Books

Silver Linings, by Jae Malone

Silver Linings

Volume 1 of
‘The Winterne Series’

Christmas is approaching and for 14 year old Sam Johnson it promises to be the best ever. The prettiest girl in school agrees to go to the Christmas Ball with him and his father is coming home from South Africa. But it all goes awry when Fate steps in and turns his world upside down. Spending Christmas with little known relatives in the heart of Somerset is not exactly his idea of a good time. But phantom lights in the nearby forest and his new uncle’s secretive moonlit walks are mysterious enough but, when he hears what sounds like wolf howling in the night…

Reviews:

‘An intriguing read.  This book would work well on the big screen.’
Allan Clifford – BBC Radio

‘Trilogy’s stirring start.’
Newark Advertiser

‘An imaginative adventure with a dark streak.’
Jeremy Lewis.  Nottingham Post

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Queen of Diamonds by Jae Malone

Queen of Diamonds

Volume 2 of
‘The Winterne Series’

‘Farrow’d sell ‘is own granny for a fiver in them days an’ I can’t imagine ‘e’s improved any since. If you’ve got dealin’s wiv ‘im, then watch out fer yerself Mrs Atkins. Get shot of ‘im, sharpish.’
Sam Johnson loves his life in Winterne and has friends above and below ground. But trouble is never far away. Once again, he becomes entangled in someone’s criminal plans. Who is the ghost who walks through walls? Who is the mysterious figure seen in the woods? Are they the same person?
This time Sam needs the help of Charlie, his extraordinary friends and the local witch to catch a killer.

Reviews

‘Jae gets better with every book she writes and could easily give J K Rowling a good run for her money.’
Newark Advertiser

‘A loving and wholesome read’.
Jeremy Lewis.  Nottingham Post

‘Jae Malone’s imagination is on the same wave length as the great legendary J R R Tolkien. She writes with great vividness, intensity and sophistication.’
Amazon

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Fool's Gold by Jae Malone

Fool’s Gold

Volume 3 of
‘The Winterne Series’

In this third volume of ‘The Winterne Series’ as the end of year Prom approaches, Sam discovers Jenny’s keeping secrets and an exotic visitor arrives putting an old friend in danger. Elven family history, a threat to a queen and a missing elf become entangled in this tale of greed and retribution. Above ground there’s danger. Below, there’s a wedding, conflict and betrayal. And all before summer begins!

Reviews:

‘Jae Malone is a fine storyteller who understands teenagers and seems effortlessly to combine the natural and supernatural worlds’ Nottinghamshire Today

Jae has a fluid and easily accessible writing style, while the stories feature richly layered plots where high fantasy, school-year tribulations and dark nefarious deeds interweave. In short it has a broad appeal. Steve Bowkett – ‘Writer, storyteller, educational consultant, Member of the Society of Authors and National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)

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Pen-Name

Having originally written my books under the pen-name ‘Karen Wright’, when the books were re-edited and given their beautiful new covers, thanks to Cathy Helms of Avalon Graphics, I decided to use my own name. However, as there are so many ‘Julies’ I wanted something a little different. So, at the suggestion of my daughter, Rachel, ‘Jae’ Malone was created just as I was taken on by my new publisher, New Generation Publishing.

Fourth Book: ‘Avaroc Returns’ And future plans

book cover: Avaroc Returns, 4th in the Winterne Series by Jae MaloneI am in the process of writing the fourth book in ‘The Winterne Series’ and have been for some time but, unfortunately, while organising events I don’t get as much time to write as I would like.

This time the cave systems of Cresswell Crags and Peak-Speedwell in Derbyshire will play their part. I plan to launch this book available in the summer this year – hopefully on the Children’s Day of the Gedling Borough Arts Festival – Saturday, 22 July. It is possible that I may change the name if something jumps off the page and prompts me to use another title.

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Further writing plans

Since hearing about a man’s body having been found by divers in one of the under-sea caves on the island of Tenerife, I have begun plans for a crime book set on the island concentrating on scuba diving and Spanish gold smuggling. This may be for young adults but there is a possibility it may have more of an adult crime theme…we’ll see. I hope to start this story later this year.