Saturday, November 11, 2017

Character Spotlight with author Nancy Lee Badger/Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to author Nancy Lee Badger and Abigail Huntington, one of the main characters in the new book, With Every Kiss. Here we sit down with Abigail to see what makes her tick and what drew her into the realm of this author's imagination.

Author: Nancy Lee Badger
Title: With Every Kiss: an Opportunity Falls novel
Character: Abigail Huntington, my main character
This contemporary romance was released November 3rd.

What’s your favorite thing to do when not saving your clients?
Unlike my author-friend, I jog. I’ve tried telling Nancy that she needs to exercise more! The city streets of Manhattan can prove to be a challenge, and I cannot wait until I head north, to New England. Jogging there should be breath-taking.

What is it about your love interest Mitch Campbell that makes you crazy in a good way?
He was a dream, at first. A dream because I met him briefly in New York. We never even exchanged names! When we met again, he’d just fallen off a ladder that my SUV had struck. Not the best way to start a romance, especially when I never expected to see him at a New England campground, painting a sign!

Do you sometimes want to strangle your writer? Thrash her to within an inch of her life? Make them do the stupid crap they make you do?
Listen, my writer has a phobia. Claustrophobia, to be exact. So, what does she make me do? Drive through the Lincoln Tunnel, then through a covered bridge! At least I got used to the small travel-trailer I’d bought, until the storm hit. Did I mention lightning, rain, heavy winds? Not liking this author.

Favorite food?
Ice cream, which is why my author wrote in a Saturday night ice cream social at the campground. 
Sprinkles and whipped cream, anyone?

Tell me a little bit about your world. What are your greatest challenges in that world?
As an artist, I sell paintings. Most are landscapes. Not New York skylines, but country settings. I need ideas. That might be why my author-chick, who left New York and earned a degree in art at a New Hampshire college surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers, made me travel there.

Describe yourself in four words.
successful lonely Manhattan artist

What do you do for a living?
As I mentioned earlier, I paint. I do quite well, too, as my agent Bernie would say, but I am burned out.

What do you fear the most?
Never getting back the ‘vision’ that brings my paintings to life. I use pastel colors and mist to create scenes. The best paintings include waterfalls. Mitch plans to take me to see one he calls Opportunity Falls.

Book Blurb
Abigail Huntington, a successful Manhattan artist, is burned out, and is more comfortable wearing jogging attire, than dresses and heels. Bored by the city, and the jerks she’s dated, she needs to get away to paint beautiful and pricey landscapes, which is why she starts asking about New England campgrounds during her one-woman art show.

Mitchel Campbell, a corporate lawyer working for his father, wants to bed the pretty jogger he has watched for weeks. Recalling happier times in New England at his aunt and uncle’s campground near Opportunity Falls, he grumbles when is ordered to attend an art show. He overhears a woman asking about campgrounds, and realizes she is the jogger. When he disappears minutes later, Abigail is left fuming. Meeting him again in a campground in New Hampshire is a coincidence…or is it?

Excerpt from With Every Kiss: an Opportunity Falls novel
“This trip depicts us when we ended up on the icy shore of the Pacific Northwest.”
“You can say that again,” she said, then chuckled. She turned away from his smile, rubbed one free hand up her goose bump-covered arm, then walked away. She remembered the love that had accompanied family outings no matter where they traveled.
His scent surrounded her, and her body hummed with sensation, shocking her. It wasn’t the painting that made her shiver. When had any man in New York City sent her blood rushing through her veins? When had she felt so lightheaded and giddy as a schoolgirl with a crush?
They brushed shoulders. An awareness of the heat that emanated from his body hit her. To keep from sidling closer, she halted near the next painting. He moved a few steps farther, then turned to look at the canvas.
Her sweaty palm slid down her thigh. With a gulp of her wine, she covertly glanced sideways at his profile as he studied the piece. His brows twitched.
Her gaze moved to the painting. What had caught his attention? He stepped closer, examining the huge landscape. The piece featured one of her signature waterfalls. Rushing water cascaded over a rocky cliff and disappeared into a lake bounded by massive fir trees. The base of the falls lay shrouded in fog while the setting sun washed the sky in a delicious mixture of blue, purple, and pink.
“Exquisite. Even the framing adds to the elegant composition by giving it balance.” He backed up several steps.
“My framer chose dark wormwood to give my painting a rustic appeal.”
“How can you part with something this splendid?”
Her cheeks heated under his compliment. “It’s etched in my mind, so I don’t feel it’s truly lost. Besides, I never know what’s coming next. Ideas flow down my arm to the canvas. I promise it’ll warm-up any modern office building.”
She moved toward the next painting.
“Wait,” he said, stepping closer, stopping her in her tracks. “I want this piece.”
“You do?”
“Why do you sound surprised. It is remarkable, just like its creator.”
As Abby’s mouth opened to respond to his praise, he lowered his head. Warm lips pressed against hers, and large hands settled on her hips. When he pulled her tight against his chest, shock rippled through her.

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Author Bio
Nancy Lee Badger, formerly of Huntington, New York, has fond memories of growing up on Long Island. Her life changed when she attended college in New Hampshire. After meeting her husband at Plymouth State, and raising two handsome sons, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers.
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Donna Steele said...

Just saw this - You'll really enjoy this one, Nancy writes a great romance!

Mickey said...

What a clever way to do a review of With Every Kiss. Loved the questions and your answers. Will we be hearing more about the residents and visitors of that wonderful camp in the New Hampshire mountains?

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