The book went live around noon yesterday, and by midnight it was ranked #5418 in all of Amazon for paid e-books, and #176 in the mystery/police procedural category. I appreciate all of you who purchase my books, tell your family and friends about them, and leave reviews. You are great.
Once the book was live, I sent out my author’s newsletter to the people who subscribe to it, with a sample chapter of the book, and an interview I recently did for a local writing group. If you’d like to be included on the mailing list for the newsletter, just send me your email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise your information never goes anywhere else, and I never spam people. I send out the newsletter a few times a year with information about my books and writing activities, and books from some of my author friends that I think you will enjoy.
With this new book out of the way, I would really love to jump into my new John Lee Quarrels mystery, but first I have to get the next issue of the Gypsy Journal out of the way. Sometimes I wish I just had a few days to do nothing, but it seems like as soon as I finish a book it’s time to start on the next issue of the paper, and as soon as I finish that, I need to get busy on the next book. I’m going to be 65 in a few weeks. Isn’t that when people are supposed to retire to Florida and start taking life easy?
We needed to get away from the house for a bit, so we hooked up with our friend Jim Lewis to run a couple of errands, then we went into Daytona Beach so I could cancel my old 3G air card with Verizon. It was on a grandfathered unlimited plan, but I haven’t used it since we bought the house last October. My smart phone also has the same unlimited grandfathered plan, so I couldn’t see continuing to pay for both. Yes, I know that people apparently sell those plans when they no longer need them, but I really didn’t want to mess with it. I just wanted to save some money on my monthly phone bill.
We also stopped at Harbor Freight to pick up a few items and a couple of other places before we headed back home. Ever since we moved here we’ve talked about stopping at a place called Blackbeard’s Inn in New Smyrna Beach. It’s been family operated for over 35 years and is well known for their seafood and their prime rib. So yesterday seem like a good time to check it out.
The portions were large and the food was pretty good. I’m not sure it’s my new favorite place to eat around here, but it’s in the top five for sure. We will definitely be going back.
Back at home we watched TV for an hour or so, then Jim left to go back to his place, Terry retired to her loom room to work on her next project, and I spent a couple of hours at my desk working on the new issue of the paper. And that’s what I’ll be doing for the next week or so.
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
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Thought For The Day – Success is just rented, never owned. And the rent is due daily.