It’s Live!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 232017

My latest book, Big Lake Tragedy, is now available as an e-book on Amazon at this link, and if you are a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited you can read it there for free.

The book went live around noon yesterday, and by midnight it was ranked #5418 in all of Amazon for paid e-books, and #176 in the mystery/police procedural category. I appreciate all of you who purchase my books, tell your family and friends about them, and leave reviews. You are great.

Once the book was live, I sent out my author’s newsletter to the people who subscribe to it, with a sample chapter of the book, and an interview I recently did for a local writing group. If you’d like to be included on the mailing list for the newsletter, just send me your email address at I promise your information never goes anywhere else, and I never spam people. I send out the newsletter a few times a year with information about my books and writing activities, and books from some of my author friends that I think you will enjoy.

With this new book out of the way, I would really love to jump into my new John Lee Quarrels mystery, but first I have to get the next issue of the Gypsy Journal out of the way. Sometimes I wish I just had a few days to do nothing, but it seems like as soon as I finish a book it’s time to start on the next issue of the paper, and as soon as I finish that, I need to get busy on the next book. I’m going to be 65 in a few weeks. Isn’t that when people are supposed to retire to Florida and start taking life easy?

We needed to get away from the house for a bit, so we hooked up with our friend Jim Lewis to run a couple of errands, then we went into Daytona Beach so I could cancel my old 3G air card with Verizon. It was on a grandfathered unlimited plan, but I haven’t used it since we bought the house last October. My smart phone also has the same unlimited grandfathered plan, so I couldn’t see continuing to pay for both. Yes, I know that people apparently sell those plans when they no longer need them, but I really didn’t want to mess with it. I just wanted to save some money on my monthly phone bill.

We also stopped at Harbor Freight to pick up a few items and a couple of other places before we headed back home. Ever since we moved here we’ve talked about stopping at a place called Blackbeard’s Inn in New Smyrna Beach. It’s been family operated for over 35 years and is well known for their seafood and their prime rib. So yesterday seem like a good time to check it out.

The portions were large and the food was pretty good. I’m not sure it’s my new favorite place to eat around here, but it’s in the top five for sure. We will definitely be going back.

Back at home we watched TV for an hour or so, then Jim left to go back to his place, Terry retired to her loom room to work on her next project, and I spent a couple of hours at my desk working on the new issue of the paper. And that’s what I’ll be doing for the next week or so.

Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.

A lot of you do your online shopping by clicking this Amazon link or the Amazon Search box at the top right sidebar of this blog. We appreciate that, because when you purchase an item on Amazon any time of the year from one of our links, we earn a small commission, which helps us offset the cost of publishing the blog.

Thought For The Day – Success is just rented, never owned. And the rent is due daily.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  5 Responses to “It’s Live!”

  1. Are you going to retire when you turn 65?

  2. I will never completely retire, but I would like to cut back and reduce my workload.

  3. I bought your new book as soon as I got the newsletter announcement and knew what I’d be doing the rest of the day and night. Another winner Nick!!!! I don’t know how you do it but every time I read one of your books time stops for me until the last page.

  4. Nick I’ve been following you ever since we attended Life on Wheels in Bowling Green, Kentucky when you and Terry were teaching there and we toured the beautiful bus conversion you two built. Reading your post today, I have to say something. You thrive on pressure. Publishing the Gypsy Journal and working all those RV rallies wasn’t enough so you also started teaching at Life on Wheels. Then you started your own rallies when Life on Wheels ended. And then you became a best selling author. Your like the Energizer Bunny and just keep on going. Your not the type to sit back in a rocking chair and watch the world go by. My suggestion to you is to do what makes you happy at this point in your lives. Your not a kid any more. Invest some of that energy into things you want to do. The books, fishing, kite flying, metal detecting. Whatever floats your (pontoon) boat.

  5. I seem to recall you telling me in our writers group that over 90% of your income is generated by your books but that putting out an issue of the paper takes up a lot more time proportionally. From a business standpoint, it seems like a no brainer to me to go where the money is.

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