Summat fer Nowt?




If you can live without caffeine,


If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,


If you can resist complaining,


If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,


If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,


If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him or her,


If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,


If you can face the world without lies and deceit,


If you can conquer tension without medical help,


If you can relax without liquor,


If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,


If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, colour, religion, gender preference, or politics,


–Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!


Now they say, you never get summat fer nowt? (Well happen they don’t speak English proper where you’re from but I reckon you’ll get the gist, you don’t get something for nothing.)
Well at least you don’t with Amazon.

You see I had a cunning plan; I’ve got a series of six rather good short stories, a mixture of detective, mystery, and fantasy. People who read them have been very glowing in their comments, so in an attempt to help more people find them, I produced a shorter version of the story, written purely to give away. Normally these tales are 20,000 words; this one is a bijou 8,000. It may be small but it’s perfectly formed.


Anyway I’d stick it on Amazon and get them to drop the price to zero because it was written to be given away. (Because I’m just nice like that, and not at all because I’m trying the crack dealers gambit of getting you hooked on the first free sample.)

Unfortunately whatever I did Amazon insisted in charging for the damned thing. I tried all the usual things and whatever I did, Amazon refused to drop the price. So finally I’ve taken it off Amazon.


You now have two choices. You can grab it from here as a pdf. No messing about, hopefully just click on the link and go on your way rejoicing.


so click on this bit here ——- a-nice-devotion

Or you can go to

There you can download it in .epub, .mobi and pdf format.



A Nice Devotion

A tale of murder, theft, adultery and animal husbandry in which our hero is forced to bring a guilty man to justice or face the threat of matrimony.


Oh and the six rather nice stories you’re supposed to be lured into buying?



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25 thoughts on “Summat fer Nowt?

  1. Sue Vincent December 14, 2016 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo.

    • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 12:21 pm Reply

      Glad you liked it Sue, don’t forget down download the freebie 🙂

      • Sue Vincent December 14, 2016 at 12:23 pm

        Already done, Jim 🙂

      • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        hope you like it 🙂

      • Sue Vincent December 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

        Can’t see how I wouldn’t 😉

      • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

        Benor at his most helpful, Tallis in the background as a source of wisdom, Mutt merely being helpful. What could go wrong?
        Note please don’t try cleaning your drains like this without seeking expert advice first

      • Sue Vincent December 14, 2016 at 2:06 pm

        Unfair…I can’t read at work 🙂

      • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm

        Ah, denied gratification 😉

      • Sue Vincent December 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm


      • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        best sort 🙂

      • Sue Vincent December 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm


  2. The Story Reading Ape December 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm Reply
    • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 10:41 pm Reply

      glad you liked it Chris, yet another discarded banana peel to add to my much prized collection 🙂

  3. janmalique December 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I’ll write a review and post it on my blog. Hopefully soonish.

    • jwebster2 December 14, 2016 at 10:43 pm Reply

      ‘A Nice Devotion’ is only a third the length of the other six stories, would you like one of the others to review as well? I can send you a pdf

      • janmalique December 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

        That sounds great Jim, thank you.

      • jwebster2 December 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

        Hopefully I’ve contacted you through your blog 🙂

      • janmalique December 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

        You have Jim. It actually works! I’ve replied to you. 😏

      • jwebster2 December 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

        In theory you should have books

  4. Audrey Driscoll December 15, 2016 at 4:04 am Reply

    The way to get stuff on Amazon for free is this: publish it through Smashwords or Draft2Digital first, setting the price at free. This gets the work distributed to a bunch of ebook stores, notably Barnes & Noble. Once you see it in those places, you use Amazon’s “report a lower price” function (and I admit I can’t remember exactly how you find it, but I know it’s there), citing B&N as offering it at free. Then Amazon will “price match,” offering it for free on their sites. Note: you can’t do this if you choose to got with KDP Select, which requires exclusivity for 90 days. Another note: you can publish ebooks through Smashwords or D2D and charge money for them too, but if your price there is lower than on Amazon, you are open to getting “price matched.”

    • jwebster2 December 15, 2016 at 7:19 am Reply

      Most of my stuff AUK put out ‘Everywhere’ on pretty well every platform, but this one, because it was written as a lost leader I just put out myself. I put it on Instafreebie, reported it to Amazon, had friends report it to Amazon and even on the reporting form put on that I was giving it away free in person. None of this had any effect whatsoever. 😦

      • Audrey Driscoll December 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm

        Aargh. Amazon is inscrutable.

      • jwebster2 December 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        I said something like that but perhaps with more of the native Anglo-Saxon 😉

  5. Kate McClelland December 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

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