J. She brings home the fantasy series Third Ward
Whether it’s chatting about characters or twists and turns, family or friends, neighborhoods or homes, Jess Elle finds her way home. She’s circling the concept a few times, a formidable task as the Houston native clings closely to an expansive definition of home. It resurfaces in the conversation in various forms: home ownership; the itinerant life of a military family; the way neighborhood stores and people leave an impression and sometimes fade away. After the last page of her second book, “Ashes of Gold”, She thanks “Houston, on the southeast side, off Scott between Sunnyside and Third Ward. Thank you for the magic you inspire, the greatness you produce.
Last year, the writer – who publishes under the name J. Elle – contributed his own magic to Third Ward, which was written in his first novel “Wings of Ebony” under the name East Row. Her summoner was Rue, a teenage girl taken from East Row, after her mother was killed, and taken to Ghizon, an island full of magic, where she learned she possessed great power as a mid-god, half human. Despite being Elle’s first book, “Wings of Ebony” immediately became a bestseller. This week, she completes Rue’s story with “Ashes of Gold”.