David Howells


Doctor of Chiropractic since 11/1984.
Former Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Lutheran Medical Center, St. Louis, MO.
Volunteer EMT, Hurley Fire and Rescue Squad, Hurley NY.
Folk musician, volunteer soundman for the Hudson Valley Folk Guild.
Kiwanis Club of Kingston.
Society for Creative Anachronism fighter, archer, and chirurgeon.
Greetings and welcome to my website. Thanks for stopping by. I welcome you to download VANESSA with my complements and see if you like the style. I'm told by readers the first two chapters are a slow acceleration (others say 'no problem') and then it takes off from there as a great page turner. Each of the four sequels had good reviews on first released a few years back, so I hope you'll try those as well. Time Snap and Hell Rise were more recent efforts I hope you'll like. The short stories have been a lot of fun to write, and are getting good response levels. Thank you all so very much! Long and merry life, best of health,
David L Howells

PS: I've done my best to filter out errors in the copy, but if you see one on any of the works, please notify me at twosword at earthlink dot net? I'd appreciate it (just include a three word sequence and which title, and I'll fix it with a search and correct).

Happy reading!

Where to find David Howells online


Switch Child 2
Price: Free! Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Karl Hoffman has an adopted son like no other. Colin's mind is six years old, while his body is six feet underground. The child now exists in the electrical conduits of computers, cables and power lines. How do you raise a child who can only communicate via digital media? What kind of great service can such an intelligence render humanity? What kind of damage is he capable of?
Other Shoes, Other Feet
Price: Free! Words: 14,070. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
It wouldn't be the first time the crime of murder disrupted a family, but how often does that crime happen in a previous life?
One More Time, New Roads
Series: One More Time, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
The fourth and final installment of the One More Time romance serial. Sam and Elsie have moved into their new home, have begun their new part time jobs, and are ready to lay back and plan their wedding. Life has a few more surprises in store before the big day, though. Though on in years, the aging couple stand strong together against what life throws in their paths.
One More Time, Pet Project
Series: One More Time, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 7,770. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is the third installment of the One More Time serial. Sam and Elsie have made huge strides to close the doors of their past and open up a new door for them both to walk through. The house is turning out wonderfully, and both agree a pet is in order. That is where agreement ended, and their first hurdle began. Sometimes, the smallest things can cause the biggest rifts.
One More Time, Takes Two
Series: One More Time, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 10,800. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sam and Elsie have overcome some of the fears and awkwardness of carving out a new life for themselves. How could either of their homes, the places they shared with their former spouses, allow for something new and untethered to the past? The painful decision to break from the familiar to allow the new is hard to make.
Half a Mind
Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
Imagine two separate minds existing in one body from even before birth. What trials and troubles would such a dual intellect in a single body go through as an infant, as a pre-schooler, in high school? Imagine what might happen if such a person were to appear in criminal court. Now, suppose the charge was murder?
Sand Soldier
Price: Free! Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
Life is not a circle...it's a spiral. You come back to not where you were, but a place that has familiarity. Arny Woods' earliest and fondest memory was in playing soldiers in the sandbox in the back yard. He was too young to see the cycle return in high school, but the shock of combat at D Day opened his eyes.
Graduation Day
Price: Free! Words: 9,600. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(5.00 from 1 review)
Andy and Gail were salutitorian and valedictorian respectively. Their task was to encapsulate 4 years of high school at graduation into a memorable 20 minutes. With a lot of soul searching, help from others, and the student body, the commencement speach became something no one would soon, or ever, forget.
One More Time
Series: One More Time, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When the one you love passes on, leaving your sunset years wanting of warmth, a person can wonder if that is the way the rest of their lives will go. In One More Time, two long time friends and next door neighbors realize they might very well find warmth once more in each other over and above being best friends. That leap is harder and more complicated than they thought. Reviews welcome!
Price: Free! Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
When a man by mishap is locked into a sensory deprivation chamber for two days, he comes out changed. But what was he changed into? Some believed he was forever delusional. The man and others believed he was taken over by a holy angel to work miracles in the psych ward. Two college students doing a research project find more than they expected...much more. Review and 'favorite author' welcome!
Switch Child
Price: Free! Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
An aging handyman winding up his employment years at a chronic care facility finds himself connecting to a child patient, though the boy registers as brain dead. The boy, Colin, is able to reach past the barriers in a way no one else has ever done, and Karl the Handyman tries to help, while protecting the boy from the dangers success would bring. Reviews and 'favorite author' are most welcome!
Sins of the Fathers
Price: Free! Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Who was the hostage taker, and why did he request Captain Roger Burhans as an intermediary? There were three prisoners in a small building that was built like a fortress. The negotiations game had begun, but the gunman's plan of multiple revenge strikes would eventually destroy more than one life. Misery loves company, and hate will provide it. Reviews and 'favorite author' status very welcome!
Fallen Colors
Series: Vanessa, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 154,280. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
In the final book of the Vanessa quintology, an autistic child receives the protection of an angel. The Fitzgalen Family continues their mission of soul assistance, and finds themselves growing in number, both in human and entity members. Why? The answers are found in the mind of a child with Asperger's Syndrome.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 139,050. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00 from 1 review)
HELL RISE - The sequel to Time Snap. Hell is not what it used to be, as the Fallen Host radically change how they manage Human souls. One of Lucifer’s leading Angels wants Moriah back in Hell and will stop at nothing to either bring her back, or destroy her.
Vanessa - Mended Harps
Series: Vanessa, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 144,670. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
VANESSA: MENDED HARPS – Sequel to Vanessa: All Heaven Breaks Loose. When a human spirit merged its energies with an ancient oak tree during the Battle of the Rhinebeck Cemetery, a new species was born. Amidst legal entanglements that hamstring the Fitzgalen Family’s efforts to pursue its mission of spirit liberation, a greater question arises; how do you deal with an emerging competing species?
Vanessa - All Heaven Breaks Loose
Series: Vanessa, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 155,930. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ever since humans began to wonder of the world’s miracles, knowledge of death and what comes after was precious and elusive. The Fitzgalen Family appears to have new authority in this awareness. That unwanted notoriety has a way of creating devotees, and very powerful enemies. Sequel to Vanessa - Family Tree. Prequel to Vanessa - Mended Harps.
Time Snap
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,410. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
“In The Beginning” tells us that the first thing to be created was Time. When the machinery of Time fractures, all animal life on Earth freezes except those near enough to Heaven’s observation portals. While Heaven races to repair the machinery of Time, Heaven's Host watches over Humans wandering through frozen life seeking other survivors, while watching out for out for Opposition Host.
Vanessa - Family Tree
Series: Vanessa, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 139,400. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sequel to VANESSA. The epic battle was over at the Edwards Estate. The Fitzgalen Family regroups to lick its wounds, mourn its dead, and pursue their mission of saving souls stuck on the Earth plane. What happens when an underground spirit desperately hiding from judgment beneath the ground doesn’t want to be found, and is ready to strike anyone who tries?
Series: Vanessa, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 145,470. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
A mentally fractured powerful spirit of a Georgian plantation holds in thrall the men and mounts of a Civil War foraging party to daily avenge the death of her husband and children by putting the enemy spirits through Hell. Ryan Fitzgalen, ancient and clairvoyant thanks to a WWII experiment using electromagnetism and his ghost wife must call in their descendents to battle undying hatred.

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Smashwords book reviews by David Howells

  • An Apocryphal Ghost on April 04, 2013

    Very different from the writing styles I've come across so far. It's written almost like a mini-play, and one can visualize the actors. That said, the personalities of the actors were all strong and passionate, as Latin characters are often portrayed in Spanish speaking channels. That is a presentation that can become tiresome over time, where we need a peaceful valley to keep the peaks of passion in perspective. I see talent and cleverness in plot construction, and admit my ethnic literary style preferences causes me to give only 4 stars.
  • The Old Schoolhouse on April 13, 2013

    How far we have come, yet how much we have strayed. It is the theme that ran consistent in The Old Schoolhouse. Being of Welsh extraction though woefully ignorant of ancestral touchstones, I was pleased at the sense provided by Noelle Ryan (the latter being my son's name) that let me hear, taste, see and smell a time rescued from erosion.
  • I, Crime Writer on April 15, 2013

    Hat's off to the Limey Lord of Literature, and this colonial means that with the highest of compliments. Each story was different, lively, and more often than not, twisted in a delightfully wicked way. Don't make this bathroom reading, or the family will disown you for camping out.
  • I, Paranormal on April 19, 2013

    This was such a change from his delightful murder related collage, though you can see Anthony's breadth of awareness and appreciation of variation in both. I agree with the other evaluation where references might have been nice, but don't feel it as necessary as that was not the scope the author chose to present...for free, by the way. This was not a light and easy read, but it was most thought provoking.
  • I, Sci Fi Fan on April 19, 2013

    Most enjoyable. I can see how Anthony has woven his actual scientific views noted in his non-fiction works into science fiction with credulity.
  • Single Guy, Lonely Grill on April 20, 2013

    How to classify a story? I have that trouble often. This would have done just as well in children's literature, given the object lesson and life preparation potential. It's good for 'family' and even, obliquely, romance. Throw in some sci-fi flavored anthropomorphism while you're at it and here it is...the beloved mutt that has something for everyone. Oops, add mystery genre, sort of. The story didn't let on the specific ID of the machinery, but the cover was the spoiler. Wouldn't this one give a librarian nightmares on where in the shelves to put it.
  • Bailey M.P.D on April 20, 2013

    Oh, this is just too rich. I humbly request the author not to let this story line drop. I hold out my handy desk mounted book holder to you, saying, "Please, sir, I want more." Just in case he does, I'm putting this one in my library for the (hopeful) sequels.
  • Flashy Shorts on April 20, 2013

    Honestly? Mixed, though mostly positive. I really enjoyed the little flash mobs of words that came in with small numbers, danced creatively, then left as quickly as they came leaving interesting echoes in most, 'huh' in a few. There were some sentence structure errors, minor, which might catch the eye of the correct-comma-commandos. Still, this reflects a mind that has original and interesting qualities.
  • Glimpses of Shia Islam on April 20, 2013

    My spouse and I were just discussing Islam this evening (she is Jewish, I am Christian), and this book seemed to show up with the compliments of the God of us all. I enjoyed the stories, and could hear echoes of my Biblical studies. This is the first theological work I've read on Smashwords. Thank the author for providing it.
  • The Old Lady on April 21, 2013

    This was the only book in the list for this author. I hope that won't always be the case. Sean did a good deal on building up first suspicion, then dread with a healthy dose of suspense, then the climax with an unexpected twist at the end. Then the guy leaves you to decide on the bigger picture's outcome. Holy Hitchcock, Batman. But with short stories, that's a valid hook. I liked the use of colors, both present and denied, and the dual decrepitude of house and owner, both with memories rusted, fading and rotting. I wish the author good fortune and more inspired moments.
  • 95 Theses of the Clerical System on April 24, 2013

    I am mixed about this work, but a theological diatribe never pleases everyone. On the good side, there were many points that reflect my own feelings regarding the clerical orders present, recent, and distant past. His all encompassing 'they' though tends to paint the entire clergy with one brush dipped in dark paint, and this seems unfair. This work must have taken a momentous amount of reflection, which should be encouraged in reader and author alike. The spelling and syntax errors might want to be looked into, but they were a minor annoyance. Happy I read it, am better for having read it, but would encourage the author to take outside evaluations to make it less word heavy, more concise, less repetitious.
  • Short On Time on April 27, 2013

    OK,Sarah can write about not only pirates and voodoo, but time travelers. I'm seeing versatility, and that's admirable. As in the other work I perused today, there's about a dozen items that need an editor's kindly correcting hand. Surely someone so talented can find an anal retentive grammar nazi in the wings willing and able? I liked the Einstein inclusion. Like the pirate book, Sarah can take you by surprise, which I find refreshing.
  • Gliders on April 30, 2013

    Jay, you have a real talent. Gliders is a slow starting rollercoaster that jerks into a higher gear with minimal warning, which I liked, then kept jinking and torqueing right and left and up and down...LITERALLY...while I hung on (I think I broke a nail). I'm adding this to my library, you to my favorite author list. By the way, used to live in Houston myself. Keep writing.
  • Broken (a Tale of Breaking Benjamin) on May 17, 2013

    The short story is a hard animal to master, requiring far shorter word counts to bring out a whole event. Brent has a talent for taming the literary beast and making it jump the hoops. The climate of the storyline remained consistant, and the pacing kept interest from wandering. This is my first story from this author, and I plan on checking out a few more.
  • Forever Ends (From the Desk of Col. Garrett Ross) on May 17, 2013

    While I preferred the author's work 'Broken', Forever Ends also had facets worth reading. It was a little harder to keep the continuity of the plot, but not bad. It still was able to show the author's strong points of carrying a pace, keeping characters from being clones, and pulling some good twists.
  • Rosalee - a little girl lost on June 19, 2013

    What an interesting story! In a short span of words, there was a build-up of desire by the reader to lift up the child out of the morass fate had placed her in. It was a rescue story on the part of the new parents, it was an insight to how much an infant is actually aware of, and it had some good medical info for reality credentialing.
  • Jackie Peta Pan on June 19, 2013

    I did a lot of research on Asperger's both for patients and for the final book in a series I wrote. The author added more to that body of knowledge not only with describing the syndrome itself, but in fleshing out the experience of a mother in turmoil not only from the syndrome, but from all the others in her life that it touched. I like the way this was written, which included both journalism-type format and diary-type heart-felt entries. Well done.
  • All Hallows' Eve on July 05, 2013

    I liked it. Ok, that's simplistic...but I did. It was a good read, paced to keep attention from drifting, had definition to each character, revealed personality traits in an interesting way for each player, had some tongue in cheek humor I enjoyed, and threw in a surprise twist ending, giving the Reaper a personality that most people can identify with. Good job, and thanks for some insights I may use in my own future writing. David Howells, Hudson Valley, NY State, USA
  • Enigma on July 20, 2013

    Well, you've definitely garnered interest. I'm the 5th to review your book. Since the rest are brief, I'll wax pedantic, in case you're looking for constructive criticism. First, you are commended in doing your homework regarding the topography of London, the personality of the city, and minutiae regarding the regional constabulary. Though it earned you your main criticism, one still has to agree that you have a knowledge of clothing and costs that most don't share (from the critiques, it's obvious that most don't want to share). I feel you had a good story line, good character development, had a handle on foreshadowing as well as dropping the tantalizing red herring, and you managed an exciting climax. Sexuality was handled without pornography, and that appeals to me. If you aren't burnt out on this effort, I feel a rewrite would make the story a real hit. My suggestions include deleting probably eighty percent of the clothing commentary and evaluation, and have someone review your wording (for example, there was one paragraph where six sentences started with 'he'). Might want to check your formatting, as I kept getting different fonts (on two computers, using two different download techniques). Congratulations, though, on a huge effort. Don't let the grumps get you down. Most of your readers think you've got talent, including me. I'm giving 4 stars. Redo it, and I've no doubt but that 5 will be the general rule.
  • A Shenanigans Tale: Soot, Whisky and Ho Ho's on Aug. 09, 2013

    I enjoyed both stories. On the constructive critical side, I noted a thread of anger and resentment seemed to run along both stories, making me wonder if that was going to be a trademark. On the other hand, I enjoyed the innovation of a telepathic Santa and the revenge of an abused assisted care facility against an (un) care worker.
  • The Envelope on Aug. 09, 2013

    Very impressive. I've tried gay-theme fiction before but never clicked with it. This story helped me cross whatever boundary or barrier existed. This story is paced well, reveals needed truths in a timely manner, has great emotional impact, very good characters. (One glitch...do a word search and replace one bear with a beer). Keep writing!
  • That Which Devours (Tales of the Cree Medicine Man) on Aug. 23, 2013

    Excellent story line, good personality definition. One typo, count them, one. That's pretty darned good to fend off the grammar police. The 'tragic villain' of the Wendigo and its creation was interesting, and an expansion of this short into a novella would be worth considering.
  • Cartoon Heroes: Book One of the Dark Skies Series on Aug. 26, 2013

    Very well done! This is a well crafted story where the elements fit nicely together. The characters have their individualities that are comfortably human. The plot line proceeded like a good roller coaster ride. I hope there will be sequels, as in plural...please?