It is my pleasure and delight to welcome to Keith Kreates! today my good friend John Howell. John is a multiple nominated and award-winning author who blogs at Fiction Favorites. He is also one of the most supportive of other authors and writers of any I have come across and I am ever grateful for the kind words he has to say about my rubbish week after week.
Over to you, John:
New Book Launch – Eternal Road – The final stop.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Keith, and thank you for helping me launch this book. I know you are busy with your own books, photo prompts and limericks so I feel grateful for your time. Speaking of the book, let me describe it. Eternal Road is the story of two people finding their way through the selection process leading to the place where one will spend eternity. Yes, it is true. They both have passed away. James Wainwright just died in an auto accident. Samantha Tourneau died seventeen years before. Sam is James’s guide to help him decide where to spend eternity. This is not your usual thriller or paranormal romance. It is a piece of fiction that is a combination of inspiration, adventure, time travel, sci-fi, a touch of erotica, and a dash of spiritual. In short, it is a lot of things, but hopefully, a story that will make you happy to have read it.
It is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle. The Kindle edition is introductory priced at 99¢ until October 15th
James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.
James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.
The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer, who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save humankind.
The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.
James brings his ale to his mouth. “This tastes warm.”
“Pardon? I can’t understand you with that swill in your mouth.”
“Excuse me.” James swallows. “The ale feels warm.”
“Forget the beer. Do you know where we are?”
“Yeah, Dodge City, Kansas.”
“In 1883, to be exact.”
“My history isn’t so good. What happened in 1883?”
“Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson came to support Luke Short in what became known as the Dodge City War. Some folks wanted to close the saloon. In the end, Luke Short became part owner of the saloon. Then they forced him out of town. He went to Kansas City and got those guys to come back and help him.”
“How do you know this stuff?”
Sam rolls her eyes. “I had a chance to study history.”
All at once, a problem niggles at James. “I have a question.”
Sam tastes her ale and wrinkles her nose. “Far cry from root beer. What’s up?”
James leans closer to her so that no one can overhear. “When that guy gets back with the food, he’ll want his money.”
Sam nods her agreement. “I think it’s time we bid this place adios.”
James runs a hand through his hair. “How the heck we going to do that? The front door stands in plain view of the bar. He’ll grab us before we get halfway across the room.”
Sam holds up her hand. “We can will ourselves back into the car. Let me try, and then I’ll come back to get you.”
“You did it?”
Sam smiles. “Yes. I went back to the Oldsmobile. Didn’t I disappear from here?”
“You did, but it was only a half-second.”
Sam throws her head back and laughs. “Man, that is so cool.”
James scratches his head. “How’d you do it?” Sam waves her hand. “Easy. All you do is close your eyes and think of the place you want to be. In this case, the car.”
“Let me try it?”
“Okay, go ahead.”
James closes his eyes, and, in an instant, reaches the Oldsmobile. Just as quickly, he returns to the saloon. “Man, that was the best. It seemed like I was gone for five minutes. How long was it?”
“Maybe half a second.”
“I visualized the Olds and popped into the front seat. I had a chance to look around, too.”
“Anyone see you?”
James pauses. “I don’t think so.”
Sam nods. “Okay, then maybe it’s time to leave.”
James frowns. “You know one thing bothers me.”
Sam takes a guess, “This doesn’t look anything like the Long Branch Saloon on TV from the show Gunsmoke?” She smiles.
“How’d you know? It was way before both of our times.”
The corners of her mouth turn down for an instant. “My dad got a DVD set with every episode. We would watch them religiously.”
James taps the table lightly with his index finger. “Mine too.”
Sam scowls. “Damn, how come we never talked about that as kids?”
“Don’t know. Never came up.” James sighs.
Sam touches his arm. “So, let’s wait for the bartender to come back, and then we’ll do our magic disappearing act.”
James can’t help smiling. “That is funny. So, when he asks for payment, we just disappear?”
“Yup. Might scare the bejesus out of him, but we really don’t have a choice.”
John’s bio John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written five other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are also available in the Indie Lector store.
John lives in Lakeway, Texas, with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
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