Friday, November 15, 2013

Book Tour: The Bannockburn Spells by Nancy Adams Author Post & Giveaway


With the help of a bet, an eight-hundred-year-old marriage contract, and a spell, ex-SBS soldier Will might just have enough in his arsenal to capture Meghan’s heart.

Since arriving in Little Glen, Scotland, Meghan Kennedy’s life has got decidedly more interesting. She enters into a bet with hunky ex-SBS soldier, William MacKenzie, discovers an ancient marriage contract and to top it all off, she learns that she had a spell cast on her…eight hundred years before she was even born. None of it matters, because she refuses to make the same mistake twice. Will’s hard body and sexy grin don’t matter, his beautiful hypnotic eyes don’t matter, and it doesn’t matter that every time they kiss her body calls out for his, as though denied of his touch for hundreds of years.

Ex-SBS soldier William MacKenzie is disciplined, trained to be an efficient soldier and he takes the same approach with his life as he does his business. Then Meghan arrives, with her fiery temper and hair to match, all he can think about is Meghan. Her feisty temper bemuses him, her beauty astounds him and her stubbornness annoys the hell out of him. Lucky for him, he doesn’t know how to quit, he can be just as stubborn and occasionally ruthless, and he will use any means necessary to get her. Of course the ‘means’ at his disposal just happen to be a bet, a marriage contract and an ancient spell, but if in the end Meghan belongs to him, who is he to argue?

            “That’s right, you like to gamble, then how about a little wager?”

            “A bet?” She narrowed her eyes. “What kind of bet?”

            He crossed his arms. “I bet that you fall in love with me.”

            “Yeah,” she snorted. “Like that’s going to happen.”

            “Well, then this should be easy for you.”

            She clicked her tongue.

            “Not scared, are you?” He gave her pride a nudge.

            She mimicked his stance. “What are the stakes?”

            He smothered a smile. “If you win, you’re free from the contract. But if I win…” He lowered his head until they were nose to nose. “I get you.”

Will saw the doubt cross her face then decided to give her pride another poke, just enough to get what he wanted. “Think you can win?” Straightening to his full height, he held out his hand to her.

            She eyed his hand suspiciously, then slid her smaller hand into his. “You bet I can.”

            He held fast as she tried to pull back, running his thumb over the back of her hand.           
            “Good.” He drew in her lavender scent. “You’ll forgive me if I don’t wish you luck. I don’t want you to win.”

            Meghan’s mouth dropped open in shock and she snatched her hand away. “You’re an asshole.”

            Will grinned. “I have my moments.”

            Once again Hamish handed her another shot of whisky, she took it without so much as a thanks and again downed it as she had with the first. She swallowed the second shot hard and swayed slightly. Shoving the glass into Will’s chest, she waved the printed pages in his face…again. “I’m taking these.”

            Will sighed, holding onto his patience at her last act of rebellion before leaving. Leaving! An unexpected annoyance filled him. He didn’t want her to go anywhere, he wanted her here, with him. As she turned, her hair flew over her shoulder and before he could stop himself he reached out, grabbing a handful of her flaming hair, stopping her. Stepping up behind her, he toyed with the silky strands. “Going home?” he asked softly.

            “That’s none of your business.”

            She was right, it was none of his business and he didn’t push her about it, but he needed to know. He squeezed his jaw. “Time’s up, Meghan, I’m done waiting.”

Characters and How They Are Born. Coming up with characters and their personalities/backgrounds, how long does it take to create a character?

That is a great question.
The characters in my books have all taken different routes.  Some just seem to pop into my head others had to be developed as I wrote.

Take Lilly Marten in my first book, No Matter When. I knew I wanted Lilly to be independent, introverted, have no family and I knew where she would come from (Hooray for T-Dot!).  The rest of her personality I created as I went along.  Some aspects worked out beautifully like her photographic memory.  Others aspects like her tendency to be a bit on the timid side didn’t work at all and she came off as a gutless!  Not cool for a independent female lead.  Can you say RE WRITE!

Other characters like Meghan Kennedy, in The Bannockburn Spell, were different.  I knew right away, what she would look like, how she would act, where she was from, and what her flaws would be.  I knew everything about her really.  No shocker there, I did after all create her. But because I was prepared, Meghan’s progression throughout the book was so much easier.  On the other hand, it was also a bit boring to write; because there were no surprises along her journey, I already knew everything, which kinda sucked...I love surprises.

I guess I’m one of those people that need a bit of both worlds.  To have my characters looks and traits mapped out and ready to go, but leave her journey a blank slate until the time comes to write about it.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:
My name is Nancy Adams. I am a full-blooded Canadian, right down to the maple syrup running though my veins. I enjoy watching hockey but despise skating...and the cold. I enjoy a good helping of Tourtiere with a side of Poutine as much as the next person, yet I am only bilingual when it comes to swear words.Besides writing, I have three small - but legal - addictions: bed linens, lavender and books. All of which are replenished on a regular basis. Reading into the wee hours of the morning is one of my many bad habits, next to spontaneously rearranging furniture and randomly painting rooms in my house.
Book Links –  for The Bannockburn Spell

Websites – for The Bannockburn Spell

Nancy will be awarding a $20 GC to Amazon to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, a digital copy of "No Matter When" to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon GC + backlist eBook to one randomly drawn host.
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


  1. A very interesting post thank you. Love learning about the process.


  2. The book sounds great, I've added it to my read list.


  3. Character creation is really hard for me actually...I usually get an image of what I want the character to look like first...then tack on traits that I want them to have...but when I sit down to try to write the character I cobbled together, they take on a life of their own and do things I don't want them to :P

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. LOL Sometimes that happens. I usually just go with the flow and see where it leads.

  4. I read some writers say that the characters write their own stories. That's a weird concept for us non-writers.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. I use to think the same thing, but it really does happen.
      Thanks for stopping by, Catherine.

  5. BTW, I find your author bio to be fun and humorous, especially the maple syrup part. Do you like to put humor in your books?
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

    1. Thanks, Jbst!
      I do like humor in my books, I find it helps maintain a balance. However...I can't always guarantee the reader will understand my bizarre sense of humor. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing it and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

  7. Fascinating post, thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway. I can't wait to read The Bannockburn Spell and No Matter When.


    1. I hope you enjoy them!
      Thanks for coming by, Emily.

  8. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com