The Volunteers Book Book 2
In the days of prohibition and the Harlem Renaissance, Owney Madden, gangster and Cotton Club owner, has a plan to defeat the tyranny of Tammany Hall. He’ll whack mob kingpin Arnold Rothstein.
At 75,000 words, Harlem Rhapsody follows this turbulent era (1927””1937), from Duke Ellington’s debut at the Cotton Club, to the unsolved murder of Rothstein, and the machinations of a secret organization, the Volunteers.
Based on true events and real people (The Belle of Broadway; Titanic Thompson; Lucky Luciano) Harlem Rhapsody is the second book in the Volunteer series about Teddy Roosevelt’s band of men, with financial assistance from J.P. Morgan and John Rockefeller, who fight to take down corruption and Tammany Hall.
Harlem Rhapsody features a WWI hero and Harlem Hellfighter recruited to support the mission. His Volunteer boss is based on my grandfather, a former Irish freedom fighter revered in Ireland for his hunger strike aboard the prison ship Argenta.
1. Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?
I always read when I travel. I used to take a kindle but I went back to paperback. I prefer a hard copy for many reasons.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Bad guys are always more interesting!
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
I mostly read at home. I have a nice green leather chair that I love to sit in while I read. If you see me on a plane, my nose will be in a book.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I’m a financial advisor in addition to being a writer. I spend many hours at my desk. I live in NYC so I spend a lot of time in museums or libraries when I’m researching. I also like to walk the streets of New York quite a bit.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
I love browsing through bookstores. I could spend half a day.
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my children and my family. In my career I would say when my first book received a very good review from my old high school English teacher. It was the first time the doubts were shed and I thought, “Hey, I can do this.”
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
It’s a strange feeling. I’m proud of the accomplishment but usually by that time I’m well into my next book. I’m sort of ready to move on by the time the book comes out.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I know it is cliché, but keep writing. It doesn’t have to be anything substantial. Write as often as possible. If you can’t think of something to write, go back and rewrite something. I’ve found that once I start writing the story turns out better than I thought it could be. You stretch your mind with the physical act of taking action.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I have a very long list of writers I would like to interview.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
I write at my desk. It is a job. That is where I work. It’s a pleasant job. One that I love, but it is work that should be taken seriously.
Thank you, John M. Nuckel and Frolic Blog Tours
About the author
John Nuckel grew up in the welfare apartments of a middle-class town. “I’ll meet you there,” he’d always say to his friends. Couldn’t have them seeing the two-bedroom apartment in which he lived with four siblings and his mom.
They didn’t have much food, the furniture was charity, the TV a small black-and-white. He went to bed hungry many nights. What they did have was a mother with a creative spirit. They had music—her record collection was bigger than all of theirs combined. And they had books. A new book every two weeks. John devoured them.
The ingredients to develop “John the author” were tossed in the pot at an early age. The old-school music—Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw. Reading “grown-up” books before he was ten—Dickens, Swift, Hemingway, Chandler, and too many more to list. He’d finish a novel then go hop the fence to the schoolyard to see what his buddies were up to, back behind the handball courts.
The Rector series was John’s first trilogy and included The Vig, Grit and Blind Trust. John is currently working on his latest series, The Volunteers, which started with Drive and continues with his latest novel, Harlem Rhapsody.
John currently lives in New York City.
Amazon (US): https://amzn.to/2O7FXzh
Amazon (UK): https://amzn.to/321EwKX
Indiebound (US): https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781676954545
a signed copy Drive and Harlem Rhapsody by John Nuckel.