Monday, April 16, 2012

{Blog Tour and Giveaway} Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

Welcome to the Meeting Destiny Blog Tour and Giveaway. Did you see the banner? How awesome is that? Nancy Straight, the author, has been kind enough to write a guest post about destiny...I really like her insight; I hope you do to!

*******Nancy's Thoughts on Fate and Destiny*******

I believe people are in our lives for a reason, whether they are friends, family, spouses or acquaintances.  I am very fortunate to have known people all over the world, each person I’ve met has had an impact on me, even if I didn’t understand the impact at the time.

My aunt Linda was always that really cool Aunt that I only saw a couple times a year growing up.  Other than Christmas and family events we almost never spoke.  When I wrote Meeting Destiny I sent her a copy as a Christmas present.  She had been an English teacher and creative writing instructor her whole life and I thought she might get a kick out of it.  After receiving the book, she volunteered to become my editor.  She is the reason that readers aren’t subjected to my poor grammar!  This wasn’t anything that I had planned, but destiny was on my side.

My husband and I grew up in the mid-west, several hundred miles away from each other.  We met in 1991 after we had both joined the Marine Corps.  Although our first meeting in Virginia Beach, VA wasn’t that remarkable, we knew each other.  In 1993 we were both in Waikiki, HI, we didn’t meet each other but years later we realized that we were both there the same time.  In 1994 we again met in El Toro, CA – again, no crazy love-at-first-sight but we re-introduced ourselves to each other.  In 1995 we were stationed together at Camp Pendleton, CA.  None of these encounters yielded anything more than just a friendly familiarity, but in 1996 we decided to go on our first date.  We have been together ever since.  Destiny is sometimes a series of strange coincidences that are meaningless at the time but all strung together are something one can’t discount.

My advice to anyone is look closely at your relationships.  I bet you’ll find people that have made an extraordinary impact on you and you may have not even realized.  Or maybe that friend that you’ve lost touch with reappeared years later – there is a reason for that reappearance.

************************************************ review on Meeting Destiny

Title: Meeting Destiny
Series: Destiny #1
Author: Nancy Straight



Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense.A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.

I love books revolving around fate and destiny, so when I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for a book called Meeting Destiny, how could I refuse? After actually reading the book, I know I couldn't have made a better decision...I was destined to read Ms. Straight's to speak.

Lauren is a young lady who works in a diner and is month's away from graduating college. She's comfortable in her present life with a boyfriend she's known all her life and a great best friend. Who knew everything would change for her in the span of a single shift at the diner? Honestly... Lauren has suspicions that she is meant for something bigger. She'd been having dreams about her destiny for several years. It wasn't until a frightening incident during a shift at the diner, that she realized her life was tied to a green-eyed paramedic.

Now...many people will say there is an "insta-love" in Meeting Destiny and there is. But...what would you expect from a book about destiny? At first, I thought Lauren might have seemed a little pushy but truly, she was the one who understood her mission, and she had to make Max understand his. She accepted what needed to be done and refused to deviate from her path. Convincing Max to believe and trust in her is only part of the many tasks she must accomplish.

Several things about this novel stood out to me in ways others don't. First...Ms. Straight added action into the romance. Lauren, though some might find it annoying, was unwaveringly true to her path and herself. I don't want to lead you to believe that everything comes easy to Lauren, because that would be far, far from the truth. Lauren visibly struggles in her relationship with both Max and Seth. She finds her "sixth sense" difficult to explain to others, even those closest to het. But...throughout it all she remained strong and relentless.

I read Meeting Destiny in one sitting, taking only a couple of hours. It's a quick read that sucks you in from the first page and keeps you engaged until the very last sentence. And, well...there's a cliffhanger that will make you run on over to your bookstore of choice and download Destiny's Revenge and Destiny's Wrath, just like I did.

Did I mention the giveaway? This one's really cool. Every stop on the tour is giving away a SIGNED copy of Meeting Destiny. Wow!...Right? US Only...Ends April 30th.

How do you enter? 

Well, I personally believe I was put on this Earth for some reason. I don't have a guess what that reason is and realize I won't until I am meant to. I also like to believe there is a person out there that is the other half to my whole. 

What do you think about destiny and fate? Tell me in the comments and include your email address.


  1. From the synopsis, I am really interested in the book! I love the whole concept of someone meeting destiny and intertwining it with mystery and murder! Can't wait till it comes out!


  2. As of 1240 CDT...Meeting Destiny is free on both Barnes and Nobles and Amazon! Check it out if you can! I promise you won't be disappointed.

  3. I think there's a combination between our actions which we control ourselves and fate. And sometimes fate takes over, overriding our actions and pushing us towards something. Now, what we do with that something is up to us. It's like fate leads us and then it's in our hands to make things great.

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  4. I don't believe in destiny or fate. I think we make our own futures.

  5. Christina...I feel the same way. I definitely think free will plays a large role in everything but that eventually fate steps in.

  6. Some people don't, and I think that's perfectly fine. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. From past experience, I believe that destiny and fate play a big part of our lives.
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  8. Destiny is what you make of it. Fate is what's meant to happen. :) It's kind of contradictory isn't it?
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  9. Wow Destiny and Fate i believe in them both and i agree destiny is what u make of it and fate is something that is ment to happen.

  10. i feel like destiny and fate both exist, but it would be a lot easier if what they are was made more clear : )

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  12. I believe in fate and destiny. I think that everything happens for a reason, like a domino effect. If one thing doesn't happen, everything falls apart. I think that we are destined for something or that it is fate that something happens, but at the same time we can cheat both. Like for example, I think that everyone has someone that they are fated or destined to, but he or she doesn't always find them, because we are humans and we miss our chances sometimes.

  13. I believe in both fate and destine. They are 2 things that i believe everyone has but not everyone knows. I think some people never find out what there fate or destiny was. I haven't found mine yet but i hope to soon.

  14. I definitely believe in fate and destiny. I don't think we're meant to be here as completely self-centered people, and that thigs happen for a reason. I think I've accomplished certain things I was destined for but there is a lot more to come, so I need to keep my eyes open.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I believe in fate and destiny. There are some things that are bound to happen, though the path to get there is one chosen by the individual.

  16. I agree with you about being put here for a reason. I believe everyone has an intended destiny or fate, but I also believe in free will. Whether we fulfill the goal/task we were put here to fulfill, depends entirely on the individual.

  17. This is actually something I've wondered about a great deal [see. Great minds think alike lol] --- as cheesy as it may sound, I truly believe each and every living thing plays a vital part in some divine tapestry that is sometimes too vast for us to grasp. While I don't believe that Fate, per se, is rigid & inflexible, I do also believe that we are fated to meet certain people, or be in certain situations. What we do with these situations and people are up to us :)
    Hope all that rambling made sense!

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway. Glad I found your blog and now I'm signed up to stalk .... *ahem* I mean FOLLOW in GFC.

    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.
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  18. I think some people are destined for great things. Fate happens to a lot of people.


  19. I'm not sure I believe in fate or destiny.

  20. I semi-believe in both, destiny and fate. Fate could - most of the time, is - just coincidence or luck. Destiny, on the other hand, is more of a life-time thing, and it's what you make of it.

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  21. I do believe in destiny and fate. You need to follow your instincts and hope for the best!



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