Gorgesque

     by Jon Jacks / Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Gorgesque

Soon Andraetra will be a privileged Gorgesque: half her face exchanged with that of a hideous person, to share the burden and ensure she recognises the truth that she can never be wholly good. But her ‘intended’ Courundia abducts Andraetra, hoping to reveal the lies surrounding her fiancé’s return to life after dying in the revolution. All that’s revealed, however, is that no one knows the truth.After watching Glenn Beck's film, The Man in the Moon, I thought about the Earth and how it is a living thing. I read many scriptures and struggled how I would write this. One Sunday I thought about the Earth receiving the blood the Savior spilled. How horrible that must have been! This thought stayed with me for a week and then the next Sunday morning, the whole story came to me except for a few edits. It was an amazing experience! I hope it stirs others to think as I did and that new thoughts might settle in the heart to feel joy in the blessing of Mother Earth!
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    Americarnie Trash

     by Jon Jacks / Fantasy
Americarnie Trash

The way the Americarnie tell it, we used to run this country we now tour with our cheap carnivals. Then again, we also claim we’re descended from angels! The truth lies somewhere in-between: in the darkness beyond the lights, a place of freaks and tortured souls where the Carnival Diabolus lies. That’s where Lorn has gone: me too, if I’m to save him. I’m just not sure how to return…Garrett and Tiffanie Bate had it all—youth, money, and a perfect marriage. Until Tiffanie is killed in a suspicious accident. Neither the police nor the insurance investigators can prove she was murdered and the case turns cold. Two years later the insurance company asks an intern—former college professor turned private eye Ray Courage—to reopen the investigation. He uncovers little new evidence to support suspicions that Garrett killed his wife for the insurance money. Garrett has the perfect alibi—hundreds of witnesses that place him more than two hours from the scene of Tiffanie’s death. Ray knows he’s missing something. But what? As his search for the truth unfolds, Ray’s life is put in jeopardy and he realizes his adversary is someone who’ll kill before he’ll be caught.In this prequel to Courage Matters, Ray Courage begins his private investigation career, displaying the skills, abilities and sense of humor that have made him a fan favorite around the world.
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    Lady of the Wasteland

     by Jon Jacks / Fantasy
Lady of the Wasteland

‘Who am I?’ Viviana wonders when – after seeing whales during the school swimming competition – a weird new boy causes her to suffer bizarre recollections of an alternative life of outlandish landscapes and experiences. And when her parents vanish, with no trace of them ever having existed, Viviana is left wondering all the more: Who am I?Helle's parents were evacuated with the rest of Pripyat when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted down. Left behind, she was raised by wolves and remained unnoticed by the world until an internet video brought her to the attention of Louisiana State University anthropology PhD candidate Janice Grayson. Aggressive but insecure, Janice wins a grant to study Wild Girl of Chernobyl and moves quickly to capture the feral girl. Through a series of bold, and expensive, maneuvers, she manages to smuggle Helle back to the university, where the study itself melts in directions she never could have predicted.
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    Lowlife

     by Jon Jacks / Fantasy
Lowlife

Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea basing a tarot deck on The Book of the Dead.Because they all seem to be alive.And they all want me dead!a poetry chapbook originally published in 1989.
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    Elm of False Dreams

     by Jon Jacks / Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Elm of False Dreams

When Mima’s brother is killed by the witch and were-lion Cerissa, she believes there is no hope for him until she briefly hears his cry for help in a magical horn. Before she can rescue him from Hades, however, she first has to find and confront Cerissa herself; failing to realise that Minotaurs, Centaurs and Gorgons aren’t the mythical characters she believes them to be.James Spicer is a 12 year old boy in his first year of secondary school. Everyone thinks James is weird, even his parents worry because he draws and paints such dark pictures. James has a fertile imagination and loves to create paintings of werewolves, vampires, dragons, witches, and all kinds of unbelievable creatures. At school James is bullied and labelled as one of the weirdo kids. The only person who doesn’t think James is weird is his grandpa and he died two years earlier.James is desperate to fit in but his incredible imagination involving dark creatures is not easily accepted by anyone. Daily he faces bullying at school. After one particularly dreadful day James catches his shadow stealing the light from behind his eyes. James is pulled through his bathroom mirror into an incredible fantasy underworld. There James’ journey takes him through fantastical realms of strange creatures, culminating in his meeting the King of Shadows. James’ quest is successful and he returns with a new found confidence and readiness to face life’s challenges. However once again he comes face to face by the bullies. This time, however, James is equipped with his newly honed skills to deal with his problems.
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    God of the 4th Sun

     by Jon Jacks / Fantasy
God of the 4th Sun

Despite their many sacrifices, Tesetra’s people have been forsaken by their gods. Having accidentally come across a member of the supposedly legendary Snake People, Tesetra sets out to find where they live. At first she finds instead the survivors of many other legendary people, all who came before her own people; and all of whom were destroyed when their gods had abandoned them.I see a burger joint around the corner. I turn on that corner and I head towards the drive thru. I start to pull up to the microphone so they can take my order. I get up to the microphone and I order some hamburgers and fries and some chicken nuggets.The guy, I hear at the microphone, he tells me to pull up to the drive thru window. I slowly pull up to the drive thru window and look at that window. The window is so big someone can fit through it. I turn off my car, thinking it will be awhile. I see there are no customers in the restaurant part of the place. I start to feel weird. Just that quick, a guy grabs me out of my car and pulls me through the drive thru window. I scream and struggle, but to no use. He sets me down on a chair, inside this restaurant.He says, “I need you to save my planet. You were meant to be here. This small town doesn’t really exist.” I look at him like; he has just grown two heads. I say, “Did you have to grab me like that; you scared the crap out of me. You’re lucky, I didn’t bring a long my baseball bat. I would have hit you.”
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