Jon Jacks

Biography

I’m fortunate enough to live in a rose and wisteria-strewn 12th century cottage in the English countryside with my wonderful wife Julie, daughter, son, and miniature sausage dog, Sasha.

Does this have any bearing on me being a New Adult author?

Well, Sasha appears on the cover of The Barking Detective Agency, while the house serves as Elly’s home in A Horse for A Kingdom, a tale revolving around one of the Princes in the Tower when he was held in nearby Stony Stratford.

Perhaps, too, the house is responsible for opening up my mind; because here’s a true ghost story, an event that happened when we first moved into the house.

My daughter was only three at the time, and my son was yet to be born. We’d only just moved into the house, having moved up from London that very day.

My daughter was both entranced by the new house but also upset that we had left behind all that was familiar to her; so, very quickly, Julie and I laid out rugs and comfortable chairs around the huge fireplace so that it looked and felt more like our London home, then left her quietly reading a book while we went to the kitchen to prepare something to eat.

Around fifteen minutes later, my daughter came into the kitchen, saying that she felt much better now ‘after talking to the boy’.

‘Boy?’ we asked. ‘What boy?’

‘The little boy; he’s been talking to me on the sofa while you were in here.’

We rushed into the room, looking around.

There wasn’t any boy there of course.

‘There isn’t any little boy here,’ we said.

‘Of course,’ my daughter replied. ‘He told me he wasn’t alive anymore. He lived here a long time ago.’

A child’s wild imagination? Well, that’s what we thought at the time; but there were other strange things, other strange presences (but not really frightening ones) that happened over the years that made me think otherwise.

And so I began to write.

Books

Memesis
Price: Free! Words: 31,380. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Some have called her Nemesis, some Aphrodite, others Invidia: but whatever her name, her wrath seems to increase with every recounting of the merciless vengeance she’s inflicted on what little remains of man’s civilisation. Humanity requires a saviour, someone who can stop Memesis while men still live. But all they have to save them is a girl: a girl so young, so small, she’s called Lil’.
Cygnet Czarinas
Price: Free! Words: 36,400. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Sandy asks the Russian Princess the one question she’s not supposed to: Why do you sleep? For the princess and her siblings are cursed to sleep endlessly, ruling through the granting of magical swan feathers that lead to an answer. And so Sandy is led from her life in Victorian London to one of mystical lakes and swan maidens – yet discovering the curse’s source could result in her own death
We Three Queens
Price: Free! Words: 53,530. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
It’s true that queens are a game’s most truly magical, powerful pieces. It’s a lie that only two queens lie before us. The old queen, of serpents and crows, is rumoured to have stolen the True Cross The young queen, of hawks and wolves, may have sworn to see the royal baby lie dead. The new queen must decide who lies, who tells the truth. And if she falls for the lies, then truth falls too.
Lady of the Wasteland
Price: Free! Words: 19,620. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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‘Who am I?’ Viviana wonders when – after seeing whales during the school swimming competition – a weird new boy causes her to suffer bizarre recollections of an alternative life of outlandish landscapes and experiences. And when her parents vanish, with no trace of them ever having existed, Viviana is left wondering all the more: Who am I?
Gorgesque
Price: Free! Words: 24,720. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Soon Andraetra will be a privileged Gorgesque: half her face exchanged with that of a hideous person, to share the burden and ensure she recognises the truth that she can never be wholly good. But her ‘intended’ Courundia abducts Andraetra, hoping to reveal the lies surrounding her fiancé’s return to life after dying in the revolution. All that’s revealed, however, is that no one knows the truth.
An Incomparable Pearl
Price: Free! Words: 64,540. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
To ensure an heir, the king raises his daughter as Prince Argaret – only for the older Princess Epistem and Queen Telete to murder the king and blame the prince. Exiled to lands impoverished by the king’s chivalric quest to restore the precious stones of a shattered angelic crown, the prince vows to return the gems. But are there nine, ten or twelve? And since when was a pearl a stone?
The Wendygo House
Price: Free! Words: 33,080. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
As wendy houses go, Sis’s isn’t anything special. But all her friends have vanished and, last time I saw them, they were all heading towards that weird little house. Now it’s full of dolls, dolls with her missing friends’ names. And I’m sure I still hear them singing that irritating skipping song! So how about I just take a peek in here and – oh oh, maybe that wasn’t such a great idea…
Americarnie Trash
Price: Free! Words: 21,750. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The way the Americarnie tell it, we used to run this country we now tour with our cheap carnivals. Then again, we also claim we’re descended from angels! The truth lies somewhere in-between: in the darkness beyond the lights, a place of freaks and tortured souls where the Carnival Diabolus lies. That’s where Lorn has gone: me too, if I’m to save him. I’m just not sure how to return…
A Guide for Young Wytches
Price: Free! Words: 32,070. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
I meet a dream boy on holiday, accept his invite to his dream mountaintop castle; but when I get here, it’s a nightmare of invisible staff (apart from old, sour-faced Lisa) and gardens of either freezing white snow or sheer darkness. Oh, and magpies who appear out of nowhere. Now I’ve found a book for ‘young wytches’; but will it help me survive the castle, or is it just another trap?
God of the 4th Sun
Price: Free! Words: 24,660. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Despite their many sacrifices, Tesetra’s people have been forsaken by their gods. Having accidentally come across a member of the supposedly legendary Snake People, Tesetra sets out to find where they live. At first she finds instead the survivors of many other legendary people, all who came before her own people; and all of whom were destroyed when their gods had abandoned them.
Elm of False Dreams
Price: Free! Words: 23,280. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
When Mima’s brother is killed by the witch and were-lion Cerissa, she believes there is no hope for him until she briefly hears his cry for help in a magical horn. Before she can rescue him from Hades, however, she first has to find and confront Cerissa herself; failing to realise that Minotaurs, Centaurs and Gorgons aren’t the mythical characters she believes them to be.
Lowlife
Price: Free! Words: 19,010. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea basing a tarot deck on The Book of the Dead. Because they all seem to be alive. And they all want me dead!
The Truth About Fairies
Price: Free! Words: 44,250. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Many tales warn us to beware the Fay Queen: yet when she steals-away Rouger, his friend Luna sets out to find her magical realm. A small key made of a mistletoe berry provides her first clue, a box containing all our fears another. Yet it’s the secret of the Fay Queen’s eternal beauty that will ensure her success–for the queen may take the youth of any girl foolish enough to willingly approach her
Queen of all the Knowing World
Price: Free! Words: 45,460. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
How do you overthrow a queen who has ruled for thousands of years? Two girls, living a thousand years apart, face this dilemma. Each have their reasons to loathe the Queen. Each illegally develop their Knowing abilities. Yet the Queen Knows everything – including who is destined to overcome her.
Died Blondes
Price: Free! Words: 25,570. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Huh, some sleepover – my two best friends dead, and their spirits moving in with me, into my body. Sure, the Rye Man made it look like an accident, but I know they were murdered. See, the Rye Man’s like the Slender Man, only real. Whaddya know, he’d also hoped to kill me – so now I’m just unfinished business.
Eve of the Serpent
Price: Free! Words: 58,800. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Prytani can tell your future when, merging with her little vixen Tamesis, she journeys into the underworld. Her own world of towers on glass hills, ships steering themselves, mermaids and werewolves, is about to be shattered by the arrival of a boy hardly older than her. Worse still, others will utilise her talents to control the Dead Legions–-who are already encroaching on the world of the living
The Desire: Class of 666
Price: Free! Words: 22,000. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
It seemed a great theme for a party; come as the most evil person you’d like to be. Unfortunately, there’s one guest who hasn’t been invited. And, just for the hell of it, she’s going to make all your desires come true.
The Last Angel
Price: Free! Words: 53,490. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Everyone has a guardian angel: an angel who regularly offers you sound advice, and soothes you when you’re angry. Chrissy’s angel Jial, however, is more like a little sister to her. She’s lots of fun to have hanging around, to watch movies with: but she’s also way too lenient. Chrissy loves her. And when the angels start inexplicably disappearing, it’s Chrissy’s turn to guard her angel.
Freaking Freak
Price: Free! Words: 47,020. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
If you were offered the chance to be totally irresistible, even to the most gorgeous boy you know, would you stop to think there might just be the tiniest bit of a catch? Well I didn’t. And believe me, it wasn’t a tiny catch. It was the worst catch of all. See, it turns out the girl I thought was my best friend is a real, genuine freak. And I know that because now I’m one too. I’m a freaking freak
Porcelain Princess
Price: Free! Words: 51,850. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Is the Porcelain Princess a fairy story or does she really exist? Carey searches for the Princess as she tours with the puppet theatre inherited from her parents, hoping to somehow grant life to her disintegrating puppets. But why are real people illustrated in stories about the Princess? And why do they succumb to the Fading, slowly vanishing? Carey finds the Princess – but soon wishes she hadn’t
The Caught
Price: Free! Words: 55,650. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
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Odd-job boy Jack Leroyson, he just don’t get it. They’re saying his screen-goddess employer’s just gone and died from a drug overdose. So how come no one’s mentioning the early morning visits of all those White House staff? How come no one’s sure when she died? Rogue CIA agent Brad Friedberg tells Jack straight; sometimes you’ve just gotta accept lies as the truth. But Jack, he just don’t get it.
The Boy In White Linen
Price: Free! Words: 25,360. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
Visiting Jerusalem, Lil is drawn to Harry, a young British Army Captain, after meeting a mysterious boy in white linen. Stranger still is a unicorn, visible only to herself and a few others. The recently-ended Great War has flooded the city with guns and, with a clash of religious festivals policed by just two hundred men, riots break out – and every person killed, like Lil, had seen the unicorn.
Dragonsapien
Price: Free! Words: 32,110. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Dragons didn’t go away – they evolved. They look, act, and think like humans. So when Jake and Celly fall in love, how is he supposed to know that she’s a dragon? With powerful wings, knife-like talons; and skin sparkling like gold. On discovering the dragons, man rounds them up – only for them to fight back under Celly’s leadership. Will it be man or the dragons who face extinction?
The Rules. Book 1; The End
Price: Free! Words: 101,580. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Rules of chance, even physical laws, are breaking down. The time of magic is returning. Bethlehem Jones finds she’s sharing her body with Lynese, a water-sprite entrapped within a warrior ancestor. More powerful magical spirits are shedding their own human confinement, restarting an ancient war. Can Beth use Lynese’s powers without surrendering her own control? Or is Lynese her most dangerous foe?
The Cull
Price: Free! Words: 29,670. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
It starts off with a hit and run. Next it’s a car crash. Then the school bus is obliterated by a train. Then there’s a fire… Each time, it either involves someone who upset Jasmine, or Jasmine miraculously survives. She reckons the angel Gariel is protecting her. But Gariel needs a book, and Jasmine doesn’t know where to find it – and the longer she takes, the more the school seems to be in danger
The Wicker Slippers
Price: Free! Words: 23,990. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
What would you do if you found an ancient pair of witch’s slippers in the old cottage you were staying at? Janet, who loves Lee (who loves Maxine), tries them on. Maxine, who loves Greg (who prefers Janet), tries them on. Then they find a book of potions. Then they find that the house has decided it isn’t going to let them go. Witch one will the slippers choose?
Seecrets
Price: Free! Words: 16,120. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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The ‘quiet girl’. The ‘serious girl’. The ‘Oh just ignore her’ girl. There’s always one girl in class like that, isn’t there? Maybe it’s you. Maybe it’s someone else. Maybe you’re glad it’s not you. But maybe, just maybe, the quiet girl’s quiet for a reason. See, she’s got a secret. She sees all your secrets.
Miss Terry Charm, Merry Kris Mouse & The Silver Egg
Price: Free! Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
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Terry Charm comes from a long line of witches – so why can’t she cast any spells? Worse still, Princess Pea has asked Terry to help her Prince complete a task set by the Queen. The Goose that lays the Golden Eggs has to lay another one – oh, but it has to be a Silver Egg! Worse still, Sara Casam is determined to make sure Terry fails. And as everyone knows, Sara Casam is the lowest form of witch.
Heartache High: The Wakening
Price: Free! Words: 18,540. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Ever been broken hearted by a hopeless love? Then count yourself lucky you didn’t find yourself enrolled at Heartache High. The beautiful Gillian Hazlehurst does – and finds she can never return to the real world she’s left behind. Her friend Steph Johnson offers to help her work out how she ended up trapped here; but the mystery only deepens, as in the real world Gillian doesn’t even have friends
Heartache High: The Primer
Price: Free! Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Heartache High’s Primer for Students, as written by Stephanie Johnson, Heartache High Permanent Student. Ever been in love with someone who didn’t even know you existed? Or someone who broke up with you? Congratulations; you’ve just enrolled at Heartache High. Oh, but didn’t anyone tell you? Once you’ve enrolled, you can never leave. (Includes the first chapters of Heartache High: The Wakening.)
Heartache High
Price: Free! Words: 22,430. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
How close have you come to finding yourself enrolled at Heartache High? Closer than you think, if you’ve ever been in love with someone who didn’t know you existed. Or someone who broke up with you. At Heartache High, you’re surrounded by students just like you. People who endlessly hope it won’t always be a hopeless love. Problem is, once you’ve enrolled at Heartache High, you can never leave.
Wyrd Girl
Price: Free! Words: 32,590. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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I’m the weird girl. You know; the one every kid in class avoids, just in case what I’ve got is catching. Not that I care. See, there are worlds other than this one. Worlds we pass on to when we die. Worlds, even, where we exist before we’re even born. They’re the worlds of the Nyxt. And, if I don’t handle things right, they’re about to declare war on the living.
DoriaN A
Price: Free! Words: 42,520. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Safe from infection behind the walls of the Oasis, and about to be married to the brilliantly inventive Dorian, Angeic knows nothing of the Outside. But Dorian clones a twin from his DNA, a twin with a conscience who sympathises with the Outsiders – and grows uglier as he suffers whatever Dorian inflicts on himself. Yet Angeic is drawn both to him and into helping free the exiled Outsiders.

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