Originally posted on May 31, 2012
Recently someone asked me the reading order of the Nicki books. If you ever forget, I put the order at the beginning of each book numbered in order, because if you’re like I am, you don’t want to read them out of order. That spoils all the fun!
But I’m also going to post them here in case anyone wants that info in one spot:
1. Got the Life
Nicki Sosebee has been working low-paying jobs ever since she finished school, but now that she’s older, she wants more. She’s a novice reporter trying to learn the ropes. Just as she’s getting her career goals on track, though, her love life gets worse and worse. Sure, she has no problems picking up good-looking guys for brief flings, but relationships? Out of the question. Maybe it’s because Sean, her gorgeous best friend, just can’t see her as more than a buddy. So when Sean encourages her as she pursues her first headline-producing story, Nicki realizes that her life’s pretty sweet…if only she can live long enough to see tomorrow’s front page.
Nicki’s love life might suck, but her sex life is great. The only way both could be spectacular would be if her best friend Sean would look at her as more than just a friend. Nicki knows she’s stuck in the friend zone, so she focuses her energies on her job. She’s becoming a better reporter every day, so when her editor asks her to interview a local politician, Nicki is thrilled. But when the politician’s secretary ends up dead, it’s anybody’s guess as to who did it. Nicki has a few ideas, though, and finds herself in deep trouble as she pokes her nose where she thinks it belongs.
3. No Place to Hide
The Tribune publishes an article warning the women of Winchester that there is a sexual predator on the loose in the streets of the town they once thought was safe. Danger doesn’t stop Nicki, though, and it’s not till it’s too late that she discovers the criminal in the place she least suspects…and there’s no one who can save her this time. Meanwhile, she decides that her new love interest Jesse might be worth more of her time…but he’s not making it easy.
4. Right Now
Nicki is becoming a better reporter, so much so that her boss Neal leans on her more and more to get the good stuff. So when a rash of robberies hits the downtown Winchester area, Nicki is reporting the damage…and probably getting a little too close for the bad guys’ comfort. As if that weren’t enough, Nicki finds herself in a full-fledged love triangle between Jesse and Sean…and she can’t bear to choose between them.
5. One More Time
Nicki notices there is a big problem with the homeless population in Winchester, and the local shelter doesn’t have any more room for them. Nicki becomes irate when the City Council decides to do everything in its power to drive the homeless out of town, because she has other ideas. Meanwhile, she and Jesse are still going strong, if they can keep everyone else out of their business.
Nicki and Jesse have broken up again, but this time it’s for good. She realizes how much Jesse meant to her when she finds it hard to fly solo. And she’s lost her touch, striking out with one guy after another. Her BFFs Brandy and Jillian try to take her mind off her pain, and Nicki finally reveals to them why she’s never been able to forget about Sean. In the meantime, the teenage daughter of a Winchester lawyer is kidnapped, and Nicki reports on the crime, hoping readers can offer clues to the authorities and find the girl…before it’s too late. But what Nicki discovers leaves her horrified.
7. Innocent Bystander
Nicki, now disillusioned, realizes that she is but a tiny cog in a big machine, and she begins to feel like she’s going to be swallowed up. As she opens her eyes to all that’s around her, her life begins to fall apart. She loses her car, her apartment, and almost loses her job, all to circumstances beyond her control, and the bad guys have nothing to do with it. But, through adversity, Nicki learns what she’s made of. She begins to dig deep into the underbelly of Winchester, and she finds that the drug trade isn’t just for the junkies.
8. Blind (not yet released)
Nicki is angry. Now that she’s seen what the people in power will do to keep their control, she knows she has to play it safe. She’s threatened to topple their thrones and they’re feeling nervous. But she’s also feeling guilty about the murder of a prostitute whom she thinks she was responsible for, so she makes it her mission to help all the women of the night working in Winchester. And she does it the only way she knows how—by reporting what she’s learned. And with Sean behind her, she knows she can do anything she’s set her mind to.
Questions? Shoot me a quick email or post here!
July 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm
I cannot find Innocent Bystander on Barnes and Noble. I bought and read books 1-6 in the past two days, stayed up all night and hardly made through work without sneaking a peak to read. I HAVE TO FIND INNOCENT BYSTANDER! Is there another website you post your books on? Or a link you can send me. Anyways I love your writing and look forward to reading more of your work in the future. P.S. I also cannot find Madversary either on B&N
July 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm
Correction books 1-5, I’m dying here trying to find the next one. I’m so confused LOL
- Jade says:
July 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Hi, Kriston! Unfortunately, they won’t be for sale on B&N until the last week in August. Sorry to make it hard for you to make it through work! If you want to email me your address, I would be happy to set you up with some copies. Thank you for your kind words.
- Jade says:
July 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm
Oh, wait. So you haven’t read Lost yet either? That one should be on B&N…it’s number 6. Innocent Bystander is #7.
August 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm
I was wondering if you could tell me when Blind is going to be released? I cannot get enough of Nicki! I just finished Innocent Bystander and saw that Blind is coming out sometime this summer but would like to know the date if possible. Thanks for your time!
- Jade says:
August 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm
Truth is I’ve been sidetracked by two different writing projects. One I literally just finished last night and the other I’m in the middle of. I’m so glad you’re enjoying Nicki!!! I’m still aiming for September (before the end of summer). I’ll try to keep you posted. The project I just finished took way longer than it should have. Thanks so much for your interest!!! If you’d like, please find me on Facebook. We talk about Nicki over there all the time! Otherwise, I’ll try to announce on my website when the time is getting close!