Jay Michael Jones

Biography

Jay Michael Jones lives in a small Southern town and is the proud parent of three. Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater, a fancy way of saying “he learned something along the way” since Jay developed a pronounced case of stage fright shortly before graduation. Jay is the author of the Science Fantasy Romance series "Flight of the Armada", a Young Adult novel "Mr. Nice Guy", Southern Humor Fiction "A Chatterstrip at the End of Civilization" and the based-on-a-true-fable tale "The Biggest Little Fan of the Red Ball Express". When not writing Jay sings, draws the online comic strip Just Peachy and collects anything and everything to do with goats.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I literally cannot recall a time when I wasn't storytelling. My first memory was realizing I was telling a story to my dad and a sister. I wrote little stories all through school but began seriously working on the Flight of the Armada series back in 2001.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was frustrated at the double-edged sword of established publishing - "We want something new, unusual, outside-the-box for our readers" in the submission guidelines became "Thank you but your work is not the kind of thing we publish or what our readers have come to expect" when the rejection slip came back. I knew what kind of stories I wanted to tell and I knew what people wanted to read BECAUSE I ASKED THEM. I had beta readers who read my books as I wrote and gave me great feedback. One of them told me "This is the kind of stuff I would like to read more often, but publishers always follow the same boring formula. You don't." That sealed it.
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Books

11 Heart's Pain
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,500. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Armada of Thuringi ships continues to Earth where King Stuart's Thuringi scouts send badly needed supplies to the fleet. Gareth Duncan struggles to complete repairs to the main transportal so people can travel from fleet to Earth again. Things look hopeful for Thuringa at last, but then tragedy tends to strike when one least expects it.
10 Angst of the Silent Man
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,550. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Thuringi Armada continues its slow desperate journey to Earth. The spirit of Thuringi Warrior General Maranta Shanaugh resides in Marty Sheridan, which both hinders and helps the young Earthian. When Marty willingly becomes an emissary for King Stuart, Maranta realizes he can serve the crown again in this new life. Meanwhile, Darien makes a discovery that heals his bitter heart.
9 Trouble in the Dark
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,580. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In the terrible aftermath of the Great Attack on the Thuringi Armada, Gareth and the Solenil crew are finally freed from enslavement by the Gharadee, malcontents still plot to overthrow King Stuart, Darien continues his lonely quest to distract the enemy, and the soul of Maranta Shanaugh joins with an Earthian child whose own talents promise to take him far, but not fast enough to suit Maranta.
8 The Reprobate
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,720. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
As the Lost Crew works to build a ship to return to the Armada, Erich and Glendon help Hartin control a political problem for the fleet. Stuart faces Ossili attacks, disinterested Earthian scientists, and a personal crisis no one foresees. Yjarnnah grows up on Senga under Queen Oriel’s guidance, Darien creates chaos along the wormholes and Sandan's interest in Carrol grows.
7 To Live Again
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,950. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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The Thuringi Armada limps through space, hampered by damaged ships and followed by a mysterious cadre of vessels. King Stuart Phillipi is unable to leave Earth without risk of losing his outpost to the Ossili. Gareth Duncan and the Solenil crew are slaves for the Gharadee. Darien outwits the Shargassi and gains a D’tai ally. Maranta Shanaugh makes a decision that will change history.
6 Adrift on an Outpost
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,440. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 6 in the Flight of the Armada series. Enslaved by the Gharadee, Gareth struggles to keep his small crew alive. Darien sells addictive potions at outposts, convincing the Stellar Council worlds he has gone mad. Stuart and the scouts remain on Earth to guard their outpost and Spence reaches the Armada but cannot return to Earth yet. Carrol awaits the birth of Gareth's baby.
5 Fury in the Dark of Space
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,180. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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5th Book in the Flight of the Armada series. In a terrible combination of bad timing, selfish interests of malcontents and betrayal, the Armada is struck a terrible blow by an old enemy, the Shargassi. The course of history for Thuringa is forever altered as far-flung friends scramble to survive in hostile circumstances.
4 Alien Life Form
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,280. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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Book 4 “Alien Life Form” continues the Flight of the Armada series, with Stuart and Carrol Phillipi slowly fitting in at Michael’s school. As they make contacts with classmates, they learn as much about themselves as they do their friends. Back with the Armada, Asa Mennar continues to plot against the throne with other malcontents, spelling trouble for Aura and the royals.
0 Fields of Fire
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,780. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
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The prequel to the Flight of the Armada series, Fields of Fire tells of the last days of the planet Thuringa, and the survivors who set out on the journey of their lives. The Thuringi depend on the power of the royal Phillipi family as they adjust to life in space, fighting off enemy ships and the uncertainty of which Known Worlds still befriend them and which will betray them.
3 A Crack in the Facade
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,250. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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The royal Phillipi family face the burden of duty in Book 3. Laying the groundwork for future contact, Stuart and Carrol attend Michael Sheldon's school where they are accepted but obviously 'not from around here.' Gareth constructs a transportal from Earth to the Armada. Darien and Echo continue their secret romance. Lycasis keeps the fleet safe but malcontents seek to undermine the crown.
2 Noble Hour
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,270. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Once the scouts of Thuringa establish an outpost on Earth, Brent remains on behind to man the outpost while the other five return to the Armada to report. As Brent faces loneliness, native dangers and a threat by other aliens, Stuart returns to an unhappy marriage, Gareth and Carrol face disapproval of their romance and Darien is attracted to Glendon's daughter. Sounds like Brent's got it easy.
1 Flight of the Armada
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,890. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
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In "Unknown Territory" Earth is just a rest stop on the way to a future home for six Thuringi scouts in 1961. But mysterious habits and rituals of the natives amuse and confuse the starborn warriors, noblemen who have never heard of 'rock and roll' or 'oil rig'. Their first Earthian contact Michael Sheldon must balance introducing his world and protecting the advanced yet oddly naive newcomers.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jay Michael Jones

  • Pandora's Children on Dec. 31, 2012
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    This excellent sequel to Pandora's Genes continues the exploits of the heroic warrior Zach, his charismatic brother Will known as the Principal and leader of the surrounding territory, and the beautiful learned girl they both love, Evvy. The breakdown of society has left the world with little pockets of civilization such as the one Will rules. Machinery and knowledge are rare and misunderstood, and mutations caused by pre-event experimentation threaten the future. The book starts off with a bang as Will and Evvy's wedding ceremony is attacked and Evvy is stolen away by religious zealots known as Traders. Will is badly injured and Zach sets out to get her back. From there the story splits and each of the three deal with his or her own problems. Lance explores the sociological aspects of this post-apocalyptic world in a realistic way, artfully portraying both the positives and negatives of the different factions. The scientific community of the Principal is ruled through logic, hard-won research and tough rules, but the seamy underside that is a part of any society is revealed proving nothing is perfect. While the religious zealots are obviously the antagonists, they are not simply cardboard enemies propped up only by the plot. There are reasons the religious Traders fear science and knowledge, and these reasons are explained in a very realistic, plausible way. Like human nature itself, it is possible to be sympathetic and repulsed by a character at the same time, and Lance shows us how it's done. When a third group appears called the Road Men, we are suddenly reminded of the wider world of which this story is only a piece, the unknown on the horizon. The Principal now faces a larger threat to his community even as he faces ongoing personal peril. Will's search for Evvy is stymied by foul men and foul creatures alike, and Evvy fights for her very life against zealots who would sacrifice her to their God. All these exciting story lines are braided together quite satisfactorily in the end, but I am surprised there is no third book. There is still a fascinating world to explore, a fantastic setting with intriguing characters.