I was going to call this a humble brag, but, no, it's pretty much a straight-up brag. Sue me.
Arrived home this afternoon from pheasant hunting and the neighbor lady brought over a package that had accidentally been put in her mailbox. I opened it and it was a copy of my novel Joshua's Ladder. Odd, I thought. There was a note inside. It began:
"Mark, Damned if I didn't read your book cover to cover."
So far, so good, I figured, but waited for the punch line: "Thanks for my first experience."
Hmmm, that caught my attention. It continued: "Look inside the rear cover."
So I did.
Written inside the back cover was: "Famous signature. (His name was signed) 78 years old. The 1st and only book I've read cover to cover."
Then there was another note explaining why he returned the book:
"I want someone else to read and enjoy."
The guy is a WWII vet, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. So, I think the moral of this story is that if you read only one book in your life, it should be Joshua's Ladder. Do it for your country!