Sunday, June 28, 2015

1st Page: My Hunted Highlander by Nancy Lee Badger



1603 Scotland
The North Sea

Niall Sinclair blinked, trying to open his eyes, but pain shot across his left brow and cheek. His vision was nothing more than a wavering fog, with pinpricks of bright light sending stabbing twinges shooting through his skull.
Disoriented, he struggled to clear his head and regain his sight. However, when he attempted to raise his right hand to feel the aching left side of his face, his arm would not obey his command. His hands were bound behind him. When he shook his head to clear the cobwebs, a searing pain tore through his temples. He stopped. In all his thirty years, even when the tip of a broadsword wounded him during battle and left its mark across his chest, he had never endured such pain.
A sudden wave of nausea had him swallowing bile. Pain erupted once more from his wrists to his neck. While he contemplated whether he had broken bones or dislocated a shoulder, a movement to his right made him as rigid as a Scottish standing stone. Until he knew if the movement was either friend or foe, his best option was to appear docile and unconscious.
“He be awake. Better fetch the capt’n.”
Too late.
The voice rumbled low and craggy, like an old hound coughing up a bone. Its owner came no closer. Niall threw his head back in an unwise attempt to see the owner, and slammed against something hard and unyielding. They had bound his hands around whatever stood behind him. From its circular shape, his first thought was a tree. However, the wood was smooth against his naked back and buttocks, and the gentle rolling of the hard surface beneath his feet suggested the mast of a ship. The stranger’s use of the word captain added to his conclusion, yet how could he have ended up on a ship?
Several other voices, along with the heavy stomping of boots, drew closer. A breath of cool air swept his damp hair across his face, and he could see little of his surroundings. When the same breeze made certain body parts shrink, he realized he was soaking wet, and naked.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Diana Cosby

Diana Cosby stopped by to answer a few intimate questions and to share her latest book. An Oath Broken is a Scottish medieval romantic suspense and will be released on June 22ndPlease tell my readers a little bit about your book.  

Diana- An Oath Broken is the 2nd book in The Oath Trilogy and is set on the border of England and Scotland. Wolfhaven Castle is damaged after a series of attacks. With peace falling upon the lands, Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, is determined to rebuild his home — but he’s penniless. A proud man, to raise coin, he pretends to be a knight and accepts the task of escorting the English noble, Lady Sarra, to her betrothed. Except, the simple journey turns dangerous as Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail, men with darker motives want to stop the wedding—even if they must kill the bride.

Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title?  

Diana- An Oath Broken is a medieval romantic suspense. I enjoy writing romances, but I love writing action and adventure as well. So, I combined the two to create fast-paced stories that I hope my readers enjoy.

Nancy- Are you a plotter or a pantzer (Write by the seat of your pants)?

Diana- I’m a major plotter, and I’m fascinated by the challenge of weaving together the hero and heroine’s journey with plot, historical facts, and suspense.

Nancy- What is your writing routine like?

Diana- I work on some aspect of writing seven days a week. Monday through Friday, after my morning posts and e-mails are finished, I write. When I’m working on a rough draft, my goal is five new pages a day. On weekends, I take care of the business side of writing.

Nancy- What is one fact that you find amazing when you’re writing new pages?

Diana- I think the most incredible thing to me when I’m writing new pages is how out of the blue the character takes over. It’s amazing! I remember writing a scene in His Seduction where Griffin-the hero and the villain, who were at odds with each other from the start of the book, were travelling on horseback with the heroine. Griffin gets fed up with the villain, tells him to dismount because they’re having it out right there. What’s funny about this scene is that this wasn’t supposed to happen. I tried to rewrite it three times as Griffin and the villain couldn’t fight yet. Except, Griffin was angry at the bad guy and refused to cooperate. So, I ate dinner and wrote out the scene out by hand to see what happened. And, the brawl ended up increasing the tension between them, which for the story worked out great!
Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract? 

Diana- For those of you struggling to sell your first book, my advice is to believe in yourself and dare to go after your dreams. Only YOU can tell your story!  Each book teaches you how to write better. And that day that you sell and your editor asks, “What else do you have?” If you’ve written several books prior, you have a backlist to choose from. 

Please Share four fun facts about you that most people don’t know.

1)  For my final tour in the Navy, I re-enlisted on the back of a camel in Tangier, Morocco,
2)  When I lived in Alaska, I volunteered at a riding stable.
3)  In Hawaii, I participated on an outrigger team.
4)  I’m an amateur photographer, and I post photos on my Facebook author page

Goal – raise $55,000.  Total as of 1 June 2015:  $6,160!

Note: All donations, Paypal or via mail, go directly to the Grayson County, TX. Habitat For Humanity.  

What’s next for you?

My next book will be An Oath Sworn, book #3 in The Oath Trilogy, which will be released on the 23rd of December.

Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, takes no pleasure in escorting a feisty English lass to her betrothed. But he needs the coin to rebuild his castle, and his tenants need to eat. Yet the trip will not be the simple matter he imagined. For
Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail. Men with darker motives want to stop the wedding—even if they must kill the bride in the process.

Excerpt Link for An Oath Broken   

How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to An Oath Broken’s page at:

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages.  Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,”, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.

After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.   With the release of her 1st book in her new Scottish medieval The Oath Trilogy, An Oath Taken, which hit bestseller lists in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as the release of the e Box Set of the MacGruder Brothers series, she’s now preparing for the release of  the last two books in The Oath trilogy, An Oath Broken – 22 June, and, An Oath Sworn – 23 December, 2015!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015


My Hunted Highlander
Book #3 and the final book in my 
Scottish time travel romance, is out!

Currently available in ebook form at

Coming soon in print

Friday, June 12, 2015


The third and final installment in my 
Kilted Athletes Through Time 
will be released later this month

Pirates, the long bow, and a quiver? You'll have to read the book to find out why I included them on my cover... *

Book Blurb

Plucked naked from the North Sea, bruised and nearly drowned, Niall Sinclair wakes bound to the mast of the pirate ship, The Black Thistle. Hiding his identity, and brutalized by the first mate and other seamen, their captain comes to his aid. Her identity, and gender, are a surprise, and his physical reaction to her makes him nearly forget his need to escape, and return to his clan.

When kidnapped from her shipbuilding business in modern day Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the last place Blair MacIan figured to end up, was at the helm of a pirate ship in 1603 Scotland. With her abusive husband dead, and the ship, the crew, and their people under her care, the last thing she needed was to fish a naked man from the sea. His ravaged face and ragged sandy hair could not detract from his magnificence, and she sensed in him, a means for her own escape.

Nancy Lee Badger
*author & cover artist

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Theda Hudson

Theda Hudson stopped by to share a few intimate details of her life as well as her book, Dirty Little Dare. This *Spicy Romance* was released April 24, 2015. Please tell my readers a little bit about this book.

Theda- This book is the second of three novellas about a rule-bound woman and the sensual man sees her potential and wants to create the perfect lover by releasing her from her rules. In the first book he shows her how she can set aside the rules and enjoy her sexuality by putting on a mask. In the second book she has discovered that she does have interests she would like to explore from behind that mask and gets more than she bargained for. In the third book, the mask has taken over the relationship and everything is at risk unless they can find a way to step out into the light of their love and explore their desires openly.

Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?  

Theda- It is spicy romance, soft erotica, very sensual.
Nancy- Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Theda- My favorite rejection was for a story I submitted for an anthology.  She kept it for a long time.  When she sent the email, she said, "I held it out to the very end.  Then I bought the other one."  I didn't understand what it meant until I went to a workshop where the editor mentioned that the longer they hold it, the more they want it and sometimes it is a heart breaking decision between two stories.  I am sorry I didn't get in, but I am happy my work caused her so much angst.
Nancy- Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?

Theda- I belong to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. This organization has helped me grow as a writer through mentoring, relationships, and workshops. I highly recommend their conference, Colorado Gold, held in September,  for any level writer.

Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
Theda- Know what you are looking at. If you don't understand what you are reading, get help.  Really.  It is the difference between success and sometimes a horrible financial quagmire.

Nancy- Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know. 

1)  I love to camp in our cute 1955 renovated trailer, but getting there terrifies me with all the crazy people on the road. 
2) I love to make recycled/repurposed art and I save everything so I can create art.
3)  I would love to nap the way my boyfriend does.  Just sit down and close your eyes, snuggled under a soft blanket and doze off.  But it doesn't work that way for me.

Nancy- What’s next for you?

Theda- I have two novels that are the beginning of series.  One is Paranormal Hetero Erotica, the other is Urban Paranormal Lesbian Erotica.  Gotta get moving on the next books!

BOOK BLURB  of Dirty Little Dare
A beautiful mask
A coil of rope
A daring man
A woman intent on exploring her desires, one twist, one knot, one braid of the rope, all the way to ecstasy.

Tasha's boyfriend proved to her that his "Love to Make You Come as Many Ways as I Can" book makes more sense and more pleasure for both of them than her book of rules.

And as long as she wears the mask he's given her, she finds that his way has definite delights she's willing to explore.

By the time Halloween rolls around, she's made some deliciously naughty discoveries of her own, including Japanese Bondage. She takes him to the local sex club's kinky Halloween party with a plan for a bondage scene.

Excerpt of Dirty Little Dare

     My life is comfortable and very pleasant. Everything is just the way I like it. A great job as a project manager that allows me complete control and makes me good money, a nice house that I spend a lot of time decorating and organizing just so, a boyfriend who is handsome, successful, and reasonably interesting. And he’s lasted for more than six months, which is some kind of record for me.
     Except that Luiz Silva isn’t what I thought he was. I mean, he’s still handsome. Not like a model, and not so self-conscious about it. No, he’s Latin, with nutmeg-brown skin and flashing dark eyes that sparkle with humor. He isn’t touchie-feelie either, which I like, because I hate public displays of affection. They’re just crass and embarrassing, with everyone making assumptions about you.
     He’s successful, savvy about money. He’s given me several investment tips that proved to be quite lucrative.
     But he is far more interesting than I ever thought. And determined to break all my rules.
     Oh, I know I have a lot of them. Rules are what protect me from mistakes; they give me security, and provide boundaries and order in my life.
     I also know that a lot of guys won’t play by my rules. I’ve gotten fairly good at figuring out who will work out and who won’t. It makes for a lonely life, but I have my work and my house. And my rules remain intact. I am calm and steady, which is comfortable.
     When I met Luiz at a client appreciation cocktail party, he was polite, very well-educated, driven at his work as a junior portfolio manager for a private equity firm. Even though he was a little disappointed that my rules followed me into bed, he seemed to accept it after he discovered he couldn’t budge me. Missionary was good enough for me and, with the lights out, I didn’t have to worry about all the squishy details.
     Wine tasting was about as cultured as he got, but if you wanted to ride bikes or ski, he was your man. But theater and the symphony…he said I could just shoot him then and there to save him the torture.
     So, I knew how important it was when he bought the dress and the four–inch–high heels that now sit on the shelf above the dress, and offered to go to the symphony with me if I would wear them to go out with him. He wanted to slum, he said.
     I thought he meant, oh, I don’t know, going out to a sleazy bar and shooting pool. Except for the black satin dress. It was beautiful, pencil thin, with a mandarin collar and an ornate soutache across the chest, the hem falling just below my knees with a kick pleat at the back.
     I could have gone for an evening in a sleazy bar, I suppose. Luiz is sexy and tender in bed, always polite and willing to let me have my way. I had just about decided that he was nice—a little boring, but nice, which is the same as safe in my book.
     Then he said he wanted to offer a deal. If I’d wear the dress and go on an adventure with him, go along completely and wholeheartedly, he would go to the symphony and make a donation to the fundraiser.
     I hardly got to think that through when he said he loved me.
     The woman with all the rules.
     I just kept staring at him, in part because he was wearing those black jeans that somehow made his crotch bulge in a most attractive and embarrassingly stimulating way. Of course, now I realize he was aroused, thinking about what he had planned.
     Then he said I could duck out anytime, but he wouldn’t see me anymore if I did. I thought he was being a real jerk, but now I know he believed he couldn’t be the straight man for me any longer. And he couldn’t allow me to be a straightlaced woman anymore, even if it meant he had to learn now to be the man who could force me to confront rules and prove them wrong.
     In that moment, I realized I couldn’t see my life without him in it.
     So I plucked up my courage, and put on the dress and the shoes. He has a good eye. The dress fit me as if it had been made for me. The satin slipped over my body, and together it and the black hose whispered to each other every time I moved, sensually hinting at more than lazy eyes, soft caresses, and sly winks.

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Theda Hudson's deliciously wicked short fiction has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 and 2015, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 and 2012, Best Women's Erotica 2007, Sex in San Francisco, Pirate Booty, and Best S/M III.  Her novels include Dyke Valiant, an erotic lesbian urban paranormal, and The Pearl Witch and Lord of the Broken Tower, both hetero erotic science fiction. She lives in Colorado with four rescued cats, 1000 books, and an understanding partner.  She likes to use her writing to share things women don’t usually get to talk about. You can find more about her at

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