Apr 122024

In yesterday’s blog I said that I had released the audiobook of Tinder Street, the first book in my family saga series of the same name, using Amazon’s new artificial intelligence narration. Since then, I’ve heard from several readers who either purchased the book or downloaded the sample and the reports have all been good.

One person said they noticed there were some pauses in the narration, and I found this to be true at the start of each chapter, after they announce the chapter name and before the story actually picks up. The pause is short in duration, but noticeable. I think, based on the feedback I’m getting I will go ahead and release the other books in the series the same way. Thank you everybody for your input.

Yesterday was a busy day for us. We met our son Travis and his wife Geli at a nice Mexican restaurant called Los Tarascos in Tuscaloosa for linner to celebrate Geli’s birthday, which is actually on Sunday. But since she works that night, we all agreed to do it early. This was our first visit to this restaurant and we really liked it. We’ll go back again.

After we ate and said our goodbyes, we stopped at Waterworks Pool & Spa, the dealer we bought our hot tub from, to have the water tested. This is a free service they do every month, and even though we use test strips to try to keep the water where it’s supposed to be, their system is more precise. It turns out we need to add some more chlorine and PH hardener.

From there we stopped at a gun shop, but I couldn’t find anything that I needed to take home with me. Then we went to a place called South’s Finest Meats, just a couple of blocks away. One thing Terry has missed from living in Florida was the excellent little meat market we used to go to there. We haven’t found anything here with much of a selection until today. This store had everything she wanted, along with a good selection of frozen vegetables, and their prices were very good. We picked up some steaks and pork chops, and also some sectioned turkey necks and pigs’ feet for Alli. Before I bought any of them, I checked online to make sure they were safe for dogs.

I gave Alli a couple of the turkey neck pieces when we got home and she loved them.

By then it was late in the day, so we watched a little bit of television, I wrote the blog, and we called it a night.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Pirate Trials: Famous Murderous Pirates Book Series: THE LIVES AND ADVENTURES of FAMOUS and SUNDRY PIRATES by my friend Ken Rossignol. This is one of several books Ken has written about the world’s pirates back in the not so good old days.

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 – Did you ever meet someone and wonder if they ate a bowl of stupid for breakfast?


Nick Russell

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

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