Jon Michael Miller


Born and raised in the farmland of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jon Michael Miller received a teaching degree from Penn State University. After teaching high school English a number of years in his home area, he attended graduate school at Ohio State during the turbulent 60’s when he was introduced to Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He then spent twelve years in the TM movement, rising to work directly under the spiritual master himself and later for the movement’s television station in Los Angeles.

To activate his writing career he returned to Penn State where he earned two advanced degrees, taught English, and administered a liberal arts major in which students were able to design individualized courses of study.

After fifteen years in Happy Valley, during which he became a regular visitor to Jamaica, he relocated to Saint Petersburg, Florida, where he now teaches and writes.

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Love and War at Kent State
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 181,770. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » USA
Part meticulously reported history, part non-sappy romance, "Love and War at Kent State" traces the slow, simmering, eventually erupting events of the May 4, 1970, campus shootings that killed four students and wounded nine. That day set off a nationwide student strike against the Vietnam War. Dr. Jerry M. Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Kent State, has termed this book "important."
Negril Beach: Two Stories of Jamaica
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,260. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two stories set in Negril Jamaica. Ashanti: A persistent beach hustler tries to uphold a noble tradition in an assignment that tests his procurement talents to the max in a hilarious romp in and around the beach resort of Negril, Jamaica. The Soubre' Problem: A bittersweet tale of an American journalist retreats to his favorite resort and faces writer's block at a critical stage in his life
The Virgin, Viv
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,920. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Vivien McBride, 22, is vibrant, talented, attractive, smart. But she is suffering from a horribly exploitative love affair. She masks her pain in flamboyant promiscuity. She meets two people, all three bonding in their mutual attempts to regain their footing after tragic circumstances. Penn State, 1980, they struggle together, comically, exasperatingly, to a supremely satisfying resolution.
Close Encounters of the Jamaican Kind: Photo Sessions II
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,170. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
With his camera and inexhaustible libido, Doug Mullin roams between Jamaica and Florida. He needs to find a new life after a close call with the law in Pennsylvania. He finds a playground of opportunity in his travels, and his close encounters are delineated, delight to delight, all in graphic detail. Beautifully written, this novel is a sequel to Photo Sessions, and contains adult material.
Thrown Together: A Novel of Love in a Turbulent Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 101,480. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
The world seems to be coming apart. Into the stew of chaos, a mix of characters are thrown together. Matthew Boyer--just back from the war; Amy St. Clair--disenchanted with her conventional marriage. From the paddies of the Mekong Delta, the classrooms of Ohio State, the teeming meadows of Woodstock, cross-country highways, and the flowerchild world of Frisco, their search for meaning swirls.
Photo Sessions: Penn State Calendar Girls--A Novel of Scandal in Happy Valley
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,290. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
It began as a hobby, a remedy for cabin fever. It became a creative obsession, a middle-age male fantasy come true. It shocked the sleepy university town of State College, PA, and turned Mullin's life upsidedown. He tried to recapture the sexual innocence of hayrides and back seats. Instead, he created a scandal. Wry, ironic, surprising, "Photo Sessions" is a parable for our time.
Maharishi, TM, Mallory & Me: The Memoir of a Once TM Superstar
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,210. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Meditation
Jon Michael Miller was one of the millions worldwide who were and are part of the Transcendental Meditation movement developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Miller's evolution was deeply entwined with that of a beautiful, enigmatic woman. Their passionate love story has a surprising beginning, an anguished ending, and a final coming to terms. The writing is frank, often witty, and always honest.
Roz: The Story of a Jamaican Lolita
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 189,970. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
What does a country girl of the islands do? Have a baby at thirteen? Work the tourist streets? Maybe both? Roz has other ideas. Dirt poor, hungry, bright-eyed, and determined, she clings to her one distant hope--Glenn Webber, an aging, uncertain American photographer, who is forced comically to confront one moral dilemma after another in an effort to understand a vastly different culture.
Driftwood Houses: A Key West Story Sequence
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,750. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
"Driftwood Houses" belongs in the Florida Fiction tradition. It exposes and celebrates the daily ironies, heartbreaks and triumphs of ordinary people as they fumble their ways through daily existence. In a Key West setting these struggles are personified in a masterfully sketched array of characters, dramatizing the victories and defeats in a world that seems uncertain and often unjust.

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