Monday, September 14, 2009

Please Welcome Nancy J. Parra and Her Mr. Charming

Hi, I would like to start with a quick thank you to Morgan for hosting me today and you all for reading. This book had a lot of firsts for me.

It is my first contemporary. My first romantic suspense and this is my first blog tour. Because it was my first blog tour, I did a mini- five blogs in six weeks. Morgan is my last and I found the tour to be wonderful. My hosts were all warm and welcoming. Their readers were gracious and Mr. Charming spent four weeks on the Wild Rose Press Bestseller list.

Morgan is the author who encouraged me to try blog touring and blog following and other social media. Her advice was solid and boosted not only my sales, but hits to my website and blog. So thank you again, Morgan. I hope you all enjoy the excerpt.

Cheers! Nancy.

Mr. Charming, a romantic suspense
A single mom with a secret past finds herself embroiled in a playboy’s murder. Available for purchase now at:
ISBN: 1-60154-524-X

Suggested Retail Price:$6 adobe pdf, $11.99 print
Visit visit Nancy J. Parra at:


After a painful public divorce, advice maven Jennifer Sumner vows to stay out of the glare of the limelight, but then she makes the mistake of saying yes to her brother’s request for assistance.

Kane McCormick loves his playboy lifestyle, using his fame and fortune as a barrier around his heart until the day the world assumes he’s dead. Then Kane learns that he had it all wrong.

As Kane discovers that Jennifer and her young son are the family he’s been looking for, his would-be killer discovers his whereabouts and threatens to kill them both. Can Kane convince Jennifer to step into his public life and escape the clear and present danger? Or will she stubbornly keep to her vow and take his heart to her grave?


“(Parra writes)…wonderful books with strong, stubborn heroes and plucky heroines who aren't afraid to go toe-to-toe with them. Shelley Mosley

Excerpt from Mr. Charming:

“Why do you keep touching me?” The words were soft and breathless. Jennifer wanted to take them back the moment they were out.
“I’m a tactile guy,” Kane said simply. “I like to caress what I find beautiful.”
Surprise filled her, scattered across her face. She was thirty five with a kid. Definitely not the type of person he usually dated.
“Yeah,” he said, breaking her stunned silence. “I find you beautiful.” He stepped as close as he could without touching her. He took the mug away from her trembling hand and planted it beside them on the counter. Then he held her face in his hands and smiled down at her. “I’m the kind of man who appreciates beauty in its purest from.”
“I told you, I know what kind of man you are,” she whispered. “Don’t you see? For my own good, I have to reject you.”
“Then I’m afraid we’re at odds, sweetheart, because I have to have you.”
She had promised herself just moments before to do her best to stick to the truth. “I’m not playing games with you.” Her whole body shivered in traitorous anticipation. He drew her to him, surrounding her with male heat and strength.
“Me neither,” he replied.
She put her hand out to keep him away. Her palm hit silky warm skin spattered with just the right amount of hair to make it intriguing. She swallowed a gasp and kept her hand firmly planted on his bare chest. The last thing she wanted was for him to know how electrified she was by the feel of him. “Just keep your distance. I know you’re bored and I’m simply a distraction. It isn’t fair.”
He took her palm and raised it to his lips. His dark gaze captured hers and sent shock waves through her body.

“Haven’t you heard, sweetheart? All’s fair in love and war.”

Author Bio:
The Lovin’ Kind by Nancy J. Parra, June 2006, was named one of the top ten romances of 2006 by Booklist Magazine.
The Bettin’ Kind, October 2005, received a starred review from Booklist Magazine. says “… a wonderful story that thoroughly sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the last page is read.”

The Marryin’ Kind was heralded as “…another winner,” by Booklist Magazine, while Wyoming Wedding won a Reviewer’s Choice award from Labeled a rising star of 2002 by Booklist Magazine, Ms. Parra is proud that A Wanted Man received a starred review in the October 2002 edition of Booklist Magazine and Saving Samantha was featured on the chapter-a-day website.

Nancy’s Morgan Family series started with The Marryin’ Kind, released in Feb. 2005 followed by The Bettin’ Kind, Oct. 2005 and The Lovin’ Kind, June 2006. Her Morgan Brothers series, which includes Saving Samantha, A Wanted Man, Loving Lana and Wyoming Wedding, is available from Avalon books.

Nancy holds degrees in Journalism and Electronics Engineering. She has worked as a newspaper columnist, a publications coordinator, a communications manager, a technical writer, a corporate trainer, a satellite repair technician, and an electronics technician, but through it all, her fiction writing is her number one priority.

A member of Romance Writer’s of America for twelve years, Ms. Parra has been active in various chapters including Mid-America Romance Authors, The Golden Network, Midwest Romance Writers, Windy City and Chicago-North RWA.

Ms. Parra has also been a finalist in the RWA Golden Heart contest, and the MARA Fiction from the Heartland contest as well as receiving an honorable mention in the NY Love and Laughter contest.

Ms. Parra has published columns and articles in the Daily Chronicle; Topeka Capital Journal; The University of Kansas yearbook; and in corporate training manuals and hospital guidebooks throughout the United States. She has written numerous articles on writing for local chapters of RWA and has given workshops on writing techniques to various library and writers groups.

Visit her website at

Please welcome Nancy by leaving a comment for her.


  1. Hi Nancy,
    Welcome to Double M. I hope you have a wonderful time here on the last stop of your blog book tour.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. Wow, Nancy, your job list looks like mine - all over the map! Glad you stuck with what you love, though.

    L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

  3. Hi Nancy! I am always in awe of your accomplishments. Congrats on this latest one! See you soon.

  4. Hi Morgan, thanks again for having me. It's nice to be here.

    LOL- yes, L. Diane, I think a variety of jobs shows a creative mind, don't you? :)


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  7. Mr Charming sounds...charming! :)

    I'm sure you'll get the same great reviews for this novel as you did with your previous stories! Wishing you many more weeks on the best selling list!

    And I agree, a variety of jobs is indicative of a creative mind. :)

  8. Oops! Sorry for all the deleted comments. Having problems with my wireless connection. Grr.

  9. Mr. Charming is a terrific book! Nancy knows how to keep the suspense flowing and the reader guessing until the end--and having a "Hot" hero is an added bonus. Pick up the book--you won't be disappointed!

    Marin Thomas
    Samantha's Cowboy (Aug 09)
    A Cowboy Christmas (Dec 09)

  10. I loved getting to read this scene from Mr. Charming here! It's a great one, and the rest of the book is just as wonderful :).

    Thanks to both of you--Morgan and Nancy--for the day brightener!

  11. Wow Morgan, you found another great author. But then again, I'm not surprised as you also write very well, such as Killer Career.

    For that:

    You have just been awarded the Kreativ Blogger award. Go to my blog, and read the rest.

  12. Nancy: So we've both been on the guest blogging trail. It's a great way to meet new readers. Looking forward to getting my own copy of Mr. Charming!

  13. How wonderful that you've discovered virtual book tours. They're my business, so you know I support them. I can't tell you how many wonderful people I've met as a result.

    Your book sounds great, and I love romantic suspense. Wishing you all the best and many sales.


  14. I enjoyed reading the excerpt!

    Congrats on the success of your first tour--that's wonderful!

  15. Sounds like a great read. I just signed a contract with TWRP for a romantic suspense (although I call it more of a mystery).

    Congrats on the success of Mr. Charming and your tour.

  16. Congrats on a successful tour and a great excerpt, Nancy! I look forward to reading the entire book! And yeah, ain't Morgan just the best?

  17. Thanks everyone!
    It has been a blast.
    Terry- congrats on your new sale!

    Have a great day!

  18. So many of my friends are getting published by The Wild Rose I may have to submit a book to them so I'm not left out. (g)

    Morgan Mandel

  19. I really enjoyed reading this excerpt, Nancy. You have quite a list of accomplishments.

    By the way, Morgan, I received the hat and lovely bookmarks today. Thanks.

  20. Hi Nancy. Your book sounds really interesting. And I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks Morgan for introducing us to Nancy.

    Straight From Hel

  21. Good interview, good author, good book! Go, Nancy.

  22. I like what I'm reading. Sounds like a fine book and best wishes with it. Thanks for sharing with us, Nancy, and thanks Morgan for tipping us off to this author!

    Marvin D Wilson

  23. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Congrats on your book, Nancy! Sounds juicy.

  24. First time here and learnt about a new author.

    Sounds like a good book, I haven't read much romantic suspense and I really should


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