Jaleta Clegg

Biography

I love telling stories ranging from epic space opera to silly horror to anything in between. I've had numerous stories published in anthologies and magazines. Find all the details of my space opera series at http://www.altairanempire.com

For the latest updates on my stories, check out my webpage at http://www.jaletac.com

My day job involves a planetarium, a starship simulator and outer space adventure. I'm currently working on a Master's degree in Instructional Design and raising a horde of children and animals. Life is more than a little busy...

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first science fiction book you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I discovered an old copy of "The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet" when I was eight. I wanted to build my own spaceship, just like the boys in the story. The idea of traveling to another planet and meeting aliens intrigued me to the point I went looking for more stories like it.
That led to "A Wrinkle in Time" and Andre Norton's space adventure stories which led to a magical section of the library known as science fiction/fantasy. I've never looked back.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's like asking me to name my favorite children. The answer would be the same - ALL of them! I have shelves and shelves of science fiction and fantasy books and I love them all. They invoke a sense of wonder, sometimes fear and trepidation, sometimes hope, but always something new.
A better question would be to name my five favorite authors. I can list the ones I currently read and enjoy - Terry Pratchett, Andre Norton, Julie Czerneda, Frances Pauli, and Patricia McKillip. There are others, like Elizabeth Moon and Patricia C. Wrede and Robin McKinley and Jack L. Chalker and Isaac Asimove and... I could go on all day. Which book and which author are my favorite depend on my mood, the phase of the moon, whether it's raining or not, and which cover looked most appealing. I'm always open to new favorites, too.
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Books

Dark Dancer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,170. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A strange prophecy haunts the Seligh lords, rulers of the Fey and controllers of all magic in the Summerlands, a prophecy that foretells their fall. At its heart, is a young human woman with no memory of her power or potential to destroy their world.
Redemption
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,370. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Empire is disintegrating, leaving all civilization on the brink of collapse. Roland sends Dace to Linas-Drias as his ambassador, to try to salvage what she can. But things are worse than anyone suspected. Not even Dace can save the Emperor from the mysterious Ice Queen and her plotting.
Phoenix in Flames
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 135,290. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Phoenix is deep in syndicate territory and they're out for blood. Lowell's power base is broken and Dace is left unprotected. Jasyn will have to marshal all her resources to rescue Dace from the wrath of her enemies.
An Indecent Proposal
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 152,100. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Dace faces her most challenging assignment yet - mingling with the high society of Linas-Drias, capital of the Empire. Vance hands her a golden opportunity to look for the traitors pulling the Empire apart, but when her pretend engagement becomes all too real, she's in too deep to escape.
Chain of Secrets
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 133,350. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Dace believes Tayvis is dead, so when Lowell sends her to her homeworld to start a civil war, she doesn't care if she survives or not. But as she struggles through the tangle of deceit, betrayal, and lies and startling revelations about her own past, Dace finds she does want to live. But her chances of survival are dwindling with every hour.
Soul Windows
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,230. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The eyes are windows to the soul. What would you find if you could look deep enough? These ten tales of science fiction and fantasy explore characters good and evil, placid and troubled, dark and light. Journey through the windows of the soul. You may be surprised by what you find. Original stories by Jaleta Clegg.
Brain Candy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,720. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
From evil nine-year-old Shirley Temple look-a-likes with possessed collectibles to green gelatin salad blob monsters to incompetent vampires to dyslexic witches, these stories feature silly and not-so-silly horror. Nineteen tales to send chills up your funny bone and tickle your spine. Or is the other way around? Come explore the strange imaginings of Jaleta Clegg with these short stories.
Obsidian Tears
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,890. Language: American English. Published: December 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
When Tayvis goes missing, Dace can't turn her back on Lowell's request for her to investigate. Especially not when he hands her the shattered remains of the Eggstone. But her decision might cost her heart and her freedom.
Jericho Falling
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 120,940. Language: American English. Published: December 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
When a desperate stranger accosts Dace to demand her help, it leads to a tangled morass of treason and secrets that could destroy everything she loves.
Kumadai Run
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,040. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
If you ever find yourself as crew on a ship with newlyweds, don't go. Dace wishes she'd taken her own advice. But the route looked safe enough, until they spring a trap five hundred years old and end up trapped on a planet teetering on the brink of destruction.
Cold Revenge
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,750. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00)
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Jerimon is about to serve Dace to the Targon syndicate. On ice. It doesn't matter that he's doing it on Lowell's orders. Targon wants Dace's blood. They won't stop until their revenge is complete and her life is in ruins. And they won't wait for the Patrol's trap to snap shut first.
Second Chances
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Paltronis may not have started the fight, but she ended it. And her future with the Patrol. Facing criminal charges, she gets one last chance to prove she's not a total screw-up.
Dusting Wars
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Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
General DB and his dust army fight off a horrendous monster with the help of the outlawed Ferrous One.
Whisperer
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Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00)
Tori Jespers, private investigator, tackles the unusual in her small town of Goose Falls. When wolves move in, it's up to her to stop their rampage.
Have You Seen Tarum?
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Price: Free! Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.50)
Kimberly has given up hope of having anything more in her life than her grandmother, until crazy old Mr. Jeffries asks, "Have you seen Tarum?"
Regret
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Price: Free! Words: 2,790. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
The invention of the Emoticator promises to free mankind from regret, but is that really such a great idea?
The Vicar's Revenge
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Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(3.50)
Magic berries, shapechanging, and the end of the Vicar's patience add up to mayhem in the small parish of Terrington Green.
Letting Go
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Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
If you could keep your loved ones forever, would you? Susan must choose whether to watch her mother slowly fade away or preserve her.
Nexus Point
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Series: The Fall of the Altairan Empire. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,390. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.13)
Stranded on a primitive world, betrayed by her crew, facing death at the hands of the natives, hunted by drug smugglers, Captain Dace has one hope of survival - convince the Patrol agent trying to kill her that she's innocent. But on Dadilan, no one is innocent.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jaleta Clegg

  • Once Upon a Dark and Eerie... on Feb. 01, 2011

    If you’re expecting a full story, fleshed out and finished with everything neatly wrapped up at the end, this isn’t it. Once Upon a Dark and Eerie is a collection of snippets and teasers, short bits that hint at dark and twisted stories and characters. Some were haunting, others disturbing, a few laugh out loud funny. The book is divided into sections with an overall theme: Dark Musings, Past Echoes, Creatures & Fairy Tales, and Grim Poetry. I haven’t been a fan of this type of work before. I refused to read it for years. I think I missed out on a lot of great reading, if this book is any indication. My only complaint is that the story snippets left me wanting more, much more. I wanted to see where the characters ended up. The very short writings caught my imagination and teased me with possibilities. I will definitely be reading more works by A. F. Stewart. For now, go to Smashwords and download at least the free sample. Try this book. You won’t be sorry.
  • Sink or Swim on March 14, 2011

    Sink or Swim is a fun murder mystery. Stacy has a light touch with the murder part of the story, focusing mostly on Cassidy's personal struggles and unexpected romance. Let me back up just a bit and give you an intro to the story. Cassidy is a contestant on a reality show, Sink or Swim. She comes in second, losing out to a big jerk. She has to return home with nothing when she was hoping to win the million dollars and use it to open her own fitness gym. But instead, she goes back to work for the local gym as a trainer. Her celebrity status does seem to be opening a few doors, but not enough. Cassidy is frustrated and depressed. And then the jerk turns up murdered. Is someone stalking the contestants on the show? Cassidy gets some creepy fan mail that scares her into going to the police. Her life spirals out of control as the stalker closes in. Who is he, really? And how big of a threat? How's that for a teaser? I enjoyed the book. I empathized with Cassidy's problems and found myself rooting for her. With a cast of well-drawn characters, Stacy leaves you guessing until the end. Who is the stalker? Cassidy begins to suspect everyone. I followed along, believing and questioning with Cassidy as she tried to build a normal life after her fling with fame on reality tv. If you're looking for a fast and fun read, pick up Sink or Swim. You won't be disappointed.
  • Incident at Walter's Creek on March 14, 2011

    Creepy and entertaining, I'd recommend this short story to anyone looking for a quick read. The boys and their adventures remind me of many of my own childhood antics. The ending leaves you hanging, though, wondering if it is real or not. I'm not usually a fan of scary horror, but Mark's light touch with the story kept me reading and enjoying this tale.