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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 :
Miranda by M. R. Sellars © 2010 WillowTree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)
I have been anticipating this book for quite a while. If you’ve been reading my reviews for more than a couple of years, you know that I am a big fan of M. R. Sellars’ work. Since I picked of my copy of Harm None “A Rowan Gant Investigation” (the first installment in the on-going drama which is Rowan Gant’s life), I have been hooked.
This book continues the saga, although it brings a cycle to a close. The series will continue that much is obvious, since Rowan has decisions to make. The “Miranda” cycle has ended, but Rowan is still committed to helping people on both sides of the veil.
This book sees Rowan suffering for a number of reasons, some of which are unexpected. If you have read the previous books in this cycle you know who (and what) Miranda is. She is hell-bent on possessing Rowan’s wife (Felicity), and will let nothing stand in her way. To that end she deprives Rowan of the one thing which he hates, but which gives him the edge he needs – his connection to those who have passed over. For years he has wished that he couldn’t hear them, but when they go away, he realizes that he has come to depend on the information they give him.
Rowan nearly dies (which isn’t terribly unusual for him), and finds himself being offered a new job. As if his work in the computer field and consulting with the St. Louis Police Department Major case Squad didn’t keep him busy enough, the Feds want him to work with them.
M. R. Sellars has not lost his touch. His writing continues to be compelling and engrossing. If you like novels which are firmly set in the real world; which treat Wicca as a normal part of life (even if some parts of it are a little “Hollywood”); and which sound like conversations you would hear on the street, this book (and its predecessors) will be something you can kick back and enjoy. My one warning, however, is that you MUST be aware just how addictive they can be. Don’t plan on doing anything else once you crack the covers. It is a great way to spend a weekend at the beach.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)