2020 Recent News Update

 September 2019: Novels listed and available in library system in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Novels carried by independent bookstores in Ottawa and Western Quebec.

October 2019: presentation of books at Quebec library. Books entered into the Quebec library system.

November 2019:  Completing and preparing to release Rosita’s Way while staying at my winter home in Aruba.

December 2019:  Rosita’s Way released on Amazon and on Ingram for book stores and libraries

January 2020: Books purchase on entered in to Library system in Auckland, New Zealand.

February 2020: the children’s book, ‘The Adventures of Tutu and Tula. Friends completed and released.

March 2020:  A busy month. Invited to present and do a reading of the children’s books at The International School in Aruba.  Additional readings at other schools temporarily suspended due to Covid and lockdown on Island.

April and May 2020:  Spent month completing the novel ‘Claude de Passioné’

June 2020: Completed The Adventures of Tutu and Tula ‘Brave’

August 2020: ‘Brave’ released

September 2020: The final book in the Tutu and Tula series, The Adventures of Tutu and Tula. Farewell is released. Pre release announcement of the sequel to Claude de Passioné, titled ‘Revelations and Peace’ 

September News Update


The Tutu and Tula Christmas book was completed and published. Initial response to the book has been excellent.

September also saw a significant development. The French versions of the Tutu and Tula series were accepted by bookstores in Quebec, Canada. The predominantly Quebec library system has also taken in copies of all my books, English novels and the French kiddies books.

Here are a couple of reviews from grandparents of kiddies describing the reaction to the Tutu and Tula: LOST book and story:

Review from Susan.
Good afternoon John. Alexis read your book today. She could just about read it by herself.
She would like to send you a thank you. Would you be kind enough to send me your address. Thanks again. Have a great day

Review by David Seltzer.
This is a children’s book written by longtime member, Arubaphile, friend and world class novelist John Gray!
I read this to my five year old granddaughter last night and she just loved the story which is about two baby turtles who live in Aruba!
As soon as I finished reading the story, Emma asked me to read it again to her! Then again a third time! She really loved the story and the happy ending!
To those of you who’ve got small children or grand children, this book is a must read!
Judging by Emma’s reaction, she’s already awaiting a sequel!
The story is very positive and contains some real important messages for small kids! We both highly recommend this for small children!
The book is live and can be purchased on Amazon.
If you, or others go to John’s website www.johnsnovels.com
it is featured there along with a click to buy button. And a little description of his next Christmas book.

August News Update

August News Update:

The month of August was occupied with a number of events.

My first illustrated children’s book titled Tutu and Tula was released on Amazon in both the French and English languages. A fun book with a message for kiddies. Also set in Aruba.

Click here to purchase on Amazon: English version

Click here to purchase on Amazon: French version 

Other updates:

Writing and editing of the novel, Rosita’s Way continues. Additional research is being done for certain parts of the story. 

July News Update


July News Update:

The month of July was occupied with a number of events.

Tutu and Tula

My first illustrated children’s book titled Tutu and Tula was written and all illustrations completed. A fun book with a message for kiddies. Also set in Aruba.

This little book is being released in both French and English.

Other updates:

  • A book signing was held at Perfect Books in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • The cover design for the upcoming release of Rosita’s Way was finalized.
  • The Ottawa Public Library System has included all my published works in their lending system.
  • I spent significant amounts of time in researching and developing the storyline for a sequel to a previously published novel of mine.


June News Update


June News Update:

The month was busy. This is the month we returned from Aruba to a particularly busy ‘book schedule.’

Before returning, I was invited to present my 2 novels that are based in Aruba and the Caribbean to the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Culture,  Mrs. Xiomara Ruiz-Maduro. The Minister explained that  they were pleased that books had been written in English and based in Aruba.

With Minister of Finance and Culture, Aruba 2019

She furthermore expressed gratitude that the books, while fiction, were based around actual historical events and that they created an awareness of Aruba internationally.

June also saw Rosita’s Way Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) sent for early review and comment.

Read the article from an Aruban newspaper in Papiamento here.