John’s Novels

I’ve been writing for many years and have shared my work with my family. Several people have encouraged me to pursue a writing career, but the family and job seemed to leave little room for the work of finding an agent and publisher. Now that Prudence and I have abandoned corporate life for the Inn Keeping business, I’ve decided to use the internet as my vehicle for now for publishing. You can read 15 pages of a book as a teaser. If you like it you can purchase it on the Internet and it will be mailed to you or sent to your kindle device. Thanks for taking an interest in my writing adventure.


Patience in Wonder Meadow - John Abeln

Patience in Wonder Meadow

This is a fictional account of a young girl Patience who has an experience similar to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Alice in Wonderland. Patience is a bright young girl who is bored and unimpressed with school but loves her dog Daisy. On a cold miserable day Patience takes Daisy to the local Mall called Wonder Meadow where the adventure of her life begins.

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Fair Oaks - John Abeln

Fair Oaks

Growing up in Northern California in the Sixties was a wonderful time for families and children. Recently I was laid up after shoulder surgery and had time when watching TV or reading wasn’t very interesting. But many memories and stories started to pour out while being laid up and I realized that a lot of who I am now comes from those experiences. I started writing to capture these moments, life-changing events and small vignettes of a life-style that probably doesn’t exist anymore.

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The Arena - John Abeln

The Arena

The murder mystery story is set in contemporary times as Americans enjoy business growth throughout the world. As entrepreneurs, Gannon and Ed have picked two countries –Italy and Spain- to expand their healthcare software company, licensing their software. At the first meeting in Brussels, Giancarlo the Italian and Enrico the Spaniard demonstrate their strong personalities. Gannon and Ed are immediately drawn into their world of different life-styles, food and work perspectives.

On his first business visit to Italy, Ed dies a horrific death. Gannon grieves his partner and wonders if he can continue at the same time becomes obsessed with solving his partner’s murder. The international issues of jurisdiction and culture make the process all the more complicated.

In The Arena, the bullfight is the metaphor that describes graphically the ritual of the old world that is savage and cathartic, yet spiritually complete. The Arena is about pain and redemption as Gannon emerges from his fantasy of success to the cruel world and anarchic behavior of the old European world. He sees it is the skilled and best prepared that survives regardless of the past strength and position.

Can Gannon overcome his fear of being a target of the killer as he faces his own mortality when picking up Ed’s body in Rome? Is it revenge that he seeks? Is it a bestial reaction that sets him off to solve the murder and pursue punishment?

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