Author of the Month: Joanna Vander Vlugt

Opal Writers Magazine || MARCH 2022

Joanna Vander Vlugt is an indie author and illustrator. She hosts a podcast called JCVArtStudio from the Dressing Room which provides authors and artists an opportunity to tell their story–a dress rehearsal before taking their book launch or art show on the road.


Her legal thriller Dealer’s Child is a 2021 Canadian Book Club Awards finalist and placed #60 on Amazon’s top 100. Her debut novel, The Unravelling, was a 2019 Canadian Book Club Awards finalist. Her previous publications include her short essay No Beatles Reunion for the Dropped Threads 3 anthology, Beyond the Small Circle; Egyptian Queen for the Dead in the Water mystery anthology and The Parrot and Wild Mushroom Stuffing for the Blood on the Holly mystery anthology.
Her Woman Empowered, motorcycle series has been shown in art shows in Victoria. Joanna’s illustrations have been purchased world-wide. Joanna’s fashion illustrations, motorcycle illustrations and motorcycle commissions can be viewed on her website http://www.jcvartstudio.net or on Instagram @jcvartstudio

Dealer’s Child, the second novel in the Jade & Sage thriller series, is now out and has made Amazon’s top 100, placing #60.

“First I will destroy you, then I will hurt the ones you love, then you’ll beg me for mercy.”
Does opium have an expiration date?
Jade Thyme must delve into her mother’s free-spirited past if she wants to prove her father was murdered and hadn’t died from a cocaine overdose.
Legislative Clerk Adam Young’s husband drops on Jade’s desk damning evidence regarding the island’s once feared drug dealer, Oscar Cooper.
Immediately Jade and Sage are targets as they uncover generations of drug dealers, while hiding from an arsonist determined to destroy them. Is it all connected?
From her mother’s ghost appearing on the picnic table to a possessed typewriter tapping a warning, 1968 clashes with the present as Jade uncovers a deadly secret while trying to stay one step ahead of a murderer hellbent on revenge.

“Action packed novel with fantastic characters that are hard not to fall in love with. I couldn’t put this book down!”

“Reading about the past and the present was like getting two stories in one and I love how vividly the mother’s story was written, whether she was in the past or the present! I loved the action on the streets of my hometown where Jade and Sage get themselves in some tough situations and are constantly escaping danger. It’s great seeing the return of some of my favourite characters.”

Available on Amazon or at jcvartstudio.net

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