Monday, December 15, 2014

Letting Go of a Series

With: Nancy C. Weeks

Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner in Nancy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi Everyone!

I’m so thrilled to be back on JRS to tell you about my new release, In the Shadow of Vengeance. To be perfectly honest, this release is bitter sweet. On December 22nd, the last McNeil brother, my hard-headed, sexy-as-heck detective Noah McNeil’s story will hit the stores and I’m going to have to find a way to let this series go. 

The seed that spouted the In the Shadow series came from a common, but powerful adage: love conquers all. In the real world, our lives are constantly shadowed by adversity. It’s the people that love us that help us through difficult times. From In the Shadow of Evil to In the Shadow of Vengeance, I surrounded my heroes and heroines with a large family of secondary characters who gave their all to help my couples reach their well deserved happy-ever-after. And I couldn’t allow those wonderful secondary characters to just disappear. Instead, I gave them their own book, their own happy-ever-after. 

All five books, In the Shadow of Greed, In the Shadow of Evil, In the Shadow of Malice, In the Shadow of Pride, and In the Shadow of Vengeance shared a similar premise. As law enforcement officers, the five brothers’ lives constantly intersect with the worst that mankind has to offer. While each brother feels his world is too dangerous to share with that one special woman, fate butts in and gives an extra hard push. But falling in love for any one of the McNeil brothers isn’t your typical fall-in-love. It changes their understanding of the world and there is no turning back.

I saved Noah’s story for the last book because I knew the villain I planned to stand in the way of his happiness with amazing single mother, Elizabeth Merlot wasn’t going to be easy to take down. It’s going to take all five brothers working together to help Noah and Elizabeth come together. 

Here is a brief blurb of In the Shadow of Vengeance

Detective Noah McNeil has his cases under control, but the same can't be said for his personal life in Fells Point, Maryland. Elizabeth Merlot, the mother of a troubled teen Noah is mentoring, is freezing him out of the family's lives - especially criminal given how hot this single mom is.

Elizabeth Merlot can't afford to let the handsome detective close to her son lest he discover she's in the witness protection program. Until the day, that is, when the teen tries to fend off a gang attack and her entire world of secrets begins to crumble - and Noah may be the only one who can save their lives. Don't miss this exciting conclusion to the McNeil family saga! 

Conflict is crucial in a good romance. I have left you a little taste of Noah’s early relationship with Elizabeth. My sinister villain wasn’t the only thing keeping these two apart. 

 Excerpt of In the Shadow of Vengeance . Enjoy!

“What other man hurt you?”

This time Elizabeth was the one who stepped back. Shit. Of course Noah would pick up on that. Her life was a lie, and she hated how it turned her into a quick-thinking liar. 

 “There isn’t another man. I don’t know what Danny is talking about. Unless it’s Mendoza—”
 “ElĂ­as Mendoza will die in the hole we put him in.” Noah’s voice went deep as every muscle in his body tensed. 

Elizabeth swallowed. Everything about the man’s demeanor changed in that instant. And her instincts might have been defective when it came to relationships, but they were spot on in other areas. Detective Noah McNeil could be charming; fun-loving, even; but underneath all that charisma was a dangerous man. She needed to remember this moment.

She walked toward the door, almost surprised her knees didn’t tremble out from under her, and pulled it open. “I’ll get you that name.”

Noah moved into the small foyer, clutching the paper bag. His dark blue irises bored into hers with a mixture of irritation, confusion, and something she almost didn’t recognize: desire. 

He took a step into her personal space. She held herself perfectly still. When he finally spoke, his deep baritone voice oozed sex and a slight hint of malice. 

“I get you don’t like me. I can even understand why you don’t want any McNeil near Danny.”
“I don’t blame you for what happened to Danny.”

He slowly moved his hand up to her face and brushed a strand of hair back behind her ear. The simple touch sent an electric jolt through her, but she held her stance. Damn. She needed to stop staring at his mouth and wondering what those full lips felt like—tasted like.

“Yeah, you do. Don’t lie to me, Elizabeth. I don’t deserve that.”

“I’m not lying—”

Noah’s fingers pressed gently over her lips. “My superpower is I’m a human lie detector. I don’t care if you don’t like me or trust me. Don’t lie to me.”

She knocked his hand from her face. She had to pin her arms to her side to keep from shoving the damn stubborn man down her steps. “You’re right. I don’t trust you and I don’t want you near my son. And that has nothing to do with what happened. I just don’t like you.”
Noah let out a forced laugh and then reached for his wallet. Pulling out a card, he pressed it in her hand. “That was honest, and for the record, the feeling is mutual. But I do like your kids.”

He eased past her. On the first step, he turned and placed his hand flat on the door, keeping it from closing. “This isn’t going away. If you don’t want my help, then reach out to someone.”

“I don’t need—”

“It’s not a dream, Elizabeth. It’s a warning. Listen to Danny.”

I have loved every minute of creating the stories for Jared, Jason, Adam, Mac and Noah McNeil. Working through each book has given me a great respect for those who work tirelessly to keep the world I live in safe. For a peek at the first four books in the In the Shadow series, please visit my website and enjoy the first three chapters of each book free. Thank you again for allowing me to be here today. I leave you with a question to your readers. 

Do you prefer single titles or series? Anyone who leaves a comment today will be entered into a drawing to win a digital copy of In the Shadow of Vengeance. 

Click on the links below to buy individual books in print and digital from most online retailers. 

In the Shadow of Evil  
In the Shadow of Greed
In the Shadow of Malice 
In the Shadow of Pride
In the Shadow of Vengeance 

Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her company.

Find Nancy at:
Twitter: @NancyCWeeks

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 15th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.US Postal addresses only.


  1. Well. I don't really have a preference but I do really love connected stories. Mostly because I always want to know what happens next or to the other characters we meet. But that doesn't mean I won't buy or read a standalone.

    1. HI Donnas! I too love reading what happens next with characters. If an author has a series, my fingers can't help clicking on the next book. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. Good luck. :)

  2. I love a good standalone but my heart sides with the series:) I, too, have a hard time letting a character, town or secondary relationships go in a good story. Series gives me an opportunity to return to a beloved story without rereading.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

    1. Jonetta, I love holding giveaways. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Oooh - great excerpt. Sounds like an amazing end to this series!

    1. Irene,
      I'm glad you enjoyed it. This story has conflict out the gazoo and I had such fun writing it. Thanks so much for stopping by. HUGS!

  4. I enjoy both single and series books... the only thing that bugs me about series books... if you have to read each and everyone to find out what happens... I like different characters throughout the series to have a chance to tell their own story with previous characters making an appearance...

    1. Hi Coleen,
      Hopefully, I have been successful creating a series that a reader can pick up one book and completely enjoy it. Reading the series should be like having an old friend drop in for a quick visit but it doesn't change your day. Thanks for dropping by and I hope this comment makes sense. :) HUGS!

  5. Congratulations, Nancy! What an amazing ride you've been on. You've created an entire world and now you must say goodbye to the characters you love. But on you go. I'm certain your next series will be wonderful, too.

    1. Deborah! Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words of wisdom. I can't wait to get buried in another wonderful world of characters.

  6. like books in a series only if they're standalone

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Thank so much for taking time to comment. I appreciate your opinion. Best of luck. HUGS!

  7. I love a series, provided each book can standalone and I don't have to read the series in order. I dislike books that end on a cliffhanger. Congratulations on finishing your series, Nancy. I hope the next one is waiting in the wings.

    1. Alexia, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. If a series has a cliffhanger, I want the next book to be a page turn away. I think the worst is a television series that makes you wait for months to find out what happens next. Good is too is my attention span. HUGS!

  8. Wonderful post, Nancy, and what a stellar series you created! Best of luck with your next hair-raising, heart-stopping venture!

  9. Leslie, thanks so much for your very kind words. As much as I'm itching to disappear back into my writer's cave, I still have your sexy cowboy books to devour first.

  10. I like series as long as they aren't a year apart!! Thanks for the chance.

    1. HI Martha! If that's the case, then you won't have to wait for my series. LOL. I use to be so impatient for the next book---until I was the author trying get three books out in a year. In a way, it's a great way to write. Tight deadlines allow me to live with my characters night and day----and that's not a bad thing. Thanks for dropping by.

  11. I really like series. It is so fun to visit a familiar setting and familiar characters. I do like when there are stand-alone books within the series, or each book in the series tells a different couple's story. I like when they're great when read together but can still be enjoyed on their own.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Brooke! Great comment. I agree that each story in a series has to be new and fresh. I have found that having a wonderful editor is such a blessing. My editor remembers even the tiny redundant details. "Nancy, Jennie used a vanilla scent in Evil. Lexie can't smell like Jennie." It her super power. She remembers everything and keeps me on my toes. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

  12. I enjoy reading both series and single titles. I do appreciate it when a book in a series can be read as a standalone. There have been times I haven't been able to find a book in an older series - it's frustrating when that happens.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Taurus! I have half finished series on my bookshelves too. Sometimes, the next book is in a book set and I just don't know where to look. One thing I have found useful is checking an author's website. I can usually find a link to a missing book there when I'm lost on Amazon. Best of luck and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  13. What an achievement, Nancy! Five fabulous books and now its time for something completely new, or is it??? :-) ... Good luck with the last book. I am a bit of a standalone reader but a good series like yours can change that!

    1. Hi Joanna! Such sweet encouragement. Thank you! I'm so glad you have enjoyed my In the Shadow series. Boy have I had a blast writing about those hunky McNeil brothers. HUGS!

  14. Maureen, thank you to hosting me. I love your blog and this has been such fun.


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