In Search of a Healing Place by Nikki Walker
Please welcome Nikki Walker to my blog. Nikki writes inspirational and contemporary romance with a second chance theme. She’s here to talk about her latest release, In Search of a Healing Place, which features a tough subject and an atypical hero. Let’s find out more about Nikki and her latest release!
Tell us about yourself.
I am a stay at home wife and mom of one spectacular daughter. (I’m biased of course!) I was pursuing my bachelor’s in business administration, but took a break in January. I am considering resuming in the Fall. I began writing as the result of a 4th grade writing contest. Up until then, I had been a voracious reader. It never occurred to me that I could write. I won a golden diary that I kept for many years. In that, I would journal. Later, I attempted to write short stories. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I began writing more seriously, but only my family and friends were readers. I would dream about being a published writer but only made a few attempts. Then two years ago I published Finding you…When Love Called on Smashwords and a year ago published this on Amazon KDP. My muse finally awakened again and reading your blog was the final push and so here I am.
I love crocheting and when I’m not writing, I am usually crocheting.
What is the most romantic gesture you’ve ever received?
After two years separation, my husband convinced me to remarry him. It was wonderful hearing from him all the things about me he missed. Sometimes, it takes one to lose something precious before we appreciate it. He is my rock. Strangely enough, we had become best friends during our separation. November will mark year two of our family being reunited. Altogether we will have been married twenty-three years.
What types of books are on your bookshelf at home?
This is going to sound bad I know! But when I moved across country, I had to get rid of a lot of my things. Since the move all my books are on my Kindle and I have all of yours Delaney, Nia Forrester, Christopher Bynum, Cassandra Baker Durham, Sharon C. Cooper, Candace Shaw, Iris Bolling, Loretta Walls, Olivia Linden, Melissa Blue…I know I’m going to forget someone!
Short answer choices:
Leather or lace? Lace
Long or short hair? Long hair
Fruity drink or strong liquor? strong liquor
Heels or flats? flats
Jeans or skirt? jeans
Coffee or tea? coffee
Glamorous girl or girl next door? girl next door
Picky eater or adventurous? Adventurous
Glamorous makeup or au naturale? glamorous makeup
Sexy bed-head or sophisticated coif? sophisticated coif
Yes or no: Does size matter?
Yes. I’d like to be size 10!
Why should readers consider buying your books?
They should read my books because they will find people with which they can relate. Most of my readers know that I write about second chances. I believe that most people get a second chance at something in their life for which they are grateful.
What was the nicest comment or most interesting question you’ve received from a reader?
One mother told me she would gift Redemptive Acts to her daughters. One is in high school and I believe the other is going to college. She thought it would be a good cautionary tale.
Another woman said she was going to use her story to get back some of the power within her own life. Getting those comments was extremely encouraging. At that point, Cherise’s story transcended my expectations.
What inspired you to write your latest release, In Search of a Healing Place?
I felt that Tyrone Wheeler had something more to say and I genuinely wanted to redeem him. It wasn’t something that I considered at first. But after conversing with author Nia Forrester the seed was planted.
Is there a scene in the book you particularly enjoy? Tell us about it and why.
My favorite scene in the book is between Tyrone and Jonathan’s parents. Elise is determined to get her husband back in their bedroom and she schemes to make her point. She plans a romantic dinner and after bidding her husband good night is taking a leisure bubble bath waiting for her husband to find her little surprise. Absolutely my favorite scene!
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart, and why?
In Search of a Healing Place is my favorite thus far. I had an opportunity to end this series in a satisfying way while exploring the story lines of three couples and a baby girl. It was a lovely process of growth for me.
What can readers expect from you next?
I am working on Life Unraveled…Diary of an Ordinary Bi-Polar Chick. Sherida Lewis meets Ryan Phillips when he helps her out on the way to a job interview and she runs out of gas. She falls in love and he pulls a disappearing act. It sends her life into a spin. I am looking forward to exploring these characters. (smile)
Nikki, congratulations on reconnecting with your husband. That sounds like a romance that needs to get written. By the way, I’m so flattered that I helped to push you to publish your novels! You have quite a few with great reviews. Tell us about In Search of a Healing Place.
Tyrone has some major adjustments to make. He is fresh out of jail and has been turned away from the life of luxury that Wheeler Industries, the family hotel chain, used to afford him. His days of being the spoilt younger son are over. He transitions from jail to working for his father as a Mail Department Manager. Not exactly what he envisioned while serving his time. Nor did he think he’d be living in a rental that he would have to pay for out of his new, greatly-reduced salary. Farryn Grant, his father’s personal assistant, has been assigned to help him transition to a much simpler life. Neither of them anticipate how this arrangement will affect their hearts.
Most importantly, Tyrone has to figure out how to make peace with the pain he has caused his brother and sister-in-law, Cherise whom he raped during a frat party. This assault continues to fracture his family, who are in the process of healing. None of them have quite figured out how to deal with the fact that while he is the father of Diamond, the child that resulted from the assault, it’s his brother who is raising her. This story leaves one wondering if there can be redemption for Tyrone. Will he and his hurting family ever find a healing place?
Tyrone is spellbound by the classy Farryn Grant, who has been assigned by his father to assist him in transitioning from jail and his past indulgent life to a simpler lifestyle. In this scene he is trying to convince her to give him a cooking lesson:
“Wonderful. Now are you available to give me a cooking lesson this evening?”
His last question drew her up short. She looked at him, taking in his casual grin, a smirk that seemed too self-assured to her.
“Unfortunately, I don’t have the time for that.” She said as she pivoted and walked toward the door.
“That’s not what you said last night.” With his hands tucked into his pockets, he strolled toward her. He watched as she stopped in her tracks.
She turned toward him, her hands on her hips, eyes blazing, she retorted, “Yeah well that was before you dropped some of your emotional baggage on my feet.”
He continued walking until he was just before her. He could feel her breath against him and he tucked his head until his lips were just beside her ear, where he whispered. “What if I say I’m sorry about that?” He could feel how much she wanted to bolt, but he admired how she stood her ground. He watched curly wisps of hair move as his breath blew against her cheek.
She felt her insides in tumult. Her nerves were on edge and her private space felt incredibly violated, but she knew she couldn’t step back. She could not let him have this power win, despite how crazy his cologne was making her. His curly hair was close enough that she only had to reach up to run her fingers through them. But what was the hardest was not to give into the insane impulse to just lean into his shoulder. She didn’t have a doubt that he would simply put those muscular arms of his around her. She didn’t even remember the last time she’d been held—by anyone. Taking a steadying breath, she drew the conclusion that it had to be temporary insanity that had her feeling so affected by this man that she had only met the morning before.
“So how does seven sound to you?” He now murmured against her hair.
“It sounds insane!” She murmured back, before turning abruptly and walking away.
“See you at six-thirty then!” he said laughing while he enjoyed the sway of her hips retreating from him.
How can readers get in touch with you?
Nikki, thank you so much for visiting my blog. Readers, leave your questions and comments for Nikki below.
Posted on July 15, 2013, in Special Guests and tagged African-American romance, contemporary romance, In Search of a Healing Place, inspirational romance, Nikki Walker. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.