As much as I’m sure she would’ve preferred to be weaving, Terry spent a lot of time this last week getting my new book, Black Friday, proofed. Yesterday I finished the last of the corrections and revisions she suggested, then sent it off to my cousin Beverly down in Tucson so she could give it a second proofreading. I think it will be out sometime this coming week.
I also got the new digital issue of the Gypsy Journal uploaded, and sent a link to our digital subscribers. Hopefully the print issue will get shipped to us sometime in the next week or so.
While I was doing all of that, some scammer with a foreign accent called to tell me that he is holding both of my sons at gunpoint for a debt they owe, and if I don’t wire him $1,000 they would be shot. Since I only have one son, I was understandably distressed to learn I even had a second one. The caller was also distressed when I told him to go ahead and shoot them, I didn’t want them back.
I’ll give my son Travis credit. When I called to tell him that I was going to miss him, he was very gracious about it. I think he was comforted when I assured him that his wife Geli is a beautiful, intelligent young woman and that I was sure she’d be able to find love again.
These kind of scams go on all the time. In fact, when I posted about this on Facebook yesterday I heard from several people who had received telephone calls like that, or that a family member was in jail in a foreign country and needed either a credit card number or money wired to them to get out.
Another popular scam going around is someone calling and saying they are from the IRS, and if you do not give them your credit card information immediately, police will come and lock you up for back taxes. And none of these people seem to be able to have a decent grasp of the English language. Don’t fall for it if you get a call like this, just hang up. Or, tell them to go ahead and shoot whomever they are holding hostage. What the heck, the world’s crowded enough as it is.
Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing. yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Gun Shy, the fifth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County, Texas mystery 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.
Speaking of books, my friend Meghan Doidge just released her 10th book yesterday, I See You. It’s the second book in her sci-fi fantasy series Oracle. Check it out.
Thought For The Day – I got kicked out of the hospital. Apparently the sign “Stroke Patients” means something entirely different than I assumed.