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On the Porch with Nancee Cain

Today I’m excited to welcome Nancee Cain to Creekside Café. Nancee graciously hosted me on her Facebook Group Page, Cain Raisers for my second Takeover. Thank you again for your generous hospitality. It is so nice to have you here at my virtual café. I wish it were real and we could be sitting back sipping something cool and refreshing.

Nancee: I’m so glad to be here. And your takeover was so much fun! I think if we met in real life, we’d for sure be good friends and sit and talk books!

Sherri: That would be lovely but I’m not drinking grape Koolaid, I have bad memories of that stuff. Though I do admit to liking lemonade and blue lemonade, I can’t stand the smell of grape. Imagine Artesian well water and grape Koolaid mixed. For those of you not familiar with an Artesian well, is smells like rotten eggs.

But books, yes, I love books and I really like your Facebook Group. You’ve done a great job of bringing people together. How do you find time to write and keep up with everything that’s happening with your online group? Surly you don’t work outside the home.

Nancee: I work full time as a nurse counselor in the field of addiction, and it seems like I write/manage social media full time as well. I get up early and work before work, work on my lunch break and after work.

Sherri: Wow, and I thought I was busy. When do you sleep? You must be young and single to be able to handle all of that. Unless you have one of those amazing husbands who actually support your career. Are you married, how many years?

Nancee: Yes, um, let me think. (My hubby knows this better than I do) In Dec we will have been married 37 years. Oh good grief… That’s a long time he’s had to put up with me! Lol We laugh every year on our anniversary and agree to “renew the contract.”

Sherri: The mechanic and I will be celebrating 28 years married in July. He says we’re still on our honeymoon. He’s my cheerleader, my support and even my researcher at times.

Where are you from, Nancee?

Nancee: I’m from Alabama and live about 60 miles NW of Birmingham in a rural community.

Sherri: Have you ever been to the east coast, especially, eastern North Carolina?

Nancee: I did when I was a kid. We used to travel east from TX and either go to FL or up the east coast. I love NC and think it’s a beautiful state. I’m writing a story now that takes place in the Appalachia Mountains, which is one of my favorite places.

Sherri: How long have you been writing?

Nancee: Since I was a teenager but seriously since 2012.

Sherri: We have a similar timeline, though you have been more productive. How many books do you have out?

Nancee: Currently I have two paranormal angel romances and a novella. And in the contemporary Pine Bluff series there are five currently published, with two more coming by the end of the year. So that will make ten total in December.

Sherri: Wow, that’s impressive, especially with your demanding schedule. Are you indie or traditionally published?

Nancee: I’m Hybrid. I pitched at Romantic Times in 2014 and was offered for two—Saving Evangeline and The Rehabilitation of Angel Sinclair. I only accepted Saving Evangeline and it was published through Omnific in 2015 the rest I’ve done through self-publishing.

Sherri: Tell me your journey to getting published.

Nancee: I was a reader first, hooked up with my critique partner, who is also a dear friend, and started attending our local Southern Magic RWA. I took classes on how to write and dove in. I pitched at RT 2014 and after that I’ve done self-publishing.

Sherri: What do you love about writing?

Nancee: I love the beginnings, when the ideas are fresh and when the characters start to take over the story. I’m a real pantser. And my favorite part of the process is what some consider to be the hardest. I love the editing because my editor takes my rough manuscript and guides me with a sense of humor and encouragement to make it the best it can be.

Sherri: I’m a pantser as well, though I’ve not embraced editing so much as rewriting. When I read through a passage and see where I can make it better. I just have to be careful about seeing a place for this great scene, dialogue, or whatever, only to realize I’ve already written something similar in the next chapter.

What do you barely tolerate about writing?

Nancee: Like most, the soggy middles can be troublesome and the afterward, the marketing, getting the book out there. I’m at heart an introvert and would rather just hide in my writing cave and write!

Sherri: Middles often get muddled, my mentor Marni Graff said to add another piece to the puzzle. She’s a mystery writer. She has really helped me find my voice as an author. It was her encouragement that pushed me to self-publish my first book after my agent dropped me. I met one of your author friends, Marie Savage, she said you were her mentor. I hope to have her visit the café also.

Nancee: Aw, that’s so sweet of Marie! She is a fabulous writer and we have become great friends in real life.

Sherri: What are your writing strengths and weaknesses?

Nancee: I have no sense of comma usage. And my folks have a lot of wall sex, seated sex, etc. because I don’t understand when to lay, lie, laid. LOL As for strengths, I’m pretty strict about writing every day.

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Sherri: I learned to make time to write while participating with my local Romance Writers’ the Heart of Carolina’s Book in a Week challenge. It gave me the confidence to send query letters to agents and participate with NaNoWriMo.

Who are your favorite authors/genres?

Nancee: Too many! I love Romances, Contemporary, New Adult, Young Adult, I like psychological thrillers and Southern Gothic and I love biographies.

Sherri: Historical romance was my first love but like you, I’ve branched out. I really enjoy biographies, especially for research.

Do you have any other hobbies or interests? Do these show up in your stories?

Nancee: I’m an amateur photographer, genealogist. Strangely enough, I haven’t incorporated any of my hobbies into my writing. Since I write about heavy stuff, I guess I pull more from background working in the addiction field. Geez, I need to give these folks some fun hobbies!

Sherri: Who or what has most influenced your writing?

Nancee: My parents always encouraged it, my critique partner keeps me honest, Stephanie Phillips, my agent is patient and my number one cheerleader. And I have found my tribe of authors who will push me when needed, hold my hand, laugh with me and share my frustrations.

Sherri: What are your writing plans for the future?

Nancee: I’m currently working on a magical realism/romantic suspense story. And on July 11th The Reintroduction of Sammie Morgan, Book 6 in the Pine Bluff Novels will be released. In November, the final book, The Realization of Grayson Deschanelle will be published. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Pine Bluff.

Sherri: Oh man, our time is running out and we have so much more to talk about. Promise you’ll come back again. Thank you so much for joining me at the café, Nancee. For more information about Nancee Cain and her books follow the links below.

Biography and Links

I’m Nancee Cain and I write romance with a serrated edge. My characters are flawed and many are dealing with troubling issues like addiction, alcoholism, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, Learning Disabilities, Low self esteem.

The first books are “wickedly” good paranormal romance reads about snarky, hilarious angels who have to come to earth and solve a problem, yet do so disguised as humans. They don’t always succeed, but they are always funny!

My contemporary romance novels all have ties to the small town of Pine Bluff, Alabama–where everybody knows your name and your business!  Each book is a standalone, but they are more fun read in order to see what your favorite characters are up to! (Dylan from the first book was quite the demanding rockstar and appears in all but one of the books, I believe) And his book is FREE!


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A Visit from Author Rachell Nichole

Today I’d like to welcome contemporary romance author, Rachell Nichole to Creekside Café. 

Welcome Rachell, is this your first time in eastern North Carolina?

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Rachell: Thanks for having me. No, I’m from the East Coast, so I’ve been up and down the area. Never spent a lot of time in the Carolinas, but a day here and there. We had a stop in Charleston, South Carolina on the honeymoon cruise we took.

Sherri: Ah yes, you’re still honeymooning.

Rachell: Yup, Mr. Nichole and I have been married just over two years now. So we’re still newlyweds.

Sherri: We’re getting ready to celebrate twenty-eight years and my husband says we’re still honeymooning. We’re a little more sedate about it now that we’re older. You describe your books as contemporary with a little kink. That sounds interesting.

Rachell: Wow, that’s an amazing run! 28 years. Congratulations. I have some books that I consider Kink Lite, but some are really quite kinky. Right now, I’m focusing on some heavier kinky books. I’ve also got several different flavors of books that don’t have kink. I have F/F and menage, and multicultural books out as well. All of it is steamy. I’ve also written paranormal and romantic suspense as well, but those are not published yet.

Sherri: I read the excerpt on your blog, A Love Affair in Las Vegas it’s very heart warming. I felt a connection with Barnaby. Like Sylvia Day, you weave real life and emotions with steamy sex. 

What are you working on now?

Rachell: Aw, that’s so sweet. I can’t believe I was just compared to Syl Day! That is one of the best compliments ever! Thank you. And yes, I love Barnaby. He’s such a sweetheart. Right now I’m working on Bound by Submission the second in the ABCs of Submission series, which is connected to the K Club series, that is in this anthology. I also just got ideas for the next two books directly in the K Club series, so I’m simmering those right now and trying to not get pulled into the brand new shiny projects.

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Sexy woman face closeup with black lace mask cover her eyes and fresh red apple. Seductive red lips and nails. Fashion Make up and manicure

Sherri: We met through The New Romance Café and the Love in Bloom anthology. Tell us about your story for the anthology.

Rachell: Yes, I love that group. It’s such a great place for romance readers and writers to connect. I’m so glad to have met folks just like you there. So, for this story,  I really found it hard to fit Syenca and Jensen’s piece into only 10,000 words, but I also really really loved writing it. I titled it Blooming for Sir because it serves as a prequel story to To Sir, and starts out in the K Club, where the rest of the books in the series really take place. It’s also just got a touch of kink in it, and is about Syneca kind of trying this whole kinky thing out. Syneca and Jensen are both from old money New York families from the Hamptons, and Syneca was arranged from an early age to marry Jensen’s older brother, Jackson. She and Jensen shared a friendship as kids and a few kisses in their youth, but then Syenca broke things off with Jackson and moved away. The story starts out in The K Club during an auction to raise money for Syneca’s foundation to help LGBTQ homeless youth who have been disowned by their families. Jensen offers to buy her for the night, even though he knows she’s not for sale.  I love love loved writing this short piece and I can’t wait to share it with the world. Here is the official blurb: 

It’s springtime in Spartan Nevada, and that means it’s time for the K Club’s 2nd annual fetish ball to raise money for a good cause. This year, one of the club’s owners has chosen a cause close to his heart – the Madison Foundation that helped him when he was a homeless LGBT youth. Syneca Madison Lexington is delighted Dusty wants to help her foundation, particularly since she’s quickly running out of the trust fund money she could still access when her own parents disowned her for being bisexual. But a submissive auction? She doesn’t know if that’s something she can get behind or not. When Jensen Elmwood enters the K Club, intent on purchasing himself a submissive for the night, the last thing he expects is to run into the one woman he’s loved since he was a kid, the same woman who’s been engaged to his brother since high school. When the sparks reignite between them, can a springtime romance bloom into something more? Or will their past hurts and old family influences tear them apart?

Sherri: Well, I can’t wait to see what happens with Syneca and Jensen. I’m sure things are going to heat up. 

You’ve been a published author for several years now. Are you traditionally published or indie? 

Rachell: A bit of both, actually. I have been published now for 7 years. I started with a small press, and indie pubbed a few titles, but the small house I was with closed in 2018, so I’ve since republished my backlist all on my own, with the help of my writer-editor husband. So, with those titles all republished, and with three new titles I wrote and published last year along with the relaunch, I currently have 12 titles out. The story in the anthology will be lucky number 13. 

I’ve been writing for as long as I could string sentences together, and I was writing romance fanfic in high school but didn’t start my first original paranormal romance novel until I was 18. I got my first novel publishing contract at 21, which is really early for so many people, and I feel so lucky to have started my career out that way, with the help and support of the editors, cover artists, and the rest of the team at Loose Id. 

Sherri: You hold several degrees, do you use these in your writing? 

Rachell: All the time, actually. Two of my degrees are in writing. So I feel like I use things I learned in those degree programs every day. The other degree in French is something I pull from in a lot of different ways. I’ve set books in France, and French culture and language end up in several of my books.

Sherri: Do your hobbies and interests show up in your writing?

Rachell: Languages and travel definitely make it into my writing, as does my love affair with food. My characters are eating quite a bit, or cooking for each other, or talking about food. I guess “food” isn’t really a hobby, but I really love cooking, and I think that bleeds into my writing in a lot of pieces. 

I grab most of my recipes online, so here’s one I use a lot that I adore. It’s just some great good, comfort food! 

Sherri: Do you write full-time or do you hold down another job as well?

Rachell: Hah! There isn’t a job I’ve encountered I haven’t also worked! Currently, in addition to writing, I work a normal 9-5 (though those aren’t my exact hours) four days a week at a law firm and I teach writing for an online college. I also do some tutoring on the side, but not very steadily, just in between things.

Sherri: Oh wow, and I thought I was busy. When do you find time to write? You must really enjoy writing to be able to do it as well as work two, sometimes three other jobs.

Rachell: Sometimes, it’s really hard to balance, but right now, I block my writing time, usually on Fridays-Sundays when I’m not at the firm, and then i work my teaching around those 6-10 hour blocks of time where I’m writing. I’m fortunate that I can work on a piece for multiple hours without a lot of breaks. I love the excitement of a new project rattling around in my head begging to be let out. I also love talking to people about my stories. These characters are so real to me so when I talk to others about them like they’re also real people, the feeling is amazing.

Sherri: Oh yes, I feel that way too, especially when writing a series, you feel like they’re part of your family. Is there anything you don’t like about writing? 

Rachell: Writing. Hahaha. I mean, I love it, but I hate it all at the same time. My very least favorite is the final edits and doing the formatting on a book.

Sherri: You’ve been writing several years and have a dozen books out. What do you feel your writing strengths and weaknesses are?

Rachell: I write cleanly. This comes back to my work as a writer and training, but also the fact that I learned to type when I was 9 and I can type by feel entirely. This makes typos less likely. I write what I call a dirty draft, where I can kick out 50,000 words in three weeks, and then dig in and revise it which I’m only able to do because I can type so quickly and without having to stare at either the screen or the keyboard. As to weaknesses, I overuse the shit out of words and I repeat things. So I have themes and names and things that crop up in each manuscript that I then have to revise out.

Sherri: I think we all have our pet words that show up in our writing. Even some of the more famous authors have said they have to go on a search and destroy mission from time to time. Who are your favorite authors or your go to genres?

Rachell: Hah, pet words. that’s a great way to describe it. As to my favorite authors… that’s really hard. Right now I’m obsessed with Roan Parish, Stephanie Julian, Priscilla Oliveras, and Alyssa Cole, in romance and Juliet Blackwell, who writes mysteries and general fiction. I read almost exclusively romance, but am sometimes looking to branch out. These are insta-buy authors for me right now. That list used to include a lot of other names, but I’m rather irate with a particular author who shall remain unnamed for killing off the heroine in the last book of hers I read. She was an author I always always loved, and I don’t know that I’ll ever read her again.

Sherri: I feel that way about a certain author. He writes beautifully, great characters you just fall in love with and then he kills them off or leaves them in a state of flux. NO! I want my happy ending. Life is hard enough without killing off the characters I love. 

Before you go, give us a little insight into you as a person and as a writer.

Rachell: Well, my husband would say I’m perfect… hahaha, okay, that’s a total lie, but he would say that I’m worth it! He is the second biggest fan of my writing (my mom still holds the first spot) and he tells me all the time how talented he thinks I am which just means so much. As a writer, I like to think I’m a lot like I am as a real person. As to my overall personality, I’m loud, and crass and constantly busy. I flit from project to project, and have an inability to sit still.

Sherri: Rachell, it has been lovely to have you at my virtual café, maybe someday I can make it a reality and you can come back for a real visit. I look forward to reading your story in the anthology and hope to do more projects with you. 

Rachell: That would be so much fun, Sherri. I’m definitely game. Thanks for inviting me. 

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