My Daily Chatter – Jim Nesbitt Hardboiled Noir

Good day, fellow serial readers—

Jim Nesbitt – author of The Last Second Chance and The Right Wrong Number

I want to introduce you to indie author and publisher Jim Nesbitt.  He writes crime drama and has two books out.  Both are exceptional reads, underpriced and are on Kindle Unlimited.

I’m going to cut to the chase: go to Amazon and buy the damn books.  If you’re like me and have a Kindle Unlimited account, by all means, read them through that app.

Jim’s a cross between Jim Marrs and Rooster Cogburn.  His writing is rustic and raw—which makes him a pleasure to read.  I think you’ll agree.

Nesbitt’s first book, “The Last Second Chance,” introduced me to hardboiled noir even though it’s been around since the 1920s.  Gino Cox wrote a review that is 100% spot on:

The Last Second Chance is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of two men on a collision course, each blaming the other and seeking violent retribution and revenge. The author is a gifted storyteller with a flair for allusions and an eye for detail that combine to make relatively commonplace settings seem fascinating and unique. The characters are three-dimensional with intricate histories and believable motivations. Some characters are familiar, but with unique backgrounds. Others are unique characters one would not ordinarily encounter in a thousand lifetimes. But they all seem authentic. The story is character driven. Half a dozen characters are pursuing conflicting goals, each of which is fairly simple and straightforward in its own right. Taken together, the story is filled with unexpected twists and turns as the characters and plots intertwine and conflict.

It is not a difficult read; however, it is not a quick read. The prose is crafted with such skill that it needs to be savored. The allegories and allusions give the descriptions a unique texture.

Another reviewer said this about The Last Second Chance:

I checked the author’s bio twice while reading the novel finding it hard to believe he hasn’t published a dozen other award winners. The character development was rich and deep. The pace of the story kept me interested. And the plot made the book impossible to set aside.

Jim Nesbitt “The Last Second Chance” and “The Right Wrong Number”

Here is the link to Jim Nesbitt’s catalog.

Link to The Last Second Chance in paperback. 

I bought the paperback of The Last Second Chance.   It’s definitely a 5-star read.

Author Bio:

For more than 30 years, Jim Nesbitt roved the American Outback as a correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling detail and an ear for the voice of the people who give life to a story. He is a lapsed horseman, pilot, hunter and saloon sport with a keen appreciation for old guns, vintage trucks and tractors, good cigars, aged whiskey and a well-told story. He now lives in Athens, Alabama.

Top 25 Bestselling LitRPG Books Ending 09 Dec 2017

Rank Book Title Author Reviews Number of Pages
1 Super Sales on Super Heroes: Book 2 William D. Arand 123 382
2 Empire Burning (Emerilia Book 11) Michael Chatfield 24 302
3 Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground Stone Thomas 24 233
4 Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author’s Cut Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 58 383
5 The Human Familiar (Familiar and the Mage Book 1) Honor Raconteur 104 277
6 The Twilight Obelisk (Mirror World Book #4) LitRPG series Alexey Osadchuk 14 435
7 Chronicles of a Royal Pet: Wood, Stone and Bone (Royal Ooze Chronicles Book 3) Ian Rodgers 5 326
8 Eden’s Gate: The Sands: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 49 426
9 Viridian Gate Online: Imperial Legion: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 4) James Hunter 27 370
10 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 119 332
11 The Way of the Clan 7 (World of Valdira) Dem Mikhaylov 3 275
12 The Starry Skies of Darkaan (Realm of Arkon Book 6) G. Akella 16 239
13 A Slave in the Locked Lands (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 2) Arthur Stone 67 405
14 Project Alpha: Book 1 R.A. Mejia 19 366
15 Head Down (The Valens Legacy Book 4) Jan Stryvant 101 213
16 Skysworn (Cradle Book 4) Will Wight 243 257
17 For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2) Dennis E. Taylor 706 321
18 All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3) Dennis E. Taylor 672 282
19 Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 1) James Hunter 151 307
20 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 236 405
21 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 35 365
22 The Gods of the Second World (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 3) Arthur Stone 73 304
23 Viridian Gate Online: Crimson Alliance: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 2) James Hunter 158 358
24 Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 3) James Hunter 102 376
25 First Login (Chronicle Book 1) Kevin Murphy 92 270

Jamie Davis’ Podcast “Understanding the LitRPG Genre and What Readers Want”

Jamie Davis is the author of more than a dozen novels including Accidental Thief.

Check out my 20 Questions with Jamie Davis. 

He’s also a registered nurse, a nationally recognized medical educator, and host of The Nursing Show.

How Jamie Became a Fiction Writer

Jamie got started as a novelist on a dare. He’s been a nurse and a medical educator for quite some time and has several nonfiction books available. In 2014, a friend of his dared him to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. He finished his novel during November and then it sat on the file for eight months.

Writing that first fiction novel stoked a creative fire in Jamie. He’s always considered himself a very creative person, and writing fiction gave him a different creative outlet than his nonfiction books or his podcast business.

He decided to release what would become the first book in his Extreme Medical Services series. It was very well received by listeners in Jamie’s podcast community, as well as fans of the urban fantasy genre.

The Extreme Medical Services series started as an idea for an educational web series that Jamie turned into a novel. Jamie is involved with seven podcasts and he writes for several blogs. He’s always writing. And ever since NaNoWriMo 2014, Jamie has always had a fiction project in process.

It never occurred to Jamie to go the traditional publishing route. He’s always been an entrepreneur. He was aware of self-publishing and the opportunities available to him to market to the audience of his choosing, rather than relying on an editor or publisher to decide where his book fit in the marketplace.

Check out the podcast here.

Top 50 Bestselling #GameLit Ebooks on Amazon ending 06 Dec 2017

If it’s Wednesday – it’s the top 50 in #GameLit.  Books are ranked on sales and are tagged as #GameLit either by the author, publisher or Amazon’s algorithm.

Rank Kindle Book Title Author Reviews Page No(s)
1 Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground Stone Thomas 21 233
2 Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author’s Cut Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 45 383
3 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 230 405
4 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 114 332
5 Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 1) James Hunter 148 307
6 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 35 365
7 The Pantheon Moves (Emerilia Book 10) Michael Chatfield 65 355
8 The Greystone Chronicles Book Two:  The Dire Lands Dave Willmarth 24 647
9 Dungeon Player: A LitRPG Dungeon Core Adventure (Glendaria Awakens Trilogy Book 1) Jonathan Brooks 26 141
10 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 112 607
11 Reboot (Afterlife Online Book 1) Domino Finn 113 470
12 War Aeternus: The Beginning Charles Dean 68 463
13 Quest for Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 1) A.T. Gilbert 2 266
14 Shadow Corps: A Space Opera Fantasy Justin Sloan 50 316
15 The Greystone Chronicles: Book One:  Io Online Dave Willmarth 75 441
16 Delvers LLC: Welcome to Ludus Blaise Corvin 414 598
17 Delvers LLC: Obligations Incurred Blaise Corvin 170 468
18 Lewd Shadowmancer: The Concubine Contract: A Dark Fantasy Digital Adventure Eden Redd 6 270
19 Steele Alchemist: A LitRPG Series Deck Davis 22 452
20 Accidental Warrior: Book 2 in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis 24 341
21 Alpha Test Subject #3435: A Roguelike LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles of Alamor Book 1) Adam Myhr 7 201
22 Accidental Thief: Book One in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure Jamie Davis 70 314
23 A Trap for the Potentate  (The Dark Herbalist Book #3) LitRPG series Michael Atamanov 0 PO
24 Wounded Legion: a mech LitRPG novel (Armored Souls Book 2) Xavier P. Hunter 1 325
25 Unbound Deathlord: Challenge Edward Castle 247 806
26 The Thousand Years War – A LitFPS/GameLit Sci-Fi Novel: Life’s a Beach Expansion Pack/Story Angel Ramon 1 280
27 Rapture (PG-16) (Apocalypse Gates) Daniel Schinhofen 4 371
28 Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes S.L. Rowland 54 298
29 The Conduit: Book One: Epic Online Erik Anderson 13 166
30 You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1) Kip Terrington 118 352
31 Luck Stat Strategy (Secret of the Old Ones Book 1) Blaise Corvin 128 236
32 The Luckless: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 1) A. M. Sohma 60 268
33 Continue Online Part 2: Made Stephan Morse 38 370
34 The Feedback Loop (Books 1-3): (Scifi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop Box Set) Harmon Cooper 48 710
35 The Curse of Rion Castle (The Neuro Book #2) LitRPG Series Andrei Livadny 14 505
36 Fantasy Online Polynya: A LitRPG Saga Harmon Cooper 15 424
37 The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2) A. M. Sohma 45 307
38 Dead Mech Walking: a mech LitRPG novel (Armored Souls Book 1) Xavier P. Hunter 35 417
39 Continue Online Part 1: Memories Stephan Morse 76 314
40 The Thousand Years War: A LitFPS Sci-Fi Novel Angel Medina 54 385
41 The Harem Girl: A LitRPG Fantasy: New Complete Edition Quinn Dallas 12 160
42 ALT-Reich: A LitFPS Novel Craig Saunders 0 170
43 Gamer Girl in the Orc King’s Harem Cat Wilder 9 PO
44 Continue Online Part 3: Realities Stephan Morse 26 390
45 Depths of Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 2) A.T. Gilbert 0 PO
46 Office Wars: Bathroom Politics James Patton 6 300
47 Drake’s LitRPG Megabundle (7 Books) Adam Drake 2 1398
48 Continue Online Part 4: Crash Stephan Morse 15 334
49 The Feedback Loop (Books 4-6): Sci-fi LitRPG Series (The Feedback Loop Box Set Book 2) Harmon Cooper 4 945
50 The Reapers (The Neuro Book #3) LitRPG Series Andrei Livadny 0 PO
  • People have asked why we only publish #GameLit bi-monthly having noticed we publish the bestselling #LitRPG weekly.  As it stands now, there are just not enough publishers using the keyword or hashtag.  A weekly list would vary widely and skew the results of the organic sales data.  As it stands now, this list is not an aggregate.   We compile data over a two week period.  Otherwise, the results would be all over the place because the sale of just a few books can bump an author from #75 to #30 overnight.  We believe that in order to produce a truer tabulation, bi-monthly is the right choice for now.

Top 25 Bestselling LitRPG ebooks ending 02 Dec 2017

Rank  Book Title Author Reviews Page No(s)
1 Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author’s Cut Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 11 383
2 Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground Stone Thomas 11 233
3 Viridian Gate Online: Imperial Legion: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 4) James Hunter 22 370
4 Head Down (The Valens Legacy Book 4) Jan Stryvant 84 213
5 The Gods of the Second World (LitRPG The Weirdest Noob Book 3) Arthur Stone 58 304
6 Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1) Hugo Huesca 107 332
7 Eden’s Gate: The Sands: A LitRPG Adventure Edward Brody 39 366
8 Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3) Dakota Krout 218 405
9 Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2) Domino Finn 33 365
10 Dragon’s Gift Complete Series: An Urban Fantasy Boxed Set Linsey Hall 83 1045
11 Over Our Heads (The Valens Legacy Book 3) Jan Stryvant 136 191
12 First Login (Chronicle Book 1) Kevin Murphy 83 270
13 The Dark Messiah (The Second Dark Ages Book 1) Michael Anderle 333 301
14 Black Friday (The Valens Legacy Book 1) Jan Stryvant 278 164
15 Gamer for Life (Alpha World Book 1) Daniel Schinhofen 274 397
16 Dungeon Player: A LitRPG Dungeon Core Adventure (Glendaria Awakens Trilogy Book 1) Jonathan Brooks 21 141
17 Underworld – Level Up or Die: A LitRPG Series Apollos Thorne 101 374
18 The Builder’s Sword (The Legendary Builder Book 1) J.A. Cipriano 129 534
19 Viridian Gate Online: Crimson Alliance: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 2) James Hunter 156 358
20 Space Knight  Samuel E. GreenMichael-Scott Earle 217 775
21 Viridian Gate Online: The Jade Lord: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 3) James Hunter 101 376
22 Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital Blaise Corvin 109 607
23 The Otherist: Arrival (Book 1) William Dickey 8 677
24 Forgotten (The Forgotten Book 1) M.R. Forbes 16 313
25 Under the Black Flag (Epic LitRPG Adventure – Book 6) (Fayroll) Andrey Vasilyev 9 377

Erin M Trejo has a new Pre-order on Amazon. Here’s why you should buy it.

Erin Trejo Keeping Faith (Knights of Sin – Book 4)

Kane: Unhappily married. Yeah, that sums up my life. I messed up with that shit decision. I still have my sister though. When I attend her wedding, I run into an old friend. Ivy. When she admits that she had feelings for me, I take her home like any good man would do. I didn’t expect all the complications that came with it though. She was used before me and I want to show her that I’m not the same as him. The problem is, I am.

Ivy: I fought cancer and won. I fought a useless husband and won. When I see Kane again, I lose. Badly. I always had a crush on him when we were kids. I never thought the feelings would still be there years later. One night with him and my world is thrown off balance. His club is his life and I know that. When my cancer comes back in full force, I do the one thing I can. I run. He will chase me. He told me he would. When the tables turn, will I do the same?

Pre-order Keeping Faith (Knights of Sin MC Book 4)

Trejo writes:

  • Romance;
  • Mashups;
  • Humorous erotica fiction;
  • Contemporary and Suspense.

You’re thinking what does that have to do with SciFi, RPG, or GameLit?  Nothing actually.  But, I know I have quite a few serial readers who follow along, from week to week, and I want to open you up to other genres and some great indie writers you probably haven’t considered.  Erin Trejo fits the bill (she’s a great writer and she’s indie).  Since I like talking about outstanding and talented indie authors—I want you to check her out and read a few of her books.

Trejo knows how to tell a story.

We’ve all read stories that just didn’t seem to flow from chapter to chapter.  Or, stories where the protagonist’s actions were so typical you could see what was coming a mile away.  Erin Trejo doesn’t write like that—and that’s one of the reasons I find her such a joy to read.  Trejo knows how to tell a story.  Often, her characters will twist and turn in unexpected ways leaving you thinking damn I didn’t see that coming.  Contrary to popular belief, it takes talent to be able to do that.

Sexy writing.

While it might be true that some people don’t like reading explicit sex—I’m not one of them.  I enjoy writers who take it to the edge.  Erin doesn’t disappoint either.  She knows a thing or two (maybe three) on how to write about sexy time. Writing a sex scene is not something every author can do successfully.  It takes skill.

Check out her catalog: Erin Trejo