Saturday, July 15, 2017

Do the work

Hey everyone:

A quiet day at stately Nichols Manor. Taking it easy today but wanted to share a thought or two with you.

As many of you know, I'm a chess player. I didn't say I was any good at it, compared to many of the guys in my chess club, but that's beside the point. I love the game and I usually have an online correspondence game going all the time.

Recently, I noticed that my game progression seems to be stagnating. I'm beating players below a certain rating but not above it. My progress to get better has stagnated so I got some advice from my unofficial chess coach as well as a couple of other players whom I respect and it comes down to one thing:

More work. I have to up my game and put in the time to get to the next level.

What about you?

If you want to achieve, you have to sometimes up your game whether it be chess, or another sport.
Or writing.

Are you not seeing the progress on that story that you had envisioned? Are you mired down in one scene, one character, or one plot problem? You may have to put some more time and effort into it to start things rolling again. Maybe it's simply a matter of starting the darn thing...you have to actually sit down and hit those keys to put the words on the screen. Books don't write themselves.

I will allow you a sigh of acceptance, then no more slacking. Get up and get to work.

R

Monday, May 29, 2017

Remember

It's Memorial Day as I write this and as a veteran, I just wanted to remind you, Dear Readers, to remember those who have given their lives for our nation today. Don't thank me; don't thank the vets who are alive...we have our day. Today is the time to honor our fallen. From those who fell at Lexington and Concord to the fields of Gettysburg to the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf War, and those we fight today, it is a time to honor them and their sacrifice to our nation.

As you gather with friends and fire up the grill, (I like my steaks well done, thank you) please remember that there are families grieving losses and missing loved ones today.

Thank you. Be safe.

R

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES

IT'S HERE!




LIVING AND DYING BY THE BLADE-RICK NICHOLS’ ‘THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES’ DEBUTS

Rick Nichols, creator of the enigmatic John Logan featured ...in a series of thrillers from Pro Se Productions, brings to life another character from his fervent imagination. Harkening back to a wilder world and when justice was meted out by the blade, Nichols and Pro Se Productions proudly announce the release of THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES.

Civil war is brewing in the Korrin Empire. The noble houses are sharpening their swords and preparing armies. Into this land comes a stranger with a black sword, as dark and mysterious as the land from which he hails. On a mission of revenge, the Blademaster known as Cain finds himself in a strange land where the women are beautiful and the enemies just as deadly.

THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES contains three digest novels of the adventures of Cain as he battles with barbarian raiders, soldiers, creatures of the frozen wastes, assassins, thieves, a beautiful sword-for-hire whose charms may be too much for the warrior to resist, and an old enemy whose trail of betrayal and death is only beginning.

THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES by Rick Nichols (Author of the John Logan thriller series). From Pro Se Productions.

With an atmospheric cover and logo design by Kent Holloway and print formatting by Marzia Marina and Antonino Lo Iacono, THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES is available now at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Eastlander-Chronicles-…/…/ref=sr_1_3… Pro Se’s own store at www.prose-press.com for 18.00.


This three digest novel collection is also available as an Ebook, designed and formatted by Lo Iacono and Marina for only $2.99 for the Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/Eastlander-Chronicles-…/…/ref=sr_1_2… and for most digital formats via Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/724556.


For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Teri?

Since HINDSIGHT came out the question that I'm asked most frequently is: Is the woman on the cover supposed to be Teri?



A fair question that deserves an answer: I don't know.

The cover was nicely designed by my publisher with only final approval given to me and so the woman could easily be no one in particular, merely to provide an eye catching cover. I am, after all, in the book selling business.

When Teri Johnson first burst onto the scene I had an idea of what she would look like and although the woman on the cover in some ways  could be Teri, certain aspects of her are not. I will leave the final decision to you readers.


Monday, March 6, 2017

time goes by

Wow...Has it been since December since I've graced this blog with my presence? I guess it has. Where has the time gone?

Greetings, everyone. Yes, I am still alive and keeping quite busy. As I write this I have a full plate, including a church drama that I'm in rehearsals for and a chess tournament just a few days away that I'm trying to prepare myself for.

The Eastlander Chronicles is in the process of final cover design with a new artist so I'm awaiting to see what it looks like. I had asked that the proposed cover be tweaked a little which necessitated a bigger process than I had anticipated.

As I write this, today marks three years since my mom passed. Even now, I still miss picking up the phone and calling her. Time marches on, gang, so tell those around you that you love them and get in contact with those to whom you need to reach out. You never know...it could be your last chance.

Three more John Logan stories are in the can and awaiting my publisher's blessings so don't worry...there is more murder and mayhem in Coral Bay a'comin'.

Sorry for the absence and I hope you're having a great 2017.

R