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As an actor Stephen Jared has appeared in feature films, such as He's Just Not That Into You, and on television in popular shows such as iCarly, 24, and Touched by an Angel (plus commercials for both radio and television). His writings have appeared in various publications. In 2010, his first novel, Jack and the Jungle Lion, received much critical praise, including an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Hollywood Book Festival. Solstice Publishing began releasing his work, starting with Ten-A-Week Steale, hailed as a "fantastic work in the tradition of the old pulp/noir masters". The Elephants of Shanghai continued on from where Jack and the Jungle Lion left off (the origin story is included in the opening pages of the sequel), and went on to take Second Place at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival. The Brutal Illusion is available as of February 2014.

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