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John Shors

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Hi, everyone. I hope this message finds people well.

I'm the bestselling author of The Demon Seekers trilogy, My Midnight Sun, Unbound, Beneath a Marble Sky, Temple of a Thousand Faces, Cross Currents, Beside a Burning Sea, Dragon House, and The Wishing Trees. My novels have won multiple awards and have been translated into twenty six languages. I have also spoken (via speakerphone) with more than 3,000 book clubs around the world.

For more information on my work, please visit www.johnshors.com or friend me on Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you for your support!

- John
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Beneath a Marble Sky

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Beside a Burning Sea

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Temple of a Thousand Faces

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Dragon House

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Unbound

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Cross Currents

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"Enchanting... Ever since his blockbuster “Beneath a Marble Sky” was published some years ago, Colorado author John Shors has been known for his haunting love stories set in exotic lands, told in more than 10 novels. “My Midnight Sun” follows in the Shors tradition, and does not disappoint."
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“A sibling would be the one person in the whole world who would be with you from birth until death. At every step, she or he would be there.”
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“Never deny yourself love, my child. For to deny love is to deny God's greatest gift. And who are we to deny God?”
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“How can you say goodbye to someone who is a part of you?”
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“Loved ones are sometimes taken from us, either by death or other circumstances outside our control. Yes, we should lament their departure and yes, we should pray for them often. But we shouldn't dwell so deeply upon such vacancies that life itself becomes empty.”
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“without you there is only me, and with you there is us.”
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“Many fear death. But I do not. For I've tasted the oneness we call love. Death cannot steal it. Nor temper it. No, I'll take my love with me, wherever I travel. And it shall endure.”
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message 41: by John

John Stephanie wrote: "Thanks, John!😃📚"

I just saw this message. I'm so delighted to learn that you enjoyed Unbound! Thank you for reading my novel.

I hope all is well with you!!

- John


message 40: by John

John Ana wrote: "Well those publishers better start making offers, 'cause I can't wait to read your other books. :) Beneath a Marble Sky is such a great success in my country, I just know people out he..."

Ana, I just saw this message from you. It only took me eight years or so to respond!!!!! :) I'm delighted to hear that you enjoyed Beneath a Marble Sky. Thank you for reading it! I hope all is well in your world. My very best wishes to you. - John


message 39: by John

John Kara wrote: "The Demon Seekers: Book One

I was searching for a place to ask an author question and this seems as good as any: This project is a huge departure from your previous historical fict..."


Well, basically, my wife and I have two teenage kids, and I thought it would be fun to write something for them. So, I spent six years working on The Demon Seekers trilogy. It was a huge project for me, and I'm really glad with how it turned out. And yes, it was great not to have to do research, but to just sit down and write. Everything evolved quite organically, which was fun. Hopefully the series will do well. So far, so good!!! :)


message 38: by Kara

Kara The Demon Seekers: Book One

I was searching for a place to ask an author question and this seems as good as any: This project is a huge departure from your previous historical fiction novels. What inspired you to write a futuristic, fantasy trilogy? I imagine the research process was quite different, too! How did you go about it?


message 37: by Kara

Kara The Demon Seekers: Book One

Lucky me, I actually won the Goodreads Giveaway and scored a copy of The Demon Seekers: Book One! And with a praising blurb from Amy Tan, no less. It arrived today and I can't wait to dive in. Thank you!


message 36: by John

John Stephanie wrote: "Thanks, John!😃📚"

Stephanie, I seem to be having some trouble with my Goodreads account. Anyway, you're welcome! I hope all is well with you. Best wishes, John


message 35: by John

John Stephanie wrote: "Thanks, John!😃📚"

Stephanie, I'm not sure what you're thanking me for, but you're welcome! :) Best wishes, John


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John Karen wrote: "I just finished reading Unbound. What a great book. One of the best books I've read. You are truly a gifted writer. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book...."

Karen, I just saw this message from you. I'm so sorry that I missed it! Anyway, I'm delighted to see that you enjoyed Unbound so much. Thank you for reading it!!! I'm truly grateful for your support! I hope all is well with you. Best wishes, John


Stephanie Fitzgerald Thanks, John!😃📚


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Karen Macedo I just finished reading Unbound. What a great book. One of the best books I've read. You are truly a gifted writer. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next book....


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John Ananda wrote: "Well those publishers better start making offers, 'cause I can't wait to read your other books. :) Beneath a Marble Sky is such a great success in my country, I just know people out he..."

Thanks, Ananda! Yes, I would love some of those offers! :) Have a wonderful weekend. - John


message 28: by Ana

Ana Well those publishers better start making offers, 'cause I can't wait to read your other books. :) Beneath a Marble Sky is such a great success in my country, I just know people out here are inpatient to read your other books. Good luck with this and keep up the great work!


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John Melisa wrote: "Hi John, thanks for the friendship!
Looking forward to read more of your books :)"


Melisa, I just saw this message. Sorry! Anyway, it's nice to meet you on Goodreds. Cheers. - John


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John Ananda wrote: "Thank you very much for accepting my invite John. Is there any chance for "Cross Currents" to be translated in Serbia or Macedonia anytime soon? I hope this will be arranged because I bet readers i..."

Ananda, it's my pleasure to friend you here. I think that Cross Currents will end up being available in many languages, but that takes time, probably a few years. I wish that things went faster in this area! If the book does well in the U.S., then foreign publishers will start to make offers for it. But again, this takes time. Thanks for asking! :) - John


message 25: by Ana (last edited Sep 01, 2011 01:49PM)

Ana Thank you very much for accepting my invite John. Is there any chance for "Cross Currents" to be translated in Serbia or Macedonia anytime soon? I hope this will be arranged because I bet readers in this part of the world would definitely enjoy it. Many regards


message 24: by John

John Thanks, Melisa! It's nice to "meet" you here on Goodreads. :) Thank you for your support. - John


melmarian Hi John, thanks for the friendship!
Looking forward to read more of your books :)


message 22: by John

John You're quite welcome! I hope all is well in your world. Cheers...


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish Thank you for the friend invite, John!


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John Nanette,

Thanks for your nice message about the award. I appreciate your kind words!

Have a wonderful week! - John


message 19: by John

John Tessa,

'Rooftops' is a novel set in Iran during the '70s. At the core it's the story of a young man who falls in love with a woman who is involved with anti-government forces. I enjoyed the tale, as I like stories set overseas. Plus, I know the author well and he is a good guy... I see that you review quite a few books on this site. If you'd like to read either of my novels, please let me know and I'll send you a copy. Have a great weekend. - John


Book Concierge John,
What is the basic plotline of Rooftops of Tehran? What about the book makes you give it 5 stars?
Thanks for the "heads-up" on this to-be-published work.
Tessa


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John Roger wrote: "Hi John,
Thanks for the friendship. Always good to meet another writer on Goodreads.
ROGER"


Roger,

It's certainly nice to meet you as well. What's your book?

Cheers.

John


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Roger Cottrell Hi John,
Thanks for the friendship. Always good to meet another writer on Goodreads.
ROGER


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message 11: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi John, Congrats on your books and also thanks for the friendship! Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Smiles, Jeannie


message 10: by Vickie

Vickie John,

Thanks for adding me as a friend. I look forward to your book recommendations.

Vickie Phelps


Beverly Well, I started your 2nd book and I'm already hooked John! I love your style and how you seem to make the characters so very real. For a fiction writer you have a magic that turns fiction into reality! Now if I could just find time to read it all in one sitting! LOL


Eva Marie Thanks for the friend request John! I just found a book I'd never heard of by looking through the books on your page! :) Thanks again!


message 7: by Lily

Lily John - thanks for inviting me to this site. I am looking forward to reading your new book - and learning about other books on this site.

All the best to you!


Marietwebb John,
Thank you for thinking of me. As you know, I loved BAMs and am truly looking forward to starting your second book, which I have purchased. I'm not sure how this site works, but a site based on reading and books sounds like my kind of thing. Hope you and your family are doing well! Congratulations on completing your second novel!! Marie


Beverly Thanks for adding me! I had no clue you have created another book! I've already ordered it on Amazon! I'm not writing book reviews anymore for Readerviews as I was off for medical issues but I'm reading now just for the fun of it! (Imagine that! LOL)

You have to know that ANY time I'm asked what my favorite book of all time is.... YOURS is the one I pick! Beneath A Marble Sky was truly the best thing I've EVER read and you KNOW I've read many!!!!!!

Can't wait to read your newest!!!!!!!



Suzannebpt I loved "BENEATH A MARBLE SKY" and recommended it to all my friends who felt the same way as me. I'm so happy that John's new book is out and can't wait to read it.
Suzanne


Jordan I absolutely love Beneath a Marble Sky!! I tell people all the time they need to read it. And I can't wait for the movie. :-)


Pshors John's interest and love for peoples of the world is clearly reflected in his writing. His understanding of the female perspective is uncommon for someone so young and male at that! Beside A Burning Sea was a unique and memorable story that is a story within the greater unfolding of WWII. John's captures the essence of these characters as he captured the central characters of Beneath A Marble Sky. John is an extraordinary talent and I can't wait for his next book!

Patsy


Mariam John,
Thank you for the invite to this site! It's awesome. I'm so excited to be connected with the author of one of my favorite books :)


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