Some people call it trusting your gut. Others call it the spidey sense. I’m sure some would say it is a premonition. But whatever you choose to call it, I learned a long time ago to heed it.
It had been raining pretty much nonstop for over 24 hours yesterday morning, and the news was full of stories about flooded roads and downed trees and power lines. We had an appointment in Northport scheduled for yesterday afternoon, but for some reason, going to it bothered me all night long. Even after a breakfast of Terry’s delicious homemade overnight yeasted brown butter waffles, I hadn’t been able to shake that feeling.
Terry told me to go with my gut, and I called and rescheduled it, saying the weather was just too bad to go out. And wouldn’t you know it? An hour later, the rain had stopped and there were small patches of blue sky showing through the clouds. We probably would have been fine to keep our appointment, but we’ll never know.
Something I do know is that my friend Ben Rehder is one of the best authors around, and his excellent Blanco County mystery series should be on everyone’s reading list. His main characters, game warden John Marlin and good old boys Red O’Brien and Billy Don Craddock, would be right at home in my own Big Lake series. If you have not had a chance to get to know Ben’s work yet, now is your opportunity, because Buck Fever, the first book in the Blanco County series, is free for the next few days on Amazon. Do yourself a favor and download a copy. And if you’ve already read it, do your friends a favor and tell them about it, too. You won’t be disappointed.
Since we didn’t go to town for our appointment yesterday, I used the time to do some more writing of my own, about 3,200 words in my new Big Lake mystery. Some readers have asked me when it will be available. I learned a long time ago not to answer that question with anything definite, because if I do, sure as shooting, something will come up to throw me off schedule. I’m aiming for a release sometime in February, if everything goes according to plan. That’s about the best estimate I can give you.
Be sure to enter our latest 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. I have so many questions about this. Unforseen circumcisions? Plural? Why? How? Was this a kitchen accident that went really bad? And last but not least (don’t hate me), it’s a restaurant so I have to wonder who got the tips?
Thought For The Day – You know you are getting old when the candles on your birthday cake start to cost more than the cake itself.