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.

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


SPARK is on sale 
for $.99 (US)
Find Buy Links HERE

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.

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.


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:

Friday, January 17, 2020

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Renée Filippucci-Kotz

I am happy to again host fellow Raleigh, North Carolina author Renée Filippucci-Kotz. Although I write romance and she writes children's fiction, we are both members of the Triangle Association of Freelancers. I am eager to share her new children's book that was recently released in print. Take it away, Renée!

Mystery at Camp Piney Woods is the third book in the Amelia Jae series. AJ is going to camp for the first time. While she is packing, her cousin calls to tell AJ there are strange noises and lights in the woods around the camp. Her cousin doesn’t say what is scaring the campers, but suggests there may be a ghost in the woods.

Excerpt from Mystery at Camp Piney Woods
   “Amelia Jae,” her mother called up the stairs. “Telephone for you.”
   “I’ll get it in your room,” she called back as she walked to her parent’s bedroom.
   “AJ, this is Courtney. Are you ready for camp?”
   “Yes, I’m all packed.”
   “I called to say have a good time and don’t let the weird stuff up there bother you,” Courtney laughed.
   “What weird stuff? What do you mean?”
   “Didn’t you hear?”
   “No, I didn’t.” asked AJ.
   “Well, there are some strange goings-on in the woods. Some people think there’s a ghost in the woods. Maybe there’s a ghost or maybe there’s something worse in there,” said Courtney.
   “Well, I don’t believe in ghosts. You can’t scare me. I’m not afraid. It may be an animal or something else in there. There’s no such thing as ghosts.”
   “Okay, but a friend of mine was there last year and he said a lot of the campers were scared. He said some of the campers said there were strange noises and lights in the woods. Just thought you should know. Well, I have to go. Have fun. Bye!”
   AJ stomped back to her bedroom gritting her teeth. Her hands were balled into fists. “Ohhh, Courtney makes me so mad,” AJ muttered to herself.  “She’s always trying to scare me. She thinks I’m a baby because she’s two years older. I’m no baby. One of these days I’m going to get her back really good.”
   AJ stomped her foot again in frustration, but before she could think of a way to get back at Courtney, her mom walked into her bedroom.
   “What’s all the noise up here?  I could hear you all the way in the kitchen. What’s wrong?”
   “Courtney said there’s supposed to be something scary in the wood. She said there may be a ghost in the woods around the camp. I don’t know why she tries to scare me. I know there’s no such thing as ghosts. I’m not a fraidy-cat.”
   “I know you’re not afraid. Do you want me to call Aunt Dorothy about her?”
   “No,” AJ sighed.
   “Honey, we heard about the rumors. You know Dad and I wouldn’t let you go to camp if there was any danger,” she said as she brushed a lock of AJ’s red hair behind her ear. Sometimes your cousin, Courtney, doesn’t know when to stop her teasing.”
    AJ just shook her head.
   “I know,” AJ said. “I know there’s no ghost. Maybe I’ll find out what’s really out there.”
   “Now Amelia Jae, I know you.  Once you get an idea into your head you don’t let it go. You listen to me. I don’t want you to wander off by yourself and get into trouble.”
   “Okay,” said AJ. However, her thoughts were already on the camp and what she would find out. 
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Renée Filippucci-Kotz was born in New York and grew up in Kentucky. Renée developed a passion for books and animals as a child. Going to the library with her parents and brother was a favorite pastime. She has always loved to read. Growing up Renée had a vivid imagination.  She loved to make up stories. She would tell stories to the children for whom she babysat and the children at day camp where she was a counselor.

She became interested in writing for children while working with foster children. Her first children’s chapter book, AJ’s Wish, was published in 2016. Her second chapter book in the AJ series, Pepper's Misadventure, published in 2017, received honorable mention in the Carteret Writers Contest. In addition, she has published her first picture book, Booker and the Stinky Smell in 2017, and her second picture book Smokey and Clover the Runaway Goat in 2018.

Renée recently completed the manuscript for her third picture book, Cody to the Rescue. To be published later this year.  She is currently working on a middle grade novel, tentatively titled Mark of the DragonWhen not writing, Renée enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, volunteering at her local animal shelter and spending time with her husband and pets. Ms. Filippucci-Kotz lives in North Carolina. connect with her here:


p.s. If any of my readers have kids under 9, please 'LIKE' Renée's Facebook page!
Nancy Lee Badger

Friday, January 10, 2020

Nancy Lee Badger Announces the WINNER!

Another year, another winner, because I lOVE to give things away! These giveaways are my way of promoting my romance novels and are always announced in my newsletters.

The latest winner, Linda R., lives in Staten Island, New York which is, ironically, just a hop, skip and a jump from where I grew up in Huntington! She has been receiving my newsletters since 2014.

I sent her the $20 Gift Card from Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina. They ship anywhere, so she can choose her own prize.

Peeking inside Quail Ridge Books!

Of course, I hope she picks one of my books. Quail Ridge Books is an independent book store filled with print books for all ages, puzzles, mugs, awesome bookmarks, and tons or other gift ideas. They stock print copies of my books Heaven-sent Warrior and Heaven-sent Highlander with many other of my titles available special order. I hope to see my next book, Heaven-sent Flame, for sale on their shelves soon.

Nancy Lee Badger
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