Welcome Home! By Nancy Gideon
Publishing a book is like sending your child off to college. You visit with them, but it never truly feels like they’re a part of your daily life again. They’re no longer in your control, under your wing. They’re out there making new friends, new contacts, and you’re still sitting at your desk, staring at the same keyboard, missing them. Unless your book is part of a series.
Writing a series, especially when it takes place within the same world, with continuing characters, is like never having to say good-bye. Every time you begin the next installment, it’s like moving back home. Everything’s right where you left it. All the faces are familiar. There’s some catching up to do, but for the most part, it’s like you were never gone. Group hug!
When you create a world for a series, it has to be someplace a reader can become familiar with, comfortable in, and be able to settle into the minute they open that next book. It has to be someplace they want to return to with anticipation, to greet old friends and meet new ones. They want to find out what everyone’s been doing, the latest gossip, and then they want to know what’s new. What’s new—and familiar—is REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT.
Though all books in the “By Moonlight” series exist in the same ever-evolving world with a continuing main story arc, there are two different neighborhoods. The first four “Moonlight” books follow the complicated courtship of Max Savoie, former mob enforcer and enigmatic leader of a shape-shifter clan, and Charlotte Caissie, a tough-as-nails NOPD detective torn between his world and her own. The next four “Shadows” books embrace different heroes and heroines, but they all visit each other’s books frequently. Still, though they enjoyed visiting the “Shadows”, readers have wanted me to take them back to the “Moonlight” neighborhood to give Max and Cee Cee the happy ending they deserved. REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT is that book. Welcome home!
New readers to the “By Moonlight” series, this book is for you, as well. As Max fights to recover his lost memories, the reader will be right beside him, learning about his forgotten world and those in it. But be warned: You won’t want to stay away.
Remembered By Moonlight
By Nancy Gideon
Release Date: October 13, 2014
Because the road to . . .
Clever, cool and preternaturally lethal, Max Savoie is leader of a secretive shape-shifter clan, heir to a mobster’s legacy, and the love of New Orleans’ top cop . . . but he can’t remember any of them. The only way to recover his past, and his rightful place in the arms of the woman who risked all to save him, is to surrender to a mysterious visitor who could use him as a weapon against all he’d loved.
Happily-Ever-After . . .
After rescuing her mate from his ruthless captors in the North, hard-hitting Detective Charlotte Caissie is now painfully vulnerable—a stranger in his eyes . . . and in his bed. The key to his memories is locked in a tortuous past. To reclaim the strength of their passionate bond, Max must learn to trust her enough to face that darkness at her side before the threat it hides exposes the secret Cee Cee carries.
Is never smooth.
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All the fear and tension of the past hours rattled through her. Cee Cee hugged her arms about herself to still the shivering. The events emphasized her fragile hold on those she cared about. For all her best and bravest intentions, she couldn’t protect them, especially within the often-lethal uncertainty of their preternatural sphere. One she was now a part of by choice and by recently-discovered heredity.
Still, she wasn’t doing Max any favors by keeping him isolated in emotional bubble wrap. If he was going to recover any sense of normalcy, he needed to get out into the world and out of her panicked grip. Almost losing her partner made that all the more painful to accept. To be alone again. To not share her life, her thoughts, her heart with another . . .
What did she have to lose? She had none of that now in her despondent dream that all could go back as it was.
Her system gave a jolt when she realized Max had come up behind her to make amends.
“You weren’t being foolish.”
The rumble of his deep voice caressed over her nerve endings, quieting them like a balm. “Yes, I was. If you and Giles hadn’t been so close by, MacCreedy would be dead, and I wouldn’t have been able to live with that. I should be thanking you, not treating you like a runaway child who broke curfew. I’m sorry.”
His hand settled on her shoulder, and the weight and warmth of it had her dying inside. “Don’t apologize. I know how hard this is for you. I appreciate all you’ve done for me.”
Past tense. A bittersweet twist shaped her mouth. “All I’ve done has been for me, not you. I haven’t given you much consideration at all. I’m selfish that way.”
His palm rubbed over the cap of her shoulder, fingers gently kneading. Leaving her needing as he objected quietly, “There’s not a selfish bone in your body, cher.”
A laugh. “How would you know? You’re hardly an expert on what I am or I’m not.”
“I’m a fast learner.”
She wasn’t sure if he stepped forward or she leaned back. Their bodies bumped, and the shock of it undid her.
Cee Cee turned right into his arms. Hers circled him in a frantic clutch. Cheek pressed to the hard wall of his chest with only a thin weave of white linen between them, she squeezed her eyes shut and simply breathed him in. Love, longing, desire all quivered through her, a bouquet so potent he couldn’t be unaware of it. This was where she belonged, where everything made sense.
And then she realized he no longer held her, that his arms had dropped to his sides, as his breath suspended. She knew if she looked up, she’d see that horribly familiar blankness in his eyes, that stiff distance in his expression, and suddenly that hurt worse than the thought of his absence.
She pushed away with a crisp, “I’m sorry. I’m breaking the rules. I forgot we were strangers.” She turned to her dresser to snatch up those things that defined her: shield, cell, holster and gun. “Consider yourself off the leash, Savoie. You’re capable of handling your own affairs. I’ll stick to mine. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a report to file.”
He didn’t move to stop her.
About the Author:
Nancy Gideon is the award winning author of over 55 romances ranging from historical, regency and series contemporary suspense to paranormal, with a couple of horror screenplays tossed into the mix.
She works full time as a legal assistant in Southwestern Michigan, and when not at the keyboard, feeds a Netflix addiction along with all things fur, fin and fowl.
She’s also written under the pen names Dana Ransom, Rosalyn West and Lauren Giddings.