Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas wishes

Hey gang, just wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday season from me to you. Thanks so much for your support and all the nice things you've said about HINDSIGHT. Without sounding too arrogant, I'm pretty happy with the book.

Heads up: ProSe Publishing is preparing THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES, parts I, II and III (which has never been released) to hit the printing press in the upcoming months and should be out in 2016.

John Logan will return THE JUDAS MAN. I do not have an estimated date yet on that one.

As always, I'll let you know.

Be well. Peace.

R

Saturday, November 7, 2015

HINDSIGHT IS HERE!




HINDSIGHT, the sixth John Logan thriller is here!

Five years ago Janine Tolley died of what the cops said was a drug overdose. Her daughter Madisyn doesn’t believe it and wants to hire John Logan to find the truth. Maddie is 14, homeless, and Logan believes she simply doesn’t want to face some hard
facts about her mom’s death--until men try to snatch Maddie from under his nose. Then witnesses lie to him. And more questions are raised. What Logan thought would be a quick case turns into a twisted tale of greed, love spurned, bad business, and a man who wants to be governor. The case will put Logan at odds with the detectives who speak for the dead, as well as the man who leads them, Lt. Jake Ross. It’s a race to the truth as Logan searches for the truth while trying to keep an orphaned girl alive in Hindsight by Rick Nichols. From Pro Se Productions.
Featuring an atmospheric cover and logo design by Jeffrey Hayes and print formatting by Percival Constantine, Hindsight is available now at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Hindsight-John-Logan-Ri…/…/ref=sr_1_2… and Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com for 12.00.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Update

Hello, gang:

My Publisher has been encountering a lot of health issues which I won't discuss but it has resulted in longer than expected delays in getting HINDSIGHT out to you. The final edits have been done and we're waiting on turn at the end of a long queue of projects that have been delayed by his ill health.

After HINDSIGHT, my publisher has graciously decided to release my EASTLANDER CHRONICLES. It is a set of three short novellas in the fantasy genre that  I started years ago and decided to finish. I released the first two on E-book only a few years back but have since taken them off the market and added the third story.

Also, John Logan will reappear in THE JUDAS MAN in the future. The manuscript is already done for that one.

As always, I will keep you updated.

R

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chess and writing

I've been into chess recently. I learned to play when I was about 12. In fact, I can take you to the exact spot where I played my first game. I was never any good. Like most of us, I just kind of moved pieces around and tried to formulate some sort of half-baked strategy of attack while trying not to get clobbered or disturbingly embarrassed in the process.

After not picking up a chess piece in a long time, I've come back to study the game with a focus I've never had before. Chess has taught me a lot about life. Mostly it's taught me how to lose. When I was a kid I hated to lose. Be it chess, checkers, Monopoly--you name it, losing made me MAD. I wasn't a very gracious loser.

In college, a buddy of mine began to play me a game of chess every night. "You can't get better if you don't play," he'd say and promptly clean my clock. I started postponing playing him. I didn't want to lose. He must have caught on because he eventually said, "Look, Rick, everyone loses a game now and then. Even the Grandmasters lose. Chess is complicated and too complex for a human, no matter how good he is, not to make a mistake or miscalculate and lose. It happens. You will lose a lot. But the more you play, and the more you lose, the better you will become."

And he was right.

Same thing with writing. There will be lots of attempts, lots of failures, lots of plots that go nowhere, rewrites that feel like you're banging your head against the wall. But the more you write, the more you screw it up...the better you will become. And that's the whole point.

Monday, July 6, 2015

HINDSIGHT

Hey gang.

Hope this latest update finds you well. We had originally selected HINDSIGHT to be released in April, then we shot for a June release. Obviously, that didn't happen. There have been some issues beyond my control that has necessitated that the release date was pushed back and the actual date is not yet confirmed so I won't tease you by giving you another date. I do apologize for this but it's out of my hands, unfortunately. I promise I'll let you know as soon as I do.

Things are well in my household. The new tile looks nice and my wife is happy about it, which means my life is easier :). I have several ideas for future Logan stories and am writing a new novel now--something a little different.

I wish you peace.

R

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Updates

Okay, gang, sorry it's been a while but I'm currently dealing with a major overhaul of my floors. Three weeks ago, thanks to a malfunctioning toilet, our house got flooded, so we've been going through the process of insurance claims and ripping up flooring and right now the house is a disaster, but slowly coming back to normal. My office where I write is a shambles right now.

HINDSIGHT was received back from the editor and has been corrected and sent back. I will let you know as soon as it hits the stands. If you don't subscribe to my Facebook page, I invite you to do so. You can hear it there, first. RICK NICHOLS AUTHOR.

Working on developing a couple of new stories, one involving a murder solving pastor (we've had priests and even a nun, but never a Protestant pastor). Another is an action adventure involving an assassin which is still in development. And in case you wonder, I'm also working on plotting a new John Logan story.

It's hot here in Florida right now and summer is upon us. So keep cool wherever you are and, as always, thanks.

R

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day

As we get ready to celebrate Mother's Day, it is a bittersweet time for me. My mom passed away a year ago in March and I'm still not quite used to it. I miss those days when I'd see something and think how much she'd like it and call her up and tell her.

My mom and I lived 700 miles apart so I didn't get to see her as much as I'd liked but I called her a lot, especially near the end. I don't regret one phone call.

My daughter is coming in to take her mom to lunch as is her custom, even though she's in graduate school working on a Phar.D. degree and is broke all the time. I think that working rotations in ICU this year opened her eyes to the fact that life is short here and not to be taken for granted.

I am blessed to be married to a wonderful woman who has been a great mom to our kids. I hope that they know how much they mean to her.

Call or better yet visit your mom and tell her how much she means to you. If things are tense between you, take that first step toward making amends.

Peace

R

Friday, April 3, 2015

HINDSIGHT

HINDSIGHT, the 6th John Logan novel is being prepared for publication in the April-June time frame according to my publisher, Pro-Se Press.

Meanwhile I have just finished the first draft for THE JUDAS MAN, the 7th book in the series, which should be out in 2016.

The Eastlander Chronicles, my fantasy story containing all three short novellas, should also be out in 2016.

As always, I will keep you informed.

In case you didn't notice, I don't post a lot on here. I was asked why. The reason is, I don't have a lot to post about. Unlike a full time author who spends their days writing and going to signings and seminars and hanging out with really cool people (Yes I'm talking about you Kevin J Anderson) I have a pretty boring life. I work, I write, I spend time with my wife and also my children when they come around. Both are out of the house and my oldest is in pharmacy school and we expect to see her sometime in the next few years, just not sure when.

I don't always believe in posting my opinions on everything--you can follow me on Twitter (RickNichols3) if you'd like to get more of that. I try not to get into politics or religion--that is not the purpose of this blog. I try to detail you some things going on in my life but I am also a pretty private person. I think we have too much sharing online at times and there are things about people's lives that I don't want to know.

I was born and raised in West Virginia (Go Mountaineers!) and currently live in Florida where I've lived for over 20 years. In between I did time as a disc jockey, sold real estate, served 5 years in the US Army where I was a Military Policeman (Hey, Teri was an MP..coincidence?....Hmmmmm) and now work as an accountant in county government. I play golf (badly, but still enjoy it), I play guitar (much better than I golf), I like chess, poker, and singing in my church choir. I have close friends who love me for who I am and also who I am not. I have a wonderful wife of almost 30 years who puts up with me and we raised two amazing children. I have, like all of us, have had my share of ups and downs. I have had a mild heart attack at 45, have an addiction to soda that I'm trying desperately to cure, and have never smoked or done drugs. Like I said, pretty boring.

But there is one thing I've always wanted to do: write a novel To hold that book in my hand and see my name on the cover. And I have. Five novels and three on the way. Maybe not James Patterson speed (I think he has help) but the books are mine, good or bad. If I never write another, I will have accomplished what I set out to do. Every book after is gravy and a blessing. I never take any for granted. I thank you for spending your money on my creations and I hope to never make you regret it.

Have a happy Easter!

Love and Peace from sunny Florida...
R

Saturday, March 7, 2015

An FAQ

"How have you managed to write 6 books about the same character?"

That question was posed to me the other day by a fellow writer. This friend is a prolific writer, having written far more than I have but his "series" of books usually run about 3 in each series then he's moving on to something else. He cannot understand how I've managed to churn out 6 books (and working on 7) about the same character.

It's easy, really. I love John Logan and the gang. I like spending time in Coral Bay, watching the sun glisten off the bay from the fore deck of Logan's houseboat. I enjoy being at the dojo and watching Logan work out. And who could not love hanging out with the beautiful Teri in a bikini watching her field strip a pistol with the expertise of a Navy Seal? I like Mason Killian with his Armani jackets and nice cars and the ever present Desert Eagle .44. I would say I love him, too, but that usually gets me a glare from behind those sunglasses.

Which brings up another point: someone said to me, you talk as if those characters are real!

Well, of course they're real. To me. How could they not be? How can anyone write about a character who isn't? If you want your writing to be richer and realistic, especially if you're going for a series, you'd better know your characters. I know Logan's birthday (although it's never mentioned in the stories, at least so far), I know so much about his childhood growing up in Japan, I know lots about Killian and Teri. I always knew Jake Ross had a dad who was a retired detective who had dementia. I never brought it out until later in the series.

Look, gang, the point here is that while it's nice having a character surprise you from time to time, it's also imperative that you have a good background for that character and that you know his/her impulses, strengths, weaknesses, phobias, etc. It makes it easier to predict how to have them act and react to certain situations. Logan can be a tough, ruthless killer, but he is also a tender, soft cream puff when he wants to be. Teri is a mask of insecurity who has spent her whole life working in fields dominated by men. Killian is--okay, I'm getting glared at so I'll shut up.

Thanks for your support. Don't forget you can email me with praises and to hurl rotten fruit at me at logan1348@yahoo.com

Peace and love to you.

R

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Eastlander Chronicles

Hey, gang:

For those of you who have been asking me about part three of the Eastlander Chronicles, you'll be happy to know that part III, THE HOUNDS OF WINTER, is complete.

The first two parts have become unavailable on e-book right now because ProSe Publishing, the same publisher who does my Logan series, has expressed it's desire to print the Eastlander saga combining the three stories into one book! As a result, I have taken them off line in order to allow the demand for them to rise by the time the book hits the shelves.

And when will that be?

Look for 2016, as of now. The book will have a new cover and print and I can't wait!

HINDSIGHT is still in the publishing process. Still shooting for April or early 2015.

On a personal note, still playing golf when I can, being a dad and husband, and friend.

On the writing front, working on Logan #7 right now. I'm keeping it close to the vest except to say: What if Logan came home and found a dead man on his houseboat?

R

Monday, February 2, 2015

HINDSIGHT

Hey, gang. I know it's been a while since I graced you with my presence. Hope you had a great holiday and that 2015 is starting off well for you.

Wanted to let you know that HINDSIGHT, the sixth John Logan novel is off to the publisher for the first round of review and edits. I'm hoping for an April-ish release time.

In the book, Logan is hired by 15-year old Madisyn Tolley who has paid Logan $64 and change to find out who murdered Madisyn's mom five years before. The cops said it was an OD but the girl doesn't believe it. Thinking it will be an easy case, Logan agrees to take the case, but soon finds out that the girl's suspicions may be truer than he thought.

It's going to be a fun filled ride and I can't wait until you can read it.

R