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A Dynamic Duo of Authors: The Contract by John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano is now available!

Today I am psyched to help promote a new book co-written by John Howell and Gwen Plano. They are both wonderful people and writers, and their new novel is definitely on topic for the time we live in. Read on for more about …

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Marie for inviting us to join you today. We are so grateful to be featured on your blog to share a bit about our new book. We know your passion is knitting and related arts and respect the amout of work that goes into each piece. We thank you for taking the time away from this advocation to help spread the word.

The Contract


Available on Kindle and Paperback

Kindle priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

The CONTRACT is a different story for writers John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano. For either of them, it is their first attempt at co-authorship. After a year of Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, they have created, what they have termed, an inspirational thriller that bridges heaven and earth.

Here is the blurb:

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.

Watch the cool book Trailer!

Here is an excerpt.

The headline read: Russian Spies Infiltrate Suburban America,and just below the headline was a photo of Nika. Sarah froze and dropped her glass. She got up, and without picking up the glass, went inside to call her former neighbor.

“H-hi, Donna, it’s Sarah.”

“I’m so glad you called; I’ve been worried about you. Is everything okay?”

“I’m not so sure. I arrived today and have just begun to settle into my new home. I was at the grocery store a little while ago and picked up the local paper. I couldn’t believe what I read. Abram and Nika were identified as Russian spies.”

“It’s horrifying, Sarah. Everyone is shocked. Nika’s photo was on the front page of our newspaper.”

“Here as well. I’m speechless. I can’t believe that members of the Russian intelligence service lived in my house and had God knows what discussions with my ex-husband.”

“And, you have to wonder why, don’t you?”

Authors Bio.

John Howell Head shotGwen's headshot

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The last, Circumstances of Childhood is a family life thriller story and launched October 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

Available on Amazon at

Gwen had a lengthy career in higher education, and it was there that she published her first book, Beyond Boundaries, for students interested in volunteer work in developing countries. After she retired, she wrote her award-winning memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love.

Gwen lives in Branson, Missouri with her husband.

Gwen’s books.

Available on Amazon at

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Marie A Bailey

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27 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Gwen and I are visiting Marie Ann Bailey on her terrific blog 1 Write Way. I have been following Marie since I started blogging and each time I visit her posts, I come away with beautiful thoughts that are worth remembering. Marie’s motto is “I am therefore I write.” I can’t think of a better way to describe her. Oh, there are two more things. She knits and loves cats. Thank you, Marie, for your help on the introduction of The Contract.

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  2. Thank you so much, Marie, for this lovely post. I’m ever so grateful for your spotlight on The Contract. Blessings to you, Gwen

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  3. Lovely to see the great work of John and Gwen presented on your fine blog, Marie. They are both so talented and this is an exciting co-prodction!
    Sending you all warm greetings from North Norfolk.

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  4. A dynamic duo of authors for a dynamic story! The Contract is a great book, that I recommend to anyone looking for adventure, intrigue, and even a bit of romance. Well done, John and Gwen!

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    1. “She attempts to sound. You can hear the line making a sonorous whine as it runs through the reel. Then the sudden jerk setting the hook. She breaks the surface and her power let’s us know we are in for a battle.” Sorry about the story but am so glad you are hooked. Thanks, Jill. 😀

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