JJ Toner

Biography

Full time writer of short stories and thrillers since 2007. So far, I've written five novels and a collection of short stories. I live in Ireland under a magnificent copper beech tree with my wife and youngest son.

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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find JJ Toner online


Where to buy in print


Books

Zugzwang (a short story)
Price: Free! Words: 12,560. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(4.00)
Germany, March 1933. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party have swept into power. In Munich, Kommissar Saxon of the civilian police force is hunting a brutal killer that stalks the streets of the city. But the shadow of the Schutzstaffel (SS) hangs over Saxon and his assistant, making their task close to impossible.
The Wings of the Eagle (a WW2 spy story)
Series: The Black Orchestra. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,820. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A WW2 spy story. 1943. Kurt Muller and a young colleague parachute into southern Germany to rescue a British-Canadian agent. The war in Europe is effectively over, but the Nazis will never accept defeat. An Abwehr deserter and member of the German resistance -- the Black Orchestra -- with a price on his head, Kurt finds himself in a race to prevent the Nazis from developing the first Atomic bomb.
The Black Orchestra
Series: The Black Orchestra. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 93,270. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.00)
It is 1940. The German war machine is devouring Western Europe. In Berlin, a military intelligence signalman discovers a colleague lying dead at his radio receiver... This is the story of one man’s journey through darkness to enlightenment. A cracking spy story, it is a tale of corruption and redemption, of fear and courage, of loyalty and betrayal -- and of love.
Find Emily
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,700. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.50)
Fresh out of rehab, Detective Inspector Ben Jordan has 24 hours to find eleven-year-old abductee, Emily. The odds are not in his favor, but Jordan has help -- from Emily.
St Patrick's Day Special
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,570. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00)
Okay, this is Ireland, but shouldn’t the cops be trying to put the criminals behind bars and not the other way around?
Ovolution and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,940. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(4.50)
Ten short Sci-Fi stories full of fun and satire. What would happen if humans started reproducing by laying eggs? Read about some tricky First Contact situations here and in distant parts of the Galaxy. And discover how we all started off on the wrong foot when those in the Firmament bungled their jobs.

JJ Toner’s tag cloud


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.