Virtual Book Tour: Holy Terror by John R. Dougherty #blogtour #interview #giveaway #christian #holyterror #johnrdougherty #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @authorjrd - A Life Through Books

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Virtual Book Tour: Holy Terror by John R. Dougherty #blogtour #interview #giveaway #christian #holyterror #johnrdougherty #rabtbooktours @RABTBookTours @authorjrd


Christian Fiction

Date Published: 10-01-2022

Publisher: Bookbaby

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Detective Jelani is a tough, veteran cop, who earned his stripes in the rough-and-tumble streets of St. Louis before relocating to Miami. His younger partner, Detective Madigan, is brash and confident. But they were never prepared for what awaits them as they try to solve these latest crimes. They are about to become embroiled in a series of cosmic events which they could have never dreamt of, even in their wildest imaginations. In a world where the angels of heaven and the angels of hell bring their ageless battle to Earth, how will these men, and their families, overcome such insurmountable challenges? As has been the case since the beginning of time, God and His heavenly host are facing off with Satan and his hellish host. Caught in the middle is Thumos, possibly the most powerful angel ever created. He is a warrior angel, "quickened" by God for one thing: battle. And he has seen plenty of that down through the centuries. No one can match his prowess; not even the Archangels. But Thumos has become a disgruntled warrior of God, and after standing by for long enough, he can take it no more. The earthly world of these two Miami detectives will collide with the heavenly world of Thumos. None of them know what is coming, and none of them will ever be the same again.




What is the hardest part of writing your books?
In writing action scenes, I found that the most difficult.  I learned this from my writing coach: “Show the reader what is happening, don’t tell the reader what is happening”.  I tended to “tell” such scenes, so this proved to be my biggest challenge in writing a fictional story.



What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Anything Dan Fogelberg – I consider the greatest musician of all time!



Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

My writing coach has been my primary critique partner and beta reader, but just prior to actually getting my book published, I contacted a handful of friends whom I knew would be honest, and asked them to read and provide feedback.



What book are you reading now?

Right now, I am reading The Future Is Faster Than You Think, by Peter H. Diamandis, as well as I am listening to the Audible Original work The Prophecy



How did you start your writing career?

I started writing for my church bulletin when I was only in my 20’s.  Many people thought I was a good writer, and encouraged me to do more writing, which I did over several decades.  But I never tackled fiction writing until I started on this current book Holy Terror.  It was something I dabbled with for many years, but didn’t get really serious about it until maybe 2017-2018.



Tell us about your next release.

I am planning a sequel to Holy Terror, as it is part of a trilogy – it is the middle story of the trilogy.  The plans for the sequel definitely include some characters returning from the current book, as well as some of those characters whom you likely thought were gone for good.  The sequel is going to answer a brief, mysterious segment of Holy Terror which was left open-ended.  This mysterious segment will become a significant plot line of the sequel, and is all leading up to a massive battle with entities from the pre-history of Earth.  Clearly there will be some surprise twists and turns throughout the sequel, to keep the readers guessing!

About the Author

John has spent his professional career working in information technology by day and dabbling in a variety of other diversions by nights and weekends, including a few decades of serving in lay ministry. While serving in this capacity he preached hundreds of sermons, taught countless Bible study classes, and wrote dozens of inspirational articles.

He enjoys golf, guitars, grandchildren, and all things Kansas City – the Chiefs, the Royals, Sporting KC, KC Current, KC Symphony, and KC Broadway, to name a few.  He thinks (if not for his long-lost metabolism of youth) he could eat the famous Kansas City barbecue every day…maybe not for breakfast, but lunch and dinner for sure!

Now he is enjoying bringing to life his angelic hero, Thumos, and a host of other characters that he hopes you will find both entertaining as well as either inspiring or repulsive (after all, there are both good guys and bad guys in this story).  This is the first book of a series, featuring detectives Lane Madigan and Ian Jelani, whose experience with Thumos will yield life changing results.  And if you happen to be interested in such things, happy Bible Easter Egg hunting while you read, since many are planted throughout the book.

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