Ciao, amici! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—I absolutely LOVE hosting people on my site. It’s so exciting when someone is launching a new book and I get to talk about it.

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting fellow Story Empire author John Howell, who’s here to talk about his new book, Eternal Road: The Final Stop. Without further ado, I’m turning things over to John. Please help me give him a warm welcome.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Staci, and thank you for helping me launch this book. I know you are involved in launching five of your own books, so I really appreciate that you could help with this launch.

Speaking of my book, let me describe it. 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 you happy to have read it.

It is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle.

The Kindle edition is introductory priced at 99¢ until October 15th.

Here are the universal links:

Kindle  |  Paper


James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things:

1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only seventeen years older.
2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer, who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save humankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.


James opens his door as if his next step would send him out onto the moon. He gets out of the car and shields his eyes as he looks toward the mission. Already, Sam has climbed out of the passenger’s side, and the slam of the door makes James jump. “Geez, take it easy on the Olds.”

“You nervous?”

“Maybe a little. How about you?”

“Think about it: We’re both dead. What do you think can hurt us?”

James shrugs. “I just have a funny feeling, is all.”

Sam waves her hand. “Don’t worry. We’re okay.”

The pair take a moment to look around. Away from the car, the scenery comes into full focus. They pause at the entrance to a compound. To their right and left, walls stand twelve feet high. Men on horses and with wagons pass through a large door.
Someone calls to them, “You down there. What business have ye here?”

The two look up to see a man at the top of the wall pointing a rifle at them. Sam answers, “We’re travelers, seeking some rest at the mission.”

The man waves his rifle. “Best be gone with you. There’s a whole Mexican Army headed this way, and we don’t think they’ll be too kind when they ask us to leave.”

Sam raises her hand. “I understand, but we have nowhere else to go.”

The man shoulders his weapon and shakes his head. “Pass through the gates. I’ll see ya on the other side.”

Sam grabs James’s arm and drags him through the entrance of the mission. Inside, they have to leap out of the way when horses and wagons dart through the gates after them. To the right of the big door, they find refuge. The activity inside the mission appears frantic. Men rush this way and that. Women carry buckets and rags. Suddenly, it dawns on James that the cloths are for bandages, and the women are busy preparing for battle causalities. He turns quickly to the voice behind him.

“Allow me to introduce myself. The name’s Travis. William Travis, but my friends know me as Bill.”

James follows Sam when she takes a small step forward. “Mr. Travis. Thank you so much for allowing us to enter. We won’t be much trouble.”

Travis pushes his hat back on his head. “Ha, ha, ha. Young lady, you could not even be compared to trouble like you are going to see if you stay.”

“What do you mean?”

Travis leans against the wall. “In less than twelve hours, I expect the Mexican Army to attack this place. They have vowed not to take any prisoners, so if we can’t hold ‘em, it looks like we all could meet our maker.”


About John

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. The paperback versions are also available in the Indie Lector store

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

Contact John:

Blog: Fiction Favorites | Facebook | Twitter 
Goodreads | Amazon Author Page 

John’s Books:

There you have it. Doesn’t this one sound amazing? And there’s something for everyone. Let’s all show John and his new release some love from the writing community. I know we’d both appreciate it if you used those share buttons and purchase links. And when you’re done, please take a moment to leave him a message of encouragement. Grazie!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

70 thoughts on “John Howell’s ETERNAL ROAD: THE FINAL STOP

  1. Another great excerpt from John. I loved all the various historical people and events John highlighted in Enteral Road. I’ve read this book, and it’s an entertaining 5-star read. wishing John all the best with his tour.

    As always, fantastic job hosting, Staci!

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  2. Great to see John here today, Staci, and with one of my favorite parts of the book (so far). I’m behind on my reading, but hope to finish this up very soon. Love the time travel factor! 🙂 Continued good luck on this launch, John, and great post, you two! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for helping spread the word about John’s new book, Staci. I’ve read the book, but it was nice to learn a little about you today. I grew up in western, PA (a bit earlier than you, I think). It’s always nice to find a connection.

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    1. My Kindle glares at me and clears its throat every night. I like I don’t see it sitting there, full of books anxiously waiting to be read. I can’t wait for a spare moment to read this one. Thanks for sharing how much you enjoyed it.


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