Meet My Main Character Blog Tour (at last!)

Meet My Main Character Blog Tour

I was tagged by my friend Madhuri Blaylock (queen of badassery and author of The Sanctum trilogy) to join the Meet My Main Character blog tour which I think is a great way to introduce your characters as well as find out about other authors characters and books (and you know, ramble on and on about my precious baby).

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’m super late and the last person to put hers up since it’s been more than a week already.



1.What is the name of your main character? Is he or she fictional or historic person?


My character’s name is Niko ( actually, her name is Harmony Niko but she goes by Niko for about 99.7% of the book). Much like the goddess Athena (minus the insane jealousy) she sprung fully formed out of my head and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. 😀

2.When and where is the story set?

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Since it’s a dystopian novel, Niko is set in the future (a quick glance at my notes says 2093 to be exact). In a world that has been ravaged by acid rain (it’s not like that stuff you heard about in the ’90’s) and strange creatures called Slithers that may or may not have once been human. There are a few people who live protected inside walled cities but most are left to fend for themselves Outside.

Niko lives Outside with her two younger brothers and since her main focus is survival, in the beginning she’s very deliberate and independent as one wrong choice could mean the difference between life and a very painful death.

3.What should we know about her?

Niko is a Slither hunter, which is basically a person who has the speed, strength and agility to take down a Slither while regular people usually succumb to an attack and get eaten.  She’s been killing them since she was fourteen, but it isn’t until she is taken into Amaryllis City and joins the Rose Circle that she realizes she’s actually different than other Slither hunters who only grow into their abilities once they’re eighteen.

She doesn’t learn why that is until the second book, Harm, and I’m against spoilers so you’ll have to find out for yourself 😛

She’s very survival orientated and sometimes that can make her seem cold and closed off but in reality she just wants a safe place where she’s not always looking over her shoulder or worrying about the next few minutes and to create that space she realizes that she’s going to have to spill a lot of blood.

(Oh me gooseness! Niko and Dev are kind of similar, Madhuri!)

4.What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?


The first book starts off with Niko losing her brothers by the end of the first chapter. One brother is killed during a Slither attack while the other goes missing. Niko herself is saved by a group of Slither hunters and taken into the city. It’s an Inciting Incident that gets the ball rolling (also I have a short attention span and must have something blow up within the first few chapters ^_^).

5.What is her personal goal?


In the beginning all she wants is to find her brother but the longer she stays in Amaryllis City the more corruption she discovers, especially when she learns about the things done to keep everyone ‘safe’. So at first her goals are rather small but as the series progresses all the way to the third book (Outsider, which is coming this fall by the way) she’s planning a rebellion to take control of the city.

6.Is there working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?


Since Niko is already published (it’s been a little over a year actually, woot!) the title is set as well as the titles for the four other books in the series. Two of which have yet to be revealed. *waves hands mysteriously*

7. When can we expect the books to be published?


Niko was published in May 2013 and it’s sequel Harm was published in January. I hope to release the third book, Outsider some time in late September. Book four and five have tenuous release dates of Spring and Winter 2015 (it’s like they’re in fashion, lol). It hasn’t been set in stone yet but I do have a hammer and chisel on standby.

But while you wait you can check out Book One and Two of the Outsider Chronicles on Smashwords or! XD

Now that all the questions are done and you haven’t run away from my weird humor (good thing I had all that rope handy though), I’m tagging …

Rob Slater author of All Is Silence and whose own heroine is completely bad-ass

Kourtney Heintz author of The Six Train to Wisconsin who has two awesome main characters for her novel (double the fun!)

Paige Daniels author of Non-Compliance: The Sector whose main character uses both brains and brawn to great effect

Have fun you guys!


Review of The Boy by Madhuri Blaylock

Dun dun dun! The Boy, book II in The Sanctum trilogy by Madhuri Blaylock’s is finally out (by the way did you know you can download the first book, The Girl for free on Amazon now? You didn’t? Well, go on. I’ll wait).

Since The Boy was so awesome (and sexy! :3) I’ll leave a review for your enjoyment, and be on the look out for a character interview with Jools Clayworth (so you better start reading The Sanctum right now and earn your hipster bragging rights).



I enjoyed the first book in The Sanctum trilogy but I enjoyed the second one even more. The Boy by Madhuri Blaylock starts off pretty much where The Girl left off. Wyatt is dying from a mortal wound inflicted by Max Breslin and Dev has brought him to the Ramyan hoping he can be saved.

Back in the Sanctum world Jools is now acting head of the New York branch, Darby’s her usual Southern Vampire self, the Breslins are a-plotting and a-scheming, and someone is impersonating Ryker, killing Magicals left and right.

The action never stops as the plot and tension builds leaving the reader holding their breath during each chapter.

The Boy is actually one of the few series where I find myself enjoying all the characters and even those I might have been cold toward in the previous book I’m starting to warm up to.

The writing’s excellent and while The Boy doesn’t end with a cliffhanger this time I can hardly wait for book three.

I loved it. Madly.


Interview Time! The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock

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If you read my review of The Sanctum though it wasn’t all confetti and cupcakes, it was still and enjoyable read with an awesome cover and a cool author who agreed to do an interview (Yay! Interview time!). So while you’re waiting for Harm to hit the shelves be sure to lend your support and check out The Sanctum by Madhuri Blaylock!

Kayti Nika Raet: How would you describe The Sanctum to those who haven’t read it yet?

Madhuri Blaylock: It’s a fast-paced, paranormal story that begins as one girl’s simple quest for revenge and evolves into a complicated tale of trust, friendship, honor, and love.

KNR: How did the idea for The Sanctum come about?

MB: The real catalyst for The Sanctum trilogy is Dev. She’s the reason I created the story. I had been reading a lot of fantasy and paranormal books and felt as if I kept meeting these amazingly powerful and fierce girls who only became that way because a boy clued them into whatever aspect of themselves made them so awesome and fierce in the first place. I wanted to create a girl who knew she was the sh*t from jump. She didn’t need anyone telling her about herself. Of course, Dev can’t do everything on her own and needs help from others, but she’s very self-aware, which was really important to me.

Once Dev was outlined and thought out, the rest of the characters and story fell in around her.

KNR: Who are some of your writerly crushes? 

MB: Zora Neale Hurston

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jorge Amado

George R R Martin

Laini Taylor

Rosalind Miles

Toni Morrison

David Sedaris

Cassandra Clare

(KNR: Laini Taylor! OMG I looooooooove her! *ahem* back to the point. . .)

KNR: When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?

MB: Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved writing. I remember keeping a notebook of stories about living in New York City with my friends and that notebook making the rounds so everyone could read my latest installment of our super-fab life in our Manhattan loft.

I think I realized it was my passion during a creative writing class in college. We were working on a short story exercise; mine was called “Seattle Sunshine”. I remember reading my work to the class and feeling so gratified by their comments and reactions. Everyone was so moved and the story led to quite a bit of discussion. It was a very powerful moment for me, one that has stayed with me all these years.

KNR: What’s you’re usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may?

MB: These days, I write whenever the chance arises. Early morning, during my commute, late at night. It’s tough, balancing writing Book Two with marketing Book One with being a lawyer with being a mom and being a wife, but I’m doing my best to write as often as I can.

This trilogy is very loosely outlined, which kind of goes against my nature, but I tried it anyway. I have notebooks full of notes and ideas and interestingly enough, I find myself going back to those notes here and there, so it’s actually been useful. I think I’ve strayed a bit from my original outline, but I’m still glad I took the time to organize the ideas.

KNR: Movie time! Who would you want cast for The Sanctum movie?

MB: This is hard to do and loads of fun and would never happen in real life, but here goes nothing…

Dev: Yaya DaCosta

Wyatt: Logan Lerman

Ryker: Kendrick Sampson

Jools: Emma Stone

Darby: Dakota Fanning

Sam: Angelina Jolie (totally not happening, I know, but a girl can dream)

Josiah: Clive Owen

Ava: Kate Winslett

Carter: Michael Kelly (we went to high school together and I actually thought of him right away when I was creating Carter Breslin; I’m confident he can pull off the perfect combination of good looks and pure evil)

Maya: Lisa Bonet

Philip: Jamie Foxx

Wouldn’t that be an epic movie? Be sure to tell her how much you enjoyed The Sanctum as well as Madhuri’s other books.



At long last Niko is available on woot! *dance dance dance dance*

If you loved the Hunger Games you’ll love the Outsider Chronicles

Also check out two Outsider short stories here