Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Next Big Thing




THE NEXT BIG THING is a chain of book and author recommendations. Cryptozoology thriller novelist Kent Holloway  first tagged me.  I was also tagged by Rick Jones. When you're done here, please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to them, as well as to the five authors I've tagged below, after the interview.

1. What is the working title of your next book?
SOLAR ISLAND just came out yesterday, so I’ll go with that. But let me just say before we go any further, that technically my next book released will be THE PROPHET, which is a collaboration with SILVER author Steven Savile. It’s a short novel that adds some background to the Ogmios Team series, and I’m really excited about this story.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for SOLAR ISLAND came from fusing together two main ideas: 1) a concept known as “seasteading,” which is to live on the ocean in permanent floating facilities, and 2) alternative energy. From there I pictured a character who designed and built a floating island to collect solar energy, but then got carried away with the running of his own domain.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Broadly it’s a thriller, more specifically some would say techno-thriller, science thriller or action-thriller.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Good ones!

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A madman uses a floating energy production platform as an opportunity to establish his own rogue nation.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Neither. It’s been published by small press Seven Realms Publishing, a direct sale without an agent.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
About a year.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Fans of Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, Preston & Child, Tom Clancy, Paul Garrison, James Rollins and Boyd Morrison might find something to like here.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The sun as our ultimate source of energy combined with the idea that much of our planet is covered in water with no direct oversight by any existing nation.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s the third thriller in my Tara Shores series, following Wired Kingdom (2010) and kiDNApped (2011). The novels can be read perfectly well standalone, although there are a few subtle nuances that can be picked up on if they are read in order. Think how, in Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, you have the recurring core characters and they occasionally reference their past capers, they get promoted, get a little bit older with each book, that kind of thing.

That concludes my edition of The Next Big Thing. Now, I'm going to tag five more authors:

Next week, on Wednesday, December 19th, they will be posting their own answers to these questions. I'd really appreciate you guys supporting my friends by clicking on their names and visiting their blogs to see how they answered it! 

Thanks everyone and happy reading! 

Rick Chesler

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Guest blog: Solar Energy

http://algonquinredux.com/2012/12/02/solar-energy/

Rick Chesler's latest guest blog post on Algonquin Redux, in support of his upcoming techno-thriller, SOLAR ISLAND, which releases on Tuesday, Dec. 11.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

SOLAR ISLAND: December 11

On December 11, 2012, the sun will rise over new thriller SOLAR ISLAND!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151237747351676&set=a.325043876675.155956.324099961675&type=1&theater


What is Solar Island?
An artificial island, roaming the ocean, harvesting the sun’s power…
An independent nation, ruled by a visionary genius…
A crime scene…
For more than a year, Solar Island, the creation of revolutionary engineer Dr. Jacob Lightner, has traversed the Pacific Ocean, reaping the sun’s endless bounty of energy and providing electricity to developing nations.  But is Lightner a benevolent genius, pioneering a new path to energy independence and sustainability? Or is he a power-hungry despot, intent on using the power of Solar Island to reshape the political landscape of the Pacific Rim, willing to murder anyone who gets in his way?
Responding to a cryptic message, FBI Special Agent Tara Shores goes undercover to untangle the web of intrigue and oppression that conceals Lightner’s true purpose.  But nothing can prepare her for the struggle that will test the limits of her physical, mental and emotional endurance…the battle to control Solar Island.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

A moment of silence

I sat down to write a blog post, but nothing I was going to write about seemed as significant as the events that transpired on the east coast this week. In lieu of a business-as-usual post, I would like to take this moment to reflect on the tragedy that Hurricane Sandy brought to so many. The storm has passed, but in its wake is devastation and, for some, misery, that will take a lifetime from which to recover. With the official U.S. death toll reaching 74 at the time of this writing, and monetary damages initially estimated at $15-20 billion, now revised upward to as high as $50 billion, it’s clear that the eastern seaboard will never be the same.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/business/estimate-of-economic-losses-now-up-to-50-billion.html

Pictures, before and after:
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/sandy-before-and-after-photos/957846

As more and more individual stories emerge from the superstorm, one stands out to me in particular. From the “what the heck was he thinking” file, the mind-boggling account of the captain of the HMS Bounty replica ship who decided to set sail from Connecticut bound for Florida on Monday morning with an inexperienced crew in a 50-year-old ship based on a 250-year-old-design:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-storm-sandy-bountybre8a105d-20121101,0,2999707.story
The captain himself has still not been found, and one crew member is dead. The other fourteen crew survived after a risky rescue off North Carolina by the Coast Guard:

http://boingboing.net/2012/10/29/rescue-video-sandy-sinks-hms.html
I doubt that way back in 1789, when Christian Fletcher decided to wrest Her Majesty’s Ship from its captain, William Bligh, that 223 years in the future sailors would still be losing their lives at sea on the Bounty.
Wishing the best to all those affected by Sandy,

Rick

Friday, August 10, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

kiDNApped audiobook launched!

http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_2?asin=B008G2KBJ4&qid=1341275138&sr=1-2

Released today on audible.com: audiobook edition of technothriller kiDNApped. The audiobook edition will also be available in the next few days on Amazon.com and iTunes.

Both Tara Shores thrillers (Wired Kingdom and kiDNApped) are now available as audiobooks for your listening pleasure. Great for the commute, working out, cleaning, truck driving, for those with vision issues, etc.
http://www.audible.com/search/ref=pd_auth_1?searchAuthor=Rick+Chesler

Sunday, July 1, 2012

AN EXPLORATION RENAISSANCE?

http://algonquinredux.com/2012/07/01/an-exploration-renaissance/

Check out my latest blog post, AN EXPLORATION RENAISSANCE? over on the new Algonquin Redux writers blog, where I discuss space and deep sea travel.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

BLOOD HARBOR crowd-funded on Kickstarter!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453332805/blood-harbor-a-novel-of-suspense?ref=live

Rick Chesler's new suspense novel, BLOOD HARBOR, has been successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter, for publication in February 2013 in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats.

                                          Blood Harbor

Matt Knox managed to reach middle age without ever breaking a law. So far as he is aware, he has never transcended the law, ever, no matter how trivial. He will not step outside the lines of a crosswalk. He refuses to take the "creative" tax write-offs suggested to him by professional advisers. He will not opt to get away with anything simply because he can.

Until now.

When a local crime gang forces Matt into helping them rob a museum in order to take advantage of his holier-than-thou reputation, the floodgates Matt has carefully erected on the river of his true self come crashing down. His first targets: the criminals who unleashed his monster within. Their gruesome demises put a charming, California seaside town on extreme edge. But once the common criminals are dealt with, Matt struggles to put a stop to his new-found addiction, and a local cop, recently fired for being on the take, fights to convince the townspeople that Matt "The Saint" Knox is not at all what he seems.


For updates visit http://rickchesler.com.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Free Short Story

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088GGSX6/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_alp_Eq4Ypb1NJ3CE8

"The Most Dangerous Reality" is FREE ($0.00) for Amazon kindle for the next 3 days. If you download it, how about leaving a short reader review when you're done?

Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Guest blog post about Kickstarter


Part I: Henrik Nielsen's blog post about Kickstarter:
http://theories.dk/?p=447&lang=en

Part II: (linked to from end of part I, but here's a direct link), Rick Chesler's Post-Mortem Kickstarter Campaign post:
http://theories.dk/?p=463&lang=en

In my part of the series I discuss the my Kicksarter experiences for my new novel BLOOD HARBOR.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Short story release

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0088GGSX6/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_alp_Eq4Ypb1NJ3CE8

Just released today: a single edition of short story "The Most Dangerous Reality" which originally appeared in anthology THE GAME from Seven Realms Publishing. The story is inspired by the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell, in which a man is hunted for sport by a wealthy outdoorsman.

Priced at only 99 cents, and available exclusively on the kindle platform, I hope you are able to spend some time in "The Most Dangerous Reality."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

BLOOD HARBOR Kickstarter campaign: FUNDED!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453332805/blood-harbor-a-novel-of-suspense

 Good news, suspense fans! The kickstarter campaign for my brand new novel, BLOOD HARBOR, has met its funding goal and so the book will be published in early 2013 (January for backers, February official release). As of this writing there are still 9 days remaining in the campaign, though, so if you'd like to get involved by making a pledge, you can still get your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book, as well as have a signed paperback mailed to you, or even narrate a chapter of the audiobook edition! Here's a description of the novel:

Matt Knox managed to reach middle age without ever breaking a law. So far as he is aware, he has never transcended the law, ever, no matter how trivial. He will not step outside the lines of a crosswalk. He refuses to take the "creative" tax write-offs suggested to him by professional advisers. He will not opt to get away with anything simply because he can.
Until now.

When a local crime gang forces Matt into helping them rob a museum in order to take advantage of his holier than thou reputation, the floodgates Matt has carefully erected on the river of his true self come crashing down. His first targets: the criminals who unleashed his monster within. Their gruesome demises put a charming, California seaside town on extreme edge. But once the common criminals are dealt with, Matt struggles to put a stop to his new-found addiction, and a local cop, recently fired for being on the take, fights to convince the townspeople that Matt "The Saint" Knox is not at all what he seems.


If that sounds like your cup of tea, stop by the campaign on kickstarter, where you can essentially pre-order a copy with some extra perks:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1453332805/blood-harbor-a-novel-of-suspense

Monday, May 21, 2012

Guest blog post on Megalith

http://megalithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/05/guest-post-blood-harbor-kickstarter.html

Rick Chesler's latest guest blog post on thriller novel site Megalith, details the BLOOD HARBOR campaign on Kickstarter, the third Tara Shores novel, SOLAR ISLAND, and more!

Stop by and leave a comment....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Guest blog on Tony Eldridge's Author Marketing site

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2012/05/kickstarter-for-novelists-by-rick.html

Check out my latest guest blog on The Samson Effect author Tony Eldridge's author marketing blog, in which I discuss in detail how to make Kickstarter work for novelists!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

kiDNApped kindle is FREE today & tomorrow only!

http://www.amazon.com/kiDNApped-Tara-Shores-Thriller-ebook/dp/B007SB248U/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Special promotion: Price for the kiDNApped 2nd edition kindle is now set at $0.00 for today and tomorrow only (Wednesday 5/2 and Thursday 5/3). Enjoy, get it for a friend if you already have it, and as always, all reviews are greatly appreciated!

Happy reading!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

kiDNApped book trailer released!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgIBAriVq3w

Check out the new video trailer for thriller novel kiDNApped by Rick Chesler, in support of the 2nd edition released April 9, 2012, featuring a sneak peek of SOLAR ISLAND as well as new secret code:

http://www.amazon.com/kiDNApped-Tara-Shores-Thriller-ebook/dp/B007SB248U/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1334523394&sr=1-1

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Live chat Sun 4/15 for kiDNApped 2nd edition release

Hey everyone! This coming Sunday April 15rd @ 4pm ET I will be hosting a live video chat on the release of the kiDNApped Second Edition. The send edition was released for kindle April 9, 2012 and it includes a couple of additions: a secret code within the book and a sneak peek of the next Tara Shores novel, SOLAR ISLAND. You will have the chance to chat one-on-one, ask me questions about my upcoming releases and generally discuss books, writing and publishing. You're not going to want to miss this!

Please RSVP as seats are limited:

www.rickchesler.eventbrite.com

See you there!


Monday, April 9, 2012

Latest interview with biotech thriller author Rick Chesler

http://criticstudio.com/writers-block/an-interview-wiLinkth-rick-chesler/

Check out the latest article / interview featuring author Rick Chesler, including audio, where Rick Discusses his Tara Shores thriller series including the upcoming SOLAR ISLAND and the kiDNApped new 2nd edition!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

kiDNApped 2nd edition out now with easter egg and sneak peak!

http://www.amazon.com/kiDNApped-Tara-Shores-Thriller-ebook/dp/B007SB248U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1333861439&sr=1-4

The 2nd edition of kiDNApped was released today to kindle, and includes an easter egg secret code as well as a sneak peak of the third Tara Shores thriller, SOLAR ISLAND. A paperback edition will be released later this year from Seven Realms Publishing.

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Part 5--Conclusion to Magnificent 7 Book Blog Extraveganza!

http://www.shawnhopkinsauthor.com/magnificent-7-interview-event.html

Thriller fans--check out Shawn Hopkins' blog for excellent interviews and book giveaways in this, Part 5, the final part to the Magnificent 7 book blog event!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Part 3 of the Magnificent 7 Thriller Author Blog Event!

http://www.shawnhopkinsauthor.com/part-3-m7-event.htLinkml

Lots of books being given away + 7 awesome interviews in Part 3 of Shawn Hopkinss' Magnificent 7 Blog Event! Rick Chesler, Jeremy Robinson, John Betcher, Douglas Dorow, Russell Blake, Larry Enright and Ryne Douglas Pearson!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Megalith reviews anthology THE GAME

http://megalithbooks.blogspot.com/2012/02/review-game.html

Megalith reviews Seven Realms anthology THE GAME, based on classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell. Stories include "The Most Dangerous Reality" by Rick Chesler and "The Unbreakable Law" by Sean Ellis.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Contract signed for SOLAR ISLAND, 3rd Tara Shores thriller

http://www.facebook.com/notes/seven-realms-publishing/7r-is-proud-to-announce-the-signing-of-rick-chesler-and-his-third-tara-shores-th/10150536875131881

The third Tara Shores thriller, SOLAR ISLAND, will be released in December of this year by Seven Realms Publishing! We know that's a ways away but in the meantime you can check out the placeholder cover art and the description...will keep you updated as we get closer to the release!


Thanks for sharing!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Featured author interview on ScienceThrillers.com

http://www.sciencethrillers.com/2012/author-interview-rick-chesler/

Interview with kiDNApped and Wired Kingdom author Rick Chesler on ScienceThrillers.com.

Rick discusses how he uses science in his thrillers and gives us a preview of the next Tara Shores thriller, SOLAR ISLAND.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Part 2 of 'Magnificent 7' Book Blog Event!

http://www.shawnhopkinsauthor.com/part-2-m7-event.html

Part 2 of 'Magnificent 7' Book Blog Event on Shawn Hopkins' blog, featuring kiDNApped and Wired Kingdom author Rick Chesler, KRONOS author Jeremy Robinson and 5 other awesome thriller authors! Books and e-books up for grabs! Great, in-depth interviews!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thriller kiDNApped kindle price dropped to $2.99!

The kindle price of Technothriller kiDNApped has been dropped to $2.99 (from $4.99) in honor of its 1 year publication anniversary! Smashwords ebook formats are also $2.99 and Nook will soon be $2.99.

http://www.amazon.com/kiDNApped-ebook/dp/B004P8JOF0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=books&qid=1298712556&sr=1-1

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Magnificent 7" Book Blog Event with Freebies!

http://www.shawnhopkinsauthor.com/part-1-m7-event.html

Shawn Hopkins interviews thriller authors Rick Chesler, Jeremy Robinson, Ryne Douglas Pearson, Larry Enright, Russell Blake, John Betcher, and Douglas Dorow! Many great e-books being given away!


Friday, January 27, 2012

Technothriller kiDNApped featured in Weekly EBook Reader

http://www.weeklyebookreader.com/?p=1

"Rick Chesler’s biotech thriller kiDNApped is a pulse-pounder of the highest order!" ~Weekly EBook Reader

Thursday, January 26, 2012

New Author Interview with Rick Chesler

http://www.books-writing.com/interview-with-author-rick-chesler/

Rick answers questions on books-writing.com blog about the Tara Shores thriller series, new novel SOLAR ISLAND and more!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New guest blog post on writer promotional activites

http://turndog-millionaire.com/2012/01/05/behind-the-book-with-rick-chesler/

This blog post will be of special interest to writers and aspiring writers as I discuss how to promote writing online. Also, it lists the numerous ways to keep in touch with me around the web.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Special holiday episode of ThrillerCast: Wired Kingdom

http://thrillerpodcast.blogspot.com/2011/12/episode-34-holiday-extravaganza-with.html

An autographed copy of my thriller WIRED KINGDOM is being given away in conjunction with this special holiday edition of ThrillerCast, which features an interview with THE ARK author Boyd Morrison. Many other books are also being given away, including a copy of anthology THE GAME, in which I have a short story.

Thanks, enjoy, and Happy New Year!