Readers respond with their best reads of the summer; A superb collection of mystery/thrillers for 99 cents

September 18, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: newsletter.

This newsletter was sent to the subscribers (3,582) to Jim’s email list on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.


Don’t forget the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many people are suffering now that the storms have passed. My favorite charity is the United Methodist Committee on Relief ( Please make a contribution to yours.

I am privileged to be corresponding with so many people like you who love reading. Last week we celebrated International Literacy Day. It’s worth mentioning again. Reading is fundamental to any improvement in life. Too many people can’t read, and there are things we could do to help.

The September sale goes on for one final week. Check out the list below the signature of this email for some great bargains.

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

Best book of the summer? Readers respond

Last week I asked you to let me know what is the best book you have read over the last few months. Here are a few of the responses:

Karen: My favorite book this summer was Chasing Someday by Lindzee Armstrong. It is a story about 4 couples and issues they faced involving fertility issues. This book is different from the books the author usually writes (and they are great, too!), but this once tugged at my heart and a few tears fell. I highly recommend it.

MikeShe Can Run by Melinda Leigh. It is a mystery book loaded with suspense. The character development was excellent. You really got to know the key characters and wanted to help the main character stay safe. You feared for her not just like it was all real – but more like it was all real and involved you own sister. It had a few nice twists and turns just to keep you guessing. And, best of all, in the end all turned out A-OK! I hate books with a bad ending or an ending that leaves you wondering exactly how things all turned out.

Ian: My favourite this summer has been The Day That Never Comes by Caimh McDonnell. It is about a retired cop who was a law unto himself on the job and is now a P.I. and just a roguish. He is investigating corruption in the local council. Funny and gripping.

So, 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. 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.

More responses next week.

Murder and Mayhem boxed set: A great collection for only 99 cents
My friend and author Pamela Crane has her book in a great collection along with 19 other authors. The whole collection is just 99 cents. You can read more about it here
And here’s the blurb: Evil lurks in broad daylight. Conspiracies play out in the shadows. Nowhere is safe. And these 20 new, exclusive pulse-pounding mysteries and thrillers won’t let you forget it. This unbeatable lineup of stories will spike your heart rate and blow your senses with thousands of pages of clever crimes, devastating murders, heart-pounding mystery, and psychological twists. From tales of spies and espionage to small-town mysteries and traditional courtroom thrillers to hard-boiled noir, this collection offers a cross-section of modern thriller and mystery.
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


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.

Instafreebie Giveaway: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

The Prolific Reader. Kill the Quarterback is listed there along with some other great mysteries.

Author Janet Pywell: Masterpiece

Another author I’ve met online is Janet Pywell, who writes mysteries set in the rarified world of art and culture. The first of her series, Masterpiece, carries this description: Mikky dos Santos is brilliant, idiosyncratic and loves to break the rules. She is planning the heist of her life. But when opera diva Josephine Lavelle appears on the scene her plans start to unravel. An investigative journalist is intent on uncovering secrets but Mikky faces a far greater threat from an unexpected source. She stands to lose everything, including her life…

You can download a free copy of Masterpiece here:

A Whiff of Walnut, the story continues

This week, two more chapters of the novella, A Whiff of Walnut. Max gets good news, but the puzzle gets more complicated.

Chapters 1-6 (pdf)

Maxine Wayman and Woody Harper are best friends and seniors at Trinity Lane High School, class of 1967, in Nashville. Maxine a budding journalist is assigned to write a story on a former school secretary, Miss Lizzie, who has recently passed away. Maxine finds the assignment more complicated than she first realized.

Max and Woody are the main characters in the young adult novel, Point Spread.

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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