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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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.

Jack Chaucer book signing at Hickory Stick on April 23rd!

hickorystickAdobe Photoshop PDFchaucerathickoryDec2015I’m happy to announce I’ll be making an appearance at my favorite book store, the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, to sign copies of my latest novel, “Nikki White: Polar Extremes” (Nikki #3), as well as “Streaks of Blue,” “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble” and “Queens are Wild.” The signing will be on Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a post-party at the White Horse Inn just like last time.

I recently dropped off five “Nikki White” paperbacks at Hickory Stick, so for those who want a resolution to the cliffhanger at the end of “Nikki Blue” and can’t wait until the new book’s official release on March 24, go straight to Hickory Stick and grab a world-exclusive copy for $13.99!

Thanks to owner Fran Keilty and her staff for hosting the signing, and I hope to see all you supporters of indie authors and indie book stores on April 23rd!!!

Here’s a Goodreads link to “Nikki White” that provides a blurb and a bunch of awesome early reviews …

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32701847-nikki-white

Four years and three books later …

nikki-white-d2In Stephen King’s gift to writers, “On Writing,” he compared our job as author to that of an archaeologist. A novel begins with one idea. Maybe two. And then the excavating begins. Our job is to dig up and expose as much of that massive underground discovery as possible. How deep can we go? How much of the story can we unearth and deliver to the readers?

In the span of three books — “Streaks of Blue: How the Angels of Newtown Inspired One Girl to Save Her School,” “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble” and “Nikki White: Polar Extremes” — the precious handful of readers in the world who have experienced that entire journey so far have blown me away with their positive and emotional reactions.

NikkiBlueI love that they couldn’t predict what was going to happen because this trilogy hasn’t followed some trite formula, and that they kept turning the pages until the final hellish and heavenly words of “Nikki White.” I love that this series surpassed their expectations, and made them cry, smile, laugh and swear at Nikki, Thomas, Adam and the “creepy Bridge people.” I love that one reader compared Nikki to Hazel from “The Fault in Our Stars” while another said “Nikki is my freaking hero … a total bad-ass chick.” I love that two readers included “Streaks of Blue” in their top 10 books of 2013 and two readers ranked this trilogy among their top 10 favorite series of all time.

I love that some of my favorite reviews for this series have been written by readers who live in Australia, Sweden, Sudan, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Georgia, the Philippines and all across the USA. I love that Nikki has inspired some of my teen readers to climb mountains and reconnect with former classmates.

During the course of this series, Nikki journeyed from New Hampshire to South Africa and Antarctica, and in the end, she did what she set out to do — make a difference. We need those kinds of people in the world today more than ever.

StreaksOfBlue_ebook (1)Nikki not only saved the lives of innocent people, she also helped turn around the life of the troubled boy who shot her. She ultimately forgave him, and opened up his mind to what he could be — a man, a friend and a space traveler.

I never could have imagined all of this when I first began writing “Streaks of Blue” in January 2013 in reaction to the horror of Sandy Hook, not far at all from where I live.

Four years and three books later, I’m so proud of this series, and I’m extremely thankful for the awesome readers out there who pick up my books, get hooked into the story, trust my ability to unearth Nikki’s arc in full, and come away entertained, inspired and fulfilled.

My wish is for more readers to take a chance and jump on for the ride!

Cheers,
Jack Chaucer

Mystery TV actress’ company interested in Streaks of Blue

Adobe Photoshop PDFJust to update everybody on the bombshell I dropped last week. I learned this evening from my film/TV contact Emily Parker that the party interested in the film/TV rights for “Streaks of Blue” is “a TV actress-fronted production company.” No word on who the actress or company might be, but intriguing nonetheless. The company has my info but so far has not reached out to contact me about an option. The suspense is killing me; fitting justice for an author who has been known to drive his/her readers nuts with certain cliffhangers.