Monday, April 16, 2018

TO CATCH A THIEF




To Catch A Thief
by Nan Dixon


GENRE: Contemporary

Nan Dixon has a Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post.

TO CATCH A THIEF Blurb:

What would you do for your family?

When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.

Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?




TO CATCH A THIEF Excerpt:

“I really appreciate you coming to the hospital.” How many times had Carolina said that already?

Sage slid closer. “I want to see you again.”

She could see the kiss coming.

He stopped inches from her face and asked, “Can I kiss you?”

“Yes.” Her single word was a whisper.

His lips were gentle. Sweet. Light pressure with a little scrape from his stubble.

“Nice,” he murmured, brushing kisses on her cheeks and eyes.

Her hands rested against his chest. “Really nice.”

Sage leaned in. His tongue licked the seam of her lips, seeking entrance.

She opened and stroked his tongue with hers. He tasted of coffee and mint and something dark and sexy. His chocolate-citrus scent made her want to sip at his lips, kiss his eyelids and nibble on his collarbone. She gripped his shoulders, the muscles hot under her hands.

He tipped her head and buried his fingers in her hair.

She fell hard into their kiss, wanting to explore the firm body beneath her fingers. “Sage.”

He pulled her closer.

Pain slashed her chest as her seat belt locked in place. "Ooh."

They laughed.

He cupped her cheek. “I guess your car is trying to tell us something.”

That she should take him up on his offer to come up to his apartment?

“I can meet you at the hospital in the morning,” Sage suggested. “Maybe we could have breakfast nearby?”

Guilt had her sitting back behind the wheel. While kissing Sage, she’d forgotten about her mother. “I’ll have to see what’s happening.”

“Sure. Sure.” He brushed another kiss on her lips, this one sweet and soft. “Will you let me know when you get home? I don’t want to worry that you didn’t make it.”

Had anyone ever cared if she got home safely? “I’ll call.”

INTERVIEW WITH NAN DIXON

Where did you grow up? Siblings? Locale? Were you considered a “bookworm” or a jock? Married, single? Children?

I was born in Minneapolis, but we moved to Sioux Falls before I went to kindergarten. I grew up in a family of five kids, right in the middle. My mother was British and I thought everyone had teatime until I was in sixth grade.

My family owned a cabin near Brainerd, MN which is lake country in the state. (My sisters and I now own it.)  My paternal grandparents had the cabin next to us and four uncles and one aunt had places on the lake. There were always tons of cousins to play with when we were there. I was both a bookworm and a jock, reflecting both my parents’ interests. Mother was a journalist, poet and playwright, but she could walk on her hands! We were a skiing family, both snow and water and took a yearly trip to Colorado. And we had a trampoline in our backyard, so there were lots of kids at the house. I also played golf and I was captain on the University of Minnesota golf team for three years. (We had a lot of fun!)

Even though I was a finance executive in healthcare and then a pharmaceutical company, I somehow survived having five kids. (1 set of twins.) If you can’t guess, I love the chaos of being around lots of people!

Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?

I read Romance—all the time. I’ve already started to read the 2018 RITA finalists and I started with HelenKay Dimond a double RITA finalists. My agent also represents her and we end up signing next to each other at RWA book signings.

My auto-buys are Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Pintip Dunn, Amy Patrick, AE Jones, Cat Schield and so many more authors I call my friends.

What’s your favorite way to relax and recharge? Hobbies?

Like I said, I read all the time. But I also knit. I’m making tea cozies right now for a reader’s event. I thought the idea of afternoon tea complete with tea pots, tea and cozies fit my B&B series. I also love to cook and have all the kids over for a meal. And that means prosecco will be poured.

Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?

I have two:
Variety is the spice of life.
And – Moderation in all things. (My mother said these all the time.)

How long have you been writing?

I toyed with a middle grade book almost thirty years but never finished it, or learned anything about the craft of writing. Then maybe twenty years ago I started to write at night after the kids were in bed. Again I knew nothing about craft. Finally, I took classes and joined my local RWA chapter. And then ten years ago the pharmaceutical company I worked for was sold and all my stock options had to be cashed in. I decided to write full-time. BEST DECISION EVER!

Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude? PC or laptop?

I have an office in the house. (Used to be a bedroom.) I write on my desk treadmill so I can get my steps in. It is easier in solitude, but I think because I can handle chaos, I can write anywhere. I don’t usually have music playing if I am drafting, unless it is classical music, but when I am revising I have my iPod playing.

Are you a plotter or a panzer?

I used to be a pantser, but now plot using archetypes, GMC, and Save the Cat steps. (See I finally learned craft!)

Do you use real events or persons in your stories or as an inspiration for stories?

Real events are usually an idea generator for me. The book I am working on right now was conceived after I dropped my daughter off at college and was driving home. I was listening to the BBC and they were talking about genetic modifications. I plotted what is now a four-book series from Ohio to Minnesota.

Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

Since this is my job, I treat it like a job. When I’m drafting I set word count goals—usually 1500 to 3000 per day. When I am revising, depending on whether it is revising a first draft or revisions from my editor, I know what I have to accomplish to meet my deadlines. There is still a lot of financial executive in me, so I log in and out of a spreadsheet all day long to see where I am spending my time.

What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

A smile, a laugh, a few tears and a sigh when the hero and heroine find their happily-ever-after.

What long-term plans do you have for your career?

I would like to publish three books a year. And it sure would be fun to make a list!

Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?

I’m working on THE PERFECT CHILDREN a romantic suspense. It’s the book I dreamed up after dropping my daughter off at college. I had drafted book 1 before I sold my debut, but never got back to it. Now that I have finished the FITZGERALD HOUSE series, I’ve returned to it.

Premise is: Three men find out they are almost genetically identical, but they all have different mothers. The secret group now using the genetic modifications does not want the truth behind how the three men were created to be discovered. Trouble ensues!

What advice would you give to unpublished authors?

Learn your craft! I spent years and wrote five books without knowing what I was doing. And read. I remember taking an online class from Mary Buckham and her saying to read books published in the last five years. And read best-sellers. 

Share a fun fact readers wouldn’t know about you.

My sisters and I have been taking long weekend sister trips for over twenty-five years. (Our mother used to come with us.) A trip to sister trip to Savannah is how this series started.

Share something about you that would surprise or shock readers.

Maybe not so shocking, but this book originally had ghost in it. The B and B was going to be haunted. And I believe that after my brother died—he stopped by to say goodbye.

Is your book a series? If so, how long? Family saga, other?

TO CATCH A THIEF is Book 6 of the FITZGERALD HOUSE series. Fitzgerald House is a B and B in the historic district of Savannah run by the three Fitzgerald series. You can read them as stand-alone.

Can you give readers a blurb about your book?

What would you do for your family?

When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.

Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?

How about a PG excerpt from TO CATCH A THIEF:

Sage boosted his butt onto the stool, moaning like he was Gramps after being in the saddle for a day.
Two women worked behind the counter drawing beers. He closed his eyes and took a couple of deep breaths.
“Sage?”
His eyes blinked open. “Carolina?”
The napkin slipped out of her fingers and floated to the floor.
“You got the job.” Did that make him feel better or worse since she hadn’t called?
“First day.” Her deep blue eyes had that stunned look, like a white-tailed deer caught in a four-wheeler’s lights at dusk.
“How’s your mother?” He schooled his voice, hoping she couldn’t catch his disappointment.
Her shoulders moved up and down with her sigh. His eyes dropped to her chest. Even in the modest polo, he didn’t need much imagination to remember how she’d pressed against him as they’d kissed.
So why in blazes hadn’t she called?
“They can’t get her seizures under control.” Her fingers crushed the second napkin she pulled for him. “She’s still in the hospital.”
He caught her hand. “I’m sorry.”
“Thanks.” She stared into his eyes.
The noise of the room slipped away. He wanted to make the pain in her deep blue eyes disappear, too.
She shook her head. “Um, what can I get you?”
“What’s on tap?”
“First day.” She winced. “Lots of Southbound.”
“I’ll have their seasonal.” He could have one beer and make it last through dinner.
“I’ll get that.” But she stayed right in front of him.
He smiled. Maybe she hadn’t been blowing him off. Warmth flooded through him.
“Sage?” she asked.
“Yeah?”
“I need my hand back.”
Cripes. He let go and the warmth faded like a leaking balloon. He was an idiot. “Sorry.”
Over her shoulder, she quipped, “I didn’t mind.”
 “Like I said, I’m available for dinner or just a shoulder to cry on.” Preferably in bed, but even he wasn’t crass enough to suggest that to her. He wanted to help any way he could. It was the Cornell way.

Where can readers find your books? 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/to-catch-a-thief/id1273618840?mt=11

How can readers learn more about you?

Website/Blog: www.nandixon.com
Twitter: @nandixonauthor
Instagram: nandixonauthor

Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you?

I fell in love with prosecco while I was in Venice and there is prosecco in every book. See if you can find them. Cheers!







Author Nan Dixon


Award winning author Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career. She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson and one neurotic cat.

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24 comments:

Mary Preston said...

A great interview thank you. Desk treadmills always sound a touch bizarre to me.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nikolina Vukelic said...

I really enjoyed reading your amazing interview, thank you!

Lisa Brown said...

I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

Lori said...

congrats on the book and the tour. I love it when I read about one or both parties that don't think the other knows how they feel. a lot like real like . so much assuming that goes on. this sounds like a fun book.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the interview and excerpt.

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for stopping Mary. it only goes 2 MPH but i sometime have to slow down to type!

Nan Dixon said...

Thank you for hosting me!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks for following the tour Rita!

Nan Dixon said...

Thank you Lori!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks Lisa!

Nan Dixon said...

Thanks foe following the tour Nikolina!

Julie Lynn Bickham said...

I like reading stories like this. I look forward to reading this.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I really enjoyed reading the interview!

Kim said...

It was good to get know a little more about you.

James Robert said...

Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the excerpt and the great giveaway as well. Love the tours, I get to find books and share with my sisters the ones I know they would enjoy reading and they both love to read. Thank you!

Lori said...

I liked the excerpt. He has it bad. This would be fun to read I think. Thanks for hosting.

Lori said...

I love that an idea for a series came from listening to BBC. I also get a lot of inspiration from nature and watching animals and people for my quilts.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Lori said...

wow your life is and has been very full. I love the neurotic cat part.

Lori said...

I looked up prosecco. truly fascinating information.

Lori said...

to do anything for your mama is wonderful, but I'm not sure about the stealing part. if she does this, what kind of trouble will it get her into?
on my to buy list
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Lori said...

this is so cool that you have sister trips. staying in touch with family is so important. there is nine years between my sister and I and until both of our kids were in school full time, we really didn't have anything to do with each other. by this time we said "we are both adults, we are both moms, lets find out if there is anything here" fast forward 23 years and we are the best of friends.

Lori said...

I can only sort of understand when someone sees black and white. I see so many colors, my husband color and grays and our daughter was totally black and white. It was difficult many times to try and get her to understand something that was not definitely black or white. Now 30 years later, she is seeing grays and enjoying it.

Lori said...

I love how the kiss started. Sweet and whispery.