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Nikan Rebuilt (Preload #3)
Author: Scarlett Cole


Acknowledgments


Honestly, I’d be lost without the support of YOU, dear readers. So, I want to thank you for supporting me on this journey. Your messages and posts mean the world to me. It still blows my mind that you are willing to read my words, write reviews, and travel to see me at signings. A massive thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Where are my bloggers at? I love you so much. All of you. Over the last couple of years, it has become harder and harder to successfully promote your book. Without your support it would be incredibly difficult to reach as many readers as we do. To those of you who take the time to review our stories and share them with your followers, I am beyond grateful.

Thank you to my super-agent, Beth Phelan. Three years and five months ago, you responded to my query. Choosing you as my agent remains the best decision I’ve made in my writing career.

Our first full book together, Alexandra Sehulster!! Thank you so much for taking on these broken sexy men.

It takes a team to release a book. Thanks to the lovely peeps at St. Martin’s Press (Marissa, Titi, and John), and the team at Heroes & Heartbreakers.

Every day I am amazed by the incredible female authors I’m surrounded by. Each one is a powerhouse in their own way. Special thanks to Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Avery Flynn, Selena Laurence, Sidney Halston for being such awesome friends. It’s a privilege to know you, ladies!

Thank you to Danielle Barclay at Barclay Publicity for ensuring each and every book release starts with a bang.

To my Stars for simply being you! You are my happy place on the internet.

To Amanda and Michelle . . . thank you for brightening school pick-ups and for picking me up when I feel down . . . oh, and for the wine . . . can’t forget to say thank you for the wine!

To Tim . . . the last twelve months have been crazy and chaotic, but they’ve repeatedly shown me two things. That I married a good man, and that we’re the strongest team I know. I love you more than ever.

To L & F . . . As per our usual release day routine, I’ll read what I wrote to you out loud. So here goes . . . Pick up your towels. Why aren’t your coats hung up? Where are your glasses? Did you do your homework? Yes, you need to shower. No, it’s not the weekend. I don’t know where your cat is. Did you wash your hands? Who didn’t flush the toilet? I figured I’d get our usual morning routine out of the way before I say this . . . I love you. I love who you are, and I already love who you will become. Be amazing, my lovelies. Now come here while I fill up your kisses tanks!!

 

 

Letter from the Author


Having been born in England, I became a Canadian citizen by choice. My husband is Canadian, and my children were both born in Canada.

When I created the character of Nik over three years before Nikan Rebuilt was published, it was because I had read about the disproportionate number of First Nations children in care.

Since then, I have become much more aware of the reality of two things: the shameful treatment of First Nations in Canada—this goes for all Indigenous Peoples, but as Nik is First Nations, I speak about this specifically—and the importance of #ownvoices.

I recommend Bev Sellars’ book, Price Paid, to anyone who wants to learn more about the controversial (and brutal) Indian Act, and the history of oppression and attempts at colonization. Ms. Sellars is the retired chief of the Xatsu’ll (Soda Creek) First Nation and was an advisor to the BC Treaty Commission. I also suggest watching the testimonies of those who attended the residential schools (wherearethechildren.ca). The residential school system was a boarding school system designed to assimilate children into the dominant Canadian culture by removing them from their own cultures. Over 150,000 children were forced to attend. ~6,000 students died while residents.

Writing Nik’s story was a difficult decision. I am not First Nations, that is not my experience, but I strongly felt he had a place in this series of stories. No amount of research by me can replace the authenticity of a First Nations author. I read several books while preparing to write this book, and my hands-down favorite was Rose’s Run by Dawn Dumont. The rest can be found listed on my website along with other resources that I found helpful. (scarlettcole)

As this book is set in Canada, all terminology is correct to the Canadian experience. For example, reserve is used, not reservation, which may be more familiar to U.S. readers.

10% of my first-year royalties for this book will be donated to the Woodland Cultural Centre, formerly the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

Despite my every effort, there is a chance I have made mistakes in the writing of this book. If I have, I profoundly apologize and will use this as an opportunity to learn.

 

 

CHAPTER ONE


“November is getting off to a less-than-stellar start for one of metal’s favorite bad boys. We’re told we haven’t seen the worst of the videos yet, but according to a source close to Nikan Monture, guitarist for explosive band Preload, Nikan isn’t worried, as the footage is old.”

Nik glared at the TV and the peppy entertainment-show anchor. “How about you make the story about me being hacked? About someone stealing my personal property?” he muttered as he started the coffee brewing and the kettle boiling. It was too fucking early in the morning to deal with this shit. He needed his lemon drink for his throat and some coffee to kick-start the rest of him before he could deal with the fallout. Three women had already been in touch asking what actions he’d be taking. The videos were from his private collection, all filmed with absolute full consent, the most recent one having been added three years ago. He’d grown up and moved on, but had stupidly forgotten to hit DELETE.

“And ladies, for the record, having seen a handful of the videos, we’d say Preload’s hits are not the only huge thing in Monture’s life.”

Nik groaned as he ran his hand through his hair and tugged on the ends. He knew how big his dick was and, given the number of women who’d seen it, it wasn’t a secret that he was well endowed—but, fuck, did the world need to hear about it over breakfast?

He looked down at his phone and realized it was actually closer to lunch. Not that the time of day made any difference. He grabbed a lemon from the silver dish on the counter and began to slice it.

“Either way, between Preload’s upcoming North American tour and the leaked videos, I’m sure we’re going to see much more of Monture in the coming weeks.”

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