In Memory of Nikki Rashan
August 18, 1972-May 4, 2015
I was saddened to hear of author Nikki Rashan’s passing earlier this week. As a long-time reader of her four full-length novels and two anthologies, I was enamored with her talent for passionate storytelling, the kind of stories that engage and hook you within the first couple chapters. She was also a fighter, battling cancer, to which she lost her fight. Yet Nikki will always be remembered by Sistahs on the Shelf as a writer, a mother of twins, and a beautiful soul.
A year or so ago, I discovered Nikki’s blog, NB]tween Thoughts, where she discussed her life’s journey. After her passing, I began to read again, and in her last post on March 16, 2015 titled Pray or Worry, Don’t Do Both~N&B update~:-), I found this passage especially moving:
This blog isn’t written to sadden anyone, but instead I pray it’s encouraging in some way. I find refuge in blogs and books written by women who have gone through this journey. If sharing my experience can benefit someone else, I’m happy to share. My mindset right now is to absorb each day with whatever it brings. If it’s a quiet day at home, that’s fine, I have books to read, music to dance to and loved ones around me. If I’m out and about soaking up California sunshine, even better. If it’s day for treatment, all right, the treatment is only helping to rid [my] body of these busybody cells. Life goes on…I look forward to a trip home in May. I look forward to celebrating Brandy’s birthday in Hawaii this summer. I look forward to whatever is next because I trust and believe that it’s all for my good.
Nikki Rashan’s Bibliography
Double Pleasure, Double Pain (2003)
You Make Me Wanna (2005)
Cyber Case (2010)
The EXchange (2013)
Full Figured 7 (2013)
Les Tales: Tempted to Touch (2014)
3 thoughts to “In Memory of Nikki Rashan”
A true treasure and beautiful spirit. May her words and passion for living inspire others.
I had the honor of meeting Nikki Rashan in Atlanta one night when she appeared at a party to sign her latest novel. She was absolutely beautiful, she and her partner. I was struck by Rashan’s beauty as well as her grace and congeniality. She seemed to drift about the event’s spacious rooms, smiling regally and greeting her fans. When I read Double the Pleasure, Double the Pain, I found myself immersed in her storytelling and loving the characters. I will return to her other reads on my Kindle and relish the love she left behind. May her lover, family, twins and fans find comfort cloaked in her light…
Peace and Love to her memory,
This was a shock for me as I have been out of the loop and didn’t know what Nikki’s struggles were I met her a few times and she was truly a beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit. Fortunately for us she has left a body of work for us to remember and celebrate. Your work here is now done Nikki and I know the ancestors are looking forward to “story time” with you…..we will meet again.. One Love