No, not a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. SpaceX was supposed to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink satellites on Thursday but the launch was scrubbed due to strong currents that would make it difficult for the company’s rocket landing platform to hold its position in the Atlantic Ocean. There was talk of sending it up on Friday, but that was delayed, too. They’ll get it up sooner or later, and hopefully I’ll be outside watching.
The launch I’m talking about is that of my new book, The Good Years. It’s the second book in my Tinder Street family saga, and it is being formatted now and should be back to me sometime late today or tomorrow. I’ll give it a look through and make sure everything is okay, and hopefully be able to upload it to Amazon Monday or Tuesday.
I’m always excited about getting a new book out. Yesterday was spent doing the preparations that go along with a new release. I wrote the blurb to describe the book that will appear on Amazon, worked on my author’s newsletter, which will go out as soon as it is live, and did some other behind the scenes promotion efforts.
I’m not the only person with a new book. My dear friend Mona Ingram just released Choosing Love, the eighth and final book in her Love in a Bottle Series, and it is available at all major e-book retailers. Mona is a fantastic author with a dedicated following. I think if you read one of her books, you’ll be a fan, too. Check her out at https://www.monaingram.com/ Mona is also a generous author and you can find many of her books free at this link.
A few months ago I told you about some heavy PVC we were putting in on the canal bank next to our house to hopefully build a type of seawall to keep any more of our yard from eroding away.
Between my bad back and the hot weather, I was never able to finish that project. Talking to a friend who knows a lot more about these things than I do, he suggested replacing the PVC with 4×6” pressure-treated lumber and bolting everything together with stainless steel bolts and nuts. I had a couple of fellows come over to do the job for me, and here it is. Those uprights are in deep enough that they’re not going anywhere.
We will be placing a porous ground fabric down, then will get fill dirt delivered on Tuesday. Once it is raked into place, we will top it off with a few inches of topsoil to bring the ground back up to level.
The county owns the canal, and about once every other year or so they send somebody out to cut the weeds down. As you can see, it’s been a while.
One of the neighbors suggested planting ferns as a groundcover to also help against erosion, but when I called the local nursery yesterday to ask about their availability, they suggested perennial peanut instead. It’s a relative of the peanut family, low maintenance, and does a good job of spreading quickly and providing good groundcover against erosion, and also has pretty yellow flowers. I’ll keep you updated as the rest of the project goes along.
I am trying to build up my presence on the BookBub website, and I would appreciate your help. Please consider going to my author’s page and following me there. It’s quick and easy and there is no cost. And If you have reviewed any of my past books on Amazon, cutting and pasting the review to my BookBub page would help me tremendously. The link is https://www.bookbub.com/profile/nick-russell?list=author_books. Thank you.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake, the first 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 – If we are ever in a situation where I am the voice of reason, we are in a very bad situation.