J.L. Eck

I think I lived in Hawaii in a prior life...

I've always been obsessed with the beach. I grew up in southern California and spent a lot of my teenage years at the beach. I first vacationed in Maui in 2006 and instantly fell in love with the islands and the people and I just knew that I had to live there. I moved to Oahu later that year. I hiked every trail I could find, got into rock climbing, and I kayaked and snorkeled. I took trips to explore each of the islands. I was so inspired by the majestic Hawaiian islands, the Aloha of the people and the myths and legends of the ancients that I started writing my first novel, Naupaka Blooming.

I always wanted to write but in my twenties I followed a more practical (safe!) career in business instead. Story ideas continued to come to me over the years though and I always jotted each one down, never taking the time to actually follow my true desire to be a writer. Until Hawaii!

My current project is a fantasy thriller series with a bit of romance mixed in. This time I set the story in Portland Oregon. No beaches :(

I met and married my soul mate in Hawaii (I had the beach wedding with the real live native Hawaiian priest that I'd always dreamed of!) We now have a 3 year old daughter and two dogs. We recently moved back to Portland where my husband is from. I love Portland but I sure do miss my beaches (and everything else about Hawaii...)

I love reading as much as I love writing. I'm a big fan of fantasy. I love exploring ideas such as time travel, astral projection, ghosts and guardian spirits and reincarnation. Get me hooked in a good book and I'm lost to the world!

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Author's books


Ancient – a trilogy about a Brazilian woman who wins a trip to Hawaii. She gets lost in the jungle during a guided hike and somehow steps through time and lands in ancient Hawaii. The ancient people mistake her for a Goddess. As she tries to find a way back to her time, she grows fond of the people and falls in love with a man. Will she ever make it back to where she belongs? And if she does will she ever be truly happy there now?

Naupaka Blooming: A Hawaiian Romance


In ancient Hawaii, young princess Leilani has an auspicious encounter with a sea turtle, her family guardian spirit animal, and soon after she unexpectedly falls in love with Kanoa, a commoner, someone who she is forbidden from. The young lovers believe they have the blessings of the gods so they try to find a way to be together anyway. But dark forces have other plans for Leilani. Leilani and Kanoa are separated and their lives each end tragically. Ever after, the naupaka flower, the symbol of their love, mourns Leilani and Kanoa by growing with only half its petals.

Centuries later, Liz finds herself navigating a new life in Hawaii, the land of her ancient ancestors. Between making new friends and new romantic pursuits, she learns of the naupaka flower and its tragic love story. She has a strange encounter with a sea turtle and learns that the sea turtle is her ancestors’ guardian spirit animal. And then she finds herself intensely drawn to a local man she’s never met before. Or has she? When she starts having vivid dreams about what seems to be a prior life, she wonders. But dark forces gather against Liz now, much as they gathered against Leilani so long ago.

Will Liz ever find the love she’s always wanted, or will she — like Leilani before her — be caught up in a tragedy as old as the naupaka story itself?

Naupaka Blooming is a contemporary coming-of-age love story set on the beautiful island of Oahu. If you like tropical settings, cultural exploration, a little romance mixed with a little fantasy and compelling stories linking the past and present, then you’ll love this exotic novel from J.L. Eck.

Buy Naupaka Blooming today and get carried away to the islands!

Summer’s Shadow

Summer Frost is a Native American woman with a chip on her shoulder. As a detective in Portland, Oregon, she takes her frustrations with the world out on the criminals she chases down. Even as she walks a fine line between right and wrong, she prides herself on always following the law. Until one day when she nearly loses her life trying to protect a friend from a kidnapping and Summer’s spirit is released from her body. Summer’s body is rushed to the hospital, still alive, while Summer’s spirit rushes off to bring justice to the kidnappers.