Best book of the summer? and a chance to win a Kindle Fire

September 11, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to Jim’s email list (3,393) on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.


Today is International Literacy Day. Too many people in the world today can’t read, and two-thirds of them are women, according to the United Nations. This is too important to ignore.

Don’t forget the September sale — reduced prices on some of my titles. (See the list below the signature of this email.)

Viewing tip: Click the display images link above if you haven’t done so already.

Best book of the summer?

Now that summer is a memory, what do you remember as the best book you have read in the past few months? Reply to this email with author, title and short description or reasons you liked it. I’ll pick a few for the newsletter and put all of them on the website.

And for those who participate, I’ll make a random choice and send the winner a hand-turned wooden pen like the ones I gave out for the August forwarding contest.

My best book was The Book of Judith, part of the Biblical apocrypha that I had never read before. It’s an extraordinary tale of cunning and courage that you can read within an hour. I had never heard of it and came across it accidentally not long ago. I highly recommend it. I’ll be saying more about it later.


Forwarding contest again in September

We had excellent participation in our forwarding contest in August, so I’m doing it again in September. Forward my newsletter to a friend (or many friends), and include my email address when you forward it, so I will have a record of it. The more time you forward the email, the more chances you have to win. You can find the general rules here on I haven’t decided what the prizes will be for September.


Books and More Club multi-prize contest. I joined this club to give you an excellent opportunity to win some great prizes. The big one is an Amazon Kindle Fire. Then there are two $25 Amazon gift cards, two $10 Amazon gift cards, and four $5 Amazon gift cards. All you have to do is sign up here: This contest runs until Oct. 8.

Win a $210 Amazon gift card. I told you about this one last weekSeveral of us independent authors have gotten together to offer our newsletter subscribers a chance at winning a $210 gift card from Amazon. Sign up here: The contest closes Sept. 10.


A Whiff of Walnut, the story continues . . . next week

The novella, A Whiff of Walnut, that has appeared in this newsletter for the last couple of weeks, will resume next week. If you need to catch up, here are chapters 1-4 .


Freedom of expression is indivisible

J.K. Rowling on freedom of expression:

His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mineUnless we take that absolute position without caveats or apologies, we have set foot upon a road with only one destination.

Read more of what she said here on Also on the blog:


Keep reading and have a great weekend.


Jim Stovall

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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.

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