Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Welcome Naima Simone!

I'm so excited to welcome Naima Simone to the blog. Naima is one of the loveliest young ladies I've ever known. Anyone in her presence more than a minute will immediately feel better. She brings joy.

And Naima also write fabulous romance. Not only does she write deliciously steamy romance for Elora's Cave, she got a new romantic suspense series from Entangle Publishing. I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of Secrets and Sins: Gabriel, which released last week. What a fabulous, emotional, and suspenseful story! I was thrilled to give a quote for it. And what about the cover? Oh my!

So please give a very warm welcome to one of my favorite people, Naima Simone!

Thou Shalt Not…

Thank you so much, Christy, for letting me visit with you and your readers today! I’m so excited as you are one of my absolute favorite romantic suspense authors. You’re right up there with Ella Grace! :-D

So as the granddaughter and daughter of pastors—does that make me a PK² ?—I spent a looot of time in church while growing up. And most of it was spent trying to avoid my mother’s “Death Stare” beamed from the choir stand all the way to the back of the church where I sat. The woman possessed a sixth sense when it came to my whispering, note-passing shenanigans! She was downright scary. Because I was young, much of the messages went totally over my head…except when Grandpop or Daddy started talking about “the bad stuff” people did.


A hush would fall over the church...well aside from the low, knowing murmurings of “Mmhmm” and “Say it, Pastor”. The sudden quiet, whispering and sidelong glances clued me in that whatever Grandpop and Daddy were talking about, it was goooood. Cain did what to his brother? So what exactly did David do with Bathsheba? Solomon had how many wives??


If someone dropped it in a room full of people, all the chatter would probably die down so everyone could try and catch the titillating details of who did the deed, just how sinful it was and if they were caught. The word causes a shudder to ripple down people’s spines. Stirs images of lascivious activity in their imaginations. Clenches their stomachs in anxiety or fear. It’s a lovely, terrible, delicious word…

We have a tendency to create a hierarchy of sin. Adultery is not as heinous as murder. Lying isn’t as terrible as stealing. But sin doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It always affects others. It spills over, tainting, altering…even killing…

In my new romantic suspense Secrets and Sins: Gabriel released from Entangled Publishing, Gabriel Devlin and his three best friends became guardians of a dark secret because of a terrible sin. This transgression changed their lives, altered who they once were to the men they matured into. After receiving an anonymous letter, Leah Bannon, a private investigator and Gabriel’s friend, decides to open the cold case revolving around the disappearance of her uncle. Now, in spite of his growing—and resented—attraction toward her, Gabriel has to keep her from discovering the truth and protecting a pact made decades earlier.

Are you tempted yet? How about this? On top of the big giveaway at the end of the tour, I’m also offering up a separate $10 Amazon Gift Card for this stop! Just leave a comment naming one of the 7 Deadly Sins and your email address, and I’ll randomly choose a winner.

Also, don’t forget through July 24th you have a chance to enter a giveaway for a $30 Amazon Gift Card and a “Boston Strong” swag pack! Just go HERE to enter the Rafflecopter on the HOME page!

Secrets and Sins: Gabriel
“Emotional, suspenseful, and sexy, with wonderful characters…”—Christy Reece, New York Times Bestselling Author

Twenty years ago, Leah Bannon’s beloved Uncle Richard vanished without a trace. Leah, now a private investigator, begins to suspect it was murder. When she reopens the cold case, Gabriel Devlin—-the man she loves but can never have—-inexplicably stands in her way.

Only four people know the truth about Richard’s mysterious disappearance—-Gabriel and three childhood friends...who have all sworn to take that secret to the grave. But a hidden enemy wants those shocking secrets brought to light...even if he has to kill to make it happen.

After experiencing an unimaginable loss two years ago, Gabriel refuses to put himself through the pain of loving someone who could be gone in an instant. But as he thwarts Leah’s investigation at every turn—-both to keep his friends’ pact, and to keep her safe from danger—-the sexy PI makes it impossible for him to protect his secrets. Or his heart...

Naima Simone is a multi-published author in contemporary and erotic romance. She’s a member of RWA’s Southern Magic chapter, mother of the Dynamic Duo, lover of everything Vin Diesel and wife to the fabulous husband who tolerates this affair. Come visit Naima on her website, Facebook, Twitter  and Goodreads.


Christy Reece said...

So excited to see you here, Naima! And this is an awesome post. Have fun!

Felicia said...

YUM!!! I am hooked on this already - I love it!

Naima Simone said...

Thanks for having me here, Christy! As a fan this is so cool for me!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Felicia!
Yaay! I have to admit, "Gabriel" is one of my favorite books and heroes. He's imperfect, wounded yet fiercely loyal and strong. And sexy, let's not forget sexy! :-D

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting!

Laurie said...

One of the seven deadly sins is envy. laurie.fisher86@yahoo.com Excited about your new book!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Laurie!
Oooh...envy. And it's a good one, too. Well, as good as sin can be, I guess. Hee-hee! But envy is such an awesome--and as awful as it is to say, relatable--motivation for villains to commit all manners of crimes and well, sins. My favorite scenario that comes to mind is the movie "Single White Female" where the heroine's roommate emulates her haircut, style and life because she envies and desires it. Good one, Laurie!

And thank you for coming by to visit and leaving a comment!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read the book! It sounds wonderful. I am going right away to buy it for my Kindle. Thanks for being here and introducing yourself to us

Unknown said...

Definitely my kind of read!!! I'm a romantic suspense bookworm ��

Pat F said...

Love the cover....those eyes!
I enjoy Romantic suspense, one of my favorite genre's. looking forward to reading Secrets and Sins. So nice to meet you.

Tara said...

Welcome, Naima! Looks like I'll have a new book to add to my TBR pile!

Your cover inspired me to pick, lust, I am sure there is some of that happening in your book.

Naima, is this the first in a series? Will we get to see books about the other friends?

Thanks for the contest and sharing you book with us today.

taratseng at gmail dot com

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Lisa!
I have to tell you, this welcome has been wonderful!! Thank you!! I hope you enjoy, "Gabriel"! :-D Let me know if you like it! And if you don't, just add a "Bless your heart" on Goodreads. LOL!!

Thanks, Lisa!

Naima Simone said...

I am too, Diana! Romantic suspense is one of my absolute favorite genres. It's why I love Christy's books so much. It's the twists and unexpected surprises and "Oh wow! I didn't catch that!" moments that make this genre so awesome!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Diana!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Pat!
Sigh. I knoooow. Those eyes. They were one of the first things I noticed--and loved!--about this cover. Well, that and how much he looks like Stephen Amell from "Arrow". Hee-hee! Which I'm very happy about. I hope you enjoy "Gabriel", Pat! And thank you for coming by and commenting!

Naima Simone said...

Lust! One of my favorites! LOL!! True, Tara, so true. I do have moments of that particular sin in the book. Guilty! Hee-hee!

This is the first book in the Secrets and Sins series. There will be three more books, each about the other friends. "Malachim" is set for release in November. I'm working on "Raphael" now. Sigh. So little time, so many lust-worthy, brooding, wonderful men. LOL!

Thank you for coming by and sharing a sin with me, Tara! And thank you for your interest in the book!

Jessica Lee said...

What a great post! I totally love the idea for this whole series. And Gabriel is just Yummy! One the cover and between the pages. hehehe
I know I can't win, but I wanna play! lol
How about greed? Ooo, greed and the love of money.

Elke said...

Hi Naima,
your book sounds really exciting - I hope it is available at Amazon Germany via Kindle. I have to go online and check.

And greed is at the roots of many crimes I think.

Looking forward to reading your series. Good luck with the next books.

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Jessica!
Oh yes, greed! A time-tested sin and always a good motivation for crime, murder and debauchery! I know, I know. I shouldn't take so much pleasure in the thought of that. LOL! And greed covers so much. Greed of money, like you said. Greed for status, power and fame. I've read so many good books where greed plays a sinful (hah! Great play on words, right? Hee-hee!) factor.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Jessica! And for playing!!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Elke!
Love your name! Yes, "Gabriel" should be available to you! I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for the well wishes for the series!

You and Jessica think alike! I totally agree. Greed is the basis for many crimes. This hunger that surpasses need for more and more. It can drive people to do heinous things. I think the cool and believable thing about using one of the 7 Deadly Sins as character motivations is people can relate to the feel or emotion...or sin. *wicked grin*

Thanks again, Elke, for coming by and joining in the conversation! I'm having a ball!

Marijane Diodati said...

Hi Naima,

I have not read any of your books but since this one has the Christy Reece stamp of approval, it is a must read.

RS is my favorite and I like the idea of the Seven Deadly Sins. While I know that gluttony probably isn't the basis of any book, it is one the the Seven Deadly Sins! My email is mjdiodati@yahoo.com.

Seriously, good luck with this book and those to follow. I am glad that Christy has brought you and Secrets and Sins:Gabriel to our attention!

Aidee Ladnier said...

My worst sin - gluttony, all the way. But how am I supposed to resist glutting myself on romance when there are such great books to read? :)

Wonderful post!

Naima Simone said...

Hey, Marijane!
Having Christy read "Gabriel" and bless me with a cover quote was one of the highlights of my career. And not just saying that to flatter her, either. It was my very first cover quote, and Christy was so gracious about fitting me into her super busy schedule to read the book. I was overjoyed when she liked it. Like a kid on Christmas who just found her most desired gift under the tree! Or Vin Diesel... LOL! I was like, "For real? For real, Christy?" LOL!

I haven't read a book with gluttony as the basis--I don't think, anyway--but, oh wow, do you know what immediately comes to my mind? The move Seven with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. For gluttony, Kevin Spacey force fed that guy until his stomach burst--literally. Eeeww! LOL! It was so gross it's branded in my mind.

Thank you so much for joining in and leaving a comment, Marijane! And thank you for the welcome! I'm not surprised someone as sweet as Christy has such amazing people visiting her blog!

Naima Simone said...

LOL! Too true, Aidee! Too true! I didn't think of gluttony in terms of reading, but you are so right. And in that case I think there's a lot of us *hand shooting up* who are guilty of this sin! LOL! You should see my TBR pile on my Kindle. It looks like an ebook hoard! *snort* Speaking of that, I saw an actual book hoard on the A&E show "Hoarders"! My husband turned up his lips and shot me a look while we were watching it. I told him, "Aw shaddup!" LOL!

Thank you for coming by, Aidee! You're awesome!! And umm, I'm JEALOUS of the shoes in your profile pic! Snicker. Look at me committing one of those sins!

Alison said...

Hi Naima!

OMG! The Secrets and Sins: Gabriel sounds so good!! I'll be adding this to my TBR for sure.

I think I suffer from book GLUTTONY. I don't think there's such a think as too many books, or too much chocolate for that matter :) I might have GREED too because I want lots of $$ to buy books, shoes and makeup!

Can't wait for the rest of this series!


Naima Simone said...

Hi, Alison!
You said it, sister! You're a woman after my own heart! LOL! Books, shoes and chocolate! I'm convinced you can never have too much of those things. And Vin Diesel, too. Can never, EVER have too much of him. Hee-hee!

Thank you so much for coming by and joining the conversation, Alison. I hope you enjoy "Gabriel"!

Unknown said...

i love romance suspense and i cant wait to read about Gabriel, i think lust would be my choice of sin (seminordic@gmail.com)

Naima Simone said...

Hey, Angela!
I love romantic suspense, too, Angela! Ever since Encyclopedia Brown (which I would so read even today if I could find the books!) to Lisa Gardner to Christy's books. And Ella Grace, of course! :-D I especially love when strings that seem totally random end up connected somehow. Those are the best!

I'm right up there with you as far as lust. Considering I also write for Ellora's Cave, it'd better be a favorite! LOL!

Thank you so much for stopping by, visiting and welcoming me today!

Crystal said...

Wow Wow Wow!!! I'm going to go grab this asap!!
I'm also going with Lust. The best kind of deadly sin. :)

This book looks great!

Naima Simone said...

Hi, Crystal!
I would be totally hypocritical if I didn't agree with you. LOL! One or my favorite channels is ID Discovery, and the shows I watch, like Happily Never After, Deadly Women, Deadly Affairs, are almost always about crimes motivated by lust. Love those shows!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy "Gabriel"! There are a few deadly sins in the book!

Christy Reece said...

Thank you, Naima for coming by and chatting with us. I wish you the very best with this great new series!

Congrats to Angela Ingram for winning the Amazon gift card!

Thank you all for coming by and chatting with Naima. Isn't she wonderful?

Have a great day and be sure to come by tomorrow for a special 4th of July giveaway!

Christy Reece said...

Oops, Angela. I misspelled your last name. Apologies! Let's try this again.

Congrats to Angela Ingham for winning the Amazon gift card!