Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Reluctant release of Reluctantly Royal

It's finally here.

August 26th, 2014.

The day that I get to share Max with everyone. The day my book-baby hits the shelves around the country. It's the day that finishes the Suddenly series.



It's also the day of rolling black-outs in my town.

Of all the days, this was not a good day for mass black-outs.

For instance, I've been trying to make this post since 8am this morning. It's now after 3pm and I'm typing quickly to try and finish before the power goes back out.

Let's just say today has been an adventure. It started like any normal day. I stumbled out of bed, dressed the munchkin, made a lunch, and drove her to school. I got home just in time for the second black out to hit. Confused I called the power company and received some lame information which didn't tell me anything. After a little digging I found out that one of the nearby substations had a fire last night, thus rolling black-outs.

I drove all over town to find internet (and a working air conditioner). Almost as soon as I set foot in an establishment the power went off. I decided I was cursed and eventually settled for eating lunch in my car at the pick up line of my daughters school. (At least I had AC!)

But! Now the power is on (hopefully for good) and I can finally share my excitement with everyone.

MAX IS HERE!!!
 
 
Isn't he swoon worthy?


 
Here is an excerpt so you can see exactly why I think so...
 
 
As I turned to leave the room, my eyes fell on a sketch pad and I couldn’t help myself. Sitting back down in the chair I flipped it open and smiled at the drawings inside. Marty had promise for such a young kid. Turning to a blank page, I glanced around and searched for a pencil. Charcoal would be best, but pencil would do.
 
I started with the lines of his forehead, the curve of his impish nose, the roundness of his cheeks. I was lost in the sketch, enjoying the shadows, the tenderness in his expression, working to capture that moment of utter innocence.
 
“That’s beautiful.” Her voice was soft.
 
I looked up from what I was doing, not surprised that she had snuck up on me. When I’m lost in a project, the world disappears; the only thing I’m aware of are the layers of the project I’m working on.
 
“He’s a good subject.” I turned back to the paper and finished up the shading of the blanket.
 
“Only because he’s asleep and not moving.” Her quiet laugh sent shivers over my body.
 
“That does help.” I smiled up at her. “But it’s the contrast. The contrast of him awake versus him asleep. He looks so young right now, so innocent.”
 
“What do you mean?” She leaned closer to look at the picture.
 
“He’s so mature, quick-witted.” I whispered the words. “But here he is, looking like the child he is.”
 
“His teachers say that,” she said. “That he’s quick to pick things up.”
 
“I’d say so.” I turned and handed her the sketch pad. “I hope you don’t mind that I drew him. The light and shadows were too perfect to resist.” Sort of like her right now. The way the moonlight glinted in her eyes and shone along her hair. Her perfect features would make any artist ache to draw them. Her pixie nose, the heavy eyelashes, the curve of her body hinted at by the oversized sweater she had wrapped around herself. It made my palms itch. Partly because I just wanted to touch her, to see if she would taste as sweet as she looked in that moment.
 
“Thank you for keeping him entertained.” She stood up. “Can I keep this?”
 
“Of course.” I stood up and stretched. Her eyes swept over my chest and then back up to my face. Maybe I wasn’t the only one tempted to touch. I hated to admit it, but I had a flare of pride. “I enjoyed hanging out with him.”
 
I was surprised to realize I meant it. I never would have thought spending time with a six-year-old would have been enjoyable.
 
“Looks like he did too.” She moved away from the door and I followed her into the hallway.
 
“Did you get everything settled?”
 
“I think so.” She frowned.
 
“What’s wrong?” Her expression worried me.
 
“Granddad would have hated a large ceremony.” She sighed and headed for the stairs. “But I guess that as a duke there are some things that have to happen.”
 
“I don’t blame your grandfather.” I followed behind her. “I would want a small ceremony, not to be made into a production.”
 
“I’m starting to think you don’t like any type of production.” She looked at me over shoulder.
 
“Not really, no.” I wasn’t going to lie. “I don’t like being the focus, being the center of attention. It makes me uncomfortable.” I wasn’t going to lie, but I hadn’t intended to tell her so much about me.
 
“And yet you agreed to help me with my grandfather’s funeral.” She turned to me at the bottom of the stairs and set the sketch pad on a table. “Why?”
 
I stared at her for a minute, enjoying the way her eyes looked up at me, the tilt of her chin, the way her hair cascaded around her shoulders. “I don’t know.”

Unable to help myself, I reached out and touched her cheek with my fingers. Her pupils dilated and she inhaled softly. With one thumb I traced the dip under her plump bottom lip. Her hand reached up to trace my jaw and she took a step closer to me.
 
“You should be running from me as fast as you can.” She whispered the words. “I’m everything you don’t want.”
 
“I’m not so sure.”
 
“I live for the spotlight, it’s my food.” Her eyes were half lidded as she edged closer to my mouth. “And you’ve seen my family. I’m trouble, Max.”

Did I care? I wasn’t sure I was capable of making a real decision as her smell wrapped around my senses. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to taste her, to touch her, to press her against my body. To hear her say my name again.
 
Dipping my head, I grazed her lips with mine and I was lost. On a sigh, she leaned into me and wrapped her hands around my neck. Tilting her head back, I brought my mouth to hers carefully, softly, tasting. I wanted to deepen the kiss, to hear her moan, to feel the way her body could wrap around mine, but I kept it soft, sweet, and simple. She was in such a hard place, she needed to be protected, treasured by someone.
 
And right now, I was that person.


 
 
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A huge thank you to everyone that has helped spread the word about Reluctantly Royal. I've been overwhelmed by your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
 
 
Nichole Chase
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Love Prince Yummy?

Reluctantly Royal is getting ever closer to shelves.

To celebrate the release, we're going to be interviewing some of the characters.

So give me your burning questions!

Go ahead. Ask him.


Fill out the form below and tell me what you would ask Prince Alex (AKA Prince Yummy).

 



 

Friday, August 8, 2014

What would you ask?


Eighteen days.

Eighteen days are all that stand between us and the release of RELUCTANTLY ROYAL.



To celebrate the release, we're going to have a series of interviews with some of the characters. Who? Well, I think we'll start with Chadwick. Who better to kick it all off? Just think about it. He's privy to all the intimate details, the juicy gossip, the nitty gritty.

So. What would you ask Chadwick, personal assistant to Princess Samantha--wife of Prince Alex, the future King of Lilaria?



I will pick several of the best questions and you'll get your answers!

 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

GIVEAWAY a DAY! (And a TEASER!)

***ETA: THE WINNER IS KATHERINE W! Katherine, please email me at nicholechase.contact (at) gmail.com***

Did you hear that?

Yep, I meant it!

This week I am going to giveaway an e-arc of RELUCTANTLY ROYAL to one lucky winner a day!

YOU could get to read the THIRD royal book a month early!







Excited? I am. I'm dying for people to read this book. I lovedlovedloved writing it.

How do you win? Well, it's pretty simple. Each day, check out my social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, and this Website) to see where I'm going to be hosting the giveaway! If it's on this website (hint: today it is) then leave a comment on the appropriate post. If it's on Twitter, reply to the tweet. If it's on Facebook, leave a comment on the appropriate post. (Make sure you check back to find the winner, so you can contact me if you're the lucky person!) (*These ebooks will be distributed on postcards, via a QR code, so you will need a shipping address.*)

That's it.

Easy, right?

And just think, if you don't win one day, you'll have all week to try again!






Let's get started! Leave a comment below to be entered into todays giveaway!
*Open to international readers*



 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Romantic Times Convention in New Orlean? Why yes, I'd love to go!



Next week I will be in New Orleans for the Romantic Times Convention with roughly a billion other authors. I'm looking forward to so much about next week! I can't wait to try all of the Cajun food. Okay, not all of it, because I'm not big on oysters or things that set my face and stomach on fire, but all the rest? Sign me up. I'm also dorkily looking forward to all of the history in NOLA. I've never been before and I can't wait to see the old buildings and experience the combination of so many different heritages.

I'm also REALLY, SUPER-DUPER, RIDICULOUSLY excited about seeing certain authors. I'm not going to name all of them because I will actually be doing events with some of them. (OH MY UNICORNS. Lil' ol' me! With people that I read before even dreaming of publishing a book. Okay. That's a lie. I've always dreamed of having published books, but you know what I mean.) I will go ahead and say that I am head over heels stoked to find out that Tamora Pierce will be speaking on some of the panels. You guys? YOU. GUYS! Tamora Pierce got me through 7th grade. My name took up most of the library card for the book Song of the Lioness. (For you whipper snappers, a library card was this little piece of paper in a pocket at the back of a book. The librarian would fill in your name and the date you checked the book out. Alas, it's all done digitally now. I bet that saves librarians from a ton of paper cuts!)

I'm going to admit here, on my blog, for the world to see, that I may actually have an out of body experience if I get to meet Tamora Pierce. I'm serious. I'm likely to bust into tears or stare at her unable to form coherent words. So, if you see me in a puddle somewhere, cuddling a book or two--or five--kindly step around me.I'll be fine eventually. I could go on forever, but let's just say that Tamora Pierce and Anne McCaffrey taught me how to write strong heroines. I will forever be in their debt.

Okay. I just went off on a three paragraph tangent. But as you can see, I'm truly excited. And humbled to be participating/hosting events with some big names. Good Lord, I hope I don't say anything stupid.

So, without further ado, here is my (rather busy) schedule for RT. I'd love it if you come see me! I'm bringing all sorts of goodies!
 
Garden District Book Shop signing!



Never Have I Ever...New Adult Pajama Party

College settings are hotter than ever right now and whether you’re going back or forward in time, or to a completely different reality, tonight everyone will be living it up on campus.
Join over a dozen New Adult authors for the Never Have I Ever New Adult pajama party for college themed games, get your fortune read by our prestigious in-house, New Adult fortune teller, enter to win raffled off gift cards and more, and dress in your best and most interesting pajamas to win a grand prize-- a $200 gift card. Come sporting your college team T-shirt and some comfy pajama pants. Share a table with your favorite NA author, play college-themed games, eat your way to the "freshman 15" with our junk-food feast, and win prizes. All participants receive a goody bag and much more!
Event Date:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 8:15pm to 10:00pm
Host(s): Location:
2nd Floor
Room:
Gallery 4
 
 

Avon's Hats and Tats

Led by members of the Avon family – you can design and make a hat/fascinator, or paint a body tattoo. Use tattoo paint, brushes, glitter, and more to create hand-drawn works of art! For hats you will have poster board, sequins, ribbons, organza, glue, feathers and more to work with! Make it fascinating! Judges will select winner of each category for two grand prizes. Participants are encouraged to wear their hats and tats proudly for the rest of convention!
Event Date:
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 11:15am to 12:15pm
Host(s): Location:
3rd Floor
Room:
Salon E - (Mardi Gras Ballroom)
 

Avon's Krewe of Muses

Erato reigns supreme over New Orleans this year, as Romance runs rampant through New Orleans! In a jubilant celebration of the Krewe of Muses, Avon Books celebrates Erato, the muse of love and poetry, with a fabulous fête featuring more than 50 Avon, Avon Impulse, William Morrow and Harper Voyager authors, who will sign complimentary books and e-books for RT Booklovers Convention attendees! Tasty bites of ambrosia will be served to attendees during the event; and all who come can also enjoy libations fit for goddesses and muses alike, compliments of Little Black Dress Wines. Like their namesake, classic & timeless, Little Black Dress Wines, are perfect for any occasion!
Event Date:
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:15pm to 7:45pm
Host(s): Location:
3rd Floor
Room:
Acadia - (Grand Ballroom)
 
RT Pub Crawl 
 
When: Thursday night. I will be hosting from 7:10pm to 7:30 pm (But the party goes all night!)
Where: Avon Venue: Saints & Sinners, 627 Bourbon St. (Just in case you didn't know... this place is owned by Channing Tatum!)
What: Come hang out! Get free stuff! Have fun!!!!!!
 

Giant Book Fair

Meet more than 700 authors who will autograph books, posters and bookmarks. Bring your “keepers” and have them signed!
This year we have combined our Giant Book Fair with our E-Book/Indie Expo to provide a great, new, merged experience. Find all of your favorite authors in one place!
The Saturday Giant Book Fair ticket is included in the full general convention registration fee.
This event is also open to the public and tickets can be purchased for just the Giant Book Fair. You can purchase a ticket at the door the day of the event. Pre-ordered tickets will be picked up at the hotel on the day of the Giant Book Fair.
You may bring in your books from home to get them autographed. However, they must be checked in and stamped (with invisible ink, so there's no damage to your books) before you enter the book fair. Also only two books from home per author are allowed.
Event Date:
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Host(s): Location:
3rd Floor
Room:
Grand Ballroom & Mardi Gras Ballroom
 
I have a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on as well, but if you see me walking through the hotel don't hesitate to say hello!!! I can't wait to see everyone, meet new people, and share my love for books!
 
See you soon!
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Want a bonus scene? Maybe the chance to read RELUCTANTLY ROYAL early? Check it out!

 
 


 
Do you want to read a bonus scene from Sam and Alex's honeymoon? Are you just dying to read Max's story in RELUCTANTLY ROYAL? Well, Avon and I have come up with something fun for you!

 
 
 
If you’ve had a chance to check out RECKLESSLY ROYAL, by now you’ll know that throughout the book Sam and Alex are on their honeymoon. And we got to missing them while they were gone, so we asked Nichole Chase if she’d be so gracious as to give us just one more glimpse into their Happy Ever After. She decided to write a delightfully sweet and deliciously sexy scene from their first days…and nights…as a newlywed couple! We’re all set to release this bonus scene to readers once RECKLESSLY ROYAL has reached 200 reviews on Goodreads.  So once you’ve finished Cathy and David’s story, please share your thoughts with the world!
 
But wait, there’s more!  If you tweet or Facebook the link to your review and tag Nichole, she’ll randomly pick ten people on APRIL 11 to win signed copies of SUDDENLY ROYAL and one grand prize winner to get an early read of RELUCTANTLY ROYAL.
 
Prizes are US only.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

RECKLESSLY ROYAL IS HERE... and I' m feeling mushy.

This week has been exciting, scary, and surreal. Why? Well, for the very first time one of my babies is out in the big world all on it's own. This isn't a test. It's time for Cathy and David to tell their story. As the author that is incredibly scary. You'd think that after releasing... (pulls off shoes so I can count fingers and toes...) my 8th... or 9th... story I'd be kind of used to it all. Nope. Not at all. It's nerve wracking and intense in a lot of ways. I don't think that part will ever go away.



It's also INCREDIBLY exciting. People are buying my book, reading my story, and (hopefully) falling in love with David and Cathy as much as I did! It's so much fun to be able to talk with the readers about their favorite parts, favorite characters, and not so favorite characters. I could talk books all day and this is the best part of my job.

Why has this week been surreal? Well, it's the continuation of a series that I love... one that I wrote mainly for myself. I never, ever would have thought that it would do what it has done. In fact, I was convinced that most people would think it was too happy. Boy was I glad to be wrong! The surreal part though, comes from seeing my books--my babies--with my name on them in actual stores. Maybe that seems silly. It certainly doesn't make me more of an author than I already was, but it is a dream come true. When I was young you couldn't find books online... partly because there wasn't an online until much later... but let's not focus on that. The point is, the only way for people to find an authors book was in a store. And they still do.

While in college I worked at Walmart. It was challenging at times, but I made some wonderful friends. (Friends in fact that now beta read my work.) I started as a cashier, worked at the service desk, and eventually became a Customer Service Manager. On my breaks I would take my vest off and peruse the book aisle. Needless to say a lot of the money I made working at Walmart was handed right back to them to feed my reading addiction. Flash forward to this week. I needed a new toothbrush and some milk. I picked up my munchkin from school and turned toward Walmart (the main store in the small town where I live). Taking a deep breath as we passed the book aisle, I stopped and perused the shelves--just like I had done for years.

Would it? Could it be there? My book?

At first I thought I wasn't so lucky. Feeling a little let-down (but pretending that I wasn't for the munchkin) I started to turn back down the aisle and head for the milk. That's when I saw it. Sitting on the top shelf--next to a NORA ROBERTS book--was my baby. I swear she was smiling at me.

I had a flutter moment where I looked around wildly to see if there was anyone I knew in shouting distance. I giggled. I told a random person walking by, "That's my book!" (Yes, I'm a dork. But if you've been following me, you already know that.) I picked it up and looked at it. I flipped it over and looked at the back. I touched the raised font and smiled back at Cathy. I had seen the paperback already, but this was different. I had found her out in the wild.

Do you see how this was a moment where my life had come full circle? I had worked full-time at that very store while going to college and now THEY WERE CARRYING MY BOOKS. My books. On the racks that I used to check every week. The very racks where I bought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Twilight, and NORA ROBERTS books. Racks that carried and still carried some of my favorite authors. Maybe it's karma or kismet. I put in my time at Walmart and now they carry my books.

So, yeah. Mushy.

The first time I saw my book in a Barnes and Noble, I cried. Someone sent me a picture and I sat in my office and ugly-cried. Great big hiccups and laughing were involved. I couldn't stop. Thank goodness no one was awake. I probably would have scared them.

Thank goodness I didn't do that in the middle of Walmart. So instead, I did what anyone else would do... I took selfies.

The Munchkin was just as excited!

Look at me! Next to Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber!


Thank you to Avon, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, iTunes, my agent, editors, and publicists. And most importantly, thank you to my readers. None of this would be possible without you.
 
If you still haven't gotten your copy of Recklessly Royal, you can buy it here:
 
 
 
 
 

If you have a picture with one of my books, I'd love to see it! I think I might start a collage on the website. What do you think? (If you're looking for one in store, my Walmart only had two copies left and the local Books a Million only had one!)