It is my pleasure to invite the lovely and talented John Howell to my blog to launch his new novel ‘Eternal Road – The final stop’. We met some time ago in this blogging community and it has been delightful to get to know John and his girls. His Thursday posts on the antics of Lucy and Twiggy never fail to brighten my day and I am sure they do the same for many others. John is a prolific writer and it’s great to have him over for a visit today. I shall happily hand over to John…
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Jane, and for helping me launch ‘Eternal Road – The final stop’. I know you are busy and have just completed a move, so I’m grateful to be here. Let me describe the book. 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 paperback and Kindle. The Kindle edition is introductory priced at 99¢ until October 15th.
Here are the universal links:
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 pulls off to the side of the road. He puts the car in park and turns to face Sam. “Oh, my God. Sam. It’s you. Where have you been?”
“That’s not important. What’s important is you were broken-hearted when I vanished. You prayed for my return and made promises to God if only I would come back.”
“I never got over that either. I know I was just a kid, but you never left my mind. I think of that
little girl ─ I mean, I thought of you almost every day. Why didn’t I recognize you?”
Sam puts her hand on James’s arm. “Because I’m all grown up. There would be no way.”
James stares down at Sam’s hand. Tears well up in his eyes. “Where have you been? I missed you so much.” His eyes overflow.
“Don’t cry. I’m here with you now.” She squeezes his arm, and he places his hand on hers.
“Can you tell me what happened to you?”
“No, it’s not worth the time.”
James takes his hand away and frowns. “So, why now? Why have you come here now?”
Sam’s eyes soften, and she gives James a slight smile. “To help you.”
James’s frown deepens. “To help me? How? Why?”
Sam removes her hand from his arm and looks intently into his eyes. “To understand what your
life’s like now.”
James tries to avoid her gaze by focusing on the floor. The carpet could do with a clean. “Now? What do you mean?”
Gently, Sam lifts James’s chin and directs his eyes to gaze into hers. She speaks slowly so that James can absorb every word, “You were in an accident. You ran off the road, and I’m sorry to say your body didn’t survive. You’re now going with me on an eternal trip.” She pauses to give James time to react.
James pulls away from her hand. “You’re saying I’m dead. I can’t believe that. Look at me. I’m just as alive as you.”
Sam smiles. “That’s right. You are.”
The full weight of what Samantha is trying to tell him presses on his chest, making it hard to breathe. He forces a deep breath. “Um, Sam?”
James expels the air from his lungs. “You’re dead, too?” He reaches for her hand.
“Yes. A man took me from school and killed me. They never found my body.”
John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing fulltime in 2012. His speciality 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.
John, I know that all here join with me in wishing you every success with ‘Eternal Road – The final stop’ and there is much love flowing to you and your girls. <3