No Fireworks Here

 Posted by at 12:52 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 052024

I hope you all had a safe Independence Day holiday, and if you played with fireworks, I hope you still have all of your fingers.

There were fireworks displays around the area yesterday, but we didn’t go to any of them. I was busy writing, getting another chapter done in my new book, and Miss Terry was doing all the things that keep our house and business running smoothly, along with making a delicious dinner of fried chicken and roasted smashed red potatoes. It is absolutely one of my favorite meals.

Even though we live in the country and it’s not uncommon to hear guns going off, we only heard a few yesterday evening. As I was telling our son Travis earlier in the day, I always worried when we traveled in our motorhome, because so many fools fire guns into the air on New Year’s Eve and the 4th of July, not realizing those bullets have to come down somewhere.

Many years ago, I had a friend who served a tour in Vietnam and never got a scratch but was left a quadriplegic because of a pistol that was fired in the air, and when the bullet came down, it hit him in the head. When we were RVing, we were at a Camping World and a mechanic showed us a bullet that had come through the roof of the building and through the roof of a motorhome and landed in the driver’s seat after a New Year’s Eve celebration. Who knows where it came from? Bullets can travel a long distance. And remember, what goes up must come down.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Tinder Street, the first book in my Tinder Street saga. Chronicling the days leading up to World War I and the events that followed, Tinder Street is the first book in a saga that will take readers from rural farms to a major industrial city in the Midwest, across an ocean where German U-boats lurk waiting for a target to come within range of their deadly torpedoes, to the bloody trench warfare of France, and home again. And of how, back at home, the soldiers of a victorious Army try to put their experiences behind them and pick up the pieces of the lives they once had, to look toward a future bright with promise. Lucas Morgan was one of those soldiers, a man who hated the thought of killing, but did his duty. A duty that would haunt him long after the last shots were fired.

This is also the story of the simple working class people who built America. Farmers, factory workers, streetcar conductors, midwives, and public servants. Their joys and sorrows, their wins and losses, and how these people who struggled together to build a better life for themselves and their children changed a place named Tinder Street to Tender Street, a reflection of one family’s devotion to their neighbors. This series is one I have wanted to write and have researched for years.

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 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. Eddie always has the best fireworks.

Thought For The Day – Arguing is about who’s right; discussion is about what’s right.

Nick Russell

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

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