JM Lawler


J. M. Lawler (first name Jann) grew up creating whole worlds and drawing them. Then she didn’t draw them so much and began writing more. Either way, hunched over a desk exploring her mind has been her path. She prides herself on writing sexy stories with complex female characters cast in a powerful setting.

She currently lives in Adelaide, Australia, and when she is not writing can be found enlightening her inner geek with board games or satisfying her craving for misadventure with rock climbing. The River and the Ravages is her first book. She is currently working on the follow up to The River and the Ravages.

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The River and the Ravages

Aaliya Reiner is made of strong stuff. But when her mother passes on, she seems to lose her grip on life. Things don’t seem to get better with her sister, Maddalena, who’s estranged and enjoying the benefits that come in a marriage of power and opulence. Aaliya takes refuge in a passionate and hidden love affair, hoping to fill the void left by her mother’s death. But desire can be deadly and the Kingdom of Traegos is becoming a dangerous place. When the dark web of politics and power begins to ensnare the kingdom’s inhabitants, choice and chance collide leaving Aaliya with only one option left to survive. The River and the Ravages is a story about loyalty to oneself, one’s family and one’s history, and how sometimes, certain kinds of loyalty can do more harm than good.