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ForeWord Posts Four Star Review of By His Own Blood

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Currently, the chance of being infected with HIV through a blood transfusion is almost nonexistent. Because of stringent blood screenings put in place in March 1985 and strengthened in the 1990s, a patient’s risk of infection is now roughly one in 1.5 million, according to the US…

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Added by John Montandon on August 25, 2013 at 11:41pm — No Comments

Great Southwest Book Festival

March 30, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

The 2013 Great Southwest Book Festival recognized winners in the Festival’s Writing Competition during the East Meets West Literary Celebration in New Orleans Saturday evening. John Montandon, author of By His Own Blood was awarded an Honorable Mention…

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Added by John Montandon on April 13, 2013 at 1:09am — No Comments

20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Book Awards – Judge’s Evalution

20th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Book Awards – Judge’s Evalution

Entry Title: By His Own Blood

Author: John Montandon

Judge Number: 55

Books were evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.

Structure and Organization: 4

Grammar: 5

Production Quality and Cover Design:…

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Added by John Montandon on January 13, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

New Social Network Member Writes Amazon Book Review

A wonderful Amazon review of By His Own Blood has been posted by an old Texas friend from the past. Thank you, Art, for your very thoughtful words and for reconnecting after many years.  John

5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny, Gene and Miss Tennie, Doc and Mary…
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Added by John Montandon on January 11, 2013 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Recent reader review on Amazon.com

I certainly appreciate the nice Amazon review that Greg Clonts submitted.  Thanks, very much, Greg.  Here are his comments.

5.0 out of 5 stars By His Own Blood,…
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Added by John Montandon on December 2, 2012 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Texas Tech University "Discoveries" article

TTU continues to mention By His Own Blood on its various websites.  I have had a number of former classmates and professors contact me after reading these articles. I do appreciate it. 

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/vpr/discoveries/Fall-2012/montandon-book.php

https://www.createspace.com/3799836

Added by John Montandon on December 1, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments

A very nice Amazon Review by Heidi, a very nice neighbor

A few years ago my husband and I had the good fortune of becoming neighbors of John and Karen Montandon. It wasn't until I saw "By His Own Blood" prominently displayed in the window of a local bookstore, and bought a copy, that I learned of the tragic ordeal that the Montandon family endured during the final years of John's father's life.



While the events that led to Doc Montandon's death are tragic, reprehensible and enraging, at its core, this book is about family values, strength…

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Added by John Montandon on November 8, 2012 at 12:07am — No Comments

The Future of Farming

My background and career have been dedicated to agriculture, so I am pleased to see this video. Even if you don’t know a lot about modern-day farming, you still might find this John Deere video interesting.  It is an outstanding presentation of where Agriculture, Precision Ag and Farming Technology is heading. Turn on your speakers so you can listen as you watch. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEh5-zZ9jUg

Added by John Montandon on October 20, 2012 at 2:56pm — No Comments

John talks about his book - video

I just posted a short video on this site.  You can see it by clicking on the VIDEO tab at the top of this page or go to http://www.byhisownblood.net/page/video.  It was also posted on YouTube just a short time ago.  John

Added by John Montandon on September 27, 2012 at 11:50pm — No Comments

By His Own Blood is now featured at USA Book News

Its good to see that By His Own Blood is now featured on the USA Book News web site.

http://www.usabooknews.com/johnmontandon.html

The book is also listed throughout USABookNews.com

and their various genre links.

http://www.usabooknews.com/automem.html…

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Added by John Montandon on September 9, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Magazine Article

I have just edited and re-written a short story version of a part of By His Own Blood to be published as a magazine article or be the first of a series of articles. So, for those of you who might like to read the story or sample the book before you buy, just visit my web site at www.byhisownblood.com/story.

I'd love to get some feedback from readers.

Added by John Montandon on September 1, 2012 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

Star Rating by Publishers Weekly

I am pleased with a solid review for By His Own Blood from Publishers Weekly, which can be found at.......

http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-615-60483-1

(For those who don’t know, book reviews from Publishers Weekly don’t use a typical rating system; they just review books, and then give a single star to the books they like best. And: HOLY COW THE BOOK GOT A STAR.)

Publishers…

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Added by John Montandon on August 31, 2012 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Dr. Wayne Strom Review

I wanted to share with you Dr. Strom's rather in-depth review of By His Own Blood.  I find his perspective to be quite interesting. You can read it at http://www.byhisownblood.com/strom.html  JM

Added by John Montandon on August 25, 2012 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Book Signing and the AIDS Quilt

The AIDS Memorial Quilt panel for our dad was included into the giant quilt on July 24 in Wasington DC.  The Quilt website will be updated soon and the panel can be searched and viewed.  There was also a good turnout for the By His Own Blood book signing at the Quilt Bookstore on July 24.  Thanks to the NAMES Organization for their invitation to participate in this wonderful event, and thanks to everyone who purchased a book that day. Half of the sales proceeds from…

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Added by John Montandon on August 5, 2012 at 4:15pm — No Comments

AIDS Memorial Quilt Goes Digital: See The Full Quilt Online

 

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With more than 48,000 panels and 94,000 names, the AIDS quilt is a constantly growing testament to the deadly toll the disease has taken on the world. At roughly 1.3 million square feet, it is so large that it can’t be displayed in its entirety in one place. Parts of it were on…

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Added by John Montandon on August 4, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Reviews on the book's web site

If  you haven't been to the REVIEWS page on the main web site, you might be interested to read them.  I am grateful to those who submitted for this page.  Thank you.  http://www.creativedirection.com/byhisownblood/reviews.html

Added by John Montandon on July 13, 2012 at 5:07pm — 1 Comment

Book to be part of "Quilt in the Capital 2012"

I feel deeply honored to be invited by The NAMES Project Foundation, custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, to discuss By His Own Blood on July 24 in Washington DC.  This will be in conjunction with a month-long event that raises awareness of HIV/AIDS.  A major part of the agenda will be to recognize the massive, 54-ton AIDS Quilt which honors family and friends who have died of AIDS.  The AIDS Quilt will be displayed at various locations around the…

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Added by John Montandon on July 7, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments

An example of copy that did not make it into the book...

By His Own Blood consists of approximately 100,000 words. Before final editing took place, I had written over 200,000 words, so I had to get very serious during the final editing process, otherwise the book would have approached 600 pages, which would have been too long. In reality, much of the copy was not entirely relevant to the story I wanted to tell.
As an example, I've attached a short piece titled, "Who was Doc?" It may give you a sense of the…
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Added by John Montandon on July 3, 2012 at 1:19am — No Comments

Texas Tech University Posts Article About By His Own Blood

A very nice article about the book posted by the Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources    http://www.depts.ttu.edu/agriculturalsciences/news/?p=1066

Added by John Montandon on June 29, 2012 at 12:32am — No Comments

By His Own Blood, to be featured in the AIDS Memorial Quilt display in Washington, DC.

NEWS_FOR_IMMEDIATE_RELEASE_BHOB_AIDS_Quilt_Book_Signing%20Final.docx

 

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: John Montandon

Rockford Brownstone Publishing

P.O. Box 1221

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254-9998

Phone:…

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Added by John Montandon on June 24, 2012 at 3:38pm — No Comments

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By His Own Blood on track to the Big Screen

Posted by By His Own Blood Admin on October 8, 2015 at 12:41am 0 Comments

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

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ForeWord Posts Four Star Review of By His Own Blood

Posted by John Montandon on August 25, 2013 at 11:41pm 0 Comments

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Currently, the chance of being…

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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…

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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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