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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forbidden Things: Book One Dissident


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.


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.


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.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Nikki McCormack said...

Thank you for hosting the tour and giveaway!

Nikki McCormack said...

Hi Mai! Since it's my policy to avoid religion and politics when acting as a guest on someone's blog, I'll give my cat Neko this one. There's nothing more supportive when things aren't going well than a cat pressing his fuzzy head under your chin and purring his little heart out.

Thanks for following the tour!

Amber Ag said...

Thanks for excerpt :) Pets are very supportive, at least the ones I've had. My cat is a snuggler and it's very relaxing.

Rita said...

I enjoyed the post.

Nikki McCormack said...

Hi Amber! My cat also likes to walk across the keyboard to add his own eloquent touches to my manuscripts, but the cuddling makes up for it. :)

Thanks for following the tour!

Nikki McCormack said...

Hi Rita! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt!! Thanks for sharing

Eva Millien said...

Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

Nikki McCormack said...

Thank you Victoria! Good luck in the giveaway!

Nikki McCormack said...

Hi Eva! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Intriguing excerpt!


Nikki McCormack said...

Thanks Trix!

Glenda said...

I love this excerpt!! I bet she thinks she's going insane. ;-)

Nikki McCormack said...

Haha! Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by!

Lisa Markson said...

Sounds great

Lisa Markson said...

Sounds great

Nikki McCormack said...

Hi Lisa! Thank you for dropping by!

Ree Dee said...

Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

Nikki McCormack said...

Thank you Ree Dee! Good luck in the giveaway!