Coming Down In Buckets

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252024

It hasn’t just been raining here for the last 24 hours, it’s been coming down in buckets. Big buckets! The storm system making its way across the country brought so much rain to our area of west-central Alabama that I’m pretty sure our drought must be over, or at least close to it. We had almost four inches of rain at our place, and as I write this, a little before midnight on Wednesday, it’s still coming down. According to the weatherman we’re going to see more of the same through today and Friday, and even into the weekend.

What can I say? At least the deep freeze is over for a while. It was in the mid-60s here yesterday, and today we’re going to see a high close to 70°. After a week of being down in the low teens overnight and daytime temperatures that barely got above freezing, if they did at all, I won’t complain about that.

As I have been doing for most of the last few days, I spent much of yesterday writing, getting another chapter done in Big Lake Accident. While the mysteries themselves are always interesting to me, I really enjoy seeing the interactions of the characters. There’s always some kind of drama going on.

Speaking of books, my dear friend Donna McNichol just released A Deadly Heart: A Valentine Short Read Cozy Mystery. It’s the third book in her Harpertown Holiday cozy mystery series. Camping isn’t everyone’s style, but when David Lopez and his girlfriend Kat Tipton decide to try glamping, they invite family and friends along for a special Valentine’s Day weekend. Everything seems to be fine and dandy until one of the glampers dies. Was it murder or a preventable accident? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

And still on the subject of mystery books, it’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of The Search for Grandma Sparkle by Darlene Miller. This cozy mystery begins when Sarah Spoolstra learns that her grandmother Opal and niece Jessica are missing, and she decides to search for them. When their car is found with two flat tires, Sarah and her boyfriend travel up and down the rural roads and creeks of southern Iowa looking for her missing relatives. Because of a recent storm, would they have sought shelter in an abandoned barn, house, or maybe even a coal mine? Were they abducted? Who would have a grudge against the gentle woman who only tried to help people through her church’s SPARKLE Club?

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. 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 – Today is National Grey Haired Grumpy Old Man Day and I expect recognition.

Nick Russell

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

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