#BadMoonRising Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell #supernatural #paranormal

Most of you will probably recognize today’s author and, like me, became devoted fans of his furry friends Lucy and Twiggy from their first appearances on his blog. He also puts smiles on our faces every week with his Fri-yay/Good News posts. If you’ve read Eternal Road, some exciting news waits for you below. Find out why he’d like to be cast in the movie, Halloween. Welcome John W. Howell!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

This one is easy. Since I always wanted to be a writer, I bought the book Misery. The blurb promised an exciting read about an unusual relationship between a fan and an author. How bad could it be, I thought to myself. OMG, what a wake-up call that one was. If you haven’t read the book, I’ll try to keep the description from being a spoiler. The fan was mad at the author for killing off a character in his draft manuscript. She had him bound and then punished him in a way that made me throw the book across the room. I read many of Stephen King’s books before this but never had this kind of reaction.

Would you buy a doll that you knew was haunted?

I would never even touch a doll that I knew had a haunting history. I get creeped out by dolls when I see them in people’s homes. I think I invested too much emotion in the movie that featured Chucky. When I see a collection of dolls watching from some shelves or, heaven forbid, a bed, I want to run for the door. I don’t understand why folks collect dolls, and I’m sure they have their reasons but am grateful that no one I know has them.

If you were stuck as the protagonist in any horror movie, which would you choose?

If I was in a horror movie, I think I would like to be in Halloween. After all, it was the first of the series and did have Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, and Nancy Keyes in their 1978 best as central characters. I could see me trying to comfort and protect Jamie. I always liked Donald Pleasence’s work and would love to be standing there when he said the line, “My God, he is the boogeyman.” Also, I think it would be a kick to help various cast members from making big mistakes. I mean, “Do not go into the basement. What the heck is the matter with you?”

What is your kryptonite as a writer?

My kryptonite as a writer is that big ole hole I drop into when doing research. Whenever I start researching something, I keep going until I find myself on some obscure path that usually leads nowhere. For example, I remember one time wanting to look up the kind of pistol Wyatt Earp was carrying at the OK Corral. I found the answer pretty quickly, but then, following some strings, I found myself reading the transcripts from the trial of the Wyatt Brothers that was a result of the gunfight at the Ok Corral. Hours later, I managed to break away and lament the loss of writing productivity for that day. I wish I could say I learned a lesson on researching more quickly, but I go through the same thing almost every time.

Do you feel you’d be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

If I wore sparkly socks during my writing sessions, I’m not sure I would be a better writer. I know that when I looked under the desk, I would get a good laugh from what I saw. I could also get the same effect by wearing a suit from the old days. I could just see myself now. Sporting a tie and maybe some high-shine oxfords would give me cause to chuckle as I passed a mirror. I think the point is nothing you could wear would improve your writing skill. The only way to do that is to keep on writing.

What are you working on now?

I am finalizing the sequel to Eternal Road, with the title of The Last Drive, for launching in January 2023. It is a story about James and Sam, the principals from Eternal Road, being called back into action to find a soul and his guide who have disappeared from the Eternal Road. Sam suspects some skullduggery by Satan and receives verification when Lucifer confronts her and James. Lucifer is up to his old trick of wanting to capture a desirable soul. Lucifer sends Sam and James on several hair-raising trips to force them to give up a soul in trade for saving others. The trips include the California gold rush, the ancient roman coliseum, Super Bowl I, The Titanic, Auschwitz, the East/West railroad build, and the Garden of Gethsemane.

Eternal Road is the story of two people finding their way through the selection process leading to the place where one will spend eternity. Yes, it is true. They both have passed away. James Wainwright just died in an auto accident. Samantha Tourneau died seventeen years before. Sam is James’s guide to help him decide where to spend eternity. This is not your usual thriller or paranormal romance. It is a piece of fiction that is a combination of inspiration, adventure, time travel, sci-fi, a touch of erotica, and a dash of spiritual. In short, it is a lot of things, but hopefully, a story that will make the reader happy to have read it. 

Purchase Links

Kindle Universal link  mybook.to/EternalRoad

Paper universal link mybook.to/Eternalroadpaper

Author Bio and Social Media

John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written five other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. 

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

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241

Twitter –https://www.twitter.com/HowellWave

Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7751796.John_W_Howell

Amazon Author’s page –https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/john-w-howell

118 thoughts on “#BadMoonRising Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell #supernatural #paranormal

  1. Pingback: Bad Moon Rising. I’m With Teri Polen Today. | Fiction Favorites

  2. Thank you so much for the lovely feature, Teri. I’m always excited to participate in Bad Moon Rising. It is a treat to be here and visit each day to read the fascinating things going on with other authors. This is a special event each year.

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  3. Loved this interview, John, and have a few minutes to comment before I get back outside for more clean-up. First, I agree with you on Misery, only maybe more so. It was the most mean-spirited, hateful book I’ve ever read. It put me off Stephen King forever. And second, I’m totally with you on research bottomless pits. Even looking up a word in the dictionary can cost me an hour or more as I keep spotting other words I’ve never heard of, and must read about them, too.

    I’m glad to know you have a sequel to Eternal Road coming out in January, and I’ll be watching for it! Great post, John, and thanks for showcasing another wonderful Bad Moon Rising guest, Teri! And best wishes for huge success with The Last Drive, John!

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      1. 😂I definitely skipped the movie, and prefer Dean Koontz’s books now. Plenty scary, but not nearly so mean. (Plus he writes women better and often includes a golden retriever or two along with the shivers. What’s not to love? 😁)

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  5. I can relate to the research rabbit trails. Look for one thing and three hours later…

    I’m so looking forward to The Last Ride. A stop on the Titanic? Can’t wait to read about that one. Wishing you all the best on the upcoming release, John.

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  6. Great to see John here and learn a bit more about him and his writing. Now I have to read Misery, and I’m thanking my stars I haven’t seen the movie, so it will be fresh. And John, I like normal dolls, especially for little kids that are practicing nurturing. Chucky… not so much. Lol. Thanks for sharing a peek into your WIP too. Another super fun BMR post, Teri. 😀

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    1. I’m really hoping you do a post about that doll collection, Robbie. Perfect time of year for it. And serious bonus points if you get footage of them moving around the room or watching your boys while they sleep.

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  8. John has such great answers! I agree, research can be a huge time waster. But is it? You can always use some of that stuff for another story or even give you new ideas for the current WIP. I am soooo excited about the sequel to Eternal Road coming out in 2023. Can’t wait.

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  9. I’ve never read Misery, but I have been known to throw a King book across the room. Amazing how he can bring that out in readers, LOL.

    John, those transcripts of the Wyatt brothers trial sound extremely interesting. I’m going to have to look them up. That is one rabbit hole I would gladly disappear into.

    I really enjoyed Eternal Road and look forward to The Last Drive.

    A great BMR interview, John and Teri!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author

    Misery was terrifying, John, although not my scariest King pick, in my top three. Dolls never bothered me, except talking ones. I always want to remove the batteries. Sparkly socks would bring a smile but your are right hard work makes a good writer eventually. I love the new cover, and look forward to the release! I am a fan of this series.

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    1. When you mentioned removing the batteries, it reminded me of something, Denise. Our boys had an X-Men jet that started making noises on its own in the middle of the night. I removed the batteries, but ten minutes later, it started again. It spent the night in the garage. So weird!

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  11. alexcraigie

    Loved this, John! I can’t watch anything that has a ventriloquist’s dummy in it – and I’ve never watched Chucky because people who know me kindly tipped me off!
    I’m another one who falls down traps on the Internet of things when looking for something specific. I don’t mind, though, because some of the things I uncover make me happy or fascinate me. I’m with Mae Clair – I need to look at those Wyatt brothers transcripts!
    Great post . Thanks, Teri!

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  12. I can relate to your research rabbit hole problem, John. And I agree—dolls are creepy and sparkly socks aren’t going to help me, but they would make me laugh. Actually, they’d probably just bother me. I almost never wear socks.

    Excellent post. I loved your answers and am looking forward to The Last Drive.

    Many thanks, Teri.

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    1. That rabbit hole can be a dangerous place and a total time sucker, and I’ve had to claw my way out more than once. I also don’t think sparkly socks would help me, but I like to think my Star Wars socks offer the occasional inspiration. Thanks, Staci!

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  13. Teri, I’m so glad you’ve brought John over today! I’ve learned some new things about you, John! Halloween has always been my favorite of the horror films, so I can appreciate your response here. And boy can I appreciate the research rabbit hole! But I’ll admit, it’s one of my favorite things to get lost in! Great share you two!

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  14. What a fun interview, John and Teri! And I love the cover of John’s latest, The Last Drive. Very provocative and alluring! I am so looking forward to reading it. As for research, I can’t begin to imagine the hours I’ve spent both intentionally and by pure distraction. Rabbit holes and I are bedfellows these days. Thank you both for the Sunday delight!

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  15. Good news about The Last Drive coming up in January! I’m looking foward to it. I had to laugh at your creepy dolls comments. My son-in-law refuses to spend the night in our guestroom because the first time he slept there, my great-great aunt’s doll LuluBelle sitting in the little rocking chair creeped him out. (I’m thinking it must have been her banjo eyes.)

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  16. Victoria Zigler

    I’m right there with you on the research rabbit holes. There’s so much interesting stuff to learn about, and one thing leads to another, and before you know it… Oops! Where did the time go?

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  17. I love your answers, John, and had to chuckle at the sparkly socks and suit and tie response. 🙂 We agree on Misery. I still think it’s King’s best work. The new book has me intrigued. I loved the first one and sounds like Sam and James are in for another adventurous ride! Thanks for the great feature, Teri!

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