Monday, March 16, 2015

Get Your Green On! Giveaway

I've written in a variety of fields over the years, from employee newsletters to literary short fiction; entertainment and lifestyle pieces for Alaska newspapers and magazines to obituaries. :(

By far my favorite writing project was the Spellbound Trilogy. I am grateful to hear feedback from readers such as, "I wish this was a 13 book series," and "I took a 5 year reading break to raise my kids. Entangled was the first book I read in half a decade. I loved it so much it got me back into reading."

Win A Signed Paperback

I hope you find an opportunity to experience the adventure, magic, and romance of Spellbound. Book One, Entangled is FREE at all major eBook retailers. (See Spellbound page for links.)
Don't Go Without Your Freebie :)

And lastly, I hope these books not only inspire you to read and write, but to Never Give Up on your dreams & goals and not take crap EVER!

I'm giving away a signed Duplicity (Spellbound #2) paperback. No one will pinch you while you're reading it! ;-)

Add more awesome to your eReader.

Pinch me, I'm Alaskan!
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 1 is now free at all major online eBook retailers. Links here.

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The entire Spellbound Trilogy is now available for one low price of $4.99.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Whiteout (Aurora Sky #5) on Goodreads

Whiteout is well under way and an absolute blast... or rather ARCTIC BLAST as Aurora and Dante play a game of cat-and-mouse across the Last Frontier.

Read more about it at Goodreads or WAIT if you haven't read Hunting Season yet.

I did my best to avoid spoilers, but there's only so much I can leave out and still have a book description.

Whiteout is releasing this June. Yes, it's like Christmas in July. Whiteout in June!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Free YA/NA Paranormal Romance Feature

THE ELSKER SAGA: ELSKER by S.T. Bende - currently FREE on iBooks, Amazon & Kobo!

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs. But when she transfers from her one-stoplight Oregon town to Cardiff University in Wales, she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting. His cashmere sweaters and old world charm mask a warrior who’s spent an eternity fighting for his very existence. Ull is an honest-to-goodness Norse god -- an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. On top of being marked for death, Asgardian law prohibits Ull from tying his fate to a mortal. No matter what she feels for Ull, Kristia knows she’s the one thing he can never have.

With Ragnarok on the horizon and a lunatic haunting her dreams, Kristia has to find a way to convince Ull that breaking the rules is the only way to survive; that defying the order he’s sworn to uphold is their only chance to be together. And when someone starts asking the wrong questions, Kristia realizes the crazy visions she’s had all her life might be the key to saving their realms. . . even if they end up costing her her life.

And now, a sneak peek at S.T. Bende’s Upper YA/NA paranormal romance, THE ELSKER SAGA: ELSKER! In this scene, Ull has just rescued Kristia from an altercation at a dance club. But in doing so, he might have let on that he’s a little more than what he seems. Hope you enjoy it!

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“Come Kristia, I am taking you home.” He strode across the dance floor, still shaking, as I hastily told my roommates I would meet them at our flat. Outside, it was so cold the trout must have been tap dancing, and Ull’s long legs took strides so big, I had to run to keep up. He stopped under a streetlight and his breath came out in small puffs. His body was tense, but his eyes were soft, the grey-blue of the sky after a storm. I both adored and hated him all at once.

“Are you all right, Kristia?” He seemed genuinely concerned.

“I’m fine, thanks. How did you …” My sentence trailed off.

He drew another ragged breath. “Right place, right time, I guess,” he said halfheartedly. He obviously wasn’t telling the whole truth. I scanned his face and he shrugged.

“That’s not what I mean. Are you going to tell me about that whole disappearing act in the club?” Or explain how he and his stepdad had the same names as the gods I’d taken a quiz on this week?

“Not tonight.”

“Then goodnight, Ull.”

“Wait.” He seemed at a loss. “I suppose we should talk.”

“I don’t know if I want to talk to you. You didn’t call me, remember?” I sounded a lot more bitter than I meant to.

“Right. That. You deserve an explanation.” Ull had the grace to look ashamed, but it only fueled my anger.

“For what? Making out with me in the middle of a castle – no, two castles – and just leaving me hanging? For lying to me about having ‘the most enjoyable evening you have ever had’ and then not bothering to call when you said you would?” My exaggeration of his soft accent was terrible.

But I was building steam. “It’s been two weeks and I’ve heard nothing from you. Nothing! I actually believed you when you said Nice Ull was the real you. Was that some kind of a joke? Because clearly, you’re the same jerk who spent a week giving me nasty looks for absolutely no reason.”

“I would hardly say I am a jerk, Kristia.”

“Really? Then what would you call making out with someone all night and then dropping off the face of the earth? You made me feel this big.” I pinched my fingers together and held them just under his nose. “And where do you get off acting like that? What kind of scumbag just drops the cow once he gets a taste of the milk? Huh?”

“Would you be the cow in that scenario?”

“Don’t mess with me right now, buddy,” I threatened. “I called you. Because that’s what nice people do when the person they like goes missing. They pick up the phone and call. I thought something awful had happened to you. I was so stupid! Was this whole thing just some ploy to see how far you could get with me?” The corner of Ull’s mouth turned up in a smirk. It was infuriating. “Oh, so this is funny to you?” I winced at the shrillness in my voice. It wasn’t dignified, but he had it coming.

“Nobody here has ever spoken to me like this.” Now the smirk was a full-fledged smile.

“Well somebody needs to. You think because you’re so superior, you can just parade around and do whatever you want? Do the rest of us even matter to you?” I was shaking, my hands balled into tight fists.

“Are you finished?”

“Hardly,” I muttered, glaring into Ull’s endless blue, traitor eyes.

“I did just save you,” Ull reminded me.

“I had things under control.” My voice was testy.

“Oh, did you?”

“I was getting there.”

“Right. Well, while you were getting there, I took care of the problem. The least you can do is let me explain.” I thought about what I’d have been doing right now if Ull hadn’t come along in the nightclub. Guilt stepped lightly on Anger’s toes.

“You know what Ull?” I sighed, too exhausted to fight anymore. “I’ve had a long night. I just want to go home.”

“Do you want to hear my explanation?”

“Do you think it’ll make any difference?”


I shook my head. “Maybe’s not good enough.” I turned and walked toward campus.

“Where do you think you are going?”

“I told you. Home.” Heavy footsteps followed me.

“This conversation is not over.” Ull sounded strained.

“Yes, it is. I get it. You weren’t that into me. You’re lousy at dumping girls. Case closed.”

“Kristia,” Ull grabbed my hand, forcing me to stop. “Please. It is not what you think.”

I pulled my hand back and folded my arms. “It doesn’t matter, Ull. I just want to go home.” As I started my brisk walk, Ull matched my pace.

“Fine. You may go home.”

“Gee, thanks.” Could he be any more arrogant?

“But this conversation is not over,” He marched confidently beside me.

“Where exactly do you think you’re going?”

“With you.”

“You are not coming home with me.” I didn’t care how good he looked in that coat; I was a woman of substance.

“I am making sure you get home safely, whether you like it or not. We can talk tomorrow.” The smugness in his voice got under my skin.

“I seriously doubt that,” I muttered, picking up my pace in an effort to get away from him. At that moment, Ull was the last person I wanted to be around.

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To read more of Ull and Kristia’s story, download ELSKER, Book One in The Elsker Saga, for FREE at:

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hunting Season (Aurora Sky #4) is LIVE!

Release day is here! :D
Aurora Sky and the gang are back. 
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hunting Season {Celebration} Giveaway


Pre-Release & Release Week Celebration!
Win one of these killer Aurora Sky beaded bookmarks or purse charms!
These lovelies were custom made by Roxanne at Bewitching Book Tours.
5 Ways to Win * 5 Winners Will Be Selected * INT
Ends: March 8th
[Winners will be contacted individually & announced here on March 9th]

Book one is now FREE. If you haven't read Aurora Sky yet, start today. :D
Download links can be found on the Aurora Sky page.

1) Share Your Favorite [Aurora Sky] Scene

1-a) Pick from the list below or share your own, just avoid any big spoilers.
1-b) Share your pick on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram using hashtag #AuroraSkyReturns
1-c) Link back to this post

Optional: Tag Nikki Jefford or Tweet @NikkiJefford

- on the public bus w/Fane in book one
- sexting w/Dante in Northern Bites
- in the parking garage w/Dante in Bad Blood
Example: My favorite Aurora Sky scene is in the parking garage w/Dante in Bad Blood by @NikkiJefford #AuroraSkyReturns

Winner chosen: Randomly by looking through #AuroraSkyReturns hashtag use on FB, Twitter, and Instagram.

2) Sign-up for Nikki’s Newsletter
One of the most frequent questions I receive is: When is your next book releasing?
Let me make it easier on you with a new release alert. No guessing. No having to check back at the right time. No marking your calendar. I’ll let you know when the book’s available.

Winner chosen: via

3) Who Said It?

- Five quotes from Hunting Season.
- Multiple choice.
- Answers do not need to be correct to win. (The book’s not out yet, and you’re not mind readers… are you?)
- Take your best guess. A winner will be chosen via on March 8.

4) Repin on Pinterest

4-a) Repin your favorite Aurora Sky cover(s) from Nikki’s Novel Board:

Winner chosen: Randomly by looking through repins.

5) Reviewer Appreciation

The surest way to help a series you love keep going? Tell your friends! :D

Thank you for taking the time to not only read, but recommend, and review Aurora Sky!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sleep With A Vampire

Hunting Season Teaser Tuesday

Releases NEXT week!
Practice safe sex.
Sleep with a vampire.

FANE SMILED when he saw my expression. “Don’t forget, I know all about you and your stash of Trojans.”

            I’d nearly forgotten about my pit stop at the Jewel Lake Quickie Mart on my way to Scott Steven’s house. Fane had the unfortunate timing of buying smokes at the same time I was buying protection.

            “Your face turned so red when you saw me in line behind you,” Fane said. “Sorta like it’s doing right now.”
            He reached his hand forward to touch my cheek. I uncrossed my arms and batted it away.
            “That’s because I’d just come in from the cold,” I said.
            Fane shook his head. “You were embarrassed.”
            “You were an ass.”
            “Don’t forget, I offered to drive you home. Should have taken me up on it.”
            I sucked in a breath.
            Fane moved his chin back and forth lightly as though saying, you know I’m right.
            In the end, it would have been better to return home. I could have avoided the worst sex ever. I didn’t have anything to compare it to, but I was convinced it couldn’t get worse than Scott Stevens. Doing him ranked somewhere up there with stabbing a vampire to death.
            Schools ought to hire me to preach abstinence.
“Hey guys, don’t do it. It sucks—unless you meet a nice vampire because he probably knows what he’s doing and I bet he does it really well. Plus you won’t get pregnant or any STD’s. Remember, don’t take him to bed, unless he’s undead.”

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Hunting Season releases next weeks!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wild Animals Teaser

Hunting Season Teasers every Tuesday until Release!   
"Some animals are better kept out in the wild."
Jared issued a sharp whistle. “Francesco Donado. He’s been around in more ways than one.”

           Jared shot me a sly glance. I kept my mouth clamped tight.
            When he saw I wasn’t going to take the bait, Jared continued. “We’ve had our eyes on him for some time. He hasn’t slipped up… yet. Sociable guy. Melcher’s going to want to put another agent on him, and it’s not going to be you.”
            “What? Melcher has no plans to recruit him? He’s not agency material?” I asked half-pissed and half-digging for as much information as possible.
            Jared rubbed his chin against his shoulder, keeping one eye on the road. “Some animals are better kept out in the wild.”
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