JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Sykar Meets the Flause” by James Quinlan Meservy and Sariah Taylor

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Sykar Meets the Flause” by James Quinlan Meservy and Sariah Taylor


sykar meets the flause


First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

About me?  Bleen, I really don’t know anything else unique about myself.  I guess I could add that I am Woodbadge graduate, member of the Eagle Patrol.


What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

The Sykar Series is Children’s Fantasy.


What was the inspired you to write this book:

Well, for my part, one day by son, then three years old, ran around the house flapping his wings, and saying that he was a flying bunny.  And it got me thinking about flying bunnies.  So I contacted my good friend, Sariah Taylor, and asked her what she thought would be a good name for a flying bunny, and what would magical abilities it would have.  Sariah replied with the name of Flause, and I knew that instant that I wanted my volkrog puppy, Sykar, to meet a flause, and invited Sariah to coauthor a children’s story with me.  She kindly agreed, and Sykar Meets the Flause was born.


Tell us about your book:

Sykar the Volkrog happens to meet Posie, a flause (a flying bunny) who is lost in the forest.  Join Sykar as he helps his new friend find her way back to her family.


Where can we purchase your book:

It is PERMAFREE on Amazon Kindle:


JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Thomas A. Burns, Jr.

JQM Literary Chat Welcomes Thomas A. Burns, Jr.




Tell us about yourself:

I’m 67, and I was born and raised in northern New Jersey. I attended Xavier High School, a Jesuit military academy in Manhattan, commuting from Jersey every day. I went on to Michigan State University where I earned two BS degrees in Zoology and Microbiology, and then to North Carolina State University where I got a MS degree in Microbiology. For the rest of my career, I worked as a toxicologist and a technical writer in academia, industry and government. North Carolina has become my home, where I married the best wife in the world and had two wonderful, now 21 and 14. I’ve been a long-time Dungeons and Dragons player and dungeon master, which taught me how to get people involved in a story. I also love to travel, and I’ve had dogs and cats all my life. I’m an avid shooter, NRA-certified pistol, shotgun and rifle instructor and range safety officer, which is invaluable as a mystery writer. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to write a mystery series, so about two years ago, I became a full-time fiction writer.


Tell us about your book:

Because I don’t think easy things are worth doing, I decided to create a protagonist for my series who is as different as possible from myself. At the beginning of the series, Natalie McMasters is 20, a college student majoring in pre-law at the fictional State University, and bisexual, although she doesn’t know it yet. She’s earning money by working for her uncle Amos Murdoch in his 3M Detective Agency. Amos got her a certification as a private detective trainee, of which she’s prouder than she likes to let on. Most of 3M’s business comes from dogging people who’ve filed workman’s compensation claims to be sure that they’re injured as badly as they say. It’s a perfect gig for Nattie, sitting in a car all day and studying while waiting for her subject to do something worth photographing. Then one day, she sees something she’s not supposed to see. That’s the starting point for the first Natalie McMasters short story, Stakeout!, which you can read for free on my website.




The first novel in the series is Stripper!, which picks up immediately after the events in Stakeout! Nattie meets another student who bears an uncanny resemblance to her, and everything in her life changes. When her new best friend is brutally murdered and Amos is critically injured, she immerses herself in the seamy world of web cams and strip clubs to hunt the killer. Her investigation forces her to reassess many of the ideas that she’s lived by her whole life and do things she’s never considered before – strip on a stage, question her sexuality, and rediscover the meaning of love itself. Nattie eventually exposes a drug ring, police corruption, and an assassin-for-hire online. Then she stumbles upon the true face of evil, and her encounter does not leave her unscathed. The second novel, Revenge!, immediately follows Stripper! and tells of Nattie’s search for an unknown person who is tormenting her, her family and friends, for an unknown reason. In the third novel, Trafficked!, Nattie must trace a very important person in her life through the squalid sexworld of New York City. All of the novels can be enjoyed as standalones, but are better read in order.




What influenced you to write your current genre?

As a kid, I started reading the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and RickBrantmysteries. By the time I was in high school, I had graduated to the classic stories by Sir Arthur ConanDoyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and RexStout, to name a few. I began writing fiction as a hobby, starting when I was 8 or 9 years old, with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backedcopybooks. When I finally had the time to write fiction, I was torn between mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and horror. I finally settled on mystery because it involves the least world-building.


Who are your favorite authors?

Way too many to list! Ten authors who have influenced me the most are:

  1. Ayn Rand
  2. Robert A. Heinlein
  3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Edger Rice Burroughs
  5. Louis L’Amour
  6. Rex Stout
  7. Erle Stanley Gardner
  8. Ed McBain
  9. S.S. Van Dine
  10. John Dickson Carr.


What are your favorite books?

I’ll list ten, in no particular order:.

  1. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  3. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  4. The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy Sayers
  5. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein
  6. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  7. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
  8. The Golden Spiders, by Rex Stout
  9. At the Mountains of Madness, by H.P. Lovecraft
  10. In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, by Jean Sheperd


Who are your favorite literary characters?

Again, ten in no particular order.

  1. Sherlock Holmes
  2. John H. Watson, M.D.
  3. Nero Wolfe
  4. Archie Goodwin
  5. Perry Mason
  6. Captain Ahab
  7. Sir Henry Merrivale
  8. Hannibal Lecter
  9. Lord Peter Wimsey
  10. Philo Vance


Is there anything you want to share with potential readers?

The Natalie McMasters Mysteries contain realistic and graphic depictions of sex and violence. They also endeavor to illuminate important contemporary social issues, such as the treatment of sex workers, illegal immigrants and homeless people, the unintended consequences of political correctness, gun control, and society’s reactions to alternative lifestyles, among others. The books have a strong LGBTQ focus. They are definitely adult reading and not cozy mysteries.


I’m often asked about the exclamation points in the titles. Several people have suggested that I overuse exclamation points in the books, but I’ve always considered Nattie an exclamation point kind of girl. So I decided to embrace the exclamation points by including them in the titles. It doesn’t hurt for branding, either.


Where can we go to learn more about you and your literary works?

The 3M Detective Agency website: https://www.3mdetectiveagency.com/

Facebook: Nattie’s Readers grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/541595279667727/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/3Mdetective

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3mdetective/?hl=en

Tumblr: https://nataliemcmasters.tumblr.com/

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “Sykar the Volkrog” BY James Quinlan Meservy

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Sykar the Volkrog” by James Quinlan Meservy


sykar the volkrog


First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

Garth Brooks is my favorite musical artist, and has been ever since I first heard the song “The Dance.”


What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

The Sykar Series is Children’s Fantasy.


What was the inspired you to write this book:

For the longest time I wanted to create a children’s story I could share with my children, but I was at loss for ideas until one day I stumbled upon the idea of writing a children’s series about a volkrog puppy exploring his world and meeting new friends.  A series where I could blend new and old magical and fantastical and legendary creatures as a puppy would see it.


Tell us about your book:

Sykar is an energetic volkrog puppy excited to learn about his world, his abilities as a volkrog, and make new friends.  Join Sykar on this children’s fantasy short story adventure!

Perfect for Bedtime


Where can we purchase your book:






I’ve been writing all my life, but only got my break in publication a few years ago, first when Xchyler Publishing picked up my short “The Steel Inside” for their “Steel and Bone” anthology, and then when Bloodhound Books picked up my crime novel “Locked Up”. I’m married, a parent, and a cat slave. I still work full time, but I’d prefer to write full time, and I edit part time when I get a freelance job. I rarely have time to do just one thing at a time, but I like to be busy, so it all works out.



I have always written, but when I was in my teens and twenties, I used to write romantic novels, yes I do mean Mills and Boon, but I got some lovely rejections off them, the majority of which were along the lines of “we love your writing, but your book has too much plot and not enough romance.” So I cut back on the romance and hitched up the plot, from vaguely crime related romance to full on investigative crime or thrillers with a vague romantic edge. When I was younger, I’d read David Eddings, David Gemmel, Jane Austen, Dean Koontz, and pretty much anything else I could get my hands on. Then I went through reading a lot of Chris Brookmyre, Simon Kernick, Caro Ramsey, Lee Child, and masses of others. Of course, Terry Pratchett has been a long-time favourite too. So I guess they all had their part in influencing what I write, but I pick crime because I find it interesting, I never have any idea what’s going on in real life, but I get to be villain and hero when I write crime and can be as smart or as stupid as I need to be. You’ll see a lot of my early influences reading wise were actually fantasy fiction writers, and for a long time I shied away from writing fantasy because I didn’t think I could manage the world building, then I found steampunk and loved it and the very first thing I ever wrote in steampunk was picked up for publication. Haven’t looked back. Now I write in two genres.


Well there are soooo many. Terry Pratchett – wish I could find comedy like he does. Simon Kernick – love the breakneck speed of his work. Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are recent additions to the list – loving the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Then there’s Ben Aaronovich who always serves up a winner with the Rivers of London Series. How could I not love the Rivers of London? Great police procedural with fabulous supernatural and magical overtones, just brilliant. Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich, Caro Ramsay, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson, Jasper Fforde, Malcolm Pryce. Starting to get into LJ Ross and James Oswald too.


Pride and Prejudice, though I did fall out of love with Mr Darcy for a while. The Time Master Triolgy but Louise Cooper (only trilogy I’ve read more than once). The Murder Exchange and Business of Dying from Simon Kernick; John Gallan was fab and didn’t deserve what he got, and Denis Milne was a standout character who got exactly what he deserved. Good Omens, love this book so much my first copy fell apart and my daughter brought me the folio version last Christmas. The House of Thunder, Dean Koontz writing as Leigh Nichols. Between the Plum, Janet Evanovich.


It’s kind of difficult to pick ‘favourites’ as I tend to love them all when I’m in their worlds. And I’ve already listed a few above, so here are some oddball extras. The Librarian – ook. For any who don’t know the Librarian is an orang-utan, well he is now, who works at the Unseen University Library in Ankh-Morpork and has access to L-space. You need to know Terry Pratchett for this to make sense, similarly, Greebo, loved when he got made human. DCI Banks has stayed with me through many a good yarn, DS John Gallan who died too soon. Ranger and Diesel from the Stephanie Plum books. My favourite of my own characters is Charlie Bell (met him in Locked Up) he was supposed to be a 200 word character sketch, but he grew into so much more. Though to be fair, Madoc Palmer, the DS in the new series I’m currently working on, may be nudging old Charlie out a little.


Take a chance. My crime books can be an uncomfortable read, readers have expressed their displeasure that I made them cry, but I think that just shows how my characters come over as real. Still, you can rest assured that the bad guy always gets his comeuppance. Abi Barden will be out some point next year, and then you’ll get a jewel box of Steampunk loveliness. My characters don’t always go where I think they are going to, but they are a joy to follow.


Well, there’s my website gailbwilliams.co.uk. You can find me on Twitter, @GailBWilliams or @AbiBarden or @ShadesOfAether. Or if you like Facebook, there’s, @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter or @ShadesOfAether. And I keep things as genre specific as I can.

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Origin of an Oracle” by James Quinlan Meservy

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Origin of an Oracle” by James Quinlan Meservy




First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

Well, let me think about this for a moment.

I speak Russian.  Not was well as I once did, nor as well as I would like, but I do speak it, and with a little study I think I could become fluent once more.


What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

Origin of Oracle is a YA Fantasy short story.


What was the inspired you to write this book:

You know that is a great question.  Origin of an Oracle was the original prologue for Denizens Among Us, but it felt too long as a prologue, slowed the pace of the book too much.  So I cut it out of the book and made it into its own short story.


Tell us about your book:

Hyaryl Rainmaker was an ordinary young girl living the jungles of MesoAmerica on the Realm of the Light when an expected visitor changed the course the rest of her eternal existence.

This is a Short Story (less than 5K Words) from James Quinlan Meservy’s Rai Saga.


Where can we purchase your book: