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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Betrayal by John Wendell Adams Blog Tour Guest Post and Giveaway


by John Wendell Adams



Betrayal. It’s an ugly word, and virtually everyone has experienced it in one form or another. The question is, what do you do about it? Seek revenge? Recover and go on? Or allow rage and despair to destroy everything you’ve ever worked for?

In his riveting debut novel, author and longtime businessman John Wendell Adams details the story of a man caught in an ugly web. Jack Alexander has landed a great job as a divisional director of sales in a Chicago-based IT company. Hired to turn around a regional disaster, he is rewarded with additional responsibilities. The problem: his vitriolic new boss, a co-worker's unwanted advances, and their secret conspiracy.

Fired from his job, forced to confront both his present and his past, Jack goes through an emotional tailspin before he is able to reconcile what has happened to him. Eventually, he’s hired as a vice president with a much larger firm. When his new company decides to acquire his old one, Jack comes face to face with the two people responsible for his earlier demise. Meanwhile, he uncovers some illegal activities that could put the acquisition at risk.

Is this the time for revenge, to right the wrongs that have been done to him? What should he do? Is it possible to act effectively and also with integrity when confronted with those who compromised his marriage, his career, and his sense of self-worth?

Adams comments, “I have worked in the corporate world all my adult life and have witnessed or personally experienced the highlights and moral failings that come with it. To put it simply, if you’ve ever experienced betrayal in the workplace, in love, or in a family, this book is for you.”

Betrayal is simply a stunning, must-read work that will transform hearts that are open to receive the life lesson within its pages.” ~ Reader Review

Guest Post;

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too would like to thank author John Wendell Adams for being a guest on our blog today.

  1. Balancing life and writing –

Fortunate…that is the word I would use about my writing. Some might struggle with balancing writing and life, I don’t. I believe it is because of how it all came to be. I was vacationing in the Caribbean with my wife. Since I am a runner, I was just coming back from a long run. Sweating like a pig, under the hot sun, I heard a voice say “John, you are a writer.” I realized that there was no one around me and there was no one in my vicinity who knew me. My wife was in our room on the 2nd floor. So, after a few minutes passed, I went to the front desk and asked for paper. I went back to our room, showered, told my wife what I had heard, and started writing that day. Someone might read this and say, “Spooky”. But to me, it gave me the freedom to simply start. It took me six month to finish the first draft. I didn’t write every day. I didn’t even have specific times when I would write. But when I did, the words just poured out of me. I could sit down and write pages and pages at a time.

There were three keys for me. One was that I wrote the ending before I got half way through the book. This helped me because I had an idea where I was headed. The ending actually changed a few times but I had a very good idea what the end looked like. The other key was that I learned from someone that when writing dialog, I should allow the characters to go wherever they wanted to go. As a result, I would often become fascinated by the way the characters communicated and pushed the plot along. The third key was from someone who read an early version and asked me if I was writing a Memoir. It caused me to stop and ask “Why?” He told me that the book was being written like one. That question forced me to stop and spend hours researching what a memoir was and if I wanted my book to become one. Since I didn’t, it forced a certain discipline into my writing that helped me to be true to what I was after.

Since I enjoy writing and life, there is no conflict for me. When I am away from writing, I am flooded with thoughts and ideas that I want to include. But I still am able to enjoy the thing that I’m doing, running, playing golf, dancing with my wife, or dining with friends. Writing is a part of me just like any other part of me. I am thankful that I have discovered the “Joy of Writing” and I’m thrilled with the possibilities of where it will lead me. Keep Writing!!!


Jack couldn’t wait until church was over on Sunday. It was a train and a bus ride for Jack and his sisters. His mother was comfortable with letting the four of them go alone since his oldest sister was very responsible. They talked as they went but Jack was consumed with his thoughts about spending the day with his dad. Janice, his big sister told them,

Mama said that we have to stay together. So hold hands and make sure we don’t get separated.” As they walked the two blocks from the bus to the address Jack’s dad gave them, he almost couldn’t contain himself.

Are we almost there?” He asked his sister.

We’ll be there in a few minutes. Just stay together,” she reminded them.

When they got to the address his father gave them it turned out to be a parking lot. Janice looked at the addresses on both sides of the parking lot to determine if maybe he’d written down the wrong number. They then walked to a corner store; found a pay phone, and Janice called the phone number they had. She tried it three times. Each time the recording was the same…

I’m sorry, the number you’ve dialed has been disconnected. Please check the number and try your call again.” She then called their mother, explained the situation, and asked her what to do. Their mother’s answer was clear,

Just get back on the bus and the train and come home.”

When Janice told her siblings that they were going back home Jack started talking and crying at the same time.

Wait, why are we leaving? We haven’t seen Daddy yet. Maybe he’s out looking for us. If we leave, he won’t find us. We can’t leave.” But Janice was direct.

Mama said we need to go back home. So, let’s get going.” Jack couldn’t stop crying. He couldn’t believe that he wouldn’t see his dad. It was as if all hope was gone. Jack was sad all the way back home. He never saw his dad again until he was grown, married, and had two children.

It was clear that Jack’s dad didn’t really care about his son or helping Jack through life. Jack developed a hard inner shell, trusting no one, not wanting to be hurt like that ever again. And while he didn’t trust Art completely, he did appreciate Art’s care and concern for him from a business perspective.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


John Wendell Adams is the author of “Betrayal”, an exciting novel that exposes some the moral failings in the business world. Set in Chicago, Betrayal is a suspenseful and intriguing page-turner for anyone who has ever been betrayed or bushwhacked in the workplace, a love relationship, or in a family. Earlier published works by John include the series, A Man's Story, a collection of motivational short stories for men.

With more than 25 years of experience in management, marketing, and sales, having degrees in business and management development, Mr. Adams has held a number of senior leadership positions and assignments, including Aragon Consulting Group and IBM, which stretched across domestic and international markets. These experiences served as a catalyst for his newly published work of fiction.

John has conducted several seminars and speaking engagements around the country. In addition, he is involved in various charitable organizations. He and his wife, Grace, have five children and currently live in Skokie, Illinois.


JOHN WENDELL ADAMS has a master’s degree in management development and is currently president of AMS Strategic Solutions. He is the creator of a motivational series for men called “A Man’s Story.” This is his first novel. He and his wife, Grace, have five children and live in Skokie, Illinois. Visit him online at www.johnwendelladams.com


Author: John Wendell Adams has more than twenty-five years of experience in management, marketing, and sales. With degrees in business and management development, Mr. Adams has led highly effective sales teams, managed an executive briefing center for senior leaders, and won numerous awards as a leader and individual contributor. His senior leadership positions and assignments stretch across domestic and international markets and include Aragon Consulting Group and IBM. These experiences served as a catalyst for Betrayal, his newly published work of fiction. The author of A Man's Story, a collection of motivational short stories for men, John has conducted seminars and speaking engagements around the country and is involved in various charitable organizations. He and his wife Grace have five children and currently live in Skokie, Illinois. www.johnwendelladams.com


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  1. thx u for the chance of win..i enjoyed the blurb ...

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you for the chance :)

  3. Awesome guest post from the author!

  4. I love the story experts or blurbs

  5. I enjoyed the blurb. It looks like a great book. We can all take the time to re-evaluate before things go insane and this sounds like I could really get something out of it!

  6. I liked the 3 different bios of the author.

  7. Good job on the bios. The first one is longer and more wordy but gives a lot of personal characterization.