Jane Ann McLachlan
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About Jane Ann McLachlan
Jane Ann McLachlan was born in Toronto, Canada. She started writing stories when she was five years old, and has been reading literary fiction, science fiction and historical fiction in equal measure all her life. She received her B.A. in English Literature from York University and her M.A. in Canadian Literature from Carleton University. Before becoming a full-time writer she taught at Conestoga College.
She has three published science fiction novels under the pen name, J. A. McLachlan: Walls of Wind, and two young adult science fiction novels, The Occasional Diamond Thief (winner of the Alberta Publishers Award (APA) for Science Fiction and featured in the National US magazine, VOYA) and The Salarian Desert Game (runner up for the APA and listed in Canadian Top Books For Teens). She has four published historical fiction novels under Jane Ann McLachlan: The Sorrow Stone (winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award for Historical Fiction), The Lode Stone, The Girl Who Would Be Queen, and The Girl Who Tempted Fortune. She is also the author of a writers' workbook titled Downriver Writing: The Five-Step Process for Outlining Your Novel; two College textbooks on Professional Ethics published by Pearson-Prentice Hall; and a memoir, IMPACT: A Memoir of PTSD.
She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with her husband who is also a writer, and their bilingual dog, Frenchy, a papillion breed. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Robert J. Sawyer reviewed The Walls of Wind and had this to say:
"Look out, C. J. Cherryh! Step aside, Hal Clement! There's a new master of truly alien SF, and her name is J. A. McLachlan. THE WALLS OF WIND is doubtless THE debut novel of the year."
-- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning science fiction author
Tamora Pierce read The Occasional Diamond Thief and The Salarian Desert Game and said:
"Tense, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading--I tore through this! Kia and Agatha are a fascinating pair, Kia so practical, down-to-earth, and wilful; Agatha so mystical and driven. More, please!" ~ Tamora Pierce
You can learn more about J. A. McLachlan and her books on her website at: http://www.janeannmclachlan.com
Connect with Jane Ann on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeann.mclachlan
What others are saying about her:
"In ways SF readers can favorably compare with icons of the genre, such as Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree Jr. and Robert J. Sawyer, WALLS OF WIND boldly weaves anthropology, psychology, drama, future history, even meteorology, into a tapestry of viewpoints and epiphanies that propel McLachlan's characters toward a necessary and illuminating change in their collective relationship. ... If you read no other "alien" authors this year, don't miss WALLS OF WIND." - Bookreporter
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"Strong, character-driven Science Fiction -- McLachlan makes you both care and think. You can't ask for more. I enjoyed both books in this YA series, and hope to see a third."
-- Tanya Huff, Aurora Award-winning author of The Silvered
"I loved it from the first page and couldn't put it down!!"
"I loved the writing style of the author; her characters are diverse and very real." Steve
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When Robert of Naples died in 1342, beautiful, sixteen-year-old Joanna and her younger sister Maria became the heirs to one of the largest, wealthiest and most sophisticated kingdoms in Europe.
Born in a male-dominated world in the passionate south of Italy and surrounded by ambitious male cousins with an equal claim to the crown, will these sisters be able to maintain control over their kingdom? With only their wits, beauty, and the love of their people to aid them, Joanna and Maria, bound together by their strong love and fierce rivalry, are prepared to do anything to hold onto their beloved Kingdom.
But can they survive a kidnapping, court intrigues, civil war, and a royal murder from tearing their Kingdom apart? Find the answer in this gripping true story of 14th Century Europe.
Start reading The Girl Who Would Be Queen by multi-award-winning author Jane Ann McLachlan today.Praise for The Girl Who Would Be Queen:
"Absolutely fascinating!" ~D. D., Amazon reader
"Be prepared for the ride – once you start, you won’t want to stop reading until the princesses meet their fates." ~ Barbara B., Amazon reader.
"I couldn't breeze through this detail-rich book, nor could I put it down. It's a historical drama, first and foremost, but one leavened with romance, betrayal, greed and discovery." ~R, Campbell, Amazon reader.
"If you love the historical genre this is a must read." M.48, Amazon reader.
"Definitely a great read! I want more!" ~Tajuana, Amazon reader.
What if you could pay someone to take away your sorrow?
In the middle ages people believed a mother mourning her child could "sell her sorrow" by selling a nail from her child's coffin to a traveling peddler.
Lady Celeste is overwhelmed with grief when her son dies. Desperate for relief, she begs a passing peddler to buy her sorrow. Jean, the cynical peddler she meets, is nobody's fool; he insists she include her ruby ring along with the nail in return for his coin.
A strange but welcome forgetfulness comes over Celeste when the transaction is completed – until she learns that without her wedding ring her husband may set her aside, leaving her ruined. She embarks on an urgent journey to retrieve it. But how will she find the peddler and convince him to give up the precious ruby ring?
Pretending to be on pilgrimage, Lady Celeste secretly hunts for the peddler. In dreams and brief flashes her memory begins to return, slowly revealing a dangerous secret buried in her past. Will she learn what she needs to know in time to save herself, or will the knowledge destroy her?
If you like realistic, well-researched historical fiction with evocative prose, complex characters and a unique story, you’ll love The Sorrow Stone. Travel to 12th Century France with this compelling story based on an actual medieval superstition.
"J. A. McLachlan is a terrific writer -- wry and witty, with a keen eye for detail.”
~ Hugo award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer
"Strong, character-driven fiction -- McLachlan makes you both care and think. You can't ask for more.”
~ Aurora award-winning author Tanya Huff
In an era when it was believed that no woman possessed the strength and wisdom to rule a kingdom even in peaceful times, will the beautiful, passionate twenty-two-year-old Queen Joanna, sole monarch of the Kingdom of Naples, be able to survive the cataclysm about to break over her?
If you like accurate historical fiction based on real historical people and events, full of the drama, excitement, political intrigue, romance, and battles of medieval Europe, you'll love The Queen Who Sold Her Crown, by award-winning author Jane Ann McLachlan.
During the second half of her reign Queen Joanna 1 celebrates the greatest victories of her life and endures her greatest defeats. Under her rule Naples becomes the most enlightened kingdom of medieval Europe. But as Europe becomes increasingly embroiled in wars, both political and religious, Queen Joanna is caught up in the Great Schism within the Catholic Church. Can she maintain her kingdom until the end, and will she have an heir to leave it to?
Enjoy the exciting finale to Queen Joanna's reign!
The Lode Stone, a Historical Fiction novel by award-winning author Jane Ann McLachlan, explores the consequences of a desperate bargain made by two men in the face of death, and the woman who must live with their bargain.
Three years ago Melisende’s husband, Simon, went off with Lord Bernard and his men to join King Phillip of France on the Third Crusade.
Now Lord Bernard is dead and his son, Lord Charles, has come home from the crusades with the last of their men -- and Simon is not among them. Lord Charles claims Simon died saving his life. Melisende suspects there is more to the story. Left to fend for herself and her two young children, Melisende is determined to discover what really happened to Simon at the battle for Acre. The truth is far stranger and more unsettling than she could ever have imagined.
If you enjoy true-to-life historical fiction based on real events, with all the passion, drama, and heartache of life in Medieval Europe, you’ll love The Lode Stone, written by multi-award-winning author Jane Ann McLachlan.
On a sunny spring morning, Jane Ann McLachlan was driving her daughter Caroline, newly home from university, on a routine errand. Their affectionate banter was suddenly broken when a jeep barreled into their car. The impact trapped McLachlan in the car with multiple injuries and resulted in severe PTSD.
McLachlan takes us on a deeply personal, immediate, and emotional journey through PTSD. She is forced to surrender her illusion of control and re-evaluate what it is that gives a life value. In telling her story, she captures the impact of PTSD on its victims and their families, and shines a light on the unacknowledged truth that PTSD is not something that only happens to war veterans or victims of abuse, but something that can happen to anyone.
Impact is the story of how a life can be shattered in the blink of an eye, and of how to begin again.
WALLS OF WIND
What if males and females were two separate species?
Within their shared city-state, the Ghen and the Bria struggle to live together. Briarris is determined to change that--to evict the Ghen into the wild forests beyond the walls of their city. But when Briarris learns the terrible secret at the heart of their civilization, everything changes. Suddenly, the attacks on their city walls take on a sinister new meaning.
Yet despite the danger, the division between the Bria and the Ghen is increasing. With the help of a handful of Bria and Ghen, Briarris fights to save their civilization from the dark secret within and the fierce killers just outside their walls.
WALLS OF WIND combines speculation on sociology, anthropology, and gender relations with the tragedy, suspense and triumph of individual characters. If you like thought-provoking, character-driven speculative fiction and a unique and gripping story, you’ll love this incredible journey into another world.
"Look out, C. J. Cherryh! Step aside, Hal Clement! There's a new master of truly alien SF, and her name is J. A. McLachlan. THE WALLS OF WIND is doubtless THE debut novel of the year." ~ HUGO award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer
"If you read no other "alien" authors this year, don't miss WALLS OF WIND." ~ Bookreporter
THE OCCASIONAL DIAMOND THIEF
Kia’s father, a space merchant and explorer, was never the same after he returned from lock-down on Malem, a planet ravaged by a lethal coronavirus pandemic. Haunted by nightmares and recurring fevers, he finally reveals to Kia on his deathbed a secret he’s kept hidden for 14 years: a stunningly beautiful Malemese diamond. The problem is, it’s illegal for anyone who isn’t from Malem to own one of their diamonds.
The only way Kia can discover what happened to her father during the epidemic and solve the mystery of how he came by such a priceless gem is to visit Malem—but what if her vaccination doesn’t protect her from the most recent strain of the virus?
Winner of the 2016 Book Publishers of Alberta Award for Science Fiction.
Featured in the acclaimed VOYA magazine.
"Tense, thrilling, edge-of-the-seat reading--I tore through this! Kia and Agatha are a fascinating pair, Kia so practical, down-to-earth, and willful; Agatha so mystical and driven. More, please!" ~ award-winning author Tamora Pierce
"Flawless - The Occasional Diamond Thief was one of those rare stories where I found myself hanging onto every word. McLachlan delivers a fast-paced, unpredictable story with perfectly-executed twists. Descriptions were succinct and epigrammatic with no room for boredom. It felt so real, it was almost like being in the theater with a surprise treat at the end that you do not want to miss."
~ BittenbyBooks review
"J. A. McLachlan is a terrific writer—wry and witty, with a keen eye for detail. ~ Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo-award winning author.
"Strong, character-driven Science Fiction - McLachlan makes you both care and think. You can't ask for more." ~ Tanya Huff, Aurora-award winning author