Jay Michael Jones


Jay Michael Jones is the author of the Science Fantasy Romance series "Flight of the Armada", a series which has been evolving for the better part of 40 years. Jay has also published a Young Adult novel "Mr. Nice Guy", Southern Humor Fiction "A Chatterstrip at the End of Civilization" and the based-on-a-true-fable tale "The Biggest Little Fan of the Red Ball Express". This proud parent of three holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater, and also is collects anything and everything to do with goats. Yes, goats.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I literally cannot recall a time when I wasn't storytelling. My first memory was realizing I was telling a story to my dad and a sister. I wrote little stories all through school but began seriously working on the Flight of the Armada series back in 2001.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was frustrated at the double-edged sword of established publishing - "We want something new, unusual, outside-the-box for our readers" in the submission guidelines became "Thank you but your work is not the kind of thing we publish or what our readers have come to expect" when the rejection slip came back. I knew what kind of stories I wanted to tell and I knew what people wanted to read BECAUSE I ASKED THEM. I had beta readers who read my books as I wrote and gave me great feedback. One of them told me "This is the kind of stuff I would like to read more often, but publishers always follow the same boring formula. You don't." That sealed it.
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14 A Whole Culture Awaits
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,270. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Unexpected twists abound as the Thuringi people continue their struggle to survive. Marty Sheridan marches into the Shargassi stronghold of Kasah Galp to rescue Darien's kidnapped child. Athena Garin must leave her Thuringi father to live with her mother’s people on Chassiren, and Keleigh Shanaugh tricked into leaving Hunda for life on the Solenil – no longer in Darien's control.
13 Prisoner of Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,220. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
We are all prisoners of love in one way or the other. Love often places us in a prison in which we willingly shut the door and turn the key ourselves. Our sentence is never knowing how long the joy will last or the uncertainly how heavy the pain when it is gone. As the Thuringi people continue the struggle to reunite for the journey to Farcourt, love is tested in ways few ever anticipated.
12 Song of the Tarinade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,380. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Between Tradition and Invention lies uncharted social territory for the people of the Thuringi Armada. As circumstances create exciting new possibilities, even Hartin Medina finds you can teach an old dallah new tricks. Among the Known Worlds, Marty secretly flies for the Thuringi crown, thwarting the Shargassi and intriguing the members of the Stellar Council with the mystery of his origins.
11 Heart's Pain
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,500. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Armada of Thuringi ships continues to Earth where King Stuart's Thuringi scouts send badly needed supplies to the fleet. Gareth Duncan struggles to complete repairs to the main transportal so people can travel from fleet to Earth again. Things look hopeful for Thuringa at last, but then tragedy tends to strike when one least expects it.
10 Angst of the Silent Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,550. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Thuringi Armada continues its slow desperate journey to Earth. The spirit of Thuringi Warrior General Maranta Shanaugh resides in Marty Sheridan, which both hinders and helps the young Earthian. When Marty willingly becomes an emissary for King Stuart, Maranta realizes he can serve the crown again in this new life. Meanwhile, Darien makes a discovery that heals his bitter heart.
9 Trouble in the Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,580. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
In the terrible aftermath of the Great Attack on the Thuringi Armada, Gareth and the Solenil crew are finally freed from enslavement by the Gharadee, malcontents still plot to overthrow King Stuart, Darien continues his lonely quest to distract the enemy, and the soul of Maranta Shanaugh joins with an Earthian child whose own talents promise to take him far, but not fast enough to suit Maranta.
8 The Reprobate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,720. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
As the Lost Crew works to build a ship to return to the Armada, Erich and Glendon help Hartin control a political problem for the fleet. Stuart faces Ossili attacks, disinterested Earthian scientists, and a personal crisis no one foresees. Yjarnnah grows up on Senga under Queen Oriel’s guidance, Darien creates chaos along the wormholes and Sandan's interest in Carrol grows.
7 To Live Again
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,950. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
The Thuringi Armada limps through space, hampered by damaged ships and followed by a mysterious cadre of vessels. King Stuart Phillipi is unable to leave Earth without risk of losing his outpost to the Ossili. Gareth Duncan and the Solenil crew are slaves for the Gharadee. Darien outwits the Shargassi and gains a D’tai ally. Maranta Shanaugh makes a decision that will change history.
6 Adrift on an Outpost
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 112,440. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 6 in the Flight of the Armada series. Enslaved by the Gharadee, Gareth struggles to keep his small crew alive. Darien sells addictive potions at outposts, convincing the Stellar Council worlds he has gone mad. Stuart and the scouts remain on Earth to guard their outpost and Spence reaches the Armada but cannot return to Earth yet. Carrol awaits the birth of Gareth's baby.
5 Fury in the Dark of Space
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,180. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
5th Book in the Flight of the Armada series. In a terrible combination of bad timing, selfish interests of malcontents and betrayal, the Armada is struck a terrible blow by an old enemy, the Shargassi. The course of history for Thuringa is forever altered as far-flung friends scramble to survive in hostile circumstances.
4 Alien Life Form
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 117,280. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 4 “Alien Life Form” continues the Flight of the Armada series, with Stuart and Carrol Phillipi slowly fitting in at Michael’s school. As they make contacts with classmates, they learn as much about themselves as they do their friends. Back with the Armada, Asa Mennar continues to plot against the throne with other malcontents, spelling trouble for Aura and the royals.
0 Fields of Fire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,780. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The prequel to the Flight of the Armada series, Fields of Fire tells of the last days of the planet Thuringa, and the survivors who set out on the journey of their lives. The Thuringi depend on the power of the royal Phillipi family as they adjust to life in space, fighting off enemy ships and the uncertainty of which Known Worlds still befriend them and which will betray them.
3 A Crack in the Facade
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,250. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
The royal Phillipi family face the burden of duty in Book 3. Laying the groundwork for future contact, Stuart and Carrol attend Michael Sheldon's school where they are accepted but obviously 'not from around here.' Gareth constructs a transportal from Earth to the Armada. Darien and Echo continue their secret romance. Lycasis keeps the fleet safe but malcontents seek to undermine the crown.
2 Noble Hour
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,270. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Once the scouts of Thuringa establish an outpost on Earth, Brent remains on behind to man the outpost while the other five return to the Armada to report. As Brent faces loneliness, native dangers and a threat by other aliens, Stuart returns to an unhappy marriage, Gareth and Carrol face disapproval of their romance and Darien is attracted to Glendon's daughter. Sounds like Brent's got it easy.
1 Flight of the Armada
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,890. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In "Unknown Territory" Earth is just a rest stop on the way to a future home for six Thuringi scouts in 1961. But mysterious habits and rituals of the natives amuse and confuse the starborn warriors, noblemen who have never heard of 'rock and roll' or 'oil rig'. Their first Earthian contact Michael Sheldon must balance introducing his world and protecting the advanced yet oddly naive newcomers.

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