Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Interview with Lacie Nation + Excerpt

Today I'd like to introduce you to Lacie Nation, the author of Courageous Dare, an emotional contemporary romance novel featuring a military man and a sweet vet.

Stella: Hi Lacie, welcome to Ex Libris! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

LA: I live in Ga with a wonderful man whom loves me very much, even when I’m in a mood. I write from a very deep place and because of that when I’m in the middle of an emotional scene I normally sob like crazy.

Stella: Your second novel Courageous Dare, a contemporary romance featuring a military hero was published on 21 November 2011, can you tell readers what they can expect of Courageous Dare? Is it a romantic suspense novel or rather an emotional contemporary romance? (Or maybe both?)

LA: Courageous Dare is an emotional read. There is a little suspense in it, but mostly emotion both sad and happy.

Stella: Can you tell us a behind the scene secret about Courageous Dare? Either about what inspired it or something about the writing process?

LA: LOL…there was a particular scene in Courageous Dare where all I could think about during the writing process was ‘how would I feel if someone told me this?’ I was hysterical and had to go lay down after the scene was finished. I won’t give away what happens, or what the scene consist of, but it was probably the most emotional thing I’ve written.

Stella: A soldier hero, fellow soldier characters, war, these are not easy subjects, what kind of research did you do for Courageous Dare to make it believable and authentic?

LA: I asked questions, read things on the website, and asked more questions. Every military aspect of this story had to be as close to reality as possible. Our service men and women put their life on the line for us, so I wanted to make sure the parts involving the military were done right. One part particularly had to be as close to perfect as I could get it. I spent weeks asking questions and reading procedures. I wanted to be as respectful as I could.

Stella: What was the most challenging about writing Courageous Dare?

LA: Making sure the military aspect of the story was done right. Without giving details about the story away, I had to ask some very hard questions about how certain things would be handled.

Stella: Can you summarize Courageous Dare Twitter style (140 characters or less)?

LA: A risky dare, passionate sex, tragedy, and family are make Courageous Dare.

Stella: Could you introduce to our readers the characters of Courageous Dare?

Baylee Crawford
Height: 5ft 8in
Hair color: Blond
Eyes: Blue
Occupation: Veterinarian
Accepted a dare to have sex with a stranger and met her soul mate.

Nash Jensen
Hair Color: Auburn
Eyes: Blue-green
Occupation: Staff Sgt U.S. Army
Never realized the girl he saw in his friend’s family pictures would be the woman he’d long to spend his life with.

Stella: If Courageous Dare was made into a movie, who would be your dream cast?

LA: You know, I’ve been asked this question several times and I can honestly say that I have no idea. Although I don’t know who I would want to play my characters, they must be able to convey the emotion in the right way.

Stella: What shall we be on the lookout for, what is next on your schedule?

LA: I’m working on a book called, The Weeping Willow Tree. It’s still early in the works, but is coming along very nicely. I’m getting into the parts where emotions run deeply so I’m excited about that. Writing the drama is my favorite part!

Stella: Have you always loved romance novels? Which books are your favourite/or did you read recently? Or any other genres you like to read? Any favourite authors/novels you’d recommend?

LA: As long as a book has a great plot and the story moves along I will read it. I’m not genre specific. I am currently reading (when I have a minute to take a breath) The Dark Hunter series. So far I like them. I’m a HUGE fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series as well. If a book doesn’t grab me in the first couple of pages I will likely put it down and not pick it up again. If you like vampires, action and sex then I would recommend both these series of books.

Title: Courageous Dare
Author: Lacie Nation
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Length: 160 Pages, eBook Format
Sub-Genres: Contemporary, Military

Baylee Crawford thought she had her whole life figured out, right up until she accepts a scandalous little dare involving a mysterious man that makes her throw caution to the wind. When she falls completely in love with her mystery man, how will she cope when she has to say goodbye to him as he leaves for war?

When a tragedy threatens to tear her world apart, Baylee is left feeling lost and has no idea how to help her family in the midst of this loss. Follow Baylee and Nash through a tale of love, passion, longing, war, and tragedy.

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Without fear or uncertainty in Baylee’s voice, she spoke in her way of challenging Jamie. “Dare.”

Jamie’s smile spread even wider, and she nodded slowly. She took a shot before saying, “I dare you to have sex with a stranger.”

A collective gasp swept around the room. Suddenly, this game had taken a turn from the occasional strip tease and random kiss to something else entirely. Baylee laughed and thought for a moment. She hadn’t been with a man in a very long time, not since her relationship ended a year ago. She never thought she’d sleep with some random man, but when her gaze fell upon the man sitting next to her, she made her decision.

She smiled at Jamie, stood up, and extended her hand to the delicious looking man sitting to her right. Shock passed over his face. He shook his head slightly, grabbed her hand, and followed her lead. Baylee looked over her shoulder to her best friend. She had to laugh a little at the look of total astonishment on Jamie’s face.

Baylee’s heart pounded harder in her chest the closer she got to her bedroom. Stopping at the door, she took a deep breath before turning the knob. Walking in, she took another deep breath and turned.

He leaned back against the door, causing it to latch with a soft click. Head down, the fedora covered his whole face, with the exception of his lips in a slightly dark, sexy smile. When Baylee heard the lock click, she clenched her thighs together in anticipation.

Taking a step toward her, he asked softly, “What should I call you?”

The deep timber of his voice sent chills down her spine and when she said “Baylee,” her voice sounded breathy. She never realized her voice could sound sultry.

“What should I call you?”


His name, the only thing he said before he pressed his lips to hers gently. She didn’t think. Instead she deepened the kiss, tracing her tongue along his bottom lip. He opened his mouth sliding his tongue into hers. She moaned at his taste, whiskey, mint, and the slightest hint of cigarette smoke. A strange combination she found mouth watering.

“Tell me you’re sure about this. Tell me you want me.”

Desperation. The only word she could use to describe the way he sounded.

“Yes,” she gasped as he nipped the place where her shoulder met her neck.

Her answer seemed to be the only encouragement he needed. His hands moved down her body, stopping at the hem of her dress. When he pulled back to look at her once more, she gave him a nod of permission.

One sweep of his arms left her standing in nothing more than her panties, gloves, and heels. Swaying her hips in her best exotic dancer impression, she rolled her gloves off, letting them drop to the ground. She sauntered the three steps he had put between them when he removed her dress. She slowly lifted the hat off his head, revealing his deep auburn colored hair, cut really short on the sides and slightly longer on top.

Her hands ghosted down the back of his neck, over his shoulders, and across his chest to the buttons on his vest. As she worked the buttons, he put his hands on both sides of her face and kissed her so passionately, her knees nearly buckled. Once she got the vest off, she had no patients for the shirt buttons. She ripped them open with both of them groaning in delight at the sounds of buttons hitting the wall and hardwood floor. With their hands working together, his clothes quickly became a pile on the floor next to hers.

She moved to take her shoes off, but he stopped her, shaking his head slowly with a devious grin on his face. The way his eyes seemed to drink her in made her lightheaded.

“I want to taste you.”

About the author:

Lacie lives in Ga with her boyfriend of five years and their dog, Libby. She spends most of her time reading and writing. She writes from a very personal place and finds that creating a story based off of things she has been through is very cleansing. She is extremely close to her family so she tends to use little quirks that she loves from her family members to create characters that are realistic.

You can learn more about Lacie and her books at her website / blog / Facebook

Lacie is on a virtual book tour right now, you can follow her to learn more about the story and the author.

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