THE PASSWORD IS WISHPERS officially released today!

My new children’s book is now available in Amazon paperback, Kindle, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, etc., as well as the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot! The amazing cover art and illustrations are by Jeanine Henning of Cape Town, South Africa!

Here’s the Amazon link …

And here’s what Joanne M. Moore, MLS, school library media specialist at Litchfield Center School in Litchfield, Connecticut, USA, had to say about the book:

“Author Jack Chaucer sensitively addresses a solemn school exercise in his first children’s book, The Password Is Wishpers. Along with fire drills and other safety measures, lockdown drills are standard in schools of today, and the author’s message soothes and distracts students in the fictional story about the sensitive topic. In the story, during an extended drill, the teacher and her students weave an exciting tale of adventure. Along the way, the children spell the word CHILDHOOD, as they discover and are reminded that their childhood is a gift to be cherished every day. Although silence is often required during a lockdown drill, if whispering is permitted, the book has a comforting message and is an exciting read. The book would be an excellent one to “whisper read” to students during lockdown drills in every school.”

Very first review for “Nikki White: Polar Extremes” … 5 stars

nikki-white-paperback-d2“It was fabulous. Another great work from Chaucer. This series is always in my top ten. My favorite part was the way the story started out in the first few pages. It really caught my attention and I read all of it happily after I was hooked by the writing in the beginning of the book. It was a truly magnificent work.”

— Christina Jackson, Goodreads reviewer from Shawneetown, Illinois

15 sites and settings from Nikki White: Polar Extremes

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Below is a collage of visual teasers for Jack Chaucer’s upcoming third installment of the Nikki Janicek trilogy, “Nikki White: Polar Extremes,” which will be available on NetGalley in early December and officially released on March 24, 2017 in Amazon paperback and via all online retailers.

1. “Shark alley,” near Dyer Island, off the coast of South Africa
2. Cape Town, South Africa
3. Bientang’s Cave, Hermanus, South Africa
4. C-17 Globemaster in Christchurch, New Zealand, bound for Antarctica
5. McMurdo Station, Antarctica
6-7. Ceremonial South Pole
8. Snowcat on the move near South Pole Station
9. Wind-carved layers of snow at the South Pole called “sastrugi”
10. The sun sets in March at the South Pole and won’t come up again for six months
11. Green auroras during the six months of darkness at the South Pole
12. Dark Sector telescopes at the South Pole
13. The sun finally rises again in September at the South Pole
14. The Great Karoo of South Africa
15. Den Helder, the Netherlands

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A maintenance crew prepares to launch a C-17 Globemaster III Aug. 20 for a winter fly-in mission from for Operation Deep Freeze Aug. 20 Christchurch, New Zealand. A C-17 and 31 Airmen from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., are flying in an augmentation of scientists, support staff, food and equipment for the U.S. Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

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Flags fly at the ceremonial South Pole in front of the Elevated Station in honor of the 12 original signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty. The flags are set in a semicircle and are spaced about 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart. The US flag is directly flanked by the Norwegian (grid east) and British (grid west) flags in honor of Amundsen and Scott. The remainder of the flags are represented in the order of their signing the Antarctic Treaty. The nations represented include: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Russia, New Zealand, Norway, USA, UK, France, Japan, Belgium, and South Africa. (February 2008)

Flags fly at the ceremonial South Pole in front of the Elevated Station in honor of the 12 original signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty. The flags are set in a semicircle and are spaced about 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart. The US flag is directly flanked by the Norwegian (grid east) and British (grid west) flags in honor of Amundsen and Scott. The remainder of the flags are represented in the order of their signing the Antarctic Treaty. The nations represented include: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Russia, New Zealand, Norway, USA, UK, France, Japan, Belgium, and South Africa. (February 2008)

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Second draft complete for Nikki White: Polar Extremes

mybooksathickoryThe third book in my YA/NA/Sci-fi series, which follows the adventures of Nikki Janicek, is another major step closer to release now that I’ve completed the second draft and major revisions. I should be able to wrap up final tweaks and edits by sometime this fall, and I’m already looking forward to seeing what Damon Za of South Africa will pull off for a cover for this one.

I’ll shoot for a cover reveal before the end of the year and plan to have ARCs ready on NetGalley by early 2017. I’ll likely publish it in paperback and e-book some time in the first half of next year.

“Nikki White: Frozen Upside Down” had been my working title for this project, but “Polar Extremes” is shorter and works better on multiple levels. I think it’ll make life easier for Damon as well.

“Nikki White: Polar Extremes” resolves the cliffhanger ending from “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble” and sends Nikki off on a new adventure, which primarily is set in Antarctica and South Africa.

I’ll be teasing blurbs and excerpts later on, but I just wanted to update my fans and followers that the book is coming along well.

At 46,400 words or so, it’s much shorter than “Nikki Blue” and slightly shorter than “Streaks of Blue.” There are four parts and 50 chapters, but the story moves along at a crisp pace. Though the first chapter begins on New Year’s Day, 2020, the book’s full time span is between August 2019 and September 2022, so there are some leaps.

“Nikki White” is less dark than the first two books and even provides one of the worst characters in the series a chance to change and grow. The third book circles back well with “Streaks of Blue” and provides some closure to the series, but it also leaves the door open for a fourth book. If I do write that book, it will be called “Nikki Red,” but I plan to do something different with my next project before resuming this series. I think three books are enough on these characters for now, and I’d like to experiment with a different type of story or genre next time around.

I’ll provide a full chapter listing later, but for now here are some of my favorites for teasers: Dyer Situation, Root Beer Lolly, Men’s Room Fight Club, Filling the Crevasse, 10-Below Barbershop, Siberia on Steroids, Summer Wind, Race for the Hollywood Showers, $19 Million Burnt Rug, Mars Isn’t Enough?, South by South Pole, The 300 Club, Sugar Snow, Here Comes the Sun and Red Confetti.

And last but not least, the best new character in the series:
Sam “Snowbow” Archambeau, a snowcat driver, handyman and bartender who just can’t get enough of wintering over at South Pole Station.