A Thriller For Adults & The Idlebury Series For Everyone!

A mystery thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

Dorothy Hall Is Darrington, Maryland's Darkest Secret


That is until Emarie Lukins, a reporter for the Washington Intelligencer, is assigned to write a story about a sixty-five-year-old woman who killed her twenty-five-year-old lover.


When Emarie’s boss, Jim, gives her a file that contains only a one -page document and a photo of the world’s homeliest woman dressed in a T-shirt with the words World’s Best Mom on the front, Emarie’s gut screams for her to refuse the assignment. 

Before she can back out, she is trapped in the depraved world of Dorothy Hall. Emarie digs into Dorothy’s warped reality, untangling a web of abuse, deceit, manipulation, and murder, revealing Dorothy’s true identity. 

When she uncovers damaging information Jim is desperate to keep under wraps, Emarie’s own world is turned upside down. 

Nonetheless, Emarie is determined to write a book that proves Dorothy is not who she claims to be and exposes Darrington, Maryland’s cover-up of Dorothy’s despicable and deadly deeds. 

In the end, Emarie’s book shatters lies and lives, putting her life at risk.

Will Emarie outsmart Dorothy? 

Or will she become another of Darrington’s dark secrets?

Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For. A YA fantasy for readers of all ages.

Gwendolyn Fanny Has An Unimaginable Imaginataion


And after two weeks of housebound boredom, her imagination has run amok. 

One day, as Gwen stares out a window, wishing for power, admiration, and adventure, a story in Universal Scandals magazine grabs her attention. Gwen discovers the Queen of Idlebury in Dimension XIII is searching for her long-lost adopted daughter. 

Gwen’s belief that she is the real Princess of Idlebury tears her from her world of make-believe and throws her into a reality not even she could have imagined. Worse, she must prove she is the princess by enduring a series of harrowing events.  

Her journey begins when a force catapults her through the thirteen dimensions and drops her in Personadonia where she befriends two of her other selves and a young dragon. 


While she endures tests of moral fortitude in the Field of Wisdom, jeopardizes her life by waking the dead, survives poisoning with rotteroot, and defies the paparazzi, the great dragon queen of Beastonia clashes with the Soul Seeker and King Morrebidd of Deadonia to save Gwen’s soul. 

Gwen’s journey ends at the Royal Assembly after she enters the Wall of Passages and undergoes a test that no one has ever passed. 


But she doesn’t know that her last wish changed her destiny forever.


 Is Gwendolyn really the Princess of Idlebury? 


Or did she need to be careful what she wished for? 



National Indie Excellence Awards

Young Adult Fiction


Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Children/Juvenile Fiction

Thane: Idlebury Series Book 2: Magic & Mayhem. The fantasy continues as Thane gets himself in big trouble. Will he survive?

Last Night At Ten O’clock This Morning, An Empty Wagon Full Of People Ran Over A Dead Horse And Killed It


Prince Thane of Idlebury is a very bad boy with special powers—powers that could get him killed. And when he takes a nocturnal trip through the thirteen dimensions while reciting the above age-old curse, performing illegal magic, and creating mayhem, every creature in the universe knows he has found the long-lost book A Magic Maniac’s Many Ways to Make Mischief.


Immediately, a universal battle for the coveted book ensues, putting Thane’s life in danger. Realizing he’s in big trouble, he travels to Dimension X and begs his sister Gwen to help him. 

Soon Gwen unravels the secret meaning of the old curse and discovers the plot of three of the most devious kings in the universe to kill Thane, take possession of the book, and gain control of every being everywhere.

In the end, Thane merges with two of the kings and transforms into a hideous creature—a creature he must overpower in order to save his life and the universe. 

Will Thane pay the ultimate price for his misdeeds?

Or will he live to learn that magic and mayhem are a dangerous combination?


News & Reviews

Important Update

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Shattered Lies

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Venice Book Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020 has been cancelled. Please take precautions and stay well. Hope to see you next year.  -- JM Hughson


 Shattered Lies: 

Jessica, Heather, Pam, Cheryl, Barbara, Susan, Janessa, Stephen, Kimberly, and Melissa.

Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1-Be Careful What You Wish For: 

Tamara, Samantha, Beverly, and Amy

Thane: Idlebury Series Book 2-Magic & Mayhem: 

Michelle and Christy

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What Readers & Reviewers Say About Shattered Lies

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Shattered Lies


... Lots of twists and unexpected turns. Utterly LOVED reading it... I want more from [JM Hughson] 

-- D. Nanton 

Ontario, Canada

... A quick and thoroughly enjoyable read... LOTS of turns ... A late-night, attention-grabbing book. 

-- K. Hoffman 


 I very much enjoyed Shattered Lies... clever plot development ... skillfully developed characters... could not put the book down for very long .

-- Unnamed Reader 

From God Knows Where

 Shattered Lies is one of those books you start reading, and the next thing you know, hours have gone by... twists and turns you do not expect.  It's not only suspenseful, it's funny and relatable. Thank you, JM Hughson. 

-- Janine H.

 Woodbridge, VA


 5 Star Review: 

Shattered Lies by JM Hughson . . . an absorbing mystery... I was hooked from the beginning...  

-- Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite  


What a great story! .... I was entertained and hooked from page one. [Shattered Lies] was un-put-down-able.  The pacing was spot on. Emarie is... relatable, smart, likable, and just a well-developed character that comes to life on the page. An amazing writing style and the perfect voice for the genre. 

 -- Judge

Writer's Digest 

Self-Published Book 

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For

What Readers & Reviewers Say About Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For


"... An exciting adventure. Being with Gwendolyn through every twist and turn will leave you on your toes. JM Hughson is a great author with an elaborate plot who can bring every character and situation together in the end. An amazing read."

-- Unnamed Reader Centreville, VA

"A delightful read full of fantasy, imagination, and adventure." 

-- PJ 

Silver Spring, MD

"An enchanting, intelligent, witty fantasy about real life with an empowering message for young and old. "

-- Barbara B. PhD

 Newtown PA

"A splendid and engaging fantasy with good characters that face fears, desires, and seek a better self. It is rich in detail and emotion which submerged me in a complete world of character, plot, and setting."

-- Helen M. PBVM, Psy.D 

St John's NL Canada 

" I was engrossed from the beginning , and a bit disappointed when I was on the last chapter to know that I was coming to the end. I hope there's a sequel!!!" 

-- Geri D. 

Blue Bell, PA

"I enjoyed it. ... JM Hughson's writing style is superb. The story is far more complex than a young girl's fantasy. In fact, there's a strong moral, political, and economic message interwoven throughout, ala Gulliver's Travels." 

-- Fred B.,

North Wales, PA


"This book grabbed my attention from the very first page ... a mix of fantasy, suspense, romance ... I loved it!... a delightful read... JM Hughson used detail and imagery that appealed to all five of my senses!" 

-- Writer's Digest 

17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards

5 Star Review

Be Careful What You Wish For... by JM Hughson is a great story. I’ve read a few fantasy stories for young adults and this is one of the best. It's packed with action and the story grabbed me from the first page.  There is plenty going on to keep the attention of any age of reader ... There are underlying stories... The characters are well-rounded, likable and developed properly. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and am looking forward to volume 2.

-- Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite 

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