Book Launch – The Contract: Between Heaven And Earth – by John W. Howell @HowellWave & Gwen M. Plano @gmplano

Thank you, Hugh, for inviting us to join you today. It’s an honour to be featured on your blog and to share space with someone who is so serious about the craft. Thank you for this opportunity.

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.

Here is an excerpt.

Brad walked up to the meeting point. Once there, he thought the spot unusual. Way too deserted. Then again, it wouldn’t work so well to have a clandestine conference in the main mess hall. The low, windowless building in front of him offered the obvious meeting place, but he still double-checked the number on the building to make sure. Brad sighed. Here goes nothing.

He put his hand on the doorknob, wishing the door were made of glass so that he could see what waited on the other side. After a pause that had grown too long, he saw no point in waiting any longer, and he turned the knob. He pushed on the door, which gave way to show light through the crack. Brad shoved the door all the way open and entered a small anteroom. Voices came through the interior door, but he couldn’t make out what they said. When he gave that door a light knock, the room fell silent. The portal opened, and a big guy filled the entryway. “You must be Brad Channing. Come on in.”

Brad crossed the threshold and stood in a large room. He faced a round table, which accommodated three serious-looking men, each of whom looked at Brad. Two empty chairs stood at the table, and the big guy waved Brad into one and took the other.

“Welcome, Commander. My name is Chuck, and I’m the team lead. This is Charlie, Wes, Jerry, and Bo. We are tasked with saving the President’s life.”

Brad relaxed for the first time since getting out of his car. These people looked like they could handle anything and reminded him of his old SEAL team. “You guys government or contractors?”

“We work for a specialized security firm, Commander. That’s about all I’m free to tell you.”

“No problem. I don’t need to know and am proud to become part of the operation.”

“Did the general give you a briefing?”

“He did. He said you guys need a backup to the operation.”

“That is correct, Commander. We’ll count on you to provide that backup. Now, before we get down to business, I want you to know we all have familiarity with your skill-set, which impressed us greatly.”

“I just try to do my best, Chuck.”

“Spoken like a true patriot.”

Authors Bio.

John Howell Head shotGwen's headshot

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His speciality 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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38 thoughts

  1. 🌹How lovely to see the enthusiasm surrounding “The Contract”! Such an exciting time for two wonderfully talented authors. Thanks, Hugh for hosting John and Gwen on your site.

    1. I’ve had a look and think I can see what the problem is, John. Is it when the reply button gets hidden behind the details of how many people have liked the comment? If so, I’ll report the bug to WordPress.

        1. Great. WordPress could not see the problem. I had to show them, but it wasn’t showing up at their end. Then I suggest if I disabled the ‘like’ button on comments, would it work? They said, “gave it a try.” Hey-presto, it worked. I should perhaps take up a job as a happiness engineer? 😎

  2. I’ve been enjoying following along with The Contract tour. This book is making a big splash and I look forward to reading it. Congrats to the wonderful authors!

  3. Woo-hoo! John & Gwen’s world tour stops at Hugh’s! Thanks for hosting, Hugh. They’re scheduled at my sanctuary Tuesday. I hope they get over the jet lag quick. 😉
    Best wishes to Gwen and John and mega hugs all around! ❤

      1. Forgive any typos Hugh, I had to make this tiny (for my blind as a bat self) before I could click the reply link. But I think you might be right! That “cookie law” is killing everybody…) Or they have super powers. Hugs.

  4. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Gwen and I are guesting on Hugh Robert’s fun site. Hugh is a serious writer with a definite eye on stories that surprise and delight the reader. His first collection, Glimpses is a must read. Thank you Hugh

  5. Thank you, Hugh, for this beautiful post announcing the launch of The Contract. I feel honored to be featured on your site. Thank you, thank you. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Erika. It’s exciting to launch the book, and I’m ever so grateful to Hugh for spotlighting author John Howell and me.

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