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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell

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

I have always been fascinated by mythology and epic poetry including the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. This passion has manifested in my writing which blends my knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy. When not working on a new book, you might find me throwing axes, kayaking, playing with my dog, brewing mead, or creating art, for I am also a reverse glass painter!

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Young adult, epic fantasy

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

This is a funny story. The Djed Chronicles is actually the reason why I wanted to become an author in the first place. As children, my sister and I created all sorts of characters, backstories, worlds, and arch-villains to combat our alter egos. I enjoyed these stories filled with mythological references, spunky heroines, and diverse friendships so much that I wanted to one day share them with the world. Though I actually wrote a different series first, I have finally returned to those stories and characters now that I have a better knowledge of indie publishing and have developed my literary ‘voice.’

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Twelve worlds. Two opposing forces. One prophesied Hero. The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth. Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl. *** The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

You can find The Twelve Tasks on Amazon, Kindle and KU. https://www.amazon.com/Twelve-Tasks-Djed-Chronicles/dp/0998377988

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of Tears by Brand J. Alexander

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Rise of Tears by Brand J. Alexander

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

Every year I design and construct a majority DIY dark fantasy world for my community for Halloween called Ravenfell Manor and promote a Haunts Against Hunger food drive to restock the local food pantry for the holidays. For a few months out of the year I get to bring the magic from my stories to life in the real world.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Epic Fantasy. My writing style tends to draw from authors like Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, and David Eddings. I enjoy the traditional 80s and 90s style fantasy and evoke it in my writing. So if you go into a book for more than just the main plot, but to explore the world-building, the cultures, and the amazing environments and creatures then I may be the author for you.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I wanted to explore the different facets of faith and religion. In a dying world, when all the gods are dead, where will mankind turn?

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Rise of Tears follows the story of a young man named Asahn, son and heir to the chieftain of his people. He is coming of age to take his place among the tribe’s hierarchy only to discover that the world is changing and most of the truths he once believed in are incomplete or entirely false altogether. As the future chieftain, he must learn the secrets of the Kahn Shogal if he ever hopes to lead them. Unfortunately, time is running short. Their world is dying, and according to the old tribe storyteller, Asahn may be the only one who can stop it. The people of their tribe are being hunted by a nefarious new religion rising from the south. And all of it appears to be connected to the origins of his tribe and the bloodline he carries. Asahn will have to uncover the mysteries of his tribe’s past and the secrets locked in his heritage while fleeing with his people deep into their dying homeland where even the land will rise up against them. But his greatest challenge could be the man he always looked up to. The stubborn pride of his father could doom them all unless Asahn rises up to challenge him.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret by Marie Gin

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret by Marie Gin

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

I was born in France, have an American accent and live in Sydney, Australia

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Young Adult

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Wanting to have something constant in my life

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The Stone of Four Fires: The Last Regret is a dark fantasy series set in 1700’s France. It follows the story of Elena, whose life is changed forever when her family home is destroyed by creatures of the night. Escaping with her best friend Lucas, she is rescued by the immortal Nepheines and taken under their protection where she learns that she is a part of a prophecy that will allow the Nepheines to create the Stone of Four Fires, and finally release themselves from the curse of immortality. As she grows older, she discovers she has the power to control fire and embarks on quests to find the other three elements and discovers that there are indeed, worse things than death.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sorrowfish by Anne C Miles

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Sorrowfish by Anne C Miles

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

I studied Welsh and violin to write my book. I still play and do not sound like a dead cat.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy – It’s a portal fantasy good for teens on up.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

Cosmic DJ inspired the book. What would happen if the songs playing in our minds were messages?

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Sorrowfish is about a bard, a wizard and a college student from Kentucky who must break an ancient curse. Musical magic system. Dragon.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Visit sorrowfish.com for a link to purchase

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Garden of Lies by Zachary A. Pieper

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Garden of Lies by Zachary A. Pieper

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

I’m a certified commercial diver

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

My book is Epic fantasy, aimed at sci-fi and fantasy lovers

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

The woman I love

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Well you can go anywhere and read my blurb. So here I’ll say this. At its core, this book exists to send a message. It exists to send that message far and wide, so the entire world can hear it. This book is about me, and my life, filtered through the prism of chaos that is my mind. if you want to know more, check out my youtube channel: Zack Pieper

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Barnes and Nobles, Amazon, and all retailers supported by draft to digital.

https://books2read.com/u/bpzqjl

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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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

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.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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?

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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