Saturday, April 13, 2013

Remember the Stars by Natalie-Nicole Bates: Interview and Excerpt



What was your first sale as an author?
My first same was my contemporary romance, Change of Address, to Sweet Cravings Publishing. Although Change of Address was my first sale, my paranormal short story, Antique Charming, was first to be released by Books to Go Now.
Who are your books published with?
Change of Address, my contemporary romance, is released through Sweet Cravings Publishing. My paranormal romance, SEE ME, is available through Leap of Faith Publishing. My contemporary romance, Back To You, my paranormal novella, Remember The Stars, and short paranormal story, Antique Charming, are available from Books To Go Now.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
Currently, I’m playing Ozzy Osbourne’s  Mama, I’m Coming Home. I don’t know why, but the song started pounding in my head a few months ago, I even dreamed about it. I also play Icehouse’s Electric Blue, quite a bit. Alice in Chains, I Stay Away, and Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
One suggestion I always make to new writers is to seek out a course in novel writing that teaches how to build a novel from idea to the end. As a reviewer, I can’t say how many times I read a promising new writer who falls down because their story structure is incorrect, especially point of view.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
I have a saying about reviews in general: If you like my stuff, great. If you don’t, keep walking.
Beatles or Monkees? Why?
The Monkees. I was too young for the Beatles era. I grew up on reruns of The Monkees. Mike Nesmith was my first crush.
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Grumpy bear, most definitely. My partner and I are HUGE NHL, KHL, and MLB fans. Most of the live games air here in the UK after midnight. Needless to say, we do not enjoy being visited in the early morning unless it’s before 5AM.
Do you have a Website or Blog?


For Leah Rhodes, life as she knows it has just changed forever.

Waking in a gutter in the dark surroundings of her distant past, a familiar man stands out in her confusion.

But Remy Moreland has been dead for years.

It soon becomes apparent to Leah that both she and Remy are trapped in a hell of their own making.

Can one night together not only lead to the way out, but to love as well?

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“Remy,” she said his name. Where did she know that name from? It wasn’t common. Think, Leah, think. Then it hit her—hard.
     She remembered exactly who Remy Moreland was.
     He was in the newspaper years earlier. Her mother had shown her a copy. Remy Moreland was involved in a fatal street race. His Porsche had been split in two, killing him and a young woman in another car.
     Remy Moreland was dead.
     But if he was dead, what was he doing here, alive, and with her?
     Sweat broke out on the back of her neck and her vision clouded. This was someone’s idea of an evil, evil joke. She had to get out. She had to find her way home.
     Standing, she grabbed the edge of the deck for support. “I have to get out of here,” she mumbled and stumbled her way around the desk.
     He grabbed her around the waist. “You can’t go back out there. It’s dangerous.”
     She sunk her open palms against his chest and struggled to get out of his grip. “Get off of me, you malevolent freak! You’re dead! You’ve been dead for years!” she blurted.
     Immediately, he let go and jumped back from her as if he had been stung.
     “What are you talking about? He demanded.
     She backed away, ready to make a run for the front door. But the confused mix of anger and disbelief in his contorted expression stopped her.
     How could he not know he was dead?
     “It was years ago, Remy. You had an accident. It was in the newspaper.”
    He tilted his head, his blue eyes huge.  “Do I look dead to you?”
     Well, he was pale, his blue eyes ethereal. She hesitated, and then spoke. “Now that you mention it…”
     “You bitch!” he snapped.
     The force of his voice caused her to flinch and she raised her fingers to her throbbing temples. All she wanted at that moment was to get out of this man’s sight and find her way home.
     “I’m not dead,” he stated ominously.
     “Okay, you’re not dead,” she conceded as she rubbed circles on her temples.
     He took a step closer. “As a matter of fact, right now I am languishing across town in a nursing home. I eat through a tube in my belly and piss into a catheter bag. I remain nothing but an emaciated, contorted version of the man I once was.”
     She closed her eyes. This can’t be happening, this can’t be happening. None of this was real.
     When she opened her eyes, he was in front of her, a macabre grin creasing his handsome features. He lifted a brow. “So, what did you do?”
     “Do? What are you talking about?”
    “To get here. You know my situation, so what’s yours?”
     He wasn’t making any sense. She turned away from him, left the office and began to walk the long hallway to the front door, but he followed her closely.
     “Let me guess,” he provoked.  “You look like a murder-suicide kind of girl. You’re not wearing a wedding ring, so I’m assuming you shot your boyfriend in the head and then offed yourself in some spectacular way—like jumping off a balcony and splattering on the ground. How could you have known you would wind up here?” he chuckled unpleasantly.
     She stopped cold. How could he say such a horrible thing? She turned back to him only to find him mere inches from her. “You’re horrible. You don’t even know me, but you’ve resorted to participating in some sort of evil joke on me. I just want to go home…or wake up.”
     “Your life as you know it is over, Leah.”
     “What are saying, Remy? That I’m dead?”
     “You’re not dead…not quite. This is limbo…purgatory…the first circle of Hell. The most wretched place on earth where you are sent to atone for your sins.” 

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.

Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

Visit Natalie online at

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Natalie-Nicole Bates
Author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance

Back To You Collection
available now at Amazon 

Remember The Stars
available now from Books To Go Now 

See Me
available now from Leap of Faith Publishing



Natalie-Nicole Bates said...

Laurie~Thank you so very much for featuring Remember The Stars at your most amazing blog!

Jackie Tessnair said...

Enjoyed this post.Thanks for

Beth said...

I featured you on my blog today!

Sebella Blue said...

That trailer is banging and I loved the excerpt. When he tells her she looked like a murder-suicide type of girl I cracked up. I think you've got a winner here.

Natalie-Nicole Bates said...

Thank you to everyone who's made a comment.

Sebella~I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and the trailer :)

Anonymous said...

Yay for loving hockey (and bonus points for watching from the UK)! What's the UK Elite League like these days? I don't know too much about it, except for a few articles about the Belfast Giants and former San Jose Shark Rob Davison's stint with the Cardiff Devils during the '04 lockout. I didn't manage to see a game in person this year until last week (my beloved Sharks taking on some of my beloved former Sharks in the Minnesota Wild), but I had fun. Realignment next year should be interesting, too. Any plans for hockey themes or characters in future books?

Trix, vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

Natalie-Nicole Bates said...

Hi Trix~The Elite League here in the UK seems to be slowly growing interestm as well as hockey in general, but generally, it is not well supported with fans, and hence, money. I even sponsor player equipment for one of the teams.
Perhaps at some future time I will write a story with hockey themes/characters.
Realignment needed to happen, I felt so sorry for all the travel Detroit and Columbus was forced to make.

Angela said...

Book sounds cool; I'd be interested in reading it :)

nomfreebies at hotmail dot com

Jen D. said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Carey Sabala said...

Can't wait to read it!

Jane Ritz said...

This sounds like an amazing book. I can't wait to read it.

Natalie-Nicole Bates said...

Thank you to everyone who made a comment! I truly appreciate it!!

teena3940 said...

Love the hot cover..Thanks for sharing it with us!!