by Nikki Jackson
GENRE: Young Adult
It’s summer vacation, and all seventeen-year-old Tori Logan wants to do is hang out with her two best friends, practice her mixed martial arts and go to FBI spy camp. Summer means freedom (mostly from adults) and Tori plans to fill every spare moment of her last summer before graduating from High School with all the fun things she and her best pals can come up with.
Tori, whose mom died of breast cancer when she was young, has always relied on her own strength to get by - especially because her Archeologist father tends to leave her behind with his live-in girlfriend while he gallivants around the world on digs. Thankfully, Tori can take care of herself. She knows exactly who she is and what she wants to do with her life. Her Lakota Sioux grandfather, a former Navy SEAL, trained Tori in self-defense from a young age. Now, as a teenager, Tori excels at mixed martial arts and the use of various weapons. During the summer she will be attending an FBI sponsored Summer Camp which she hopes will lead to her dream job – becoming an FBI serial killer profiler.
With her two best friends at her side, Tori believes she can handle anything. And with summer vacation stretching before them, the trio plans to find plenty of adventure.
But while Tori is determined to be independent, life has other plans for this fierce young woman, and they include coming to grips with some hard - and surprising - truths about both her past and her future.
I could really use a belt. Fin thought as he jumped from the porch, bounding over the five steps. Running down the graveled drive at break-neck speed he cursed the fact he was wearing tennis shoes - that along with the baggy, beltless pants was hemming up his stride.
The sound of shrieks and a male voice yelling at him in a foreign language didn’t help the matter. Fin tripped over his own size 12 feet, rolled and got up running. After gathering his wits about him he heard a muffled roar zoom past him followed by a streak of green. He was unsure of what it was but he was too scared to try to figure it out – he was running now – minus the jeans and a tennis shoe.
Fin all but dove into his Camaro thankful he’d left the keys in the ignition and not in his pants pocket. He turned the key and sped down the drive, kicking dirt and gravel in his wake. In his rear-view mirror he could see the crazy man chasing him with the longest, sharpest sword he’d ever seen.
Making it to the end of the drive, Fin did a complete donut, spun the vehicle around in the right direction and then tore off down the street. Tori had grabbed his errant shoe and AJ leaned down to scoop up the jeans, then the two of them tore down the drive after Fin.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ever since she was young, Nikki Jackson has loved reading and the way that books allow you to journey on wonderful adventures without ever leaving the comfort of home. She decided at a young age that she wanted to become a writer to enable others to experience the magic of books—and The Heart’s Journey Home is the result.
In addition to writing, Nikki Jackson is a contract worker for General Motors. She and her husband currently live in the Detroit metropolitan area.
A little interview
A little interview
Where are you from?
Helen and Art (parents), Ophelia and Albert (grandparents). In part I’m from what these core people in my life were about. As a child we lived four houses down from my grandparents. My four uncles and aunts lived with them in ‘the big house’. It was always bustling and noisy, smelled of home-cooked food and full of grownups and kids. I loved it. I grew up as much there as in my own home. My grandfather was a tall, thick man and he smoked a pipe. The coolest thing about him smoking a pipe was he’d let me light it when my grandmother wasn’t around. Literally. I’d put the pipe between my teeth the way he held it between his and take the match and light it. I’d cough and cough at the smoke that went up my nose and down my throat and he’d laugh that booming laugh of his and take the pipe from me. When my grandfather died that pipe was all I wanted.
Outside of my roots I’m from the metro-Detroit area.
Who Are Your Favorite Authors?
Harper Lee and Stephen King. Harper Lee wrote my favorite book of all time (and the only work of hers I’ve ever read), To Kill A Mockingbird. It was made into a movie starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. I’ve watched that move a hundred times and will likely watch it a hundred more before I leave planet earth. Known as a classic of modern American literature and required reading in most high schools, the story is told for the most part through the narrative voice of a child, Finch’s daughter – Scout. I think that’s ingenious. In addition to being made into a move, To Kill A Mockingbird won Lee the Pulitzer Prize. Both of which are a writer’s dream.
Though I’m not into scary movies I really like the author Stephen King. I love his non-scary works: The Green Mile, The Dead Zone and The Shawshank Redemption. I’ve sat through a couple of his scarier works – The Storm of the Century and Misery. The reason King is a favorite is because of the versatile writing career he’s had over the years. He’s written books, movies, and TV (Under the Dome), and he’s still going strong! I’d love to have his career. I’d be the most satisfied writer around.
How/When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
I can’t remember wanting to do anything else with my life. From the very instant the awareness struck me that one’s profession/job is the result of a choice a person made I decided I wanted to be a writer. I remember being eight years old and reading through the book series – The Boxcar Children. The books were all lined along the shelf at the little public library my two sisters and I visited once a week during the summer. I told myself I was going to read the whole series before school started in the fall and I did. I fell in love with those Boxcar kids. So much so that when they took off for their next adventure I went with them. I jumped onto the boxcar and left my little home in my little neighborhood and hitched a ride onto their exciting quest. That’s when I said out loud I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to take kids on adventures and introduce them to things they’d never seen or thought or imagined. I wanted them to see what I saw with those boxcar kids – that there was a whole world full of excitement and exploits, fun and wonder out there and if they couldn’t go see it for themselves I’d show it to them, through words.
What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Hanging around young people. I love how transparent and open and free they are. They hug one another and care so deeply about each other. They feel friendships and relationships so deeply. They don’t hide their emotions and they put themselves out there 100%. They invest in what they believe in and show up for what’s in their hearts. They’re resilient and nearly invincible. If I had to come up with a word for young people I would say they’re – pure.
What else do you enjoy doing, when you’re not writing?
Going to movies! I love movies. To me they’re books played out in living color, sound and motion, right in front of my eyes. They’re the greatest escape.
What are your dreams and plans for your future as a writer?
I plan to keep writing until the day I die. Period. I hope to be found slumped over my desk, pen in hand having scribbled the last recorded words I would every write. I hope that final prose would be something awesome and mysterious, something people would muse over for a century. Until then I want to write books. I want to write screenplays for movies and TV. I want to fill the earth with my writings.
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Nikki Jackson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.