Yesterday morning my new book, Crazy Days in Big Lake, went live on the Amazon Kindle bookstore, and on Smashwords for folks who use Nooks and other e-book readers. Actually, I got an e-mail from Amazon saying it was live about 10 PM the evening before. But the link wouldn’t work and it didn’t actually become available for sale until sometime in the wee hours of the morning. By the time I got up yesterday, it had already sold two copies.
I made an announcement on my Facebook author’s page and on Twitter, and by the end of the day it had sold 73 copies between the Kindle bookstore and Smashwords, and already had two five star reviews.
Here is what my friend and longtime Gypsy Journal reader JerrieLea Hopf said about the new book: “Laughing so hard I can’t breathe! Your book is wonderful. I’m only to the fight in the breakfast diner but had to let you know I love it. You are a funny, funny man. It is not often I laugh out loud (all by myself) when reading a book.” Thanks, everybody, for helping it get off to such a great start!
Mine wasn’t the only new book out yesterday. Our friends John and Kathy Huggins, who produced the Living The RV Dream podcasts, brought out a new e-book yesterday on Amazon Kindle and Smashwords titled So You Want To Be An RVer? The book has a lot of valuable info for new RVers, on things like towing a car, getting internet and TV on the road, budgeting, mail forwarding, what to pack and what to leave at home, finding campgrounds, boondocking, and a lot more. It’s great primer on the RV lifestyle.
It rained quite a bit yesterday morning, but eased up sometime in the early afternoon. Terry and I drove to South Bend to pick up the addressed envelopes from our commercial mail service, then stopped at Office Max in Mishawaka for mailing labels and some other supplies we needed, and for a new pad to go on the floor under my office chair. The old one was worn out and cracked in several places. We had been looking around for one the same size but had found them hard to come by.
We got back to Elkhart Campground just in time to make a quick potty stop and drop off the things we had purchased, then we drove to Da Vinci’s Italian restaurant for dinner with Charles and Chris Yust, and Ron and Brenda Speidel. We have driven by this place many times over the years but never stopped to check it out before. Several blog readers had suggested it, and I’m glad we finally gave it a try. The pizzas were excellent, and none of us could finish everything. The only downside was that while the waitress brought our drinks very quickly when we arrived, it seemed to take forever to get our food. And when Charles and Chris, and Terry and I finally got ours, Ron and Brenda still had to wait even longer. They were busy, but by no means swamped. So they get an A+ for food, and a D for timely service.
Later in the evening we walked over to see Charles and Chris’s beautiful new Thor Tuscany motorhome. What a beautiful rig! It even has two bathrooms and a fireplace! Talk about a palace on wheels. We are thrilled for our friends. Charles and Chris are wonderful people who work very hard providing RV insurance and extended warranty plans to RVers at rallies all over the country, and they deserve it.
Thought For The Day – Life is a never-ending series of survivals.