My latest novel is now out! (I know, it’s been a while.)

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to leave a post and announce my latest release. It is the second novel in my new series, The New Earth Chronicles.

Before I talk about the book though, I wanted to thank you, my readers, for your continued support. It’s nice to know that people enjoy my worlds and characters enough to spend their time reading about them. As a writer, it makes the process even more rewarding. I’d also like to apologize for not posting on this blog for a long time. Summer is, as I’m sure you know, a busy time for everyone, and I’ve been tied up with several projects over the past few months. But I’ve promised myself that I would post more regularly from now on, so I’ll try my best to do that.

The new novel is called the Changelings. If any of you read the very first book in my series Tales from the New Earth, you may remember the group of children that the wizard, Simon O’Toole, ran into when he returned to Ottawa. Well, this book is about them and what has happened to them in the decade since the modern world ended and the world of magic began. However, if you haven’t read that book, don’t worry. I’ve given myself license to alter a few things to make the novel easier for anyone to follow. The privilege of being the world’s creator, I suppose. Here is the blurb:

It has been ten years since the return of the dragons and the fall of mankind. Many things have changed since then and humanity is teetering on the brink of extinction.

But back before any of that happened, something else began. Random children from all around the globe had started changing, mutating in strange ways, and neither scientists nor doctors could explain why.

Some children grew extra fingers and toes. Or claws instead of fingernails. Scales or fur instead of bare skin. Vestigial tails or wings. The many kinds of mutations seemed endless, and totally random.

These special children came to be known as Changelings. Many governments had them rounded up ‘for their own protection’ and taken to secret laboratories to be experimented upon. But then technology failed, anarchy reigned briefly and the dragons came back to destroy civilization in a wave of fire and blood.

However, some of the Changelings survived. It turned out that their mutations hadn’t been random after all. They had been caused by magic. And so these children were ideally suited to live and thrive on the New Earth.

This is a tale of one particular group of children, who lived in what remained of the city of Ottawa, and of how this new world forced them to grow up, step out of the shadows, and claim their destiny.

I hope that you all enjoy this new book. I’ve loved writing it and I’m thrilled to share it with you. The link to its page on Amazon is to the right. Take care.

J. J.


Announcing my latest release!

Hi folks,

I’m very pleased to announce the release of my latest novel! Even though I have finished the Tales from the New Earth series, I wanted to continue to explore the world that I’d created from the perspective, not of Simon O’Toole, my protagonist from that series, but from the point of view of some of the people that he met along the way. And this book is the result.

There were many interesting characters that I was intrigued by in the series and I thought that it would be exciting to get to know some of them a little better, learn their backstories and see what has happened to them since Simon left the New Earth for his refuge in the Void.

One of my favorite characters from the books was Liliana Travnikov, the paladin from Moscow. For those of you unfamiliar with her, Liliana became a great friend and supporter of Simon’s and the other surviving humans and fought alongside him against the primal dragons. I thought that her backstory and journey, from starting out as a middle-aged mother and grandmother to becoming a warrior blessed by the gods would be exciting to delve into and so, The First Paladin is the result.

It’s been a lot of fun to write and Liliana turned out to be even more interesting to get to know than I had expected. Hopefully for those of you who check out her story, you will think so too. Just click on the book cover on the right see the novel on Amazon.

Each of the upcoming books in The New Earth Chronicles will build upon the others, but will also be self-contained and readable in any order.

I really hope that you enjoy these new adventures as much as I do!

Take care,


Now available: Birth of the Resistance!

Hi everyone:

I’d like to announce the release of the first book in my new series, ‘The Psychic Invasion’. The novel is called ‘Birth of the Resistance’.

I’m very excited about this series. It’s a bit of a departure, genre-wise, from my usual books because it’s an interesting mixture of sci-fi and the paranormal. Also, instead of a single protagonist at the center of the story, this time there are two.

Twin brothers, Dylan and Devon Norris, are the focus of the series and I think that it’s going to be an exciting adventure with these guys in the lead.

Here is the blurb. I hope that you find it intriguing:

In the shadowy world of espionage, America has gained a great advantage over other countries because of a small, unknown agency simply called the Department. Completely off the grid, the Department employs a unique cadre of agents to run its covert operations: psychics.

Training for these rare and unique individuals begins as young as fourteen. It is strict, regimented…and successful. Once they graduate, the psychic spies begin taking their talents out into the field.

Untraceable and unseen, these young people have been used to ferret out state secrets from hostile governments. They’ve been able to extract evidence of high crimes from mob bosses. They have even been used to uncover traitorous acts by U.S. citizens. All safely and covertly.

The Department has had free rein to make its own agenda, choose its own targets and pass along its knowledge to other government agencies surreptitiously, keeping its existence a complete secret. It has been a remarkable success.
Until recently, that is. Because now its small group of young psychics is being killed off, one by one.

After a close friend is mysteriously killed, one of the Department’s few remaining telepaths, nineteen year old Dylan Norris, decides that he has no choice if he wants to survive; he has to run. Only by disappearing can he buy himself enough time to discover who is targeting people like him and try to neutralize the threat.

The problem is that the agency does not let go of its assets easily and, if Dylan leaves, he will find himself running not just from an unknown killer but from the Department as well.

However, Dylan has an ace up his sleeve; another psychic who remains unknown to the Department; his twin brother, Devon. Between the two of them, they will embark on a journey to discover the truth behind the savage attacks on telepaths, and the mysterious group who wants to wipe them out.

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If you’d like to take a closer look at the book, just click on the cover to the right of this post. I hope that you all enjoy this one; I’ve certainly had a lot of fun writing it.

Take care,



The Queen of Dragons is now available!

Hey everyone:

I’m pleased to announce that the last novel in the Tales from the New Earth series, the Queen of Dragons, is now out and available at Amazon. You can find it by clicking on the cover to the right of this post.

It’s taken longer to finish this book than most of my previous works and I do apologize for that. Wrapping up a series is a complicated task, especially when it’s eight books long. There will always be unresolved issues, or minor characters who get lost in the shuffle. And, as you may know, I write long novels. Brevity is not my specialty, nor should it be when writing epic fantasy. But this last story is the longest in the series. How to adequately wrap up almost ten years (in the series) of adventures in one book? I wish I knew. I did my best and I hope that my readers will be pleased with my efforts.

That being said, this isn’t the end for the survivors on the New Earth. I am much too fond of Tamara, Sebastian, Malcolm, Aiden, Liliana and the others to say goodbye to them forever. And there are a few new characters in this book who intrigue me as well. So we will revisit them some time in the future, possibly giving several people their own standalone adventures.

But that’s something I’ll leave for future consideration. For now, let me say how honored I am that many of you have come along on this journey with me and that I hope to continue to entertain you for many years to come. Have a safe and happy holiday season and I’ll leave you with this, the synopsis for the Queen of Dragons:

A decade has passed on Earth since the return of the dragons destroyed civilization. A decade of struggle for the remnants of the human race against dangers once only spoken of in old tales and legends. Battles won and battles lost. Friends and loved ones taken all too soon. Despair and hope in equal measure.
But now, thanks to the efforts of the only human wizard, Simon O’Toole, and a handful of mages and other spell-casters, the dragon menace has been all but eliminated. The survivors can start rebuilding their lives in relative peace on the magical world that they have inherited. Or so they believed.
But strange events tell a different story. After some mysterious objects are discovered in the desert, an elemental is killed by an unknown force, and Simon is visited by a being of incredible power, the wizard fears that the threat of death from above is still very real. And that the dragons may not be done with humanity just yet.

Take care,






Just a catch-up

Hey all:

I just wanted to make a post to catch up with anyone who is wondering how my next novel is coming along. Because it is the last book in the Tales from the New Earth series (but not the last story from that crazy world of mine), I’ve been taking my time with it. I do expect to release it before Christmas and I’ll do a cover reveal in the next couple of weeks.

Tying up loose threads isn’t easy, nor should it be, but things are coming along nicely. And as always, my characters continually surprise me with their life choices. When Simon O’Toole does something that I would consider foolish, I wonder where that comes from. Surely not from me! But I like to think that allowing the story to grow organically, as all of my tales do, keeps it fresh and unpredictable. At least I hope so.

As always, I want to thank the readers who have stuck with the series, and with me, over the past couple of years. Your support is what keeps me writing, and I truly mean that.

Take care and I’ll post again soon.



The Dragons of Bone and Dust is now available!

Hi everyone:

I’m pleased to announce that my latest novel in the Tales from the New Earth series, the Dragons of Bone and Dust, is now available from Amazon! This one has been a joy to write but challenging as well. My friend, Simon O’Toole, is a busy guy and keeps me guessing sometimes. If you want to take a peek at the book, just click on the cover to the right of this post. Here’s the blurb:

The Chaos lords and their servants, the necromancers, have finally moved to destroy the remnants of mankind. With the wizard, Simon O’Toole, missing and their numbers dwindling, the survivors have accepted aid from the secretive dwarves. They have retreated underground, hoping to find sanctuary from their enemies. But not all is as it appears and they may not be as welcome among the dwarven people as they were led to believe.
Can the last members of the human race actually endure? Can they take on yet another enemy, this one born of treachery? Or have they finally reached the end of their long struggle?

I want to thank you, my readers, for your continued support of this series. I think that book eight will wrap up Simon’s story arc, but I have no intention of abandoning the struggling human race on the New Earth. The paladin Liliana, the sibling mages Tamara and Sebastian, even the dwarven race led by Shandon Ironhand, all have their own stories to tell and I look forward to exploring several of them.

Take care,