Nigel Blackmore

That Time When a Rock Star Inspired the Creation of a Character

It was one of those moments I will never forget.

Mr. LaVeaux and I were watching Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” for the first time in December of 2012.

Holy crap, this band.

THIS BAND.

I’d grown up listening to this music but I’d never really seen the band perform before…not until we put the “Celebration Day” DVD on to play.

At this point in time, I’d been working on my first novel and needed a love interest for the book’s protagonist.

Cue Jimmy Page.

What better choice than an elegant, older man with style and English swagger to woo my heroine on the haunted, historic streets of Savannah, Georgia?

Thank you, Jimmy Page. You inspired the character Nigel Blackmore in my novel, Velvet, and all these years later I still think you are amazing.

The point of this short post? Never overlook anything in life. Most anything can be an inspiration for you. Whether you are a writer, artist, poet, chef, sculptor, dancer, musician…keep your eyes and ears open.

You just never know.

Photo credit: jimmypage.co.uk

FREE for KindleUnlimited

If you haven’t yet read “Velvet” but are interested in doing so, you may read it for FREE if you are an Amazon KindleUnlimited user.

Go here to grab your copy today: Velvet by Echo LaVeaux

If you have read the book, please consider leaving a review at Amazon. Good or bad, I’d like to hear your thoughts!

 

Another Velvet Giveaway!

Enter to win a FREE signed copy of Velvet in paperback! This Goodreads contest runs from July 12 through August 12, so enter today. I hope you win!

And while you’re at it, go to my book page at Amazon and download a FREE copy of Velvet for your Kindle or other device! This freebie will run through Friday, July 15.

To everyone who has downloaded the book, I thank you for giving me a chance with my writing. It’s my wish that you enjoy reading Velvet.

I love giving presents away…I hope you love receiving gifts.

Happy reading!

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Velvet: The Echoing X

Please enjoy a short snippet from my new novel, Velvet:

“Where are we going?”

“Oh, just a little further I think,” Nigel said. “There’s something I want to show you.”

We came upon a circle within a square, bordered by four curved planter boxes filled with foliage. In the middle of the circle was another square, and in the middle of that square was an X.

This place was magical. The energy inside the circle was intense.

Nigel walked to the square and stood upon it, facing the river. I walked toward him. He reached out and settled me in front of him.

We stood toe to toe, taking up the space within that square, two peas in a pod atop a giant X.

Nigel cleared his throat, and when he did I heard the sound amplified in a short echo, his throat being cleared twice in succession. I looked all around and back up at him. 

Photo taken by Echo LaVeaux at the Echoing X on River Street in Savannah, Georgia.

Another 5 star review for Velvet

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m speechless and completely humbled.

It’s always a thrill to sell a copy of one’s book. It’s also always a tremendous thrill to receive a review on one’s work.

Please enjoy this latest review of Velvet.

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The First Book Signing, The First Review

While preparing for my first book signing at The Book Tavern in Augusta, Georgia, I sat down at my computer tonight and something told me to look at my book page on Amazon. What I found surprised me and thrilled me. Please allow me to share this review I just received on my novel, Velvet.

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Thank you, Mr. Bigham, for giving me my very first review. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the story enough to write this and post it for all the world to see.

I am seriously humbled.

Velvet: An Excerpt From Chapter One

From the new novel Velvet:

“The stockroom’s fluorescent bulbs burned dim in varying shades of green, casting an eerie glow in the cavernous room. Shipping boxes full of new goodies sat on the desk next to my computer.

It was always fun to see what Electra ordered for the shop. It was extra fun to be the first one to handle the new merchandise.

A little box grabbed my attention. I reached for it and set it on the counter away from the others. It was a heavy little thing. I grabbed a box cutter and sliced the tape open with a hiss. In moments my hands were full of gemstones. There were loads of them. No wonder the little box weighed so much.

I pulled the crystals out and checked them against the manifest. We had run out of rose quartz hearts last week so Electra ordered several dozen. Here they were.

There were big pink hearts to be worn as a pendant, medium sized pink hearts to put in a pocket, and best of all there were the little pink hearts with tiny red velvet bags in which to carry them.

I put the box on a shelf next to a tray of tourmaline chunks.

There must be love in the air, I thought. Why the run on romance stones?

It was then I remembered that Halloween was one day away. Witchy people know Halloween as a powerful day for making magick, and witchy people are our best customers.”

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My First Book Signing!

If you are in the Augusta, Georgia area on Friday, July 1 from 6-8pm, please stop by the Book Tavern at 936 Broad Street to say hello and pick up a signed copy of Velvet!

Hope to see you there!

Photo from The Book Tavern’s official event announcement.

Read the First Chapter of Velvet for Free!

If you are looking for a story full of love & drama, set in a mystical city featuring a strong Gothic female lead, a magical & loving lesbian couple, a dreadlocked pizza maker, a pedicab driver, a hot-headed barista, and a graceful English gentleman, look no further than here.

Click this link for access to the first chapter of Velvet.

Thank you for reading. If you like what you see here, you may purchase Velvet at Amazon.

I appreciate your support. Happy reading!

Velvet: An Excerpt from Chapter Two

Please enjoy a snippet from my novel Velvet, available here from Amazon.

Sam sat in my lap and watched me take sips from my glass. The wine made my mind fuzzy.

I liked fuzz.

The bottle of Merlot I’d purchased this morning was not quite three-fourths empty. I didn’t feel any pain. Since my mind was in freefall, I decided to take a look at the book Jane had given me.

I reached for the paper sack on my nightstand. (more…)