Category Archives: The Ghosts

GHOST IN THE GLASS and publication schedule

Today I am going to write the outline for GHOST IN THE GLASS.

If all goes well, GHOST IN THE GLASS should be December’s book.

Speaking of that, this is what I hope my publication schedule will look like for the rest of 2017.

September: SEVENFOLD SWORD: SWORDBEARER

October: 5 books of my science fiction series.

November: SEVENFOLD SWORD #3

December: GHOST IN THE GLASS.

-JM

GHOST IN THE RING & EXILE OF THE GHOSTS

I finally had a chance to calculate June’s ebook sales.

I was curious how GHOST IN THE RING would do, since it had been nearly a year since GHOST IN THE WINDS. That’s a bit of a delay! So I was pleased to see that GHOST IN THE RING did just slightly better than GHOST IN THE WINDS did in the same time period.

Also! EXILE OF THE GHOSTS did really well. Like, I was so surprised I went back and double-checked the numbers to make sure there wasn’t a mistake. But, no, it did actually sell quite well for an anthology of short stories. I’ve read market research arguing that “binge reading” is the preferred method of reading nowadays, so I suppose that applies to short stories as well.

Or maybe it was my scintillating author commentary for each story. 🙂

Anyway, thank you all for GHOST IN THE RING’s strong month! Looking forward to starting GHOST IN THE GLASS later this year.

-JM

 

Was GHOST IN THE RING the first GHOSTS book?

A reader emailed me this week:

“Really liked Ghost in the Ring! But the backstory for Caina seemed very detailed. Are there other books in the series?”

Why yes! Yes there are!

The very first book in the Caina series is CHILD OF THE GHOSTS. It’s free on all ebook stores, and it’s also a good long read – 100,000 words or about 5000 Kindle locations. It’s a complete story on its own, not a cliffhanger, and a good introduction to Caina and the world of the Empire of Nighmar.

After that, there are many more books. A complete list of THE GHOSTS and GHOST EXILE novels are below, in the proper reading order. The short stories are included in the list, but note that those are more like “bonus adventures” – you don’t need to read them to keep up with the main plot:

Child of the Ghosts
Ghost Aria (short story)
Blade of the Ghosts
Ghost in the Flames
Ghost Dagger (novella)
Ghost Light (short story)
Ghost in the Blood
The Fall of Kyrace (short story)
Ghost in the Storm
Ghost in the Stone
Ghost in the Forge
Ghost Claws (short story)
Ghost Omens (short story)
Ghost in the Ashes
Ghost in the Mask
Ghost Thorns (novella)
Ghost Undying (short story)
Ghost in the Surge
Ghost in the Cowl
Ghost Sword (short story)
Ghost in the Maze
Ghost Price (novella)
Ghost Relics (novella)
Ghost Vessel (short story)
Ghost in the Hunt
Ghost Keeper (novella)
Ghost Nails (novella)
Blood Artists (short story)
Bound To The Eye (short story)
Ghost in the Razor
Ghost Lock (short story)
Ghost in the Inferno
Ghost Mimic (novella)
Ghost Arts (short story)
Ghost in the Seal
Ghost Vigil (short story)
Ghost in the Throne
Ghost in the Pact
Ghost in the Winds
Ghost in the Ring

-JM

 

GHOST IN THE THRONE

I was looking over the previous GHOSTS books to help set up my outline for GHOST IN THE GLASS (coming later this year). An author’s assessment of his own work is always suspect, of course, but I think GHOST IN THE THRONE is one of my favorite of the GHOSTS series.

(SPOILERS for the book follow.)

I really liked how Caina and Cassander Nilas basically spent the book chasing each other in the dark. I also liked how Callatas’s mishandling of Cassander almost blew up (in the most literal sense) in his face, and severely hampered his efforts later on, and I liked how Cassander almost usurped control of the GHOST EXILE series to become the main villain. I liked the conversation where Claudia tells Caina to stop complaining and go be the Balarigar.

And I did like the scenes with the circus, but I admit I mostly wrote that part because it amused me. 🙂

One of my favorite quotes:

“Behold, for I am the Balarigar, and I bring justice swift and terrible!” thundered Cronmer. “No evildoer escapes my terrible sword of righteous thunder! Cassander Nilas, I have come for you!”

“I don’t actually have a sword of righteous thunder,” muttered Caina.

“Poetic license,” muttered Cronmer back.

And this:

“Also,” said Caina, “that was a really terrible slap.”

Claudia opened her eyes again. “I didn’t hit you that hard.”

“That’s what I meant,” said Caina. “It was an… incompetent slap.”

“Incompetent?”

“You should have locked your wrist more, not let your hand flop about like a dead fish,” said Caina.

“Alas,” said Claudia, “I was distracted by the knowledge that I am about give birth to my first child!” She gritted her teeth and closed her eyes, squeezing Caina’s hand. “If we live through this, I shall be delighted to slap you over and over again until I finally master the proper form.”

And this:

“Why would the circus master hire you?” she said with a frown.

“Because he already did once,” said Caina.

Silence answered her.

“All right,” said Morgant. “Now this I have to hear. How did you get hired as a circus performer?”

-JM