#1 New York Times bestselling series…
The world of the Dark-Hunters® is unlike anything you’ve every seen before. It’s dark. It’s gritty. It’s dangerous…
And it’s a whole lot of fun and a lot of laughs.
My name is Nick Gautier and this is the story of my life.
First off, get the name right. It’s pronounced Go-shay not Go-tee-ay or Goat-chay (that has an extra H in it and as my mom says we’re so poor we couldn’t afford the extra letter). I’m not some fancy French fashion designer. I’m just a regular kid… well as regular as someone with a stripper for a mother and a career felon for a father can be.
But as my mom so often says friends are what God gives us to make up for the families we’re born into. And my mother, in spite of her occupation is a lady and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise. Consider this your notice. You respect Cherise Gautier or I’ll learn you better.
My kingdom is the French Quarter and here I reign as prince. Everyone knows me and I know them.
Now I’m not doing bad for a kid whose education is from the backstreets and alleys. I sweep floors in the doll store along with a few other unmentionable jobs my mom would kill me over if she knew about. I even work as a guide on the “Undead of New Orleans” tours. Everyone who visits the Quarter either takes one or runs into one of these tours passing on the street. You know them. “And on this spot something spooky happened” or some other load of bull. Heck, I make most of it up each night just to keep from being bored.
I mean really, demons? Werewolves? Gods and goddesses on the streets (other than those being portrayed on the Mardi Gras floats)? Vampires? Who believes that crap?
The only blood-suckers I ever saw were the lawyers in their expensive suits and big butt mosquitoes (if you’ve ever been to New Orleans, then you know about the B-52 bombers I’m talking about). Besides, now that Anne Rice has moved out of town, she took the lot of that with her. We’re a vamp-free zone.
And then one night, I decided that even though I’d done a lot of bad things in my life, I wasn’t about to shake down a couple of tourists no matter how much money they had and I didn’t. So instead of beating on some innocents, the guys I hung with beat on me.
They’d have killed me, too, had it not been for this mysterious dude who came out of nowhere and struck them down so fast all I could see was a black blur. The next thing I know, I’m a part of a world I’d never imagined in my wildest dreams. And my dreams can be pretty rowdy.
The Dark-Hunters call them Daimons, but I call them scary as all get out. Soul-sucking demons, they’re controlled by a ruthless goddess who has been trapped in a realm she despises. Now it’s a game of cat-and-mouse between the goddess Apollymi and the Dark-Hunter Acheron.
The winner takes the world.
And I am right smack dab in the middle of this war. And don’t even get me started on the zombies one of my friends created or the fact that my new best friend is a demon… oh and never let me forget that I’m being trained by Death himself.
Trust me being undead isn’t for amateurs and it’s not playtime with the paranormal. All the scary things that go bump in the night are real and you should pray you never come into contact with them in their true forms. They exist and are all around us. From the butcher and baker on St. Anne, to the little old doll maker on Royal, to the captain of my football team who happens to be a werewolf. In fact, your favorite restaurant could very well be run by an entire family of shape-shifting bears. And who knew the girl I had a crush on comes from a long line of people who watch over the vampire slayers?
How do I know?
No, I’m not one of the undead. I just work for them now.
And I love every minute of it.
**Please note that the Chronicles of Nick® is a Young Adult spin-off series from the Dark-Hunter® novels. If you’d like to read the ones with more adult content, they are listed under the Dark-Hunter series section.
The manga listed is for ages 14 and up.
**Note to Dark-Hunter fans
The Chronicles of Nick *is* Nick’s real and true past. There is a huge surprise (several actually) in the series that I don’t want to spoil, but when you read them, everything you think is an inconsistency will make perfect sense to you. More than that, you will understand exactly why Nick is the way he is and why he continues to hate Acheron the way he does.
Remember the one promise that I try to keep in every book: Just when you think you know the truth about a character or event, you find out that things are seldom what they seem. Nick is one of those characters. There’s a lot more to our little Cajun than what you’ve seen to date.
There are many, many secrets you’ll learn about a lot of characters, including Cherise and especially Jaden and Jared. Just hold on… you ain’t seen nothing yet :)
There are 8 books in the Nick Chronicles.
**Please note that the books don’t have to be read in order. Sherri writes each one as a stand alone so that a new reader can pick any one book up with no prior knowledge of the series and not be lost.
Note from Sherri about Intensity:
I know a lot of you were confused by the ever-shifting publication date of Intensity. The truth is, so was I. When St. Martin’s first asked if they could move the book from spring 2017 to fall 2017 so that it could be the launch title for their new imprint, I was a little hesitant as I knew fans don’t like change. And I knew that having a bit of a gap in the publishing schedule would upset a large number of you. That extra six months is a big deal as the would mean waiting from Spring 2016 to fall 2017 for the next installment. I quickly expressed my concerns to my publisher, and was assured that they’d make it up to the fans by doing a lot of extras for you. More touring, more this and that, and that in the end, the move would be a great one that would make all the fans happy. So I reluctantly agreed.
Then as I was handing in the book for fall publication, I began getting emails from fans that the book had been moved again. This time to 2099. Naturally, I assumed that was a typo or a system glitch in some computer as we’d most likely not be here for that date, given that we are not immortal Dark-Hunters. So we ignored it and brushed it off as “one of those weird things.”
Then the date was changed again to December 2018. This time, I contacted my editor who told me that, without consulting me and without my knowledge, the date had indeed been changed for the book. To say I was upset is an understatement. It wasn’t fair to make the fans wait over two years to read the next installment. I tried everything in my power to make them not hold the book to what would realistically be January 2019 before you’d have a chance to read it as a gap of that nature is grossly unfair to the readership. What publisher would do such a thing? They refused. So at great detriment to myself and my family, I bought the book back and have now self-published it so that it would be available to fans by the date I promised, and not the two and a half years after the last book was published that my publisher insisted upon, that I knew in my heart was unfair to the readership that has been so loyal to this series.
My readers and my fans have always, and will always come first with me, above all things. Unfortunately, what this means is that Intensity won’t have the wide distribution as the rest of the Nick books, and in all the formats. At least not at first. We are working diligently on that. But it is available to be read on time for those who can’t wait. It will be available as a hardcover within a couple of weeks of the initial release, and I will let you know as soon as that happens. The hardcovers will be available for order through regular bookstores such as BN, BAM and Amazon, but won’t be on the shelves. Again, we’ll let you know as soon as that happens. It just takes a little time to get them in the system when you’re not a major publisher. Not to mention, I’m having to learn how to do this for the first time in my 35+ years of writing history. But again, I didn’t want to make my readers wait until 2019 (or later due to whims out of my control) to get the next volume in the Nick series. I wanted it to you by the date I’d promised it, and so I’ve done everything within my power to make that happen, and to keep my word to you. The hardcover will be 340 pages long. We’re also working on getting the audiobook rights back from SMP so that it will be available to fans in that format as soon as we can make it happen.
As for the Nick Chronicles, Intensity is the last “official” book. When you read it, you’ll understand why. In the new series, we are moving into the future and the series will focus on Cyprian and Ambrose for four books. And then the last set will shift back to Nick as an adult— the reason being that I don’t want letters from angry parents as those will officially be “adult” novels and I wanted a way to designate them as such, and I didn’t want them to be mistaken as part of the YA universe since Nick will and does grow up. The dates for those series will be forthcoming.
Thank you so much for taking these adventures with me. I hope you understand and will join me for the next adventure. In the meantime, there will be a bit of a gap between the official Nick Chronicles and the next set of Shadows of Fire (Cyprian’s books), but I’m hoping we’ll be able to bring those four books out six months apart to make up for the wait. And it’ll also allow me to get the three Nevermore books out that fans have been waiting for over the next two years. But because of this, the first Nevermore was delayed. What was it John Lennon said? Life is what happens while you’re making other plans?
*Sherri apologizes for the delay in getting her books out. For those who haven’t heard, her life was torn apart during her divorce by an out-of-control judge and a corrupt judicial system that held her and her family hostage for more than two years and left her bankrupt and without a place to live while threatening to take away everything from her, including all her book rights, her freedom, and to force her to write for free to pay the unimaginable legal fees of those who were torturing her. Thankfully, her publisher is still behind her, but it will take some time for her to get back on a “normal” publishing schedule. Please be patient as Sherri and her publisher work together to get the books her fans love back into production and out to the fans who have been so eagerly waiting for them. As soon as we have release dates for them, we will let everyone know.