Nike N. Chillemi: Finding Joy When Least Expected

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Everyone’s Story welcomes back multi-published author Nike N. Chillemi. Nike is a self-created “Crime Fictionista” and that’s only one of the reasons why we all love Nike! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this blooming author and publisher and must say she’s an absolute delight. Please check out her BookGiveaway of Harmful Intent, the excerpt from Deadly Design, and Nike’s stirring words.

 

 

       

BookGiveaway:

   Harmful Intent

Nike is offering 1 copy of her novel Harmful Intent ( Book One of the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy) to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced here on Friday, January 15th between 5-6 PM EST. To be entered in the Giveaway, please leave your contact information within your comment (you may choose to use the Contact form on the Contact Page to privately send me your email address).

 

Check out an excerpt from Deadly Design, Book 2 of the Veronica Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy:

 Deadly Design by Nike N. ChillemiExcerpt from Chapter Two

Dunst, CT

 One, Friday, Early Afternoon

Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels, Private Detective

 

What was wrong with Hughes? As a lawman, he had to have known better. He should’ve called in the local police a day and a half ago. What was he thinking? In a missing child case, time was essential, and they’d wasted a whole lot of precious hours.

I chewed off what was left of the pink polish on my thumb nail, gunned my Chevy Cruze Eco, and moved into the left lane on Interstate 95. In a time that now seemed distant, my late husband noted the car’s topaz-blue metallic finish matched my eyes. Of course, he’d been staring into another’s eyes, and I was the last to know about it.

When I resurfaced from my self-depreciating musing, New York State was behind me, and I-95 had become the Connecticut Turnpike. I hit the gas pedal again, but then changed my mind and slowed down. If I got pulled over for speeding that would waste even more time.

After another forty-five minutes, I bore down on the exit for Dunst. Following the instructions of the female voice on my GPS brought me to Main Street of this working-class village. It wasn’t exactly run-down, but could use some renewal in places. But, then, who was I to pass judgment? I lived in Brooklyn where the pigeons were as large as some single-engine planes and the subway rats even larger.

I made a turn onto Pequot Street and three houses later pulled into the driveway of a quaint, gray salt-box house, with miniscule front windows and a tiny garage. I parked behind a black Ford Explorer rental, and a tricked-out Harley Davidson motorcycle.

After grabbing my conceal-and-carry shoulder bag, I got out of the car, and clicked the key fob to lock the doors. When I’m driving long distances it’s more comfortable to have my Glock in a handbag than in a clip-on holster, sticking me in the side mile-after-mile.

I rang the bell and a geeky guy with squarish horn-rimmed glasses opened the door. Dawson Hughes stood several feet behind him.

A shadow passed over the man’s eyes and they narrowed. I couldn’t determine if it was confusion, or guilt and remorse. He took a faltering step back. “Um, come in, won’t you?”

I did, and marched directly to Hughes. “We’re thirty-six hours into a missing child case. Why haven’t the police been called?”

Hughes grimaced and held both hands up, palms out, in a stopping stance. “Whoa. Janus Agard notified the authorities over an hour ago.”

“I’m thrilled somebody finally decided to do something. Just who is Janus Agard, and what’s he got to do with the case?”

The nerdy guy stepped toward me, and his head bobbed. “Please, sit down in the living room and I’ll explain everything. Can I get you some coffee?”

“No, on the coffee.” I walked into a room furnished with comfortable, contemporary pieces in beige tones. A watercolor seascape, with a shimmering golden sun sinking below the horizon, hung over the couch. A large swirling, blue-glass bowl, filled with sea shells, graced the coffee table. My best guess was the missing wife had acquired the bowl. It had a feminine feel to it. This was the kind of place a young professional couple, just starting on their career paths, might have.

A man, who had been sitting in an easy chair, rose to his feet. He wore a black tee, relaxed-fit jeans, thick leather boots, and sported an eagle tattoo on his forearm. Light brown hair raised from his forehead, the back ends curling just above the tee’s collar. A leather jacket lay over the arm of the chair he’d just vacated. No doubt this was the owner of the Harley.

He stepped toward me and extended his hand. “Gary Olsen.”

I shook the biker’s hand. “I’m Veronica Ingels, private detective from Cooney Investigations.”

Hughes introduced the geek to me and brought me up to speed on the facts of the case.

“Ronnie, I only found out about Mr. Barton’s missin’ wife and child two hours ago, not two days ago.”

“So, when you say, your boss… this Janus Agard guy… phoned the authorities, that doesn’t necessarily mean he called the local police?”

Hughes nodded. “Good instincts on your part. He phoned someone, who, in turn will notify the Dunst PD.”

I paced back and forth. “How long does it take to make a few phone calls and for the cops to drive across this itsy village and get here?”

Before I could take off on another rant, a black sedan pulled into the drive and two men in suits, who had the look of detectives, got out.

Barton darted for the front door, nearly tripping over his own feet.

I looked at Hughes, then pointed at the husband. “Pretty jumpy, isn’t he?”

“Not unusual with his wife and daughter missing. He’s skittish as a gun-shy dog.” Hughes let out a long sigh.

“Well ‘Suspect 101’ in any police academy puts the husband at the top of the list.”

Joy and Good Cheer by Nike N. Chillemi

2015 was a year of many heavy trials and tribulations for me. I didn’t face all of it with grace and decorum. More times than I’d like to admit, I came off like blathering, whiney nincompoop. That’s okay. God has heard all that before. He didn’t turn His back on me. It wasn’t as if He said, “Everyone up here thought you had it all together. What a surprise.” No, He knew good and well how untogether I could be.

The important thing is I went to my best resource, my Bible. In its pages I found the tools I needed to get over, under, around, and to plow straight through my mess. Two things I’ve focused on intensely in recent weeks has been joy and good cheer. Of course the battleground is between the ears. I found that when I adjust my attitude, my emotions come around and I feel better.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 [NASB]

The thing is I have to keep it up. I come from a murmuring family. Just about every one of them has a negative opinion about something, and most have negative opinions about quite a few things. So, it was natural I’d pick this trait up. I married into a family of murmurers. Actually, I’ve found murmuring is quite common. The Israelites kept it up for 40 years in the wilderness. When I meditate on the Romans 15:13 Scripture, I see that I have to keep my focus on believing all the promises the Word of God has for me so that the God of hope can fill me with joy and peace. My part is to find out what good God has for me and believe it. His part is to transform me from the inside, out.HI DD New Year Meme 2

While I was researching all the good and joy God had for me, I noticed Jesus had the strangest manner of instructing His followers to be of good cheer. When His disciples are in a boat that’s about to sink in a raging sea at the fourth watch (3:00 am), He appears to them walking on water. They, quite naturally freak out, thinking He’s a ghost. And what does He say? “Be of good cheer.”

But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matthew 14:24-27 [KJV]

I’m no Bible scholar, but this tells me being of good cheer is not situational. Jesus said, as He faced the cross in John 1~ 6:33 [KJV] These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. What a time for Him to be speaking of good cheer and peace.

Yes, but that’s Jesus and I’m not Jesus. Just as the murmuring is about to start again, I have to pull myself up short and remember something very basic and extremely profound. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I have Jesus in my heart. So I can chose to be of good cheer. I can choose to be happy rather than unhappy. My happiness doesn’t depend upon circumstances. It depends upon me making a quality decision to be of good cheer and to have joy.

Nike’s Ah-hahs To Tweet:

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Everyone’s Story: @NikeNChillemi is offering #BookGiveaway of HARMFUL INTENT, #CrimeFiction (Tweet This)

Author’s Bio:

Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started writing at a very young age. She still has the Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned (colored might be more accurate) as a little girl about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series, set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. HARMFUL INTENT released under the auspices of her own publishing company, Crime Fictionista Press, won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Historic Suspense category. Her new release is DEADLY DESIGNS. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.

Places to connect with Nike:

Website

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Elaine Sightings:

Seekersheaderv_3Please visit me on the awesome blog, Seekerville, on Monday, January 11th. I’ll be sharing about how I made my  bad boy hero, Tyler, from my novel Always With You redeemable. I’d love your thoughts! Plus, I’m offering a BookGiveaway of  Always With You!! Hope to see you.

Additional Fun and BookGiveaways from Elaine:

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In addition to Nike’s lovely Giveaway, you also have a chance to  enter the BookGiveaway I’m offering to win either 1 copy of my debut novel Always With You (upon its release) or Christmas Treasures. Just sign up for my NEWSLETTER found on the ABOUT ELAINE page–click on the MAILING LIST house icon on the top right-hand column. US entries will receive a printed copy.  Outside the US will receive a digital copy.

I’m so looking forward to this Giveaway!

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25 comments to Nike N. Chillemi: Finding Joy When Least Expected

  • Ann Ellison

    Enjoyed Nike’s post and would love to win a copy of here books. abilene_nana(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • elaineadmin

      Ann, you’re my bright ray of sunshine and always bring warmth when you visit. I’m so grateful that I’ve had a chance to get to know you through the years!

      You’re definitely in Nike’s drawing. Best wishes.

  • Hi Nike and Elaine,

    Boy, did I like this post, Nike. I can totally relate to the murmuring theme, and you’re so right, that background and tendency does create quite the challenge when our goal is to see the good and be thankful. I’m glad we’re on this path together, and for me, having manuscripts to give myself to has made a lot of difference in keeping the murmuring at a minimum. Has it for you or anyone else who visits here?

  • Always insightful (and humorous) thoughts from Nike Chillemi! Thank you for bringing good cheer into my day!

  • I always read Nike’s blogs and feel uplifted and this one is no different. Love the murmuring comments…I murmur about the weather all the time. And I memorized Romans 15:13 this summer! Oh, and don’t enter me in the contest. I already have Harmful Intent and loved it.

  • Nike, I appreciate your encouraging reminder to choose joy regardless of circumstances. I was reminded while reading Scripture today that we don’t always get delivered from the circumstances, so I prayed the Lord would deliver me from the discouragement, to help me look forward instead of back. That helped my perspective. Thank you for sharing part of your journey. I look forward to visiting your blog and I hope you have a better 2016!

    Elaine, another great, heartfelt blog post. Keep them coming.

    • elaineadmin

      You know what one of many things I love about God? Always, always He channels the right and exact message for each one of us at the right time and today, between you and Nike I’m beginning my day on the right note: keeping my eyes forward and on Him!

      I’m glad you enjoyed Nike’s words. May you have a wonderful day.

  • Ann, Gail, Sara, Patricia, and Elaine,

    First Elaine, thanks for having me.

    Ladies, glad you enjoyed the article. Boy that murmuring is a trip, and it’s sometimes taken me round the bend. And Gail, writing has helped. Humor also helps and not taking myself too seriously.

  • elaineadmin

    Last evening my husband and I watched some of the video collection of the Twilight Zone. Remember the actor Burgess Meredith (who also played the Penguin in Batman)? I Googled him this morning to discover a motivating quote:

    Like the seasons of the year, life changes frequently and drastically. You enjoy it or endure it as it comes and goes, as it ebbs and flows.

  • Yes, and thank you for reminding us of this! I especially like the recall of the story while on the water!! If you have time to read my last post, you will see I have been at the low spot myself and know that Jesus’s Joy is the only way to go. Please sign me up for the contest of your book. myrenterp at gmail dot com

    • elaineadmin

      Mary, thanks for visiting Everyone’s Story today. I’m glad that Nike’s words resonated with you. You’re definitely entered in her BookGiveaway.

      Hope to see you again!

  • Deanna S

    Yes, uplifting words. Loved that picture! The book sounds sooo good 🙂

    dkstevensneAT outlookDOT com

    • elaineadmin

      Deanna, so nice to see you once again, especially at my new cyber home. Your support means a lot to me.

      I’m glad you enjoyed Nike’s dosage of encouragement!

  • Mary, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been down. I know the feeling and it does pass. This too shall pass. As you said it, I stand with you for the joy of the Lord to overtake you.

    One of the things I like about blogs is that we can share a bit in the comments. That’s so valuable. I sometimes can’t keep up with comments, but I do try.

  • Deanna, Nice to hear from you. Best wishes on winning a copy of my first detective story HARMFUL INTENT.

  • Mary Preston

    Very interesting thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  • Corky

    Ah yes. I keep reminding myself, “This too shall pass,” only to find myself retorting, “Just not fast enough!”
    A sense of humor and a sense of perspective are so very important.

  • Mary, glad to see you here.

    Corky, Ah, yes the “in His time bit.” But it does pass. And you’re so right; a sense of humor helps…a lot.

  • Jenna Oh

    Sounds like an awesome book!

  • elaineadmin

    Another week wraps up on Everyone’s Story only to be followed by another fresh week, a new guest, and renewed hope. I am thankful, and hope all are too!

    Thanks so much, Nike for guesting once again on Everyone’s Story. It’s always a pleasure to have you here. Thanks too for your awesome Giveaway of HARMFUL INTENT. The winner of Nike’s novel is…

    Mary!! Both Nike and I will be in direct contact, Mary via email. Happy reading.

    Blessings.

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