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J. Conrad Guest'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.” Two other novels based on the Joe January character, One Hot January and January’s Thaw, are available.

Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings is now available from Second Wind Publishing. In Backstop, J. Conrad combines his love and knowledge of baseball with romance and the heartbreak of betrayal. Not your typical romance novel, Backstop can perhaps best be described as a literary Bull Durham, sure to appeal to purists of the game as well as those who enjoy a good love story. Backstop was nominated a Michigan Notable Book for 2010;...more

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Backstop: A Baseball Love S...
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One Hot January
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The Cobb Legacy
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500 Miles to Go
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The Cobb Legacy
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January's Thaw
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500 Miles to Go (Romance)
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Description: Gail had been Alex Krol’s girl since high school. She fell for him before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during the summer months to the delight of the fans who paid to see cars crash—the more spectacular the wreck, the taller they stood on their toes and craned their necks to see the carnage. When Alex makes his dream to drive in the Indy 500 come true and he witnesses the death of two drivers in his first start, he must ask himself if his quest to win the world’s greatest race is worth not only the physical risk, but also losing the woman he loves. To become a champion driver one must have rare, natural abilities that have been honed to the highest levels by experience, discipline and sheer determination. Champions so become one with the art of driving that they attain levels others will not even dare. The same is true of writing, and J. Conrad Guest has demonstrated once again not only his innate literary ability, but also his marvelous ability to draw us irresistibly into this incredible, thrilling and heartfelt story. We would jump ahead to the finish, if the writing were not so compelling – and when the race is over, we want to go again! – Lazarus Barnhill, author of Caddo Creek
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A Retrospect in Death (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A Retrospect in Death begins with a man’s death. The reader is taken to the other side where the narrator encounters his higher self—the part of him that is immortal and is connected to the creator. The protagonist learns (much to his chagrin) that he must return to the lifecycle. But first he must be “debriefed” by his higher self, and so they set about discussing the man’s previous life—in reverse chronological order: knowing the end but retracing the journey, searching for the breadcrumbs left along the way. A Retrospect in Death is a story about discovery. You think you know yourself? Perhaps you only think you do. Do those closest to us know us better than we know ourselves; or do they, as we often insist, know jack? Consider that only in death can you really know, and understand, who and why you are—or were. And then ask yourself: At that point, is it too late? Does it even matter? I recall an exchange between Dr. Gregory House and a patient. House, an atheist, states that, because there is no hereafter, life is all that matters; while his young idealistic patient (a rape victim seeking some meaning to the tragedy that has befallen her) counters that, without an afterlife, none of what happens to us in life would matter.
Cobb's Conscience (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Ty Cobb was a fierce competitor – the Detroit Free Press described him as “daring to the point of dementia.” During his playing days he set 90 Major League Baseball records, and his career batting average (.367) and most batting titles (12) will likely never be eclipsed. Yet his legacy as a ballplayer is overshadowed by his temper as well as his no holds barred style of play. He was loathed by his own team mates as well as the opposition. Ernest Hemingway wrote of Cobb: “The greatest of all ballplayers – and an absolute shit.” While Joe DiMaggio said of him: “Every time I hear of this guy again – I wonder how he was possible.” Al Stump, in his biography, Cobb, revealed something of the many demons that drove Cobb to greatness. Cobb’s father was killed, by his mother, a week before Ty became a major league ballplayer. Although she was acquitted on the grounds it was accidental, who can know what Cobb thought. His father, who was against his son playing ball, told him only not to return home a failure. He never did, but he did lament, after his playing days were done, that his father never got to see him play. It’s strange how the ghosts of our parents haunt us.

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One Hot January by J. Conrad Guest
"Joe January is a private investigator operating in the South Bronx in the 1940s. He writes in first person, has a wry sense of humor and keen observation skills, and, somehow, he’s looking back on history from a future we haven’t yet seen. Could J..." Read more of this review »
One Hot January by J. Conrad Guest
"Cynical, sarcastic, wary and somewhat paranoid, one might even say Joe January's jaded. He's very much a man's man and enjoys being single and playing the field. So, it's a bit of a puzzler why, when he meets Melissa MacIntyre, he doesn't jump at..." Read more of this review »
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"Interesting mix of tough, private investigator mystery and science fiction. Although I am not particularly interested in World War II history, I liked the way it brought the plot to life."
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Is anyone born a futilitarian? Or does it simply grow on us, like a fungus that afflicts the toenail of the great toe on our right foot from wearing shoes too small, eventually spreading to the neighboring toes?" —excerpt from A Retrospect in DeathJ. Conrad Guest
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“I used to think Romeo and Juliet was the greatest love story ever written. But now that I’m middle-aged, I know better. Oh, Romeo certainly thinks he loves his Juliet. Driven by hormones, he unquestionably lusts for her. But if he loves her, it’s a shallow love. You want proof? Soon after meeting her for the first time, he realizes he forgot to ask her for her name. Can true love be founded upon such shallow acquaintance? I don’t think so. And at the end, when he thinks she’s dead, he finds no comfort in living out the remainder of his life within the paradigm of his love, at least keeping alive the memory of what they had briefly shared, even if it was no more than illusion, or more accurately, hormonal. Yes, those of us watching events unfold from the darkness know she merely lies in slumber. But does he seek the reason for her life-like appearance? No. Instead he accuses Death of amorousness, convinced that the ‘lean abhorred monster’ endeavors to keep Juliet in her present state, cheeks flushed, so that she might cater to his own dissolute desires. But does Romeo hold her in his arms one last time and feel the warmth of her blood still coursing through her veins? Does he pinch her to see if she might awaken? Does he hold a mirror to her nose to see if her breath fogs it? Once, twice, three times a ‘no.’ His alleged love is so superficial and so selfish that he seeks to escape the pain of loss by taking his own life. That’s not love, but infatuation. Had they wed―Juliet bearing many children, bonding, growing together, the masks of the star-struck teens they once were long ago cast away, basking in the love born of a lifetime together―and she died of natural causes, would Romeo have been so moved to take his own life, or would he have grieved properly for her loss and not just his own.

―J. Conrad Guest, author of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings, The Cobb Legacy, January's Paradigm, One Hot January, January's Thaw, A Retrospect in Death (forthcoming) and 500 Miles to Go (forthcoming)”
J. Conrad Guest

“Love is not like a forest fire that burns intensely,
hotly and out of control for a brief moment
until, its expendable fuel spent,
it sputters,
seeking in vain
for something else to consume,
to sustain itself before, finally,
it dies:
cold, black ash
the only evidence of its passing.

Love is, instead, a campfire.
It provides ample warmth and comfort
to those who sit around it.
And although its flames may at times wane,
a well-tended campfire’s embers can be nurtured
and fanned,
until the flames once again dance brightly and cheerfully,
providing comfort
to those who care enough
to cherish the gentle warmth it ministers.

J. Conrad Guest”
J. Conrad Guest, January's Paradigm

“Is anyone born a futilitarian? Or does it simply grow on us, like a fungus that afflicts the toenail of the great toe on our right foot from wearing shoes too small, eventually spreading to the neighboring toes?" —excerpt from A Retrospect in Death”
J. Conrad Guest, A Retrospect in Death

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Aberjhani I see you hit the ground running in 2014 with 500 Miles to Go. Greatly admire your literary productivity.

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