J. C. Allen


Born and raised in the Charleston, WV area, this young single father started writing when unimaginable circumstances thrust him into a situation beyond his control. As a way to stay connected to his beloved daughters, he began writing stories to entertain them - first a fantastical, magical adventure, the Edge of Knight series.

What started as entertainment for his daughters evolved into a coping mechanism to maintain his sanity as he waged a monumental battle against injustice. The battle continues, and as his daughters have grown into teenagers, the stories have changed to more mature fiction. M.O.D. is the first book to be published.

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Chronicles of Time Trilogy - Books 1-3
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 190,800. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Imagine… What would you do if you found the key to a time machine? A twelve-year-old girl on her way home from swim practice, did just that. With her family and friends, she must solve riddles and travel back through history to find missing pieces of the time machine in order to save the world in the future. Will they have enough time?
Chronicles of Time: Book 3
Series: Chronicles of Time, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,740. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Rick and his girls continue their quest to locate the fourth and final crystal. In order to save the future, they travel back to witness the birth of Jesus, and discover an alternate story of his origin. Once all the crystals are located, they must perform their final, most dangerous task.
Novel Ideas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,370. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Penny Reed’s hopes for the future came to a crashing halt when her father died, making her a ward of the state. Knowing her grandfather was still alive and recognizing she’d never survive in the “system,” she stole her father’s boat and sailed away. Novel Ideas will touch your heart and stir your soul; it will demonstrate how courage and determination can change your world.
Chronicles of Time: Book 2
Series: Chronicles of Time, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,670. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Alex and her friend Kaylie travel back in time to Salem, Massachusetts. Once again, they must outwit Bignose and find the second crystal in their quest to save the future. Will they have time?
Chronicles of Time: Book 1
Series: Chronicles of Time, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 66,470. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Imagine… What would you do if you found the key to a time machine? A twelve-year-old girl on her way home from swim practice, did just that. With her family and friends, she must solve riddles and travel back through history to find missing pieces of the time machine in order to save the world in the future. Will they have enough time?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,960. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
Where would you draw the line between right and wrong? When a wanted hacker from the '80s resurfaces with the means and intent to overthrow what he perceives to be a corrupt government, this question becomes of paramount importance to the future of the country. Scott Carver is asked to make this decision when this hacker, going by the acronym "M.O.D." asks him to help plan a revolution.

Smashwords book reviews by J. C. Allen

  • Russian Roulette on June 11, 2011

    Russian Roulette by Mike Faricy is a gritty private detective novel written in the style of the late, great Robert Parker. His characters are wonderfully quirky, the story line is great, and the dialog is the same witty, Parker-style street lingo. The main character, Devlin Haskell, is a semi-chauvinistic, woman-chasing private eye who manages to stumble into the action (and get himself hurt in most scenes), while on a wild goose chase for a missing person. Devlin never seems to learn from his experiences not to prod a hornet’s nest, but takes his lumps and keeps on pushing. He reminds one of a male Stephanie Plum. I enjoyed the book and will check out some of his other books now.
  • The Santa Shop on June 15, 2011

    The Santa Shop by Tim Greaton was a poignant and uplifting story about one man’s journey from the depths of despair and despondency to the dawn of redemption and recovery. Skip Ralstat lost his family in a fire. He blames himself for not being there to save them, and his guilt leads him to plan his own suicide by jumping from a bridge called Christmas Leap. Along the way his plot gets hijacked by the “Santa Conspiracy”. Well written and edited, Mr. Greaton has a wonderful talent for making his characters real, the dialog believable, and the locations familiar. You feel his pain and grief, you stand on the bridge with him, and you experience his awakening and hope. A beautiful story.
  • Dissolute Kinship: A 9/11 Road Trip on June 18, 2011

    A Dissolute Kinship, by David Antrobus, is the author’s account of his journey to New York City following the 9/11 attacks. David has beautifully interwoven his own reactions with those of others experiencing the aftermath of the horrors of that fateful event. The resulting story is haunting, yet uplifting. His writing style is so vividly descriptive; you have no doubt about the sights, smells, feelings surrounding him. You are there with him - deeply involved. This man has a true talent, and has used it brilliantly. I highly recommend this book.
  • Blank Slate on July 19, 2011

    A businessman whose company develops cutting-edge technology designed to change warfare as we know it, becomes embroiled in a maelstrom of deception, murder, treason, espionage, political intrigue, and kidnapping when his corporation’s invention is stolen by someone he trusted, and sold to a corrupt Chinese official who intends to use the technology to destroy the United States and ensure his own power in the Chinese government. Darren Vance quickly finds himself neck-deep in situations he could never have imagined in his struggle to neutralize the enemy’s plans and rescue his young daughter, an unwitting victim in this power struggle. Millions of lives are at stake – can he succeed? R. W. Graves has written a taut, fast-paced thriller sure to satisfy readers who enjoy a good conspiracy-laced, twisting, turning, rollicking ride. Download and hang on!!
  • Justice For Emily on Sep. 29, 2011

    Emily Campbell’s “suicide” seems suspicious to Deputy Patrick Sheehan, but when his boss orders the investigation closed without a proper examination of the evidence, the whole case starts to reek of “cover up”. Enter Rachael Merchant, a Phoenix detective trying to escape the horror of her last case. Rachael and Patrick team up to solve the case and bring about Justice for Emily. Romance, ghosts, spousal abuse, murder, and justice are woven into a compelling story. It has a strong message about an absolutely horrific subject matter, but includes a love story and enough humor to keep from being too dark and depressing. And the fact that the perpetrator is finally exposed, definitely has you cheering at the end. Sandy Wolters has done a great job.
  • Eco Station One on Jan. 08, 2012

    Edwin Stark has written a seriously funny book. Eduardo has stumbled into a position at a rainforest outpost where he gets the opportunity to skim millions from the mega-corporation, Mucosoft. All he has to do is survive the local pigmy tribe, a gang of desperado cousins, the fast-approaching road project that will close his window of opportunity, a steamy love affair, and the jungle itself. Not a problem since he has a gorilla assistant, a maniacal bus-driving hippie, and the beautiful Marina in his corner (at least part of the time). It’s quite evident that English is not Mr. Stark’s first language, but the odd prepositions, word juxtapositions, and typos lend an additional element of the exotic to his writing, making it seem more authentic. He effortlessly employs beautiful phrasing and on-the-money descriptions that would be hard to find in most books written by Americans. This book was absolutely delightful from start to finish – wacky, zany, madcap, slapstick, but very creative and imaginative. A great book!
  • Sock Full Of Pennies on July 19, 2012

    This is a story of grit and determination – the story of a child growing up in one of the poorest pockets of a poor state. Rusty not only is the runt of the litter who gets picked on at school, he has an abusive father who beats him at home. But Rusty has a sharp mind and uses it to outwit the bullies at school. He also manages to impress a local coal mine owner who takes him under his wing and leaves him the business. Through hard work and perseverance Rusty turns the operation into a powerful world-wide conglomeration. Mr. Dean is a great storyteller. His descriptions and character development are excellent. You can tell he has first-hand knowledge of the coal mining industry and has ‘walked the walk.’ He has an ear for the local jargon and nails the accent as only a native can. As a fellow West Virginian, I’m always on the lookout for local talent to support, and was delighted to be gifted a copy of this book, and even more thrilled to read and discover a real gem. Well done, Mr. Dean!
  • Adventures of a Southern Girl on Jan. 04, 2013

    A book of short stories with loads of Southern charm, Ms Walker has shared some goofy/scary/poignant moments from her life. If you’ve ever lived or visited the deep South, you’ll recognize the wit and humor that sets them apart from the rest of the world. Only a true Southerner can impart so many nuances with the phrase ‘bless their heart’. I loved accompanying the author through her escapades while traveling in other parts of the country. She seems to be a magnet for people who have a story to tell. And tell it she does, in a totally genuine and refreshing manner. Grab a mint julep and go sit on the porch – and prepare to spend a lovely afternoon reading.
  • Roberts, Dana, 21. on March 13, 2013

    A young woman tries to reconstruct her former life after an accident leaves her with amnesia. This short story keeps you guessing right up to the O'Henry twist at the end. A quick easy read. Needs a little editing, but shows a good imagination and talent for storytelling.
  • Stranded Love on March 14, 2013

    Although these love stories are not your usual happy-ever-after themes, they are all very well written. Mr. Marino has a talent for beautiful phrasing and storytelling. 'Tender Moments' is a macabre Poe-ish story of a traveling salesman who stops at the wrong house. 'Love is Forever' tells a twisted tale of a psychopath's 'gift' to a family. 'Till Death Do Us Part' is a love story of a man who takes his wedding vows very seriously. 'Mother's Love' tells of a son's never-ending quest to please his mother. 'A Love to Live For' presents a man who loses his job and then is betrayed by his wife. Great job, Mr. Marino!
  • Aftermath and Other Zombie Shorts on Sep. 05, 2013

    Once again Mr Stark has given us some imaginative stories. ‘Aftermath’ is about the experiences of a boy dealing with the aftereffects of a zombie apocalypse. ‘Zombie Cab’ is a very short tale of a cabbie facing the reality of a zombie takeover. ‘The Day the Zombies Roamed Venezuela’ is another quickie about a zombie outbreak at Eco Station One (one of Mr. Stark’s earlier book settings). I’m always amazed at how well this non-English speaker can write! Some of his phrases are pure poetry. He has a sarcastic wit that shines in his tales.