I write books — mostly novels, but some non-fiction, too. I write under one and another pen names. E. J. Ruek, C. J. “Country” James, and Aeros are presently in use of my extensive list of monikers. I even sign checks using my pen names. That’s how serious I was about hiding my identity as a woman at the onset of my writing career …because, honestly, being a woman was a huge handicap unless you wrote stream of consciousness literary (while being somebody’s pet project at the Ivy League level …and it helped to live in Martha’s Vineyard or the Hampton’s). Otherwise, you had to write mysteries, sword-and-sorcery, high fantasy, butterflies-in-the-tummy romance… — something suitably female. If, like me, you wrote everything but, and though I felt my gender shouldn’t matter, it did. It mattered to agents, publishers, and, especially, to readers. Since, now, I’m self-publishing most of my work, hiding my identity and gender doesn’t matter as much, because, once you read my work, you’ll either love it and be back for more, or move on.
I don’t write common fare. Not at all. I can …but, especially now, I don’t. I write everything with significant double and even triple meanings. I think I do it well, but it’s nice to be recognized by both the gatekeepers and the common man. As John Ward so kindly put it: “…language is your plaything.”
Anyway, here are book trailers for both of E. J’s novels, and then one for A Gathering of Rebels, which is space fiction, or space opera, by, for, and about aliens living in our cosmos. Below that are full 10% reading samples of all five books, one book of which is published in two volumes because it is epic length.
They were a gathering of rebels
Thrown together, not by happenstance,
But by design and intrigue—
The Ben Drom’s design
And the Cadre’s intrigue—
Except for one wild radical,
One unpredictable element,
Who threatened to undermine
The efforts of all sides involved,
and all because of one small minor—
A Syrene who belonged to
None other than the Ben Drom.They were a gathering of rebels,
Fighting one another and themselves
In a clash of titans.
REVIEW:“The best…I’ve read in years.”In the tradition of Frank Herbert, Aeros built has built a science fiction epic that ebbs and flows like the metaplassein that propels the ships of the multiverse. On a grand stage, of which the human-like Terrans occupy only a small portion, a story of oath and intrigue is told against the backdrop of interstellar and multi-dimensional space. From the beginning, it is clear that Aeros built the worlds we travel from the atom up, with unrivaled detail paid to every aspect of the story. Whether it be naming conventions, or the passage of time, or even the nature of the seemingly alive ships themselves, the reader is immersed in a rich, colorful, and remarkably comprehensive tapestry.If you like quick reads, no.If you like reads you dream about, yes.…It’s one of the best…I’ve read in years. –Shawn Jones, Hard SF Author of The Warrior Chronicles
These books aren’t a series, but they are interconnected. Deborah in To Inherit a Murderer is a significant secondary character in Old Hickory Lane. And, in fact, Warren Jeffries shows up or gets a mention in C. J.’s books presented below. These are books about people — real people who live or lived in the Panhandle region of North Idaho and in Western Montana — though their identities are so camouflaged by stirring and mixing several people into one or splitting one person into several that nobody who lives in the region has yet successfully guessed who they might be.
Old Hickory Lane is about a paranormally gifted veterinarian struggling with prejudice and bigotry — his own as well as that directed toward him because of his Native blood, though the paranormal elements are mostly very subtle. To Inherit a Murderer also suggests the paranormal — just an inkling — but may jar, even disturb you because a very tough, childless woman is quite literally willed care of a troubled pre-teen. When I say, “She suspects he’s a murderer …and he is,” in the strap line on the cover, I mean it.
There are 36 books outlined for this Western family saga. Billed as modern Western romance, the truth is that these novels are family saga. They are Country at its very best. Men enjoy them as much as women because I handle, both, the male and female relationship points-of-view very even-handedly. These are, in fact, books about love — love of another — but also love of the land and the life — ranch life …country life — its challenges and its virtues.
These novels about the character of the rugged, independent people who survive and, sometimes, thrive, in this land I now call home. It’s about ‘all Americans’, and, sometimes, about when city meets country.
Think of your favorite modern Western movie or TV show. Think of a good Country Western song. That’s what these books are like to read.