J. Conrad Guest

Biography

I write novels about everyday people dealing with the universal ideals of love, loss, regret, and death—and the emotions associated with those ideals. A reader once told me that my work was, “Gritty, entertaining… real. Romance for the non-romantic.”

My first novel, January’s Paradigm, was published by Minerva Press, London, England. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January’s Paradigm, “(readers) will not be able to put it down.” I have two other novels based on the Joe January character, One Hot January and January’s Thaw. Both are available from Second Wind Publishing.

In 2008 I completed Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, which is available from Second Wind Publishing as well as from Amazon in both book and Kindle formats, and from Barnes and Noble (Nook). Backstop was nominated as a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for their spring 2011 course, Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime.

Chaotic Theory, a novella that explores the conjecture of how the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil might result in a tornado in Texas, is now available from Amazon in book and Kindle formats.

In April 2010, I completed my fifth novel, The Cobb Legacy, a murder mystery that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb, and the shooting death of his father by his mother. The Cobb Legacy is now available for download for your Kindle, Nook, EPUB, MOBI or in PDF.

Death is considered a universal ideal in fiction writing, so you’ll want to check out A Retrospect in Death, which is now available from Second Wind.

500 Miles to Go is set during the golden era of motor racing (the 1960s). The story follows young Alex Król as he seeks love while making his dream to win the Indianapolis 500 come true. 500 Miles to Go is now available from Second Wind.

I’ve completed, A World Without Music, speculative fiction set against a backdrop of romance, has been accepted for publication and will launch in late 2014.

I’ve commenced my next novel, Forever a Philanderer.

My fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications, including Cezanne’s Carrot, Saucy Vox, River WalkJournal, 63 Channels, The Writers Post Journal, Redbridge Review, and Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine. My sports writing can be found at Bleacher Report.

Where to find J. Conrad Guest online


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The Cobb Legacy
A murder mystery that spans two centuries written around baseball legend, Ty Cobb, and the shooting death of his father by his mother.

One Hot January
Given the chance to live life over again, would your turn your back? The meat of Joe January’s story is largely about regret: how, through his own foolishness, he lost the two women who meant the most to him.

Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings
Told in his own words during the seventh game of the World Series, in what could be his last game after fourteen years in the major leagues, Backstop chronicles his rookie season, takes the reader to Chicago, where he finds romance, and reveals the heartbreak he endured in the aftermath of an adulterous affair.

Books

Bathman
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Dedicated to those of the Dilbert generation: overworked, underappreciated and certainly underpaid. This short story provided for your quick reading entertainment by J. Conrad Guest, author of the detective novel series, "One Hot January" and "January's Thaw", and the romantic baseball novel "Backstop, A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings".
Back Home Again in Indiana
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Nonfiction
Four men of a certain age make an all-night drive to attend the 2011 Indianapolis 500. This short story provided for your quick reading entertainment by J. Conrad Guest, author of the detective novel series, "One Hot January" and "January's Thaw", and the romantic baseball novel "Backstop, A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings".
Do You Like to Kill?
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: Free! Words: 1,210. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2012 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
It’s strange how a comment, even made in jest, can affect an impressionable young mind. This short story provided for your quick reading entertainment by J. Conrad Guest, author of the detective novel series, "One Hot January" and "January's Thaw", and the romantic baseball novel "Backstop, A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings".
January's Thaw
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,310. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Many people obsess over their past, but no one more than I. Perchance it’s because, as a man out of time, I left behind so much of it unlived. If that makes little sense, consider that I’m a time traveler.
Eight Seconds Less
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(3.33 from 3 reviews)
War: It brings out the worst in men even as it brings out the best. Read as an unnamed protagonist serves as judge, jury and executioner.
A Case of Writer's Block
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: Free! Words: 950. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
(2.00 from 2 reviews)
A fictional Character encounters his author in New York's Central Park, as the latter endeavors to overcome a nasty case of writer's block.
One Hot January
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,500. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
My name is Joe January. I was a private investigator from the South Bronx, circa 1940. Was once described as an indignant Humphrey Bogart. Who am I to argue? The difference between Bogie and me is that I was the real McCoy.In truth, I'm no Joseph Conrad, but I wrote every word on these pages. This is my story; but make  no mistake, it's anything but make believe. I know, it reads like science
Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings
By J. Conrad Guest
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,370. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2009 by Second Wind Publishing, LLC. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Told in his own words during the seventh game of the World Series, Backstop chronicles his rookie year, finds romance, and reveals the heartbreak he endured in the aftermath of his adulterous affair. You’ll cheer for Backstop as he plays the most important game of his career, haunted by the ghost of his father, and fights to win back the heart of the woman he loves more than the game.

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