J.A. Beard

Biography

J.A. Beard is a restless soul married to an equally restless soul. His two children are too young yet to discuss whether or not they are restless souls. When he hasn’t been writing, studying history, or making excuses for not writing, he’s tried his hand at several careers including intelligence analysis, programming, and research science. Though he likes to declare himself the Pie Master, he’s yet to prove his worth in the brutal baking show-downs of Celebration, Florida.

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Books

The Eternal City
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Series: Osland Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,080. Language: American English. Published: January 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Gail’s attempt to settle into life at Osland is disrupted by a ghost warning of a vengeful new enemy. The suspicious arrival of a foreign exchange student feeds Gail’s paranoia. It doesn’t help that killer shadows keep popping up. She finds it difficult to trust anyone, even herself, but with the rift in danger, she has to risk her life to carve through the darkness and find her true enemy.
Mind Crafter
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,640. Language: American English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
To be a crafter is to control the essences of the world. To be a crafter of House Lran is to control the very essence of being, the mind. Shala, a naive Lrani scholar, is drawn into a horrific world of genocidal cults and paranoid imperial officials when she stops a massacre. Now, a dark conspiracy hides the truth, and the scholar is determined to seek out that truth.
A Woman of Proper Accomplishments
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,740. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
In rural Bedfordshire in 1811, Helena Preston finds that her dream of marrying a handsome, educated man may crystalize into reality with the arrival Joseph Morgan, a scholar of the recently discovered art of spiritus, the ability to breathe life into unliving objects. Unfortunately, when she's attacked by a masked criminal, the evidence suggests Mr. Morgan is perhaps not marriage material.
The Emerald City
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Series: Osland Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 68,710. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
Kansas orphan Gail Dorjee braves bullying and supernatural interference at Seattle's elite Osland Academy. She doesn't walk alone; she has the friendship of a ditz, a coward and a beautiful, heartless boy. Together, they must stop a murderous plot in this modern re-imagining of "The Wizard of Oz."

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  • IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID a Rhodes Scholar Education in One Hour on Nov. 01, 2012

    Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author. Mr. Jute provides a brief survey of the major strands of Western economics thought, along with the men who developed them. This work is written with a crisp and clear style that gets the information across readily. Given the joys of narrative history and what not, I did find myself missing that potential angle and perhaps wouldn't have wanted to read a full-length book written in this style, but this short work (~20,000 words) does what it's intended to do before you get tired. Now, I already had a firm grounding in economics before looking this over, so I can't say that it brought necessarily a lot of new information to my attention, but I do think it'd be very useful for people who haven't studied economics at all and are trying to get a feel for major economic theories and where they came from. Now, of course, there's the old joke about getting ten economists in a room and asking them a question and getting ten different answers. There's still a lot of debate to be had for the validity of certain economic theories and models, but there it is important to realize that the thoughts of these economics are directly impacting how politiicans of all types form policy. Right now, we're in the middle of The Great Recession. Economics and economic policies from on high have political and personal consequences for every citizen, so it is important, I think, for every educated person to have at least some grounding in the "dismal science" of economics. I will note that I was rather surprised by the ommission of any mention of Hayek in this book, though. Obviously, in so far as those general strands of economic thought go, Friedman (who is discussed) is the most directly influential, but in a work that is more a historical survey than anything, I would think Mr. Hayek would be worth at least a quick mention.
  • Mr. Bear on Jan. 15, 2013
    (no rating)
    Interesting story with a less commonly seen type of supernatural. I think this would have made a cool novella if expanded.
  • Mr. Bear on Jan. 15, 2013

    Oops, forgot my stars my review.