Goodbye Junco



JA Huss


Published on December 2, 2013

Science Fiction
Three years ago Junco Coot was an insane sniper. Three weeks ago she was a prisoner being tortured in a morph tank. Three days ago she was nothing but billions of molecules floating in a sea of darkness.
Today, Junco Coot is the key to saving or ending the world.
Three years ago Raubtier Aves was the captain of the Avian Military. Three weeks ago he was trying to forget Junco ever existed. Three days ago he was given a gift of eternal salvation.
Today, he will give that gift back.
The Angels are here, the end is coming, the Demons have been released and Lucan has a past that ties it all together. Seven thousand years of waiting for revenge is over and there’s just one more question that needs to be answered?
Who will be there at the end?
New Adult Addiction New Adult Addiction New Adult Addiction
This series is about aliens. Aliens who came to Earth thousands of years ago, then left.
And left lots of things behind. Including people.
And then they RETURN.
Clever title for Book Five, right?
I spent two years writing the Junco series. In fact, I pretty much spent all of 2012 doing nothing but writing the first four and a half books of Junco. I spent most of this year writing about Rook and Ronin. Except this last book, RETURN. I wrote this in September. It took me about six weeks, which is a pretty quick considering that CLUTCH took me almost five months.
CLUTCH barely touches the surface of what this series is about. In fact, if you only read that book, you have no clue. At all. Because Junco in CLUTCH isn’t really Junco. She’s just a girl on the run who has severe trust issues and a mysterious winged warrior wants to take her away.
But the reason he wants to take her away is what this series is about. No one has ever been sure of Tier as the books proceed. One minute they love him, then they’re on the fence. Tier wasn’t really sure where he stood with Junco until THE MAGPIE BRIDGE. Then everything comes barreling towards the climactic fifth book where everyone gets their say.
RETURN has six points of view. Lucan, Tier, Annun (my favorite walk-on character), Tessen, Ashur, and Junco. This is different from all the other books because we only get Junco’s POV for CLUTCH, FLEDGE, FLIGHT, and RANGE. MAGPIE is from Tier’s POV to set up all the interwoven plots of RETURN.
Looking back, my favorite book has always been FLEDGE. I think most people like that one. It’s got a lot of action in it, lots of death, of course. And Junco is at her best. She’s not yet figured out any of the really bad things that are happening to her. Her memories are safely tucked away inside her, so they are no threat. And she’s powerful. She kicks ass in FLEDGE. Maybe a little too much ass, because all of those ass-kicking things set her up for the end of FLIGHT.
Junco is very powerful in FLIGHT as well, but the insanity is really taking hold in this one. She returns to Earth only to find that everything she ever believed has been a lie. She gets the job done, but she pays a terrible price for her success.
RANGE ties with FLEDGE for my favorite Junco book because this is the real Junco. Totally bat-shit insane, crazy, dangerous and unpredictable. I loved writing that book but it was not quick. FLEDGE practically wrote itself. It was strange how easy that book was to write. But RANGE was the most difficult because it’s nothing but one long fall for Juncs.
Lucan is my favorite character in this series. Lucan needs his own series, that’s how much more I have to say about that man. But I’m done with these guys I think.  I hope you enjoyed it because I really enjoyed writing it.
So, goodbye Junco, Tier, Ashur, Annun, Tessen, Sera, Inanna, HOUSE, Isten, Braun, Ryse, Esta, Arel, Rikan, Moju, Irin, Mish, Gideon, Cora, Hando, and Lucan.
I’ll miss you.


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About JA Huss

JA Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for an Audie award in 2016, and her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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