Feb 092024

Two chapters, actually. That was yesterday’s accomplishment working on my newest book, Big Lake Accident, and I did the same the day before. So things are moving along pretty well. I’m past the halfway point now, and I think I have an idea who is responsible for the crime in this one. Then again, I have thought that about other books and been wrong, so who knows? Not me, that’s for sure.

Quite a few readers have asked me when The War Years, the sixth book in my Tinder Street historical family saga, or The Ballad Of John Lee, my next John Lee Quarrels mystery, will be out. Because I always put a teaser chapter of the next book in the series at the end of each one I complete, saying “Coming Soon,” many readers expect it is available at that time or will be within a matter of days or weeks.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. It takes time to research and write a book, then to handle all of the editing and proofreading and formatting and such. I always ask people to think of those teaser chapters as previews of the next season of their favorite television series. They’re designed to whet your appetite, but they’re not fast food and it takes a while. All I can tell you is that once I finish my current Big Lake book, the next one on the schedule is The War Years. Because I always want to get the historical content right in this series, a tremendous amount of research is required. I’ve been doing that all along and it continues as I’m writing each book.

My goal is to put out at least four books this year, and The War Years will be the second one. I’d like to be able to give you a date to expect each book, but I’ve found that’s impossible to do. Sometimes life, and even a little bit of play now and then, gets in the way.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Stillborn Armadillos, the first book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series. Life is already complicated enough for John Lee, what with his estranged wife dropping in for unannounced sleepovers, her oversexed sister tempting him, his pot smoking ponytailed grandfather growing his own stash, his Elvis obsessed grandmother, and being caught smack dab in the middle of a power struggle between the Sheriff and Chief Deputy. But when a road construction crew unearths the skeletons of three murder victims, John Lee suddenly finds himself on the trail of a killer who may well have died long before the deputy was even born. And then a mysterious sniper begins shooting at deputies…

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 – Never get married in the morning, because you never know who you might meet that night.

Nick Russell

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

  2 Responses to “Another Day, Another Chapter”

  1. When will the 24th book be out?

  2. I am working on it now and hope to have it out very soon.

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