Pie in a Jar & Free E-Books

Lots of fun stuff today.

Weekends are full of special things.  Crepes with Nutella this morning.  Yum.

My mouth waters just looking at Our Best Bite’s Single Serving Pie in a Jar.  What a great idea!  I’m not sure mine would make it to the freezer first, though, as directed…

And just yesterday I received this e-mail from Kent Brown, the Executive Director of the Highlights Foundation, the people who print the ever-ubiquitous Highlights Magazine.  They’re offering four free e-books, in whatever format you prefer.

I’ve included his note (with directions) below.

I’ve downloaded the four books for my Kindle, but you can download them for other devices, or as a simple pdf file if you’d rather read it on your computer.  Although the books weren’t labeled as middle grade novels or YA (young adult) novels, I’m sure they’re excellent, because Stephen Roxburgh, the editor at Front Street, and his team have had a hand in the editing of them…and I’ve admired his books for a long time.

Here’s the note from Kent:

I normally trash any e-mail that includes the word free in it. And I often ignore any that mentions e-book, as I’m not up to date on that technology. But I concocted this experiment and egged on my friend Stephen Roxburgh, who is an early adopter of e-books and things high tech. I got used to seeing him in a rocking chair engrossed in his Kindle. Stephen has been a student of the book in whatever format most of his life and is articulate on the importance and magic of story, independent of platform.

Front Street, founded by Stephen and now part of Boyds Mills Press, has among its recent publications four great novels, which we selected for this experiment. They are characterized by the gentle hand of Stephen Roxburgh and the skills of colleagues he trained and inspired.

The novels are ACCORDING TO KIT by Eugenie Doyle (2ce4), CITY OF CANNIBALS by Ricki Thompson (d35f), THE DOG IN THE WOOD by Monika Schröder (3bd5), and WARRIORS IN THE CROSSFIRE by Nancy Bo Flood (2ac4).

To get your free electronic copies, go to and locate the book by title or author by browsing or use the “search” option. When you get to the book page, enter the unique code provided for each book (shown in parentheses above) in the box in the lower-left corner of the page (under the list of prices) and click “submit.” You will be asked to provide your name and e-mail address and to select the file format you want. You will receive an e-mail with a link that will download the file you selected to your hard drive, from where you can transfer it to your preferred reading device.

The code will allow you to download one file format per title. If you need a file format that is not provided, write directly to Stephen ( and he’ll provide it.

Frankly, it’s an increasing challenge to get attention for novels, particularly first novels.

So, in cooperation with Stephen Roxburgh and his new venture, Namelos llc, we are offering for a limited time downloads of the four novels. From now until April Fools’ Day, you can put these on your e-reading device without charge. And since we are doing this to get the word out, we would be very happy if you shared the opportunity with your friends.

We want everyone to know about these books.

Boyds Mills Press has the hardback editions in stock, and they are available through all the places you buy books. Namelos llc will be selling the e-book versions of these titles in April and beyond. Almost all other Front Street novels are available now for purchase to download at

If you take advantage of this special offer, you can expect Namelos to keep you up to date on the books they are offering in e-book format. If that’s not to your liking, you will have a chance to opt out.

I cannot answer your technical questions—Stephen can do that—but I’d be happy to hear about your experience with this experiment.

Kent Brown, Executive Director, Highlights Foundation, Inc.
Former Publisher, Boyds Mills Press

So, there you have it.  Why don’t you whip up some good old-fashioned pies to eat while you’re reading those delicious novels?

I’m going to.

[Post image: Cutlery on Red Plate by yenhoon on stock.xchng]

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