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Product Details

  • Series: Rowan Gant Investigations
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: E.M.A. Mysteries; 1 edition (April 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967822122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967822129
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Just Imagine... It's 2:17 AM.

You've only slept 4 hours out of the past 48. You have a blinding headache that would make a migraine seem like a pleasant distraction. On top of that, the handful of aspirin you took for it 30 minutes ago is making your stomach churn in a very unpleasant way.

Now, just imagine that even with all of that making your life a living hell, it doesn't end there. Instead of being at home where you can suffer in private, you are on the opposite side of town, standing smack dab in the middle of a disgustingly brutal crime scene--the third in as many days.

Cops and evidence techs are watching with jaded expressions as you literally channel the final moments of the murder victim's life through your own mind and body, right before their eyes.

The horror... The fear... The pain...

You see and feel it all, as if your own isn't already enough...

And, by the way, even though the cops asked you to be here, most of them think you belong in an institution, specifically one that is outfitted with padded walls.

Yeah, I know... It sounds like some kind of nightmare, doesn't it? Well, welcome to my world. Be glad you aren't me because this curse that is my life doesn't stop at being a nightmare.

No. It is all too real...

My name is Rowan Gant, and I'm the unofficial Witch for the Greater Saint Louis Major Case Squad.

I'd quit the job, but the dead won't let me...

About the Author

A member of the ITW (International Thriller Writers), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a "guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program." He is the author of the award-winning Rowan Gant Investigations series, and recently launched the Special Agent Constance Mandalay series.

Customer Reviews

I've read them all and look forward to more.
Sharon SUZY Bumeder
In the beginning of Love Is the Bond we find Rowan doing a binding spell to keep his wife Felicity safe from all of his ethereal trails and tribulations.
Rachel P. Smith
M. R. Sellars weaves a rich tapestry full of vivid characters, a plot that is loaded with suspense, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat action.
Virginia M. Witt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Morrison on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
A good novel keeps the reader's interest to the very last word. A great one, however manages something else: It grabs the reader's attention, feeds his hunger, and leaves him begging for more. Love Is The Bond not only satisfies this criteria, but is, without a doubt, Sellars best work yet. A truly *great* novel!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By readerrocker on December 13, 2005
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Love Is the Bond is another example of Sellars' ability to put before the reader a really well-crafted story, one that draws us away from our world and into his. His characters are eminently believable and I'd take almost any of them as neighbors. His attention to detail is exactly right. Personality quirks are administered with an eye toward what might be possible in reality. I read this book in one loooooooooooooong sitting, stopping only for sleep and to accomplish a few other daily necessities.

Now for my single criticism, and the reason this book is getting only four stars from me instead of the five I would have given the other RGI books had I reviewed them:

In his six previous books, this author has been evenhanded and sensitive in his treatment of all things Wiccan as a more-or-less 'normal' subset of human society. I was disappointed, then, to encounter in one of his books such prejudiced treatment of another societal subset: those who have willingly embraced a part of active BDSM subculture.

Sellars used the most lurid images he could conjure from society's collective fear of sexual-power-games-gone-awry to underscore horror and fear in this book. In doing so, he helped to further marginalize an already in-the-shadows group of widely diverse people who claim for themselves a part of the honor and integrity that bind most BDSM practitioners to their partners.

I've bought all of the books in this series as they came out and will most assuredly do the same for the next one, especially since I *have to* know how this story ends. While I recognize that this book is fiction and, at the end of things, written to amuse, I hope the author remembers the obligations that one societal subgroup has to another and revisits the caution to `do no harm'.
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Okay, it seems as if serial killers in St. Louis are becoming almost a dime a dozen. So, I wasn't sure where M. R. Sellars could really take the RGI (Rowan Gant Investigations) series from the last installment Crone's Moon, as it was utterly gripping. I really thought that the series would start to become repetitive at some point, but M. R. Sellars is a prolific and talented writer and has kept the series from being anything but boring.

Two years have gone by since the events of the last book without any incidents, and have lulled Rowan into some semblance of normalcy. But a niggling little fear that is blossoming into one of Rowan's infamous "headaches" has resurfaced, and he is bound and determined to keep her safe. In the beginning of Love Is the Bond we find Rowan doing a binding spell to keep his wife Felicity safe from all of his ethereal trails and tribulations. Needless to say, that didn't work out too well for either of them at all.

Women as serial killers are fairly rare, but a female killer as a sexual predator is even more so. So, when kinky bondage like murders start up around the city of St. Louis, we find Rowan and Felicity even more ingrained into the mix of the investigation. It appears as if a dangerous psycho has somehow attached itself to Felicity and is controlling her every move. Rowan has no clue how to stop her and his attempts to do so fail miserably.

What kind of secrets are Rowan and Felicity hiding from one another? Will it cause their world as they know it to crumble? Suffice to say, that I am very eager to get into All Acts of Pleasure the next book in the series. Love Is the Bond is the first book in the Miranda Trilogy. You will definitely want to read all of the books in this series in order to have the complete back history. If you like crime thrillers with a pagan paranormal twist, you will be so glad you picked up this series.

Reviewed at Bitten by Books Paranormal Fiction Review Site by Rachel
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By Virginia M. Witt on December 17, 2009
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About a year and a half ago, I picked up "Harm None," the first novel in the Rowan Gant Investigations series, and I was instantly hooked. Within a couple months, I had purchased the rest of the series and read them all. In particular, Love Is the Bond: A Rowan Gant Investigation (The Rowan Gant Investigations)is a must-read book. M. R. Sellars weaves a rich tapestry full of vivid characters, a plot that is loaded with suspense, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. I couldn't put this book down, and was relieved that I had the rest of the trilogy to read as soon as I finished this part of the tale. The characters in this series are so real that they've become old friends, and I can't wait to get the next book the minute it's published!
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By Sharon SUZY Bumeder on February 11, 2014
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I really enjoy the Rowan Gant series. I hope he continues with the series. I've read them all and look forward to more. Thank you for providing us with your talent.
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More About the Author

A member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), M. R. Sellars is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a "guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program." Legend has it he started making up stories to entertain a stuffed bear during his single digit years, then began writing them down sometime around his early teens when the growing catalogue of fiction started causing him to experience migraines. Although he had several short stories and newspaper articles published during his early adult life, it wasn't until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series.

Sellars says that the biggest adjustment he has had to make with his writing career is coping with the time spent away from his family while traveling on promotional tours. Still, he approaches the necessity of public appearances with the same humorously deadpan and satirical wit that he applies to life in general, stating, "As long as I have an RC Cola and a bag of peanuts, I'm all good, Bubba."

All of the current novels in Sellars' continuing Rowan Gant Investigations saga have spent several consecutive weeks on numerous bookstore bestseller lists as well as a consistent showing on the Amazon.com Horror/Occult top 100.

Sellars currently resides in the Midwest with his incomparably amazing wife, equally fantastic daughter, and a feline he describes as, "the competition." At home, when not writing or taking care of the household, he indulges his passions for cooking and hanging out with friends. In order to satisfy his lifelong dream of being a satirical humor columnist for a major metropolitan newspaper, twice each week he removes his glasses, dons blue tights and a red cape, then blogs about the incredibly bizarre world that is his life as a writer, husband, and father. It has been said that his blog articles sometimes blur the line between fiction and reality. To that Sellars responds, "What line?"

M. R. Sellars can be located on the web wherever there is a virtual bar serving virtual single malt Scotch, single barrel bourbon, good Irish whisky, and decent beer. In other words, look for him on the major social networking sites.