Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spotlight on Last Hero Standing Anthology + #Giveaway

Authors donate to anthology to raise money for colleague stricken with breast cancer.
Eleven authors have donated their work to a box set of novellas to raise money for the medical expenses of a colleague stricken with breast cancer. The LAST HERO STANDING box set, which is set to release on Oct. 28, features 11 novels and novellas for only 99 cents, including a bonus short story from New York Times bestseller Dianna Love. All the proceeds from sales of the box set will go toward the medical expenses of USA Today bestselling author Pamela Clare, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April and has been unable to work since then. Read PAMELA’S STORY.


Meet Norah Wilson, one of the authors featured in the LAST HERO STANDING Anthology

Norah Wilson is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Together with Heather Doherty, she also writes the laugh-out-loud Dix Dodd cozy mysteries and fast-paced, spooky YA paranormal. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with her husband, two adult children, her beloved Rotti-Shepherd mix Chloe and tuxedo cat Ruckus. Norah has had three of her romantic suspense stories final in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest until she sold her first story in 2004. She was also the winner of Dorchester Publishing’s New Voice in Romance contest in 2003.

Connect with Norah: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads




Quick Interview with Norah

How has cancer touched you personally?
My first up-close experience with cancer was with my parents-in-law, who both succumbed to the disease (breast and lung respectively). In my mother-in-law’s case, the battle was well over a decade long. Both were elderly when cancer took them. Then a critique partner—someone much closer to my own age—was struck with breast cancer. It was sobering and terrifying, but also inspiring to see the way she took charge of those aspects of her health that she could control, such as nutrition and seeking the guidance of a naturopathic doctor. Within the last year, I’ve watched another author friend quietly battle cancer with grace and dignity and a determination to persevere. Closer to home, one of my brothers was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, but the hope (we pray) is that the surgery he underwent completely removed the threat. Then my friend Pamela got her diagnosis back in April of this year.

Why did you participate in the LAST HERO STANDING fundraiser for fellow author Pamela Clare?
I’ve been friends with Pamela for more than ten years, going back to when we were both published by Dorchester Publishing. I was only too conscious what a toll fighting cancer was taking on her finances as a single, full-time writer who relies solely on her writing income. When this kind of catastrophe presents itself, creativity dries up. I knew she wasn’t able to write. No new books for her fans to buy means ever-dwindling income and the added stress of wondering how she would meet her co-pays to keep treatment going. The idea for the box set was actually Dianna Love’s. She came up with it while we were brainstorming ideas for ways to help promote Pamela’s work. She agreed to do the actual publishing end if I could corral willing authors, create the box set and coordinate promotional efforts. I have to say, I’ve never worked with a bunch of authors who were so keen to contribute to and promote a product they will never see a dime from. I think they’re working harder at this than they do to promote their own books! It makes me very proud to be part of this project.

EXCERPT from NIGHTFALL by Norah Wilson

“I’m sorry to get all heavy-handed on you, but these creatures … Sam, they’re utterly pitiless. They would drain your body and toss you aside as easily as you might eat an apple and discard the core.”

She seemed to shrink deeper into her seat, and he felt a brief pang for frightening her. But dammit, she should be scared. He hadn’t exaggerated. If anything, he’d understated the danger. Some of these rogues would do much worse than just drain her. But in the end, they would snuff out her life without a thought for who she was, for her talent, for the terrible beauty she captured in her photos. They wouldn’t waste a moment wondering who would grieve for her when—

He caught himself and pulled back. Not good. All this emotion … dammit, he just couldn’t afford it. Better to stay on the surface.

“I don’t suppose you’d reconsider staying at the motel while I check out the situation?” He turned toward her to find her watching him with an unnerving intensity.

“You know I can’t,” she said. “If I do as you ask, I’ll never take another decent night shot. It’s my livelihood, Aiden. It’s what I do. All I want to do.”

He sighed. “I know.” Then, because he needed to lighten things up, he said, “We’ve got another hour or more of air time and no in-flight movie. How about we make out?”

She laughed, the sound spontaneous, real and inordinately pleasing to his ear.

He grinned back, waggling his eyebrows suggestively. “Aw, come on. You know you wanna. And it would be the most amazing sex of your life.”

Still laughing, she said, “No ego there.”

“Baby, that’s not ego talking. That’s the plain, unvarnished truth.” Her face had sobered, and he held her gaze. “You know what they say: once bitten, twice as high.”

She snorted. “Aiden, nobody says that.”

“Of course not. That’s the first rule of Bite Club.”

“You’re incorrigible, you know that?”

“I try.”

Not that it took much effort. This was what he was good at. Skating across the surface of things. Laughing and making others laugh. Taking and giving pleasure. And ultimately, moving on to another tomorrow, trying not to notice how much it looked like yesterday and the day before.

“There!” she said. “What are you thinking about just now?”

He blinked. Dammit, he kept forgetting how perceptive she was. He had to be more careful. “I was thinking you’re not really taking me seriously.” He let his eyes heat, watched her skin color delicately as his gaze glide over her like a caress. “I was playing it for laughs just then, but it really would be incredible. Sexual bliss beyond anything you’ve ever experienced, beyond anything that’s possible with a non-vampire partner.”

“That,” she said, “was a very good re-direct.”

He grinned. “It was, wasn’t it?” Despite her words, he could tell she was affected. Hell, he could hear the bump her heart had taken, sense the surge of blood to intimate parts… “Nevertheless, it’s still true. And what’s more, it’s the safest sex around. No possibility of STDs, in either direction. No possibility of pregnancy.”

“Omigod.” The word emerged weakly.

He laughed. “Ah, Sam, I can see the curiosity in you. You always want to know about everything. I can hear the hows? and the whys? buzzing around in your head right now. That’s why you let me in in the first place. You needed to know what I was, what I did. And sooner or later, you’ll need to know the other.”


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Enjoy 11 emotional stories - 2000 pages filled with all types of heroes from small town to international action-adventure who earn and protect those they love. Over 360 reviews with a 4.5 star rating!!!

PLEASE NOTE: This box set will be available for ONE MONTH ONLY, and all proceeds go directly to the medical fund for box set author Pamela Clare, who is in the midst of her own battle with breast cancer. Everyone who touched this project donated their time and stories. Please help us help her by treating yourself and your friends to a box set full of great stories!

New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love
KISS THE ENEMY, a Slye Temp novel 
"It seems with each book, this series gets better..." 

New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Eden
FIRST TASTE OF DARKNESS, a novella 
“Plenty of passion to fan yourself but also enough love...to make you swoon.” –So Many Reads 

New York Times Bestseller Elisabeth Naughton
FIRST EXPOSURE, an Aegis Security prequel novella 
“This series is off to an explosive start.” 

New York Times Bestseller Joan Swan
SINFUL DECEPTION, a Renegades novel 
"Another fast-paced, action-packed, sexy Covert Affairs story!" 

New York Times Bestseller Bonnie Vanak
TAKEN BY THE ALPHA WOLF, a novella 
"Highly recommend to anyone who likes steamy, sexy novels." 

USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare
FIRST STRIKE, an I-Team novella 
“If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, you must read Pamela Clare!” 

USA Today Bestseller Mary Buckham
INVISIBLE FEARS, an Invisible Recruits novel 
“The powerful descriptive ability this author displays raises the bar for Urban Fantasy!” 

USA Today Bestseller Adrienne Giordano
THE EVASION, a Justifiable Cause Novella 
"Adrienne Giordano delivers everything romantic suspense readers want…" 

USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson 
NIGHTFALL, A Vampire Romance Novel 
"...an edge of your seat series." 

Award-Winning Author Stephanie Rowe
ICE, an Alaska Heat novel 
“ICE delivers pulse-pounding chills and hot romance!” 

Award-winning Author Tracey Devlyn
LATYMER, a Nexus novella 
"Powerful…and gripping."



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