Here’s the BIG NEWS!

Well here is the BIG NEWS I promised Grey-Ghosters.
After many hours (recently late hours when everyone has gone to bed), too many trips to Starbucks to count (actually stopped counting after 50), hundreds of boneheaded ideas and just enough good ones to put together what I think is a super story, possibly even better than the original…..
‘The Grey Ghost: The Jeweled Kiss Mysteries’ is finished!
The final rough draft completed on Sunday was sent to ‘the man’ Dan Paloski for editing last night after I finished the last few art tweaks.
It’s a story that stays right in step with the ‘Shadow that Walks’ but since most of the characters were introduced in the first novel I was allowed to really ramp the action and suspense up a couple levels!
I can’t wait for you to meet The Jeweled Kiss! A new fresh character who is not at all what she seems. The planning into the twists and turns of this character’s story took more time than the writing itself so I really hope you enjoy her.
I was also really excited to be able to include the winning entries of ‘The Great Grey Ghost Art Contest’ by Svengoolie Rich Koz, Bradley Beard, James Bridgewater and Kathy Marson into the novel. Two of them actually ended up changing the direction and inspiring new scenes in the story itself.
Now Dan and I have a lot of work ahead of us to get a great copy of the story ready for print so the release day is still up in the air but I do not believe that it is a stretch to say 2017 will be the year of the release of the next Grey Ghost novel!

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Lego SLS Contest!

Hi
Thanks for your support of the Lego SLS set!

Your support is helping make the set a reality and by helping out you are now entered into a raffle for a chance to receive one of the two great prizes listed below.

Grand Prize:

  • A full SLS Lego set once its produced
  • An autographed copy of Nicholas Cara’s novel – ‘The Grey Ghost: The Shadow that Walks’
  • 2 Free passes to The U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • $25.00 Gift card to the Deep Comics and Games

 Second Prize:

  • A full SLS Lego set once its produced

TO ENTER the raffle all you have to do is Support the SLS Lego Set at:

ideas.lego.com/projects/138573

and send an email to LegoSLSKit@gmail.com stating you did so to receive 1 raffle entry.

To receive additional entries all you have to do is share the news (and link) about the SLS Lego set using the Hashtag #LegoSLSKit on your social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc.) Then mention all of the social medias you shared it with in your entry email mentioned above.

Each Social Media you share the news about the set on is an additional raffle entry:

So to recap:

Supporting the Project = +1 entry
AFTER Supporting the project:

  • Sharing the project or contest on Facebook = +1 entry
  • Sharing the project or contest on Twitter = +1 entry
  • Instagram = +1 entry
  • Pinterest,  Etc. Etc. (Whatever Social Media you use is acceptable)

We will randomly pull the winners after the Lego Ideas project is over.

AND IF we don’t get the number of votes or Lego doesn’t choose to go along with the set, the winners will both still receive:
Grand Prize:

  • A Lego SLS Block 1B Crew Rocket (limited edition)
  • An autographed copy of Nicholas Cara’s novel – ‘The Grey Ghost: The Shadow that Walks’
  • 2 Free passes to The U.S. Space and Rocket Center
  • $25.00 Gift card to the Deep Comics and Games

Second Prize

  • A Lego SLS Block 1B Crew Rocket (limited edition)

Thank you for helping support this Lego Project and a Special Thank You to The Space and Rocket Center, Space Camp, The Deep Comics and Games and Nicholas Cara for Sponsoring this Raffle!

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Go be a Hero Grey-Ghosters!

Good Morning Grey-Ghosters,

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I wanted to let all of you know about an opportunity that crossed my desk over the weekend. This is an opportunity to do the right thing that without your support with the Grey Ghost novel series I wouldn’t be able to do. So I thought it was only fair to let all of you know about it. Over the past three years we–and I mean we as in TEAM GREY GHOST–have been able to support a number of charities through numerous events such as The Ice Bucket Challenge, our QuarterPenny T-shirt sale which benefited Wounded Warriors, and then through our ‘Great Grey Ghost Art Contest’ we were able to support Connor’s Cure helping those dealing with pediatric Cancer and Cancer Research. These were highlights to a journey I never thought I was starting when I scribbled down the first word to ‘The Grey Ghost: The Shadow that Walks’ but it has become one I enjoy everyday. And it was your support through those campaigns that made our contributions possible, so I want you all to know how grateful I will always be for that.

Well, back to the little thing that crossed my desk over the weekend. A Facebook post showing a GoFundMe.com listing for a gentleman named Adam Henning. Now I’m not going to act like a saint here, honestly I usually pass stuff like this up on Facebook (most of the time its someone wanting a free car or Disney trip etc.) but something about this post made me pause. This post stated that Adam, an amputee, was requesting funds to get his athletic wheelchair back from being pawned. Apparently hard times had fallen on his family and Adam had to pawn his wheelchair that he uses to play sports (primarily wheelchair basketball) into funds for his family. Now I don’t know Adam from Paul, my wife knows him from when they were kids and that’s the extent of our connection. I also don’t know what kind of hardship he’s gone through more than I would the next guy but in the end I’ve come to understand none of that really matters. Whether my best friend or a man I’ll never meet, I decided to have Team Grey Ghost step up for Adam and through the sales of this book buy Adam his wheelchair back. Why? because it’s the right thing to do.

Now I wanted to tell you all about this but not so you can all see how charitable I am. At first I wasn’t even going to mention it at all but I decided:

1.) Maybe this will get Adam’s story out into the world where others might want to lend a helping hand beyond this contribution.
https://www.gofundme.com/25zemr7y

2.) I wanted to let you know that this author learned a lesson.
One which came from living the amazing adventures of Joe Bevine in my head while I was trying to put them down on paper. The lesson, that stepping out from the shadows to help someone in need isn’t just the job for our heroes flying in the sky, or for those wearing badges or fighting fires. Sometimes by just reaching down to help a stranger up when they have fallen down you too can be a hero, no cape required though they are very fashionable recently. Getting Adam’s chair back for him is something our hero Joe Bevine would do, not for show or praise, but because it was the right thing to do, and that’s reason enough for me.

Go be a hero everyday Grey-Ghosters
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RD Part 3/4 Done!

BIG NEWS HERE!
Good Morning Grey-Ghosters,
I’m very happy to announce that PART 3/4 of TJKM Rough Draft is finished! I put the finishing touches on it yesterday and sent it along to Dan ‘The Editing Man’ Paloski last night. I’m really pleased how the story has continued to build upon itself up to this point and I can’t wait to get my teeth into the final section.
Have a great holiday weekend!
~NC

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‘Punch-a-classic-robot-toy-in-the-face’ NEWS!

Good Morning Grey-Ghosters!
And Happy National Super Hero Day!
To celebrate this ‘holiday’ I thought I’d share some amazing news, and I mean ‘punch-a-classic-robot-toy-in-the-face’ NEWS!
PART 2/4 of ‘The Grey Ghost: The Jeweled Kiss Mysteries’ has been edited by Dan and put to bed! We’ll still give it another glance once the full story has been written and edited once but to get to stage where 1/2 of the novel has been rough drafted and edited is a big deal! The rough draft of Part 3/4 is soooooooo close, I mean so close, 2 chapters tops, to being completed and sent for editing. So expect some news on that soon!
Also the SLS LEGO set I posted about earlier in the week has unexpectedly taken off to new heights (LOL, see what I did there?) and is still up so please go support that at: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/138573
Big news might be coming from that but it is all in hat right now.
More News Coming Soon!
Quarter-Penny!
NC

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Help needed Grey-Ghosters! A New LEGO Project

Good Morning Grey-Ghosters!
(Completely non-book related…An update is coming very soon, scout’s honor!)

But I have to admit it… I’m still a big kid.
BUT I don’t play with toys anymore (err… much) in my free time (hahahaha…so so little of that anymore) I’m starting to DESIGN them!
And the good news is someone apparently noticed since LEGO has approved my design for a SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM on their LEGO IDEAS website. So now I have to ask everyone for their help supporting it there and the clock is ticking! If the design gets supported by enough people LEGO will actually produce the SLS set and sell it in stores!
It would be a great honor to have designed the official NASA Space Launch System LEGO set so I would really appreciate your help Grey-Ghosters supporting the project and helping me get the word out by telling your friends and Facebook, Twitter etc.
Just click on the link below and hit ‘Support’

The Grey Ghost haunts KSC!

Well what a week last week! The day job sent me down to KSC all last week for a meeting. I can’t tell you about it but I can tell you when you see the SLS launch one day, this meeting helped! But in novel related news, I had a lot of time sitting in that hotel by myself to write! The Grey Ghost haunted the Kennedy Space Center and the New SLS Mobile Launch Tower!

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“YIKES!”, “BAM!”, “POW!”, and Rubber Chickens? Here are your Great Grey Ghost Art Contest winners Grey-Ghosters!

And then there were… 4!
Grey-Ghosters this art contest has been one awesome surprise after another. First artwork came in from all over the country and then the contest itself got pushed by celebrities locally, nationally and in galaxies far, far away. The best part of it all was of course the much larger than expected contribution we were able to make to our children’s charity, Conner’s Cure, from the large turnout by all of the artistic Grey-Ghosters.
And with every contest there has to be a winner or in this case winners!
Attached are the 4 winning entries in the Great Grey Ghost Art Contest. The winners are:

Bradley Beard
James Bridgewater
Kathy Marson
Rich Koz also known as MeTV’s Svengoolie

These 4 winners not only will receive a free autographed copy of the next Grey Ghost novel ‘The Jeweled Kiss Mysteries,’ but their artwork will be used in the novel at key parts of the story. They will also have a full page of the book allocated to their work in the back of the novel in a special art contest section to fully display these great pieces.
Thank you all for entering your art and helping us raise $360.00 for Conner’s Cure. You can find out more and donate yourself to this great organization at:
https://www.givetochildrens.org/CONNORSCURE

QuarterPenny! By: Bradley Beard

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3_Grey_Ghost_Attacks!By: Kathy Marson

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