Jubilee by JL Simpson

Jubilee Dunn has a secret...and it might just save the world. Rogues, spies and Scottish lordlings abound as Miss Dunn takes Europe by storm.

Jubilee is the adopted daughter of a psychic and part time magician. When her mother decides to work full time on a daytime television talk show, Jubilee is sent to Europe to finish her education, but a dark and deadly team of assassins and hypnotists are threatening the world, and there are more important things than homework...

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Jan. 12, 2010
  • Last updated Jan. 12, 2010
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  • Shelby Z.'s avatar
    Shelby Z. wrote 3 years, 4 months ago

    This is a very different story. I like the way you start it off right away. It gets the reader's interest up.
    Your words are simple but very well chosen to keep things creative.
    Your pitch and title are good.
    Good work on your book.
    best wishes.

    Shelby Z./Driving Winds

    P.S. Please take a look at my pirate adventure Driving Winds, when you have a chance.

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    rikasworld [Retired] wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    I think this is very, very good indeed! Beautifully written and funny and the pacing is spot on. I'd buy it any day. I have two niggles - Regency period is a bit earlier and Edinburgh is spelt like this, although it's pronounced like you've spelt it. Love the idea of someone being more tone deaf than Bob Dylan. What's a Dove bar by the way? Over here it's soap. Great book. It's staying on my watchlist for future backing ...
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  • elmo2's avatar
    elmo2 wrote 3 years, 4 months ago
    i like this, read about the first five chapters, the initial summary was good, general enough while still introducing characters and story line, I like the odd characters, psychic (apparently a real one) and magician, the first person narrative in the first chapters helps to establish the young woman's, Jublilee, character, which seems youthful and appropriately willful, but yet caring and somewhat guarded, and it is Jublilee's willingness to move on and participate in her adventure I think that brings ...
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  • Tod Schneider's avatar
    Tod Schneider wrote 3 years, 5 months ago

    Greetings. I just finished chapter 1. It's delightful! Really clean writing, plenty of humor...I think this will be a winner with teens at very least, and perhaps a broader audience. Nicely done!
    --Tod Schneider
    The Lost Wink

  • jlsimpson's avatar
    jlsimpson Author wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks Lisa for both the kind words and the backing. And the starring.
    Jubilee is my next big edit project...

  • Lisa Lawton's avatar
    Lisa Lawton wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    You've done it again, JL.
    I actually had goose-bumps running down my arms and legs when Nedda read aloud the card from the envelope. Now that's what I call an author who knows how to captivate their readers. This is seriously great writing and is going to snuggle-up to your other book on my shelf. Again, 6*s.

    Lisa. x

  • liberscriptus's avatar
    liberscriptus wrote 3 years, 6 months ago
    Read what you've got posted, and I think you're off to a good start! The opening chapter really grabs the reader by introducing the psychic element, and the narrative is quite well-written. I think it's interesting how you've thrown so many pop culture references in, and I think it really ads an element of realism. The dialogue flows naturally, and Jubilee seems like a very interesting and familiar MC - someone we can all relate to, especially with her attitude ...
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    JKass wrote 3 years, 6 months ago

    A quick start, makes it hard to put down. Jubilee is a powerful MC and well put together. This book is full of promise, adding it to my W/L so I can come back to it when I have more time. Highly starred!

  • Lorri's avatar
    Lorri wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    A nice loud and lively start!

    I did note though a typo.. rediculous - ridiculous.

    Other than that, a fun and entertainng read, and wow... what a life!

    Funny too! Especially the last line.


    Lorri (Euphoria - When a demon deals drugs there are no repeat customers)

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    Fromante [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Hello JL, I am not qualified to give constructive advice and constructive criticism. However, I am qualified to say what Iike, and I like your writing and Jubilee. Good Luck. Sorry I am late commenting. Just give your book another slow read through and correct those little niggling things, you will see them when you sit back and think about it.

  • lionel25's avatar
    lionel25 wrote 5 years, 6 months ago

    Ms Simpson, I liked your first chapter. Good mix of dialogue and narrative. I have one insignificant nit. Terms like "dog eared" are usually hyphenated as "dog-eared."

    Happy to back this.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

  • Bradley Wind's avatar
    Bradley Wind wrote 5 years, 6 months ago

    It looks like you've given up on Authonomy...that's too bad. I think Your short pitch is well done (your long could use some extra spice though... but still attractive.)
    Hope you return one day!
    Best of luck to you.

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    Jesse Hargreave [Retired] wrote 5 years, 6 months ago

    Backed January 24.

    Jesse - Savant

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  • klouholmes's avatar
    klouholmes wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    Hi JL, Your characters have immediacy and presence as they well-rendered through Jubilee’s POV. Her wacky situation and journey held my attention. The narrator waiting at the airport was mysterious since she apparently changed flights? I was a little confused there. Her hiding scene and hearing her mother’s name certainly heightened thing and launched the plot. The writing is vivid and exciting before that happened! Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

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    jhoom [Retired] wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    I love Jubilee's voice. She is a delightful character. Good luck with this!

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    Beval [Retired] wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    Excellent pitch and i'm taken with your young heroine, she is a character with plenty of promise.
    The whole back ground is entertaining, I hope this does well.

  • Sandie Newman's avatar
    Sandie Newman wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    This is excellent, the cover sort of reminds me of Julianne Moore and the pitch totally hooked me. The opening is brilliant, entertaining and the pace is perfect, nice and fast with witty dialogue and hilarious lines, I love the counting of the excalamation marks. Brilliant brilliant stuff which will do well. Backed with pleasure.

    The Crown of Crysaldor

  • Adam_Landau's avatar
    Adam_Landau wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    A very engaging read with a great main character and superb central conceit. The langauge and narrative zip along nicely delivering on the promise of the pitch and would no doubt do very well with its target market. Good luck with this - deserves to do well.