Spit Does Not Lie…and Other Stories

Recently, a miracle occurred. As a writer of Scottish romance, I hid the fact I wasn’t Scottish. My husband is, according to Clan MacBean which can trace him as a direct descent of John Bean of Exeter (John’s name was changed from MacBean when he was transported to New Hampshire as an indentured servant in the 17th century). Also, this makes my two sons Scottish.

All I knew was that my mom had a relative that came from Sweden via Ellis Island in New York and dad said we had German roots. The German information was harder to track due to the destruction during the 2nd World War.

Imagine my joy when I took a DNA test. Yes, my spit said the words I was happy to hear… “Nancy, you are part Irish and Scottish.”

I knew it! I have always felt it in my bones, which is why I plan to continue writing books either set in Scotland or filled with Scottish characters!

A big surprise was Norway, which includes Iceland. Could this be why I love the ocean? I have always wanted to live near water and managed to while growing up on Long Island (swimming in the Long Island Sound and the ocean off Fire Island) and in New Hampshire with a house on Lake Winnisquam. I hope we can visit the Atlantic coast again as hubby and I did by staying in Virginia Beach in January. I plan to soon visit the ocean off the Florida coast with my son Eric and my mom. I will wave to my countries of origin. Until then, I am a happy ‘mutt’.

Talking about Scottish characters,

please check out Heaven-sent Highlander   Heaven-sent Highlander

Available in ebook and print!

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Groundhog Day Means More This Year

groundhog family

I can talk about Groundhog Day, but I know most people will have their eyes locked on their televisions. Super Bowl Sunday happens every year and it just so happens to land on our annual celebration of Groundhog Day.

The history is short and sweet: each morning on the 2nd of February, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his winter burrow. If he sees his shadow, the prediction says we will have six more weeks of winter. If not, we will have an early spring.  Besides a celebration of woodchucks and football, this date will forever be imbedded because my dad passed away last year on that date.

Like the groundhog image above, he carried us three daughters into adulthood and I will be forever grateful. He also read all my books and shared them with other residents of the VA home where he lived during the last years of his long life. (GO NAVY!)

Enjoy the day the way you decide.  I will lift a glass of sugar-free root beer (his favorite) to my dad.  AND I will promote my latest giveaway which you can learn more about on my BLOG as I promote my Clan of Dragons series.

SPARKSPARK

is Book #1

Clan of Dragons series

ON SALE

$.99 (US)

Find all my book

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Happy Hogmanay and a Blessed New Year!

Hogmanay fireworksAlthough many of my books take place in the United States, sometimes I include characters from Scotland. Scots celebrate holidays a little differently, especially in centuries past. One such celebration is called HOGMANAY.

When I first heard of it I thought of pigs. Wrong! it is simply what Scots call the last day of the year, what we all call New Year’s Eve. Some scholars believe this to have its roots in ancient times when Nordic tribes acknowledged the Winter Solstice, the Vikings enjoyed The Yule, and many Scots celebrated Samhain. Roots are important, but for people of the world welcoming in the year 2020, whether you do it with the bang of fireworks or the clink of glasses of whisky, enjoy the season…

…and read a book!

Heaven-sent Highlander

Find all my book Buy Links HERE

Happy Hogmanay!

Nancy Lee Badger

Winter Wonderland Book Sale

ice ciclesWhile my edits for my next book are in the hands of my editor, I thought about what I could do to stir up some new readers. With 27 books published so far, I am always looking for a bigger and wider audience. This is one reason why I wrote Rescuing Christmas. It is a small-town sweet romance.

A Manhattan businessman on a December vacation to Canada, is stuck in Boston due to a snowstorm. Instead of waiting for another flight, he drives through the Vermont woods. Forced off the road, his rental ends up in a pond. When a firefighter sliding down the muddy slope to help him slams into him instead, his papers go flying and his phone disappears. Before he can complain, his mud-covered rescuer in firefighting bunker gear is a woman!Rescuing christmas

Regular Price: $5.99 SALE PRICE: $2.99 at AMAZON

The other sale item is my Scottish Time-Travel series, Highland Games Through Time. This 4 book Boxed set contains over 900 pages!

Set in both the Scottish Highlands around Wick, near the North Sea, as well as present day New England, experience the athletics, the pipers, crafters, witches, and sensual romance. Dragon in the Mist, a bonus novella, is set in Scotland’s present day Loch Ness, where the Loch Ness monster lives on land as a Scottish bar maid. When an America scientist arrives to study earthquakes around the loch, romance erupts.

 

Regular Price: $4.99 SALE PRICE: $.99 at AMAZON

The Sale ends soon, so enjoy the coming WINTER WONDERLAND and keep warm reading books!

Nancy Lee Badger

 

 

Birthdays, Battles, and Books!

nancy lee badger cakeMy birthday is this month but it usually gets missed. Sending me a card? It probably will get delayed due to Veteran’s Day which the USA celebrates every year on November 11th. That’s okay. As the daughter, daughter-in-law, and mother of veterans, I will not complain (loudly).

The books I mentioned are my latest release, Rescuing Christmas and Heaven-sent Highlander. That second book, which is the second in my Warriors in Bronze series, was released months earlier BUT my publisher has released the PRINT VERSION today! I don’t know about you, but I prefer to read print books because the feel of the paper and the scent of the ink is comforting.

So, here is the scoop on Heaven-sent Highlander, released in ebook and print by Soul Mate Publishing:

At an American museum, surrounded by Auguste Rodin’s bronze statues, a Scottish Fae beauty is at a crossroads. Now that Gwendolyn’s friends are engaged, and the demon they fought vanquished, should she return home? After committing a terrible act, she could not explain to her cousin why she had appeared on his doorstep.

Alexander awoke in darkness inside a bronze statue, remembering how the green of Scotland’s Culloden field had turned red with blood that day in 1746. Had he died before awakening nude and sightless in front of strangers in present-day Raleigh, North Carolina? The mystery of how was overshadowed by why. Told that another warrior awoke when a demon threatened to take over the world, had a second demon escaped Hell? When the demon appears and demands Gwen join him, Alex must use all his new skills, weapons, and Heaven-sent powers to keep her and the world safe.

Heaven-sent Highlander

 

BUY THE PRINT BOOK AT THESE LOCATIONS!

Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CAN  

Amazon AUS    Quail Ridge Books    B-A-M

Book Depository   Barnes & Noble  

Getting back to MY BIRTHDAY, I am giving away a prize package, no purchase necessary, so follow the link HERE (Ends Nov. 13, 2019)

…and don’t miss… Rescuing christmas

 

Scotland means Folktales and … dead people?

Hostoric Scottish peopleI recently returned from my family’s whirlwind trip to volunteer at the New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH. This Scottish gathering of the clans and athletic competitors is an annual event, and the largest in New England. We help descendants remember their Scottish roots. Speaking of dead people…

Scotland is a lovely country. The hills, moors, and deep-water lochs are beautiful, but unexplained observations such as thunder, lightning, and the movement of planets, are the basis of many Scottish folktales. These word-of-mouth explanations have changed with the frequency of their telling which is why one myth could have many different descriptions or endings.

Scottish marching band

Fairies, brownies, and Scottish bogles are believed to live across the land.The distinctive features of Scottish folklore are filled with the characteristics of Scotland’s varied scenery. Serene mountain lochs, tiny creeks, the harsh splendor of the mountains, and the solitude of the moor. These are all reflected in their folk tales and myths. Mine, too, including my Clan of Dragons Series.

Clan of Dragons book

Clan of Dragons series by Nancy Lee Badger. Find all Buy Links HERE

p.s. my son, Eric Badger, modeled for the 3 covers on the right!

Whether you can enjoy a local Highland gathering, or have the $$ to travel to Scotland, enjoy. Slainte!

Nancy Lee Badger

The End of Summer means… be kind to Editors and Writers

summer

How can summer already be over?

In North Carolina, the students that do not attend YEAR ROUND SCHOOL (those poor kids!) have all gone back to their classrooms. Summer might be officially over, but the days are still sunny and the nights just right. Hopefully, days of 90 degrees F and higher are behind us. So, too, are days of leisure for folks that work day in and day out for others. Me? I work for myself!

That is not quite true. I am a published author and have had my last two books released by Soul Mate Publishing. My third book in the Warriors in Bronze series is in the hands of my SMP editor, Lori Polito. In the meantime? I am releasing a book that I am self-publishing. What is the difference you might ask?

Here are the basic:

*Publisher: pays an in-house editor to make my book clean.

*Self-published: I pay an outside editor lots of $$ to do that

*Publisher: pays a cover artist to (hopefully) create a book cover I can live with

*Self-published: I find photos, choose colors, pick fonts to make the cover myself

*Publisher: formats the book, adding front and back matter, for ebook and print

*Self-published: do it all myself, including setting the price

*Publisher: advertises my book on their website

*Self-published: I do it all-website, blogs, twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as creating giveaways and setting up newsletter blasts.

*Publisher: collects the profits and sends me a portion every quarter

*Self-published: Since I am the publisher, ALL the profits go to me!

While writing and editing in a quiet corner of my home, or out on my deck, I find I keep thinking of how I took the chance at writing full-time by retiring from my 40-50 hour/week job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

Being a HYBRID author can be a challenge.

I must work to time each of my book releases so one does not overshadow the other. Advertising, newsletters, and keeping in touch of my readers so they understand all the different genres I write in means a little more work on my part. It is worth it!

September has been designated Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, so I wish to publicly thank those editors out there, especially the ones who read and correct my work. (Waving to Lori and Kathleen Rothenberger) I am also patting my own back because I am a writer.

Heaven-sent Highlander

Available now HERE

Rescuing Christmas

…and coming soon HERE