Jim Ricca


Jim was born and raised in Philadelphia, and lived there until drafted into the Army in 1971. He served a total of 18 years between the active Army and reserves as a Military Policeman, Artillery forward observer and in the Mechanized Infantry. He attended college on the GI bill and earned a B.A. in Political Science, International Relations from LaSalle University.
He held middle and senior level management positions in the transportation, printing/publishing industries and plastics manufacturing field. Jim also served several years as a Special Agent/Special Investigator for a Federal agency.
Jim is the author of the four book, Circle of Wounded Souls series, in addition to, Legacies; an American Journey, Hunting and Hunted in Alaska, The three book Alien’s Reward series. His latest book, Running Down Terror has just been released and due to be released soon: The Replacement Priest, and Christmas Letters from the Asylum.
Jim resides in Maryland's Eastern Shore where he divides his time between writing and fishing the Chesapeake Bay and surf fishing along the shore..

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.
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Der Schatten Teufel The Shadow Devil
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 164,240. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jim Richards returned home to Philadelphia after serving two years in the Military Police. He expected a joyful reunion with his fiancé, but learned she was brutally raped and murdered. Richards discovers she was the victim of a serial killer, possessed by a bloodthirsty demon, and he vows to hunt him down and kill him, or die trying.
The Replacement Priests
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 168,860. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Three itinerant Jesuit priests, normally assigned to alleviate the shortage of clergy in various parishes, uncover a deadly conspiracy within the hierarchy of the Philadelphia archdiocese. However, these are not your average, docile, parish priests. While Christ taught his followers to turn the other cheek, He did not say what they should do afterward and they act accordingly to survive.
The Alien's Reward III: Insurrection
Series: The Alien's Reward. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 208,580. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Over thirty years have passed since the Pillagers destroyed most of the earth's population, and twenty since Ralph and Yoki Butler disappeared into a time wrinkle never to return. The Changtungs have brutally taken control! The time has come for the oppressed peoples of earth to rise up against the Changtung tyranny, and the children of the Yoki Butlers are the ideal leaders for the revolution.
Alaskan Paybacks Hunter and Hunted
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,710. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
An avid outdoorsman was enjoying the quiet but exciting life in the wilds of Alaska; hunting, fishing and living off the land. He mistakenly thought nothing could go wrong, until one fateful evening when he went to the aid of a battered woman. Ensuing events proved the old adage; no good deed goes unpunished, and his entire world went sideways from that moment on.
Running Down Terror
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 102,890. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,810. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 194,760. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Historical » USA
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
Series: The Alien's Reward, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 142,620. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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
Series: The Alien's Reward, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 204,710. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
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
Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 176,160. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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
Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 198,620. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
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
Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 227,110. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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
Series: The Circle of Wounded Souls, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 224,330. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Circle of Wounded Souls, is the first of four books in the Wounded Souls series. This epic saga concerns four young adults, suffering deep emotional scars inflicted by physical abuse, emotional neglect, rape, and isolation. Together they begin a journey of healing through unconditional love, incredible miracles, and acts of heroism and devotion.

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