J. L. Thurston


J.L. was raised in the Midwest, reading and writing all through childhood and most likely will continue til the grave. 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.
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"I'm using this website for beta readers. That's right, I'm USING YOU! So, please, by all means, read my stories and tear them apart. Tell me how horrible they are. Tell me if you struggled past a paragraph, a sentence, a word. Give me reviews that will haunt my waking mind. I need it to grow as a writer. You can't get beautiful fields of flowers without laying out a little bit of shi*t." -J.L. Thurston

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


Perfection Awaits
Price: Free! Words: 7,840. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
(4.00 from 1 review)
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: $5.00 USD. Words: 98,910. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Gaia, a runaway princess, must return to her kingdom to prevent war and the destruction of a weaker kingdom calling for help. But this adventure might mean losing her newly found freedom and the love of her life. Through magic, romance, adventure, and sacrifice, Gaia is taken right up to death's doorstep as she makes a stand against a terrible threat.

J. L. Thurston's tag cloud

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

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.
  • The Mother Ship on Sep. 18, 2016

    Fun story, cool ending. Not at all what I was expecting but I'm a sucker for surprises and unusual reads.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.