We only have a few more days left here in Apache Junction. Next Wednesday we’ll leave for Tucson, where we have medical appointments scheduled and family members to spend time with.
We’re not sure how long we’ll be there, at least two weeks and maybe longer, depending on how soon all of the medical stuff gets wrapped up. One of my appointments is scheduled for June 6, but I’m hoping to get it moved up to an earlier date if they have a cancellation. We would really like to be out of the desert before it gets too hot.
We’re not sure where we’ll stay in Tucson yet. In the past we always stay at a small RV park called Tra-Tel on the west side of town, just off Interstate 10 at Prince Road. But my cousin lives on the far east side and we spend a lot of time with her while in town, so we may choose Voyager or Lazydays, which would cost a little bit more but put us much closer. We’d probably spend the difference in gas running back and forth anyway.
Meanwhile, it’s that time again and she’s at it again. We picked up the new issue of the Gypsy Journal on Tuesday and the envelopes from the mail service yesterday, and Miss Terry is busy stuffing envelopes. When that lady goes into action, I just stand back and keep out of her way! Today we’ll take the first truckload back to the mail service, and then come back home so she can start on the next one.
While Terry has been busy with mailing duties, I’m into writing mode. I’m closing in on 40,000 words so far on my current project and enjoying every minute of it. It seems like some books write themselves, and this is one of them.
Meanwhile, back in Big Lake, yesterday I corrected some errors in formatting Big Lake Blizzard for a print edition and ordered a proof copy. I should have it in a week or so, and then it will be available on Amazon. The e-book version of Blizzard is still selling strongly, both on Amazon and Smashwords. It dropped out of Amazon’s Top 100 for mysteries for a few days, but was back on the list yesterday, thanks to Amazon including it on a recommended reading e-mail that went out to customers.
Those little promo e-mails Amazon sends out work! Wednesday night Big Lake Blizzard was at 7,843 in the Paid Kindle Store and it has been out of the Top 100 for mysteries for over a week. Yesterday morning an e-mail went out to customers who buy mysteries, and here is where I was last night with 41 sales of that title yesterday: Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store), #89 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Police Procedurals, and #90 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Mystery & Thrillers > Police Procedurals
I also locked in a deal with Bruce Miles, the narrator who will be doing the original Big Lake novel as an audio book. I should be receiving the first fifteen minutes to approve very soon. Bruce is an Arizona native with a long list of credits for his voice work in audiobooks, TV, and radio commercials and I’m excited to be working with him.
Thought For The Day – They say money talks, but mine just waves goodbye.