Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spotlight Tour: Nicky Charles


Bio

 

Nicky Charles

Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this:

In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”, and soon became ‘hooked’ on story telling. She joined a fan-based group for the show and through there met Jan Gordon. It was an idle comment made by Jan during a review of Black Silk (Jan’s newly published book) that inspired Nicky to write her first original story. Over the course of the next two months, she hastily scribbled down a suspense driven romance entitled Forever In Time and presented it to the world in August of 2009. Soon after, she wrote The Mating, a paranormal romance and followed it up with The Keeping and The Finding. The three stories formed a loose paranormal trilogy called The Law of the Lycans. Nicky continues to expand the Lycan series and has a long list of possible plots waiting in the wings.

Nicky works full-time and writes in her off-hours, few though they may be! In the next few years she hopes to retire from her day job and concentrate more of her energy on her new passion of writing.

When she writes, Nicky sees the story unfolding in her head like a movie and tries to include enough detail so that readers can ‘see’ the story just as she does. The sights, sounds, smells and sensations of a scene are almost as important to her as the actual plot.

 

Creating main characters that are ‘real’ is also something she strives for. Nicky tries to make each character different, to give them an interesting back story, to make their actions and feelings logical and to hopefully make the reader actually care what happens to the people in the story.

Nicky lives in Canada and tries to stick to Canadian spelling and punctuation in her work, in support of her country. She is an avid supporter of animal shelters, nature conservancy, food banks and a variety of other charities. Currently she has two ‘inside’ cats and one official ‘outside’ cat though a number of strays seem to take up residence in her garden each year.

 

When not writing, Nicky enjoys reading – though she often bemoans that she seldom has time for it any more. Her favourite authors are Elizabeth Peters, S.C. Stephen and Cherise Sinclair. She also enjoys spending time out in nature, gardening, taking day trips and eating dark chocolate.


You can connect with Nicky Charles at her website: www.nickycharles.com or her Facebook page.

Nicky's books:
(Stand alone)
Forever In Time: http://amzn.to/POFgKp

(Law of the Lycans)
The Mating: http://amzn.to/1mRLfcF
The Keeping: http://amzn.to/1hwaPib
The Finding: http://amzn.to/PCYGCs
Bonded:
http://amzn.to/1fZhmCI
Betrayed: Days of the Rogue: http://amzn.to/PCYQtp
Betrayed book 2: The Road to Redemption (release date May 1st, 2014)

 

 

 


The Mating (Original Law of the Lycans, book #1)

Book Trailer: 
http://youtu.be/FgoqlmtxKl4

The Book Trailer was done by Janet Ramsey Kilroy another member of Nicky's Street Team

Book Description:

The Mating (Original Law of the Lycans, book 1)

She lay beside him, staring blankly at the ceiling. The deed was done. They were mated. It didn't matter that she had no love for him nor he for her. Political alliances were more important than feelings, or so she had been told. That fact was cold comfort right now as her heart broke within her.

Beside her, he stirred and she sensed him rolling over, his amber eyes staring at her. She made no move to look at him and instead tried to steady her breathing. It was no use. As she inhaled, her breath quivered betraying her emotional state. Despite blinking rapidly, a stray tear trailed down her cheek.

 

Elise had no idea when she came home that day that she'd end up mated to a complete stranger. A new Alpha and the need for an alliance between packs have made her a pawn.


1,209 five star reviews on Amazon!

Review:

By: Susan Wasek, member of Nicky Charles' Street Team

It was the free price that first grabbed my attention but it was the well developed plot that kept me turning the pages. This book has it all...sexy alpha werewolves, an unforgettable cast of characters, romance with a bit of erotica, suspense with unexpected twists that keep you guessing, and an ending that has you downloading the sequel "The Keeping" along with the other books in the series. The Mating is reminiscent of the Middle Ages, were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit from the alliance, whether for political purposes or to gain wealth, property or prestige. Elise, our 19 year old virgin heroine has been raised knowing what was expected of her as the daughter of the Alpha. Kane, our hero is the kind, practical, hot sexy new Alpha of a neighboring pack. What our hero and heroine don't know is that someone is out to undermine, sabotage and destroy their future and their pack.  Nicky Charles has done a superb job of combining our old world style history with a paranormal twist in a modern setting creating her own new Lycan world. The end result leaves you asking for more!

 

Review:

By Jai – Amazon reader review
Great read. I loved the plot it was fantastic I'd happily recommend this book to those who love a great suspense story. "The Law of the Lycans "series is worth the read.So grab a bottle of wine, some cheese and grapes,climb into that bubble bath and relax and enjoy this Great read.

 

Review:

By rwking – Amazon reader review

This review is from: The Mating (Law of the Lycans) (Kindle Edition)
Nicky writes in a way that really pulls you into the story. You feel like you're actually there, seeing everything take place. The books are long enough that the plot and characters are very well developed. But all too quickly you get to the end and are reaching for the next book in the series.

 

Chapter 3 Excerpt:

...the man shrugged and gave her a slight smile.  “Thats Marla.  Just ignore her.  She has some ...issues.

Watching the woman slide up to Kane and rest her hand on his arm while smiling brightly, Elise wondered what the ‘issuesmight be.  Somehow, she just knew that Marla was not going to be welcoming her to the pack.

 

Chapter 7 Excerpt  : 

“Youre a little minx, Elise. Do you know what it does to me when you touch me like that?” She shook her head. Running his lips across her jaw, then raking his teeth down her throat, he murmured against her skin, “It drives me wild.  It makes me want to bury myself deep inside you.”

 

Chapter 9 Excerpt:

“Better be careful what you say, Zoe because one of these days you might just find Im the one with the power.  And just like an elephant, I never forget.”  With that, Marla spun on her heels and stalked away.

“Her memory isnt the only thing like an elephant,” Zoe said in a not so quiet voice.

 

Download your free copy of The Mating (Original Law of the Lycans, book #1) at one of the sites listed below:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-mating-nicky-charles/1020987305?ean=2940000826966






To learn more about Nicky Charles, her books and her Alphas, click here:
http://www.nickycharles.com/home/contact-me

For Lycan Law Series Merchandise click here:
http://www.cafepress.com/+nicky-charles+gifts


 


The Keeping Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/9DEsHMVxcmc


 


 

Synopsis:  She discovered a dark secret, witnessed a murder and fled into the night fearing for her life. Three years later, Cassie is still hiding from her past, haunted by a dream lover and fighting to control a terrifying beast that seems to grow stronger each day. When Bryan, pack Beta, appears to claim her, Cassie is forced to face the truth of her existence. Innocence, betrayal, greed and love collide with ancient werewolf laws in...The Finding

Excerpt:

A blur of choco­late brown fur ran past him and he spun around, stunned at the sight. Was that a...? Dammit, it was!

A quick glance around re­vealed that there was no one on the street, but just in case, he ducked down be­hind a car to shift into his wolf form. Once he trans­formed, he took off after the lit­tle fe­male were­wolf. She was run­ning as if the demons of Hell were chas­ing her. He sent up a quick prayer that no an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers were around and that she didn’t run across the road and get hit by a car!

He raced after her, his longer legs quickly eat­ing up the dis­tance be­tween them. They were com­ing to the end of the road, a play­ground was straight ahead. Bryan scanned the area, thank­ful no chil­dren were about, then put on a burst of speed. He was al­most upon her when she started to veer to the left. Quickly cal­cu­lat­ing her path, he cut across at an angle and leapt, slam­ming into her as she ran in front of him.

The im­pact sent them both rolling across the ground in a tan­gle of legs and tails. A cloud of dust bil­lowed around them and Bryan sensed rather than saw her turn­ing around, prepar­ing to bite her at­tacker. Ag­ilely, he twisted away, the sound of teeth click­ing to­gether let­ting him know he’d had a near miss. Be­fore she could make an­other at­tempt, he hip-checked her, knock­ing her off bal­ance and then scram­bled around to strad­dle her. Grip­ping the scruff of her neck firmly in his teeth, he is­sued a low, warn­ing growl. In­stantly, she froze in re­sponse, only her heav­ing sides mov­ing as she strug­gled to breathe after her head­long flight.

His wolf was ex­cited to have her pinned be­neath him and he flashed back to his re­cur­ring dream. This wasn’t a for­est, but in every other way, the cir­cum­stances were the same.

We’ve chased the fe­male down and now she is ours!

Cau­tiously, Bryan re­leased the scruff of her neck and nuz­zled her ear. She whined in re­sponse, tilt­ing her head and ex­pos­ing her throat. A rum­ble of plea­sure sounded deep in his chest.

She is sub­mit­ting to us! We should stake our claim and mark her!

He got up and cir­cled around, sniff­ing her thor­oughly. The scent of arousal was be­com­ing stronger and the wolf in him fairly danced in ex­cite­ment. Mov­ing so they were nose to nose, he nipped and licked at her face, rub­bing against her, mark­ing her with his scent. She re­turned the favour, her breath­ing turn­ing into ex­cited pants.

Her scent was in­tox­i­cat­ing and he couldn’t wait to get closer. She seemed to feel the same way, stand­ing and bump­ing her body into his. Lick­ing her muz­zle, his human side won­dered what it would be like to kiss her full plump lips. No sooner had the thought crossed his mind, than he shim­mered and changed forms, using the power of his own trans­for­ma­tion to pull her along with him. Be­fore he knew it, Cas­san­dra Greyson was in his arms, kiss­ing him pas­sion­ately.

Review: 

If you are a PNR fan, particular a wolfette at heart, that loves a story where the heroine find themselves thrown into impossible situations and finds her own strength and voice during an arduous journey all the while falling for the hot irresistible sexy alpha who is a pigheaded, strong, loveable bad boy, who does crazy things, that have you shaking your mental cast iron skillet at them, before winning the female; and villains you love to hate and want to personally knock off just to save the main characters the trouble, then you will love The Finding. It is a titillating story that takes you on a journey of denial, deception, and desire. It will keep you guessing and just when you think you know where the story will end up, you are hit with an O.M.G. moment.

-Tosha Webb, Reader review

 


 

Where to find The Finding:

Amazon


Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10468258-the-finding?from_search=true

Itunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-finding/id421356914?mt=11

Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41917

 

 



 

 

 

 


 




AMAZON US: http://amzn.to/1fZhmCI




Betrayed can be found at the following:



http://amzn.to/PCYQtp


               

Excerpt:

Flutters of excitement stirred in her stomach. She tilted her head to the side in a silent request, allowing him easier access to her neck.  Rafe's kisses affected her like no one else's ever had, and with each encounter she found herself craving him even more. Taking her up on her unspoken offer, he gently bit on the exposed cord, then lathed the area with his tongue. Eve whimpered as the flutters inside her became a warm pool of need. She tried to turn to face him, but he tightened his arm around her waist. "Stay still." There was a rough edge to his voice, almost a growl and the sound of it sent shivers down her spine..."

 

 


 


 


Betrayed Book 2: The Road to Redemption

(Law of the Lycans #6)


 


(made by a fan who is also a member of Nicky’s street team)
 

Description:

How do you love again when your heart is dead? How do you know when it’s time to let go?

Damien’s kicked about the country these past three years. No pack. No purpose. No reason to keep on living. When an old friend, Kane Sinclair, asks for his help, he agrees and heads to Chicago. After all, what does he have to lose?

Sam’s grown up on the streets. Raised to be an Alpha, she’s strong and independent. Her duty to her pack rules her every move. As much as it irks her, she finds herself looking for help when Sinclair threatens to take over her territory. With the pack’s future at stake, does she dare gamble on a rogue?

Can a rogue let go of his past and dare to face the future? Are strength and duty enough to pave the road to redemption?

The sixth instalment in the Law of the Lycans

 

Excerpt #1

A banging on the door brought him out of his reverie and he realized he’d showered on autopilot. Wrapping a towel around his waist, he made his way to the door and opened it only to be greeted by his new employer’s glowering face.

“Are you drunk?” She spoke bluntly, eschewing all the normal social niceties and barely gracing him with a glance before staring around the room.

Damien raised his eyebrows at her tone, then followed the direction of her gaze. The empty whiskey bottles lay on the floor by the chair in which he’d spent most of the night. “And good morning to you, too. No, I’m not drunk, only pleasantly numb.”

“Good. We don’t have time to waste waiting for you sober up. If you’re going to drink, do it on your own time.”

“And when is my own time?” He leaned his hip against the nearby dresser and folded his arms over his chest.

“Whenever I say.” She flicked her eyes over his mostly naked body, showing no signs of embarrassment. “Get dressed and meet me downstairs in the kitchen. We’ll talk while you eat.” Without further ado, she turned on her heel and left.

Damien straightened and pushed the door shut fighting to keep an unfamiliar grin from his face. God, she was a spitfire. And cool, too. He had no false modesty over his appearance. It was a well-documented fact that women still swooned over him, but she hadn’t even batted an eye.

Drying himself off, he dressed and made his way to the kitchen at a leisurely pace despite the fact that he knew she meant for him to haul ass. Samantha Harper could bark orders all she wanted. He’d obey only when it suited him. And right now, it suited him to piss her off.

 

Excerpt #2

Damien leaned against the brick wall, its rough surface lightly digging into his shoulder through a rip in his shirt. He was breathing hard, sweat trickling down his face, the still, heavy air doing nothing to help cool him off. With each inhalation, he took in the scents of the city; exhaust fumes, garbage, humanity… The back alley of one city smelled very much like that of another though this one had one significant difference. Lycans.

The she-wolf across the alley from him had her butt propped against the edge of a dumpster, her hands braced on her knees as she stood, half hunched, trying to catch her breath. The fight they’d just completed had been exhilarating as she’d matched him move for move. He’d barely needed to hold back; her speed and agility making up for what she lacked in size and muscle. Already, faint aches and pains were letting themselves be known, and no doubt in brighter surroundings he’d find a fine array of bruises decorating his body.

Grabbing the edge of his shirt, he gave his face a quick wipe, careful to keep one eye on his opponent. When Kane had described the petite female who acted as Samuel Harper’s spokesperson, he’d made her sound ineffectual. Damien had pictured her as demure, perhaps carrying a clipboard and peering over her glasses. While it was true she might not look like much of a threat, the last few minutes had shown it wasn’t wise to underestimate her. He wondered if Kane had set him up; purposely leaving out the information that the woman packed a lethal punch. Thanks, buddy.

Pushing off from the wall, he swallowed, wincing slightly at the pull of his dry throat and wishing he had a stiff drink. But there’d be time enough for that later. Instead, he focused on her.

“We done?”

There was a pause in her breathing and then he saw her nod.

“Yeah. I think we’re done.”

Had he really heard a hint of laughter in her voice? Damien eyed her speculatively as she straightened from her braced position. At some point their battle had moved from the street to the alley where they now stood. The faint light from a single bulb over the backdoor of a restaurant was the only illumination. It wasn’t much, but he was still able to make out her features. Short, dark hair, a petite yet muscular build. An alley fighter—a damned good alley fighter—and a female. Who’d have thought?

 


 

From the author of the Law of the Lycans series, an updated and revised version of her first novel:  Forever In Time by  Nicky Charles



Synopsis:

"I'm waiting, Steph. I've been waiting a long, long time."


She was in there, he knew it. He'd been following her for weeks and knew every move she made. There'd be no escaping him. Time was on his side.

Stephanie thought she was ordinary. Her life was stable, or at least it was until the stranger appeared. Was he the answer to her dreams or a nightmare?

Excerpt:

Stephanie felt herself sinking into him, becoming lost in the taste and scent and feel of the man.  His warm, muscular body pressed against hers; his hair was thick and silky under her fingers.  It seemed so familiar, so right, like she’d kissed him a thousand times before...

Excerpt:

He took a sip of coffee and glanced at her over the rim.  “Do you believe in fate?  Destiny?”

“No.”  She answered bluntly.

“You should.  Fate, destiny – whatever you want to call it – it does happen.”

Excerpt:

He hoped she could accept him as her destiny.  She was meant for him, as he was for her.  That was all that mattered.

 

 

Reviews:

If you like stories that will have you glued to the pages, guessing how they are going to end, then Forever in Time is for you! With suspense at every turn and romance sprinkled throughout, it is a fantastic read that I highly recommend!                                                                                                                 - S.C. Stephens, author of Thoughtless and Conversion

It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time trying to determine who was the 'good guy' vs the 'bad guy.' You really should read it!                                                                                                       Jasmine1, Goodreads reader review

How long would you wait for true love?  If you found it, would one lifetime be enough?  Read Stephanie and Jake’s story to find out how they answer those questions.  This novel transcends both time and genres.  It’s more than just an ordinary romance , thriller, or sci-fi novel.  It’s a delicious combination of all three.  Forever In Time will keep you guessing until the end.  I couldn’t put it down until the last sentence.

            -Jeanie Creech, reader review

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