Sneak Thief

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
May 262024

As predicted, yesterday was a scorching day. If the thermometer didn’t hit 90°, I know it came close. I spent much of the day writing, getting another chapter done in my new Tinder Street book. Then I went through and reviewed the last several chapters I had written, making a few minor changes before I printed them out for Terry to edit and proofread.

Late in the afternoon (or was it early evening), we went outside and unloaded several bags of soil and Black Kow fertilizer from the pickup into the back of the Mule, doing the same as before, putting both tailgates down and sliding them from one vehicle to the other.

Then we emptied them into Terry’s three new raised planter beds, which had settled since we filled them last week, thanks to all the rain we had gotten. She wanted to plant her new starter plants in them we picked up at Brown’s Nursery last week, but just as we finished emptying the bags it started to rain again, and it was coming down hard. The revised plan is to get them planted this afternoon once it cools down a bit.

Dinner was a delicious homemade calzone for me and homemade chili for Terry. So good.

And now for the title of today’s blog. I actually stole it from my dear friend Carol Ann Newsome, author of the Dog Park mystery series. Sneak Thief is the fourth book in this cozy animal mystery series, and if you love mysteries and you love dogs, you have to read it. Anyway, back to today’s blog. I’ve told you before how much Alli loves her soft rubber Kong style toy. She carries it around with her all day, just waiting for someone to throw it for her. She sleeps with it at night, and when we wake up in the morning, she’s sitting beside the bed with it in her mouth, waiting to start all over again.

Last night I was playing with her, tossing it up in the air in the living room and watching her jump to get it. Then I got silly and got down on the floor and snatched the toy away from her and held it under me so she couldn’t get to it. She sniffed around and pawed at me a few times, but when I didn’t give in, she took matters into her own hands. Or mouth, I guess I should say. My phone had fallen out of my pocket and Alli picked it up and walked away with it and sat off in the corner with it in her mouth, staring at me. It was kind of like you’ve got my favorite toy and now I’ve got your favorite toy. Want to make a trade? These animals make us laugh every day.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Honeymoon, the seventh book in my Big Lake mystery series. The busy summer season is drawing to a close in the little mountain town of Big Lake, Arizona and the locals are looking forward to a relaxing interlude before the first snowfall brings carloads of skiers to the high country. That all changes when a nearly nude woman rushes into a convenience store in the middle of the night, begging for help. She tells Sheriff Jim Weber that her new husband has been murdered and she was taken captive by the mysterious killer, who seems to have disappeared into the thick forests of the White Mountains, touching off a manhunt for a phantom that cannot be found.

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 this 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 30 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. Can you think of a better license plate for a driving school car?

 Thought For The Day – Sometimes I forget that I’m old enough to know better.

Nick Russell

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

  One Response to “Sneak Thief”

  1. You can always depend on Mother Nature messing with your plans.
    Looks like Ali would make a good negotiator. Kathy’s on her side.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your pets.

    It’s about time.

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