4 Books by New Author

J Speer

During social distancing and quarantine time, I’ve had some time to work on these writings. These 4 books are available as eBooks on Amazon. The three self-published works are available for $2.99 as an eBook and the book published by Archway Publishing is available for $3.99 as an eBook. Searching for Fire is also available as a paperback book for $12.99. Searching for Fire has received a great review from Midwest Quarterly Book Review in their December 2019 Issue. It has a 4.6 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and a few really nice reviews from readers. Searching for Fire came out in July 2019.

The other three books are brand new, released just in the past weeks during the social distancing time. I would recommend Summertime Adventures for ages 7 and up. It is definitely G or PG rating. The Curse of the Sapphire Jewel is for ages 15 and up. It is more adult and has 6 short stories based on works posted on this blog. The last book is a collection of poetry based on my life and the lives of my children. I would say this one is for ages 15 and up. All three of these works are writings I developed over the course of ten years and finally got the confidence to publish.

If you read any of them, I would love to hear your feedback or post a review!

Thanks for your interest and please share any information you like with others. Click on the Amazon links to read the previews and find out more info about the books or author.

I am from southeast Kansas. I have lived in Germany and Virginia as a military spouse. I have a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and studied abroad in Israel as a college student. I used to work for the Army and then as an HR manager for manufacturing. Now, I work at a frame shop for photography and artwork. I love my job for MPix.com. I like to write poetry, short stories, and work on other creative writing in my free time. Other hobbies are knitting, cooking, and gardening. I love gardening a lot! Just finished putting in my summer garden this past week and hoping to have lots of fruits and veggies to share with family and friends. It has gotten colder the last few days here in Kansas and I sincerely hope and pray I won’t have to replant due to frost.

I hope you are safe and well. I have been blogging recently about my family’s “social distancing YouTube trips.” You can find out more about this on my blog. So far, we have learned about Tokyo’s Akihabara District, Kyoto, the planet Mars, the Pyramids of Egypt, and Universal Studios/Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida. Next stop on our adventures…..the Taj Mahal.

Thanks for your interest and have a good day!

New Poetry and Short Stories

Hi folks, just wanted to let you know I self-published a book of poetry called Moment of Magic. It is selling just as an eBook for $2.99 on Amazon. The book is various poems I have written over the years. Many of the poems are meant to be inspiring and uplifting. Some are poems about raising children, or being a working mom, or time spent with the military. Some are poems I wrote for my children. Others are poems about love or just reflections on life. The first and last poem in the collection are my favorites and tie in together nicely. The collection is less than a 100 pages and a good quick read for anyone that likes poetry. Thanks and God bless. Be safe everybody.

Here is the link to the book and if you press the look inside portion about the book, you can read the first three poems. Thanks again!

Along with the poetry collection called Moment of Magic that I self-published to Amazon, I created a book called The Curse of the Sapphire Jewel & Other Short Stories. It is a small collection of brief fictional stories, each one unique in storytelling. The first story is about a stolen jewel and the consequence of theft. The second story is about a college student named Amara and a decision she makes to forgive her father. The third story is a funny and interesting first chapter. It is a work of alliteration about a Medieval monastery of Moldavia. The next story is a Medieval comparison story to France during World War II. Finally, the last story is titled Black Sheep. It is a story where I took a typical antagonist, a supreme villain, and tried to show a more sympathetic and compassionate almost positive side to the character. This short book is about 65 pages long and is selling for just $2.99 as an eBook or can be found for free reading on Kindle Unlimited. Thank you and I would love to hear your feedback on any of the stories. Have a wonderful day!

Happy

Yesterday, I took a photo with my first copy of the book I received in the mail from Amazon. It was a happy moment and took 7 months of steady progress. I just wanted to write Searching for Fire to tell an action story that entertains.

Thank you Archway Publishing and a special note of thanks to friends and family that supported this. The dedication at the beginning of the book is to a very close friend that believed in this and helped it along. This is someone I admire and respect very much.

My children picked out the cover design and my sister, who works in library science and info systems, was my first editor. My son encouraged me every time I got down or had doubts or frustrations. He would say with a smile, “Mom, it’s actually good…….it may not be Rick Riordan good……but mom, it’s good.” Rick Riordan is his favorite author and he’s read House of Hades so much that the book is in two pieces, taped together, but still on his book shelf. He’s a good son and a good reader.

There were many nights when I could have and should have done laundry or cleaned dishes or tidied up the house, but I was hard at work at the computer typing away or reading and re-reading over and over again. My husband took over and kept the household going and was very patient with my distant and distracted behavior. I’m lucky to have that kind of support.

Well, if you’ve managed to read this far…….thank you also for sharing in this big day! I’d love to hear your stories about projects in the works, etc. Keep creating!

I hope you have a wonderful evening!