In the Cards

In the Cards

by Nicky Charles, Jan Gordon

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BN ID: 2940152125009
Publisher: Nicky Charles and Jan Gordon
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Series: Hearts and Halos , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,693
File size: 328 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nicky Charles is an independent writer/publisher who became an author quite by accident. She always saw herself as a ‘reader not a writer’ and can thank—or blame, depending on the day—her friend/editor and fellow author, Jan Gordon, for the career she now finds herself immersed in. The tale goes something like this: In January of 2009, Nicky penned a fanfiction for an old TV series, “Scarecrow and Mrs. King”, and soon became ‘hooked’ on story-telling. She joined a fan-based group for the show and through there met Jan Gordon. It was an idle comment made by Jan during a review of Black Silk (Jan’s newly published book) that inspired Nicky to write her first original story. Over the course of the next two months, she hastily scribbled down a suspense-driven romance entitled Forever In Time and presented it to the world in August of 2009. Soon after, she wrote The Mating, a paranormal romance and followed it up with The Keeping and The Finding. The three stories formed a loose paranormal trilogy called The Law of the Lycans. Nicky continues to expand the Lycan series and has a long list of possible plots waiting in the wings. Nicky has recently retired from her day job and now hopes to concentrate more of her energy on her new passion of writing. When she writes, Nicky sees the story unfolding in her head like a movie and tries to include enough detail so that readers can ‘see’ the story just as she does. The sights, sounds, smells and sensations of a scene are almost as important to her as the actual plot. Creating main characters that are ‘real’ is also something she strives for. Nicky tries to make each character different, to give them an interesting backstory, to make their actions and feelings logical and to hopefully make the reader actually care what happens to the people in the story. Nicky lives in Canada and tries to stick to Canadian spelling and punctuation in her work, in support of her country. She is an avid supporter of animal shelters, nature conservancy, food banks and a variety of other charities. Currently she has two ‘inside’ cats and one official ‘outside’ cat though a number of strays seem to take up residence in her garden each year. When not writing, Nicky enjoys reading – though she often bemoans that she seldom has time for it any more. Her favourite authors are Elizabeth Peters, S.C. Stephen and Cherise Sinclair. She also enjoys spending time out in nature, gardening, taking day trips and eating dark chocolate. You can contact Nicky Charles at her website:

Jan Gordon grew up in London, England, and emigrated to Israel in her early twenties. After many years of working as a secretary in various media companies, both in the U.K. and Israel, she took time off to raise her two sons. In 2006, after many years of reading fanfiction for an old American TV series, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, she decided to pick up her pen, or rather her keyboard, and wrote her first story, a collaboration with another fanfiction writer, Amy F. (TwoPhantoms1), and the writing partnership of The Yank and The Brit was born. Three years later Jan answered a writing challenge on a fan site for that same TV show and wrote a short original piece and posted it to the group. The characters in that story wouldn’t leave her alone and eventually she gave in and wrote their story. That story was “Black Silk”, a paranormal romance about were panthers. Jan posted “Black Silk” on the fan site and it received such a good reception from the other members, she branched out and posted it on other sites, including Smashwords. One of the members of the fan site, another fanfiction writer, Charlie, made a comment in her review of the shifter story that sparked an idea, and in reply Jan told her she should use that concept in a story because it sounded fantastic. That ‘idea’ became “Forever In Time” by, the newly named, Nicky Charles. After Nicky’s first two books, Jan started working with her as editor and neither has looked back since. Jan has since written “Life In The Shadows”, a paranormal romance anthology and a prequel, of sorts, to “Black Silk”. Nicky Charles collaborated with Jan on one of the stories in “Life In The Shadows” which combined her wolves and Jan’s panthers. They enjoyed the endeavour so much that they decided to repeat the experience – the result was “In The Cards”. Jan Gordon now lives in Jerusalem, Israel, with her husband and two adult sons. She and her husband often travel to North America and the U.K. to see family and friends. Although Jan both writes and edits paranormal romance, she rarely reads that genre for pleasure. Since discovering author Georgette Heyer as a young teen, her passion for reading Regency romance has never dimmed. Apart from reading, which she does whenever time allows, her other favourite pastimes are cooking and doing Pilates.

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In the Cards 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Susan_W28 More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect holiday read for someone during the busy holidays. It's light and quick but leaves the reader fulfilled and not feeling shorted.
ShirleyjoVA More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend this enough! A romance with a sweet, feisty heroine (Emma) and her handsome, unconventional guardian angel (Alex) set during the Christmas season. There is also mystery and suspense which makes this a very entertaining and satisfying read. As in most card games, you never know in life what hand you will be dealt. But if you're willing to take risks and open your mind to the extraordinary, miracles can happen. Get ready to enjoy your leftover Halloween candy curled up on the sofa with this book. It is likely to get you in the holiday spirit!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jan and Nicky did a great job! Was a wonderful holiday romace, with a great mystery plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story, but lacked something I've come to love from Nicky. I don't know I just didn't care for it like I do the wolf books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A definite page turrner. I was addicted to the story and had a hard time putting it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt tale great for Chtistmas. I enjoyed every part of it but was surprised at no wolves. It didnt matter! It was still great!
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
In the Cards by Nicky Charles & Jan Gordon Alexander Flint, GA extraordinaire. Guardian Angel that is. He breaks a few rules here and there but he's still the best angel for the job. Until this last assignment. Emma Campbell, accountant. She's too good at her job as well. When she digs a little too deep to balance a client's books, she stirs up the wrong hornets nest. And the wrong person gets stung. Even after things go badly, Emma is determined to finish what she started. Only guardian angels, humans and bad guys in this story. Not a Lycan in the bunch. A well written story by Nicky and Jan with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Two bonus short stories by Nicky Charles are included as well. Silent Night, Lonely Night is about Damien's first Christmas after Beth had died. Gwyneth's Christmas is about a secondary character in two of the Lycan books who, it sounds like, is pushing for her own story. **Sexual content
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was refreshing to read about characters who were successful in finding happiness. I loved the story Xander am a devoted fan of Nicky.
walkingjane More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite read, but entertaining nontheless. I much prefer Nicky's book series which are excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story for the most part, but missed Nicky's plot twists.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just OK. Be they Lycans or angels, Ms. Charles' books were always 'can't put down until finished'. This was just an ordinary love story with a bit of who done it but no thriller either. Can't wait for the excitment of the Lycans to continue. Maybe even add a bit of angels and demon conflict. Who knows!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was completely engrossed from the moment I met the two main characters. Perfect blend of romance and suspense! Love that two amazing authors got together and gave me a great journey to travel today. Looking forward to our next trip!