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Free Fiction Feature May 2022 | Legends of Lasniniar: Goddess Almighty

This month, check out a vengeful origin adventure, featuring trickster and aspiring goddess, Felara:

Legends of Lasniniar: Goddess Almighty (Fantasy)

Legends of Lasniniar Goddess Almighty coverFelara watches over the Light Elves’ wood from above, unseen. She knows Iarion wanders somewhere beneath the ancient trees.

Willful, mercurial, and more than a bit fey, some of her Unborn siblings consider her in danger of becoming obsessed with the elf that freed them from the Void.

Others might even argue she crossed that line some time ago.

None of that matters to Felara. She follows a vision only she can see.

A stand-alone origin 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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Writing/Publishing Roundup: A new Fatal Empire novel, PLUS a Lasniniar sale

So this update is entirely fantasy-focused… I really should have had it ready to go last month, but I got a bit sidetracked. I’ll be doubling up with a mystery-based update later this month.

Keeper of Wisdom Fatal Empire coverCelebrating a new Fatal Empire release and the 10-year anniversary of Lasniniar

Raziel’s quest for knowledge and vengeance continues in the new Fatal Empire novel, Keeper of Wisdom, plus save 50% on the first three novels in the World of Lasniniar series:

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Free Fiction Feature October 2021 | Her Rightful Place, PLUS Puncher’s Chance

Two stories are available to read for free this month–a dark fantasy adventure featuring elves and vampires, and a fun mystery misadventure featuring kickass amateur sleuth Kira Brightwell:

Legends of Lasniniar: Her Rightful Place (Fantasy)

Arinmalia holds herself above the rest of her Wild Elf tribemates. With good reason.

Few can match her fighting and tracking skills. She needs no friends to watch her back or distract her with their tiresome company. She prefers to walk the forest paths alone, with only her own thoughts as companions.

Arinmalia knows in her heart a great destiny awaits her. Something beyond the modest village life of her tribe. She dreams of finding it. She hungers to make her tribemates understand.

She needs them to acknowledge her rightful place.

A stand-alone story from the sprawling history of the elves in the World of Lasniniar epic fantasy series by Jacquelyn Smith.

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Puncher’s Chance: A Kira Brightwell Short Story (Mystery)

Puncher's Chance Kira Brightwell coverLocal hero and problem solver for hire, Kira Brightwell finds herself on the run. Again.

Her running shoes pound the crowded sidewalk. A trickle of sweat slithers down her back in the California heat. And the damp remains of scrambled egg spatter the front of her favorite Nine Inch Nails T-shirt.

The egg stain earns her a few looks from passers-by. That and her breakneck pace.

Kira’s quarry remains two blocks ahead of her. She needs to haul ass if she wants to catch him.

…Because when a bad guy messes with her favorite shirt, the case gets personal.

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

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Writing/Publishing Roundup: A New Fatal Empire prequel, plus a new mystery series

Fantasy Updates:

Keeper of Prophecy Fatal Empire cover

A Haunted Past: Prequel Fatal Empire Story ‘Keeper of Prophecy’ Now Available

The joys and challenges of writing Moriah’s secret past:

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Mystery Updates:

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Meet Kira Brightwell’s Canadian Cousin: Mackenzie Quinn

There’s a new detective in town. More updates about a new series in progress:

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Free Fiction Feature September 2021 | The Unclean: A Fantasy Short Story

An appointment with the Mage-Lord.

Jared can sense the fulfillment of his destiny approaching as he rushes through the cobbled streets with his blue mage robes flapping behind him. The kingdom of Galdavia prizes the mage gift above all others.

And Jared takes pride in his abilities. He knows he belongs at the Mage-Lord’s side.

Nothing can come between him and his rightful place.

A stand-alone dark fantasy story and winning entry of the Writers’ Journal Fiction Contest (2010) by the author of the World of Lasniniar series, Jacquelyn Smith.

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Writing/Publishing Roundup: New Fatal Empire titles, plus Kira Brightwell deals

Fantasy Updates:

Keeper of Knowledge Fatal Empire cover Visitor's Guide to the Dharakmeni Empire Fatal Empire cover Visitor's Guide to the Shining Kingdom Fatal Empire cover

Expanding the Empire: 3 new Fatal Empire titles, including a free bonus story

Lots happening in Fatal Empire! Three new titles, plus two more on the way soon…

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Mystery Updates:

Kickstart Your Collection: Kira Brightwell deals, plus a new mystery series on the way

Save big on the first four Kira Brightwell novels and collections. Update on a new mystery series in progress…

Update: The Kira Brightwell promotion is now over.

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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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