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Monday, July 22, 2013

Getting Personal with Author Nancy Adams


I’m delighted to welcome author Nancy Adams to the blog today! Nancy took some time out to tell us about the writing life and share an excerpt from her HOT new contemporary fantasy novel The Bannockburn Spell.

About Nancy
I am a full-blooded Canadian, right down to the maple syrup running through my veins. I enjoy watching hockey, but despise skating...and the cold.  I enjoy a good helping of Tourtiere with a side of Poutine as much as the next person, yet I am only bilingual when it comes to swear words.  I am proud to say I survived my token shot of Newfie Screech, although I did refuse to kiss the Cod - that is never going to happen - and I openly admit, that I fell in love with the Rocky Mountains the first time I saw them.

I have many occupations written down in my passport, mom, wife, author...zookeeper!  However, I have to say that writing is by far the easiest part of my day.
I have three small -but legal- addictions: bed lines, lavender, and books.  All of which, are replenished on a regular basis.  Reading into the wee hours of the morning, is one of many bad habits, next to spontaneously rearranging furniture and randomly painting rooms in my house.

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And now, Darlings, let’s get personal with author Nancy Adams:

What’s the best part of being a writer?
I really enjoy the research aspect of writing. I love reading up on different times and battles or animals' behaviour... anything really. Of course seeing the finished product is pretty damn satisfying too.

What’s the most challenging part of being a writer?
Getting focused. There are always so many things going on in my house it can get a bit tough getting my butt in gear.

Where do you write?
We a have a family office so that is where I do most of my writing, but I love going to the library and I have written full chapters while waiting for appointments to begin. LOL

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Keep trying. My parents said that to me all the time when I was growing up. It was totally unnecessary, because I’m a redhead and SURPRISE!!! Redheads are stubborn. LOL   But it is something I take to heart and I want my kids to be the same way so I say the same thing to them as my parents did to me.

What are you working on now?
I just finished off a shifter-erotic romance that is set on the West coast of British Colombia, Canada.

What is your most current release and what is it about?
My current release, The Bannockburn Spell, is about a couple  that is forced together by an ancient marriage contract and once both read the old contract a spell is cast on them forcing them together. It’s quite fun because  the hero, Will,  is your typical ex-British Special Forces, gorgeous alpha-male , and Meghan is an emotionally cautious redhead who has quite the smart-mouth, so things get a bit heated at times, both emotionally and physically.

How did you come up with the title?
Oh my Lord, this book had so many names, it was insane.  I finally settled on The Bannockburn Spell because it helps explain a bit of what the book is about and it begins with the spell being cast at the battle of Bannockburn.  So it only seemed fitting.

What would readers be surprised to know about you?
Oh Gabby, I have the worst time remembering names, to the point where it’s embarrassing. And cooking...I hate cooking...and baking...okay really it’s anything that has to do with a kitchen. LOL

Where’s the one place in the world you’d like to visit?      
New Zealand, without question.

Favorite swear word?       
Any...all... LOL Although, foreign swear words are the way to go in  our house.

Favorite food?

Favorite book? 
I have two Lightening by Dean Koontz and Ransom by Julie Garwood

Favorite author?        
That’s a tough question because I don’t have just one.  But I do enjoy Christine Feehan or a Rachel Gibson just to name a couple.

Do you have any pets?      
Yes! Two dogs - a Great Pyrenees mix and a German Sheppard. We do big pups in our house.

And now, and excerpt from “The Bannockburn Spell”

“What the hell is this?”
          “Pardon me?”
          Impatiently she unwrinkled the pages and held them up for him to see. He blinked, keeping his reaction to himself. The Contract! How in the hell had she got hold of it? He focused on it as she bit out again, “What the hell is this?”
          He had made only one copy and it was sitting in the centre of his desk at home. Correction—Grace had made the copy. Grace Cameron. Son of a bitch.
          “Will?” she snapped.
          “I’m going to assume by your yelling that you know exactly what it is.” He kept his tone calm.
          “This thing can’t… There is no way… You can’t be…”
          He fought the grin pulling at his lips while she struggled with her words.
          Hamish took pity on her and handed her a shot of whisky. “Here, girl, drink this, it will help calm you.” Heated green eyes flashed at Hamish. “I am calm,” she gritted out. Then took the shot glass and downed the fluid in one swift movement.
          Will burst out laughing as Meghan gasped. The shock on her face was pure entertainment as she coughed and gasped. She was obviously not used to Scotch. He gave her a couple of hard pats on the back as she yelled, “Hamish! Are you trying to kill me?”
          The bartender shrugged. “Just thought you needed the help.” Then placing both hands on the bar in front of him, he added with a merry tone, “Because the sooner you’re done yelling at Will, the sooner we can get back to Aberdeen at Dundee.”
          “Well, I don’t need your help. And I’ll try to keep this brief so you can get back to your precious soccer game.”
          Her attention was directed back at Will, when Stewart corrected, “Football.”
          “What?” she snapped.
“It’s not soccer here, lass, it’s football.”
          “Of course! Football. What was I thinking?” Meghan turned back to face him, more irate then before, thanks to Hamish and Stewart. Looking up at him, she poked him in the chest. “There is no way this contract is—”
          “Possible?” Will supplied, looking down at her finger. “Oh, it’s possible and it will happen.”She was a brave lady to be poking him in the chest, the last person to poke him in the chest had ended up getting a few broken fingers for his effort. Except this wasn’t anyone, this was Meghan and he loved her feisty temper, it made him want to pin her to the wall and do wicked things to her. He focused on her mouth as he continued, “But how it happens is up to you.”
          “How it happens? What do you mean how it happens? Nothing is going to happen,” she yelled, throwing her hands in the air.
          He raised an eyebrow at her remark. This wasn’t how this was supposed to turn out, she wasn’t supposed to find out about the contract. He had decided not to use it after seeing her earlier. He wanted to win her on his own. But the time had come for Meghan to understand that he never gave up, or gave in, to anything in his life and he wasn’t about to start now. He would get what he wanted, and at that moment, he knew with complete certainty that he wanted Meghan. 
          "That's right, you like a gamble, then how about a little wager?"
          “A bet?” She narrowed her eyes. “What kind of bet?”
          He crossed his arms. “I bet that you fall in love with me.”
          “Yeah,” she snorted. “Like that’s going to happen.”
          “Well, then this should be easy for you.”
          She clicked her tongue.
          “Not scared, are you?” He gave her pride a nudge.
          She mimicked his stance. “What are the stakes?”
          He smothered a smile. “If you win, you’re free from the contract. But if I win…” He lowered his head until they were nose to nose. “I get you.”
Will saw the doubt cross her face then decided to give her pride another poke, just enough to get what he wanted. “Think you can win?” Straightening to his full height, he held out his hand to her.
          She eyed his hand suspiciously, then slid her smaller hand into his. “You bet I can.”
          He held fast as she tried to pull back, running his thumb over the back of her hand.            
          “Good.” He drew in her lavender scent. “You’ll forgive me if I don’t wish you luck. I don’t want you to win.”
          Meghan’s mouth dropped open in shock and she snatched her hand away. “You’re an asshole.”
          Will grinned. “I have my moments.”
          Once again Hamish handed her another shot of whisky, she took it without so much as a thanks and again downed it as she had with the first. She swallowed the second shot hard and swayed slightly. Shoving the glass into Will’s chest, she waved the printed pages in his face…again. “I’m taking these.”
          Will sighed, holding onto his patience at her last act of rebellion before leaving. Leaving! An unexpected annoyance filled him. He didn’t want her to go anywhere, he wanted her here, with him. As she turned, her hair flew over her shoulder and before he could stop himself he reached out, grabbing a handful of her flaming hair, stopping her. Stepping up behind her, he toyed with the silky strands. “Going home?” he asked softly.
          “That’s none of your business.”
          She was right, it was none of his business and he didn’t push her about it, but he needed to know. He squeezed his jaw. “Time’s up, Meghan, I’m done waiting.”
Except for the quick intake of air, she appeared unaffected by his warning.
          Once freed, she straightened her shoulders and walked out of the door.
          As Will watched her go, a sudden tension began building in his neck and shoulders. He could only assume that it was because Meghan was driving him crazy.
          Someone coughed behind him, and remembering where he was, he stepped back to the bar and took a sip of his pint. Lowering his glass to the bar he looked over his shoulder at the spectators. Most had knowing grins and a few even chuckled. He called out, “So lads, I think I’m starting to wear her down? What do you think?”
          Every soul in the bar raised their glass and cheered in agreement.

Like what you’ve read so far? Find out what happens next. Order Nancy Adams’ erotic romance, “The Bannockburn Spell” from Total-e-Bound or Amazon today!


  1. What a FANTASTIC interview ladies! The excerpt is awesome. Can't wait to read it!!

  2. Thanks for having me today Gabby.

  3. Love the interview and excerpt! The book sounds great!
    Congrats, Nancy!