Happy Halloweenie! (Heavy on the weenie)

Now that's what I call a treat. :)  Made extra special because it was sent to me by the absolutely fantabulous Girl Wizard, or as you may call her, Suze at Subliminal Coffee.

One of my goals in this life is to see David in person---sans the bag, of course. I was soooo very close once, but planes and trains didn't cooperate, so I was stranded in a darling string of villages on the Ligurian Sea *sigh* (poor, poor me, right). But until I finally meet him, this lovely card will get me through.

Also, apologies for not being around your places of late---October has pretty much wiped the floor with me schedule-wise, but I have high hopes for a lighter November.  Praise God I'm not doing NaNo! But right now, I must rush off to the next disaster.

Oh, but before I go---my words have been assigned for the Realms Faire to be held at M. Pax's place November 11-15. The magic words are Divine and Three, get used to saying them. ;) You can click here to see the super awesome badge she's made me.

Happy Halloweeeeeen, everybody!


A Novella to Kick Cancer's Bum

Today I get to tell you about something very cool. Author Debra Anastasia and all the people at Omnific Publishing who worked on her just-released novella, Late Night with Andres, did it as a labor of love so that 100% of the proceeds generated from sales of the book can be donated to assist in the battle against breast cancer.

I haven't read the story yet, but I know Debra well enough to know anyone who reads it is in for a wild, hilarious ride.  Here's the linkage:

Rising-star blogger Milla Kierce knows she's arrived when she sees the swag basket in her dressing room on the night of her late-night television debut. But before she can bite into the muffin that symbolizes her success, gunfire echoes through the TV studio. She's just hidden herself (mostly in plain sight) when the door flings open. Instead of a gunman, there stands one of the world's most popular rock stars, Gage Daxson, looking for his own way out of danger.

Thrown together, they'll battle a venomous man seeking revenge and his own sexual pleasure, but they may never leave the building again. Distracted by fear, fame, and infamy, can these two somehow find their way to each other?

Equal parts horrifying and hilarious, Debra Anastasia's Late Night With Andres offers more than a few twists and turns—and, of course, enough heat to keep things interesting.


Meet Isis Rushdan

Today I welcome author Isis Rushdan, who is celebrating release week of
the sequel to

Congratulations, Isis! During her busy, busy time, Isis stopped by to answer a few questions for me. Here's our mini-interview:

Me: You have such an interesting background with joining the U.S. Army right out of high school, moving on to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and then continuing in the Armed Forces in the reserves. What I'd love to know is whether any of your experiences in the Armed Forces have made their way into your writing and how.

Isis: The sense of camaraderie I felt around other troops and the immediate bond whenever I’ve relocated has definitely translated into my Kindred series. The Kindred species I created are all connected through a tragic history and when they’re within proximity also by their energy streams if they so desire. Duty and honor play crucial roles for the warriors as well. Something I comprehended on a deeper level once I joined the military.

Me: Very cool. I love having this background before reading. So, what is the world like in the Kindred Chronicles---how much realistic and how much fantasy? And did any of the many places you've lived influence your fictional world more than others?

Isis: The series is a contemporary fantasy. I wanted readers to instantly feel grounded in the world. Using an initial setting that felt realistic helped accomplish this. Showing the characters first as people with relatable problems and then as supernatural also enables readers to connect. My love of travel has a bigger influence in the second book, Protector of the Flame, as I drag my characters around the world.

Me: I adore being dragged around the world! I also adore your book covers. They're stunning, and I feel like I could stare at them for hours. What was the process like in creating them?

Isis: Thanks! I’m so happy you like them. Strong book covers are vital in this industry and I’m thrilled with mine.

My editor sent me a form I had to complete. My first step was to make a list of various covers on the market I liked and write down why. For some it was the use of color, for others the emotions conveyed in the poses of the characters, the overall feel and even the font used. Then I researched the cover artists at Samhain. Finally, I put as much detail as possible on the form, including a request for the artist who ended up doing my covers.

Me: You and your cover artist make a great team. I've never written a series, so here is something I always wonder about authors who do: while writing Protector of the Flame were there any elements of the previous book, Kindred of the Fallen, that you wished you could alter?

Isis: Oddly enough, no. As soon as I finished writing Kindred of the Fallen, I wrote Protector of the Flame and that was before I even had an agent. As I revised KOTF, I was able to make minor alterations and adjust timelines to fit the second book. Of course as I did this, I had the third book in the back of my mind.

Me: Aha, so it worked out well to get that next book written before securing an agent. And now for the question that I just can't resist asking any author who stops by: if you could pick one song that best captures the essence of Protector of the Flame, what would it be and why?

Isis: A lot of the music I listen to comes from soundtracks. For Protector of the Flame it’s tough to pick just one because the scenes vary widely across the spectrum of emotion and type of action. If I could only pick one it would be "Burn My Shadow" by U.N.K.L.E. from the Repo Men soundtrack. It was perfect as I wrote some of the fight scenes, and the lyrics couldn’t suit this book overall any better:

I have burned my tomorrows
And I stand inside today
At the edge of the future
And my dreams all fade away

I faced my destroyer
I was ambushed by a lie
And you judged me once for falling
This wounded heart will rise

Me: Cool song!  It has sort of a Doors-ish feel to it, and I can see why it was good inspiration for the fight scenes.  

Isis: Thank you so much for having me on, Nicki! I really appreciate it.

Me: Thank you for being here and for answering all my questions.  Best of luck on the new release!

Here are links to Isis' website & Protector of the Flame.

So, have any of you got questions for Isis? 


How would you like to be my knave?

From November 11-15, I shall be known as Lady Elson, a knight in M. Pax's annual Realms Faire & Joust. It's totally like cosplay...on the internet! To win the joust (or at least put up a respectable fight) I need loyal blogger friends to visit M's blog throughout the week of the Faire and use my Word of Valor (TBA)---that's where you come in...

Your comments will get you entered to win tons of PRIZES at M's blog, and I'm offering up a BONUS PRIZE to my knaves (prize to be revealed in my first e-mail). I'm dangerously close to unvirtualling the cosplay and putting together an actual costume, so who knows---you may also get to see Lady Elson, herself.

If you sign up to be one of my knaves, you'll receive an e-mail prior to Nov. 11 letting you know my Word of Valor, and then I'll send an e-mail each morning during the week of the fair (Nov. 11-15) with an easy-peasy link to that day's post where you can leave a comment using my Word of Valor. It's unbelievably amusing to speak Medieval, so I hope you have as much fun with this as I plan to!

Become one of Nicki's Knaves, the merriest men and women this side of Far Far Away

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Also, I owe a HUGE Thank You to everyone who's voted for Hans & Greta on lists at Goodreads. Just look what you've done for this crazy zombie fairy tale:

Thanks. :)


What's More Spooktacular than a Treat for your Kindle?

Welcome to Spooktacular 2013, a massive giveaway hop hosted by I am a Reader, not a Writer. Each and every blog in the hop features a giveaway with a minimum value of $10.

I have a treat for everyone! Through Halloween Hans & Greta, a Twisted Zombie/Fairy Tale Novella will be specially priced at only 99 cents on Kindle. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! (If you don't have a Kindle, you can download free reading apps for your phone, tablet or computer right here.)


You can also enter my Spooktacular giveaway below. The prize is a $10 Amazon Gift Card (or Barnes & Noble, if you prefer) plus an eBook of your choice of one of my novels. Choose either flirty New Adult chick lit Three Daves or contemporary Adult supernatural romance Divine Temptation.


Flash Interview with M.Pax & #grogz

Please take a moment to simply gaze at the cover for M. Pax's just released Beyond the Edge, the 4th book in her Backworlds series, and get lost in its awesomeness. I'll be here when you get back...

Mary is busy bopping around the blogosphere with the good news, so I went easy on her with one, simple question:

Nicki:  What was the theme music to Beyond the Edge?

M. Pax:  None. I don’t listen to music when writing unless you count yowling cats [my two girls learned to howl from the dog next door] and traffic. Since I wrote some of it over the summer, there would have been A/C humming, too. My favorite crooners:  Elvis Costello, Radiohead, and Muse.

Back to Nicki: It's customary for me to include a video of the song, so...

Still Nicki: But how can I resist tossing in Mr. Costello? Answer: I can't.

Beyond the Edge

Some truths are better left unfound.

For two years Craze’s dear friend, Lepsi, has been missing. The murmurings of a haunted spaceship might be a message and may mean his old pal isn’t dead. The possibility spurs Craze and Captain Talos to travel to uncharted worlds, searching. Out there, in an unfamiliar region of the galaxy beyond the Backworlds, they stumble upon a terrible truth.

Meanwhile, Rainly remains on Pardeep Station as acting planetlord, dealing with the discovery of her lover’s dark and brutal past. Alone and questioning her judgment, her introspection unlocks more than heartache. Latent protocols in her cybernetics activate, forcing her to face a sinister secret of her own.

In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendents to survive in a harsh universe. This is the fourth book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.

Amazon / AmazonUK / Nook / Smashwords / Kobo / Other Outlets

About M. Pax:  Inspiring the words she writes, she spends her summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where she lives with the Husband Unit and two demanding cats. She writes science fiction and fantasy mostly. You can find out more by visiting her at:

Website / FB / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest / Wattpad

If you haven't heard yet, M. Pax & Co. are planning what promises to be an all-out bloganza this coming November. I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it---Role Playing...on the internet! There are tons of ways for writers and bloggers to participate and promo opportunities galore. You can read all about it and sign up here. In the meantime, get used to calling me Lady Elson. ;)

So how about you---what do you listen to when you write? 


It's heeeeere! Good #zombie lovin' only 99 cents.

Welcome to Release Day of
22,000-word novella by Moi

It's available on Kindle and through Halloween will be only 99 cents. You can find the blurb at Amazon, so right here, right now, I'll simply give you a few S words that describe it:

Sassy, sexy, scary, snappy, suspenseful, silly, sensuous, supernatural, sarcastic, sprightly, shocking, steamy, spooky, spirited, aaand so-what-are-you-waiting-for? 

You can read an EXCERPT at Fabulosity Reads.


IWSG: October Edition

Today I want to tell you about how last month's Insecure Writer's Support Group directly impacted me---as in, next week I'll be embarking on something that I never ever would've expected pre-last-month's-IWSG. In case anyone out there doesn't know, IWSG was invented and is managed by the one and only (he claims, though many of us suspect clones) Alex J. Cavanaugh

First, I read Steven Symes' September IWSG post--- it was about facing our fears, only not just facing them, purposely putting ourselves into fear-inducing situations to make ourselves stronger. 

Then, I read M. Pax's post about some very interesting things she did to rev up her book sales. She's always been very forthright and open about sharing her self-publishing experiences. I realized after reading her post that I was anxious to scratch my self-publishing itch, something that had always scared me before, but Steven's post was still whispering in my ear to just face it already, so guess what...

I'm facing it with a quirky novella (pictured above) that's been sitting on my hard drive---except for a wicked fun outing at the last season of fellow IWSGer D.L. Hammons' WRiTE Club (penname Sissy Grimm). Lots of you saw the cover reveal at the blog of yet another IWSGer, Michael Di Gesu, or perhaps saw tweets about it from Jennifer Lane, Cherie Colyer or other wonderful IWSGers. You guys do not just talk the talk---and it's knowing y'all would have my back that gave me the courage to do this. So THANK YOU, all of you, for your encouraging words every single month---they have made a positive difference in this writer's life.

I'm giving away 5 copies of the novella on opening day next Tuesday and you can enter to win one below. AND you can read an excerpt right now at Fabulosity Reads