Jeffrey M. Poole

Biography

Jeffrey M. Poole is a professional writer who writes in both the fantasy and mystery genres. His series are listed below.

Fantasy: Dragons of Andela, Bakkian Chronicles, Tales of Lentari
Mystery: Corgi Case Files

Jeffrey lives in picturesque Southwestern Oregon with his wife, Giliane, and their Welsh Corgi, Kinsey. His interests include archery, astronomy, archaeology, scuba diving, collecting movies, collecting swords, and tinkering with any electronic gadget he can get his hands on.

In March, 2015, Jeffrey became a proud member of SFWA, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America!

Fans can follow him online at: www.AuthorJMPoole.com

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
My parents tell me I've been writing since I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. It was nothing serious, obviously. It wasn't until I was working full-time at a job which required me to travel two, sometimes three weeks a month when my wife suggested I start writing. She suggested every time I was sent out of town I should work on my story. My first book, The Prophecy, was written in this manner. Only a little at a time, mind you, as it took nearly four years to write and another four to finish it after I changed jobs. What can I say? I'm a procrastinator! :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1), and it came into being because of fans of my previous series, Bakkian Chronicles, asked me to keep the series going. Lost City is the direct result of my wife coming up to me one day and telling me, "I've got a great idea for a story."

She told me her idea, and needless to say, I went for my notebook. Lost City was born!
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Series

Corgi Case Files
Soon after Zach Anderson sadly finds himself a widower, he decides to move from Phoenix to the cozy small town of Pomme Valley, OR. He has barely settled into his new surroundings when he finds himself the proud daddy of two corgis, Sherlock and Watson--and accused of murder. Join the wildly popular corgi duo as they become the most successful crime-solving team the police department has ever seen. You’ll find yourself laughing, crying, and always amazed—how do these corgis do it?
The Dragons of Andela
Life wasn't easy on Andela. If you happen to be a fire dragon, like Zeira, status in the eyes of your peers is everything. However, when you possess a unique delivery system for your pyrotechnical abilities, public gatherings become situations to avoid. When an unknown force begins to threaten the peace they have with their neighbors, Zeira decides to answer her king's call for help. After all, if she could just find herself a kai, then perhaps, with the help of a rider, she could overcome her ... disability, and earn the status she so desperately craved. The only problem was, where was she supposed to find one of the elusive bipeds? Setting out on a mission to find herself a rider, Zeira defies advice and logic and heads north, out of her home region. With the danger of Fading weighing heavily on her mind, Zeira encounters other dragons with similar plights, but nothing could prepare her for what's waiting for them out there!
Harness the Fire
Price: Free!
Strike the Spark
Price: $4.99 USD.
Tales of Lentari
The adventures in Lentari continue! Husband and wife team, Steve & Sarah Miller, return to Lentari on numerous occasions to help the Lentarians and its inhabitants out of more than one pickle.
Bakkian Chronicles
Light-hearted fantasy adventure series, where a husband and wife inherit a manor in northern Idaho, only to learn the huge house contains a one-way portal to the magical realm of Lentari. Dragons, griffins, and BNPs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions), husband and wife must find a way to return home.
The Prophecy
Price: $3.99 USD.
Insurrection
Price: $3.99 USD.
Amulet of Aria
Price: $3.99 USD.

Books

Strike the Spark
Series: The Dragons of Andela. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,740. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Skellig and his fellow dragons, Zeira, Nuri, Gocri, and Sifula, must race to find a way to stop the evil, maniacal biped from stealing the mineral responsible for bringing magic to the land. Much to their delight, the disovery of their rider's own magical abilities might just be the weapon they need in order to claim victory. However ... their adversaries now know of their existence.
Harness the Fire
Series: The Dragons of Andela. Price: Free! Words: 100,460. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Living on a world limited by geography, Zeira yearns to prove herself a userful member of her Gathering, only with her ... unique, pyrotechnical delivery system, her life has become one of teasing and mockery. When her king sends out a distress call, Zeira knows the only way she could help would be to find a rider. Setting out, she has no idea where to go and what is waiting for her!
Case of the Holiday Hijinks
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,710. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
There’s a Grinch in Pomme Valley! Someone is stealing presents right from under the noses of unsuspecting home owners and leaving no trace of how he broke in. Corgis Sherlock and Watson are on the case! The townsfolk are scared. City officials are nervous. Can Zack and the dogs put a stop to this crime spree before Christmas is ruined for everyone?
Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,480. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose after a valuable artifact is stolen and a dead body turns up in an unexpected location. The prime suspect has already been identified but there’s a catch: he’s over 3,000 years old. Zack and the corgis are on the case, this time at the request of the police.
Case of the One-Eyed Tiger
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: Free! Words: 67,040. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
First book in a new cozy mystery series. When a shocking murder shatters the tranquility of a sleepy Oregon town, and a priceless sculpture turns up missing, all fingers soon start pointing at new resident Zack Anderson. Armed with a determination to clear his name, Zack sets out to solve the case with the help of his feisty corgi named Sherlock.
Case of the Great Cranberry Caper
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,380. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2020 by Columbine Publishing Group, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Zack, Jillian, and the corgis find themselves in the midst of a new mystery with a Thanksgiving twist. Just as they are planning a big holiday dinner, someone is breaking into stores and stealing only the cranberries! Will the corgi duo, Sherlock and Watson, be able to sniff out the clues and discover who is behind the treacherous deed, in time to save holiday meals everywhere?
These are Not the Stones You're Looking For
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,360. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The reason for the pirates' Lentarian invasion becomes clear: to acquire the second Alchos Stone, hidden somewhere within the kingdom. Racing against the clock to locate Usol's powerful Stone, Steve and Sarah face one obstacle after another in a hunt to locate the long lost Temples of the Alchos. So far, one thing is clear: Usol must NOT reclaim the Stone and gain his powers back!
Tales of Lentari Box Set, Vol. 1.
Series: Tales of Lentari. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 303,950. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Anthologies » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
This box set includes three stories from the best-selling epic fantasy series, Tales of Lentari. Included are: Lost City (ToL #1) Something Wyverian This Way Comes (ToL #2) A Portal for Your Thoughts (ToL #3)
The Hammer is Strong With This One
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,430. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Pirates of Perz are at it again! The action has now gone below ground, to the realm of the dwarves, as the pirates rush to find the Narian Power Hammer. Hot on their tail are husband and wife team Steve and Sarah, and wizard acolyte Gareth. Together, the three companions hurry to the subterranean realm of the dwarves to prepare for the impending confrontation!
May the Fang Be With You
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,350. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
The land across the Great Sea is long believed to be uninhabited. However, the people of Lentari are shocked to learn that not only are they gravely mistaken, but their first visitors have sinister intentions in mind. They're pirates! To make matters worse, what they're searching for has the power to topple kingdoms! The Pirates of Perz is an all new fantasy series set in Lentari!
Close Encounters of the Magical Kind
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,230. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A lost species, on the brink of extinction, sends out a plea for help. Steve and Sarah Miller, along with the help of some old friends, must use all of their formidable powers to find a way to prevent a catastrophe from happening. Filled with high-flying adventure, encounters with griffins, and a brush with an omnipotent elemental, this is one vacation neither will forget
Wizard in the Woods
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,030. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Lentarian prince has recently turned 18. Restless, and eager to impress his parents, Mikal asks his father for something to do. The king is only too happy to oblige. A certain renegade wizard has resurfaced and has been creating mayhem all across the kingdom. It's time for this wizard to be dealt with. Striking out on his own, the young prince takes on his most challenging task yet!
Thoughts for a Portal
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,310. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The adventures continue! We last saw Steve desperately trying to figure out how to get back to Idaho without the use of a portal. Stuck in a time that isn't his Steve struggles to fight extinct monsters, rescue missing villagers, and somehow protect his ancestors so that he isn't erased from existence all while trying to determine how to get home. And you thought you've had a bad week.
Bakkian Chronicles Omnibus
Series: Bakkian Chronicles. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 352,240. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
The ultimate fantasy omnibus is here! Every Bakkian Chronicles title is now available in this limited time omnibus. This bundle includes The Prophecy (#1), Insurrection (#2), Amulet of Aria (#3), and Disneyland Debacle & Winter Wonderland (short stories). Pick up your copy today!
A Portal for Your Thoughts
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,510. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
The discovery of a mysterious anomaly has the Royal family reeling, a town riled and people missing! Contacting the Nohrin would be the safest bet for a rescue. However, as both Nohrin become victims of the anomaly’s ability to move in time and space, they must find a way to stay alive, locate the villagers and return home. Danger and excitement abound! Don't miss the next adventure in Lentari!
Something Wyverian This Way Comes
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,370. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A new Lentarian adventure awaits! Pryllan wishes she could bask in new motherhood, but disaster looms: a plague is attacking dragonkind. The normally indomitable Wyverian population is in danger. Even the wrath of the (bite first; ask second) Dragon Lord will not deter her in her quest to contact a certain husband and wife team. Together they go in search of answers they may not want to find…
Bakkian Chronicles - Short Stories
Series: Bakkian Chronicles. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Disneyland Debacle is a 5,000+ short story chronicling Steve and the gang's hilarious attempt to take a vacation at the happiest place on Earth! Winter Wonderland is a 7,200+ word short story that shows what happens when Mikal's parents visit the "Kingdom of Idaho" for the first time. Speeding snowmobiles and frenzied shopping sprees are just a few activities that await them!
Lost City
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 113,360. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When a young dwarf child is forced to undergo a challenging quest, three warriors - and a scholar - join together to track down a long lost piece of dwarven history! Rare wildlife! Dragon escorts! Trying to solve the most cryptic scavenger hunt anyone has ever seen is proving to be more difficult than anyone had ever imagined! Let the treasure hunt begin!
Amulet of Aria
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,880. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Mikal is not safe. The sorceress Celestia has found a way to attack the prince on his bodyguards' world. Realizing this, Steve and Sarah escort Mikal back to Lentari to inform his parents. Lentari is in turmoil. Dwarves are preparing for war. Dragon raids are on the rise. To keep Mikal out of Celestia's grasp a powerful amulet must be found. Don't miss book III of the Bakkian Chronicles!
Insurrection
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,850. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Add one magic-stealing goblet, half a dozen dimwitted trolls, and one conceited wizard. Next add one kidnapped member of the royal family, one concerned son, two bodyguards, a soldier, and an adolescent griffin. Throw in a pinch of green dragon. Mix well and you will have yourself one fantastic action-packed fantasy adventure sequel set in the magical kingdom of Lentari!
The Prophecy
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,110. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.18 from 11 reviews)
Griffins, Dragons, and BNPs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Who knew? It seemed harmless enough. See a mysterious door and step through to see what happens, right? Now stranded in a magical kingdom, husband and wife search for a way home. However, enlisting the aid of the king and queen has given them their biggest shock yet: Royal Babysitters. Some days it didn't pay to get out of bed.

Jeffrey M. Poole's favorite authors on Smashwords

J. H. Sked
Latest book: Basement Blues and Other Stories.
Published June 12, 2011. (4.67 from 3 reviews)

Smashwords book reviews by Jeffrey M. Poole

  • WolfSong on June 07, 2011

    For fans (and non-fans!) of werewolf stories! Wolfsong (Tales from the Crescent) takes place on a world populated by a variety of species, dealing mainly with hawks, humans, and werewolves. The reader follows the exploits of one squad of hawks. After suffering a tragedy at the hands of a renegade werewolf, the squad swears to hunt the rogue down with the help of another werewolf. I have never been a fan of werewolf stories, nor do I actively pursue looking for them, but I won a copy of this ebook on a blogger’s website and decided to give it a try. At times I found myself backtracking a bit as I wasn’t sure if I missed an introduction of a character. There was a time when I wasn’t sure who was who, and what they were supposed to be doing, but you know what? That’s on me, I’m sure. I was a bit distracted. It’s a testament to the world Sked created. I was completely caught up in the story, yearning for the hawks to exact a little retribution, meaning I couldn’t wait for the rogue werewolf to get his comeuppance. I would have loved to learn more about the origins of the Hawks and how they came to become the peacekeepers of the Crescent. I’m really hoping the author will go into more detail in the second book, about the history of the species, as she did some an awesome job of creating a highly detailed world I could easily visualize. If you like reading about alternate worlds where other creatures exist, you need to give this one a try! Take it from someone that doesn’t like werewolves, you’ll like this story! Great job, J.H. Sked! I’m looking forward to the next story in this series!
  • Hemlock and the Wizard Tower on June 14, 2011

    Hemlock and the Wizard Tower follows the exploits of a talented thief, Hemlock, living on a magic-laden world controlled by the all powerful Wizard Guild. Sneaking into the heart of their operation, the Wizard Tower, Hemlock attempts to learn why the magic that normally would help her sister has recently been failing. Blaming the wizards (wizards be damned!), she uses all her extraordinary skills to infiltrate their Tower, something no one has ever been successful in accomplishing. With the aid of her mentor, a renegade wizard, and even a mechanical golem, Hemlock is swept up in the battle to break the Wizard Guild’s regulation of everyday magic. I truly enjoyed this story. Character development was good. I liked how Hemlock went from rooftop vigilante to a very believable heroine whom people looked up to. I liked the author’s use of italics to portray flashbacks. What I really enjoyed, though, was how everything flowed so smoothly. The inner circles of the Wizard Guild, the different sections of the city, the outlying lands, etc. One critique I had was about the main antagonist, Falignus. There were times when I wasn’t sure if he was truly evil, or if he had underlying motives causing him to behave as he did. Fortunately, it didn’t distract from the story in the slightest. I was hoping for more history about Merit, but maybe in a sequel? Speaking of sequels, I thought I saw somewhere that the author was working on a second book. I sure hope so! To anyone out there that loves fantasy, this is a fantastic book! Be sure to check it out!
  • Basement Blues and Other Stories on July 03, 2011

    There's a detective agency I'd hire in a heartbeat! Once again I’m being forced to open myself to the possibilities of expanding my tastes when it comes to certain genres of books. I’ve always told myself that I’m not a fan of werewolves, but thanks to this author, I read her first work, Wolfsong, and was very surprised to learn that I enjoyed reading a story that featured werewolves. When I learned Sked had come out with a collection of short stories, and the first had a vampire in it, I had to see if she could keep me interested. After all, the description of Basement Blues included the line, “and her laundry equipment is trying to kill her all over again”. Who was I to pass that type of intro up? The first story involves what I hope will be regular series about this detective agency that is so unique that I am not even going to try to describe the characters. Trust me, if I say anything it’ll give spoilers, and I refuse to do that. I was genuinely disappointed when I reached the end of that story. And yes, there was a vampire as an employee. There, that’s all I’m going to say about it. The second and third stories are classified as horror stories and involve characters that have been traumatized in the past. While definitely not a fan of horror stories, once again I was drawn into the pages and kept wondering what was going to happen next. The stories are short, so to say anything else would definitely give plot details away, so I’ll just say that these stories are definitely worth checking out. Great job again, Janet! If you develop that first story into a regular series, you’ll definitely have to let me know!
  • Escape 2 Earth 2012 on July 04, 2011

    The end of the world is near... I'm a huge fan of disaster movies. Independence Day, Deep Impact, Armageddon, and 2012 (naturally!). So when I came across this book, I will say the cover caught me, and the title intrigued me. My first disaster book! I eagerly loaded this onto my iPad and settled back to read. I liked the premise of the story. We (humans) were warned 8 years in advance that the end was coming. No way to avoid it, had to accept it. Fortunately, a group of nice aliens came to the rescue with a way to evacuate the people of Earth to another planet. I thought the story was original. I enjoyed how well thought out it was, how comprehensive it was. However... Whereas this book had a good story, there were many, and I do mean MANY, typos, grammatical errors, fragmented sentences, and so on. Ordinarily I can let some typos go. Even some fragmented sentences, provided it contributes to the story, can be overlooked. Plain and simple, this story had formatting issues. Quotes in the wrong place, text in different sizes, indents in the wrong place, and even some words consistently used that were incorrect. For example, I kept seeing references to people being "clam". I'm pretty sure they meant "calm". Sentences were run together, and oftentimes appeared to be copied and pasted together so that the flow of the story was interrupted and I had to jump back to the previous page to determine what was trying to be conveyed. If it wasn't for the grammatical errors, I could have easily given this story 4 stars, even 4.5 stars. With the help of an editor, proofreader, another set of eyes, etc., this story could easily be one that I'd read over and over again.
  • Flash Gold on July 25, 2011

    An adventurous romp into the wilds of the Yukon... I acquired this novella after reading (and thoroughly enjoying) one of her other works, Emperor's Edge. I really enjoyed that, as well as this one. This adventure focuses on young Kari McAllister, an orophaned teenager in a small town in the middle of the Yukon. The townsfolk have labeled her as a witch just because she's a very gifted engineer, having created numerous inventions. Her deceased father was also responsible for creating a mysterious substance called flash gold, which apparently can be used to generate power. Several of Kari's inventions are powered by flash gold. However, her father's work has raised interest in quite a few groups of people all bent on acquiring this new technology for themselves. I won't give anything else away, only to say that this novella is truly worth reading, and I sincerely hope that the author continues this storyline with another adventure!!
  • The Shadowed Path on March 07, 2012

    Awesome fantasy set in Roman times! I don't think I've ever seen those two words in the same sentence before. Roman and fantasy. Yet it certainly applies to this book, the debut novel from author Simon Stone. The author has a very easy-going writing style that gets you hooked from the start and won't let go, not even when you make it to the end. You know you've read a good book when you keep thinking about the story hours after you've finished and then start wondering what the sequel will hold. This story is set in Roman times and follows several main characters, including a former rich boy who becomes stuck in unarguably the worst place to become stranded, the Shadowlands. He and several others eventually find their way out, but only after a few years. The spoiled rich boy is no more, and instead has adapted to become a cool lethal fighting machine. Then we have a young girl suffering the loss of a family who has fallen victim to creatures that typically reside in the Shadowlands. She has come, seeking revenge on those who let these terrible things happen to her loved ones. Also present are a race of humanoid creatures, the Waystalkers (or inhumanaii), forever slaves to their human masters. Dark, mysterious, and lethal, they are the only guides you'd want at your side if you have to travel the Shadowlands. They are sworn not to harm "redbloods". No inhumanii ever has, lest the poor Waystalker go mad with guilt and shame. Might some of the slaves have found a way to rebel against their masters? There were so many things I liked about this book. I loved the Roman setting. The author did a tremendous job helping the reader to visualize everyday life in a Roman village. I loved the fantasy element, namely the Shadowlands separating the two great countries. I loved how the Shadowlands are home to unspeakable horrors and how it's inconceivable that someone could survive a few days in there, let alone four years. I loved seeing the changed world through Marcus' eyes after he and his two companions finally make it out of the Shadowlands and realize everything he had known is gone. I'm sitting here, trying to remember if I really had any issues with the book, and the only things I can think of were a few typos, but as another reviewer mentioned, I simply didn't care. I eagerly look forward to the next in the series!!