J. E. Andrews


Born and raised in and around Baltimore, Maryland.(I started the year the Orioles moved there) I started reading at an average age, then I found fiction - Ghost stories - and my imagination kicked into gear. Between reading science fiction, fantasy, comic books, detective stories, westerns and other tall tales I didn't have much time for writing. But in those spare moments when the dreamer held rein... I considered what might go on paper.
During a busy life I met all kinds of interesting people and have seen some interesting situations, both fun and tragic. What that richness has given me, (besides two wonderful daughters) is a wealth of information to create characters who enjoy telling the stories they're in.
I've created worlds, universes and tales in stacks of notebooks (yes, I write with a pen) that I enjoy and I hope others will as well. It takes time and effort to write but I find it takes nearly as much to get my stories to the epub stage.
This isn't much of a profile or bio, I suppose, but I hope you find more enjoyment in my stories. It's always more fun to read the story than look to see who's behind the curtain making it up...

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started making up stories long before I put pencil to paper, but it was mid-summer of 1969, when I started putting stories on paper. I was in the back of the family station wagon, going on summer vacation. I had my stack of comics and a stack of paper. I started then, I believe. If I'm mis-remembering, at least it's a good tale. My first stories were set in a fantasy universe. I made up a world based on magic. Creating worlds and characters and interesting stories is what got me going. I spent a lot of time with those first stories. They are still trapped in paper with fading pencil lines, unlikely to ever see the light of a reading device.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was terrible. I was very much into Andre Norton at the time. So, I wrote this really neat Fantasy story. It was fun. I was doing really good. The story was progressing nicely. Then I read it over carefully and realized I was almost copying one of her stories. I had changed names and exactness but it was so close that I had to give it up. I don't recall the story now. I do recall the incident and what it taught me about my story retention. Years later I came to understand that mimicking a writer you admire is a beginners lesson, a means to enhance non-existent skills.
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Sea's Turn
Series: SeaScape. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,540. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Sea's Turn is Book 2 of SeaScape. Sea, Val and Gloria return to civilization with their children and survivors of the mutiny. CSIC, instead of honoring payment, forces a mission on them. Val must investigate a fleet of alien ships and determine their worth. A Warder has them check two colony worlds fallen silent. They'd thought they were done with Azkor, instead their changes have become a curse.
Sea's Dance
Series: SeaScape. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,880. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In the future, humans have joined a vast star-civilization. Prof. Val Pelayrm hunts the origin of the Scribes and an unimaginable treasure. Sea is a member of the elite squad assigned to guard her. Traitors on their starship are the least of their concern when Val's pet, Azkor, an unknown alien species, reveals plans of his own, linking Val and Sea mentally and transforming them. But to what end?
The Progenitors
Price: Free! Words: 175,150. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Progenitors fled civilized space. They first created the Shymyra to protect their world in their absence. Visitors may explore their forsaken ruins, but not their advanced technology. Akena, a Shymyra governor, finds a surviving human male in a wrecked ship. Her duty is to return him to his people. Constrained by her laws, it is an arduous journey. Questions abound, answers evade, trust fails.
Drift Patterns
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 175,150. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
In 2025 a coronal mass ejection from the sun destroys most life on earth. In 2043 Liz Baker gets a step up from a life of sand and dust, working for Oliver Trenton. His company helps maintain civilization, as he works at a greater project. After a dead woman is found in her restroom, Liz has to eliminate the lies around her. Truth about the past is worse than lies. Can hope be found in time?
Timely Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 107,090. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
This is book 7 of The Merged Worlds. Five years have passed in relative peace but all the signs are pointing to the coming war. Carol Grayson has grown as a magic wielding Wolf-Witch. Amelia Rutledge owns the key of time and learns how to use it. Pepper Paull-Charteris has grown as wife and mother and must once again open the books she set aside. For the first time Pepper knows fear...
Hunter's Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,610. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Hunter's Magic is Book 6 of The Merged Worlds Stacey Bowen, Vampire and Daggerwoman, has an identity problem. She needs a secret Dagger identity. And wizards are after her. All good things in threes, the Seer pops in at that moment and says the Daggers must go hunting. The problem is, their targets aren't the easiest, killing them will make them unpopular, still, she agrees. No choice about it.
Unexpected Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,520. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Merged Worlds book 5. There's trouble with Dragons when Zymnos, the dragon-in-disguise, alters Pepper's vacation plans. He asks that she and her coven, Carol and Amelia, fetch a chest he set aside a thousand years ago. Then there's a thing called love, a wedding and... yes, a baby on the way. The past doesn't leave them alone as old enemies act up and allies must be gathered. War is coming.
Artificial Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,840. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The Merged Worlds book 4. Stacey Bowen, vampire, daggerwoman, runs into a strange kind of magic that only her daggers can defeat. Allied with the police, an invisible new friend, her wizard, Nash, and her artist friend, Angie, Stacey takes on this dangerous case. With new powers emerging, Stacey finds that her enemies aren't the only of her difficulties.
Pepper's Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,650. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Book 3 of The Merged Worlds. The trouble with books continues when Pepper gains a dangerous bit of knowledge. With a new bookstore, clients should come to her, but some prefer taking the hard way. Amelia finds a book of her own, then finds out more than she wanted about her stalker ex-boyfriend. Carol must gain more control of her magic. Then Mike shows up. Can things get any more complicated?
Vampire's Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,570. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Vampire's Magic is bk 2 of The Merged Worlds. Stacey Bowen's life changes when she's bitten by a vampire and left for dead. A wizard, Nash, helps her live on something other than human blood, in return for her help. Fitting back into the world is not easy and when a werewolf boyfriend gives her a pair of magical daggers things get even more interesting. Destiny has taken Stacey...
Too Much Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 109,550. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A scholarly witch, Pepper Paull, buys an ancient book that changes her future. In a fight for her life against Hidden enemies her magic is put to the test. Destiny has taken a hand, ripping her from a solitary life to find friends who stand with her as the danger to the worlds around her is revealed. The Merged Worlds Series book 1

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Robynn Tolbert
Latest book: Star of Justice. Published May 1, 2012. (4.50 from 2 reviews)

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  • Star of Justice on June 06, 2012

    This is an excellent story. I started it by downloading the sample section. The very beginning seemed just a little bit slow, but it was able to stir my interest and keep me reading. By the time I ended the sample section I needed to see what would happen next. Ms. Tolbert creates an interesting world and introduces it layer by layer. The pace of the action is steady and the introduction of secondary characters held my interest and curiosity. I wanted to know what was going to happen. There is a nice level of humor mixed into the story as well as tragedy. I think the best compliment to a book is that it kept me turning the pages. A very good book.