The Just-Us League have had a great year! Not only did we start our website and blog, but lots of our members have published books and stories, some for the very first time.
We’ve released our first three anthologies, From the Stories of Old (December 2016), Between Heroes and Villains (June 2017), and Whispers in the Shadows (October 2017). We look forward to announcing future anthologies during 2018, so make sure you check back in the new year for news on our next project! Don’t forget, you can also follow the Just-Us League on Facebook and Twitter, too.
Our members released the following books during 2017:
J.E. Klimov – The Aeonians
Isabel Deran only wants to practice archery with the castle guards, and that is the last thing expected from an elegant Princess. However, an evil, once thought to be sealed away in a prison in which time does not pass, breaks free with an army that swarms the castle…
YA Urban Fantasy
Natalie’s life sucks. Her crazy dad just escaped from prison, her new foster home is a dump, her teachers hate her guts, and, oh yeah, she’s possessed. By demons. And they want out…
Matthew Dewar – Nightmare Stories
YA Horror Short Story Collection
Twelve young teens learn that happily ever afters only exist in fairy tales. Jessica has heard the rumours about drop bears, but are they real? What will Connor see on the prison tour?
P.K. Lasky – The Stone Eagle
YA Historical Fiction
“The day will bring pain,” the Master Trainer says. No one doubts his word. He will work his cadets until at least one of them drops to the dirt. Drops and can’t rise again. Earns a ticket to see the Greek. Someone has to be the first to fall, but shame will rain down on anyone who gives up before the young barbarian among them… and Matthi the Goth is no quitter.
Elise Edmonds – Where Carpets Fly
YA Fantasy Adventure.
Fly for fun … fly for fear … fly for freedom … friendships are forged and loyalties tested in this magical fantasy adventure. Read now and let your imagination fly!
Finally, we’d like to share our members’ wrap-ups of 2017 and exciting writing plans for 2018:
“In 2017, I expected to finish and release Upgrade, the sequel to my first novel, Augment. However, the editing process has taken longer than planned. As I am at last approaching the final editing stages, I now plan to release it in 2018, and I can’t wait to share the continued adventures of Viki and Halle! Also arriving in 2018 will be the first book of an eight-book gaslamp fantasy fairy tale retelling series. When magic and technology mix, the results are often unexpected! My first collaborative work will be releasing in 2018 as well–a fun fantasy novella I cowrote with fellow JL member Kristy Perkins, it contains magic, dragons, and adventure. As for the secret projects I have in the works…well, more information on those will be forthcoming soon.”
“January 12th is the deadline for Secret Project #1. Secret Project #1 is pretty much done at this point, so right now I’m focusing on editing Secret Project #2 (the next draft is due at midnight on Dec. 31st). March 14th is the final deadline for Secret Project #2. And in September, I start Secret Project #3. Between those, I will focus on editing Powerful and actually starting on one of my still-unnamed fairy tale retellings.”
“I won’t be officially setting 2018 writing goals, but I do have plenty of projects on the go, so stay tuned for updates! Early in the year, I shall have an exciting announcement about fairy tales, which I can’t wait to share…”
The Just-Us League wish you all a very Happy New Year!
Elise Edmonds lives in a quiet South Gloucestershire village, where she spends her free time with her husband and two cats, and enjoys attending local fitness classes, watching movies, and playing the piano. Pursuing writing in her spare time as a creative outlet is a way to bring the magic back into her everyday life.