Author Debuts with Raising Hope for Darius

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New book marks the author’s first venture into the publishing world.

Xlibris, the print-on-demand self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of Raising Hope for Darius. Authored by Johnny A. McDowell, this novel is the first published book among his six other works.

Raising Hope for Darius is an intriguing murder mystery about two-year-old Darius, who is the only witness to the untimely death of his mother, Hope. In an attempt to cover the crime, the murderer changes his life’s course, never imagining the possibility of the witness being capable of solving the case with the help of the award-winning journalist named Trey who happens to be Darius’ uncle.

Narrated from one of the characters’ point of view, this gripping novel takes the reader through numerous twists and turns where love, fear, loss, justice, and redemption collide. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Johnny A. McDowell was born in Waco, Texas. At the age of two, his family relocated to El Paso, Texas, which allowed him the privilege of not only learning two languages but also understanding two cultures. For the most part, he led a normal life. Through the years, however, things changed, and not always for the best.

It was during his time of incarceration that Johnny began to discover his talents. He spent most of his free time designing layouts for a clothing line and used his remaining free time being an avid reader. In a week’s time, he would read up to three and sometimes four books.

Reading opened up a whole new world for him, and in May of 2007, he picked up a pen and pad to write his first story. Within two months, Johnny had written two books and, by then, realized that God had replaced the clothing ideas with a creative writing ability. McDowell resides in the Dallas area but says Waco will always be his home.

Raising Hope for Darius * by Johnny A. McDowell
Publication Date: March 10, 2011
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 169 pages; 978-1-4568-8607-3
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 169 pages; 978-1-4568-8608-0
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-8609-7

Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

For more information on self-publishing or marketing with Xlibris, visit To receive a free publishing guide, please call (888) 795-4274.

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