J.S. Clark lives in southern Ohio with his wife, Alisa and their children, assorted, adopted cats, dogs, and other living paraphernalia. He does a variety of occupations, but especially enjoys cultivating their small, less-than-semi-functional farm. I guess the hip people call it ‘homesteading.’
All the while, he desires to cultivate connections and community with others in the Kingdom of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. And he hopes that shows through in life and in those short windows when Elohim (God) gives him opportunities to write.
Evangeline is his second published fictional novel, but at the time of this publishing, he's got several more including the sequels and non-sequels and short stories, all competing for attention. Including the ongoing series Aiyela the Space Gypsy, which he is eager to return to.
Check out J.S. Clark's blog at http://pen-of-jsclark.com for the latest on these and other projects and happenings, and follow him on Twitter @jsclark5768!
Though honestly, he barely has time for the blog so twitter is for other people.
Samantha Beaty is the wonderful visual artist who made the cover for "Evangeline". You can see more of her work and contact her through www.returntowalden.com.
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by J.S. Clark
Evangeline is unexpectedly thrust to the seat of power in the Nine Hundred Worlds. Hostile aliens study her for her every weakness, while sedition grows within her own government. Her only ally may be a man made into a machine. Trained to see through lies. Bred to protect her. Incapable of humanity.
Aiyela finds the Derelict
by J.S. Clark
A suspicious distress signal pulls fourteen year old, mechanical genius, and socially inept girl, Aiyela off course to investigate a frigate without a crew, drifting in space, with the unknown lurking in its cargo holds.
What looks like wasted time doing a good deed, may turn out to cost more than Aiyela bargained for when she finds out someone else is looking for the ship too.
by J.S. Clark
For two-thirds of the Bible, God's people lived by the Torah revealed to Moses. In the modern church we call this Torah, law, and say that it no longer applies. Does it seem odd that our proof texts come from the portion of scripture that was not available when God's people were being asked to make this huge paradigm shift? Backwards examines this question.
Aiyela the Space Gypsy Meets Retinbour the Space Pirate
by J.S. Clark
After meeting lord Yasha, life was starting to look bright when Aiyela decided to take a shortcut on a cargo run.
The next thing she knows she’s being chased by a Frankensteinian ship, and falling into the hands of a blood-thirsty pirate captain! Between her wits and her shiny new All-Tool, she might make it out alive.
If her mouth doesn’t do her in first.
Aiyela the Space Gypsy Meets Yasha the Space Noble
by J.S. Clark
Life is tough when you're a fourteen year old girl. It's even tougher when a quick joyride in your mom's spaceship leaves you stranded light-years from home. But with the help of a well connected space Lord, Aiyela might have a big push in the right direction.
If only she only she can land a job, land her ship without exploding, and generally not embarrass herself.
New Arbor Day
by J.S. Clark
Agee Skyler thought the biggest problem on his roadtrip were the words he hadn't said to Caitlin Moss, but four cars piled like crumpled pop cans against a rolled semi is just the edge of an attack even a Marine wasn't ready for.
Meanwhile, time's running out for Caitlin in a darkened city under siege, as refugees grow more desperate while the buildings fall.
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Smashwords book reviews by J.S. Clark
on May 25, 2012
An interesting read and vivid. Joshua Flats seems like a town I might have driven through. If you ever felt trapped, in a rut, this is up your alley. The beginning lags a bit, but you're not on it too long before you run into some surprises and the pace picks up. I would like a sequel.
on Aug. 03, 2012
Very effective thriller. Had the sense from the beginning that things were not all as they should be, and the nonchalant, real life prose make you want to scream "pay attention!" to Mathieson's characters. By the end I was definitely involved.
On the other side, I was a little bit jarred at first by the in-text txting. It just sort of a hiccup. The format took a little getting used to, the way it breaks the text. By the end the function adds to the tension, but I'm on the fence about whether it might have been better as txting as dialogue or just in a line rather than block.
on July 02, 2013
The premise hooked me. Shape shifters create a lot of interesting story-lines that haven't been done to death yet. And in that respect, the story does not disappoint. Complications build, as history is unveiled in managable layers, that give background and growing motivation even to the villains.
I'm not a huge romance fan, so I was a bit out of my element, but I was not particularly engaged by the romance at first. It seemed too much like shallow infatuation, but as the story developed the romance aspect did grow on me as the Dar and more-so Grace seemed to focus more on the larger issue than their relationship. Which really makes sense, because real love is measured by its context. "Falling in love" has nothing on loving someone with your whole life in the nitty-gritty.
Also, I did feel some of the characters, especially Dar, weren't completely fleshed out. His character makes sense given the curse, but I thought the despair that could have made sense of his passivity wasn't really brought out.
As for pace, the situations seemed to cover old ground without enough consequence leading to a flat feeling. Someone gets hurt but it happens to often and recovery is too easy so it feels kind of mundane which in turn made it feel like there wasn't too much progress/obstacles overcome toward the resolution.
But, overall, the things that I felt could have been better, are balanced by the points I liked. There is enough there for me to intend to read the sequels, because especially by the end, I was invested enough to want to know what happens to the main characters after the events set forth.
Lina's Holy Struggle
on Feb. 10, 2016
Gary really puts you in the place of a young Iranian woman facing the difficult realities of following Messiah. The story feels very authentic, woven with cultural details from middle-eastern life. And though the story is told from the perspective of faith in Messiah Yeshua, it is fair to the Islamic culture that Lina comes from. The antagonists in the story are primarily Islamist, but they aren't depicted as mindlessly cruel, rather they are striving for purity and even compassion, simply guided by their foundation in Islamic teaching.
This humanity in all cultures concerned makes Lina's struggle seem very real. Therefore Lina's struggle with her convictions in the face of persecution authentic. This sometimes means that Lina faces situations that some Christians would rather not think about, but if we're honest there are many accounts in scripture that should make us uncomfortable? Not the least of which being, our Messiah being beaten and stripped.
The story is also diverse, bringing lots of different experiences to the table. Intrigue, romance, spiritual pursuit... But it could also have used more polish, I think. Some of the formatting is distracting, but more difficult is that the later part of story seems to become overly focused with delivering a spiritual message, which causes characters to become stilted and distant.
Overall, the story is a good read, if you don't go in with rigid expectations. The last third or so is a bit weak, but there are good scenes even then, and plenty of solid, enjoyable scenes throughout.