J. L. Thurston

Biography

J. L. was raised in the Midwest, reading and writing all through childhood and most likely will continue til the grave. She has a beautiful family and works in Radiology. She hopes to one day make her living with writing. There are a great many authors that she admires; Patrick Rothfuss, J. K. Rowling, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Stephen King just to name a few. She also is a huge fan of the obscure world of novels that pass underneath the flow of mainstream. Stories like "Winter of Fire" by Sherryl Jordan, "The Little White Bird" by J. M. Barrie, and "Johnathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. +10 points if you've heard of them, +1000 if you've read them.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am technologically... let's just say I'm old fashioned. I use my iPhone for everything, including online reading. One day I will acquire a Kindle and my eyes will thank me for it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. I used to have a blog with a handful of subscribers but I couldn't get people I knew in real life to mix in. So now I just pull up a page that shows I have a book available for reading and people say "Wow, that's cool!"
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Where to find J. L. Thurston online


Books

Perfection Awaits
Price: Free! Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00)
In Perfection, a Person is never poor, or rich, or faced with tough decisions. All of the Population is given equal housing and opportunities. The Surveyors give the Rules and the tests. Most of the time a Person is happy. Except for Calvin Jones. Because in Perfection there is no choice, no freedom, and no her...
Fallout Princess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,910. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Princess Gaia runs away to join a brigand airship crew, but her betrothed- the warlord- won't let her get away so easily. Gaia is shown the hidden wonders of her kingdom and a paradise that has somehow been awaiting her. Through magic, romance, adventure, and sacrifice, Gaia is taken right up to death's doorstep as she makes a stand against the threat the warlord holds over her new life.

J. L. Thurston's tag cloud

airship    betrothal    dystopia    fantasy    orwell 1984    princess    radiation    romance    runaway    scifi    warlord   

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Smashwords book reviews by J. L. Thurston

  • There's A Clown In My Room on Sep. 08, 2016

    What a great short read! I needed that with Halloween around the corner. Warning, do not read in your room with the lights off...
  • Fool That I Am... on Sep. 08, 2016

    Suzy Stewart Dubot has a way with words that is beautiful and easy to read. This is a short read that left me in surprise and wonder. I didn't know which direction this story would take until I reached its conclusion. A very fun read!
  • Only the Gnomes Know on Sep. 08, 2016

    The visuals in this story are spectacular. I'm quickly becoming a fan of Suzy Stewart Dubot.
  • How Does Your Garden Grow? on Sep. 08, 2016

    "How Does Your Garden Grow" does not disappoint in flow or fun. It's picturesque writing and energetic characters carry the story to the end. I found myself grinning as I read the very last sentence. The author's imagination makes me disappointed that I couldn't read more.
  • When Angels Dance on Sep. 09, 2016

    A very sweet story.
  • Certainties on Sep. 13, 2016

    This story is so powerful and so well written I've read it twice and constantly thought about it in-between.
  • Last Gasp of the Monkey Mind: Even More Poems and Chance Discoveries on Sep. 30, 2016

    I am not a poet nor a critic so my opinion may have no value except the value a simple reader can possess. My opinion is that this is a thought-provoking read that will tickle those who enjoy words like a child enjoys a toy. Favorites from this work: "Feeding the Dog." "A Guide for the Anxious." and "Below the Surface." The last of which is my most favorite.
  • The Blood Calls You Back on Sep. 30, 2016

    I enjoyed the voice of the main character. This was a unique and fun read!
  • Lygon Island - The Rock Ring on Oct. 28, 2016

    Just finished it! Excellent story that I thoroughly enjoyed. There's so much going on it is no surprise that there is more to read. I feel like a myrid person anxiously awaiting the next installment of the geflars' scribe tales!
  • Houdini's Last Trick on Dec. 31, 2016

    Just like in a magic show, "Houdini's Last Trick" has surprise and flare on every page. I'm excited to read on with "The Burdens Trilogy." David Khalaf is a very talented writer who made this story play out just like a movie in my mind.
  • Nearly Departed on Jan. 16, 2017

    This story was just what I was looking for. A supernatural comedic thriller! I loved how real the characters were for me and how I felt like I was watching a spooky film with all the cast bloopers unedited. I only gave it four of five stars because there were some parts in the story that did not grip me; places where the story didn't quite flow. Otherwise I couldn't help but love the characters, the plot, and the fun! Can't wait to read more from Max Patrick Schlienger.
  • A Winter's Tale on Jan. 16, 2017

    So short and so sweet. Once again I found myself surprised by the extent of Suzy Stewart Dubot's imagination. This is a very pretty story of the magic that can be created in everyday objects.
  • Never (Prequel to The Amber Isle) on Jan. 16, 2017

    Instantly lovable characters! "Never" will make you laugh, no doubt, but it will set your heart beating with excitement as well. I'm thrilled to read "The Amber Isle" and see what fate awaits Never.
  • Lygon Island - An Introduction on April 03, 2017

    With the next installment of "The Lygons of Fraith" soon coming, this is a wonderful little reading snack for fans of the series. I dropped everything to read the bonus chapter! This is a perfect handbook to the world Arlo Mercia has created and a wonderful refresher for any little details that might have slipped the mind since last reading "The Rock Ring." I refrained from reading the excerpts from "The Undersea" simply because it goes against my nature to read ahead, but I await the book's release excitedly!
  • Lygon Island - The Undersea on April 21, 2017

    As expected, "Lygon Island- The Undersea" had me completely hooked from page one to the very end. Arlo Mercia delivers another work of art in a masterful tale about the land of Fraith. My only disappointment is that there isn't more (yet)! So, if you enjoy reading something fully original that goes beyond the common imagination please read both "Lygon Island- The Undersea" and the first installment, "Lygon Island- The Rock Ring." I guarantee you will be glad you did.
  • Dystopian Lullabies on April 21, 2017

    This collection of short Dystopian stories is enjoyable to read and was written with much care. Sometimes there were common elements and not clear-cut endings but I enjoyed reading the thoughts of the characters and envisioning their dystopian life, which is a morbid pastime I relish as a writer with a dark side. I am working on my own dystopian story and have found this collection helpful in my research.
  • Sidereal Drift on June 22, 2017

    Loved the story! For the readers, hang on, once you understand what is happening your mind will be thrilled! Very original and well thought out. I especially enjoyed the ending! Only four stars because of proof-reading, and I still think that's not fair because the story was so very enjoyable.