The Hard Years Is Out!

 Posted by at 12:27 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132022
 

Thanks to a lot of hard work by my three proofreaders, Terry, Judy, and Roberta, by cover artist Elizabeth Mackey, and by book formatter Scarlett Braden Moss, early yesterday evening I was able to upload the e-book version of The Hard Years, the fourth book in the Tinder Street family saga, to Amazon for purchase […]

Proofing And Purging

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 112022
 

Yesterday was another very busy day for us. I received the formatted e-book version of my new Tinder Street book, The Hard Years, back from Scarlett and Terry spent the day giving everything one last proofreading, and I was making the corrections she felt were needed. I know you’re probably tired of hearing about all […]

Taking a Breather

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 282021
 

Much of yesterday was spent getting my author’s newsletter announcing my new book, Big Lake Ranger, sent out to my subscribers, sending out announcements about the new book to different people, and posting in various social media groups for mystery readers. There were also a lot of e-mails to deal with, including one from the […]

Big Lake Ranger

 Posted by at 12:23 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 272021
 

Terry and I spent all day yesterday making last-minute changes to my new book, Big Lake Ranger, and getting the e-book version of it formatted, which turned out to be a bear because it seems like Amazon changes the way they want things done from book to book. But I finally got that part of […]

$1 Million

 Posted by at 12:59 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 112021
 

In yesterday’s blog I talked about setting goals and said that I would be achieving a goal I had worked toward for quite a while now sometime yesterday, and that I would tell you about it today. I hope you don’t think I’m bragging, but it’s something I have looked forward to for a long […]

Ka-Bar Karma Is Out!

 Posted by at 12:22 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 252021
 

Yesterday afternoon I got the final read-through of my new John Lee Quarrels book, Ka-Bar Karma, back from my final proofreader, made her corrections, and uploaded it to Amazon at 5:15 p.m. Less than an hour later, I got a message back that it was available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. As soon as I […]

And It’s Done

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302021
 

In yesterday’s blog I said I hope to wrap up my newest book, Big Lake Shootout, by the end of the day, and yesterday evening I finished it. I started working on it June 13, and finished July 29, so it took just a little under seven weeks. The book came in at 83,559 words […]

Boom And Bust Is Done

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
May 132021
 

Boom And Bust, the third book in my Tinder Street historical saga, is now available on Amazon. This is my 45th book and my second new book so far this year. And even though this latest book in the series stays with the historical theme of the first two, I have thrown in a bit of […]

Better Late Than Never

 Posted by at 12:31 am  Nick's Blog
May 042021
 

I usually put out four books a year but last year I did six. Part of that was because with the pandemic we weren’t doing any traveling, and part of it was because I wanted to get my new Tinder Street family saga off and running. I had hoped to maintain that schedule this year, […]

A Tense Night

 Posted by at 12:08 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 082021
 

A series of severe thunderstorms came through Central Florida Saturday night, with tornado warnings in several counties, including ours. As usual, the brunt of it went north or south of us, leaving us with periods of heavy rain off and on, but that was about it. But it was still a tense night around here. […]

Feb 052021
 

Wednesday night I finished Fresh Out Of Mojo, my 9th John Lee Quarrels book. It was about 86,000 words before final edits began. The writing took seven weeks and three days. It is in final editing and proofing now, and it will be out next week. It’s a gritty tale with violence and some strong […]

Dec 072020
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, Saturday night I uploaded the ebook version of Big Lake Hoarder to Amazon. I said then that while Amazon always warns that it can be as much as 72 hours for a book to go live, the longest it has taken for one of my books is about 24 […]

A Birthday And A Book

 Posted by at 12:01 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 042020
 

Before I do anything else today, I want to wish my son Travis a happy 43rd birthday. Hey guy, when did you get so damned old? Travis and I have a special bond, partly because I was a single father, and the two of us kind of learned how that should go as we went […]

What Day Is It?

 Posted by at 12:30 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 012020
 

Am I the only one losing track of the days? As I was writing today’s blog, I planned to tell people that today was their last chance to enter our free drawing and that the winner would be drawn Sunday evening. Then I thought, “didn’t I write that last night?” Yes, I did, on Saturday […]

A Proofing Frenzy

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
May 262020
 

After reading Sunday’s Newspaper Days blog post titled Jaws, a reader asked how we kept the giant shark from decaying. It was packed in ice on the boat, and once we got it to my friend’s taxidermy shop, he and his son went to work skinning it. I didn’t stay around to watch that, just […]

Apr 252020
 

No, don’t insert the name of your least favorite politician from either side of the aisle, this question is related to an e-mail I got from a gentleman yesterday. He has a very nice 2016 fifth-wheel trailer for sale, and with his ad he included pictures of a Honda generator, a screen room, lawn chairs, […]

Apr 242020
 

Thanks to a lot of hard work by Miss Terry and my proofreaders, “Cool” Judy Rinehimer and Roberta Jensen, my newest John Lee Quarrels mystery, The Road To Wrinkle Ranch, is now available on Amazon. At present, there is the e-book you can purchase, or you can read it for free if you are a […]

Keeping Busy

 Posted by at 12:57 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202020
 

It’s been very busy around here the last couple of days. On Saturday I spent about two hours in an online Zoom conference with several of my writer friends. This was my first time doing something like that, and I was very pleased with how it went. We shared a lot of ideas, I picked […]

Potpourri

 Posted by at 12:09 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 172020
 

Definition of potpourri – 1: a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices that is usually kept in a jar and used for scent. 2: a miscellaneous collection. The second definition above pretty much describes today’s blog, a collection of miscellaneous thoughts and info that I’m sharing because I don’t have anything else to talk about […]

Bored? Not Us!

 Posted by at 12:20 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132020
 

Every time I go to Facebook I see posts from people who are complaining about being bored because they are shut in due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Terry and I were discussing that last night, and we just can’t relate to what they are talking about. For us, it’s life as usual, with a few […]