet and an angry sorcerer send this unlikely couple back through time, more than one heart will be broken. Danger, intrigue, and threats surround them, and feelings between Iona and Cameron grow hot and steamy. They fight the sorcerer and search for Iona’s friend, the woman he vowed to steal from his cousin. Will the strong-willed Highlander and the present day witch stop fighting long enough to listen to their hearts?

War and warriors might have changed over the centuries, but here in the United States of America, we celebrate our veterans on November 11th. The Jeep Diva, host of the Blog Hop, will be donating $$$ to the Wounded Warriors Program.

leave a comment about what 
Veteran's Day means to you
and I will award
Winner #1 and Winner #2 will win a copy of
Winner #3 will win a copy of
*please remember to leave your email contact info. Thanks! Winners will be chosen Noveber 15th.
AND...for a chance to win LOTS OF OTHER PRIZES...
Hop on over to other participating blogs, below.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Interview with Author Kyle Newton

A funny thing happened when I recently attended the New Hampshire Highland Games  and Festival. I came face-to-face with a kilted young man whom I had talked with, briefly, one year ago. Many things have changed since our last encounter.

Kyle with  Loon Mountain in the background
Kyle Newton cut his long hair! More importantly, he published his first book Allegiance of a Soldier, and is well on his way to more books. (the second book in The Betrayer Series should be out by now). Compared to me, Kyle is youngun and seems to know my sons who were also at the games. You see, my family gets together in the fall to volunteer under the Information tent, so we meet lots of great people dressed in every color imaginable.

Kyle is a member of the Forbes Clan. Every Scottish Clan has their own 'tartan plaid' and it is such a pleasure to photograph men in their ancient garb. Kyle looks the part and I pulled him aside to get to know the real Kyle.

"I love to tell stories," he told me as we lounged in the shade and watched the thousands of visitors to the games. He also admitted he nearly failed his creative writing course in high school because he was writing his book!

Like me, Kyle was inspired by an author. He met Mary Carroll Moore at a writer's conference, and off he went! Since high school, Kyle has worked in retail to pay the rent, but his passion is writing stories.

The author at the New Hampshire Highland Games with his book
Lies of the King is the second book in his trilogy, and he found out quickly that promotion takes time away from writing. I gave him some ideas and I hope this will help increase sales, since the dream of all writers is to WRITE FULL TIME.

Book Blurb of Allegiance of a Soldier

A dying country rises from the ashes of war. Aran, one of Rairal's elite, and a war hero amongst his brothers-in-arms, views himself as a disgrace. A dark secret lingers within him, crippling his daily life. Hoping to find peace in nature, he is arrested by the King's men, and is promised death in prison. With friends few and far between, it becomes time to face difficult questions: Is it better to fight or hide? Is killing for King and country still considered murder? What if facing the past that haunts you is the only way to save your country's future?
Ebooks of Allegiance of a Soldier are available at:  
Amazon      Smashwords    KOBO

Print versions are available at:  LuLu


Website    Facebook    Twitter

WIN an Ebook of Allegiance of a Soldier! I will personally send a Gift Certificate to either Amazon, KOBO, or Smashwords to one person who leaves a comment! MY GIFT TO YOU!

Winner will be chosen Nov. 5th

Nancy, an author paying-it-forward