Archive | January 2014

What Else I’m Doing…

Nikki's Pampering Things!Well… in addition to writing, I am also selling natural soaps. (smile) I’ve done this off and on for a few years now. Many of you discovered this in my story, “Been There & Done That,” ~ In Flames.   However, soon writing took over most of my time and energy.  But recently, I have renewed my interest.  So, if you are into natural soaps or would like to gift some to a friend, please drop by my webstore:  There you can get a book to go with your bath!

Here are just a few!  They are priced at $4.50 each or any 3 for $10.00!  Hope to see you soon and please, by all means tell a friend!

Rosemary soap Grapefruit mint soap Mint choc soap white tea soap cinnamon almond soapautumn apple soapWindblossom soapchampaka soap Vanilla Silkvanilla ylang ylangOrange Vanillacitrus cedar sage soapcoconut soapkiwi soapoatmeal milk honey soapcreme brulee

Check out my Nikki’s Pampering Things Video!

The Story behind my stories….

Marriage Ceremony Oct.15,2011 020  me2I have been a person of Faith for most of my life.  What does that mean?  I guess I mean that I just didn’t carry faith around like a good luck charm. My faith was alive through the rendering of service to others since I was thirteen years old. I moved to West Virginia when I was 17 to engage in a ministry work.  So,  I felt like I was deeply religious, solid in my faith. But, I learned the hard way that faith can diminish over time.  In 2007/2008, twenty-plus years later, my life went into a spin.  It seems that no matter how much you anticipate drawing on all that faith that you’ve been storing up like some bank account to use during a rainy day, something within you tells you that a good person shouldn’t go through storms of life.  At least that must have been my way of thinking, because when my marriage hit some tough spots at a time that I felt I had given it my all…it felt like something within me broke, as if I would never be the same again.  I remember feeling that all the self-sacrifice had been for nothing.

What I didn’t know at that time, was what I thought was bad, was nothing compared to what I was about to experience.   Anyone knows that it’s always better to travel a dark road with  light.  For a little while, though, without the luminary of my spirituality to enlighten me, it felt like I was in complete darkness. I had to regain my light and my life footing.  I remember feeling as if things would never be right again–that I would never be whole again.  I am so glad to discover I was wrong!   Now, I can draw on the memories of those raw feelings of failure, insecurity, self-doubt, and complete loss of identity to create characters who need second chances.  If I could go back and do things differently, I definitely would make better choices. But guess what?  It’s how I later found out that second chance stories found me…