Apr 242011

Thanks to all of you who wrote with get well wishes. I appreciate it. I think a combination of side affects from a new medicine my doctor put me on, as well as stress from being drawn into some family drama I really don’t want to deal with, that combined to knock my feet out from under me for a while. But I’ll handle it, and get back on track.

Terry and I don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs. If we had to admit to one addiction, it would be books. We love books. We love reading them, we love sharing them, and we love bookstores. While I can read e-books on my iPad, or even my Droid Incredible, I still can’t pass up a bookstore. Especially a good used bookstore.

Fortunately for us, one of my best buddies in the world, Jim Lewis, owns a great used bookstore in the next town, so whenever we come back to our old hometown of Show Low, we spend a lot of time at Jim’s Pinetop Book Exchange. Friday, after running some errands, Terry and I met Greg and Jan at the bookstore, and spent a couple of hours visiting with Jim and browsing the shelves. We all came away with some good selections, and who can ever regret an afternoon spent having lots of laughs with good friends?

Jim’s pretty wife, Sharleen, joined us, and when it was time to close for the store for the day, we all went to a great restaurant called Stolen Recipe BBQ. Apparently the name comes from the fact that their secret barbecue recipe was purloined from an old cowboy who spent years developing it. They use a dry barbecue method, in which the meat is slow cooked over a pecan wood fire, and then you put the sauce on yourself. Since the sauce had onions in it, to which I am very allergic, I just ate mine plain, and it was still delicious. The other five in our party all had one or more of the different sauces with their dinners, and said it was excellent.

So I had a day with good buddies, good books, and good barbecue. It just doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

Yesterday I was still pretty wiped out, so we spent the day here at the campground. I worked on a writing project most of the day, trying to get a mystery I wrote a while back formatted as an e-book. I think I’ve about got it done, except for the cover, which I am unhappy with and will redo before I actually publish it to Amazon’s Kindle bookstore, if I do.

In the meantime, I have it in both Kindle format and as a PDF file for those who use other types of e-book readers. Several of you have asked to read it, and with a lot of apprehension, I’ll e-mail it to you if you care to take a look. Just let me know which format works for you. I have to admit, this scares the hell out of me. I’m comfortable with the writing I do for the Gypsy Journal and my blogs, but I don’t have a lot of confidence in my abilities as a fiction writer yet. I’d appreciate your honest feedback.

Miss Terry has been wanting to do some cooking, and who am I to deny her that pleasure? So while I was busy at the computer, she made a delicious lasagna dinner, and Greg and Jan came over to join us. We all came away from the table well stuffed, but not so much so that we couldn’t enjoy Jan’s yummy lemon bars. I’ll never be a thin man! 🙂

Bad Nick took advantage of my vacant spot at the computer, writing a new Bad Nick Blog post titled Gee, Do Ya Think? Check it out and leave a comment.

Thought For The Day – If it ain’t broke, keep fixing it until it is.

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  37 Responses to “Books, Buddies & Barbecue”

  1. Yes please I want a copy for my Kindle. I can’t wait to read it!!!!

  2. Nick, may I please have a copy of your mystery e-book book in PDF format? If it’s half as good as your paper and blogs I know I’ll love it.

  3. I know how family issues can drag you down. I have a daughter that is on husband number 3 and she’s only 25. Needless to say, we have learned to keep our distance emotionally. Just don’t forget your huge extended family out here in the RV world who loves you.

  4. I am so thrilled that you have decided to publish your mystery. I want a copy if you would be so kind.

  5. Oh goody a mystery by Nick!!! I want to read it. Please send me a copy for my Nook.

  6. Nick,
    Sorry to hear that your visit is not as good as you had hoped. We got drawn into family drama on our last visit home, a nomad left after three days. Who needs it? Go somewhere where you can have fun.

  7. I too would very much like to read your new mystery Nick. I read a book a day on my Kindle so am looking forward to it.

  8. Nick, I would love to read your mystery. Please send as a pdf. Thanks for all you do, we appreciate you and all your hard work (both of you)!

  9. Nick,

    If your offer is still good, I’d love a copy of your e-book – a mystery and on the Kindle – what more can you ask for? We hope you’re back on your feet soon and that life gets back to nornal, whatever that may be. As always, I continue to look forward to your blog posts, the GJ and now the book! And maybe we may even see you in our travels in the Northwest this year.

  10. Nick,
    Hope you’re feeling better very soon and that things settle down in all respects.

    Thank you for your generous offer to email your mystery. We would love to read it. Please send it in the Kindle format.

  11. I’m an avid mystery reader and would love to read it – Kindle format. Thanks.

  12. Nick, sorry about the family issues. I know how they can drag you down. I would love a copy of a mystery written by you. If it’s half as good as the blog or journal, it will be wonderful. I have a Kindle. Thanks and Happy Trails

  13. Glad to hear your feeling better, families have a way of dragging us down. I am going to read your book as soon as I finish with bad nick. thanks for the copy. Remember we love you

  14. Nick, I would love to read your book through a PDF file. I read your blog every day and love following your life on the road. Thank you so much!

  15. Hey Nick…I love a good mystery and I don’t know are being so modest..I’m sure it will be exciting..please send me the PDF..haven’t gotten a ebook reader, but it’s on my ever growing list..Thank you. Hope you’re feeling better..family stress is the worst!

  16. Hey, Nick, I would like to get a PDF copy if you would. Always enjoy your blog.

  17. Looks like you may have enough beta testers for your book. Want me to wait for the published PDF? Or are you planning to distribute it free to the whole world? 🙂

  18. Yes Nick I would also like a copy( PDF) if you are still sending them out. I have never read a book on my laptop and would like to try it. I use do do podcasts when I was driving.
    Glad your getting better.

    Don and Barb

  19. Nick,
    Glad you’re feeling some better and hope the meds and family issue come to a peaceful resolution for you and the fam. Happy Easter to you and God bless all.
    Mike & Cindy

  20. Nick,
    I got your book a little after 1 a.m. and I read it until 3:30. I love it! I’m back at it this morning! The only problem I see on my Kindle is that the paragraph indents are too deep. But the story is first rate!

  21. I would love to read your mystery in PDF format.

  22. Hi Nick,

    Glad you’re feeling better. What better tonic is there than an afternoon in a used book store? I’m adding this one to my list of places to visit on our next trip west.

    I’d love to read your book (pdf) if you’re still sending it out.

    Take care and keep breathing, as my friend the yoga teacher always says when we’re stressed out.

  23. I downloaded your book before I went to bed last night (this morning) and read five chapters. Got up this morning and finished it. Wow! I didn’t see that coming! Nick, you really, really need to write more like this. I’d buy every one you wrote.

  24. NIck, I would love to read your mystery!! Please send it to me for my Kindle!!

  25. Thanks everybody for your interest and comments.I think I got a copy out to all who asked, but if I missed you, please send me an e-mail and I’ll get it out to you.

  26. Hi Nick, I would love a PDF copy of your book if you’re still sending them out. Thanks.

  27. On a different note…we were staying overnight @ Walmart & unhooked the 5er so I could pull into the diesel pump without blocking all the pumps. My wife stayed with the trailer for the 15 minutes it took to fill up & was approached by 2 RVers with attitude. We are big supporters of the SKP rules of conduct & felt we were living within those rules. I imediadetly hooked up & hunkered down for the night. Why do some people feel it is there civic duty to harass in the name of doing good. A woman standing & waiting by a trailer, come on!There was no real harm I just needed to vent. Thanks. Hope you’re feeling better & enjoy your stay in Sho Low. Frank & Mary M

  28. Nick, do yourself a favor and stick to what you do best. I don’t read fiction or have any interest in it. You’ll wind up losing what you have if you don’t concentrate on it and go off in different directions.

  29. We would really like a copy of your mystery book in PDF format. My computer crashed so am writing on an android. It will stay on line until the new one is online. Hope you are feeling better very soon!

  30. Hey Nick,
    I just asked for suggestions on a book at my face book page today. Then I stopped by to read your blog, good timing for me. I would really like to read your book on my Kindle.

  31. Nick,
    I spent all day reading your book cover to cover, and while it’s a departure from what you regularly do, I am impressed. I’d happily read any sequel or other mysteries you do.

  32. Nick, send me a copy of your mystery. Kindle format would be best. I read Robert B Parker, Tom Clancy, Greg Iles and several others. Thanks

  33. Nick, I have a Nook and would like to read your book and provide you with some feedback. Thanks so much.

  34. Both Pete and I would love a Kindle copy of your book. That is so brave of you to write a whole book. I get nervous just writing my itty bitty blog knowing that people will be reading it. We can share our books on Kindle since he bought both of them in his name, so we only need one copy. This is so exciting! I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  35. Please send a PDF copy of your mystery. I knew you had a book in you waiting to come out.

    We’re sorry we missed your Yuma rally this year. We stuck in SoCal with some family medical issues. We were the couple that presented the wine seminiar last year. Thanks for your hospitality. Hopefully we’ll be back next year.

  36. Nick,

    I am so glad to hear you are feeling better.

    If you are still sending out copies of your book, I would like to have one for Kindle.

    Thank you so much.

  37. I would absolutely love the PDF version if it’s not too late! I’ve been without WiFi for a few days so I’m catching up on all my blog reading now. I’m sure your mystery is awesome and I look forward to reading it!!

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