Robert’s Roundup #34 ( September, 2022)

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Abbreviations: KU means Kindle Unlimited, LE means that lending of this Kindle title is allowed, and APUB means it was published under an Amazon imprint.NYP means “Name Your Price” (that’s an option on Smashwords and other booksellers). If you’d like to submit an ebook to me for review or mention in this column, see my instructions here.

I’m cutting down drastically on my ebook purchases this month (and last), but I found some gems still. Also, I came to the local library sale and found some great things…

Indie Author Spotlight


Under the Radar

Charon’s Quest: An Underworld Saga Novel (The Underworld Saga) Eva Pohler

Foreign Agent by Matthew Rapaport

Alexander’s Song by Paul F. Olson.

The Wind by Dorothy Scarborough, 1.99

House You Cannot Reach by Tom Daley.

Stay with Me, Wisconsin by JoAnneh Nagler. (Author website and online writing). 99 cents. 11 sensual and modern-day short stories about love, loss, sex, devotion and desire. Nagler is a multidisciplinary artist who has written practical ebooks about how to be an artist, how to be debt-free and how to have a happy marriage. (hey, if she can manage to do all 3 of these things, that’s impressive as it is). The practical ebooks are low-priced too.

Lives of the Egression by J.D. Crawford.

I bought two novellas by N. Ireland poet and storyteller Leilanie Stewart The Blue Man: A haunted friendship across the decades (Belfast Ghosts) and The Buddha’s Bone: A dark psychological journey to find light. I wrote a review of her excellent poetry title Redundancy of Tautology (I wrote, “Here are some small quirky personal poems about mundane things and the natural world. Metaphysical in subject matter (and gosh, a lot of fleshy corpses!), most of the poems are casual, light-hearted and conversational.) Stewart runs an author blog about self-publishing and other topics.

Also, I went trolling for some free and low cost poetry.

  • Blonde with Fingers: Poems of Love and Joy with Art Photography of Original Necklaces by Mike Smetzer
  • 1989, The Number by Kevin Coval, Nate Marshall
  • Humming the Blues by Cass Dalglish
  • Iron Murmurs, Snow Does Sigh: The Second Chapbook by S. Seong, containing 30 poems. (Chapbooks 2) by Seth Seong
  • Under the Sycamore by Dave Malone
  • Simple Weight by Tania Runyan
  • Storytelling in Cambodia by Willa Schneberg

Poems 1962-2012 (Los Angeles Times Book Award: Poetry) by Nobel-winning Louise Glück. 650 pages for 2.99

Library Purchases/Printed books

I found some great stuff at library book sales recently:

Bitter Fruit Achmat Dangor 2007

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Nicholas Carr 2020

Odysseus Abroad: A novel Amit Chaudhuri 2015

Oh William!: A Novel Elizabeth Strout 2021

Fludd Hilary Mantel 2005

Disgruntled: A Novel Asali Solomon 2016

Snow Orhan Pamuk 2005

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World David Eagleman 2018

Sophie and the Rising Sun by Augusta Trobaugh

Creative Commons/Freebies


Literary Articles and Essays

Brad Bigelow of Neglected Books produced a list of Best Neglected Western books.

J.C. Oates on the 5 motives for writing literature. This is a profound and important reflection on literature, but it ignores one motive — pleasure and play. Perhaps Oates thinks that this can be wrapped up in aesthetics, but it’s more complicated than that.



Capsule Book Reviews


Book Roar Review


Multimedia/Podcasts, Etc



Having nothing better to do, I uploaded a selfie of myself in Personville, TX which I took in 2009. You may remember that I wrote previously about how to submit author photos to Wikimedia Commons.

Robert J. Nagle (who founded Personville Press) takes a selfie near a road sign at the main intersection of Personville, Texas. The small town, which was founded in 1854, never had a population of more than 2000 people, dwindling to less than 100 in recent years. “Personville” was also a name for a fictional town in Dashiell Hammmett’s 1929 novel, Red Harvest. Nagle is standing at the intersection of State highways 164 and 39, 12 miles southeast of Groesbeck in southeastern Limestone County. Nagle named his ebook publishing company long before he even visited the town, and this selfie photo is the result of the single hour Nagle actually spent there.

Personville Press Deals

I run Personville Press, a small literary book press where all the ebooks cost less than $4. Prices normally appear highest on Amazon, Apple, Kobo and BN, somewhat lower on Google Play Books and lower on the two DRM-free stores which are Smashwords and Payhip. Personville Press is committed to selling DRM-free ebooks and audio files directly from the Personville Press payhip store or from SmashwordsThe prices listed here are the non-discounted price on Amazon. Check the links to see if they are discounted at the moment (it happens often).






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