Thursday, June 4, 2015

What the heck!?!

LOL - Do you like the title of this post? Well, it kind of describes how I feel sometimes when I'm overwhelmed by these characters who are running roughshod in my brain. Every time I turn around there seems to be another one (or ten). 

But, I'm not really complaining. I'm simply here to tell you what happened and why there is ANOTHER series! I'm sure you're now saying, "What the heck?", right? 


So what happened was... Right after I finished writing Beautifully Brutal (Southern Boy Mafia, #1), I hit a wall. Not literally, no. But, I hit a mental wall and I suffered from what seemed to be an endless bout of writer's block. By the way, if you research what to do when you have writer's block, you'll find a gazillion suggestions on how to overcome it - none of them worked for me. But, I did do the one thing I always do: I kept writing. I didn't intend to finish anything, didn't even think that I'd have a complete story, but then BAM! There is was, right there in beautiful black and white print on my computer screen - WITHOUT REGRET! 


Of course, anytime I have a new idea, I always run it by Colt to get his input. With this particular series, he got very excited, thinking that we might possibly get to take more trips to Las Vegas for "research" purposes. I told him that wasn't the case. He frowned, then smiled, and then told me to go for it. 

So, that's how Devil's Playground was born. It will be series of novellas that I'll offer for $0.99 each. I hope you'll give it a chance! Without Regret is currently available for preorder, for yes, $0.99! 


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Our beloved Walker brothers

So, I realize it's been a few weeks since BRENDON released and the official end to the Alluring Indulgence series has arrived. BUT...

I thought I'd address one of the biggest questions (and often requests) that I get. Will we see more of the brothers? What about the other characters? 

I do have an answer for that, one I hope will please the loyal readers of this series. There will be more  of the characters from Coyote Ridge - in a spin-off series aptly named Coyote Ridge. :) I'm so happy to tell you that you will see Greyson, Jared, Jaxson, CJ, Curtis and Lorrie, Mack and Jeff, and the many cousins and friends of the Walker family. At this time, I do not have an estimate on when the first book will be published, but I promise, it will be coming. I do my absolute best to keep my website updated on what I'm working on (under Coming Soon). I include notes as well as the updated word count for the books I'm working on. 

In the meantime, I want to say THANK YOU! The love you've shown me and the Walker brothers for the past few years is something I will cherish for a lifetime. In no way will I be saying good-bye to them forever, I can assure you of that. I have something planned for the Alluring Indulgence series in the future and once I have more information on this, I'll be sure to share. 


Also, if you haven't read it yet, you can check out the short story - Fall Festival with the Walker Brothers. I originally published this in my October 2014 newsletter, but now it's available (for free) on my website. 








And thank you for making 
BRENDON a USA Today bestseller! 



Monday, June 1, 2015

We've got a contest, y'all!!!

And this one is a doozy! It was actually Colt's brainchild and a fantastic one at that. We've started referring to it as the Beautifully Brutal Bracket Bash (say that five times fast).

Beautifully Brutal Bracket Rules: 

Each Monday - starting May 25th - we will post (on my Facebook Author page) the bracket(s) that need to be voted on. This will be done in the form of a voting post on the Nicole Edwards Author Facebook page. At the end of each post the winning prize will be selected and moved to the next level on the bracket. The losing prize will be given to a randomly selected winner picked from those who voted on that post. This will continue until the release week of Beautifully Brutal (releases June 16th) where the final two prizes will be voted on. The Friday of release week, there will be two random drawings. First will be the random winner of the bracket post, this person will receive the losing prize. Then a Grand Prize winner will be selected from every person that participated in the individual bracket games. (Names will be pulled from every bracket voting post. So each time you participated in a voting post that is one entry. So if you voted in every post your name will be entered into the grand prize drawing 15 times. If you only voted in 3 posts your name will be entered into the grand prize drawing 3 times and so on.) The grand prize winner will win the remaining bracket prize PLUS a mystery box of prizes worth over $450.


Bracket post breakdown:

**Week one: May 25th:
There will be 8 Voting Posts this week: Each day The first Voting Posts will be open by 10am CST and the second will be posted around 30 minutes later and both till 8am CST the next day.

Voting Posts 1 &2 – Monday, Voting Posts 3&4 -Tuesday, Voting Posts 5&6 –Wednesday, Voting Posts 7&8 – Thursday. Friday Post: the winning prizes will be shown in their new bracket spot and the winners of the losing prizes will be posted.

**Week two: June 1st:
There will be 4 Voting Posts this week: Each day’s Voting Posts will be open by 10am CST till 8am CST the next day.

Voting Post 9– Monday, Voting Post 10 -Tuesday, Voting Post 11 –Wednesday, Voting Post 12 – Thursday. Friday Post: the winning prizes will be shown in their new bracket spot and the winners of the losing prizes will be posted.

**Week three: June 8th:
There will be 2 Voting Posts this week:

Voting Post 13 will be open by 10am CST Monday till 8pm CST Tuesday.
Voting Post 14 will be open by 10 am CST Wed till 8pm CST Thursday. Friday Post: the winning prizes will be shown in their new bracket spot and the winners of the losing prizes will be posted.

**Final Week: June 15th:
This will be only the final voting post this week.

Voting Post 15 will be by from 10am CST Monday till 8pm CST Thursday.
Friday Post: The winning prize will be shown and the losing prize winner and the Grand Prize winner will be selected and posted.

Good Luck!!!



*This giveaway and related posts to this giveaway are the sole responsibility of Nicole Edwards Limited and is in no way connected to Facebook. All prize winners will be selected using random.org or similar randomizing system. Questions about the giveaway can be emailed to: NicoleEdwardsContest(at)gmail(dot)com with subject: Bracket Question

Saturday, May 30, 2015

There is still time!!!

So, May is coming to a close... Yep, that's right. If you've been hiding under a rock, you may not know this, but I'm here to tell you that it's true. June is right around the corner, so keep your eyes open. If it's anything like May, you might miss it.

Anyway... I wanted to let you know that there's still time to pick up one of the May Mental Health Awareness Book Fundraiser books and help this worthy cause. These incredible authors have offered to donate a portion of their May proceeds from these books to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Mental Health Awareness month by either purchasing a book, sharing your story, sending a note, retweeting, sharing, liking... you get the picture. My love goes out to you all because this is such an important cause. We need to raise awareness!

Much love,
Nic



Friday, May 29, 2015

Love me some... Scandal

Yes, as many of you may have heard, a while ago I got hooked on this TV show called Scandal.
As should you. Seriously. It's. So. Good!!



If you enjoy sexy men, steamy love scenes, murder, crime, and,
of course, SCANDAL, then this is absolutely the show for you!
















































































































I just can't make myself stop!


Being the wonderful man that he is, Colt has gone along and watched every single episode with me, and although he may deny it to everyone, I believe he's in just as deep as I am! So, to wrap this up. Go. Go now. Get hooked on Scandal!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Love me some... J.R. Ward

Yes, that's right! Those who know me know how much I absolutely love J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood! I remember reading about Wrath for the very first time. I was completely pulled into the story and I have yet to pull myself out. So if you haven't checked them out for yourself, I highly suggest that you do! 







Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

I just wanted to pause and take a moment to say happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing mothers out there, including my own! There is something to be said about a mother's love, and yet it seems words will never be enough to describe it. 

Happy Mother's Day! I hope today is very special.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sweet Seduction

Make a difference while you read!




Have I told you about the new fundraising initiative I'm involved in this year? I've contributed a BRAND NEW story called ADORED to SWEET SEDUCTION, a limited edition digital-only boxed set curated by Brenda Novak for the benefit of diabetes research. It includes nine other never-before-published novels and novellas and costs only $9.99 (that's less than $1/story). 

Who else is in the set? Fellow New York Times Bestselling Authors Mari Carr, JS Cooper, Lexi Blake, Karen Erickson, Megan Hart, Julia Kent, Lauren Hawkeye, Nina Lane, Roni Loren, author J. Kenner, Elisabeth Grace and Avery Aster are all participating in this effort, too. And there's a foreword and free bonus story from New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones. Pre-order this set now (wherever ebooks are sold) so that you receive it when it's released on May 1st. Once SWEET SEDUCTION goes on sale, it'll only be available through June 30th. All proceeds will go to The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami (they are doing some amazing cure-focused work). Our goal is to raise $300,000 and, with your help, we should be able to do it. 

Please note that Brenda has also curated a thriller box set as well as a contemporary romance box set, so check those out, too. You can find more information at http://brendanovakforthecure.org  

Pick up your copy now!


Friday, April 10, 2015

WFM Week - Day Five + An Exclusive Scene!

Well, the final day has come at last! I just want to thank everyone who hung around this past week and helped celebrate the release of Wait for Morning with me! I had a blast, and I hope you all enjoyed WFM (or will enjoy it when you read it)! And for all of you that stuck around, I've included an exclusive scene today
that I hope you'll enjoy as well. 













You get to meet Marissa's brother Clay in Wait for Morning. Here's a little insight into what happened to him when he went to get coffee one morning... Enjoy!

Friday morning, 8 a.m.

Mornin’,” Clay Trexler greeted Ally Shaffaer when he made his way into the small, but very busy coffee shop located on the ground floor of the building he worked in. The building his family actually owned.
“Good mornin’,” she replied sweetly, big brown eyes peering back at him from behind the counter. “Same as yesterday?”
Clay nodded, fighting the urge to smile. Yes, he was at Percolation, the stellar coffee shop housed on the bottom floor of his office building, to order the same as yesterday and the day before and the day before that. In fact, Clay was pretty sure it was the only thing he’d ever ordered from there. Coming in for a large black coffee was part of his morning routine and being that he was allergic to change, he was certain he’d be drinking the same coffee when he was old and gray.
He watched as Ally retrieved a large Styrofoam cup from the towering stack teetering precariously on the counter before turning to one of the many machines behind her. She pulled the spigot and dark liquid and steam filled the cup until she turned it off.
It wasn’t that the coffee pouring into the cup was all that interesting, but Clay figured watching the process of making coffee was the lesser of two evils. Either watch Ally work or watch Ally’s ass while she worked. Considering the last time he’d checked out her extremely fine backside, he’d been busted by the woman herself.
“On the house,” Ally told him when she turned to face him, just as she did every morning.
“Thanks,” he responded and then slid a five dollar bill into the tip jar.
“Why do you do that?” Ally asked suddenly and his morning routine immediately veered off course. Generally, Ally would smile, her beautiful face aglow with gratitude and he would disappear out the door and trudge up the seven flights of stairs—more to burn off excess energy than for any exercise-related health benefits—to his office.
Not today.
“Do what?” he asked as he eased out of the way of the other customers who were in line behind him.
“Put that much in the tip jar?”
“Because I want to?” he said, phrasing his answer as a question because he wasn’t quite sure where she was going with this.
“It defeats the purpose, you know?”
Was it him or did she seem rather argumentative?
“I know,” he said calmly, studying her as she tracked him from behind the oversized glass case that housed all of the pastries and other cholesterol-laden goodness that she sold.
When he was free of the throng of people, Clay sidled up to the counter, close to where Ally was now standing. For a moment, he considered asking her a question of his own. Perhaps something along the lines of, “Would you be interested in going out with me?” or maybe something simple like, “How about dinner?”
He didn’t ask either question because he’d never conjured up enough nerve to ask the lovely coffee shop owner anything. Hell, she had even managed to eliminate his need to request coffee for himself. But the way she was staring back at him made him believe she was actually waiting for him to ask something. What, he had no idea.
“Are you all right?” he finally asked when neither of them said anything, the cacophony of the busy store growing louder as they stood staring at one another.
Finally, after what seemed like an interminably long time, Ally nodded her head. It wasn’t the direct response that made him question her honesty though. It was the shadows that passed through her eyes as her gaze flipped to the door briefly, the way her brow creased slightly and how she worried her bottom lip.
Was she trying to tell him something?
Then again, he’d always been the suspicious sort. Kind of went along with the job.
Or maybe this was just... what? Mindless flirting?
Hell, Clay would admit that he wasn’t exactly up to speed on the interworking of a woman’s mind, but surely he could figure out if a woman were flirting with him, couldn’t he?
Especially this woman.
Everyone knew Ally Shaffaer. They knew she owned Percolation. They knew she was a bestselling author. They also knew she wasn’t big on sharing details of her own life with many people, nor did she generally engage in much conversation aside from the necessary pleasantries. Through the years, Ally had become close friends with Clay’s sister, Marissa, but even Marissa had mentioned how closed off Ally was at times.
So was this Ally’s way of opening up a little?
Or possibly just wishful thinking on his part?
Before Clay could muster up the nerve to dig deeper, to question her, his cell phone rang. Snapping it from the clip on his belt, he glanced at the screen before hitting the talk button, once again locking his gaze with Ally’s.
“Trexler,” he greeted.
“Dad wants us to meet him at his house,” Colby informed him gruffly.
“He say why?” Clay probed, turning slightly away from Ally, seeking a modicum of privacy.
“Nope. But he said we’ve got five minutes to get there.”
Clay laughed without mirth. “I’m at the office. They’re fifteen minutes away,” he told his older brother unnecessarily.
“Then I suggest you get off the phone and haul ass, bro.”
With that the call ended.
While Clay snapped his phone back in place, he glanced down at the coffee cup in his hand. Shit. There was no time for caffeine and if he had to deal with his father or his brothers that early in the morning, he was going to need some.
Taking a sip, he smiled at Ally one last time. “Gotta run. I’ll stop back by in a bit. Gonna need more of this,” he told her, raising his cup for her to see before he tossed it into the trash receptacle near the door on his way out.
Snatching his key from his pocket, Clay made his way to his motorcycle—the red, white and black Yamaha YZF-R6 was his pride and joy—and within seconds was out of the parking lot and on his way to his parents’ house.

Too bad mentally he was still back in that damn coffee shop. And the last thing on his mind was coffee.





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Thursday, April 9, 2015

WFM Week - Day Four

Is the week almost over already? Wow, time flies when you're havin' fun, huh? I hope you are all enjoying Wait for Morning! I know I'm enjoying all of your feedback!!

















WFM Excerpt:

With the room cast in shadows and the light once again moving through the bathroom window, Trace inched toward the front door as he started the Escalade using the remote start button on his key fob, keeping Marissa close to him. Silently turning the knob, he pulled on the door and pushed it open with his foot, keeping them safely on the inside and out of the open.

Nothing.

Trace was tempted to laugh at the absurdity of it all, but he fought the urge as he peered around the doorjamb, checking left and then right before reaching for Marissa’s hand and pulling her with him. They didn’t bother closing the door as they eliminated the few feet between the motel room and the Escalade’s driver’s-side door.

With his eyes scanning their surroundings, he lifted the handle, pulled it open, and then urged Marissa inside, similar to the way he’d done back at the safe house. She scrambled into the driver’s seat without question, then launched herself over the center console as she tossed the duffel into the back. He jumped in behind her.

And that’s when things went to shit.

The front passenger door flew open, and a big guy who resembled the Michelin man with his bulky white coat grabbed for Marissa. Thankfully, the guy hadn’t taken her completely by surprise, earning himself a sharp kick to the solar plexus before he stumbled back a few feet. Marissa’s scream rent the otherwise silent air when the bastard reached for her again, this time jerking her from the Escalade.

Well, fuck. This wasn’t in the plan.



















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