Nikki and the crew get interviewed in low Earth orbit before the burn to Mars …

A SCENE FROM THE UPCOMING NOVEL NIKKI RED: MARS COLONY AGATHA by Jack Chaucer …

“Are any of you scared to put Earth in your rear-view mirror and travel so far away?” “CBS This Morning” host Norah O’Donnell asked the astronauts aboard Crew Dragon.
“I am,” Nikki said, “but I wouldn’t be human if I weren’t, so you embrace that fear and blast right past it to a place no human has been.”
“I feel like a conquistador, myself,” Eddy boasted to laughs all around. Then he grabbed his larger friend. “Pluto Parker, here, is disappointed we’re stopping at Mars and not going to his home planet … ice-ball dwarf, whatever it is.”

The 12 chapters of Part 1 are now complete:

CHAPTER 1: An International Chorus
CHAPTER 2: Epic Decision
CHAPTER 3: A Long, Long Way
CHAPTER 4: The Link
CHAPTER 5: Red Zeppelin
CHAPTER 6: Parking Lot Reunion
CHAPTER 7: Sisters in Space
CHAPTER 8: No Softballs
CHAPTER 9: Last Supper on Earth
CHAPTER 10: Mars is a Lucky Guy
CHAPTER 11: Dancing with the Stars
CHAPTER 12: Space High

Words completed:
15,674

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6 chapters complete so far for Nikki Red: Mars Colony Agatha (Nikki #4)

BFR and Crew Dragon on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

CHAPTER LIST SO FAR
1. AN INTERNATIONAL CHORUS
2. EPIC DECISION
3. A LONG, LONG WAY
4. THE LINK
5. RED ZEPPELIN
6. PARKING LOT REUNION

(8,276 words completed)

THE CAST SO FAR
Nikki Janicek, specialist
Sam “Snowbow” Archambeau
Thomas Harvey
Adam Upton
Roger Janicek
Lynn Barrett
Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO
Jane Rushmore
Xander Vermilyea, commander
Jo Giguere, pilot
Ulysses “Pluto” Parker, specialist
Eddy Etergino, specialist
Susan “Sunny” Wilkes, specialist

Work begins on Nikki Red: Mars Colony Agatha

Jack Chaucer wants to write a NIKKI RED to go along with the previously published NIKKI WHITE (2017) and NIKKI BLUE (2015), as well as the prequel STREAKS OF BLUE (2013), so he has begun toiling on the opening scenes from the fourth book. It will pick up right where NIKKI WHITE: POLAR EXTREMES left off, in the skies over the North Sea on Sept. 8, 2022.

Let’s just say things won’t be going as Nikki had expected, per usual.

The goal is to have this one published by July 4, 2020 — so very Red, White and Blue — well before humans actually set foot on Mars.

So far, there is a two-part PROLOGUE featuring Nikki and Thomas in one part, and South Pole legend Sam “Snowbow” Archambeau in the second part.

There’s also CHAPTER 1: AN INTERNATIONAL CHORUS and CHAPTER 2: EPIC DECISION, starring Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX.

The first line of Chapter 1 will be a short one … “Scheisse!”

That’s the German word for “shit.”

Stay tuned …

A fun day at The Big E

Jack Chaucer sold and signed 26 paperbacks for a bunch of awesome people at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass., on Monday. It’s a great event with a good crowd in the Connecticut Building. Readers of all ages were looking for new books and my pal Jim Fuller made the drive up from CT to buy the whole Nikki trilogy. I actually sold out of the Nikki trilogy plus eight additional books from my other three titles. Thanks to fellow author Karin LeFranc, a veteran of the CAPA booth, for her helpful tips.

Revenge to the Tennth Power released today on Amazon, Kindle, Apple, Barnes and Noble!

Praise for REVENGE TO THE TENNTH POWER by Jack Chaucer from reviewers in Illinois, Wisconsin, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia …

“Reading this was fun. It truly grabbed at my heart and made me smile. I was for sure not ready for all the emotions this book put me through. It was great though. It’s beautifully written and has my heart pumping like crazy. I adore how strong Tenn perceives herself, though I can still see flickers of innocence in the way she tries to be strong. She’s more human than what we see nowadays in other books. She’s built to be realistic. I loved the gods in this book. They seem to have an air of sass to them that truly makes them seem much more human. … I adored how the plot progressed and the story made me feel. It was worth the read and I hope to read it again soon.”
— Christina Jackson, Goodreads reviewer from Shawneetown, Illinois

“So glad there are fantasy books like this coming out that remind me of the old ’80s pulp fantasy by CJ Cherryh and Stephen Donaldson — great characters.”
— Jen The Tolkien Gal, Goodreads reviewer from Pretoria, South Africa

“THIS book. Brave. Risqué. Fantasy. REAL. And with our current global social milieu, I couldn’t rate this book more relevant.”
— Jeanine Henning, fantasy author and cover artist from Cape Town, South Africa

“What I love most about this book is the way it started, no unnecessary build-ups, it started with a bang. … The plot is amazing.”
— Deborah Obida, Goodreads reviewer from Abuja, Nigeria

“I’m in favour of actively meddling gods. x-D … I was impressed with the rather active pantheon, and the open and indiscriminate play of “love stories” in the story. Especially the “side-characters” were rather interesting.”
— Auntie Terror, Goodreads reviewer from Frankfurt, Germany

“I was firstly drawn to this beautiful book cover and secondly to the story itself, which kept me hooked until I’d finished. Loved the story.”
— A.D., NetGalley reviewer from the United Kingdom

“The gods had a very old-world vibe. They came in at random points, did what they wanted, when they wanted and left. They made for an interesting side plot. I also thought that there was a very easy-going camaraderie between the main characters. Kind of a huzzah! we’re heading for an adventure! sort of schtick which made for a fun interlude between the plot.”
— Miranda Reads, Goodreads reviewer from USA

“The thing that worked the most for me was the mythology of it. Mammyth and its gods were real, living, breathing things and they were as natural to the story as they could be.”
— Svetlana Svichkar, Goodreads reviewer from the Ukraine

“You are thrown right into the story from the first page. I like that. … It is enjoyable and worth the time reading it.”
— Laila Viking, Goodreads reviewer from Denmark

“This book is all about empowering women. … I enjoyed the mythology of this book, how the gods and goddesses live amongst them.”
— Julie Oakley, Goodreads reviewer from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia