The sequel to “Eternal Road” once again has Sam and James traveling through time in a 1956 Oldsmobile.
Sam (Samantha) is an Angel Emissary. Her current mission: Find Ryan, a recent soul and his guide, Eddie. They have gone missing. Lucifer is suspect for their disappearance. To aide her on the mission, she wrests James from his eternal home.
DISCLAIMER: There are no gowns in this story, per se.
Resa – John, I drew Sam as her angel self. I mean, when she’s not out on missions, she would be in her angel wear. I hope you approve of the drawing. (I don’t see wings)
John – Yes, Sam is the star. She is the glue that holds both stories together. James could be a co-star and Eddie and Ryan featured players.
Resa – Also, now that I’m into drawing Sam, I got an itch to draw her in a mid 70’s style casino gown. Yes, I know she never wears one when they go to the Bellagio, but she could, in a time warp thing. I can’t remember if she wears one in the previous book, when they go to Vegas?
John – In the previous book she did not wear a casino gown but I know she would love one. I think if they had had the time she would have insisted on getting one. Sam can be anywhere she wants at anytime.
Resa – I like that! Sam’s main ace up her sleeve is time eternal.
Forever, Sam’s seven letter word falling across a triple word score, as she, James, Eddie and Ryan attempt to outwit their underworld opponent, the biggest cheater this side of Niflheim aka hell.
Speaking of hell; John affords no comfort as Satan tries to trick Sam, James, Eddie and Ryan, by placing them in some of the most horrific times and places man has ever known. The price of a ticket back to paradise? Ryan’s soul!
John – I do not have a chart on the time travel rules. The basics are pretty simple. You cannot alter the future when in a different time period.
John – The issues in the book were handled one at a time given the circumstance at the time. For instance if James or Ryan tried to save Karen after she was hit by a car then they would have altered the future. In the same manner if James and Ryan stayed at the scene as witnesses the same thing would happen.
On the time travel question every scene in The Last Drive was worked out on it’s own. Figuring the logistics took some thought but the rule about not disturbing the future was the guide.
For example the team considered that they should try to save the people on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. The rationale that the intended target (The Capital ) was never hit was used. All those lives lost had repercussions on families left behind so to save them would have altered those repercussions. This is how each was thought through.
Resa -I see you can obtain an object (ie cell phone) in one time frame, then take it to another time frame.
Could Sam obtain a piece of fabric from ancient Rome, and take that to Las Vegas? Then could she obtain a dress from Las Vegas and combine the fabric and dress into one garment? Then could she wear that garment in another different time and place? Or, even combine that with say jewelry from that third place? Could this go on ad infinitum?
John – Sam can haul anything from zone to zone as long as she can get it before the dump to a new zone. She can’t haul stuff from heaven but the zones are fair game.
Resa – John, I’d like to post this on “Art Gowns”, but need as many gowns as possible. As you can see I have drawn Sam in: an Angel gown, a Las Vegas gown, A Roman Colosseum Gladiatorette gown, a Tea Time on the Titanic gown and a 1912 Ball gown.
John – You are the best, Resa. Thank you for what will be a beautiful thing.
Resa – I listened to a podcast that featured you. It was quite good. Some asked about a sequel. I ask what about a prequel?
John – A prequel is a great idea. You’ll hear another idea on the broadcast that may have legs too.
John turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes thriller fiction novels and short stories. He has written 7 books.
To read more about John’s books and awards, click on his photo.
All of John’s books are published by Keewaydin Lane Books.
Visit John on his BLOG
Click on the cover of “The Last Drive” to go to John’s Amazon Page.
198 thoughts on “The Last Drive ~ John W. Howell”
these gowns sound perfect for the character and glad we had a chance to see them
Thank you, Beth. Resa did a marvelous job of designing these gowns for Sam. Thanks for the visit.
Thank you, Beth! They were more than fun to draw.
Bravo! AND Brava! for gowns and chat that take us to the stars and back!
Thank you, Marc. Resa is the best.
That she is Boss.
Thank you Marc!
The stars are a wonderful hang out.
So good Resa!
Resa, a wonderful combination of gown art, review, and interview! John’s latest book sounds fascinating.
Thank you, Dave. She did give a fabulous view of the book and Sam. I am humbled by this post.
Thanks Dave! John’s book is an interesting supposition.
I love his heroine, and just had to draw her.
(AND “The Housekeeper” has arrived.)
And you drew her REALLY well.
As for “The Housekeeper” arriving — yay!
A fun interview and gorgeous gowns!
Resa did a great job, Merril. Thank you.
She did! You’re welcome, John.
Yes, it was fun doing the interview.
I think I’m addicted to drawing gowns. Go figure? 🤔😵💫
You’re welcome, Resa! 🙂👗
An enjoyable read and the drawings are wonderful!
Resa is so talented, and I’m so honored.
Thank you so very much!
You are most welcome! 🙂
A superb interview/review with John . The new book sounds fabulous, you dear Resa have stirred our imagination with the incredibly beautiful gowns. Congratulations on your newest book John. Thank you Resa for a lovely interview!
Thank you for the kind words, Holly. Resa did a marvelous job with her designs and the lovely comments. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have her support. 😁
She surely did. Your book sounds amazing ( love the cover) I’m wishing you much success. Cheers to both of you.
It was my pleasure!
It was wonderful drawing these gowns based on John’s book and character Sam.
I enjoyed the book a lot.
NOW… I’ve almost finished the most hysterical drawing of Bezella, the 3 armed wanna be AGM. She has stolen the DracGoth, Etagloc and Rupert puppets, and is dragging them around.
We need a fashion show theme! Meece thinking caps on! 🐭🧢 xo 🐭🧢
Hahaha! Love that Meece 🐭, Eeee! Bezella! Thinking 🤔 in overdrive xoxoxo
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Resa McConaghy is a talented designer with extensive experience designing Hollywood film costumes. She is also an accomplished photographer and writer. Her photographic concentration is on street murals; she has an amazing collection. Today, she honored me with a discussion and review of The Last Drive. To give her readers a sense of the story, Resa has designed four gowns for Sam, the principal character. A visit to Resa’s place will give you a view of the book and an experience you will want to repeat.
That should be six gowns. I don’t know how I missed two. Need more coffee.
Omg! I had to approve a bunch of comments. The are smattered through the comments, but I know you’ll find them! ⨂⨂⨂⨂
There are a few. ⨂⨂⨂⨂
Made a mistake. Should be six
Thank you John!
Sam is a true pleasure to draw. I gave her green eyes and sweetheart lips.
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Have to borrow yours again. I hope it’s not like a toothbrush. õẋ õẋ õẋ õẋ
Well, if it is like a toothbrush, I haven’t dropped it in the toilet….. yet!
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So glad to hear. 😳X 🤔X 😊X 😁X
This post is such a wonderful representation of the book Resa. I can’t thank you enough for putting your talent to work on behalf of Sam and The Last Drive.
Also, I’m glad you like the story. That means a lot OX OX OX OX
You are welcome, John!
First, I enjoyed the book a lot.
I had much enjoyable time drawing Sam. She’s my first angel, and I can’t tell you how happy I am she doesn’t have wings. She’s a 21st century angel.
Not being relegated to one time and place is very inspiring for designing.
Keep on writing!
Yes, my lady, I will keep on writing.
Yes, a sign that I will continue to write
OX OX OX OX
Resa, these gowns are perfect. I’ve read both books, and it’s interesting to see one of the characters come to life, as it were. It’s fascinating to see the gowns you chose for the various settings, and the drawings are delightful.
Thank you for the lovely words, Dan. Resa did bring Sam to life for sure.
Thank you, Dan!
John’s Sam and the story were great fuel for my imagination.
I was inspired.
Your work reflects that.
Fantastic interview, designs, and review! Well done, Resa and John! Congratulations, both. Hugs 🤗💕🙂
Thank you, Harmony!
It’s a fab book. 🤗💕🙂
It sure is! 💖
As are your fabulous designs! 😁
Thank you, Harmony. Resa did a wonderful job.
Great interview. I lover the gowns.
I do too, Tim. Thanks. 😁
Thank you dear Tim! John is fun to interview. You know how much I love a good gown. The only thing better than drawing one is making one. xo
What a wonderful interview and the gowns are stunning. Thanks for hosting today, Resa. I certainly enjoyed John’s book.
Thank you for the endorsement, Joan. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 😁 Resa did quite a beautiful post.
Agree! John’s book is most enjoyable…. and the time travel leads to many interesting creative ideas.
Thank you Joan!
That was so fun, especially since I’ve read the book and have a connection to Sam. She’s a strong character to endure everything Lucifer put her through, that’s for sure. The gowns are beautiful, Resa. I love the variety and I think Sam would appreciate the additions to her heavenly wardrobe. Wonderful interview too. I liked learning about John’s approach to time travel and the butterfly effect. Congrats to you both for the entertaining post! Special congrats to John on the excellent read.
Thank you so much for the beautiful comment, Diana. Resa outdid herself on the gowns; I’m sure Sam loves them.
Resa did a beautiful job! Her reviews/ interviews/ drawings are one of a kind. 🙂 Congrats!
I so agree. 😁
Yes, it was an excellent read.
Also, Sam is an inspiring character. Moving through time is also inspiring. I feel like so much is open for creative expression.
I’m not exactly sure how it would work, but I suppose Sam could pick a time and place where she could have a closet to store her gowns in.
John says you can’t haul things back and forth from heaven, but I don’t see why she can’t build a wardrobe atelier, say in Paris, 1952. Dior’s “New Look” was all the rage after the fabric rations were ended.
OMG… now I feel like drawing that era!
Thanks Diana! You are also a very inspiring writer. Hugs!
He was hinting at another story, wasn’t he? A prequel maybe. Perhaps the Paris 1952 wardrobe will slide in there. Lol. Thanks for the fun!
Oh yeah! 1952 Paris…. slide it on in!
Beautiful sketches and fun interview! Congratulations, John.
Thank you so much, Gwen.
Thank you, Gwen!
John is a very cool person, and wonderful writer.
Great interview, Resa! John is one of my favorite people. Nicely done!
Aw, thank you, Jill. 🤗. Resa did a super job.
Thank you, Jill!
John is fab, so is his book.
I had a lot of fun making this post. Thank you for your visit and comment!
What lovely drawings. And a great discussion. I really enjoy this series, John, and wouldn’t complain if you added to it. 🙂
Thanks for hosting, Resa.
Thank you, Staci. I have to give more thought to continuing the series. Thanks for your support.
It is a fab book Traci.
A prequel would be cool.
Hosting is my pleasure!
Oops. I got your name wrong, but corrected it. (or did spell check mess that up?)
Out of all the interviews with John, this is the besterest! I love how you mess your wonderful skills, Sorceress into this post. John’s book is wonderful and the gowns you drew to represent some of the places Sam and James travel to, and then some. Working your magic in concert with John.
Wonderful, you two!
Thank you, Dale. I have to say Resa is so talented that she makes me look good with her beautiful work. I appreciate the effort she put into this review and interview.
She really is. She makes everyone look good!
So true, Dale. 😁
Thank you… yeah, a fusion of mess and drawing and ideas. 🙄😵💫
It was a lot of fun reading the book, then doing this with John.
I thought I answered this. Perhaps in a day dream.
Well, that’s magic all around. xoxoxo
My pleasure. I love your mess. It works beautifully. It’s funny because I’m 3/4 through reading it – I beta read it at back and have just decided to read the final cut. (Sitting in the dark with no electricity since 8pm – and I’m lucky, some have been out since 2-3 this afternoon) it’s ice storm version 2023!
Are you reading in the dark? Are you on battery?
It rained like crazy all day, but no ice.
You got ice? ⚡️💥
I am and I sat in my car in my garage to charge my phone!
Now, giving up and going to bed.
Good grief and good night!
Hope you have lots warm blankets.
I did. And my electricity came back some time around 8 pm tonight 🙂
That’s a whole day! ⚡️💥
And yes. Ice! It’s a mess!
By noon it was all gone!
Wow, Resa and John! Just WOW!! Those gowns, and your depiction of Sam in them is stunning, Resa. I’m blown away. Great stuff, John. Congrats!
I agree Jan. Resa is amazing in using her design talent to define a character. Thank you so much for the visit and encouraging words. 😁
You are most welcome, John!
I love all of these gowns. Sam looks good in anything. I’d love to see her in her military uniform as well. A prequel is a good idea!
Thank you, Darlene. She did wear that WWI uniform with a sense of style. Loved your comment.
Okay a military gown. I’m not great at uniforms. LOL!
Yes, a prequel could be fab!
Great interview! I love all the dresses for Sam. She deserves some fun time.
Thank you, Denise. I think Resa believed that Sam did need some fun time, and she certainly gave it to her. 😁
Thank you, Denise!
John’s book whet my imagination, and all I draw is gowns. LOL!
I love this creative way to promote John’s novel, Resa. Those gowns are stunning, and the interview was so much fun. Thank you for doing this!
Thank you, Marie. Resa is a miracle worker, for sure.
Thank you Marie!
John’s book is fab, and I had lots of fun drawing Sam.
John is more fun than one guy aught to be allowed to be! 🤗
lol … that’s a perfect description of John 🙂
Bravo, John and Resa! I haven’t enjoyed a book launch or interview post so much in ages. Using the combination perspective of Sam and Resa’s gowns was brilliant and fascinating. John, congrats on another terrific book. Resa, congratulations on all these glorious gowns and sketches. I particularly liked the teatime gown, and the history mashup finale gown. Wishing you both continued success. Big hugs.
Thank you, Teagan. Resa certainly went above and beyond on this post. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Hugs.
I’m losing track of comments.
John has quite the avid following.
I thought I answered this?
I like the Tea time and Travel Mash up Time gowns, too!
Pepper would sure look good in a gown! HUGS
Resa, your reply was timely.
Tee-hee! Yes she would. I’ve been working on her friend Maudie’s character — or what she looks like, trying to make a CGI image for her, but it’s just her face. Hugs again.
Wow.. the Book by John sounds fascinating and your art gowns just beautiful Resa.. ❤
The gowns are terrific, Sue. Resa did a super job. Thanks for your lovely comment.
She did… and I will be looking into your book John…. It sounded a great read. 🙂
Thank you, Sue. 😁
Thank you, Sue! ❤ ❤ ❤
This spotlight on The Last Drive was so much fun! Oh, the gowns!! Resa, I love all of your questions to John about how Sam might avail herself of a goodly wardrobe of gowns in the afterlife and still not disrupt the time continuum. My favorite is the starry one because it’s sparkly and magical.
Resa is so creative, and these gowns demonstrate that. Thank you for your lovely comments, Liz.
You’re welcome, John.
That was GREAT!!! I loved both books in the series.
Thank you, Andrew. I love your recommendations too.
Thank you! An angel travelling through time is quite the inspiration for drawing gowns.
Resa, you did an outstanding job here with an original style interview/review for John’s book. I know he’s very happy with it all.
Your gowns are quite elegant.
Resa did a great job on the interview and the gowns. I was honored to be featured on her blog. Thank you for the lovely comment.
I’m honoured to have you in my blog, John!
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My pleasure, John.
Thank you, GP!
It was a joy drawing Sam in gowns.
Thank goodness John approved of my crazy idea.
I can’t imagine him disapproving, Resa.
The gowns are beautiful, Resa! They’re perfect for Sam – and I agree she’s the star of this book. Enjoyed the interview!
Yay! Thank you,Teri!
I speak better in gowns than words.Lol!
Thank you so much, Teri. I think Resa caught Sam’s persona perfectly. 😁
You took the cake with your review and your amazing gowns. Nicely done. Love the interplay between you and Sam being the star so decked out.
10 ⭐️ Review❣️
Thank you Cindy!
This post was lots of fun. I love drawing!
10 ⭐️…. Eeeeeeee! (my excited noise)
Thank you, Cindy. I loved that part of Resa’s post too.
These posts are always such fun. Glad to see John and The Last Drive getting some love. I think it was a wonderful book.
Thank you! Agree about the fun. Agree about the love. Agree it was a wonderful book.
Thank you for being so supportive, Craig. It was a pleasure being here with Resa.
The gowns are gorgeous, great post. ❤
Thank you, Gi! xo ❤
I have to agree with you. Resa did a fabulous job.
The gowns are lovely and perfect for Sam. I enjoyed this interview with John, Resa.
Thank you, Jennie. I enjoyed it as well. Resa is a super host and talent, and it was a privilege
Thank you so much! I enjoyed the book, drawing the gowns and chatting with John. Big win.
I can imagine you did, Resa. John is great guy (but you already know that 😀).
Yes, I know how cool John is. Adore him! 😀).
Loving this illustration of a character through your gowns, Resa! What a creative blend of writing and art. ❤
Thank you Layla! I had lots of fun reading the book and doing the drawings! ❤
Resa had the idea, and it was a good one. Thank you, Layla.
This is a wonderful discussion, and the gowns are incredible! Well done.
Thank you, Beem. All credit to Resa.
Ummm…. you did write the book!
Ummm. Yeah but that was the easy part as far as I’m concerned. 🤗😘
Made you laugh. 🐂🐂🐂🐂
Thank you! It’s been fun.
Hi Resa, what a beautiful and engaging post. I also enjoyed this book and your gowns for Sam are just perfect 🌷💖
John’s book was a fab read.
Will be reading “Lion’s Scream” anon!
Happy Holidays! 🌷💖🌷💖
Oh, Resa knows how to review a book and make it a whole story. I loved learning about the characters of this book and Resa’s gorgeous imagined gownery. Congrats to John, and I look forward to reading this! ❤ xx
Pardon for the sluggish response.
Your comment is more than welcome.
Busy is an understatement right now.
It was a joy reading John’s book & drawing John’s heroine.
Lol, right now, late a t night, I’m attempting to draw Motorcycle Theme Gowns.
You are a busy bee my friend, and no apologies required. And now you have me curious about motorcycle dresses? Lol, a new trend? 🙂 xxx
I’m not sure, but I’ll turn any theme into gowns.
Got any ideas? 🙂 xxx
Leave that thought with me. ❤
Love it. 👏🏻
Thank you! xoxo
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You are very welcome, Resa!
Two of my favourite blog friends in a post together, how fabulous. Love Sam’s gowns especially the Roman one and the stars of course. Great book review turned into a fun interview. Xxx
It sure was a fun time working with John!
He’s a great person that I have come to know.
Roman style gowns are classic. You’d never go wrong! xxx
Would be perfect for my Julius Cesare.