J. J. Leach
Unlike most people, writing came to me later in life. Not that I didn’t write during my career as a curator in a children’s museum, it just wasn’t what I really wanted to write about; I had other ideas turning in my head. So, life lesson No. 1: When life deals you a lemon, make a fruity drink and run with it! And that is what I did!
Living in the Midwest and fully enjoying my time with a wonderful and understanding husband and two fabulous and very active boys, here I am…a writer…well, my first novel was just published, so there you have it!
I enjoy reading history books, YA novels, and mystery thrillers. I love Criminal Minds and Outlander (I know, a strange combination). I run/walk to get inspired with my stories and try to work during the late nights (I am a night owl!) I am obsessed with Norse mythology, adding a little twist of my own peculiar imagination, so I hope my book “The Power of Gold” captivates you and draws you into reading the rest of my books in the series…Book Two coming soon!
The Power of Gold
Young Adult Fantasy
Fifteen-year-old Josephine “Jo” Smith wishes for a normal life, but jumping around from one bad foster home to the next makes that impossible. The only place where she feels “normal” is when she is surrounded by nature, exploring and dreaming of a better life. So, when she is forced to walk through a strange portal found in her backyard and lands in the middle of an unfamiliar forest, she has no worries. Until she is kidnapped by Elves and discovers a world where mythical creatures roam and Norse gods are worshipped.
But while traveling with a handsome but mysterious Mountain Elf, Jo finds that her new and strange surroundings hold secrets that make her question not only her sanity but also her true identity. And when painful memories resurface and unique powers emerge, Jo faces difficult choices that will affect everyone she loves and will propel her towards an unknown but great destiny.
The Call of the Shadow
Young adult fantasy
She was once crucial to the gods’ survival—now she is the key to their destruction.
When a familiar face from Anwen’s former world suddenly appears with Jack, she is unsure how to react—definitely thrilled for Jack’s return but suspicious of his rescuer’s motives, especially when Jack remains unresponsive to all around him. When an unimaginable betrayal unfolds, the Kingdom of Vardia and Jack are on the verge of being forever in darkness and the only hope for their survival is an alliance with an enemy from the past.
Follow Anwen and Elric as they journey to the home of the Mountain Elves of Wynfalle. Their mission—seek out the help of the Seer Herja and learn her Shadow Magic. But all is not what it seems in Wynfalle and a new threat is revealed—a rogue god plots to destroy everything and everyone in his path. And when a new, perilous path unwinds for Anwen—will she be able to keep her loved ones safe from the enemy? And even more, can she protect them from her own changing powers?