That’s Frustrating

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 112021

Thank you to everybody who purchased my new book Fresh Out Of Mojo, downloaded it to read for free on Kindle Unlimited, and told their friends about it. The book is off to a good start, thanks to all of you.

One person did say they had a problem with the language and violence in the book, but there is a disclaimer on the book’s page on Amazon saying that says it contains violence, strong language, and adult situations some readers might find objectionable. Unfortunately, when you’re writing about criminals, in this case, drug dealers, to tell the story accurately, you have to include the ugly world they live in. I do apologize to anybody who is not comfortable with that and encourage you to pass on this book if it would offend you.

There is a lot of work that goes into promoting a new book release, including announcements on social media, e-mails to book bloggers, asking my friends and fellow authors to help spread the word, and updating my BookBub and Goodreads author pages. Along with doing all of that yesterday, I also got my author’s newsletter sent out to all my subscribers with an announcement about the new book, and a great short story from my friend Donna McNichol from her new Red Line Coffee Mystery Series. I can already tell that I’m going to like these stories! If you would like to be added to the list for the free newsletter, just send me your e-mail address to and I’ll get you added to the list. I promise I’ll never spam you.

All of that was the easy part of my day. Then it got frustrating. Back in August, Terry and I both got brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10+ smartphones, and for the last couple of months, every once in a while, my phone will not call out. I could get incoming calls, but when I tried to call out, the screen would just go back to the main screen when I hit the dial icon. So I called the customer support number for Consumer Cellular yesterday, and a very nice man walked me through several attempts to diagnose the problem and then had me do a factory reset.

That seems to have resolved the issue, but in the process, I lost all of my stored phone numbers and apps. That’s always frustrating. So I spent the next several hours trying to get everything back to where it should be. By the end of the day, I think I had most of it straightened out. I sure hope so.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Pirate Trials: Dastardly Deeds & Last Words, the first book in my friend Ken Rossignol’s Pirate Trials 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 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 – My goal is to be that old person that everybody is afraid to take out in public.

Nick Russell

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

  4 Responses to “That’s Frustrating”

  1. That happened to me a few years ago with losing all of your contacts on the phone. The best way I’ve found is to use your Gmail account contacts. That way they follow you when you have problems with the current phone or purchase a new phone. It has worked for me flawlessly and I highly recommend it.

  2. I have that issue with my Motorola sometimes shut it off and restart it Every once in a while it seems to get a hiccup

  3. That’s always the problem we have with any new Cell Phone we get.
    We could never make our Samsung phones open to answer incoming calls and always had to call them back. No problems with LG. Just don’t have all the bells and whistles.
    I mistakenly walk through a camp site filled with Fire Ants. Took years for my legs to totally heal.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  4. Another vote for Gmail,if you don’t already have it. You can’t loose anything.

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