I guess yesterday was my lucky day. I started out with several very nice reviews for Big Lake and for Big Lake Burning, the first and latest books in my Big Lake mystery series. Reviews are very important to authors in terms of marketing our books, and positive reviews are especially nice both for sales and the ego.
I spent the morning answering e-mails and then went outside to dump our black tank. I was a little apprehensive considering the terrible blockage we had to deal with last week, but everything went well and no problems.
About the time I was finished dumping, two motorhomes pulled in and I got to visit with our new neighbors, John Hatch and Roger Maxie (I hope I spelled that right), both blog readers. I can usually remember faces but I’m terrible with names, so by the time I see them again today I’m sure I’ll have forgotten which is which. There’s a reason the military and the Escapes RV Club use nametags.
A while back a friend of mine gave me a beautiful Winchester 9422 lever action .22 rifle, a firearm I’ve always admired and longed to own. .22 ammunition has traditionally been commonplace and inexpensive but for the last couple of years it’s been almost impossible to find. I know because I’ve looked from Florida to Arizona with no success. Yesterday afternoon we were in town running some errands and on a whim I stopped at a pawn shop that also sells guns, and they had a huge supply of .22 ammo in stock. I bought a brick of 500 rounds – that should keep me plinking for a while.
Several months ago I was browsing through a Barnes and Noble in Florida and came across a writing reference book I was tempted to buy but didn’t. A day or two later I decided I wanted it and went back to the store and it was gone. I thought I’d order it from Amazon but it has gone out of print and they didn’t have it. I struck out trying to order it from Barnes and Noble, too. Since then I have been looking at every bookstore we see and had given up, but I had even more good luck when we stopped at a Barnes and Noble store yesterday afternoon. Not only did they have the book I wanted, but also another one I have been looking for. Maybe I should have bought a lottery ticket, too!
Speaking of books, after a six month hiatus while I tested out the Amazon Select program, my Big Lake books and Dog’s Run are all available again on Barnes and Noble for Nook e-book readers.
Several readers have been asking how we like the 12-inch Night Therapy Elite Gel Infused Memory Foam Prestige Mattress we got about a year ago. We love it! For over 25 years I seldom had a good night’s sleep, and woke up every morning with back pain. Now I sleep comfortably, don’t toss and turn all night long, and don’t hurt in the morning. Here is the link to the mattress we got at Sam’s Club. And you can find the slightly thicker 13-inch model on Amazon.
Have you entered our latest Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of JET, the first book in my friend USA Today bestselling author Russell Blake’s wildly popular Jet thriller series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this 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 Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – You are only young once but you can stay immature indefinitely.