Friday, December 27, 2013

Back To You heroine Lynsey Reznor tells all about Quinn Michaels...



In my continuing series of interviews with Lynsey Reznor, my heroine from Back To You, Lynsey dishes the dirt on all of the eligible bachelors of the town of Unity and her unique relationships with these guys.

Today’s subject is Quinn Michaels. Technically, Quinn does not reside in the town of Unity, but their relationship is an important turning point in Lynsey’s life and decision to return to Unity.



NN: Lynsey, thank you so much for agreeing to talk about Quinn Michaels. I know your relationship with him is a bit of a sore subject.

LR: My relationship with Quinn is one of the down points of my life. Not all my fault, mind you.

NN: Shall we just get it over with?

LR: Why not? I dated Quinn for a substantial period of time, even deluding myself we had a future that included marriage. Turns out, Quinn was married the entire time.

NN: That must have been quite a shock when you found out.

LR: I pride myself on being a lot smarter. I write true crime, so I see the criminal element in front of me all the time. Quinn got by me.

NN: Maybe it’s true that love really is blind.

LR: Perhaps. Maybe I was just a little desperate to marry him. Again, not a fine moment in my life.

NN: Tell me about Quinn.



LR: He may be a louse, but Quinn is smart, sexy, successful, and full of himself. He’s deep, dramatic, and totally messed up.

NN: I understand he is a very successful musician.

LR: He is.

NN: I also understand he was willing to divorce his wife for you, that he more or less stalked you for a while, and this is one of the reasons you decided to leave Miami and return to Unity.

LR: Sure, I could have stood by and let him divorce and marry me. I would then forever have wondered when he would become bored with me and start looking for his next conquest. I mean, he said all the right things—that he and his wife were separated, that divorce was imminent any way. I wasn’t interested. If things had been so cut and dry, why didn’t he tell me right up front that he was still married? Instead, I find out from his manager that his wife of more than a decade was sunning herself in Malibu while her husband was professing his undying love to me.

About the stalking. You have to understand that Quinn is a man who isn’t used to being told no. But the stalking is not quite accurate. He showed up at my condo one night drunk out of his mind and kicked and punched my front door. The neighbors called the police. It ended after that. It seems after it happened that the tales grew longer on down the line.

NN: Speaking of Quinn’s wife, do you want to tell me who she is?

LR: Why would I want to do that? You already know.

NN: For everyone out there, let me let you in on a little secret—Quinn’s ex-wife is Kansas Smith, the heroine from my new romantic suspense, The Heart of the Hunter. Remember this info because it may become important in the future.



NN: Thank you, Lynsey, for sharing a little about Quinn Michaels. I promise next time we’ll talk about someone a bit safer.


Read all about Lynsey in my contemporary romance Back To You. To find out even more about Quinn Michaels, check put my romantic suspense, The Heart of the Hunter.

(Please note that all photos are the property of Natalie-Nicole Bates)

Back To You Blurb:

On the surface, Lynsey Reznor seems to have it all. She is beautiful, brilliant, and a successful true-crime writer who has been living the past decade in Miami. But what Lynsey lacks is what she needs the most—a family.

After the death of her mother, and yet another failed relationship, Lynsey makes an impulsive decision to return to her hometown of Unity. But Unity will present its own bittersweet memories, most notably, her first love, Nick Lincoln.

Twenty years ago, Nick broke teenager Lynsey’s heart when he decided to marry another. He had his own private reasons—reasons he never explained to Lynsey. Now she is back, along with a chance to reclaim her love. But Lynsey wants answers from him that he may never be able to give out of duty and guilt.

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The Heart of the Hunter Blurb:

After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.

Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart?

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Re-release of The Heart of the Hunter/Natalie-Nicole Bates



I'm thrilled to announce the re-release of my romantic suspense, The Heart of the Hunter, along with new cover art and for the first time, available in paperback!

After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.


Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.


"Emotionally driven, The Heart of the Hunter will have you rooting for Kansas and Barret. It’s heart breaking, shocking in places,  and inspiring as well.  Well-developed characters and a deep plot await you. Natalie-Nicole Bates has a style that is all her own. A definite must-read."

5 Stars TOP PICK Night Owl Reviews

Excerpt:


On Saturday morning, Kansas could wait no longer. She could no longer live under the same roof with a man she was deeply in love with without telling him how she felt, and finding out once and for all how he truly felt about her. Now she stood leaning back against the counter sipping a cup of coffee, her stomach ached from nerves for what she was about to do.
     Most of the night she was awake rehearsing speeches on the same theme--confessing her love to Barret. Now all her carefully rehearsed words failed her.
     Barret sat at the kitchen table in t-shirt and jeans, absorbed in the newspaper. A shadow of a beard emphasized his maleness.
     Setting the cup on the counter, she took the few steps to stand beside the table. “Barret, why don’t you like me?” she blurted, immediately wishing she could bite back her words.
     Looking up from his newspaper, his eyebrows slashed together. “Excuse me?”
     Confusion consumed her, and she felt trapped and exposed, hesitant to continue. When he stood, she wanted to shrink away from him.
     “Whatever gave you the idea that I did not like you?”
     The demanding look in his blue eyes only made the words harder to form. Finally, she found her voice. “I love you, and you don’t love me,” she finally admitted.
     His shoulders visibly stiffened and the color drained from his face. Obviously, she caught him off guard. “I...I do love you, Kansas. But...but I don’t love you like you mean,” he stuttered.
     Her heart sank heavily in her chest. She raised her chin and looked back at him. She had to know. “What is it about me you don’t like?”
     “I like everything about you, Kansas. No, I love everything about you,” he told her as he planted his hands firmly on her shoulders causing her to want to crawl out of her skin and away from his touch. She’d said way too much,  and upset their whole stable situation.
     Finally, she looked into his confused eyes. “I’m sorry, Barret. I just couldn’t go on like this. Just tell me what it is about me that...” her voice trailed off as she slowly came to terms with the fact that he didn’t love her as a woman.
     Lifting her chin, he forced her to make eye contact with him. “Listen, angel, it’s not you, you’re absolutely perfect,” he told her,  and  smiled a smile she knew was forced.
     “You’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, and you’re an amazing person. You can have any man you want, but I’m not the right man for you,” he said gently.
     Continuing to maintain eye contact with him, she decided she wasn’t going to allow him to get off with such a broad response “Why?” she demanded.
     “The accident changed me, Kansas. I’m not the same man I was before it happened, and I’m glad for that. You wouldn’t have liked me then. I was an arrogant, self-absorbed bastard, and now I’m not sure who I am anymore,  or what I really want. But I do want you to know that if things had been different, and I wish they were...”
     Finally, she could take no more. “I got it, Barret,” she said shaking loose of his grip and turning away.
     “It’s just the hero thing, Kansas. You’ll get over it. You think you love me because I saved you that horrible day in that swamp. When some time passes, you’ll realize you’d never be happy with an almost forty year old detective. You would only resent me for taking you away from your old lifestyle.”
     She whirled to face him, her hands on her hips. “Why you arrogant… You don’t know me at all!” Finally, she lost the battle not to cry and tears poured freely down her cheeks. “I thought we were so close, but I guess I was completely off base about that. I don’t care about money or scars! I only care about you! We could have been so happy--”
     The doorbell rang cutting off Kansas’s words and she felt some relief that it had interrupted her intense venting. She felt like such a fool now.
     She’d received the answer she was after.  Unfortunately, it was not the one she wanted to hear.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Guest Blogger: A Recipe from Picture Perfect by Leslie Ferdinand



New Orleans is renowned for both her food and her music. In Picture Perfect, several dishes are mentioned, including gumbo. Here’s a recipe taken from the novel. A little about the characters' musical preferences. Elliot loves Classical Music while Alex is a huge fan of Prince.
Pop in a CD of Classical Music or Prince as you prepare one of the dishes.

Chapter 45

"Sitting at the chef's table at the Seabreeze, Alex dipped her spoon into her bowl of gumbo and sipped it. Jade had come to the shop earlier and given her a good scolding for not answering her calls the past four days."

Shirley's Seafood Gumbo Recipe:

1 large onion
1/2 bell pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup shallots
2 lbs medium shrimp
1 pint oysters
3 crabs, halved
1/2 lb jumbo lump crabmeat (picked for shells)
3 qts water
4 tbsp flour
Pepper and salt to taste

Add flour to heated cooking oil. Stir until flour turns brown (this is the roux). Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, shallots, parsley and bayleaf to dark roux. Cook seasoning until soft. Stir in water and let simmer for 15 minutes. Add shrimp and crab halves. Simmer 10 minutes more before adding in remaining ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste and serve over hot, white rice.


Note: Leslie adds cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes for a spicier gumbo.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Back To You heroine Lynsey Reznor tells all about Nick Lincoln







This is the second interview in a series of interviews with Lynsey Reznor, my heroine from my contemporary romance and 2012 Finalist for Best Short Romance at the Festival of Romance Reader's Awards.



NNB: I’m pleased today to be able to interview my character, Lynsey Reznor. Lynsey will be dishing the gossip on one of Unity’s eligible bachelors, Nick Lincoln!

NNB: Welcome, Lynsey! Tell me how life has been since your move from Miami to sleepy little Unity.

LR: It’s been a bit of an adjustment, but over all I’m very happy to be home again among my friends.

NNB: A little bird has told me that Unity is chock full of eligible bachelors. Could you enlighten me?

LR: Well, I don’t like to gossip (wink! wink!) but I can share a little of my insider info with you.

NNB: What can you tell me about Nick Lincoln? Rumor has it that he was your first love.

LR: The Unity rumor mill must be in full production these days. Nick was my first big crush when I was a teenager. Nothing could ever come of it back then because he was engaged to someone else.
NNB: That must have been heartbreaking.

LR: Devastating, actually. But I was only sixteen. Anyway, I was offered a one-year scholarship in Switzerland. I stayed on an additional four years. It was the best move I could have made.

NNB: Now that Nick is a single man again, is there any chance of the two of you getting together?

LR: I would love nothing more, but I’ve got to stay real about the possibilities. I’m at a stage in my life where I’m ready to settle down and have children. Nick is at a stage in his life where he wants to spend some time alone. He doesn’t foresee children in his future.

NNB: So the two of you are more or less at an impasse?

LR: For now, yes. But I still have hopes for a future together.

NNB: I’ll keep my fingers crossed and think good thoughts for you and Nick. Thank you for sharing a little personal insight into Nick Lincoln. Find out more about Nick in Back To You, now available at Amazon through Books To Go Now Publishing.


*All photos are the property of Natalie-Nicole Bates*

Blurb:

On the surface, Lynsey Reznor seems to have it all. She is beautiful, brilliant, and a successful true-crime writer who has been living the past decade in Miami. But what Lynsey lacks is what she needs the most—a family.

After the death of her mother, and yet another failed relationship, Lynsey makes an impulsive decision to return to her hometown of Unity. But Unity will present its own bittersweet memories, most notably, her first love, Nick Lincoln.


Twenty years ago, Nick broke teenager Lynsey’s heart when he decided to marry another. He had his own private reasons—reasons he never explained to Lynsey. Now she is back, along with a chance to reclaim her love. But Lynsey wants answers from him that he may never be able to give out of duty and guilt.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Natalie-Nicole interviews Lynsey Reznor from Back To You




I have the joy today of interviewing the heroine of my contemporary romance Back To You. Lynsey is going to dish about her return to her hometown of Unity! This interview is the first in a series of interviews I've done with characters from Back To You, and will share in the upcoming weeks.



NNB: Welcome home, Lynsey! How does it feel to be back in Unity after so many years?

LR: I’m very happy to be home again among friends. I do admit though I am a little nervous.

NNB: Nervous?

LR: I’ve been away for well over a decade. People have come and gone, everything has changed.

NNB: Miami must have been a great place for the last ten years. What made you decide to give up the sun and fun for small town living.

LR: Since my mother passed away I’ve had a lot of time to think about my future. I’m at age now where I want to settle down and start a family. Unity offers me a comforting, familiar place among friends.

NNB: Speaking of settling down, is there any chance at all of you rekindling your romance with the wildly popular progressive rock star Quinn Michaels with whom you’ve been linked to romantically?
LR: Although I enjoyed my time with Quinn, our relationship is a thing of the past. I don’t think Quinn will ever settle down into a normal life. Right now, I crave stability.

NNB: Is there anyone in Unity in particular that you are happy to be reuniting with?

LR: There’s my best friend Suzy. We’ve known each other since we were little girls. I’ve missed her tremendously since I left Unity all those years ago. There’s also Suzy’s brother, Nick.

NNB: I hear that Nick Lincoln is single and available once again. Any chance of a love connection?

LR: I would love nothing more, but Nick is a year out of a long-term marriage. I think he thinks of me as a surrogate sister. He tells me that he may never want to settle into another long term relationship, that he doesn’t foresee fatherhood in his future.

NNB: How does that make you feel?

LR: Sad, actually. I think of all the eligible men in Unity—and there are several—Nick will always be my first choice for a husband.

NNB: Well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to talk with me.

To find out more about Lynsey, Nick, and even Quinn, read Back To You available now at Amazon through Books To Go Now!

Blurb:

On the surface, Lynsey Reznor seems to have it all. She is beautiful, brilliant, and a successful true-crime writer who has been living the past decade in Miami. But what Lynsey lacks is what she needs the most—a family.

After the death of her mother, and yet another failed relationship, Lynsey makes an impulsive decision to return to her hometown of Unity. But Unity will present its own bittersweet memories, most notably, her first love, Nick Lincoln.

Twenty years ago, Nick broke teenager Lynsey’s heart when he decided to marry another. He had his own private reasons—reasons he never explained to Lynsey. Now she is back, along with a chance to reclaim her love. But Lynsey wants answers from him that he may never be able to give out of duty and guilt.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Forgiveness by Dilys J. Carnie




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The first book in The Fitzgerald Brothers is called One Night One Mistake. The heroin, Eva is a strong, independent woman who made a mistake that caused her a traumatic loss. With age comes a wisdom and the scars on the outside heal far quicker than the ones inside.

http://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Mistake-Fitzgerald-Brothers-ebook/dp/B00D1B5EW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385781954&sr=8-1&keywords=One+Night+One+Mistake
Do we learn from our mistakes? Do we get to an age where we should know better? I guess life is a journey of living and part of living is to make mistakes and learn from them. Hurting from the inside out can cause the ruptures of heartache to become imbedded into our souls, but forgiving makes us better human beings. Trusting and forgetting is another story.

The most important lessons in life are from the bad mistakes we make, learning from them so that we don’t repeat them. Developing the wisdom and sense that controls our decisions can only come from bad choices.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” Albert Einstein. Philosophical words…but invariably there are those heart-breaking mistakes that scar us forever, the type that stay with you constantly it doesn’t matter how hard you try to put them behind you.

Eva and Gabe travel a journey where neither one can offer forgiveness for the mistake they made on one night of impulse. Walking away lost Eva ten years of her life and letting her go cost Gabe the woman he loved. Will he be able to understand why she left? Will she ever be able to love again?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Tightening Spiral Giveaway!

Horror Haikus for The Tightening Spiral



Hello there! I’m here today to promote my newest anthology of short horror and suspense fiction. For something different, I have summarized some of the stories from my collection in haikus.
I admit, when I first decided to do this post, I thought maybe I’d gotten WAY out of my depth. I have written poetry, but never a successful haiku. But with a little brush up on what makes a haiku (three lines of 5-7-5 syllables are the “guidelines”) I figured what could go wrong? So here are some horror haikus for selected stories from my upcoming horror and suspense short story anthology with Hazardous Press, called The Tightening Spiral. Try a copy. It makes for GREAT reading when you only have a few moments to spare!

ChoosetheVictim.com
Five girls’ names offered
By a writer seeking fans
Good wet inspiration

The Prison
Man on a mission
To break others out of prison
Finds his plan has flaws

In the Night
Mother and Daughter
Enjoy hunting hitchhikers
Mom, your turn to gut.

Say Goodbye
Her child is missing
Every minute ticks faster
Eat the poison berries, son

The Bribe
A cold beach at night
Evil lurks under the pier
Coin for your silence.

The Lie
Stop social climber
With a spoken vague falsehood
In return? Bullets

Not Enough
Save a beloved bro
With a vampiric virus
Infect the whole town

Granma’s House
Girl alone hears noises
Thinks her dead grandparents are there
Instead...a killer.
                       
Black Smoke
Woman who sees smoke
Confronts her fear in the crypt
Smoke gets her anyway


Let Me In
Demon comes calling
Woman sells her soul for love
The devil laughs last

The Tunnel
Shelter for world war
Becomes a scene of murder
Something waits below

Cold Enough
Iceman seeks storage
To endure coming summer
Stops killer as bonus

Making Hay
Old bitch nags at him
Hired hand has had enough
Buries her in hay

Face Recognition
Failsafe directive
Sends robot on killing spree
No escape, human

The Memory of Trees
Streets are utterly silent
Pro-earths release mutagen
Don’t stand still too long

The Network
The social network
Everyone too busy to care
TakeUSBack.com

End of Days
Supernova bomb
Trek south to kids’ salvation
But Sam’s already changing

ENTER THE GOODREADS GIVEAWAY HERE!  3 print copies available: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/71054-the-tightening-spiral

Blurb: Tara Fox Hall’s second collection of short suspense and horror stories, ranging from novella to microfiction in length. Chock full of demons, serial killers, social climbers, zombies, activists, ghosts, and the occasional happy ending…of sorts.
Excerpt from ChoosetheVictim.com:
 Stan stared at the letter on his glowing computer screen, furious. His newest work, My Victim, had been rejected. His editor said it “wasn’t horrifying enough” and had suggested a rewrite to “up the scare factor.” All his work with Kate—more on point, on her skin—had been for nothing.
Resisting his urge to throw the laptop across the room, Stan closed his eyes and took a deep breath. Destroying inanimate objects wouldn’t slack his rage. But destroying an animate one might. The key here was to gain not only some peace of mind, but also inspiration.
Stan opened another internet window, and typed in an address. His website came up: www.myvictim.com, the stark image of the survival knife shining with just a faint sheen of blood against the pristine white background.
He had tried several promotions in the last few months to encourage readers. Serial killer books were plentiful in small presses. He’d gotten a mixed response, until he’d decided to do some real life research and post some of his findings. But that small increase had been nothing when he’d invited his audience into the kill. Suddenly his inbox had been brimming with emails, all wanting to offer up victims they knew. As if he was an idiot! Stan was not going to be stupid. He’d come too far to be caught now.
Instead, Stan had launched a contest; Name My Victim. He had put in five random girl’s names, saying whomever got the most votes would be killed. He’d never thought to go through with it. But he’d gotten five hundred votes in the first ten minutes, five thousand total. At first, he had been thrilled so many people had responded with Katlyn. Luck and a little computer hacking had lead him to a girl called Kate. Then he had been worried that the coincidence would lead the police to his door. He needed a better method for choosing victims...
A Facebook notification popped into his email. Irritated, Stan went to delete it, then stopped cold. Here was the perfect place to find new victims. There wouldn’t be a trail on his computer for cops to find, because he wouldn’t need to hack anything; all the information was at his fingertips. All he would need to do was run his contest on his website…then choose a winner with a name like the most popular victim. There was a limitless supply of people with their entire lives online: where they ate, where they worked, how they lived. There were tons of pictures of their houses, their kids, their spouses, and their neighborhood. No address was posted usually, but enough clues to easily find one.
Sure, most people didn’t make all their info public. But he could always get a new email address, and build a new avatar. All he would have to do was make a study of those he wanted to kill. Once he knew a few of their interests, he could formulate an identity that would ensure his friend request would be accepted by his victim-to-be. Once he was in, he could get the info he wanted. Then would come the tantalizing wait for his readers to select that name from the list of choices.

God, this was going to be fun! Stan laughed aloud in glee, then began scanning random names by typing in letter combinations. There was no time to waste.
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