Sweet Smells of September

cowWhen we lived in northern New Hampshire, the best smells of the beginning of the Fall season were State Fair food that mingled with the odor of 4-H cows and sheep. It was a homey scent, until the demolition derby started. Fumes and smoke were not my favorites smells, but my kids loved that part of the annual fair program. fireplace and cat

Here in North Carolina, people begin using their fireplaces to ward off the chilly evenings. The delicious aroma of burning wood takes me back to my days as a volunteer firefighter.

I am packing for our annual trip back to New Hampshire where we will meet up with other family members to volunteer at the NH Highland Games & Festival. I cannot wait to smell the morning mist over the White Mountains, the aroma of hot cider and Scottish shortbread cookies, and haggis. 😦  Find out more about the festival HERE

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The Dog Days of August

Samoyed dogAre you enjoying the dog days of Summer? These are described as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, which coincide with the dawn rising of the Sirius, the Dog Star. This is soon after the Summer Solstice, which of course also indicates that heat will soon set in.

Here in central North Carolina, the heat appeared months ago, about the same time our house A/C  unit broke. $$$ later, I keep writing.

In my latest book, Heaven-sent Warrior, my characters include a special dog I call Ivor. He is a Samoyed. Big, white and fluffy, he has a knack for guarding other otherworldly beings. Why did I pick this breed? My grandmother had two during my lifetime, both named Frosty. Whenever I think of her, I think of Frosty. Adding him to my book means she is being remembered along with her dogs.

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How do you keep cool during summer months? And for my readers in Australia, what are you doing for fun during your cooler season?

Nancy Lee Badger

p.s. please do not leave your dog inside a hot car

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LATE BREAKING NEWS!

Heaven-sent Warrior has won the Reader’s Choice Cover Contest for July 2018!

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July is a Month to Celebrate!

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July is known for celebrations and fireworks. In America, we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. After the fireworks fizzle out, the real celebration starts! My new book, Heaven-sent Warrior, will be released with great fanfare on Wednesday July 18th. This full-length paranormal romance, set in North Carolina, deviates from my normal Scottish characters and shape-shifting dragons. Intrigued? Here is a taste:

 

 

HEAVEN-SENT WARRIOR

CHAPTER 1

Present Day

Raleigh, North Carolina

Henrí Chevalier materialized in human form, stretched his naked limbs, and groaned. Bones, long unused, slid into place. He arched his back, raising both arms toward the night sky. Aching in a dozen places, he inhaled and savored crisp fresh air.

I am free.

Lowering his arms, he flexed all ten fingers, and shook the numbness away. His last memory was of a cold, damp wall at his back. No longer imprisoned, he relished his newfound freedom. Rubbing phantom pain at each wrist, Henrí soon relaxed, while he slid his fingers over one cheek. As he brushed the light stubble, the tips tingled. Moving his hand lower, he paused on the pulse pounding beneath the skin of his neck.

Life beats here. I am alive again.

A clean, grassy scent lingered on the night breeze. The sweetness made his lips twitch into a slight smile. Such normalcy, he thought, even as he turned in a circle with slow determination to get his bearings. Sleep-filled eyes adjusted to the inky night’s low light. Odd forms hovered near, and he fought the urge to crouch low, into a warrior’s stance.

I shall stand my ground this night.

Odd sensations cautioned him to move slowly. Rounded pebbles pressed into the soles of his bare feet until he tripped over something low and hard. His hand shot out into blackness, slamming against something smooth and icy.

Mon Dieu!” Did God care that he was cold and achy, standing alone in a strange place? As if in answer, clouds moved aside, and the moon’s radiance spilled over a trio of statues. Familiarity made his eyebrows quiver. He brushed loose hair off his face and stared at the hard, cold bronze beneath his palm. His breath caught in his throat, remembering the pain, sorrow, and loneliness. Without love, there was no life. One-sided love did not count. This was not the time to feel sorry for himself.

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Daffodils, Bamboo, and…a Book Release?

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The warmer weather, here in the south, is welcome. The daffodils are already gone, and the rain has held off enough for hubby and I to do much-needed property repairs. A huge blow down of dead bamboo that grows in the no-man’s land between our house and a 4 story Condo building, had fallen on our new fence…yeah, the fence previously smashed to bits by a huge tree during Hurricane Matthew. We had the fence replaced last fall.

We pushed the bamboo onto our property, carted them up the hill to the driveway, and now need to cut them into 5ft parcels and bundle them together so the town will cart them away. It’s a lot of work, but their combined weight could have easily brought down the fence. It also opens the lane by our fence where deer used to trot by. With the 30-40ft bamboo laying on the fence, the path was blocked.

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Cleaning up and protecting our property keeps up the value, should we ever need to sell. Are you making a list of things that need fixing? Even apartment-dwellers must plan to ‘Spring Clean.’ Dusting, polishing, straightening, and decluttering leads to a great feeling.

 

Another great feeling? The release of another book!

p.s. Did I mention the main characters are aided by different ghostly voices?

 

 

Book Blurb for 

With Every Breath-An Opportunity Falls NovelWith Every Breath

The author has used her EMT, Firefighter, and 9-1-1 background to create this story about a quirky college town, an injured hiker and his beautiful rescuer. Assumptions pull the new lovers apart. Barely surviving two stalkers, a murder on campus, heartache, and hypothermia, their race up a mountain during a snowstorm keeps the pace rolling in this hot, spicy adventure-filled romance.

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DRAGONS ON MY MIND by Paranormal Author Nancy Lee Badger

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SPARK

Dragons are always on my mind. Why? There is something elusive about these creatures, mainly because most peopSMOKEle consider them mythological or flights of fantasy. However, many times a fairy tale is rooted in truth.

 

Why do people believe a creature lives in Scotland’s Loch Ness? Why do the Chinese revere dragons in many of their celebrations? Why are so many books written about dragons? Why is HBO’s Game of Thrones (based on books written by George R. R. Martin) more exciting whenever the dragons fill the screen?

When stories that include dragons fill my head, I write, and create characters that follow a story line that-I hope-entertains my readers.

SMOLDER

This is why my latest series is such a hit. In SPARK, and SMOKE, and SMOLDER, in my Clan of Dragons series, three brothers-actual dragons-have learned that they can shift their forms into various creatures. The problem? No females. Follow them with their quests to find mates. And, if you are curious about why dragons can ‘shift’, read Shimmer: The Beginning.

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Happy Groundhog Day Writing Tips

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As winter plods along, I feel more and more like I should stick my head in a cave and forget about writing. Depending on whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow, winter is still hanging around. Blah!

We moved from SNOWY New Hampshire to the SUNNY south to avoid snow, ice, and single-digit winters. Along came Winter Storm Inga on January 17th (yep, they now NAME them, like they do the hurricanes). The snow fell fast and furious. Everything here in Raleigh, North Carolina STOPPED! Many mornings we awoke to 9 degrees or 14 degrees F temps.

Lucky for me, I write from home, but for some reason I didn’t. I filed months of papers, got my taxes ready for the CPA, worked on volunteer organization paperwork…the frigid temperatures were a good excuse.

NO MORE EXCUSES!

An author can not make money without writing. I blog, I host authors on my blog, and I am working on several books at once. I have agents looking over two different manuscripts, a book coming out with Soul Mate Publishing this coming summer, and I have another book in the works for maybe a March release.

So, bundle up, charge up your laptops, down some coffee, nibble chocolates, and enjoy what’s left of winter.

Unlock your skills!

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*I am giving away autographed copies of  

Shimmer: the Beginning, my dragon-Fairy Fantasy romance.

Head on over to my Author Blog before February 8th to enter

(no purchase necessary)

 

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Happy Hogmanay 2018!

banner-3004353_1280Hogmanay…a strange word to this American writer.

“What did he say?” I said to a friend the first time I heard the word. Until recently, I mistakenly assumed it was the Celtic term for Christmas.

Nope!

Hogmanay is a celebration of the new year, as close to our ‘watching the ball drop’ festivities and the Rose Bowl Parade wrapped up in one lovely holiday. So, I am taking a moment to wish you all a very HAPPY HOGMANAY and a very, very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Just to wrap-up my activities in 2017, here are what books I released:

Clan of Dragons

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