Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – My Sister by author John W. Howell


We have reached the end of the Blog Sitting Special with just two more guest posts to go.. The first of which is by author John W. Howell with a very special tribute to his sister. I have been popping in most days and I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been to see so many talented writers sharing their posts and also having a good chinwag with each other. I will be back tomorrow with the first of the Creative Artist Interviews… don’t forget to pop in with your questions for William Price King.. Enjoy John’s post.. I did.


A little about John W. Howell.

John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes thriller fiction novels and has a number of short stories published in various on-line magazines. One of his short stories has been recognized by Writers Digest in the Popular Fiction Writing contest.

His novel, My GRL published by Martin Sisters Publishing and is the first of many exciting adventures of the book’s central character John J. Cannon. The second, His Revenge published by Keewaydin Lane Books is now available in Paperback and Kindle formats. He has recently published the third book in the series, Our Justice.

My Sister by John W. Howell


This photo is of my sister Barbara Burke who is six years’ senior to me. The photo was taken on Thanksgiving Day in 2014 at the beach where I live. There nothing unusual about the picture other than you can see my sister in the ice-cold water with a walker. To most people, this would seem to be a little bit of an unusual event. To me, it was a continuum of a spirit of adventure and quest to overcome any obstacle standing in the way of my sister’s desire to do whatever she wants to do. Let me give a little background.

My sister is the mother of five grown children all of whom are successful and happy now raising or have raised families of their own. This accomplishment alone would be cause for accolades, but on top of raising a family, my sister went to night school. How many years I can’t count but let me say she persevered until she received her Bachelor’s of Nursing degree. During this time she also tended to the children. Not content with a Bachelor Degree she continued and earned a Masters and the designation of Nurse Practitioner. While raising kids and in school, Barbara also works nights as an emergency room nurse. Her last working years were spent running the medical clinic at a Ford Motor facility.

When the time came to retire, Barbara decided that her passion for plants and flowers needed to be taken to the next level, so she completed training and became a Master Gardener. With this knowledge, she not only took care of her extensive gardens but also volunteered to help harvest maple sap and produce maple syrup.

She has been active all her life and over the last few years has had some significant issues with her ability to walk. She also has had to give up sail boarding and bike riding. Using a walker with either of these activities is hard.

Each Thanksgiving I invite Barbara to our house. Since she lives two thousand miles away and has several Thanksgiving invitations from her children, she cannot always accept. I’m fortunate that in 2014, it was my turn. This photo is a reminder of those good times and the life we have shared.

We will be traveling to Scotland in June to touch our roots. Our grandparents were first generation immigrants, and we have a lot of relatives still there. I hope to have many memories from the trip as precious as this.

©JohnWHowell 2017

51bypm1jgll-_uy250_About Our Justice

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs figured out a plan to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.
The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

A recent review for the book

I got my copy of the third in the John Howell trilogy as soon as it was available but I saved it up to be my holiday reading pleasure, and it sure didn’t disappoint! I’ve loved both the earlier books in the trilogy but I must say for the finale John has pulled out all the stops and taken us for a fantastic ride. It starts with a bang and doesn’t let up and the pacing in this novel is superb. Pretty much un-put-downable.

In John Cannon we have a very relatable and very likeable hero – one whose heart and bravery are always clear, and who takes on his nemesis, Jacobs, for all the rights reasons and in all the right ways. The novel’s other characters are finely observed, and the villain is as intriguing as he is disturbing. Add to that a quick succession of carefully drawn settings and non stop action and you have a recipe for thriller success.

A fantastic conclusion to a wonderful trilogy – I’ll miss having a next instalment to look forward to, but I’m sure John Howell has much in store for his fans with future works, and I for one am eager to see what comes next.

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Also by John W. Howell


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My thanks to John for sharing this lovely tribute to his sister and for kindly participating in the Blog Sitting Special.. I am so delighted to have left the blog is such great hands. Please show your appreciation by sharing thanks Sally.


49 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special – My Sister by author John W. Howell

  1. Not from a family of siblings that are particularly close, it is lovely to hear from someone who maintains what seems like an ongoing friendship with his sister. She sounds like an amazing woman with an inspiring spirit. Thanks for sharing.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  4. I love stories like this that reveal the amazing human spirit! John, your sister is incredible, and I am so happy that the two of you will be going to Scotland. When my sis (and spouses) went to Ireland (my family roots), it was miraculous. May your journey will be the same! 🙂

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  5. What a beautiful tribute to your sister, John. I just love reading stories of triumph and people who never surrender to their dreams. And I love that your treasure your relationship with your sister. Enjoy Scotland! 🙂

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  8. Thanks for sharing your tribute to your sister, John. She sounds like a strong woman. I’m sure you’ve looked up to her your entire life, and she never disappoints. The book review sounds great too.

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