Novels

My current list of novels and novellas, ranging from fast-paced contemporary fantasy for all ages to near-future science fiction, along with ghost stories from the distant past and werewolf stories set right here in the present….

Novels about people who might be living right next door to you, balancing on that razor-thin intersection of where normal meets strange…


A Sudden Outbreak of Magic

ASOoMAug2012xMagic: more contagious than the common cold…

Kelley Strickland and her twin brother Jeroan accidentally step into an ancient battle between a power-hungry Sorcerer—who wants to rid the world of what he calls “renegade” magic-users—and a good Sorcerer who can barely remember his own name.

Kelley soon learns that her new-found way of using magic just might save her adopted city, her brother, and her new, magically infected friends. Or it could doom them all.

A fantasy novel for all ages about ancient power, growing up, and finding your place within those two very different realms. The first book in a new contemporary fantasy series.

“Michael Jasper brings the common touch to the most uncommon situations. Welcome to his world.” Nebula-winning author John Kessel


A Wild Epidemic of Magic

AWEoMAug2012Magic: the side effects are painful, if not fatal…

Two months after the explosive and unexpected ending to A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, Jeroan learns all about magic at Dr. Azure’s mysterious training center. Meanwhile, Kelley can’t even leave her hotel room in Dubuque without a chaperone.

When people they care about start disappearing, and people they didn’t think they should care about—like Dr. Azure—get attacked by rogue magic-users, Jeroan and Kelley must work together. Before this growing epidemic of magic turns deadly.

Unfortunately, they learn too late that magic no longer works properly, and they suffer some serious side effects whenever they use it…

The fantasy series for all ages continues!


A Lasting Cure for Magic

ALCfM2013_300Contagious magic: good luck trying to find a cure…

Two minutes after the shocking end to A Wild Epidemic of Magic, this third book in the series finds Kelley and Jeroan stranded in Dubuque, Iowa, after losing their parents—and all the Sorcerers they met in the past two months—to the vengeful Druid.

Apparently, the Druid did not enjoy his 200-year banishment.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the twins must once again work together to find a way to regain all of their magic, before time—and magic—runs out for good.

The fantastic third book in the Contagious Magic series, for all ages.


Contagious Magic

CM_Trilogy_SmallContagious Magic collects A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, A Wild Epidemic of Magic, and A Lasting Cure for Magic, all in one affordable and handsome package.


Family, Pack

FPAug2012Some family curses really should be passed on…

Tommy Roling does everything humanly possible to raise his infant daughter Corinne the right way. But a half year out of high school, Tommy finds himself a single parent as well as flat broke.

And, with every full moon, he can’t fight the urge to strip off his clothes and run wild through the pastures outside town.

So when a stranger shows up, slashed to death, the day after Tommy’s most recent full-moon run, Tommy must resolve this murder or he could lose what little he has left. That includes his innocent baby girl Corinne, who just might have inherited his werewolf gene from him.

A paranormal mystery about fatherhood, responsibility, and taking control of your own life, one full moon at a time. The first book in a new “Rural Fantasy” mystery series!

“Jasper has a real gift for evoking a mood” Kirkus Reviews


The All Nations Team

ANT_Cover_200x300An unlikely team of misfit players, and the coach fighting to hold them all together…

In his first season as head coach of the All Nations team, former slave George Grunion contends with racist crowds, low team morale, and… the ghost of the previous head coach.

And if George can’t hold the All Nations together, he loses more than his job and his team. He’ll miss his chance to fulfill the prophecy made by his prescient centerfielder Mack — that George will be reunited with his estranged family before the 1918 season ends.

If George doesn’t score this final run, he loses everything.

“Avid, talented newcomers like Jasper help us keep the faith.” Locus


A Gathering of Doorways

AGoD_Cover_200x300Sometimes you eat the forest, sometimes the forest eats you.

What would you do if your child was lost, and—even though you’d never admit this to anyone—it was all your fault? How would you react? Would you be a hero or a coward? And just how would you get your innocent child out of this situation?

These are all questions Gil Anderson faces when his five-year-old son goes missing somewhere in the dark trees at the edge of the family farm. On that fateful day, Gil must travel through his own version of hell to rescue his child before the forest eats them all.

What Gil doesn’t know is that his wife and son are also on their own dark, solitary journeys as well…

“In his third novel, speculative-fiction rising star Jasper offers a finely nuanced blend of fantasy and horror.” Booklist


Heart’s Revenge

HR_Cover_266x400A haunted romance. An unsolved mystery. And a centuries-old curse at the heart of it all.

Off the rough coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Ella Simon tracks down one manthe infamous pirate Blackbeard. She must identify a shipwreck off the coast of the island, but she and her divemaster Mitch Thompson discover much more than that.

They just have to stay alive long enough to solve the mystery of a young girl’s killer before the ghosts of dead pirates take them down to the bottom of the ocean, forever.

A haunted romance, a lovestruck mystery, and a pirate-filled adventure.

“Michael Jasper serves up something refreshingly different: a heady brew of ordinary folks making tough decisions at the far edges of reality.” Hugo-winning author James Patrick Kelly


The Wannoshay Cycle

Wannoshay_MBPAliens crash-land in snowy North America, attempt integration, and failviolently.

Less than a dozen years from now, over thirty black ships containing the aliens the world will come to know as the Wannoshay arrive on the frozen earth of the Great Plains of America and Canada.

Over the course of a year, the aliens attempt to become part of American society, only to be banished to internment camps when they are suspected of causing a series of deadly explosions at their new jobs.

A handful of humans who made early contact with the Wannoshay stand up for the oppressed aliens. They soon learn, however, that the aliens are not without guilt—a guilt that seems to be killing the Wannoshay with each passing day on Earth…

“An absorbing work full of unflinching looks at what makes us human, how we might react to be faced with the truly incomprehensible.” SF Site


The Prodigal Sons

ProdigalSons2013_300Three generations of Koopmans live—uneasily—under the same roof of a farm house twenty miles from the center of Holy Cross, Iowa.

Thirty-year-old William Koopman needs to move out. But Dad wanted him on the farm after Grandpa died, so William stayed, married his girl Marcy, and even brought her to the farmhouse to live. The poor girl made it a year before she bolted at the end of a rough winter.

A week after Marcy leaves, William’s shiftless younger brother John returns home. The prodigal son with no money in his wallet, but lots of ideas to make it all back in Holy Cross.

If they all survive this rainy growing season on the farm, it will truly be a miracle.


Novellas

The following novellas, also known as “short novels,” are now available from UnWrecked Press. Enjoy the following novellas about where normal meets strange…


Unassisted Living

Unassisted LivingRetirement: it’s not just for the elderly.

Thirty-six-year-old JB lives to inspire the old folks at Whispering Pines Rest Home. He listens to their stories, encourages them to get some fresh air, and makes sure they aren’t just sitting around waiting for the end to come.

But he’s not a doctor, not a therapist. He’s a resident of Whispering Pines, too.

When the finances for Whispering Pines hit the skids, the Home starts to earn the wrong kind of attention. And JB is left to confront the harsh reality of his past, and the reason he dropped out of life to retire three decades early. A reality he has been working hard to avoid since stepping foot inside Whispering Pines.

Sometimes life — and getting back to really living — requires some assistance.


The City of All-Worlds

The City of All-WorldsBartolamus the Sorcerer is dying. His days of adventuring and forging new words of magic are firmly behind him. Or so it seems.

As his trembling apprentice approaches his bedside with a silver whistle in his right hand and a tarnished bell in his left, the ancient wizard shares his history. He also reveals his plans for one last quest: an attempt to re-open the doors to the barred and mysterious City of All-Worlds, far away and spoken of only in whispers.

For the locked City of All-Worlds is rumored to hold a portal at its center that could link other worlds to this one. A portal of immense power and danger. A gateway that once made the world of Subaridon a vibrant and thriving land.

Will Bartolamus the Sorcerer return to the City and return Subaridon to its former glory? Or is this all simply the raving of a dying madman? Blow the silver whistle and ring the tarnished bell, and see for yourself…


Redemption, Drawing Near

Redemption, Drawing NearFirst contact between a priest and an alien…

Less than a dozen years from now, over thirty black ships containing the aliens the world will come to know as the Wannoshay arrive on the frozen earth of the Great Plains of America and Canada.

When communications break down between the military personnel of the humans and the leaders of the Wannoshay, Father Joshua McDowell gets a chance to make first contact with the aliens.

And just as he thinks he has come to understand the aliens and his new friend known as Johndo, Father Joshua realizes he has a lot more to learn. And what he doesn’t know about the Wannoshay just might kill him…

A Wannoshay Cycle novella.


The Last Sorcerer

The Last SorcererMagic: It can show up in the strangest places…

An old man sleeping in a cardboard box in snowy Chicago holds the secret of sorcery in his head. Thanks to the damage done to him by using magic decades ago, he doesn’t realize it. Most days he can’t even remember his own name.

But when two teens try to jump him in an alley, the magic Words come back to him at last, and he “infects” the kids with magic. And soon Chicago has a wild epidemic of magic on its hands…

An earlier, but still self-contained version of the novel A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, but with a slightly altered cast of characters and plotlines. Consider it the “alternate-world” version of the Contagious Magic story.