Forwarding contest winners for August; more free books and giveaways

September 4, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (3,422) on Sept. 1, 2017.

I hope you’re looking forward to a great weekend. In the U.S., it’s Labor Day weekend, which marks the semi-official end of summer.
Forwarding contest winners
The August newsletter forwarding contest produced four winners, as promised. A beautiful, hand-turned wooden pen is on its way to each of the following:

Denae in Ohio

Marcia in New Mexico

Al in Manitoba, Canada

Dennis in ?? (I’m still waiting to hear.)

Get your forwarding fingers limbered up because I am running the same contest in September. You can find the general rules here on I haven’t decided what the prizes will be for September.
Win a $210 Amazon gift card. Several independent authors, including me, have gotten together to offer our newsletter subscribers a chance at winning a $210 gift card from Amazon. All you have to do is sign up: The contest opens today and will close Sept. 10.
Pamela Crane, A Secondhand LiePamela is an author I introduced you to several weeks ago. She’s offering another mystery – one that you will definitely want to check out.

Instafreebie Giveaway: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense. This is an excellent giveaway that offers free books on both Instafreebie and BookFunnel, in case you have a preference.

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.

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

A Whiff of Walnut, the story continues
Last week’s installment had Max and Woody at the funeral service for Miss Lizzie, the former school secretary at Trinity Lane High School, when, unexpectedly, Marty Batsell shows up and plops down beside them. He’s the last person Max expects or wants to see. Why is he there?
From last week: 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 .
Read chapters 1-4 of A Whiff of Walnut 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.

From the blog: Gunslinger Goes to Gotham

We know him as Dodge City gunslinger and friend of Wyatt Earp. But that was in the 1880s. Thirty years later, Bat Masterson was a leading sports writer in New York City and one of the world’s experts on boxing. Read more about his life here on
Finally, our heads and hearts go out to the people of Texas and Louisiana who have been affected by the hurricane. I have made a contribution (to the United Methodist Committee on, and I hope you will consider doing so through your favorite charity or relief organization.
Keep reading and have a great weekend.


Jim Stovall

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