After a week spent building a shooting range and fixing things around here, I decided I’d better stop that nonsense. Some of my friends are asking who this imposter is and what happened to the real Nick. So the only thing I did along those lines yesterday was go down and check the tire on the Husqvarna riding lawn mower that I put a plug in on Saturday. This was my first attempt at plugging a tire and I was pleased to see that it was still holding air. I’ll check it again in a day or so, just to be sure.
Aside from that, I only went outside a couple of times to throw a ball for Alli, and spent much of the day at my computer. After answering a bunch of e-mails, I wrote another chapter, approximately 2,600 words, in my new John Lee Quarrels mystery. And that was about as productive as I was all day long.
While I was doing that, Terry was busy rearranging and finding storage for some things in the kitchen. I can tell that even though she’s not back to 100% yet, she is feeling better, because the last few days she hasn’t slowed down at all. Besides doing that yesterday, she made a delicious shepherd’s pie for dinner totally from scratch. I would show you a picture of it, but it looked too good to waste time doing something like that when I could be eating it instead.
We’re supposed to have some rain on and off for much of this week, and Terry and I both have doctor’s appointments scheduled for midweek, but I hope to get some more writing done. I’ve really been slacking off in that department lately and I need to kickstart myself to get going.
Congratulations Shelley Croscut, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of my friend Suzie O’Connell’s Starlight Magic, from her popular Northstar romance series. Can the magic of the stars heal a tormented soul? Single father Brodie Dunn aims to find out by putting his heart on the line. Recently widowed artist Celeste Dawson desperately needs a tranquil place where she can rebuild herself. Two months after her husband’s violent death her career is in jeopardy and she can’t engage in the art that was once her escape from the world. She hopes a trip to Northstar will help her find peace. There’s no place better for healing, especially after she meets her charming new neighbor, ski hill owner Brodie. He suspects Celeste is going to be trouble right from the start, but he can’t ignore the pain in her eyes. On the saddest night of his life, he made a promise under the stars to laugh instead of cry and to help any wounded heart he comes across. He’s sure that philosophy and maybe a little starlight magic will do wonders for Celeste…if his apparent inability to take anything seriously doesn’t drive her mad first. A tale of forgiveness and hope, Starlight Magic will grab you by the heart.
We had 15 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon! 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. After 90 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.
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. Apparently the folks who haul milk for a living have a good sense of humor.
Thought For The Day – Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. – Walter Cronkite