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Author, Editor, and Business Owner

Welcome to the official website for Nichole Heydenburg! Nichole is the author of multiple thrillers for adults and teens, including The Long Shadow thriller trilogy, Dead Girls Can't Smile, Don't Look Inside, and others.

Nichole offers editing services for authors through her company, Poisoned Ink Press LLC.


A standalone young adult psychological thriller

Dead Girls Can't Smile is an upper young adult thriller book meant for readers ages 16+.

*This book contains kidnapping, child grooming, pedophilia, murder, swearing, and underage drinking.

Brief synopsis: Lily Blackwood has been missing for almost a year. Her older sister Rose, her parents, and most of the world assume she's dead. When Rose receives notes from an anonymous stalker about what really happened the night Lily disappeared, Rose becomes determined to find out what happened to her sister.

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A standalone young adult psychological thriller

Don't Look Inside is an upper young adult thriller book meant for readers ages 16+.

*This book contains swearing, underage drinking, torture, murder, a hit-and-run, drugs, sexual assault, and rape.

Brief synopsis: Elena Pierce’s junior year of college unfolds with a precarious situation—a mysterious new roommate named Mara. Despite her best efforts, Mara remains distant. Elena becomes increasingly wary as a string of unsettling disappearances rocks the campus.


A standalone young adult supernatural thriller

These Deadly Words is a young adult thriller book meant for readers ages 13+.

*This book includes swearing, alcoholism, underage drinking, suicide, and murder.

Brief synopsis: Camille retreats to her cabin to work on her novel in peace. But four teenagers show up seeking shelter from a snowstorm. Her guests only plan to stay a night, but soon discover they can't leave. Who is this dangerous writer and what does she want from them? Their biggest problem quickly becomes escaping the cabin alive.

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A crime thriller trilogy for adults

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Brief synopsis: When a famous actor dies under mysterious circumstances, Officer Wilson vows to uncover the truth. The only problem is that she might be the next victim.


Fans of the TV show You and Stephen King’s Bill Hodges series will love this trilogy.

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A standalone young adult thriller

The Quiet Girl is a young adult thriller book meant for readers ages 13+.

*This book includes profanity, sexual references, murder, bullying, abuse, depression, and anxiety.

Brief synopsis: Violet Hale is a quiet teenager who just started over at a new school, where the popular girls have targeted her. When she meets the cute and mysterious Jess, he tells her about his plan for revenge. The only problem is he wants to take it too far.

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