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80 of 100: Jonathan Rowlands


“Mr. Rowlands, I presume?” I extended my hand to the man strapping his steamer trunk onto the back of the autocarriage by the dock. He was dressed in a rumpled, dingy white suit and knee-high boots that, though recently polished, were battle worn with travel. Atop his head he sported a pith helmet with green smudges and brown water stains. The chin strap dangled against his lapels, swinging in time with his efforts to secure the steamer trunk.

“That would be me,” Rowlands said without turning to greet me.

“I’m Reverend Abernathy Longhurst,” I said.

“Is that supposed to impress me?”
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How Deep Lies the Shadow - Kindle Edition

How Deep Lies the Shadow

A novel by Marcus DeHart

Time for my annual Halloween giveaway.
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October 30 through November 1 

Sean Glynn is troubled when he receives a phone call from his father—who’s been dead for more than 30 years. He must dig into a past he’d rather leave behind to find the truth—and stay alive. 

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Content Marketing Takes Focus

Sample page

Recently launched content for Fulfillment by Amazon revealing the customer advantage seller gain with Selling on Amazon.

Back in May I took a bold step (for me anyway) and decided I was finished with my 25 hour/week commute to Seattle and ready to restart my own business and work from home. Beyond the commute, I felt my job was leading away from what I truly love to do. I love to tell stories. And I love to do it in many different ways. Obviously, writing is foremost among them. I’m still carving out time whenever I can to work on my Shadow trilogy. It’s slow going, but slow and steady wins the race.
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Celebrating Client Expansion

It’s awesome to be part of growth when it’s your clients that are growing. I have been working with the Fulfillment by Amazon team since 2007 and I’ve been with them as they’ve expanded into new marketplaces in Europe (five) and Asia (three) and just north in Canada of course. The latest growth opportunity is taking place in India. Though I haven’t been directly engaged in the work being done in India, I’m excited to see how the business is taking off. Hey, I at least got to post this announcement on their website: Amazon Launches India Marketplace.

Meanwhile, I have other projects in the works for Fulfillment by Amazon and Amazon Global Selling that will be live in the coming weeks. I look forward to sharing them with you.

Back in Business

Waiting for the train in Tacoma during an engine malfunction.

On May 4, 2013, I ended my employment with Amazon.com. For three and a half years I’ve been commuting from my home in Olympia, WA, to Seattle. That’s approximately 130 miles round trip. My daily commute consisted of a 40 minute drive to Lakewood, where I caught a train that took me to downtown Seattle. From the King Street Station, I either caught a bus or a shuttle to the South Lake Union campus where I worked. Round trip, my commute took five hours daily. It wasn’t a total waste of time, though. During my commute in, I typically got more than an hours worth of work done on the train. And last year, I manage to right the first draft of my second novel, What Mystery Sounds the Echo, during my commute home–all on my iPhone. So why would I give up all that?

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