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Betrayed by Shadows
Balancing a criminal empire and a preternatural clan war, reluctant front man Giles St. Clair doesn’t need a problem like Brigit MacCreedy . . . How much trouble can the head-strong and manipulative Shifter beauty get into in two weeks? Plenty when her schemes range from kidnapping to fleeing the retribution of her dead lover’s clan.
With her family’s lives on the line, Brigit is willing to do whatever it takes to save them. The only thing standing in her way is an immovable stone wall of a man she can’t bully or beguile . . . a human, no less, who has promised to protect her from the secrets and dangers she conceals.
Risking her own safety gets complicated when an honorable and annoyingly desirable man puts himself between her and her powerful enemies in a battle he can’t win in this Taming of the Shrew meets Shifter Goodfellas on the Bayou tale of consequences, redemption and finding love in all the wrong places.
Brigit slit her eyes open to the brightness of mid-morning. She was alone in the bunk. Harsh-smelling coffee warmed on the hot plate, and Giles was nowhere in sight. Then she heard the unmistakable crack of ax into wood.
Feeling tired and sticky and . . . fabulous, she stretched and reached for the crimson-colored sweatshirt Giles had left folded on the edge of the mattress. Harvard? She slipped it over her head to swim in generous folds that came almost to her knees. Rolling back the cuffs, she found the shoe she’d tucked Boyd’s cell phone into, discouraged to see no message from Silas. She tucked it under the sleeping bag on the top bunk, pushed bare feet into her shoes, and went to pour coffee. Her whole body ached gloriously, making her smile as she stepped out onto the tiny back porch.
Because she could still hear his voice, rough with passion.
Giles had his back to her, splitting wood in the glare of morning light, a beautiful sight in his revealing muscle shirt. Strong, sexy. A light sweat had broken out on his shoulders, gleaming amid scores of scratches, some nearly healed from their passionate tussle in New Orleans and some raw stripes from hours ago. Chagrined, she put a nail trim and manicure on her agenda for the day.
He’d taken the batteries out of the flashlight to power an old cassette player and was timing his swings to the raucous beat of a late-eighties hip-hop tune that probably dated back to days spent here in male bonding. Something ridiculous about Humpty Dumpty dancing? Her gaze followed the suggestive rock and bump of his hips as the sassy backup singers crooned, “Do me, baby.”
Oh, yay. Good idea.
Time to whip up something for breakfast.
She’d taken a step forward, intending to initiate some moves of her own, when the music dialed down and muted as another sound reached her.
The cup fell from her hands, shattering on the wood planking, as all her senses trembled and went taut.
And a single cry ripped from her.
“Giles, behind you!”
Giles spun, continuing his momentum with the ax so it caught his assailant midleap in the upper chest, flinging him to the ground. Even as he wrestled the blade free, his attacker was gaining his feet, falling into a menacing crouch as his lips pulled back from a mouth full of dagger-like teeth.
Alarm became coldly dangerous intentions when he recognized the disfigured Shifter from Brigit’s description.
“Brigit, get inside!”
He didn’t look around to see if she obeyed. There was no time as the creature sprang.
Driven to the ground on his back, Giles couldn’t angle for another swing as he was forced to grip the ever thickening throat to keep those deadly teeth away from him. A battle he knew he wasn’t going to win as the beast completed its change of form into something monstrous and impossibly strong.
Run, Brigit! That was all he had time to think. Run!
All he had to do was stay alive long enough for her to get a head start.
There was a deafening report from the porch, and suddenly, the figure hunching over him was plucked off and sent rolling away.
Giles risked a glance toward the cabin to see Brigit with her feet planted wide, his pistol braced in both hands. The pistol he’d wisely loaded with silver rounds.
As he scrambled to his feet, his attacker was gaining his own, obviously struggling not to revert back into humanlike form from the effects of the silver. Brigit’s shot had taken him in the other side of the chest. Giles’s first blow from the ax had already healed. Making him no less lethal as he sprang a second time. No less quick.
And this time Giles didn’t respond fast enough.
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Is there an author that makes you go all "fangirl?"
Nancy: The nice thing about being an author is that I’ve met most of my writing idols at conferences, but I think if I bumped into Dean Koontz I’d suffer from major brain freeze.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?
Nancy: If Nora/J.D. Robb and my writer pal Ruth Ryan Langan ever need a pinch-hitter for their paranormal anthologies – call me!
The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?
Nancy: Stephen King’s The Stand. I’ve never had time to read the extended hardcover version. It’s my favorite book and, well, would be appropriate under the circumstances. And its heavy enough to make a fine weapon!
Who are your favorite literary characters?
Nancy: Any of Dean Koontz’s, J.D. Robb’s Eve and Roarke, Kresley Cole’s Bowen MacRieve, Jim Nightshade from Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. And all the heroes in my “By Moonlight” series!
If your friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
Nancy: Organized. I’m the navigator, the list maker, the one who calls in reservations and plans future events. Kind of an uber anal Day Planner.
Where do you do your best work?
Nancy: In my home office at 5:00 a.m. with a cup of Keurig coffee.
Do you find it harder to write a full-length novel or novellas?
Nancy: Novella. Go big or go home! I can never have enough words to tell a story.
When did you fall in love...with writing?
Nancy: When I saw my name in print in my elementary school newspaper under a fractured fairytale of Cinderella I wrote in fifth grade. I knew right then I wanted to be a writer.
Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants writer?
Nancy: Basically, I’m a rabid plotter (OCD thing) but with the “By Moonlight” series it’s been more like plotting with pants on fire.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Nancy: I’m a Netflix addict.
Favorite color: Black - I know it’s not technically a color, but it goes with everything but cat hair!
Favorite food: Anything on the grill
Boots or heels: Boots (wishing they were heels)
eReader or Print: Kindle app on my iPad.
Social Media: Love it or Hate it? It’s a love/hate relationship
Beer, Liquor or Wine: Wine cooler – I’m a light weight
Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom: Hot tub under the stars
Favorite TV Show: Walking Dead or Justified
Favorite Book series (besides your own): Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark
Pj’s or Lingerie: Lingerie is temporary, PJs are for sleeping
Vampires vs. Shifters: Shifters!
Favorite Genre: Suspense
About the Author
With over 50 sales to her credit since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon’s writing career is as versatile as the romance market, itself. Her books encompass genres from historicals and regencies to contemporary suspense and the paranormal. Her works have been published overseas in Romanian, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Danish, German, Icelandic and Chinese, among other languages.
Also listed on the International Movie Database (IMDB), she collaborated on the indie horror films In the Woods and Savage with screenwriting and ADR script credits, and even played the character “Bar Extra.”
A national speaker on writing in general and romance in particular, Gideon is a Western Michigan University honors grad with a major in journalism and minors in history and communications. She’s a member of Novelist, Inc. and the Mid-Michigan, Greater Detroit, PASIC and FF&P chapters of Romance Writers of America®, and is former vice-president, published author co-liaison and award-winning newsletter editor for MMRWA.
The mother of two grown sons, one married and proud producer of her grandson and the other shanghaied into being her assistant, she also works full time for the law firm, Redmond, Redmond & Yokom.
A prolific writer, Gideon attributes her creative output, which once peaked at seven novels in one year, to her love of history and a gift for storytelling. She also credits the discipline learned through a background in journalism and scheduling writing time around diaper changes, Scout meetings, band lessons and outings to the Zoo Boo . . . and, of course, OCD. The due date for her third book and her second son were on the same day . . . and both were early! When on deadline, she turns on the laptop between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. to get a chapter in before work.
While the pace is often hectic, Gideon, a Gemini, enjoys tackling diverse projects. One month it’s researching the gritty existence of 1880’s Texas Rangers only to jump to modern themes of intrigue and possibly a legal thriller or two. Then, it’s back to the shadowy netherworld of shape shifters, vampires and movie serial killers. When not working on her latest plot twist before sunrise or arranging medical depositions, she enjoys indulging in Netflix, hosting her critique group, and feeding a variety of wildlife on her fourth-floor balcony including a yearly family of raccoons. And, of course, reading.
Learn more about Nancy here...
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