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

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Thomas and Bill at the bar in Nikki White

Adobe Photoshop PDF“How did an old man like you hook up with Nikki in the first place?”

Bill gave me a fuck-you look and took another drink.

“I didn’t shoot her, for one,” he said with his smart-ass tone.

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First time I’ve been accused of sorcery in a review! LOL

nikki-white-3d“Ok … I want to say that I think this author has magic, sorcery, mind controlling powers. Every damn book in this series gets me so entranced with the storyline, a bomb could go off next to me and I wouldnt flinch. I literally get in a zone and block life around me out … Hence why when I started this 3rd book, I was smart enough to set up snacks and drinks on my kitchen counter for my 6 year old and said … you should be good for a while and then went and settled in. Whew … what a ride, I was sweating at times reading this latest book.

Nikki, Nikki, Nikki….how in gods green earth does she get herself in things like this??? The Bridge? OMG … pure evilness … evilness that I kinda love. The twists and things that come out of left field left me speechless … and if you know me at all … that is feat by itself!

Nikki has found herself in some hairy situations but this … it literally takes the cake. The Bridge feels that since going to Mars, the team needs to know what life will be like on the planet … sooooooo … they are sent to a few places for training … extreme training. And boy oh boy are there some shocking faces that return to train alongside the team. Faces that are forced to work together to survive. The description of some of these places and the extreme surroundings (especially the cold places) actually had me freezing and reaching for a blanket and a hot cup of coffee … thats how descriptive it was. There are some rather emotional moments that had me tearing up … some down right rotten times that had me screaming at my Kindle for vengeance and some angsty moments that had me twirling my hair until it literally came out of my head.

I want to know how this author thinks of the things that happen in this book … some are so complex and make some characters downright heinous, its purely brilliant. It answers questions you have been asking but fills your plate full with a whole brand new set. And Nikki … she is my freaking hero. Total bad ass chick.

Again…this book leaves off with you salivating for more and in a book coma … I swear it makes all books you read for awhile pale in comparison. Yet again … I’m on my knees praying to the literary gods to have the next installment soon!!!! One of my top 10 all time favorite series.”

— 4.5 stars from Goodreads reviewer Christine Cheff of Totowa, N.J., for Jack Chaucer’s upcoming novel, “Nikki White: Polar Extremes” (Nikki, #3), which comes out on 3-24-17

Full chapter excerpt: Thomas meets the universe at the South Pole

NIKKI WHITE: POLAR EXTREMES
CHAPTER 30: $19 MILLION BURNT RUG
Thomas
April 14, 2020

darksectornikki-white-d2Finally, the Dark Sector.

I followed the old man up the snowy stairs and into the tallest, newest telescope at the South Pole. Snowbow had given us a lift in a snowcat because it was 60-below and dropping fast. We entered the circular building at the base of the rotating telescope. The shell of the thing stared into space at an angle.

Once we got inside and shed some layers of winter gear, Willem showed me around.

“Where is everyone?” I asked.

“It’s my shift and you’re my assistant,” he said. “I gave my regular assistant the night off.”

“Cool.”

“Better than washing dishes, eh?”

“Hell yeah.”

Willem grabbed a bunch of ropes tied together and yanked them to one side. Then he hit some buttons on a console, causing the whole clam shell to rotate toward us in the center until it locked into place right above us. After admiring it for a second, Willem used a step ladder to climb up and open two handles on what looked like a big white cabinet that was facing down at us. He swung both doors of the cabinet all the way around so it was fully open. Then he stepped down the ladder, removed it and flipped on a light.

“Have a look,” he said, waving me on.

I moved under the opening and stared through the inside of the massive telescope. It went up and up and up, with windows near the top and darkness above it all. It looked like you could fit a small rocket inside it — that’s how big it was, narrowing at the top.

“Cool,” I said.

Willem practically spat at my response. “Cool? That’s $19 million worth of cool!”

“You must get some sick close-ups of the moon.”

Willem shook his head in disgust. “Don’t they teach you anything in your pathetic American schools? We ain’t looking at the fucking moon with a massive instrument like this.”

“What then?”

“Have you ever wondered, Thomas, where we all come from? Where this whole universe we live in got started?”

“Not a whole lot.”

“Well, I figured that so let me try to get you up to speed.”

“Shoot.”

“The universe started about 14 billion years ago with a huge release of energy called the Big Bang. To give you some perspective, Earth is about 4 and a half billion years old. With this telescope, we can see the light and other waves of energy produced before the galaxies, stars and planets were even born. We can see what space looked like when the universe was very young.”

“How young?”

“If the universe was 100 years old today, this telescope can show us what it looked like when it was about 8 minutes old.”

“Holy shit.”

“That is some holy shit. We’re studying what is called the cosmic microwave background for signs of the Big Bang’s earliest ripple effects. We’re also learning more about the 95 percent of the universe that we cannot see — dark matter and dark energy.”

“Is that why they call this the Dark Sector?” I asked.

“Maybe you do have a brain in that skull of yours. That’s one reason. Another is this telescope does most of its work during winter, when it’s dark all the time.”

I nodded and walked over to a bulletin board, which was plastered with all kinds of information and photos on it.

“Yes, study that and learn more about what we do here while I perform some routine maintenance tasks,” Willem said.

“Have you shown Nikki or Adam or Bill this place yet?” I asked.

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Because they haven’t earned the right to see it yet and you have,” he said, strolling over to a computer on the far side of the room.

Me? Head of the class? That’s 14 billion jolts of Big Bang-style explosive shock right there.

I leaned in and looked closer at the bulletin board of telescope stuff. One wicked weird photo caught my eye.

“This image shows a section of the universe 14 billion years ago, as mapped by the South Pole Telescope. The image shows 1/100th of the sky.”

That was the note in small print underneath the photo.

Then I squinted at the picture for an even closer look. No moons, no stars, no planets and no galaxies. To me, it looked like they zoomed in real fucking close on a piece of burnt rug.

Hell, I could’ve gotten them a shot like that for free and pocketed the $19 million myself.

‘The book all Nikki Blue fans have been waiting for!’

nikki-white-paperback-d2One of the fun parts about writing a series is having readers who jump on board for the whole ride. Julie Oakley, a 24-year-old Goodreads reviewer from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, did just that. She wrote glowing 4-star reviews of both “Streaks of Blue” and “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble,” but she just topped those with an awesome 5-star review of my latest, “Nikki White: Polar Extremes.” Thanks Julie. Here’s her review below:

“Another incredible journey from Chaucer!
This novel, the third in the Nikki series, is a fist in the face to the corrupt corporation known as ‘The Bridge’, it is the book all Nikki Blue fans have been waiting for!
Not only is the writing so engaging that you can’t stop reading from the first sentence, we are introduced to intriguing and loveable new characters such as Sam or ‘Snowbow’, who really lift the darkness around Nikki’s story.

A perfect third installation to this series, a quick, fast-paced read that leaves you thinking long after you have read the final page. Chaucer really makes you think about relationships, issues we are facing in today’s society and shows us that there can be a silver lining for everyone if you look and try hard enough.
A great read!”

Cold, isolating bitch

nikki-white-paperback-d2I hate the way The Bridge shuffles the deck like we’re a bunch of playing cards. I also hate the way they switch out who’s dealing. It used to be Virgil trying to control me and Adam and Bill. Then it was David. Then it was Peter, who also flipped the Thomas card over on the table just to screw with me.
Now it’s Willem’s turn as dealer, with an assist from Ina and the cold, isolating bitch that is Antarctica.

– Nikki in Chapter 21: Card Trick from the novel “Nikki White: Polar Extremes” (Nikki, #3), coming 3-24-17

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