a novella (cover updated)
Nikki is an orphan, age 11. She’s a musical prodigy, massively gifted, with a voice. Her story begins when she is thrown from an uncaring dark world into the morning light of her life, soon finding herself protected by a guardian in the form of Johnny Mazzarisi, a mob boss, and his family.
Over the next four years Nikki goes from the gutter to the stage; aided by those who come to love her. There’s Lesya Popov, a once world-renowned harpist, and Drek Mason, whose six-man rock band isn’t what his senses, or desires, tell him it should be. Also Jimmy Clarke, a Jamaican keyboardist whose instincts aid Drek’s search.
Nikki’s story is one of music, and through her music, she finds hope. From Chopin to Joe Cocker, Nikki’s wish is to play and play she does. She has a dream, and at age 15 Nikki goes to her first rock concert where Fate is going to intervene, on a massive scale.
Select quotes from the Amazon reviews –
“I purchased this earlier today and finished it by 9:30 PM. Yeah, its that good. … I did not put this one down except for natures needs and food.”
“It’s a rags to riches story that will tug at your heart strings and entertain you to the end.”
“The book is well written and hugely entertaining. The author did a great job of painting the various scenes of performances.
Strongly recommended if you want a read, which leaves you feeling upbeat.”
“If anyone is on the fence about buying this book…go for it! You won’t be disappointed.”
“For those looking for a short, enjoyable read, this novella is for you.“
“ I don’t know if this book was written for adults or if it’s YA fiction, but I know it would be enjoyed by both audiences.“
cover by WillowRaven Illustration and Design.
More information on Nikki and its development is under Misc.