Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In the Spotlight: Nicky Charles



Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:

In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”, and soon became ‘hooked’ on story telling. She joined a fan-based group for the show and through there met Jan Gordon. It was an idle comment made by Jan during a review of Black Silk (Jan’s newly published book) that inspired Nicky to write her first original story. Over the course of the next two months, she hastily scribbled down a suspense driven romance entitled Forever In Time and presented it to the world in August of 2009. Soon after, she wrote The Mating, a paranormal romance and followed it up with The Keeping and The Finding. The three stories formed a loose paranormal trilogy called The Law of the Lycans. Nicky continues to expand the Lycan series and has a long list of possible plots waiting in the wings.

Nicky works full-time and writes in her off-hours, few though they may be! In the next few years she hopes to retire from her day job and concentrate more of her energy on her new passion of writing.

When she writes, Nicky sees the story unfolding in her head like a movie and tries to include enough detail so that readers can ‘see’ the story just as she does. The sights, sounds, smells and sensations of a scene are almost as important to her as the actual plot.

Creating main characters that are ‘real’ is also something she strives for. Nicky tries to make each character different, to give them an interesting back story, to make their actions and feelings logical and to hopefully make the reader actually care what happens to the people in the story.

Nicky lives in Canada and tries to stick to Canadian spelling and punctuation in her work, in support of her country. She is an avid supporter of animal shelters, nature conservancy, food banks and a variety of other charities. Currently she has two ‘inside’ cats and one official ‘outside’ cat though a number of strays seem to take up residence in her garden each year.

When not writing, Nicky enjoys reading – though she often bemoans that she seldom has time for it any more. Her favourite authors are Elizabeth Peters, S.C. Stephen and Cherise Sinclair. She also enjoys spending time out in nature, gardening, taking day trips and eating dark chocolate.


You can connect with Nicky Charles at her website: www.nickycharles.com or her Facebook page.

Nicky's books:

(Stand alone)
Forever In Time: http://amzn.to/POFgKp

(Law of the Lycans)
The Mating: http://amzn.to/1mRLfcF
The Keeping: http://amzn.to/1hwaPib
The Finding: http://amzn.to/PCYGCs
Bonded: http://amzn.to/1fZhmCI
Betrayed: Days of the Rogue: http://amzn.to/PCYQtp
Betrayed book 2: The Road to Redemption (release date May 1st, 2014)




The Mating (Original Law of the Lycans, book #1)

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/FgoqlmtxKl4

The Book Trailer was done by Janet Ramsey Kilroy another member of Nicky's Street Team

Book Description:

The Mating (Original Law of the Lycans, book 1)

She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her.

Beside her, he stirred and she sensed him rolling over, his amber eyes staring at her. She made no move to look at him and instead tried to steady her breathing. It was no use. As she inhaled, her breath quivered betraying her emotional state. Despite blinking rapidly, a stray tear trailed down her cheek.

Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.

Download your free copy of The Mating (Original Law of the Lycans, book #1) at one of the sites listed below:

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To learn more about Nicky Charles, her books and her Alphas, click here:
http://www.nickycharles.com/home/contact-me

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The Keeping
The Keeping Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/9DEsHMVxcmc

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Synopsis: 
She discovered a dark secret, witnessed a murder and fled into the night fearing for her life. Three years later, Cassie is still hiding from her past, haunted by a dream lover and fighting to control a terrifying beast that seems to grow stronger each day. When Bryan, pack Beta, appears to claim her, Cassie is forced to face the truth of her existence. Innocence, betrayal, greed and love collide with ancient werewolf laws in...The Finding

Excerpt:

A blur of choco­late brown fur ran past him and he spun around, stunned at the sight. Was that a...? Dammit, it was!

A quick glance around re­vealed that there was no one on the street, but just in case, he ducked down be­hind a car to shift into his wolf form. Once he trans­formed, he took off after the lit­tle fe­male were­wolf. She was run­ning as if the demons of Hell were chas­ing her. He sent up a quick prayer that no an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers were around and that she didn’t run across the road and get hit by a car!

He raced after her, his longer legs quickly eat­ing up the dis­tance be­tween them. They were com­ing to the end of the road, a play­ground was straight ahead. Bryan scanned the area, thank­ful no chil­dren were about, then put on a burst of speed. He was al­most upon her when she started to veer to the left. Quickly cal­cu­lat­ing her path, he cut across at an angle and leapt, slam­ming into her as she ran in front of him.

The im­pact sent them both rolling across the ground in a tan­gle of legs and tails. A cloud of dust bil­lowed around them and Bryan sensed rather than saw her turn­ing around, prepar­ing to bite her at­tacker. Ag­ilely, he twisted away, the sound of teeth click­ing to­gether let­ting him know he’d had a near miss. Be­fore she could make an­other at­tempt, he hip-checked her, knock­ing her off bal­ance and then scram­bled around to strad­dle her. Grip­ping the scruff of her neck firmly in his teeth, he is­sued a low, warn­ing growl. In­stantly, she froze in re­sponse, only her heav­ing sides mov­ing as she strug­gled to breathe after her head­long flight.

His wolf was ex­cited to have her pinned be­neath him and he flashed back to his re­cur­ring dream. This wasn’t a for­est, but in every other way, the cir­cum­stances were the same.

We’ve chased the fe­male down and now she is ours!

Cau­tiously, Bryan re­leased the scruff of her neck and nuz­zled her ear. She whined in re­sponse, tilt­ing her head and ex­pos­ing her throat. A rum­ble of plea­sure sounded deep in his chest.

She is sub­mit­ting to us! We should stake our claim and mark her!

He got up and cir­cled around, sniff­ing her thor­oughly. The scent of arousal was be­com­ing stronger and the wolf in him fairly danced in ex­cite­ment. Mov­ing so they were nose to nose, he nipped and licked at her face, rub­bing against her, mark­ing her with his scent. She re­turned the favour, her breath­ing turn­ing into ex­cited pants.

Her scent was in­tox­i­cat­ing and he couldn’t wait to get closer. She seemed to feel the same way, stand­ing and bump­ing her body into his. Lick­ing her muz­zle, his human side won­dered what it would be like to kiss her full plump lips. No sooner had the thought crossed his mind, than he shim­mered and changed forms, using the power of his own trans­for­ma­tion to pull her along with him. Be­fore he knew it, Cas­san­dra Greyson was in his arms, kiss­ing him pas­sion­ately.



The Finding

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Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/oazxp3X_aHg

Book Teaser: http://youtu.be/YCwuEj-c-rc












Betrayed can be found at the following:

Smashwords | Amazon | Amazon UK

Excerpt:

Flutters of excitement stirred in her stomach. She tilted her head to the side in a silent request, allowing him easier access to her neck. Rafe's kisses affected her like no one else's ever had, and with each encounter she found herself craving him even more. Taking her up on her unspoken offer, he gently bit on the exposed cord, then lathed the area with his tongue. Eve whimpered as the flutters inside her became a warm pool of need. She tried to turn to face him, but he tightened his arm around her waist. "Stay still." There was a rough edge to his voice, almost a growl and the sound of it sent shivers down her spine..."




Fan Made Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gyq5unkONM&feature=youtu..be

Description:

How do you love again when your heart is dead? How do you know when it’s time to let go?

Damien’s kicked about the country these past three years. No pack. No purpose. No reason to keep on living. When an old friend, Kane Sinclair, asks for his help, he agrees and heads to Chicago. After all, what does he have to lose?

Sam’s grown up on the streets. Raised to be an Alpha, she’s strong and independent. Her duty to her pack rules her every move. As much as it irks her, she finds herself looking for help when Sinclair threatens to take over her territory. With the pack’s future at stake, does she dare gamble on a rogue?

Can a rogue let go of his past and dare to face the future? Are strength and duty enough to pave the road to redemption?

The sixth instalment in the Law of the Lycans

Excerpt
A banging on the door brought him out of his reverie and he realized he’d showered on autopilot. Wrapping a towel around his waist, he made his way to the door and opened it only to be greeted by his new employer’s glowering face.

“Are you drunk?” She spoke bluntly, eschewing all the normal social niceties and barely gracing him with a glance before staring around the room.

Damien raised his eyebrows at her tone, then followed the direction of her gaze. The empty whiskey bottles lay on the floor by the chair in which he’d spent most of the night. “And good morning to you, too. No, I’m not drunk, only pleasantly numb.”

“Good. We don’t have time to waste waiting for you sober up. If you’re going to drink, do it on your own time.”

“And when is my own time?” He leaned his hip against the nearby dresser and folded his arms over his chest.

“Whenever I say.” She flicked her eyes over his mostly naked body, showing no signs of embarrassment. “Get dressed and meet me downstairs in the kitchen. We’ll talk while you eat.” Without further ado, she turned on her heel and left.

Damien straightened and pushed the door shut fighting to keep an unfamiliar grin from his face. God, she was a spitfire. And cool, too. He had no false modesty over his appearance. It was a well-documented fact that women still swooned over him, but she hadn’t even batted an eye.

Drying himself off, he dressed and made his way to the kitchen at a leisurely pace despite the fact that he knew she meant for him to haul ass. Samantha Harper could bark orders all she wanted. He’d obey only when it suited him. And right now, it suited him to piss her off.




From the author of the Law of the Lycans series, an updated and revised version of her first novel: Forever In Time by Nicky Charles

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFK0JvqIweY

Synopsis:

"I'm waiting, Steph. I've been waiting a long, long time."

She was in there, he knew it. He'd been following her for weeks and knew every move she made. There'd be no escaping him. Time was on his side.

Stephanie thought she was ordinary. Her life was stable, or at least it was until the stranger appeared. Was he the answer to her dreams or a nightmare?

Excerpt:

Stephanie felt herself sinking into him, becoming lost in the taste and scent and feel of the man. His warm, muscular body pressed against hers; his hair was thick and silky under her fingers. It seemed so familiar, so right, like she’d kissed him a thousand times before...

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