National Hug Your Cat Day

by Nancy Lee Badger

My cat BlazeThe rumor is that ancient Egyptians revered cats. I have always spoiled mine. The ancients saw them as symbols of grace and poise, and I agree they are agile felines, less angular or bulky than dogs and other pets. They can be aloof and will ignore you, then surprise you.

The other day, I sat on my living room couch to read. Normally, I am working in my office or in the den watching TV. Was it the quiet of the room that made Blaze hop up and stretch out near me? He looked much younger than his twelve years at that moment. Kittens are fluffy and fun to watch, but the love of a mature cat is priceless (and rarely visualized).

Blaze on the couch

 

I have neglected adding a cat to my recent novels. They can be a great addition to a paranormal plot, especially black ones. My latest stories are filled with horses and a particularly beautiful white Samoyed breed of dog, so maybe it is time to rethink cats. In the meantime, check out my series Warriors in Bronze.The holiday lands on June 4th each year, so do not forget to hug your cat and enjoy a purrrfectly fine week!

p.s. We named him Blaze for 2 reasons: the white slash across his nose, and because of our stint years earlier as volunteer firefighters.

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Warriors in Bronze

April Showers Bring May Boredom

…and people stuck at home.

What do you do when forced to stay-at-home? Did you get furloughed? Was your school closed? Are you tired of take-out food? Are you getting bored?

Solutions are out there even though the country isn’t going back to work anytime soon. I suggest you READ A BOOK! There are so many choices on-line. I just released my 28th book in eBook form (print to come out later this year).

Heaven-sent Flame

An English lass grows up in a Scottish coven only to awaken in a strange new world with sculptures, a handsome man, and a hate-filled demon. Falling in love while saving the world was not the plan!

This COVID-19 pandemis is scary, worrisome, and has been going on too long. Escapism is one way for my readers to relax; to put yourself in another world and to meet characters with problems that trump yours!

All three books in my Warriors in Bronze series offer this. Find all buy links HERE

Warriors in Bronze

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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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

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Happy Hogmanay!

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

 

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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

 

Stormy Weather is Coming!

Storm WarningJune 1st was the official start of Hurricane season. I don’t know about you, but tornadoes don’t wait for a specific date and time! The storms and floods affecting the United States was devastating.

Preparation is key, so know where the safest place is where you can avoid any storm. A relative in Florida hides in the cupboard under the stairs (and always makes me think of poor Harry Potter!)

I grab my cat, laptop, medicines, radio, and wallet and spend time in our guest bath, which is surrounded by interior walls. The cat hates thunder, but I hate twisters more. However, heed all warnings! Blaze

If the power goes out, grab a good book and get comfy. Heaven-sent Highlander, the 2nd book in my Warriors in Bronze series with Soul Mate Publishing, is an ebook available from AMAZON.  The 1st book in the series, Heaven-sent Warrior, is available as an EBOOK or PRINT. Enjoy!

Heaven-sent HighlanderHeaven-sent Warrior

February Means More Than a Groundhog’s Shadow

groundhog and shadowFebruary means more to me than the celebration of a groundhog’s predictions on the 2nd. Whether winter continues for six more weeks or not, February has a lot more going for it than 28 days.

For instance, the days are getting longer. I like that! Did you know the 3rd is called Feed the Birds day? (note to self: time to buy more bird seed at Home Depot). Valentine’s Day is coming on the 14th and the stores are filled with boxes of chocolates and lovely flowers. George Washington and Abe Lincoln have birthdays, although we will celebrate them together on the 18th. The whole month is considered Black History Month in the US and Canada. The 26th is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Lots of writers enjoy that as much as the kids!cat under rug

 

My favorite? Love Your Pet Day on the 20th. I am sure all pets are looking forward to getting out from their warm cubby holes to welcome the Spring…except for that darn groundhog!

Whatever day you choose to enjoy and celebrate, we all know that February is generally cold, damp, and dark. Brighten your February by reading a book, such as the ones I have published HERE.

such as… Heaven-sent Warrior   and coming in April….  Heaven-sent Highlander

 

October Rushes in to Frighten or Entertain?

Halloween

Pumpkins, Witches, bats…

Like this sign in my yard, October is filled with crazy things that kids and candy companies look forward to. Halloween is known in the Celtic community as Samhain. My readers are often unaware of the celebration’s strong Scottish connections. With Scotland’s beautiful yet harsh landscape, haunted castles, and superstitions, it is not surprising that Halloween first took root there.

My heroine in Heaven-sent Warrior is an American of Scottish descent, but my hero is French. Halloween is not a typical French holiday, although you might find carved pumpkins at the grocery store. The French translation concerning this holiday is “des bonbons ou un sort” (candies or a spell) or even “betises oufriandises” (mischiefs or sweets).

However you call it, this is a holiday that brings us the beauty of pumpkins, harvested red apples, changing leaves, and sweet-smelling wood fires. Enjoy these with a good book…    

Heaven-sent Warrior
How about Heaven-sent Warrior
With Every Spark
 Or, With Every Spark

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