Friday, November 16, 2018

Friendly Friday #5 - Author Nikki Jefford

Hello Rustic Beauties!


This week's Friendly Friday will focus on Author Nikki Jefford. She is an independent author. I met her about 2 years ago at Penned Con in St. Louis and she was the sweetest! I purchased her Aurora Sky series and Spellbound Series then. Since then, I don't miss the chance to buy the rest of her books!


I lover her writing and I love a good Vampire story, so with that being said, if you love vampires, you need to try her Aurora Sky series.


I will be posting each of her series below so make sure you check her books out and buy them! The audiobooks are great. I listened to the audiobooks and I am thinking it may be time for a re-read.


I will only post the synopsis for the first book of each series. I do not want to ruin the series for those that have not read these books. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Meet the Author!
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5424286.Nikki_Jefford
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Nikki Jefford is an award-winning, bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and quirky combinations in-between.

She is a third-generation Alaskan now living in the Pacific Northwest with her Westie, Cosmo, and her French husband, who she wouldn't trade in for anyone--not even Spike or Mr. Darcy!

When she's not writing, she's reading, walking, or out riding her motorcycle, a Honda CB500F, (so long as it's sunny and warm)!

To get in on the fun and adventure, visit Nikki at her website for release alerts, updates, exclusive giveaways, and a free story when you subscribe to her newsletter: http://nikkijefford.com/
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Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Series
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17061189-aurora-sky https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18269815-stakeout https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20420174-evil-red https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18683426-northern-bites

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22387723-bad-blood https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24961494-night-of-the-living-dante https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21806047-hunting-season https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25120878-whiteout

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30621245-true-north
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3.74  ·  Rating details  ·  3,544 Ratings  ·  443 Reviews
"It's like Buffy on steroids." - Benjaminoftomes, YouTube

My blood is toxic to vampires . . .
If there's one thing I want, it's go get off this iceberg. I'm thinking college on the east coast. ANYWHERE besides Alaska.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents jump in and save my life in exchange for my services as a vampire hunter. Did they just say vampires? Yep. And they're not the kind that sparkle. They're rabid, disgusting, rude . . . and way too suave. Those are the ones I really have to watch out for.

A knife isn't my only weapon. My rare blood type sends vampires into temporary paralysis right before I have to finish the job by hand. Basically I'm a glorified chew toy.

Now I'm stuck with an overzealous partner, a group of suck junkies, and a maddening attraction to Mr. Joe Cool, dresses all in black, Fane Donado. I don't know if I want to punch him or kiss him, but clearly he's keeping secrets of his own.

The old Aurora is gone forever. Destroyed in the wreckage. I don’t know who I am anymore, only that I suddenly have intense cravings and a V.I.P. pass into Alaska’s underworld.

If vampires found out who I worked for it would be lights out forever. In the meantime, I have some undead ass to kick so long as it doesn't kick mine first.
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Spellbound Series
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13494086-entangled https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32758900-duplicity https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32886366-enchantment https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23549846-holiday-magic

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3.66  ·  Rating details  ·  3,401 Ratings  ·  558 Reviews
"Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Freaky Friday."

A resurrection spell gone wrong…

Hiding her powers was never a problem for seventeen-year-old Graylee Perez. Not until her diabolical twin sister decided to go on a rampage that could expose them all.

To add to the aggravation, coven reject Raj McKenna catches Gray performing a complex spell and is convinced they would make a powerful couple. He can delude himself all he wants. Gray has sworn off dating warlocks, especially delinquents who play with fire.

But even Gray’s mysterious death won’t deter Raj, not after Gray is brought back from the great beyond. Only she’s not truly back. Her body’s still six feet under and she’s on borrowed time.

There are forces threatening Gray’s existence and a powerful wizard willing to help . . . for a price. Gray doesn’t know who to trust or how long she has left before she vanishes for good, but she’s determined to stick around no matter what the cost.
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Wolf Hollow Shifters Series
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36262470-wolf-hollow https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36990518-mating-games https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39816619-born-wild
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3.98  · 


Rating details  ·  159 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
"A mesmerizing post-apocalyptic paranormal romance." - Kirkus Reviews

An attraction that threatens the future of the pack…

Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal wolf shifter, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a hotheaded half-breed.

Tabor, a rebellious outcast, is the hollow's only wizard shifter. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there's more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog.

Unable to resist the proud and sensual pureblood, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can't resist the charismatic half-breed, even as the elders set her up to breed with another pureblood.

Predators are closing in, threatening the strength and stability of their pack, and there are shifters within Wolf Hollow willing to do anything to prevent the pair from mating.
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Stolen Princess (Royal Conquest Duology Bk1)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42205257-stolen-princess
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  4.88  ·  Rating details  ·  26 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews 
>>> A supernatural Cinderella meets Mr. Darcy and The Cruel Prince <<<

She sacrificed herself to save her family from poverty…

I finally regained my freedom, but it’s being threatened.

It wasn’t enough to kill my mate, heir to the throne. My obsessive Fae brother-in-law wants the crown. And he wants me ruling by his side.

I thought I was done with romance until a certain pompous elf reappeared in my life at the illustrious Monster Ball. A little teasing led to bruised lips and captured hearts. No one wants Jhaeros and me to be together, not even my favorite sister, Melarue. She thinks he’s a drag. But she’s a teenager just coming into her elemental powers and discovering boys—the wrong kind—the type I want to shoot arrows through.

My royal in-laws are playing a treacherous game, and my brother-in-law is determined to get what he wants. But this princess no longer has a master. I don’t want a crown. I want freedom, family, and the love of a lifetime. But love might be the one thing that destroys us all.

*Recommended reading after the prequel novella "Enemies and Lovers" in The Monster Ball Anthology. Part of a duology, but can be read as a standalone.

*This is a full-length, 90,000 words, new adult novel for mature audiences, ages 18+.

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Anthologies


Once Upon A Quest: 15 Tales of Adventure


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Fifteen brand new fairytale twists from the bestselling and award-winning authors who brought you Once Upon A Curse and Once Upon A Kiss! With inspirations ranging from The Ugly Duckling to Snow White, and everything in between (including trips to Camelot and Oz), these fabulous tales are full of adventure, magic, and a touch of romance.

WEST OF THE MOON by Annie Bellet
When her twin brother sacrifices his freedom to save their starving family, Lina embarks on a quest through a magical forest to save him and restore their fortunes.

A BELL IN THE NIGHT by Evelyn Snow
For Stevie Silver, waking the beautiful boy in the glass box is only the beginning, as her mysterious past catches up with her.

MISTRESS BOOTSI by Anthea Sharp
A girl sets out to seek her fortune - and luckily, she has a clever cat for a companion…

WHITE ROSE by Phaedra Weldon
Jack Frost must find his true love and save her from the Snow Queen’s icy shards before he loses her - and his chance at humanity - forever.

THE GOBLIN AND THE TREASURE by Alethea Kontis
Out-of-work soldier Kira Kobold is handpicked by the High Wizard Zelwynn to go on a quest. Her companions? A growly ogress, a surly dwarf, a dimwitted troll, and an overly optimistic goblin. This wasn’t exactly the quest she was looking for…

THE RUINS OF OZ by Alexia Purdy
The Land of Oz was the last place Thea thought she’d find herself after falling through her mother’s enchanted mirror. If the stories she’s been told are real, why is the Emerald City in ruins?

A TOUCH OF GOLD by Rachel Morgan
When Tilly helps two strangers escape from danger, she becomes part of their quest to keep a powerful magical ability out of the wrong hands ...

MAGIC AND MACHINERY by Jamie Ferguson
Maude works with machinery, not magic. Can she find a way to escape the magician’s grasp and free her beloved brother?

BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN by Nikki Jefford
In a brave new world, three wizards journey through wild shifter territories to find somewhere to begin anew.

BANE AND BALM by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
When the stream providing healing water to Claire’s sick aunt dries up, she must venture into the dreaded Dorcha Forest, where she discovers a stranger willing to risk his freedom in order to help her on her quest.

CAT WHITE by Kay McSpadden
He thought he was following the music, but a white cat led him to realize life held more adventure than he’d guessed.

KING ARTHUR AND THE CHALICE OF LIFE by Julia Crane
Camelot may be at peace, but betrayal and death lurk within the mists surrounding it.

FEAR OF FALLING by Shawntelle Madison
Cast from her griffin’s nest, Ireti is forced into the cruel world of the ground-walkers below. Before she can fly, Ireti must find the strength to walk, and the key to acceptance lies in an undiscovered place—between two worlds.

THE MERROW’S GOLDEN RING by Sara C. Roethle
Ailios was taught to never believe a promise from one of the Faie, but that doesn’t stop her from doing it anyway.

TAKE MY MONSTERS by C. Gockel
In the wilds of the barbarian north, Roman slave Margusa meets a warrior enchanted and enslaved by an Elf Queen. To set him free, Margusa must first confront the monsters within herself...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34083822-once-upon-a-kiss

Once Upon A Kiss: 17 Romantic Faerie Tales

3.82  ·  Rating details  ·  699 Ratings  ·  143 Reviews

Seventeen all new, magical stories from NY Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors that will warm even the coldest hearts. Inspired by old favorites as well as lesser-known tales, find retellings of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Old Rinkrank, King Thrushbeard, The Princess and the Pea, and many more - all with fresh, romantic twists - just in time for Valentine’s Day~

THE GLASS MOUNTAIN - Alethea Kontis
On the way to her wedding, brave and clever Princess Sabine falls into a Glass Mountain, where she is trapped with a crotchety man she calls “Old Rinkrank.” The two form a unique, unlikely friendship while working to escape.

THE BAKERS GRIMM - Hailey Edwards
When two struggling business owners compete for the contract of a lifetime, it’s all bakers on deck. Mix in a dollop of rivalry, a tablespoon of romance, and a pinch of magic, and you’ve got the recipe for one heck of a bake-off. May the best decorator win!

GALATEA AND PYGMALION - Kate Danley
A young woman in ancient Greece is tasked with carving a new statue for Aphrodite's temple. But what happens when she falls in love with her art?

RED– Sarra Cannon
Charlotte is searching for a cure to save her sister, but what she finds in the woods is not at all what she expects...

PRINCESS CHARMING – Yasmine Galenorn
Sometimes, the road to Happily Ever After leads a girl right past Prince Charming... into the arms of his sister.

MAD ABOUT YOU – Jennifer Blackstream
Alice doesn't want to marry the Mad Hatter. Will an unexpected trip to Wonderland change her mind?

THE SEA KING'S DAUGHTER—Anthea Sharp
A mermaid gives up everything to be with the mortal man she loves – but can there be a happy ending when the Sea Witch intervenes?

ROMEO AND JULIET: THE AFTERLIFE – Julia Crane
Juliet enters the afterlife and discovers the truth behind her relationship with Romeo and Paris - and that their greatest challenge is yet to come.

SOOT AND STONE: A Fae Tale of the Otherworld - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
Aisling, a young Faelorehn artist, finds herself falling for the son of one of the famed Tuatha De Danann. The only problem is, she’s unaware of his true identity, and her selfish uncle will do anything to keep her from realizing her dreams.

THE HUNTSMAN'S SNOW – Mandy M. Roth
Sometimes, a prince isn’t as charming as history would like you to believe. And sometimes, a princess needs an alpha male shifter to find her happily ever after.

RUMPELIMPSKIN - Debra Dunbar
An imp finds herself in a fairytale world without her infernal powers facing an impossible task. Will Sam barter away her firstborn? Will her angelic main-squeeze save her? Or will she come up with a devilish solution of her own?

THE GLASS SKY - Alexia Purdy
Star’s refusal of suitors lined up for her hand has her family in knots, but when the city is bombed and overthrown, she loses everything. After she’s rescued by a handsome stranger named Clyde, she sneaks away to save her parents but finds herself trapped in the new president’s clutches.

RUSH - C. Gockel
Misogyny is a beast.
When the incarnation of Creation gets angry at Rush for innocently stating his opinion, she curses him to find true love in two weeks … or else.

PERCHANCE TO DREAM – Phaedra Weldon
Her first love has been placed under a spell.

THE TOAD PRINCE - Nikki Jefford
Isabel Ivers’s stepfather will do anything to secure his place as Far North’s new ruler, even if it means marrying her off to the depraved prince of the lowlands.

CRAFTED WITH A KISS - Shawntelle Madison
Despite fighting in countless battles to bring peace to warring kingdoms, Pynnelope, a warrior maiden made of wood, knows no fear. Becoming human is all she desires until she discovers she can have so much more.

A SMALL MAGIC - Devon Monk
A cursed princess, a talking pea, and a wish that changes everything.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40767136-the-monster-ball
The Monster Ball

4.81  ·  Rating details  ·  107 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
 
It's that time again! The Monster community is abuzz with whispers of the most anticipated party of the year. This deliciously exclusive event has tongues wagging even amongst the who's who of the monster community. It will once again be held at an undisclosed location on All Hallows Eve.

Don't worry all you underprivileged socialites, The Monster Ball isn't just for vampires, witches, and werewolves. Other creatures of the night have as much of a chance to attend. Watch for your ticket but not in the mail. The silvery slip of parchment is said to appear in your hand by the light of the moon.

If you find yourself a fortunate recipient best to keep it to yourself. There are some who would kill for the chance to attend. Because as every good monster knows... what happens at the ball, stays at the ball.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22729106-fated
Fated: 5 Paranormal New Adult Novels


4.23  ·  Rating details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
***Available for a LIMITED TIME only!***

Sometimes love has other plans.

The Fated 5 have come together to bring you a collection of five bestselling steamy new adult urban fantasies about sacrifice, second chances, destiny and love against all odds.

Over 450 5-star reviews on the individual books.

Amaranth by Rachael Wade– Camille moves to Southern Louisiana to escape her abusive past, not expecting to fall in love and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford – Thanks to her rare blood type, Aurora’s forced to hunt vampires in Alaska. Now Aurora's only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire.

Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown – Ember has never fit in. After she lands herself in a facility for troubled teens, she meets the darkly mysterious and hot as hell, Eli Dragen who is keeping secrets that can’t stay hidden much longer.

Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy – A summer in New Orleans leads to a chance encounter with the infuriating yet alluring Levi. Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand – Five months after Whisper is released from the Skye View Wellness Center she stumbles upon an unconscious boy at a bonfire party who holds the key to breaking her curse.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24496113-losing-it
Losing It: A Collection of VCards


3.86  ·  Rating details  ·  147 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
This collection has been retired and is no longer for sale online.

Losing It: A Collection of VCards

22 Bestselling YA authors reveal what went on behind the curtain in your favorite YA novels! From paranormal to contemporary, this collection features over 200 pages of ALL NEW CONTENT full of deleted scenes, extended endings, and more from the young adult series’ you love.

In this YA/NA crossover collection all of your favorite heroines are cashing in their VCards! YA just got steamy, sexy, and not afraid to go all the way!

Due to the graphic nature of some content, this collection is recommended strictly for mature readers.

Stories include excerpts and extended material--ALL NEW CONTENT featuring the following YA novels & authors:

The Grimoire Saga by SM Boyce
The Death Series by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Penny Black Trilogy by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Dirty Blood series by Heather Hildenbrand
The Mythology Series by Helen Boswell
Stories About Melissa Series by Bethany Lopez
Keegan’s Chronicles by Julia Crane
The Tate Chronicles by K.A. Last
Fragile Creatures by Kristina Circelli
The Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford
Judgement of the Six Series by Melissa Haag
A Dark Faerie Tale Series by Alexia Purdy
The Double Threat Series by Julie Prestsater
The Elsker Saga by S.T. Bende
Ovialell Series by Tish Thawer
The Runes Series by Ednah Walters
The Cornerstone Series by Misty Provencher
The Waiting Series by Ginger Scott
Forged Series by A.O. Peart
The Arotas Series by Amy Miles
Funeral Crashing Mysteries by Milda Harris
The Wolf Trilogy by M.R. Polish

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23533810-touched-by-love
Touched by Love


4.23  ·  Rating details  ·  142 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The perfect mix of romance and suspense, with a generous helping of magic, vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters!

Touched by Love: Ten unforgettable tales by some of today's best young adult paranormal romance authors.

Over 3000 pages of YA Romance and Teen Urban Fantasy to keep you breathless, sleepless and wanting more.

These books have collectively received more than 30,000 5-Star ratings & reviews.

Significance by Shelly Crane
Saving Caleb's life instantly changes Maggie's life. They are meant to be soul mates, but powerful forces are determined to keep the two of them apart.
Kiss of Fire by Rebecca Ethington
The scar on Joclyn's neck marks her as different in ways she doesn't understand. When her best friend Ryland sees it for the first time, things between them change forever and she realizes that she might lose the one thing she's always wanted.
Relentless by Karen Lynch
Sara's powerful gift forces her to live a double life as she searches for answers about her father's death. Her separate worlds collide as a sadistic vampire sets his sights on her. Can Nikolas protect her from her new enemies?
Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson
California teen Sadie James is saved by a mysterious boy with crystal green eyes, a boy who refuses to tell her his name. Her pursuit of the boy drags her into a world of dangerous secret agents that she never knew existed.
Broken by Dean Murray
Adri Paige's move into a new town lands her squarely in the middle of a war. Adri will be forced to choose between Brandon and Alec. One wants her dead, the other is trying to save her. Even more worrisome, neither boy is human.
Runes by Ednah Walters
Raine's attraction to Torin St. James was distracting even before he saves her life. By healing Raine, Torin changes something deep inside of her. Now Raine and her friends are in danger—she'll have to choose sides and the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
Hope(less) by Melissa Haag
Gabby just wanted to escape to college. She didn't count on being dragged into a hidden society where fur is optional or on Clay following her back to college. Can the two of them work together to get answers to their questions?
Entangled by Nikki Jefford
Unexpected events leave teenage witch Graylee Perez stuck sharing her sister's body. Graylee will have to solve the mystery of her death in what little time she has left. The real question is whether warlock Raj McKenna will help or hinder her in those efforts.
Kindred by Erica Stevens
One of the last in a long line of vampire slayers called Hunters, Cassie chafes against the expectations of the other Hunters. Darkly handsome Devon seems like exactly the distraction she needs—if only he didn't have dangerous secrets of his own.
Deadly Crush by Ashley Stoyanoff
Jade Shaw wants nothing more than to steer clear of the local werewolf pack. Inexplicably drawn to newcomer Aidan Collins, she attempts to keep him out of the pack's grasp. Unfortunately, Aidan's ties to the pack are deeper than she can imagine and competing for his attention sucks her into a dangerous game.
Ignited by Desni Dantone
Kris Young is on the run from forces she doesn't understand. Her only hope of salvation is Nathan, the mysterious figure that has saved her life four times in the last fourteen years. Nathan will introduce her to a world where nothing is as it seems, a world where not even their hearts are safe.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28799241-french-kiss-for-hire
French Kiss For Hire

4.35  ·  Rating details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Sensitive and sexy Frenchman, Luc Du’mont, is living the American dream. He’s spent the last four years at university on an acting scholarship. Now, with graduation behind him, he’s ready to make his big Hollywood splash.

The catch? His debut has to happen before his student visa expires in two months. Otherwise, he’ll be shipped home to France, and all of his acting opportunities will sail with him.

Most important, he’ll lose any chance at winning blond-bombshell Serena Dawson’s heart. As the sister of his roommate, she is strictly off limits. But when Serena approaches Luc for kissing advice, what can Luc do other than pucker up?

The kiss leads to much more than Luc ever imagined. When word gets out about Luc’s lip-locking skills and his unemployment leaves him desperate, Luc finds himself with a new career path: French Kiss for Hire.

Except the only client he wants is the one girl he can’t have.
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Meeting the Author 
I have met Nikki Jefford several times and she has always been a pleasure to meet. I have truly loved being able to meet her and over the years chatting with her on Facebook as well and being on her street team. She is definitely among my top favorite authors. I highly recommend adding her books to your radar and your TBR. You will not be disappointed.
 
 
 
 




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