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True Nature by Neely Powell
Attorney Hunter MacRae and Private Investigator Zoe Buchanan uncover lies and secrets for the clients of their law firm. He’s a shape shifter who can morph from man to cat and back on a whim. She’s a psychic who is reluctant to explore her full abilities. Somehow, they make business and friendship work.
When Hunter’s father and family patriarch is found murdered, a long-kept dark secret is revealed and their easy lives change forever. Hunter must abandon his carefree lifestyle to lead a battle with a rival monstrous enemy.
Among the wealthy and powerful on both sides of New York’s Hudson River, Hunter and Zoe face their own true natures in a fight for survival. The question is will they survive the Chimera bent on destroying the next leader of the MacRae family—Hunter.
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We’re very excited to announce True Nature has an early Kindle release date: Monday, Nov. 25!
Attorney Hunter MacRae and PI Zoe Buchanan uncover lies and secrets for the clients of their law firm. He’s a shapeshifter who can morph from man to cat and back on a whim. She’s a psychic who is reluctant to explore her full abilities. Somehow they make business and friendship work.
But when Hunter’s family reveals a dark secret, the two friends’ lives change. Hunter must abandon his carefree lifestyle to lead a battle with a rival shifter clan, and Zoe discovers her psychic nature is essential for Hunter to win. They’re joined by Evan Egan, whose family has guarded the MacRae shifters for centuries. This trio must work together, or a monstrous enemy could destroy them.
Among the wealthy and powerful on both sides of New York’s Hudson River, Hunter, Zoe and Evan face their own true natures in a fight to survive.
Neely Powell’s first work of paranormal fiction, True Nature, will soon be released as an e-book by the Black Rose imprint of the Wild Rose Press. We’ve got a cover that features our hero in his tiger form gloating over the skyline of Manhattan. It’s real. It’s all coming together – finally – and we could not be more excited.
Who would have tabbed two ordinary and innately practical women to be writing about shape shifters, magic, witches and fae?
We probably need to confess that Neely Powell has attempted writing everything from romantic comedy to a sweeping saga and even a movie script centered on repressed childhood memories of murder and madness.
Our individual writing careers were always more successful than our joint efforts.
Every time we were together, however, we made up a story. About the couple in the booth next to us who didn’t speak to each other as they ate dinner. About twins with psychic powers. About a psychotic mother who would stop at nothing to build a political dynasty with her sons.
We saw possibilities all around us, but putting them together was as elusive as the mist on an autumn morning in the Great Smokey Mountains. We couldn’t catch the magic.
Only when we acknowledged that we both wanted to write about the fantastic and the supernatural did our collaboration become fruitful. Leigh (the Neely) said, “Don’t you think it would be fun to write about a shape shifting attorney?” Jan (the Powell) replied, “You do it. I’ll help you edit.” About ten chapters later, we were collaborating, and we finally captured the magic we had been chasing.
True Nature represents a long-awaited first step in what we hope will be many more stories that actually get endings. Stay tuned for a release date! It’s coming soon.
We’re pleased and excited to tell you that The Wild Rose Press has bought Second Nature. It will be released under the title, True Nature, and we couldn’t be happier. It will be featured in the Black Rose line of paranormal fiction with vampires and shapeshifters. We’re so happy to find a new home for this book so quickly. We look forward to working with the great staff at Wild Rose Press too.
You may recall that True Nature is the story of Hunter, a shapeshifting lawyer, Zoe, a dysfunctional psychic, and Evan, a security expert with the soul of a warrior. They’re an interesting trio that use their special abilities to help people with everyday problems.
All this changes, however, when Hunter’s grandfather dies and the young man learns he’s now the head of a clan of shapeshifters who are part of a centuries-old feud with another Highland clan.
The three of them must face an ancient enemy amid the glitz and glamour of downtown Manhattan and the nearby suburbs of New Jersey. Would you notice a black panther slipping through the dark alley ways in the theater district?
We’re also busy at work on the second book of the Connelly Witch Trilogy, set in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. This time it’s Fiona’s story. The young witch, who’s also a medium has to find her own answers to avoid the centuries-old curse from the Woman in White. One young witch must die, but this generation has determined the curse stops now.
Awakening Magic, Brenna’s story, is with our editor, and we’re moving right along with Haunting Magic. Three young witches, an angry Woman in White, and a black demon make for a great Southern tale.
Every year during the annual meeting of Romance Writers of America, Harlequin hosts a wonderful event for all their writers. This year Jan and I made plans months ago to attend, but due to her husband’s unexpected illness, I went alone.
Held in The Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, the event was spectacular. There was a sumptuous dessert buffet that included too many items to list. I had my first sample of fried cheesecake, and it was heavenly.
During a short ceremony, there were a number of writers who were recognized for their achievements, including 25, 50, and even 100 books. They also gave hearty applause to new Harlequin writers like me.
Shortly after arriving I connected with our good friend and fellow writer from Tennessee, Janice Maynard. You may know her books. The latest is Taming the Lone Wolff, which is part of her popular Wolff Mountain series and came out in June. We had a delightful evening and took lots of pictures with friends and new acquaintances.
I did have one truly exciting moment. We were all dancing in a big group. I don’t remember the song, but I do remember the woman in front of me turning around as she danced and I almost squealed like a little girl. It was the fabulous Nora Roberts, and I was thrilled. She’s a great dancer and a very gracious person. It was the highlight of my evening.
I also met the delightful Mary-Theresa Hussey, an executive editor with Harlequin. She remembered reading our proposal and liking it, which absolutely awed me. She also vividly remembered some of Jan’s book written under her pseudonym, Celeste Hamilton. She’s a very charming and friendly person, and I was so excited to meet her and have a chance to talk to her.
It was a wonderful evening filled with lively music, extraordinary food, and incredible fellowship with other writers. I loved every minute of it and spent a lot of time texting Jan and sending pictures. Hopefully, we’ll both be able to attend next year.
We’re busy working on the planning and plotting of the second book in the Connelly Witch trilogy, and we can’t wait to start writing Fiona’s story, Haunting Magic.
We recently learned that our novel, Second Nature, will not be published due to the closing of the publisher, L&L Dreamspell. This happened after the untimely death of one of the owners, Linda Houle. Linda was a partner with Lisa Smith, and her death is a great loss to our industry. She was always eager to help writers and worked tirelessly on the design of book covers, her articles, and her blog. She especially enjoyed giving new writers their first opportunity with publishing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lisa and Linda’s family and friends as they grieve, and we wish the best for Lisa in her new ventures.
For those of you who have been looking forward to reading Second Nature, we ask for your patience. We’ve already sent it out to another publisher.
In other news, we’ve completed the first book in the Connelly Witches Trilogy, and it’s in the editor’s hands right now. Awakening Magic is Brenna Connelly Burns’ story and now we’re working for the plotting and planning for Brenna’s sister, Fiona.
In Haunting Magic, Fiona meets Bailey Powers, a Hollywood producer, who wants to take her Internet show, “Spirit Talk” to a larger audience on television. Fiona is a witch and a medium. We can’t wait to write her story.
The final book, Healing Magic, will be the story of witch and empath, Eva Grace Connelly. Joining Eva Grace in New Mourne will be Dr. Rodric McGuire from Edinburgh, Scotland.
All three of these women are connected to the Connelly curse and must work together to stop the Woman in White forever. A ghost who demands tribute from each generation of Connelly women, the Woman in White is a threat to all the young witches in the coven.
Check our website, www.neelypowell.com and Storylines for regular updates and news.
We’ve been very busy lately because we’ve had some very exciting news. Harlequin First Digital Series has offered us a contract for our Connelly Witch Series. We now have deadlines for all three books and the first one is this summer! We really did squeal when we got the good news!
It’s so exciting to work and know a publisher is waiting on the finished product. We developed this trilogy a year or so ago and have really learned to love the characters.
Their family story begins during the first big famine in Ireland. It happened around 1741 when an unusual weather front went through the country. Though it is cold and rainy quite often in Ireland, they seldom have freezing weather. At this time, the freezing was so bad even rivers were solid. Though not as many people left Ireland as during the potato famine, there were still many families who relocated.
Our group included the Connelly clan, a family of witches, who left the Mourne Mountains (in photo) to find peace and comfort in the hills of Northern Georgia. While Sarah, the lead witch in the coven is out blessing the land, she is confronted by the Woman in White, who demands a tribute. Worn down by the famine, the horrible trip to America by sea, and the wretched wagon trip to find a home, Sarah agrees to sacrifice a young Connelly witch from each generation.
It’s the 21st century, and the young women of the Connelly clan believe there’s a better answer for the Woman in White than just letting one of them die. The three books cover the stories and romances of sisters, Brenna and Fiona Connelly Burns, and their cousin, Eva Grace Connelly.
These beautiful mountains in North Georgia look so much like the Connelly’s beloved Mourne Mountains that they feel right at home. There’s magic, mystery, murder, and most of all, love in the Connelly Witches Trilogy. Watch for it soon.
The edits are completed on Neely Powell’s first book, Second Nature. The editor asked for commonsense slices and dices. Her criticisms were well-founded, and we took her suggestions to heart. In other words, we didn’t bleed too much on our keyboards as we made the changes. We know for a fact that it is really, definitely, absolutely a stronger urban fantasy/paranormal mystery than it was before.
I use the adverbs liberally because Leigh and I found out through this edit that we used way too many of the “ly” words in our book. How embarrassing.
Leigh and I have been professional writers for more than 30 years. We both have published fiction and non-fiction. Until this edit, we would have sworn on a stack of the Baptist and Methodist hymnals of our childhoods that we were solid practitioners of the “show, don’t tell” style of storytelling. That doesn’t call for adverbs.
In the 80’s and 90’s when I was in the first phase of my fiction writing career, creating romance novels under the pseudonym, Celeste Hamilton, I was a devotee of Dwight V. Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer. My copy of this guide is so worn, there are cracks in the spine and plenty of loose pages. I used to read sections whenever I hit a tough spot in every book. Swain called adverbs “tiresome.” He said, “Whenever possible substitute action for adverbs.”
I regarded Swain as my god of writing, so I know I can do better than relying on the “ly” words. Furthermore, I know that Leigh Neely (despite the “ly” in her name), writes direct, active prose. So how did our alter ego, Neely Powell, come up with all of these nasty adverbs?
Maybe it was the convergence of two hyperactive brains in two writers who were overjoyed to have come up with a storyline that was working for us. We finished the book! Then we sold the book! Yes, both accomplishments call for exclamation points!
You see, Leigh and I completed our first novel together over 20 years ago. It never sold. We’ve been trying to blend our friendship with our literary fortunes ever since, to no avail. Now, we’ve done it. We both knew as we were writing Second Nature that it was our best collaboration. Perhaps our sense of urgency and excitement showed up through an inappropriate use of adverbs.
Hmmm. I think Swain would say we got lazy.
Now he would be proud. We erased every possible adverb in the final edit.
My copy of Techniques of the Selling Writer is back beside my computer, where it used to be. As Leigh and I work on the sequel to Second Nature, I’m relying on my trusted and true reference book.
That being said, however, Leigh and I are still truly, madly, deeply eager for the publication of Second Nature. We hope others will eagerly embrace our story of a shapeshifting attorney, his dysfunctional psychic partner, and their mystic warrior-guard. Keep watching here for news of a publication date.