Swiney to highlight 'Called Upon' at Rowland Springs Baptist Sunday
by Marie Nesmith
Aug 05, 2014 | 1500 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Jason Swiney’s debut novel, “Called Upon,” the former Bartow County resident looks to provide an entertaining yet spiritually impactful story.

According to the book’s synopsis posted on http://www.calledupon.com, “Bradley ‘BC’ Morrow, a senior at a small college in the Tennessee mountains, finds his world instantly altered after performing a heroic deed he struggles to remember. Already battling a haunting dream, the temptations of college, and obstacles hindering his quest for a once-in-a-lifetime athletic opportunity, BC Morrow’s heroic actions suddenly make him the target of a deadly fugitive seeking an evil revenge.

“Skeptical of the role God has played in his life, BC’s view of the divine is challenged by a small-town detective, a mesmerizing local girl, and a witty landlord with an unexpected past. On his journey from hero to hunted, BC must confront new understandings of temptation, death, resurrection, and ultimately ... SACRIFICE.”

Swiney independently published “Called Upon” earlier this year and already is writing the second installment in the series.

“I have been an educator and coach for the past 16 years, but I’ve always considered myself a writer,” Swiney said. “I have written several short stories and dabbled in poetry, but I knew I wanted to write novels. And as a Christian I wanted to write novels that had the potential to impact the lives of others. I think there will be many readers who can relate to the doubts and temptations of the main character, and I personally went through many of the same issues the main character faces in the novel. Also, my father is a detective and my grandfather was a career police officer, so hopefully the criminal and police world I witnessed growing up helped add to the details and suspense of ‘Called Upon.’

“... From an entertainment point of view I want people to enjoy an exciting story, to relate to the characters, and to keep thinking about the events and the characters even after the final page. It has been exciting to not only discuss the novel with readers, but also to see how readers have grown attached to certain characters. From a spiritual point of view, I want readers to see how God uses the ordinary to perform his work and how he often places us in situations that we didn’t expect, but where we are very much needed. There are times, especially as Christians, that we have to be aware of the opportunities around us and break out of our comfort zones. Lastly, I want ‘Called Upon’ to spark thoughts and discussion in those readers who have doubts or skepticism toward God.”

Currently residing in Toccoa, Swiney previously lived in Cartersville and Adairsville over nearly a 10-year period starting in the late 1990s and was a language arts teacher and coach at Adairsville High School from 1998 to 2007.

The Bartow community will have the opportunity to learn more about “Called Upon” during Swiney’s speaking engagement Sunday during Rowland Springs Baptist Church’s 6 p.m. service. Along with delivering a presentation called “The Unexpected,” Swiney also will answer questions about and sign copies of his first novel.

“‘Called Upon’ was a story I started several years ago and I wrote on it when I could, mainly during the summer,” Swiney said. “I finished the novel last summer and took a few months jumping through the hoops of the traditional publishing world. I sent several query letters to literary agents, got a couple rejection letters, but mainly I just found that most literary agents weren’t taking new clients. It often takes several months to hear back from agents. I thought I had a solid story with a message I wanted to share, so I decided the best thing for me was to publish independently, build a reading base for my future discussions with literary agents and begin my next writing project.

“So ‘Called Upon’ has been a kind of grass-roots effort that has definitely spread through word of mouth, social media and now a growing list of speaking opportunities. I have been amazed at the growing number of reviews and sales on Amazon since it was published on July 1. I do plan to keep writing novels, and I am currently working on the second book in the ‘Called Upon’ series. I can go ahead and say that I am very excited about the storyline of the second novel, which I hope to have completed by next summer.”

As mentioned by Swiney, “Called Upon” is garnering many favorable reviews. On Monday, all 33 customer assessments on Amazon.com were five out of five stars.

For more information about “Called Upon” or to purchase either a print or eBook edition, visit http://www.calledupon.com or Amazon.com.