Natalie-Nicole Bates is a romance author, including books such as Change of Address. Get to know her and her writing a little bit better. Thanks for stopping by!
What was the inspiration behind 'Change of Address'?
I came up with the idea for the concept, which is, what would happen if two people each have a signed and dated will that leaves them the same house? Who has the real will, who has the fake?
Which character was the most fun to write?
Change of Address is a serious story that touches on a few delicate subjects. I would say that if any of the characters was most fun to write, it would have to be Caleb Smith, the police detective who absolutely hates my hero, Ben Parnell, and has a romantic interest in my heroine, Josselyn Adler. Caleb also makes an appearance in my upcoming re-release of Back To You, which will be available soon from Books To Go Now.
What kind of research did you need to do for this book?
Most of the things that needed research I already had knowledge of, such as the speciality of hematology. I created the idyllic little town of Unity from my own imagination. Unity also appears in Back To You, and will again in the future writing of Amii’s Angel.
What other projects do you currently have in the works?
I’ve started work on my Unity follow up, Amii’s Angel, but I’m seriously working on a new paranormal called Sometimes in Winter. I’m currently promoting my paranormal novella, Remember The Stars, and looking forward to the re-release of Back To You.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I think I always knew I wanted to write. I was always a voracious reader, followed by a reviewer. It was only about 3 years ago though, that I seriously started to write.
What do you need to help you get into the mood to write?
A clear mind. If I know I have things pending that need attention, I can’t concentrate on my writing.
Where is your ultimate vacation destination?
I love Spain. I love the beaches, and the atmosphere and the culture.
What is one of your favorite fan moments?
I just had a great moment this week. A friend from an old critique group I haven’t heard from for a long while got in touch and said, ‘Wow, I’m seeing your books all over the place now’. It was a definite good feeling moment.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading John Saul’s Nathanial. I’m in a John Saul faze right now. I just read The Blackstone Chronicles and Comes the Blind Fury.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I was born in Russia, and lived in several different countries over the years. I’m a huge NHL and KHL hockey fan.
Anything else you would like to share?
Look for the re-release of my contemporary romance, Back To You, from Books To Go Now. Thank you for interviewing me today.
About the Author
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.
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Change of Address
by Natalie-Nicole Bates
Published by Sweet Cravings Publishing
Release Date: December 2011
Heat Level: Sensual
Word Count: 40,000
Saved from a traumatic past and successful in her present as a home care nurse, Josselyn Adler’s dream of home ownership in the idyllic town of Unity are dashed to pieces when Dr Ben Parnell, a cancer specialist, shows up on her doorstep claiming to be the rightful owner of the house—and Ben has a will to prove it! To Josselyn, the house represents a new start in her life. With a stable home, hopefully a much wanted family wouldn’t be far behind.
After a near career-ending allegation is made, Ben has returned home to lick his wounds. But now he must prove Josselyn’s claim to be a fake, that she used her position as a live-in nurse to his sick father to ingratiate herself into his good graces. But as he gets to know her, he can tell by her shy, often standoffish behavior, that Josselyn is a woman who has been deeply hurt in her past. Although he is attracted to the dark haired beauty that has invaded his life, he is still suspicious of her true motives and her past involvement with his father.
When she arrived at the foot of the stairs, the front door rattled. Fear, cold and stark, rose up in her throat and choked her as she heard the lock snap and watched, rooted to the floor, the creaky old door jiggle in its frame. The anticipation mingled with fright, produced a potent, sick feeling churning inside her like the bad horror movie she’d recently viewed on late-night cable television.After what seemed an eternity, the door flung open. The first thought entering her brain was a ghost had entered her home. A younger, blonder visage of Morgan stood in the threshold. Before she could utter his name, a second, more coherent thought followed; a ghost wouldn’t use a key.The man in the doorway took one step inside and stopped abruptly, clenched his jaw, and stared. The familiar stranger invading her new home could only be one person.“My goodness, you’re Ben! You’re Morgan’s son!” she exclaimed.“Well, we know who I am. Now who the hell are you, and why are you trespassing in my house?”“Your house?” she asked with disbelief. “This is my home. Morgan gave it to me!”“I don’t know who you are, lady, but I suggest you get a move on it. I’ll give you five minutes before I call the police.” He pointed to his platinum-cased wristwatch for emphasis.“Don’t bother waiting.” She reached into her handbag and removed her cell phone. With shaking fingers, she punched in 911.The line connected after the second ring. “911, what is your emergency?” asked the female dispatcher.“My name is Josselyn Adler. I’m the new owner of 22 Little Pine Road. A man has let himself into my home and is now threatening me.” Although she was quaking on the inside, she strove to keep her voice and demeanor strong and confident.“I have an officer on the way, Ms. Adler. Would you like to stay on the line with me until he arrives?” she offered.“No, thank you. I’ll be fine,” she assured her.As she disconnected her phone, Ben’s gaze burned into her. She wouldn’t give him the satisfaction of showing any fear. While growing up, she had dealt with her share of tormentors. One forty-year-old, blond-haired bully was not going to intimidate her or drive her from a home that was rightfully hers.“Very nice performance,” he said snidely.“Excuse me?” She furrowed her brow and made eye contact. Ben Parnell had his father’s glacial, blue eyes.“Any moment one of Unity’s finest will be arriving to play knight in shining armor and save the poor maiden from the big, bad wolf.”Before she could utter a word in reply, a black patrol car came to a screeching halt on the street. An officer threw open the car door and made long, quick strides to the house. His uniform and Unity Police Department baseball cap matched the color of his car.A lump formed in her throat. As she was growing up, a police car in front of the house and an officer at the door meant her father was in some sort of trouble yet again.“Good evening, Miss. I’m Officer Smith.” He looked to Ben. “It’s certainly been a long time since you’ve been around, Ben.” Not waiting for an answer from him, he turned his attention back to Josselyn. “What seems to be the problem tonight?”He knew Ben by his first name. They looked to be about the same age, and in this small town, it was likely they knew each other growing up. Although Officer Smith seemed friendly enough, would he side with the hometown boy rather than with the stranger girl?“This is my house. Morgan Parnell left it to me in his will. Now he...” She paused and pointed at Ben. “He thinks it’s his house.”“I have a will, too,” Ben loudly interrupted. “And mine is legitimate!”His deep voice vibrated through her, causing her head to ache. Flustered, she pulled an envelope from her handbag. Morgan’s attorney gave to her a copy of the will a few days earlier. She handed it to Officer Smith. To her dismay, Ben also produced a document from a briefcase.This is very bad.She hoped Ben had been bluffing.
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