Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Holiday Greetings

It's a bit late, I know, but wanted to wish all of you Happy Holidays, a belated Merry Christmas, and wish you a very happy 2018.

Don't forget, THE JUDAS MAN comes out in 2018! Can't wait!



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tough love

Hey, gang....

I hope your Thanksgiving was nice and wonderful and all those great adverbs. Something got posted on social media today that--well, I'm sorry, but it really gripes my cookies.

Being a writer, I get exposed to a lot of writer's groups, social media pages, and hangouts for writers. Today someone complained about not being able to get their novel looked at by an agent or published by a publisher and they couldn't figure out why.

Judging by their post I could see why. Misspellings, bad grammar, and just poor writing filled their media rant. Did I mention the use of the word YOU'RE instead of YOUR? If their manuscript looks like that, it's already gone in the trash pile if it's been seen.

There are hundreds of books published every year--many more if you count self published. Your name is on that book--for God's sakes, do everything you can to make it the best you can be. Writing takes practice and lots of work. Brush up on your English, use spellcheck, and get an editor. A friend who is good in grammar is a valuable friend. He/she might not be able to help you with plot holes or story pace, but nothing can wreck a good story for me than to see bad spelling, punctuation, and grammar. True, none of us are perfect and that's why we all have editors, but really?

You might even be able to go to a local college and snag an English student to proof it for a few bucks. Anything would be better than letting it go as it is.

Even my social media posts get edited before I hit the send button. How can I expect people to take me seriously as a writer if I can't string a sentence together on Facebook? And I see it all the time from people who want to know why they can't seem to get a brake (see what I did there?)

English is one of your major tools. You need to learn to use it well. I keep a copy of The Elements of Style  on the shelf next to my desk for easy reference. It can usually handle most any grammar problem I have. The better my copy is, the less work for the editor and the better writer you become.

It really does annoy me. Don't be that annoying person. Take the time and go through your manuscript and clean it up. It will always be beneficial to you in the end.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving wishes

I would like to wish all of you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving from all of my family to yours.
We have so much to be thankful for here in the Nichols household. I will get to spend this week with both of my children, my wife of course, and my brother, whom I haven't shared a holiday with in some time.

May your Thanksgiving be full of family, friends, and food. Please take a moment and give thanks for all that we have and remember those less fortunate than us. Please remember those soldiers who are away from family this holiday season, and for those first responders out there working while we are enjoying the time off.

As always, thanks for your support.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

HINDSIGHT is on Audio!

HINDSIGHT, Author Rick Nichols’ latest thriller featuring John Logan, is now available... as a top quality audiobook produced by Radio Archives.
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. HINDSIGHT: A John Logan Thriller by Rick Nichols. From Pro Se Productions
Featuring a terrific cover by Jeffrey Hayes and a great performance by Daniel Coker, HINDSIGHT is available now at Amazon at…/dp/B073X7P6F4/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0…
This exciting thriller audio book is also available on Audible and Itunes.
HINDSIGHT: A JOHN LOGAN THRILLER is available at Amazon and
For more information on this title, interviews with the author, or digital eBook copies to review this book, contact Pro Se Productions’ Director of Corporate Operations, Kristi King-Morgan at

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hey gang, just checking in and saying hello.

Sorry for my lack of posting but this is a really busy time for me at my day job and I come home pretty well tired mentally and physically.

THE JUDAS MAN is in the hands of my publisher with a 2018 date to hit the shelves. As usual, I'll let you know when it happens.

I hope you all are well.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Post Irma

Hello there.

We are safe and sound after Hurricane Irma battered Florida. Six days without power but we managed to survive and the house is intact.

A shout out to all the Emergency Management people here in the county, first responders, and to the line crews who had the state up to 95% restored in a week. The crew that restored power to my neighborhood was from Oklahoma. I made sure I thanked them.

One tragedy of things was the complete loss of a Logan short story THE SORENSON AFFAIR that I had promised to release perhaps next year. My laptop blew a gasket and though I had it backed up, the backup copy has mysteriously vanished.

I hope that this blog post finds you and your loved ones well. I have friends who have families and friends in Puerto Rico. Please pray or send good vibes and help in any way you can with that devastated nation.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Random thoughts on a Saturday

Good morning, dear readers:

It's a beautiful Saturday morning here in Florida. The sun is out, golf may be in my future today, and I have chess to play and words to write as well. I hope this finds you well and loved.

1) I just read an article that says loneliness is becoming the number one problem in America. I find that an interesting thing, since technology has supposedly connected us better than ever. I think people are finding out that it does not replace one on one personal interaction. Go anywhere now and you see the masses huddled on their devices. I'm guilty as well.

As we delve deeper and deeper into cyberspace, we are rapidly losing our ability to establish personal connections with people. Relationships are getting harder and harder to maintain and porn and self gratification replaces marriage and intimacy.

I've stepped back from social media and my phone in an attempt to unplug somewhat from this cyberworld. I know....I'm not exactly an Internet powerhouse anyway. But I'm constantly being bombarded with messages, alerts, texts, sometimes on multiple devices at once. It's too much and unneeded.

Put down the phone and actually talk to someone today. Maybe your spouse, or even better your kids.

2) Another thought: Love him or hate him, (and there are reasons to do both) I've decided instead of bashing our President on N Korea, I'm going to pray for him. Pray for him, those of you of faith, that God will give him the wisdom and patience to make the right decisions. Not just him, but our military leaders as well as Congress. Pray for our military. This veteran appreciates it.

3) Computers and my wife do not go together.

4) Got to spend dinner last night with my son and his girlfriend. She is very sweet and they seem good together. My daughter remains in Atlanta working on her second year of Pharmacy residency. Very proud of these kids o' mine.

5) Lastly, thanks so much for your support and I always welcome your feedback.


Friday, July 28, 2017

the ever present question

"How many more Logan novels are you going to write?"

I get that question a lot. From family, friends, and fans, everyone wants to know when the next book is coming out, if Logan and Teri are going to ever say I do, will Killian find true love, etc.

I love writing John Logan. Let's be very clear about that. I love the character, I love his friends. Teri and Killian are just as much a part of my life as Logan himself now. Even crusty Jake Ross has grown on me. I love Coral Bay. In my mind I've sat on Logan's houseboat and watched the sun sparkle over the Bay Bridge and the blue waters of the Bay a million times. For me, Coral Bay is a fascinating place and I've had several readers who say they'd love to live there.

But writing a series is tough work, especially if you want to keep things fresh. That is the trouble you run into when you write a series. The fact that Parker churned out so many Spenser novels or that Gardner wrote so many Perry Mason books astounds me. Some of the Spenser books were weaker than others and you could tell he was struggling to work things out or simply writing to fulfill a deadline or contract.

I don't want to do that with John Logan. I want to keep it fresh and exciting and throw in the typical mystery combined with action that you readers enjoy. I want to keep the houseboat conversations with Teri and Logan and have them talk about things and make love and keep an air of familiarity to it. After all most of us have routines or things in our lives that are familiar. Safe. Human beings are, by nature, creatures of habit and Logan and crew are no different.

But I want to keep the cases fresh and the mysteries intriguing and it can be a challenge at times. Right now there are two more novels in the can and so that gives me some time to come up with more fiendishly clever stories. But if I feel that a particular story is weak or needs more work, it won't see the light of day until I feel it is ready. You spend your hard earned money to buy them...I want to make it worth your while.

Thanks for your support. I really mean it.


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 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.


Monday, May 29, 2017


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.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017




Rick Nichols, creator of the enigmatic John Logan featured 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…/…/ref=sr_1_3… Pro Se’s own store at 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…/…/ref=sr_1_2… and for most digital formats via Smashwords at

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Sunday, March 26, 2017


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 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.