Most of this I have already shared but I am repeating what I wrote earlier in April.
I received some kind email from C**** asking about future books. It made me stop and realize I have readers who are wanting to read the next books I write. This is a deeply appreciated honor. I never imagined in my early years yearning to be published that I might actually write a novel that someone enjoyed much less wanted to see more books in the series. It is very humbling.
I wanted to update everyone on the delays of the past year on getting more of my books out to you. In March, 2020 at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, my daughter began having some serious health issues. Casey is the bravest person I know and has endured a lifetime filled with epilepsy since age 8. In March of 2020 she began having some serious anxiety issues (didn’t we all?) And began to suffer from crippling abdominal pain.
For the past 16 months we have been on a nightmarish journey through the medical establishment trying to diagnose her pain. And, I am a doctor who is very much a part of that industry and even I could not get clear answers.
We now know she has chronic pancreatitis, a chronic illness that produces the most painful episodes known to medicine. And, we finally pinned down the cause to a sick gallbladder for which she has had surgery. All of this has become the center of our family’s world. My wife and I have invested all of our time and effort into helping our daughter. That is what parents do under these circumstances. That means many of the important things in our life become less important in the face of the urgent!
I did manage to produce two books in 2020 thanks to the free time I found during the COVID pandemic when our economy was shut down. I had planned to release two books by July1, 2021 but that has now been pushed, hopefully, into the fall.
C***** asked some other very good questions I hope to address in upcoming blogs. I want to get back to my writing. It is my salvation; my sanity; my only way of working through the perils of life.
Here is what I am planning. The next Jonathan Steel book features a new character, Dr. Jack Merchant. Dr. Merchant has his own book series I started writing on about 15 years ago. He is a forensic radiologist. Yes, there is such a thing. But, Jack needs to be introduced to you before he meets up with Jonathan Steel. I had planned on releasing both books at once: “The 7th Demon: The Unholy Triad” and “Shadow Merchant” the first book in the Jack Merchant series. I am planning and hoping this will still happen soon. I am about 80% finished with both books.
And, I was asked about Ruth Martinez from “Death By Darwin”. I have a trilogy planned with her and I have decided she will be in the next Jonathan Steel book after the 7th Demon. She’ll have to defend a certain man with turquoise eyes after he is arrested for terrorism.
Once again, thank you so much for reading my books. I never went to take you for granted and I am grateful and humbled that I can produce a work that will, in some small part, both entertain and hopefully encourage people.
July 9, 2021
First off, request for prayer for Mark Sutton who is receiving treatment for a viral infection. Not COVID! Since he has had a lung transplant, he is immunosuppressed. He and Donna are still planning to be in Shreveport this weekend (they live in Florida) for his book launch of “Demon Undertow”.
We will be in the Well, the coffee shop of Brookwood Baptist Church (at the corner of I49 and Bert Kouns) this coming Saturday, May 15th from 5 to 7 PM. Free coffee and snacks. And, FREE books.
That’s right. Charisma Media, the publisher of my two books, “The 13th Demon” and “The 12th Demon” have returned all rights to me along with remaining inventory. So, this coming Saturday you can come by and pick up a FREE copy of “The 13th Demon: Altar of the Spiral Eye” as long as supply lasts. And, in addition to that, I will be offering the second book, “The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon” and the third book, “The 1tth Demon: The Ark of Chaos” for only $2.50 each. This gives you a chance to sample the Chronicles of Jonathan Steel and see if you would like to continue reading the entire series so far.
But, the feature of our Book Event is Mark Sutton’s newest book: “Demon Undertow”. The cover alone has caused a bit of a stir, but the book is riveting and redemptive in its ultimate message.
Here is a synopsis:
The ocean-side community of Hidden Beach, Florida, is under attack. A series of murders has the police scrambling to find the killer, and as the body count rises, they narrow their search to Henry Watchman, pastor of Hidden Beach Community Church. Though the pastor denies having any part in the murders, he and his wife, Jenna, are hiding a terrible secret.
Vincent Anderson, a young detective on the force, is bending his time and effort to catching the pastor –but the murders continue. And behind it all, a shadowy force rises from the ocean’s depths. Though unseen, it pushes men and women to the brink of ruin. If not stopped, the sinister force will swamp many of Hidden Beach’s citizens in a Demon Undertow.
In addition to this book, Mark’s other fiction book, “Pitfall” about the war in heaven will also be offered. Also, our book, “Hope Again: A Lifetime Plan for Conquering Depression” along with a set of LifeFilters will be offered.
Come on by Saturday evening and have a cup of coffee. Meet and greet Mark and Donna Sutton (we will be using social distancing because of Mark’s illness). Hope to see you there!
It has been a long, hard year. I haven’t blogged much this past year. I did manage to release two books, “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity” last May and “Our Darkness, His Light” in December.
Many of you may wonder where I’ve been. I haven’t posted much because my wife and I have been taking care of our daughter. Casey has had some tough health challenges this past year and all three of us are frankly exhausted. COVID has made things very difficult because of Casey’s susceptibility to serious disease and we have had to be especially careful. I won’t go into details about our adult daughter but we covet your prayers for her chronic illnesses.
Because of these issues, I haven’t had a chance to do much writing. I am trying my best to finish two books this year. First, a new book, “Shadow Merchant” a story about a forensic radiologist who must solve his wife’s murder when he is accused of the crime. The reason I am trying to finish this book is Dr. Jack Merchant is a minor character in the next Jonathan Steel book, “The 7th Demon: An Unholy Triad” which will feature the seventh, sixth and fifth demon who join forces to destroy Jonathan Steel.
There is an update on my first two books, “The 13th Demon” and “The 12th Demon”. Both books have now been returned to me by Charisma Media, the original publisher. I am planning on updating both books to their original length and storylines and will publish both books in a combined volume before the end of the year.
If you are in the Shreveport, Louisiana area I will be hosting my co-author, Mark Sutton at a book signing for his new book, “Demon Undertow” at the Well (coffee/book shop) at Brookwood Baptist Church on Saturday, May 15th from 5 PM to 7 PM. Since Mark has received a lung transplant, we will be enforcing pretty strict safety measures. But, I will be signing copies of “The 8th Demon” and “Our Darkness, His Light”. Also, I have about 100 copies of “The 13th Demon” from Charisma and I will be allowing anyone who wants a copy to pick up one for free. Yes, I said FREE!
Hope to see you there.
Brookwood Baptist Church
9014 Brookwood Church Way
Shreveport, LA 71106
Don’t forget my book “The Homecoming Tree” about a family surviving the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas 1941 when the father, Frank Collinsworth, was at the attack on Pearl Harbor. Will he come home for Christmas? This story makes for a moving and inspirational Christmas gift.
Also, my latest Jonathan Steel book is out, “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity”. Go to the Books Tab to order.
And now, I want announce my latest book, “Our Darkness, His Light”.
Who made room in the inn for a pregnant girl? Who asked Jesus about taxes? Who carved the bowl Jesus used to wash his disciples’ feet? Who owned the rooster that signaled to Peter his greatest failure?
“Our Darkness, His Light” is my latest book. The book tells the stories of the “ordinary” people who were suddenly and surprisingly thrust into the limelight as they played a part in the greatest Story ever told. These seemingly insignificant people swirled around the events of the life of the Prince of Peace from the crowded streets of Bethlehem to the empty tomb. Each person was an intended part of the Story – in their pain, their weakness, their failings, their flaws, their darkness. These ordinary people were a part of the Story God was unfolding, the nexus of redemption, the center of all of time and space coming into focus on the cross. Their darkness allowed the Light of Life to shine into the world — Jesus Christ.Read the rest of this entry
Today, you can now find the print version of “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity” on most sites. Here is a link to Amazon.
And, a lot of people want to know what Numinosity means. Here are the definitions I included in the book:
- Of or relating to a numen; supernatural.
- Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place.
- Spiritually elevated; sublime.
- Arousing spiritual or religious emotions
- Mysterious or awe-inspiring — Latin numen, divine will
The term numinosity isn’t too well-known beyond the academic study of religion and anthropology. In a sense numinosity is like the more familiar term luminosity. But numinosity refers to a subtle, spiritual light instead of an outwardly visible light such as the luminosity of the moon. While numinosity and luminosity may coexist, they remain somehow different.
Something numinous has a strong religious quality, suggesting the presence of a divine power. When you enter a temple, church, or mosque, you might feel as though you’ve entered a numinous space.
Numinous comes from the Latin numin- meaning “divine power.” This word also comes from numen, a word used to describe the spirit or divine power characteristic of a thing or place. However, you don’t have to be in a strictly religious environment to experience something numinous; you might see the beauty of a painting or the melody of a song as numinous — if they communicate a spiritual vibe.
Definition from vocabulary.com
If you stop and think, you can probably recall a moment in your life when something was so overwhelming awe inspiring, you felt a flicker of the divine.
When I was about 8 I had such a moment. My family lived on a 62 acre farm in Blanchard, Louisiana. My father and mother owned four houses: our house plus three rent houses. My house sat on the main road leading from Blanchard into Texas. We had a huge front yard and across the road was a vast undeveloped forest. Our house had only two bedrooms and when my sister got married and moved out, I finally got my own bedroom at the age of 7.
My bedroom was on the front right hand corner of our house overlooking the front yard. There were several huge trees in the front yard. Once in mid spring, we had the windows open for the cool night air. We only had one air conditioner in the living room. Our windows were the old fashion heavy wooden panes with glass that was slightly undulating.
One morning I awoke just before dawn. I turned over in my huge bed and tucked my elbows beneath me looking out the open window at my front yard. There was a mist on the dew covered grass and in the distant shadows still lingering under the trees I saw the green flickering lights of fireflies. In the huge tree in front of the front porch I heard birds chirping so quietly their voices barely echoed across the yard. Dew dripped from the wisteria vine the encircled the tree like a huge python. Daffodils and spider-lilies had sprung up across the yard. The cool, moist air was alive with these fragrances. A deer stepped out of the woods across the road and sauntered into the front yard followed by two small spotted fawns. A rabbit sat nibbling the fresh grass.
Something came over me and I felt as if time stood still and I was pulled into a moment of absolute peace and contentment where I could feel the design of God unfolding in front of me. It would be decades before I identified that experience as a “numinous” experience.
Have you ever had such an experience? If so, share them with each other. In this time of quarantine and restless paranoia and fear, we could use a quiet, peaceful touch of the Master’s hand; a reminder that God is still in control and all will be well!
While on a flight to meet with the mysterious “Max”, Jonathan Steel is the only survivor when his passenger airplane crashes in the Swiss Alps. He is accused of being a terrorist and is placed under house arrest. Meanwhile, Josh’s new friend Olivia possesses a set of virtual reality goggles called the “Third Eye Interface”. Soon, they are pursued by assassins bent on obtaining the goggles and have to flee the country. Their plans are interrupted when they are both abducted by a dangerous person from Josh’s past. Max helps Jonathan escape house arrest and sends him on a mission to London to rescue Josh and Olivia. Once there, Jonathan learns he must enter the virtual world of “Numinocity” created by Dr. Sultana Thakkar, a renowned neuroscientist who is also in league with the eighth demon. Her plan is to use the Third Eye Interface to enslave millions in Europe with her virtual world. Josh and his friends must enter Numinocity and stop the eighth demon before she enslaves millions in demonic possession.
Today, the ebook version is available at most book sellers. The print version will be available on May 20th and you can preorder it now. Above is the cover of the book. I hope my readers enjoy this journey into the unknown. Thanks for following me. More to come in the near future about “The 8th Demon”. You can visit my author page on Amazon here.
The cover is done. I’ll share it with my readers on Monday. For today, here is a photo. This is the Lyceum theater in London and it is featuring the Broadway production of “The Lion King”. Lots of construction is going on about the theater.
On the far side of the entrance there is a small, winding alleyway and at night being down that alleyway can be a bit dicey. It certainly was for Jonathan Steel and a grisly crime he witnessed sometime in his past.
A flashback of that night changes everything for Jonathan.
Did you know you could once ride a dog sled at the “top of Europe?” Jungfraujoch is an amazing area in the Swiss Alps where, during winter, visitors have a dozen sports to enjoy. The top of that mountain is just a train ride away.
In “The 8th Demon”, there are still dog sleds to be found on the top of this mountain. It is because of these dog sleds that Jonathan Steel was able to survive a horrendous tragedy. It won’t be long before we find out all about that “tragedy”.
Ten days to two weeks for the final book cover and then “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity”, the 6th book in the Chronicles of Jonathan Steel will be on its way into my readers’ hands.
For today’s photograph, there is an open window into a top floor room in a building on the Seine River in Paris, France. This little open window leads into a small apartment. In that small apartment a stranger is fighting for his life. Who is he? Who is he fighting? What will be his fate?
It won’t be long, now.
In the image below, you can see what Jonathan Steel saw during a flashback vision recounted in my upcoming book, “The 8th Demon: A Wicked Numinosity”. In the photo, you can see Parliament and Big Ben from one of the “capsules” of the London Eye. The London Eye is a large Ferris wheel type structure giving a bird’s eye view of London, England.
Why was Jonathan Steel on the London Eye and who was he with? You won’t have to wait much longer. The final manuscript is finished and the book is laid out ready for publication. It will take a couple of weeks to complete the cover art and then I will release the book before the end of May.