J. E. Andrews

Biography

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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Where to find J. E. Andrews online

Twitter: @NeverBorg1

Series

The Merged Worlds
The realms of Heaven, Hell, Earth and the Hidden have been merging, converging through the physical plane. Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, Vampires and all the other magicals live beside ordinary humans in this world. Magic protects, orders, and guides the lives of all inhabitants. The weak need protecting and tyrants need to be put down. Pepper Paull had always considered herself an academic, a witch who likes books and learning of magic. Stacey Bowen had been a party girl and waitress, now she was a vampire. These two alternate the lead in this series of books. At times they work together... they must... as war is coming...
Too Much Magic
Price: $4.99 USD.
Vampire's Magic
Price: $4.99 USD.
Pepper's Magic
Price: $4.99 USD.
Artificial Magic
Price: $4.99 USD.
Unexpected Magic
Price: $4.99 USD.
Hunter's Magic
Price: $4.99 USD.
SeaScape
These are the adventures of Sea, Val, Gloria and their family as Archaeological missions take them to various corners of the spaceways. With their unique abilities, they're on a quest to solve ancient mysteries and thwart a millennium old alien threat.
Sea's Dance
Price: $4.99 USD.
Sea's Turn
Price: $4.99 USD.
Sea's Trial
Price: $4.95 USD.
Sea's Puzzle
Price: $4.95 USD.

Books

Alice
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 10. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,640. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Alice has no memory of who she is. Ten years after the Dragons were defeated she seems to be a magic-blasted survivor. Involved in a murder-by-monster police investigation, her unique telepathic abilities allow her to assist. Things get more complicated as she has her own pursuits to deal with. While she learns more about herself, her memory remains elusive, as things get more and more difficult.
Dragon's Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 9. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,750. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Dragon's Magic is bk9 in The Merged Worlds series. This is an Alt History Urban Fantasy tale. Portraying the efforts of Pepper Paull, Witch, and her coven in exposing the various conspiracies bringing war to the 4 Realms in opposition to the Law. Stacey Bowen, Dagger, and her compatriots work with Pepper, first in fighting the Vampire threat, then in protecting the defenses set up by Pepper.
Sea's Puzzle
Series: SeaScape. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 105,720. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In Sea's Puzzle, Val must extract data from ancient computers. Three abandoned planets once held a single civilization, with no evidence of spaceflight. Sea, distracted by Nightmares, isn't herself. Vanishing children, Strange devices, alien looters, and voices from another dimension lead to trouble, yet also lead to answers, which they soon want no part of. In a fight like no other Sea must win.
Needful Magic
Series: The Merged Worlds, Book 8. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 106,090. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » General
Needful Magic is book 8 of the Magic Story arc of The Merged Worlds fantasy books. Stacey Bowen, Vampire and Daggerwoman, and her Companion Angie/Wren, along with the other Daggers must prepare for war. An old Enemy is watching from the shadows and they must face battle sooner than they expect. When Stacey is grabbed, they must use all their wiles to rescue her. The War begins.
Sea's Trial
Series: SeaScape. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 116,100. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Sea's Trial -bk 3 of the space adventures of Sea, a Guard, Warrior and Mom. Recovering from the last mission, the family plans a long shore leave. With Val pregnant, they need time. Like all plans, it gets scrubbed. Val must assist newfound aliens with an artifact on their dangerous planet. Domestic issues can't stop them. The Artifact attracts interest. Sea and Crew have a fight on their hands.
Sea's Turn
Series: SeaScape. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 129,490. 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: $3.99 USD. Words: 28,150. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,580. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,200. 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: $4.99 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,030. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,760. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,390. 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: $4.99 USD. Words: 109,520. 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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