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Nichole Chase – Guest Blog & Giveaway


Today I’m happy to have debut YA Urban Fantasy author, Nichole Chase here with us at SVR to celebrate the release of her book Mortal Obligation! This is the first book in the Dark Betrayal Trilogy and I’ve just started reading it so look for a review soon. Nichole’s written up a great post about where she finds her inspiration. I don’t know about you guys, but I always find it fascinating to know an authors’ thought process when it comes to writing. So grab a coffee or tea and get comfy so you can read Nichole’s guest blog and make sure you stick around for the giveaway at the end of the post! 🙂


Hi! First and foremost, I would like to thank Judi for inviting me to her blog today! I love meeting new readers and bloggers. My name is Nichole Chase, and I am the author of Mortal Obligation, Book One of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy. Mortal Obligation is a YA urban fantasy set in Savannah,Ga.

Since publishing, I have been asked hundreds of questions,but the one that I hear the most often is, “What inspired you?” or “Where do you get your ideas from?” The honest truth, is that Mortal Obligation began with a stray thought and my over active imagination.

I believe Nora Roberts once said that there is a story in everything; that is exactly how my mind works. One random image or normal scenario can snowball into a story idea. The mailman carrying a package wrapped in hot pink duct tape? Maybe it’s a gift from a little girl to her divorced father. He now lives a few states away and is at work, so the mailman left the package with her father’s new neighbor, the attractive woman that keeps odd hours. What will she think of the package wrapped in hot pick duct tape? Will she think it’s adorable? Will they have a “cute meet” that leads to something else? Or will it be a little darker? When she brings the package over, is she attacked by a creature but saved by the father who hears the commotion on his porch? Now I have to know why she has been attacked, what attacked her, and how she is going to deal with her unsuspecting knight in shining armor.

This is exactly how Mortal Obligation was born. I had the mental image of a girl walking through one of the lush squares that litter the downtown area. She was looking over her shoulder and right away I knew that something was following her. It was obvious from her expression that she knew she was going to have to do something about it. I was hooked at that point. I had to know what was following her and how she was going to save herself. And boy, have I not been disappointed! I spent a lot of time meshing the images in my head with the research I did on the different mythologies of the world. I took a lot of pains to try and include little details that would ring true for people, but keeping them fresh and new. The Dark Betrayal Trilogy was born from a single, random thought, but encompasses all of the things that I would want in a book. Since I love all things paranormal and urban fantasy, it was only natural that my book would fall into those categories.

I love the characters that developed with this story. They are fun, spunky, and so very brave. I also have to admit to having a teensy tiny crush on a couple of the guys, but I ‘ll let you guys figure out which ones I am referring to. Right now I’m working on book 2, Mortal Defiance, and thoroughly loving the chance to spend more time with my characters. I will be wrapping up this book in the next few weeks and then it’s off to my editor, Anne. It will be available in early December, and I can’t wait for everyone to read what happens to Ree and the gang.

Thanks again, Judi, for allowing me to take over your blog for a little while. I hope everyone enjoyed learning a little about my creative process.

Nichole Chase

Nichole’s Blog & Nichole’s Website


Thanks so much Nichole! It was great to hear about your inspiration and thought process, as well as a pleasure to have you here. 🙂

Giveaway Details:

Nichole Chase has been gracious enough to supply two digital copies of her book, Mortal Obligation for a couple of my lucky readers! Contest is open to Everyone. I believe that Nichole will be popping by to respond to comments or questions as she’s able, so feel free to ask her questions as well.

Question: Do you ever people watch at the mall or some public place and wonder what kind of life those people lead? Or do you make up fantastical stories in your mind about people you see?

For one entry: Please leave a comment with the answer to the question.  (+1 entry)

For extra entries:

I’m going to streamline this, so for each follow on twitter, facebook, goodreads or subscription to my blog, you can add an extra entry but be sure to let me know in your comment along with your username at each of them.

If you tweet about this contest, post it on facebook or post about it in your blog, for each link you provide, you get an extra entry.

  • Contest is open to Everyone and will run through October 18th until 11:59pm. The winners will be posted here on October 19th.
  • Please leave your email addy in your comment for me to contact you if you’ve won, but please post it like wilmaflinstone(at)boomshakalaka(dot)com so you don’t get any spam. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 7 days, a new winner will be drawn from the eligible comments. Winners will be chosen on  by a random number generator. Good Luck everyone! :)

Please leave your links in one comment if possible. Thanks!

October 4, 2011 - Posted by | Contest, Contests, Guest Blogger, New Author, New Book Releases, New Releases, Young Adult | , , , , , ,


  1. Judi,
    You will not be disappointed in reading Mortal Obligation! Nichole is a fantastic storyteller and an amazing author. She has written one of my favorite YAs! So glad you had her on your blog!!

    I find myself coming up with stories the exact same way!! Just one tiny image or thought takes on a lif of it’s own! Thanks so much for sharing your process! I’m very excited about the sequel and can’t wait for December!!


    Comment by M.D. Christie | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. Judi follow on twitter (@jacabur1), follow on Facebook (Jackie Burris), subscribe to your blog as Jackie B Central Texas at (jacabur2008[@]gmail[dot]com and am a friend on Goodreads (

    Nichole people watching and making up their imaginary life stories is not limited to the mall, also do so at WalMart, grocery store and while driving along and see certain people on motorcycles or in a fancy vehicle.

    Thanks to you both for the fun guest blog and allowing us a small glimpse into what prompted you to write Mortal Obligation, would love a chance to read it soon to see exactly what was following your main female character!


    Comment by Jackie B Central Texas | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thanks, Judi for having me on your blog! I enjoyed writing a little about my creative process.

    MD- You are soooo stinkin’ sweet. I could hug you to death! ((HUGS!))

    Jackie, my first memory of people watching and making up stories is from the long drive to my grandparents who lived out of state. My sister and I would make up stories about the people in the cars we passed. I hope you get a chance to read Mortal Obligation 🙂 Thanks for the interest!

    Comment by Nichole Chase | October 4, 2011 | Reply

  4. If MD says is worth the read, I would give it a try. As for Mall watching, what we have enjoyed for a long time is a game called “Thats a good look for you”.

    Comment by domesfsn | October 6, 2011 | Reply

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  6. We enjoy people watching. Some places have an interesting mix of people. The National Storytelling Festival is going on this weekend in Jonesborough, TN. There are people from all over the world and they are true “characters.” Asheville, NC is a wonderful place to watch people and guess about who they are and their life story. It is a city with a great mix of people, actually the best we have ever seen. It has the full range from society drop outs, hippies (both young and old), those living on the fringe, the average person, and the very well to do. There are musicians on the street and drum circles in the mid-town park almost any day of the week. This time of the year, the AARP crowd is in town for the Fall colors in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love it there.

    Both of these places/events just beg for speculation on the background and lives of the people you see. Who is the 20 something young man with his dog, dreds, grubby clothed, and a backpack who seems to be living on the street? What about the older woman who sits in the bookstore with her specialty coffee, dresses in a long broomstick skirt, tunic top, shawl, lovely jewelry, flawless hair & makeup, and sad (or sparkling) eyes? Yes, I have created many stories about who the people are that I see.

    Best of luck on the release of MORTAL OBLIGATION.

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    Comment by librarypat | October 7, 2011 | Reply

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  9. I have shared the Giveaway on Facebook as Patricia Barraclough.

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    Comment by librarypat | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  10. I like you on Facebook as Patricia Barraclough

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    Comment by librarypat | October 7, 2011 | Reply

  11. Patricia, that sounds like a wonderful place to develop stories!!! I’m going to have to put that festival on my calendar for next year! Also, I love the mountains, so any reason go to TN is a good reason. 🙂

    Domesfsn, I hope you get a chance to read Mortal Obligation and that youenjoy it!

    Comment by NicholeChase | October 7, 2011 | Reply

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