Yesterday afternoon I got the final read-through of my new John Lee Quarrels book, Ka-Bar Karma, back from my final proofreader, made her corrections, and uploaded it to Amazon at 5:15 p.m. Less than an hour later, I got a message back that it was available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
As soon as I got that message, I added the links to my free author’s newsletter and sent it out to my mailing list. It didn’t take long for someone to e-mail me back saying that I had goofed in the announcement, saying my new Tinder Street book was out. My mistake, it’s definitely a John Lee Quarrels book, the 10th book in the series. This is my 47th book and my fourth new book this year. It will take a few weeks before the printed version is available, but hopefully not very long. The finished book came in at 89,472 words, making it my second longest in the John Lee series. I started writing it on August 10 and finished on September 10, then all of the editing and proofing took two weeks. I hope you all enjoy it.
And as always, a huge thank you to Miss Terry, Judy Rinehimer, and Roberta Jensen, my hardworking proofreaders. All I do is dig up the lump of coal, these three wonderful ladies get all the credit for polishing it and making it into something worthwhile.
I normally do four new books a year, although last year I did six since we were staying isolated home so much with COVID. I was hoping for another six this year, but I’m running about a month behind schedule, so I don’t know if I’ll make that or not. But I will definitely have at least one more book out by the end of the year. If I can make it to six, I will, but I’m not going to rush things just to get numbers.
All of that was a great way to end a day that literally started out on a sour note. As I was pursuing my breakfast milk, I noticed it was lumpy. Lumpy milk is never a good thing. I’m glad I saw it because I have almost no sense of smell and couldn’t tell that it was sour, but as soon as Terry got near the milk bottle, she sure could. Fortunately, I had another gallon in the refrigerator in the garage that was nice and fresh.
We have appointments in DeLand this morning to get our Covid-19 booster shots, something we are really looking forward to. One more step toward keeping ourselves as safe as possible from the pandemic. Our side effects from the first two shots back in late January and early February were minimal, and we’re hoping for the same this time around.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second 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 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 – Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us on the path toward the best things that will happen to us.