Ms Ellyne graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Fine Arts. She currently lives in Florida and is a homemaker, musician, and writer. She has published four novels in The Fair and Fey series, an epic alternate history fantasy series with erotic romantic plots. All four books are available here in all formats and she is now giving away the first novel, Maginaugh, free to promote the series to new readers. Just click on the book titles below. Maginaugh is her best selling novel so far and has been rated 5 stars by readers! Her latest work, The Elves of Avalon, is now published and she is working on a forthcoming 5th novel in the series.
on Aug. 19, 2013 :
Beautiful and brutal, Maginaugh exceeded my expectations. I do not delve in the fantasy genre very often so I expected fluff and prancing fairies. What I got was excellent world casting and three distinct cultures rich with detail and history. This book had it all: action, destruction, romance, friendship, and personal character growth.
I anxiously read this book and was excited to read about places I have actually been and developed a greater closeness to the characters and their stories.
I will have to read the second in this series because I am dying to know...What happened to Mindoregh?!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Karin Rita Gastreich
on March 20, 2013 :
The greatest strength of J. Ellyne’s debut novel is its setting: prehistoric North America, approximately 9,000 years ago. Maginaugh portrays the conflicts and alliances of three very different cultures living in the region of the Great Lakes. The fantasy aspect of the novel arises not so much from magic, but from a well-imagined alternative history in a region that rarely gets attention from this genre.
The cast of characters is large and varied, as are their sexual preferences. J. Ellyne crafts romances in various stages of development (everything on the spectrum from innocent new love to seasoned, stable commitment can be found in this story), and interweaves these against an impressive backdrop of tragedy, vengeance, and war.
I’ve settled on a 4-star rating mostly because I think there are certain aspects of writing style and story delivery could use some polish. Nonetheless, with this first novel, Ellyne has established herself as a promising new voice in fantasy. I am very much looking forward to reading the companion novels to Maginaugh.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
Al Lucero Mascareñas
on Aug. 26, 2012 :
When it's good, I get colorful images in my head. That's what lingers most about this book - the images. Having a new movie running in my imagination, put there by twenty-six symbols arranged and rearranged in novel ways, was why I did a reading marathon yesterday (well, til 1 a.m. today). I put everything else aside to return to Maginaugh, and when it was done I didn't want to leave, even when the last boat was pulling away from the dock.
If you enjoyed Clan of the Cave Bear, you will probably enjoy Maginaugh, and vice versa. I'm doing something I haven't done this century - looking forward to reading the next book in a trilogy.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on July 29, 2012 :
This is an intensely beautiful book in an idyllic setting. The detail and lushness of the milieu makes it all the more poignant when it’s peace is ripped apart by outsiders, most of whom are bent on its subjugation and destruction. The reader can’t escape the anguish of these good people as the world they’ve tried to make their own is caught up in the perverted lust that the jealous, outside hordes openly exhibit towards them.
In a plot reminiscent of the folk song “One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack),” and just as stirring, sad and moving, J. Ellyne weaves an epic tale of the Magin and the Pewa – two fair, just, innocent (Magin) and practical (Pewa) societies in what could only be prehistoric times. The plot centers around the reaction of these two near-utopian societies to the baseness of the world around them.
There is a lovely, warm, moving theme of bisexuality that ripples gently throughout the tale. Its presentation provides a poignant insight into the love of a woman for a man and another woman and of two women for each other. No reader, regardless of personal orientation, can help but be touched by the open innocence, joy, and true love of the characters for those most intimately important to them. The scenes are both emotive and tasteful.
You will feel the happiness, excitement, and sometimes despair of the characters as you rarely do in a novel.
The story is told with deep insight into the (very real) area where it takes place which will continuously amaze the reader. J. Ellyne exhibits an astute understanding of the knowledge and skills available to the natives and how they use what they know to exist in a primitive world. The author seems to be intimately connected to this almost mythical land surrounded and bounded by three Great Lakes.
I urge you to buy and read this moving novel. It will take you places, and expose feelings in you that will make the investment of time more than worth your while. Outstanding!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on June 27, 2012 :
I just wanted to re-do my review of the book.
I read it again for the umteenth time and still find more to love about it. I connect with the characters so well. Nammi, I love her love affair with Sashegh. They both have that ultimate feeling of deep affection, tinged with a sadness. It is a welcome book, a loving book, a book to get into and, soon, to be added to by her second novel of the trilogy. I can't wait.
Maginaugh lives on!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on June 26, 2012 :
Loving Your Book!! Just about done reading it...I am so enthrilled by your writing, I had to stop & write a review. I can actually put myself in your Book as Nanong :). The Author J. Ellyne has written a book that has "Sparked" everyone of my emotions. From Love, Compassion, Sadness, Fear, Anger, Lust & Excitement to a Downright Adrenalline Rush. I could not stop reading. The characters in the authors book really come to life with such detail you think you are there. Well done J. Ellyne, I look forward to reading more of your work, and the continuation of Maginaugh.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on June 22, 2012 :
Excellent! Adventurous. Exciting. Great read. A little bit of everything.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)