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.

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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 Blue paperback now on sale at Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn.

NikkiBluehickorystickHickory Stick Bookshop in Washington now has Jack Chaucer’s “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble” on its shelves, along with “Streaks of Blue” and “Queens are Wild.” You also get a $11.99 brick-and-mortar discount price vs. $13.99 on Amazon just for supporting local independent bookstores!

Release day for Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble!

Adobe Photoshop PDFThe second book in Jack Chaucer’s four-book series is now available all over cyberspace (380 pages, $13.99 paperback, $2.99 e-book). The third book, “Nikki White: Frozen Upside Down,” is expected to be released in late 2016 or early 2017.

Here’s what book blogger Julie Oakley of Hobart, Australia, had to say after reading “Nikki Blue,” the sequel to “Streaks of Blue”

“Wow, this novel is on a completely different path from the first in the series, but luckliy it works. Our protagonist “Nikki” has grown so much through this novel and we get to grow with her, as does the plot. The plot is very ‘now’, it targets some interesting topics that society today is faced with and in my opinion, shows them for exactly what they are! I love the direction this novel has taken, it is engaging and keeps the reader on their toes!

The writing as always is incredible, it draws you in from the very first page and keeps you interested throughout the novel. It is original, controversial, confronting and honest. If I had to pick a fault with this novel, it is that it ended too soon and too suddenly, however it has left me keen for the next book!

An amazing, fast-paced read, definitely one of my favourites this year!”

Here are some of the links to buy Nikki Blue:

Amazon paperback and Kindle e-book:
http://www.amazon.com/Nikki-Blue-Source-Trouble-2/dp/1515128954/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1442795043&sr=1-1&keywords=Nikki+Blue

Apple
https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/nikki-blue-source-of-trouble/id1019423787?mt=11

Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nikki-blue-jack-chaucer/1122300291#productInfoTabs

Indigo/Kobo (Canada)
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/nikki-blue-source-of-trouble/9781310696633-item.html

Book Blurb for “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”

Nicole Janicek has survived being shot, but can she overcome the blues of her early 20s?
Nearly four years after foiling a shooting plot at her high school and saving countless lives, Nikki begins a short-lived internship as a newspaper reporter; gets hired as a flak by an organization whose leadership consists of people labeled troublemakers by the Church of Scientology; confronts the source of her nightmares, Thomas Lee Harvey; puts her long-term relationship with Derek Schobell to the test; learns a disturbing secret from her friend, Adam Upton, and considers a high-risk offer to leave the planet forever.
Can this former teenage hero and trailblazer rescue herself from the consequences of her own decisions? Or does every path in front of her lead to trouble?

25 chapters deep into “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”; third book likely will be “Nikki Roulette: Red or Black?”

sourceoftroubleI’ve written 25 chapters so far for the sequel to “Streaks of Blue.” Progress has been slow but steady, with more than 54,000 words already written and a likely target of 70,000-75,000 for this book, considerably longer than the first one. The arc for the second book will extend into a third book, tentatively titled, “Nikki Roulette: Red or Black?” There is also a chance this series will go beyond three books.
My goal for “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble” is to publish it in the spring of 2016, though I may have ARCs of it ready for NetGalley before that.
Here is a chapter title listing so far:
1. Rainbows and Unicorns, Part 1
2. Enterprise Story
3. Weirdos Make the World Go Round
4. Hot Tip
5. Silver Sands
6. Busted in Bridgeport
7. 25 Grand
8. Money Trail
9. Coffee in the Lobby
10. The Other Kind of Auditing
11. Rainbows and Unicorns, Part 2
12. Your Enemy’s Enemy
13. As Long As We’re Both Being Honest
14. Climbing the Lion
15. Captain Rookie
16. Howl at the Moon
17. Nikki Blue
18. Earth Wing
19. Mars Wing
20. “I Crashed My Car Into The Bridge … I Love It”
21. Cruise Missiles
22. Adam Bomb
23. Nikki Beach
24. Loveless Fascination
25. Channel 77

A little love from Texas …

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Wicked cool review of “Streaks of Blue” by Whitney Martin of Abilene, Texas, today on Goodreads, Amazon and her blog http://shootingstarsreviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/streaks-of-blue-by-jack-chaucer.html She’s also the first reader so far who wanted to see the main characters hook up.

“This story is different from any story I’ve ever read. I loved Nikki. She was an awesome character, and I really respected her bravery in this book. I also really liked Adam even though he was pretty messed up. I felt like these two started an awesome friendship. And this book really does show how hard it is to be a teenager, and lot of the really hard things in life no one wants to see. I loved how the author portrayed everything in the book. The only thing that I wish would have happened is Nikki and Adam would have become more than friends. But alas that didn’t happen but it was still a really good book! Kudos to the author for doing so well on such a hard topic!”

“Streaks of Blue” sells 100th copy: $158.95 raised for Newtown Memorial Fund

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Thanks to my readers for getting this indie author to 100 copies of “Streaks of Blue” sold since its release on Sept. 27th! In the process, we’ve raised $158.95 so far for Newtown families. And with the recent shootings in New Mexico, Colorado and Philadelphia, among others, this book and this topic continue to be extremely relevant.

A special shout-out to Christina Jackson of Shawneetown, Illinois, who won the Christmas giveaway contest on Goodreads. She said she adored the book and has loaned it to a friend. She said she was inspired by the novel and the fact that I once lived in Freeport, Illinois. Go Pretzels! Thanks also to the 690 other Goodreads members who have added “Streaks of Blue” to their shelves!