Jefferson Merrick


I am a retired airline pilot. I ran an exclusive yacht charter business in my spare time for many years. I am now living and teaching in Thailand. My spare time is busily occupied with writing. Three books so far, more to follow.

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Life, Interrupted by Death
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,250. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Just when Superintendent Veronica Reason is about to arrest the killer of the pretty young prostitute, she is stopped. The forensic evidence clears the suspect. Her second attempt is much more convincing; they finally have the killer and the evidence sewn up. He will be found guilty, without a doubt. The problem is, he didn't do it. Reason must chase down the real killer before the case can rest.
Saving an Angel
Series: 'Saving Grace', Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,820. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Charlie Edwards grabs a desperate young woman by the hand and leads her to safety. But it leads Charlie into danger and a world full of bad people. Charlie sets about righting the wrongs these men have inflicted on innocent victims in the only way she knows how. Revenge is sometimes sweet.
Prayer for a Sinner
Series: 'Saving Grace', Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,120. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Charlie Edwards has an appointment with death that she has promised to keep. The best laid plans can go wrong however. Charlie must right the wrong.
Deliver Her From Evil
Series: 'Saving Grace', Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,490. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
Goodreads Average so far; 4.3 stars. Charlie Edwards is a different kind of hero; widowed, thirty-something, single and not on the prowl, she travels the Caribbean in her beautiful home, 'Saving Grace' searching for material for her novels. Kidnapped and forced to sail to South America, Charlie has to dig deep into her reserves of strength to overcome the odds, two men against one woman.

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  • Mannequin on Nov. 16, 2013

    This format, the young vulnerable girl colliding with the tall, dominant male in an orchestrated encounter with the coffee cup, has been used a thousand times before. If you want to write a short version of 50 Shades of Grey or something similar, it has to be original and it has to be well written. This was not well written nor was it original; it was a pale copy of a much used and often imitated format but the problem is, it was not done well. The constant use of the passive voice became irritating. I have highlighted maybe fifty instances, there are probably as many more I skipped in frustration. The shifting of the POV between all three during the sex scene was very confusing and the change of tense even more so. This needs a lot of work to bring it up to a standard where I would consider it fit for publication. Publishing poorly written and badly constructed work is simply bringing rightful and justified criticism on the self-publishing world. I did not engage with any of the characters. I found Viola to be a blank canvas who remained that way throughout the book. She came from nowhere and went nowhere. The interlude with her friend who got married just didn't fit in with the story. It was merely a filler. Malcolm was an unlikeable boor who strutted and primped around the place, accomplishing nothing and coming without anyone else noticing. The haircutting episode left me baffled. I have no idea of the eventual style as the descriptions were simply so confusing. The biggest drawback is the constant use of the passive voice. It is simply not acceptable to attempt to write a novel without knowing the basic rules of construction. I can only award this failed effort 2 very generous stars.