The kids are off school today because where I live a huge percentage of them are off this week showing their 4H animals at the fair. My eldest did the beef steer/chickens/waterfowl thing in 4H and I remember taking the week off work and staying there with him so he could tend to the steer and do those mid-day showings. He also rocked the cake auction, which has been a big plus on his dating resume.
My two youngest boys aren’t rocking anything but corndogs, deep fried Oreos, funnel cakes, and tons of rides. In typical Maryland fashion, the fall weather vanished today leaving us sweating in 90 degree temps with the aroma of fried food and cow poo all around.
Actually I love the county fair. This is the place where I can get on the Scrambler with my kids, contemplate buying a $20,000 tractor to mow the 1/10 acre of grass in my 2 acres of woods, and admire the arts and crafts entries. It’s an annual tradition for us to go to the Demolition Derby, and I’m kinda bummed I didn’t get tickets for Foreigner or .38 Special this year. I usually try to make it to the I-Grew-Up-In-The-80’s band. The fair also has a beer garden, which I’ve never been to as I’m always there with the kids. Maybe when they’re teenagers and ditch me to go hang with their friends, I’ll sit in the beer garden, throw back a few cold ones, and count down the seconds until the kids come racing back to get more money.
So no beer, but there was this. The chainsaw artist had this amazing life-sized (I can only assume since I’ve never actually met one) Bigfoot carving. If I had a few grand extra I totally would have bought this. I still might. I’m on their mailing list.
In writing news, Two Souls is back from edit. I’m reviewing this week, then it will go to the proofreader, then up for pre-order probably late next week. Release date looks like it might be October 17th. BIG NEWS – Buy Two Souls in pre-order or the first week of release and you’ll get it for 99 cents. After that it goes up to $3.99. I’ve never done a release week discount before, so you’ll want to jump on this one!
Last Breath is now available on Audible. We’re working on Exodus, but don’t expect that until late Novemberish.
In the meantime, I’m working on Famine’s Feast (The Templar, Book 4) and wishing I’d picked up an extra bag of kettle corn. Mmmmm. Kettle Corn.