Looking for a hero who’s clever? Quirky? Kick-ass?

Meet Kira Brightwell.

Kira Brightwell Series Titles:

Heads up! The first few books in this series were originally published under the pen name Kat Irwin.

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Kira Brightwell Novels (In Chronological Order):

Split Decision Kira Brightwell coverSplit Decision | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell was just a normal college graduate—until she escaped her own abduction and rescued seven other women in the process.

Three years later, Kira lives on her own terms. She trains in MMA, and works as the assistant of her best friend and white-hat hacker, Rob.

For once, Kira feels in control. Or at least she does until a familiar figure from her past turns everything upside down, and puts her back in the crosshairs when another life is at stake…

She should have known better.

A fast-paced crime novel and the first book in the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith (writing as Kat Irwin). Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Black and Blue Kira Brightwell coverBlack and Blue | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell hates to lose—in the MMA cage or outside of it. But her failure to capture the serial abductor known as the Procurer rankles most of all.

Kira has had four months to obsess over the last time he slipped through her fingers, but now a new threat has arrived in La Valentia—a twisted, deadly menace, whose depth of obsession mirrors her own.

Good thing she has a certain arrogant playboy and a computer geek to watch her back…

An intense crime novel and the second book in the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith (writing as Kat Irwin). Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Low Blow Kira Brightwell coverLow Blow | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell knows how to take a punch. (Actually, she prefers throwing them.)

But a smear campaign in the local press leaves her rocked. Clients are suddenly few and far between, with cases ranging from cheating boyfriends to lost dogs.

…Until a tip from an unlikely source leads to something much bigger—and more disturbing—than Kira could have imagined.

Who says everything isn’t connected?

A fast-paced crime novel and the third book in the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith (writing as Kat Irwin). Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Game Plan Kira Brightwell coverGame Plan | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell knows the best defense is a good offense—whether facing an opponent in the cage, or chasing down a criminal on a case.

Four years after her abduction escape, Kira has finally uncovered a tenuous link to the Procurer’s past—one that seems to raise more questions than answers. But the abductor for hire stopped underestimating her a long time ago, and Kira knows she is being watched.

How far will she go to slip his leash?

…And what price will she pay if the Procurer finds out?

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

In the Clinch Kira Brightwell coverIn the Clinch | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell never thought it would come to this. She had gotten so close to making some real headway in the Procurer case…

Until he pulled the rug out from under her.

Almost every tie to Kira’s support system has been systematically severed—her family, her friends… She has sacrificed everything in her hunt for the man who abducted her. And now an old enemy is determined to kick her while she’s down.

A single question remains.

How much more does she want to lose?

A gripping crime novel and the fifth 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.

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.

 

 

Kira Brightwell Shorts (In Chronological Order):

Tale of the Tape Kira Brightwell coverTale of the Tape | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell can’t wait for high school to be over.
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Years before she becomes a local hero and kick-ass problem solver for hire, the teasing and bullying seems like it’s never going to end.
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…Until distraction comes in the form of a stolen car and an outrageous bet from rich jock and chief tormentor, Trevor Wright.

A quirky, short crime novel for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This adventure takes place before Split Decision. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Striking Distance Kira Brightwell coverStriking Distance | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell has always known her life would change after graduation.

She never expected to have to fight for survival.

Kira finds herself at a crossroads—caught between her parents’ plans for her and her own—when a group of seemingly unconnected, local women are reported missing, with no leads or suspects.

Probably not the best time to visit her grandparents’ isolated cabin to sort out her future…

A tense, crime origin story of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith (writing as Kat Irwin). Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Under Wraps Kira Brightwell coverUnder Wraps | Click here for retailer links

Halloween. A time for costumes, corpses, and causing trouble.

The La Valentia PD has received an anonymous tip with a growing list of decrypted names—a list that threatens to shake the suburban town to its core.

Good thing Kira Brightwell doesn’t have any big plans for the night, because things are about to get interesting.

A quirky, short crime novel for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith (writing as Kat Irwin). This adventure takes place between Striking Distance and Split Decision. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Ground Work Kira Brightwell coverGround Work | Click here for retailer links

Rob has been Kira’s best friend for years, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been keeping secrets from her.

Now one of those secrets threatens to come out as he’s forced to take the lead on an unexpected case. (Which is a real pain in the ass, since holding down the fort and grumbling complaints from behind his laptop screen is really more his style.)

His best hope is that Kira will play along without asking too many questions.

…So, yeah. He’s definitely screwed.

A quirky, crime short story for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This adventure takes place between Split Decision and Black and Blue. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Clean Break Kira Brightwell coverClean Break | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell needs a change of scenery.

A few weeks have passed since her latest case. (Assuming you can call it a case without being officially hired or paid…)

A nice, relaxing, solo trip to Toronto to visit her grandparents seems like a good idea—no nosy reporters, no criminals to take down with her MMA skills, and (most importantly) no self-appointed sidekick Trevor Wright.

But the moment Kira steps off the plane from California, she realizes nothing has gone according to plan.

A quirky, short crime novel for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This adventure takes place between Split Decision and Black and Blue. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

On the Card Kira Brightwell coverOn the Card | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell needs a change of scenery.

Kira Brightwell never expects much on her birthday.

But this year promises an even more low-key day than usual, with a sick boyfriend, one of her few friends working a double shift, and her family too busy to celebrate until the weekend.

Curling up with an ice cream cake to binge-watch some movies seems like the best way to salvage things. (And so what if she had to buy the cake herself?)

…Until an anonymous birthday card containing an immediate threat ends up crashing the party.

A quirky, crime short story for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This adventure takes place between Split Decision and Black and Blue. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Puncher's Chance Kira Brightwell coverPuncher’s Chance | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell and trouble seem to go hand in hand.

Still, after escaping her own abduction over three years ago, becoming MMA trained, and solving two major cases in the past few months, most people would consider her above running down the streets of La Valentia with scrambled egg on her shirt to chase down a complete stranger…

But even a local hero has her off days.

A fast-paced, crime fiction misadventure for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This short story takes place between Black and Blue and Low Blow. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Seeing Stars Kira Brightwell coverSeeing Stars | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell might not wear a badge. But she still enjoys the challenge of unraveling a difficult case.

The case of Taylor Christie proves no exception. The social media starlet prepares to shoot a video, when things go wrong. Horribly wrong. With an entire crowd in attendance.

And more than Kira knows stands between her and the truth about what happened.

Once again, Kira finds herself in the right place at the wrong time with her self-appointed sidekick in tow in this twisting, stand-alone story from the Kira Brightwell series. If you love a clever detective, who plays by her own rules, grab this book. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Ring Girl Kira Brightwell coverRing Girl | Click here for retailer links

Trevor Wright never planned to become Kira Brightwell’s sidekick.

Before he started to tag along with her to take down bad guys and solve crimes (possibly uninvited), his life mainly consisted of beautiful women, flashy cars, and gambling.

…Nowhere near as interesting as what he does now.

Plus, Kira finally seems to consider him as someone potentially useful. A mark of his persistent charm, no doubt.

But can he tackle a case solo, without her finding out?

A stand-alone story from the Kira Brightwell crime fiction series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Weigh In Kira Brightwell coverWeigh In | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell has never remembered her high school years fondly. In fact, she prefers not to think of them at all.

But she finds herself walking the familiar school hallways once more—thanks to her former tormentor and current sidekick, Trevor Wright. An old friend of his has a problem. The kind only Kira can solve.

…Assuming she can step up to the challenge.

A fun, crime fiction misadventure for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This short novel takes place between Low Blow and Game Plan. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

Lights Out Kira Brightwell coverLights Out | Click here for retailer links

Who doesn’t love the mall at Christmas? Kira Brightwell.

And yet, here she finds herself—looking for a last-minute gift among a bustling crowd that would make someone who hasn’t had one of the toughest years ever want to punch someone in the face—when a child tasks her with finding some missing donation presents.

Of course whenever Kira gets involved, nothing is as it seems. Especially when Trevor Wright comes along for the ride.

Looks like someone’s halls are about to get decked.

A quirky, short crime story for both new and regular readers of the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. This adventure takes place after Cornered. Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

 

Kira Brightwell Collections:

First Blood Kira Brightwell coverFirst Blood | Click here for retailer links

Kira Brightwell is obsessed with two things—outsmarting bad guys and kicking ass.

Well, that and listening to Nine Inch Nails. (Bonus, if she can manage all three at once.)

She never expected to become a hero… All she wants is to go down swinging.

This crime fiction starter collection includes Kira’s origin story and the first two cases from the Kira Brightwell series by Writers’ Journal winning author Jacquelyn Smith (writing as Kat Irwin): Striking Distance (short story), Under Wraps (short novel), and Split Decision (novel). Click the link above to find this title at your preferred retailer.

 

 

Overall Reading Order:

This is an ongoing series. This list will be updated as new titles are released.

Tale of the Tape (Short Novel)

Striking Distance (Short Story)

Under Wraps (Short Novel)

Split Decision (Novel)

Ground Work (Short Story)

Clean Break (Short Novel)

On the Card (Short Story)

Black and Blue (Novel)

Puncher’s Chance (Short Story)

Seeing Stars (Short Story)

Low Blow (Novel)

Ring Girl (Short Story)

Weigh In (Short Novel)

Game Plan (Novel)

In the Clinch (Novel)

Cornered (Novel)

Lights Out (Short Story)

 

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