Halloween in Lasniniar? Plus, a Kira novel that wasn’t meant to happen…

Halloween in Lasniniar

A few years ago, I took on the challenge to write a Lasniniar Christmas-themed story. You know, just because. The reason I say it was a challenge is because there isn’t any Christmas (or organized religion) in Lasniniar, but hey, what do you know? They celebrate the winter solstice. (Convenient, right?) Anyway, I had so much fun with A Solstice Tale, I ended up writing another two Solstice-themed adventures featuring Iarion and Barlo (which always seem to turn into mystery misadventures for some reason).

This year, I wanted to try something different. I love Christmas (as much as someone who has worked 15+ years in retail is capable of doing so), and there might possibly be more Solstice adventures in the future, but I wanted a new challenge.

So what about Halloween?

Again, not an obvious fit for an epic fantasy world with elves and dwarves. Hence, the challenge. But wouldn’t you know it? Some of the humans in Lasniniar celebrate the Harvest Festival. 😉 And yes, somehow Iarion and Barlo managed to find themselves in yet another mystery misadventure, filled with banter and mayhem, which is now available in ebook format:

Legends of Lasniniar By the Light of the Moon coverLegends of Lasniniar: By the Light of the Moon | Click here for retailer links

Iarion and Barlo need a place to stay for the night.

The elf and dwarf have been wandering Northern Lasniniar for awhile now. They want a hot meal, a pair of beds, and a bath—and not necessarily in that order.

The human village of Misthaven is the closest option, but even at the height of the Harvest Festival, the villagers shun strangers and hide in their homes the moment the sun goes down.

Iarion and Barlo are baffled.

What darkness threatens the mist-shrouded village?

A fast-paced, fantasy adventure for both new and regular readers of the World of Lasniniar series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This short story takes place between Wave Runners and Godmaker. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

The Kira Conundrum

I started writing the fifth Kira Brightwell novel In the Clinch early this year. My original plan was to complete it, along with two Kira shorts I had already written as a warm-up (Weigh In and Lights Out). I figured that would be more than enough Kira for one year, and then I could focus on some fantasy stuff. The sixth novel could wait until next year.

But then my husband Mark finished reading In the Clinch.

He pretty much marched over to me and demanded, “Where’s the next one?”

I gave him an apologetic wince. “Um, next year?”

Yeah, that didn’t go over well…

I mean, Mark always enjoys the Kira books, and while In the Clinch does have an ending, it also leaves Kira in shall we say, an ‘interesting situation.’ I knew that the next novel would pick up immediately where In the Clinch leaves off–mere hours later, as opposed to the longer time lapse of days, weeks, or even months that pass between all the other novels. (The in-between time has become shorter with each new novel as the overall Procurer story arc has been building.)

So then I had to ask myself how long other readers would be willing to wait for the next novel. Would they still be interested by the time I planned to release it the following year? Did it make sense to build up this head of steam with the overall story arc and then put it on hold? How many details of In the Clinch would I remember by the time I sat down months later to write what was supposed to happen immediately afterward?

…And basically all my writing plans for the rest of the year ended up getting re-jigged so I could write Cornered ahead of schedule. (I also held back In the Clinch a bit, so I could release both novels roughly one month apart.)

In the end, I feel good about this decision. I’m happy with how Cornered turned out, and how it meshes with In the Clinch. Now, other than some remaining edits on Lights Out (a Christmas Kira adventure), I feel like I can focus on other projects for a bit with a clear conscience. Cornered is now also available in ebook format:

Cornered Kira Brightwell coverCornered | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell knows where to find the Procurer.

After four long years of searching, she finally has him in her sights. But taking him down won’t be easy. The clock is ticking, and he’s a man who knows how to cover his tracks.

…And Kira isn’t the only one looking for him.

A gripping crime novel and the sixth book in the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

 

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2 comments

Erzsebet Aniko Carmean

Please say thank you to Mark for me!

Lol, will do!

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