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Virtual Murder

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In virtual reality, nothing is what it seems…and no rules govern this futuristic world of cyborgs and sex, mutants and murder.

Andrea Girt, owner of Virtual Tours, knows something’s dreadfully wrong. Someone, somehow, is killing her tour guides. But who—or what—can suck someone’s life from inside a computer program? Net Security believes it’s a virus. Andrea thinks it’s sabotage. Only an expert can help, and who better than the program’s creator?

The problem is, mutants created the program. Half human, half machine, they are beings so secret that only the upper echelons of the government know they exist. To solve the murders, Net Security takes one of the mutants out of his glass cage to have him fix the program, telling everyone that “Monkey” is a programmer. But Monkey isn’t your typical programmer, and the virus isn’t a virus at all. It’s murder—and they may not catch the killer before it’s too late.

“In the not too distant future, the Net has become such a vital part of day to day living that it has it’s own governing body and police force. One of the hottest places on the net is Virtual Dreams; a site where people can take a virtual vacation that lasts two weeks in net time but only two days in real time. It is the ultimate in virtual reality and participants can do anything on his or her own except have sex.

The owner of the business, Andrea Girt, has a waiting list a mile long and both she and the net, which takes a cut, believe their site can only get better. When the first tour guide gets killed while within the tour, net officials believe he had a heart attack but Andrea thinks somebody killed the tour guide. When a second attempt is made, the Net police are forced to look for answers to the creators of the program, mutants that don’t officially exist and have never left their cages in an underground top secret scientific laboratory. Only the mutant (who can pass for human) Monkey can stop the killer but that means turning against his own kind.

This science fiction mystery has a fascinating premise that readers will find pulls them into the story line almost from the start. The characters are well developed and believable, but the star of VIRTUAL MURDER is Monkey, a mutant with a human heart and soul, who can operate independently of the net. Jennifer Macaire is a talented writer who has found her niche in futuristic mysteries. One hopes that readers haven’t seen the last of Monkey.”

~Harriet Klausner

Das Versprechen (German Edition of The Promise)

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Mein Name ist Ryan, und ich habe letzten Monat angefangen, über das Virus zu schreiben. Ich habe für diese wenigen Seiten so lange gebraucht, weil ich nicht viel Zeit zum Schreiben habe, und oft schlafe ich ein, bevor ich einen Satz beenden kann. Ich habe zuerst in der „dritten Person“, wie meine Lehrer immer sagten, geschrieben. Aber dann hat mein Bruder Alan, der mir manchmal über die Schulter schaut und mich auf meine Rechtschreibfehler hinweist, gesagt, ich solle damit aufhören und wie eine normale Person schreiben. Er sagt, es ist zu unheimlich, wenn ich mich wie eine Art Gespenst anhöre, das uns alle beobachtet und seine Kommentare macht, und ausnahmsweise gebe ich ihm Recht. Ich bin jetzt vierzehn. Als man zum ersten Mal von dem Virus hörte, war ich elf, und ich war zwölf, als meine Eltern starben. Es kostet mich noch immer Mühe, über das alles zu reden. Ich bin nicht der Einzige. Manche Kinder sprechen jetzt überhaupt nicht mehr. Sie wachen nachts oft schreiend auf. Alan und ich haben zwei kleine Kinder, Julia und Thomas-Wassermann, in unserer Obhut. In unserer Gemeinschaft auf dem Bauernhof gibt es zwei Fünfzehnjährige. Dann sind da noch sechs Zwölfjährige, drei Dreizehnjährige und vier Zehnjährige. Die älteren Kinder kümmern sich um die jüngeren. Wir haben sie aufgeteilt, so gut wir können. Die meisten von uns haben mindestens zwei „Kinder“. Es ist nicht leicht, aber wir haben ein Versprechen gegeben, und wir wollen es nicht brechen. Es ist leichter für mich, über unser Leben zu sprechen, wie es jetzt ist. Wir leben auf einem großen Hof. Das gehörte zum Plan meiner Eltern. Als offensichtlich wurde, dass das Virus alles töten würde, machten unsere Eltern Pläne für meinen Bruder, meine kleine Schwester und mich. Sie waren vorausschauend. Das war nicht bei allen Eltern so. Ich denke, wir hatten Glück. Sie bestanden darauf, wir sollten nach Süden gehen, wo wir im Winter nicht unter der Kälte leiden würden. Sie sagten uns, welche Bücher wir lesen sollten, um überleben zu können. Sie gaben uns Landkarten und brachten uns bei, wie man Feuer macht und Essen zubereitet, und dann starben sie.

The Promise

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A meteorite crashes to earth and a strange virus kills all the adults in the world. What would you do? Ryan and his brother travel south, stopping in towns on the way, searching for survivors, determined to save mankind. They’ve made a promise – never give up – never say die, and always help anyone they can find, even when those children seem to have reverted back to savages.

Reviews:

“I sat down on a Saturday afternoon on my porch and started reading The Promise by Jennifer Macaire. I soon came to the realization that I could not put this book down. I became totally involved in this story of children living in a devastated world. I read it from cover to cover and was totally satisfied with the experience.

I do realize that this is a Young Adult book that starts off with almost all people on the Earth dying, but Macaire handles this carefully and the read is acceptable for all ages. Although this book is mainly intended for boys, I think that girls will like it also. What I really liked about this story was the way Ryan, the main character, handled every situation in the story. The promise is something that all of the kids create about how they are going to live their lives. I think it is a good promise and will serve them well. They will create a better world to live in without violence and hate. Personally, I didn’t want to book to end.

The Promise is a great book any should not be missed by any Young Adults.”

~Conan Tigard for a Reading Review

“The Promise is a gorgeous uplifting little story. It reads like a combination of Lord of the Flies and the TV series Survivors. The novel takes the form of a journal written, in the third person, by one of the children and charts their experiences as they travel south to set up their new life.
What is particularly well written is their overall learning experiences. It would have been all to easy to make the story about young adults rather than children. The author could then have explained away their apparent knowledge of essential skills as the results of a conveniently wide range of further education. Jennifer Macaire doesn’t do this. Her characters range from infants to young teenagers. When the get sick they find books that tell them what to do. When they need to learn to ride or fish, again they find books.
It would also have been easy to make everyone friends who happily work together. Again, Macaire does something different. Some of the survivors are so traumatised by their experiences that it has a negative affect on their relationships.
All in all this is a superb original story of children’s ability to survive. Uplifting and enchanting.” 

~Eternal Night Reviews

Five Stars!  “THE PROMISE by Jennifer Macaire is a riveting short novel that speaks volumes about the fragility of human life. The setting is the near future, not unlike the world of today. A simple meteor enters the atmosphere of the Earth and lands near the Gulf of Mexico. Ten years later, a fisherman catches and is bitten by an odd looking eel with a shell. He promptly transports it to the nearest laboratory, where he jokes about having the fished named after him, Jake Brown. Instead a virus that starts in America spreads around the world and comes to be known as Jakebrown virus, after patient 0.

Initially countries accuse one another of biological warfare as it soon becomes evident that the fatality rate among adults is 100%. Children under fifteen are the only known survivors. One of these children, Ryan, at the age of fourteen decides to begin a journal to document the survival of the few children who survived the virus. By the time his parents die from the virus, when he is twelve, they succeed in training both him and his brother Alan how to survive and care for their baby sister Julia.

After recovering from the disease, Ryan sets out to fulfill a promise he made to his father. He and his siblings pack up and head for Paris to the centers that were set up for children orphaned due to the plague. Along the way there and to his final destination, he and his group look for any surviving children, particularly those who cannot care for themselves or have become subjected to abuse since the fall of the adult population.

Jennifer Macaire has crafted an excellent novel. Although this is a young adult novel, I would also recommend this book to older adults who enjoy inspirational pieces. Macaire’s story is chilling in its realism as the reader imagines such a catastrophe actually occurring in modern days. Even more disturbing is the way Macaire portrays how ill equipped modern children can be in areas of basic survival techniques, though I daresay that Ryan was better prepared than many adults. Most important, THE PROMISE portrays realistically that despite devastation, as long as there is a glimmer of hope, there will always be survivors. This is a book to be enjoyed by readers who enjoy adventure fiction or science fiction/future world plots.”

~Katherine Maria Scott All Rights Reserved. Sime-Gen reviews

Welcome to Paradise

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Welcome to Paradise

Growing up on an island paradise isn’t as easy as one might think. Sugar is infatuated with the boy next door, worried she won’t make the cheerleading squad, and even more worried that she will. She is paranoid that because of the horrendous scar on her face, no one really expects her to succeed at anything. Her sister is smart, her mother is a legendary model, and her father is a famous artist. Her family’s success sets a high bar for her to live up to.

Everything changes for Sugar when a plastic surgeon removes her scar. The surgery makes her beautiful, but she makes the shocking discovery that being beautiful can be awful. When she finally discovers who she is, and what she wants from life, it nearly destroys her tightly knit family. She must confront abuse, an elopement, loss, and a secret her father has kept from her all her life. Sugar is struggling to pull everything together and find her own version of ‘Happily Ever After’.

Reviews:

Wonderful island life! 5 Star Review ~ by R. de Regnauld

“Couldn’t put it down! Loved the simple pleasures of island life and the colorful characters! It was a great escape! I’m sad it’s over.”

An intriguing YA read you won’t want to miss. 5 Star Review ~ by heath1005

“Wow. I don’t know where to start when it comes to Welcome to Paradise. First off, I will say that this book is unlike any other I’ve ever read. For the first two pages, I’ll be honest. I struggled a bit trying to get a sense as to where the story line was going. Reading more like a memoir at first, I didn’t know what i was getting into. But due to the fact that Ms. Macaire has a flair and magnetism with her teenage voice, I was so far pulled into the words that it didn’t matter anymore.

This is Sugar’s story. She lives on the exotic island of St. Thomas. (A plus off the bat for me for the diversity in the characters) After a freak accident as a child, Sugar is scarred on one half of her face. She’s not ugly, just damaged on the outside. Inside, she’s a sweet young girl who is struggling to find her way more so than most kids her age. Her family is fairly wealthy, but she never exhibited annoying qualities from that. In fact, Sugar looked at everyone in a positive light, regardless of being closed off to a lot of people. But when the one boy she’s always been head over heels for starts paying attention to her, then things change.

Eventually her scar is removed, but with one bit of her recovered physically, she loses something emotionally at the same time. And oh my was that a sucker punch to my heart. No spoilers here though, just know that the one thing she does lose makes way to a future that’s completely unexpected.

Welcome to Paradise was a journey to me, not necessarily just a story. A lost girl growing up, discovery love and heartache in a way that was just unfair, but needed at the same time. I enjoyed this heroine. I really did. She was real to me, a girl who you want to root for no matter what. She’s not the popular girl, nor is she the nerd. She’s simple, flawed, and someone young girls everywhere–including teenage me from the past–will probably be able to relate to.

Welcome to Paradise is a brilliant example of how a young adult book should be written…at least to this very picky reviewer. It doesn’t stray from reality, it doesn’t shy away from sex and some language either, and I appreciate that because, lets face it, young adults out there do those things, therefore making this book something more realistic. I’d probably say Welcome to Paradise is more so a book for ages sixteen and up…but every parent is different, so take my advice as literally as you’d like. Overall, I highly recommend readers of every age take a chance on this book. It’s heartbreaking, it’s beautiful, it’s a story that will stick with you for days. Not a lot of books make feel this way either. 🙂 Well done Ms. Macaire, you’ve earned a fan in me.”

Murder and Mayhem (M.U.C.I)

MURDER AND MAYHEM

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Meet May, the vampire killer. She takes life seriously having been killed by a mob of rogue vamps. Her father, a powerful necromancer, brought her back to life. She’s MUCI’s best man, er, woman, well, zombie actually, for catching rogues, so when corpses show up with signs of having been killed by a rogue, May gets the case.

Clues lead straight to Bartholomew Aelfrith, a vampire, whose sense of humor and blond good looks are enough to convince May he needs killing…even if he’s not the killer. If he makes one more joke about her chop-sticks, she’s going to stab him in the heart with one. The problem is, Bartholomew is the only person who can catch the killer, so May has to put up with his wise-cracks and his penchant for picking up strays.

But if he says, “I’ve got a plan” one more time, she’s going to scream.

“May is an infamous vampire killer…but that is not the only supernatural thing about her. She’s a zombie with a weak ankle. When abominations start showing up around town, all leads point to Bartholomew Aelfrith, a hunky vampire who is centuries old. The only problem is that Bartholomew is set on proving his innocence and there is a growing attraction between the two. …This is a great paranormal read that takes a fresh look at vampires and zombies.”

~Night Owl reviews

Jack the Stripper (M.U.C.I.)

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Jack the Stripper (M.U.C.I. Files Book 1)


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Welcome to The Purple Dee. Pull up a chair and get settled in, the show will start soon!
Our featured performer tonight is Jack the Stripper. He’s Jack Severn, newly back from the dead. He’s magical, he’s hot, but evil he’s not!

Our very own Jim Ling-Li, Necromancer extraordinaire brought him back to life, gave him some extra features, and as you’ll see, made him irresistible—especially to Jack’s ex-girlfriend Brianna. Jack’s sexier than ever, and they’re better together. But she doesn’t want to risk her heart, not again, and definitely not with a zombie.

Jack also has a mission. He’s back to catch the Heart Taker, the mutant that’s been terrifying human and undead alike. His current obsession’s none other than Jack’s Brianna.
So give a big hand for Jack…he’s going to need all the support he can get to catch his own murderer.

Zombie Jack is a hoot. Jack Severn, our hero, is a corpse. Did someone scream, “Necrophilia!”? Really, this one will be a treat to fans who enjoy horror movies with a touch of zany humor. While this one is not too scary, the macabre corpse humor is something to be savored, right from the start when the hero’s arm falls off at the bus station .[…] There are more layers to the story that the bare backbone of a plot that I have given here. The story is really enjoyable as Ms Winston deliciously brings on the zany dark humor in a manner that really appeals to the fan of the macabre in me. The humor is not too overpowering or too farcical – just enough to keep me laughing. There is already a beautiful kind of poetry in the premise, what with a hero who lacks a heart, but is in love, and who is supposed to be dead but ends up a hero instead. The story doesn’t disappoint in delivering a fun Tim Burton kind of romantic adventure where I am concerned…” 

~ Review by Mrs Giggles

The Secret of Shabaz

The Secret of Shabaz

The Secret of Shabaz

Once upon a time, there was a brave and noble unicorn whose name was Shabaz. So wondrous was this beast, so loyal and devoted to his mistress, that he gave up his horn to a powerful magic to save her and her infant daughter from the evil and terrible Dark Lord, a necromancer. He travels through time with his precious cargo, and Birchspring, a warrior elf, to a place they believe will be safe. Two hundred years have passed. Tania, a servant lass, toils in the stable of the once mighty Castle Storm. An orphan, Tania has only her Grandfather Birchspring, and the tired old war horse she tends. Her life is hard and dull with drudgery. Until Tania hears that a new Dark Lord has risen, and threatens the centuries of peace the countryside has enjoyed. It is not all she learns. “Grandfather” Birchspring can no longer contain the secret of Tania’s heritage. The tired old war horse can no longer maintain his masquerade. Together, the three cannot sit idly by while the evil force that destroyed Tania’s mother returns to finish what he once started. Ill equipped, with only great heart and noble purpose, they ride to war. But it is more than battle they encounter. And it is only the force of love that will endure. Love, and the unicorn’s final, precious gift.

“Here is a solid little fantasy adventure with a strong heroine and plenty of action. …this novel would be a good choice for junior high school readers.”
~ Diane Emge, VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

The Secret Of Shabaz is a wonderfully engrossing, finely detailed adventure through mystical lands, bursting with elves, spells and secret surprises. Author Jennifer Macaire has written a magical masterpiece! Reminiscent of Tolkien’s engrossing works, The Secret Of Shabaz is sure to delight all readers of fantasy fiction.”
~ The Road to Romance

The Secret Of Shabaz by Jennifer Macaire is a wonderful story that I would definitely recommend to my friends.”
~ Young Adult Reviewer: Louise Aged 13 for Romance Junkies

10 out of 10!
” …This young adult fantasy will also appeal to all fans of Tolkien and Terry Brooks. Jennifer Macaire is a very visual writer who writes entire scenes that come alive in the mind’s eye. The Secret Of Shabaz has magic, romance and a bit of mystery imbued into the story line so it will appeal to a variety of readers.”
~ Blether Reviews

“Though marketed as a book for teens, any one who loves fantasy, especially people who are already fans of Macaire, will love this book. It’s a read I’d suggest for parents and children to share, because both will gain a lot of pleasure from the experience.”
~ Gotta Write Network

“A classic story is redone in this book. Offering the same fairy tale qualities as Snow White, this book kicks it up a notch by giving us an extremely strong heroine with a mind of her own. Add to that a cocky unicorn with attitude to burn and an extremely conservative elf and you have a true masterpiece. The characters are definitely the book’s strong point, with all being uniquely their own. This is truly a book to be kept at your bedside and read often!”
~ Young Adult Reviews/Romance Reviews Today

“This science fiction mystery has a fascinating premise that readers will find pulls them into the story line almost from the start.”
~ Harriet Klausner

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The Secret of Shabaz was published in Thailand – here is the Thai cover!

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