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Book Party - May 18

The owners of Pages, a wonderful high-end book store, located in downtown Manhattan Beach have offered to hold a book party for us on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 PM.  We invite you to attend, get your book signed if you've already purchased one, or buy them while you're there and it will be my pleasure to autograph your copy of By His Own Blood. Meet and greet new friends while you enjoy some great California wines and cheeses. We're looking forward to seeing you there. Please let us know if you…


Added by John Montandon on April 11, 2012 at 12:16am — No Comments

Billy the Goat

Some of you who have read the book sent me emails with your personal stories similar to the ones I wrote about Shooting Blackie and Billy the Goat.  I don't have a picture of Blackie.  I wish I did. But, I've included a photo of Billy and me.  I really appreciate the fact that many of you have written me such warm and personal emails. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you.

Added by John Montandon on April 4, 2012 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Can't Wait to Make This A Book Club Read!

After meeting John at a tradeshow a few weeks ago and hearing his impassioned speech about why he wrote this book and the struggles the whole family experienced, I couldn't wait to get it in front of my book club.  Now that the presses are rolling, it's going to be one of our best discussions, I am sure.  Great respect to you, John for writing such a difficult and personal story so that others may share, learn and take that difficult journey with you and your family.

Added by Erinn Oliphant on March 29, 2012 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

Thoroughly enjoyed this book

What struck me about this book was not as much the tragic story line, but the well paced, unique character development which lead up to the tear jerking climatic event when the authors father contracts AIDS. Thru-out the book the author shares a number of brief memories about growing up in the heart of Texas as the a son of a cotton farmer. Although I first thought I was going to be reading the typical story of immigrants settling in the new world, it soon became apparent that this detailed…


Added by Peter Weinstein on March 28, 2012 at 6:53pm — No Comments

A Book That Will Transend Generations

Hopefully, everyone has known a man like Doc Montandon.  He had a charisma that affected you when you first met him....he was truly larger than life, not only in size but also in spirit.  He was looked up to and idolized by everyone who knew him, and became a person to model your life after.  This book is a story about his life and his philosophy of life that hopefully will be passed on to all generations.  Doc Montandon had the ability to handle adversity, and this is the mark of any great…


Added by Jerry Cass on March 28, 2012 at 5:15pm — 1 Comment

PRWeb News Release

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Added by John Montandon on March 28, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments


As John's older and only brother, I can attest to the need for him to relate this story.  He approached the story in such an honest an open manner, I  originally had qualms about his effort, but the output of his story is a rendering of his and our love for our father, and I don't believe the story could be told in any manner but the one he has used, open, blunt, honest and with a love that is so evident.  Not an easy write, to let your soul and feelings out.  He has done a very good job in…


Added by gene montandon on March 27, 2012 at 10:18pm — 2 Comments



There's not much to add to what Stan, Danny and others have said. My wife, Dorethy, made the comment that she's never seen me so consumed by a book. I couldn't put it down and read the majority of it last Sunday after church. When I finished, she started it and commented several times, her understanding of why I was so consumed. Upon finishing it, she commented, that she didn't recall having ever met your Dad, but fell in love with him and wanted him for her Daddy. Thank you…


Added by Rob Harrison on March 27, 2012 at 9:02pm — 1 Comment

By His Own Blood --- Review

By His Own Blood is a skillfully written book about a young boy growing up on a farm in 1950s-60s rural West Texas. It is a story about a family’s enduring love and bond during times of hardship and times of joy. And most of all, it is a story about a boy growing into a man under the guiding hand of a strong, but gentle and loving father. The book is full of amusing nostalgic stories as well as very serious…


Added by Stan Compton on March 27, 2012 at 7:10pm — 1 Comment

Honor thy Mother and thy Father!


 Your book absolutely nailed what life was like growing up in a small town in West Texas during the 40s, 50s, and 60s.  It was a wonderful trip down memory lane; remembering all the good people that heavily influenced our lives and some of the bad stuff we grew up with also.

We are a sum of all the parts that we have seen and heard.  It is clearly evident that you incorporated the best parts of your experiences and sifted out the bad parts to form the type of man you…


Added by Danny Fisher on March 27, 2012 at 9:56am — 1 Comment

Mesmerized by your book.

Just finished reading your book last night.  I knew you were smart, Johnnie, I just didn't know you were this artistic.  To write a book that covers every emotion a person can have takes so much skill.  I laughed and cried; was filled with rage, sadness and depression but also joy, amusement and nostalgia.  Being just a meer two years older than you and born/raised in Knox City, TX, I understand 100% the feelings you expressed.  I remember the prejudices and small mindedness that was…


Added by Carroll Tankersley Kobernus on March 23, 2012 at 2:53pm — 1 Comment

AOL Interviews John

AOL has community news sections called The Patch that appear in many parts of the country. Their editor interviewed me last week to talk about By His Own Blood.  You can read the interview at

Added by John Montandon on March 17, 2012 at 5:47pm — No Comments

A great read and a great message

The test of a good book to me is this:  you get hooked early and then don't want to put it down until you've finished.  John, your book......By His Own Blood...more than passed that test.

When your book arrived I was about a third of the way through my friend Tom Brokaw'sThe Greatest Generationon my Nook Color.   The next evening I started leafing through you book and realized I just had to read it NOW.  John, I've read the book and laughed and even cried in a couple of place…


Added by Dix Harper on March 16, 2012 at 3:39pm — No Comments

The Impact of Good People

I really enjoyed By His Own Blood.  It captures rural farm life in the 50s and 60s perfectly.  Anyone who experienced it or has loved ones who did will enjoy the authors' description of those times and those people.

But what I enjoyed even more is reading about Doc Montandon.  It would have taken great fortitude and patience to live through those times.  Doc's spiritual life and connection to his church and Lord seemed to be anchors made him a great father and a great…


Added by Scott Smith on March 13, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

What a read! I was reared nearby John and have known him almost all my life. It takes a good man to write with such honesty, openness and candor. I can think of no other that would be able to be so o…

What a read! I was reared nearby John and have known him almost all my life. It takes a good man to write with such honesty, openness and candor. I can think of no other that would be able to be so objective in his writing and tell it as it is. Once I started the book, there was no stopping until it was finished.  Be sure and keep a box of Kleenex handy.


Added by Dan Jones on March 9, 2012 at 10:26am — 2 Comments

By His Own Blood Recognized by LA Book Festival

Some additional exciting news this week! By His Own Blood won Honorable Mention in the 2012 Los Angeles Book Festival literary contest. Awards to be presented this Sat. evening in Hollywood.  I'm espeically pleased and humbled in that less than 5% of all entries are recognized.

Added by John Montandon on February 29, 2012 at 10:59pm — No Comments

By His Own Blood is now available!

I'm very happy to report that the paperback book is now available for purchase at  The Kindle version should be available in a week or so.   If you want to order the e-reader format, go to the BUY feature at and fill out the short form telling us you would like to know when that version is…


Added by John Montandon on February 29, 2012 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Anticipate reading this account

I found this to be very interesting,and was intrigued how redemption is played out in the family involved.

This might  help other families that have had to deal with the devastation of aids.   The brief sample of the author's writing is captivating.

Added by Baarbara Puckett on February 26, 2012 at 2:39pm — No Comments

I lost my sister to this disease from a blood transfusion.  Looking forward to reading this on my Kindle.  Will it be released soon?

I lost my sister to this disease from a blood transfusion.  Looking forward to reading this on my Kindle.  Will it be released soon?


Added by Jean Walker on February 24, 2012 at 12:19am — 2 Comments

Welcome to my Social Network site

I want to welcome you to my social network for By His Own Blood, a book that is very near and dear to my heart.  I invite you to read this true story about the tragic death of my father and the cover-up of the cause of his death.  I wrap the story about "Doc" with the story of growing up in rural West Texas during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.  I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did writing it, and I also invite you to take a few minutes to share you thoughts, questions and…


Added by John Montandon on February 21, 2012 at 11:34pm — 2 Comments



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By His Own Blood on track to the Big Screen

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Well, for those who have suggested that my book, By His Own Blood, should be made into a just may be. Greg Clonts has purchased the screen rights to the book, partnered with a terrific screenwriter, Rod McCall (…


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Great Southwest Book Festival

Posted by John Montandon on April 13, 2013 at 1:09am 0 Comments

March 30, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

The 2013 Great Southwest Book Festival recognized winners in the Festival’s Writing…



Posted by Max Anderson on January 14, 2013 at 8:26am 1 Comment

Johnny....I didn't realize you lost your dad by such an unnecesary way.  I think it's great that you have shared the story with others.  Toni said to pass on her regards, and please give Karen a hug for me.

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