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bitches be writin’ guest blog with nikki lynn barrett

Hi everyone!

First I want to say thanks for letting me hijack your blog today!

I’m talking about covers today. Yep, book covers!  One of my favorite parts of the finalization of a book is the cover. And with me, I try to come up with a cover that has a huge, integral part of the story somehow.  The cover is supposed to signify something, right?  Don’t get me wrong, I love the good looking half naked male models, but I think it’s starting to get a little cliché. I want a cover to tell me/give me an impression about the story I’m looking at.  I’ve been graced with five amazing colors for my published books.

The Secret Santa Wishing Well, my debut book. I love the cover for this one! It’s got holiday colors, a touch of magic, and it really gives me the impression that something magic is going to happen. Love. Love is magic!

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Then came Baby Stetson, my second novel. It’s the kick off book to my Love and Music in Texas Series. The cover AND the book title play an important role with the story. It’s bright, different, unique, and I love the way the cover came out. It’s simple, but it tells so much about the story.

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Same thing with The Melody In My Head, Book 2 of the series. There’s a guitar there because the hero is a guitarist for the band.  I love the couple, too. My husband actually picked out their picture and when I saw it, I knew they were my perfect Jameson and Melody.

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The fun thing when I was searching for cover ideas on Melody, I came across a couple that I felt fit for my next book, the ‘follow up’ to Secret Santa. On the 12th Date of Christmas’s cover came out AMAZING!  Putting that side by side with Secret Santa gets me all holiday festive like. The blue…I just love it, and the couple on the front really fit Robin and Jonas. Playful, in love, young.

Then comes my latest, my new release A Masterpiece Of Our Love. I actually came across the picture and used it to create a scene in the book. But then not only is it a scene from the book, it play an important role because of the way we altered the picture a bit. My heroine, Becca, is an artist. It’s her way of expressing herself.  I’m in love with it!

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A cover goes a long way. I think if you have the power to make your cover, REALLY try to fit your story somehow. It’s one of my favorite processes, and I hope to always make my covers all about the story inside.

What kind of covers do you like? I’d love to know!

To follow me and my ramblings, find me on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/NikkiLynnBarrettauthor

I also have a reader/author group…Nikki’s Book Nook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/713425282019067/

Check out the blurb to my latest release!: Two Lives Torn by tragedy.

Eight-year-old Becca and twelve-year-old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families.

Two Souls Seeking Love.

Each year, from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever.

Until he stopped showing.

Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye.

Two Lives Bound by Secret.

Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort, the island where he and Becca met. It was the place that stole from him, and in the same instance gave to him. He hasn’t been back or spoken to Becca in four years.

Though he’s sure she must hate him for disappearing, Hunter discovers the girl gone, now a woman in her place. Hunter is determined to prove to Becca he isn’t the same twelve-year-old boy of yesteryear.

But someone isn’t happy about their reunion…

Strange things begin happening. Letters start showing up in their hotel rooms and at home with cryptic messages.

Two Broken Hearts Heal as One.

With the mystery unsolved, Hunter convinces Becca to spend the remainder of the summer back home with him, both for safety and to give them a chance to discover the adults they’ve now become.

Will love get a chance to blossom, or will the past come back and tear the masterpiece of their love apart once and for all?

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Masterpiece-Our-Love-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00J2QO8Y2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-masterpiece-of-our-love-nikki-lynn-barrett/1118929164?ean=2940149365722

friday cover reveal with nikki lynn barrett

Today, we welcome back 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.

You can visit nikki’s blog site at http:/nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information.  You can also visit her on facebook or via twitter @Stormgoddess925 or you can email her at nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com.  She loves to hear from her readers!

But enough about all of that, let’s let Nikki show us her awesome cover…Take it away Nikki!

Baby Stetson

Love and Music in Texas, Book One

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In small Texas towns, strangers come and go…

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love…only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works the Inn, but by night…Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good…stable, until new guests blew into town. 

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.

Each time they’re near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

Add this and Nikki’s other books to your goodreads list!

Baby Stetson

The Secret Santa Wishing Well

frolicky friday fun-12 questions with nikki lynn barrett

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.

Favorite book?
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.

Fictional crush?
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 🙂

www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com
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Twitter: @Stormgoddess925
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583655.Nikki_Lynn_Barrett

The Secret Santa Wishing Well

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Nikki Lynn Barrett
The Secret Santa Wishing Well
Published by: Nikki Lynn Barrett
Contemporary holiday romance
About 55,000 words/184 print pages

 Blurb:

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.

Excerpt:

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!