All ‘… of Words’ anthologies on sale through 11/30/2018!


All four ‘… of Words’ are on sale for $5 off their regular price – now through 11/30/2018. Only available through Scout Media’s website.

2015’s installment, A Matter of Words, includes 21 authors who were allowed to write about any topic or theme. I am not included in this anthology, but I do own it, have read it, and love it!

2016’s installment, A Journey of Words, includes 35 authors who wrote short stories centered around a journey or traveling.  This includes my first publication, ‘The Last Ride.’

2017’s installment, A Haunting of Words, includes 30 authors who wrote short stories centered around a haunting or interactions with ghosts. This includes my horror rock fiction short ‘Only the Dead Go Free.’

2018’s installment, A Contract of Words, includes 27 authors who wrote short stories centered around a broken or fulfilled contracts. This includes my rock science fiction short ‘Endless Skies.’

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

Spooky reads for your Halloween!

Looking to set an eerie tone this October before the Trick-or-Treaters grace your porch? Any of these three haunted anthologies are sure to frighten you …

The 13:  Tales of the Macabre
Pre-order only.
Release Date:  October 26th

Can you survive all 12?
Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more…
This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you’ll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 12?
This is the second collection in The 13 series. Will you survive all 13?

All stories by Stephanie Ayers
Poetry by Stacy Overby
Foreword by JM Ames

A Haunting of Words AHOW
Featuring ‘Only the Dead Go Free‘ by JM Ames, and 29 other ghostly tales.
On sale via the publisher Scout Media only throughout October – paperback for $12.99 (reg $19.99) and eBook $2.99 for (reg $5.99)

From Scout Media comes A Haunting of Words—the third volume in an ongoing short story anthology series featuring authors from all over the world.
In this installation, the reader will experience a multi-genre journey beyond traditional haunts; from comedy, to drama, fantasy, romance, and horror, these stories put eclectic spins on the every-day ghost tale. Whether you are running from the ghost of a vengeful mother, falling in love with an apparition, touring with a deceased famous musician, saving a newborn from a possessed crib, or having a specter cat as a sidekick, these stories of hauntings and apparitions will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.
Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily caught up in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of the short story.

The shower’s hiss behind me competes with the roaring inferno raging down the hallway. Breathless and without thought, I gaze with lifeless eyes into the bathroom mirror. This gore-drenched nightmare of a witch is no longer recognizable. What have I done? What was the lesson here? I never wanted this.

AHOW Book Trailer by Kari Holloway:

Mirrors & Thorns: An OWS Ink Dark Fairy Tales Anthology 21768049_962982633843036_4316917078508812273_n
Featuring ‘The Snow Bride‘ by JM Ames, and 13 other dark fairy tales

Where the fairy tales ends and the reflection begins….
A dark fairy tale collection from the twisted pens of:
JM Ames, Kerry E.B. Black, J.K. Allen, C.L. Bledsoe, Lucy Palmer, Stacy Overby, T.S. Dickerson, Edward Ahern, Melanie Noell Bernard, S.L. Scott, Sarah Nour, Paul Stansbury, Cassidy Taylor, and J. Lee Strickland.

The icy wind outside screeched and wailed like a banshee seeking to devour children’s souls. Frosted windows rattled in their frames so hard the glass threatened to shatter. The camels and horses tied to the posts in front of the Tsas Ber Tavern whickered and spat their displeasure at being left exposed in such inhospitable weather.

Have a wonderfully dark October!

~JM Ames
Expect the Unexpected

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.



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

“Endless Skies” to be published!

Hello Folks!

I am quite happy to report that my sci-fi short “Endless Skies” is slated to be published in Scout Media’s anthology A Contract of Words in Spring of 2018! This is the around the same time that my short “Blind” will the published in Third Street Writer’s anthology Beach Reads 2:  Lost and Found. Busy Spring!

The website is now mostly done – poke around and let me know what you think! There will still be a permanent new logo in the near future, and I think I will add a couple more pages – one for upcoming collaborations and another for upcoming novels.


Lastly, I am throwing out there a friendly reminder that whiles sales are awesome, so are honest reviews on Amazon and GoodReads. Any and all support is always very much appreciated. 🙂


Peace to you all,

J.M. Ames

Under Construction

Hello Folks! The website will be undergoing  some construction over the next several days, possibly weeks, so if you see things changing or not working properly, that is why (but if something is broken for more than a day, please do let me know!).

For now, I’ve updated the banner, added a page for completed works, which now has links to all three currently published books, including Mirrors & Thorns, finally (long overdue!).

Next up is a Coming Soon! page for works for which a contract has been signed, but are not quit available yet. My story “Blind” fits the bill here, to be release in Beach Reads 2: Lost and Found, in March 2018.

Third will be an On Market page for completed works which I am currently marketing out for a home. “Endless Skies” and “Thankful” fit the bill here. Both have been submitted to publishers, but no contract offerings yet.

Fourth and final is a Work In Progress page. I won’t list all of my WIPs here, as many never see completion, but it will provide details on ones near completion. “Not Yet Dark,” “The Californian,” “Waves,” and I am happy to say “Phil” will finally be detailed here. There are plenty of other stories I am working on, including a couple of collaborative works I am very excited about!

As I get closer on my novels, expect pages on them to appear as well.

I have a professional Logo Designer hard at work and revamping the official J.M. Ames Logo, so that should be up soon, too.

Stay Awesome!

~J.M. Ames

Live On-Air interview in 2 hours today!

At 1 pm EST (10 AM PST) today, myself, author/vocalist Brian Paone, and Transpose bass player Tim Sigler, are going to be interviewed live on an internet radio show talking about writing rock fiction, Transpose’s song “Only the Dead Go Free,” and my adaptation of that song into a story of the same name. Stop on by and have a listen!

Here is the station:

AHOW Blog Tour #20 – C. H. Knyght

Today we have the twentieth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – C. H. Knyght. Her story “The Last” is one of my favorites in this anthology. The twist and how well it is executed is a hallmark of an excellent storyteller. I look forward to reading another tale told by C. H., and recommend you do, too!

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The Last

The Last is a twisted tale of a monster hunting an innocent. With her whole family taken one-by-one, Marie fears for her very existence as the hunter returns one last time; for her soul.

What inspired you to write this story?
I was inspired to write The Last during a weekend challenge set during the Writer’s Games, run by the Writer’s Workout. The Last fell one place shy of a winning entry, so I was free to edit, polish, and make it the best it could be. It was ready for a home and found it in AHOW.

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing since I was a young teenager. I was always a bookworm and my dad encouraged me to write.

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
Fantasy is my broad genre of choice, but anything with magic or a supernatural mystique might come from my pen.

What are you working on now?
I am currently participating in the Writer’s Games for the third year; won a round too. My main project is getting my novel, Nightvision, ready for self-publishing. I hope it will be released by the next end of summer depending on edits and illustrations.

What else do you have published?
This is my first released story. More to come soon though!

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Don’t stop. One word after another. Look what you have accomplished, not what you have left to do.

Links to your writing:

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.

AHOW Blog Tour #19 – Jill Turner

Today we have the nineteenth author interview for ‘A Haunting of Words’ – Jill Turner. Her story “Joe” is another story which will pull at the emotional heartstrings of any parent that reads it.


Joe – is about a day in the life of a mother, her young son and their dog, Rufus. An altercation in the park goes some way to ruin their lovely day out.

What inspired you to write this story?
Without giving any spoilers away, I simply put myself in the place of the mother in this situation and the potential it had for what actually happens as the story unfolds.

How long have you been writing?
A long, long time! I’ve only over the last few years begun to take it seriously and taken the leap into publishing any of my work. It was a tough decision to make – would people laugh at my efforts? Would they tell me I’m no good? Any writer puts a piece of their soul into their work, so I think that taking the plunge is possibly one of the hardest things to do as it leaves you open to the public eye (and I’m actually quite a private person). However, I love writing and I wish I’d taken it seriously much, much sooner than I did!

What genre do you associate most within your writing?
That’s a tricky question! I made up my own tales on a nightly basis for my own children during their growing years –  so putting a fantasy story that was begging to be written onto paper was quite easy and it wouldn’t let me rest until I’d developed it into a trilogy. I have also written a young adult book about how social media can have an effect on lives (comedy/contemporary fiction) and loved writing it, and more recently, I’ve written a darker, more adult book that is paranormal based, and, of course, the even darker tale of young Joe. I’m quite into these stories at the moment and have various ideas tugging at my subconscious mind!

What are you working on now?
I have two things on the go at the moment; a spin off from the fantasy trilogy that was triggered by a reader asking me what would happen if… and an adult book that involves someone witnessing the kidnapping of a little boy and the murder of his mother.

What else do you have published?
Okay, the books I have out at the moment are: The Seelie Princess; Rise of the Dragons; The Seelie Queen (they make up the fantasy trilogy); Nan Nose Best – about how a teenage girl’s nan posts on her social media page and the change it has on the family when her posts go viral; Sunshine Girl – a paranormal story about a girl who’s not quite dead enough, oh, and The Christmas Turkey – a rhyming story for youngsters that looks at Christmas from the point of view of an enterprising little turkey.

What advice would you offer to new writers?
Get stuck in! Find out what works for you – do you need to write an outline of your story? Or are you just going to start writing with a good idea of where you want it to go? There’s no right or wrong way, just your way. If your story gets told, it’s what’s good for you! Join writer groups if you can (Fiction Writing on Facebook is rather fab) but be prepared to sort out the wheat from the chaff when it comes to any advice that’s given out. I always lurk in the background and get a feel for who actually knows what they’re talking about before I’ll interact! Oh, and don’t ask family members to read your work, you won’t get true reactions from them – ask other writers to beta read for you (you’ll find these via the groups you join – and they won’t hold back on telling you where you need to sharpen up so be careful who you ask)!

Links to your writing:

You can purchase A Haunting of Words (available in paperback and eBook) through the Scout Media online store at and get an exclusive companion soundtrack CD, or through Barnes & Nobles, Target, Books-a-Million, and Amazon.