Nickels by Karen Baney
Niki Turner has finally arrived. Her career as a Software Engineer is soaring—she has just been offered the company’s most sought after account, Helitronics. Life would be perfect, if she could stop her roommate from playing matchmaker.
Then Kyle Jacobs mysteriously re-enters her life. As painful memories resurface, his presence turns her life upside down and threatens to waylay her career. She must find a way to work with him—after all, he’s the helicopter flight consultant for the new flight control system she’s coding.
Can she forget the past and see him as the new man he has become? Or will her resentment keep her from finding what she has always been searching for?
Who is Niki Turner? Character Marcy Jacobs, Niki’s best friend and roommate, stops by to give us the inside scoop.
Marcy, How long have you known Niki Turner?
About twelve years now. My family was living on Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany when she came to live with her brother who was stationed there. I was in high school, a sophomore, I think. I could tell instantly that she didn’t fit in. She seemed out of place with all of us military brats. So I made it my mission to befriend her.
Wow. That’s a long time, especially for someone in their mid-twenties. How did you end up in Arizona as roommates?
Niki had a house here—that’s a long and sad story. Anyway, we decided to go to Arizona State University together. We lived in her house throughout college. Still do even though we graduated four years ago. She majored in Computer Science. My degree is in Marketing.
So is she a geek then?
Laughs. Don’t let her hear you say that. Although, she might be flattered. She’s certainly not the stereotype for a computer programmer. She can actually carry on a conversation for more than a minute without feeling uncomfortable. Niki is very bright. Her career is really starting to take off.
Rumor has it that you’ve decided she should meet a man.
Yes. She’s been lonely for too long. We’re both 26—well, she will be soon—and we’re not getting any younger. I’m one of those gals that has life mapped out on a schedule. I just want to make sure my best friend isn’t left behind. I would love to see her meet a guy and fall madly in love. That’s why I’ve been hounding all my girl friends for any eligible single guys they’d recommend. She’s bound to fall in love with one of them.
Do you know what Niki’s plans are for Christmas?
Probably head out to the other side of town at my parents house. We both usually go. Oooo. If Kyle is coming, that might be a surprise for her…
--Sounds absolutely fascinating, Karen! Thank you and Marcy and Niki for stoping by!
About the author, Karen BaneyKaren Baney, in addition to writing Christian historical fiction and contemporary novels, works as a Software Engineer.
When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys traveling the state of Arizona with her husband, exploring museums and the picturesque landscapes the state has to offer.
Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
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Join Karen and 9 other Christian authors as they celebrate the release of her new novel, Nickels, on December 13.