By Nancy Gideon
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Because the road to . . .
Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.
Happily-Ever-After . . .
After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes . . . and in his bed. The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past. To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.
Is never smooth.
When an investigation into grisly deaths in an underground Shifter fight club points to more than just dangerous clan rivalries, Cee Cee enlists Max’s help to find a traitor in their midst while there’s still time to turn a deadly invading tide. But the cost of saving their treasured future may mean sacrificing his past. Especially when the enemy they pursue . . . might be Max, himself.
“Every delicious word Nancy Gideon puts on the page
exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.”
—Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author
Praise from Publisher’s Weekly for the “By Moonlight” series:
“A paranormal romance series with intriguing characters and zippy action . . . Gideon masters the tension required to keep her complex and engaging story moving.”
“Vivid writing, plot twists and a satisfying ending will keep readers coming back to Gideon’s magical NOLA.”
“Rich and complex. Enticing new dimensions to the Shifter world keep things fresh. Gideon delivers well-crafted prose and page-turning tension.”
All the fear and tension of the past hours rattled through her. Cee Cee hugged her arms about herself to still the shivering. The events emphasized her fragile hold on those she cared about. For all her best and bravest intentions, she couldn’t protect them, especially within the often-lethal uncertainty of their preternatural sphere. One she was now a part of by choice and by recently-discovered heredity.
Still, she wasn’t doing Max any favors by keeping him isolated in emotional bubble wrap. If he was going to recover any sense of normalcy, he needed to get out into the world and out of her panicked grip. Almost losing her partner made that all the more painful to accept. To be alone again. To not share her life, her thoughts, her heart with another . . .
What did she have to lose? She had none of that now in her despondent dream that all could go back as it was.
Her system gave a jolt when she realized Max had come up behind her to make amends.
“You weren’t being foolish.”
The rumble of his deep voice caressed over her nerve endings, quieting them like a balm. “Yes, I was. If you and Giles hadn’t been so close by, MacCreedy would be dead, and I wouldn’t have been able to live with that. I should be thanking you, not treating you like a runaway child who broke curfew. I’m sorry.”
His hand settled on her shoulder, and the weight and warmth of it had her dying inside. “Don’t apologize. I know how hard this is for you. I appreciate all you’ve done for me.”
Past tense. A bittersweet twist shaped her mouth. “All I’ve done has been for me, not you. I haven’t given you much consideration at all. I’m selfish that way.”
His palm rubbed over the cap of her shoulder, fingers gently kneading. Leaving her needing as he objected quietly, “There’s not a selfish bone in your body, cher.”
A laugh. “How would you know? You’re hardly an expert on what I am or I’m not.”
“I’m a fast learner.”
She wasn’t sure if he stepped forward or she leaned back. Their bodies bumped, and the shock of it undid her.
Cee Cee turned right into his arms. Hers circled him in a frantic clutch. Cheek pressed to the hard wall of his chest with only a thin weave of white linen between them, she squeezed her eyes shut and simply breathed him in. Love, longing, desire all quivered through her, a bouquet so potent he couldn’t be unaware of it. This was where she belonged, where everything made sense.
And then she realized he no longer held her, that his arms had dropped to his sides, as his breath suspended. She knew if she looked up, she’d see that horribly familiar blankness in his eyes, that stiff distance in his expression, and suddenly that hurt worse than the thought of his absence.
She pushed away with a crisp, “I’m sorry. I’m breaking the rules. I forgot we were strangers.” She turned to her dresser to snatch up those things that defined her: shield, cell, holster and gun. “Consider yourself off the leash, Savoie. You’re capable of handling your own affairs. I’ll stick to mine. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a report to file.”
He didn’t move to stop her.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I saw my name in print under a fractured fairytale that appeared in my fifth grade newsletter, that was it for me. After that point, I was always toting around a spiral notebook filled with scenes and story ideas. I went to college to go into journalism, but I just couldn’t keep the word count under 90,000!
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”? How long did it take to get your first book published?
When I got that first call from New York from my Zebra editor the idea started to sink in, but it wasn’t until I bought furniture with my first check that I considered myself in business. My first book effort is still deservedly in a drawer someplace. My second submission earned that New York call within two weeks – I didn’t even have the book typed! I had a contract the next month.
Do you have another job other than writing and can you tell us more about it?
When I first sold, I was a stay-at-home mom with a two year old. I didn’t go back out into the 9-to-5 until 15 years later when my two boys were in high school. I’ve had that same job as a full time legal assistant ever since.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say? REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT just came out (October 13, 2014!). It’s the 9th book in my “By Moonlight” dark paranormal shape-shifter series. “Haunted by secrets, a deadly shape-shifter and a dedicated cop fight to reclaim their future together in steamy New Orleans.” How’s that? It’s a great book to hook new readers on the series because as the hero struggles to recover his past, the reader discovers it with him, pulling them both into the “By Moonlight” world.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I’ve written for several NY publishing houses over the years and currently have books slated through 2015 with BelleBooks/ImaJinn Books, but this is my first self-published effort and I have to say, I’ve been enjoying the process. There’s something to be said for being the captain of your own ship!
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Usually about three to four months. That’s with working full time!
What genre would you place your books into?
I’ve written in just about every genre from Regency and historical romance (where I started out writing as Lauren Giddings, Dana Ransom and Rosalyn West) to series contemporary suspense and paranormal romance under my own name.
What made you decide to write in those genres?
I’m a Gemini and love variety. I get restless writing the same types of books over a long period of time and like to mix it up. I’ve currently got a YA paranormal romance series out under consideration with a publisher and would be very excited to jump into that area. I’m also hoping to reissue my early western romances now that I’ve got the rights back to them.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I have three, actually: Harmon Bass, the half-Apache tracker from my Texas western historicals, and Max Savoie and Cale Terriot, rival clan leaders from my “By Moonlight” series. Though they’re all very different, they’re similar in that they’re dark, tortured survivors who are dangerous and unpredictable (fun to write!) yet are totally devoted and vulnerable where the woman they love is concerned. Totally swoon-worthy!
How long have you been writing, and who or what inspired you to write?
I’d always been a scribbler, since grade school, but I didn’t get motivated to write a book start to finish until I ran into a former college professor while I was selling stuffed animals at a craft show. When she drawled, “So THIS is what you’re doing with your college education?” I went home, started page one and didn’t stop until page end. I didn’t sell that book, but I sold the next one! Yes, this is what I’m doing with my college education, thank you very much!
Do you have a certain routine for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I have OCD, so I always have a routine – it’s just changed over the years as I went from the mom of two young boys to almost empty-nester with a full time job. Now, I get up at 5:00 a.m., hit the Keurig and am at my loft office typing away until I have to get ready for work at 8:00. I’ll usually put in a full 7-8 hours on the weekends as well when I’m under contract.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I try not to, but I can’t help myself. I’ve gotten to know some wonderful reviewers over the years and always find their comments helpful.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
The title comes from a special place within the book that has meaning – which is why it was always so frustrating when publishers chose to change them.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
I can’t start a book until I have the character names! They have to sound like a reflection of the character’s past and personality. The names help me visualize and flesh out the characters. I even consider the meaning behind the name origin. I generally use real geographic locations because they lend authenticity i.e. the French Quarter, but invent the names of places the characters work or frequent to help sculpt the world i.e Cheveux du Chien, the shape-shifter club my characters go to howl.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I go back and forth between paperbacks and my iPad Kindle app (I ran out of room to store reading material!). I’ve never been a fan of hardcovers – too heavy and hard to hold while reading in bed! I’ll always prefer the feel of a real book.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Stephen King’s The Stand. Just amazing depth of character and incredibly visual. My paperback is ragged, but I have yet to crack the spine on the expanded hardcover. Maybe while recovering from my next knee replacement.
Your favorite food is?
Cold macaroni and cheese – the Breakfast of Champions from my university days.
Your favorite singer/group is?
AC/DC because it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll!
Your favorite color is?
Black, which is every color and goes with every color.
Your favorite Author is?
Dean Koontz! Love his characterization and the awesome chill factor of his books.
Nancy Gideon is the award winning author of over 55 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix.
She works full time as a legal assistant in Southwestern Michigan, and when not at the keyboard, feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl.
She’s also written under the pen names Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings.