Quietus 13 released!

Howdy folks!

It is with great excitement that I announce today’s release of Quietus 13 by Black Hare Press! This invite-only anthology has a speculative-fiction, COVID-19 lockdown theme, and features FIVE new drabbles by JM Ames. Here are a listing of my stories within it, including genre and the creatures they feature:

Covfefe-19 – Reptilians – SciFi
Down Where It’s Wetter – Sirens – Fantasy
Howl – Werewolves – Horror
It Must Be – The Hell Hare – Horror
Walpurgis – Aliens – SciFi – Ties into another one of my stories, ‘Endless Skies


You can grab yourself an ebook, paperback, or hardback on Amazon now, or if you prefer a signed copy, I will have mine available soon!

Stay safe, healthy, and well-read, my friends!

– JM Ames

Quietus 13 to have FIVE JM Ames stories!


I am absolutely over the moon to announce that Black Hare Press’s upcoming anthology Quietus 13 will have FIVE new drabbles by JM Ames! This speculative fiction (Horror, SciFi, and Fantasy) drabble anthology is book #2 in their Pandemic series, and the theme is ‘How are speculative fiction characters handling the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting human lockdown?’


This marks the first time I will have multiple pieces within the same publication.

Here is a list of the drabbles I have in this anthology, and the speculative characters they involve:

Covfefe-19 – Reptilians – SciFi
Down Where It’s Wetter – Sirens – Fantasy
Howl – Werewolves – Horror
It Must Be – The Hell Hare – Horror
Walpurgis – Aliens – SciFi – Ties into another one of my stories, Endless Skies

You can find out more about this anthology here.

Stay safe, my friends!

~JM Ames


Hello folks,

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these crazy times we live in!

I have actually been quite busy the past two months, mostly with non-writing stuff, so not too much to update on, but I did want to let you know that my YouTube channel has a newish playlist on it which I’ve just updated this morning:  Songs that have inspired or influenced stories

This playlist is exactly what it sounds like – songs that have influenced a story in some significant way. Here is the list:

Only the Dead Go Free (Transpose) – ‘Only the Dead Go Free’ in A Haunting of Words

Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath) – ‘Endless Skies’ in A Contract of Words

When a Blind Man Cries (Richie Samboora\Deep Purple) & Hey You (Pink Floyd) – ‘Blind’ in Beach Reads: Lost and Found

Hotel California (The Eagles) – ‘The Californian’ in A Flash of Words

Bad Romance (Lady Gaga) – ‘Beneath the Blue Irises’ in Bad Romance

Masters of War (Pearl Jam\Bob Dylan) – ‘Not Yet Dark’ – Not yet published

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond) – ‘Sweet Caroline’ – Not yet published

War Pigs (Black Sabbath) – ‘Evil Minds’ (prequel to ‘Endless Skies’) – Not yet published

The Devil You Know (Anthrax) – ‘The Devil You Know’ – Not yet published


It is a pretty eclectic mix of genres. See if you can figure out how the lyrics (and in a couple cases the video imagery) impacted the related stories!

Stay healthy!

– JM Ames

JM Ames listed as one of the top emerging writers of 2020!


I am quite honored on this Leap Day to present to you this press release and book trailer:


For Immediate Release:

02/29/2020: JM Ames of Rancho Santa Margarita, California has been named as one of the 111 emerging writers and authors worldwide to be included in the Who’s Who of Emerging Writers, 2020, due for release on May 1, 2020. JM Ames is an author whose works have appeared in 12 international publications thus far.

Emerging writers are considered those writers who are not well known but have built up a body of work, as either poets, short story authors, non-fiction writers and novelists, or a combination of those, that have contributed to excellence in writing. 

Published by Sweetycat Press, a non-profit entity founded by short story author, novelist, playwright and former journalist, Steve Carr, the writers and authors included in the Who’s Who were selected by a panel of editors and publishers.

The Who’s Who of Emerging Writers, 2020, provides the biographies of the writers and authors and lists some or all of their published works. All proceeds from its sale on Amazon.com will go to producing other publications that support emerging writers by bringing their names and works to the attention of influencers in the publishing industry and the reading public. 

~JM Ames

Twenty Twenty was released on February 20th, and Hate will now be released on March 17th!

Hello folks!

Twenty Twenty, the Australian bushfire charity anthology featuring my 1920s thriller drabble ‘Coward No More’ was released on February 20th. Pick up a copy today and help those in need! you can order on Amazon here, or shoot me an email and I can send you a signed copy.

Hate, the anthology featuring my 2nd-person, future-tense thriller drabble ‘The Plunge’ has a new publication date of March 17th.


‘Coward No More’ to be released in Australian fire charity anthology Twenty Twenty!


I am thrilled beyond words to announce that my 1920s thriller drabble ‘Coward No More’ is included in the upcoming anthology Twenty Twenty, due out in just two days (02/20/20)!

Please note this is a charity anthology, so ALL profits go to Australian Bushfire Charities. I will have my copies shortly. You can either pre-order directly through me via email or on Amazon.


Stay charitable, my friends!

~JM Ames

Works in Progress!

Well, it is a new year and in many, many ways a new me. What am I working on now? Quite a few things, actually. I am fully aware of how much I need to update this website as well (a few things have been published or are soon to be since the last update).

In no particular order, here they are. I hope to release all by the end of the year:

1. The Best Spice (final edits) – Dark Fantasy – Aiming for a well-known SciFi/Fantasy magazine for publishing – Asterius seeks to satiate his appetites in a desolate tavern. He finds what he is looking for, and so much more…

2. WAVEs (final edits before re-release) – Historical Thriller – A young woman mourns the death of her father by honoring him the only way she can.

3. Who Knows Where (final edits) – Literary – A man loses his job, falls into a depression, and contemplates his next move.

4. Not Yet Dark (rewrites) – Thriller – A man seeks vengeance for the mindless death of his daughter, but realizes too late he has taken it too far. Based on Bob Dylan’s Masters of War.

5. Sweet Caroline (developing) – Horror – For an anthology call – Set in the late 1980s. A struggling thrash-metal band travels to a backwater bar in the Appalachian mountains, only to get attacked by werewolves… and survive.

6. Evil Minds (developing) – Science Fiction\Political Thriller – For an anthology call – This is a prequel to my story ‘Endless Skies‘ in A Contract of Words. When the Earth’s future starts to look bleak, Teri and Michelle sign up for a program that promises to save Humanity. Based on Black Sabbath’s War Pigs.

7. The Devil You Know (developing) – Horror – A family vacation takes a turn into the deadly unknown when their camper breaks down in the Jersey Pine Barrens late at night, and comes under attack by an unkown force.

Let me know which of these interests you the most!

~JM Ames

Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday sale on now!


Hello Folks!

From right now until 11:59:59 PM Pacific on Monday. 12/02/2019, ALL of my books, any format, are $5 off my already discounted prices here – each, with unlimited amounts. This means all ebooks are FREE!


To ensure you get the correct discount, please email me at JMAmesAuthor@gmail.com with your order, and I will send you a quote back. I accept most forms of payment including PayPal and Venmo.

You can get a breakdown of most of what is available here: https://jm-ames.com/published-work/, although Karma has also been published and is now available in ebook, paperback, and even hardback!

Stay well-read, my friends, and enjoy this holiday season!

~JM Ames