Tinder Street Is Live!

 Posted by at 12:36 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 262020

If I had any hair I probably would have pulled it all out yesterday. Yeah, it was that frustrating. With all of the final changes made to my new Tinder Street book, I formatted the e-book version to get it ready to upload to Amazon. I’ve done this many times, and it’s not very hard to do. However my other novels do not have a table of contents and this one does. That made a big difference.

There are half a dozen things I can do adequately in this world, but a whole bunch more that I stumble over myself trying to get done. Pretty much anything to do with computers falls in that latter category.

I went to the Amazon Kindle bookshelf page where they have a program called Kindle Create, which is supposed to be quick and easy. Maybe it is for someone with half a brain, but for a lunkhead like me, it was neither quick nor easy, and two hours later I finally gave up in frustration.

Then I went to Microsoft Word’s help page, which is the program I use to create my books, and tried to follow their instructions for setting up the table of contents. That was three hours of my life I’ll never get back.

I’m sure glad that nobody took my blood pressure during that time, because it had to be somewhere in the stratosphere. No matter what I did, I could not get the table of contents links to work, and the more I tried, the more I messed it up. Fortunately, I always save two or three copies of a manuscript in different places when I’m working on it, just because of problems like this.

Sometime in the late afternoon I gave up and sent a message to my friend Scarlett Braden Moss, who formats my print books, asking for help. Scarlett is a wizard when it comes to these things, but unfortunately she was not home and didn’t get the message for another couple of hours. But as soon as she did, she messaged me right back and said to send the file over to her, which I did.

She told me not to be mad at her because it would probably take a half hour to do what I had been trying to do without success all day long. Mad at her? I wanted to crawl through the computer screen and kiss her! Not just because she had my book ready in no time at all, but also because Scarlett is a good-looking lady. Does that make me a male chauvinist pig or just a dirty old man? Probably both.

At any rate, she did her thing and sent it back to me and I uploaded the book to Amazon. It was live in less than an hour later, and you can order Tinder Street at this link.

Speaking of pretty and talented ladies, that pretty lady I live with was busy yesterday, too. She started out by doing a bunch of paperwork, then she made three loaves of her oat and flax bread. She has all kinds of kitchen appliances but prefers to knead her bread dough by hand. She says it helps her work out her frustrations when she is twisting and pounding it. I still can’t figure out why she calls every batch of dough by my name.

And while that was baking, she made a wonderful dinner of Chicken Linguini Alfredo. Yes, I know, I’m a very lucky man. Yes, I know I don’t deserve her. No, none of you can have her. I may be fat, dumb, and stupid, but I know a good thing when I’ve got it

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. 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 this evening.

Thought For The Day – The CDC says to put disinfectant on the places you touch the most. Don’t do it. It burns like hell!


Nick Russell

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

  13 Responses to “Tinder Street Is Live!”

  1. Just download my copy. Thanks Nick.

  2. Thanks for keeping us in good reading material out here in social distancing land. And congratulations for being a life long learner. At our “mature” (okay my daughter called me elderly when all this virus stuff started) age it is good for our brains to work on learning new things. Sometimes painful but still good.

  3. The new book is NOT a mystery in any way. . .right?

    Just a historical novel. . .right?

    I love your writing, and have recommended to your books to several, but wow. . .I just don’t do murder and mayhem well.

    Will go and check it out. . .thanks!

  4. Congratulations on your Tinder Street book going live.
    You are not alone when it comes to Computer Frustrations.
    You are a Lucky Man.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  5. Sorry I wasn’t around to help with Kindle Create yesterday, but happy you got it all worked out. I remember one time as I was trying to make a book and my indents were halfway across the screen. I only cry about once every couple of years but I think I cried that day I was so frustrated. Can’t wait to start the book today. Congrats.

  6. Sounds like you should have been the one to knead the bread.

  7. Kneading dough is a satisfying task, you can feel it change while you work.

  8. Janice Evans, no it is not a mystery. However, part of it takes place during World War I and there are some descriptions of warfare that are not pretty because war itself is ugly.

  9. I am mad at you Nick. I bought Tinder Street as soon as you announced it on Facebook Saturday night and sat up reading until 4 am because I just could not put it down. then I fell asleep in church this morning and woke myself up snoring. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series

  10. I started on your new book last night and finished it today and I LOVED it!!!! The storyline draws you right in and hooks you from the first chapter. The characters are well developed and I feel like I know them already. And the ending WOW!!! Just wow!

  11. I’ve finished book 5. Awesome, thank you. When will The War Years book 6 be published?

  12. Gary, it will be out thus winter.

  13. What happened to book six of your Tinder Street saga series?
    Loved the first st five!

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