Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review from an Actual TWIN

(and other quotables that complete me)

“Nikki has nailed the "twin" relationship beautifully. Being a twin myself, I could fully relate to the twin characters' banter and jealousy toward one another.

Entangled is a funny, romantic, suspenseful story that I simply couldn't put down.” – nsteiny12 on amazon

“Graylee and Charlene had me in stitches since the beginning of the story, then I just wanted to kill Charlene. Graylee's voice sucks you right in, and the fact that they are witches is pure awesome in my opinion. I think Nikki Jefford did a great job capturing the sisters' relationship.

And by the way, Raj is my new YA boyfriend.”

– Marilyn Almodóvar at Writing on the Sunny Side of the Street (review of Death by Chocolate anthology and novella version of Entangled: Spellbound)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Release!

I am pleased to announce: Entangled

* Book One in the Spellbound trilogy *

Released: February 20, 2012
Size: 67,000 words
Format: ebook
Available at: amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes& Noble

Book trailer.

If you are a book blogger interested in a free review copy and/or spotlight and giveaway on your book review site, please contact me at nikki_jefford (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Love Thy Editor

That wasn’t a manuscript – that was a landmine! (Sayeth Nikki about the final proof of Entangled.)

Which leads me to the 11th Commandment: Though Shall Not Publish Without Thy Editor.

I thought my manuscript was starched clean by the time it went to Christine LePorte. Even after being pre-proofed by a grammar whiz, the book was LITTERED with grammatical debris.

My favorite snafu: “review” mirror instead of “rearview” mirror. Groan!

I was extremely satisfied with Christine’s edits, email updates, timeliness, price, and great attitude.

No matter how many comrades you run your book past DO NOT, under any circumstances, throw it into the trenches to be blasted by reviewers before an editor has prepared you for battle.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Caught on Candid Cover: identical models.

Is it just me, or do you see double?

This is the risk we have to take as indies when choosing from royalty free stock images.

It even happens to non-indies. Long after Gwyn Cready finished her Aching for Always trailer, she saw her sexy sea captain on someone else’s book cover.

“Unless you pay for exclusive use of the photo, which is expensive, you won’t be the only person who can use it,” she wrote in an article for Romance Writers of America. (Lights, Camera, Savings. July 2011.)

She may be technically up for grabs, but as far as I’m concerned my cover girl is OFF LIMITS!!!

Pre-Review of Entangled

Gothic Angel Book Reviews awarded Entangled 5 Wings.

“For me, Nikki’s writing style is one that I have fallen in love with. I adored her right from Spellbound and I can tell you now, I am a fan for life. Her words have a way of drawing you in and not letting you go, even after the end of the book.”

My heartfelt thanks to Keren for her enthusiastic support of indie authors.

Releases: 2-22-12

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


First kisses, rushed weddings, pigging out & gaining 50 pounds...

It’s Day 3 in the Bewitching Book Tours Death by Chocolate guest blogathon: The Day of Nikki! 

Thanks to the following sites for hosting me this Wednesday:

Confessions of a Love Junkie and Chocoholic at The Dark Phantom Review

The Most Rushed (French) Wedding EVER at A Chick Who Reads

First Kiss (at age 21) at Lisa’s World of Books

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Best Thing Since Seinfeld and Friends

It's going to be legend - wait for it - dary! 

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAYS

Happy Heart's Week. Today kicks off the official Death by Chocolate Valentine's blog tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.

We have four anthology giveaways going on today - more in the following days.

Guest blogging about everything from past boyfriends, bad haircuts, chocolate, crushes, and first kisses: Suz Korb kicks off the week at:

Mama Knows Books

and YA Stands celebrates their 100th blog post with Death by Chocolate.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Death by Chocolate Blog Tour

February 7th - 23rd

Schedule with links here.

Reviews: February 7th - 12th

Guest Posts: February 13th - 18th.
I will be guest blogging on February 15th.

Reviews: 19th - 23rd

Monday, February 6, 2012

Death by Chocolate Anthology – Available Now!

Product Description

Death by Chocolate is a paranormal young adult romance anthology with a cocoa twist. 

The stories:

Back in Time by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Sweet Witchery by Cheryl J. Carvajal
Spellbound by Nikki Jefford
Bloody Valentine by Lucy Swing
Sweet Torture by Kira Saito 
and The Girl with Three Heads by Suz Korb 

Time travel, witchcraft, terror, agony, and light hearted comedy, too. Combined with a hint of enchantment, these stories are the ingredients for the Death by Chocolate recipe of romance.

The Valentine's Blog Tour starts tomorrow at Gothic Angel Book Reviews. 

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Trouble with Adult YA Readers

I have a theory: More grownups read YA novels than teenagers.

I think it’s their way of reliving the glory days of youth: crushes, first kisses, self-discovery, friendship and, my personal favorite, freedom from the daily grind.

Not that the teenage years are all stuffed bears and cotton candy. Few of us have made it through unscathed – whether it be the abusive parent, financial hardships, psycho siblings, school tormenters and/or heartache.

The trouble arises when adults expect teen protagonists to act older than they are.

An indie friend recently complained that a one star reviewer called her main character shallow and self-involved. “Of course she’s shallow and self-involved,” she said. “She’s a teenager!”

I had to stop myself recently when I became frustrated with a stubborn character in a novel I was reading who couldn’t seem to figure out who she was or what she wanted.

Hello? Teenager alert!

I thought back to being 17… then promptly slammed that door shut.

The irony is, at that age I was reading Harlequin romance novels and couldn’t wait for the glory days of adulthood.