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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sentience by Courtney P. Hunter

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sentience by Courtney P. Hunter

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m Courtney, and I’m a serial creator from Philadelphia, PA. Telling stories is the thread that connects the various roles in my life together, and I believe that my experiences give me a fresh perspective in my approach to writing. I currently work in retail buying for Burlington Stores, where I curate cohesive stories of merchandise for the Crafting and Stationery Category. I also maintain a production company called The Stolen Fire Collective that produces original and thought-provoking content in the form of podcasts, opinion pieces, and live events. I’m working on a brand new stand alone novel that’s a departure from science fiction. I’m the most literal definition of the word Capricorn. I’m marrying my high school sweetheart next fall. AND most importantly, I’m a dog mama to three rescue pups Rickie, Billie, and Reggie.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Sentience is an adventure science fiction novel with a little romance woven in. It was written for readers between 18-30!

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I pulled inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, but ultimately, I wanted to tell a story about humans taking things too far. I’m drawn to anything that tells a similar story. Jurassic Park is my all-time favorite movie, and all I wanted to do with Sentience was to make others feel the way that story made me feel. However, there were many specific places and pieces of media that I pulled inspiration from. I count the following among them. The CW’s The 100. Ex Machina. HBO’s Westworld. Netflix’s The OA. The East. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton. Voices of Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich. Ultraluminous by Katherine Faw. The NY Time’s podcast Caliphate by Rukmini Callimachi (I’m really inspired by Rukmini in general). It’s a random list, but I found nuggets of things that I wanted to emulate in my writing in each of the above. In addition to all of that, I’ve been a dancer for all of my life, and dance is where I really learned story-telling. Funny enough, my novel was an extension of a contemporary dance piece about artificial intelligence that Stolen Fire did for the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The experience of taking a story from the stage to the page gave me insight into pacing, world-building, and having my characters emote through physicality. This is something that sets my writing apart. Completing that dance production and being left with the world I created on the stage made me feel like I should evolve the project into a new form, and thus, Sentience was born.

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Running from a violent past, Leo Knox desperately decides to participate in a scientific experiment conducted by the infamous and greedy tech-giant, AlgorithmOS. Soon, Leo learns that she has agreed to take part in a Turing Test, a test that measures the ability of artificial intelligence to blend in among humanity, but what she doesn’t know is that the test set to take place is unlike any other of its kind. Leo enters Eden, the contained preserve where the test will occur, with twenty-three others. While everyone appears to be human, four of the individuals are an indistinguishably advanced form of humanoid AI. The task is simple: identify the AI while trying to survive. The twist? The four AI are completely unaware of their nature, causing every participant to question what they know as reality. The group embarks on a journey within the preserve, rigged with obstacles devised by the controllers of the experiment to elicit human response and emotion. Quickly, madness ensues and divides form, partnering Leo up with Avery Ford, a Marine who wears his demons on his sleeve. Romance falls together for the two as the world around them falls apart, revealing the lengths people will go to protect those they love, to achieve monetary gain, or simply to survive. Back at AlgorithmOS, the story unfolds on the screens of Nathan Aimes, a scientist responsible for monitoring the experiment’s surveillance cameras. Nathan studies the humans involved as they wrestle with where they stand on the polarizing issue of AI and its applications. He watches the AI unknowingly fight to prove their humanity just to leave the experiment unscathed. All the while, Nathan is intimately aware of his company’s plans to weaponize or commodify the AI should they pass the test, and he must reconcile this with the chaos that plays out before him.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Arranged Love, A Prequel Novella – Diana Rose

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Arranged Love, A Prequel Novella by Diana Rose

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hm. Unique….I love creating my own bookmarks and things like that. I used to work in my college as a journalist and wrote a few articles under my pen name Diana Rose for the paper. I still have those articles at home.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

The genre is YA Fantasy Romance and it is written for teens

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Actually, the first thing that inspired this book was a sentence I wrote in Book 1: Forbidden Love and also, a story my grandmother told me about how her parents met.

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Book 6: Arranged Love is about Princess Amy’s parents and how they met. Also it goes back in time a bit and explores how the Moon Kingdom began. Alyona has a decision to make about the man she wants to spend her life with and who it will be. Will Alyona choose the baker’s son or the Crown Prince of the Celestial Kingdom as her future husband? Is the question the young ten must answer.

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All my books are now on Amazon.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Kingdom of the Faeries: Edenhart’s Rivalry by J.N. Tomczak

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Kingdom of the Faeries: Edenhart’s Rivalry by J.N. Tomczak

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I love everything retro, and my author logo reflects that. I’m a big fan of the Dark Crystal as well as the Lord of the Rings. I collect nerdy stuff from fandoms I love, like POPs and figurines. I love learning about history, the Civil War and the Revolutionary War in particular. I am also the proud owner of one cat and three pet frogs. When I’m not daydreaming about made-up worlds and characters, I’m usually hanging out with my wonderful husband and biggest fan.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Epic Fantasy

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

After I read and fell in love with the Redwall series, I wanted to give back to the writing community. It amazed me that the power of words alone could conjure all these emotions inside me while reading. It was a pivotal moment for me, the moment I discovered my love for fantasy. I thought it would be awesome if I could write something that meant that much to someone else.

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AN ANCIENT CURSE. A KINGDOM IN PERIL. ONE FAERIE TO SAVE THEM ALL… Darkness is spreading across the kingdoms—and one faerie stands between destruction and survival. Aurora’s peaceful existence is shattered by an unexpected tragedy that leaves her as the last surviving heir to the throne. But her reign is threatened before it can even begin. Her court swells with spies and traitors. There are growing tales of a mysterious blight. Strange riders abroad are hunting for something—or someone. On the day of her coronation, she and her loyal friend, Percy, the newly appointed Flight Captain, discover an ancient prophecy sealed away and guarded in a secret chamber beneath the castle. There they uncover a sinister plot that will spiral her people into a war they cannot win on their own. Her courage and wit will be her greatest weapons if she hopes to succeed where others have failed. She must ask herself just how far is she willing to go to save her kingdom and at what costs?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon. Available for Kindle Unlimited.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Angel of Death by Scott W. Kimak

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Angel of Death by Scott W. Kimak

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a Kung Fu master. I’ve been practicing and teaching martial arts for 40 years

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Post-Apocalyptic adult fiction

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

As a child I attended a private catholic school so the tales of good vs. evil were pounded into my mind everyday. Then I started reading the tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs and later J.R.R. Tolkien. This really opens up my mind to the fantasy genre and let my imagination run wild. I believe that’s what inspired me to write this apocalyptic tale of good versus evil.

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This book is part two of the “I call him HIM” trilogy and picks up immediately after the end of book one. Angelica and her companions rise from the ashes of the Battle of Houston, contemplating their next move. After their great victory, they should feel at ease, but Angelica’s newfound powers sense a darkness calling to her from the north. An evil awaits the young girl and her friends, ready to test their beliefs. An evil a thousand times more powerful than the Master they had faced. Can they stand against this dark power, and more importantly, who is the lone warrior that follows their steps from beyond?

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Exclusive on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MTMJVTV

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS I call him HIM by Scott W. Kimak

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS I call him HIM by Scott W. Kimak

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m a Kung Fu master and I’ve been studying and teaching martial arts for 40 years

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

post-apocalyptic adult fiction

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I’ve had this story in my head for almost 40 years. As a teenager I fell in love with the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and J.R.R. Tolkien. I wanted to create a character like John Carter of Aragorn but make him much darker. I think everyone has a dark side to him when push comes to shove and I wanted to show that struggle. What impact could the loss of someone’s family have on your mental stability? Could it turn you into something else?

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In a post-apocalyptic world, a warrior and his family are driven underground, fighting for their very survival. When they do emerge, the futuristic planet they discover is very different from the one they left behind. Ruled by an evil presence which dominates and controls what is left of mankind, Earth has been reduced to a violent place of darkness, grief and destruction. I call him HIM follows the journey of this unnamed warrior as he loses both his family and his mind. As he hits rock bottom, all he can think of is his insatiable yearning for revenge until he meets a young girl called Angelica who shows him the true power of faith. Her youth, innocence and strength of character reminds him of everything he has lost and the things which really matter. But as the armies of the world rise up for the ultimate battle of good versus evil, can Angelica help him regain his sanity and rediscover himself before it is too late?

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Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Phoenix by Patricia Simpson

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Phoenix by Patricia Simpson

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’m an author of over twenty books who has published with traditional houses and now enjoys creative freedom as an indie author. I was raised by independent-thinking parents who chose Montana so the family would be safe from pollution and big-city crime. Ironically, my home town turned out to be the site of the worst environmental disaster in the United States.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Phoenix is a dark fantasy that will appeal to lovers of vampire fiction and the Cornish coast.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I was inspired to write this book because I’d never written a redemption story before. It was fun to start out with a heroine that we learned to hate in the first book in the series (The Londo Chronicles), and then see her grow into a real hero in the second book.

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When vampire Overseers execute Eva Wilder’s commissioner husband for treason, she is thrown out of her lavish home and stripped of everything. It’s back to her dreary life in Londo City—a life she thought she had left far behind her. But as Eva waits for the train back to Londo, she recognizes her estranged sister in a line of prisoners. She knows the horrible fate her sister will face, and all because of her own rash decisions long ago. Eva has to do something. But what? Eva must find the courage to battle the vampires who overrun her village, uncover the horrific secret of the Port Pennwood processing facility and vanquish the evil that stalks her sister and now her. This could be Eva’s chance to redeem herself—or the worst decision she’s ever made.

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Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Books2Read and all other online booksellers

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Princess of Undersea by Leslie Conzatti

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Princess of Undersea by Leslie Conzatti

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live in the Pacific Northwest. I’m one of four people in my family (that I know of) who are left-handed: the others are my grandfather, my niece, and a brother-in-law.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

The genre for “Princess of Undersea” is Fantasy, and the audience is middle-grade and up.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I was inspired to write “Princess of Undersea” first as a fanfiction for a show that based its whole premise on re-telling fairy tales–they’d done The Little Mermaid, but I wasn’t a fan of the way it was executed. I decided to write my own version of it, complete with re-purposing and switching up the things from both the original fairy tale and the Disney film version that, in my opinion, weakened the story. Even small tweaks like allowing the mermaid princess to still be able to speak as a human (although with a really bad stutter), and flipping the whole “magical godmother” trope gave new significance to parts of the story, and presented new options for the outcome.

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“Princess of Undersea” tells the story of Ylaine, a mermaid princess with an enchanted singing voice. She struggles against her father’s overbearing nature, and the way he constantly speaks of how dangerous and threatening the humans are, but at the same time, when Ylaine wants to know how, he won’t explain himself, and he uses her enchanting songs to enthrall the rest of his Council into following him into war against the humans. Ylaine is quite sure that if her father could somehow meet the humans and walk among them, even for a day, he would change his mind–but the chance to do so comes at a high price, and Ylaine is forced to choose between retaining her magical gift or finding the truth. Once ashore, she meets the Prince of the human kingdom, and finds out that the humans behave quite different than what her father had always been saying. Before she can return and tell him as much, Ylaine finds herself embroiled in a plot that not only threatens her ability to help the human kingdom, but endangers the realm of the Merfolk as well.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

“Princess of Undersea” is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Princess-Undersea-Saga-Leslie-Conzatti/dp/B08KYRQXXN

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Legend of the Sacred Warriors by Jamie Gandy

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Legend of the Sacred Warriors , by Jamie Gandy

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Unique… I don’t really find myself Unique… I mean, doesn’t everyone invision dragons flying alongside the road when they are riding in the car? My mind has always been very creative and active. It makes writing novels (especially Fantasy) much easier when I can ‘see’ it all just by closing my eyes. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is an incredible super power, because it is full of its own kryptonite. Seeing mythical creatures popping out of no where is NOT an ideal thing to invision when in traffic. There is no off button to this over active imagination.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

‘The Legend of the Sacred Warriors ‘ is a Fantasy novel with strong Christian references to it. It’s a great read for almost any ages (13 and up), especially if you are a fantasy lover.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

My inspiration for ‘The Legend of the Sacred Warriors ‘ first started after binge watching the anime ‘Yona of the Dawn’. It made a flood of ideas swarm in my mind. As the weeks went by many orginal thoughts transformed, however one very prominent story focus remained. My main characters were all going to be inspired by my cats and dogs, characteristics, features (as much as an animal can look like a human that is, lol) and personalities. This made the story so much more powerful and enchanting for me to write. It made this Fantasy novel feel so very real and became the driving focus for it.

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Princess Esther is a sixteen-year-old girl without a single care in the world, other than meeting her potential suitors to unite the Kingdoms of Kallai and SteelBorn. Things are looking up for the Realm, with the possible alliance between the two Kingdoms. Until the night of the Ball, when everything changes after her brother, Prince Kage, kills The King.Princess Esther, along with Sir Adir and Sir Gideon, her two most trusted Knights, flee the Castle in an attempt to escape the Prince’s wrath. A legend surfaces about a Seal of Sacred Warriors that are destined to aid the Princess in her time of great need. Amidst the chaos that threatens to engulf her Kingdom, she must first find these Warriors in hopes that they can help her take back her treasured Kallai. Before the darkness consumes the entire land…

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Systemic by Chris Lodwig

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Systemic by Chris Lodwig

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I made international news on New Year’s 2001 when my friends and I installed a replica of the Monolith from 2001 A Space Odyssey in a park in Seattle.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

It’s Rural Sci-Fi. Probably best for age ~16 and up (a little swearing, hints of sex, and questions about the nature of reality)

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Several things all came together in my mind right when I started writing this book. 1. I was taking psychology classes in my spare time. In those classes, we were dealing with the ego and personality and intrinsic motivation. I found all that really fascinating. 2. I was thinking a lot about the vagaries of memory. For instance, our memory’s job isn’t to record facts and play them back verbatim, but to find important things and play them back in ways that are useful. For instance, Brian Williams the news caster often told the story of being shot at in a war. Turns out that never really happened. But because it was dangerous and exciting, his brain made up the memory about how he was almost killed. We all decided he was a liar, he lost his job. But your brain would do that too, so would mine. It does that so that the next time you’re in a war you’ll know to keep your head down. Memory is like that. It’s entirely untrustworthy, but we build our entire reality on it. It’s pretty much what our reality is. 3. The current political environment, and the willful destruction of truth. I was thinking—and still am thinking—about whether and how we can ever get back to a place where we have a general agreement about facts. I tried to imagine something that could solve that problem; a generally accepted non-partisan arbiter of truth. I’m not optimistic that humans will ever be able to fit that bill. All of that was apparently bouncing around in my head, looking for a way out. The exit came when an image popped into my head on the bus one day. My phone and my laptop both died and I had nothing to do. I had recently driven home to Seattle from Yellowstone, and there were all these beautiful wide Montana river valleys, and then we drove through the sagelands of Eastern Washington. I smooshed all that together along with a rainstorm that couldn’t quite reach the ground and a young woman hiking, and I was off to the races. 9 months later I had a rough draft of a sci-fi novel.

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Systemic is somewhere between a utopia and dystopia depending on who you ask. It takes place several generations in the future. We’ve created a massive AI and for years, it’s been solving all of society’s problems. Of course, now the issue becomes, what happens to us when we don’t have any problems left to solve? The story itself focuses on three strangers who are each making a pilgrimage to a small town in the middle of the Sagelands called Prower. Maik is hoping to find the woman he loves, Eryn wants to make it home, and Lem is out for revenge against the AI hosted in the town’s data center. Without giving too much away, no one knows the real reasons they’re headed to Prower, but it has something to do with solving the problem of us not having any more problems.

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Audible: https://tinyurl.com/systemicAudio

Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/systemicBook

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/systemic-unabridged/id1516916890

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS I Can’t Sleep by J.E. Rowney

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS I Can’t Sleep by J.E. Rowney

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

As well as being an author I play poker to a professional level. It’s eally helpful when writing a psychological thriller to be able to bluff the readers.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Psychological Fiction – Adult/New Adult

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I actually suffered from insomnia a few years ago – but not quite to the extent that Becky does. The way sleep deprivation can mess with your mind is fascinating – and terrifying.

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“I Can’t Sleep” is my first psychological thriller. I have previously written women’s fiction novels. I love reading gripping and chilling stories, and it’s been a thrill to write this one. “I can’t sleep. Not since June 16th, 2018.Not since what happened…” Traumatised by the events of her past, exhausted by insomnia, Becky Braithwaite believes that a new start will help her to recover. She leaves home to fulfil her brother’s dreams, and honour the life he never had but she soon finds that escaping from the past is not as easy as she imagined. Is her fatigued mind playing tricks on her, or is danger really lurking in the shadows? This unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you turning the pages to find out the truth. SHUTTER ISLAND on sleeping pills. “a cracking thriller with a killer twist” – Stuart James

(author of ‘Apartment 6’)

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https://readerlinks.com/l/1455399