John McDonnell


Publishing is going through a revolution, and I'm happy to be part of it. I write horror, humor, sentimental stories, and anything else that comes out of my imagination. One thing's for sure: my e-books will entertain you.


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Pep Talk Man And Other Stories!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,640. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
What do a cranky princess, a sassy devil, a werewolf, a couple of joyriding aliens, and an incompetent superhero have in common? Well, they sprang from the wacky imagination of John McDonnell. Based on John's popular short plays, these stories will give you plenty of laughs. The writing is a cross between P.G. Wodehouse and Groucho Marx, with a little Seinfeld thrown in. Enjoy!
Mary's Secret
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,510. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
A beloved character from Book One of “Rose Of Skibbereen”, Mary Driscoll now has a book of her own. Her story is one of passion, betrayal, theft, bootlegging, murder and love, from turn of the 20th century, through the Roaring Twenties, up to the Great Depression. Mary's humor, grit, and pathos -- and her secret -- will stay with you long after you finish reading this remarkable story.
Rose Of Skibbereen Book Six
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,800. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Rosalie Morley, descendant of the original Rose of Skibbereen, has an attraction to Perry Lukens. There are warning signs that he's a dangerous man, but she can’t resist his energy and passion. She has strange psychic dreams, and then Perry is accused of murder. Years later someone is stalking Rosalie. The story climaxes in a terrifying scene at the top of a local mountain.
Rose Of Skibbereen Book Five: Rosie
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,990. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Book Five of the Rose Of Skibbereen series covers the 1980s and 90s, as Rosie Morley opens a bar and restaurant in New Hope, PA, and meets a handsome futurist named Jack Caldwell. He believes in the promise of the future, while she hears psychic promptings from the past. This story encompasses violence in Northern Ireland, the quest for true love, the healing of old wounds, and surprising twists.
13 Horror Bundle
Series: Horror Shorts. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,800. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
There's a chill at the end of every story in this horror collection. Here you'll find a beast in the basement, an Irish sea monster with silver skin, a troll who does online dating, a vampire with killer legs, a chocolate drink with a nasty kick, a man who reverses the aging process, a ghost who murders again and again, and other scary characters. These stories will sink their teeth into you!
Rose Of Skibbereen Book Four: Rosie
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,120. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
The fourth book in the Rose Of Skibbereen saga, this one follows the family through the 1960s. The main character, Rosie Morley, ends up in Swinging London in time for the birth of British rock 'n’ roll. At the same time, her son Pete is getting shot at in Vietnam. And Mercy, the stepsister Rosie has never met, comes back to Philadelphia. Each person faces a different crisis in this installment.
Rose Of Skibbereen Book Three
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,450. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Inspirational
Book Three of the Rose Of Skibbereen romance/family saga covers the turbulent years of the Great Depression and World War II. In this book Rose comes to terms with the death of her first husband Peter, and learns the secret that made him such a troubled soul. She receives more visits from the spirit of her dead mother, and warnings from an Amish psychic. Her family grows and faces more challenges.
Rose Of Skibbereen
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,390. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The beginning of a family saga about Rose Sullivan, an Irish girl who comes to Philadelphia in 1880 and finds love, heartache, loss, and unexpected joy during the tumultuous years around the turn of the century. She marries an Irish mystery man named Sean McCarthy, who has a violent past and a secret life, and he takes her to new heights and depths of passion. Filled with unforgettable characters!
Rose Of Skibbereen Book Two
Series: Rose Of Skibbereen, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,050. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
The second installment in the family saga of Rose Sullivan, who immigrates to America in 1880 and falls in love with a mercurial Irishman named Sean, who killed a man in Ireland. It's a story of love lost, bootleg liquor, the birth of the movie industry, a standup man, a secret in a locked steamer trunk, and the tumult of the 1920s in America.
Rose Of Skibbereen, The Beginning
Price: Free! Words: 9,380. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » USA
(4.40 from 5 reviews)
The first book in a family saga about Rose Sullivan, an Irish girl who comes to Philadelphia in 1880 and finds love, heartache, loss, and unexpected joy during the tumultuous years around the turn of the century. She marries an Irish mystery man named Sean McCarthy, who has a violent past and a secret life, and he takes her to new heights and depths of passion.
48 Really Useful Web Sites
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,640. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Web / search engines, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Web / general
(5.00 from 1 review)
This book has links to some of the most useful Web sites on the Internet. Inside you'll find links to sites where you can save money, get weather information, research any question, watch TV shows, do photo imaging and graphics, get ideas, build your vocabulary, do math, make international business contacts, search message boards, find recipes, plan your weekend, download free software, and more.
Up A Tree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,050. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Lauren Summers never forgot her first kiss, and when she goes back to the place where it happened, 30 years later, she gets stuck in a tree 30 feet in the air. She is saved by a handsome stranger with flashing blue eyes named Tom Connell. Then the man who gave her that first kiss, Jimmy Vance, shows up. Will she recapture her youthful passion with Jimmy, or is Tom Connell the man for her?
Love In Winter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Alice has never driven a car before, but she steals a car and drives off in a blizzard and finds a most enchanting and mysterious diner. This is a story of hope and love fulfilled, told in a dreamlike manner.
Bone Chillers
Series: Horror Shorts, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,190. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Do you like to feel afraid? Then read "Bone Chillers" a collection of nine scary stories. Here you'll meet shape-shifters, transformers, monsters, water spirits, the undead and the unclean. There are people with blood on their hands and vengeance in their hearts. Whatever your phobia, whatever your weakness, the Bone Chillers will expose it!
Funny Fantasies
Series: Funny Shorts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Another hilarious collection of short stories from John McDonnell, "Funny Fantasies" has tales about an Irish genie in a lamp, a bratty teenager abducted by aliens, a princess and a zany dragon, a village pharmacist who has to deal with customers who've been turned into werewolves and gnomes, a Bertie Wooster style adventure written in homage to P.G. Wodehouse, and much more.
Goodbye To Mr. Fluffy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,730. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The stories in this book are sweet, sentimental, and they tug at the heartstrings. From a mother who's saying goodbye to her only son as he goes off to college, to a father trying to make contact with his daughter as he's dying of cancer, to an old man who is saying goodbye at the grave of a silent film actress, these stories will touch your heart in unforgettable ways.
Larry The Alien Book Two
Series: Funny Shorts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Book Two of the wacky adventures of Larry The Alien, who came to Earth to conquer it but ended up tending bar for a guy named Murphy. Larry gets anxiety attacks and changes into things like a six foot tall pink rabbit, a walrus, and a chimpanzee. He lives with a dysfunctional family and has many funny adventures with them.
Creepy Stories
Series: Horror Shorts, Book 4. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
These horror stories will stay in your mind long after you finish reading them. They're shocking tales involving a predator who gets a nasty surprise from a mysterious woman on the subway, a candymaker who's discovered a secret Aztec recipe for a chocolate drink, and two women who find that their deceased father had a very jealous first wife.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,770. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A gullible girl from Minnesota comes to New York to become an actress. She has a lesson with an acting coach/therapist to help her get over her fear of confined spaces. This is no ordinary acting coach, however. When he invites her down to his basement to face her fears, that's when the screaming starts. A short horror tale that builds to a shocking climax.
Big Chills
Series: Horror Shorts, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,920. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
More scary stories from a master of psychological horror. This collection has a giant, a time traveler, a bad babysitter, a man who's looking for the fountain of youth, and a bunch of other characters who get the surprise of their lives. The horror builds to a climax, and there's always a surprise ending. These stories will expand your mind and squeeze your airways as you gasp for breath.
Facebook Ate My Life, And Other Poems
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Categories: Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Are you tired of Twitter? Are you frazzled from Facebook? Here's a humorous poem about the perils of too much social networking. With three bonus poems that will tickle your funny bone.
13 Scary Stories
Series: Horror Shorts, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,790. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
The second e-book in the popular series of horror fiction by John McDonnell, "13 Scary Stories" will give you a chill, and a chuckle too! These are short, scary stories that depend on twists and surprises, and a heavy dose of psychology. There are trolls, vampires, man-eating tigers and jealous lovers. They're scary stories, but there's a helping of humor in them also.
The Adventures Of Larry The Alien
Series: Funny Shorts. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
The first eight stories in the popular Web series about a timid, shape-shifting alien named Larry and his friends at Murphy's bar. Featuring the hilarious Edna, who has a shaky relationship to reality. If you like humor that's a combination of P.G. Wodehouse and Monty Python, you'll love the Larry The Alien series.
13 Horror Stories
Series: Horror Shorts, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
If you like bone-chilling horror, this book is for you. It's horror that makes you think, horror with a surprise ending, horror that keeps you up at night. These are tales of revenge, of betrayal, of the power of love (or is it hate?) to overcome even Time and Space. Short and not-so-sweet, these stories will stick with you long after you finish reading them.
The Christmas Gift
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,600. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Dolls, Fiction » Holiday » Family
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
A heartwarming story about a doll named Constance and how she learns to love a little girl named Sarah in the Great Depression. It takes place in 1937-38, when a homeless girl named Sarah steals the doll from a wealthy woman's house in Philadelphia. Sarah and Constance have many adventures, and both of them learn the value of opening their hearts to love.

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Smashwords book reviews by John McDonnell

  • The Next Stop (3 complete short stories) on Feb. 15, 2011

    Alain Gomez shares my love of short stories, and I generally enjoyed these three works of short fiction. The first story, "The Sacrifice" is the weakest, but it moves along at a good clip and has a satisfying ending. It's set in 16th century Spain (the time is not specified, but that's my best guess). I don't know if Alain intended this, but the three stories are set in the past, the future, and the present, which makes for an interesting symmetry. "The Sacrifice" was a tad predictable, but satisfying nonetheless. The second story, "Celebrity Space", is set in the future, and has a great surprise ending. I was not expecting the ending at all, and it was a pleasure to have my expectations upset so thoroughly. This one had some good character development and dialogue too. The third story, "A Model Railway Man" could have come straight from the old Twilight Zone TV show. It's a well-written story about a man with a bit of an obsession. This one also has a surprise ending, and it's a good one. This book is definitely worth reading. Here and there it could have used an editor to take out some of the wordiness, but that doesn't detract from the good storytelling on display here.
  • Confessions and Secrets of the Avid Book Reviews Blogger: Book Bloggers Sell Books on April 16, 2011

    This is a short but valuable book, because it gives some tips on how to promote your book by getting it reviewed by book bloggers. I learned that these book bloggers are passionate about authors they discover, and they're the best friends an indie author can have. There are some links to further resources on this topic, and I'd have to say this was a valuable book for me, and it opened up new doors in my marketing efforts.