Hickey's Books

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Hickey's Books was founded by journalist Clifford Hickey and author Ken Kuhlken (www.kenkuhlken.net), originally as a brick and mortar bookstore, the bricks adorned with bougainvillea. When they gave that noble endeavor, they turned to publishing in fear they 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 Tom Hickey California crime series. As if those aren';t enough careers, he is also a founder and president of Perelandra College, and director of the writing program.

Clifford edits and designs books, plays golf and baseball, and often travels to Lake Tahoe for romantic reasons.

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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There Goes the Neighborhood
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,070. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2017 by Hickey's Books. 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.
Writing and the Spirit
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 33,300. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2010 by Hickey's Books. 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.
Write Smart
Price: Free! Words: 9,850. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Arts
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.
Newport Ave.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,550. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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.
Road Kill
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010 by Hickey's Books. 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.
Reading Brother Lawrence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,620. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
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.
Finding Unauthorized Faith in Harry Potter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,210. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional, Nonfiction » Religion and 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.
Cars: California Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,170. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2016 by Hickey's Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Cars: California Stories: The lowdown about a state we all should visit though we might not want to risk living there.


Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,340. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015. Categories: Essay » Author profile
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.

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