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I write books. I like cheese and dragons.

Shatter: By Nikki Trionfo

When I finally gave in (sarcasm warning) and decided to take writing seriously, one of the first people I met was the enigmatic and exceedingly energetic Nikki Trionfo.  I met her at Frank Cole’s book launch party for Afterlife Academy, though we’d had some interaction online prior to that.  I found her to be smart, funny, extremely optimistic, and, overall, one of the most genuine people I’d ever met.

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Now, almost two years later, she’s releasing her debut novel, Shatter.

I’ll be honest and also beg forgiveness all at once.  I haven’t been able to read it yet.  Life circumstances (*read this as “baby #3 being due any day now and lots of day job shifts) have made it impossible to find the time to get it completely read.  However, I couldn’t miss the chance to help her out in her debut week.  That’s an important moment in the life of newly published author.

When I finish the book (and I will, trust me) I will post a review.  However, prior to that, I’m going to share the book description and encourage you to give the book a try if you enjoy YA murder mysteries (here’s looking at you, mom – murder mysteries have always been your thing).

Shatter Blurb

“We never knew there could be people in the orchard. Dangerous people.”

When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem becomes convinced the death was no accident–it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far are theories and clues. With Carrie’s killers still out there, Salem’s not sure who she can trust. If she can’t she prove she’s right before it’s too late, the conspiracy might take another life—hers

About Nikki:

Nikki Trionfo lives in Riverton, Utah with five kids, a CrossFit-training husband who writes computer code, and lots of hip hop background music. Her teen murder mystery, SHATTER (May ’17 from Cedar Fort), won grand prize in LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Alongside Heather Clark, she hosts free writing webinars on YouTube at #50FirstChapters.

A committed party-girl, Nikki serves as the social coordinator of LDStorymakers Conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. Other notable stuff includes an honorable mention in Writers of the Future and a spot in Utah Horror Writer’s shorty-story anthology. This all sounds really serious, but if you run into her, she gets down. Truly.

Give it a whirl if the blurb piques your interest.  I’ll share my review here once I’ve had time to finish the book (which will be after the baby comes).

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Special thanks to the Dragon Queen, Jenna Eatough, for working on my website.  She is the Master of all Dragonkind.

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Writing Prompt – 100 Words – Crossroads

Flash fiction is a short short story (in this case less than 100 words) based off a given prompt.  This week the prompt is as follows:

He was at a crossroads

Here’s my take on it:

Richard Allinnor Smith was either going to live, or he was going to die.  He didn’t really care which.  However, he was at a crossroads.  It was one of those moments when whatever it was that drove the rotation of the world, be it fate, God, the devil, or just pure, miserable chance, wouldn’t let a poor soul off until he’d made some sort of decision.

He wasn’t going to get out of it.

Richard licked his lips and adjusted the straps, nodding to the man near the door, who flung it open.

Richard swallowed and jumped from the plane.


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