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First of all, let me wish all of you a Happy Holiday season, a great Christmas, and a very joyous and prosperous New Year. It's coming! Serving suggestion: Cold Left for dead, John Logan awakens to find his home destroyed, his lover Teri at death’s door, his best friend Killian…gone. Injured and alone, Logan must venture into the dark underworld of greed, treachery, and human trafficking. Fighting to protect the life of an innocent witness, desperate to uncover the truth about the man behind the bombing, his enemy has everything—limitless power and money. Logan has only his hunger for revenge. And that’s all he needs.


A woman who sits beside me in my church choir remarked to me tonight that she's enjoying Survivor's Affair. "You spin a good yarn," she says. "I'm liking it except for the language. I was thinking that doesn't sound like the person that I know." I took it as a compliment. If you've read any of my books you know that the first one--Survivor's Affair--has the most explicit language of all of my books. Subsequent novels have the occasional hell or damn or even an ass now and then but that's about it. Even so, those who know me well, know that I don't use foul language in my personal life. At least I try not to. But Survivor's Affair--and all the Logan novels for that matter--aren't narrated by Rick Nichols. They're narrated by John Logan. Logan is a former Green Beret and spy. He's not a churchgoing person and has friends who are not either. And there comes a time when you have to find that fine line between uphol

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and Happy Hanukkah. As promised, here is the cover for COLD DISH. I'm done with the main editing process and we hope to have it out for you by Christmas! It would make a great stocking stuffer!


COLD DISH, the sequel to INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT, is off to the editors to face the wrath of the red pen! It's been a wild ride for me to get this one done but don't fear, Logan will be back. I'm already at work on the next novel in the Logan saga. Publisher is hard at work designing the cover and I'll show it to you as soon as it's finalized. Remember, gang, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or email me and say hi. Check out the CONTACT ME tab! Peace, R
I've just completed the first revision of the manuscript for COLD DISH and I'm quite pleased with it. Some books are more work than others and COLD DISH ranks right up there as probably the toughest Logan novel I've done yet. Still, I've had a blast doing it.  As for the release date, that's still VERY tentative. We're shooting for December or January but there's still the normal process of editing and fine tuning the manuscript, creating the cover, etc.  Also, I've just started working on the next project, the first step of which is deciding what that project will be. I'm narrowing it down to a couple of ideas. On a personal note, I took the day off from my day job to play golf with one of my regular golfing buddies but those plans got thwarted. Again. Twice this week. Sometimes it's just not in the cards, dear Readers, and you have to accept it and bend like the willow. Again, if you want to keep up with my life, I'm on Faceb


Greetings! Sorry I've been out of touch..had some problems being able to post to the website but hopefully we have that straightened out. Catch this weeks PULPED Podcast featuring your truly as Tommy Hancock asks me about writing the Logan books and how they came to be! Catch it here! Thanks for all of your great feedback regarding INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT! Peace! Rick
Yes, in case you were wondering, I'm back from vacation. Played golf on my first non-Florida course and to say the least, it was interesting. It's nice to go, but always nice to get back. Getting some rave feedback for INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT! Some of the responses I've gotten include "Wow!" "Awesome!" and "When is the next one coming out?" Cold Dish is planned for a December release, gang, but in all fairness, I'm still working on it but I hope to have it ready (hence the main reason for my absence from here). Monday will be my birthday; my daughter is in town to make sure her dad is stuffed tonight before she goes back to begin a new year at pharmacy school. It's a rainy weekend here in Florida and probably not a good opportunity to play some golf but I will survive. I have an upcoming interview with Tommy Hancock's podcast soon and will let you know when it'll be available. Again, a reminder to join me on Facebook or Twi
Hey there, gang....I know, I's been too long since I visited you and said hi. Just wanted to tell you that INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT is out and I'm working on the sequel called COLD DISH. Be prepared, though...COLD DISH will allow you to read Logan like never before. It's still in the writing stage, but I'm excited about it! I'm heading off to a family reunion the last part of July so I may be silent for a while but don't worry: I'm still writing and plan on getting some writing and golf done on my little vacation. R
INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT IS HERE! The Fourth Book in the John Logan series of thrillers is now available for Ebook and paperback! Here is the Amazon link: I have been informed that Amazon might tell you that they are temporarily out of stock on the paperback; In spite of the notice, I've been assured that you will receive a copy in a timely fashion. Thanks again for your patience and support. I hope you enjoy Logan's latest case! When a beautiful exotic dancer arranges a meeting with Logan he is all too willing to help. But before the meeting, she ends up dead and Logan is left with more questions than answers. Who was she and why was she so afraid for her life? The investigation will bring Logan into a before unknown seedy and dangerous part of Coral Bay and pit him against a ruthless tycoon, a shady investment banker, and perhaps even against one of Logan's oldest a
Sometimes in the writing business, you have to make some tough decisions and I've decided that I need to make one in consideration of you, the reader. INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT will be postponed until June. The reason is simple: I do not feel the book is ready. Even after a book is written there is an extensive process by which the manuscript is read, rewritten, edited, and even rewritten again if needed. Due to issues outside of my control in the editing process, deadlines were missed and the editing process was not done in accordance with my standards that I have set for my work. After consultation with my publisher, who agrees with me, the book will undergo another round of editing and proofing in order that the book will not only meet my expectations but hopefully yours as well. Preliminary findings from my publisher says that INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT is the best Logan book so far and I want to make sure it lives up to that. I don't want to slap my name on something half-baked


   INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT    A JOHN LOGAN THRILLER COMING IN JUNE 2013! Into the Magic Night is the fourth John Logan thriller and I am very excited about it! When a beautiful exotic dancer arranges a meeting with Logan he is all too willing to help. But before the meeting, she ends up dead and Logan is left with more questions than answers. Who was she and why was she so afraid for her life? The investigation will bring Logan into a before unknown seedy and dangerous part of Coral Bay and pit him against a ruthless tycoon, a shady investment banker, and perhaps even against one of Logan's oldest and dearest friends.


One of the worst things that can happen to a writer is the symptom known as writer's block. When the words or ideas simply won't come. I've had it before and it's never fun. On the other hand you can have the opposite--when the ideas won't stop coming. As I've mentioned, I have finished the first draft of a Logan novel, working on scoping out plots for the III Eastlander story, and sketching an idea or two about a Jake Ross novel. I've also gotten an idea for a crime story that takes place in a fictional town in my homestate of West Virginia. When it rains, it can pour. I kept the prices as low as I could for as long as I could but the Eastlander Chronicles novellas available on Amazon have gone back up to 1.99. I'm going to try to get another sale going after III is published. Of course I have to finish the blasted thing first. Again, thanks to you for your support. It means a lot to me. Rick


Okay, gang, here are some thoughts and updates for you: Super Bowl: Very torn about the game. Being a Steelers fan I am required to HATE the Ravens (that's in the contract when you sign on to root for the Black and Gold). At the same time, if the Niners had won it would have tied them with the Steelers for 6 trophies. I couldn't have that, no way. So with a big catch in my throat, I was glad to see the Ravens pull it off. If nothing else, Ray Lewis got to go out on a high note. Books: INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT, the latest Logan book, will be out about April. Publisher hasn't gotten anything definitive yet, but I'll keep you updated on this blog, Facebook, and Twitter. First draft of COLD DISH, the next Logan novel and sequel to INTO THE MAGIC NIGHT has been completed. It will be out in 2014. I'm also doing some outlining for Part III of the EASTLANDER CHRONICLES, as well as a new story featuring Jake Ross. On a more personal level, I continue working on my golf

Why Do I Write What I Do?

Why do I write what I write? I get asked this question at times and I suppose most every writer gets asked this question sometime during their career. So let me answer it as best as I can. I didn't choose to write what I write. The private eye murder thrillers with hot women and blazing guns and a protagonist whose martial arts skills are as deadly as his gun...or the fantasy stories with a lone warrior wielding a black blade... No, I didn't choose to write those particular genres. The genres chose me, I guess. I write them because that is what is inside me...the same reason that Clancy writes the military thrillers, Stevie King has his monsters, and Patterson cranks out Alex Cross books. We write what is inside us, those characters screaming to be heard, the worlds pleading to be let out and unfolded before your eyes like a magical tapestry. I write about John Logan and his adventures in Coral Bay because he appeared in my head in college and refused to let me go. Cain