Rob’s Update: Of Christmas Past

Last Week of 2019

Greetings all

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We had a fun Christmas of family and friends.

If you didn’t see my message earlier in the week, I wrote a new story that’s going just to you guys and a few others I wanted to thank, at least until next Thanksgiving when I’ll put it on Amazon.

It’s a new series about Nick Patara, PI. I’ll be sending out a new one every Christmas. This one is called Silent Knight.

The cops have arrested Steven Knight for fraud but private investigator Nick Patara knows Knight’s been framed. Worse, Knight not only doesn’t care that he’s been framed, he’s doing all he can to make sure he goes to jail. Can Nick find evidence to exonerate Knight? And if he can, can he persuade Knight to let him use it? Or will Knight’s conviction be wrapped up in a bow and put under the prosecutor’s tree?

There are three options available for you.

I hope you all are having a great holiday season. Thanks very much for reading my stuff.

This week was hit or miss because of the holiday season. I’m sure you’re all shocked. However, I’m into the 90s in None Call Me Mother and that’s after two weeks of filling in the cracks before writing the conclusion.

I also made a ton of progress on a project I’ll announce next week. This is a really exciting opportunity for me.

Next week is a busy one as I’ll be going to ShadowCon in Memphis. I’ll be hanging with Bill Webb, who is also in Trouble in the Wind. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a con, and I’m really looking forward to it. Also, I’ll be at ChattaCon later in January.

I hope you all have a great New Year’s Eve, and thanks to all of you for making 2019 my best year ever.

What I’m Listening To

It’s college football bowl season! One of my favorite times. And today, it’s the start of the CFB Playoffs.

I’m so glad Alabama isn’t in there this year. My cousin and his family are huge Clemson fans, so I hope they beat Ohio State. Many of my dad’s family went to and taught at Oklahoma State, so I can’t root for OU. Besides, I have reasons to root for any team that wears purple and gold. In the end, I’d like to see Joe Burrow’s magical season end on top.

Quote of the Week

This week’s quote is a perfect one for my new Christmas series.

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”
– George Carlin

News and Works in Progress

  • None Call Me Mother (92,116)
  • CB (8,418)

Recent Blog Posts and Wiki Additions

  • Too much going on.

Upcoming Events


This week’s spotlight is on you guys. Thanks again for reading my stuff and letting me do this job.

Today’s Weight: 395.2

Updated Word Count: 224,851

Shijuren Wiki: 874 entries

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell

Currently Available Works
Four Horsemen Universe
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