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Tuesday 28 July 2015

☀ℚ Dissident: Forbidden Things [1] - Nikki McCormack

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Dissident, an epic fantasy romance by (, Elysium Books, 394 pages).

This is the first book in the Forbidden Things series.

PREVIEW: Read the first four chapters with Amazon Look Inside

Check out the book's synopsis, excerpt and Author Q& below.

Author Nikki McCormack will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts, guest blogs, reviews and interviews; also the more comments you leave the higher your chances of being a winner.

Synopsis | Teaser | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


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.

Teaser: 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?”

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Author Q&A

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
"I’ve always had characters in my head, but I don’t recall having an imaginary friend. I think I primarily used my stuffed animals or other toys to fill that role. "
Do you have any phobias?
"My only real phobia is a fear of heights, but only above ground. Put me at the top of any rope drop in a cave and I’m more than happy to step off that ledge. There is a peaceful and comfortable feeling while doing rope work in a cave that I don’t get outside of one. Outside of a cave, I pretty much freeze up."
Do you listen to music when you're writing?
"I usually do listed to music when I write. I tend to use Pandora as I’ve built up numerous stations catered to different moods. Some books need a very specific soundtrack. Some books need music without words. Some books just need the right mood and any song—with or without words—will do as long as it fits the mood. Dissident was one of those that worked well with a diverse music selection catered to the mood I wanted for whatever section I was working on."
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
"Always. Reading your work out loud lets you hear breaks in flow and you are also less likely to skim past errors when you’re doing it. I am fortunate in that my husband lets me read him each book out loud, some multiple times, and gives me feedback on them."
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
"This is a bit of an awkward question. When I wrote this series, I considered it an act of self-indulgence. I didn’t care if it was ever published. I didn’t care if anyone ever read it. I honestly didn’t expect it to amount to much when I started. I only wanted to expand upon a dream I’d had. I was the main character in that dream and, while I think Indigo is different from me in many ways, I’ve had several beta readers say she reminds them of me. I guess that means she was inspired by the me of my dreams. Oddly enough, I also believe she was inspired, in some part, by my horse Cody, who is incredibly resilient and, despite being a half-starved rescue when I got him, has turned out to be one of the sweetest horses I have ever met."

About the Author

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12, which she still has tucked in a briefcase in her home office.  Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she continued to treat her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy presented her with an abundance of free time that she used to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest with her husband, two horses, two cats, and one slightly crazy dog.  She feeds her imagination by sitting on the ocean in her kayak gazing out across the never-ending water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water.  She finds peace through practicing iaido or shooting her longbow.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Follow Dissident's tour at:

July 13: Edgar's Books
July 13: Independent Authors
July 14: Queen of the Night Reviews
July 15: CBY Book Club
July 15: SolaFide Self-Publishing and Book Blog
July 16: The Avid Reader
July 17: Susana's Morning Room
July 17: Mythical Books
July 20: Books and Other Spells
July 21: Rogues Angels
July 21: Room With Books
July 22: Liza O'Connor
July 22: Tina Donahue
July 23: GothicMoms
July 23: Yeah Books!
July 24: Welcome to My World of Dreams
July 27: Dena Garson - Real... Hot... Romance
July 27: Books N Pearls
July 28: BooksChatter
July 28: Natural Bri - Pursuits of Life - review
July 29: Danita Minnis
July 30: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
July 31: Dawn's Reading Nook
July 31: Long and Short Reviews
August 3: Unabridged Andra's
August 4: Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books!
August 4: fundinmental
August 5: It's Raining Books
August 6: Straight from the Library
August 7: The Reading Addict


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Nikki McCormack said...

Thank you for hosting the tour and giveaway!

Patrick Siu said...

I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the Q&A, Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing the excerpt and I enjoyed reading the Q&A... and I'm afraid of heights no matter where you put me LOL

Nikki McCormack said...

You're welcome! Thank you so much for following the tour!

Nikki McCormack said...

You're welcome! Thank you for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway!

Nikki McCormack said...

Haha! Yeah, the fact that it doesn't bug me underground is a little odd. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for the excerpt and interview :) I especially liked hearing about the inspiration for your main character.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt.

Nikki McCormack said...

Absolutely! I'm very proud of her character arc through the series. I feel like it is one of the best character arcs I've written so far. :)

Good luck in the giveaway!

Nikki McCormack said...

I'm happy to hear it! Thanks for stopping by!

Glenda said...

I'm off to Amazon to read the first few chapters! This sounds great!! Thanks!

Glenda H. said...

Thanks so much for sharing! This does look interesting!

Nikolina said...

Really enjoyed reading the Q&A, thank you!

Nikki McCormack said...

I hope you enjoy them and thanks so much for checking it out! :)

Nikki McCormack said...

You're welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Nikki McCormack said...

Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

BooksChatter said...

Hi Nikki, thank you for popping by, hope you are having a great tour!

Unknown said...

I loved the excerpt aand interview! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

Nikki McCormack said...

I'm happy you enjoyed them! Good luck!