Books by J.D. Lakey
Pychic warrior children from the planet Tearmann. Galactic grave robbers. Witches and dragons. A vengeful warrior on a devastated planet. Peel back the layers of the mundane world and you will find the magical, the supernatural, and yes, even the divine. Master storyteller J.D. Lakey leads readers through tales of science fiction and fantasy that push the boundaries of how we define ourselves as human.
Black Bead: Book 1 of the Black Bead Chronicles
Cheobawn - the daughter of the ruling First Mother to the dome - is marked with the Black Bead on her Choosing Day, a symbol of bad luck and shame. Finally of age, Cheobawn is chosen to join a pack to act as the psychic Ear on a foraging mission outside the dome. She knows this is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day.
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award: Silver Honoree: September 2016; Indie Reader Approved, 4.5 star rating: July 2016; Library Journal Self-e Selection: July 2016
Bhotta's Tears: Book 2 of the Black Bead Chronicles
Following their nearly disastrous first foray together outside the dome, the newly-formed Blackwind pack is just getting used to their new lives together, and their bonds continue to strengthen. But Cheobawn can feel something ominous about to happen, something that will put her entire village and everyone she loves in mortal danger.
"Bhotta's Tears shines with beautiful writing, a creative plotline, and vivid characterizations. Even animals shine with rich inner lives and distinct personalities. It is a joy to read." - Amazon top 1000 reviewer, Vine Voice
Spider Wars: Book 3 of the Black Bead Chronicles
Winter is a time of quiet industry under the domes. At least it should be. Calamity is stalking the tribes of the high forests. The storms have killed too many of them, man and animal alike and now the bennelk warn of a new threat coming at them from out of the Wastes. Follow Blackwind Pack on their third adventure as Cheobawn and Connor use their wits and their Luck as they explore the wild world in which they live.
"Have you ever seen a slow-motion video of a flower unfolding from bud to full-blown? The deeper I get into this series the more that image comes to mind." - K.L. Vosswinkel, Amazon Reviewer
Storm Child: Book 4 of the Black Bead Chronicles
Everyone in Windfall Dome is frantically preparing for the coming Trade Fair, the once-yearly meeting of all the dome cities on Tearmann. Dome pride demands that everything must go without a hitch. The caravans from the other domes are en route and expected any day so everyone must do their part, including the Blackwind Pack. But something is hunting the citizens of Windfall Dome, and only Cheobawn can find its source.
"Fasten your seat belt for this rollercoaster ride! In this page-turner, the 10 year old protagonist must careen through a quagmire of conflicting influences to pluck the thread of the only future that offers hope to herself and her loved ones." - Rebecca Lindquist, Amazon Reviewer
Arrow's Flight: Book 5 of the Black Bead Chronicles
Cheobawn, Black Bead Ear, warrior witch, and exile from the domes, now sails with Samwell Wheelwright down the great River Liff. Without her omeh, without Blackwind Pack, without the comforting presence of the land above the Escarpment, she must make her way to Dunauken, the Lowlander city on the edge of Orson's Sea. What she must do there is anyone's guess, but time is running out. To keep her Pack alive, Cheobawn must get to Dunauken first and face the darkness that has consumed all her timelines.
"All five books have been so well written. They draw you right in and take you for a ride." - Amazon Reviewer
ChoosingDay and Other Short Stories: An Anthology of 18 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories
This collection of 18 short stories features science fiction and fantasy tales that push the boundaries of how we define ourselves as human. From an origin story of Cheobawn of The Black Bead Chronicles series, to tales of lost cities at the edge of the universe, dragons, wizards, and even an Alice in Wonderland retelling. If there is a common element or a theme, it is that all the protagonists are fierce, resourceful, independent, and madly in love with the world, no matter how alien the landscape.
Taurok's Vengeance: Book 1 of The Throne at the End of Time
Five hundred years of war have just come to a bloody end in one great catastrophic blast. Who won? Taurok is not sure. It was not the loyal Royalists—they are all dead except for a few stragglers like himself. Not the Rebels, surely. Their casualties were just as great. Too stubborn to die, the giant Zendalian is hunted relentlessly through the ruins of the once great city when he stumbles upon a dying Royalist soldier. Mortally wounded, Taurok settles beside him to sing the death song that will take them both across the Veil to the halls of the Gods of War. But the dying boy has other ideas. He is a she and she is Ancellian, which makes her the last Queen of the Crimson Eyrie. Hope fills Taurok's heart as he dreams of getting his revenge for the death of everyone he has ever loved. All he has to do is keep her alive.