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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.
on Feb. 19, 2012 :
Blood Moon: A Rowan Gant Investigation by M. R. Sellars © 2008 WillowTree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)
I began reading the series several years ago and got hooked from the very first installment. And that is why I have a dislike for books series. If they are any good (and this series is better than good) they take what seems like forever for each new book to come out. I had the good fortune to find this series in 2005, when I had the pleasure of reading six books in very short order. After that I had to be satisfied with one excellently written book per year, and I am not a particularly patient individual.
Rowan Gant, along with his wife Felicity, is a practicing Witch in St. Louis. He is a computer consultant and she is a professional photographer. And he “feels” dead people, often at inconvenient time and very strongly. He has a friend, Ben Storm, who is a full-blooded Native American and happens to be a homicide detective on the Major Case squad of the police force. Can you spot a trend here?
Rowan has dealt with serial killers in the past, including at least one who wanted him dead, as well as one who wished the same for Felicity. He has dealt with ritualistic killers, witch hunters, and Vodun lwa. But a vampire? Even Rowan has trouble with this one.
There are, as you would expect from a well-written mystery, twists and turns, red herrings, good guys and bad guys (who sometimes are hard to tell apart), and solutions to mysteries. However, as you would expect from a well-written series, there are questions unanswered, and circumstances unresolved at the end of the book.
We learn more about one of Rowan’s major antagonists on the police force, get a glimpse into what is to come when he confronts his wife’s half-sister, and are left waiting to see where all of this is going.
If you enjoy mysteries; if you enjoy books with an occult theme by people who know what they are talking about; if you enjoy well-written books, you don’t want to miss this book, or any in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)