Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-61188-155-4

Original Publication Date:
February 26, 2013
Story Plant Publication Date:
September 10, 2013

84 pages

“If you haven't read any of them, you are truly in for a treasure. Whether you love historical fictions, biblical fiction, romance, action adventure or even a bit of inspiration, you are bound to find it in this wonderful series of books from Michael John Sullivan.”

– Reviews from the Heart

Dear Reader,

Over the past decade I’ve been working on a time-travel trilogy, occasionally reflecting back to my childhood and young adult experiences and incorporating it into the plot. While the hardships of spending nights riding a subway train were an emotional and sometimes physical burden for me, there’s been a wonderful conclusion to this period of time.


I’ve been able to heal while writing NECESSARY HEARTBREAK and EVERYBODY'S DAUGHTER . It’s also given me a chance to reflect upon the story and the characters and what they truly mean to me.


One of the characters the readers have asked me about in particular is George Farmer, an old man who is found on the streets of Northport by the police with a suspicious fatal wound. What was George’s background? What was his purpose to the story? Why was he found dead in that part of the book?

While writing EVERYBODY'S DAUGHTER I thought often about whether to expand George’s role. But I was satisfied enough that the plotline was intriguing and the story moved in a consistent pace.


Of course, once the book was published, it continued to bother me that I didn’t fill in the blanks enough for the reader. So I decided to write a prequel to EVERYBODY'S DAUGHTER, a novelette. I felt it important that the reader should know who George Farmer was in more detail and to bridge the gap between the two books.


There’s a twist, too, in showing the relationship between Pastor Dennis, Michael Stewart, and George Farmer. George was a man of strength, love, faith and hope. Perhaps someday you’ll run into someone like him. Or better yet, you already have.

Michael John Sullivan

“Ken Goldstein has done a masterful job with his latest, From Nothing. In this wild ride through the dark side of vulture finance, rock music and Sin City, you’ll meet characters that think and speak like real people who find themselves facing tough choices. The plot moves fast and the stakes keep rising. Once you open this book, you won’t put it down until you reach the thrilling finish.”

—Robert Tercek, bestselling author of Vaporized


An Angel Comes Home 

Michael John Sullivan




“I grew up with the music, but the author introduced me to the inner workings of modern tech. A fascinating look at the world of start-ups, innovation, corporate greed, and personal responsibility wrapped up in a gripping, high-stakes thriller.”

—Wilson Milam, Tony-nominated stage director


“In his third book, From Nothing, I was hooked from the very first page by Ken Goldstein’s masterful storytelling. Only he could weave a story of competing vulture capitalists with eyes on a distressed software company with that of a Las Vegas cover band chasing dreams of superstardom—and teach us important lessons about leadership along the way.”

—Scott Freiman, Founder, Deconstructing the Beatles


“From the boardroom to the bandstand, Goldstein’s From Nothing doesn’t miss a beat, taking readers on a wildly unpredictable but wholly believable tale of 21st century rock n’ roll soul redemption. Crackling dialog, tantalizing peeks into the cutthroat world of Silicon Valley, and vibrant scenes of unvanquished rock n’ roll dreamers make From Nothing a must-read.”

—Robert Burke Warren, author of Perfectly Broken


From Nothing is a well-crafted, multilayered work of fiction that is all too real. Greedy CEOs. Conniving investment bankers. Spineless board of directors. Powerless employees. But it’s deeper than that. It’s a brilliant story of life’s choices—career or true love, loyalty or betrayal, honesty or dishonesty, morals or money, stagnation or innovation. It’s about beliefs in fate or free will, in God or Godlessness. It puts raw talent on a pedestal yet makes it clear that talent can only go as far as luck decides. This isn’t just a novel. Goldstein, the artist, has woven a tapestry of life. Read it deep.” 

—Gene Del Vecchio, author of Creating Blockbusters


From Nothing perfectly blends rock n’ roll and Silicon Valley with an unforgettable cast of characters. Storytelling at its very best!” 

—Fauzia Burke, author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors


From Nothing is the most imaginative, fully realized book I’ve read in a long time. The pacing was superb—rollicking plot, richly detailed landscape, and characters with insights that stayed with me long after I put the book down. I walked into the plot and stayed right there with the characters the entire journey. The combination of high-stakes corporate greed in a software start-up, the pursuit of a rock and roll dream, and a hint of spirituality and philosophy thrown in is a brilliant combination that gives From Nothing its own unique voice and resonance. From Nothing is everything. I wanted to read it all over again the minute it ended.”

—Lisa Hickey, CEO and Publisher, The Good Men Project


From Nothing is a brilliant tale of high-stakes corporate greed and redemption reflected through the pursuit of a rock and roll dream. While weaving a spellbinding work of fiction, Ken Goldstein offers deeper threads of insight into the inner workings of modern tech and start-ups as well as the human condition, exploring everything from love and God to how the choices we make create the fabric of our lives. Like a favorite song, From Nothing is emotionally evocative, touching deep within with a back beat that is as real as it gets.”

—Barb Adams, Barb Adams Live, Genesis Communications Network


From Nothing to a HIT! I was drawn in through Victor, a complicated character who connected with my heart and psyche. I was delighted by the action, suspense, conflicts, and twists in the story. From Nothing becomes the soundtrack of your life and you’ll put it on your top ten list.”

—Karen Nishimura, co-author of You’ve Heard These Hands

Michael John Sullivan writes intensely emotional stories that blend heart-rending domestic drama with spirit-stirring fantasy. The combination is as fulfilling for the reader as it is rare and prompted Rainy Day Reviews to say of Everybody's Daughter, “The last time I remember talking about a book this much was after I read The Help."