The Hermit at Loch Eyre;

Homepage of J. Michael Jones writer

A few words about the pursuit of truth, fiction writing, and my personal battle with cancer.

Writing in Progress

The Stones of Yemen

Bryan Rogers, PA-C went to Yemen to save the children

. . . he left Yemen to save the world.

Download the first chapter in audio format here.

What People are Saying About Ristretto Rain

“What a fascinating love story that takes you into the heart of the San Juan Islands.”

Linda K

If you’ve ever been to the San Juan Islands you know how beautiful they are. If not, this story will help you feel like you are right there with these intriguing characters. I found myself wanting to be friends with several.

This story has romance, humor and some encouraging story lines that can help you to remember to be kind to others while offering forgiveness to others when possible.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could almost smell the coffee beans roasting. Have your favorite cup of joe ready before you sit down to read.


This coffee infused story, set in the San Juan islands of the Pacific Northwest, is a little romance, a little self-discovery, and a slice of small community life, with all of the necessary quirky characters and pride. Thoroughly enjoyable summer read!


Very well written book, not only entertaining but, also educational. Combined many of my interests in boating, San Juan Islands and of course coffee. Good example of the value of active listening and forgiveness.


Ristretto Rain most definitely captures the flavor of the Pacific Northwest, complete with coffee, salt air, island life and boating. It was a treat to read, grabbing my interest in the first few pages and holding it through until the end. The descriptions were quite visual, the locales accurate and the characters richly defined. They are vivid people who grow and change through the story. I miss them. It felt like viewing a movie rather than reading a book, a true delight.


I certainly enjoyed your book, Ristretto Rain. I could not predict what was going to happen and learned more about coffee than I thought possible. Very well written.


World class coffee, small island community, sailing and romance….can’t miss! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and I will miss them. The book really made me want to get on the ferry and head to Orcas Island to explore!

Long Summary

Halem, one of Seattle’s finest coffee roasters and baristas, comes to a gorgeous but remote harbor in Washington’s San Juan Islands to escape her dark past. She learns the tastes of her eccentric customers and serves them well. One day, a mysterious and handsome man comes rowing into the village from somewhere in the Pacific. He has the uncanny ability to peer into her soul as well as the souls of the coffee shop patrons and puts his finger on their greatest emotional needs. Is he her savior who can lead her out of own emotional labyrinth or just a swindler? Will she find her life’s greatest love fulfilled in him or her greatest heartache?

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