JJ Toner

Biography

Full time writer since 2007. So far (2022) I have published two Irish detective thrillers, six historical fiction spy novels, two young adult science fiction books, and a substantial number of short stories: I live in Ireland with my wife and youngest son under a giant copper beech tree.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
1. Reading. I have about 20 of books on my to-read list.
2. I like to go to the cinema about once per week.
3. Gardening. We have a quarter acre that needs constant attention.
4. Facebook and Twitter take up a couple of hours each day.
5. Dreaming up ideas for my next book.
6. Supporting my 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through contacts with other writers, mostly, although Amazon send me suggestions that sometimes catch my eye.
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Where to find JJ Toner online

Where to buy in print

Books

The Sepent's Egg
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,780. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical » 20th Century
Berlin 1938. Max and Anna are in love and want to get married, but their union is against Nazi laws, as Anna is part-Jewish. A Gestapo officer agrees to authorize the marriage, but only if Max infiltrates a Marxist resistance cell, the Red Orchestra. This is not an assignment that Max can refuse. If he succeeds, Anna will get the wedding she longs for, but many brave resistance fighters will die.
Rogue Android
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
The four systems of the galaxy are awash with well-behaved androids, but one of ours has gone berserk. Send help!
Tattooist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A young man living on the Dingle peninsula in Ireland meets a visitor from London with fatal consequences.

Smashwords book reviews by JJ Toner

  • The Clone Trial on Sep. 11, 2011

    Bill Owen's short story The Clone Trial is set in the not-too-distant future when human reproduction has hit a wall, and cloning has taken its place. Laws have been put in place to limit these activities. Also clones are prohibited from reproducing. This is where I had my biggest problem with the premise of the story, as I couldn't understand how the human race was supposed to survive under these restraints. Anyway, the story concerns itself with a human who is accused of murdering one of his clones. The jury is made up of an assortment of beings from around the Galaxy, including a shape-shifter and a being who can mesmerize others into telling the truth. It occurred to me that this last ability could have been used by the authorities to get to the bottom of the matter at hand entirely without the aid of a jury. Indeed, I would have thought the whole justice system could have had a makeover based on this ability alone. The whole thing takes place in the jury room as they consider their verdict. Notwithstanding the occasional flashes from the Cloning Commission to help explain the laws and regulations, and a couple of glaring info-dumps, this is a fun read - a sort of 12 Angry Men with aliens. I particularly liked the wonderful talking bird who seemed to suffer from Tourette's Syndrome. I think Bill could have made more of the story. It could have been as much as 100% longer, allowing more time and space to feed the background information to the reader in a more digestible form, and maybe exploring some of the alternative plot lines.
  • Cornerstone on Dec. 08, 2011

    I don't usually read paranormal ya. I like ya books, but I try to steer clear of the paranormal ones. I'm glad I read this one, though. When it started, I thought Nali's mom was just off her head; I couldn't see how this aspect of the story was going to end up anywhere good. (I have a friend who hoards newspapers and his house is just the way Nali's is). The explanation and the other paranormal elements were more than a tad wacky, I thought, but the drama and romance came through. Good job, Misty.