Recently I ran a series Public Relations for Authors which focused on how we are perceived by those who view our profile photographs, biographies and presence on social media. This included guest posts on other writer’s blogs. Here is an opportunity to not only promote your own blog or books, but those of someone you admire as well.
Is there an inspiring individual, blogger or an author you would like to give a boost to who might enjoy joining you for a coffee and a piece of cake with us all?
Details on how to participate are at the end of this next post in the series.
Author John W. Howell has brought fellow writer and co-author of The Contract, Gwen M. Plano for coffee.
Introduction by John
I would love to invite my good friend Gwen Plano to your place for coffee and cake. I first met Gwen when we were both members of a book club. Gwen had written a memoir Letting Go Into Perfect Love, and because I was hosting her on a radio broadcast, I read the book. I don’t usually read memoirs, but it became apparent to me while reading the book that Gwen was an extraordinary person. She detailed her life of commitment to her family. This was despite being mentally and physically abused by her spouse. She had been married to this person for over twenty-five years. I couldn’t wait to ask her why it took so long to separate from this man. Her answer stopped my cold. She felt a duty to her children that transcended any personal misery that she was going through. Finally, she did leave when it was clear her kids would be safe.
Now, people like this don’t grow on trees, and it is rare to meet someone who has the strength and faith to stick to a commitment for better or worse. Gwen is an influential person driven by her unwavering belief in the sanctity of the spirit. She has accomplished much in her life and continues to grow and develop at a time of life when most would grab a rocking chair and a porch. She continues this growth undeterred by personal health issues and a growing need to support others in her family who are facing challenges of age.
Gwen and I had a baby together. Oh, wait. That didn’t come out right. Let me start again. Gwen and I wrote a book together titled The Contract. An example of Gwen’s growth potential is that she was willing to try something completely new. She had never written a thriller before and yet was ready to move out of her comfort zone. So together, we both pretended we were thriller writers and completed the book. Gwen took to thrillers like a duck to water and wrote two more as a solo author.
Co-writing The Contract was a fun project. We laughed and cried while we wrote together. The nice part is I think the reader won’t be able to tell where the Plano begins, and the Howell leaves off. By the end of the first draft, we were committed to donating our styles and voice to one result. I think we are both proud of the work. I know it was a rewarding experience for me, and I can’t imagine writing another book with anyone else. Gwen has become a close friend, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.
About Gwen M. Plano
Gwen M. Plano, aka Gwendolyn M. Plano, grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling. Recently retired, she now lives in the Midwest with her husband and enjoys writing and travel.
Gwen’s first book is an acclaimed memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love. Her second book, The Contract between heaven and earth, is a thriller fiction novel, co-authored by John W. Howell. It has received multiple awards and is an Amazon Best Seller. The Choice, the unexpected heroes is the sequel to The Contract. It is also a thriller, involving the attempt of an unfriendly nation to take over the world. The third book in the series, The Culmination, a new beginning is an action-packed military thriller that spans the globe and involves multiple Heads of State and the threat of World War III. Only love can change the fate of humanity.
When Gwen is not writing, she out and about in the beautiful Ozark mountains which she now calls home.
Books by Gwen M. Plano
A recent review for Culmination
About John W. Howell
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 tension. The final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016 concludes the thriller series. John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood, launched in October of 2017 tells a different thriller story of riches to rags, football, Wall Street, brotherly love, redemption, and inspiration with a touch of paranormal to keep you riveted.
The fifth book is a collaboration with the award-winning author, Gwen Plano titled The Contract. Heavenly bodies become concerned about the stability of the Earth and send two of their own to risk eternal salvation in order to save the planet. The Contract achieved number one status in its genre. John’s latest book is titled Eternal Road – The final stop and launched in September 2020. In search of their eternal home, Sam and James discover a threat to human existence. They also encounter the prince of darkness. The question is; can they save humankind and their eternal souls. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.
John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
Books by John Howell
A recent review for Eternal Road
Without a doubt one of my favorite authors. John W. Howell’s books always have a great story to tell; his knowledge of history, psychology, personality, human laws shines through. It makes his books fantastic, fun to read, magical, special…
I love the characters in the Eternal Road! Not perfect, but always believable… and you don’t always know for sure how this all will turn out in the end! I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to all lovers of the paranormal, thriller, and mystery.
My thanks to John for bringing Gwen along for coffee, both wonderful authors and lovely people.
I hope to hear from you with the information about your guest and your work (if you have not been featured here before).. thanks Sally.
Some ideas of the guests you might bring to coffee.
- An author you have just read for the first time who you would like to introduce us to.
- A blogger who is very supportive of your own blog or books.
- A new blogger who you would like to showcase
- An author or blogger who inspires you and your work.
- A blogger who goes out of their way to support others by reviewing books and promoting on social media.
- Someone in the public eye who is inspirational to others in medicine, charity, education, who has overcome challenges to succeed.
- Anyone you feel deserves a boost.
The format of the post
- An introduction by you of around 200 to 400 words about your guest. Be creative and tell a good story
- Their photograph, biography, Amazon or book links and if you have them their social media links. I will find if not.
- Your photo, biography, Amazon or blog links and social media links (if you are in the Cafe and Bookstore I will have those).
Send your introduction and the links to email@example.com and we can sort out a date to air your post.