Sunday, April 22, 2012

MEETING DESTINY Blog Tour -Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the MEETING DESTINY Blog Tour. Today I have a guest post from author Nancy Straight, along with an excerpt of MEETING DESTINY, followed by a giveaway. So, let's get to it. Here's Nancy!

What I Like To Read
I like to read so much, it’s difficult to pigeon hole it into a single genre. When I read for pleasure, I most often pick up Paranormal Romance or Urban Fantasy. I find that in the real world, most of my close friends are very strong women, and that affinity feeds into the types of fiction I prefer. I like heroines that are able to stand toe-to-toe with pure evil and come out swinging; and if that same heroine happens to fall in love with a big hunky guy I know I’m hooked! Books that make my heart race, palms sweat, a tear fall or a laugh while I’m still reading at 2 a.m. quickly find their way to my list of favorites. Experiencing physical reactions or real emotions via fictional characters has always been a source of pure joy for me and my gage on whether I like or love a story. I am opposed to weak heroines, those that seem to let events happen to them, or routinely require rescuing. In the real world we’re all in charge of our own destinies – fictional characters should be just as strong as real women. J Books that are in my “all time favorites” include: Shelly Crane’s Significance Series, Shannon Dermott’s Campion Series, Charlotte Abel’s Channie Series and Nicole Williams’ Eden Series. Right now I’m reading Rachael Higginson’s Star-crossed Series, I can already tell that this, too, will be one of my all time favorites! Each of the heroines in these series made tough choices, good and bad decisions, and all had the most heart-felt love interest that was more than willing to jump in head first to any battle that presented itself. I loved these books!
 Thanks for sharing, Nancy! I love to learn what books capture author's attention. Plus, I get some great book recommendations.

Meeting Destiny (Destiny, #1)
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.~From GoodReads


“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.

Published June 26th 2010 by Nancy Straight         

You can purchase MEETING DESTINY at:
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  1. I love paranormal romance. I do love a strong heroine and all the better when she falls in love with a big hunky guy! LOL I also love when I can laugh out loud and when my eyes tear up from real and strong emotions while reading. That is definitely the making of a great book! Thanks for the guest post. I already have the book but still need to make time to read it. I've been wanting to read it for a long time! It sounds great!

  2. In real life, no I don't believe in destiny. But I like reading about it in my fantasy reads :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  3. Oopsss.. please disregard my entry, non-US :)

    Cherry Mischievous

  4. Great guest post!! I love a strong heroine too. I can't stand weak or whiny MC's in books. I am not entering to win because I was so lucky to have won her whole entire series signed back a few months ago. I still have to get to them, but the books really sound awesome!! We really need more hours in a day to read. Lol!!

  5. I'm kind of a pessimist in that I don't really believe in destiny. I think everyone is destined for greatness if they put the work behind it.

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  7. I read the first book in the series. I've heard that the books get better and better as the series grows, so I look forward to reading the next book. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I definitely believe in destiny! I would love to read this book!

  9. Yes, I do believe in destiny! This book sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  10. I believe in Destiny, it's a concept I believe it is worth believing in. And yes, I can't wait to read the book!!!

  11. I don't exactly believe in destiny, but I also don't not believe in it either. Does that even make sense? LOL

  12. I like the idea of DESTINY at the center of the book. Something fresh and new!

  13. I think we all have many destinies laid out before us like a map. As we choose certain paths, others are closed to us forever. Eventually people may end up on a road that has no more options.

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I to prefer strong heroines in my stories. I'm not sure if they would be considered the same but I believe in Karma so I would have to say yes to believing in ones Destiny as well. :)

  15. i like the idea of having a destiny, but i don't know that we really do. of course if we do, i'd love it if my destiny could be made a little bit clearer to me : ) either way i'd love to read about it!!


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