Welcome to the Dharakmeni Empire! (Writing Roundup, July 2020)

Important tomes in any adventurer’s library.

A few months ago, I had an idea. I wanted to create a freebie I could give away as a gift for subscribing to my newsletter group. But I also wanted it to include things that would appeal to both new and regular readers of my work, AND I wanted something that would provide an introduction to each of the series I write, across both the fantasy and crime fiction genres, to encourage people to dip their toes into each to see what they like.

This ended up morphing into the Back Story Sampler Collection.

The introductions to my World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series and Kira Brightwell crime fiction series were easy–I had introductory short stories that were already a perfect fit. And to provide something for existing readers, I added a bonus epilogue for each (that isn’t available anywhere else), as well as reading guides, and threw in some cool coupon codes for good measure.

But my Fatal Empire Quartet was a bit of a tricky one to figure out. I’ve only published the first volume in the fantasy series so far (Keeper of Secrets), but the others are coming out later this year, so I wanted to include some kind of representation of that world in the sampler (which will continue to grow as I sprawl out into new series).

Keeper of Secrets begins during Raziel’s childhood (the main character), so there really isn’t any room to fit in some kind of introductory short story for him. I could write one about his mother or foster-father (and I still might), but it would be difficult to pull off at this point without creating any spoilers for the forthcoming books in the series. Continue reading →

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SAVE 25% on All Remaining Series Novels: Smashwords Summer Sale 2020, Phase 4

Don’t miss out! The Smashwords Summer Sale is still on for 10 more days… Save on tons of ebooks by various authors until until July 31st!

As I’ve already mentioned in previous posts, I’m participating in the sale this year in phases.

NEW! Phase 4:

Save 25% on all remaining novels from the World of Lasniniar and Kira Brightwell series until July 31st!

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Behind the Books | Striking Distance: A Kira Brightwell Short Story

[Original version of Striking Distance]

Whenever I start writing a new character or series, an origin story starts to grow in my mind as the character starts to flesh out, to explain aspects of their personality, skill set, reactions to particular situations, etc. When I decided to start writing this self-made, reluctant problem-solver for hire, Kira Brightwell, in her first novel, Split Decision, I knew I had a couple of big questions to answer.

Why would anyone think to hire Kira–a young woman with no formal training or police connections–to help with an abduction case? Why would Kira be motivated to take a lead role in that kind of situation?

Yes, by the start of Split Decision, Kira has spent three years training in MMA. So that makes her a badass, but hardly a crime expert.

…But what if she had a personal experience involving abduction? What if that event revealed skills and tenacity Kira never fully realized she had, and shaped her life going forward in ways she could never imagine? Continue reading →

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SAVE 50% on Mid-Series Novels: Smashwords Summer Sale 2020, Phase 3

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The Smashwords Summer Sale is still going… Save on tons of ebooks by various authors until until July 31st!

As I’ve already mentioned in previous posts, I’m participating in the sale this year in phases.

NEW! Phase 3:

Save 50% on mid-series novels from the World of Lasniniar and Kira Brightwell series until July 31st!

Continue reading →

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New Releases and Promos: July 2020

July is a big month. In addition to a new Kira Brightwell short and the Smashwords Summer Sale, we also have the last Lasniniar bundle coming out (for the time being), PLUS another fun project I’ve been working on. Keep scrolling for more info!

July New Releases

Seeing Stars: A Kira Brightwell Short Story

Seeing Stars Kira Brightwell cover

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.

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Harbingers Lasniniar Collection

Harbingers Lasniniar Collection cover

Goblins, shapeshifters, blood-drinking demons… Lasniniar has always had its share of dark creatures for the Free Races to keep at bay.

But now a new enemy has arrived from beyond the Void—one that threatens to tip the balance, and plunge the world into chaos.

This fast-paced, epic fantasy collection of elves, dwarves, and magic contains one novel and two short stories from the World of Lasniniar series by Writers’ Journal winning author, Jacquelyn Smith: HarbingersPrevailing Wind, and The Devil You Know. Harbingers is the eighth novel in the series.

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Coming August 6th (Available for pre-order)

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SAVE 75% on Second-in-Series Novels: Smashwords Summer Sale 2020, Phase 2

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The Smashwords Summer Sale continues… Save on tons of ebooks by various authors until until July 31st!

As I’ve already mentioned in a previous post, I’m participating in the sale this year in phases.

NEW! Phase 2:

Save 75% on second-in-series novels from the World of Lasniniar and Kira Brightwell series until July 31st!

Continue reading →

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Free Fiction Feature | Striking Distance: A Kira Brightwell Short Story

Striking Distance Kira Brightwell cover

Kira Brightwell stands at a crossroads. Her college days lie behind her, but her future remains a mystery, waiting to be solved.

A job already awaits her at her father’s office—the easy, parent-approved option. But Kira wants something different. Something more. She needs to get away to figure out what.

Except Kira’s future hangs in the balance in more ways than one…

In the crime-filled cases of the Kira Brightwell series, “Striking Distance” focuses on the event that changes Kira’s life forever, and sets her on the path to becoming an infamous problem-solver for hire.

Now, you can read it for free on this site for one month only. This short story by award-winning author Jacquelyn Smith (originally published under the pen name Kat Irwin) also comes in ebook and paperback formatboth on its own, and as part of the First Blood Kira Brightwell Collection.

You can find “Striking Distance” at your preferred online retailer here, or buy it direct from the author. You can find retailer links to the First Blood Kira Brightwell Collection here, or buy it direct from the author.

 

 

Striking Distance: A Kira Brightwell Short Story

Jacquelyn Smith

(Originally published as Kat Irwin.)

This story will be available for free for one month only. If you missed this one, check out the current Free Fiction Feature story here. Continue reading →

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Smashwords Summer Sale Starts Today!

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Just a quick post… The Smashwords Summer Sale kicks off today, running until July 31st. Tons of ebooks by various authors are available at discount prices, and many are even free!

As usual, I’ll be participating. But this year, I’m going to be doing things a little bit differently…

Phase 1 (Starts today):

Get first-in-series novels from the World of Lasniniar and Kira Brightwell series for FREE!

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Writing Roundup: June 2020

Story time with my buddy, Doug the Sharkosaurus. (Yes, that’s a rainbow poop emoji sitting closest to the camera.)

 

OK, seriously. How is June almost over? I feel like this whole year has been a complete blur so far.

Well, this month, I worked on getting the Harbingers Lasniniar Collection ready to go for July. (This is the last bundle/collection remaining in the series until I get some new novels and shorts written, starting next year.) The latest short in the Kira Brightwell series, “Seeing Stars” is also coming out on July 2nd, and is available for pre-order.

As I mentioned in my last roundup post, I took a bit of a break from Kira to focus on a totally different project just for my newsletter group, which will be launching on July 2nd as well. (I’ll go into more detail about this in my New Releases/Promotions post in a couple weeks, once it’s already out to subscribers, but I had a fun time working on it!)

…And I started working on my seventh Kira short in this eight-story run I’m doing, “Ring Girl.” This one comes out in August, but you can pre-order now, if you’re interested. Choose Payhip from the retailer links (the blue heart icon) to buy direct from me and get your copy one week early! Trevor takes more of a leading role on this case, at least to start.

Hey, I’m finally on hoopla!

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Behind the Books | Legends of Lasniniar: Possession

Sometimes it feels like somebody’s watching me…

 

Several years ago, I decided to challenge myself to write and release one new short fiction piece a month for an entire year from my World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series. Up until this point, I had only written two or three shorts in the series that took place between the novels. But now I was back to working a day job at the local bookstore. I figured a bunch of shorts would be more manageable as I got my job/writing balance worked out again, while still giving me a push to get things out.

This ended up being a huge growth period for me. Lasniniar is a large place, and even at the time when I started this project of shorter pieces, the existing books spanned thousands of years of history. I had a TON of potential characters and places/events to explore, without the obligation of making a novel out of it. Continue reading →

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