Thanks to a lot of hard work by Miss Terry and my proofreaders, “Cool” Judy Rinehimer and Roberta Jensen, my newest John Lee Quarrels mystery, The Road To Wrinkle Ranch, is now available on Amazon. At present, there is the e-book you can purchase, or you can read it for free if you are a member of Kindle Unlimited. The print version will be out in a few weeks for those of you who like a printed book instead of an e-book.
I thought this was my 40th book, but someone corrected me on that, and apparently, it’s my 39th. I guess it’s like having a bunch of kids and grandkids. Eventually, they all start to run together in your head.
Once I had the book uploaded to Amazon and live, I sent out my free author’s newsletter to my subscribers. I have mentioned before that I’ve been toying around with the idea of writing a family history saga. I included the first three chapters of that with the newsletter, hoping to get some feedback from readers as to whether it’s a project I want to pursue. Well, let me rephrase that – it’s definitely a project I want to pursue, it’s just a question of how well it will be received by the readers.
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After reading yesterday’s blog in which I mentioned that Tolly’s Grill and Soda Fountain in Oakland, Oregon had closed since our last visit, but that I had heard rumors that it was going to reopen, I got emails from two different people who have lots at the Timber Valley Escapees Park near there. One said he had talked to a family member, and it was going to reopen after the COVID-19 scare is over, and another said that she had spoken to a longtime employee and that there are no plans to open back up. I guess only time will tell.
We are supposed to have some bad weather coming in today, hitting early in the morning and lasting for several hours, with the chances of high wind, heavy rain, and possible tornadoes in the region. As I’ve said before, more often than not, storms seem to split and go just north and south of us, and we remain relatively calm, so we’ll see what happens. But this does remind me that I need to refill our gas cans. I keep several 5-gallon cans of gas on hand to power our two Honda generators during hurricane season, always adding some Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer. Once we’re past the season, I pour the gas into the cars and use it up.
Aside from watching it rain and listening to the wind blow today, I don’t have any real plans. Maybe today, or else soon, I will start on my next book, Big Lake Dispensary. If you read the sample chapter that was included in Big Lake Quarterback, you know that Sheriff Weber and his crew have a nasty situation on their hands in that little mountain town. I’m looking forward to seeing how that’s going to turn out.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Baca, the first book in my pal Billy Kring’s excellent Ronny Baca mystery series about a struggling actor and part-time private investigator. Billy isn’t only my friend, he’s also my favorite author, and I bet if you read one of his books, he’ll become yours, too. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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.
Thought For The Day – Whether you give a crap or don’t give a crap doesn’t matter, because nobody wants your crap anyway!