Sister Mary Can Handle Racy Books

I received a copy of the Dominican Sisters of Racine, WI, newsletter today. It made me think of Sister Mary…she’s probably the one who put me on the mailing list for it. She’s a 92-year-old Dominican nun who I met at funeral of a buddy’s father many years ago. Sister Mary handled part of the service. The departed gentleman, his daughter, myself … not Catholic, but Sister Mary is someone who transcends the labels of religious branches.

Sister Mary is COOL. My buddy had met her swimming and became quick friends.

Gene Wolfe with Sister Mary … two of my great friends.

Sister Mary and I hit it off right away at the funeral; she’s a retired English professor, and we chatted about books and writing. She wrote a book many years ago. We share a like of James Patterson novels. I pointed out to her once that some of his books are racy. Her reply: “I’m a nun, I’m not dead.” Sister Mary enjoys racy books.

Sister Mary is AWESOME.

She’s read quite a few of my novels, and wrote me a letter recently about falling in love with Piper Blackwell, the main character in my books The Dead of Winter and The Dead of Night. (Both of those books are on a deep sale now from Imajin Books.) She said the stories helped get her through a stay in the hospital and rehab in the nursing home … she’d fallen recently. Now she’s back with the Dominicans, but she’s in a wheelchair. Sister Mary stays close to her room anymore, rarely joins her fellow sisters in the big dining hall, and is self-conscious about her hearing loss. I feel sorry about her current state. But …

Sister Mary is STILL AWESOME.

I sent her a copy of The Bone Shroud, my novel that released March 30. I included a note that said I almost didn’t send her the book … because it has a nun character, and I worried that she might not approve of that character, and so would think poorly of me. But I realized after a moment that Sister Mary would indeed approve. She’s open-minded and young-at-heart, enjoys mysteries and doesn’t shy away from pyrotechnics and chase scenes. She relishes a fine glass of wine … as does my nun character.

My buddy and I used to buy a case of wine for Sister Mary at Christmas. We had to get her a case so she could share (and hence no doubt why I’m on the mailing list for the Dominican newsletter). Sister Mary has to share everything with her fellow sisters. I suspect I know no one as generous as her. This year for Christmas I sent her four long wintry scarves. One for her and three to share. In turn, she shares with me dog pictures and articles and calendars (she knows my passion is dogs); she shares her wisdom; and above that she shares her friendship.

I’m going to have a glass of wine tonight to toast the release of The Bone Shroud and to toast Sister Mary. I hope she likes my book … I suspect she’ll send me a glowing letter about it, regardless of whether she actually enjoys it.

Sister Mary is ALWAYS AWESOME.

I hope you all have such an amazing soul in your life.



My Guest Writes of Metatron!

I turn my blog over to Laurence St. John today. He has a nifty novel coming out the middle of the month, and you should hear about it.

Terror on the East Coast – Two Million Dead!

            TOLEDO, OHIO, March 15, 2018 – Yesterday, more than two million people were killed, including the President of the United States.

            The death toll is the worst in the history of America and the world.

            This tragic day will be known forevermore as “The Day of Annihilation.”

            The CIA has the sole person responsible for the killing of millions and millions of innocent people in custody.

            His name is Tyler Thompson –  a moral person turned evil. The question foremost on everyone’s mind is, why did he orchestrate this horrific act of terror and how did he pull it off?

This headline is fake news – or is it?

In his new release, METATRON: DAGGER OF MORTALITY, science fiction/fantasy author Laurence St. John creates an uplifting and inspiring fiction novel that “sustains constant action as 15-year-old Tyler struggles to stop the relentless animosity of a demonic figure and his accomplice! Sometimes you need to go backwards to move forward,” said   Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling fantasy Author of the Xanth series.

St. John, who hails from just south of Toledo, Ohio, quickly grabs the reader’s attention then poses the ultimate question: Can superheroes really be killed?

Who is this Black Shadow character and who does he want to get revenge from?

Tyler must execute the most grueling choice of his life – save himself, save his beloved girlfriend Kendall or save millions of helpless people and hinder Kelltie’s plan.

In this, his highly anticipated third action-adventure, St. John keeps readers turning the pages up to the last adrenaline-filled moment when Tyler’s fate is determined.

The story is set in New York, Nevada, and Massachusetts, where the action-packed adventure opens your mind’s eye, conveying the sensation that you’re watching a movie.

            Metatron: Dagger of Mortality is a novel made for the silver screen ― action-packed, emotional and a gripping story that will leave you wanting more.

From the back cover:

Tyler believes a Superhero’s responsibility is to make the right decision then follow it through to the end. But, what if the outcome results in his death?

Fourteen-year-old Tyler Thompson has been in isolation for eight months so he could focus on completing his superhero training. Not even one day after his completion, Master Pat Tanaka urgently summoned Tyler. Pat desperately needs his help, but for what?

Kelltie is threatening Tyler’s destiny of being a superhero by framing him for what will be the largest mass killings in American history and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. She also teams up with Black Shadow, a ruthless demonic figure with his own agenda — to use the Dagger of Mortality and kill Metatron.

Tyler feeling vulnerable gets inspiration one last time from Master Tanaka’s instructor Master Dogmai. Nevertheless, with the Dagger of Mortality in hand, it’s time for Black Shadow to get his revenge. Tyler must render the most arduous choice of his life. He’ll save himself, save his beloved girlfriend Kendall or save millions of helpless people and hinder Kelltie’s plan.

Can superheroes really die? What choice does Tyler make?


“Metatron – Dagger of Mortality, by Laurence St. John sustains constant action as 15-year-old Tyler struggles to stop the relentless animosity of a demonic figure and his accomplice! Sometimes you need to go backwards to move forward…”

Piers Anthony – New York Times bestselling fantasy Author of the Xanth Series

“Laurence St. John turns up the heat with Metatron – Dagger of Mortality. This book continues the story of Tyler Thompson and his journey of discover as he masters his powers in preparation of a new evil threat. A can’t miss read for middle-grade readers and young adults!”

Braxton A. Cosby – Author of the award-winning Star-Crossed Saga Series

“Dagger of Mortality’ packs a wallop! St. John blends equal parts superhero and X-Files into a high energy yarn sure to inspire.”

Jason Born – Author of The Norseman Chronicles Series

“Teens and adults alike will identify with Tyler and his all too human angst as he executes superhero feats in a way only St. John’s hero can accomplish, with many twists and surprising turns of events in this young adult thriller.”

Kenna McKinnon – Author of Short Circuit: And Other Geek Stories, Blood Sister, and Den of Dark Angels


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Metatron: Dagger of Mortality was published by Ogopogo Book an Imprint of Imajin Books and is available in eBook edition at Amazon, Google Play and Kobo. Order your copy today.

It is also available in trade paperback edition at Amazon, Books-A-Million, and Barnes & Noble, as well as other retailers.

View the paperback and eBook links at the bottom of this page.

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Laurence St. John is currently working on book four and five in the Metatron Series.

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Laurence is a 1983 graduate of Genoa High School, a 1988 Black Belt recipient in Tae Kwon Do and a 2004 graduate of Owens State Community College.

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