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.


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