Nancy C. Weeks Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of In the Shadow Of Greed

Today,
I welcome back fellow Crimson Romance writer, Nancy C. Weeks. Nancy is
celebrating her first In the Shadow of Greed.  I
thought I would ask her a few questions about this book’s journey from her mind
to the page.

year anniversary as a published author with her debut
novel,

NOTE: In
celebration of her one year anniversary, Nancy is giving away one digital copy
of the Shadow series, In the Shadow of
Greed, In the Shadow of Evil
and In
the Shadow of Malice
to one lucky person who leaves a comment.

Tell
us a little bit about In the Shadow of
Greed
and why readers should check it out.
In the Shadow of Greed is a romantic
suspense set in the ambiguous world of cybercrime – where a seemingly friendly
email message invites you to visit a website that warms your heart with lovely
images and soothing music, while some obscure script is busy scrubbing your
hard drive, collecting information about you, your family, your habits,
hobbies, and possibly user identification and passwords.
My heroine, Dr. Sarah Tu epitomizes the
dedicated effort we all want and need from those committed to the field of
cyber security, protecting information and systems from the growing threat of
terrorism and espionage. Like real-life law enforcement officers, my
hero, FBI Special Agent, Jason McNeil deals daily with worst that mankind has
to offer. He, like real-life law enforcement officers, struggles with how to
keep the evil he sees from touching the people he loves. Combining Sarah and
Jason’s lives was a real challenge, but the contrast made for some great
conflict.
What kind of research
did you have to do for In the Shadow of
Greed
?
I first heard about botnets from my son who is in a master
program for cyber security at the University of Maryland. I was unfamiliar with
the term and began an extensive
search.  As I devoured one article
after another, a real cyber crime called Conficker caught my attention. The
Conficker worm was first detected in 2008 and has infected millions of
computers worldwide. This wasn’t fiction, but a dangerous threat to personal identities, data
integrity, and national security.
What
was the easiest and hardest scene to write in the book?
This is a hard question to answer without
spoiling something vital in the story, but I’ll give it a try.
I find the hardest scenes for me to
write are when my stories demand that a beloved character die. One chapter tore
my heart in two, and I had to write it that way because nothing else made
sense. I spend a lot of time trying to get inside my character’s head and
heart. After a while, they are real to me. In this scene, I knew what was going
to happen, but the hero and heroine had no idea. As I wrote that scene, I sat
at my kitchen table and bawled just like Kathleen Turner’s character, Joan
Wilder in Romancing the Stone. But
unlike Joan Wilder, I was alone and didn’t have a loveable cat to hug when it
was all over.
The easiest scene to write was the
Epilogue.  My hero and heroine were finally
together. Their life together was beginning, and even though they still had a
lot of grief to deal with, they were no longer alone. They had each other to
hold onto. That is what I wish for all my readers; to have someone wonderful in
their lives to hold onto when times are wonderful… and when they aren’t.
What
inspired you to write In the Shadow of
Greed
?
I
don’t have a technical bone in my body, but I have a great respect for those
that do. There are brilliant computer scientists, cyber security and
intelligence analysts, and engineers who dedicate their lives minding our
fences, constantly monitoring our virtual perimeters, and holding back
potential threats to our identities, to our data integrity, and to our national
security. I wanted to honor them, let the world know that they are our unsung
heroes. 
Now
for something fun…
 What
is the theme song to this book? As you wrote the story, what music did you go
back to time and time again?
This is such an easy question. Here is
Jason and Sarah’s song. It is alive in Jennie and Jared’s story as well as Adam
and Calista’s. It tugs at my every heartstring. Enjoy!
“Song from a Secret Garden” – Violin and
Piano
And here is a little taste of what
readers have in store…
Excerpt for In the Shadow of
Greed
He thinks I’m dead. Sarah’s coming. Help her!
The voice quivered inside Jason’s head. He pushed
away from the pillar and froze. No one was there. His gaze fell back to the
woman in the bed. His eyes narrowed and he clenched his jaw, biting down so
hard, pain shot up his inner ear.
The next instant, a petite woman with long, straight,
raven hair and the most beautiful, hazel eyes he had ever seen charged through
the trauma unit. A security officer followed close behind and grabbed her arm,
stopping her from moving any farther into the restricted area.
Jason stared at the woman in the bed and back to the
woman by the door. He knew, without a doubt, her name was Sarah. His mind raced
for an explanation.
“Ma’am, you can’t be back here.” The guard tried to
pull Sarah back through the doors.
Sarah yanked out of his hold. The expression on her
face was intense, unyielding. “Like hell I can’t. My sister is here. She needs
me.”
The charge nurse moved from behind a counter of the
nurse’s station and stood next to the security officer. “How can I help you?”
The nurse’s low, gentle voice seemed to have a
soothing effect on Sarah. “Hanna Tu.” Her voice shuddered.
Jason couldn’t take his eyes off Hanna’s sister. In
an instant, she transformed from a stiletto wearing, ice-dragon on the war
path—just the kind of woman he disliked—into a frightened, desperate woman
whose vulnerabilities brought out his protective instinct.
As her eyes wildly searched the trauma unit, the
nurse reached for Sarah’s arm and guided her toward the doors.
“We’re still assessing your sister’s condition. I’ll
have one of the doctors come talk to you in the waiting room as soon as they
can. She’s in good hands, I promise you.”
 “I need to see
her. I need to know she’s okay. The police wouldn’t allow me into her
apartment. No one has told me anything. There was so much blood.” She sucked in
a deep breath as tears clouded her eyes. “Please let me see her for a moment.”
Her eyes narrowed on the cubicle surrounded by a
curtain. One of the nurses moved the fabric aside and left carrying a tray of
vials. Sarah’s gaze fell on her sister. “Oh God! Hanna!”
She took a step toward her sister, but her body began
to tremble and her knees buckled. Jason rushed forward and caught her as her
body collapsed. With one arm wrapped around her waist, he used his other hand
to lift the badge that hung around his neck and flashed it at the nurse. “She’s
with me.”
He then found an empty chair away from a direct view
of the cubicle and lowered Sarah into it. He knelt, keeping his arm around her.
Her body shook violently and she gasped for air. The charge nurse brought over
a cup of water and handed it to Jason. He brought it to Sarah’s lips.
“Drink, Sarah, it will help.”
She sipped the water and closed her eyes, taking in
several deep breaths. “W-who hurt her? W-why?”
“We don’t know, but we’ll find out. He’ll pay for
this.”
Sarah finally glanced up at him and pulled away. “Who
are you?”
And the
ice-dragon’s back.
Jason clenched his jaw to keep a smile from spreading
across his face. He couldn’t put his finger on the why, but this woman
intrigued him. “Detective Jason McNeil.”
“Why are you here and not out finding the person who
hurt my sister?”
Don’t let her push you away. She needs you, we
need you.
Jason was taken aback by the weak, small voice in his
head. What the hell was going on? Finding his voice, he said, “Someone tried to
kill your sister.” He glanced toward Hanna’s cubicle. A crushing anger boiled
up from deep within his gut. “The guy who attacked her has killed at least
three other times we know about and he didn’t mean to leave Hanna alive. I’m
not giving him a chance to finish the job.”
Oh God, he’s here… He’s here! Don’t let him near
Sarah!
Bio:
Nancy C. Weeks lives in suburban Maryland with her husband
of more than thirty years. With her two grown children out of the nest, she loves
spending her days on her deck writing as the local bird population keeps her
company.
Find Nancy at:
Twitter: @NancyCWeeks
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7009278.Nancy_C_Weeks

Buy links for Nancy C. Weeks’s Shadow series:

IN THE SHADOW OF
GREED

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/16GHb6I

IN THE SHADOW OF EVIL

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/17hjfco

IN THE SHADOW OF MALICE

BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1dId2db

14 thoughts on “Nancy C. Weeks Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of In the Shadow Of Greed

  1. Elizabeth,
    Thanks so much for hosting me today and for helping me celebrate this amazing moment in my writing career. Even after four books, I still pinch myself because I can't believe my secret dream for years has become my reality—and it all began with In the Shadow of Greed.

  2. Happy Book Anniversary, Nancy. I can't believe you wrote a book like that without any training or skills in Computer technology. I love your theme song…just drying my eyes after listening.

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