Jt Kalnay

Biography

JT Kalnay is an attorney and an author. He has been an athlete, a soldier, a professor, a programmer, an Ironman, and mountain climber. JT now divides his time between being an attorney, being an author, and helping his wife chase after seven nieces and nephews.

JT was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Growing up literally steps from the Bay of Quinte, water, ice, fishing, swimming, boating, and drowning were very early influences and appear frequently in his work.

Educated at the Royal Military College, the University of Ottawa, the University of Dayton,and Case Western Reserve University, JT has spent countless hours studying a wide range of subjects including math, English, computer science, and law. Many of his stories are set on college campuses.

JT is a rock climbing guide and can often be found atop crags in West Virginia, Kentucky, California, Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and Italy. Rock climbing appears frequently in his writing.

JT has witnessed firsthand many traumatic events including the World Trade Center Bombing, the Long Island Railroad Shooting, a bear attack, a plane crash, and numerous fatalities, in the mountains and elsewhere. Disasters, loss, and confronting personal fear are common themes in his writing.

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Books

5.fun Guide To The New River Gorge, Volume One, Bridge Buttress
By Jt Kalnay
Price: Free! Words: 5,100. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
The next in the series of 5.fun guides to rock climbing. This volume covers three super fun routes at the Bridge Buttress.
5.fun Guide to Joshua Tree, Volume Two, Hall of Horrors
By Jt Kalnay
Price: Free! Words: 6,370. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Volume Two of the 5.fun series of climbing guides to Joshua Tree. Covers the Hall of Horrors, West Outer Wall.
5.fun Guide To Joshua Tree (Book 1, Trash Can Rock)
By Jt Kalnay
Price: Free! Words: 9,440. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
This is the first in a series of books for beginning rock climbers who want to try the super fun and super easy climbs at Joshua Tree. There are exhuastive guides for the intermediate and hard routes. But this one is for the 5.0-5.5 climbers amongst us (even hip replacement patients like me...)
88 C Programs
By Jt Kalnay
Price: Free! Words: 42,900. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
C programs used to teach C programming.
C++ for C Programmers
By Jt Kalnay
Price: Free! Words: 66,610. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
A book with exhaustive examples of C++ intended to help a C programmer learn and use C++.
The Keeper
By Jt Kalnay
Price: Free! Words: 28,320. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.75 from 12 reviews)
The portal to the center of time and space secretly exists in a circle of trees in the Madawaska Highlands. The Keeper has promised to protect the secret of the portal at all costs. He has been given a diamond arrowhead with special powers to help him protect the secret. Travel through time and space with The Keeper as a series of loves threaten his promise, and challenge him at every turn.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jt Kalnay

  • Sociopath? on Feb. 09, 2012
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    Deeply Disturbing Look Into Sociopathic Behavior, February 9, 2012 By jt kalnay (cleveland, ohio) No-one will be ambivalent about this book. Many will start the first chapter, find the first disturbing scene, and stop reading. Then they may fuss and rant about "how could any author write that?" Don't stop reading. Keep reading. Keep reading to get inside the head of one of the cruelest, most sociopathic characters you will ever encounter. Keep reading to feel what he feels, when he feels it, and why he feels it. This book is written by someone who has "been there and done that." Her background in law enforcement has given her the insights into these types of sociopathic individuals. Her background in non-fiction brings a crisp, efficient style to the book. There are some scenes in the book (e.g., the bar fight scene, Rafe's first fast drive in his new car) where you are transported into the scene and into the psyche of Rafe Vincennes. I couldn't put this book down, even though morals or society or someone in the back of my head was telling me that the subject matter was verboten. Warning there is graphic sexual content in this book and this book is certainly not for anyone under the age of 21, or for anyone who is easily offended. However, if you can see the abundant and graphic sex for what it is, the author's vehicle for demonstrating Rafe's inability to connect on a spiritual or psychological level, then you may just be able to hitch on for a fast paced bumpy ride. I am anxiously awaiting the second book in this series.
  • Sociopath? on Feb. 09, 2012
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    Deeply Disturbing Look Into Sociopathic Behavior, No-one will be ambivalent about this book. Many will start the first chapter, find the first disturbing scene, and stop reading. Then they may fuss and rant about "how could any author write that?" Don't stop reading. Keep reading. Keep reading to get inside the head of one of the cruelest, most sociopathic characters you will ever encounter. Keep reading to feel what he feels, when he feels it, and why he feels it. This book is written by someone who has "been there and done that." Her background in law enforcement has given her the insights into these types of sociopathic individuals. Her background in non-fiction brings a crisp, efficient style to the book. There are some scenes in the book (e.g., the bar fight scene, Rafe's first fast drive in his new car) where you are transported into the scene and into the psyche of Rafe Vincennes. I couldn't put this book down, even though morals or society or someone in the back of my head was telling me that the subject matter was verboten. Warning there is graphic sexual content in this book and this book is certainly not for anyone under the age of 21, or for anyone who is easily offended. However, if you can see the abundant and graphic sex for what it is, the author's vehicle for demonstrating Rafe's inability to connect on a spiritual or psychological level, then you may just be able to hitch on for a fast paced bumpy ride. I am anxiously awaiting the second book in this series.
  • Family Traits on March 30, 2012
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    Decades of Distilling and Deceit Family Traits is historical fiction written by a descendant of the Skipper family who landed in Virgina/Carolina in the late 1600s. The book begins with Native Americans watching a meteor streaking across the sky. A shaman and a warrior seek the meteor that arrived from the east, from across the water. As we learn, the meteor was a harbinger of trouble to come to their people from that direction. Following the foreshadowing of the meteor, we meet three brothers who have just witnessed the beheading of King Charles. These Skipper brothers decide to head to America before they experience the same fate as their father who had supported the King. After adventures at sea and in the Carribbean, where they learn to distill rum, they finally arrive in America. Fortunately they are meat by friendly Indians who share food, water, women, women, and more women. With all these women, and with the influence of their distillery, the Skipper brothers quickly run afoul of the "White Devil" English and find themselves becoming more Indian than English. Over the generations covered by the story, civilization and society spread farther and farther into the Indian country, eventually leading to inevitable conflicts, culminating in the Battle of Alamance. The book never takes itself too seriously and pokes fun at many societal norms that made no sense for the time and place. At times I was reminded of Edward Rutherford's London and at other times I was reminded of the early portions of Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. I think many readers will thoroughly enjoy this slightly irreverent trip through the legends of Mr. Skipper's immigrant descendants.
  • In the Blood on June 02, 2012
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    This book should have its own genre; historical family fiction based on extensive geneology. The story follows George Washington Skipper for 85 years as he produces dozens of children with multiple women and two wives (simultaneously) over a very lengthy life. GW is a bigamist, and a serial pro-creater, but for some reason he also seems like a man of his time and place. Perhaps his life would have been different had he been born and raised in one of the Colonial cities, but he wasn't, and so it wasn't. Although a prudish reader may be outraged with the life of GW Skipper, the author is neither endorsing nor romanticizing GW. He is reporting, in a fictionalized way, on a part of his family tree. This is historical fiction that is based in hard core genealogical research that is supported with primary sources. You can't make up a character like GW Skipper, you have to discover him. And when you discover a character like GW in your family tree, the temptation to write out the "bad bits" must be overwhelming. Kudos to the author for revealing this part of his family history, and for doing so in an enjoyable read. I found this book a very interesting trip through the years before the Civil War, during the build up to the Civil War, during the war itself, and throughout Reconstruction. If you are a fan of books like That Dark and Bloody River by Allen Eckert, then I think you will enjoy this book.