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Switching Gears

For the past several months, I’ve been wandering around Lasniniar, having adventures and fighting battles alongside the likes of Iarion, Barlo, Felara, Nofret, Arinwyn, and Paige.

But now that I’ve finished the last Legends of Lasniniar story in this run (to be released in March—more details below), I’m switching gears to solving crimes and kicking ass with Kira.

(Actually, I’ve already written the first two Kira shorts, and I’ve had a great time so far riding shotgun with her, Rob, Trevor, and Nick. I’m alternately excited and intimidated by all the action still to come…)

These shorter adventures continue to be a great way to explore all these characters in ways that complement the series novels, and I’m looking forward to more mystery and mayhem with Kira in the coming months.

So for February and March, we have both a new Legend of Lasniniar and a Kira Brightwell short as Legends of Lasniniar winds down and Kira Brightwell starts up. All of these stories include a healthy dose of action/suspense, mixed with quirky humor.

Now Available:

Legends of Lasniniar: Prevailing Wind | Click here for retailer links

Legends of Lasniniar Prevailing Wind coverArinwyn has learned to control her powers. The People of the Dunes have even accepted her as a Wise One—despite her outsider, elven status.

For centuries, she has kept her heritage and magic a secret from the world beyond the desert. But as Lasniniar descends into darkness, both these elements could play an important role.

…If she dares to face her inner demons.

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 toward the end of Storm Rider.

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Tale of the Tape: A Kira Brightwell Short Novel | Click here for retailer links

Tale of the Tape Kira Brightwell coverKira 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 story 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.

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NEW! Available for Pre-order (Coming March 12th):

Legends of Lasniniar: The Devil You Know | Click here for retailer links

Legends of Lasniniar The Devil You Know coverPaige trusts Claire—for the most part, at least.

Claire has proven herself a valuable ally several times over, and has saved the young dwarf woman’s life besides. Now they work together, ridding the human city of Belierumar of its lingering demon scourge.

But Paige can’t help but wonder…

How far is Claire willing to go to betray her own kind?

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 after Harbingers.

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Ground Work: A Kira Brightwell Short Story | Click here for retailer links

Ground Work Kira Brightwell coverRob 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.

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After The Devil You Know releases in March, I’ll be switching over to putting out new Lasniniar collections starting in April, at the rate of one collection per month. (Each collection will include: 1 novel + 2 Legends of Lasniniar shorts from the past year, for the novels Kinslayer, Godmaker, Void Walker, and Harbingers).

Just a heads up, if you’re missing one of those novels and are interested in getting it with extra adventures for a promotional price. 😉
 

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It’s ALIVE! When Stories Take on a Life of Their Own

So this hasn’t always been the case, but over time, I have evolved into a ‘Discovery Writer’ (AKA: ‘Pantser,’ as in, ‘writing by the seat of your pants’ [as opposed to being a Planner]). I basically come up with a concept or jumping-off point, and find out where it leads (AKA: writing into the dark).

Sometimes, this method can be terrifying. (“Where the hell is this story going??”) But I have come to find it makes the writing process far more interesting (and fun!). It also means that a lot of times your stories or characters can end up taking a turn on you that you never saw coming.

I had this happen for all three of my most recent projects:

Legends of Lasniniar Goddess Almighty coverLegends of Lasniniar: Goddess Almighty

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When I first came up with my list of ideas for what I wanted to do for each upcoming Legend of Lasnniar fantasy adventure over the six latest installments I had planned to write and publish in a row (this one is number four), I intended to write this story from an entirely opposite point of view.

But after writing Quicksilver, which details the first meeting of Iarion and Felara, I thought it would be much more interesting to get inside Felara’s head for Goddess Almighty. And since Felara is basically a sociopath, the story turned out a few shades darker than I had originally thought it would.

Tale of the Tape Kira Brightwell coverTale of the Tape: A Kira Brightwell Short Novel

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When I made my list of ideas for the upcoming run of Kira Brightwell crime fiction shorts I wanted to write and publish in a row (eight in total), I basically wrote ‘high school story’ in my notebook for this one. I also had a vague idea of Kira trying to find another student’s missing car, but that was pretty much it.

I thought this story was going to be pretty straightforward before I started. But as things moved along, other complications beyond the missing car came out of the woodwork, and really, the missing car was only the beginning.

Tale of the Tape evolved from a vague, short story idea into a short novel of over 25,000 words. (Crazy, right?)

It basically ended up being a much bigger story than I would have intentionally planned. And it was fun to have just Kira and Rob running around trying to solve things again, with Trevor in full douchebag form (much like in Under Wraps).

Legends of Lasniniar Prevailing Wind coverLegends of Lasniniar: Prevailing Wind

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After writing the tangling mystery that ended up being Tale of the Tape, I needed a change of pace. (Back when she was in high school, Kira didn’t have any MMA skills. While Tale of the Tape has quite a bit of action and suspense, there isn’t any actual fighting in it, and I was itching to kick some ass at this point.)

Prevailing Wind is a sideways story from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series that focuses on Arinwyn during the time of Storm Rider. (She doesn’t actually appear in Storm Rider, but this is one of her own adventures that occurs ‘off-page’ during that novel. She first appears in Legends of Lasniniar: Without Wings, which takes place during the time of Soul Seeker.)

This story is an evolution of Arinwyn’s character after we first meet her in Without Wings. Both her magic and her secret heritage are a continuing theme that she is forced to struggle with.

…And what better way to kick things off than with a badass battle against a dragon?

This one definitely ended up having more action than I originally had planned for an internal struggle story, but the fighting actually ended up informing that struggle, so it all worked out.

 

So basically all three of these stories ended up being quite a bit different than they probably would have been if I had started with a detailed plot outline in hand. Does that make them better? No way to tell, really. But it definitely made them more interesting and fun for me to write (which is what helps keep me humming along).

And I’m hoping that makes them more interesting and fun to read as well.

 

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