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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Dog Days are upon us

 cj Sez:  Exciting nearly local news: The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, were flying in Pensacola this weekend. This is son Jeff’s photo of one of their close-formation maneuvers in 2019:


  The Dog Days of Summer were historically the period following the heliacal (sunrise) of the star Dog Star, Sirius. Greek and Roman astrology connected Sirius to heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. Seems I recognize some of those.

  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Dog Days of Summer are 40 days long:  “the 20 days before and 20 days after the alignment of Sirius with the sun--July 3 and ending August 11 each year.” Ha! It also says that “some of our hottest and most humid days happen after August 11.” 

  So, suck it up, Buttercups. There’s more hellacious heat and humidity to come.


  In the more important news: Congratulations to all the finalists . . . Killer Nashville ( ) announced the finalists for its 2022 Silver Falchion contest. The winners will be announced during the Killer Nashville Awards Dinner at its International Writers’ Conference in August. 

  Do you recognize anyone you know in this announcement?


Tidbits for Readers and Writers


Coming Attractions

  Mark your calendars.  National best-selling and Agatha-nominated mystery author Kaye George is scheduled to be Lyrical Pens’ guest on July 20.  

  Her latest book, DEATH IN THE NEW LAND (A People of the Wind Mystery Book 3), releases July 19 and is available for pre-order.


  That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. Sending up prayers for your health and safety.


  Just in time for your summer reading pleasure . . . fast-paced, exciting thrillers with a smidgen of romance (ala Jane Bond). The ebooks of DEATH ON THE YAMPA and THE DAWGSTAR are now $2.99.

P.S.  The Haunted Bookshop has signed paperback copies of my books in stock. TO ORDER my author-graphed books or any book of your choice on-line, contact The Haunted Bookshop here:  

P.P.S. Pre-signed copies of THE BIG FANG are not available at The Haunted Bookshop

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  1. The Blue Angels are a thrill, for sure! Having lived on or near AF bases for a few years (many years ago!) I still get a thrill when a military plane or a formation fly over.

    1. cj Sez: Thrilling is a good word. That group is awesome and scarey. When they get close to the ground, I'm shaking. Thanks for stopping by, Kaye.


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