Jul 042024

Don’t ask me how, but I managed to get my days wrong again and started this week’s free drawing a day early. Don’t ask me how, but I did the same thing last month. My only excuse is that I am calendar challenged.

Happy birthday, America. We have a lot of problems in this country, and so much division right now that it is saddening. But I’ve been to a lot of places and seen a lot of things in over seven decades on this earth, and there is no doubt in my mind that we still live in the greatest country in the world. And it’s our job, each and every one of us, yours and mine, to work together to keep it that way and to make it even better. But we can’t do that when we are so polarized. We have to do better. We owe it to our kids and grandkids, and we owe it to the brave men and women who fought and died over the years to keep America free.

What are your plans for the holiday? A cookout with friends and family? Are you going to take in a sporting event or watch the fireworks tonight? Or are you just going to have a quiet day at home? There’s certainly nothing wrong with that.

As for us, it’s too darned hot to do much of anything outside. Just walking down to the street to retrieve our trash can yesterday and bringing it back up to the garage was enough to have me drenched in sweat. Today is going to be just as bad, if not worse, so while Terry is editing and proofreading the latest chapters of my new book, I’m going to be right here in the air conditioning, writing some more.

While I was outside getting the trash can yesterday, I spied this fuzzy little fellow in the grass. I hope he made it somewhere safe before one of the local birds decided he’d make a good holiday dinner.

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.

Thought For The Day – You can tell a lot about a man by how dogs react to him. For example, if the police K9 is biting him, he may not be such a great guy.

Nick Russell

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

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