Hello fantastic people…. I have some awesomeness to share today. A while back, Nancy Straight had a contest where she let her fans decide the title of her book coming out about Centaurs…. And she very nicely e-mailed me right after and said she’d love to send me a copy for a review. I then got all excited and said OF COURSE!!! I mean come on, who would say no to her 🙂 And then i e-mailed her AND BEGGED for her to do a spotlight post with some interviews and maaaaybe a little giveaway, and the of course, being as sweet as she is, told me sure! 🙂 Well today is the big day when I FINALLY GET TO TALK ABOUT THIS RIDICULOUSLY FABULOUS BOOK!!!! 🙂 wait til you see my review… BUT first, lemme tell you about the book… 🙂
from goodreads: 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 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 wants.
And now I would like to introduce you to the author… she so graciously agreed to let me interview her 🙂 Please welcome Ms. Nancy!!!
Maghon, Thank you so much for letting me stop by for a chat today!! I’ve been stalking your blog for a while and it’s a real honor to be here!
First, tell me a little about your book….
Blood Debt, contrary to the name, doesn’t have ANY vampires in it!! LOL! I ran a contest and let friends / fans pick the name for this book. It was quite an achievement as the only thing I gave them was a short synopsis (250 words) and Keren Spencer from the UK (@Gothic_Angel28) chose the title Blood Debt. The book is about Camille who loses her only living relative in the first few pages of the book – her mother. Her mother had withheld her father’s identity her whole life. Just before she died she told Camille who her father was, but doesn’t have enough time to warn her why she’s kept them apart.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
A lawyer made me do it! I used to work with a lawyer that I had a great deal of respect for, one day out of the blue he said, “Ms. Straight, you are one of the most compelling writers I’ve ever known.” That was one of the most unexpected and flattering compliments I had ever received. That compliment stuck with me for months, until one night, I started typing.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
Meeting Destiny was the first book I wrote, I’m not sure if I was wholly inspired. It was more along the lines of, “Hmmm, I wonder if I could actually write a book?” Much the same way I’ve asked myself, “Hmmm, maybe I should get a new pair of shoes?” LOL! A year later, when it was finished, I let a friend read it, and she convinced me to publish it.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Both the Destiny Series and the Touched Series were stories in my head screaming to get out. I’m sure many of the personalities that developed were based on experiences I’ve had with others and impressions their personalities left on me, but my life hasn’t been nearly as full of adrenaline as the characters in my books. (Thank goodness!!)
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Blood Debt – Camille’s mother died on the second page, everyone else lived. Her mother had to die or Camille never would have discovered she was a Centaur. It was necessary for the story.
Meeting Destiny, a secondary character died! Destiny’s Revenge – Grandpa Joe died and it nearly broke my heart. (I loved that character). Much of Destiny’s Wrath was written from the demon’s perspective, I had to kill nine people in the first few chapters – that was horrific! I’ll never write a mass murder again. The main character’s death from a previous lifetime was also in Destiny’s Wrath and that was one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I’ve ever written.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Airicka Phoenix is absolutely amazing. I met her on twitter and she recently published her first book, it is exceptional and I’d love for everyone that reads this to go check out her book: Touching Smoke. Airicka’s going to be an Indie Rock Star in no time!
Who do you look up to as a writer?
This list grows every time I read another book! Anyone that knows me at all, knows that I idolize Shelly Crane. We published our books within a few months of each other. I noticed people that bought my books had also purchased hers. So I purchased Shelly’s Significance, I was totally hooked. I love the story, the characters, the pace – the book was an instant favorite. I’d never heard of Shelly so I googled her. I found her website, her facebook page, and several blogs where she had done guest posts. I reached out to her, asking for advice. I was hoping for (not expecting) maybe a sentence or two on how to promote my books, and what was working for her. Shelly wrote me a short novel’s worth of advice. I was so blown away I cannot tell you how many times I read her note. The months that followed, I continued to ask for her opinion and each time she responded and was a real gem. She is a World-Class, Genuinely-Sweet, Independent Author. I hope every one of you that reads this buys all of her books and falls in love with them the way I have.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I wouldn’t change anything in Blood Debt – I’m sure it could be better, but I love it the way it is.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
MARKETING!! My goodness I could write about clipping toenails if I had to. But marketing my books is a challenge. I have finally gotten over my fear of twitter and I’m getting better at Facebook. Luckily, I have met some amazing people along the way (like you Maghon!), who have gone out of their way to help me find readers.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
Airicka Phoenix’s Touching Smoke is what I’m reading now. Books I will be reading in the next few weeks are: M. Leighton’s The Wild Ones, Shannon Dermott’s No Mercy. I’m going to the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day Weekend, I expect to meet tons of great authors there, and have a much larger TBR when I get back!
ummm, just FYI- I totally stalk Shannon Dermott- MERCY AND HER DUDES ARE AWESOME!!!! Lol Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
Dreamscape Covers has designed them for all my books. I told Joy what I was looking for and she exceeded my expectations on every one! As far as helping, I chose the model we used for each and told her what I had in mind.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Charlotte Abel’s Channie Series, Amy Bartol’s Premonition Series, Rachel Higginson’s Starcrossed Series, Shelly Crane’s Significance Series and Abbi Glines’ Existence Series – ALL ARE HUGE FAVORITES
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Shortly after I published my first book, Meeting Destiny, I joined goodreads. I think I had sold maybe twenty-five books. I was still very new to the site and I was surprised when a friend request came in from Charles Young. This was followed by a message saying he had read Meeting Destiny and loved it. Charles was my very first fan and I still message him regularly. If any of you have ever sent a message like the one I received from Charles to a “Rookie” author, I can guarantee you will never comprehend the lifelong impact your simple act of kindness has made (or will make) in that author’s life! When a story moves you, let the author know. Since that day, I’ve met many readers that have gone out of their way to brighten my day – every single message has been an inspiration. Charles, if you’re reading this blog post, thank you, again.
As for the bloggers of this world, OHMYSWEETGOODNESS I LOVE YOU GUYS!! I have never met a group of people so willing to selflessly give up hours every day, taking a chance on someone they’ve never heard of to devote hours of reading, then evaluate their work and promote on facebook, twitter and blogs. I will never be able to repay the kindness I have been shown by you and others just like you Maghon, but know that a day doesn’t go by that I don’t know how lucky I am.
I just wanna say thank you again for letting me read Blood debt and it was fantastic!!!
I’m thrilled that you loved it and excited that you invited me over for a chat today! Thanks so much! If anyone would like to connect with me, I’m at:
Don’t you just LOVE her 🙂 I just love her 🙂 LOL I think she is fantastic and lemme tell you that she is a FANTASTIC writer!! After reading this book, I HAD to have her others, so I went out and bought them, I just haven’t read them yet. And now, lemme give you my oh, so important, opinion 🙂
THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ-NOT JUST THIS YEAR, EVER!!! It’s a gut-wrenching, heart pounding, fairy tale building, fantastic love story! I can’t lie, it’s not sappy. It’s got several hard concepts and terrible moments in this book. I am pretty sure Camille had me in tears in half the book. This poor kid has a tragedy after tragedy, and finally gets a break, and then WHAM, another tragedy. This is Camille’s story.
It starts off with a girl who is so depressed as her world revolved around her mother, who dies. She then gets one of those death bed confessions about her father, and it literally turns her world upside down. She gets the courage to find him, and his family is wonderful-but nuts, as supernatural beings usually are. 🙂 I think I have a secret crush on one of her new brothers 🙂 LOL and the story really takes some turns when she meets her new BFF Bianca. 🙂 AND Bianca’s fiance’, Drake… *swoon right now!!* And then she finds out her mother has a Blood Debt to repay… NO SPOILERS, sorry you gotta read to find out all about this…
The writing is beyond wonderful. I literally inhaled this story, and then cursed myself as the book ended and I was left in a drooling pile of mush, as I needed so much more-RIGHT NOW!!! 🙂 *hint, hint* Things are effortlessly put together, and I swear, as long as Ms. Nancy writes this story down, published or not, she can send me copies of torn paper with notes on them, just so I can have these characters FOREVER!!!
I don’t want to reveal anything that would ruin this impossibly creative journey for you, so I will now BULLY YOU, AND TELL YOU GO GET IT!!!! You are nuts if you find anything wrong with this story, and I can no longer be your friend. LOL I love everything about the men in her family-her dad and her brothers. They make me smile, and make me think that there are some good things left in the world. I am not sure if I really like her step mom yet, but right now, I am on yay-team-step-mom. I really like Bianca, and I REALLY LIKE HER BFF, from back home in California, BUT NO SPOILERS for that either. I have some assumptions going in my head that I cannot help but think some crazy things LOL also, if there is ever a guy who is fiction but comes to life- HE’S MINE!!! Do you hear me, MINE!!! He’s so going on my book boyfriend harem list-Nikki you’ve got another to keep track of 🙂
I can now only say THANK YOU MS NANCY!!!! Thank you for writing something that is fresh, new, unique, wonderful, beautiful, tragic, romantic, and completely satisfying to me!!! You are now on my hero author list for life, and to top it off, you are one of the sweetest, funnest, most generous people I have ever had the pleasure of internet-meeting hahahaha 🙂 My ratings only go up to 5 PAWS… But you can think of getting a 10 PAWS FROM ME!! yep it’s one of those great moments when I realized I would have lost something wonderful if I never read this book!!! 🙂
so do I have your attention now… well, goodie because I am about to introduce you to Mr. Drake, himself… WELCOME Mr. Hot Stuff hahahahahaha 🙂
Hello Drake, Thanks so much for being here. I really appreciate you stopping by for me to interrogate, I mean interview you. 😉 I now know why Camille is attracted to you *sighs* as you are a lovely sight to behold. LOL so anyways, let’s get started…
Maghon, let me just start by saying, you are absolutely enchanting, if I were not already committed to Camille, I’m afraid you’d need a restraining order to keep me away.
Lord, somebody catch me, before I fall over from swooning hahaha 🙂 Now, tell me a little something about yourself…
My name’s Drake Nash, I’m twenty-four years old, I work for my father’s construction business, and I was born a pure-blood Centaur.
Tell me how you feel about being a Centaur…
Hmm, a tough one. I’ve always been a Centaur. How do you feel about being a human?
I would actually love to be supernatural. 🙂 How did you feel when you first saw Camille, as I know a lot of thoughts were going through your head with your betrothed standing next to you?
Right, well, you cut to the chase don’t you? Could we go back to the last question? No? Okay, well, formerly betrothed. Bianca and Gage are happily together now. I suppose I should try to not get gushy on everyone, but it’s safe to say that not only did I forget how to breathe; the earth forgot how to rotate when I first saw Camille.
What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say Camille’s name to you?
When I first met her, my first thought was she was an apple; a very red, delicious, sweet, beautiful apple – the Forbidden Fruit. Now when I hear her name the only thing that comes to mind is: Mine.
How did you feel when Bianca and Camille were first becoming fast friends?
Are you kidding me? I was betrothed to Bianca and I wanted Camille, male Centaurs don’t get to choose who they marry. I had already been chosen by Bianca. The fact that the two were becoming friends was about as welcomed as having a brand new bed of nails delivered to replace my mattress – strange and uncomfortable.
When Bianca and Camille told you of their little conspiracy plot, what were you thinking and how did you think it would play out?
It was the equivalent of being thrilled to have vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day and then someone sits down with a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and says, “Here, why don’t you try this.” I was thrilled with my vanilla ice cream, a little smug to tell you the truth. Then just the idea that I might get one small spoonful of Chunky Monkey was worth letting Gage have my whole bowl full of vanilla.
How did you hold up when Zandra took Camille and you couldn’t find her?
I was a wreck. Camille and I had done the unthinkable – we had planned an un-chaperoned date the night she was kidnapped. When she didn’t arrive at 10pm I worried she may have been delayed. By 11 pm I was furious with myself thinking our plan may have been discovered. At midnight I realized she wasn’t coming. The next morning I wracked my brain until I could come up with a good reason to call her brother Brent. That’s when I learned she had been kidnapped by her grandmother. For two solid months, thoughts of Camille consumed me. The day Gage called and said we were all going to Zandra’s to bust Camille out was the first time I could breathe in two months.
I know you would do anything to be with Camille, but did you ever think about something happening to her to keep her from you permanently?
You mean like finding out a marriage had been arranged by her grandmother, to my best friend, Gage?
Are you happy with how things turned out between yourself, Camille, Gage, and Bianca?
Is there a word stronger than “Yes?” If there is, substitute it! Bianca should never have chosen me, she and Gage were meant for each other. I can’t imagine a life with anyone other than Camille – I’ll need to give her some time, but she’ll feel the same way I do soon.
Do you regret anything?
Many things. I regret accepting Bianca’s betrothal to begin with and putting my friendship with Gage in jeopardy. I regret that I didn’t spend more time with Camille on the yacht when I had the chance. I regret not following Camille home from lunch the day she was kidnapped.
Do you think Zandra will ever find you and Camille?
If we have to stay on the run for years, I’ll never complain, because I got a second chance with Camille. That’s more than I’d ever hoped for. Zandra is the most powerful Centuride on the planet and she’s none too happy with us, but we’ll do whatever is necessary to stay out of her sights.
In a perfect world, what would happen with you and Camille?
The world will never be perfect, but it’s pretty darn close to it right now. We escaped from Zandra’s house, we’re looking for the one Centaur artifact that can save us both and we’re together. It feels like perfection to me.
A little of this and that…
Boxers or Briefs? LOL yep, right to that one 😉 Boxers of course, room to breathe.
Coffee or tea? Sweet-Tea, I’m from South Carolina
Coke, sprite, dr. pepper, other? Dr. Pepper
Mountains or beach? Beach – Folly Beach
Winter or summer? Summer
Vampire or werewolf? Centaurs don’t believe in mythical creatures *snorts!! Pfffft, says the supernatural hahahaha*
Cold or hot? HOT!
Favorite color? Brown, specifically Milk-chocolate (the color of Camille’s eyes)
Night or day? Night (with Camille beside me)
Moonlight or sunlight? Moonlight
Steak, seafood, burger, or pizza? I think you should let me cook you some South Louisiana food and then that’ll be its own category 🙂 Pizza from Andolinis
Maghon, it has absolutely been my pleasure to chat with you today. I’m thrilled that you invited me over and can’t wait for you to find out what happens in our next adventure.
Ok, Now that I’ve given you such fantastic goodies… I’VE GOT ONE MORE~ the author would like for me to give away this winner’s pack….
1 ebook copy of blood debt
1 signed book mark
1 temporary tattoo – to fit in with the other supes 🙂
ALL TO ONE WINNER!!! All you have to do is leave me a nice comment on this post… 🙂 I think we’ll take international entries as long as it isn’t too expensive to ship it to you… 🙂 The ebook copy will be sent digitally so that shouldn’t be a problem… 🙂
I want to thank Ms. Nancy, on multiple accounts, for giving me the book, and for chatting with me so awesomely, and doing the interviews, and offering up that cool giveaway! I would like to thank Drake for showing me his drool worthy self. 🙂 and I would like to thank my followers, for just being you!! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and as always, happy reading my gators… 🙂 ps…. Ummm, did you go get this book yet??!?! No!! What are you waiting for!! 🙂