The Darkest Shade of Blue Press Release
Monika M. Pickett’s Sexy Book Sequel
‘THE DARKEST SHADE OF BLUE’
Available on Digital Retail Platforms Everywhere
From the author of PRETTY BOY BLUE comes another daring
story chronicling the romantic trials and triumphs of the great Nikki Blue.
(Washington, D.C. – July 1, 2019) – Nikki Blue, the unforgettable heroine of the eyeopening
debut novel, PRETTY BOY BLUE, is back. In THE DARKEST SHADE OF
BLUE, released on Friday, June 21, from iUniverse Publishing, author Monika M.
Pickett pens a searing, sexy continuation of Nikki’s riveting story, a lesbian’s ongoing
search to find acceptance as well as personal – and sexual – fulfillment in a complicated
and sometimes hostile society.
Despite growing up in a New Jersey community where same-sex desire wasn’t accepted,
Nikki always believed that she would find love and commitment with another woman,
refusing to be held down by society’s standards. As a young person, she has dating
adventures, eventually moving from college life to military service, and becomes
pregnant while overseas.
In this riveting second novel, upon returning to the States, Nikki is devastated after a
breakup from her lover Katrice. Nonetheless, she draws strength from within, giving
birth to her beautiful son, Karlos, while garnering the support of family and true friends.
Determined to make it, she goes on to work in advertising for a major Washington D.C.
publication, climbing the corporate ladder while exploring her erotic self in her personal
life. She dares to open her heart again to two women: Danielle, a tall Virginian who
adores Nikki’s son but for whom Nikki questions her attraction, and Valencia, a sales rep
who hires Nikki as a birthday party dancer, with the two soon embracing moments of
The brand-new sequel should delight and excite fans of 2017’s PRETTY BOY BLUE,
which drew praise from both straight and gay readers for its emotional honesty, erotic
encounters, and raw examination of the realities in store for a young African American
lesbian. In this second book of the fictional trilogy, Nikki tries to balance her sexual
identity while serving in the military, frequenting the club scene, and trying to find love.
“It’s a nice segue from the first book. Nikki always wanted a family; she always wanted
that life. And in this book, she’s determined to find that,” says Pickett.
“In the sequel, she comes into her own. She believes I am going to have a child; I can be
a lesbian and have a child. I am going to have a wife, whereas years ago it wasn’t feasible
“This shows Nikki’s growth, personally and in her relationships,” Pickett continues. “For
this book, I want people to think about dispelling stereotypes and over-generalizations
about the lesbian lifestyle. And in THE DARKEST SHADE OF BLUE, Nikki becomes
more self-aware and won’t allow other people to define her.”
Readers are in store for another literary treat offering both sensual adventures and life’s
hard truths while rooting for Nikki every step of the way.
THE DARKEST SHADE OF BLUE is available on Amazon and other leading digital retail
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Monika M. Pickett is a veteran of the United States Army, in which she served as a
medic in Operation Desert Storm. She is an advocate and activist for the LGBTQ
community. Pickett is a former advertising sales executive with The Washington Times
and the National Society of Black Engineers. She earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins
University, Maryland in 2005. Pickett is also the author of a monthly column, available
online at EURWEB.com and Medium.com, where she shares her thoughts, experiences,
and advice about coming out, same-sex marriage and divorce, navigating the U.S.
healthcare system, ongoing cultural bias, and other issues. She currently lives in
Ms. Pickett is a highly sought-after speaker and LBGTQ rights activist. She is available
for press interviews and book signings. For more information, go to the website:
Title: THE DARKEST SHADE OF BLUE
Author: Monika M. Pickett
Publisher: iUniverse Publishing
Distributed by: iUniverse Publishing
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
ISBN: 9781532076992 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 9781532074196 (Softcover)
ISBN: 9781532074189 (ebook)
Price: $ 26.99 (HC), $16.99 (SC), $9.99 (EB)
Format: E-Book, Perfect Bound Softcover, and Dusk Jacket Hardcover
Page Count: 218
Five-Star Raves for Monika M. Pickett’s PRETTY BOY BLUE
Amazon: “Pretty Boy Blue is a MUST read! It’s riveting and hard to put down!”
Amazon: “I’m so mad this book ended! I can’t wait for the next one. So much of Nikki’s
experiences were relatable. She had me going. Great read Ms. Pickett!”
Amazon: “Reading this book was immersive, informative, raw, and true ... Even as a
straight woman, knowing the reading and learning that the struggles of being a lesbian
does not change the struggle of finding yourself as a woman period. To have that insight
and have Monika be brave enough to share it from as many angles as she could in this
book was amazing.”
Amazon: “This book did not disappoint and well worth the wait. I can’t wait to see what
Monika does next. Phenomenal writer.”
Amazon: “Love. Love. Love. This book was everything. Written so you could vividly
imagine everything that was happening. You will not be disappointed. I’m patiently
waiting for another book. Monika, you killed it with this one.”
Gwendolyn Quinn Public Relations