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"Adrift"

"A ship in harbor is safe.... but that's not what ships are built for..." ~ John A. Shedd

Lucy Foxe’s mother has been missing for six months when her dad packs her off to grief camp in the middle of senior summer. Unable to bear another minute of the place, and unwilling to accept that her mother is actually dead, Lucy breaks out and heads for home the first chance she gets. Unfortunately, a broken curfew is not the only problem she’ll face upon arriving there.  Her dad has now gone missing as well, leaving an inadequate note in the freezer and two threatening thugs in the hallway.

Lucy follows a trail of family lies back to Mackinac Island, Michigan, a home her parents left behind without explanation years ago. The island has long harbored an affinity for the supernatural and it is here that she reunites with her grandparents and eventually uncovers a mind-bending truth that her family has been hiding for centuries.

Lucy will struggle to maintain her moral compass in a world gone crazy, losing her heavy heart along the way. Eli will anchor her to the past and a life free from the madness, but can she forgive herself if she abandons her parents for his promises of safe harbor? Luke is a beacon towards a dangerous and unknown future, full of thrilling possibilities, but is she brave enough to jump into uncharted waters?

In the end she will be dragged back in time against her will to settle an old vendetta, and it will be in the past that she will finally see the future clearly and ultimately face the question of whether she is living a life or creating a destiny.

Hickory Valley

In a magical world where dragons and sprites live alongside humans, a small town called Hickory Valley lies nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. When restaurateur Jerome Ponder proposes turning the local library and nearby state park into a tourist attraction, librarian Theo Hawthorne defends her right to protect her family history. Whose side will the townspeople choose, and how will they deal with the consequences?

Untested

On the day the riders came to town, they kidnapped Kella and brought her to Lord Perrin’s keep. To win her freedom, she must cure Perrin’s son from the magic poisoning his blood. Where Kella is from, it is dangerous if people find out that you are a magic-user. That’s why she and her mother had never settled in one spot for long—as soon as rumors started circulating about her abilities, she had to disappear fast. She never learned how to properly use her gifts. But at Perrin's keep she meets Taroy, who is tasked with guarding against her escape. He wants to protect her and keep her safe, but Kella is on her own when it comes to the magic that must be worked. In a race against time, Kella begins her journey to master the magic within and save Perrin's son—despite her fear that she is just not good enough to perform such complicated magic. Untested is a fantasy story for young adults that follows a young woman's journey of discovering that believing in yourself is a magic of its own.

Book One—KIRINS: The Spell of No’an

A race of tiny magical beings lives on Earth today. They dwell in elaborate tree homes and mysterious underground sanctuaries. Because of an ancient dispute, humans are unaware of their hidden civilization.

They are kirins. 

For thousands of years they have lived in peace, but a deadly menace now threatens their existence. A party of daring explorers, led by the wise magician, Speckarin, is sent to destroy the evil lurking a continent and an ocean away. Failure of this mission would mean death to the voyagers and the entire kirin race. But their success will depend on aid from a truly unexpected source—human beings. 

Fly with these adventurers and witness today’s world as it has never before been seen. You will find yourself looking to the skies for this mystical race of beings, because maybe, just maybe…

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It'll Feel Better when it Quits Hurting

Many years ago my friends and I would sit around and play what we called "Jerry Springer: the Home Game". The object of the game was to see how many upcoming shows we qualified for, with the story to support our claim, and whoever had the most at the end of the program won. I was the reigning champion. This book started off as just a lighthearted collection of anecdotes, stories shared with friends over the years to both the horror and delight of my audience. But as I began to write I realized that the humor of my life comes not from the light moments, but the dark, and without those moments being included much of the humor would be lost without that context. This book is a bit darker than I initially intended, but I hope that while reading this I can make you smile, even on occasion laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of the situations I have found myself in over the years, and that you, like me, can find the humor in all the dark places. I do not believe I have any wisdom to share in this telling, nor is it even an inspirational tale of achievement by overcoming adversity, it is simply my life that I have survived. For better or for worse, this is the mostly true, fairly accurate, and almost completely factual account of my life. Some liberties have been taken to protect the somewhat innocent and a few small embellishments were made for the sake of a good story.

The Agonizing Leaves

Dimitri Markov's Cold War is personal. To him, victory means destroying the man who stood on the other side of the Berlin Wall, an individual whose name he knew, whose life he had memorized. For Dimitri, the Cold War did not end when the Soviet Union disbanded. It goes on. 

Catherine Redding's only goal is to find the mother who abandoned her twenty years ago. When a retired intelligence officer named Thomas Hollington offers to help with her search Catherine gratefully accepts. She soon discovers, however, that her mother's disappearance is just one twisted thorn in the barbed wire that connects her to Dimitri, Hollington, and a never-ending shadow war. 

Bound in Thought

There is only one rule everyone follows. Without choice or knowledge. One rule that everyone accepts to live and love by. You have a soulmate. Simple yet life-altering. You are connected in thought, with the ability to look inside each other's mind at any time. But you will only gain this ability at 21 years old, and only if you choose to activate the bond. Should you choose not to then you will live your life knowing that your soulmate is out there but you will never find them. What would you choose? Follow several people as they learn to live with the consequences of their choice.

Camp Haunt

Camp Fairmarsh, founded in 1883, has a long tradition of giving teenage girls a residential camp experience. Girls spend eight weeks swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, making arts and crafts, hiking, and more. They leave camp with experiences and friendships that last a lifetime.

But for the girls who came to Camp Fairmarsh in 2003, the camp had more in store. Read their letters home, their diary entries, newspaper articles, and other camp documentation that chronicle the bizarre occurrences that summer. Find out why Camp Fairmarsh is Camp Haunt.

Taking Comfort

Leanne had Cara when she was still a teenager.  Now that her daughter is sixteen she wants her to understand.  She writes about her past in a book, but nothing is straight forward.  Who was Leanne before she had Cara?   

The Flexibilizer

A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind of the main character. - Bart Besamusca (linguist)

 

Kensei

Jamie Hattori’s alter ego, the masked hero Kensei, has been doing pretty well protecting her neighborhood from petty villains with her martial arts skills, her father’s katana, and a little help from the local spirits. But things get rough when the spirits start flaking out, the Goddess of Discord throws a few cursed apples, and an online gossip site siccs an angry football player on her. Then there’s her slipping grades, the vampire owls, and the cute roller derby chick looking for romance. And even worse, Jamie’s hero-hating mom is starting to get suspicious. Can Jamie defeat her mysterious nemesis without tearing her family apart? And more importantly, will she score her first kiss?
 

Trust Me

 

A small, sleepy town in Texas awakes to find a local high school girl has commited suicide.

Three weeks later, her friends still have trouble understanding. How could she have taken her own life? Her best friend, Kathy, comes to a startling revelation which causes a chain of events to unfold that no one could have expected.

Soon kids from all walks of life within the town become entangled in a confusion of mental illness, sexuality--and murder?

.... .... .... .... .... .... .... ....

This began as a series of short stories that are all interconnected but may be read standalone, but as the story developed it became apparent that they were more like chapters in the book. 

Up until chapter 6 all stories are standalone, but from then on all are connected.

Offensive Driving

Jamie Hattori, who fights crime as Kensei, is not the only superhero in her neighborhood. Traffic Enforcer is an obsessed vigilante with a grudge against vehicular crimes. When a demon-possessed car begins terrorizing her neighborhood, Jamie is torn between protecting her neighborhood, maintaining her school responsibilities, and protecting the neighborhood from the other "hero."

Super

What if your best intentions cost the lives of innocents? Follow Fletcher, a Muay Thai fighter, as he becomes a crime fighting vigilante in order to keep his brother safe in a dangerous city. And share the burden of this young man as his actions turn him from a do-gooder to a criminal and murderer.

Freefall

Adrenaline junky or free spirit? It depended on who you asked and when you had the privilege (or misfortune) of meeting her. 

When life is constantly being torn away in never ceasing twists and turns the need to take life and death into your own hands becomes a "must", a "thrill", or maybe an "addiction". Whatever it is, Lilly finds herself in a series of situations that push her to new limits and make her question the beliefs that have been instilled in her since birth. Small town life meets big secrets as she traverses through trials with long time best friend Gavin. 

Kensei 2: The Love of Danger

Jamie Hattori can't get a break. As the superhero Kensei, she defeated the goddess Eris and figured her life could just get back to normal. Or, at least, as normal as things can be when you fight crime and can talk to the spirit world. But now her girlfriend is flaking out on her, her parents have separated, and a World War Two supervillain has come back from the dead with plots to kill Jamie. 

As if that wasn't bad enough, she has to deal with two of her least favorite people: her grandparents.

Spare Parts

Leven Murdock was murdered by the man of her dreams at eighteen years old. A year passes and she comes back from the dead to find out that the world has changed for the worst. An army made of super human creatures has taken over the planet and enslaved those who oppose their leaders. Cities were burned to the ground and people die in the streets. It is a nightmare brought to life and she was brought back in the middle of it all.

The world isn’t the only thing that has changed.

Leven herself was brought back from the dead by a scientist named Tarik Harding who pieced together spare organs from previous experiments. The same experiments which helped create the treacherous army running rampant across the world. These spare parts make her stronger, faster, and a more enhanced human being from head to toe. She spends weeks learning her new abilities and training to fight with them until they become a part of her.

The scientist asks only one favor in return for giving her life back. A request she cannot refuse or the world might continue down a path of death and destruction. Harding believes she is strong and capable enough to repay the favor. He believes Leven Murdock can save the world.

Lawton Tales

In the beginning Lawton was a town full of upstanding citizens and "good Christian folk", but after the introduction of Clayton and the first Maple Meadow Murder the town took a downhill turn. Now, it is known as the home of the Lawless and unforgiving. Ghost stories, western gangs, and typical sacrafice. Who knew rural life could hide so much? 

Anything goes when nobody knows the truth of the small town. 

A fast paced adventure series hitting upon mystery, historical fiction, murder mystery, with a dash of romance. 

Fortier: Blood & Moon

Fortier is the story of Alfred Zeidan, a vicious, deadly and renowned vampire that secluded himself away from everyone for hundreds of years, until a message reaches him from his father calling for his return. 

Part of him knew that this was about the Bertrams, another family of vampires that are fierce rivals and sworn enemies of the Zeidans, in fact the sole reason why he shunned the world he grew up with was because of the fighting and long standing feud between the two families.

But alas, he returns... for better or worst.

Middler's Pride

After a humiliating dinner with a suitor, Meredydd sees only a dull life ahead, destined to crush her heroic spirit--that is, until she's accepted into the Shield Maidens. Surely nothing but glory and adventure await, right? And they do...if Mer can first overcome the most dangerous enemy of all: herself.

 

Middler's Pride ​is a labor of love inspired by my all-time favorite author, Diana Wynne Jones. Her tenacious young heroes, hilarious dialogue, and fascinating worlds have always been a source of joy as a reader.

Two years ago, fellow fantasy writer Michael Dellert challenged me to write some epic fantasy with a young heroine. What began as a little fanfic set in his Matter of Manred universe grew into Middler's Pride ​set in its very own land, Idana, named for, of course, Diana Wynne Jones.

Would you like to meet Meredydd before her adventures begin? Come share my dialogue with her on Wattpad.
https://www.wattpad.com/story/87554862-middler%27s-pride

​Thank you so much for selecting this story. I hope you enjoy meeting Mer, her fellow Shield Maiden recruits, and all those tangled up in Mer's quest to be a legend.

Cheers

​-Jean Lee

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



"A ship in harbor is safe.... but that's not what ships are built for..." ~ John A. Shedd

Lucy Foxe’s mother has been missing for six months when her dad packs her off to grief camp in the middle of senior summer. Unable to bear another minute of the place, and unwilling to accept that her mother is actually dead, Lucy breaks out and heads for home the first...View Series



In a magical world where dragons and sprites live alongside humans, a small town called Hickory Valley lies nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. When restaurateur Jerome Ponder proposes turning the local library and nearby state park into a tourist attraction, librarian Theo Hawthorne defends her right to protect her family history. Whose side will the townspeople choose, and how will they...View Series


On the day the riders came to town, they kidnapped Kella and brought her to Lord Perrin’s keep. To win her freedom, she must cure Perrin’s son from the magic poisoning his blood. Where Kella is from, it is dangerous if people find out that you are a magic-user. That’s why she and her mother had never settled in one spot for long—as soon as rumors started circulating about...View Series


A race of tiny magical beings lives on Earth today. They dwell in elaborate tree homes and mysterious underground sanctuaries. Because of an ancient dispute, humans are unaware of their hidden civilization.

They are kirins. 

For thousands of years they have lived in peace, but a deadly menace now threatens their existence. A party of daring explorers, led by the wise magician, Speckarin,...View Series



Many years ago my friends and I would sit around and play what we called "Jerry Springer: the Home Game". The object of the game was to see how many upcoming shows we qualified for, with the story to support our claim, and whoever had the most at the end of the program won. I was the reigning champion. This book started off as just a lighthearted collection of anecdotes, stories shared with friends...View Series


Dimitri Markov's Cold War is personal. To him, victory means destroying the man who stood on the other side of the Berlin Wall, an individual whose name he knew, whose life he had memorized. For Dimitri, the Cold War did not end when the Soviet Union disbanded. It goes on. 

Catherine Redding's only goal is to find the mother who abandoned her twenty years ago. When a...View Series



There is only one rule everyone follows. Without choice or knowledge. One rule that everyone accepts to live and love by. You have a soulmate. Simple yet life-altering. You are connected in thought, with the ability to look inside each other's mind at any time. But you will only gain this ability at 21 years old, and only if you choose to activate the bond. Should you choose not to then you will live...View Series


Camp Fairmarsh, founded in 1883, has a long tradition of giving teenage girls a residential camp experience. Girls spend eight weeks swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, making arts and crafts, hiking, and more. They leave camp with experiences and friendships that last a lifetime.

But for the girls who came to Camp Fairmarsh in 2003, the camp had more in store. Read their letters home, their...View Series



Leanne had Cara when she was still a teenager.  Now that her daughter is sixteen she wants her to understand.  She writes about her past in a book, but nothing is straight forward.  Who was Leanne before she had Cara?   

 View Series


A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind...View Series


Jamie Hattori’s alter ego, the masked hero Kensei, has been doing pretty well protecting her neighborhood from petty villains with her martial arts skills, her father’s katana, and a little help from the local spirits. But things get rough when the spirits start flaking out, the Goddess of Discord throws a few cursed apples, and an online gossip site siccs an angry football player on her. Then...View Series


 

A small, sleepy town in Texas awakes to find a local high school girl has commited suicide.

Three weeks later, her friends still have trouble understanding. How could she have taken her own life? Her best friend, Kathy, comes to a startling revelation which causes a chain of events to unfold that no one could have expected.

Soon kids from all walks of life within the...View Series



Jamie Hattori, who fights crime as Kensei, is not the only superhero in her neighborhood. Traffic Enforcer is an obsessed vigilante with a grudge against vehicular crimes. When a demon-possessed car begins terrorizing her neighborhood, Jamie is torn between protecting her neighborhood, maintaining her school responsibilities, and protecting the neighborhood from the other "hero."

 View Series


What if your best intentions cost the lives of innocents? Follow Fletcher, a Muay Thai fighter, as he becomes a crime fighting vigilante in order to keep his brother safe in a dangerous city. And share the burden of this young man as his actions turn him from a do-gooder to a criminal and murderer.

 View Series


Adrenaline junky or free spirit? It depended on who you asked and when you had the privilege (or misfortune) of meeting her. 

When life is constantly being torn away in never ceasing twists and turns the need to take life and death into your own hands becomes a "must", a "thrill", or maybe an "addiction". Whatever it is, Lilly finds herself...View Series


Jamie Hattori can't get a break. As the superhero Kensei, she defeated the goddess Eris and figured her life could just get back to normal. Or, at least, as normal as things can be when you fight crime and can talk to the spirit world. But now her girlfriend is flaking out on her, her parents have separated, and a World War Two supervillain has come back from the dead with plots to kill Jamie. ...View Series


Leven Murdock was murdered by the man of her dreams at eighteen years old. A year passes and she comes back from the dead to find out that the world has changed for the worst. An army made of super human creatures has taken over the planet and enslaved those who oppose their leaders. Cities were burned to the ground and people die in the streets. It is a nightmare brought to life and she was brought back...View Series


In the beginning Lawton was a town full of upstanding citizens and "good Christian folk", but after the introduction of Clayton and the first Maple Meadow Murder the town took a downhill turn. Now, it is known as the home of the Lawless and unforgiving. Ghost stories, western gangs, and typical sacrafice. Who knew rural life could hide so much? 

Anything goes when nobody knows...View Series



Fortier is the story of Alfred Zeidan, a vicious, deadly and renowned vampire that secluded himself away from everyone for hundreds of years, until a message reaches him from his father calling for his return. 

Part of him knew that this was about the Bertrams, another family of vampires that are fierce rivals and sworn enemies of the Zeidans, in fact the sole reason why he...View Series


After a humiliating dinner with a suitor, Meredydd sees only a dull life ahead, destined to crush her heroic spirit--that is, until she's accepted into the Shield Maidens. Surely nothing but glory and adventure await, right? And they do...if Mer can first overcome the most dangerous enemy of all: herself.

 

Middler's Pride ​is a labor of love...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.