A native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx, J L Hill spent his adolescent years in Fort Apache, the South Bronx 41st precinct during the 60’s, during a time when you needed a gang to go to the store. Raised on blues, soul, and rock & roll gave him the heart of a flower child. Educated by the turmoil of Vietnam, Civil Rights, and the Sexual Revolution produced a gladiator. Realizing the precariousness of life gave him an adventurous outlook and willingness to try anything once, and if it did not kill him, maybe twice.
12 years of Catholic education and a couple more in college spread between wild drug-induced euphoric years, which did not kill him, gave James a unique moral compass that swings in any direction it wants. A scientific mind and a spirit that believes nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough guides his writings. He enjoys traveling to new places and seeing what life has to offer.
James began writing short stories and poetry back in his early years, and in his twenties, he moved on to novels. He worked in the financial industry and later earned a degree in computer programming, his other love. James has a successful career as a software engineer designing, developing and maintaining systems for the government and the private sector. He has been programming for nearly forty years in various languages.
After years in the computer world he returned to his first love, unleashing the characters in his head. Still a hopeless insomniac, he feels free to pound out plots. J L Hill is a prolific storyteller writing crime stories, fantasies, and sci-fi, with a slant on the dark side of life.
The next step on his journey naturally led to the business of publishing. He started RockHill Publishing LLC not only to publish his own work, but to give others access to the literary world. His computer background and experiences in word processing give him insight into what it takes to create good books.
The Killer series is an adult crime novel centered around the life of Bulletproof Morris ‘Mojo’ Johnson. Killer With A Heart introduces us to the young gangsters and mobsters in the conflicting worlds of Organized Crime.
Killer With Three Heads has the boys from the Bronx return as international criminals and more deadly than ever.
The Emerald Lady is a pirate/mermaid adventure/love story set in the Golden Age of Pirates and the first novel in the fantasy Gemstone Series.
Pegasus: A Journey To New Eden, his science fiction deals with the emotional effects of technology, and answers the question, “How do I feel about nuclear war?”
Killer With A Heart
The story begins at daybreak early June 1971. Morris is walking back to the corner hangout, Raven Social Club, reflecting on the events of the past evening. He has just survived an attempted mafia execution and has giving himself another alias, “Bulletproof”, because he survived the shootout in a bulletproof limousine. His reflections lead back several weeks to the plan hatched by Nicky Nails, his friend and self-appointed leader of the gang.
Nicky Nails, as he is called because he claims he can chew nails and spit bullets, is an up-and-coming Mafioso who can’t wait to get his bones. He tells the group of five boys, ranging in age from 15 to 18 years old, about a money drop of a rival mob family at the deli on the corner. The Deliman leaves his teenage daughter, Elizabeth in the shop as the bagmen make their drop-offs. The plan is for Bulletproof to distract the girl while the others sneak in and steal the money. It is supposed to be a quick and easy job, but the gang takes a month to crack the safe in the stock room. Bulletproof feels insulted by the Deliman and screws the daughter to ensure her silence, but her father finds out about it and orders him killed. After his escape from the bulletproof limo, he kills the Deliman.
The robbery, which nets 500 g’s, exposes the Banoa family short-changed the Rocci family and the Godfather. It sets the two mob families on an escalating path of war. The ‘Banana brothers’ (teenage sons of Joe Banoa) rob Nails’ drugs and money. The older of the Banana brothers has a crush on Morris’ girlfriend, Maria, and tries to steal her away from him. Her refusal is the final insult; Joey pulls a hit on the Raven Social Club and kills Maria and a couple of the other gang members. With the death of Maria and her unborn child, Morris sets his sights on the Banoa family.
Murder follows murder in barroom shoot outs and other deadly traps sprung by the boys. However, Joey Banana manages to elude Bulletproof’s vengeance just as he escapes Joe’s.
The pair track Joey to Miami where Russian hookers, Lana and other girls from the Doll House, seduce the boys with sex and drugs while they keep a vigilance on the mansion Joey is holed-up in. Finally, Yana tells them her boss kidnaps young girls from their villages for his prostitution business and Lana’s sixteen-year-old sister is next in line. They want Morris to kill their boss back in New York and they will poison Joey. Morris agrees to the hit. Nicky tells him it is dangerous to be a killer with a heart. Morris forbids the girls from going after Joey, he wants the pleasure of killing Joey.
Nails is told he can make his bones if he gets rid of his friend Bulletproof. He knows it is time to make a move on the Godfather that will force him to give up Joey Banana and end the contracts on their lives. Bulletproof finally kills Joey Banana. Nails sets up a hit on Bulletproof using one of the black gangs Bulletproof built up and Morris fakes his execution. Nails is a made-man and assumes the Banoa family. Bulletproof kills the Godfather by injecting him with the Russian poison.
Killer With Three Heads
Bulletproof Morris ‘Mojo’ Johnson returns to New York as John Morrison after 10 years absence to find the people responsible for kidnapping his daughter, Maria. After faking his death, Morris went to Aruba and the Bahamas to run the drug business. Elizabeth and Maria join him in Aruba. There he is recruited by the NSA to train commandoes to fight in Colombia in the War on Drugs. He trains Vicky to be an assassin and a commando. He becomes a weapons dealer and develops guided missile and drone technology.
Nicky ‘Nails’ is about to replace his father as the head of the New York Mafia. His ties to the street gangs is strong and even though he hasn’t seen Morris in four years, since he disappeared in Colombia in 1980, the two are still thick as thieves. Nicky’s power is being challenged. The Chicago Mafia is trying to take control by splitting the New York families. Against Nicky wishes Mojo sent gang members to Chicago, a move that threatened both organizations.
Mojo knows that FBI agent Tom Green is behind the kidnapping of his daughter, he doesn’t know if Tom Green is working for the Chicago mob or the government. Both would benefit by proving he is still alive. The Chicago mob would use the information to undermine Nicky’s position. The government could force Mojo to turn over the technology he developed, and silenced his knowledge that the War on Drugs was really an attempt to take over the Venezuelan oil fields.
Senator Carter and Representative Webber used the war on drugs to push the Colombian drug lords across the border into Venezuela to destabilize the government. When Mojo realizes they plan to kill Vicky to get her brother a Senator on several Subcommittees to okay a secret war in Venezuela, he warns the drug lords to stand their ground. Morris takes three shots to the chest on a raid that is a setup to kill Vicky. He winds up in a Venezuelan labor camp where he is tortured until he comes up with the plan to build the Commander’s secret airstrip in a river bed. He escapes with the help of the Commander’s Venezuelan sex slave, Giselle.
It is now that MoJo informs Vicky of the plot to kill her by the agent working with them, the man she had fallen in love with and married in his absence. Vicky kills her husband and rejoins Morris who now must returns to New York to deal with those that kidnapped Maria and Akilina.
Morris kidnaps the FBI agents working out of Elizabeth house and hides Elizabeth. His plan is to force FBI Agent Sam Black to track down his former partner Tom Green and Sgt. Warren, an NSA operative, so he can have his revenge.
The girls are held in a trailer home inside a warehouse. They try to escape by using an iron to set fire to the bed. When that fails, they stab and kill one of their captors in a second escape attempt. Maria is forced to watch as Akilina is raped and killed.
Morris uses a cruise missile to destroy the bunker in Washington D.C. where Sgt. Warren runs his operation. The government gets the technology for the missile and the two Congressmen, who ordered kidnapping, are murdered.
The Emerald Lady
A fantasy pirate/mermaid love story set in the golden age of Pirates – 17th – 18th centuries
The Rummy Gale is sailing in stormy seas off the coast of America in 1698. It is a Carrack laden with pine lumber from Virginia bound for England. Jeremy Simmons is a midshipman on the commercial vessel, he brought a young boy, Jack, on the voyage to save his family from financial ruin. The ship breaks apart in a hurricane and sinks.
Jeremy puts Jack on a makeshift raft but he is drowning. He sees a large fish or shark coming towards him. He realizes it is a mermaid and he fights to free himself from her. Shera pulls him down to a sunken ship and leaves him in an air pocket.
Shera returns to the Mermaid Queen, Rehema, and asks for help to save Jeremy’s life. The queen refuses to send any other mermaids and forbids Shera to continue to aid him. Shera defies the order and returns with food. She transforms to a full woman while inside the ship. Jeremy patches the hole in the ship’s side and Shera calls on a whale to push the boat over a natural gas field. The ship floats to the surface and the whale dies from pushing the boat.
Rehema is furious with Shera and sends the mermaids to bring the two back to the underwater liar. She curses Shera, taking away her power of transformation, and trapping her in human form, but she must always be surrounded by water. She makes Jeremy immortal; he cannot die as long as Shera is alive. Mermaids live for a thousand years. Shera is only 300 years.
The other mermaids, the Queen’s sister and Shera’s sisters go to the Himalaya to seek the help of the last dragon. The Queen had Jeremy put back on board the ship, The Sea Queen. She puts the ship in the Windless Sea where the seaweed is so thick it holds the ship in place. Jeremy is staving and thirsty.
The mermaids nurse Jeremy back to healthy and tell him how they were once the guardians of the Earth. The Moyitan tricked Mankind and Mermaid to take him to the Tree of Life. Mankind taps the Tree and drinks the sap. It turns him human and shortens his life. He stops caring for the Earth.
God punishes the other two by making Mankind and Mermaid incompatible. Mermaids that mate with men give birth to humans; they become human and can never return to the sea. Mermaids that have sex with men can never give birth to a mermaid. Those that never mate give birth to mermaids once every hundred years. Mermaids must return to the sea by the full moon or they become human. The Moyitan was turned to a dragon for leading them to the tree.
Once healthy, the mermaids connect with Jeremy through telepathy who can see Shera is chained to a rock in a cave where the water only rises to wet her feet once a day. The mermaids swim ahead to free Shera and protect her from the Queen.
When Jeremy arrives, months later, the mermaids have carved an elaborate bathtub from solid emerald. It is a translucent and in the shape of a nautilus. In water Shera’s powers are at their peak, like all mermaids she can control people minds.
Jeremy learns one way to break the curse is to kill the Queen. Shera does not want to confront Rehema, who is also her mother, and wishes they sail away somewhere safe. She uses her powers to attract a crew for the ship they renamed, Emerald Lady. Jeremy is driven to sail to New England. Rehema uses her powers on the Governor to have Jeremy arrested as a pirate.
Jeremy is hung and buried. Shera suffers the pain of the broken neck. The next night Jeremy neck is healed. Jeremy realizes the Queen plans to keep torturing him to punish her daughter. Jeremy vows to track down the Queen. The mermaids won’t kill Rehema but if he traps her on land during the full moon she will become human and the curse broken.
Rehema, once again, has Jeremy executed and turns a young minister into a pirate. She reveals Shera and the emerald tub, she instructs him to only cover her with a boy’s ration of grog a day. She directs the pirates in attacks against the French to kill the mermaids that aided Jeremy and Shera.
Jack grows up and 12 years later steers the Emerald Lady into a powerful squall. The rain and sea water washes over the ship and returns Shera to full power. As she walks from the captain’s quarters to the forecastle deck, the pirates go crazy fighting over her. Jack takes command of the ship and sail back to Jamaica to search for buried treasure. The chests contain the body and head of Jeremy. They are placed in the emerald tub with Shera during the full moon where she heals him.
He now has a plan to capture the Queen. They go to France to build a submarine. With the help of the remaining three mermaids, they trap Rehema in a golden net. They suspend her above the water in the same island cave she imprisoned Shera. After the full moon passes she is human. Shera and Jeremy live out their life on the mermaid’s island.
PEGASUS: A Journey To New Eden
Zackary Topps is an indentured worker for United Space Industries. He is on a shuttle from USI Colony 5 to the Pegasus workstation for a twelve-hour shift. His life, like everyone else’s, is hell. It is the mid-twenty-first century and mankind has stepped into the future with a reckless disregard for humanity.
Technology has taken a giant leap forward. Advancement in manufacturing, the Space Spider, a fusion reactor makes mining asteroids a profitable venture. The Space Spider, developed by USI, ushered in a new age of colonization. Like colonization in past centuries, it resurrected the same vices of bygone eras, starting with prisons and quickly expanding to other industries and societies.
Pegasus is the upside of this technological revolution. The first starship is destined for a four-year one-way trip to Alpha Centauri. She is an Ark; USI has transplanted Earth aboard Pegasus for the journey. For Zack, and his fiancée Zuri, they couldn’t leave fast enough.
Leaving a corrupt world is not easy. The Saudi Royal family wants Pegasus for themselves and starts a nuclear war to cover their attempted high-jacking. However, they fail to leave Colony 5 in time and Pegasus is launched with just Zack and Zuri onboard. The United States Space Defense Station, commanded by General Newton, leads the worldwide devastation while simultaneously gathering up the space colonies. The lovers watch as the world tears itself apart in all-out nuclear war.
Zack and Zuri are trapped on Pegasus, not knowing where it is headed. They know there are still a few thousand people left alive in the colonies of Mars and the moons of Jupiter, but without the ability to contact them, they are virtually the last of mankind. To take control of Pegasus they enlist the aid of the ship’s artificial intelligence, The Teacher.
Isolation drives Zack to rebel against technology, reverting to a primal existence. While Zuri is absorbed by Pegasus as she fights off her fear of loneliness. They gain knowledge of their destination, Mars, and Zack executes a dangerous plan to commandeer the ship from its security lockout. He unleashes a lion on Zuri and when the computer can’t stop the attack it transfers control to him to intervene. The incident returns childhood memories and fears that Zuri had buried and Zack didn’t know existed.
On Mars, insanity preceded them. The colonists died fighting over survival plans. Zack commits to finishing Mars’ conversion to a viable habitat for any stragglers who will need a new home. Zuri discovers she is pregnant and this brings them joy and hope on Pegasus. It is short lived. A problem arises at the colony and Zack returns alone during a monstrous dust storm. He enters the work area with an active spider, a deadly mistake.
Heavily pregnant, Zuri mounts a rescue mission. Zack relies on his army training to survive until Zuri reaches him. The stress of the mission sends her into labor and she has a natural childbirth on Mars. They return to Pegasus and begin searching the space around Earth that is shrouded in radioactive dust. Pegasus transforms into the Garden of Eden as the pair decide to disengage most of the security systems that keep the animals within their habitats. Life is idyllic.
Zack studies the reports from probes launched into the cloud. Zuri calls him, one-year-old David is missing. An exhaustive search of the ship turns up empty and Zuri descends into a catatonic state. Zack, sure that God has cursed them, prepares to destroy Pegasus and put an end to humanity for good.
David reaches out to them from within the Teacher. The boy’s intellect is accelerated beyond comprehension. For Zuri, it is a miracle, to Zack, the Teacher has returned a monster. David recounts the survival of the Earth’s colonies, now facing certain doom. They plead with David to save the people, and he takes them to a part of the ship that had been hidden from them; a nursery of thousands of incubating children. This is Pegasus’ real mission.
Zack convinces David that to survive while letting others die, especially those who are counting on their intervention, is the same as destroying the ship. They return to earth just in time to help some escape. Gen Newton is trapped within the aggregating dust cloud, the fate he had planned for those who defied his authority.
Pegasus survives the rescue but it takes twenty years to recover from the damage. She finally lands on the blackened Earth and renames it New Eden.