Welcome to the book blitz for A Layover in Doppelganger-Ville, the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, The Heart’s Journey Home, by Nikki Jackson. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive interview, and details on her giveaway.
About the Book
Title: A Layover in Doppelganger-Ville
Series: The Heart’s Journey #2
Author: Nikki Jackson
Publisher: Book Baby
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Picking up where The Heart’s Journey Home: California Blend Summer Vacation leaves off, book two in the series follows seventeen-year-old Tori Logan as she and her best friends, AJ and Kalea, accompany Tori’s archeologist father to Israel.
Tori Logan is used to her life looking a little different from the lives of other girls her age. She’s also used to having plenty of adventures, so when she and her best friends see an excavated quarry in one of Jerusalem’s most famous archeological sites, they waste no time checking it out for themselves. Adventurous and fiercely independent, Tori leads her friends into the quarry where they happen upon what appears to be a secret passageway. As the trio laughs and jokes, small rumblings turn into big quakes and the walls start to crumble around them. Kalea and AJ escape, but the site collapses before Tori can find her way out.
When she comes regains consciousness, Tori realizes she’s traveled back in time to ancient Jerusalem. With her quick wit and drive to survive, she concocts a story about why she, a foreigner, is there and finds shelter with a widow woman named Judith – who looks exactly like her father’s live-in girlfriend, Rachel.
As Tori encounters other people who are spitting images of loved ones back at home, she must reconcile truths about herself with the hard realities about the situation in which she finds herself. But will these lessons last once she’s back at home?
Will she even make it home?
Would you share a little bit about yourself with us today?
I could say I’m Black, female, and I have gray hair in my dreadlocks, but all of that is boring. What I’d really like to share is that I’ve spent the better part of my life dreaming about being a writer and now I am. I was just eight years old when it struck me. I was a regular little Black kid living in metro-Detroit. I had just finished reading the first book series I ever read – The Boxcar Children and I had an epiphany. This crystallized moment came upon me and I literally stood up in the bedroom I shared with my sisters and announced for the world to hear – “I’m going to be a writer when I grow up.” Though my life has taken many roads, twists and turns, that yearning never left my soul. I would think about it every now and then and just as quickly life would appear and distract me. I got to the place where I said to myself – you’re either going to be a writer or not. Once I started thinking seriously about writing and talking to myself about what I’d like to write, the book pretty much came to me.
Tell us a little about your recently published book.
Well as you know book two of The Heart’s Journey Home series, titled A Layover in Doppelganger-ville has just been published. I had a lot of fun writing it. The cool thing about it is that the main character Tori has gone back in time to ancient Jerusalem. Without throwing any spoilers out she has found herself in a situation where her independent, I-can-do-it-myself, attitude is more of a hindrance than a help to her. It’s even dangerous which she comes to learn, the hard way. The book is about Tori being presented with the challenge to see things through a different lens and to decide what to do with that view. And then of course, how does she return to the present time.
What genre influenced you the most? And why?
I find that the Young Adult genre influence me the most. When I started researching for my first book in the series – The Heart’s Journey Home: California Blend Summer Vacation, I discovered this whole young adult genre world. I read The Hunger Games – I straight-up loved it. From there Divergent (tore up loved it), Ender’s Game and The Fault in Our Stars. By then I was pretty much hooked on the genre. I knew young people were cool but I didn’t realize how straight-up out the box they were. When I read the female characters in Hunger Games and Divergent I told myself that my lead was going to have to rock like these sisters. I totally fell in love with the strong teen female character. Not the “I’m strong and I don’t need anybody,” attitude, but the ‘this is messed up but I got this,” attitude. Teens taking their ground and holding their ground because they feel they have no other choice. It’s like they looked around and they were the only ones standing there. That’s why I love this genre, it’s unpretentious and honest, the characters are just real.
Favorite place to writer?
Panera Bread with a bowl of baked potato soup and a caramel latté on the table. It’s not too quiet and it’s not too noisy. I go to the Panera Bread in Allen Park near my home and I’ve gotten to know the employees and a few of the regulars and it’s just a good homey spot.
You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
Everyone who knows me would laugh but its Stephen King. I am so not into scary movies. Between the flying monkeys (the Wizard of Oz) and The Ring (that chick coming out of that well then the TV set?!) it’s a wrap. What I love about King is his versatility. The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, two totally non-scary works, both of which I really love. I was shocked when I learned the TV series Under The Dome is based on King’s novel – Under The Dome. Books, movies, TV, scary stuff, non-scary stuff and all of it’s good. His scary stuff is just tore up good I just can’t sit through it. His writing is great. It’s descriptive and tight and it’s a thriller at the most purest basic level. There’s a scary movie of his that I did sit through and loved – Storm of the Century. The premise was just messed up. This scary looking guy shows up at this little out of the way town, kills a couple of people in a tore-up way and then takes all the little kids hostage – of sorts. They’re all knocked out and he tells the parents and the town that they have to give him one of the kids (apparently for some reason he can’t just take the kid). Give him one or he’s killing all of them. How in the world were they going to get out of this dilemma? Were they going to stand together or every parent for themselves? In the end they caved as a town and gave into this guy. They pulled lots and gave him one of the kids. The rest of the movie showed the devastatingly lasting effect that one choice had on folks in the town (they had to cover the early deaths and the missing child with a lie). And at the end you learned what eventually happened to the kid. What made the movie good for me was the interplay between the characters as they tried to figure out what to do. Morality and ethics, basic humanity, strength and right were put on a trial of sorts and the outcome wasn’t pretty. Human maybe, but messed up none the less. I thought King’s premise was sweet and I’m still trying to determine what I would’ve done in the end. That’s the formula of a grand story – the reader still talking about it years later.
What exciting story are you working on next?
Young adult Science Fiction, your typical alien teen crash lands on earth and has to survive until his family locates him. It’s your basic fish out of water story and I’m having fun watching how he has to blend in with regular Earthlings. And yes I did say he. The main character is a guy. I’m really excited about that. I don’t want to get stuck in a groove where the only main characters I, as the writer, relates to is female. I’m hoping to have it completed and published sometime next year. I’ll keep you posted.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Commit to the dream. Find a way to write everyday – work on something, journal, anything just so long as you’re writing. Don’t be deterred by negative views or comments from friends, family or foe, believe in the writer you know yourself to be and let that be your guiding force.
About the Author
Nikki Jackson considers herself to be an Indie Writer, Journeyman and Traveler. She’s camped out in the Grand Canyon just to see the sunrise over a stupendous backdrop and she yet dreams to travel to Mount Everest, not to climb any part of it but to simply stand at the North Base Camp and take it all in, in person. Nikki’s love of adventure was inspired at an early age at the local library where she spent summers reading about young travelers going cross-country and around the world. She loved the adventures that took her out of the bottom bunk of her bed (her favorite reading spot) and had her soaring across the clouds to lands filled with wonderful and diverse people. It was then and there Nikki decided she wanted to be a writer – she wanted to have the same effect on people reading books had on her. The Heart’s Journey Home is the beginning of the adventure.
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