Burning Night by Nikki Broadwell

Where the ashes of the past awaken the future

This is the turning point…

When Collie flees an abusive husband she’s also escaping her sordid past. But when her money is stolen, the only way to earn it back in time for her trip to Alaska, is to do the very thing she hoped she left behind. Burning Night festival is only a month away and she simply has to be there.

Exotic dancing at her age seems laughable, but the woman who owns the bar thinks differently. Meanwhile she’s met a much younger man who is undermining all her good intentions.

As the past catches up with the present, terrible memories rise to the surface. Can she untangle the threads of her life before it’s too late, or will her dreams be lost forever in the web closing in around her?

Cold Coffee Review: Collie’s life is out of control. Everything that can happen, seems to be happening. Her marriage was a disaster, due to Dean’s abuse, and running seems to be her only way of escape.

While memories haunt her awake and sleeping mind, a trip to Alaska to attend the Burning Night Festival is perhaps going to be a fresh start. The trip is long and through her emotional pain, she finds a strange sort of comfort, when her laptop becomes her voice. As she writes, a character emerges named May.

Collie’s old truck doesn’t like the trip up Medicine Mountain within the Crow homeland. At 10,000 feet the “wind whips around her, like something alive”. With clean fresh air, wildlife in abundance all around her, a sense of reverence abounds, even though she is not Native American Indian.

Dancing is in Collies blood. Her dance is not done in a huge auditorium where everyone admires the rhythm of each limb orchestrating moves within a flowing white costume. Instead, it is a dance that frees her body, mind and soul, while attracting the wrong types of men to fill her loneliness.

Can Collie take her love of dance, the magic of Medicine Mountain, a new relationship, and the words that pour from her mind, through her finger tips, into her manuscript, create a life worth staying alive for?

I enjoyed reading Burning Night. I hope the author will choose to let us know how Callie does in the future. I invite you to read this book along with the many other books written by Nikki Broadwell. Nikki uses her life experiences in Pacific Northwest and now Desert Southwest of the United States to create her novels. I purchased this book in Kindle and posted the review on October 27, 2018.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary

Product Details:
Paperback: 271 Pages
Publisher: Airmid Publishing (October 15, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1732617317
ISBN-13: 978-1732617315
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches

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About The Author: Nikki I was raised by fairies in a sylvan glade under a massive oak tree. Her early life was spent wandering fields and woods searching for acorns and berries and staring at the cloud shadows racing across the landscape while listening to the whispers on the wind.

Magic and the mystical are alive and well in all her books. Celtic and Norse fantasy, time travel, murder mixed up with ghosts, humor and steamy romance, and a shapeshifting coyote, inhabit my 19 novels. If confused about where to begin–start with Moonstone, book 1 of Wolfmoon.

Nikki books are not what you would call literature, and yet they are not mere entertainment either. They are unique–humorous at times, sad at times, and page-turners that take the reader into a world separate from this one. I do not write to market, I write from my heart.

She couldn’t stop writing if she tried–it is the heart and soul now. She is astounded by how her characters lead her, taking her down meandering paths where she hadn’t planned to go. A muse sits on her shoulder most days, and when she’s absent, Nikki flounders and realize she needs a break. Nikki loves all things magic, including the Tarot, the runes, divination of all kinds, ghosts, clairvoyance, astral travel–you name it. Magic is all around us if only we open our eyes to it.

Nikki lived in the Pacific Northwest for sixteen years before moving to the desert southwest with her husband, a cat and a dog. The move was hard because she left family behind. “Arizona is a wonderful place to be and the weather, at least in the winter, is delightful!”

In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hiking, gardening, and enjoys the bird and animal life that abound in the desert.

Nikki Broadwell Published Books:

The Last Keeper Of The Light: A Dystopian Fantasy

Just Another Desert Sunset: A Shapeshifter Romance (Coyote Book 1)

Coyote Sunrise: A Shapeshifting Story

Moonstone: Wolfmoon Trilogy Book 1

Willow: Wolfmoon Book 2

Raven: Wolfmoon Book 3

Faery: Wolfmoon Book 4

Wolfmoon Series Gift Set: Books 1-4

The Wolf Moon: A Supernatural Fantasy

Gypsy’s Quest: A Time Travel Romance (Gypsy Series Book 1)

Gypsy’s Return: A Time Travel Romance (Gypsy Series Book 2)

Gypsy’s Secret: A Time Travel Romance (Gypsy Series Book 3)

Gypsy Trilogy Gift Set: Gypsy Trilogy: Gypsy’s Quest, Gypsy’s Return, Gypsy’s Secret

Murder In Plain Sight: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 1

Summer McCloud Boxed Set: Paranormal Murder Mysteries 1-5

Saffron and Seaweed: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 2

Black and White and Red all Over (A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 3)

Finlay’s Folly: A Ghost Story (A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 4)

The Night Of The Jaguar: A Summer McCloud Paranormal Mystery Book 5

Time Bridge: Fehin and Airy Book 1

Time Gap: Airy and Fehin Book 2

Rosemary For Remembrance: A Supernatural War-Torn Love Story

A Witch In Time Saves Nine

The Moon In Her Eyes: A Witch’s Tale


What makes you proud to be a writer from Tucson, Arizona? I am proud to be a writer no matter where I live, but this area has a special mystical quality about it that harkens back to the early days of the Native tribes who lived here.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I always loved to write—my favorite classes in school were when the teacher gave us one unfinished sentence and told the class to write for fifteen minutes. In college I majored in Art and English, unsure which was the most important to me.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I spent a lot of time alone when I was a kid—There were no electronic devices then and so I was able to use my imagination to make up stories as I roamed forests and fields. I was an army brat and so we moved a lot, which added to my introversion. I read books nonstop.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? It was around 2003 that I began a serious story that had to do with my father’s time as a POW. That book still languishes due to the heavy emotional toll it took. In the meantime, I began a fantasy that took off and turned into three books. I sent it out to 60 agents before I decided to self-publish.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing journey? The writing itself is my reward. I feel blessed that the muse has seen fit to stick with me!

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I write in several genres—the main one is fantasy, but I also write paranormal mystery, historical fiction and dystopian.

What do you like to do when you are not writing? We just got back from a trip to Britain…I love to travel. Travel has brought me many ideas for my books. I also like to hike with my dog, and do yoga—I’m also thinking about making my own shea butter products…

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Main one is do not be discouraged. There are many writers and many approaches to writing. Don’t give into the crowd mentality—think for yourself. And READ avidly!

Who is your favorite author and why? If I had one favorite author it would probably be Lewis Carrol. Alice in Wonderland was my favorite book growing up, as well as his other writings—also loved Rudyard Kipling (Jungle books) There are so many it would take a full page to list them all! Of course, Tolkien comes to mind. I love fantastical stories like The Night Circus.

What writers would you compare yourself to? I have always had a difficult time when I’m asked to compare myself with other writers. There seems to be a marketing trend now about describing oneself as a mix between this author and that. I question this. I recently read a book about Hemingway, who felt as I do—he thought of himself as unique and frowned on comparisons with others. I understand the reasoning, but my contention is—can’t being unique be a claim to fame? w

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