Posted by at 12:41 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 072024

That’s about the only word for me in the last couple of days. My back has flared up and it’s giving me a lot of discomfort. I am back to the point where I’m using my cane again. I am scheduled to have my RF ablation August 8th and I really hope it helps.

In the meantime, sleeping has been difficult. I didn’t get much accomplished at all on Friday because once I got up and answered some e-mails I sat down in my recliner and tried to sleep for a couple of hours. I did manage to get one chapter written in my new Tinder Street book by the end of the day and that was about it.

Don’t ask me what happened yesterday, because after an uncomfortable night, I remember waking up when Terry did, and we exchanged our morning I love you words and a couple of kisses. and the next thing I knew Alli was howling at the closed bedroom door trying to get in, close to two hours later! Terry said she knew I needed the rest and let me sleep.

At least I was able to write another chapter once I was up and had a breakfast of berries and cream and half a bagel, and then I printed it out to add to the other chapters Terry was working on. When she was done editing and proofreading all of them, I went through and made her suggested changes, then sent them off to Judy and Roberta for them to go through with their fine-tooth combs. If I can manage to stay awake, I hope to get the book done by the end of the week.

Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for 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 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.

Thought For The Day – I’m gonna need some of you people to start acting weirder. I can’t keep pulling all the weight on my own.

Nick Russell

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

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