With the virus still in the news and with the Safer at Home rules here in Colorado, I’ve been spending much of my spare time when not writing, working around the house. Much of this has been taking place outside. Those who are new to the newsletter may not know my wife Kim and I moved to a new home in August of last year. The first move we’ve done in 22 years. Where our old house was mostly xeriscaped, with only a small area to mow, this house came with a large front and backyard with grass to mow and maintain. Along with the grass, there are several garden areas, with flowers and vegetables. All requiring upkeep to keep them growing and the weeds at bay. You’ll see examples below.
Though it’s hard work, I’ve found I’m enjoying getting outside nearly every day and working. Finding the exercise therapeutic in these chaotic times. I did similar work at our previous home after my motorcycle accident. Part of my rehab to get my mind and body back to where it needed to be. Therapy we all need to discover to get us by in these trying times. Here are a couple more photos. What are you doing to fill the void during isolation?
For my wife Kim, she has been busy making face masks. Many she’s donated to a local Nursing Home in need. The rest she’s been selling locally for $5 each, while shipping out others to friends. She had a great deal of extra cloth material she’d accumulated over the years to use. Plus the skill set and sewing machines to put them together. Creating sizes for adults and children. Here are a few examples of what she has made. If you’re in need of masks, reach out via my email and we can discuss options.
As I mentioned over the last couple of newsletters, I have a new book coming out later this year, The Divine Devils. This is a new series featuring former US Marshal Hunter Divine. As part of the series I’ve had a new logo designed, which I’ll be revealing today. Let me know what you think of it.
This will be the logo for the new series and will be on most of the merchandise I’ll be offering, including t-shirts. Book one in the series is still in the hands of my editor. She recently told me she is loving the book, but I do have work ahead of me to get it ready for release. If you haven’t already you can check out the first two chapters of the book and let me know what you think. Here are the links for Chapter One and Two. I plan on having more previews of the book in the future. Even a few teasers on the book cover and the final synosis to wet your appetiite as I get closer to release.
In the meantime, if you haven’t already, check out all the books in my Jarvis Mann PI series. Many of them have been best sellers on Amazon. You can try out the first short story in the series, The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card, for free via this link on Amazon. Jarvis is tough, snarky and not always the best boyfriend to the women in his life. You can check out the rest of the series via my Amazon Author Page. And those who sign-up for my newsletter receive a free eBook version of Tracking A Shadow. If you signed up but never received this book, email me and I’ll send it over to you right away.
I’m sorry to say that the Wild Deadwood Reads author event in June has been canceled. Though it’s no surprise, I was looking forward to attending this event for the fourth year in a row. Right now all large events have been canceled due to the social distancing rules. Though I still have one other in June that still is tentatively on, I suspect it won’t be held. I’m sad I won’t get the chance to get out and talk with people about writing and my books. Events like these are the one I cherish the most. But I certainly understand considering the circumstances.
This month there are several more Prolific Works eBook giveaways I’ll be promoting. All of them including the short story The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card. Be sure to check out these free eBooks from many amazing authors.
Criminally Good Reads giveaway runs until July 15th featuring 19 eBooks. Check it out via this link.
On The Run giveaway runs until June 2nd featuring 89 free eBooks. Check it out via this link.
Online Learning giveaway runs until June 4th featuring 52 free eBooks. Check it out via this link.
Mysteries Your Mother Never Told giveaway continues to run until December 31st featuring 62 free eBooks. Check it out via this link.
MAY was “Get Caught Reading Month” and fellow author Dennis Koller has been posting pictures on his Facebook page of authors and readers getting caught reading a book. He asked me to participate, which I did via the picture below where I’m reading my latest book Mann in the Crossfire to my dog, Abby. Showing even dogs need entertainment in these times of isolation. Though I’m not certain by Abby’s reaction if she was enjoying me reading to her.
I will wrap up this newsletter with a quick thank you to all that are reading my work. I appreciate the time and feedback you’ve given me through the years. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, would like to chat or just want to vent about anything, without judgment. There is plenty of that in the world right now.
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy. Life will be back to normal before we know it!!