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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!

Peace.

R

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 spellc…

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.
R

HINDSIGHT is on Audio!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JOHN LOGAN RETURNS TO AUDIOBOOK! ‘HINDSIGHT’ DEBUTS
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…
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.

R

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.

Peace.

R

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…

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 ast…

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 characte…

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

THE EASTLANDER CHRONICLES

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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 …

Teri?

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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.

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 bless…