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Mothered – dystopian science fiction

mothered_largethumbBarbara, Eric, and their aunt Beryl lead a quiet life on an idyllic island, untouched by time and the war between the dystopian Maternopole and Overmere, which has cast a dark shadow over most of the world around them. Everything seems about to change, however, when Eric finds out about two girls on the mainland asking for help, throwing the island and its inhabitants into a maelstrom of uncertainty.

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The Struglend Saga

The Struglend Saga is a series of comedy fantasy books about the fictional kingdom of Struglend. Currently it’s just a one-book series, but a sequel to Struglend Tales is in the works as we speak.

Struglend Tales – fantasy

struglendtales_largethumbStruglend Tales is the first book in The Struglend Saga, a series of comedy fantasy books written by Jan Jacob Mekes. The book follows Edward, the ugliest and probably most haphazard king Struglend has ever had, and his herald Fred, as they go on a quest to restore order to the universe. Well, maybe not the universe, but at least the little piece of land they call home – Struglend. In their journey to remove the evil knight who has invaded the kingdom, they meet several hilarious characters and often find themselves in tight situations to manoeuver out of. Will they succeed in driving out the evil that so brutally violated their land? Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. What’s certain is that you’ll have many a laugh while you read and find out.

Reviews

“I frequently underline or highlight exceptional lines or moving passages I encounter. With Struglend, once I was truly invested, I found I was highlighting every page. The clever prose and laugh-out-loud lines (to my cat’s dismay) are one after another after another.” – Indie Book Blog Database (4.5 stars)

“In the past I have stated that science fiction and fantasy stories are not my forte. If, however, fantasy is as clever and humerous as this, sign me up.” –LetsTalkBooks (4.5 stars)

“The book was a decent length for the tale told, and for a comedy piece, the characters are well written, and not just two-dimensional creatures there for a sort of bumbling comedy, which is, in my opinion, where a lot of parody books go wrong.” – Indie Reviews (4 stars)

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Jewel Friedman

Jewel Friedman was born in 2012, for a short story written on request. She quickly proved a popular character with fans of my “give idea, get story” scheme, and after five mysterious tales featuring this brilliant, quirky detective, I decided it was time for a short story collection. So far Jewel has appeared in two such collections, and more will follow in the future. Perhaps one day she’ll even have a detective novel dedicated to her…

Chief Inspector Jewel Friedman – short stories, detective

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Meet Detective… uh… Chief Inspector Jewel Friedman, a brilliant, quirky young woman who is one of the most talented detectives of Scotland Yard. Follow in her footsteps as she solves five bizarre murder cases.

In “The Magic Bullet”, Jewel solves a locked-room murder mystery. In another story, she finds that even on a holiday in Hawaii, she can’t get away from work, and in “Skewered at the Shard”, Jewel is confronted with a burglary gone horribly wrong.

Reviews

“I enjoyed this book that contained 5 short stories. The mystery element reminded me of the boardgame “Clue.” The author was great with dialogue. It was pretty fun the way Jewel figured out the culprits. […] I RECOMMEND this book to read.” – Yawatta Hosby

“Mekes’ light-hearted language and quick pace do not work against him in creating a story that participates in the Detective Story Genre. He stays true to several of the elements of genre, meeting reader expectation and creating a story that can take its place among other Detective Stories, enjoying their stroll in the metaphorical Forest of Genres.” – StreetWraith.Net

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Within – short stories, detective

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Chief Inspector Jewel Friedman returns in five cases that will truly test her mettle, hitting closer to home than she would ever have imagined or liked. Even in the face of hardship, however, she finds a companion, finally someone who seems to really understand her… but will Jewel lose her almost as soon as she found her? And how will she cope with the growing threat of criminals who are out to get her personally, while dealing with a crisis of conscience? Will she even stay on at the Yard…?

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