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A new week, a new sale!

Good Morning and Happy Labor Day (in the US). I hope your week is starting out great!

Gracie (aka Abby) has been renamed. I don’t know we’re firm on that as her name yet. She’s still growing into her name. We shall see.

Yesterday we took her to the park to meet Mya and Koda. Mya, being a Blue Heeler and Australian Sheppard mix, saw a new dog from across the park and shot like a silent rocket across the park and scared the pee out of Gracie, literally. When not in an open area, the two got along great because Mya couldn’t rush into Gracie’s face and say hello aggressively.

With Koda being a teacup Yorkie, Gracie spent time getting to know her quietly while watching Mya and avoiding her as much as possible.

Then, because that wasn’t enough trauma on the day, we went to Abuelito’s house. My Favorite Daughter and Hijo were already there with Mya and Koda at the pool. Being on the other side of the fence, Gracie was more brave and sniffed noses with Mya and TJ (Koda can walk through the fence). TJ is much more calm with new dogs. He’s a Boxer and knows Mya well so those two play rough. Alone, TJ did great with Gracie. Mya still needs to learn about personal space and approaching in a less aggressive manner. Gracie did snap at her a few times.

We spent a good deal of time walking all the dogs around the backyard to get them better acquainted. It’ll take time.

Oh, and even Zion showed up. That’s Hijo’s mom’s dog who doesn’t like anyone except for Hijo. Not even other dogs.

Mya and Koda spent time in the pool. Gracie and TJ got along great. Zion spent as much time hiding as possible. It was a good day.

That brings us to the title of this post!

Today, Paradise Palms is only 99 cents. It will be until next Monday. This is my SciFi murder mystery. It’s my only foray into this genre. I never intended to write a sequel, and I’ve seen more than one comment asking if the story continues and wishing the story would continue. Perhaps one day, there will be a Paradise Palms Two.

One a side note, for some reason, the paperback prices for Golden West fluctuate wildly. Book 1 is currently $5.60 and book 2 is $2.80. I have no idea why, but if you want to take advantage and pick up a hard copy of either of those books, have at it! Nothing better than inexpensive print books! From what I can tell, these are new versions, not used. I haven’t seen book 3 drop below the $7.99 price point. Here’s a link if you need it.

https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=murdock+golden+west&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

I’m off to spend some time with Gracie, who just learned she can go down the stairs on her own. She learned up the stairs yesterday. I don’t think she’s ever been around stairs.

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

7 days out.

One week. How fast we got here. Next Wednesday is May 5th. The day I start dropping content like crazy. It’s something I’ve wanted to do and talked about doing for a very long time. In the video, I do some reflection on this point.

Yes, over the years of me publishing books, I’ve made many mistakes along the way. One of the biggest mistakes was stopping and starting and starting over again trying to reboot something that never got off the ground in the first place.

The other major mistake I made was throwing everything at the wall and seeing what stuck without giving anything a chance to find an audience.

I accept that I did this and I’m moving past those failures. There’s nothing I can do about the bad books I put out or the poor editing I did in those books. What I can do is clean up what I did, and let them be. That’s what I’ve done and it’s time to move forward.

For the most part, the next 2 months of content is already scheduled. I’ve one more upload to do and I need to order print copies so I can verify the print proof. Other than that, we’re on auto-pilot.

In the past, many authors would have a lot of fanfare for what they were doing. Book trailers. All day events and giveaways. Video chats. You know the like.

I’m not doing that. I’m not ready to start shouting to the heavens that it’s all there. I’m doing this, no quietly, but I’m also not shouting from the rooftops. I’ll post across all my social media accounts. That I’ll do. But I’m not going to try and generate a fuss about what I’m doing.

I’m a small fish in a big pond and the best thing I can do is drop book, after book, after book. Let others make the noise for me. Again, I’ll promote to my current platform, but I’m going to do a slow burn. As we get closer to the first 12 books in this major arc out there, then I’ll start to make some noise. Why? Cuz we’ll be getting the something major happening and I’ll have a lot of books for people to buy and read. That’s when it’ll get interesting.

What does that mean? It means I’m ready for many months of slow sales and little movement. I’m prepared for that. Mentally. Before when I launched books, I wanted to ride in a limo lighting cigars with $100 bills. Yes, I’d bought into the myth. I’ve matured since there and I’ve got my head back on the ground and out of the clouds.

Not only have I seen what my mistakes have wrought, I’ve also watched my friends succeed and how they succeeded. What they did to get to the level they’re at. It’s time for me to be consistent and push forward. It’s going to be a tough couple of years getting the ball rolling. I may slip a time of two, but as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other, I’ll make it up that hill.

I’ve said this before and I’ll continue to say it, thank you for coming along on this ride with me. It’s going to be exciting!

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Audio Only: https://anchor.fm/jr-murdock/episodes/5-a-Day-With-Jay—0126-evv8kj

The first Sci-Fi book I ever read!

Growing up in a small town with only the school library as a source of entertainment, finding content wasn’t always easy. In elementary school, I read lots of books about dinosaurs. Like, EVERY book the library had about dinosaurs. Maybe this is why I associate with Calvin so well. Hmmm.

At any rate, when I got to 7th grade, I was permitted access to the rest of the school library. Yes, McGregor had one school with K-12 all in one school.

Over there, I discovered so many books I couldn’t read. I had severe dyslexia and that made reading difficult for me. Longer works I could never get through because I believe I had ADD as well (Jay! Have you got ants in your pants? Sit down!). That meant I was on the hunt for shorter books all the time.

The book I discovered and read multiple times was Mirror Friend Mirror Foe.

Now, for the record, I don’t remember the plot of this book at all. All I remember is a sword fighting robot. And that it was written by George Takei. At the time, I hadn’t seen Star Trek so I had no idea who he was. It was co-written by Robert Asprin. I had no idea who he was at the time, but Robert would be in my library with so many books.

Being that this was the first book I remember reading that was sci-fi, I’ve been on a LONG journey to track down a copy. Like many books from that era, unless you remember the title and/or author, it’s probably forgotten to the sands of time. Thankfully, I did remember. I’ve wanted this on ebook forever, but it’s been long out of print. Copies that showed up on Amazon would disappear quickly.

So, I decided to look again a couple of weeks ago because, that’s what the internet is for.

And I found a copy for $5.

Purchase made!

I now have a copy of the book and I’m itching to read it. I really am. But I can’t bring myself to crack the book open. You know, like what happens with new books? Yeah. This books spine hasn’t been “cracked” yet. Printed in 1979, this book is in mint condition. No creases. No dog ears. Yes, yellowed with age, but it’s still got the gloss on the cover. Whoever has owned this book over the years either never read it, or did so very carefully.

That’s my intent, to read this book carefully and take great care of it. I’m going to keep this one in my library for a long time. Who knows. I might one day track down George and have him sign it. 🙂

Until Next Time!

Stay Awesome!

Audio Only: https://anchor.fm/dashboard/episode/etequ2

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 12

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E12.mp3

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 11

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E11.mp3

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 10

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E10.mp3

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 9

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E09.mp3

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 8

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E08.mp3

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 7

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E07.mp3

Friday Fiction: Golden West Book 1: Westward, Ho! – Episode 6

Audio Only: http://ofgnomesanddwarves.com/GoldenWest/GW- S01E06.mp3