The Book I didn’t expect to write by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Hi everyone! Cynthia, thank you for letting me be a guest on your blog today!

Amazon_2 Welcome to November! At this time last year, I was gearing up to release my debut book, The Secret Santa Wishing Well. November 17 marks the end of my first year in publishing. My fourth and latest upcoming release is another Christmas title, called On the 12th Date of Christmas. This book…I didn’t expect it. Had no idea I’d be writing it. It’s the ‘follow up’ to Secret Santa.

My beta reader was the first one to ‘hint’ at a story for one of Secret Santa’s secondary characters. Her name is Robin, and she is a very important person in Cheyenne and her children’s lives. When the book came out, I had a few more people want more! So, I thought and thought some more. I think it might have been January when I asked “So who wants more of the Secret Santa characters in a story for Robin?” From the enthusiastic response, I knew what I had to do.

I knew it wasn’t going to be writing the story until at least the summer for a fall release. It gave me time to think about it. I had to give the story the same feeling I did in Secret Santa.

I kept struggling with a story for Robin. Then I was having a conversation with my husband, who is a very big supporter in my writing career. Often times over dinner we plot out stories. I told him I wasn’t sure if there’d be a follow up this year or not. I couldn’t come up with a story for Robin. So we came up with different ideas, and the gears started rolling around in my head.

It took a little more plotting and planning, but the story idea came to me.

And in a little more than a week, On the 12th Date of Christmas will be released.

My betas and early ARC review team has been loving the story so far! I have a friend who I’ve known since 2005 that is reading it and it’s her first taste of one of my books…She’s normally a sci/fi fantasy reader and she’s really enjoying the book.

Oh, and that beta reader that first suggested Robin’s story has planted another idea in my head. So….there’s more of these characters to come. Tune in mid 2014 for details on that one!

I love my job!

secretsantacover_2Thanks for following me along today! I’d love to give away a copy of my debut, The Secret Santa Wishing Well. One lucky commenter gets an e-copy of the story.


After being mugged, Robin Sorenson is left shaken and her spirit in humanity broken. Worse, she’s not sure how to deal with the new anxieties or who to confide in since she’s always preached to pick oneself up and move on. Yeah, she’s been the go to girl when anyone’s had problems.
Christmas is coming, and her belief in magic and miracles has faded.

Then Jonas comes back.

Jonas Aimes made a mistake. A big one, when he walked away from Robin a year earlier. He’d loved her, always had and still does, but his desire to please his aging and strict parents took precedence. Back from the overseas internship they’d struggled to get him in, he plans on winning Robin back. What he didn’t count on was discovering the shell of the vivacious woman he’d loved.


Remembering her love of Christmas, Jonas pulls the holiday heartstrings. What? All is fair and love and war. Right?

Twelve days, Twelve Dates.

Robin is speechless when Jonas not only refuses to leave her alone, but dares her to accept his cheesy holiday themed challenge. Twelve dates to give him a chance to prove he loves her and is never leaving her again.

But in the season known for miracles can Robin find the magic needed to open her heart and faith once more…or will she forever wonder about the ghost of the Christmas past that could have been?(

Add to Goodreads:“Is it him?” Cheyenne whispered from behind her.

Robin nodded and focused, taking another picture. “Yup. I’m going to send him a picture text. Of himself.” She giggled, punching the appropriate buttons on her phone to do the task. “I don’t know how soon he’ll check it.”

“Can I help you ladies?” A spiky haired, scrawny man stood behind them now, eyes narrowed. Robin straightened her spine. Ah, but they must look a little suspicious.

“No. Just ready to embarrass my boyfriend.” She cracked a grin. Whoa. She’d said boyfriend. Well, that made the most sense to tell the guy, as he already stared at them with a frown. He probably wondered just what mischief they were up to.

“Is he the Santa unknowingly having his picture taken by you?” The frown on the guy’s face disappeared as the corners of his lips twitched.

“Absolutely. And I just sent him the picture, too.” Robin stuck her phone back in her pocket, stealing another glance over at Jonas. At any time, he would pull out his phone to pretend to check the time, when he’d really be peeking at his texts. At this time, there were no kids around him, as they all scurried off with their families. Any second now. And boom. The moment she’d been waiting for. The quick sneak into his pocket, pulling the phone out slightly. Then he snapped his head up, searching searching his surroundings. She tried to back up, ended up bumping Cheyenne which caught them both off guard. That only caused a bigger distraction and Jonas caught sight of them. He smiled and waved.

“Well, he’s on to you now.” The guy smirked.

“Yes, I’ve already noticed that. We’ll be going now. Have a great day.” Robin tugged on Cheyenne’s sleeve, pulling her away. They both burst into laughter as they approached Jonas. “That was a bit embarrassing!” She whispered to Cheyenne, who nodded. Heat rushed to her cheeks. Cheyenne’s were red as she stifled another giggle.

“Ho ho ho!” He said cheerfully. “Santa doesn’t appreciate sneaky women taking pictures of him. You two are on the naughty list this year.” His eyes sparkled with laughter as he couldn’t take them off of Robin.

“I’m shaking in my boots.” Robin shivered for effect. She looked him up and down. “You’ve gained a lot of weight since I saw you last. What in the world is in your diet?” She poked at his fake pudgy belly, laughing at the way he pushed her hand away.

“Hey! Santa does not appreciate naughty girls poking at his belly, either!”

“Boy, Santa doesn’t appreciate much this year, does he? Have a little cheer! No more of your grumbling.” Robin cracked, elbowing Cheyenne as they both laughed.

Jonas reached into his pocket and handed her a dime. “Here, why not make a wish? Then be on your merry old way and leave this Santa to his work.” A gentle laugh came from his lips. Robin knew he enjoyed this just as much.

“Can I wish myself off the naughty list?” Robin batted her eyelashes at him, edging closer to the well and prepared to drop the coin in.

“It doesn’t work that way, young lady. Santa loves the flirting, but you’re still on the list.” Jonas said close to her ear. How many more times could he get another shiver out of her?

“Darn.” She feigned a sad face, then dropped the coin in after thinking of a wish. “Despite your pudgy belly, you make a really hot Santa.” She backed away from him with a smile.

“Santa will be calling you with details for your second date.” Jonas used a deep rumbling voice.

“I’ll be looking forward to it. Have a good day, Santa.” Robin waved at him. Her spirits lifted as she walked away with Cheyenne. A few feet away, they looked at one another and burst into laughter.

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18 thoughts on “The Book I didn’t expect to write by Nikki Lynn Barrett

  1. I love learning about how authors come up with their story ideas, Nikki! Best of luck with sales, and congratulations on your first year anniversary. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to love your job? Wishing you many sales~love the covers.

    • I love learning the same thing, Gemma. Thanks so much! It is a very wonderful feeling to love what I do with such a passion. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I’m writing a book by reader request right now–they said they wouldn’t like me anymore until I did and then explained why. They were right. I was being cruel, and I saw a way out of the it, and so the story continues. Readers have so much control over us.

  3. I’m reading On The 12th Date now and love it. That is wonderful that your husband is so supportive of your writing and helps you brainstorm (mine does too) 🙂
    I’ve shared your post.

  4. Nikki, congrats on this first year. Goes by fast doesn’t it? And then you realize all the other stuff you need to do along with writing a book so that others even realize it’s out there! I love Christmas and both of these stories sound amazing. Thanks for sharing with us!

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