Sep 302019
 

Usually when I upload a new book to Amazon it goes live within eight hours, and sometimes much less. As I recall, Big Lake Ninja took about 90 minutes to go live. On one occasion, early on in my self-publishing experience, I seem to recall a book taking 24 hours, but that has been the […]

Sep 292019
 

After spending a few hours making the last corrections suggested by my proofreaders, at 3:43 yesterday afternoon I hit Publish on Dead Romeos, my seventh John Lee Quarrels mystery and my 38th book. It came in at 85,225 words, making it my third longest book, with only Big Lake Lynching at 100,113 words and Black […]

Sep 282019
 

I’m sorry to have flaked out on everybody and not post a blog yesterday. It’s something I try very hard not to ever allow to happen. But sometimes life gets in the way. When I had my biopsy surgery on Monday, they sent me home with something called Tramadol, which is an opioid-based pain medication. […]

No Blog Today

 Posted by at 12:14 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 272019
 

Sorry, but no blog today. I was having a reaction to new meds most of the day and evening and just don’t have the energy. It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. […]

True Dignity

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 262019
 

Travelers on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, South Dakota are often delighted by a beautiful 50 foot tall sculpture of a Native American woman located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River between exits 263 and 265. This amazing work of art is called Dignity and represents the courage, perseverance and wisdom of the Lakota and […]

They Tied The Knot!

 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 042019
 

I worked pretty much nonstop from the time I got up yesterday until around 8:30 in the evening, finishing my newest book, Big Lake Wedding. Yes, Sheriff Jimmy and Robyn finally got to walk down the aisle. But it wasn’t without plenty of challenges thrown in on their way to holy matrimony. This is my […]

#32? Is That Possible?

 Posted by at 12:44 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 032018
 

Miss Terry and my other proofreaders all went the extra mile, like they always do, and finished with my latest book, Strawberry Slugbug, Monday evening. So yesterday I went through the manuscript making their corrections and getting it formatted to publish. It’s always a crap shoot as to how long Amazon’s Kindle publishing program takes […]

Take That, Steve!

 Posted by at 12:26 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 302018
 

Well, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped, but on the other hand it wasn’t as difficult as I had feared. My new computer is up and running, and it seems like everything is working as it should. We started setting it up on Saturday and quickly realize that there was a problem with […]

Mar 192018
 

We had a busy weekend, and by the end of the day yesterday we had finished paneling one of the 50 foot long walls of the garage, except for trim pieces. Cutting the paneling to fit around the two windows was the most time-consuming part. That’s the longest continual wall. The front and back are […]

A Great Little Find

 Posted by at 12:40 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 182018
 

As I said in yesterday’s blog, using the self-drilling screws to attach the furring strips in our garage wasn’t working out, and I planned to get some carbide tipped drill bits to make drilling pilot holes easier. We have a great little family owned business just a mile or so from us called Anchor Hardware, […]