What Scares Nikki Jackson the Most? – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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As an author, what scares me the most is….

Scary movies. I have sworn off them numerous times over the years only to get sucked into watching something that will give me nightmares for weeks. It all started with those flying monkeys (The Wizard of Oz) and seemed to have spiraled from there.

I find scary movies both frightful and intriguing – frightful for obvious reasons, yet intriguing because someone wrote it, the book or the screen play, it all started as an idea in the head of a writer who then wrote it down. What fascinates me so is that a tore up scary movie formed itself first in the mind of the writer – all the horror and terror, the blood and gore, the bare-knuckled fear was all birthed in someone’s imagination.

I remember being in the audience when Alien debuted. The special effects were nothing any of us had ever seen before, cutting edge for its time. When that guy started choking everybody though a piece of cornbread or something had gone down the wrong way, but when that alien came out of his stomach, you wouldn’t believe the screaming going on in the theater. Grown men drowning out the shrieks of women and children, I kid you not.

Now that’s powerful. Pulling people out of the security and safety they know they’re in and transporting them to the scariest block in the neighborhood, some lone cabin in the backwoods, a space ship a bazillion miles away from everyone and everything. It’s the greatest tease the brain will ever experience – the knowing that you’re sitting in a chair – safe and sound, watching or reading something, with the other part of your brain fully entrenched in having the crap scared out of you – now that’s crazy powerful.

The scariest movie I’ve ever seen in life was The Ring. I got caught up in the premise: watch the video, get the phone call, dead in seven days. The curious side of my brain just knew there was a way out of this and I wanted to see how the latest victim would beat the curse. I still don’t know how the movie ended. When that blond-headed kid came out of that well I started screaming. I was screaming at the guy watching this play out on the TV to turn it off and get out of there. He didn’t hear me. He just sat there spellbound while that kid came out of that well and was moving, like some weird stop action closer and closer, and then shocks of shocks….when that kid climbed through the TV set….I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t call the police, I was a screaming mess. It was like she’d climbed through my TV set and into my living room. That’s the last thing I remember.

I turned on every light in the house (why did I watch it at night, alone?), made sure all the doors and windows were locked (twice) and I spent the night on the sofa with a blanket over my head and a Bible on my chest. It was either that or get up and drive over to my kid sister’s for the night.

That hot mess of a movie was first a writer’s creation. Somebody sat down and imagined it and then wrote it down. As traumatizing as that movie was to me, the thought that a writer wrote it is fantastic. Don’t you see? I was scared and traumatized and ready to throw-up and pee all at the same time – I was physically and emotionally and yes, psychologically effected and caught up and spent and I didn’t even last the whole movie!

Look, as a writer I don’t want to scare the bejeezus out of anyone, but I want to take the reader on an exhilarating, crazy wild rollercoaster ride. I want the reader to be giddy, shocked, angry, moved, excited, teased, floored, bowled over – and happily spent when they finish reading a book of mine. I want to pull the reader out of their present setting and take them on the journey of a story with me and my characters. I want to give the reader a break from life as they know it and I want them to eagerly join me on an imagined adventure. I want to have the same effect on the reader that reading books have always had on me – joy, bliss, satisfaction.

Me and the scary book writer both have this one thing in common – regardless of your emotional state after reading something we’ve written we want you to feel your money and time were both well spent.

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.

Enjoy an excerpt:

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.

About the Author:

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.

Check out Nikki’s blog or catch up with her on Twitter.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Nikki Jackson says:

    Good Morning and thanks for the tour stop! You are officially my first ever book tour stop so this is pretty special. So while I’m here… the movie The Ring, does anybody know how it ended??

  3. Becky Richardson says:

    Thanks for the chance! Would love to win.

  4. Danielle M. says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. What was the last book you read?

    • Nikki Jackson says:

      Right now I’m in the middle of reading After Earth, a novelization of the movie by the same name staring Will and Jaden Smith. The movie got panned but I didn’t think it was that bad. In reality I thought the plot was interesting – this space ship crash lands on a hostile planet and the dad is seriously hurt so he can’t get them rescued so it all falls on the shoulders of his teen-age son played by Jaden Smith. He had to surmount all his doubts and fears or both he and his dad would be lost. The next book on my list is The Martian. I straight-up loved the movie. Matt Damon rocked!

  6. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  7. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed the post and excerpt, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

  8. Loved the excerpt. Sounds fascinating.

    • Nikki Jackson says:

      It really is a sweet read if I may say so myself. Just when you think you’ve got it pinned down something will come out of left field to surprise you.

  9. Great interview and excerpt. 🙂 I watched The Ring, but I can’t remember how it ends. Thank you.

  10. Judy Schechter says:

    Great guest post, I enjoyed reading it as well as the excerpt. I’m afraid of most scary/gory movies too. I’ll never forget begging my family to let me go with them to the drive in movie to see Rosemary’s Baby when I was young. Well it didn’t take long for me to be hysterical and demanding I be taken home!

    • Nikki Jackson says:

      I am so laugh! I tried to sit through Rosemary’s Baby myself back in the day but no such luck. The minute it took that tore-up turn I was done.

  11. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt. 🙂

  12. Rebecca Niehaus says:

    This sounds like a really good read! Thanks!

  13. scary movie

  14. Sounds like a really great book – thanks for sharing!

  15. Great excerpt, thank you!

  16. Great interview and excerpt. 🙂 I watched The Ring, but I can’t remember how it ends. Thank you.

  17. Nikki Jackson says:

    Big shout out of thanks to Long & Short Reviews for hosting a stop on my book tour it’s really been fun. Thanks to you folks who left a comment, really encouraging

  18. Enjoyed the excerpt, thank you!

  19. amanda sakovitz says:

    thanks for the chance

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