Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation

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Rated 4.80/5 based on 13 reviews
THE WITCH AND THE DEAD

They say dead men tell no tales, but truth is they tell me way too much. I’m Rowan Gant, a Witch with a curse. I can hear the dead. It all started when the police asked me to look at some occult symbols found at a crime scene. Almost as soon as I saw them, the victim started speaking to me.

Now I have to find her killer if I ever want to sleep again… More

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Published by WillowTree Press
Words: 114,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452478944
About M. R. Sellars

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a “guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program.” Legend has it he started making up stories to entertain a stuffed bear during his single digit years, then began writing them down sometime around his early teens when the growing catalogue of fiction started causing him to experience migraines. Although he had several short stories and newspaper articles published during his early adult life, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series.

Sellars says that the biggest adjustment he has had to make with his writing career is coping with the time spent away from his family while traveling on promotional tours. Still, he approaches the necessity of public appearances with the same humorously deadpan and satirical wit that he applies to life in general, stating, “As long as I have an RC Cola and a bag of peanuts, I’m all good, Bubba.”

All of the current novels in Sellars’ continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Amazon.com Horror/Occult top 100. In 2010 a short e-novella featuring a supporting character from the RGI cast spawned a new series, The Special Agent Constance Mandalay Novels, the first in the spinoff being IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER, which hit the streets November 2011.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his incomparably amazing wife, equally fantastic daughter, and a pair of felines he describes as, “the competition.” At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and hanging out with friends. In order to satisfy his lifelong dream of being a satirical humor columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, twice each week he removes his glasses, dons blue tights and a red cape, then blogs about the incredibly bizarre world that is his life as a writer, husband, and father. It has been said that his blog articles sometimes blur the line between fiction and reality. To that Sellars responds, “What line?”

M. R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites.

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Reviews

Review by: Mary Ann Johnston on Jan. 21, 2013 :
I read this book and I am hooked. I can't wait to read the others by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Dratwa on Jan. 21, 2013 :
Enjoyed this book very much!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Reed on Jan. 16, 2013 :
I've read this book in paperback and now have in in kindle form so I can take it anywhere and read it anytime! Love this author and have read every single book he's ever written!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: broken angel on Jan. 16, 2013 :
It is a good book but I ended up not being able to finish it because it had too many triggers in it for me. However the writing was very good.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nims du Lac on Feb. 27, 2012 :
I read the disclaimer in the beginning and love the fact that the writer had to point out to the masses that it is a work of fiction.
I like the way the verbal vernacular is used by the characters. It makes reading it more akin to getting 'the flavour' of the character and the region that story is set in, that way. Making it an enjoyable read. I'm reading the next in the series and finding it an enjoyable read also.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mike Gleason on Feb. 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Harm None (Book One in the Rowan Gant Investigations) by M. R. Sellars © 2000 Willow Tree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)

Mr. Sellars writes from experience, that much is obvious from the very first pages of this book. Of course, in the “Author’s Note” before the start of the book he makes it clear that what follows is a fictionalized story, but that much of the information is factual. I can agree with that, even if I don’t see eye-to-eye with him. Anyone who has been in the Craft for any length of time will recognize these truths.

Previous reviewers have compared Rowan Gant to Mercedes Lackey’s “Diana Tregarde” and I have to agree with them. The story is told crisply and efficiently. The hero is very human in that he struggles to find the answers and blames himself when he fails to live up to his own expectations (while reminding others not to do the same thing).

By the end of this, the first book in the series, he finds himself cast in a role which he had not anticipated. He finds that his religious beliefs have made even deeper inroads into his day-to-day existence than he had thought. He finds his mundane job of protecting others’ computer systems has prepared him for a job of protecting other members of the Craft.

He and his wife, Felicity, help to solve a series of murders and then have to assume the leadership of a coven left suddenly leaderless. He finds himself going from relative obscurity to being a police consultant. He confronts prejudice and manages to change a few perceptions. It doesn’t happen instantly, it isn’t total, and it comes with hidden costs.

As an introduction to a new series, I found it entertaining. It lays the groundwork and makes you want to see more of Mr. Gant. It is well worth the money and effort to add this book to your fiction collection. If you enjoy good mysteries, add this to your list of books to read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Archelle Baker on Jan. 18, 2012 :
Interesting read. Good for those like me who want something "supernatural" to read but not about vampires/were-creatures, and without a corny love story. Characters are great. I'll check out the rest in this series, too.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Fretta Inman on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Very well writen. Kept me interested to the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura Ambler on Feb. 05, 2011 : (no rating)
Loved the plot, the characters, and the originality.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Damian Stepanovic on Jan. 14, 2011 :
Love the book, couldn't stop reading it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Janece Suarez on Sep. 12, 2010 :
M.R. Sellars grabs you by the neck in this first book of his Rowan Gant Investigations and takes you for a ride of exceptional skill. Not for the faint of heart, and not for the intolerant, Harm None explores the true pagan society just enough to add an edge of realism to a masterfully crafted murder mystery.
More, more, more!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Theresa Brundage on Sep. 12, 2010 :
Sellars has definitely filled a void with this UF series. The characters are multi-dimensional and have great depth, especially as the series unfolds. I actually care about them, heck, I wanna hang out with them! Action, comedy, drama and suspense are woven together masterfully with a Pagan thread. Proof that 'paranormal' thrillers don't have to include vamps or werewolves. I definitely recommend this series as must-read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Caterina O'Sullivan on Sep. 10, 2010 : (no rating)
What a fantastic read! M.R.Sellers has a way of making you feel the characters. You will know them all personally by the end of this terrific book. A murder mystery with an otherworldly flair, you're not going to want to put this one down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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