John H. Matthews

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Taking My Wins Where I Can

I read this article on the Washington Post about humble bragging and how it can make people not like you. You know, those people who say things on Facebook like:   "Reeealllly wanted this cute shirt from Express but they only had a size 2 and it...

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Ballyvaughan – Chapter 1

Eddie’s back was against the light green cement block wall. His Glock 19 nine-millimeter pistol was in his hand and aimed towards the ground. He felt his cell phone vibrate in his shirt pocket, pressed into his chest by the bulletproof vest he had taken...

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A Trip to Ballyvaughan

Late last week my second novel quietly became available on Amazon.com. By the end of this week it should be available at all other online booksellers, and by special order in stores. This was my second turn with my protagonist Eddie Holland and the familiarity of...

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Sacred Pages

It was fourth grade and I'd finally made it to one of 'those' teachers classes. Every school has one or two. The teacher everyone can't wait to get. They're almost folk legends two grades above you until all of a sudden, you're sitting on the...

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One is the loneliest number

My name is John and I self-publish.   That's how it feels sometimes. Like I'm in a 12-step program for recovering authors who just 'think' they are published when all we did was just click some buttons and publish a book. But I did actually have to...

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Ballyvaughan

Writing the second novel about Eddie Holland was an adventure that took me from Austin to Ireland, unfortunately only in words. The manuscript is with my editor now and I'm aiming for a summer release.   Where The South Coast took Eddie and Gus through Texas and...

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Writers Write

When I designed the cover for my first book, The South Coast, in 2013, I had never designed a book cover before. I'd designed annual reports, websites, CD cover art, and many other things. But not a book cover. I'd also never written a book,...

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‘Tis Better to Receive than to Give

My son turned three years old one week ago today. All of the things people say are true, that time will pass quickly, he'll be in high school before you know it, etc. I have no idea where the last three years have gone. I...

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Sweet Sixteen

August is a milestone month for me. It was August 1998 when I packed up and moved from the bay area of California to the Washington DC area. I've now lived here longer than anywhere else (and in my current home longer than any other...

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