A USA Today Bestselling author, this slightly out of place Renaissance man writes mysteries and more. Topics include writing, family, gardens, and more, often infused with a bit of gentle philosophy and always with a lust for life.
Friday, August 07, 2020
August 2020 Newsletter
Welcome, new subscribers and thanks to all my loyal readers who have stayed the course since Double Forte'
was released way back in in 2004. I value each and every one of you and
thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to read, share my
books with friends and family, and stay in touch. I sincerely hope you
have managed to stay safe in this challenging time.
Before I dive into my usual "newsy" update, I want to mention a special deal.
you ever wanted to try audiobooks? During the quarantine lots of folks
have had more time at home. Audiobooks provide an amazing source of
entertainment that you can enjoy while doing other tasks like household
chores, gardening, and of course driving. And heck, right now some
wholesome mysteries (or wild sensual adventures, lol) are much more
appealing than the troubles we're all facing in real life.
do my part, I'm offering my audiobooks for FREE (usually $20-30 each!).
Audiobooks have never been a big income producer, but this opportunity
is a win-win for all. It will help me immensely if you download as many
as you can and post a little review if you enjoyed them.
in a while, some of the books run out of codes. Just try the next book
if that happens. Feel free to go in and get all 28 books if you want.
They'll stay in your library forever, so go ahead and get them all and
then listen at your leisure over the years to come. Enjoy and tell your
Listen here for a sample from Under the Ice. (click on "sample" under the cover)
here we are in August, when I had originally thought all this Covid19
stuff would have been resolved. Boy, was I naive. Looks like we're in
for the long haul here. Dale and I are still isolating at home, except
for trying to catch up on all our doctors, dentist, and eye
appointments. It was kind of scary going into these places at first, but
I must say most of them have been exemplary in keeping their
places clean. And I'm fortunate that my "day job" still lets me work at
home . I'm grateful for that. Two of my daughters, however, are on the
front line in nursing and mental health care, and we appreciate any
prayers to keep them safe.
little grandsons and I are really enjoying our pool (nothing fancy but
it cools you off!) The garden has been thriving in spite of the hottest
July since 1921! It was also the wettest July in many years, lol, so
you'd think we had some kind of rain forest here, right? No, the rain
came in single days, with parching weeks in between. A very odd time.
But my tomatoes are coming in really fast now and we've
been giving away baskets of zucchini and cucumbers for a month now. If I
could just get that little rabbit to go find another garden... he's
eaten so many of my bean plants, I had to replant four times. We've
finally foiled him with a spray of soap and peppermint oil. ;o)
My 13th Gus LeGarde Mystery, The Return,
is coming along and just reached 50,000 words, probably about 75% done.
Gus and Sig are in some really hot water now, and need to devote more
time to my morning writing to get him out of trouble! I find myself too
tempted to roam the gardens, pick veggies, and go for a quick swim these
days before I start the day job. But it's all good and the images,
and tastes of that garden produce usually ends up in a Gus book in the
end, anyway. You know I love sharing this stuff, virtually and with my
take care and continue to be safe. I want to hear from you if you have
the time, so let me know how you're doing when you can.
you haven't yet "met" Quinn and Marcella Hollister in the Tall Pines
Mystery series, here's your chance to read book 1 for $1.99. ;o) This is a
fresh, fun, and quirky mystery set in the beautiful Adirondacks Park.
It's a nice change from reality right now. ;o)
Marcella Hollister’s prize parakeet gets zapped by a wayward power line
in a swimming pool with her mother, the ensuing psychic link helps
Marcella chase her mother’s kidnappers through the Adirondack Mountains,
where she unearths a fifty-year-old secret about her dear father with
shocking links to a hidden treasure. (Book 1 of 4)