Friday, 26 April 2013

Stormy Surrender Blog tour

Nicki has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina  with her children for the past eleven years and her husband for the past two and
a half.  Her journey has barely begun and she's loving every minute of it.   Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others.  She's still getting used to that new life  smell she's experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness.  (The  perfect scents to build a new life on...)

For fun, she spends time with  those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel.   The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville.  Two down!  (Eleven to  go?)

In addition to writing on Suddenly Single Journey, Nicki blogs at  What Dreamers Do.  Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine  Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on Your Wisdom as the  relationship and dating expert.  And she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers.

 Stormy Surrender Blurb:

Sometimes the life you planned isn’t the one you get to live. Sometimes the  pain of the past overshadows the future. And sometimes to start over you have to   go back to where it all began. That’s how it was for Joe Masters. That’s how he
ended up back in New Hope. And that’s why he was in his thirties and had nothing  to show for his life. He needed a complete overhaul, just like his father’s old  house. Instead of a fast track, he had slowed down and was on a ten year plan.
These days that was more his speed. And as much as he tried to fight the  inevitable, he was learning to accept and surrender.

Martha had  weathered her fair share of storms in Vermont, was accustomed to the cold, both  the chill in the air and the cold shoulder in her marriage, but after the
miscarriage she felt like she would never get warm again. So she did the
research from the laptop while sitting in front of the fireplace. She knew what
she needed when she Googled ‘hope,’ she just never imagined that it would bring
her to New Hope, South Carolina. She never imagined that her husband would trick
her into leaving and never follow. She never imagined that a southern storm with
all its force and fury could be so destructive. But after the storm, the land is
washed clean. It’s perfect for a fresh start, a clean slate, and a new


Thank you for joining us on this interview.

Where are you from?  
I’m adopted, but I usually tell people I’m imported because it sounds so much  more exotic.  I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, but lived most of my  life in the Adirondacks before moving to Charlotte, North Carolina about 12
years ago. 

Tell us your latest New hope series? 
When Sam and I started dating about five years ago, he always encouraged me  to become a writer, even though he is not a reader.  He swore that if I  wrote a book about us, he’d read it.  Stormy Surrender began as The
Fixer-Upper.  It was supposed to be one book, but the story was simply too  big, so it became the first book in a series…really my first series.  And  after working with JB McGee on the cover, the book became Stormy  Surrender.   

When did you come up with the idea for the series? 
I had to have a way to tell our story that was fictitious enough for Sam to  be comfortable with it.  He is very private and I’m…not.  It has been  an adjustment for him.   

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?  I believe in hope.  I believe in second chances.  I believe that  you can have the life of your dreams if you are simply willing to work for  it.  That’s what the New Hope series is about.   

How much of the book is realistic, based on the experiences of your life? 
There’s a lot of truth in that book.  One reader posted a review on  Goodreads where she said that the first touch scene between Joey and Marti might  be the best she’s ever read.  And that feeling…is all true.  When Sam  and I touch, it always feels like home to me.  There was a time that Sam  used to leave all the lights on for me.  We were neighbours, I lived four  houses down, and that was his way of always being there for me.  And we had  tons of neighbours weighing in on whether or not we should be together.  There’s more…but I’m not going to give anything away…

When will we hopefully see book two in this series?  Book two, tentatively titled Tempest Torn, will be out at the end of  June.  That’s the plan anyway.  Depends on how the writing goes, but I  know this story.  I love this story.  So, I don’t anticipate any huge  challenges other than writing time with a baby. 

What was your biggest challenge with this Book?   I didn’t know where to end it.  I didn’t know how much story to  tell.  Finally I worked with the book whisperer, Katie Mac, and she told me  to remember it was a series and that I didn’t have to cram everything into one  book.  So, that helped.

   Who designed the covers?  JB McGee has made all of my contemporary fiction covers.  I love her  work, her style, her process, and her price.  We work well together.   To hire her, visit

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?  I learned not to stress so much, not to try to force it.  I learned how  to use writing sprints to move the story along.  I learned to share and  brainstorm with other writers.  This was the first book I needed to do any  of that with. 

  Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  I am writing as fast as I can.  I’m publishing a book a month, and  hardly a day goes by that I don’t have a reader ask me about the next  book.  I LOVE IT.  I love hearing from readers.  I try to find a  balance between socializing and writing.  They are both such enjoyable  aspects of my life. 

  If you had to choice who to go out for dinner with out of Martha  and  Joe who would it be?  Tough call.  I am Marti, in some ways.  So, I think the  conversation would be rather dull.  On the other hand, Joe is the best  version of my husband.  I tried to stay true to who he is and the reviews  and feedback would suggest I’ve done a pretty good job.  He is pretty rough  around the edges.  And there is a wonderful soft side that he really only  lets a few people see.  He tells me he’s let me in deeper than  anyone.  He is my dream man.  And because I joke that I need to give  Sam a script sometimes for our conversations, a dinner with Joe would be pretty perfect


I am just going to say this straight  out.  No holding back; no  playing games.  This book is "Oh My Goodness" HOT!!! I love Nicole.  I  love Nicole's writing.  But honestly, I think I love Joe and  Marti  more now.

That sweet disillusioned Martha...only she would think

that relocating with her husband to a new location would "fix" their

marriage...her miscarriage...his cheating heart.  What I can't figure out  is why  she would even want it fixed!  I think it's awesome that she  googles just what  she is looking for...HOPE.  This search for HOPE  brings her to New Hope, SC.  I've gotta say, there is just something  about the South that can mend a broken  spirit and soothe a troubled  soul.

And then there is Joe.  He is such a  slut, such a  womanizer, such a fan of the one night stand.  He is also very   broken...incomplete...maybe a little bitter.  Joe is a contractor.  He  makes his  living repairing houses.  When he meets Martha, they hit it
right off  they clash like the Titans.  (I just wanted them to hit it  off right away!)

Those two bicker and fuss like  6 year old sisters with only one Barbie to share  between them.  But  there is just something there that draws them back to each  other.  It  was fun watching the town try to keep these two apart.  It was  entertaining to see Joe's senile neighbor mistake a bonfire for a house  fire.  I bet that water was cold!

This book started off with that  tug on me and  would not let go even at  the very end.  Oh, I  still have questions, but I know  that there are more answers waiting for
me in the second installment of the New  Hope series

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