A Change Of Plans

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 022016

When we left Daytona Beach RV Resort in Port Orange yesterday morning, we planned to come to the Elks lodge in St. Augustine and spend a few days, maybe as much as a week, before we continued north. One of the great things about the RV lifestyle is that if you don’t like the neighbors or the neighborhood, you can leave. Or, if you decide you want to be someplace else, you can do that, too. So we did!

It has been in the mid-80s for a couple of weeks now, some days as high as 88, but as I wrote before here in the blog, it wasn’t all that bad. There seemed to be a nice breeze blowing all the time that kept it comfortable. But that all changed yesterday. It seemed to get hotter earlier in the day, and by the time we left the campground around 11 AM it was pretty miserable.

It took us about an hour to get to the Elks lodge, where we got a back in RV site with 30 amp electric. It was 92°, and by the time we got parked and hooked up, we were both overheated and dripping with sweat. Not fun at all.

Winnie St Augustine Elks 2016

After we got the motorhome set up and had a little bit of time to cool down we ran some errands, then decided to go check out the beach. There were a few people out enjoying the water and trying to cool off, while the lifeguard kept watch over everybody because of dangerous rip tide currents.

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There was a slight breeze, but it was hot air blowing on us and not fun at all. The weatherman says we can expect more for the next week. Actually, it’ll probably only get worse for the next three or four months. Neither Terry nor I do very well when it’s really hot. That’s where that change of plans thing came into play. If it’s too hot to go out and do things like fly kites or play tourist, and all we are going to do is sit inside in the air-conditioning, why be here? While we have talked about getting a winter place here in Florida, the game plan is to hit the road come summertime. And that’s what we decided to do right now. So we are leaving today headed north, and will come back when it cools down.

My second proofreader finished my new book Return to Dog’s Run and I made her suggested changes yesterday evening, then uploaded it to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and other e-book venues. It now live on Amazon and should be available on all of them sometime today.

Return to Dog's Run cover small

Like the original Dog’s Run, this book is grittier than my Big Lake mysteries and there is some strong language that I felt was necessary to be true to the time and place. Here is the book description that I’m using with its listing online:

In the summer of 1951, Elmhurst, Ohio was shocked when the small town’s war hero police chief, Lester Smeal, was killed putting an end to the bloody rampage of a rogue cop. It was the last violent act in a chain of events that began with the discovery of the body of Wanda Jean Reider, a beautiful young woman from the wrong side of the tracks. Fifteen years later the chief’s son and daughter, and the sister of the murdered woman, are young adults, each living with the legacy of the past as they try to make their own ways in a world torn by war and social change.

Nick Russell, New York Times bestselling author of the Big Lake mystery series, weaves a tale of intrigue, lust, and betrayal that you will remember long after you finish the last page. One early reviewer said of Dog’s Run, “It’s gut-wrenching, fast-paced, sometimes crude, brutally honest, and often sad. It is also Nick Russell’s finest writing to date. Well done!” Return to Dog’s Run continues in the same tradition.

Update, it’s now live on Amazon at this link

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  5 Responses to “A Change Of Plans”

  1. Come all the way north to Michigan! We have gorgeous summers here and lots of lakes to enjoy!

  2. Florida…..and this is the place you want to settle down in?

  3. 8 months of the year it’s delightful, Steve 🙂

  4. Bought it and can’t wait to read it. I like all your work but Dog’s Run is my favorite. Congrats!

  5. Agree. We head north in a week. Once the humidity and heat settle in, it is no fun anymore. Usually don’t return until until September or October. Luxury of having an RV and still being able to travel.

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