Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Virtual Tour & #Giveaway for Forbidden Things; Dissident by Nikki McCormack

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Forbidden Things: Dissident by Nikki McCormack.  Please leave a comment or question for Nikki to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a $50 Amazon or B7N GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can follow all of the stops on Nikki’s tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.

Dissident
By Nikki McCormack
Forbidden Things, Book 1

Publisher:  Ellysium Books
Release Date:  July 9, 2015
Genre:  Fantasy
Length:  348 Pages
ISBN:  978-0996319614
ASIN:  B00ZBGA08A

Buy Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

About the book: 

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


Resolute, he turned and stepped between the pillars.

The sudden pressure on his lungs was welcome. If he understood the prison, he would return to his rooms in the stronghold, the place he was taken from.

His head spun and he stumbled. His knees struck hard on the pale marble floor of his bedchamber. He ended kneeling like a man at worship before the stand on which he kept his sword. The weapon waited there, a seamless blending of Lyran and Kudaness design tempered with ascard. The gentle curve of the blades razor edge glinted in the light, sharp and clean.

A slow smile spread across his lips and he laughed. When the laughter faded, he stood and grabbed the sword belt lying beside the weapon. He had to tighten it several notches past old wear marks. He gripped the pale wood hilt, delighting in the balanced weight of the lethal blade. It felt natural in his hand, an extension of his being. In a life full of frustration, the weapon was simple and pure. There was no doubt as to its purpose and no question of how it would serve him. If only people could be so simple.

He held his breath, listening to the song of the blade sliding into the sheath. It was exquisite. It sang of blood and vengeance.


He stroked the hilt, his gaze drifting to the door leading out of his chambers. “Shall we see who’s home?”

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


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31 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting the tour stop and giveaway!

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  2. Very evocative excerpt!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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  3. Great post - thanks for sharing the excerpt!!

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  4. After reading the excerpt I wanted to turn the page and find out who was home :D

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    1. It's nice to hear that. I know how you can find out. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Congrats to Nikki on the new release!!!! this looks and sounds amazing :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    1. Good question. However, I make it a policy to avoid religion and politics as much as possible when a guest on someone else's blog as I feel it's an inappropriate venue for such things. Thank you for stopping by! Good luck in the giveaway! :)

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  7. Terrific post! I enjoyed the excerpt~amazing cover! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.

      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  8. Enjoying following the tour. Nice excerpt and gorgeous cover :)

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    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  10. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. When did you decide to become a writer?

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    1. I started writing my first book when I was twelve. I didn't actually decide to focus on getting my work published, however, until a few years ago. Conflicted about focusing on a 'real job' and all that. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!


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  12. Thanks for the excerpt :) What's your favorite anime and has it influenced any of your writing?

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    1. My all time favorite series (so far) is probably still Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood with Howl's Moving Castle (or most anything Miyazaki) on the movie side. I really loved Last Exile as well and there are so many others I could list off. I have a book coming out next year that is actually very deliberately influenced by several anime, but I'm sure my love of anime has allowed it to influence some of my other work too.

      Thanks for the question and the visit!

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  13. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

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  14. Thank you for such writing such an imaginative book. I am enjoying it immensely.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading it! I hope you continue to enjoy it! :)

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