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Free Fiction Feature September 2022 | Legends of Lasniniar: By the Light of the Moon

This month, check out a fun, fall-themed fantasy adventure, with a hint of mystery:

Legends of Lasniniar: By the Light of the Moon (Fantasy)

Legends of Lasniniar By the Light of the Moon cover

No matter where their journeys take them, Barlo and Iarion always seem to find trouble.

The eve of the Harvest Festival. The dwarf and elf pair find themselves potentially lost on the way to the closest human village. A blanket of mist drifts from the nearby hills to obscure the dirt road as night closes in.

Barlo remains content to let Iarion lead the way. At least then he can blame his elf friend if—no when—things go wrong. Still, Barlo’s hand stays close to his ax.

What danger lurks in the darkness beyond the mist?

The infamous duo of Barlo and Iarion return in this spooky, stand-alone misadventure story from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Free Fiction Feature April 2022 | Clean Break, PLUS Quicksilver

Even though it’s technically spring now, we’ve had some more snow here recently in my neck of the Canadian woods. (Sigh.) Both of these stories are fun, winter adventures.

Clean Break: A Kira Brightwell Short Novel (Mystery)

Clean Break Kira Brightwell coverKira Brightwell needs a change of scenery.

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

…But from the moment Kira steps off the plane from California, nothing goes according to plan.

A stand-alone short novel misadventure from the Kira Brightwell mystery series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Legends of Lasniniar: Quicksilver (Fantasy)

Legends of Lasniniar Quicksilver coverHero of Lasniniar. Dwarvenhome’s Chief of Clans. Barlo can claim both these titles, and more. (But never ‘Master Chef.’)

Brave, stubborn, and loyal to a fault, he takes pride in his judgment of character. And he holds no qualms about sharing his opinions. (Much to his elf friend Iarion’s chagrin.)

…Even when it means he must tell an unwelcome truth.

A stand-alone story of the infamous Barlo and Iarion from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Free Fiction Feature March 2022 | Legends of Lasniniar: A New Kind of Magic

Legends of Lasniniar A New Kind of Magic coverPaige trudges along the Great North Road and does her best to ignore her misery. An autumn rain pelts her face and soaks her to the skin.

A lone dwarf woman wandering Northern Lasniniar in search of adventure. A part of her wishes she never left her warm, comfortable burrow with Barlo.

But Paige knows she needs to find her own way in the world if she wants to become something more.

…A hero in her own right.

A stand-alone story that opens a door to new possibilities in the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Free Fiction Feature February 2022 | Legends of Lasniniar: Bond Forger

Legends of Lasniniar Bond Forger cover

Barlo guards a secret. Only his best friend Iarion shares it, along with the rest of the Light Elves.

No one else can ever know.

Barlo’s secret keeps him apart from other dwarves. Even his own family. Memories of another time haunt him. He longs for a way to claim his identity. To be himself.

…A hero of Lasniniar, capable of leaving Dwarvenhome to go on adventures. (With Iarion, of course.)

But his secret acts as both a blessing and a curse. And the call to adventure proves too strong to deny.

A stand-alone story of the infamous friends Barlo and Iarion from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Free Fiction Feature December 2021 | Legends of Lasniniar: A Solstice Tale

Legends of Lasniniar A Solstice Tale coverSolstice Eve. An unexpected side trip. Barlo and Iarion find themselves looking for a room in the human city of Nal Huraseadro to take shelter from the snow.

During their journey, Barlo only seeks the answer to one question. What did his elf friend get him for Solstice? His endless guesses border on harassment. Iarion refuses to budge.

Despite the approaching holiday, not all remains peaceful in the city.

…And Iarion’s present soon becomes the furthest thing from Barlo’s mind.

A stand-alone story from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith. If you love a lighthearted holiday misadventure, grab this book.

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Free Fiction Feature November 2021 | Legends of Lasniniar: Mum’s the Word

Mum's the Word Legends of Lasniniar coverA dwarf and an elf. As friendships in Lasniniar go, most people find Barlo and Iarion an odd pairing.

Wherever the unlikely duo travel, adventure follows close behind. Barlo and Iarion fall in and out of trouble on a regular basis. But even as they perform heroic deeds, they find time to bicker and banter.

The straightforward journey Barlo plans for them now should prove no problem—a piece of cake.

…Or so he thinks.

A stand-alone misadventure story from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Free Fiction Feature August 2021 | Legends of Lasniniar: What the Cat Dragged In

Whoops, I’m a little late sharing this month, but this fun adventure featuring Barlo the dwarf is available to read for free until August 31st. (I remembered to link it on the home page at the beginning of the month, but somehow forgot to post a blog update…)

Legends of Lasniniar What the Cat Dragged In coverDeath stalks Narilga through the underground city of Dwarvenhome. Sinstari can smell it.

The wildcat’s nose never lies. But no one understands his warnings. Not even his longtime dwarf companion and Narilga’s mate, Barlo.

And only Barlo stands a chance of saving her. (With Sinstari’s help, of course.)

What can Sinstari do?

How can he make Barlo understand, before Narilga’s time runs out?

A stand-alone story from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. If you love cats and adventure, grab this book.

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Free Fiction Feature July 2021 | Shadow Stalker PLUS Seeing Stars

Two stories are available to read for free this month. One fantasy adventure featuring Barlo of Dwarvenhome and his wildcat sidekick Sinstari, and a Fourth of July whodunnit featuring kickass amateur detective Kira Brightwell:

Legends of Lasniniar: Shadow Stalker (Fantasy)

Legends of Lasniniar Shadow Stalker coverBarlo wanders the underground streets of Dwarvenhome with only the wildcat Sinstari for company.

His days of adventure seem long behind him. He misses the thrill of battle, the journey to strange new places…

He misses Iarion.

Bereft of the elven best friend who always accompanied him into danger, Barlo’s life now revolves around a seemingly endless stream of clan meetings.

But fate—and Sinstari—have other plans.

A stand-alone story of action and adventure from the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith.

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Seeing Stars: A Kira Brightwell Short Story (Mystery)

Seeing Stars Kira Brightwell coverKira Brightwell might not wear a badge. But she still enjoys the challenge when she unravels 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.

A twisting, stand-alone story from the Kira Brightwell mystery series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith. If you love a clever detective, who plays by her own rules, grab this book.

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Writing/Publishing Roundup: New Legend of Lasniniar, Kira Brightwell collection updates, plus other writing news

Some updates on both the fantasy and mystery front…

Fantasy:

Legends of Lasniniar the Wanderer coverEmerging from the Rubble: A new Legend of Lasniniar, plus other writing news

A new Barlo and Iarion adventure is here, as well as updates on multiple Fatal Empire projects:

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Mystery:

Six Stitches Kira Brightwell coverKira collection updates, recommendations from lockdown, plus a crazy cat story

Paperback updates, mystery reading and TV recommendations, and, well, a crazy cat story:

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Free Fiction Feature May 2021 | Legends of Lasniniar: Trial by Fire

Fire sorcerer. Abduction victim.

Traitor.

The Learnéd One Lysandir bears many titles, given to him by the people of Lasniniar. But only a unique and resourceful elf named Iarion dares to call him by the most powerful title of all…

Friend.

Lysandir can only hope it proves enough to save him.

A stand-alone story of mystery and adventure from Iarion’s past in the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by award-winning author, Jacquelyn Smith.

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