Folks – Lots of overdue changes on the website, but I have already begun updating it. Here are the things you can expect in the near future:

  • Both A Contract of Words and Beach Reads: Lost and Found have launched and are available now. Their pages will be set up shortly, but until then if you would like a signed copy, just email me for arrangements.
  • This means the Coming Soon! page will be emptied as ‘Endless Skies’ and ‘Blind’ move to the Published Work page.
  • ‘The Californian’ will be moved from the Works in Progress page to the On the Market page, as I have finished it and submitted it to an anthology.
  • A new story called ‘The Death of Hope’ will be added to the Works in Progress page. This will tie in with my novella-in-progress Becoming.
  • I will be adding a new page called Upcoming Novels\Novellas. This will include some details on my future longer works:
    • Becoming:  A coming-of-age YA Superhero story – Co-written with my daughters
    • Fourteen Years:  A nonfiction biography. Co-written with Gregory Duncan
    • Ursa Major:  A mystery\drama that spans half a century.
    • Destiny Reborn:  A five-novel adventure series.
  • New Shipping Options – Continental USA Media Mail will remain at $5. I am adding Priority Mail as an option for $9. International orders are $37 (that is my cost). Prices are based on a single book, for a quote on multiple books please email me.
  •  I now accept Venmo as payment. This is not available via the website yet, but again it is via email. I am exploring other options as well.


Stay well-read, my friends!

~JM Ames


Most books in stock!


I now have all but Beach Reads: Lost and Found in stock and ready if anyone wants to purchase a signed copy of those directly from me.

  • A Journey of Words, featuring my story ‘The Last Ride’ – Paperback and ebook available everywhere now
  • A Haunting of Words, featuring my story “Only the Dead Go Free’ – Paperback and ebook available everywhere now
  • Mirrors & Thorns, featuring my story ‘The Snow Bride’ – Paperback and ebook available everywhere now
  • A Contract of Words, featuring my story ‘Endless Skies’ – Paperback available through myself exclusively until April 15th, then everywhere, and ebook available everywhere now
  • Beach Reads: Lost and Found, featuring my story “Blind” – Paperback available on April 20th, signed copies available in May

I will have Beach Reads within a month, or you can come get a signed copy in early May if you will be in the Southern California area for our official book launch. Email me for details.

The purchase links for the first three are set up on my site already, the last two will be up soon. If interested in purchasing any of those, please reach out to me.



Author Interview – A.L. Mabry

I recently interviewed author A.L. Mabry about her new collection of short stories she recently published – Darker Daze. I’ve had the honor of working with her in the past, and I must say she is an impressive person in many ways. Darker Daze is, as the name implies, a collection of darker tales pulled from her past experiences that are sure to strike a chord within you.

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Tell us a bit about you. Where did you grow up?
I was born in the hills of Kentucky but I was raised in the Sunshine State. I miss the salt air and sound of waves. And Disney. And sea shells. And retirees. Not having a basement…I could go on and on…

I am very attached to the beach myself. How has your upbringing affected your writing?
That’s a loaded question. I had a rough childhood. I read as an escape. Now the emotional build up from my childhood and my first marriage bleed into the majority of my work.

It’s funny how some of life’s most challenging moments spur the best art. How long have you been writing?
Since early elementary school. I have the first book I ever “published” on my desk. It’s truly awful.

I know you are a multi-talented person – what do you do when not writing?
I am always busy. I don’t even watch TV unless I am in bed! I read, I woodwork and create items for my Etsy shop. I go camping and hiking and kayaking. I explore new towns. I work in a metaphysical shop two days a week and another store 5 days a week. I am teaching crystal classes…I am getting tired just answering this question…

I hear you! What is the one thing about you that you think would surprise most of your readers?
I think people are often surprised by my personality versus my writing. My writing tends to be very dark but I am a ball of sunshine as long as I’ve had coffee.

Venting  darkness into prose can be quite cathartic. You’ve been published in multiple anthologies before this collection – what is your preferred genre?
I am a genre slut (can I say that here?) but I favor fantasy and horror above all else.

Same here. Do you outline your stories ahead of time, or “pants” it?
I do a strange combination. First I write a bunch of random scenes. Then I order them the way I think they will go. Once, I have a vague grasp of my plot and arcs, I outline. Then I mostly ignore my outline and write some more. Then I update my outline. Eventually I get to a point where my outline is my guide for finishing up.

Fascinating. Which authors have influenced you the most?
Stephen King and Dean Koontz heavily influence my dark fiction writing. I love the process of pulling a reader through a mundane set up before throwing them into horror. I also love blending horror and supernatural elements.

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What is your favorite passage that you’ve written?
It’s funny how people show up to eat when someone dies. What is it about death that makes everyone so hungry?
     Half of them showed up with their casseroles and pies, the other half with their empty stomachs and open mouths. They shared fond memories out loud, with gusto. And then, in the corners and the shadows, they whispered their gossip and assumptions. When she caught them, they stared right through her, without a hint of guilt on their faces.
They were all gone now, and quiet filled the apartment. Bonita sat on the back porch and stared out at the empty yard, her blue eyes glistened with unshed tears. She was all alone now. The weight of this new reality swirled through her mind. Her brother, Ryan, had been the last one left who cared for her. No one else even bothered to acknowledge her most of time. She sighed and picked at the dandelion fluff in her hand.
     How long would it take Aunt Joe to realize she had forgotten Bonita here.

That sounds all too familiar. I know you are one of the owners of Our Write Side. Tell us a little about your company and the role you play within it.
Our Write Side was originally found as a support network for writers and has grown to be a literary power house. We do All Of The Things and we have an incredible team. We strive to help authors overcome whatever obstacles they are facing whether it be financial, personal, or that pesky Imposter Syndrome. We offer everything from a la carte services and coaching, to full publishing. We even launched an online school this year!

How exciting! Your new book, Darker Daze: The Storms Within, is a collection of short stories that explore the darker side of the human condition, is out now. Can you give us a synopsis?
Darker Daze is collection of short stories that share a theme of suffering, told from various perspectives. Each story is gut gripping in it’s on way and is meant to give voice to the voiceless. The fact is, not everyone gets a happy ending. That’s real life. A lot of people get the extreme opposite of happy endings and their stories are important too.

Were any of the stories included in DD inspired by real-life events?
Every one of the stories in Darker Daze was inspired by real life, even if in the most minute way. The Next Best Seller was a story written as I tried to deal with writer’s block and author envy. Sweet Release was built around moments pulled from one of my old journals.

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I can’t wait to read it. What is on the horizon for A.L. Mabry?
I am currently working on the revisions for Soul Purge. Soul Purge is the first book in my fantasy trilogy and will be out in October. I will be having a Big Birthday Bonanza. I am also finishing up a couple smaller projects. Cinder Baby will be in this year’s OWS anthology, Glass and Ash. And another story, Not Wonderland, will be up on my Patreon soon.

A trilogy! Any advice for new\beginner writers?
Write your stories and find your tribe. Everything else will come in time. You will learn the rules and how to break them. You will find your voice and you will learn your flaws. Your perseverance will take far, but your tribe will carry you when you fall.

Excellent advice! Anything else you would like to add?
If anyone is going to be in Kentucky the weekend of July 14th, come see me! I’ll be at the Legendary Lexington Book Bash.

More about A.L. Mabry:
A.L. Mabry is one of the founders of and the Executive Marketing Manager for Our Write Side (OWS Ink, llc), an online community for writers, readers, publishers and more. She writes occasional articles on OWS focused on the connection between life and writing. She publishes articles on Medium and also has a weekly writing prompt; Coldly Calculating: Writing By The Numbers: Putting a dark twist on colloquial phrases with a numbers theme. She was previously the Editor in Chief for Eat, Sleep, Write and once ran a successful special needs blog, Rage Against the Washing Machine which has since been retired. She is a highly sought freelance writer who specializes in research-based writing. This allows her to provide quality content on a variety of topics. She enjoys helping other authors find their way with private coaching and sharing what she has learned from personal experience, for example, this post on Perfecting Your Bio. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist at heart and Wiccan by nature with an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics, and her posts and stories are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once.

You can follow A.L. Mabry on the following Social Media:
Facebook Page
Facebook Group


Book Info:
Title: Darker Daze: The Storms Within
Author: A.L. Mabry
Publication Date: March 28th, 2018
Paperback Price: $14.99
Digital Price: $2.99
Pages: 110 pgs
E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-946382-24-5
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946382-25-2

Buy Links:

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Beach Reads: Lost and Found and A Contract of Words updates


A Contract of Words is available worldwide TODAY for ebook, and on April 15th for Paperback.  You can get your ebook here.

Beach Reads:  Lost and Found will be available to order the paperback in late April, and there will be an in-person book launch on Sunday, May 6, at 4 PM Pacific at Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92656. I will be there for it, and I hope to see some you there as well!

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Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

~JM Ames

International Statistics

In the year and a half this site has been up, we’ve totaled 4,233 hits from unique IP Addresses within 41 counties around the globe. I’ll post the numbers below.

From where do you hail, and what would you like to see more of from this site? Answer in the comments.

Country IP %
United States 3516 83.06%
United Kingdom 190 4.49%
Canada 151 3.57%
New Zealand 122 2.88%
Ireland 52 1.23%
Mexico 32 0.76%
China 21 0.50%
Italy 18 0.43%
Brazil 17 0.40%
Philippines 13 0.31%
Finland 13 0.31%
Australia 10 0.24%
India 9 0.21%
Germany 9 0.21%
Spain 8 0.19%
Portugal 6 0.14%
France 5 0.12%
European Union 4 0.09%
Singapore 4 0.09%
Pakistan 3 0.07%
Japan 3 0.07%
Namibia 3 0.07%
Egypt 3 0.07%
Sri Lanka 3 0.07%
Netherlands 2 0.05%
Jordan 1 0.02%
Switzerland 1 0.02%
Malaysia 1 0.02%
Argentina 1 0.02%
Chile 1 0.02%
Algeria 1 0.02%
South Korea 1 0.02%
Thailand 1 0.02%
Hungary 1 0.02%
Costa Rica 1 0.02%
Colombia 1 0.02%
Latvia 1 0.02%
Denmark 1 0.02%
Russia 1 0.02%
Senegal 1 0.02%
Norway 1 0.02%

March Madness!


A busy month awaits!

A Contract of Words and my short ‘Endless Skies’ is available NOW for pre-order through the the publisher, Scout Media. Pre-orders save $2 off of the regular price! It becomes available worldwide at all major online retailers on March 15th.

Beach Reads 2: Lost and Found and my story ‘Blind’ is scheduled to be released just five days later, on March 20th.
I will be joining the other authors and artists in this anthology at Laguna Beach Books on Sunday, May 6th, at 4 PM Pacific for a book signing. Stop on by and meet us in person!

I am happy to announce I now also take Venmo for any books you wish to purchase directly through me. You can email me at JMAmesAuthor <at> gmail.com to arrange it.

Until nest time, keep reading!

~JM Ames

Spring Stories (and more) Update


Both ‘Endless Skies’ and ‘Blind’ are scheduled for release this spring. I’ve made a promotional image for each. I also have a tidbit of news for each – neither are official though.

A Contract of Words may be open for presale in as early as a week. I will of course keep you posted.


Beach Reads 2:  Lost and Found will likely have a public book signing in May, so if you are local to Laguna Beach, California, make sure you stop on by!


I will be featured on a horror blog on February 13th, for ‘Only the Dead Go Free,’ which was released last year in A Haunting of Words. More details to come!

I still have some more tweaking to do on the site (An About Me page, Pages for ordering ACOW and BR2:LAF as available, adding a ‘Fun Facts’ section for each of the published stories, new logo, a page dedicated to my upcoming Destiny Reborn series, etc.).

What’s next? I submitted Thankful to a flash fiction anthology. I am currently reworking an old story idea of mine, and plan on submitting it to a themed anthology that I believe strongly in. This one pays very well, so has my top writing priority. This will be complete in March. After that, I am focusing on the biography of my best friend. I am only writing part of it, but I want to get that part done and polished, so I can assist him with his part. The third on my list is another collaborative effort with my daughters – a Junior High age story, of a group of kids in a small town who develop superpowers as puberty sets in…

Until next time, stay awesome!

~J.M. Ames

A Contract of Words Cover Reveal



One of the two anthologies publishing a short story of mine this spring is A Contract of Words, which includes my story ‘Endless Skies’ as well as 26 other great tales. Today was the official public cover reveal, and I am thrilled to announce that I am one of the 7 authors whose name will be on the front cover!

~J.M. Ames