Feb 052021

Wednesday night I finished Fresh Out Of Mojo, my 9th John Lee Quarrels book. It was about 86,000 words before final edits began. The writing took seven weeks and three days. It is in final editing and proofing now, and it will be out next week. It’s a gritty tale with violence and some strong language, so be forewarned if those kinds of things offend you. Here is a sneak peek at the cover.

While Terry was busy editing and proofreading the final few chapters, I began working on my author’s newsletter, which will go out once the book is live. The newsletter is free and a good way to keep up to date on new book releases, my activities as an author, and occasional short stories from my author friends. If you want to subscribe, send me your e-mail address at editor@gypsyjournal.net and I will get you added. And I promise not to share your information or bother you with spam.

The last few days have been cold here in central Florida. How cold? Real cold! The weatherman said Wednesday night was the coldest night here in over three years, with the overnight temperature dropping down to 33 degrees, and daytime highs the last few days have been in the low to mid-50s and windy. Today we are looking at a beautiful 78 degree day, perfect for boating. So, of course, we both have doctor appointments. Go figure.

Some people have commented on the photos of the alligators I posted in a recent blog titled Visiting the Neighbors, asking if we weren’t afraid of paddling our kayaks where we might encounter a gator. As I told them, any body of water in Florida bigger than a birdbath probably has an alligator or two in it. We have paddled our kayaks past a lot of them over the years, and they have just ignored us. We’re probably more in danger of some fool driving and texting taking us out on a trip to the local Publix than we are of an alligator.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Cops and Writers Crime Scenes and Investigations, the second book in my friend Patrick O’Donnell’s Cops and Writers series, which are an excellent reference for authors and screenwriters. Patrick recently retired from a big city police department, and he runs the Cops and Writers group on Facebook. This new book covers how a rookie detective is trained, and divisions within a detective bureau, including Homicide, Sensitive Crimes, Robbery, and Arson. There is also information on firearms and other weapons used in law enforcement, and much more. Whether you’re an author or just someone who is interested in how and why the police do the things they do to protect and serve, Patrick’s books are well worth the read.

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. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

Thought For The Day – Whatever you must do, do it with the confidence of a four year old in a Batman cape.


Nick Russell

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

  5 Responses to “Seven Weeks And 86,000 Words”

  1. Congratulations on your new book. Looking forward to ordering our copy.
    Lot colder here but we are always willing to share.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the Doctors appointments.

    It’s about time.

  2. It was down to 30 for about 4 hours here (south Titusville) south of you. We had frost/ice on the grass, houses and car windows.

  3. Wow! I’m looking forward to reading “Fresh out of Mojo”. I love your novels!

  4. Will the book be kindle unlimited?

  5. Yes it is

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