J. L. Jackola is a Delaware native and University of Delaware alum who discovered her passion for writing in grade school when she wrote a short story that earned her a spot in a local writing workshop. She’s been creating fantasy worlds ever since. Her debut novel, Ascension, Book One in her Unbound Prophecy series, was released September 2018 through Indie Gypsy Publishing. Descent, Book Two, was released in September 2019. When she’s not weaving tales, she can be found curled up with a good book, logging miles in her running shoes, or spending time with her husband and three children.
Ascension is the story of Violissa and Sinow, whose hearts are bound through an ancient prophecy written by the Fates. Head strong and free spirited, Violissa dares to push against the confines of the prophecy. Her decision causes a chain of events that not even the Fates themselves could have foreseen. As she and Sinow come to realize just how deeply the prophecy is woven through their hearts, they must fight betrayal, treason, and even one another to undo the damage she has caused before their world comes crumbling down around them.
Tynan’s curse has left Violissa trapped in another world, far from Sinow’s reach. With no memory of her past, she must fight the remains of the curse as it ravages her mind. To save her, Sinow will risk everything, leaving his throne vulnerable to his brother.
After biding his time in the Banished Realm, a vengeful Tynan seizes his chance to take what he feels is rightfully his. Left alone to defend the realms, the Councils find they are no match against Tynan’s twisted power. With the absence of their king and queen their magic weakens and the realms suffer.
As Sinow struggles to rescue Violissa, the prophecy veers further from its original path and the world he left behind may never be the same.
Sinow and Violissa have returned home but after a thousand years away the world they once knew no longer exists. Tynan has wreaked havoc on the realms leaving only the Banished Realm safe from his tyranny. That safety is threatened as the barrier protecting it begins yielding under the constant torrent of Tynan’s attacks.
Expecting to confront Tynan immediately upon their return, Sinow instead faces the reality that Violissa remains mortal and powerless. Together they must find a way to bring her powers back before Tynan and his Torathar break through the Banished Realm’s last defense. As the prophecy winds them down yet another path, will they falter once again and leave the prophecy further unbound?
Violissa has been kidnapped by Tynan, her powers stripped, her immortality stolen. Held prisoner in a world from which there is no escape, she discovers a history buried in time as her presence awakens a land once thought to have been lost forever. Drawing upon her connection to the land that now holds her captive, she will be pushed to the edge, using every bit of her wit and strength to escape Tynan’s grasp and find her way back to Sinow.
While Violissa fights for her survival, Sinow struggles to save her, finding no entry into her prison. Wrestling to make sense of this new twist in the prophecy’s path, he is forced to wait in agony as each day passes, confronting his own demons in the process.
Their journey will bring to light the Fates’ true intent and reveal the ultimate cost of Violissa’s initial step from the prophecy’s path. Will this be the final act or yet another redirection of a prophecy still unbound?