Well, here we are at the end of another week. If the weather forecast is correct, we will close out a delightful spring week of temperatures in the mid 70s with a snow storm, howling winds, and temperatures hovering just below the freezing mark. 
This will serve as an illustrated lesson for those unfamiliar with Kingman weather. If you don’t think we have seasons then you haven’t lived here for a week. 
As of the day before yesterday, the new Dell lives. I was understanding but frustrated to find it had a defective hard drive when we puled it from the box. I was satisfied with the customer service and the technician that made the repairs. However, I was not satisfied with the time involved as I feel a full week to repair or replace a defective product is just a bit to long. 
I received another email from the marketing department at Voyageur Press today. It would seem I may have created a monster with Ghost Towns of Route 66. 
The book made its debut at the International Route 66 Festival in Amarillo last June. Sales were brisk enough to warrant another print run in October and another in January. This morning I learned that out of the print run received at the warehouse about two weeks ago, there are less than 300 copies remaining. 
For all who purchased the book, thank you. For those wanting to purchase the book direct, orders will be filled, either by the publisher or by me if ordered through the blog. If ordering from the publisher there may be a delay of a couple of weeks. However, I have a few dozen on hand and can fill a few orders immediately. 
If you carry this title, or any of the books I have written, please let me know. A list of locations where my books are available is included with this blog and I would be pleased to add your business to that section.
Additionally, it would be my pleasure to sign books in your inventory during our travels. If a more formal engagement would benefit the promotional efforts for your business please send me an email and I will respond within 72 hours.  
With each book written there is an inherent concern about how the it will be received. The sales of this particular book have alleviated that concern and have made me quite happy as I enjoy seeing a book encourage people to become adventurers, either from their armchair or on the road. 
Initially I had decided to post all entries for our contest upon receipt. Instead I have decided to save that for the last week of April as a prelude to announcing the winner on the first of May. 
Remember, to enter all we need is a brief essay about your first encounter with Route 66, permission to reprint your essay, and contact information. The winner will receive a copy of my latest book, the Route 66 encyclopedia upon release in October. If at all possible we will meet with the winner, buy them dinner, sign the book, and spend an hour or so discussing the magic of this amazing old highway. 
Speaking of contests, don’t forget to enter the Big Palooza sponsored by 66 The Mother Road. Full details are available in the latest issue available on their website. 
I am happy to announce all of the letters have been removed from the historic El Trovatore Motel tower. It looks as though the owner, Sam, is on track to relight this amazing piece of Route 66 history in time for the Route 66 Fun Run just as announced. 
On a final note, I would like your input on a project. I have been asked to write an eboook, a mile by mile guide to Route 66 from Crookton Road to Topock in western Arizona. What are your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions?

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