New Release: Forbidden Things-Dissident by Nikki McCormack

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Nikki McCormack has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, Forbidden Things: Dissident. As part of her tour, Nikki will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly drawn winner. See the bottom of this post for more information.

But first, enjoy this interview with Nikki.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Baskin Robbins Daiquiri Ice or some variety of mint chocolate chip.

Which mythological creature are you most like?

I think Hydra would be most appropriate given all the people in my head. It seems like every time I write one’s story, two more pop up wanting their turn. I dread the day I meet my Heracles.

First book you remember making an indelible impression on you.

There are so many books I have loved, but the first to move me deeply was The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce. Something about that book and Aljan’s story, which I read at about the age of 12, moved me to want to write a book of my own. I still have a copy of that book displayed in a curio cabinet in my house and the rather meandering book it inspired me to write is stored in a briefcase in my office.

How do you develop your plot and characters?

I am not a deep plotter. When I have a book idea, I start jotting down what I know about the characters and the main goal of the story. I also like to have a solid idea of what stands in the way of the main goal and how it is all going to resolve before I do any real writing. From there, I start writing rough sketches of some scenes to get to know my primary characters better. I often discover subplots and additional characters through that process. When I’m confident that I know enough about the story to bring it successfully from start to finish, I start writing the book.

Describe your writing space.

I have a small, quirky office space on the second floor of our house. There is a purple couch to one side of my desk that barely fits in the space and is typically where my dog hangs out while I’m working. There are several swords on display along with some figurines, my video game collection, part of my mineral and gem collection, and a lot of research and writing books. That’s where I work every day except Thursday when I join up with some other local authors to write in a little island coffee shop.

BookCover_ForbiddenThingsDissidentBlurb:

Ascard power can strengthen, heal and create. It also has great potential to destroy, enough to topple entire governments. Indigo’s country places strict limitations on the use of ascard so she must channel her talents into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, Indigo struggles to reclaim her place in a society that has driven her into an abusive engagement.

Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor’s oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.

When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.

Excerpt:

Her attention wandered to the fountain sprouting up in the center of a nearby courtyard, simple and elegant like a great stonework lily. A man stood by the fountain, watching water droplets falling with the shimmer of multicolored gems in the bright sunlight. Long silver hair hung to the middle of his back like a frozen waterfall. His smooth pale skin and unusual hair marked him as Lyran, but his regal bearing and rich attire didn’t befit a slave or merchant.

Curious. “Have you seen him before?”

Andrea turned, following her gaze. “Who?”

“The man beside the fountain.”

“There’s no one by the fountain.”

Andrea’s reply tugged at her awareness, but the silver-haired Lyran was turning toward them now. His pale eyes met hers and the air pressed from her lungs as if a corset were being pulled too tight. The buildings lurched and spun in her vision.

“Indigo?”

She sank to her knees. Andrea crouched down with her, her eyes wide and frightened. She held Indigo’s shoulders tight, her lips moving. Indigo heard only the pounding of blood in her ears.

Author Bio And Links:

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12 (which is still tucked away in a briefcase in her office). Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she treated her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy left her with an abundance of free time to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her awesome husband, two sweet horses, three manipulative cats, and a crazy dog. She’s a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning.

Twitter handle: @Author_NikkiMc

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NikkiMcCormack

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7437256.Nikki_McCormack

Blog: http://nikkimccormack.com/

Amazon author page URL: http://www.amazon.com/Nikki-McCormack/e/B00N3A8JBQ/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Barnes and Noble Author URL: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/nikki-mccormack

Elysium Palace: http://www.elysiumpalace.com/dissident

Giveaway

The author will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one lucky winner during the tour. To be included in the drawing follow this link to Rafflecopter: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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