It’s HERE! from Howell & Plano

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Stephen, for inviting us to join you today. This is a real honor and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to showcase our book. Your commitment to imbue your writing with something that gives a reader pause is a commitment we share. Thank you!


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.


The trailer.


Here is an excerpt.

After a few moments of silence, the general got up and walked over to a double set of windows. He pulled on his chin and appeared taken aback by the information. Then he turned to face Brad, crossed his arms, and leaned back on the window.

“Do you know who arrives in four days, Sailor?”

“No, sir.”

“The President of the United States.”

Brad gulped. “Oh, my God. They sent me here because the bomb has something to do with the President?”

“Sailor, when you went on an op, wasn’t every detail orchestrated?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Didn’t you have diversions in place, to sidetrack the guards?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Your SUV is set to explode at zero-ten-hundred hours in four days. The President will address the base at that time in the ball field. The entire Reconnaissance Wing will congregate on that ball field. Do you understand?”

“I do, sir. Equipped with our nation’s most advanced aircraft, the Reconnaissance Wing provides for our national security.”

“Sailor—” The general smiled. “You may have thought you’d have a few days of vacation here, but you’ll work with me now.”

“Yes, sir. Whatever you need, sir.”


Authors Bio.

John Howell Head shot

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 are 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 are available on Amazon at




Fresh Ink Group Newsletter – May 2018

Books & book videos, new website, new members, new staff, FIG happenings here and now!
Good afternoon!

Hello, everyone! We hope this newsletter finds you well. We have exciting news happening at Fresh Ink Group and wanted to share it with all you fine people!

We are showcasing some of our authors’ works, as well as a few other things you might find interesting and enjoyable! You can win FREE print or ebooks from the Fresh Ink Group, too!


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Here are a few of our new releases!

Genre/Category: play

In this boisterous but sensitive drama, playwright J. Ajlouny looks beyond public image to find the heart of this young woman thrust wildly into fame as a sex symbol. Presented as a play-in-the-making within a play, Marilyn, Norma Jean and Me weaves biography with humor to explore the movie star’s widely speculated plan to leave Hollywood for Broadway. The author imagines her innocence and vulnerability, her friendliness and loyalty, even as the public image threatens to steal her humanity. This play is a must-see or -read for fans of film and stage, not just because it is so good, but for its powerful way of finding the real Norma Jean in the legend known as Marilyn Monroe.

To view the book on Amazon, click here.

Genre/Category: young adultD.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.

Daisy, Bold & Beautiful is the debut novel of middle-schooler Ellie Collins, daughter of award-winning author Stephanie Collins. Boys and girls alike will appreciate Ellie’s keen eye for the challenges of growing up that she and her friends must face. Discover the wonderful writing of Ellie now, then follow her to learn about her writing and more books to come.

To view the book on Amazon, click here.

To see the trailer, click here.

Genre/Category: Personal-experience Essays, Memoir, Philosophy, InspirationThe simple lives of everyday people in a mundane world prove extraordinary in this collection of 54 personal-experience essays by novelist Stephen Geez. The eclectic mix of memoir, commentary, humor, and appreciation covers a wide range of topics, each beautifully illustrated by artists and photographers from the Fresh Ink Group. Geez catches what many of us miss, then considers how we might all share the most poignant of lessons. Been There, Noted That aims to reveal who we are, examine where we’ve been, and discover what we dare strive to become.

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The Mini Memoir! contest is exclusively for TRUE anecdotes that explain the meanings we can all find in them. Funny or saddening, serious or whimsical, each essay needs to include a bit of interesting real-life happening mixed with what the writer wants us to learn from it. The meaning can be stated outright, or subtly woven in. It can be stated up front, revealed in stages, or summed up at the end. Tell the story your way. Just grab our attention, make us say aha, and make your point.

The best of the best will earn a spot in Fresh Ink Group anthology. We hope to devote an entire book to just mini memoirs, or we might mix them with a compelling collection of fiction. In either case, you can expect exposure for your other work and yourself, a way to promote all your writing to a wider audience.

Say Something!

The Say Something! contest is for short fiction that makes a point. While we encourage literary techniques, we also welcome stories that fit squarely in the mainstream. A good Say Something! story can reflect any genre. If you want to write about a vampire, that’s fine—just make it about more than whether or not he gets his nightly blood. Maybe you show how he’s like the rest of us in so many ways, how we all act a bit vampire from time to time, how vampires face prejudice… The possibilities are limitless, but potentially wondrous and enlightening. Show us how you see the world, or how you think the rest of us should. Shine a light on the best in people—or the worst. Let your story  explain something we should all understand but maybe don’t take the time to notice.

Show us you’re more than a good writer; you’re a writer with something important to say. Then grab our attention and don’t let go until you’ve had your say.

The best of the best will earn a spot in Fresh Ink Group Short Story Showcase #2, exposure for you and your other works, a way to promote all your writing to a wider audience.

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Read one of the many stories on our website! Enjoy!

Holler Song
Short Fiction by Stephen GeezGenre/Category: Contemporary Fiction,
Southern Fiction, Tennessee backwoods, Hill People

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Toward Interfaith Harmony by Marshall L. Shearer, MD

From ancient myths to the world’s great religions, Dr. Shearer expands our knowledge of how humans perceive, think, and shape our relationships with the Divine. Toward Interfaith Harmony: Why People Believe or Not, and Where Differences Take Us Next teaches that by understanding ourselves, we dare to transcend mere tolerance and to celebrate the differences that make us whole.

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Jan Sikes, fascinating, wonderfully told by the singer and story-teller herself!

This was such a great privilege and honor. And, one of the most fun interviews I’ve ever done. I got to dig deep on a very personal level. My thanks to Annette Rochelle Aben. **When you click on the link, scroll down to my name. The names are in alphabetical order by last name.** via Tell […]

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How to Write a Book Review — A Writer’s Path

by Doug Lewars Book reviews are a fact of life. If it’s your book being reviewed, they’re nice if they’re positive and decidedly unpleasant if they’re negative. Every book is going to have a few negative reviews. That’s a fact of life because people are different, have different interests, enjoy different things, and […]

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Meet Ellie Collins, 11-year-old novelist!

Today my guest is Ellie Collins, author of Daisy, Bold & Beautiful. It’s a young-adult novel about a middle-grade girl who finds inspiration in a Greek goddess for dealing with everyday challenges such as friendship and peer pressure–and it’s proudly published by Fresh Ink Group. Ellie’s mother, writer Stephanie Collins (With Angels Wings) is very protective of her participation in all kinds of media, so it’s a treat to have both here today in person! First, the book blurb, then an interview with the young novelist herself!


D.J. and her dad moved far from the small town and only home she ever knew. Now she’s starting middle school in the city with kids she’s never met. She tries to make friends, but they all appear to be slaves to screen time. D.J. just likes to garden, nurturing plants, watching them grow and thrive. It seems she’ll never find a way to fit in, but then she awakens in a gorgeous garden where she meets Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She must be dreaming; her new friend can’t possibly be real—and what could she know about getting along with gamers? D.J. really needs some ideas, or she might never find her own place in a complicated world.



Meet Ellie Collins!

What is your book about?

It’s about standing up for yourself. That’s the message I got from Persephone’s story, and that inspired me because it’s so important to know what you like or what you need and make sure that happens for you.

Which character is most like you?

I think I’m most like Hudson. First of all, we’re both all about our sport. He’s all about soccer, soccer, soccer, and I live at the gym and my life is all about gymnastics. We both really like to be funny, too. I’m happiest when I can make other people smile. Go ahead! You know you want to! AH – THERE IT IS!  😊

Why did you choose Persephone, out of all the Greek God/ess’?

I love that she’s the goddess of spring and summer, which is all about life and growth, but at the same time she’s strong enough to put up with living with Hades and all his doom and gloom.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I guess writing from my mom, but I think I got storytelling from my dad. When he puts me to bed, sometimes he brings our pug up onto my bed and moves the dog’s front legs around as he pretends that Pugly is telling a tale about being the King of Puglandia or Master of all Pugdom. I love helping him make up those funny stories and I love the awesome voices my dad uses when he’s telling them. They’re so fun!

How long have you been writing?

I’ve just written for school like everybody else, until this past summer. One day my mom was yelling at me to get off electronics. I asked her what I should do (because REALLY – what is there to do that’s any fun other than electronics?!), and she said I should write a story. I asked her what I should write about, and she said, “Well, you like Greek mythology, right?” That’s where it all began. This book was a lot of fun to write, so now we’re working on another one.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

It was hardest coming up with the characters. My mom told me to decide on characters, then to write everything about them – what they look like, what their families are like, where they live, what their personalities are like – EVERYTHING. It was fun, but it was hard to think up all those details.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I really liked coming up with the story. Once I decided on the message I wanted to share (stand up for yourself), I had fun making up a story that would show that lesson.


What inspires you?

Lots of stuff! This book was inspired by Persephone, but there’s so many awesome things in the world that inspire me – music, art, my friends, cool stuff I find on Youtube, games… the whole world is full of inspiration!

How did you get to where you are in your life today?

By making mistakes and learning from them.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?

Well, there’s my mom of course. She helped me a ton on this book. I told her the story I wanted, what I wanted the characters to do and say and stuff, but she helped to make sure the writing made sense (like, my sentences started with capitols and ended with periods and stuff). She also helped me to describe things so they would sound the way I was seeing them. An author I really like, though, is Erin Hunter. She writes the Warriors series. OMG, I love those book! She just has such a way of making you feel like you’re THERE and seeing all that’s going on.



Do you participate in Nanowrimo?

Ummmm… I guess not. I don’t know what that is.

Do you plan on writing more in the future? If so, what kinds of books?

Oh yeah; I definitely plan on writing more! I’m working right now on planning out the second book in the series. This one will be about Aphrodite. I don’t know exactly how many books I’ll write, but I want a whole, big series of books about Greek Gods and Goddesses. I might write other books sometime, too, but I’m not sure right now what they’d be.

Finally, who is your favorite character in this book?

May is my favorite character. She’s fun, energetic and always the life of the party. She spreads sunshine wherever she goes. She makes up ah-MA-zing high-five’s for all her friends (with really cool added moves like butt waggles and jazz hands). And she ROCKS at Overwatch, which is also PRETTY awesome!





Welcome to the first ever ALL ABOUT THE SPONSORS BLOG HOP!  These kind members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC) donated their support during the 2017 conference, in the way of gift card and Kindle e-book donations for our Gift Basket Raffle. They supported us and now we are showing our support of them by pushing their book(s).  


We ask that you pick up a copy of THINGS on a TREE, and after reading it, leave a review.  There are several books on tour today, so please visit the HOP’S main page to follow along.  

Also, for every comment that you leave along this tour, including on the HOP’S main page, your name will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card to be awarded at the end of the tour!




What a way to spend Christmas Eve! Thirteen-year-old Aimee is sick and missing her dad, who died in a car accident last year. While the rest of her family are outside playing in the snow, she is alone by their Christmas tree. Aimee sighs as the tears begin to fall. She wishes she still believed in Santa Claus. Then she could ask him to change the last year. Yeah, right, she thought. She turns away from the tree, and falls asleep. Later that night, Aimee awakens to a strange noise.

Clink! Clink! Clink!

Her fever must be higher than she thought, because she can’t believe what she is seeing running down her purple blanket! But everything happening to her is very real, including the fact someone wants her dead. Aimee is thrust into a world of magic, wonder and greed. Her journey takes her from her snowy rooftop, to the streets of New York and the North Pole with the promise to return her father to her family. Who could she trust when things aren’t always what they seem? 




D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.


This blog hop sponsored by:  4WillsPublishing



Rave Reviews Book Club’s “SPOTLIGHT” Author Flossie Benton Rogers

Today’s blog features guest Flossie Benton Rogers, “SPOTLIGHT” Author from Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC), answering questions about Mind Your Goddess and her Witchfae series of novels. Please be sure to leave a comment or question for Flossie below. So, let’s meet Flossie!


Why do you write paranormal romance?

I have always loved fairy tales, and mythology is a passion of mine. Paranormal romance allows me to play around in the various mythological pantheons. It’s like an ice cream cone piled high with delicious flavors and chocolate sprinkles on top!


What made you decide to write a series?

As I wrote the first book, two secondary characters made it clear they had a story to tell and wanted their own book. This was the Goddess Epona and her dark Guardian of the Between, Eshigel. They are the stars of the third book, Mind Your Goddess. With each book, new characters introduce themselves to me and want their story told.


What is the Wytchfae world like?

The Wytchfae world brims with dimensions parallel to our own. Some are welcoming, others dangerous and forbidding. Still, through the darkest night and the fright of unchained chaos, love will always shine.


Other than the fae world, what do the books in your Wytchfae series have in common?

All of the books in the Wytchfae series are romances but also are paranormal dark fantasies– think urban fantasy combined with true love. Each book has a different hero and heroine, although some characters occasionally cross over to make cameo appearances. Each book of the series features fae time travel and horses and is an action-packed adventure.


Why did you set Mind Your Goddess in the 1920s?

The era has fascinated me since childhood when I watched an old tv show set in that time. It was called Margie and starred Cynthia Pepper, who later went on to appear in an Elvis movie. (She was the only actress who kissed a blond Elvis.)   In the Roaring Twenties women took the reins in their own hands and drove the chariot. I love the peppy energy and the slang such as bee’s knees, meaning wonderful. There’s even a gin cocktail called Bee’s Knees. I actually tried one in Orlando last year, and it was splendid!


Speaking of reins, why do you have at least one horse in each book so far?

Horses play a large role in history and mythology. Not only are they primary transportation, they also symbolize movement and change. A romance novel is all about those concepts.


You also have time travel in each book. What’s up with that?

The Wytchfae world is composed of a multitude of fae realms, each parallel to our own human earth dimension. The supernatural fae beings travel to various time periods much as we go on vacation. Such travel is achieved through the services of a mystical time singer who unravels the threads of time.



Find Flossie and her books on Twitter: @FrostFyre



Thanks for visiting today, Flossie Benton Rogers!