Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee

Publisher info

Hickey's Books was founded by author Ken Kuhlken (kenkuhlken.net), originally as a brick and mortar bookstore. When he gave up that noble endeavor, he turned to publishing in fear he otherwise might get lazy and drink too much or worry too much about politics and the human condition.

Ken also writes novels, including the highly praised and often awarded Hickey Family crime crime series. As if those aren';t enough careers, he is also a founder of and professor at Perelandra College (perelandra.edu).

He also plays golf and baseball, and often travels to watch his kids play ball and to discover beauty.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I'm wrapping up a project I've been tinkering with for many years. It's a collection of six novellas based on apocalyptic beliefs popular during the 1960s. The narrator, Otis Otterbach, a gifted baseball pitcher, is lured by Casey, his best friend, into an epic quest to destroy Henry Tucker, a science and business genius. Behind all the drama is Cynthia Jones, Casey's mother, who persuades the boys Tucker is in league with the devil.

For background on Cynthia Jones, readers can go to my Tom Hickey novel, The Venus Deal.
What do your fans mean to you?
More than anything, they are a validation that I'm not crazy, that others appreciate the same kinds of stories, humor, ideas and characters I do.
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Where to find Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee online

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The Holy Grail
Series: For America. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,840. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2020 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Holy Grail concludes the For America saga with Otis escaping from prison and fleeing Mexico in pursuit of revenge and to settle with his nemesis Cynthia Jones and with the man she calls the Enemy, who has returned to his family home on a spiritualist commune near Mount Shasta.
War
Series: For America. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,950. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2020 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » USA
Book Four of For America. Otis Otterbach decides he won't live in the same world as the ones who killed his dearest friend. He trains to make himself into a ruthless warrior then and sets off on what he supposes will likely be a suicide mission. After searching in wilderness and jungles, he finally arrives in the capital of Mexico, where the Enemy and followers await him.
Happy
Price: Free! Words: 10,650. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2019 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Movements / existentialism, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Soren Kierkegaard has helped me navigate through difficult times, some of which involved a state of mind Mr. Kierkegaard lived through. Rather than use a more clinical (and offensive) word, I'll call it melancholy. For Christmas, 2019, I'm trying to share and honor the philosopher's wisdom.
The Gas Crisis
Series: For America. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,220. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2019 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Following the loss of his home and best friend,, Otis faces tough questions including whether to stay married and whether to kill Henry Tucker, whom his nemesis Cynthia Jones calls the Enemy. These dilemmas send him from California to Iowa where he enrolls in a prestigious graduate school, encounters famous writers living and dead, and flees in haunted desperation.
This Rough Beast
Series: For America. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,700. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2019 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Otis Otterbach attempts to make a life after his best and most trusted friend disappears, perhaps on the run from arrest for murder. The story follows and interprets the hopes and turmoil of the 1960s including the Vietnam war, protest movements in Berkeley, and the Manson family from the point of view of the girl whose testimony assured Manson's conviction.
Supermen
Series: For America. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,850. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2019 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Sports
Otis Otterbach, born the day the atom bomb destroys Hiroshima, is mentored by his grandma, a poet and painter who teaches him to believe in the implausible, and his father who coaches him in baseball so well, he becomes a big-league pitching prospect. But wicked conflicts visit in the person of Cynthia Jones, mother of Casey, Otis’s best friend and catcher.
Hickey and McGee
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 274,200. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2018 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Christian » Mystery & detective
Hickey and McGee is at once an epic love story and a novel of crime, corruption, faith, madness, and extreme courage. A Hickey family crime novel: "Elegant, eloquent, and elegiac, Kuhlken's novels sing an old melody, at the same time haunting and beautiful." Novelist Don Winslow
The Answer to Everything
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,630. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2018 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The Answer to Everything: (San Diego, Tijuana, Lake Tahoe, 1990) Attorney Alvaro Hickey assists in the murder of a Tijuana cartel sicaro then becomes the murderer’s lawyer. The cartel, which has lately massacred an entire family, now targets another whole family -- Alvaro's.
The Very Least
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,310. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Very Least: (San Diego, Tijuana, Lake Tahoe, 1985) A dear friend of journalist Clifford Hickey's cousin Bo crosses the border on the run from a charge of molesting children in a church nursery school. After Clifford offers to help Bo clear her friend, he infuriates killers, politicians, church leaders, and tycoons on both sides of the border.
Newport Ave.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
A fugitive from a manslaughter charge returns home to a foggy California beach town hoping to protect his sister Olivia from her estranged husband, a mob-connected gambler. He and his closest old friend, a devoted Christian family man decide the only sure way to protect Olivia is to kill the gambler. Newport Ave, a gripping novel in the noir tradition explores crime's endless consequences.
There Goes the Neighborhood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,070. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2017 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » True Crime » Drug trade
San Carlos was is an inland bedroom community. Ocean Beach was the bohemian jewel of San Diego. What tied these two communities together was not just beautiful weather. A war between gangs of outlaw bikers, the rampant abuse of drugs, serial killers, and suicide turned what might have been an idyllic existence into a dreadful one.
Cars: California Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,000. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Cars: California Stories: The lowdown about a state we all should visit though we might not want to risk living there.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,210. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity / Literature & the Arts
The Harry Potter story as a guide to life’s deepest truths, offering inspiration about faith, friendship, courage, loyalty, love, and other wisdom of the Bible. This remarkable books advises readers how to live like Christ and Harry Potter heroes. Explore life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Shockabonda
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,790. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual
Olga Savitsky lived in the manner Jesus Christ modeled, putting aside everything most of us crave in exchange for the freedom that allowed her to help people in need and to spend plenty of time listening, talking and writing to God. Shockabonda is her collection of poems and prayers, testimony to a rare and beautiful life from which we all should learn.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,110. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2014 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,720. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,020. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,780. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,480. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,200. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Inspiration » 12-step programs
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Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone
Series: Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,910. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2013 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Essay » Literature
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends. The Parable of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone is the first in a series of seven, one for each of the Harry Potter books.
Write Smart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
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Ken Kuhlken shares insights gained over thirty-some years as a novelist and professor. By following the Write Smart process, writers will efficiently conceive, create, revise, and sell their stories.
Reading Brother Lawrence
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,230. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christianity
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The Practice of the Presence of God is a classic of Christian literature, loved by Catholics and Protestants, praised by the likes of John Wesley and A.W. Tozer. During a troubled time, novelist Ken Kuhlken discovered the book helped him find some peace and promised even more if he could fully understand. Reading Brother Lawrence chronicles his search for understanding.
Midheaven
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,110. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2010 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Christian » Romance
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Finalist for PEN's prestigious Ernest Hemingway Award, Midheaven is told by Jodi McGee who, troubled by her father's gambling and the arrogance of her wealthy peers, turns from drugs and boys to radical Christianity. But when she falls for a gambler, hard choices test her will, her faith, her love, and her sanity.
The Gachi
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,110. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2010 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music, Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
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She wasn’t the only angry woman at U.C. Berkeley. Edgy but unaware of the reasons, she only knew she had to flee, that she couldn’t save the world until she had first saved herself. A passion for music delivered her to Spain, to Seville, a provincial city fertile with the cry of guitar. There, coveting gypsy power, driven to dance with wild audacity, she staked her life on Flamenco.
Million Dollar Man
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,370. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2010 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Law » Family law
In Million Dollar Man, a phone call from a neighbor reporting a suspicious character at his home sends Jared Brown, a family man and Christian psychologist to jail and other places on the outskirts of hell, where he finds a path to redemption for himself and others. A true story of trials and deliverance.
No Cats, No Chocolate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,310. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel, Nonfiction » Publishing
In No Cats, No Chocolate, mystery authors Ken Kuhlken and Alan Russell hit the road with high hopes and dreams of winning the fame they're convinced they deserve, as guests on a national television show.
Road Kill
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Road Kill introduces Ken Kuhlken and Alan Russell, an odd pair of mystery writers on an epic journey to convince America's readers. to buy their books. But allied against them are dark forces perhaps led by their competitors.
Writing and the Spirit
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,300. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2010 by Ken Kuhlken, Publisher Hickey & McGee. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Ken Kuhlken, much acclaimed author of stories, novels, and essays, has long puzzled over the mystery we call inspiration. Here he offers insights about attitudes, habits and practices through which all manner of artists find themselves inspired. Writing and the Spirit is a guide to living as a successful and valuable artist.

Series

For America
Five novellas following the trials, challenges and adventures of woke boomers attempting to postpone the end of the world..
Supermen
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Gas Crisis
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Holy Grail
Price: $3.99 USD.
This Rough Beast
Price: $2.99 USD.
War
Price: $2.99 USD.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter, by Nicole L. Rivera addresses each of the seven books of Harry’s story as guides to exploring life’s deepest truths. Discover wisdom about friendship, courage, loyalty, and love from the Boy-Who-Lived and his magical friends.

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