Guest Post by John W Howell – New Book Launch

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

Here is the universal link:

The blurb

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.

An Excerpt

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.”

“Wait, Sam—”


“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.”

The trailer

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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My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice, Circumstances of Childhood, The Contract: between heaven and earth

Albert and Jarvis part 88

a tale in weekly parts

You can see the full story so far at this link.

Episode 88

Alice was determined that her pregnancy was to be as normal as possible, given the unique nature of the foetus she would be nurturing over the coming months. She looked at Alex.

“Listen, Alex. I don’t care what happens during the next forty weeks or whatever, but I plan to stay, literally, in the here and now until this baby is born. What you do is up to you, but this gal ain’t shifting.”

“What if there’s something that only we can deal with, if the Eddies call, or if Albert needs us?”

“If that happens, brother of mine, you’re on your own.”


“What part of ‘this gal ain’t shifting’ is giving you trouble? I. Am. Not. Moving.”

“Good for you, Alice,” Madge said, “the health of the baby growing in you must be your only concern. Carrying and giving birth to a healthy child is always a massive responsibility; probably the biggest most women will face in their lives. This one, though? This one is special. From what Albert says, it could be the most important child born on this planet for many years.”

“I know the significance of what’s involved here, Mum. That’s why I’m going to be specially careful.”

Al and Alex said nothing. Truth be told, they were both a little overwhelmed by the situation. Al looked at his son and whispered, “Where’s the old boy now?”

“Not here, Dad. I can’t sense them at all. I think… I hope that he’ll be true to his word and stay away until Alice has had her baby.”

Albert and Jarvis will now take a short break to allow Alice to enjoy her pregnancy in peace. Look out for it again later in the year (or early 2018)


Albert and Jarvis part 87

a tale in weekly parts

You can see the full story so far at this link.

Episode 87

Albert reached out and placed his hand on Alice’s shoulder. The two of them shimmered.

“It’s done,” Albert said.

“That was quick,” Madge remarked.

“Not really, Mum,” Alex said, “They could have been gone any length of time. We don’t have any way of knowing.”

“It took about half an hour, by your reckoning,” Albert informed them, “and, in case you’re worried, guys, no-one actually touched your daughter. Jarvis just had to remotely reprogramme a few groups of nanites.”

“How does that work, then?” Al asked.

“You can look at the kids’ nanites as being kind of like stem cells. They can be programmed to emulate whatever cells we choose. We instructed these to behave as sperm cells and migrated them into position to fertilise Alice’s egg.”

“But that’s still a bit hit and miss, isn’t it?” Madge asked.

“Not at all, Madge. Don’t forget that Alice’s eggs are fifty percent bitek, too.”

“And how does that help?”

“Whenever computers communicate, they start by exchanging information about themselves, then agree on a method, a protocol that they both support. That way, communication is certain. Bitek nanites operate on the same principal. The sperm cells know how to approach the egg cell and what they have to do when they get there. The egg cell will be ready to receive them.”

“So what you’re saying, is that Alice is guaranteed to become pregnant.”

“No, Madge. I’m saying that Alice is pregnant.”

“And will her pregnancy be—”

“Absolutely normal.”

“But the baby won’t be human, will it?”

“Madge. This child will be as human as your children are.”


“But nothing. Alice should do all the normal ante-natal stuff with the nurses and midwives, and she can give birth either at home or in a hospital maternity unit. No-one will know or even suspect that her child is any different from other children.”



“But what about the bitek stuff?”

“None of the baby’s abilities will start to show until about seven or eight years of age., You’ll remember from Alice and Alex, when you didn’t know about their bitek parts, that there was nothing much before puberty. Alice and Alex will be here to bring the child up and make sure that he or she is brought into his or her bitek status at the right time and in the right way, I’ll be here to help, too, and as you and Al have experience of raising part-bitek kids, I expect you’ll want to be involved,as well.”

“So, what next?” Alice asked.

“Next, Jarvis and I will leave you in peace. Enjoy your pregnancy. We’ll be back when the baby’s born.”

Albert faded out of view.

“Is that it?” Alex asked.

“Looks like it, Bro.”

“So, nine months from now, you’ll be a mum, and I’ll be a dad.”


“And neither of us has had—”

“No, neither of us. Yet.”

“And you should stay like that until these babies are born,” Al said.

“Why?” Alice asked.

“It wouldn’t be right.”

“Says who?”

Like the booming voice of a god, Albert’s disembodied voice filled the room. “Says we,” he said.

“Oh shut up Allbert, you old queen,” Jarvis admonished.

“Okay, guys, point taken,” Alice laughed, “see you in forty weeks.”