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"LUKE: The Gospel", a brand new translation, easy to read, but extremely faithful to the text LUKE actually wrote (and not to the texts that various churches think Luke ought to have written). Normal price is only 99 cents. NEXT FREE DAYS: July 11 and 25, plus August 8 and 22, plus September 12. By contrast, here's a link to JHR's latest e-book of humorous verse: NIBBLES OF NONSENSE

"Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse" will be given away FREE OF CHARGE on selected Saturdays and occasional Sundays. NEXT FREE DAYS are September 5 and 6. These free books will also be available in the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, China, Mexico, Brazil, India, Japan and Spain, but you will need to search at the local Amazon Kindle for "LUKE: The Gospel" and "NIBBLES OF NONSENSE".  

Other books included in FREE DAYS will be "Poetry for Lazy Summer Afternoons". NEXT FREE DAY will be August 15. "How NOT To Write Short Stories: 7 Errors To Avoid". NEXT FREE DAYS: July 18, August 15 and September 5. "Poetry Pitfalls or What Makes Bad Verse Worse": Free days will be posted shortly. "MYSTERIES for Movie Lovers (and Fans of Film Noir)": August 8 and 22 plus September 5 and 6. "7 Solid Roads to Writing Success": September 5 and 6, plus September 12, 19 and 26, 2015.


"50 Best 'B' Westerns Hollywood Ever Made": September 5 and 6, plus September 12, 19 and 26, 2015.

"Behind the Scenes Publicity Photos and Other Vintage Movie Stills": July 25 plus August 1, 18 and 22.

"How NOT To Write Short Stories: Seven Errors To Avoid": July 18, plus August 15 and September 5.

"Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age": August 3.

"Nibbles of Nonsense: Hilarious Comic Verse": September 5 and 6.

"Poetry Pitfalls or What Makes Bad Verse Worse" TO BE ADVISED SHORTLY.

"140 All-Time Must-See Movies for Film Lovers": September 5 and 6, plus September 12, 19 and 26, 2015.

"ALMOST THE BEST: 50 Movies That Just Missed Awards or Audience Applause": August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.


Many of JHR's books, including "CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS", "GREAT MOVIE MUSICALS", "140 ALL-TIME MUST-SEE MOVIES FOR FILM LOVERS", "HORROR, FANTASY AND SCI-FI DVD" and "ALMOST THE BEST: 50 Movies That Just Missed Awards or Audience Applause" are at present available as e-books only at Amazon Kindle. However, you can download to any device! You don't have to use a Kindle. If you are seeking PRINTED EDITIONS, most of the major stores, including Amazon, of course, will accommodate you!


JHR's compact advice e-book, "7 SOLID ROADS TO WRITING SUCCESS", will be available from Amazon FREE OF CHARGE on September 5, 6, 12, 19 and 26! (You can also buy it for only 99 cents). Just click on the Amazon link above! JHR's new Michaela Morris book, "MURDER AT THE RIVER HOUSE", will cost you $2.95, but it will be available FREE OF CHARGE on September 5, 6 and 7 plus October 10 and 11. And a little book I'm especially fond of, "AMAZING ADVENTURES OF TOBY", is also on the FREE BOOKS LIST. The dates are August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29! Although it's classed as "Wisdom" literature because it contains a few famous quotes such as "Don't do things to others that you wouldn't like done to yourself", in my opinion, TOBY is actually the world's best short story ever. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. It will bring joy to your heart. Speaking of joy, JHR's latest writing guide is "How NOT To Write Short Stories: Seven Errors To Avoid". The normal price is 99 cents, but this little book will be available from Amazon FREE OF CHARGE on July 18, August 15 plus September 5. For full details of JHR's "Merryll Manning" series of mystery/suspense novels,

please visit MERRYLL MANNING ON THE RIM OF HEAVEN can be downloaded FREE on September 5, 6 and 7, plus October 10 and 11! For MERRYLL MANNING: A BRUSH WITH DEATH, the FREE DAYS are August 8 and 22, plus September 5, 6 and 7.



Here's a link to JHR's latest e-book of humorous verse: NIBBLES OF NONSENSE

"Nibbles of Nonsense Hilarious Comic Verse" IS ALSO ON THE FREE LIST. Next free days are September 5 and 6. Like all the other books on this page, it's also available in the U.K., Germany, France, Canada, Brazil, Italy, China, Australia, India, Mexico, Japan and Spain, but you will need to do a search at your country's Amazon Kindle for "NIBBLES OF NONSENSE" and JHR's other titles, such as BEHIND THE SCENES PUBLICITY PHOTOS & OTHER VINTAGE MOVIE STILLS which will be free on July 25, plus August 1, 8, 15 and 22; BIG SCREEN BIBLE LORE also has free days on August 1, 8, 15 and 22! Free Days for CORRECT WRITING FORMATS FOR CONTESTS & PUBLISHERS will be July 18, August 15, September 5 and 19, plus October 3.

"DANIEL DETECTIVE, DRAGON SLAYER, LION TAMER" will be FREE on September 5, 6 and 7, plus October 10 and 11! Free Days for "FATAL FEMALES & HAZARDOUS HEROINES OF FILM NOIR" will also be FREE on September 5, 6 and 7, plus October 10 and 11! "HOW WRITERS WIN FAVOR WITH JUDGES AND EDITORS" will be FREE on September 5 and 6 plus September 12, 19 and 26! "50 OF THE FINEST FILMS HOLLYWOOD EVER MADE" will be free on will also be FREE on September 5 and 6 plus September 12, 19 and 26! "HORROR, FANTASY & SCI-FI DVD" will also be free on September 5 and 6 plus September 12, 19 and 26! "HISTORY IN MOVIES HOLLYWOOD STYLE" will be free on September 5 and 6 plus September 12, 19 and 26! "MORE NEW LIGHT ON MOVIE BESTS" will be free on July 18, plus August 1, 8 and 15. "MORE LIGHT ON HOLLYWOOD PUBLICITY STILLS, PHOTOS AND CARDS" will be FREE on August 8 and 22, plus September 5 and 6.




Bible Translations, Historical Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, 

Movie Guides, Writing Advice, Mystery and Detective Thrillers

Not just a movie book but a great tool for writers!

How do you think up catchy titles and interesting names? Charles Dickens used to keep a notebook in which he'd write down real names and places that caught his eye. But now there's a much easier and far more effective way. This is what I use: Hollywood Classics Title Index That link will take you to Amazon Kindle. If you prefer NOOK at Barnes & Noble: Hollywood Classics Other ebook stores such as Apple and Sony also stock this book.

For a mere 99 cents, this 345-page book will provide you not only with thousands of fascinating titles but names as well.Movie titles and the names of both movie stars and character players are chosen and designed for one reason only: TO CATCH ATTENTION!

Of course, it's not a good idea to use the titles of recent movies and the names of current stars. This book, however, lists over 3,000 movie titles from 1920 through 1970. It also provides extensive cast lists with more names than you could use in a thousand years. You can also mix first names with different surnames and use titles as a springboard. I see someone has complained that the first section of the book is just a listing of old movie titles. It is. You've got to realize how to use it. For example, here's a 1920 movie titled "The Man Who Had Everything". You could change that to "The Man Who Had Money To Burn", "The Man Who Had a Million Dollar Dream", etc.

Even more importantly, you can also see at a glance that "Man" is a word that carries enormous impact. No less than 33 movie titles in this book begin with that word.

On the other hand, you might think of titling your book or story, "Fast Decision". My publisher thought he had a real upcoming bestseller with this title. Although he wasn't exactly a household word, the author was reasonably well-known. His previous novel had sold just over 68,000 copies in hardcover. But "Fast Decision" died. On the face of it, this seems a very appealing title. But when you look it up in this book, you find that "Fast" is a word with virtually no appeal at all. Strange, but true! Only one movie title begins with the word, "Fast", and as for "Decision", it's not listed at all! On a positive note, how about "King of the Night"? Maybe you don't find that title appealing, but Hollywood has found otherwise. No less than twelve movies begin with the word, "King"; and no less than nineteen with the word, "Night"!

How To Copyright Literary Work -- Fiction, Poetry, Plays, etc.

There is now a standard world copyright for authors. You don't have to front up to a registry and fill in forms any more. Anything you write is now automatically copyright, simply because YOU wrote it. If anyone steals your work or publishes it without your permission, all you have to prove to a court is that you wrote it first. So always keep your first drafts and date them, or better still email copies of a work in progress to a few trusted relatives and friends. Most authors never sell their copyrights outright. Instead, they give a permission to a book publisher, a magazine, a web site, etc. 

The above is the theory. In practice, it's a bit different, as the U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled that a substantial portion of your work must be published without your permission, unless the original work is very short in length, for example a sonnet or a song. Both Congress and authors are unhappy with this decision, but that's where it stands at present.  


 Here's absolute must reading for all who wish to succeed in literary contests and writing competitions! Click the above Amazon link for the new print edition of John Howard Reid's famous handbook, WRITE WAYS TO WIN WRITING CONTESTS: How to Join the Winners' Circle for Short Story Awards, Poetry Prizes, etc.

Price is $12.50 for the book's trade paperback edition. But you can buy a used copy from Amazon for only $5! An e-book edition is also now available. Buy from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other bookstores. The book is currently on sale at Amazon Kindle for only $2.99. Other e-book stores are charging $3.99. But what's $2.99 or $3.99 or even $12.50 compared to increasing your chances of carrying off a large cash First Prize? Click this link for Kindle: Write Ways to WIN WRITING CONTESTS


"Sailing in the Mist of Time" is the latest anthology of award-winning poetry, edited by John Howard Reid. This lavishly produced, 196-page, large-format book features no less than 102 award-winning poems from both the Tom Howard and Margaret Reid Contests, plus 3 original poems from each of the judges. This beautiful book was on special everywhere for only $9.95. but I'm not sure if it is still available at all stores at this price. (The normal retail price is $16.50).

John Howard Reid has published two personal anthologies of poetry. The latest, entitled "ESCAPE TO PARADISE AND OTHER POETIC FANCIES", is described at the bottom of this page. Reid's first collection of poems is also still available. It's titled "Anyone for Love" and it's also available in a Kindle edition for only $2.99 which you can access via this Amazon link:



Further Notes on the Author


A keen Bible scholar, John Howard Reid, has translated portions of both the Old and New Testaments in Bible Wisdom for Modern Times: Selections from the Orthodox Old Testament and Mark and John: The First and Last Gospels. He has recently published What Matthew Really Wrote and LUKE: A Radical New Translation as well as PSALMS of Praise and Power newly translated from the Greek Old Testament. These books are also available in Kindle, NOOK and other editions for $3.99 or less. For further information, please click


Reid's novel, In All His Glory, based on the Greek editions of the Biblical books, "Kings" and "Chronicles" (not the abbreviated Hebrew versions), has a central character in King Jeroboam of Israel. The novel recounts his adventurous dealings with Pharaoh Shishak while in exile in Ancient Egypt, after his narrow escape from King Solomon. This book was published in 2006. A follow-up novel of mystery and suspense, "Prophet, Priest and King", dealing with the last days of King Solomon, was published in November 2008.


Reid's other books include four collections of short stories, Mexican Autumn (2006), in which all the stories are not only cleverly inter-related, but are all accurately set in a real Mexican village in Lower California called Bahia de los angeles; Micaela Morris in Jo's Heaven (2007), which includes five award-winning stories, including two First Prizes; A Packet of Dreams, and A Mountain of Many Treasures, both of which were published in late 2008. 

Using the knowledge gained both as a First Prize winner in several literary contests and as the Chief Judge (until July 2013) of three of America's richest writing competitions, Reid authored a popular handbook, Write Ways To Win Writing Contests. The book has now been revised and republished in an Expanded Edition.

Reid is also an expert on classic films and vintage movies from both Hollywood and British studios. He has published a large number of books on this topic, including Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD: A Classic Movie Fan's Guide (2008). This has been updated to Silent Movies & Early Sound Films on DVD: NEW EXPANDED EDITION (2011) which is now available.

Another recently published movie project is "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills". This book was awarded a Bronze Medal in the annual Readers' Favorite Book Awards! The Kindle edition is only $3.99. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page. 

Was King Solomon Really Wise?

In his latest historical, suspense thriller, author John Howard Reid challenged the common belief that King Solomon was a prince of wisdom. The Bible chroniclers, in fact, try to play it both ways. Solomon was obviously a complex character, and he is presented as such in "Prophet, Priest and King", a worthy successor to Reid's earlier historical novel, "In All His Glory" which, set in Ancient Egypt, detailed the conflict between Solomon's rival, Jeroboam, and Pharaoh Shishak. In this latest book, set in Ancient Israel around the same time as the events in "In All His Glory", the plot is set in motion by an unknown assassin who is targeting the priests of Baal. In an already explosive political situation, Solomon himself is obliged to run the killer to earth. Will wisdom desert him in his efforts to bring peace to Israel?

A gripping novel of murder and suspense, "Merryll Manning: Trapped on Mystery Island" is the first in a series of highly acclaimed mystery suspense novels that began life overseas back in 1985.

Both the second Manning novel, the acclaimed "Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders", and the third, the equally acclaimed "Merryll Manning: Beachfront Holiday" are now available for the first time in paperback. These are the books that started the famous literary controversy between Selwa Anthony (who said in her Book Review that John Howard Reid was as effective a writer as Agatha Christie) and American critic, Richard Deutch, who answered in The Sunday Telegraph newspaper: "Some critics have compared Reid's novels to those of Agatha Christie. I find the comparison a little unfair -- to Mr Reid. If Reid's work needs comparing, I would liken it to Graham Greene's."

For full details of the "Merryll Manning" series of mystery/suspense novels,

please visit

For his latest anthology of original poems, JHR decided to use his "Tom Howard" pseudonym. He explains: "I was in the army when some of these poems first appeared on the literary scene, so naturally I had to use a pen name." 

JHR's latest poetry book is ROSALIA DE CASTRO: Selected Poems rendered into English verse. A previous book, MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD, attracted some excellent reviews which you can read at Amazon if you click the link below. (This book has won a Bronze Medal in the annual Readers' Favorite Awards). Both books are now available in Kindle editions for only $3.99 each. (The Kindle links are the ones that display no price information). Yes, JHR is an author who can successfully turn his hand to thrillers, poems, plays, reviews, fiction, non-fiction, you-name-it. It's in his blood. A direct descendant of Robert Stevenson, the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson, Reid has written prize-winning verse, award-winning plays, praised-to-the-skies thrillers, as well as writing advice, movie reviews and even a biography or two!