Never Burn A Witch: A Rowan Gant Investigation

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They burn Witches, don't they?

A deranged killer is bent on resurrecting the 15th century Inquisition, and the residents of Saint Louis are his prey. Rowan Gant's knowledge of religious history - as well as his ability to hear the dead - are once again called into play by the Saint Louis Major Case Squad.

But being a Witch can only mean one thing for Rowan - he is also the hunted. More

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Published by WillowTree Press
Words: 126,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452446912
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 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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Review by: Jan Scott on Aug. 27, 2012 :
This book reached out and took hold of my attention from the very beginning, there was no, "period of getting into the story", I was hooked from the beginning and really enjoyed this edge of your seat mystery, adventure, paranormal, and more READ. It fascinated me. Simply put this book gives away NOTHING, you don't have a clue whodunit til the very end! Well written and intense, it keeps you on the edge of your seat until you are released at the end! I highly recommend this book to many varied readers! This is the 3rd piece of M. R. Sellars I have read and each one gets better and better! I am looking forward to the Next Book "Perfect Trust"! In fact have already started it!
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)

Review by: Mike Gleason on Feb. 19, 2012 :
Never Burn a Witch (Book Two in the Rowan Gant Investigations) by M.R. Sellars © 2001 Willow Tree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)

Rowan Gant is back. And his life hasn’t improved markedly since we last saw him. He is still reliving his experiences from the first book; still recovering from the miscarriage of his child; and still trying to convince members of the Police Department in St. Louis that Wiccans are not involved in “,,,lurid orgies by the light of the full moon for the purpose of spawning demon children.”

I commented in my previous review (Harm None) that earlier reviewers had compared Rowan Gant to Mercedes Lackey’s Diana Tregarde. I said then that I agreed with them, but I feel that Gant, in several ways, surpassed Ms. Tregarde. Of course the author of this series has a few things in his favor that Ms. Lackey did not have. First and foremost is the explosion of interest in Forensics and “Crime TV” on the cable networks. There is an atmosphere of acceptance that was not present before. Secondly, there is an indefinable appeal that Rowan Gant exudes that was missing with Diana Tregard.

If you have not read these books; if you enjoy Pagan/Wiccan friendly fiction for adults; if you are willing to look beyond the shelves of your local mega-bookstore, do yourself a favor and buy these books. Use, do a Google search to find out where else you can find them, but buy these books.

It is such a pleasure to read adult fiction from an author who knows modern-day Wicca, that I find it hard to recommend these books too much.

There will be things you won’t agree with; Gods know I’ve got a couple of issues with Mr. Sellars’ views. Don’t let that stop you from reading these books and enjoying them.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Fretta Inman on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Fantasic read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Brandi Jenkins on April 11, 2011 :
I read this book first, as I was unable to get the first of the series. It was incredibly engaging, with cliffhanger chapters and an ending that leaves you guessing. Definately a worthwhile read, as well as its fellows in the RGI series.

I downloaded the epub version for my Nook, and own it in paperback, which I was able to get signed by M. R. Sellars himself. I highly reccomend not only this series, but any opportunity to meet the author, as he is a joy, hillarious and quite witty and down to earth. I also highly reccomend following his blog on his web page for a good laugh throughout your week.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Roxanne Bare on Nov. 06, 2010 :
This book was my first introduction to Rowan Gant. The characters in this book were engaging and true to life. Some of the magick in the book was perhaps a bit over the top but the author intended that. It was a nice combination of suspense and mystery with just a hint of fantasy that works. I completely enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the others in the series.

I purchased this book in Epub format for use on my Sony Reader. The quality of the document was excellent and was worth every penny.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

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