Forbidden Things: Dissident by Nikki McCormack – Spotlight and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions for Nikki McCormack’s newest book Forbidden Things: Dissident. The author will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Ascard power can strengthen, heal and create. It also has great potential to destroy, enough to topple entire governments. Indigo’s country places strict limitations on the use of ascard so she must channel her talents into the healing arts or risk severe punishment. An orphan from a disgraced family, trapped by her father’s treason, Indigo struggles reclaim her place in a society that has driven her into an abusive engagement.

Then a mysterious stranger from a neighboring country contacts her using ascard. He needs help escaping his prison so he can bring an end to his emperor’s oppressive rule or die trying. His unshakable devotion to his cause and the passion hidden behind his cool arrogance move her to help him at the risk of being branded a traitor herself.

When the politics of society bring them together a second time, Indigo decides to use her growing powers to help him fight his war. If only she dared fight for her own future with such passion. Perhaps she can find the courage to do so by helping the man she has fallen for win his revolution. She might have exactly the power he needs to succeed.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Her attention wandered to the fountain sprouting up in the center of a nearby courtyard, simple and elegant like a great stonework lily. A man stood by the fountain, watching water droplets falling with the shimmer of multicolored gems in the bright sunlight. Long silver hair hung to the middle of his back like a frozen waterfall. His smooth pale skin and unusual hair marked him as Lyran, but his regal bearing and rich attire didn’t befit a slave or merchant.

Curious. “Have you seen him before?”

Andrea turned, following her gaze. “Who?”

“The man beside the fountain.”

“There’s no one by the fountain.”

Andrea’s reply tugged at her awareness, but the silver-haired Lyran was turning toward them now. His pale eyes met hers and the air pressed from her lungs as if a corset were being pulled too tight. The buildings lurched and spun in her vision.


She sank to her knees. Andrea crouched down with her, her eyes wide and frightened. She held Indigo’s shoulders tight, her lips moving. Indigo heard only the pounding of blood in her ears.

About the Author:

Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12 (which is still tucked away in a briefcase in her office). Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she treated her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy left her with an abundance of free time to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her awesome husband, two sweet horses, three manipulative cats, and a crazy dog. She’s a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

    • I think I have considered myself a writer since the moment I told my 6th grade teacher I was going to write books. It’s been a longer road to considering myself an author. I still have moments when it sounds weird to my own ears when I introduce myself as an author. 😉

      Thanks for following the tour!

  3. Jennifer C says:

    I love that you started writing as a young age!

  4. Rita Wray says:

    The story sounds very compelling.

  5. Thank you for hosting the tour and giveaway!

  6. Victoria says:

    Really great excerpt! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. Eva Millien says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  8. Betty W says:

    Great excerpt! I’ve really enjoyed learning about you and your book!

  9. Exceptional post~thank you for sharing!

  10. I like the excerpt!

  11. Amber Ag says:

    Thanks for the excerpt 🙂 What would you say is your favorite book that you’ve read recently?

    • For recent reads, I would probably say Endsinger, the last book in the Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff. I really enjoyed the series and I feel like he nailed the landing at the end quite well.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  13. Patrick Siu says:

    I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  14. Wow! I’m amazed that you wrote a book at 12 years old! Are you going to publish it?

  15. Lori Faires says:

    I love the synopsis and the excerpt is a good teaser. It’s on my TBR list. Blessings and Thanks for sharing.💕

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