The Contract by John Howell & Gwen Plano #RRBC #RWISA

It is such an honor to tell you about this new book co-written by fellow RRBC and RWISA members, John Howell and Gwen Plano! Pick up a copy today. I promise you will enjoy it.

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Jan, for inviting us to join you today. We are honored and grateful to be featured on your blog where you have such good writing and music.

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.

When they stepped out into the brisk air, Brad wrapped his arm around Sarah and pulled her close. “Will you be warm enough? I have a jacket in the car.”

Sarah didn’t know how to respond. With his arm around her, she felt warm—in fact, a bit more than just warm. Maybe I should accept his jacket, but I don’t want to wear it and give up his arm.


“I just thought that it had been a while since a gentleman had his arm around me.” I can’t believe I just said that.

Brad turned to face her, his hands now around her waist, “I hope you like being held close.”

Sarah nodded, her eyes welling. Brad leaned and offered a first kiss. Sarah felt fifteen again, swept off her feet by prince charming.

“If I keep my arm around you, will you be warm enough?”

Sarah beamed. He had reframed his question, and she nodded yes.

Brad smiled. “I thought so.”

Under a street lamp busy with swarming intruders, Brad drew Sarah close, and with tenderness, kissed her. When she relaxed into his arms, Brad took a deep breath in, and his eyes shone wetly as he exhaled. Was he falling in love with her too? It seemed that neither of them wanted the moment to end. Sarah savored Brad’s warmth and strength. It felt so right, so natural, as though he and she had been lovers in times past. This is where I belong, she thought, in his arms.

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

Both John and Gwen are members of the prestigious RAVE WRITERS INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS and THE RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB.

58 thoughts on “The Contract by John Howell & Gwen Plano #RRBC #RWISA

  1. Congratulations, John and Gwen on the release of The Contract! This is a great book! Best of luck with the launch 🙂
    Jan, great to see two such lovely people on your lovely bog today! 🙂

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  2. The Contract is sure to be a superb read and I look forward to journey. With two exceptional writers as authors I’m sure to be glued to the pages. Happy release day to John and Gwen! Lovely to see both on your wonderful blog, Jan!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Mae. I agree with you that you are sure to be glued to the pages. It is such a unique blend of writing styles and perspectives coming from both John and Gwen. It’s the perfect Yin and Yang. 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Today Jan Sikes is helping spread the word on The Contract. Jan is a member of RRBC and very supportive of her fellow author members. Jan has also written a series of exceptional books and is an accomplished musician and songwriter. A visit to her blog will be an inspiration. Thank you, Jan

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  4. Thank you, Jan, for this lovely post introducing THE CONTRACT. I am ever so grateful for your endorsement and support. Working with John on this project was a delight and a rare tutelage. And, being recognized by the Rave Reviews Book Club is an honor I cherish. 🙂

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    1. It is my pleasure to host you guys, Gwen. When you first put the word out that the two of you were collaborating on a book, I knew it would be the perfect blend of spiritual and thriller. And it is! I wish you both much success.

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  5. I’m so pleased to see John and Gwen and their exciting new release featured here. Thanks so much for the lovely job of hosting, Jan. They are both such talented authors and their collaboration on “The Contract” is a superb and seamless blending of their very different writing styles. It’s a pleasure to share in such an exciting time.

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  6. I loved this collaboration and the outcome:”The Contract”. Perfect blend of action and other-worldly romance. Happy release week!

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