The Contract between heaven and earth

11 Jun

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a great start to the week. I’m participating in a blog tour to introduce an exciting new novel, THE CONTRACT by John W. Howell and Gwendolyn M. Plano. I’m excited about this new thriller. Both John and Gwen are very talented authors and members of the Rave Reviews Book Club. Their writing styles are fascinating and very different, so this collaboration intrigues me. I’m really looking forward to reading this book.

I’m going to allow John & Gwen to take over now. Don’t forget to leave them some feedback in the comment section. Thank you!

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Vashti, for inviting us to join you today. We are delighted to be featured on your blog, and indeed feel like neighbors (you being the writer next door). All the best to you!

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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 appearsto 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 tumbleas 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.

A child cried among the sea of moans in the burial ground that once was a school. An eight-point-five earthquake had hit San Diego and buckled the structure, trapping the children. Rescue teams lifted chunks of concrete, looking for any sign of hope, while sirens whined, and anguished parents screamed as rescuers lifted one lifeless body after another from the rubble.

In the darkened classrooms of twisted metal and collapsed ceilings, angelic beings held each child. They formed part of the divine regiment, sent to comfort and escort the children to their heavenly home.

“Mommy,” the voice said, faint and failing.

An angel responded, “Come, little one. Youaresafe with me.”

Without effort, theyoungster floated above his body, and with the angel, he ascended into clouds of bright iridescent hues. The wisps of color surroundedhimand obscured the destruction and terror below.

“Johnny,” hecalled out when he noticed his friend nearby in the clouds.

Johnny looked and waved in return. “Hey, Pauly.” He, too, traveled with an angel.

Then Pauly spotted other children on all sides of him, accompanied by celestial beings. He smiled and said to his guardian angel, “My friends are all with me.”

Authors Bio.

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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

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John and Lucy

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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Gwen and her kids.

Thank you for visiting!


48 Responses to “The Contract between heaven and earth”

  1. robbiesinspiration June 11, 2018 at 12:39 am #

    This book does sound great, Vashti. Thanks for hosting John and Gwen. I love the photographs, they are a nice touch.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q June 11, 2018 at 12:46 am #

      Hi Robbie! It really does sound good. I’m sure it’ll be one of those books that’s hard to put down. I love it when I get photos like these. They are lovely. Thank you for stopping by and supporting these two fabulous authors! ❤ xx

      Liked by 3 people

    • Gwen Plano June 11, 2018 at 5:42 am #

      Thank you, Robbie. All the best to you. ♥

      Liked by 3 people

    • John W. Howell June 11, 2018 at 7:33 am #

      Thank you, Robbie.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Gwen Plano June 11, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    Thank you, Vashti, for this lovely post. I so appreciate your support in announcing The Contract. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to birth a book. Your kind generosity warms my heart immensely. Thank you, thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q June 11, 2018 at 10:49 am #

      You’re so welcome, Gwen. We indie authors have to stick together and help each other out. Otherwise, who’s going to do it? Besides, both you and John are very talented, so it’s a pleasure. Thank you for the kind words. I wish you both the very best! ❤ xx

      Liked by 2 people

  3. John W. Howell June 11, 2018 at 7:26 am #

    Thank you, Vashti for the warm welcome and the support for The Contract. Your help is so appreciated.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. John W. Howell June 11, 2018 at 7:32 am #

    Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Gwen and I are delighted to be visiting with Vashti Quiroz-vega today. She is helping with the introduction of The Contract. She also has a very successful book titled The Fall of Lillith which should not be missed. Thank you, Vashti for your support.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. cowbolt June 11, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    Reblogged this on Adam Boustead's Blog.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. karenringalls June 11, 2018 at 8:20 am #

    An exciting and spiritual book by two great writers. Thank you for hosting them today, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q June 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Karen! It’s been fun hosting, John and Gwen. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m sure it’ll be a great read. Thank you for stopping by, my friend! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

    • John W. Howell June 12, 2018 at 8:24 am #

      Thank you, Karen. We appreciate you.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jill Weatherholt June 11, 2018 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks for sharing, Vashti. I love the personal photos!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Mae Clair June 11, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Another great stop on the tour. Loved the candid photos too. Congrats to Gwen and John, and superb job hosting, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. yvettemcalleiro June 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    I look forward to reading this book! Both Gwen and John are amazing authors on their own, so I know that this book will be fantastic! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q June 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

      I agree. The collaboration between John and Gwen really intrigues me. They are both talented but with very different writing styles. I look forward to reading this book too. 😀 Thank you for stopping by, Yvette. I appreciate you.

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    • John W. Howell June 12, 2018 at 9:28 am #

      Thank you, Yvette. Super compliment.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. Soooz June 11, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    Thanks for hosting another great post on this exciting new release, Vashti. It’s a pleasure to see the pictures John and Gwen have shared with us here. How lovely to be witnessing the birth of a great book.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Natalie Ducey June 11, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    Fabulous post and share, Vashti! Big cheers to John and Gwen. So thrilled to visit so many stops supporting such amazingly generous, talented souls. Cheers to all. Love the family photos as well. Just awesome! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Marje @ Kyrosmagica June 12, 2018 at 3:06 am #

    It’s lovely to see two writers collaborating together on a book. Good luck to John and Gwen. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  13. A.M. Manay June 12, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

    Sounds exciting!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q June 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

      I agree. It really does. Thank you for stopping by! 😀


  14. D.L Finn, Author June 13, 2018 at 3:16 am #

    I am playing catch up on the blog tour! Enjoying it and really enjoyed the book!

    Liked by 2 people

    • John W. Howell June 13, 2018 at 8:20 am #

      So nice to see you, Denise. Thank you.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q June 13, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Denise! You’re such a huge supporter with your reading and reviews. Thank you for that. It’s always great to see you here. Thanks for the visit and comment! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Jacqui Murray June 15, 2018 at 11:07 am #

    Thanks for hosting Joh, Vashti. I’ve read others of John’s books. I expect this will be just as good!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q June 15, 2018 at 11:30 am #

      It’s been my pleasure to host both John and Gwen. The Contract is a collaboration between the two of them. I have read John’s work too and he is very talented. The combination of John’s writing style and Gwen’s should make for a fascinating read. Thanks for stopping by, Jacqui! 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  16. marethabotha2013 June 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

    Thanks so much for hosting John and Gwen, Vashti. Sorry I’m so behind the times, but I’m glad I caught up with your blog post!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q June 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm #

      Hello Maretha! It’s never too late. Thank you for stopping by. It’s lovely to see you here. It was my pleasure to host John and Gwen. I’m sure their book is great. 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

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