It’s hard to believe that our three weeks here at the Chesapeake Bay Thousand Trails preserve is over already. Where did the time go? Oh, that’s right, it went by fast while we were playing tourist and exploring all of the places to see and do in this area of southeast Virginia.
Being a mystery writer as well as an RV writer, I’m always intrigued by stories of unsolved mysteries, and I have heard some interesting ones over the years. Of course, you have to have a good BS filter to be able to discern between real stories and urban legends.
When we were in Williamsburg few days ago we stopped for dinner and as we were finishing up, I asked the waitress for direction to the Colonial Parkway, which we intended to take part of the way home. The Parkway is a 23-mile long scenic route that links Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown and is part of the National Park Service’s Colonial National Historical Park. The waitress gave us directions, but then said, “I’d never take that road at night. Have you heard about the Colonial Parkway Killer?” We had not, so she filled us in, telling us that several years ago a serial killer had murdered eight people on the route, all at night, and had never been caught. She said that many people believed it was a cop, or somebody impersonating a cop, and warned us not to stop for anybody out there alone in the dark.
Since my night vision is so poor, Miss Terry drives after dark, and as we were traveling down the Parkway I Googled the Colonial Parkway Killer, and the waitress had her facts pretty straight. Between 1986 and 1989 three couples were murdered on or near the Parkway and a fourth couple disappeared and have never been found. Their killer has never been caught.
It’s a dark and little-traveled road at night and I when I suggested we pull into a parking area to watch the submarine races on the York River, Miss Terry quickly informed me said that wasn’t happening! Fraidy cat.
Hmmm… maybe I have fodder for a new book?
Speaking of books, in a blog post a while back I mentioned that I am trying a new promo, having enrolled all of my e-books, both my novels (except for my newest Big Lake book) and my RV books, in Amazon’s Select and Kindle Unlimited programs,. It’s a great deal for readers who are Amazon Prime members or members of Kindle Unlimited; you can read all of my books for free! If you don’t belong to Kindle Unlimited, check it out. Your first 30 days are free and you can cancel if it doesn’t meet your needs. It’s also a good deal for authors. Whenever somebody downloads one of my books and reads at least ten percent of it I get paid a commission. It’s not as much as for an outright sale, but hopefully it adds up. I would really appreciate it if you would help spread the word.
If you are planning to attend the Camping World/Good Sam rally in Phoenix, Arizona, be aware that the dates have changed. Originally scheduled for March 19 – 22, they have changed it to February 26 – March 1 due to scheduling conflicts.
This is our last full day here at the Thousand Trails and I’m not sure what’s on the schedule. I’ve spent the last couple of days working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and Terry has been setting up a new weaving project on the loom, so it may be another stay at home day, which is just fine with me.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Ben Rehder’s Gun Shy, part of his excellent Blanco County mystery series featuring hardworking game warden John Marlin. But I have to warn you, don’t try this book unless you have time to read the entire series because I know you’ll get hooked on Ben’s great combination of humor and suspense. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name 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.
Thought For The Day – Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball. – Billie Jean King