Joseph C. Guest’s Books

January’s Paradigm by J. Conrad Guest

January’s Paradigm is a novel about marital infidelity from the male perspective with an unexpected twist of events and characters who cross lines of identity, space, and time.

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Prompted by his detective’s instincts and the photograph of a woman who seems familiar, January begins his search for the reasons behind his existence. His quest takes him down numerous paths: there’s a beast lurking at the periphery of this, Robert Porter’s alternate reality.

Reviewed by Ellen Tanner Marsh, New York Times best-selling author


“J. Conrad Guest has taken the heartbreak of sexual betrayal and turned it into a romance-fantasy … Readers will not be able to put it down.”

Reviewed by Current Entertainment Monthly, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Loaded with clever dialog and vivid characters, January’s Paradigm is a polished, calm and a well-paced fantasy fiction with original premise and a dramatic climax.

Kate Porters marital disloyalty leaves her husband Robert Porter devastated, depressed and miserable at the hands of his wonder drug- Bookers. Once the author of an International Best Seller ‘One Hot January’, Porter finds salvation from the heart wrenching truth of life through his fictitious character -‘the production of his own imagined altered ego’- detective Joe January.

Author J. Conrad Guest’s attention to details of plot is meticulous as he keeps his novel pulsing with energy and tension skillfully woven with an entertaining combination of romance, betrayal, mystery and thrill. With storytelling mastery on full display, powered by engaging narrative and emotional intensity of individual story line, January’s Paradigm is a novel that delights its readers with a captivating premise with serious literary work of thoughtfulness, complexity and depth.

Those looking for a fantasy with diversity may find themselves bewitched. This 5-star read is definitely worth reading for its originality. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Enas Reviews

From The Author: In preparing this edition, I wished to maintain the integrity of as much of the original text as much as possible, not only to show where I was in my life twenty-five years ago, but also to show the progress I’ve made as a writer and a stylist.

The changes are minor, mostly to do with formatting and structure. I resisted the urge to add or revise narrative, with a very few exceptions – what can I say? I’m a perfectionist and never could refrain from tinkering, which is why I rarely revisit my novels once they go to print. I can always find ways to improve a text; never perfect, I can only achieve “closer to perfection.”

January’s Paradigm holds its rightful place in my body of work, and I remain proud of this endeavor. –From the author’s afterword

Genre: Fantasy: Contemporary Romance

Product Details:
Paperback: 308 Pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 6, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1588987442
ISBN-13: 978-1588987440
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches

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About J. Conrad Guest: J. Conrad’s first novel, January’s
Paradigm, was published in 1998. Current Entertainment Monthly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wrote of January’s Paradigm, “Readers will not be able toput it down.” He has two other novels based on the Joe January character, One Hot January and January’s Thaw.

Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings was nominated a 2010 Michigan Notable Book, while the Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology adopted it as required reading for their spring 2011 course, “Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime”.

The Cobb Legacy is a murder mystery written around the shooting death of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s father by his mother a week before Ty was called up by the Detroit Tigers.

A Retrospect In Death portends not only a search for the meaning of life, but also seeks to determine why we are as we are: prewired at conception, or the product of our environment?

A love story that touches four decades, 500 Miles To Go is about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams. When our dreams cause angst to our loved ones, they often become nightmares.

A World Without Music is speculative fiction set against a backdrop of romance. Can a Gulf War veteran suffering PTSD leave behind his past to find the music that will make his life worth living?

His fiction and essays appear in various online and print publications; Google him.

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