R134XAtP_400x400A former staffer at The Washington Post and recipient of an honor in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Centennial short story competition, J.A. Jernay has begun to carve out a compelling niche in publishing: the travel mystery.

And since every good series needs a hook – letters, numbers, baked goods, you name it – Jernay has chosen one that is near and dear to the hearts of many readers.

Foreign lands and gemstones.

Both are quite familiar, of course. The world has been gobbling up stories about adventurous women ever since the eighteen hundreds, when the first so-called “caged birds” broke free of Victorian domesticity to explore Egyptian pyramids, travel overland to India, or plunge into the Congo. And finding a missing gemstone is, of course, one of the oldest plot devices in the world.

What’s changed is that today’s women face a very different set of twenty-first century challenges – alienation, questions of identity, shifted gender roles, and the collision of global cultures.

Bringing fifteen years of professional writing and editing experience to the series, Jernay looks forward to sending Ainsley Walker to exotic places in search of gemstones for many years to come.

Please contact me at j.a.jernay@gmail.com.

If you would like to read the entire Ainsley Walker Gemstone Travel Mystery series in chronological order, this is the sequence of titles:

The American Turquoise

The Uruguay Amethyst

The Argentina Rhodochrosite

The Puerto Rico Pearl

The Portugal Sapphire

The Spain Tourmaline

The Camino Crystal

The North Korea Onyx

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    • Thanks, Katie — it’s slated for a December release.

      This year has been quiet for Ainsley Walker, but 2016 is going to be her busiest year yet. Watch this website for a lot more activity, and be sure to sign up for the mailing list.


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