It’s Done!

 Posted by at 12:07 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072022

Well, I missed my goal of finishing Pucker Factor, my next John Lee Quarrels book, by the end of July. There was just too much going on. But I’m happy to say that I finished it late yesterday afternoon. Today I will make corrections to the final chapters I wrote yesterday and print them out for the editing and proofreading process to begin.

While that is getting done, I will write the first chapter of the next John Lee book, which will go into the back of this one as a preview of things to come.

Before final editing, the manuscript comes in at 86,713 words. It’s been my experience that the proofing process usually adds anywhere from 500 to 800 words, which puts it at about the same length as most of the other books in the series.

This will be the 11th book in the series, and once it gets through all of the preparation and formatting, the e-book version should be out in a week to ten days. I will make an announcement here when it comes out, and also on Facebook and in the free author’s newsletter that I send to my subscribers.

With that out of the way, I’ll take a deep breath or two and get started on Big Lake Drunk, the 22nd book in that series. I will be incorporating some information and places I picked up during our trip out to Arizona in May to visit the White Mountains, where the real Big Lake is located. It’s always fun for me to write about that quirky little mountain town. I’ve been at it so long that the characters feel like they are members of my family. In a lot of ways, they are.

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.

Today is your last chance to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days In Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. Everybody seems to have gone crazy in the little mountain community. Neighbors are threatening violence, eco-protestors are on the march, flower children are camping in the nearby forest, two of Sheriff Jim Weber’s deputies have gotten into a fistfight in the ButterCup Café, the grocery store manager has locked himself in his office and won’t come out, bears are chasing dogs into houses, and somebody has stolen the town’s mascot. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, a mild-mannered retired couple have shot an intruder during a home invasion. By the time this wild tale is finished, more blood will be shed and the good people of Big Lake will be left wondering just how well they really know their neighbors.

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

Thought For The Day – Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?

Nick Russell

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

  4 Responses to “It’s Done!”

  1. It’s a pretty deep lake, isn’t it?

  2. So … today is August 7th and went to your blog (as I do every morning) the visual was for August 6. Hmmm. I did what I tried yesterday and read a few recipes on Miss Terry’s Kitchen, went to the Home tab, back to the Nick’s Blog tab, and by golly ! It showed August 7th. Some gremlin is in the system, but if you confuse him, it all works out.

  3. Love all the Big Lake series. Sheriff Jim always has his work cut out for him. Eagerly awaiting the next book. The characters are like family members.

  4. Big Lake always has special memories for me. My uncle and aunt, Clair and Celia Spillman, were the ones who opened the concession at Big Lake; they lived in a cabin at Big Lake the first winter to keep the lake open with one-lung air compressors.This was in the ‘50s. My husband and I spent our first time there in 1960, and drove up from Southern California numerous times after that. It’s still in the family, but not sure which generation.

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