Lots of stuff here today. A series, with the first one FREE. The latest story in the series. Meeting Nancy, the series’ amazing author. And lots of samples! Read the whole thing, and you’ll see!
The D’Azzo Family Series by Nancy C. Weeks is a suspense action romance, and its latest, The Protector, ] releases a couple of weeks back.
The Eyewitness ~ The D’Azzo Family Book 1
Maryland PD forensic scientist, Emersyn D’Azzo, has an explosive past with her father’s younger partner, Detective Alec Pearce. He is off limits. A sexual dance between her and Alec fractures Emersyn’s close relationship with her father just moments before a sniper’s bullet rips Joe D’Azzo from her life.
The forensic report ties the fatal bullet to an ongoing spree of sniper killings across the state. Her father’s murder wasn’t a random act of violence, and Emersyn can’t stay clear of his case. Alec could help her find the true motive, but while he makes her heart race, history taught her a hard lesson. She can’t trust him. She can’t trust anyone.
Thrown together, they uncover a decades-old disappearance of a college student, and Joe D’Azzo was a person of interest. The investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts to save their lives?
Sensual Level: Clean and Wholesome
FREE March 5th– 9th
The Analyst ~ The D’Azzo Family Book 2
Tessa D’Azzo built her reputation as an FBI analyst by missing nothing—not a date, a fact, a connection, not even a passing glance. But now her talents are blinded by grief. Can the one detective who doesn’t trust Tessa’s skill clear his mind—and heart—in time to save their lives?
Fans of Blue Bloods won’t want to miss this chapter of the D’Azzo family.
FBI analyst Tessa D’Azzo has been tasked with a tough job even for her unusual skills: tear decorated police officer Oliver Gates’s life apart to find out why he went on a killing rampage before the Beltway sniper put a bullet through his heart. Anyone else would have missed the one link Tessa uncovers that connects Gates’s death, the sniper, and her own father’s murderer.
But she reports to the one detective whose goal in life is to bury her career. Just let him try to distract her from using her advantage to hunt down this murderer.
Gates’s replacement, Captain Eric Logan, has had his fill of Tessa’s brilliant but erratic mind, her unfounded theories, and the way she haunts his dreams. He owes Joe D’Azzo a great debt, and is determined to find who’s behind his friend’s murder without Tessa’s interference destroying his case.
Yet when grief overwhelms Tessa’s focus, Eric’s closeness is the only thing that centers her. And he can’t squelch the desire to convince her that life is about more than working the case. Maybe this time, she doesn’t have to fight the battle alone.
With the killer close enough to touch and Tessa the target, will love transform them to true partners.
Behind Closes Doors
The Protector ~ The D’Azzo Family Book 3
Detective Nathan D’Azzo’s last conversation with his father lasted long enough for the cracking sound of a sniper’s bullet to hit its target while his sister’s screams filled the night. He hunts the killer to the doorstep of a renown federal judge with a spit-shine life on the bench, but only until his robe comes off. Timothy Jarrett is the brains behind a massive gang alliance, his enforcer, Marcus Jacko. And between them, Olivia Weaver, a woman with a deep devotion for those she loves but a web of secrets miles long. Nathan will bring them to their knees.
Olivia Weaver wants two things, the cancer eating her mother alive eradicated and a place they both can disappear. But that can’t happen. When a seemingly innocent man tries to save her life, she breaks her number one rule, never get involved. She should have left Nathan, AKA Drew Parker, D’Azzo to the wolves. He’s one of them.
When Nathan unravels small pieces of Olivia’s life, his protective instincts jolt to the surface. A darkness pulls them further apart. Can they forgive each other long enough to save one another?
Don’t miss this heart-stopping end to the D’Azzo Family saga!
Award Winning author, Nancy C. Weeks loves life, the best part, her family. The rest of her day is spent creating riveting romantic suspense novels that sometimes have a touch of the supernatural. Her characters stalk her dreams until she curls up with her laptop and creates their lasting love. The best way to see who is keeping her awake at night is to join her newsletter on her Website and/or her private Facebook group called Nancy’s Corner.
I’m thrilled to be here today. I’m Nancy C. Weeks and I write romantic suspense with the occasional supernatural/paranormal element, or a crazy-mad drone thrown in just to edge up the story. I just released the third book in my The D’Azzo Family series, The Protector. This series pulled, poked and nudged me in so many ways. In the end, I’m so very proud of each individual story as well as the series as a whole.
What started you on the path to writing?
I dreamed of writing my own novel for years, but the nasty doubt monster took up residence in my head and I couldn’t even get the first sentence down on paper. That changed overnight. My sister gave me a challenge I couldn’t walk away from.
Mary decided to quit smoking, cold turkey, and if I sent her the first chapter of the book I always wanted to write by the end of the day, she wouldn’t smoke. Well, an entire chapter was crazy talk, but I did send her the first six pages of In the Shadow of Evil, Book 2 the Shadows and Light series. The next day, I forced out more pages, and then more the following day. I had no idea what I was doing, but she kept asking for even more pages. I finished my first novel and my sister was smoke-free for an entire year. I take no credit for what she accomplished. That was all on her, and her amazing strength and dedication, but she gave me just the right push to reach for a dream I should have been on for years. I just published my ninth novel, and sweet Mary has been smoke-free for ten years. The doubt monster still rears its ugly head, but not for long.
How did you come up with the idea for The D’Azzo Family series?
I live in between Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. Back in 2002, before any of us recovered from the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11, a couple snipers terrorized our backyards. Skip ahead fifteen years, and somehow, I thought it was a good idea to drag all that mess up and create a copy-cat sniper based on the Beltway sniper. Worst yet, I used this sniper to do the unthinkable, and my D’Azzo sibling spend the next three books trying to bring this sniper to justice.
Yeah…I don’t know what I was thinking either. But I have to say, The D’Azzo Family series turned out to be one great story. In fact, The Eyewitness, Book 1 earned the RONE Award for Best Suspense/Thriller 2018. But I think from now on, since I write fiction, I’ll stick to fictional events.
OH…one more quick plug for The Eyewitness. It’s FREE today through March 9th on Amazon. You really want to get your copy now. This is my first free book ever.
What sort of research did you do to write this series?
I spent way too much time stalking the FBI website to re-reading Washington Post articles, and the Interweb is always a great resource. But what really spiked my research up a level was having the opportunity to speak one-on-one with someone too close to the case. It was exciting and terrifying at the same time. If you want more information on the who, read the acknowledgements.
Which kind of scenes are the hardest for you to write? Action, dialogue, sex?
I love writing heart-gripping action. I also love dialogue, and hope I bring out a deep, diverse personality of each character through their unique dialogue. As for the love scenes, I usually type ‘Love Here’ in the first draft. It’s not that I hate writing those scenes. They are vital to my characters’ story. I just leave them for the second writing because by then, I really know my characters very well. The scenes I hate writing, that make me cry through every editing pass, are the scenes where I’m hurting the characters I’ve come to love, or worst yet, create to die. It’s impossible not to get close to these characters. They have such an impact on the story as well as the series. It still breaks my heart.
Has your environment /upbringing colored your writing?
Oh yes! I was raised in a big, loud and loving family. If you wanted to be heard, you screamed louder than my oldest brother. We are still very close.
I do crazy amounts of research about drones, botnets, snipers and blowing things up, but I understand sibling dynamics. And as an added bonus, I write series. I never totally have to say good-bye to my characters. Brothers and sisters will always pop up in other books. They’re family.
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
1. It’s hard work. It takes me almost a year to write one book. I don’t write-in-a-box because it’s not satisfying to me or my readers. Please be patient.
2. Like 99.999 percent of authors who chose to work in this field, I’m an author because I love the writing. I want my readers to have a few hours of downtime from the daily stresses of life to sit back and enjoy a great story. But I will never live like the amazing J.K. Rowling. That’s okay.
3. We asked for reviews so new readers can find our stories. I’m very thankful to the reviews I have received.
What is the main thing you want readers to take away from your book?
I love this question. This is me stepping on my soap box…
The one thing I believe in without doubt in this crazy world is the power of love.
I fell in love with this very tall, adorable Texan at the University of Texas when I was only twenty-two. A year before, I was in a horrific car accident where I was thrown from my tumbling vehicle after being struck from behind by a drunk driver. My prognosis, spinal cord injury, twenty-one-year old female, T12L1, paraplegic. She will never walk again.” And yes, that’s how I heard the news.
Why am I telling you this? Well, at twenty-three, I married that tall man, and this year, my sweet hubby and I will celebrate our thirty-ninth wedding anniversary. He still, to this day, tells me every night before I fall asleep, “I love you. Thank you for marrying me.”
Every sentence I write is leading to one ending, a lasting-love, happily-ever-after. I want my readers to believe in the power of love. It doesn’t have to happen like I portrayed it in The Protector, or any of my books I have written, and those I will still write. It’s unique for every couple, and it’s real, amazing, and everyone deserves a happy ending.
What are you working on now?
I received the rights to my Shadows and Light series, my incredible sexy five McNeil brothers last fall. In the Shadow of Greed will release, revised and with added content, on April 29, 2020. It’s up for pre-order on Amazon now. In the Shadow of Evil will release in June, and the remaining three books will follow every couple months. I’m also writing my tenth novel, a nameless work-in-progress. It takes me a few chapters before the title hits me. If you want to help name characters or even name the new book, join my newsletter and Nancy’s Corner on Facebook.
Thank you again for hosting me, Viviana. If anyone has any questions for me, please don’t be shy. I love interacting with new readers. I’m leaving behind a Free Chapters Download from The Protectoron Book Funnel. It’s a simple one-click and you can read the chapters either on the computer, phone or e-reader. Enjoy!
One final note, each book in The D’Azzo Family series is a standalone, but I highly suggest this series be read in order.
Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks
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This was such fun, Viviana. Thanks so much for hosting me. If anyone has any questions for me, please ask away. Hugs!!!
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It was a pleasure having you here!