A big storm hit us here along the Colorado Front Range this last weekend as you can see by the pictures above. Rain first followed by two feet of heavy wet snow that is like shoveling buckets of water. Drifts three to four feet high that will take a while to melt. This storm reminding me when I first moved to Colorado in 1982. That year at Christmas we had one of the all-time worst snowstorms for the Denver area, with over 25 inches where I lived, with drifts to the top of the roofs of many houses. I was driving a 1976 Firebird at the time and it was completely buried under the snow, where you couldn’t find it. From the photo below you can see someone walked over my car to jump a fence.
These storms bring down a lot of trees, since the snow is so heavy, which was the case on this October 2002 Storm. I was up early that morning at around 7 a.m. looking out our kitchen window, watching the snow come down, when I heard the Russian Olive tree crack and split in half, falling into our driveway and nearly crushing our Chevy Trailblazer. Happy it didn’t fall on our house. A big mess to clean up, but my wife was thrilled the tree was gone, for she hated Russian Olives since they’re so messy.
The biggest storm happened in March of 2003 getting 36 inches of wet snow in Aurora. The biggest challenge for our dog at the time, Ashley, getting around the backyard with so much snow. I had to make a path just for her to go outside and take care of her business. She even escaped out of our garage while I was shoveling, running around our Cul de Sac. I had to chase her down and carry her back to our garage, trudging through the deep snow. I collapsed, exhausted trying to get my breath from the effort. Though our daughter who was 3 at the time had a blast making a snowman.
I’m happy to say after a couple of rewrites, I’ve sent off my latest book to my beta readers for feedback. This is the second book in the Divine Devils series, titled Fallen Star. My proofreader/editor is anxious to get started, so I’ve sent it off to her to begin her magic. This puts the book on track for a release this summer, if there are no major hiccups. Here is a quick rough synopsis of the book:
Megan Getz lived in Hollywood royalty
A Tinseltown celebrity of a long-running sitcom
Being extorted because of an adult indiscretion
Attempting to cover up her perilous life
Hiring the team of Divine Devils
Hoping they’ll free her from the blackmail bonds
Hunter Divine and his crew going undercover in a Reno Casino
Digging deep to reveal those running the scam
The simple case exploding all around them
Drugs, prostitution, murder, and mayhem being the norm
Dragging Hunter and his crew into a hotbed of danger
In a doomed attempt to rescue the pretentious Fallen Star
Leading The Divine Devils down a lethal road they may not survive
Discussions have already begun with my cover designer, and she is thrilled to get working on the cover, telling me she has some great ideas. I’m also working on creating eBook box sets for the Jarvis Mann PI series. There will be two box sets, one with the first four books, and the other with the last four. I’ll need new covers for the boxsets, which Mia will create. And each boxset will come at a special price. I hope to have those available this summer.
My character focus this month is on another of the Divine Devils, Cameryn Stone. The large 6’4″ 230-pound man with lots of tattoos. A biker who likes to wear leather when riding, his long hair twisted into a ponytail. I wanted Cameryn to be outside the norm of what people perceive of a biker, the man enjoying culture and art, while loving to read books, and real paper books, not on a Kindle. He currently enjoys reading biographies and the Bosch series by Michael Connelly. He’s tough, hardnosed and a faithful friend to his teammates, going the distance to get the job done.
No events scheduled this next month, but I have hope by the summer life will get better, The COVID vaccine giving us a chance to gather again. I’m on the list now to get mine, my wife getting both her doses since she works in healthcare. It will be wonderful to see faces again no longer hiding behind masks once much of the population have been vaccinated. Thanks to all the healthcare workers getting us through this horrible pandemic.
There is only two active Profilic Works eBook giveaways. But there are two more that start later this month which I will include the links to.
Currently active is Dial M for Murder – Mystery & Crime Giveaway featuring 23 free Ebooks to check out until April 1st. You can find them via this link.
Whodunit Extraordinaire! is active and running until April 30th with currenlty 5 free eBooks Check them out via this link.
Cold Mystery/Thriller Reads giveaway starts March 22nd, and will feature up to 25 free eBooks to add to your collection and runs until April 10th. Go to this link to check them out after March 22nd.
Dead In The Water – Mystery and Thriller GG giveaway starts March 23rd and will feature an unlimited amount of free eBooks and runs until April 6th. Go to this link to check them out after March 23rd.
I will sign off, as I need to get back to shoveling snow and working on The Divine Devils Book 3, which I’ve begun, while waiting to hear from my beta readers and editor. Share this newsletter with your book reading friends. If they sign-up I will send them a free eBook of my Jarvis Mann PI novel, Tracking A Shadow for their reading pleasure.
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat via email. Stay safe, happy and healthy!!