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Twas a frosty ride through the mountains of Croatia, but made it we did.

Gone are summer’s  laughter and music of summer,

The cats snuggle in whatever covering they can find,

The houses are shut tight,

The wind and rain have chased all away,

To our own refuge we three go,

Toby has forgotten how wet and cold it can be soaked to the bone he be,

Onward and upward to our place we be,

Ah, only to find freezing it be!!!

Brrrrr, on with the heat we say, hurry, hurry please be.

Vince Nakovics 15Dec2018

Tis the Season

Merry Christmas to all,

Time grow short and ideas take flight , perfect gifts and memorable visits are at hand.  There is always that one who seems to have everything,  want little and makes finding a gift so hard to do. There is a solution at hand!

Blacksmith’s Stories and Stories about Blacksmiths

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       Wishing you all the very best this time of year and the hope for peace everywhere.

Merry Christmas!!! 

See ya at the Forge!



Tony and Donika have a secret.

     I was ready to get up this morning and finish my last chapter re-write. This phase would be over and Victor would be one more step closer to his goal.

    But,,,, instead I am looking at a dark sky, much darker than I usually wake up to. It is 0445, and I have chattering going on in my head. Stop, Stop I say!

    I try to go back to sleep, but Tony and Donkia keep prodding me. They insist they have a secret pertinent to the Victor and they want to share it with me and they don’t share with just anyone.

    At their insistence I get up, slog over to my computer and bang out the meat of their secrets in the hopes they will leave me alone and let me get to go back to sleep.

    As I prepare to close my computer Inspector Buchari taps me on the shoulder telling me not so fast; he has a thing or two to add now as well. Good grief. I make some more notes he feels are important and it seems he is sated too. These were just changes for the planned re-write, he refused to wait until later. Rather inconsiderate of him.

    Ah, I put my computer to sleep and head back to bed in the hopes of doing the same. It doesn’t appear to be in the cards today. My dog Toby is tap dancing since he had to get up and see what I was doing all this time he now needs to go out.

    I finished my second pass and am now confronted with Tony and Donika’s added scenes.
I guess I have a few more days before I enter my next phase.

   I finished the original work, but am now faced with the Tony and Donika woke me up for and the points Inspector Buchari made may turn into something more. They make sense and are plausible.

   I guess I have a few more days before I am done.

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What Happened To Victor?

What happened to Victor after he escaped in Rozafa’s Secrets?

Victor managed to escape the communists in Albania, the repressive government of the German Democratic Republic and the Russian KGB stationed in the GDR so even though he is 40 years older he never lost his ability to adapt, endure and escape.

Victor is coming

Spring of 2019

Final B&W


Released! All Debts Come Due

 It’s out and available  at

Vince Nakovics Books 


Derrick Garraghan, should have seen it developing, the nephew’s jealousies. Before he realized it he was being buried alive in a shipping container. Brought to the brink of despair, he found his prayers answered, but at what cost? Derrick knows, this debt is no different, all debts come due.

The old stories haunt Vladimir his whole life. The stories and his looks made his life miserable, but he changed all that. It is he who makes people’s lives miserable now. It was difficult, but he tracked down all the scientists’ descendants. He sets about to make their worst fears materialize, worse than the ones inflicted on his ancestors. He has a special surprise in store for them.

Katherine Culver’s instincts led her to Weaverville in pursuit of a serial killer. She discovers Derrick hiding out here, is drawn to him and quickly develops a bond with him. She has doubts; she worries Derrick may be the killer and leading her on. It isn’t until she casts those doubts aside does she come to understand Vladimir will outsmart the police and Derrick’s talents are needed to put an end to the killings.

All Debts Come Due is submitted!!!


Short of a major catastrophe it will be hitting the streets in the next few days both print and Kindle. Due to some technical difficulties in getting my internet hooked up my own page will be the last to be updated with this books links. Sorry, but I am working out of my favorite pub right now and in Casperia, Italy, Al Solito Posto. They were kind enough to loan me a table on a busy day to submit my over due manuscript. Salvatore and his wife are great people. It doesn’t look busy when I took this picture, but it was when I came in a couple of hours ago and it will be again about 10PM when the crowd returns. Happening little town Casperia.

Al Solito Posto

  My books will be available on and here in three days!!!

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The Perception of Culture

The Perception of Culture

    Ever wonder what it really means when they say a city has so much culture? I have and have thought about it a lot. Textbook definition culture of

  1. the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.
  1. that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc.
  1. a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a certain nation or period: Greek culture.

   Ah, so that’s what it means, but is that what people really mean when they say, such and such city has so much culture? I think more than anything they simply mean there are more people and there are opportunities to do more things. Isn’t it the same?

   I grew up in New York City. If you were to ask a Manhattanite they would tell you I lived on Mars because I grew up in Queens, on the North side at that, so I might as well be living on Long Island. Most Manhattanites think much of themselves and I guess in a way they should for putting up with all the hassles of living in Manhattan, but what do I know of such a worldly place. Okay, don’t get your danders (sic) up, you know it’s true.

   I use Manhattan as an example because I often hear the culture remark in my travels always by a native living in one city referring to another. Usually it comes right after the infamous line “There’s nothing to do here.” Maybe you have heard that one. I can remember saying it often when I was growing up and I had the best of many worlds right at my fingertips: Australia, China, Japan, Europe, Africa and South America, it was all there. I only had to hop on a bus or train and it would take me to a place that I could see those worlds, eat their foods and experience some of what those places are like. But I didn’t do that, I hung around the school yard playing Chinese handball, blackball, stickball, basketball, chasing squirrels and rats in the woods of Kissena Park or skipping stones in Kissena Lake. It was terrible, there was nothing to do!

   Growing a bit older I ventured out and hung around with my friends in the local taverns chasing women, imbibing too much too often and there were only about 300 such establishments within a 30 minute walk from my house, call it 40 on a slow day. Still the cry would come, “There is nothing to do!”

   Having travelled the world for over 40 years now I have heard that said in many languages, it is what propels, I believe, people to a wanderlust or at the very least to move to a new city in the hopes of finding something to do. Most people refer to it as a city having more culture.  When I was young I always thought “Culture” meant a different lifestyle and a different way of doing things. Today I find it pretty much means the same thing all over: a city with restaurants, movie theaters and other amenities that allow us to get out of our houses, embellish our lives or in some cases distract us from our lives. I believe it is the grass is greener syndrome stated in another way.

   So how is your city or town’s culture? Are you helping to increase that which is excellent in the arts, manners, etc., or is there just nothing to do in your town?

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