That is until Emarie Lukins, a writer 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.
As Emarie digs into Dorothy’s warped reality, she discovers a tangled web of abuse, deceit, manipulation, and murder. But when she discovers Dorothy’s true identity, her boss, Jim, desperately tries to keep the information under wraps.
Disagreements between Emarie and Jim result in the story’s cancellation, personal revelations, Emarie’s resignation, a hefty bribe, and the attempted murder of a former coworker.
In revenge, Emarie writes a book that reveals Dorothy’s true identity and exposes Darrington, Maryland’s cover-up of her despicable deeds. But when Emarie gives Dorothy a copy of her book, Dorothy goes into a rage, resulting in the loss of two more lives.
Will Emarie outsmart Dorothy? Or will she become another of Darrington’s dark secrets?
WHAT REVIEWERS AND READERS SAY ABOUT SHATTERED LIES
5-star Review: "[Shattered Lies] is… an absorbing mystery. I was hooked from the beginning." —Michelle Stanley, Judge, Reader’s Favorite
"What a great story! [Shattered Lies] was unputdownable. The pacing was spot on. Emarie is ... relatable, smart, likable, and a well-developed character. JM Hughson has an amazing writing style and the perfect voice for the genre." —Judge, Writer’s Digest, Self-Published Books
"… Lots of twists and unexpected turns. Utterly LOVED reading it." —Deborah N., Ontario, Canada
"Shattered Lies is … not only suspenseful, it’s funny and relatable." —Janine H., Virginia
"... thoroughly enjoyable... LOTS of turns ... A late-night attention-grabbing book." --Karen H., Maryland
"Enjoyed Shattered Lies ... clever plot development ... skillfully developed characters ... could not put the book down." -- Unknown Reader
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
WHAT REVIEWERS AND READERS SAY ABOUT GWENDOLYN: IDELBURY SERIES BOOK 1: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
5-Star Review: "Be Careful What You Wish For is a great story ... packed with action ... the story grabbed me from the first page ... thoroughly enjoyed this story ... looking forward to volume 2"-- Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
"... grabbed my attention from the very first page ... a mix of fantasy, suspense, romance ... I loved it! ... JM Hughson used detail and imagery that appealed to all five of my senses!" -- Writer's Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards
"... An exciting adventure ... with an elaborate plot ... [JM Hughson] can bring every character and situation together in the end. An amazing read."-- Unnamed Reader, Virginia
"A delightful read full of fantasy, imagination, and adventure." -- PJ, Maryland
"An enchanting, intelligent, witty fantasy about real life with an empowering message for young and old."
-- Barbara B. PhD, Pennsylvania
"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 it was coming to the end. I hope there's a sequel!!!" -- Geri D., Pennsylvania
"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., Pennsylvania
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?
The Venice Book Festival in beautiful Venice, Florida is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2022.
If you're in the area, stop by and get a signed copy of Gwendolyn: Idlebury Series Book 1: Be Careful What You Wish For and Thane: Idlebury Series Book 2: Magic & Mayhem. Plus, be one of the first readers to get a sneak preview of Prudence: Idlebury Series Book 3: Pure Evil.
And get signed copies of book 1 and book 2 in the Shattered Series: Shattered Lies and Shattered Dreams. Shattered Dreams is currently under the scrutiny of my editor. So it will be hot off the press for the festival.
Looking forward to seeing you there!