Monday, March 19, 2012

Nutella and Ropes? Yeah, Annie Nicholas is Here Today

OMG! I'm sooooo excited to have the lovely Annie Nicholas here today!!!

Hi! Thanks so much for coming today.

Thanks for hosting me!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a French Canadian immigrant who has invaded Vermont. (One day they may recover. LOL) For as long as I could remember I have loved monsters. I was the kid who routed for King Kong, cheered for Godzilla, and wept for Dracula (He should have gotten Mina). A few years ago, I decided to introduce the world to all the characters living in my head and I began writing.

Tell us a bit about your book.

Omegas in Love is the truest form of true love that I have ever written. This story is about the struggle of two weaker shifters of a pack who are already in love. (The start of their relationship is seen in the prior books.) The abuse they’ve suffered had left scars on both their souls but together they are stronger until Katrina, the heroine, is stolen away from the hero, Tyler, by her old abusive alpha. This is the story of how two shifters, with little resources, fight to come back to each other.

Is this part of a series?

Yes, this is the fourth book in The Vanguards series. The soul of these stories is how the weaker members of the pack, the pansies of the paranormal, find strength and love. Sometimes a woman just needs to root for the underdog.

What did you find the hardest part of writing it to be?

Most romances start with two strangers falling in love. This one is about a couple already in a relationship, but in real life we all know that falling in love is the easy part. It’s staying in love and learning to forgive that is the hardest.

What was your favorite part?

Imagine your loved one in the hands of a tyrant. There is a moment where Tyler can’t stop thinking about what is happening to Katrina while he helplessly searches for her. His anger is so raw and grief so deep he could drown in it. The emotions shake his control over his inner beast and he’s close to shifting in a hospital.
I want to weep each time I read this part.

Rate your story in terms of steaminess

On a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 equals having fantasies about your grandparents and 10 equals involving a jar of Nutella, silk rope, and two of your favorite hunks in real life.
I’d rate the heat level of this book as 7. Hot shifter sex without the use of toys or other partners.

Who is your favorite romance author?

This is a hard choice. I would say, at this very moment, it is Nalini Singh.  But I enjoy a lot of authors.

What is your favorite romance book or series?

Nalini’s Archangel series has me hooked.

Who is your favorite romance character? If you could go on a date with that person, what would you do? Details please! *wink*

You forgot to add “and you’re not married and he’ll never read this post.” LOL
This should be a hard question to answer but it’s not.
I’d pick Dimitri. The vampire hero from Archangel’s Blade and probably the reason for my addiction to this series. I’m not sure what a thousand year old vampire would like to do but I’m sure it would involve ropes, whips, and me begging…a lot.

Boxers or Briefs?

Commando. Nothing sexier than a man stripping off his jeans sans underwear.

What is next for you?

I will continue The Vanguard series. The next installment, The Sigma, will be releasing in August 2012.
And I have created a new exciting series for Carina Press, the first installment of Confessions of a Succubus will be releasing in the Fall 2012. I have also joined a group of authors to create a new series called Gatekeepers. My story, Koishi, will be released March 2013.

What were your first impressions of each other?

Tyler: “I’d never met another shifter more abused than me and still hold on to her courage. She ran from her home and crossed an ocean to find freedom. How could I not fall in love with her? I never had a chance.”
Katrina: “At first, I feared all the males but Tyler was so awkward and funny. He always tried to make me happy. I don’t think I ever laughed until I met him. It is through him that I discovered how to live.”

What are your favorite parts about each other?

Tyler: “Her hair.”
Katrina: “That’s it? My hair?”
Tyler: “Your boobs.”
Katrina: *laughs* “Well, at least, you like more than one thing about me. I like his hair too.”

What’s next for you?

Katrina: “Cubs!”
Tyler: “…”
Katrina: “Tyler? Did he faint again?”

Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont, where she dreams of different worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day.

Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.

Twitter: @annienicholas

Some things are best to forget. But what if the past won't be forgotten?
Born in China of a pure shifter bloodline, Katrina was raised with only one purpose--to breed. Abused by her alpha, she runs away to America as soon as she can. With a new pack and her true mate, she thinks the nightmare is behind her, but when she is abducted on the streets of Chinatown, Katrina must face her past and fight for her freedom.
It took Tyler a year to earn Katrina's love, another to build her confidence and pride, and only a moment to lose her. Broken-hearted, Tyler won't give up his search for Katrina. But he never trained as a warrior like the other shifters. What chance does a real estate agent have in the fight for his mate?
WARNING: Explicit shifter sex, heartbroken torment, and an unstoppable shifter in love.

An antique red archway covered the entrance to the tourist trap to keep evil spirits away and good luck in. Sticking his hand in his jacket pocket, he rubbed the small, velvet jewelry box he’d placed there earlier today. He could use all the luck he could get—just because Katrina was his mate, didn’t mean she’d agree to get married.
Raised in an all-wolf-shifter community in rural Mongolia, she didn’t think like American shifters. Like him. He took a deep, shaky breath. Marriage was a foreign ritual to her.
He’d chosen this location not just for his superstitions, but for its significance. Katrina worked in the area, a place where the old Asian world met the new, as an interpreter for some of the local companies.
She waited under the arch, facing him, her delicate eyebrows furrowed. An Asian man he didn’t recognize spoke with her.
Facing the stranger’s back, Tyler could only see his short black hair and long fall trench coat.
A sharp stab of jealousy drove him to quicken his pace. He couldn’t help it. As a shifter, possession was nine-tenths of the law, and Katrina belonged to him.
Passing half a dozen souvenir shops offering cheap trinkets, Tyler trotted along Wentworth Avenue. Katrina’s raised voice reached his ears, but he couldn’t understand Mandarin. He growled low in his chest. His mate didn’t yell often.
Three other men broke from the crowd and surrounded the arguing couple.
Tyler’s heart rate took off like a locomotive on a downhill slide. He smelled shifters. Non-Vasi shifters on their territory. Surrounding his mate.

Annie is giving away an autographed copy of each of the first three Vanguards books and a $10 gift card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Follow the tour for more chances to win by clicking here.


  1. Your steaminess ratings made me laugh - Nutella?? Such a wonderful interview. You just shone through.


  2. Your story sounds fascinating. I am really glad it is a series.

  3. Thanks for hosting me today.

    marybelle: one day I'll have to blog the whole list. lol

    MomJane: Thank you.

    I'll also be giving away an ebook from my backlist today. Just leave a comment to enter.

  4. This series sounds wonderful. I don't know what to do with all the amazing authors i keep discovering. I have over 200 books in my TBR pile and it just keeps growing. You added to it again! My husband is gonna kill me!

  5. Fun and informative interview. I'm happy to know that the Vanguard series is continuing. Great excerpt. Can't wait to read this book.


  6. Congrats on the release!!!

    I can't wait to read more about the Vangaurd series and am very happy that it is continuing. Thanks so much for the great giveaways.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  7. Thanks so much Tamara, June, and Joanne!

  8. Nutella? MMMMM...I don't want to know where your mind's been. Do your neighbors in Vermont know what you do?? LOL...

    PS...GREAT answer to the boxers or briefs question!

  9. I like the sound of your fave part. Thats y I love shifters so much, their emotions r multiplied by 10 and the thought of a sexy guy shaking and trying not to shift b/c cuz he's mad or upset is so hot :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Great interview.LOL at the nutella.
    Sounds like another great book.

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  12. I LOVE this series .. even though I've only read two books in it. =0) And your character interview above put a big smile on my face.

  13. Wow, what a grrreat interview.
    I would love to win!

  14. Great interview! The series sounds very good.


  15. Hello Annie,

    Thank you Carrie Ann Ryan for hosting Annie Nicholas' Two Week Release Tour of "Omegas in Love" & for your Interview with her, "Nutella and Ropes? Yeah, Annie Nicholas is Here Today".

    Thank you Annie for taking the time to stop by Carrie's Blog on the 1st Day of your Tour to spend with Us & give such a GREAT Interview, sharing about yourself & your new release, Omegas in Love". Oh I Loved your answer to Carrie's question, Boxers or Briefs? WooHoo, Woman after my own Heart!! ;) Naughty, Naughty!! LOL

    Thank you for the posted excerpt here, but it just intriged me so much that I went to your website & read more about the The Vanguards Series, they all sound Fantastic & Great Reads! I just have to get these Books;

    "The Omegas" The Vanguards Book 1
    "The Alpha" The Vanguards Book 2
    "The Beta" The Vanguards Book 3
    "Omegas In Love" The Vanguards Book 4

    Congrats on the release of your current Book in the Series, "Omegas In Love" The Vanguards Book 4, I can't wait to read Tyler and Katrina's Story. I'm glad I'm a fast reader lol so I can get to Book 4 fast. :)

    I read your Book, "BAIT" THE ANGLER BOOK ONE & thought it was an AWESOME Vampire Romance plus a whole lot more!! I felt it took me on an Incredibly Thrilling, Dark Sexy Ride that I didn't want to get off. As I was reading it, I was wondering what I had to do to have Rurik for myself ;) LOL Now I wouldn't be selfish, how about just for a day???? Then Connie could have him back?? LOL I'm sooooo Bad!!! ;) I can't wait to read the rest of THE ANGLER Series as well.

    I would appreciate if I could be added to your tour giveaway of an autographed copy of each of the first three Vanguards Books & a !10 Gift Card to Barnes & Noble. Thank You.

    Take care & Wishing You Much Success on your New Release,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)

  16. I've read some of Annie's works and really enjoyed them. I have added Omegas in Love to my must have list.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  17. Thanks again, Carrie!

    bn100 is the winner of yesterdays drawing!

    For more chances to win check out my blog for my schedule and the contest I'm having there.

  18. Annie, what a generous giveaway.
    I'm enjoying reading the excerpts and learning more about you. Thanks for sharing. I'll be following the tour.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com