Jim Ricca

Biography

Jim was born and raised in Philadelphia, lived there until he was drafted into the Army in 1971 and served a total of 18 years.
He attended college on the GI bill and earned a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations.
He is the author of the Circle of Wounded Souls series, in addition to Legacies, an American Journey, Snarfles and Me, The Alien’s Reward,
The Replacement Priest, and Christmas Letters from the Asylum.
Jim resides in Central Pennsylvania.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite a few of my friends urged me to write a complete novel after they read my numerous short stories and crazy Christmas letters. And, most of my books began as short stories that just got away from me. For example, The Circle of Wounded Souls was written on a dare by a few ladies who challenged me to write a romance novel because they were interested in what I'd produce after they read a funny short story about my wedding. The Circle started as a short story, but again, it got away from me and didn't end until it was a four book series with 1,600 pages total.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords made publishing my books so easy that it was almost unbelievable. I didn't need to submit hundreds, if not thousands of query letters to disinterested, and agents who desperately need to fit every author into a very narrow genre. In addition, I don't have to pay that agent 10 to 15% of my royalties plus any expenses they might toss in to pad their paycheck. There are no hassles with publishers or printers and no worries about unsold books being returned to me. Distribution is very simple and the site is easy to navigate.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Jim Ricca online

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Where to buy in print


Books

Hunting and Hunted in Alaska
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,300. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Jim Richards, an avid outdoorsman was enjoying the quiet life in the wilds of Alaska; hunting, fishing and living off the land. As far as he was concerned, nothing could go wrong, until one fateful evening.
Running Down Terror
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,990. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
RUNNING DOWN TERROR A new thriller by Jim Ricca Tom Carazo, like many Americans, felt secure the U.S. government had terrorism on the run. But one evening, he overhears several men discussing plans to unleash horrific attacks on the US. When no one at the FBI believes him, Carazo and his friends go after the terrorists alone. If they fail, the U.S. will be destroyed, if not the world.
Kathryn's Summer
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,810. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Anyone who has ever experienced a first love at the very tender age of thirteen will certainly identify with this story of two shy teenagers. Unsure of their emotions, but positive they’re feeling a brand new sensation and not quite knowing how to deal with it, they embark on that first, bittersweet journey into the unknown world of hope, friendship and love.
Legacies, An American Journey
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 194,760. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Legacies; an American Journey, recounts the history of one family of Italian-American soldiers and policemen, and their long battle against the Mafia, Fascism and Communism. It details their sacrifices, triumphs and losses. This book recounts their flight to America to escape the Mafia’s and Mussolini’s vengeance, and their military service in the American army during World War II and Vietnam.
The Alien's Reward II, The Alliance
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Series: The Alien's Reward, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 143,810. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After the earth's population is almost completely wiped out, the planet is resettled by alien races who join with earth's human survivors to defend their new home against attackers from all over the galaxy.
The Alien's Reward
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Series: The Alien's Reward, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 204,590. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Ralph Butler was no fool. A well educated, very practical professional, he believed only in what he could see and feel for himself. Butler considered UFOs and ETs figments of overactive, alcohol and drug soaked imaginations; until one fateful morning when Butler attempts to help three strangers and sets off a series of events that changes his life and the world forever.
The Circle of Wounded Souls, The Broken Circle
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Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 176,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
This is the final book in the Circle of Wounded Souls series. Follow the lives of Jim, Bob, Mary and Rachel through the war and its effects, to adulthood, parentage and with this book; middle to old age. If you were thrilled by the heat of combat and steamy passion of the first three books in this series; you’ll be overwhelmed by this final chapter in the Circle of Wounded Souls.
The Circle of Wounded Souls, The Circle of Survivors
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Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 198,620. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Action
This is the third book in the Circle of Wounded Souls series, and it relates how a man and his family, who have everything, can lose it all through one horrendous incident, and then regain it with the help of his family and friends.
The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book Two
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Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 229,950. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
This is the second of four books in the Circle of Wounded Souls series. The series concerns three young adults, all suffering deep emotional scars inflicted through years of physical, abuse, emotional neglect, rape, and isolation. They meet and begin a journey of healing through unconditional love, incredible miracles and acts of heroism and devotion.
The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book One
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Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 224,370. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The Circle of Wounded Souls, book one is the first of four paperback books in the Wounded Souls series. This epic saga is about three young adults, suffering deep emotional scars inflicted by years of physical abuse, emotional neglect, rape, and isolation, who meet and begin a journey of healing through unconditional love, incredible miracles, and acts of heroism and devotion.

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