Jacques Antoine


By day, Jacques Antoine is a professor at a small college in the southwest, by night he writes action-adventure stories. At first, he wrote "kung fu" tales just for his daughter, when she was a little ninja studying karate. As she grew up, the tales evolved into full-length novels focusing on the dilemmas of young adults, but always set against the background of martial arts adventures. When he's not writing or teaching, he enjoys walking his dogs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains outside Santa Fe.

The Emily Kane Stories are based on the central insight of Japanese martial arts, captured in the little word "sen." It means, roughly, initiative. It can take many forms, and is visible in all walks of life. In Karate, "go no sen" means "counter-attack." But in other contexts it might also refer to resilience, or responsiveness, or a deliberate choice. The common element lies in the insight that responsiveness or deliberation is not the same as passivity, and neither is aggression necessarily a sign of initiative. True initiative lies deeper than the difference between activity and passivity.

Smashwords Interview

As an introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
When I’m not writing, I’m a college professor, a husband and the father of a 14 year old daughter. As a young man, I studied three different martial arts: judo, aikido and kempo. I ended up incorporating martial arts into my current series mainly because of my daughter’s interest in shotokan karate. The books aren’t about her, but you could say that they were inspired by her experiences in a few different dojos. And I consulted her on all the fight scenes.
What are your books about?
The series I've been working on recently is called The Emily Kane Adventures. These are primarily about the struggles of a high school student to make sense of her life when extraordinary events overtake her family. She's a loner, one of those kids who doesn't open up to others readily. She studies martial arts after school, and she's gotten to be proficient. When disaster strikes, she discovers that her hobby maybe the only thing that can save her, or it may be the very thing that will destroy her.

The first book in the series, Girl Fights Back, came out the summer before last. The second book, entitled Girl Punches Out, came out last summer. The third book, Girl Takes Up Her Sword, came out last spring, along with a longish short story that follows Emily Kane on a spiritual journey to Kathmandu. That one’s called Girl Spins a Blade.

I've also begun work on a new trilogy about the aftermath of an alien invasion of the earth. They come, they conquer--eventually, the human race rallies to defeat them. But at what cost? The novels follow the efforts of a sister and brother as they try to rebuild a life for themselves, bereft of family or friends, beset by dangerous predators, and not always certain who they can trust. What sense can they make of the new race that the human species had to become to prevail? The series is tentatively titled Taking Back Earth, and the first book will be called Atavism.
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Where to find Jacques Antoine online


Girl Stalks The Ruins
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 65,370. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Terrorists attack the Louvre and take hostages... and inadvertently awaken a sleeping dragon.
Girl Goes To Wudang
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 113,550. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Adventure » Action
With Li Li in tow, Emily seeks something new in Wudangshan, the mountain temple complex that gave birth to the Daoist martial arts… but surviving the trip may require more of her old skills.
Girl Rides The Wind
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 105,940. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Emily Kane finds something profound in the South China Sea… and something dangerous finds her. A joint naval operation brings together Japanese, Chinese, Philippine and American forces, and every side has a hidden agenda. But at least one of them has targeted the daughter of the Japanese Crown Princess, and Emily may not be able to help her without making the ultimate sacrifice.
Girl Takes The Oath
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures, Book 5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 90,160. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Emily Kane goes to the US Naval Academy, where she makes new friends... and new enemies.
End of the Road
Price: Free! Words: 80,210. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Roads end. They begin somewhere, too. In between, all manner of things happen: friendship, betrayal, horror and maybe even joy. For some, the End of the Road brings love and happiness, for others agony and suffering, and for a precious few, sorrow may lead to something revelatory. The potholes and pitfalls found in this anthology are many, but for every character, there is an end of the road.
Girl Takes Up Her Sword
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 91,770. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Defending herself against foreign agents is one thing... but when it's family, the violence rises to a new level. A mysterious "uncle," her father's cousin, shows an interest in Emily and her friends, and it has her family worried. But for Emily, he may be the only way to connect with the memory of her father. The cost of trusting him may be more than she can afford to pay.
Girl Spins a Blade
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Asian American
Her "Granny" helped Emily Kane find the strength to fight off the black-ops teams hunting her. But now Emily needs to find some relief from Granny, and to reconcile herself to the violence she had to unleash. She hopes to find spiritual renewal in the crowded pantheon of the Hindus and Buddhists of Nepal. But the spirit of violence is not far behind her. Old title: High Road to the Mountain Gods.
Girl Punches Out
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,850. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.00 from 1 review)
Emily Kane desperately wants to lead the normal life of a teenager. But events are conspiring against her. When foreign agents force her to fight it may not be possible to enjoy the innocent pleasures of childhood anymore. "The angel of death can hardly have friends. And the prom, what about Danny? He can hardly have a Valkyrie for his date."
Girl Fights Back
Series: The Emily Kane Adventures, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 88,050. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
A military-genetics experiment gone missing captures the attention of every intelligence agency in the world, and they will stop at nothing to find it. Meet quiet, unassuming Emily Kane. Her only passion is the martial arts, and her only friends are the boys from the dojo. Not until a trained assassin attacks her on a college visit, does she realize the danger her family secrets pose to everyone

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