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Are You Ready to Escape Into A World of Fantasy and Adventure?
If so, then I'm so glad you're here! I'm J.Y. Klermaine and I'd like to welcome you to my book club where you'll get to:
- Enjoy short stories - like the adventures of Wanda Wollow, with a life so boring she would have more fun as a mouse...
- Learn about my upcoming book releases and how you can get them at rock-bottom prices…
- Be the very first to hear about special contests before the general public gets wind of them!
I have so many things in store for you like exclusive book cover reveals, sketches of my characters, and even songs and lyrics from Tomas the Bard, the singer in the King's court who is as grumpy as he is handsome! (Have you read the Tomas the Bard short story yet?)
Listen to Tomas sing in all his glory...
The funny thing is some people seem to like my stories…
“This book had me at the edge of my seat! Great read and thank you for the awesome work you did!” – Cindi Gunter
...while some don't...
“I tried to like this short story. J.Y. Klermaine obviously has talent. But the plot was just too shallow to hold my attention. This might be a good read for a grade schooler or mid school reader.” – James F. Walroth
...which brings me to my point: I publish middle grade/young adult fantasy fiction books and, obviously, that isn't going to be every one's cup of tea.
A Little More About Who I am...
Back when I was a child in the early nineties, I lived in Hong Kong and every other Sunday, after church, my father would take me to a bookstore. It was mostly for his sake, though, since he was constantly prowling through non-fiction books – trying to understand more about China, doing business there, learning the differences between how the Chinese and Americans think and communicate, and all those boring stuff people climbing the corporate ladder usually lap up.
On one of those trips to the bookstore, sometime during my ninth year on this earth, I came across L. Frank Baum's, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". At that time, I had no idea the book was one of most well-known children's classics of all time.
The cover looked interesting, the idea of a Cowardly Lion seemed implausible, and the thought of someone getting transported by a cyclone into a whole new world was exciting. So, Father bought the book for me. And that was the book that propelled me into the world of fantasy.
Many years later, when I got married, I had to choose the worldly belongings I could take with me when I moved to be with my husband in a foreign land. It was expensive moving countries and my suitcases were stuffed to the brim. But still, that wasn't enough to deter me from slipping in three very special books.
See how tattered these books are? I’ve been re-reading the stories over a course of nearly two decades!
Why I Started Writing Books...
Every day, we're faced with heartbreaking news. A hurricane here, a devastating earthquake there, a shooting, a famine, an outbreak of disease… coupled with reports of human trafficking, child abuse, and people getting persecuted over their race, religion, gender, and beliefs. These are the reasons why we've lost that special spark we once had in life. We realized the world does not work like the stories we read about in Aesop's Fables.
Books take us to places we can only dream about and there is something magical about losing our way in a good story. It feels safe. It feels good. And it evokes a myriad of emotions in us.
Just like how L. Frank Baum used "The Wizard of Oz" to bring forth complex issues masked behind a children's tale, I dream of a happier world where people can truly accept each other. This is only possible when more people start reading books. And that is why I write.
While the aim of the book club is for me to stay in touch with readers via a newsletter, it's also a place for you to get access to like-minded people on Facebook and share your favorite reads. I want to know the issues affecting you in today's world, what you're most passionate about, and what you think needs to be done in this world to make it a better place.
"Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth." - Albert Camus
So, if this is a reading revolution you'd like to be a part of, then be sure to sign up below! See you on the other side!
See all my published books and short stories -- from titles in a series to where to buy the books, everything can be found here on my website.
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Coming soon! People in my Street Team will be eligible to receive advanced copies of my books for review.