Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blog Tour (Interview, Review, Giveaway): Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight


Welcome to Meeting Destiny Blog Tour!

Today you'll have the opportunity to win a Signed Copy of Meeting Destiny! But before that, let me introduce to you the lovely author herself--Nancy Straight. I had the privilege to ask her some fun questions which I am excited to share with you! Here is Ms. Nancy Straight...
Author's Bio:
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband, two children and three dogs. She enjoys RVing with her family, writing Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy and reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.

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Tell us a bit about yourself. 

Let me see if I can give you something more than the standard answer that will give you some real insight into me.

I LOVE Starbucks’ White Mocha Latte and Mountain Dew, (but not together). I have a lead foot so I set cruise control when I drive, even in 25 MPH zones. I almost never win when I play Angry Birds, but have my 7 year old close, so he can clear the hard levels for me. I grew up on a farm and am opposed to eating fresh chicken. I am a huge fan of the show, Big Bang Theory, on CBS. I have a stray cat that I feed every night and morning but she’s never let me get closer than within 3 feet of her – I keep thinking eventually I’ll wear her down. I share my life with two fantastic sons, three rotten dogs and a husband that I adore.

Have you always wanted to be a writer? 

I’ve always been an avid reader, and I thought writing would be fun, but until recently I never pictured myself as an actual writer.
 
What's the best part of being a writer? 

The best part is by far the people that read my novels and contact me afterwards. I can’t tell you how excited I get when I read a great review, receive a message on Goodreads or a tweet from someone that just finished one of my books! It’s a real adrenaline rush to know that a story I made up moved someone to tears, made them laugh out loud after their husband was already sleeping or kept them guessing on what would happen next into the wee hours of the morning. 

What's the worst part? 

I don’t believe I’ve run across a part that I don’t like.  There is a stigma attached to being a self-published author, that the work isn’t good enough for traditional publishing.  I find this a little offensive, but I think self-publishing is such a new phenomena that this stigma will dissolve in the not too distant future.  Although I don’t begrudge any author that chooses to publish the traditional way, there are things that make self-publishing much more attractive, for me.  I don’t have an agent or a publicist representing me, absolutely every reader that contacts me, gets a response - from me.  I feel connected to the friends I’ve made that enjoy my books and they are an exceptional source of motivation on the days when I’d rather park myself in front of the television and goof off.  I have full control over my books, I can change covers, I can change text, I can even give a whole bunch of them away and no one can stop me (Meeting Destiny’s e-book is FREE right now).    

How did you come up with the story of Meeting Destiny

I’m a hopeless romantic, believing that there really is someone out there for everyone.  If by some chance you don’t connect with them the first time, fate will find a way to reintroduce you until you click.  I liked this idea and took it a step further, that a couple truly devoted to one another could share multiple lifetimes together.

What was the hardest part of writing the book? 

Editing is a labor of love.  The story itself was written in three months, but the editing took an additional six.  I can’t tell you how many times I said out loud, “this is really the last edit,” only to have the story edited several more times after.  

What was the easiest?

The whole Destiny Series was a story in my head that was screaming to get out.  The very first chapter in the book was by far the easiest to write, when I decided to write the book I knew exactly how I wanted it to begin.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

If so, who's character you can totally relate with? One of the small characters in the story is a mouthy physical therapist, Gretchen.  Although I’ve never done anything remotely medically related, her personality and some of the comments she says to motivate Lauren are things I could see myself saying in the same situation.  

Where do you get your inspiration? 

Readers, reviews posted by readers, other authors, bloggers and other books that have captured my heart.  I don’t know if people realize how much of an impact their kind words have on authors.  But a note from someone that says, “I read until 2 am.” or “I couldn’t put it down.” are really an adrenaline rush and inspire me more than any other factor.    

What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

It depends on what I’m writing.  Anyone that has read the Destiny Series will tell you there is a good bit of action, suspense and some swoony romance.  The music tends to mimic the emotion of the scenes I’m writing.  My iPod has around 500 songs so I just keep hitting “next” until I find one I like, then sometimes I loop it while I’m writing.  I have a diverse pallet for music: Adelle, Norah Jones, Keesha, and old EMINEM songs as well as much of the popular country songs are all favorites. 

Aside from being a writer, is there anything else you wanted to be? 

I’ve been fortunate to realize many dreams.  I wanted to travel the world, so I joined and spent ten years doing just that in the US Marine Corps.  I wanted to improve some of the technology available to war-fighters so I worked as a Civil Servant managing some pretty cool programs for the Department of Defense.  When I was younger I would have liked to work for the CIA – but I’m sure that was a result of watching the “Bourne” movies too many times.  LOL!  At this stage in my life (early 40s) I’m able to draw from so many experiences that writing is both a joy and a passion.   

Do you have a favorite or inspirational quote that you want to share with us?
The idea of soul-mates have been around for a VERY long time.  “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” - Aristotle

MORE FUN STUFF:

What's your biggest dream?  

For my boys to think I’m cool, even when they’re teenagers.

What's the thing that scares you the most? 

It’s a toss-up between spiders and snakes – I’m not fond of either.  I had a close encounter with a Cobra in Thailand and there are Brown Recluses throughout the area I live in South Carolina.  Choosing which one I fear more is like being given the option of a punch in the head or a kick in the belly.  

What are the top five things you can never live without? 

Family, friends, books, DirecTV and Mountain Dew.

What is your favorite book?

I just finished Rachel Higginson’s Star-crossed Series – I’m DEEPLY in love with it and will probably read it a second time very soon.  Shelly Crane’s Significance Series, Charlotte Abel’s Channie Series and Shannon Dermott’s Beg for Mercy are all big favorites as well.

How about your favorite food?  

Anything that I don’t have to cook! (That’s my family’s favorite food, too!)

Are you a science geek or a math geek?

I’m a nerd, or at least my son tells me I am, but I struggle helping him with his Algebra homework, so I think that means: no.

Any talent? (Aside from writing of course). 

I am an exceptional shot with a rifle, I can shoot a target from 500 yards without aid of a scope.  I can usually find a funny story to make others laugh.  I’m a good listener.  Not sure if any of the three qualify as talents, but I’m proud of all three!
Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1)
Author: Nancy Straight
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

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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.
My Thoughts:

Even before I learned about the blog tour, I already picked up this book for my Kindle. So when I was invited to join the tour, I was beyond thrilled. I think Meeting Destiny is one of those books that will always remind me of the word "soulmates" and of course the word "destiny".

Lauren and Max are destined to be together. Lauren had always dreamed of him for years and when she finally meet him, she's certain that he's the only one for her. She broke up with her bestfriend and sort-of-boyfriend Seth to pursue Max and make him remember everything he said in her dreams. But meeting Max didn't make her life less complicated since Lauren isn't just an ordinary girl. She has the ability to sense danger around her and other people.

Max is a dreamy kind of guy--gorgeous, strong, dependable and a gentleman. There seems to be more about him to discover in the next installment. I want to know everything about Max and how he and Lauren will fulfill their purpose and their destinies together. Lauren is independent and strong-willed, though I think she should be more open with Max about things and her decisions. But then, that made her who she is. 

The story is full of suspense and never-ending mystery. It will keep you guessing up to the last page. And the ending? What a cliffhanger! Does it have to end like that? Oh my Max. This will certainly make you anxious to read the next book.

Overall, the story is good, entertaining and gripping. The mysteries that surrounds Lauren and her abilities, Max and his purpose, and their stories together that are waiting to be told makes this book a very good start for a compelling saga that you might not want to miss.

My Rating:
P.S. One reader told me via Amazon that my review somehow confused her. I gave this book a rating of 3/5 but when you read my review, it seems like I really liked it. Maybe, I didn't explained it much in my review, but I think I owe it to my readers and followers. I don't want to change my original stand/thoughts once I already posted. I only give my honest opinion because I believe in integrity. So, I've decided to just further explain my thoughts on why I give it a 3/5 instead of a higher one. 

I honestly liked Meeting Destiny and I'm still looking forward to read the next books in the series. A rating of 3 out of 5 doesn't mean a "negative" review for me. It was actually ok. In Goodreads, it means "I liked it", and in Amazon it means "It's OK." Here in my blog, I mean it as "A Good Read". The only thing that I've forgotten to mentioned (which probably caused the confusion) is the reason why 3? I've been too busy babbling on the good stuffs that I forgot to mention what I didn't like. Well, honestly, there's nothing hated about the book. It's just that the relationship of Max and Lauren didn't do it for me that much... I'm still waiting for something deeper... something strong that will make my heart tingles, and my body tense when I read about them. Something that is more than what they have in the book. Nevertheless, this book is good. I meant it and I still do. :)

And now, for the GIVEAWAY, you can win One (1) Signed Copy of Meeting Destiny. This is open for U.S. Residents only (sorry to my international readers/followers, but don't worry 'cos you can still own an E-BOOK of Meeting Destiny at Amazon Kindle cos it's still FREE! 

To enter in the giveaway, simply fill up the Rafflecopter below. It ends on April 30th 2012.
GOOD LUCK!


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Many thanks to Author Nancy Straight.


4 comments:

  1. I do believe that our lives are predestined. I also believce that we have the power to improve on our destiny or just take what we get & whine that someone else always has it better than me because the oh poor me doesn't try. Thanks for the giveway. ;-)

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  2. I believe in destiny because I always like to think there's that little glimmer of hope in everything. :) Thanks April!!

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  3. I believe that everyone has a destiny that they set out to accomplish when they came to this earth but it is up to them and the choices that they make that determines if they live to their full potential!!!!

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  4. Sorta i guess i think we have a purpose but I do not believe what we do change that

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