Well, it took a few days longer than expected, but I think (hope) it was worth the wait. I got the manuscript back from my third and final proofreader yesterday morning, made the necessary corrections, and about 2 PM I uploaded it to Amazon. I never know when a book is going to go live once it’s uploaded, sometimes it’s very quick and other times it’s taken as many as three days. I got lucky this time around, and Sweet Tea And Jesus was online and available for purchase in less than two hours. I think that may be a record.
So, if you’re looking for a story about rednecks, racists, good guys, and bad guys, check it out. I will advise you ahead of time that it’s a gritty book and there is some rough language and violence that are appropriate for the setting and the characters, but still might be uncomfortable for some people.
This is the sixth book in my John Lee Quarrels series, and if memory serves me correctly, my 36th book. It’s getting to the point where I can’t be sure any more. I wonder if that’s how it was for my parents, trying to keep track of their eight kids.
In other news, after a delay or two that set the launch date back, yesterday afternoon SpaceX sent the Falcon Heavy into the wild blue yonder carrying a Saudi satellite into orbit. I was visiting a friend at the hospital in New Smyrna Beach and went out in the parking lot to see it.
As always, it was thrilling to see something that big flying through the sky. It amazes me every time the booster rockets return to earth, two of them landing on the precise spots they were supposed to at the Kennedy Space Center and a third one on a barge out in the ocean. And even in New Smyrna Beach, easily 30 miles from the Cape, if not more, the rumble of the rockets was beyond impressive.
I’ve never been a space junkie. Even as a kid growing up, I had little interest in rockets and outer space, never watched a sci-fi movie, and I still haven’t seen Star Wars or Star Trek or any of that. But I have to admit, anytime there is a rocket launch I try to get outside to see it. The two times we went down to Titusville to actually watch a liftoff from there, right across the water from the Space Center, the launches were scrubbed. One of these days we definitely have to go down and see one taking off, up close and personal.
In less than 24 hours, over 80 people have entered our latest Free Drawing. That doesn’t surprise me, because this week’s prize is a Kindle Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, a 7 inch display, and 8 GB of memory. If I could enter the contest myself, I would! To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) 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 – Sometimes giving someone a second chance is like giving them an extra bullet for their gun because they missed you the first time.