Want to meet Pietas in person? #MFRWhooks #SpaceOpera #CosplayTickets to Sempervia are pretty pricey this time of year. After all, the planet lies all the way across the galaxy. So if you want to meet Pietas in person, that’s a bit unlikely. However, how about getting to know the model who portrays him?

Meet Nik Nitsvetov, a Russian cosplayer whose face has graced books, posters and banners since I first discovered him in 2015. Here’s the story of how that happened. I must give a shout out to my friend and media assistant, Lisa Lowe, who lovingly but firmly insisted I could do this, even when I was terrifed to even approach Nik and ask. If it hadn’t been for her, I would never have had the courage. I’m such a fangirl over Nik that I was afraid I’d get his attention and then just stand there with my mouth open or worse, babble about how much I admire his work. LOL Lisa kept gently pushing me toward the door and finally–finally–I got up the courage to knock. I was floored when he said yes!

Check out the image above. On the left — that’s Nik in costume for an exotic photo shoot. On the right is his face when you zoom in to that same picture. Quite a surprise, isn’t it? Look at those soulful eyes and solemn expression. Click here to download a desktop sized image of the closeup on the right for your computer or tablet. It will open a very large image in a new window. Then, on a PC, right click. On a Mac, click and hold. When a dialog box opens, choose save or download. This is my own destop picture. Yes, I stare at Nik every day, all day. Purely as research for writing about Pietas, you understand. It’s tough writing about Pietas, but someone has to do it. *wink*Want to meet Pietas in person? #MFRWhooks #SpaceOpera #Cosplay

I’ve had the honor of getting to know Nik a little better over the last few months, and he has agreed to do a cosplay of Pietas. He has set up a location for a photo shoot, we’ve gathered costumes, ordered appropriate wigs, and made sure makeup is on hand. Nearly everything is ready. Only a few items remain.

Once those are in place and we have the date, Nik and his photographer (Julia) will stream the photo shoot live from Russia. I keep pinching myself when I think about this. I will have the chance to see my character walking around, living and breathing. I don’t know if my heart can take it!

My immortal king will make history. He’s dreamed of conquering the galaxy. He’s certainly conquered my heart. I’ve loved Pietas since forever and I adore Nik and Julia. I can’t wait to make this happen.

The art on the right is a drawing by my son, Jamin Allen, a graphic designer. The pose was modeled after Nik, who was posing as Cloud from Final Fantasy. That picture is in the Pietas coloring book. Click Free Books in the menu at the top, then Coloring Books (there are seven) to download your own copy.

Meet Pietas in Person — via Nik Nitsvetov

Would you like to see the live stream? Here’s how.

#1 and most important, you must follow Nik on Instagram (if you don’t have an account, now is the time to get one). You won’t be able to see the stream unless you do.

If you like what you see, please consider supporting Nik on Patreon. I do. His exclusive work is incredible.

When will it happen? Sometime this month (or next), if all goes according to plan. It will almost certainly be on a weekend (everyone is working, despite the summer).

Here’s how to know when you will meet Pietas in person.

Like my Facebook page and you’ll see an announcement about the photo shoot there.

Follow me on Twitter and you’ll see a tweet about it pinned to my home page.

Join my Romance Lives Forever Reader Group and you’ll hear about it in a special edition of my newsletter.

I hope you’ll take part in this opportunity to meet Pietas in person. It’s going to be fun! How often do you get to watch an immortal king make history?

Please leave a comment and if you have questions, let me know. I’ll do my best to answer.

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