Friday, October 21, 2016


New Release! 
WHEN IT HOLDS YOU has been selected as a TOP PICK at The Romance Reviews!
“Nicki Elson has become my MUST read new contemporary romance author! The sex is hot, but the emphasis is on emotions in this book. They really are made for each other.”

Virtual. That’s where she was supposed to stay—only in my online gaming life. I never intended to meet up with her in person. And I certainly hadn’t counted on her being who she is.

Cliff Walsh has dozens of hot, smart, and willing paramours in his video games. Who needs to look further? The twenty-eight year old attorney is done getting his heart smashed by real-life women who fit his perfect-mate checklist. From now on, he vows to keep his romances digital-only…until a certain redheaded gamer twists all his preconceptions and touches a place in his heart he didn’t know existed.

I always thought I knew what love would look like, but sometimes you don’t recognize it until the moment when it holds you. ~Cliff

WHEN IT HOLDS YOU is a stand-alone novel in The It Series family.

Other titles in the series:

WHEN IT HOOKS YOU, a Top Pick at The Romance Reviews

WHEN IT HITS YOU, coming January 2017


One Song to Rule Them All
Whenever Nicki has an author over at her place, she always asks the same question. So we thought it was only fair to turn the tables and make her answer it.

*ahem* Nicki, if you had to choose one song that best captures the essence of WHEN IT HOLDS YOU, what would it be and why?

Nicki: Why, what a fascinating question. I choose "Turn My Heart" by Nick Pitera. First, I love the song's playful yet emotional energy. It's what I hoped to capture in the telling of Cliff's story. As Nick sings, it's the story of a heart rewired—perfect for my boy Cliff, who had to sort of turn his heart off and recalibrate before opening up to true love.


Excerpt from WHEN IT HOLDS YOU by Nicki Elson

He bowed his head, clamping his eyes tight, as if the pressure of his eyelids could ease his internal pain. Giving up on that, he slowly opened his eyes, looking straight at the slight paunch of his bare waist curving above the waistband of his pajama pants. A workout would soothe his nerves. He’d been more faithful to the gym recently, determined to get back to fighting weight. He was making good progress, but Chicago deep-dish and beef sandwiches were wicked sirens. Lord knew he was a fool for wicked sirens…

But Trish wasn’t wicked. She was open-hearted, caring, fun, smart, and so damned beautiful. He should’ve turned and run the second he’d seen her sitting at the reception desk on his first day at River South Partners. She’d been his unattainable crush throughout undergrad when they were both at University of Iowa. He should’ve known their dynamic would never change. Instead, he took the chance reunion as a sign that his time had finally come.

Standing straight, he groaned at how wrong he’d been and lumbered to the living room. It was too late for the gym. Standing in front of the TV, he lowered to the spot on the rug that should’ve been imprinted with ass marks by now. He’d get a virtual workout via his latest video game. His abs were already perfectly toned in that world. And the beautiful girls were programmed to be into him.

He started the game and focused on doing what he needed to do to level up. If he saw something nice for the non-player character he was romancing along the way, he’d pick it up for her. If only romancing Trish could be as easy. One law degree and a promising career later, he was still jonesing for this girl—and probably always would be. A cyborg jumped in front of him. On total reflex, he leveled his ray gun, splitting the monster’s head into a hundred bits of oozing bone and metal.

Nicki Elson writes spicy fiction with a sweet and dreamy center. She does other stuff, obsess over Survivor and The Bachelor (and she's not ashamed to admit it).

Writing fiction wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves creative writing into her life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.


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Celebrate the Small Things
Hop over to Lexa Cain's and join in this fun weekly Celebration. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

The baby shower was a success! 
Here's my son, Robert and Carol 

The bottom picture from left to right: 
My mother. Me. My four daughters, Carol & Robert, and my sister.
On the writing front: I'm finishing my 3rd draft on my ms before handing it off in November to my editor.

Do you have any small celebrations?


  1. Congratulations to Nicki!
    Glad the baby shower went well.

  2. Congrats to Nicki! And wonderful to hear the baby shower went well. I know you find great joy in being a grandma. :) This week I'm celebrating the release of my newest series, and stressing a little too!

  3. Congratulations to Nicki!!!
    And what a wonderful pic of your family. Glad the shower was a hit.

  4. Those are BIG things to celebrate! Congrats to Robert & Carol - what beautiful pictures. Wishing them and you all good things.

    Thank you so much for hosting me & Cliff. :D

  5. Ooh, love the premise for When It Holds You. Sounds like such a fun romance. Congrats to Nicki!

    And best of luck with your manuscript, Cathrina! Hope that third draft doesn't give you too much trouble...

  6. Congrats all around to Nicki, your son and his wife, and having a successful baby shower. Plus getting that draft off to your editor!

  7. When It Holds You sounds great. Congrats to Nicki!!!

    Congratulations on a successful baby shower. How exciting!

  8. Those baby showers can be nice...especially carrying all that loot home;)

  9. Congrats to Nicki! And it looks like you had a great time at the shower. Thanks for sharing the pics!

  10. What a lovely family you have! Congrats on finishing the 3rd draft! Woohoo! Wishing Nicki much success!

  11. That's a lot to celebrate, Cathrina! Here's to Nicki and her continued success.

  12. Congratulations to Nicki. Why have I never heard this song before? Sheltered life? I hope not. Thanks, Cathrina!

  13. Congrats for Top Pick, Nicki!! I'm looking forward to reading this one. Congrats too, Cathrina, for finishing the third draft!

    Oh and Cathrina, you asked on Alex's blog if my devotional is available in paperback. Yes it is.

  14. Yay for Nicki! It's such a fun story premise and promises great tension. Can't wait to see how it plays out.

    Cathrina! Yay for the baby shower and 3rd draft! Here's to awesome life and epic milestones!