Author Jo Huddleston

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nike N. Chillemi, Detective Novel/Mystery


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by Nike N. Chillemi

Nike N. Chillemi started writing at a young age. Her
Nike N. Chillemi
first major work was a Crayola, fully illustrated book about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better. 
She is an award-winning author with several mysteries published, including her Sanctuary Point series (out of print, soon to be re-released), set in the mid-1940s finaled in the 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance category.

Nike is the Chair and a founding board member of the Grace Awards. She judged in the 2011-2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. She is an award-winning author with several mysteries published, including her Sanctuary Point series (out of print, soon to be re-released), set in the mid-1940s finaled in the 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance category.

Welcome Nike. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I collect objects that have memories attached to them. I've carted them around from home-to-home, always adding to my collection of remembrances. My china cabinet displays a place setting of my mother's 1940s wedding china, my aunt's 1950s china dessert set, gifts from friends, and objects d'art picked up here and there. My Christmas decorations (packed in my shed 10+ months of the year) include ornaments from my grandmother's tree dating back to the 1940s as well as ones from my mother's tree going back to the 1950s. 

On display in the china cabinet is also a place setting of my contemporary china (white with gold rimming) which is a story unto itself. My dinner plates and luncheon plates are from the same set. The cake plates came from the Salvation Army in Brooklyn, NY and the salt and pepper shakers from the Hospice Community Thrift Shop in Orange Park, Florida. The other pieces come from other contemporary sets. My platter, white rimmed in gold, came from Marshalls. I went for an eclectic look.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I can't say that I have one favorite spot, but my vacations are usually near water…the ocean, a lake, or a river. That is so relaxing to me. Plus, I love to eat seafood, usually available near a vacay spot on water.  I think the many trips to Florida's east coast, over the years, influenced me to move permanently to the Sunshine State in retirement.

What can your readers expect from you next?
My next is a slight departure. I've always written detective/mystery novels with one or more murders, historical or contemporary...with an inspirational spin. My giveaway, Harmful Intent, is part of the Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes trilogy and that is part of a larger Authorized Operations series with a clandestine spin to it. Main characters in any of these books might show up as a secondary or subordinate character in another novel. My next and my departure is That Special One, a New Adult Romantic Suspense, which is also part of the overarching series. Adult characters from the first three books will pop up as minor characters in this story of college romance mishaps where the heroine wonders if she'll ever get it right, deep friendships, and arson. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Harmful Intent.
Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels' family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect.

Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted.

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he's not so sure at first, he's on the meddling New York PI's side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

Where can readers find you online?
Website: Nike N. Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista   
Amazon Author Page

Where can readers purchase Harmful Intent? 
Amazon (Kindle)

Any parting comment? 
It was a pleasure being a guest here. I wonder if readers have a pet peeve. Something that bugs them when they see it in a mystery novel or thriller. If anyone cares to comment on that, I'd be very interested.

Nike, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Nike is offering an eBook copy of Harmful Intent to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 4, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Finding Boaz by Izzy James is Debra. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


  1. Nike is a new author to me. I don't really have any pet peeves about stories that I have read. I love reading mystery/suspense novels. I am already a follower of your blog. Thanks for the interview and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    1. Donna, It's great to meet you here on this wonderful blog.

  2. Donna, you're welcome. Glad you found a new-to-you author here. Thanks for following my blog!

  3. Mike is a new to author also. I don't really have any pet peeves. I do good suspense and this one sounds like a good one.

    1. Ann, glad you, too, found a new-to-you author here. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Anne, I'm so glad to meet you, but it's Nike...just like the Nike running shoes. Glad you like suspense.

  4. Love suspense. I'm a follower of your blog. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Paula, thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

  5. Hi. I enjoy mystery/suspense, but have not read any of Nike's work. I read your blog on occasion, Jo, but am not a follower. Subscribing to blogs just generates way too much email for me, so I'll be fine with a one time entry. Thanks for the interview, ladies!


    1. Patti, you're welcome. Glad you can come by on occasion to read my blog. Thanks for commenting.

    2. Hi Patti, I completely understand about getting swamped with emails. That's so easy to have happen for a variety or reasons.

  6. I love suspense novels.
    I am a follower.

    1. Debra, thanks for stopping by to comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

  7. Suspense is great and I would love to read Nike's book. I am a follower and enjoy your blog. sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

    1. Sonja, glad you enjoy my blog. I appreciate you following! Thanks for commenting.

    2. Sonja, I agree, suspense is great.

  8. Nike, welcome to Florida. I can't think of any other place I'd rather be. Proud to be a native Floridian.
    Janet E.