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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 :
The Law of Three (Book Four in the Rowan Gant Investigations) by M. R. Sellars © 2003 Willow Tree Press eBook $2.99 (U.S.)
As Book Four in the series of Rowan Gant Investigations opens a living nightmare from Rowan’s recent past is back. It has been less than two years since a self-appointed “witch hunter” tried to kill Rowan, and was presumed to have died during that attempt. Rowan never believed he had died, and he was proven right. Now their lives are set to intersect once again.
It has been a hectic couple of years for Rowan. He has had to deal with the death of fellow Witches and Pagans; his own sense of disconnectedness had to be addressed; his wife was kidnapped; six young women had been killed, and that didn’t even count the necessity of maintaining his family life and keeping up with his work in software design. But, a new year has dawned, and there is nowhere to go but up, right?
Then a man is found executed, a man Rowan knows. Rowan got started in all these investigations because a former student of his, currently High Priestess of a coven, had been the first victim of the “witch hunter”. Now one of her students has been executed, a young man Rowan and his wife, Felicity, have worked in circle with after the death of the young lady in question. It has come full circle.
This book explores in great depth the workings of the relationship between the “witch hunter” and the forces of his delusion. Eldon Porter, the aforesaid “witch hunter”, sees Rowan Gant as the “leader” of the conspiracy by Satan in the St. Louis area. He won’t be content with Rowan’s death, but is convinced that it will make it easier for him to carry out “God’s work”.
We see more of Rowan Gant’s interactions with local and federal law enforcement groups, including his butting heads with a local office who epitomizes the idea of an intolerant Bible-thumper. He receives some unexpected support in his confrontation with her. We also get to see some more of his wife’s Irish temper.
The book ends with a cliff-hanger ending, thus preparing us to move swiftly forward into the fifth book in the series, Crone’s Moon.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on July 06, 2011 :
Best one yet! Scariest one yet.
I'm reading thru the books in order and love the experience.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)