Jeffrey A. Ballard writes and lives in the Texas Hill Country just outside of Austin. From a small child he has always been fascinated with the ocean, leading him to earn a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from FAU and a M.S. in Acoustics from Penn State.

His overactive imagination followed him into academia, where he is currently a researcher at the University of Texas. Eventually, he circled back to a boyhood ambition of writing down all his dreams/daydreams/fantasies. He writes daily now and has found a wonderful second life for his college textbooks.

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The Solid-State Shuffle: Sunken City Capers Book 1 (Special Teaser)

It’s not theft if you put it back, right?

After cracking an underwater vault in their first major heist in the Seattle Isles, Isa and her crew think they’re on easy street again—that is, if they can figure out what it is exactly they stole. A question, they soon learn, where their very lives hang in the balance.

Thrust into a high-stakes game of subterfuge and deception by the local mob boss, Isa and her crew must scramble to unravel the mystery of what is they stole while unseen forces move against them.

Harried. Threatened at every turn. Isa and her crew must stay one step ahead to stay alive.

Sunken City Capers is a fun post-apocalyptic series with no zombies, just criminals and mischievous ne’er-do-wells. Fans of heist novels and strong female leads will likely enjoy this series.



Just Heroes

For once, Asher finds himself getting shot at for reasons not of his own making. Well … at least he thinks so. Could go either way really.

Forced into the unlikely role of hero on the Ceres Mining Colony, Asher must find a way to stop runaway mining payloads from devastating Mars, all while still achieving his team’s original goal. In a situation where secret agendas abound, Asher fights to save Mars while keeping his own motives unknown.

In this cleverly-told, action-filled science fiction novelette, Jeffrey A. Ballard, creates a fun-filled adventure where secret motives and crazy plans abound.


Underwater Restorations: A Sunken City Capers Novelette

High-tech Heist.

"Ballard delivers an engaging story with good technique ..."
—Tangent Online

Betrayal. On the run.

Flushed out from the criminal underworld of pilfering underwater graves, Isa must gamble to survive. Cut off from the world she knows, and in the open without a citizen’s chip, she attempts the desperate. Among the stakes gambled: another man’s life—the only decent one she knows.

In this fast-paced, action-filled science fiction heist adventure, Jeffrey A. Ballard, pens an exciting tale where loyalty could get you killed … or worse, arrested.

Stay tuned for the Sunken City Capers novel series launch in October, 2016!