Friday’s Post

A friend of mine reviewed my blog for me from the standpoint of marketing and suggested I talk a bit about my books. Who knew? LOL!

My new book that I just sent in to a publisher for consideration is a new direction for me. It is a romantic suspense, and what’s so cool about it (besides everything, LOL) is that it is set in an exotic locale I have visited: Monaco. Which in an odd way leads me back to my first book, Love Caters All. Okay, how? After all, Love Caters All is a “straight-up guilty pleasure” romance with a fair bit of sensuality. The new book is an action packed diamond heist set in Monaco with a PG rating (although we’ll see how it ends up by the time it is published). But the thing is I came up with that plot thinking about To Catch a Thief. I love Cary Grant. (Isn’t it great you can speak of late celebrities in the present tense because their movies live on?) I love his movies and he reminds me of my dad in many ways.

Well my first book was inspired by a Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn movie, one of my favorites, Philadelphia Story. Now, when you read it, you’ll say in what way is this possibly like Philadelphia Story? And those of you who have read it, right? Love Caters All is set in Maine,

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whereas Philadelphia Story is set in, you got it, Pennsylvania. Different plot, different characters, different setting. But what I was going for was banter. I loved the banter in that movie, and that’s what I wanted. I wanted the book to be as light as a souffle, for the conflict to hinge on nothing more serious than shoes.

Here are some shots of Monaco, also by way of Morgue File, a great resource.

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This castle plays a huge role in my new book

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Most of the new book takes place at night.
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Early dawn by the harbor, the characters have some exciting scenes here

I hope you have a great weekend. I’m happy to report in California, we are getting rain!

 

 

#Giveaway Monday and my first book signing

Today you can get Dead to the Max for free. It’s the start of what looks like a great series. This is by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jasmine Haynes/Jennifer Skully, who signed with me, along with Adina Senft/Shelley Adina on Saturday at The Village House of Books!

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Nicci, Jasmine, and Adina

Jasmine took a picture of me signing my very first book sale. Yes, that’s a friend. I had a lot of support from friends, which made me feel wonderful!

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Here’s the free book. I already downloaded it and can’t wait to start!

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Blurb:

A ghost, a psychic, and one very hunky detective, all tied up with a bit of murder and mayhem…

Thirty-something, down-on-her-luck accountant Max Starr has the unfortunate gift of being psychic, a newly-discovered wrinkle in her already messed-up life. Her husband, Cameron, is dead, killed in a botched 7-11 robbery two years ago. She’s cut herself off from friends, moved out of her San Francisco home in favor of a studio apartment, and dumped her flourishing career as a CPA to do temp work.

And now Max has developed an annoying penchant for attracting the spirits of murdered women. Okay, they possess her. And to exorcize them, Max must unmask their killers. But how?! By stepping into the void their deaths created, taking their jobs, befriending the loved ones they left behind. Max goes wherever she has to go and does whatever she has to do, with a lot of help from the ghost of her late husband Cameron and hunky and very enticing Detective Witt Long.

In Dead to the Max, Book 1 in the Max Starr series, Max steps into the shoes of a murdered accountant and starts to learn that even supposedly boring accountants can have secret lives and secret desires. Max just has to hope the secrets she uncovers don’t get her killed, too.

You can download the ebook here:

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And here are the titles of and links to the Max Starr series:

Dead to the Max, Book 1

Evil to the Max, Book 2

Desperate to the Max, Book 3

Power to the Max, Book 4

Vengeance to the Max, Book 5

#Giveaway Monday

Happy Giveaway Monday! To soften the blow of having to start a new week,  I am giving away a high resolution picture from the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam and telling you about a great free book.

I use this picture as  background on my phone. It looks really good as wallpaper.

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Next up: This very popular book is free for a short time! I grabbed a copy for myself. It’s a romantic comedy, my favorite!

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She’s Gotta Be Mine
Cottonmouth Book 1
Copyright 2011 Jennifer Skully

For the first time in e-book!

If you missed it previously, KOD Daphne Award winner “Sex and the Serial Killer” is back with a new title, “She’s Gotta Be Mine”, and a slight text revamp.  It’s still laugh-out-loud funny, peopled with hilarious characters in the small town of Cottonmouth, California.  Not to mention an alleged serial killer who’s too devilishly handsome to ignore.

4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick! “Skully’s novel is a triumph. It’s fabulously funny, with top-notch dialogue, terrific pacing and witty compelling characters.”
Romantic Times

“A witty novel that will keep you engrossed until the very end!”
Huntress Reviews

“An absolute delight.”
Road to Romance Reviews

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that, no way. Instead, she decides to reinvent herself. The new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—will follow her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. And there she’ll show him—and his sweetheart—what a big mistake he made.

What better way to show him what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan…until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it…did he?

~Previously published in 2005 as Sex and the Serial Killer~

Don’t miss the sequel, Fool’s Gold!

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Here are three free recipes for cookies, some that are even healthful for breakfast!

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Who is Nicci Carrera?

Me.

Long story, but I created a new pen name for Nicci Carrera, and my book came out last Monday! It’s a  spicy romantic comedy.

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Blurb:

When hard-driving CEO Rick Nordan arrives in Lobster Cove under strict orders from the family doctor to take a break, he discovers the rental house comes with a family attached, including one sexy dynamo of a caterer. She’s nothing like his ex-fiancée who wouldn’t sign a pre-nup, but maybe that means she’s the real deal and not a gold digger.

Maya Cruz wants life for her widowed mother to get easier by renting out her house during the summer. But teaching Mama business means explaining Rick isn’t a “guest,” he’s a “customer.” And the first thing Mama does is invite Rick to join their family activities. Having Rick around wouldn’t be so bad if Maya didn’t find him so attractive. The last time she fell for a vacationing millionaire, she had her heart broken.

She swore off his type, and he’s not looking, but this might be a recipe for love.

Short Excerpt:

Get a grip. She was just proving Rick right about her footwear with her clumsy performance.

“Those shoes aren’t made for lifting,” Rick said.

“These shoes make me your height. Perhaps you don’t like that.”

He chuckled. “Still got a few inches on you, Maya.”

“Still got a few hands on me too.”

He grinned, leaving his hands where they were. “Sorry.”

“Somehow your smile belies your apology.”

“Are you sorry?” His brows rose in inquiry, but his tight half-smile showed confidence that her answer would be no.

About Lobster Cove

Love Caters All is part of The Wild Rose Press Lobster Cove series. This is a multi-author, multi-sub genre series. Lobster Cove is a fictional small town on the coast of Maine, near Bar Harbor. It is quaint and quirky with a colorful history, a friendly population of charming residents, and a vibrant tourist business. It is home to research scientists and small shop owners, grumpy cops and sassy chefs. Back in the day, it was a bustling fishing town and home to many immigrants, from both the state cabins and the lowest decks.

Available at:

The Wild Rose Press ebook:

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Print:

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Amazon Kindle:

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Amazon Print:

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Kobo:

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#Free: Lighthearted contemporary romance from Mac Crowne! A Song for Sophie

Given how much I loved The Billionaire’s Con, this new romance from Mac Crowne is at the top of my To Be Read pile! Mac, welcome. Can you tell us about A Song for Sophie?

Mac Crowne: Hiya, Nia. Thanks so much for hosting me and my lighthearted contemporary romance, A Song for Sophie, part of the Honky Tonk Hearts series from The Wild Rose Press. I’m thrilled to be included in the list of talented authors contributing to this fun series. Seriously, if you haven’t read any of these awesome honky tonk love stories, you’re missing out!

Might I suggest you begin with my contribution? 😉 Oh, and did I mention it’s free to download 10/15 – 10/19? Yep, FREE! Here’s the blurb and a short excerpt. Enjoy.

Blurb:

Jobless, practically homeless, and tired of being manless, Sophie Taylor jumps at the chance to be Beaumont Walker’s personal assistant. Six weeks on the road with country music’s bad boy–and, more importantly, his all-male crew–is the perfect opportunity to change her life.

Beau Walker doesn’t need any more distractions. Sophie, with her butt-ugly suits and balls-to-the-wall attitude, shouldn’t be one, but she proves to be distracting and more–even, surprisingly, a friend. So when he discovers her plan to snag a man from his worldly wise crew, he’s determined to protect her from herself.

When Sophie realizes Beau is behind her failure to attract even one member of his crew, the last place she expects to find herself is in his bed. But will one night of passion convince her she’s woman enough for him? Or will it destroy their friendship and his budding belief in true love?

And here’s an excerpt:

“Sophie, I’d like you to meet my mother, Savanna Beaumont. Ladies, this is Sophie.”

That’s it? No explanation for her intrusion into their luncheon date. No qualifying her position as an employee. She considered kicking him under the table. Running interference indeed. Hah! As if any of these stunning women would consider her presence at the table any kind of competition for Beau’s attention.

She did her best to ignore the arm he slung over the back of her chair and smiled at his mother. “Miss Beaumont. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m a big fan.”

Savanna’s bemused gaze flicked to Beau before her eyes cleared. She returned Sophie’s smile. “It’s always lovely to meet a fan. How do you know my Beau?”

His fingers tugged a gentle warning on her braid, and he spoke before she could answer.

“She’s from Cholla Springs, Savanna. A history teacher at the high school.”

Sophie sent him a sidelong glance. “Actually, I was a teacher in Cholla Springs.” She jumped when his booted foot connected with her ankle. Oh, no he didn’t! She didn’t look his way, simply kicked him back, hard, and was pleased at his muffled grunt. “But,” she continued, “because of recent budget cuts, I’ve recently taken a new position.”

She turned to him then, thinning her lips and narrowing her eyes in a scowl designed to let him know he was going to owe her—and owe her big.

Here’s the link for the free download A Song for Sophie on Amazon and if I could ask you a favor, please feel free to share the link with your friends, because everyone loves free, right?

Also, excuse me for my shameless plug, but as Sophie and Beau met while on tour, I thought it appropriate to set them loose on the world by tour. The A Song for Sophie Blurb Blitz Blog Tour. I’m giving away a title from my back list at every stop plus a grand prize bundle of 15 romance ebooks from some of my favorite authors. Click on the link for details.

Mackenzie Crowne Bio:
I’m a wife, mother and really young grandmother. Together with my high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian and a blind cat, I call Arizona home because the southwest feeds my soul. My love of books, specifically the romance genre, has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened my resolve to see my stories shared with others. Today, I’m a five-year survivor, living the dream. Raised on the concept that a stranger is just one conversation away from being a friend, I love meeting new people.
My friends call me Mac. I hope you will too.

Mac’s Links:

Amazon Author Page

mackenziecrowne.com

FaceBook Author Page

Twitter @maccrowne

Goodreads

Thank you, Mac! I love having you on my blog. You’re upbeat attitude and fun, light stories always inspire me.