Merry Christmas, everybody! Did Santa bring you everything you wanted for Christmas? I hope so, and I hope you are surrounded by people, or at least one special person that you love today.
A year ago today, my Christmas present to all of you was the release of Big Lake Drunk, the 22nd book in my Big Lake mystery series about a quirky small Arizona mountain town that one reviewer described as “Mayberry meets Twin Peaks.” I had hoped this year’s Christmas present would be the release of Jackpot, the 12th book in my John Lee Quarrels series. And if the gremlins in charge of technology and the folks at Amazon will give me a break, it still might happen by the end of the day.
I had hoped to bring it out yesterday, but unfortunately, we started the day with no internet on our T-Mobile hotspot. A message on the device said that there was no service and to reboot it. I did that and it took most of an hour for it to start up again, showing one bar of signal for a moment, then a full five bars, but no Internet connectivity.
After trying all the fixes that I know how to do, I called T-Mobile’s customer service, which is an oxymoron if there ever was one. It’s right up there with military intelligence. After a couple of false starts, I finally got to talk to a real person who could almost speak English, and after being on hold for well over half an hour, all he could tell me was that the device wasn’t working, and I needed to go to one of their retail stores. Thanks a lot for the help, buddy.
Hours later, whatever the problem was seemed to resolve itself, because the box came back to life, and I had a full five bars of signal and good connectivity. In the meantime, I called Consumer Cellular, who provides our phone service, to ask about using our phones as hotspots. The young lady I spoke to there was very helpful and added the hot spot feature to our phones and increased our monthly data limit before throttling from 30 gig to 50 gig, and $10 a month less than we had been paying. Well, Merry Christmas to you, too!
All that being said, sometime today Jackpot should go live on Amazon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Congratulations Jack Nimon, winner of our drawing for 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,
We had 38 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 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. I think Jesus was here.
Thought For The Day – Santa has the right idea. Only visit people once a year, eat a snack, and leave.