Black Friday is here and we’re discussing the season with Nancy Gideon’s Giles and Brigit from Betrayed by Shadows.
Balancing a criminal empire and a preternatural clan war, reluctant front man Giles St. Clair doesn’t need a problem like Brigit MacCreedy . . . How much trouble can the head-strong and manipulative Shifter beauty get into in two weeks? Plenty when her schemes range from kidnapping to fleeing the retribution of her dead lover’s clan.
With her family’s lives on the line, Brigit is willing to do whatever it takes to save them. The only thing standing in her way is an immovable stone wall of a man she can’t bully or beguile . . . a human, no less, who has promised to protect her from the secrets and dangers she conceals.
Risking her own safety gets complicated when an honorable and annoyingly desirable man puts himself between her and her powerful enemies in a battle he can’t win in this Taming of the Shrew meets Shifter Goodfellas on the Bayou tale of consequences, redemption and finding love in all the wrong places.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away an ecopy of Betrayed by Shadows. Side note – starting 12/17/12, Betrayed by Shadows will be available for the special sale price of $1.99 for the four weeks that follow. One click and you’ll be reading on Kindle or Nook instantly.
I love the holidays, but I’m no fan of the crush that comes during those final weeks. “One Click” take me away! I tend to shop early and then barricade myself in my apartment with the old Christmas movies and spicy eggnog Keurig coffee until the traffic clears. Unlike me, the heroine of my latest book (just released 12-17-12!!) Betrayed by Shadows, Brigit is a clothes horse and serial shopper. In fact, there’s a scene in the book with her taking the Shoppes at Canal Place in New Orleans by storm. So for this year’s Black Friday post, I thought I’d rework the lead up to that scene, placing it in the hero’s point of view. I think I’d rather skip the shopping and order delivery with him!
Shoppes at Canal Place
Giles St. Clair spent the long drive into New Orleans stewing over how easily Brigit MacCreedy had slipped his protective tether. He should have been paying closer attention. Of course, she might as well have drawn him a map to where she was headed. On a spending spree. And not, if he remembered her pointed distaste correctly, where America shops. Dragging Tina Babineau along as unknowing accomplice.
He had nothing against that curvy body in designer clothes. In fact, he’d thought of little else since she’d broached the excursion to him last evening, to the point of dreaming of the lush redhead strutting her sexy stuff down his own private cat walk while modeling see through next to nothings. He’d woken in a cold sweat with visions of sequined thongs dancing in his head. Not something a cold shower or the harshest chickory coffee could chase away.
Though he wouldn’t admit to it now, he’d been ready to run up a white flag of truce . . . something in a sheer demi-D cup . . . and volunteer to escort her to Canal Street. Right after his conference call, he’d planned to have a heart-to-heart with her about her brother’s fears for her safety. Cool-headed Silas MacCreedy wasn’t one to worry for no reason. Giles knew even better than he did that there was more intrigue behind his sister’s sudden appearance than she was admitting. Silas hadn’t seen the bloodstains on her clothes or on her creamy skin. There was every chance whatever she’d tangled with was still in pursuit. Giles had given his promise and took his obligations seriously. The lovely shape-shifter would come to no harm on his watch if he could help it. She needed to understand and accept that his cautious rules were for her own good.
But apparently Brigit MacCreedy didn’t play by anyone’s rules but her own. And she wasn’t the only one who might suffer for that impetuous disregard. She’d taken Tina off their secured reservation with her.
“You going to the office or you wanting me to drop you off somewheres?” The affable Teddy glanced over at him from behind the wheel.
Where would she go with the glittery jewel of New Orleans at her feet?
“City Central. The Shoppes at Canal Place.”
Teddy smirked. “Didn’t know you was a mall shopper. Coming right up in the world, aren’t you?”
Weaving his way through the heavy foot traffic, Giles was reminded why there was never anything he needed bad enough to endure the city’s aggressive tourist crowds. As he stood in front of the Shoppes directory wondering where to start amongst the floors of high end stores, he took a call from Max’s assistant, struggling to hear her voice over those echoing through the massive glass and metal atrium.
“I have an odd call on the other line. Thought I’d run it by you.”
“Whatchu got, Marissa?”
“I’ve got a mall store calling for a charge approval.”
Giles smiled grimly. “Which one?”
They didn’t see him at first as they exited Saks in cheerful conversation, like two best friends on a pleasant outing, enjoying each other’s company. Loaded down with bulky shopping bags, Brigit glanced his way. Giles watched recognition hit and almost immediately that cool defiant smile curved up to mock him.
And he could again hear her voice all silky smooth with challenge.
“Don’t think for a minute that you can tell me what to do or that I’ll listen to anything you have to say.”
Game on. For her own good.
Meet Nancy Gideon!
Nancy Gideon is the author of over 54 novels ranging from historical and contemporary suspense to paranormal with even a couple of horror screenplays thrown in. When not at the keyboard or working full time as a legal assistant, she can be found feeding her addictions for Netflix and all things fur, feather and fin. For more on Nancy, her backlist of titles and the “By Moonlight” series visit nancygideon.com. She’s also active on Facebook, Twitter and at http://nancygideon.blogspot.com
Want to purchase Nancy’s novels?
- Masked by Moonlight
- Chased by Moonlight
- Captured by Moonlight
- Bound By Moonlight
- Hunter of Shadows
- Seeker of Shadows
- Betrayed by Shadows
- Prince of Shadows (May 28, 2013)
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Thank you Nancy for taking part in Literary Escapism’s Black Friday!
Nancy is giving away an ecopy of Betrayed by Shadows. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What do you think Giles does next? Does she continue shopping or is there hell to pay? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
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