J. Timothy King


I'm the eldest of three siblings, a stay-at-home father of two daughters, the husband of a wonderful wife, and an indie author of life-expanding character fiction. When not writing, I read, watch old TV and movies, play bass guitar, and tend to my family in our Boston-area apartment.

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"Disorder" and 7 Other Flashes of Character
Price: Free! Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
Enjoy this free sampler of 8 character-driven flash stories by J. Timothy King.
"Pine" and 7 Other Short Romances
Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Romance » General
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Enjoy this free sampler of 8 short-short romance stories by J. Timothy King.
Grand Theft Internet: A true story of Internet attack and high-stakes cybercrime
Price: Free! Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Computer Crime
Like any other small businessman, he assumed his Internet account was safe. Instead, he found himself a victim of the latest crime wave when a cyber-criminal hijacked VL.com in a high-tech heist. Told by a witness, reconstructed from forensic evidence, this gripping account takes you inside the mind of the attacker, showing how domain theifs bypass security and could strike any of us.
The Widow's Granddaughter
You set the price! Words: 12,020. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A short story by J. Timothy King. A love-'em-and-leave-'em young woman finds her life taking a turn for the better, after she seduces a man as a bribe to help her grandmother. (Cover photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shandilee/)
From the Ashes of Courage
Price: $3.97 USD. Words: 53,080. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Gail Bishop is a headstrong, driven, single-minded businesswoman, a successful independent professional at only 29 years old. But she still feels empty. Eddie Chase is a fun-loving real-estate agent who made a mint in the boom market, now fast running out of money. And their friends set them up on a blind date, unaware that many years ago, they were once married to each other...

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  • In The Eye of The Beholder on April 21, 2010

    My first impression: If 90% of everything is crap, then this definitely falls within the remaining 10%. And in the end, I retained that impression, even though along the way, I had a number of complaints. Yet for all those complaints, I still ended up rating it 5 stars. Yes, I teetered on the edge between 4 and 5, but I finally came down on the higher side, because if the next book I read has all the characteristics of this one, that would make me very happy, because of all the things this story did right. The characters captivated me. I ended up thinking of Claire as an actual person, inconsistencies and all. The story dealt with a real issue, and one close to my heart, the human need to love and be loved. A theme that (whether Sharon intended it or not) strikes more deeply than the title implies: Not just that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That everyone needs some sympathy with others, in order to survive.
  • Return to Redlin on July 16, 2011

    From the first pages, I was rooting for bad-boy hero Derrick Weston— Or is that used-to-be-bad-boy hero Derrick Weston? He definitely has secrets, and he's got stuff happening in his life and in his heart and in his mind, and they're bound to cause him trouble. I was rooting for him, and rooting through his psyche. A wonderful, three-dimensional character, who did not let me down. The heroine and narrator of the story? She started off feeling to me like a "Bella Swan," just along for the ride... Which I guess would have been a fine choice à la Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes (though not usually one that lends itself to a "romance" story). She did grow stronger as the story went on, although this novella turned out to be more suspenseful than romantic. My biggest gripe was that the prose (at least of the edition that I read) really needed to be edited. (Prose that Twilight fans would be comfortable with. I am not a Twilight fan.) I found myself constantly falling into line-edit mode: Delete that sentence; it adds nothing to the story. Or Get rid of the copulative, strengthen verbs, and elide redundant adjectives: ‘The night felt chilly and uninviting as I pulled the jacket collar up around my neck, trying to block out the invasive cold.’ Change to: ‘I huddled within my jacket collar, as the night chill invaded my body.’ But overall, it was a not-half-bad story—which means it was more than half good. Good, pretty solid characters (which seem so hard to come by nowadays). A compelling plot. A charming, small-town milieu (although in my experience, people from rural areas are more friendly than that—out in the country, y'all have to watch out for each other, and they do). Based on this short novella, I would try another of Lazette Gifford's works, one of her novels, and I intend to. -TimK