Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

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I was on deadline through mid-December and then got swept away by the holidays. It seems that I neglected to announce the winner of the prize offered in my November 19 post. Better late than never, right?

Congratulations, Laney4! You win because not only did you comment on the post, but you reminded me that I hadn’t awarded the prize. I’ll be sending you a $5 Amazon gift card! 

 

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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Congratulations, Pearl! You’re the winner of a $10.00 digital gift card. Please contact Angi Morgan at Angi@AngiMorgan.com to claim your prize.

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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ROAD TRIPS

Happy New Year! And thanks for having me today, Nancy. [Nancy: So happy to have you here today, Angi!] Looking at the Jaunty Quill hosts, I’m having a major fan girl moment. Today I’m exploring one of my favorite cities…NYC. We flew in yesterday. Honestly, flying isn’t my favorite thing. But I love traveling. Especially road trips. I love taking off without a map, finding roads I haven’t been on before and discovering a little bit more about my home state of Texas.

 

Exploring and finding writing inspiration. Because that always happens.

 

1 West Texas Watchmen on whiteThe West Texas Watchmen is set in the small town of Marfa about 20 miles across the mountains from Mexico. In December, my husband and I took a second trip to the area in southwest Texas. A whirlwind trip of almost 1500 miles in two and half days from where we live. Yes, you read that right…1500 miles It was a lot of driving, conversation and picture taking. I reference the pictures when I’m writing, but I share them with fans when the book releases. I get totally pumped and ready to write which is what I’m doing in the hotel room.

 

This was a spectacular drive. National Geographic named part of our journey as one of the drives of a lifetime. Of course, pictures show the unique terrain better than words. So here are 5 of my favorite pictures from that 1500 mile trip. You can see more pictures from my adventures (including NYC) on my blog, A Picture A Day.

 

2 Angi Morgan -FortChadborneI love traveling without a schedule. It allows you to pull over and take pictures of giant spurs. This is the entrance to Fort Chadbourne (Ranch). If my characters ever drive this road…they’d have a great conversation.

Sunset in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park. We barely arrived in time –even with no break for lunch. When we grabbed snacks that morning, we also bought Gouda cheese, summer sausage and some lemon pound cake. We had an impromptu romantic picnic on the tailgate while watching the sky light up.Angi Morgan -BigBendSunset 12

My stories are all actual Texas locales and while Google Earth helps get me streets and general information, visiting a location brings it to life for me. We arrived in Alpine around ten PM and stopped on the highway for a squadron of javelinas to cross. Then two mule deer crossed and two more caught our attention on the front lawn of Sul Ross State University. Angi Morgan -SulRossBuckThen we saw this big guy just sitting there. No matter where we parked (closer and closer) he only moved his eyes and mouth. (Actually, that’s how we knew he was real!)

We love to find roads less traveled and wow, we hit the mother lode Angi Morgan -Texas349with Texas 349. We grabbed some freshly made tamales and loved the couple of hours. Miles of hills and rarely anything else. For 59 miles we saw only 9 cars. I lost count of how many times we stopped for pictures (check out Jan. 3rd on my blog). We even made a video.

Seeing the landscape for a story is vital, but creating the right atmosphere for the characters is equally important. The suitcase was used as a newsstand at the Sagebrush Café in Fort Stockton. (Great breakfast by the way if you’re traveling on Interstate 10.) Definitely making it into a future book. Angi Morgan-SantaHat 009

Here’s a teaser from THE SHERIFF

“You’re serious?” Pete followed the nurse to the door, looked down the hall and slammed it shut. “Someone’s trying to kill you and you want me to leave you here, defenseless?”

“And I appreciate your saving me. Twice. But I can’t tell you anything else, so isn’t it more important to catch that creep and find clues at the accident?”

“The scene and Suit Man aren’t my priority. You are.”

She watched his Adam’s apple bob nicely as he swallowed hard. His blue eyes searched hers. If she’d known what he needed to hear, she would have said it. But she was a little frightened or worried or maybe just confused from the blow to her ear.

Angi Morgan-TheSheriff 3DWhat was she thinking? These men had rammed her car off the road trying to kill her. Okay, technically, it was Sharon’s car. And in all probability, they had killed the man she’d been trying to help. She’d been knocked silly-unconscious by a complete stranger with really good counterfeit DHS credentials who also wasn’t afraid to show his face and try to kill her with security cameras everywhere.

“I’ll concede that you don’t know me, but I’m not defenseless.” The soreness in her jaw screamed otherwise. “He caught me off guard. That’s all. I can take care of myself.”

“Not tonight.” He stepped back, one hand going to his hip and the other pushing through a thick head of short, light brown hair. “I’m escorting you home until someone decides what to do with you.”

 Check out  The Sheriff (West Texas Watchmen) Trailer

Excerpt & covers provided by Harlequin Enterprises.

Available on Amazon, B&N, iTunes and bookstores

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AngiMorgan--MountainsANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi’s work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Carolyn Readers Choice, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.

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Leave a comment for me and you’re eligible for a $10.00 digital gift card. I’d love to hear about one of your road trips. Do you ever itch to just drop everything and get away?

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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C.S. Lewis never too old

 

Setting new goals is one of my favorite things about the New Year. With the old tucked away, it feels like I have a clean slate. Anything is possible. When I wrote out my goals and resolutions for 2015, I revisited some goal setting guidelines that always work for me. I thought it might be fun to share…just in case you want to join in on the goal setting fun. Ready?

  1. Make sure the goal you are working for is something you really want, not just something that sounds good. For years I’ve had “learn to speak French” on my goal list. While I know some key words and phrases, the reality is I even though learning to speak French sounds fabulous, I don’t really have time now to do it. So, “learn to speak French” did not make my list of goals this year. Not that it would hurt to have it on the list, but it’s much more fulfilling to check off the things I have accomplished than to have a stark reminder of the ones I didn’t. 
  1. Develop goals in 6 areas to ensure a more balanced life:

 

Family and Home               Financial and Career
Spiritual and Ethical           Physical and Health
Social and Cultural             Mental and Educational

 

  1. Make sure your goals don’t contradict each other: 

 

For example, if you’ve set goals to improve your health, staying up all night to work on your manuscript when you have to get up early to work your full-time day job will not do anything for your health. In fact, it will probably send you into a spiral of burnout.

 

  1. Write down your goals and write them in the positive. Putting your goals on paper is your roadmap to success. It proves that you know what you want and how you’re going to get there. 
  1. Write your goal out in complete detail. Break each goal into manageable pieces: to lose ten pounds, I need to stick to XXXX number of calories per day and exercise X number of times per week to burn XXXX number of calories; to finish a 365-page novel by the end of the year, I need to write one page per day, every day, etc.
  1. Make sure to set your goals high enough and have a mix of Performance Goals (things you have control over) and Outcome Goals (things you have no control over). Although you want most of your goals to be things over which you have control/performance goals, throw in a few outcome goals: I will get published; I will hit the New York Times list. 
  1. Revisit your goals at various times during the year (monthly or quarterly). Life happens and things change. It’s not only okay to tweak and readjust your plan, sometimes it’s necessary.

 What are some of your goals and resolutions? Do you have any tips to help achieve goals?

 

 

 

Nancy Robards Thompson

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Award winning author, Nancy Robards Thompson has reinvented herself numerous times. After earning a degree in journalism, she worked many jobs including newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and extras casting for movies, and several jobs in the fashion industry and public relations arena.

She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award for unpublished writers in July 2002, and sold her first book the following February. Since then, Nancy has found Nirvana doing what she loves most – writing contemporary and historical women's fiction and romance full-time.

Nancy has fourteen published books (published as Nancy Robards Thompson and Elizabeth Robards), which critics have deemed "…funny, smart and observant." Her novels have been translated into Dutch, Italian, French, Polish and Korean, among other languages. In October, she contracted with Harlequin Books to write three more Harlequin Special Editions, which will be released in 2012. Most recently, she contracted with Harlequin Special Edition to contribute to their on-going "Fortunes of Texas" series. That book, tentatively titled "An Unexpected Fortune," will be released in May 2012.

For more information, please visit her website.

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Angi Morgan talks road trips and dishes about her new book The Sheriff (West Texas Watchmen). 

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