Today is the day I came up with the ending …

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. (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)

for “Nikki White: Frozen Upside Down.” I’ve just finished writing the first chapter in Part 2, but the ending twist just hit me this morning and it’s gonna be sick … just like The Bridge.
It will impact book four, “Nikki Red,” in a huge way, too.
We’ve really got a series brewing now.

NIKKI WHITE: FROZEN UPSIDE DOWN
PART 1
CHAPTER 1:
Dyer Situation (Nikki’s POV) near Dyer Island, S. Africa, 2020
CHAPTER 2: Heaven and Hell (Nikki) Cape Town, S. Africa, 2019
CHAPTER 3: Call Center (Adam) La Jolla, Calif., 2019
CHAPTER 4: The X Factor (Thomas!) New Hampshire State Prison, 2019
CHAPTER 5: Second Chance (Nikki) Cape Town, S. Africa, 2019
CHAPTER 6: Root Beer Lollipop (Nikki) near Dyer Island, S. Africa, 2020
CHAPTER 7: Bathroom Fight Club (Thomas) Hermanus, S. Africa, 2020
CHAPTER 8: The Whale in the Cave (Nikki) Hermanus, S. Africa, 2020
CHAPTER 9: Point of No Return (Nikki) Christchurch, New Zealand, 2020
CHAPTER 10: Tables Can Turn (Thomas) McMurdo Station, Antarctica, 2020
CHAPTER 11: Yellow Ice (Nikki) En route to the South Pole, 2020

PART 2
All chapters at Amundsen-Scott South Pole station, 2020
CHAPTER 12:
Enter Snowbo (Nikki)

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Nikki’s looking good at Hickory Stick!

mybooksathickoryWow, this was a nice surprise this morning. Fran Keilty and Pat Moody already have “Nikki Blue” and “Streaks of Blue” displayed with pizzazz at Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn., and they posted this photo on their Facebook page. Be sure to grab a paperback copy there. I made sure it’s $2 bucks cheaper at Hickory Stick ($11.99) than via Amazon ($13.99). Support your local independent bookstores!!

Nikki and Candace … from the chapter “Adam Bomb”

NikkiBlueNikki’s POV

Candace: “What’s wrong?”

Nikki: “What’s wrong is I wish you were in my life every day like you used to be. You always … well, usually, had my back.”

Candace: “That’s fair. You pushed my limits and then some, but I tried. I mean … hanging out with Adam? Hiking in the woods with a kid like that? I hope you didn’t actually climb that mountain with him alone over the summer when I couldn’t make it.”

I bit my lip.

Candace: “You did? What are you thinking, Nikki? And you talked to Thomas on Skype? What the fuck? Do you get off on spending quality time with psychopaths?”

Nikki: “You’ve hiked with Adam more than once. He’s not that bad. He’s turned his life around somewhat.”

Candace: “I think it’s amazing how you reached out to that kid and helped him … and saved all of us in the process. But there’s a pretty big line there that he crossed when he even considered doing what he planned to do. I look back on all that and I must’ve been crazy to go hiking with him after that. I only did it to be there for you. But at some point, you’ve got to be smarter than that, Nikki. Stop putting yourself into dangerous situations. You can’t save the world. No one can.”

Nikki: “Yeah, I know. I’m not as naive as I used to be. Believe me.”

From “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”
Pub date: 10-9-15
ARC date: Available now on NetGalley

Mars talk … from the chapter “A World Without Guns”

NikkiBlueJudith Feld:
“The early colonists will be forced to work together or they will die. The Red Planet itself will govern every second of their existence.”

Peter van Wooten:
“So we shouldn’t debate whether there ought to be guns on Mars?”

Judith:
“No, there will be enough threats to human life on that planet. Trust me. Guns would be incredibly superfluous.”

Nikki:
“As someone who suffered a gunshot wound when I was 17, I find Judith’s answer more refreshing than scary. I would be willing to risk my life to go to a world without guns.”

Excerpt from “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”
Pub date: 10-9-15
NetGalley ARC date: Later this week

Steve, the newspaper reporter …

NikkiBlueSteve Pearson:
“Ask interesting questions, yeah, that’s what I do … 24 hours, 7 days a week. Even in my dream the other night, I asked the Dalai Lama how to get to Saratoga Race Track. I was lost somewhere in New York. I thought he could enlighten me.”

To Nikki:
“So … what’s it like getting shot?”

From “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”
Pub date: 10-9-15