Nikki Jefford contributes to the Books Against Bullying Campaign! #BooksAgainstBullying
I LOVE Nikki Jefford. Love her. Love love love. OF COURSE she’s the kind of gal to donate to the Books Against Bullying Campaign! Color me excited because this donation will knock the socks off of one very lucky teen reader. If you aren’t already familiar with Nikki and her writing, please give me the chance to introduce you in this post!
Nikki Jefford, 35, is a third generation Alaskan who found paradise in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands in Washington where she is, once more, neighbors with Canada. She lived in a mud hut at age 19 while volunteering in Africa; met and married Sebastien while working as a teaching assistant in France; and lived off-grid in the mountains of Northern California learning to grow food. Vegetarian for over 15 years and vegan for five. Nikki loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt.
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Now, check out all the details on this book and tell me you don’t want to read if yourself! Doesn’t it look awesome? It’s been near the top of my massive “to-read” pile for a short eternity. I’m dying to get to it, as soon as I have other commitments out of the way. Make sure you clear a spot for Entangled on your to-read list, too! Then be sure to tell me what you thought after reading it!
Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
The students and faculty of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as grief, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray’s left with questions about how she died, what went wrong with her mother’s resurrection spell, and what will happen to her if she doesn’t disentangle herself from her sister’s body.
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A Note From Nikki on Bullying
The worst bullying I experienced growing up was at home. My adopted father was physically and mentally abusive and it made life a living hell. He took every opportunity to tell me I was a loser who wasn’t going to amount to anything. His favorite maneuver was the arm twist. Being a doctor, he knew the exact pressure points that left no marks and when to let go before anything broke.
One evening I was alone in the kitchen chopping lettuce and he reached for my arm like he’d done a thousand times before. I remember thinking, “I’m 16, I’m too old for this shit.” I turned with this gigantic kitchen knife and held it up. Our eyes met and in that look he saw there was a chance I’d stab him if he grabbed me. He never touched me again.
I ended up taking off in the middle of the night with my little brother after our dad nearly choked him. I drove over to our aunt and uncle’s house and they threatened to involve the police. That was the wakeup call my mother needed to get over her own fear, separate, and finally divorce.
Reading and writing saved my life. Half the time I lived in my head. I wrote my first novel in the fifth grade, taught myself to touch type on an old typewriter, and kept going from there.
The best advice I can offer is to stick up for yourself. It takes practice, but if you don’t come to your own rescue who will? The best revenge is to pursue your dreams and be happy. Make that your focus and strive for it because anything else will only get in your way.
Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author. Her bestselling Forever Girl Series is available at online retailers and has been optioned for film with Witten Pictures. The Hungarian edition has been published with IPC books and the German edition has been published with Darkiss, a Harlequin imprint.