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Blog Tour: Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight - Guest Blog + Character Interview + Promo

Hey guys! Welcome to today's blog tour! I apologise its soooo late, I was extremely busy:( So yep, Meeting Destiny is the first book in the Destiny series. Other books in series: Book 2 Destiny’s Revenge and Book 3 Destiny’s Wrath have been released too! This book is a paranormal romance about 295 pages long, or 98,000 words.

Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense. A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.

Available for free at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

Nancy Straight

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children. She has three rotten dogs, enjoys RVing with her family, reading and writing all types of Paranormal literature.

Time for a short excerpt!

His words made my heart soar, my whole body felt warm and my heart rate began steadily gaining speed. Knowing how badly this visit could have gone, I couldn’t help but push my luck, “Max, I need to ask you one more thing. Could you stay just another minute?”

Max glanced at the watch on his wrist, and I could tell he really did need to leave. “Yeah, but I’ve already been gone for way too long. My partner’s got to be looking for me by now.” He moved a hair closer to me, and I could hardly contain my excitement.

“I know this isn’t the best place, and I understand if you tell me no, but if I don’t ask, it’s going to drive me crazy. I was wondering if you feel anything weird around me?” This sounded so strange, but I didn’t know how best to articulate my question. I needed to know if it was only my imagination.

Max looked me straight in the eye, “Weird, like what?”

I felt the flush of embarrassment on my cheeks as I asked quietly, “Like, chemistry, a little?”

Max stood still as a statue staring at me sitting almost straight up in my bed. His smile faded a little as he leaned into me and whispered, “You mean like this?” He softly slid his hand behind my head, pulling my lips up to his. Gentle at first, then increased intensity until I found that I had wrapped both my arms around him, wires protruding from every direction, and my entire body tingled. I grew lightheaded as he eased his face away from mine. He gently lowered my head back to my pillow and moved his hand to my face. Max traced my lips with his index finger. After a few outlines of my lips, he responded quietly, “Chemistry, huh? No, I hadn’t noticed.” His wide smile reappeared with a vengeance.

My heart monitor went crazy, jumping well into the 100s as an alarm blared to life as if to tell the world what had just happened. Max reached over and pushed a button on the monitor and the alarm muted instantly. As he leaned in for what I was sure was going to be just as passionate as our first kiss, his pocket beeped.

Max stopped, rolled his eyes and fished in his pocket, pulling out his blackberry. He looked at the screen with disappointment in his eyes. “Hey, we just got a call. I really have to go. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for continuing this conversation tomorrow, but I really can’t stay.”

“I’d like that, too,” unable to say anything else.

He kissed my cheek, “I can’t wait to tell Missy about tonight. Bye.” Max darted out the door as he sprinted off to save someone’s life. The jealous part of me hoped he was being called to help an old fat man.

And now, let's welcome Nancy to the blog!

How do you know if it is destiny or merely a coincidence?
I’m no expert, but I firmly believe destiny is more than a single opportunity. In my mind, it’s more likely a string of coincidences. If a person were destined to be with a specific person, they might run into that person several times unintentionally. If it is someone that you’re drawn to, you likely have similar interests or hobbies in common – fitness, book clubs, types of sporting events are all places where people with similar interests will gravitate to.

Destiny, in my opinion, is as much a chemical reaction as it is finding the right person at the right time. When I met my husband, for the fifth time, I didn’t need to be convinced that he was the right person. I didn’t need a long courtship to know this was who I would grow old with. Each time we had met previously wasn’t the right time for either of us – but when the time came, there was no doubt. Is it a coincidence that we grew up hundreds of miles from each other and met in Virginia in 1991? Or happened to be in the same bar in Hawaii in 1993? Or attended the same meeting in California in 1994? Okay, how about if we both worked in the same office in 1995? Coincidence? Maybe, but we went on our first date in 1996 and I can assure you, some things really are Destiny.

The Characters in the Destiny Series, (Max and Lauren) have an advantage over real people. They were part of a story that began 140+ years earlier – although you need to read the entire series to find out how their journey began and why Lauren dreamt of Max several years before she met him. Meeting Destiny is eerily believable. I’m sure we’ve all been plagued with re-occurring dreams throughout our lives that we dismissed as nothing more than our subconscious recalibrating our psyche. But wouldn’t it be great if your subconscious was actually vectoring you in to your destiny? Again, the Destiny Series is fiction, but it’s the type of fiction that I think most people would love to see happen in their own lives.

Join us for a short character interview with Max and Lauren!

1. What’s your Favorite Movie?
Max:  Transformers
Lauren: Erin Brockovich, but I’d love to see Samael go up against Optimus Prime!
Max: These guys don’t know who Samael is.
Lauren: Oh, should I tell him who he is and what he did to you?
Max:  No, you don’t want to spoil the story for them.

2. Name one book you could read over and over again.
Max:  Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Lauren:  Just one?  How about ten?
Max: We don’t have all day.
Lauren: Okay just a few, Significance by Shelly Crane, Inescapable by Amy Bartol, Enchantment by Charlotte Abel. 

3. Who would you like to meet, (dead or alive)?
Max:  John McCain
Lauren:  Vin Diesel
Max: Vin Diesel?  Kind of shallow of you, don’t you think?
Lauren:  Just call me “baby pool.” 

4. Do you have a favorite song or singer?
Max: Norah Jones
Lauren: Kesha’s Tik Tok and anything from Taylor Swift.

5. One place you would love to visit:
Max:  The Bahamas
Lauren: I’m with Max, the Bahamas.  But not during Hurricane season.  I have enough action in my life 
without adding the weather as an enemy.

6. Do you have any Guilty Pleasures?
Max:  Waking up next to Lauren.
Lauren:  Awww, I’m blushing.  I like that I get to wake up next to Max, but I LOVE fighting demons!

7. Pet Peeve:
Max:  Lauren taking on evil forces by herself.
Lauren:  Someone rolling their eyes at me.  I see you doing it right now, Max.

8. What’s your Favorite Food?
Max:  5 Guys Burgers
Lauren:  Mint Chip Ice cream with a warm brownie.

9. One thing you cannot leave the house without.
Max:  I’m a paramedic so I go everywhere with my emergency kit, just in case.
Lauren:  My keys, we live in the middle of nowhere and unless I have my keys, I have to walk six miles to the nearest town.

10. Do you have any hobbies?
Max:  Camping, shooting, skiing, hiking or any activity with Lauren.
Lauren:  Let’s just say I HATE camping and will never go again.  If you want to know why, you haven’t read Meeting Destiny.  Shopping, hanging out with Rachel, Seth, Amanda and Max.

So yep, that's about it for today! Thanks for visiting!


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