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Guest Author: Nancy Gideon (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming Nancy Gideon here today to Dark Faerie Tales.  The first book in her Moonlight series, Masked by Moonlight, was recently released on May 25, 2010.  Masked by Moonlight is also part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge.

One lucky commenter has a chance to win a copy of Masked by Moonlight.  Details are listed at the end of the post.

“And They Lived Happily Ever After” Squared

by Nancy Gideon

Paranormal readers love a series.  They love plot mythology and characters that return book after book after book.  But the equation for a paranormal romance has always been 1 Hot Hero + 1 Sexy Heroine = 1 Happily Ever After.

I confess.  I don’t like arithmetic.  I wear my “English Major. You do the Math” tee shirt with pride.  Something about formulas and common denominators always struck me as having a singular lack of creative license.  Plug in variables and arrive at a statistically certainty.   Okay. I believe you.  I don’t really care to know why it works as long as it does, and don’t ask me to show you the steps. Just hand over the calculator and no one gets hurt.

That said, you can imagine my enthusiasm when it comes to applying mathematical theory to writing.  There’s no math in romance!  Those inflexible rules need not apply, especially in a paranormal where rules are made to be broken…if you can do it convincingly.

THAT said, imagine my surprise when the formula used in my new dark paranormal MOONLIGHT series was met with a certain degree of publisher and reader hesitation.  1 HOT Hero + 1 Sexy Heroine = 4 Happily Ever Afters.  What do you mean it doesn’t add up? The same hero and heroine are in the first four of six connected books.  There’s the proof.  Let’s just say I pulled a James T. Kirk and manipulated the data to arrive at the desired conclusion.  It’s not cheating. It’s creative thinking.

I didn’t start out to shatter the H/H/HEA continuum. It just sort of happened when Max Savoie and Charlotte Caissie came alive at my keyboard.  From page 1 to 384, they circled warily, verbally fenced, struggled with loyalties, and sizzled through a sensual dance within the world I was creating for them.  But by the time I got closer to that 384th page, I knew I’d created more of a monster than just Max. I had a monster of a plot that was still unfolding.  I had character issues dangling, intriguing secondaries ripe for exploration, a deeply buried mythology that Max had only begun to uncover.  I needed more time, more space.  More pages! Though the first book, MASKED BY MOONLIGHT concludes with the reader knowing Max and Cee Cee are together as a couple, there are huge obstacles to their developing relationship.  Did I mention he’s a shape-shifter searching for his past, bound to a criminal empire and a shadowy clan of Shifters who believe he’s their prophesied leader?  That she’s a dedicated New Orleans detective following clues to a grisly murder that point right to the enigmatic mob enforcer she finds inexplicably irresistible?  Not to mention she has serious issues committing to a man . . . and he isn’t one.  Conflict to the nth degree.

Though each of the first four books feature Max and Charlotte, each one deals with a separate external plot and a new internal complications, while peeling back the underlying layers of their secretive pasts. It’s been an adventure for me because many of these surprising revelations I’m discovering right along with them.  What fun is there to working a story problem when you already know the solution?

“Gideon kicks off a paranormal series with intriguing characters and zippy action . . . and masters the tension required to keep her complex and engaging story moving.” Publishers Weekly starred review

Okay, I’ll admit it.  Following the steps has its rewards. Even with rules meant to be broken. And a reward for the reader is that the first three books come out back-to-back-to-back in June with MASKED BY MOONLIGHT, July with CHASED BY MOONLIGHT and August with CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT.

You do the math.

For more about the series and surprises to come, visit my website.

Author Bio:

Nancy Gideon is the author of over fifty romances ranging from historicals to paranormal and romantic suspense, writing under her own name and as Dana Ransom and Rosalyn West. She’s even dabbled with a movie novelization and has had a screen play collaboration made into an indie horror film.  She works full time as a legal assistant and harbors a secret addiction to Net Flix.

You can visit Nancy around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Synopsis (Product Description):

Homicide detective Charlotte Caissie is dedicated to bringing down the crime boss responsible for her father’s murder.  Using Jimmy Legere’s right hand man is a dangerous gamble, not just because of his ruthless reputation as more monster than man, but because her feelings for her mysterious and irresistible enemy are … complicated.  There’s just something about Max.

Rescued from the swamps as a child, Max Savoie owes Jimmy Legere his life. Existing silently in his rescuer’s shadow, he heeds only one voice.  Until Charlotte Caissie awakens his emotions and tests his loyalties.  Forced to step outside his cautious rules to save her, he risks more than his heart . . . he risks exposing his dark secret.

Working together means facing the truth about who and what they are, and what they need from one another.  If Max is the murderer she seeks, Cee Cee might be his next victim. She can’t afford to trust any man.  Good thing Max isn’t one.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Masked by Moonlight.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

Do you like following romance rules or do you think they can be broken by having the same hero and heroine in more than one book?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Monday, June 28th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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28 Responses to “Guest Author: Nancy Gideon (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Jeanette JuanNo Gravatar
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    I think the romance rules can be broken, especially when there’s so much more to learn and read about the main hero and heroine (unless it’s just getting dragged out way too long). The rules are nice to have for structure and a clear ending but rules can be broken!

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  2. jedisakoraNo Gravatar
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    I do think romance rules can be broken. Sometimes it’s more interesting that way since there can be more room for character and relationship development. It also gives you a chance to really know the complexities of a character. ^^

    Melissa
    moc.nsmnull@arokasidej
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  3. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I think rules are made to be broken – and I love having a couple continue over multiple books, as long as the story lines are compelling and make sense and there’s a sastisfying conclusion for each book. Being able to learn more about the characters and their development of themselves and as a couple is why I love to read this type of series.

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  4. elaing8No Gravatar
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    +1 I agree with the others. I like reading the same couple through a series, but also have other characters intertwined throughout.Gives the author more opportunity to explore these characters.

    +2 blog and twitter follower @elaing8

    +3 tweeted http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/15649567810

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  5. CrystalGBNo Gravatar
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    I do think the rules can be broken. I like to see reoccuring characters in books.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com
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  7. Tracey DNo Gravatar
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    +1 Yes, the rules can be broken. I love to see the hero and heroine in sequels, whether they are the main characters or playing a secondary roll.

    +2 I’m a blog and Twitter follower (@bl0226)

    +3 I posted on Twitter..
    http://twitter.com/bl0226/status/15661548211

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  8. Marlene BreakfieldNo Gravatar
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    It is okay to break that romance rule, because I like to continue reading about a well-liked hero and heroine. Just don’t break the HEA rule, please.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter. @mbreakfield

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

    http://twitter.com/mbreakfield/statuses/15662480710

    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Caitlin UsignolNo Gravatar
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    Breaking rules makes life interesting. I like seeing characters in multiple books because I like getting to know them more

    Im a follower
    usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom

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  10. darkevaNo Gravatar
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    I like romance novelists who like to try to break the rules, and when there are multiple characters with their own storylines, sometimes inter-related, then it makes the book/series much more interesting for me, personally. The HEA rule need not always apply, though–in fact, sometimes it can make a book more interesting

    I follow you on twitter, I have a link to you on my sidebar (http://thedarkeva.com; scroll down on the right-hand side), and I’ve tweeted about your contest on my twitter @d00llface

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  11. Kate N @ YzhaBella's BookShelfNo Gravatar
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    Hi everyone!
    I say to heck with the rules! There are not true rules in love or life! Why can’t we have the same hero and heroine! There have been many times I would love to know the “rest of the story”!!!

    +1 See above
    +2 I am already a follower
    +3 I shared the link for this event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/YzhaBellas.BookShelf (June 7 @ 9:02pm est)
    +3 http://yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2010/06/contest-connections-12.html

    Have a great day every one!
    Kate (aka YzhaBella’s BookShelf)
    mleger0546(@)rogers(.)com

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  12. ThrouthehazeNo Gravatar
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    +1 I like reading about the same characters in more than one book because I get to know them better
    +2 follow here and on twitter @throuthehaze
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  13. Cait BraxtonNo Gravatar
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    I think some rules in romance should be broken, particularly the antiquated romance that follow boy meets girl, boy and girl have fight, boy and girl make up and live happily ever after. Toss in some other topics for angst, strong secondary characters and perhaps they don’t ALWAYS have a fight. It’s refreshing to see authors who dare to break out of the mold and express their creativity. I like not knowing what might happen next.

    Thanks for contest

    2 + I follow your blog

    Cait B

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  14. KelliNo Gravatar
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    +1 Breaking all the rules is the way to go
    +2 follower
    +3 link to side bar (http://idsoratherbereading.blogspot.com/)

    Thank you!
    Kelli

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  15. MandieNo Gravatar
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    I say break em! I like books that have the same characters!

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  16. MandieNo Gravatar
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    +2 Follower
    +3 tweet http://twitter.com/Time4mommy/status/15735906925

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  17. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I actually prefer series that have continuing characters and a continuing romance. Let’s see, my favorite series right now are Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Alpha&Omega, JD Robb’s In Death series, Sookie Stackhouse. Yup, every one of them has continuing lead characters and a continuing romance. That’s actually what caught my eye on this one. I’m really looking forward to reading it and it’s a bonus that the first three books are coming out so quickly.

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    jen at delux dot com

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  18. cfisher1504No Gravatar
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    Rules are made to be broken. I love series… It is so depressing to really get into characters and hit a “The end.” You are always left wondering what happens next.
    +2 follower cfisher1504 at gmail dot com

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  19. Stephanie K.No Gravatar
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    I love reading about the same couple in a series. Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series and J.D. Robb’s In Death series are great examples of this. We as the readers get to see not only the growth of the characters, but how the couples relationships grow over time.

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  20. Lisa RichardsNo Gravatar
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    I do so love my series. It’s wonderful to go back and visit a world or characters that you’ve already met. And rules, made to be broken.

    +2 follower

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  21. JulieNo Gravatar
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    I think rules are meant to be broken in storytelling and it’s cool to see characters in various different stories.
    I’m a follower.
    This book sounds interesting. Count me in the giveaway. juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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  22. Steve CapellNo Gravatar
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    I actually prefer series that have continuing characters and also continuing plot. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

    steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. latisha depoortereNo Gravatar
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    I think it is ok to break the rules It can give more to a story but I also still like that boy and girl happy ending.
    ten.retrahcnull@naejahsit
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  24. Chas @ LLL in the 808No Gravatar
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    +1 question: Anything goes. I have read series that do thing their own ways! Have you read Kelley Armstrong’s Woman of the Otherworld series! I love how that series is set up. When i love the characters i love to keep reading about them as long as the author keeps things interesting. But Kelley seems to have a formula that I think works great!! But really- I love all kind of series and thankful that authors give us such a great variety to read from!

    +2 follow blog and twitter @ lll808

    +3 sidebar: http://lll808.blogspot.com/

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  25. katiaNo Gravatar
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    I can never not break rules so hey welcome to the club!

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  26. ElisabethNo Gravatar
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    Do you like following romance rules or do you think they can be broken by having the same hero and heroine in more than one book?

    I think they can totally be broken! I think having the same hero and heroine throughout more books makes it even better. More pages for character building and storyline. Love it!

    Thanks, Elisabeth

    ebethsaves[@]yahoo[dot]com

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  27. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    Rules are made to be broken, right? I don’t see a problem with using the same heros and heroines in the same series! Or even having them guest-star in another series. New day, new adventure, right?

    I’m a follower!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  28. wanda flanaganNo Gravatar
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    I do like to break the rules occasionally but for the most part I prefer to follow the romance rules
    +1 entry for answering
    +2 entries for becoming a follower .
    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    @ lilblupixie

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