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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Crystal Pawn by Deborah Jarvis

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Crystal Pawn by Deborah Jarvis

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

I love greyhounds and advocate for greyhound rescue.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

It is portal/high fantasy and it’s meant for any reader who loves fantasy.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I read a lot of fantasy as a kid and fell in love with the genre. I found I had a story and had to write it.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Deirdre Hawes who has grown up in rural New Hampshire and was raised by her grandfather, having lost her mother at a young age and never having known her father. At the beginning of the story, we meet her father, Ettar Nerfal who, having received a visit from a stranger who tells him of Deirdre’s existence, is traveling to meet her. Nerfal explains that his father had forbidden him from returning to Deirdre’s mother. He then tells her that only a female of his bloodline can have a hope of enlisting the aid of the long vanished dragons, whose help they now sorely need. His only legitimate daughter was murdered, and the land is now on the verge of the invasion from a neighboring country. He asks that he return with her to the land of Keyralithsmus, and she agrees to help him on the condition she could return if it got too dangerous to stay. As she learns the ways of the court and travels to the capital, Deirdre discovers that there is a distinct fracturing between those who uphold the old beliefs, and those who want to be rid of any magical being or creature in the land. Many people seem to look down on her father’s family, a magical race of shapeshifters, who have been intricately tied to the Royal family for generations. Furthermore, there also seems a plot to keep the dragons from being found at all, and after being attacked, Deirdre sets out on her own with the help of several unlikely allies to seek the dragons.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other major retailers.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Great Convergence by Thomas Kast

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Great Convergence by Thomas Kast

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

I’m an award-winning independent photojournalist and illustrator based in Zurich, Switzerland, and have published a number of photography art books. I’ve spent a big part of my life in Israel, where I taught photography and illustration at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and other Israeli colleges. As for unique stuff: I’m native of the 234’s dimension and only come to Earth to conduct psychological experiments on humanity for my own amusement. My debut novel The Great Convergence is an absurdist-philosophical science fiction piece. It evokes many of my real-life experiences fused with unhinged fantasies.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Anyone who likes to reads something different from the run-of-the-mill hard sci-fi full of aliens and robots shooting lasers at one another just because they can. A subversive philosophical science fiction and social satire, I wanted the Great Convergence to take the readers out of their comfort zone, exposing the absurdity of many ethical and intellectual ideals. If you like the wry humour of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams or the philosophical insights of Stanislaw Lem, you’ll enjoy it too.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

As I said earlier, it’s a philosophical and humorous science fiction. I wanted to create a book that can be enjoyed, read and re-read and could give the reader a memorable experience. I’ve noticed that most contemporary sci-fi often ventures into the strictly commercial territory. Not entirely happy with this trend, I wanted to use science fiction as a vehicle to highlight many social and philosophical problems, but with a healthy dose of humour. There are several recurring themes in my book, which result from observing and analysing the world around me. One of those inspirations would be stupidity. It’s a subject that has always fascinated me. All of my characters make inexplicably unwise and shortsighted decisions despite being exceptionally smart (some of them). Superheroes are great but, often being no more than mere archetypes, they often lack humanity. It’s the crazy ones who provide all the fun. Another inspiration and recurring theme in my book inspired by real-world observation is miscommunication. My characters are all stuck in uncomfortable situations. Constantly missing the point, they don’t understand each other’s motives, and they’re unable put themselves in someone else’s shoes. They oscillate between being inordinately overconfident or hopelessly insecure but can never think on two feet. Above and beyond, they’re blinded by their personal goals they consider of great consequence and which are insignificant and trivial. As irony would have it, they all have a profoundly important part to play on the universe’s stage — something they’re never to discover.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Here’s the premise: 10.000.002 A.D. A cantankerous scholar slipping into obscurity is out for revenge. He time-travels to the year 2022 to stop his nemesis, Scott — a successful scientist at a competing university — from thwarting his research into the origin of a mysterious phenomenon, the Great Convergence. Cunning and ruthless, Scott will stop at nothing to defend his tenure track. The feud quickly spins out of control, and the damage to reality grows unchecked. Caught in the crosshairs are three characters responsible for triggering the Great Convergence: an art-hating professional art critic who, unbeknownst to him, spontaneously switches between universes wreaking havoc as he goes; a talentless artist whose sculptures act as trans-universal portals; and a schizophrenic astrophysicist trying to avert the invasion of alternate versions of himself from different realities. As their paths converge, the apocalyptic event takes place, and the inescapable tragedy of human existence unfolds. tist at a competing university — from thwarting his research into the origin of a mysterious phenomenon, the Great Convergence. Cunning and ruthless, Scott will stop at nothing to defend his tenure track. The feud quickly spins out of control, and the damage to reality grows unchecked.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Framed in Florals by Abigail Manning

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Framed in Florals by Abigail Manning

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

I’m a tea enthusiast! Anytime I’m reading or writing I always have a perfect cup of tea resting beside me. My husband even built me a “tea bar” so I could make my own lattes!

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Fantasy Romance

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Cinderella has always been one of my favorite tales, and when I first had an idea to reinvent the story I couldn’t stop myself from jumping into a word document!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Framed in Florals is a retelling of Cinderella that follows Kalina Arista, a garden enthusiast who can’t even afford her own pair of shoes. Her vicious step-family has done an excellent job of swindling her out of her inheritance, leaving fretting about her future. When the opportunity for a job at the palace arrives, Kalina does everything she can to make a good impression at the upcoming ball. Everything might have worked out… if she wasn’t framed for murder upon her arrival.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

You can find Framed in Florals on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Bearly Free by Abigail Manning

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Bearly Free by Abigail Manning

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

I’m a theatre nerd! I studies theatre arts in college and love learning all about the background work that goes into putting productions on a stage!

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Fantasy Romance

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I’ve seen a lot of fairy tale retellings, but never found one over golidlocks before! I have always loved the classic tale of golidlocks and thought it would be fun to reinvent the classic tale!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Bearly Free is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears that follows Aurelia Lockly, a sixteen year old lady who is suddenly being forced into an arranged marriage. Not wanting to be tied down to an unknown betrothed, she runs away from home and seeks refuge in an abandoned manor that’s well stocked with porridge. Despite believing she’s well-hidden, she’s quickly greeted by the true residents of the home and is forced to hide in closets and spare bedrooms to avoid being caught. With a bounty hunter now on her tail and a fluffy dog following her throughout the house, will she ever be able to escape the manor and run for freedom?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

You can find Bearly Free on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Assassin by Joanna White

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Assassin by Joanna White

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

I’m a Christian author who loves reading grittier stories, but I want them to align with my beliefs, so that’s why I write the type of stories I do.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy, adults (not mature content, but just adults)

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Honestly, Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones was one major inspiration. The other was Assassin’s Creed – sort of a combination of the two is what Assassin is. That, and Skyrim as the medieval style of the world I built for the story.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Assassin is a story about a man named Aidan, who was sold by his parents at a young age, to an order of assassins. They train boys to be expert assassins, which is what he is in the present story. He works for a king, killing whoever the king wants dead. When the king’s daughter is targeted by assassins, it’s Aidan’s job to protect her and stop them.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Anywhere books are sold: you can find all the links on my website at the bottom of the page: https://authorjoannawhite.com/the-valiant-series/

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Valkyrie Fallen by Rosie Wylor-Owen

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Valkyrie Fallen by Rosie Wylor-Owen

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

Taekwondo black belt, USA Today Bestselling author.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Urban fantasy romance – new adult.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I can’t hang around for inspiration, this one came out of the aether like most of my ideas.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Fifth book in the series, continuing the adventures of valkyrie curse-breaker Rowan McQuaid and her vampire lover Nate.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon and KU.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Poisoned Heart by Abigail Manning

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Poisoned Heart by Abigail Manning

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

I’m a professional nanny during the day! I’ve been working in the early childhood field for eight years now and when I’m not writing, am usually chasing around a bunch of kiddos!

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

YA Fantasy Romance

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I have always adored fairy tales and fell in love with the idea of reinventing them with a new twist!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Poisoned Heart is a retelling if the classic tale of Snow White. Princess Arabella is a beautiful and spoiled princess who is used to having the world at the tip of her fingers, but everything changes when her life is put in jeopardy by a mysterious assassin. In order to protect herself, Arabella must hide herself by working in a laundry mill with seven other workers. Will she be able to survive the assassin’s hunt? Or will other dangers to her kingdom convince her to come out of hiding…

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

You can find Poisoned Heart on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

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JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Four: The War of Mechanas

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Four: The War of Mechanas

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

When teaching middle or high school classes, I often introduce myself by playing “Three Truths and a Lie”: four statements, and the students have to guess which one is a lie.  The following are all true:
1. I was born in Seattle
2. When I was in 2nd grade, the other kids nicknamed me “Scribbles”.
3. When I was in 8th grade, I was the (unofficial) arm-wrestling champion of the school.
4. Also in 8th grade, I attempted to write my first novel.  It probably wasn’t very good.
5. I lived in Japan for three years.
6. I once played piano in a nine-hour concert with some of my friends.
7. I have written seven books.
I insert some other absurd statement that’s a lie, but usually the kids guess “I was born in Seattle” as the lie because it’s the most likely to actually be true.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

“Epic” high fantasy, with sword-and-sorcery adventure (though I dislike the term) and a lot of details of imaginary cultures. The audience is probably nerds everywhere: anyone who likes other-worldly quests. (Some sections may be a little too frightening or violent for some pre-teen readers; if it were a movie, I’d rate it PG-13.)

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I was in 8th grade, and I was in the middle of reading Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”.  I was walking from one class to another and I suddenly said to myself, “I should write something like that sometime.” In retrospect, this is odd because I wasn’t even thinking about saying that to myself. What I meant by “something like that” was a long book with some connections to folklore or mythology and set in a fantastical ancient world. The result, more than forty years later, is the “Tond” series.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

This is the fourth book in the first “Tond” series.  The quest is completed, but questions remain.  The loremasters (and the “Others”, who’ve arrived in Tond from elsewhere) meet in a grand council to attempt answers.  Then the Great Menace strikes.  In the final climactic battle, the fate of Tond hangs in the balance as Rolan (the protagonist throughout the series) and Shar himself (the mysterious King of the Taennish Folk) confront their shared enemy.  The end of the battle is allegorical in that both Law and Grace are needed to confront an evil which knows only one of them and understands neither.

There is a final scene, a sort-of coda to the series as a whole, which widens the series to a cosmic scale.  Rolan is shown the evolution of life in the universe and the ultimate nature of the evil that threatened Tond.  The book ends with a couple of minor loose ends (probably unnoticed by most readers) that will later become vastly important and form the basis for the Second “Tond” Series.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Tond, Book Four: The War of Mechanas: Scribner, Steven E.: 9781797833958: Amazon.com: Books

My website: Steven E. Scribner, author (google.com)

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JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Three: The Journey Northward

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Three: The Journey Northward

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

I am interested in music(s) from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  I have done some research on the theory behinds these types of music, and have used what I found to construct some new, imaginary but possible genres — including the music I describe in my “Tond” books.  Some of this music is actually playable, and I gave a concert of “Tondish music” with some friends of mine, in 2017.  You can hear an excerpt from the concert here: Stream Sherványa Nocturnal Music (48-minute version) by S. Eric Scribner | Listen online for free on SoundCloud

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

“Epic” high fantasy, with sword-and-sorcery adventure (though I dislike the term) and a lot of details of imaginary cultures. The audience is probably nerds everywhere: anyone who likes other-worldly quests. (Some sections may be a little too frightening or violent for some pre-teen readers; if it were a movie, I’d rate it PG-13.)

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I was in 8th grade, and I was in the middle of reading Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”.  I was walking from one class to another and I suddenly said to myself, “I should write something like that sometime.” In retrospect, this is odd because I wasn’t even thinking about saying that to myself. What I meant by “something like that” was a long book with some connections to folklore or mythology and set in a fantastical ancient world. The result, more than forty years later, is the “Tond” series.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

The first two books of the series were essentially long introductions to the world of Tond and the two protagonists.  In this third book, all the main characters (except one) meet and begin the quest in earnest.  The basic plot is simple: they journey northward to the monster’s realm to 1.) attempt a rescue, and 2.) learn more about their foe.  Meanwhile, that one character who did not meet the others makes some important discoveries of her own.  

The long journey consists of several episodes.  The band of adventurers forge friendships, meet interesting people and circumstances, and hear some interesting music which is allegorical to what is happening in the book at the time.  They also encounter danger, sometimes from the minions of the monster they’re trying to fight, and once from other people who have a xenophobic “shoot first and ask questions later” mentality.  

The adventurers also find the beginnings of redemption: the first two books were pretty dark, but here (immediately after what is arguably the ugliest chapter in the series!) they encounter Shar and the mysterious, beautiful City That Moves — and a reality infinitely higher, deeper, and older than Tond itself.  They learn the meaning behind their quest.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Tond, Book Three: The Journey Northward: Scribner, Steven E.: 9781549606441: Amazon.com: Books

My website: Steven E. Scribner, author (google.com) 

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JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Two: The Wanderer

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Two: The Wanderer

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

I taught English in Japan for three years in the late 1980’s.  The Japanese language was one of the major influences for the grammar of Fyorian, one of the conlangs (made-up languages) in my “Tond” books.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

“Epic” high fantasy, with sword-and-sorcery adventure (though I dislike the term) and a lot of details of imaginary cultures. The audience is probably nerds everywhere: anyone who likes other-worldly quests. (Some sections may be a little too frightening or violent for some pre-teen readers; if it were a movie, I’d rate it PG-13.)

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I was in 8th grade, and I was in the middle of reading Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”.  I was walking from one class to another and I suddenly said to myself, “I should write something like that sometime.” In retrospect, this is odd because I wasn’t even thinking about saying that to myself. What I meant by “something like that” was a long book with some connections to folklore or mythology and set in a fantastical ancient world. The result, more than forty years later, is the “Tond” series.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

I’ve called this a “darkly humorous, paranoid prequel”.  Book One introduced the world of Tond and the main protagonist; this one backtracks fifteen years to introduce the other main protagonist: a sarcastic and flawed character named Tayon. As the book begins, Tayon as he is wandering in northern Tond, collecting lore as the Fyorian loremasters do. Then, pursued by hideous invaders, Tayon discovers that he carries a great mechana (object that is a source of power) that can stop those same invaders; but he has no knowledge of what it is or how to use it. He decides that he must either find the answers or forge his own mechana powerful enough to thwart them. His decision could have fatal consequences, since the attackers plan to drive him (and the nefarious Karjan high-knight Roagh) to unwittingly help them create a terrifying monster.

Less of a “quest” fantasy and more of a horror story (there is no escape from the sinister designs!), this is also a tale of dark psychology and an allegory of what happens if we decide to listen to our inner demons.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Tond, Book Two: The Wanderer: Scribner, Steven E.: 9781520949871: Amazon.com: Books

My website: Steven E. Scribner, author (google.com)