Author: Nichole Chase
Publisher: 464 Pages, (April 23rd, 2013)
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Synopsis: Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.
Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.
While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.
Guest Post: A Day in the Life of Nichole Chase
As a full time author and the mother of a three year old, my days are never the same. Sometimes I think I would love to have a fixed schedule, but I’ve adapted to the chaos over the last few years. Mornings are always the slowest part of my day. Well, I move the slowest in the mornings. I’m admitting it right here—I’m not a morning person. So, we take it one step at a time. That means feeding the munchkin, my tortoise, Rochester, and our super-hero dog (you’ll have to ask my munchkin about that), Stormy. Oh, and myself—which usually includes a massive dose of caffeine.
From there, I try to work on answering emails, messages, and tweets. All of that is done in between chasing the munchkin around the house, answering a thousand “why” questions, and taking care of regular house stuff. By the time I finally wake up good, it’s time for the munchkin to nap. Once she’s up, we run errands. The post office employees recognize us when come in. They get their media mail stamps ready and wave at my daughter. While in the car, we jam out to whatever music is inspiring me at the time and play rhyming games. Driving is usually when I work out any problems that I’m having with a story or character.
Once the errands are finished and I have any energy left, I will do Pilates or go outside and play with the munchkin. If the weather is nasty we will do something in the house, sometimes curl up and watch a movie. My daughter starts Pre-K in August, so I’m soaking up as much time with her as I can right now. I like to craft, which is a nice way for me to recharge my creative batteries, so will make a lot of my own book swag.
Eventually it’s time for dinner and bedtime. Well, bedtime for everyone else! Once the munchkin is tucked in and my husband has called it a night, I start working for real. (You might be thinking that this is why I’m not a morning person, and you might be right, except even when I call it an early night, I’m a grump in the morning too.) This is the time that I zone into my work and the rest of the world disappears. I don’t have to worry about anything else and let myself become completely immersed in the story. I will write until I can’t hold my eyes open any longer, or until the story lets me go. Sometimes that’s hours and hours. Other times I’ll write for one or two hours and then work on research. Either way, I’m in that story.
Of course, all of this is subject to change. The munchkin could have a nightmare, my super hero dog could get sick, or I might *gasp* have to be up early for something else. Another time, I might get to run away to go write. That means I could be sitting in a corner at a coffee shop (so cliché, I know) but I can get lost with my characters for hours and really knock out word count goals. I’ve been known to hit 16,000 words in a day when I can get away. So, if you see me sitting and staring at my computer, with my headphones on, and I look up at you with a glazed expression, it’s because I’m in that in-between place, where I’m present in physical form, but the rest of me is somewhere else entirely. Don’t take it personally if I ask you ‘what?’ a few minutes after we stopped talking. It just means that our conversation is finally catching up with my brain. (Don’t be surprised if I laugh to myself or mutter while all alone either. No wonder some people move away from me with a worried expression.)
The truth is that my days vary all the time. I just do my best to fit writing in where I can. Yes, it’s my job, but it’s also my passion. When I don’t have time to write I feel stifled and frustrated. I’m lucky that it’s something I can do from home and still enjoy time with my family.
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Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs.
Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories).
Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.
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