September sale begins now; Max and Woody are back

August 28, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (3,070) on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

East Tennessee survived the eclipse. So did the rest of the world. Glad you’re still here.

September sale

These titles have been marked down for a special sale that will run through at least the second week in September. Here’s a chance for some real bargains, so don’t wait.

Point Spread ($2.99 ebook; 10.99 print). Save $2 on the ebook, $2 on the print edition. 

Writing Like a Journalist ($3.99 ebook) Save $1 on the ebook.

Battlelines: Gettysburg, Day 1 ($1.99 ebook; $5.99 print) Save $1 on the ebook, $3 on the print edition. 

The Writing Wright (volume 1) ($1.99 ebook; $5.99 print) This eclectic mix of wit, wisdom, essays, quotations and delightful pen-and-ink drawings is a must for anyone interested in writers or the writing life. Save $1 on the ebook, $1 on the print edition.

Battlelines: Gettysburg, Day 2 ($1.99 ebook; $5.99 print) Save $1 on the ebook, $3 on the print edition. 

Don’t miss these titles while they are now on sale. Prices will go up at the end of the month.

Max and Woody are back

It’s 1966, and Max and Woody are seniors at Trinity Lane High School in Nashville. Maxine Wayman wants to be a journalist. Woodrow Lee Harper III is a math genius. They have been best friends since before the first grade. They were the main characters in my young adult novel Point Spread.

Now they are back in a novella, tentatively titled A Whiff of Walnut.

Maxine is assigned to write the obituary story on the former school secretary, Miss Lizzie, for the school newspaper. Max and Miss Lizzie were special friends, and the assignment is not as simple or as easy as it sounds.

Read chapters 1 and 2 this week. More next week.

Note to readers: This is a draft, so you may find some typos. If you do, let me know. And, of course, I would welcome any thoughts you have about the story.


The BookFunnel Mystery Giveaway promotion begins officially tomorrow, but you can head over there right now: This is an excellent giveaway, and the folks at BookFunnel will do everything they can to help you get your book onto your ereader.

Instafreebie Giveaway: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Forward this email to a friend (the contest ends this week)

This is the last chance to enter the August forwarding contest and win one of the hand-turned wood pens pictured her. Forward this email to a friend (or as many friends as you want) and include my email address at the same time. That way, I can have a record of it. The more times you forward the email, the more chances you have to win.

The August winners will be announced next week.

More information about the contest is here:

August: A good month for reviews of Kill the Quarterback

I am immodestly proud and sincerely humbled because of what reviewers have said about Kill the Quarterback in August. See below the signature of this email.

Another short story from Virginia King

Virginia King is an Australian author I have been doing some promotion with. I introduced you to her last week with the short story, Laying Ghosts, which you can download (free) here: Here’s another short story by Virginia, On the Spooky Trail, which you can get on Amazon for free.

From the blog

Find out why the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., is named after someone who was not an American and who never set foot on this continent. And read a poem about being a newspaperman in the 1880s.

Keep reading and have a great weekend.


Jim Stovall

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His Amazon author page is where you can find more information about his books.

Last week’s newsletter

What reviewers in August said about Kill the Quarterback

Take a big football hero and mix in the Asian community and you have the basis for a good story. Then, add in the intrigue of a newspaper office with positions at stake and most of us will be hooked. Kill the Quarterback has all these, and more. Oh yes, some of it is predictable. But, then just as you think you know something, you get slapped with a new twist. Mr. Stovall has done an excellent job in creating mystery and suspense. It’s clear he knows the newspaper business. I recommend this book, and await his next mystery.


I certainly stepped outside of the box reading Kill the Quarterback. Overall, reading the book reminded me of watching an old black and white Humphrey Bogart movie where he narrates in first person. Given that, the author of Killing the Quarterback has done an excellent job re-creating that imagery through rich dialogue that is embedded between and within the characters. The depth and layering of the descriptive’s allow the reader to see, touch, smell as if they were a part of the story is instrumental in the overall experience. There were times when I was lamenting the story becoming tedious in getting to unveiling who the killer was, but then other times I became so caught up in the character involvement and narrative that I wasn’t thinking of when will the killer be unveiled. I would say that the back and forth can be a sign of a good book, but also a delicate balancing act which had me conflicted while reading, yet caught off guard by the killer’s identity at the end. In fact, I read the last chapter three times to understand not only who the killer was but why. (NOTE: I received a free advanced copy of the book to read in exchange for providing an honest review). I would RECOMMEND Kill The Quarterback as your next read. –Tex.


I read a lot of crime fiction novels, only occasionally do I come across one the caliber of Jim Stovall’s “Kill the Quarterback”. Fast moving right from the start. Exciting plot-line. Colorful characters. The prose is peppered with thought provoking analogies and commentary from the protagonist Mitchell Sawyer, a few examples: “Donnie could be as comforting as a prescription drug commercial and just as deceptive…”; “..the rain pelted my windshield hard, as if the water were angry at the glass for its mere existence”; “a whistle-less freight train on a dark night couldn’t have hit me any harder than the impact I felt from what she just said” and my favorite Mitch speaking about Dr Klein, the police pathologist: “Most of what medical school is about is learning how to talk to civilians with a straight face in a language they won’t understand and making them feel inadequate because of it. Klein had learned his lessons well”.

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