The Last Ride, A Journey of Words


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The Boy, who is slowly becoming a man, is sad. Sadder than I’ve seen him in a very long time, maybe ever! I whimper at him because his sadness makes me sad. I lick the salty water off his cheeks, then rest my head on his lap, looking up at him and wagging my tail, hoping that will make the sad go away, but it only seems to make it worse. He starts making all sorts of howling noises, his body hiccupping, the wetness coming faster now. He wraps his arms around my neck, burying his face in my fur. I don’t like it when The Boy is sad..

‘The Last Ride’ by J.M. Ames, part of the anthology A Journey of Words, is now available worldwide in paperback and a variety of eBook options. There are several ways to order, each with a different set of perks:

  • Paperback
    • Direct order from me ($19.99 + $5 S&H). Includes:
      • Signed copy
      • Free A Journey of Words / The Last Ride bookmark
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      • Order – Paypal or COD (local only)
        • Paypal or Credit Cards – Please use the Paypal link below.
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    • Direct order from publisher Scout Media. Includes:
      • Free soundtrack on CD. Each song handpicked by the author to represent their story.
      • Order here
    • Order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Booksamillion – all online book retailers.
      • Free shipping with Amazon if you have a Prime account
      • Available here
  • Ebook 
    • Immediate direct download from publisher here
      • MOBI for Kindle
      • EPUB for eReaders
      • PDF for computers and tablets
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    • Barnes & Noble


“I enjoyed each and every story but my favourite was The Last Ride by Justin Ames. It was excellently told and I look forward to more work by this author.”

There were two that stunned me as much as filled me with aw: EC Rohm’s Secondhand Doll and J.M. Ames’ The Last Ride. Both were written perfectly for the journey taken at heart.

“Ames’s “The Last Ride,” I could not get through without a box of tissues.”

“Conversations with the Serpent” by Andrea Barrios and “The Last Ride” by J.M. Ames are my two favorite stories in the anthology. Both stories are incredibly well written and moved me to tears.

Some of my favorites:Get Your kicks On Route 66 by David Williams
Ants of Uranus! by Randy Blazak
Jurassic Station by Carl D. Jenkins
The Last Ride by “That heart-wrenching bastard” J.M. Ames
The Whalers Dues by Brian Paone”

Secondhand Dolls and The Last Ride were heartfelt and yet gut wrenching at the same time.

Fun Facts:

  • This was the first story I had ever completed.
  • This is a Creative Nonfiction story, about my my boyhood growing up with the best friend I ever had, Max. Every event in the story is true, to the best of my recollection after so many years. Only the perspective was changed. The phot above is of Max and I
  • I wrote the initial draft in about 90 minutes.
  • This is the only story I’ve written which moved me to tears as I wrote it.


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