Nichole D Evans

Romance

Author Profile

Nichole D Evans

Born in the same city that gave birth to the Atomic Bomb, Nichole D. Evans cut her teeth on the science and history of the Cold War. Intrigued by the struggles between good and evil in the world, she became a teacher of 20th Century history, captivating the imaginations of junior high students with stories of America’s strengths and struggles. ​ Not one to ever stop learning, she won the James Madison Fellowship for teachers of American history in 2007 (only one award per state) and she earned her Master of Arts in American History and Government in 2012. ​ Nichole writes stories inspired by the quest to do what is right even when the mission is impossible. A devoted fan of James Bond, Ethan Hunt, Jack Ryan, and any other Cold War spy franchise, her plots create struggles on a backdrop of historic or real-world events—resolved just in time to fall in love. ​ Nichole is married to her real-life "Q", and she has two children who are out saving the world on their own now.

Books

Fires of Kiev

Romance

Five years ago Meredith St. Claire fell in love. Her romance with Kostya Dychenko ended after three whirlwind days in Kiev when she quietly slipped out of his arms at dawn. Returning to her life in the United States, Meredith tried to forget Kostya. Now a call from Immigration sends her to face the man who still haunts her dreams. Kostya, who stumbled on surreptitious information about resurrected Soviet-era missiles in Cherkasy, has fled to America seeking asylum—and the help of the woman who disappeared from his bed five years ago. Together Kostya and Meredith return to the Ukraine and face the terrorist group, Fire of Dawn, to stop the imminent missile launch. But will the fates that brought them together again unleash circumstances that endanger them both?

Book Bubbles from Fires of Kiev

Reunion

One of the most important moments of Fires of Kiev is the reunion between Kostya and Meredith, five years after their whirlwind romance in Kiev. I love this scene where Meredith anticipates seeing Kostya, who is miraculously just down the hall. Her brother, Will, enters as a grounding force, yet as her older brother he can't help but tease her for her obvious nervousness. Also in this scene, Meredith and Will get a hint of Kostya's character and the scope of what he's facing.

Lover's Bridge in Mariinsky Park, Kiev

As I researched the city of Kiev, I was struck by pictures of a small pedestrian bridge that spanned the road separating Mariinsky park and downtown Kiev. Thousands of lovers have visited the bridge and left padlocks as a symbol of their love. Many are inscribed with initials or names, a sort of promise made in a public, yet private way. I imagined Kostya and Meredith, practically strangers, but with this amazing connection. They would want to share a symbol like a lock on the railing, but it might be too new, too awkward to suggest. The wish on the emerging star provides an opportunity for truth in this magical moment. Love can be found quite quickly.

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