Late yesterday afternoon I finally finished Big Lake Drunk, the 22nd book in my Big Lake mystery series and my 51st book. It came in at 89,300 words before final editing and proofreading are finished. Although it is far from my longest book, I believe it took me more time than any other book I have written. I started it on August 26th and I can usually knock out a book in six weeks to two months. But due to some medical issues, some traveling we needed to get done, bad weather that left us without power for several days at a time, and some other things that were going on, I just could not get it wrapped up. Hopefully it will be worth the wait.
Today I will read through the last two chapters I wrote and correct any glaring errors I find in them, then print them out for Terry to edit and proofread before we send them on to Judy and Roberta, my other proofreaders. The cover is already finished, so I’m really hoping we can get it out before Christmas.
Speaking of books and writing, two of my favorite authors have new releases out. My pal Donna McNichol just published a short, titled Slay Ride, the third book in her Holiday Corner Christmas Cozy mystery series about a scenic small town tucked away in Vermont. With candy canes, garlands, ornaments, wreaths, and more – who would expect to find a dead body? Certainly not the owners of Candy Cane Carriages, provider of winter sleigh rides, nor their twin granddaughters, Candi and Mandi Winter, who have come to help them run the business. It’s only 99¢ on Amazon. Order your copy today!
And if you’re in the mood for something with more grit to it, check out Field Training, the first book in retired police sergeant Patrick O’Donnell’s new Brew City Blues action thriller series about Army veteran Michael Collins, fresh out of the police academy and beginning twelve weeks of field training in the most dangerous part of Milwaukee, where he will have to deal with gangsters, sex workers, murderers, thieves, and twenty-hour workdays as he tried to overcome his own personal tragedy. The author is a cop’s cop and writes with an authority that comes from a career working the very streets he writes about. Patrick’s books are as real as it gets.
And what better way to enjoy all those new books than with a brand new kindle e-book reader? So far, over 100 people have entered this week’s Free Drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader with a 6.8” display, adjustable warm light, up to 10 weeks of battery life, and 20% faster page turns than previous models. You are going to love this or make somebody on your Christmas shopping list very happy.
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 and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.
Thought For The Day – No one wants to hear about your diet. Just eat your salad and be sad.
I very much look forward to reading the new book Nick! Your novels are always entertaining and I’ve read all of them multiple times and i still enjoy them each time.