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J. Conrad Guest
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Something About Me and My Book:
J. Conrad's first novel, January's Paradigm, was published in 1998. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January's Paradigm, "Readers will not be able to put it down." He has two other novels based on the Joe January character, One Hot January and January's Thaw.

Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings, was nominated a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for their spring 2011 course, "Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime".

Apex Reviews hailed The Cobb Legacy, a murder mystery written around the shooting death of baseball legend Ty Cobb's father by his mother, as "... an eye-opening tale of drama, scandal, and intrigue highlighting the living, breathing history of a fatally-flawed, intrepid folk hero."

A Retrospect In Death portends not only a search for the meaning of life, but also seeks to determine why we are as we are: prewired at conception, or the product of our environment?

Set during the golden era of motor racing, 500 Miles To Go follows young Alex Król as he seeks love while making his dream to win the Indianapolis 500 come true.

A World Without Music is speculative fiction set against a backdrop of romance. Can a Gulf War veteran suffering PTSD leave behind his past to find the music that will make his life worth living?

His fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications; Google him.

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500 Miles to Go

A love story that touches four decades, 500 Miles to Go is about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams. When our dreams cause angst to our loved ones, they become nightmares.

Gail fell for Alex Król before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during…


Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:08am

The Sad State of the Publishing Industry

“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.”

Only one man could’ve written the sentence above: Raymond Chandler. It was from an essay that appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in November 1945.

Raymond Chandler has been called one of the greatest stylists of the twenty-first century. Who am I to argue? I love this man’s prose.

From The Long Goodbye: “Alcohol is like love,” he said. “The first kiss is magic, the… Continue

Posted on May 14, 2011 at 12:18pm — 3 Comments

What they’re saying about One Hot January ...

Failing to enter World War II in time to help the Allies defeat the advancing German forces, the U.S. tragically allows Hitler’s brutal empire to rise and rule the world. After years of oppression and systematic genocide, a rebellious faction of Hitler detractors hatches a plot to go back in time and alter the course of future history. Their main objective? To draw the U.S. into WWII, thereby aborting Hitler’s sinister plans before they even have the chance to be born. The unlikely key to…


Posted on May 13, 2011 at 7:00am

One Hot January Launches

One Hot January

Author: J. Conrad Guest

Publisher: Second Wind Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-935171-31-7

Binding: Trade Paper

250 pages

Price: $15.50

NORTHVILLE, MI—One Hot January is the second novel in the last year from Michigan writer J. Conrad Guest. The first of a science fiction/alternate reality diptych, the premise is based on a theory that Winston Churchill and…


Posted on May 13, 2011 at 6:00am

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At 5:52pm on January 7, 2012, Susan Fleet said…

Hi J. My book about women musicians is now available as a low-priced ebook. 

You can check it out here:


At 2:46pm on December 6, 2011, Fernando Sobenes said…

Hello J. My name is Fernando Sobenes and I want to invite you to read the prologue and the first two chapters of my novel: "The Evil Visitor" in my blog The Evil Visitor

Also you can watch the book trailer.

Best regards,


At 2:59am on June 16, 2011, Author Aleja Bennett said…
Nice to meet you here in the world of book marketing. I am Aleja Bennett Author of nine titles. Here is my fan page, stay in touch when you can. I know I have a hectic schedule at times but I will. Here is my fan page here hope you like it. Enjoy the book video
At 12:29pm on May 26, 2011, Robin Renee Ray gave J. Conrad Guest a gift
Thank you so much for the friendship! Big Hugs~
At 5:45pm on May 15, 2011, Susan Fleet said…

Hi Conrad, I will do that. My first will be bios of violinist Maud Powell and trumpeter Edna White. Vol 2 will feature First Lady of Jazz Lil Hardin [Armstrong] and jazz trumpeter Valaida Snow. If you like you can sneak a peak at three of them at  my Archives


At 8:23pm on May 13, 2011, Susan Fleet said…

Hello Conrad,


Your books sound interesting. Thanks for contacting me and best of luck with your books. I'm about to publish my second crime thriller. Also working on a book about some pioneering women musicians of the early 20th Century.

At 9:59am on May 13, 2011, Kate L said…
At 9:28am on May 13, 2011, Darian Wilk said…

Hello Conrad,

Thank you for the add, I love getting to talk with fellow Michigan writers!

At 9:07am on May 13, 2011, Adele Brinkley said…
Hi J. Conrad, welcome to the Network. You will meet many wonderful and interesting people here.  I love motor sports and live in the shadows of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. I grew up watching Indy racing and have actually met Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt. I'm sure 500 Miles will be a big hit with the racing community. 

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