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John T. Wills author of "Just a Season"

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"Please accept the following invite: Sistas on Fire: A Newsical Is Coming to Brooklyn! The personal becomes the political when four passionately opinionated African American women speak their minds! This is for all of you who missed the performance…"
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Just a Season
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John Thomas Wills is a husband, a proud father, and a beloved grandfather who believes his achievements resulted from being a benevolent spirit. The author has earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a professor, a businessman, an author, past officer of several community boards, a volunteer and friend to many. Regardless of the worldly titles given, John prefers to be called a man.

Any accolades the author has received he attributes to the teachings and solid foundation provided by a loving grandfather. This great man assertively implanted the concept that knowledge is power, which developed into the understanding that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. This philosophy planted the seeds that cultivated a life, which is “Just a Season.”

Introducing "Just a Season"

Just a Season is a luminous story into the life of a man who, in the midst of pain and loss, journeys back in time to reexamine all the important people, circumstances, and intellectual fervor that contributed to the richness of his life.
This fictional narrative begins with a grief-stricken father visiting the grave site of his beloved son who was killed in a tragic accident; a moment that he and no other loving parent should ever have to face. As he sadly gazes at his son's headstone and reads what is inscribed there, the dates 1981 - 2001 bring about an illuminating discovery.

The tiny dash that separates the years of one's birth and death represents the whole of a person's life. So if this tiny dash were to tell his life's story, what would it say? In Just a Season, the dash of this man's life is revealed and what emerges from the pages of this book is a legacy of true benevolence and grace.

Praise for Just a Season . . .

"Just a Season is a thought provoking novel by author, John T. Wills. ...focusing on various topics such as pain, suffering, love and life. The characters and the plot are captured very well. It is very well written from beginning to end. This is one of those books, where you cannot judge the book based on its title and cover." Congratulations well done! -- Afrika Asha Abney

". . . Thank you for your example of tenderness and discipline in what I know is a story of love, delicately shared with readers in a way that says, this life, though brief, is significant. So hold it in highest regard for "the dash" is our legacy to love ones, indeed to the world, which we are blessed to share, albeit, for Just a Season." Excellent! --Sistah Joy, Poet, Cable TV Host

"Wills pulls you in from the very first page... Just a Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself. I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn." -- Cheryl Hayes, APOOO Book Club

"Not since The Color Purple have I read a book that evoked such emotions. John T. Wills possesses the ability to transport the reader directly into the life and struggles of his main characters story. I was educated in a way that did not afford me the benefit of truly understanding the significance of the historical events taught from a stand alone perspective. This book actually touched my heart and inspired me to increase the equity in my "dash"! Excellent -- Tonja Covington

"John T. Wills captures male bonding between generations and lets the reader passively watch as family love and closeness unfold on the pages . . ." Outstanding -- A great read -- Cheryl Robinson, Host and Executive Producer of

"JUST A SEASON is laced with thought-provoking commentary on the Vietnam War, the assassinations of the 1960s, the migration of crack cocaine into inner-city neighborhoods, and a myriad of other ills that have rocked America. This is a very good piece intertwined with several history lessons spanning many decades." -- Dawn Reeves, RAWSISTAZ Book Club

"John T. Wills particulars each notion so eloquently that you feel that you're actually right there with him... this is an inflicting history lesson that I believe all African American males should experience." JUST A SEASON is a pivotal read -- Carmen, OOSA ONLINE BOOK CLUB

"From the first page you are transported into John's world as if you are there and are experiencing it with him. I am amazed at how John is able to use the events of the time to let you know where you are in time. I felt as if I was teleported... his ability to describe what was going on during that time makes me extremely proud of my heritage. You will come away with a feeling of, now I know why that is. I thoroughly enjoyed "Just a Season". - Mia L. Haynes

"Just a Season is a work of love, respect and honor... A book filled with the wonder of life, and the pain and growth encountered in living it." Outstanding! -- Ron Watson, Editor, New Book Reviews.Org

"in the final analysis the tiny little dash represents the whole of a person's life . If someone, for whatever reason, were to tell the story concealed within my dash. What might they say? ". A thought provoking and powerful read that will forever resonate within my soul . . . Speechless . . . Carron

“Just a Season” is not a story you that will read rather it is one that you will live. This long awaited saga brilliantly reflects a grandfather’s dream realized through a child born when hope was only a mirage. This is not His-Story, it is our story that defines the audacity of hope that will most assuredly touch every emotion as you travel through time reliving a life through the eyes of the character.

This novel is 9 X 6 inches in size, 370 pages of the wonders of a life.
Visit: to read a chapter, reviews, and more information.

I would greatly appreciate your sharing this message and my pages with your friends in support of this effort.
I humbly thank you for your support .


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PRESS RELEASE - Introducing the “John T. Wills Chronicles” I am proud to announce the launch of a powerful information portal “The John T. Wills Chronicles” designe…


Introducing the “John T. Wills Chronicles”

I am proud to announce the launch of a powerful information portal “The John T. Wills Chronicles” designed to be a potent source of empowering knowledge for the enhancement of community and the minds of mankind. I will be using this online information source as the new home for my blog “Thought Provoking Perspectives” to… Continue

Posted on May 29, 2010 at 5:05pm


“The Rise and Fall”

I’m the author of the phenomenal novel “Just a Season” titled from the religious knowledge referring to a period of time characterized by a particular circumstance, suitable to an indefinite period of time associated with a divine phenomenon called life. During this passage through time I have come to realize that there are milestones, mountains, and valleys that we must encounter. This speaks loudly to the challenges of a proud people - African… Continue

Posted on August 22, 2009 at 11:49am

An excerpt from "Just a Season" - "Granddaddy’s Lessons" - A must read

A few months ago I posted this excerpt from my novel "Just a Season". I received a very special heartfelt request from a devoted follower asking me to repost “Granddaddy’s Lessons”. Although she calls herself “a fan of my thoughts,” I call her my friend. Therefore, I am honored to repost this message that I feel delivers a powerful message and I hope it will enlighten, empower, motivate, and touch your heart as well.

Today we live in a world where there is no more Granddaddy to share… Continue

Posted on August 9, 2009 at 9:19am

Could this be???

I heard a radio pundit recently scold his listening audience about the condition of our minds. He was talking about what he called the “Tim Man Syndrome” that many are experiencing in our culture. I must admit, I was a bit confused as to the point of his commentary until I made the connection to the Wizard of Oz where the Tim Man was lost, searching for a brain, and wanted the Wizard to give him one; when in fact he had a brain all along. He just needed to use it. The pundit’s closing statement… Continue

Posted on August 1, 2009 at 6:59am

Grand Ol’ Party v Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor = WTF (

I am going to start by saying I am appalled by the actions of the Grand Ol’ Party’s treatment of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Since I’ve lived through segregation, Jim Crow and have experienced racism - I should not be surprised. Actually, this behavior was reminiscent of days long past when the likes of Strom Thurmond and George Wallace espoused their vision of America. The tone used against the justice during nominating hearings was such a sad commentary on the part of these… Continue

Posted on July 18, 2009 at 3:11pm

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At 7:18pm on May 25, 2010, Marcia L. McNair said…
Please accept the following invite:
Sistas on Fire: A Newsical Is Coming to Brooklyn!
The personal becomes the political when four passionately opinionated African American women speak their minds!
This is for all of you who missed the performance at the Emerging Artists Theatre Festival. The Act Now Foundation will be hosting another dramatic reading:

It's June 19th 7pm @ South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn NY (between Hanson Place & Atlantic Avenue) 11217.

The performance is free!
At 12:44am on January 9, 2009, Etienne A. Gibbs said…
Thank You, John, for Your Friendship and Support!
Glad to be here and have you as my friend.
Since I'm here to learn and share, let's do so together. People like you make this world a better place Have a great week
Remember: When you say 'No!' to hackers, spyware, and viruses, everyone wins! When you don't, we all lose!
At 1:31pm on January 5, 2009, Juanita Betts said…
You are so welcome!

At 1:19pm on January 5, 2009, Juanita Betts said…
Happy New Year!

At 8:48pm on December 15, 2008, Brenda Hill said…
Hi John,

Thank you for the invite. I would very much like to be included as one of your friends. Have a Happy Holiday.

Brenda Hill
At 3:27pm on December 14, 2008, Regina M. Jeter said…
Hi John, "Born To Move" is a health & fitness newsletter for the mature women. Maybe you can help us women understand men. This would be helpful in our mental health. If interested let me know. Thanks!
At 3:26pm on December 14, 2008, Sandra Hamer said…
I didn't see your friend invite in my box. So, I just put in a request to add you.


Nice page!
At 2:06pm on December 14, 2008, queenae said…
At 8:38am on December 14, 2008, Carla M. Cherry said…
Thank you! Same to you!
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