Saturday, November 17, 2012

{Author Interview & #Giveaway} Blood Debt by Nancy Straight

Title: Blood Debt
Series: Touched #1
Author: Nancy Straight

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Her whole life, it had just been the two of them. Before her mother’s last breath, she gave Camille the information she had craved her entire life: the identity of her father. Daring to contact him, Camille was welcomed by an entire family she never knew existed. But nothing comes without a price, as she discovers when her family claims a legendary heritage tracing back to a Centaur touched by Zeus.

As she learns the secrets of her Centaur bloodline, she is drawn into a forbidden love with Drake. Her family acknowledges her life may be the blood debt required to pay for her mother’s transgressions. The same person who once held her mother captive, and forced her into decades of hiding, now controls Camille. Her only chance is to seek a piece of her mother’s past that will win her freedom and the life she desperately desires.


Author Interview

Nov 17
Author Interview Questions – Better Read Than Dead Blog
Thanks for letting me stop by for a chat today, Kristin!! 

Kristin:  Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live?
Nancy:  I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 8 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken (not opposed to meat - just opposed to any meat that was alive a few hours before lunch). I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS. I have a stray cat that I feed every night and morning but she’s never let me get closer than within 3 feet of her – I keep thinking eventually I’ll wear her down and she’ll let me pet her. I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore. I live in rural South Carolina.

Kristin:  What is the name of the book you are currently promoting and would you like to tell us a little about it?
Nancy: Blood Debt is the first book in my Touched Series.  The genre is Mythological Romance and focuses on Centaurs.  I know what you’re thinking:  Centaurs, really? 
I promise, they aren’t the half person, half horse creatures you’re thinking about!!  LOL!  It’s a modern take on a mythological race.     

Kristin:  Tell us a little about your main character(s).
Nancy:  The main character is Camille.  She’s a strong heroine that I think most of us can relate to.  Camille could easily be your sister, cousin or friend and if she weren’t a fictional character I’m sure she’d be one of my BFF(s).

The story starts out shortly after Camille lost her mother to cancer; she believed she was all alone in the world.  Just before her mother died, she revealed to Camille who her father was.  Camille finds her father and is introduced to an entire world she never knew existed.

Kristin:  Do you feel like you put parts of yourself in your characters?
Nancy:  I try to make the characters as believable as possible and I do my best to give every character a unique personality.  Lots of my pet phrases make it into the character’s dialog and although I’d like to be more like Camille, she’s waaaay tougher than I am. 

Kristin:  Will there be a sequel or do you have another project in the works?
Nancy:  Yes!  Book 2 in the Touched Series is titled Centaur Legacy and releases this weekend!!  I’m working on Book 3 in this series and plan for it to be out before summer 2013.

Kristin:  Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Nancy:  Most of my friends are strong, independent women so I have a tendency to write very strong heroines.  My house is filled with three dogs and two sons so there is never an absence of humor in my life.  I have a husband who I adore so writing about characters who love each other in a meaningful way isn’t much of a stretch either.  The short answer is I draw the inspiration for my writing from my life.

Kristin:  If you couldn’t be an author, but anything else…what would you be?
Nancy:  Hmmm, maybe a professional blogger?  That’s not to say I am very good at blogging but I read ALL THE TIME and when I find a book I love, I always send a note to all my friends telling them to get it right away.  Bloggers are the unsung heroes in the indie world.

Book bloggers are willing to take a chance on an unknown author, devoting hours of their lives reading and reviewing, then broadcasting their opinion to the world.  Thank you to you and others like you isn’t adequate; sometimes I wish there were better English words, something like:

Kristin:  Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
Nancy:  Do it!  Don’t let anyone convince you that can’t be a writer.  Write what you would love to read.          

Fun Stuff

Kristin:  The apocalypse is coming…what do you do?
Nancy:   Horde Mountain Dew, Diesel fuel and snickers bars.  I’m sure I’d score REALLY low on any kind of readiness scale, but if the end of the world is coming I want to be on a sugar high watching my favorite movies on DVD.

Kristin:  What 5 things are within your reach right now? No cheating.
Nancy:   Sunglasses, popcorn container, Centaur Legacy, Mountain Dew and my Jack Russell Terrier, “Flash.”

Kristin:  Favorite Food?
Nancy: Five Guys Burgers!!

Kristin: Favorite Movie?
Nancy:  The Avengers!!!

Kristin:  Favorite TV show?
Nancy:  Big Bang Theory and Revolution is a close second.

Kristin: Favorite Song?
Nancy:  Naked by Dev and Enrique Iglesias

Kristin:  Favorite singer or band?
Nancy:  Taylor Swift

Kristin:  One food you would never try?
Nancy:  Anything with insects!!

Kristin: Health nut or junk food junkie?
Nancy:  Junk food junkie!!

Kristin: The most exotic food you have ever eaten?
Nancy:  A marlin that a friend and I caught off the cost of Oahu, Hawaii.

Kristin:  Day on the beach or snow skiing down a mountain?
Nancy:  Well, since I have no balance or coordination, I have no business on a mountain snow skiing or as my son would say, “watching mom roll down.”  I love a day at the beach because it doesn’t require balance or coordination!

Kristin: Two books you think everyone should read. (Yes, you can and should include yours.)
Nancy:  Amy Bartol’s Inescapeable and Shelly Crane’s Significance.  These are two of the nicest ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and both are very talented writers! 

Kristin:  Places my readers can stalk you?


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Thank you so much for taking this time to let us get to know you. We have enjoyed having you today. I hope you have enjoyed yourself and will stop by to see us again soon.

Kristin, this has been a blast!  I’ve been stalking you for a while now so it’s a real pleasure to have been here for a chat!

Thank you so much, Nancy for stopping by and providing us with such wonderful answers. Blood Debt is an intriguing and captivating book! Look for the review later tonight!!! So many yummy, yummy men. I don't know how Nancy kept up with them all!

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  1. Kristin, you are a GEM!! Thanks again for signing up for the Blood Debt tour!!

  2. I entered in the contest!! Woohoo!! This was such a great interview! I loved it and I can't wait for Blood Debt!

    1. You entered? You already read Blood Debt, I know because I LOVED your review afterwards!!

      Kristin, if Paulina wins she can have her choice of any of my e-books. LOL!

  3. This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Hi Jen, Thanks for checking it out! Blood Debt is on tour for the next ten days with a chance to win at most stops! :D

  4. This book sounds interesting, I am new to your work, thanks for the chance to win some of it :)

    1. Hi Christy! It's GREAT to meet you! Good luck!

  5. I don't know that I do have a favorite mythical creature. That's just sad!!

    I would love to read BLOOD DEBT thank you.

  6. My favorite mythical creatures are witches and vampires!

  7. Mermaids and vampires are fun to read about.



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