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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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

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.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

“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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

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.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

“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’)

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

https://readerlinks.com/l/1455399

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Jake Istenhegyi: The Accidental Detective by Nikki Nelson-Hicks

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Jake Istenhegyi: The Accidental Detective by Nikki Nelson-Hicks

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

I once slept in a room where four children were axed to death.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Mystery, Pulp, Horror, Detective genres. YA and Adult readers are preferred. Nobody under twelve, definitely.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I was approached at a convention with the challenge to write a story for a pulp anthology that involved chickens. I wrote “A Chick, A Dick and A Witch Walk Into a Barn…” The anthology never came to pass but the publisher liked the story so much he asked if I wanted to make it a series. And, lo, the Jake Istenhegyi adventure began.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Jake Istenhegyi: The Accidental Detective Omnibus Volume 1 is set in 1930’s New Orleans. The adventure begins when Jake’s best friend and partner in crime, Barrington “Bear” Gunn receives an envelope full of money and request to find a missing scion that has shacked up with a beautiful Creole woman. When Bear doesn’t return, Jake goes looking and falls down a rabbit hole that pits him against Voodoo priestesses, golems, ghosts, a triangle of immortal sisters, pirate treasure hunters, swamp monsters, and zombie chickens. And that’s just the first three stories. I put Jake through all kinds of grief in the second volume of stories that comes out later this year.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

It is available on Amazon in paperback or Kindle. OR you can purchase directly through me and get some fun swag and a signed book with a zombie chicken drawn just for you! Contact me at nikkinelsonhicks@gmail.com for details.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Connections In Crimson by Alex G Zarate

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Connections In Crimson by Alex G Zarate

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

Author, Artist and photographer. I’ve been writing most of my life and am now working towards turning my passion of writing into a career.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Urban Fantasy with Suspense and Thriller elements – Audience are those who enjoy secret abilities, coming of age and dark elements

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

There is loss that is felt by many and irrational fear of what might be. This story was born of a fear of trauma that inevitably happened anyway.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Tommy and his cat Snowy have faced challenges throughout their lives without revealing their secrets, but when he and his friends join a 4th of July camping trip, he learns that his new girlfriend, Caroline, is more like him than he could have hoped. As they grow closer, an unknown danger draws near, making their time together dangerous, precious and fated to change their lives forever.

Check out the book trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WEN4Z6Fld0 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Threading the Rude Eye – by Stanley Wheeler

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Threading the Rude Eye – by Stanley Wheeler

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

I lost a spelling bee in third grade, but not because I didn’t know how to spell the word. I’ve had many embarrassing moments since. I grew up in Idaho, milking, farming and ranching and otherwise discovering things I did not want to spend the rest of my life doing. Enjoyed wrestling and writing in school. I earned national recognition in a writing contest. In college I enjoyed literature, fencing and writing. I did win a fencing tournament, but the Olympic team never recruited me. After deciding that the plan I had for my undergraduate degree no longer appealed to me, I went to law school and have practiced law ever since. I’m currently a deputy prosecuting attorney and write novels in the evenings. I also participate in our community theater–but writing lets me play all the roles in the play in my head.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Everyone who loves fantasy. Everyone who loves history. Anyone who loves an exciting story will love this flintlock fantasy/alternate history novel.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I had contemplated the magic system and setting for a few years with a setting many years before the setting in the book with the idea of working up to this point. I’m not sure what provoked the idea in the first place.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Threading the Rude Eye is a rip-roaring alternate history/flintlock fantasy set during the American Revolutionary War with magic, dragons, and other creatures. It features a diverse cast of main characters as part of a larger series. The first three books form the Tomahawks and Dragon Fire trilogy. Lucette, whose own country is under attack, has been entrusted to get a map to a secret cache of magic power to a contact in America. Her course will absorb Alex and two groups of dragon hunters into the adventure which may determine the destiny of two continents.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Threading the Rude Eye, and the rest of the trilogy including: Power to Hurt, and Clamorous Harbingers are available as ebooks and paperback on Amazon.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Scorpio’s Grace by Rosie Wylor-Owen

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Scorpio’s Grace by Rosie Wylor-Owen

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

I’m a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy, an amateur calligrapher and a Taekwondo black belt who loves to travel.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Urban fantasy romance and new adult.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

This book was an idea for years before it turned into Scorpio’s Grace. I wrote a short story on Wattpad years ago called “Chloe” which showcased a moment in the life of a reformed mother who had given up drugs to care for her daughter. This was the inspiration for Scorpio’s Grace in which Freya tries to protect her daughter Olivia while on the run from a power trafficker who abducted her as a child.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Dark and dangerous things are hidden in Freya Aldana’s past. After twelve years on the run, they are coming for her. A druid with coveted powers, Freya is wanted by the most influential power-trafficking mogul in the supernatural black market: Gregory Kander. Accompanied by her old flame and two fellow escapees, Freya investigates Paris’ magic exclusion zones and London’s back streets to discover what Kander has planned for her. Her freedom at stake, she turns to the Goddess Scorpio to grant her the strength to defeat her enemies and protect her young daughter. However, Scorpio has greater gifts in mind for her steadfast loyalty.

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

https://storyoriginapp.com/universalbooklinks/9c116b8e-184a-11ea-bb34-0b0bcea8bbe1

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Metamorphosis by Claire Fitzpatrick

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Metamorphosis by Claire Fitzpatrick

 

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

I can write music, but can’t play an instrument.

 

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Horror/speculative fiction

 

 

 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

My epilepsy and borderline personality disorder.

 

 

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Madeline will never become a woman. William will never become a man. Does June deserve to be human? Does Lilith deserve a heart? Seventeen stories. Seventeen tales of terror. If imperfection is crucial to a society’s survival, what makes a monster?

Review “Visceral and demented, full of flesh that twists and deforms…Fitzpatrick’s stories will either sicken or delight.” – Brian Craddock, Australian Shadows Award-Winning Author.

[On Scents] “One of the creepiest stories I have read in a long time.” – Jeani Rector, editor of The Horror Zine

 

 

 

WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon! https://www.amazon.com.au/Metamorphosis-Collection-Stories-Claire-Fitzpatrick/dp/1925956040

 

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