I was born in Alaska, then before I can remember, we moved to Washington where I grew up. Or started to. Later, I served in the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina where I met my wife. In a long and dramatic turn of events, we ended up in Southern Ohio where we currently reside, and operate a small healthier fare to-go eatery known as the Happy Turtle in West Union.
These days, I spend most of my days working--which I am blessed to labor with my wife, or I'd hardly get to see her! After that, I get a small smidgen of time that divides between writing and learning self-sufficiency.
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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
- Endless Miles
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.
- Chasya’s Awakening
on Aug. 12, 2012
I enjoyed the flavor of Chasya's Awakening. To read the name of Yeshua lifted up in an artistic expression of praise, especially set in the Holy Land, was stirring. The portrayal of paradise, like Eden, as a perfect and wonderful park with all of the goodness that God intended with children playing in the berry patches, made me happy. I especially found the parallel scenes in the spiritual entertaining with the demon and his apprentice.
This story became more enjoyable as it progressed, however, overall it left me feeling unsatisfied. It was a good story, it just didn't finished. It was as if the majority of the scenes were only there to advance the plot, but we never really get to know the characters. They aren't given enough room to show us what they are like, and there are some interesting characters here in interesting real life conflicts. I wanted to see more of their human side. Stop summarizing so much of the "non-plot" conversation and show it. Little things tell a lot.
A lot of potential here, but I would have rated it higher if it was more fleshed out.
- Promising Light
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.