Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Excerpt: Memories of Murder by Lara Nance + Giveaway!

Today, we're pleased to host Lara Nance as part of her virtual book tour for Memories of Murder, a paranormal romance novel. There's a giveaway at the end of this post!

Memories of Murder
by Lara Nance

When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.

As the town's sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father's friend, Maeve can't help but get involved--with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community's memory unit--and Maeve's Alzheimer's patients.

Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she's denied herself.

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She imagined the thoughts that must be running through his head. She had to tell him everything now. If she didn’t, he would be dead in the next few days. He needed protection.

She stood up. “Want a glass of wine? This is going to be a long conversation.”

“Since I was just nearly killed, how about some whisky?” He fell back against the sofa. Liadan put her paws on his chest and licked his face.

Maeve went into the kitchen, trying to figure out how she’d gotten her powers back. It dawned on her that the morning after the Gems had arrived, her tea was not in its regular spot on the counter. She’d assumed her mother had only been cleaning, but apparently she’d also switched the contents of the jar to non-spelled tea.

She reached into the cabinet for the tea container and looked at it, shaking her head, then laughed. Never had she been so glad for the Gems meddling in her life. She threw it in the trash and returned to the living room with glasses, red wine, and a small bottle of George Dickel missing a few sips. “Here you go.”

He took the whiskey and tossed back a shot, then poured another glass, which he held between his hands. “So, what is it that tried to kill me and my father today?”

“You’re not going to believe me at first, but if you’ll hear me out, I think I have a pretty good case.”

He gestured with one hand for her to begin.

“Everything I’ve seen and heard, all the information in the journal, points to the presence of an evil spirit. I believe it’s the spirit of Dr. Colton Carterage.”

Paul stared at her for several moments. “You’re serious.”

“Completely.” She poured herself a glass of red wine from the freshly opened bottle, and sat in the chair across from him. A tingle of energy floated in the air. She recognized a witch cat at work. She tried desperately not to laugh at Liadan working her little cat magic on him, licking his face, nuzzling his chest, pushing her paws against his arm. He didn’t know what was happening, but darling LiLi was removing the mists of doubt from Paul’s eyes.

Maeve explained about patients in the dementia unit seeing ghosts of people described in the book. She told him about the white deer and why the limb had fallen. When she came to the part she dreaded most, she looked at LiLi and the cat complied. She curled up in his lap, purring, increasing the intensity of her witchy magic to ease his believing.

“There’s one more thing you need to know. My mother, my aunts…and me…we’re witches.”



Lara Nance grew up and lived in many cities throughout the South. She loves to write in a variety of genres within the scope of women’s fiction. But the basis of all her stories is a tale that will entertain and intrigue.

If you want to escape and lose yourself in a novel, you’ve come to the right place. Choose your genre and settle in to be entertained. From thrilling mysteries and steampunk tales, to paranormal romance and adventure, Lara’s willing to explore a variety of compelling stories full of danger and suspense, with a touch of romance.

Having been on the fencing team in college and now living on a sailboat convinces her that she was a pirate in another life, or possibly kin to Errol Flynn… However, due to the unfortunate demise of the romantic pirates of the past, she lives out her fantasies, thrills and adventures in her stories.

Currently docked in Norfolk, Virginia (until the wind changes) Lara enjoys living on her sailboat and spends time reading, of course writing, indulging a variety of artistic endeavors, cooking and sailing with her husband, Joe and their Yorkie, Rio.


Because she is just that awesome, the author Lara will award prizes to randomly selected commenters during her tour—which means that every comment on this blog post counts as an entry. (Comments on our Goodreads feeds do not count. Sorry.) A signed cover flat goes to one commenter on this post. And a $50 Amazon gift card goes to one commenter chosen from all blogs participating in the tour.

The more you comment, the better are your chances of winning. Ready . . . GO!


  1. Glad to be hopping through on the tour! I really like the looks of this blog guys! Anyone who's okay with calling themselves floozies are fabulous in my book :) I'll have to stick around

    andralynnn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Thanks! We'd love for you to stick around. :)

  2. Poor Paul, it's a big thing to take in, especially the revelation that witches are real and Maeve is one of them.

    lennascloud AT gmail dot com

  3. Happy Monday, and thanks for hosting me today!
    This is probably my favorite book of the seven I've published so far. And, it's won awards for paranormal romance. Hope you guys will like it. It's only 99 cents this week on your favorite e-reader.
    Stop by my website and let me know if you liked it.
    Have a great day and keep an eye out for ghosts! XOXOXO Lara

  4. The book looks great! Renouncing her witch powers sounds like the main character is going to be up for some serious problems!!

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  5. Thanks for the excerpt - this book sounds great and I'm loving the tour so far. I really love the name of this blog and the header...fantastic!

    Thanks for the giveaway

    junegirl63 at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Why did she renounce her witch powers?


  8. Sounds like a good read.


  9. @Lana, Maeve renounced her witch powers because she was attacked by a would be killer/rapist and used her powers not just to escape, but to kill him. This is unconscionable to her as a witch and a nurse practitioner. it made her fear she would kill again, so she bound her powers and focused on healing for redemption. Thanks for asking. It's a major plot point and integral to the story. XOXO Lara

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lara. We're so happy to have you here!

  10. Nice excerpt


  11. Love the excerpt, =) can´t wait for my chance to read more!
    Happy Tuesday!