Monthly Archives: July 2017

Fire, New Reviews, and Book News …

Yeah, I used the featured image in a previous post. But it remains relevant. And I miss my little dude, Luca, who likes nothing more than to watch my fingers search and destroy all over the keyboard. Or even better, drape himself on my arms so I can’t type …

I can’t help but notice my last post was in March … What can I say? I was busy. Time for an update, I reckon …

It’s fire season again, the time of year when I venture off to Wyoming and get hammered by stunning scenery and the occasional man-made or naturally started wildfire. I started work in Grand Teton National Park near the end of May. Because this is (almost without a doubt) my last fire season, I volunteered for the first Interagency (a mix of Forest Service and Park Service personnel) hand crew deployment of the season. The crew spent time in Kemmerer, Wyoming and then worked for about nine days on the Brian Head fire near Parowan, Utah. Exciting on occasion, almost always physically demanding, particularly when one is carrying a chain saw and wearing kevlar chaps … In short, I’m not 20 anymore. And I’m very much enjoying my days off, post-deployment.

Our fourth day on the Brian Head fire not long after it reared up and headed north.

On to other news … My readers came through and bumped my reviews on Amazon past the magic number of ’25.’ The following new reviews made me feel all the feels …

William Willard, Jr: Hight’s set pieces are vividly orchestrated and memorable, his dialogue peppered with believably colorful period idioms, and his fully developed characters are painted so well one fully roots for the good guys and wants to see them thoroughly trounce the villains.

Kevin Ikenberry (a fantastic sic-fi author and all-around great human being): This is a fantastic first novel by an author to watch. Nick Hight firmly plants the reader in 1377 Italy in the midst of a betrayal and revenge story that both captivates and stuns. His prose is elegant and vibrant. I found myself pulled from page to page to a very satisfying conclusion. I look forward to the next book!

Scott Keyport: I couldn’t put this book down. The subject was entirely new for me. The author clearly researched the topic in great detail. The writing was so good that I was instantly transported into the pages in the book and could hear, smell, see, feel everything. I hope there will be a second book.

Thank you for the kind words, gentlemen!

In case you’re on the fence about diving into the 14th century, check out the other reviews here: https://www.amazon.com/Vendetta-Nickolas-Hight/dp/099449114X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499289227&sr=8-1&keywords=nickolas+hight

And speaking of VENDETTA, the audiobook version is coming along nicely and on track for release in September. Four chapters have been uploaded to ACX and after listening to them last night, I can’t say how excited I am for the process to be complete. VENDETTA’s narrator is Bob Sterry and he’s knocking it out of the park. If you want to hear his voice, check out his website: https://www.bobsterry.com

Finally, I’m getting lots of queries about VENDETTA’s sequel, END OF DAYS. All I can say is, I’m working on it. The story is there, for sure, but it’s taking its time in revealing itself. I’m writing, rest assured. Best case, scenario, it’ll be ready just in time for Christmas. For my next post, I’ll put up a sample to give everyone an idea of what Angelo and Stuart have been up to following their shenanigans in Mantua …

And now, it’s time to knock out some writing … or nap. Fire season and writing don’t mix …