Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Blog Tour: Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight [Excerpt + Guest Post]

Hi there everyone! Do I have a treat for you all today. I am taking part in this blog tour as a host to help promote author Nancy Straight's book, Meeting Destiny. The book is a Young Adult Paranormal novel with a supernatural twist. I hope everyone will like learning more about this book and download your free copy below. So enjoy and Happy Reading!

Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1)
by Nancy Straight
Published June 26th 2010

Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense. A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.
 Available for free for a limited time @ Amazon, BN, and Smashwords

His words made my heart soar, my whole body felt warm and my heart rate began
steadily gaining speed. Knowing how badly this visit could have gone, I couldn’t
help but push my luck, “Max, I need to ask you one more thing. Could you stay
just another minute?”

Max glanced at the watch on his wrist, and I could tell he really did need to
leave. “Yeah, but I’ve already been gone for way too long. My partner’s got to
be looking for me by now.” He moved a hair closer to me, and I could hardly
contain my excitement.

“I know this isn’t the best place, and I understand if you tell me no, but if I don’t
ask, it’s going to drive me crazy. I was wondering if you feel anything weird
around me?” This sounded so strange, but I didn’t know how best to articulate my
question. I needed to know if it was only my imagination.

Max looked me straight in the eye, “Weird, like what?”

I felt the flush of embarrassment on my cheeks as I asked quietly, “Like,
chemistry, a little?”

Max stood still as a statue staring at me sitting almost straight up in my bed. His
smile faded a little as he leaned into me and whispered, “You mean like this?”
He softly slid his hand behind my head, pulling my lips up to his. Gentle at first,
then increased intensity until I found that I had wrapped both my arms around
him, wires protruding from every direction, and my entire body tingled. I grew
lightheaded as he eased his face away from mine. He gently lowered my head
back to my pillow and moved his hand to my face. Max traced my lips with his
index finger. After a few outlines of my lips, he responded quietly, “Chemistry,
huh? No, I hadn’t noticed.” His wide smile reappeared with a vengeance.

My heart monitor went crazy, jumping well into the 100s as an alarm blared to
life as if to tell the world what had just happened. Max reached over and pushed
a button on the monitor and the alarm muted instantly. As he leaned in for what I
was sure was going to be just as passionate as our first kiss, his pocket beeped.

Max stopped, rolled his eyes and fished in his pocket, pulling out his blackberry.
He looked at the screen with disappointment in his eyes. “Hey, we just got a call.

I really have to go. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for continuing this conversation
tomorrow, but I really can’t stay.”

“I’d like that, too,” unable to say anything else.

He kissed my cheek, “I can’t wait to tell Missy about tonight. Bye.” Max darted
out the door as he sprinted off to save someone’s life. The jealous part of me
hoped he was being called to help an old fat man.

Indie Authors I Adore!! - By Nancy Staight

I LOVE to read Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. I thought for my guest post I could tell you about a few of my most favorite authors in this genre.

Anyone that knows me at all knows that I idolize Shelly Crane. We published our books within a few months of each other. I noticed people that bought my books had also purchased hers. So I purchased Shelly’s Significance, I was totally hooked. I love the story, the characters, the pace – the book was an instant favorite. I’d never heard of Shelly so I googled her. I found her website, her facebook page, and several blogs where she had done guest posts. I reached out to her via Goodreads asking for advice. I was hoping for (not expecting) maybe a sentence or two on how to promote my books, and what was working for her. Shelly wrote me a short novel’s worth of advice. I was so blown away I cannot tell you how many times I read her note. The months that followed I continued to ask for her opinion and each time she responded and was a real gem. She is a World-Class, Genuinely-Sweet, Independent Author. I hope every one of you that reads this buys all of her books and falls in love with them the way I have.

Rachel Higginson is an Independent Author from Omaha, NE. I grew up in Iowa about two hours from where she lives. Let me start by saying there aren’t a ton of books set in the Mid-West and her Star- Crossed series is set in Omaha. The series was recommended to me by one of my friends on Goodreads. OMG I read it every spare second I had: in my car waiting for my son’s school bus to pick him up, in the kitchen while I was waiting for the oven to preheat, riding in the car on the way to the movie theater with my husband, at night, hours after I should have gone to bed. Are you getting the picture? Saying I enjoyed her series is a gross understatement. The first in this series is Reckless Magic – it’s FREE in all major bookstores, give it a try I know you’ll love it!

Charlotte Abel is an Independent Author that first reached out to me about cross-promotion. Before I agreed, I read her book Enchantment – again, I fell in love! I’d never heard of cross-promoting before but was eager to do anything I could to work with such a talented author. We both had books that were due out the end of January. She put the first chapter of Meeting Destiny at the end of her book Taken (Channie Series). I added the first chapter of Enchantment at the end of my third book, Destiny’s Wrath. Charlotte is a tremendously talented writer, and unlike most of the Independent Authors that I’ve met, success didn’t find her, she went looking for it. She is one of the most organized, considerate, thoughtful and sincere people I’ve ever known. I highly recommend her Channie Series – it’s wonderfully written and very original!

Shannon Dermott is cool. She’s a mom, a writer, she has a job and she’s a college student. Where she finds five minutes in her busy life to write, I don’t know. Her books, Beg for Mercy and Waiting for Mercy were so awesome that I read them twice!

Amy Bartol is one of the most gifted writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Her Premonition Series kept me reading until 4am. If books were drugs, hers would be crack!

Bottom Line – there are incredible independent authors out there who have had a big impact on me and whose works I adore. I hope you’ll check out each of these four ladies - I admire each of them and their books were so awesome that I put my own writing on hold because I couldn’t put their stories down!

 Find Nancy @ 
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children. She has three rotten dogs, enjoys RVing with her family, reading and writing all types of Paranormal literature.

Thank you for stopping by everyone! I do truly hope that someone will find this book to be a new read and a book there will absolutely love. I don't know about you but I love the cover. Very cool! Don't you think?


  1. I love Nancy Straight and the Meeting Destiny series. I can't wait for her new series. And thanks for the recommendations. I haven't all of those yet but I'm getting them today!

  2. Thanks so much for letting me do a guest post on your blog and for helping to promote Meeting Destiny!! Much <3 Nancy

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  4. Wow! Thank you so much, Nancy! I love your Destiny Series and Max. *sigh*

    I can't wait for your next book! Do you have a launch date?


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