I am very pleased with the progress of my newest book, Big Lake Shootout. I released it Friday, and yesterday afternoon it was #3,602 of all of the millions of Kindle books on Amazon, #95 on Amazon’s top 100 Hot New Release list for mysteries, and #33 in the top 100 for police procedurals. Thank you everybody, for your support.
When I announced the release of the new book in Fridays blog, I said I would probably take a couple of days off and then get to work on my next book, Ka-Bar Karma, which will be the 10th book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series. Except for writing a blog post and doing some book promotion for the new release on Saturday, I pretty much goofed off most of the day.
By yesterday I was bored so I decided it was time to get busy and start working on that book, so I spent a few hours doing research and making a list of things I want to include in the story. I don’t use an outline when I write, and I often don’t have any idea where the story is going when I start a new book, I do have ideas I make a note of to include in the story as I write. This could be a fact about how an investigation is conducted, a random comment I want a character to make, or even a description of a character, a vehicle, or a setting for a scene that I work into the story.
In other news, after reading my recent blog titled A Drowned Rat about Miss Terry getting drenched in a rainstorm while unloading groceries, a blog reader wrote to tell me that if her husband ever said something like that about her in person or in public, he would find himself and all of his belongings sitting outside. Gee, I’m sorry to hear that. My wife has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to laugh at herself. Life is way too short to take yourself that seriously.
Speaking of Terry, besides her ability to navigate her way through a downpour, we all know that she is an amazing cook. Saturday she made shepherd’s pie for dinner, which was a first for me, and I was hooked at the first bite. Yummy!
As if that wasn’t enough to delight my tastebuds, yesterday she made tuna steaks pan-seared with sesame seeds, and baked potato. We had some wasabi sauce for the tuna, and Terry had veggies, too. It was amazing, of course, so I guess she wasn’t too upset about me for the drowned rat blog.
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. If an employer is going to put these kinds of demands upon applicants, no wonder they can’t find anybody to hire!
Congratulations Jim Tidball, winner of our drawing for a USB drive loaded with all of the digital back issues of the Gypsy Journal RV travel newspaper for the years 2003 through 2017. They are in PDF format and will provide you with weeks of great reading about places to visit from coast to coast and our adventures as fulltime RVers. We had 96 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – It turns out that when you are asked who your favorite child is, you’re expected to pick one of your own. I know that now.