The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Annette, for inviting us to join you today. We are so grateful to be featured on your lovely blog. With you we breathe in and exhale gratitude.

The Contract


Available on Kindle and Paperback

Kindle priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

The CONTRACT is a different story for writers John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano. For either of them, it is their first attempt at co-authorship. After a year of Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, they have created, what they have termed, an inspirational thriller that bridges heaven and earth.

Here is the blurb:

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.


Here is an excerpt.

Sarah didn’t know what to say. The room flickered with candlelight and the fireplace crackled with its flames, but the tenderness in Brad’s eyes warmed her heart the most. The evening had taken a turn she hadn’t expected but welcomed.

Sarah said, “I guess there’s a lot I don’t know about you, not the least of which is that you appreciate The Prophet. Do you write poetry?”

“My poetry isn’t worth sharing.” Brad shook his head. “I write it, but I keep it locked up in my desk. How about you?” Brad stared at Sarah intently, as if trying to read her soul.

“I, ah, I write very little poetry. You know, I don’t have any formal writing background, and I feel that handicap when I attempt to write poems. It has so many rules to follow, which I don’t know, and that makes me feel hesitant to even try. Sometimes, though, the moment demands a poem, and then I write.” Sarah smiled.

“I like that phrase, sometimes the moment demands a poem. Don’t you think this is one of those moments?” Brad reached across the table and placed his hand on hers. Though a simple act, it awakened a storm of emotions in Sarah. As much as she tried not to, her eyes welled with tears. She didn’t feel sad, not at all, but Brad’s gentleness brought her into her own vulnerable heart.

Authors Bio.

John Howell Head shotGwen's headshot

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The last, Circumstances of Childhood is a family life thriller story and launched October 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

Available on Amazon at

Gwen had a lengthy career in higher education, and it was there that she published her first book, Beyond Boundaries, for students interested in volunteer work in developing countries. After she retired, she wrote her award-winning memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love.

Gwen lives in Branson, Missouri with her husband.

Gwen’s books.

Available on Amazon at

32 responses to “The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

  1. Thank you so much for helping spread the word about The Contract, Annette. Your header is gorgeous and support appreciated.

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  2. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    Annette Rochelle Aben is hosting Gwen and me on our tour to introduce The Contract. As most of you know, Annette is uber supportive of Indy authors and is described as a Communicator, WordSmith, Artist, Guide, Mentor, and Muse. Check out her blog and see for yourself why she is described in this way. Thank you, Annette.

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  3. Thanks for sharing John and Gwen’s release, Annette! By the way, Annette is my middle name. 🙂

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  4. Thank you, Annette, for showcasing The Contract on your beautiful website. I’m entranced by your work. All the best to you. ♥

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  5. On my kindle and sharing the post! 🙂

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  6. How awesome to see John and Gwen over here today, Annette. Maybe you need to have them both on “Tell Me A STory!” I’d love that.

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  7. Thank you so much, Bette. Very kind of you. 🙂

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  8. Wonderful to see Gwen and John here today, Annette. Sharing ❤️

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  9. This sounds like movie material. Congratulations to two wonderful talents!

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  10. Well done, John and Gwen.

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  11. So fabulous to see The Contract getting so much attention. I’m very intrigued by the excerpts I’ve been reading, especially in regards to the developing relationship between Sarah and Brad. Congrats to Gwen and John.

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