Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Character Interview with Nancy Gideon + Giveaway!


An author of over fifty novels since 1987, Nancy Gideon thrives on variety. Under her own name and several pseudonyms, she’s written award-winning series suspense, historical and paranormal bestsellers, earned a “Career Achievement for Historical Adventure”, and has had two original horror screenplays optioned for film. A Michigan native, she works full time as a legal administrative assistant and feeds a NetFlix addiction.

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The_Book-Queen: Today I'm excited to introduce to you Giles and Brigit, from Betrayed by Shadows! Okay you  two, ready for a little Q&A? : )
Your road to a HEA wasn't exactly an easy one, for various reasons. But at what point did you realize that you were in love?


Giles:   I’m a sucker for a woman in trouble . . . even when she makes it so dang difficult to help her. I would have noticed what a grip she had on me sooner if I hadn’t been hip deep in my own problems. Watching her risk everything for the sake of my family . . . I was a goner.

Brigit:  He refused to give up on me. He wouldn’t let me push him away. When I saw him waiting outside that club to take me back with him, my heart stopped.  I knew right then I wanted him to be there to claim me for himself. Trusting a man enough to cry all over him . . . that was definitely a sign that he was no passing thing. Even if he is just a human.


TBQ: Really, can any man resist a woman in trouble? ;) *sigh* So very true, Brigit!
Although I'm sure things have been crazy, what with trying to appease the various clans and what not, have you two had much time to spend together? * sees the look they give each other * And not just in the bedroom! We already know you both, ahem, get along great there!


Giles:   We’ve got all the time in the world now. But something tells me the rollercoaster ride is just beginning.


TBQ: *sigh* Isn't that the truth? I hope that things eventually calm down for you two!
Brigit, what can you tell us about Giles that we didn't learn during the book? Even if it's something simple.


Brigit:  He’s something of a clotheshorse.  Seriously, the man knows his way around a designer rack. Amazing the things a little tailoring can do for a basic white dress shirt. I’d have thrown myself at him sooner if I’d known he liked to shop.

Giles:   You like me to carry the packages.  I like to help you with the zippers in the dressing room. It’s a win-win.


TBQ: *snort* Win-win, indeed! Giles, what about you? What new things have you learned about Brigit?


Giles:   Take her out of the stilettos and put her in a pair of Chuck Taylor high tops and she really makes you up your game of hoops. The fact that she can be such a tomboy is a nice surprise. We have a lot of fun together and we’re both competitive enough to make it a challenge.

Brigit:  On and off the court.


TBQ: May I just say I love how you two interact with each other? Fantastic!
Okay, I don't wish to spoil the book, so I'll leave this next comment kind of vague. Giles, I applaud you for loving Brigit, despite the...news towards the end of the book. Let's be honest—not every man would, even though I firmly believe, if they are the right man, that they should! And Brigit, I have to applaud you, as well, for being strong. That wasn't an easy situation. My question, to both of you, is this: Do you think that this particular situation helped to strengthen your bond to one another, realizing that you had the support and trust of the other?


Giles:   Coming from my background, it was a no-brainer decision for me. I was on board for the whole package. It explained a lot about her actions early on and helped me understand all she was going through. And it made my respect for her go off the charts.

Brigit:  I’d never had any kind of support outside my family. I never dreamed anyone would ever step up to that degree.  I never expected it, but knowing Giles the way I do now, I should have. He told me nothing could make him walk away. I won’t ever doubt that again. Being able to believe that put a different kind of spin on the future.

Giles:   So bright you have to wear shades?

Brigit:  Soon, I hope.


TBQ: Ah, Giles, I think I just melted a little bit more. You lucky girl, Brigit! :)
Giles, your family's past was difficult, to say the least, especially as you found out more and more about it. When the book ended, things were...a little better between you and most of your family. Have things improved more since then? Have you taken Brigit back, like your mama asked? : )


Giles:   Now that the door’s nudged open a bit, I mean to push it wider. We haven’t had time to go back yet, but it’s definitely gonna be soon. We’ve got lots of big news to share . . . the kind a mama can’t resist.


TBQ: Brigit, you've also had a few bumps with your family. How are things going now?


Brigit:  There’ll always be drama between me and my brother Silas. Truthfully, I look forward to it because there’s love behind it. We’ll always be there for each other.  What has me worried is my cousin Kendra all alone at the mercy of those beasts, the Terriots. I haven’t been able to get a hold of her and I don’t trust Cale or his motives. The fact that he tried to have me killed might have something to do with that. Maybe Silas can smooth over the trouble when he gets there. Or maybe I’ll just have to plan a trip to Lake Tahoe to take care of business myself.

Giles:   Just don’t make matters worse.

Brigit:  What do you mean by that?  I’m the soul of diplomacy.


TBQ: Family drama--it's lovely isn't it? *thinks of her own* Anyway...
One last thing, and then I'll let you two go. I love how, at different points in the book, you each had a chance to take command and show the other that, ah, begging can be a very powerful thing, for both people involved. Will this be a common thing from now on? Perhaps as a way to remind Brigit that she can let go sometimes, as well as a way to bring Giles to his knees once in a while? * notices the smirks and glances they give each other * I guess I'll just take that as a “yes”..... Maybe I'll just leave you two alone....


Giles:   I think we’re both happy with the give and take of the situation.

Brigit:  Mmmm.  Very happy.


TBQ: *smirks* Thanks so much for stopping by today! Is there anything you'd like to say to the readers before you leave? Or perhaps a question for them? (Psst—if you turn the tables and ask them a question, perhaps you can sneak out while they answer....)


Brigit:  Hopefully they’ll want to see more of us in future books.

TBQ: Yes!

Giles:   I don’t think they could see more of us.

Brigit:  Stop! 
TBQ: *glances at Giles* I'd say something, but I'm afraid Brigit might take me down... *turns to Brigit* I guess I'll leave all the fun peeking to you..but know that I'm jealous, very jealous!

Giles:   Maybe we should just ask.  What would you all like to see in upcoming “By Moonlight” books?

A homecoming and reunion for Max and Charlotte?  A reconciliation between Tina and her piece of  sh – her husband?  Louella coming to visit, making trouble?  Or more on those shady Guedry characters?  Think they’ll keep their promises? Somehow, I doubt it. Leave a comment. We know the author and can put in a word for you.

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Betrayed by Shadows by Nancy Gideon
Series: Moonlight, 7
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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 relatives.

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.


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Brigit slit her eyes open to the brightness of midmorning. 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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Thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy, and for brining Giles and Brigit with you. I had a blast with our interview, and I hope we see both of you again in future books! I'm anxious now to go back and read the previous books, I can't believe this is my first time reading this series!

Don't forget their question for you:

What would you all like to see in upcoming “By Moonlight” books? A homecoming and reunion for Max and Charlotte? A reconciliation between Tina and her piece of sh – her husband? Louella coming to visit, making trouble? Or more on those shady Guedry characters? Think they’ll keep their promises? Somehow, I doubt it. Leave a comment. We know the author and can put in a word for you.


Until Next Time,

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Nancy Gideon said...

Danielle, thanks for the awesome and fun interview. And you were afraid you couldn't come up with questions . . .pfft!

Nancy Gideon said...

Danielle, thanks for the awesome and fun interview. And you were afraid you couldn't come up with questions . . .pfft!

The_Book_Queen said...

:D Ah, thanks Nancy! It took me a looong time to come up with questions, but I had fun doing so!

Rita Wray said...

Great excerpt, thank you.

Lover Of Romance said...

What a great interview!!! I loved both the questions and the answers!!! I just love Nancy Gideon's books (especially the ones that I have had a chance to read so far)

The_Book_Queen said...

Ooh--what ones have you read so far? I can't wait to read the rest of these books!

Kamla L. said...

I haven't read any of the Moonlight series but this interview definitely got me interested. Book 7?...looks like I have some catching up to do. I'm looking forward to reading Brigit and Giles' story . But I am a stickler for reading series in their proper sequential order so I'll have to start from book 1. Thanks for the very entertaining interview and the giveaway!