Nicki Salcedo: The Spitfire Princess

Nicki SalcedoI was a tomboy as a kid. I used to sit directly on the ground and poke my fingers into dirt. I’m grown now and still have my tomboy ways. I don’t mind spiders or snakes, but I hate shoe shopping and frilly dresses. Give me a net, and I’ll go chase fireflies. That’s about as ladylike as I get. It’s not that I’m fearless. I have one phobia, much like the heroine in my novel ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS. I am afraid of mascara.

I thought I might change when I started reading romance novels. But I stayed the same. I fell in love with cowboys and dukes and knights. I wondered if they’d fall in love with a grass-stained girl. I wondered what they would think if I was the one to rescue them.

I’ve lived inside every book I’ve ever read. I vowed never to write stories where the ladies fainted or swooned. I would spit fire like a dragon. I would win the heart of the handsome hero, and I would never ever have to do the dishes.

Good things dreams come true. I wrote ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS as a present to my tomboy self. The Spitfire Princess in me wanted to have her day. My main character is Ava Camden. She is a princess of sorts, but she is scarred physically and emotionally. She is wealthy. She lives alone on a vast estate. She is brooding. She saves the day. And not once in the entire book did I make her wash the dishes.

What kind of hero deserves a Spitfire Princess? Read ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS and meet Graham Sapphire. He’s tall and handsome with a few scars of his own. He is the beauty and a protector in this reversal of the beauty and the beast story. What kind of kid were you: a daredevil, bookworm, prankster, tomboy, or a girly girl? What kind of adult are you: beauty or beast? Tell us in the comments.


All Beautiful ThingsThank you so much for stopping by! To show her appreciation for your visit, the beautiful and talented Spitfire Princess Nicki is giving away an ARC of ALL BEAUTIFUL THINGS and a t-shirt from Belle Books!

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3. Leave a comment below about your inner spitfire-ness by telling us what type of kid you were, and what type of adult you are now.

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Nicki Salcedo is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She was born in Jamaica and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America© and a Past President of Georgia Romance Writers. Nicki is a two‐time recipient of the Maggie Award of Excellence and a Golden Heart Finalist.

She lives in Atlanta with her four children, husband, and a cat. Nicki thinks everyone should write and loves connecting with readers. You can find her at:


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  1. I was a total tomboy. I couldn’t tell you how many mud pie ashtrays my mother got as presents. (This was the 70s, when those heavy glass ashtrays were everywhere.) Ironically, I was also in pageants from age 5 to 8 and my constantly scraped up knees from my tomboy adventures drove my mother crazy.

    I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds so good. Congrats, lady!

  2. Holy cow, was I tomboy. Ended up a zookeeper. I was that kid walking up to mom with a 6 foot snake saying, “he has a boo boo.” (Cue mom’s rapid retreat)

  3. Terri, I still have scraped knees and I sit at a desk for a living! I love my tomboy childhood and adventures. Glad you loved yours. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Wendy, one of my guy friends in junior high had a snakes, and I knew it was not something my mother would allow. I’m still the first one to hold a snake on field trips with the kids. Thank you for taking care of boo boos on all animals!

  5. I have to say I was more a princess than a tomboy. Now that I’m more mature and have experienced the ups and downs of life, I’d like to think I’m a quiet yet strong princess who has flashes of spitfire. :-)

    Love love love your heroine! She’s definitely a character your readers can root for!!

  6. Pris, you are the best kind of princess. With age I’ve learned to put on the tiara when I need to. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I was an unashamed toy boy my ENTIRE youth. Drove my mom crazy because she wanted a girly girl to wear dresses and follow in her footsteps. Yeah, I destroyed all those plans. :-)

    I remain a “refined” toy boy to this day, so I wear the Spitfire Princess crown with honor and pride :-)

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