Justine Avery

Biography

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final "job"—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

Aside from her native English, Avery speaks a bit of Japanese and a bit more Spanish, her accent is an ever-evolving mixture of Midwestern American with notes of the Deep South and indiscriminate British vocabulary and rhythm, and she says "eh"—like the Kiwis, not the Canadians. She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

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Books

Earth Inherited (a Short Tale of Planetary Plague & Astronomical Affliction)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
NOTHING SETS THE TONE FOR THE DAY LIKE LEARNING YOUR HOME PLANET HAS JUST CHANGED OWNERSHIP. Today is a day like any other on Earth. People wake and work. Minds plug into electronic devices. Then, the figurative bomb hits. Screens are ablaze, and radio is abuzz with a news flash like no other: Earth has been inherited. The planet has a new owner.
The Darkness (a Short Tale of Uncommon Daring & Ultimate Defiance)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,170. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
EVERYONE'S AFRAID OF THE DARK. NOW, THERE'S A REASON TO BE. Lux and his younger brother Lunam enjoy the full freedom of the simple life and all the childhood adventures offered by growing up in a small village in a picturesque glen. Life is tranquil, peaceful, and just about perfect—except for one formidable fact... Every day is followed by night. And, with the night, comes the DARKNESS.
Almighty (a Short Tale of Omnipotent Proportions)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
WHEN A STAUNCH ATHEIST IS INTRODUCED TO THE LORD ALMIGHTY IN THE MOST CASUAL—AND CHILDISH—WAY, IT'S NOT THE END OF THE WORLD. IT'S A TUESDAY. God himself shows up uninvited and shakes up Bradley's entire existence by flaunting his own. It's not fair, but Bradley never claimed life is. And he tries to handle the new, omniscient presence in his head with calm attention and cool collectedness.
Out There (a Short Tale of the Weird and Wonderful)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
IT'S A DAY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY... UNTIL SOMETHING UTTERLY UNFAMILIAR SUDDENLY LANDS IN YOUR BACK YARD. Susan may ignore the sudden shaking beneath her slippered feet, she might even neglect to spot the conspicuous sight itself—but she can't evade the stench. Something's wrong. Very wrong. Is Susan capable of realizing the gift of new awareness she's just been given by an unseen entity?
Last Shot (a Short Tale of the Absurdity of Life and Death)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,750. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Literature » Literary
TODAY IS THE PERFECT DAY TO DIE. Bernard is the type of man that accomplishes all that he sets out to—and easily. He's intelligent, hardworking, and completely unfamiliar with failure. His only complaint—the singular source of the inner anger bubbling within him—is that no one else in the world recognizes that. It's time to force them to. The final statement will be Bernard's. At last.
Point Blank (a Short Tale of Macabre Family Faults)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Crime
IF YOU CAN'T STAND THE PRESSURE... ASK YOUR MOTHER TO STOP POINTING THE GUN AT YOUR HEAD. Suddenly, it's write or die for Steven, thanks to the pressure of his own mother indenting his tender skull with the muzzle of the pistol held in her hand. Not to mention that his recently departed Father lying on the floor beside him should supply enough motivation.
The Post-it Note Affair ~ a Romance Novelette of Love Lost and Found ~
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
EMILY WANTS WHAT EVERY WOMAN DOES: TO HAVE IT ALL. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? On the outside looking in, Emily has what any woman would be perfectly happy with. But Emily can't help wishing for just a bit more—for that special spark, for that thrill of something new and surprising, for real passion. She never expects to find it during the workday and definitely not in the form of a sticky note.
The End (a Novelette of Haunting Omens & Harrowing Discovery)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,070. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
IT'S IMPOSSIBLE BUT IT'S ON-SCREEN. HE'S CAPTURED—ON CAMERA—THE SCENE OF HIS OWN DEATH. Trevor is the Weekend Warrior, a freeride mountain biker reigning over Southern Utah's canyonlands. Of course, he captures every triumph and technical maneuver on camera. Trevor never rides without his helmet-mounted GoPro. But this Saturday, the footage is more than captivating; it's horrifying.
It Gets Easier (a Short Tale of Comical Catastrophe)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
HE'D NEVER GUESS THAT HIS VERY COURAGE TO COMMIT COULD BE THE CAUSE OF HIS OWN DOWNFALL. Jake's basking in the realization that he may have finally found "the one." He can't believe his luck as he's driving off into the sunset with Samantha with precious moments alone with her. What could possibly go wrong? THUMP THUMP resonates from the trunk of the car as they speed down the highway...

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