Samuel Z Jones

Biography

There's an argument among Fantasy writers, and readers too, as to whether the rule "Write what you know" applies. I'm firmly of the "Write what you know" school; in my humble opinion, there is as much to be "known" about Fantasy as there is any other genre. My stories feature a lot of sword-fighting, camping and horse-riding, all of which I do indeed know enough about to write on.

If you like my work, please come back to leave a review. Also do track me down on Facebook with feedback; themes you'd like to see more of, what you thought was especially good and what might have been handled better. I like reviews, and I like feedback.

ABOUT MY BOOKS:

Akurite Empire is a trilogy. While each book is a complete story in its own right, reading all three in sequence will be much more fun than reading one or two in random order.

Romancing The Sword is a quintet (quintology?) set five years prior to the events of Akurite Empire and covering much of the back story. It is a massive epic and intended to be read as such; the story-arcs overlap from one book to another.

Then there are the Sorcha stories... These are Fantasy Erotica, and as such feature much higher sexual content than my other books. They also cross over the plots of other books, presenting a different perspective on events as detailed in the main series.

The Lord Protector is a trilogy picking up directly after Akurite Empire.

Book one of any of these series is a good place to start.

Anonymous & Sifu are comedies, and though they feature the character of Sifu Dansac, both can be enjoyed individually. Sifu's Kung Fu Secrets, despite being written in the style of a demented Chinaman, contains real martial arts. Don't try this stuff, you'll hurt people. It's written in the style of a mad Chinaman so that no one will take it seriously.

I've been writing for about ten years; I have a large back-catalogue that will be presented here as I complete final editing of each book.

Find my latest interview online here: http://lawlesswonderland.weebly.com/

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in London, which at the very least fostered a life-long dislike of cities. This definitely comes through in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
As a little kid; my grandfather used to direct me to write something, and then he'd enter it in a competition or sub it to a newspaper. I think I was ten or eleven when my first piece got into a local paper, and about the same age when I was shortlisted in an adult writing competition.

I took up writing professionally when I was about twenty-four, although I'd started work on the setting that eventually became Akurite Empire and the rest a few years previously.
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Books

The Lord Protector Book III: Number of The Witch
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Series: The Lord Protector · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 10. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,450. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The nightmarish assault of Red Shakasha's undead horde has been thrown back from the walls of New Adathen, but the war against the witch goes on. The good knight Sir Denebar, now Lord Protector of Kellia and Silveneir, inspires a quest to meet the Red Witch Shakasha in her demesne at the ruined Necropolis of Silveneir...
The Last Daishen
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Price: Free! Words: 5,550. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In a distant future where the Deepest Wards have failed and the Ancient Enemy returned to rain destruction on the world, the last champion of the Wards continues to fight. Kali Daishen is only sixteen years old...
The Lord Protector Book II: Fortress of Knighthood
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Series: The Lord Protector · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,250. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sir Denebar has won the battle against the undead legions of Red Shakasha... or has he? Apparently defeated, the witch departs with laughter, leaving Denebar and his shattered forces to recover from the horrors of the fight. Ahead now lies the sacred Valley of Avellar, where Denebar hopes that wise Sir Kirin can provide some answer to the riddle of the Old Daishen...
Romancing The Sword Book V: Weapons of The Gods
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Series: Romancing The Sword · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,390. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
Montesinos DeSilva returns at last to Silveneir, but the city is not as he left it. Revolution brews in the Foreign Quarter, while the armies of neighbouring Daricia march upon the city. Worse, DeSilva's father DeKellia is a leader of the revolutionaries, and plots an atrocity greater than any yet comitted in the long wars that have wracked the nations.
The Lord Protector Book I: Gaes of the Red Witch
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Series: The Lord Protector · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,160. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
The land lies in ruins. Starvation and superstition reign. One good knight will light the ensuing dark age.
The Sorcha Omnibus
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Series: The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 6. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 177,360. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Collecting all three volumes of Sorcha's sexcapades into one mammoth Fantasy bonk-buster! Sword, Sorcery, Sex & Spanking, now in epic omnibus edition!
Sorcha's Revolt
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Series: The Sorcha Stories, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,850. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Returned from her long journey, Sorcha and her lover Montesinos DeSilva arrive in Silveneir to find the city ablaze with revolution. Native Silvans and Kellion immigrants clash in the streets, champions of both sides do battle on the barricades and DeSilva's father, Montesinos DeKellia, plots an atrocity to end the conflict in a bloodbath... Sword, Sorcery, Sex & Spanking, in Sorcha's Revolt!
Sorcha's Revenge
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Series: The Sorcha Stories, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,720. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Free of the harem, Sorcha Kavnor struggles to come to terms with her new-found sexual freedom, both from slavery in a foreign land and the bonds of her oppressive culture. On foot, on horseback and by airship, she returns home, bringing her lover Montesinos DeSilva to the great dam of Loth Kavnor where she was born to confront her family and the religious matriarchy of Silveneir.
Romancing The Sword Book IV - Masters of War
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Series: Romancing The Sword · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,260. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Returned from the paradisial isle of Far Hrinor, Montesinos DeKellia is inveigled into the schemes of Queen Rathe Saban to make her daughter Empress of the Darician Plateau. But the barbarian Kraag have arisen in Kellia and the cult of Naril still command military might. With or without DeKellia's aid, Rathe and her husband must win final victory if they are ever to see Kaesa take the throne.
Sabra's Return
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Price: Free! Words: 7,070. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
At the end of her long quest, Sabra Daishen returns to her homeland. At the home of the wizard DeSilva, Sabra bids a final farewell to her sister Sorcha, and rides on to join her old friend Sir Denebar in one final battle.
The Legend of Karel Tate
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Price: Free! Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
During the long wars, Ava was the concubine of the Headsman of Vale, the Imperial General Karel Tate. Years later, when she is free and happy, Ava must confront her fears and face again the man she once called master.
Sifu Dansac's Kung Fu Secrets
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Series: Sifu Dansac's Ninja Society. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,560. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
An irreverant and surreal crash-course in practical self-defence, presented in the style of a demented Chinese Kung Fu teacher.
Romancing The Sword Book III - Sins of the Father
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Series: Romancing The Sword · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,020. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
Montesinos DeSilva has found his father, but civil war still threatens Daricia. From the island of Far Hrinor in the deepest south, Queen Saban of Daricia must return, with the legendary swordsman DeKellia and his errant son in tow. But the hostile expanse of Heimjaro lies in their way, and the queen has already stirred up its inhabitants to war against her...
Romancing The Sword First Omnibus
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 198,990. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
Fleeing an arranged marriage, the young prince of Silveneir, Montesinos DeSilva, leaves a life of luxury for exile in neighbouring Daricia. But Daricia is not a land at peace, and DeSilva finds far greater danger there than the unwanted wedding he sought to evade. Combining the first two volumes of Romancing The Sword into one epic quest across land and sea!
Sorcha's Story
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Series: The Sorcha Stories, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,930. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Kidnapped by Darian warriors, Sorcha Kavnor is forced to submit to harem training. Fantasy erotica set in the world of "Akurite Empire" and "Romancing The Sword".
The Complete Akurite Empire Omnibus
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Series: The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 7. Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 265,300. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 1 review)
All three volumes of Akurite Empire, comprising The Red Knight, Golden Firebird and Beyond The Sunset together in one omnibus edition. Save a buck on the complete trilogy!
They Call Me Anonymous
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Series: Sifu Dansac's Ninja Society. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,820. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Billy Wilde is a man on a mission; mistaken for a Supervillain and imprisoned for three years, he resolves to escape and take revenge on the world. There's just one problem; he doesn't have any superpowers, and he needs to get them; fast.
Romancing The Sword Book Two: Far Hrinor
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Series: Romancing The Sword · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,440. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
With civil war raging in Daricia, Queen Rathe Saban and her bodyguards set out to find the one man they believe can save the realm: the infamous swordsman Montesinos DeKellia.
Romancing The Sword Book One: Kingdom of the Void
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Series: Romancing The Sword · The Legend of Sabra Daishen, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,680. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Fleeing an arranged marriage, the young prince of Silveneir, Montesinos DeSilva, leaves a life of luxury for exile in neighbouring Daricia.
Akurite Empire Book Three: Beyond The Sunset
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Series: Akurite Empire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,190. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The concluding volume of Akurite Empire. The Empress is defeated, but her evil allies remain; before the enemy can muster an invasion, Sabra Daishen leads a small band of knights to distant Psarrion to make war on the enemy's home ground.
Akurite Empire Book Two: Golden Firebird
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Series: Akurite Empire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 130,430. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Defeated in battle, the rebels scatter to rally new forces. Riding north and west into frozen Kellia, the rebel champion Sabra Daishen seeks to rouse remnants of the knightly orders against the Empire.
Akurite Empire Book One: The Red Knight
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Series: Akurite Empire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,770. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
The great hero Kam Daishen lies dead; taking his name and armour, a young woman sets out to complete the slain knight's quest. Book One of the Akurite Empire Trilogy.

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  • Intrigued By First Sight on July 16, 2012

    I think the worst review I ever had began “I don't like Fantasy...” and got worse from there. Conversely, some of the best reviews I've had began “I don't usually like Fantasy, but...” So: I don't usually read lesbian romance but... The story begins by neatly setting up a love triangle between Honey, Jean and Jackie. That this is a lesbian love story is smoothly established without any overt statement; there's no signpost declaring “Lesbians Ahead”, it's so foundational to the story that even a reader completely unforewarned should pick it up within the first paragraph. This is a good thing, as is the immediate establishment of this love triangle as a conceptual world of its own within the external setting of a US college: the colour and detail belongs to the lead actors, through their attention to one another, leaving the wider world a pastel haze of movement and distractions that only lightly intrude on the main story. This is excellently appropriate, expressing through the story's structure how new couples relate to the world. I do like humour in any story; it adds realism. My first chuckle was that Honey naturally has leather jeans ready for a motorbike ride. Of course; all lesbians have leather jeans in case they need to ride motorbikes! I don't know if this is just my very off-beat sense of humour, or if it's a deliberate and subtle poke on Erin Miller's part. The characters are well realised, with a psychological depth that knits well into the overall structure of the novel. The story also covers a range of socio-political topics in the conversations of the characters. This could very easily become preachy, but it's remarkably well-framed within the dialogue and effectively adds another level to the story. Doubtless people who disagree with the perspectives voiced might find it less palatable, but I'm inclined to think that people holding vehemently contrary views are unlikely to be reading this book anyway. The core strength of this novel is the emotional reality of the characters, which comes through particularly in the dialogue. The major achievement is that this is not a novel about lesbian politics: it's a story about engaging characters filled with romance, sex, action, emotion and even violence.