Book One of the series, AWAKE WHILE DREAMING
A MOMENTARY DARKNESS is the first novel in the dreamstate series, AWAKE WHILE DREAMING, by Nikki Martin. A MOMENTARY DARKNESS explores into the realm of fantasy by experimenting with the possibility of alternate worlds and lives. Martin writes a fluid world of memory and experience for her characters, adding their natural confusion to altered states of reality and questioning the conscious state of being.
On Earth, Kayla, an average yet troubled teen is intent on a new beginning. She has moved in with her aunt and uncle in a small seaside town and is fighting her way back from the darkest time she has ever known. Lonely, lost, and unsure, she is plagued nightly by dreams so real they haunt her waking life and make her question the reality of who she is and why she is here.
On Alpha Iridium, Kale, who lives a life of constant danger and excitement, is looking for a resolution. She leads an alliance of rebels who are intent on changing their world for the better by stopping its leader, Randall Caine. Caine, once an unappreciated and rather humble scientist on Earth, has become a cruel and unforgiving influence on Alpha Iridium fourteen years after his arrival. The people are crumbling under his rule. While the rebel alliance hopes to thwart Caine, Kale must struggle with her past, her connection to Caine, and the truth of her obsession with stopping him.
Derin, a loyal soldier in Caine’s army, must face the truth of what Caine has become, while he comes to terms with who he really is and what is required of him in a world on the brink of destruction. The people of Berdune, Alpha Iridium’s only known populated continent, look for the courage to rise up against Caine as he fights to keep his strangle hold on them and destroy the rebels.
As we come to discover the intricate threads that tie everyone and everything in the universe together, we learn each choice made could change the fate of an entire planet and its people.
A MOMENTARY DARKNESS by Nikki Martin tests the limits of the world, of imagination, and, most importantly, of the reader. This is a story within stories that can be enjoyed by anyone who dares to wander in their dreamscape. The novel’s dream reality is truly only one step past what we already know in the scientific world. The adventure of A MOMENTARY DARKNESS will lure the reader into questions about states of reality and altered consciousness. As the first book in a series, Martin gives us an introductory tribute to the beauty and complexity found in her AWAKE WHILE DREAMING world.
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A MOMENTARY DARKNESS by Nikki Martin
(JUNE 22, 2018)
6x9 Trade Paperback.
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2017959704
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By Nikki Martin
1. Who or what do you think is the main character of this story? Why?
2. Which character evolved the most? Who didn’t change at all?
3. What was the most surprising thing about the story?
4. What do you think the title means? How does it relate to the story?
5. Which parts of the story stand out to you as vital to how it’s told?
6. What did you think about the ending? How did it leave you feeling?
7. What do you hope happens or what characters do you hope show up in the next novel in the series?
Nikki Martin is a yoga teacher and writer living on the east coast of Canada with her two cats Tris and Lu. Through her own lived experience and through teaching, she has come to believe whole heartedly in the practice of yoga as one that can offer space to heal, find strength, build new habits and provide an opportunity to take much needed time for ourselves. She is passionate about teaching to all bodies, to bringing yoga to anyone curious about its power and potency, and creating an inclusive space that all people will feel welcomed in.
Her love of stories, both reading and creating them, started very young when she realized they could be both escape and salvation for a shy, sensitive and awkward kid who always felt a little bit out of place despite having friends and being very social. She drafted her first novel in grade nine and her first feature length screenplay not long after that, and has written many of both genres since. She hopes to share her work with readers over the coming years and to continue to share her passion for yoga while teaching and traveling.
She is an avid reader, a daydreamer, a movie lover, a sunset chaser, a stargazer, a love warrior, a tree hugger, a beach walker, a storyteller, and an ocean soul.
Books by Nikki:
THE BEGINNING'S END (Forthcoming 2021)
A MOMENTARY DARKNESS (2018)
She was a contributor for BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women (Thorncraft, 2015).
Find Nikki on Instagram as @nikki_possibilities
Read her article about yoga in TryBelleMagazine here: Yoga Life Lessons from Uncomfortable Spaces.
Nikki is featured in an article about celebrating Canada as well; click here to read it: Celebrating Canada 150 with Yoga from East to West