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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 :
Perfect Trust (Book Three in the Rowan Gant Investigations) by M. R. Sellars © 2002 Willow Tree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)
Book Three of the Rowan Gant Investigations picks up where Book Two (Never Burn a Witch) left off. Actually, it picks up a bit before Book Two ends
One of the things I like about Mr. Sellars’ writing style is that it is a first-person narrative. You get to see and experience things from Rowan’s point of view. Another thing that I really enjoy is that his characters are all too obviously human. They are fully believable, short-tempered, loving, caring individuals. If that sounds contradictory to you, it sounds real to me. I may not live in St. Louis; I may not be in the software development field; I may not have a homicide detective as my best friend, but I can easily identify with, and relate to, his characters. I may not be them, but I certainly know them.
As is to be expected, each case Rowan finds himself drawn into reveals the inner workings of each of the main characters in greater depth. This is maintained along with the ability of each story to stand on its own. It is nice to have read the preceding books, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.
This particular story finds Rowan questioning his own sanity for a number of reasons. This is something which many Witches can identify with, I am sure. We experience moments when we question the validity of our own experiences and wonder if, perchance, we are losing it.
This case is a first for Rowan in several ways. For one thing, his ability to control his spiritual operations (for lack of a better description) is severely compromised. For another, his treatment by entities that have crossed over is unique in his experience. And then, there is the fact that this is his third involvement in this sort of activity within the past twelve months. Any one of those factors would be enough to keep one off-balance. All three of them are just a bit too much, even for someone raised in the Craft.
Rowan Gant is no super-human hero. He is beset by all the emotions shared by the rest of the human race. Although he subscribes to the Wiccan Rede, even that is not an absolute. When his wife is endangered, he desires vengeance and is not above homicidal thoughts.
It is enjoyable watching Rowan, Felicity, and all the other major characters in this series grow and develop. Each book in the series has been a real pleasure to read. I don’t anticipate that changing any time soon.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Cannot wait to read more of his books. A real shame they are not sold in the book stores.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 06, 2011 :
I'm getting to love these characters and these stories. I like best the combo of spiritual outlook with a really great yarn/mystery.
This was my first purchase via Smashwords and have done it again. WILL do it again. However, I miss that it will not keep my place all over. Otherwise, it is VERY good.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)