Monday, December 3, 2012

Crimson Blog Hop

On June 4th, I was proud to be published, along with 23 other talented ladies, by Crimson Romance! Today, at our six month mark, several of us are celebrating by giving away a Kindle reader. Please leave a comment. My Crimson guest is Nancy Loyan.

Welcome, Nancy! Take it away!

A writer is only as good as her last book. Thus, writers have to write and keep writing.

It is also said to write about what you know.

My fourth novel with Crimson Romance, release date to be determined, is close to my heart and my home.  “The Right Combination” is rather telling. This romantic suspense involves the romance between two safe and vault technicians, better known as “safecrackers.” They are the legitimate kind.  The premise is that someone is killing the country’s legendary safecrackers. Raphael is the F.B.I. agent assigned to investigate only to fall in love with Nalani, a prime suspect.

Okay, why did I decide to write about “safecrackers?” Though I’m not a “safecracker,” I have a rather unusual hobby. My husband and I are safe collectors. Other people collect coins, stamps and saltshakers. Well, we collect antique safes.  They are the heavy cast iron models with intricate mechanisms, decorative art and design. We were drawn to them by their fine craftsmanship and beautiful designs.

This hobby began at a house sale where a small, 100-pound safe was for sale. I thought it was cute any my then-boyfriend made an offer and it was ours. We hauled it into his car and set in his library as an end table. An addiction was born. While other couples went on ordinary dates, we hunted for, hauled and stored antique safes. I was the wench with the winch and he mastered the Johnson bar lever.

When we married, we designed and built an addition to our home to accommodate the unique collection. They were delivered from storage to our home on a flatbed truck and positioned with an all-terrain lift vehicle. With a foot thick rebar-enforced concrete floor resting on a solid pier, the floor was designed to hold safes that range from several hundred to 6,000 pounds. Single door, double door, money chests, alphabet and grasshopper locks, cannonball models, parlor safes, hobnails, tombstones, we have them. Models range from the 1840’s to the 1940’s. They line the walls in a 20-foot by 20-foot room with a Victorian theme and furnishings. The adjoining kitchen carries on the “early bank” theme with a vault door leading to the pantry, a teller’s cage over the breakfast bar and a day gate separating the rooms. All in all, we have about forty safes in our home.

No, we do not have gold bullion or bags of cash. Our pantry holds foodstuffs while the safes make great bookshelves and storage. All are locked open.

Our collection has been showcased in publications. We are one of about a dozen safe collectors. I have written about safes for the trade magazine “Safe and Vault Technology.” Thus, it was fitting that I would create a story that revolves around safes and the safe business.


Nancy Loyan Schuemann

Purveyor of the written word, Nancy Loyan Schuemann has been writing ever since she began composing picture books for fellow students in elementary school.
After graduating with a BSBA degree in marketing from John Carroll University, she pursued a career in sales and marketing. During the past ten years she has incorporated those skills into a professional writing career. She is a freelance writer specializing in construction, design, architecture, histories, profiles, antique safes, dance, travel and special interest in local and national publications. She has taught writing at the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in New York State.
Nancy is a Cleveland, Ohio native who shares her knowledge of the city as author of
Cleveland, Ohio: A Photographic Portrait and On the Threshold of a New Century: The City of South Euclid, 1967-1999. Her love, however, is writing women’s fiction. Her first novel, “Paradise Found,” a multicultural romance set in the exotic Seychelles Islands was published in 2011. She has since contracted with Crimson Romance (a division of Adam’s Media), her first release being “Lab Test,” a humorous paranormal romance.  She is also the author of “Hearts of Steel,” a contemporary romance.
Travel has taken her around the world, including trips to Europe, Great Britain, South America, Egypt and the exotic Seychelles Islands. When she’s not writing, Nancy teaches and performs, Middle Eastern dance as “Nailah.” She shares her life with her husband and her Pointer/Labs, Amber and Topaz. Her web site is
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  1. Hi, D'Ann and Nancy! Congrats on both your releases..Nancy, love your hobby - and safe crackers have always excited me...good luck with your next book!

  2. Hi, Nancy,

    What an unusual and interesting hobby! I do think safecracking might be a useful skill if you're writing mystery and or romantic suspense. D'Ann, thanks for hosting such an interesting guest. Hope all your novels sell well!

    Jacqueline Seewald
    TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS--paranormal romance now in all ebook formats

  3. Well, I couldn't figure out the Rafflecopter thing, but I can comment here! LOL I've never read a book about safe crackers before, and a romance at that. Now that's an interesting hobby and an interesting house you must have. Best wishes!

    Sheri Fredricks
    REMEDY MAKER - Amazon/Barnes & Noble
    Modern Mythic Romance

  4. Wow, Nancy, interesting subject (and hobby), safecracking. I don't believe I've ever read about it before.

    Your home (kitchen/pantry) sounds really unique. I'd love to see photos. Let us know when THE RIGHT COMBINATION is released. Maybe you'll post pictures of your home then? (hint, hint) And yes, they do say, write what you know. I'd say when it comes to safecracking, you definitely know what you're talking about!

    Best of luck with the release of TRC!


  5. Congrats on your new release Nancy.
    What a neat hobby. My grandsons love trying to figure out a lock combination without looking at the cheat sheet. Wait until I tell them about your hobby. LOL. They will love it.
    Thanks for the contest.

  6. Wow! And I thought it was a pain trying to move boxes of books when I relocate! Thanks for sharing your hobby and congrats on your release. Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays!

  7. Yay!!! Has it really been six months!! I remember it so well! How fun!!

    Go Crimson Romance!

  8. Awesome! Absolutely awesome! I've never known anyone with a vault collection before. I love the whimsy of it! I could so live in a house like that! And how cool that your husband is right on board. This was quite an enjoyable read. Good luck with "Lab Test" and "The Right Combination." I think that's a brilliant premise and title! If a writer is only as good as his last book, as you mentioned, I think you are well on your way.

  9. Very fun story. Congratulations on your books!

  10. Enjoyed reading the comments. i am always looking for new authors to read. Glad I surfed in today

  11. What a great idea for a blog hop -- good stuff ladies, I enjoyed the read!

  12. Thank you for hosting me and to everyone for such thoughtful comments. Now the entire world knows how weird I am! ;-))

  13. Oh my gosh, I'm DYING to see pictures of that room! How cool!

  14. What a fascinating hobby Nancy. I'm going to go out on a limb here & guess that if you bought most of your safes at estate auctions, the combinations weren't always provided by the seller, so how many of your safes had to be cracked before you could use them?

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

    1. Some of the safes came from estate sales, others from private individuals who contacted us and others through fellow collectors and people in the safe industry. We've had some crazy adventures, especially while traveling out of state to secure our treasures. Yes, some were locked. We know master safe techs adept at manipulating locks open and even had one commercially x-rayed, as we prefer not to drill them open if at all possible. The antique safes are more interesting than the new computerized models.

  15. Congrats on the anniversary!

  16. Nancy, congrats on the anniversary and what a fascinating hobby!!! So interesting!

  17. Wow, that is one of the most unique collections I've ever heard of, and how wonderful that you and your husband share that interest. Plus, it lends itself to a unique premise for a book! Best wishes and Happy Holidays.

  18. Wow, that sounds like a very interesting collection!

  19. What an interesting hobby- I bet that show -pond shop- they would LOVE to see your collection :-) Wishing you much success in all you do!