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.

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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Sharks, 300-degree temperature swings and 180-degree story arcs, oh my

Here’s my first stab at a book blurb for my novel, “Nikki White: Polar Extremes,” the third book in the Nikki series …

NIKKI WHITE: POLAR EXTREMES
By Jack Chaucer
Coming in 2017

When Nikki Janicek sprints from the 200-degree sauna out into the 100-below darkness wearing nothing but bunny boots, at least she’s not alone.
She already has survived months of solitary confinement, a forced swim with sharks and a scary journey to the South Pole. Now she’s a member of The 300 Club, an exclusive group of people on the planet who have endured a 300-degree temperature swing in a matter of seconds.
It’s all part of her training for a six-person, one-way mission to Mars.
Nikki wants to go, but not with The Bridge — a space-obsessed company that abducts, controls and violates people.
She wants to take a stand.
She wants to free her father, her former lover and herself.
And she’ll attempt it with the help of the young man who shot her seven years ago.
It’s a previously inconceivable alliance, bonded by polar extremes.

5-star love for Nikki Blue in Illinois …

mybooksathickoryHere’s the kind of 5-star review Jack Chaucer loves to read.

Christina Jackson, 20, of Shawneetown, Illinois, posted this on Goodreads on Feb. 7 about “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble,” the sequel to “Streaks of Blue”:

“This book was a great read. I was overwhelmed with the emotions of the characters. I felt I was a character myself and that I was there experiencing it all. I found it to be enthralling and a very unpredictable sequel. I commend Chaucer and hope to read more by him soon.”

As a side note, Chaucer lived in Freeport, Illinois, from 1991-93. He worked as a sportswriter at the Freeport Journal-Standard newspaper. Good times.