Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's going on?

What have I been up to?

In case you missed it, I was part of a podcast at Publishers Weekly with the fabulous Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, Cora Carmack, Jennifer Armentrout, and Jay Crownover.

Today I have an article on the USA Today HEA blog about addiction and how it affects families in real life and in fiction.

And Yesterday I announced the release date for THE ACCIDENTAL ASSASSIN!

Also, RECKLESSLY ROYAL (Book 2, Royal series) is currently on sale! Only $0.99 for the ebook!


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

November 4th--Mark your calendar!

It's time.

The Accidental Assassin finally has a release date.

(Yes, for real this time!)

November 4th, 2014

            Cold air curled over the skin of my thigh and I snuggled closer to the heat next to me. A soft snore invaded my dreams and I grunted in annoyance. The warm pillow under my head moved, rolling me over so I was on my back and immediately yanking me out of my dreams.

“What?” I started to push him away, but his hands closed on my wrists and lifted them above my head.

“It’s been a long time since I woke up next to someone.” His voice sent goosebumps over my skin and I froze. One of his legs rested between mine and every movement made it deliciously clear how much he enjoyed having a bedmate. “I’m not used to it.”

“Wh-why is that?” His lips were so close to mine I couldn’t focus on anything else. Flashes of our kiss from the night before ran through my mind.

“Trust.” He leaned a little closer, his lips almost touching mine. “Can’t sleep next to someone who might kill you.”

“That would be difficult.” I licked my lips and tried to calm my racing heart.

“But not with you, love.” He let go of one of my wrists to run a finger along my jaw. “You’re not going to kill me in my sleep.”

“How can you be so sure?”

“It’s in your eyes.” His eyes dipped down to my lips. “The eyes never lie.”

Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.

As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

Want to know a little more about Owen? Check out this Imagine Dragons song. It fits him perfectly


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.

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


***ETA: THE WINNER IS KATHERINE W! Katherine, please email me at (at)***

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
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
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
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
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!