Dec 222023

In yesterday’s blog I told you about all the work our son Travis and I accomplished on Wednesday, cutting up some downed trees and limbs and running them through the wood chipper. But I didn’t tell you about the beautiful Christmas gift Travis made for us.

I’ve shown you some of the barn quilts he makes out of repurposed wood before, and now we have one of our very own. 😊 You can bet that it’s going to hang in a place of honor in our living room for us and everyone that visits us to enjoy.

Most of my waking hours yesterday were spent making the changes that my proofreaders, Judy and Roberta, suggested for my new John Lee Quarrels book. It always amazes me how many things slip through when the manuscript is being proofread. That’s why we put so much effort into it, and it pays off.

I only have a couple more chapters to correct, then I will print the entire thing out for Terry to go through once more with a fine tooth comb before I start formatting the e-book version and getting it ready to publish on Amazon. The print version will be out in a few weeks.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Big Lake, the first book in my Big Lake mystery series and the book that launched my career as an author. When an armored car hijacking leaves two men dead, Arizona Sheriff Jim Weber takes the crime personally, because one of the dead men is his brother-in-law. His hunt for the killers leads him into a world of sordid sex, deceit, and violence, with a suspect list that includes jilted women, a family of anti-government survivalists, and the beautiful wife of the richest man in town. With a plot that has more twists and turns than an Arizona mountain road, a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, and a shocking ending that shakes the town of Big Lake to its very foundation,

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. 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.

Thought For The Day – If you’re out Christmas shopping today, be nice to the retail workers. It’s not their fault you waited until Mary’s water broke to start shopping.

Nick Russell

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

  3 Responses to “A Barn Quilt For Christmas”

  1. Your son is a talented man. The barn quilt is beautiful.

  2. From someone who makes quilts that is one stunning barn quilt! Your son is very talented!

  3. Beautiful work!

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