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Bonjour. I’m Kat Jaske.
Las Vegas resident––well
more precisely Henderson,
Nevada, which is right next
•Married to Bryant Jaske-Moser and mother of Daniel Jaske-Moser
*Runner – Helped my crosscountry
team win state championship
Ohio state championship (5-K race). I’m
even more proud of the next year when
our team placed fourth, but I ran a
personal best State Course time of a little
over 19 and a half minutes.
• Fencer – Yes, with swords, especially
sabers. You know, the musketeer thing.
• Active in church
• Love my black cat, Minnesota and her younger sister Abigail
• Writer – Historical fiction, science fiction,
fantasy, poems, articles, all sorts of items
for students and parents
Many of my ideas for writing or teaching come to me when I am running. Unfortunately, I can’t carry a journal with me, so I have to wait until I finish, walk in the door, and then grab a pencil and paper, or a computer, and put them down. I have always loved reading and writing, voraciously. Mom’s favorite story is about the time she had to punish me for something (which I am probably innocent of doing) by saying, “No reading. Do not go to your room. Sit here and watch TV.” I hated TV.
Writing takes passion (a love of words in my opinion) and when you have that passion, it permeates everything. Word scrambles and other word games and puzzles and other thinking games are “cool”.
I graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C. in three and a half years with a double major in English and Psychology. After working two years and saving every penny I could, I headed to France and spent two years studying there. Then returned to the U.S. to work a couple years before attending UNLV where I finished my Masters of Education and teaching certificate.
Now I spend time teaching my students the finer points of the French language and culture, and encouraging them to read and write.
on Aug. 27, 2012 :
Imagine fan fiction for the Three Musketeers adding a young woman swordsperson into the mix and you have "For Honor". Exciting with action and familiar characters.
It ends with the possibilities of further adventures. There is at least one straight forward sequel.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Aug. 30, 2011 :
Thomas is perhaps one of the most skilled spies France has ever had. The scene opens with Thomas and his teen son fleeing across cold wasteland from Prussia to France with documents that will reveal an insidious plot to overthrow King Louis XIII. They find temporary refuge from the bitter winter, where it is decided that Erik will help young Christophe get back to France, safely, they hope. ——Excerpt: In Thomas’ hand was a collection of papers. “Take them,” Thomas told his son. “Anything at all that is found on me will condemn me, and I have every intention of coming back to you alive and well. Watch my estate until I return.” Langeac, Christophe knew his father meant, as it always had been the most precious of his father’s holdings, at least to Thomas, regardless of its humble size compared to his other numerous holdings.——
They are both being pursued by their enemy and death would follow their capture.
As the adventure progresses, we find the musketeers embarking on a mundane mission for the king about the same time as Thomas’ daughter, Laurel, now in possession of the documents, decides to go on her own to seek help and try to apprehend the traitors who have imbedded themselves into trusted positions in France.
In 17th-century France, we all think we know how that is going to turn out—a beautiful young woman alone, a marquise, riding across the country and searching various inns along the way. But when the musketeers happen onto the scene where Laurel is caught up in a sword fight for her life with some brigands, and seems to be winning, we soon realize nothing is as we expect, and the mundane mission is no longer that.
Sure, it’s a great adventure story, but it’s more about the people the reader meets and comes to love or hate. Impetuous, headstrong Laurel insinuates herself into the tight knit musketeer group of Aramis, Porthos, Athos, and D’Artagnan, and soon proves herself quite valuable in their quest for the traitors. Soon Aramis and she can’t decide if they are attracted to each other or not, and we don’t need that complication when their lives are in peril on a daily basis. You’ll love the human interactions as well as the excitement and danger of the story, and at the end will feel you have acquired some great new friends—along with saving France.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Dec. 03, 2010 :
This is a good book. I liked it a lot. There were people in the story I could connect with and I really felt I got to know them. The story and action are interesting and fun with stubborn Laurel, who is a master fencer, and then her on-again off-again relationship with the musketeer, Aramis, as they try to find the spy who will betray France. It has excellent pacing and each chapter ends with just the right amount of mystery. I'm now reading the next book, Gambit For Love of a Queen, and am finding it, so far, another great read.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
Christopher Moss (formerly Nan Hawthorne)
on Aug. 14, 2010 :
This is definitely a novel for fans of The Three Musketeers. It's written well and fun and mostly in jokes and stories meant to appeal to the enthusiast. I am not a particular 3Ms fan, so it wasn't for me, but definitely might be the cat's meow for you.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on March 15, 2010 :
Meet new friends that you will instantly fall in love with. The book has excellent character development. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century to the romance and adventure of the 17th century. Lady Laurel is a musketeer in her own right and is forced on a perilous journey to save France from a devastating war. I enjoyed feeling I was part of the adventure with all four of the three musketeers as if they were my personal friends. Glad I found this author on Smashwords.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Jan. 25, 2010 :
If you like the intrigue of the 17th century stories with the musketeers, you will love this story. It has all the swashbuckling sword play you want and the skullduggery of the Scarlet Pimpernel to boot. The leading character is a young woman that carries herself as an equal to the dashing musketeers she so wants to impress.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)