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Monday, September 23, 2019

WTF-ery (What the flockery!?) with YA author Nikki Richard + giveaway

1. In high school, I had a reputation for eating all kinds of gross things for money. From three-day-old nachos covered in ants to moldy bread the football players spit on, there wasn’t a thing I wouldn’t eat for a few bucks. I was a really gross teenager. 

2. My daughter, Sansa, is named after my favorite Stark child in Game of Thrones. I am a huge nerd.

3. Speaking of Game of Thrones, I have several GOT themed tattoos: the Stark wolf on my chest, the Greyjoy kraken sigil on my left arm, and “moon of my life” scripted in Dothraki on my back. I also have two Harry Potter tattoos: Luna Lovegood’s wand with the quote, “You’re just as sane as I am” wrapped around it, and the deathly hallows symbol on the back of my neck. I’m passionate about my book/tv/movie series.

4. When I was seventeen, I played bass guitar in an emo pop-punk band. Since I’ve “grown up,” I now play bass and sing in a pizza-punk band called Infinite Pizza. Our song topics range from politics to vengeful pizza slices that have come to life.

5. I am an avid snake lover. It’s the creepiest thing, but I’ve never seen a serpent I didn’t want to cuddle and hold close to my chest. My partner is adamant about not having one in the house, but I feel like I’m wearing her down. (I know…I’m a little strange).

by Nikki Richard
September 24, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Month9Books
ISBN: 978-1-948671-41-5
Number of pages: 358
Cover Artist: Danielle Doolittle
Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of a devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Though he is destined to follow in his father’s footsteps, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from talk of demons and holy roots.

When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon-girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel gets to know the prisoner, he finds her not to be very demonlike. Instead, she is intelligent, meek, and an exceptional artist. Despite her seeming goodness, some more concerning things cannot be ignored. Samuel is hard-pressed to reconcile her uncanny strength and speed, one missing arm, ambiguous gender, and the mysterious scars covering most of her body.

Samuel forms a deep attachment to the girl with predator eyes and violent outbursts, against his father’s advice. As their friendship threatens to become something more, Samuel discovers the mayor’s dark intentions. Now, he must decide whether to risk his own execution by setting her free, or watch as the girl is used as a pawn in a dangerous game of oppression, fear, and murder.

About the Author:
Nikki Richard is a sensitive queer writer with moods and coping mechanisms. An MFA graduate from the University of Baltimore, she lives in the city with her hot wife, amazing daughter, and fluffy cat.

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  1. Doesn't sounds like the usual YA fare, which while possibly well written, has become rather hum drum to this far from YA reader. Whitelands, however, sounds promising.

  2. The concept is intriguing and I would love to read more

  3. Sounds good. I love your 5 facts. I'm a snake lover too.