About Closer All the Time;
The inhabitants of Baxter, Maine are going nowhere fast but not for lack of trying. In this deftly written jewel of a novel, veteran author Jim Nichols explores the bittersweet nature of small- town life through the eyes of several different characters, all of whom discover in one way or another that the heart only grows after it shatters. There's Johnny Lunden, the well-meaning war vet with a penchant for the local bar and a deep but doomed love for his family. There's eight-year-old Ted Soule, who shares his first kiss with the Ophelia-like Nadia, and Early, the local clam digger who loses his wife to cancer. Nichols weaves their experiences together in a tenderly written novel that delivers quick-moving storytelling with a lasting emotional wallop.

About Hull Creek;
After the death of his parents, Troy Hull left college to take on his family's traditional lobster-fishing life. But after a few good years, he finds himself threatened with the loss of that life, a result of some bad choices and the changing nature of his hometown. Troy's best friend, also a lobster fisherman, has found his own shady methods to deal with a similar situation, and now Troy must decide whether to follow his pal's outlaw path to solvency or let the straight-and-narrow take him from his beloved home forever. Throw in a run-away wife, a wicked city woman, a wild melee where a big-shot TV host and crew get tossed into the chilly harbor, and a drug deal gone bad, and you have Hull Creek: a timely and rowdy story of the Maine coast.

About the Author:
Jim Nichols became interested in writing fiction while working as a ticket agent for a commuter airline in Rockland. Born in Brunswick and raised in Freeport, Maine, Nichols has worked variously as bartender, pilot, skycap, taxi driver, fence builder, orange picker, ramp and ticket agent for a commuter airline, travel agent and dispatcher for an air taxi service. His work has appeared in Esquire, Narrative, Zoetrope ASE, december, paris transcontinental (FR), From The Ashes (BR), elimae, Germ, The Clackamas Review, American Fiction, Downeast, River City, Conversely. and Night Train. He has been nominated several times for Pushcart prizes, and his novel, Hull Creek was the runner-up for the 2012 Maine Book Award for Fiction. In addition to his prolific short story work, he is the author of two previously published works of fiction: Slow Monkeys and Hull Creek 

Author Jim Nichols will be book signing at the 2015 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 25th, 11:00-1:00.

Books for sale/signing will include his recent release, Closer All the Time, and Hull Creek.