Today, I want to introduce you to Nikki Lynn Barrett, who lives in Arizona with her husband and son. *turns and waves prettily at Nikki* She’s an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance.
Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book.
And without further ado….I give you Nikki…Take it away woman!
Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Emotional, inspirational, holiday, love, hopeful, magical.
Nothing Lasts Forever, by Sidney Sheldon. It’s not a romance. It’s kind of…everything. Drama, romance, thriller…A librarian recommended it to me when I was probably 12 or 13, and I just love love love that book.
Damon, from Vampire Diaries….hey, they were books first!
Where were you born and where is home for you now?
I was born in El Paso, Texas. I’ve lived in Germany and Massachusetts as well, and I now reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
Who is your favorite character that YOU have written?
Ben, the six year old of my heroine. He really stole the show….and the response toward Ben has been amazing so far.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote my first book in the fifth grade, and the inspiration was the people on the street I lived on. It was my favorite time. We always had so much fun playing and growing up, so I was going to write a whole series. I even used our real names LOL. I never got past the first book…but it was written in those spiral notebooks.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Everywhere! It could be a phrase, a character, a situation….Seriously, there’s always ideas floating in my head. I keep notebooks everywhere to jot things down. Life itself is an inspiration for a story….
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional with whom would it be?
Jo Dee Messina…She’s so perky and fun, and I love her singing. I’d love to be able to perform on stage and do the things she does, even if I have go to back to my life LOL. Okay, my life is not bad, it isn’t! But come on! A chance to tour? Uhh, yeah!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I also run a book blog, Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More. I’m a mother to a rambunctious three year old, I’m a wife, I do photography, recently I started a jewelry design business with my mom….Let’s just say I’m on my toes a lot! 🙂
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Right now I’m working on a contemporary romance titled ‘Baby Stetson’ It’s about a woman that was left in a Stetson hat when she was a baby, and was adopted by two older people. Now, she’s in a country band in Texas, and wants to pursue her dreams, but has reasons for holding back. Her biological father has just contacted her, and she’s curious about her mother, though apparently the mother doesn’t want her to know who she is. Meanwhile, a secretive, mysterious man by the name of Lucas has come to town and she can’t seem to stop her attraction to him.
It’s the first of a little series about Love and Music in Texas. The second book will feature the same town, but books 3 and four will stray a little bit. Still features singers, but the towns will be different.
Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?
I’m going to keep em coming! I write in so many variety of romance subgenres, so you just never know what’s going to come from me next. I’m going to split up the series a little bit, so after writing Baby Stetson, I’m going to work on a paranormal suspense romance. One thing you’ll always know is that the hero and heroine will have their HEA, regardless of the genre I write.
Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?
Bring on the stalking, go ahead…I dare you 🙂
The Secret Santa Wishing Well
Nikki Lynn Barrett
The Secret Santa Wishing Well
Published by: Nikki Lynn Barrett
Contemporary holiday romance
About 55,000 words/184 print pages
The magic of Christmas has been lost to Jacob Winston. At the suggestion of his ill sister, Jacob takes a job as a Secret Santa at the mall, hoping to restore his Christmas spirit. Even that doesn’t seem to work, until a special little boy ambles up to make a very special wish…
Cheyenne Jensen is struggling to raise her two kids without the help of her ex-husband who refuses to acknowledge his daughter’s existence and doesn’t provide for the son he does. This Christmas is shaping up to be as heartbreaking as the last, until her son Ben’s kind actions lead a stranger to them.
Ah, but it’s Christmas time and the magic has begun.
When Jacob and Cheyenne meet, neither can deny their immediate attraction to one another. As situations arise that require they spend more time together, their feelings grow stronger and stronger.
With Christmas fast approaching, the pair learn what matters most in life. Now, if only they could ditch the ghost of Christmases past.
Maybe this holiday will bring some wishes come true- for everyone after all.
It didn’t take long for her to come back. Jacob moved to the living room, standing and waiting. When he saw her coming, he closed the gap between them. Before he could could think twice, he touched her shoulder gently, wanting to thank her for the evening.
But instead of talking, he leaned in and kissed her. Just a light kiss. Gentle. Friendly.
Until she responded. She had her arms around him, pulling him for another kiss. Deeper. Sweeter. She tasted so sweet. Her need made him swell. He could do this all night. Jacob pressed her against the wall, their kisses deepening with urgency. He ran his fingers through her fine hair. Hers wrapped around. his neck, rubbing lightly.
Jacob pulled back abruptly. “Cheyenne,” he ground out. “We have to stop.” Before I lose it. He didn’t want to stop. He never expected her to reciprocate like this. Wow. Maybe it wasn’t one sided after all. Jacob sighed.
That halted everything. She pulled away, looking at him with wide, beautiful eyes. “I’m sorry. I pushed. You must think I’m a fool. I thought, when you kissed me…” Cheyenne attempted to move out of Jacob’s embrace. Oh, damn. She thought he didn’t want her. He did, oh, how he did.
“No, no. Honey, that’s not it at all. Kissing you was magical. Amazing. But we just met. I don’t want to take things too far. But I would love to see you again.” He pushed back loose strands of her hair that hung over her face when she’d moved. She looked so vulnerable. Was she going to cry? Oh hell, he wouldn’t be able to handle it if she did. The last thing he wanted was for her to be upset with him.
“I’d like that, too. It was a wonderful, amazing day, and I have you to thank for it.” She nearly whispered the words, choking up on the last part. “God, I’m a mess. I’m sorry. There’s been so much going on, and my signals are going crazy at the moment.”
Yours aren’t the only one, Jacob thought. He pulled his cell phone from his pocket, typing in her name in the contacts and handing it to her. “Can I have your number?”
She laughed. “Of course.” Her fingers brushed his as she took the phone from him, tapping in her number. She handed it back to him. Electric shocks of awareness zipped through him. His gaze lingered on her, knowing he needed to get the hell out of here before he lost it completely.
Thanks so much for having me today! I really appreciate it!