#2 Ghost in the Flames

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Click here to read an excerpt from “Ghost in the Flames.”

Caina is now a Ghost nightfighter, with the cunning of an elite spy and the skill of a master assassin.

But this time, it might take more than that to keep her alive.

Caina has been sent to hunt a murderous pyromancer, a master of fiery sorcery, and she soon discovers that more is at stake than just a few murders.

Because if she doesn’t find the pyromancer soon, the entire world might burn.

Starting with her…

58 thoughts on “#2 Ghost in the Flames

  1. Stories/plots are great. The punctuation and missing words, basically, ruin the read. Too bad. Also, the price advertised here is less than on Amazon and the other sites. If the books could be read without all the errors, I would recommend them to everyone. But why buy stories that are written incorrectly? Too bad.

    1. I checked, and it looks like GHOST IN THE FLAMES is at $2.99 on all the American ebook sites. (The UK price tends to fluctuate based on the current exchange rate for dollars/pounds.) If you have trouble finding it, let me know and I’ll generate a Smashwords coupon.

    2. I just finished the first book. Great plot. Good timing. Everything you’d expect for a first rate read. But i have to agree that with all the technological advances in software that a simple check of spelling and grammar, usually built into the software, wasn’t done. That and a few wrong use of character names. Other than that i highly enjoyed the story and will be back for more.

  2. I liked the first book despite several things and am thinking about getting this one. However I am curious as to how many books are planned for the Ghost series- any ideas?

    1. Hi Roxie!

      Thanks for the kind words about the book!

      I am definitely planning six THE GHOSTS box and a couple of novellas. It may go longer than that, though.

      -JM

    1. Thanks! If all goes well, the fifth book in the THE GHOSTS, GHOST IN THE STONE, should be out by the end of the month.

  3. every moment was enjoyable!
    being an avid reader and a lit. having a room just for books,
    this will stay in my collection. thankyou!

    1. Loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and can’t wait to read the rest of the series and see how they all develop.

  4. Just like to say just read first book loved it as I don’t read offen I would try this book and haven’t put it down bout to read second one can’t wait thank you keep it going and I will continue to read ur books as I am gettin other people to read them aswell.

  5. I enjoyed this quick and adventure-filled read. This series has been my nightly read and helps me to leave the day behind. However, the ebook version is full of misspellings, grammatical errors, and missing words. It would greatly enhance the book if the care that was placed in the writing extended to the ebook presentation.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books!

      I’m working on the typo thing – finding a good copyeditor is surprisingly challenging.

      1. Really? I would not think it would be difficult to find a copy editor. However, if you ever need, I can proofread for typos and errors. I used to do it for my daughter’s writings. Just contact me.

        Your Demonsouled and Ghost stories have been a great read for my commute. So glad I took a chance and downloaded them.

        In appreciation of your shared works … Keep up with the writing!

      2. I absolutely loved “Child of the Ghosts” and would love to edit and proofread your books and ebooks. I am an administrative assistant at my company, which entails a lot of proofreading, and I love doing it. Please contact me if you are interested.

        1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them.

          I’m not looking to hire anyone at the moment, sorry.

      3. Great book,and what a plot! The bloodcrystal,and plagueblood and having the thing tied into Caina so that she could get rid of it-wow! I wish I had that kind of imagination. I didn’t find all that many errors in it,but I did what I always do and highlighted them. If that would be of help I would be happy to let you see it if I can figure out how! In any case,really great book-Thanks! Have to go buy and read the sequels now πŸ™‚
        Kirsten

        1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the book. If you want to send the errors to me, I’ll fix them the next time I upload an updated version of CHILD OF THE GHOSTS.

          -JM

  6. I can’t wait to read the second book, the first one was so cool I loved it. I love how that you can’t expect anything in it, where as most books are so pridictible this one is an amazingly written book with a great story line. Can’t wait til the second one.
    YAY!!!!!!!!

  7. Love the book!! Its sooooooooooo cool!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):)
    Hi I know you might be busy, but I need some help. I want to write a book but I’m stuck. πŸ™ I need some advice. Please help.
    Would you be able to help. All suggestions welcome including names for charactes.

    1. Sure!

      Bear in mind that all stories must have an opening, a climax, and a resolution. Every story has essentially three parts. 1.) Protagonist has problem. 2.) Protagonist attempts to deal with problem, while suffering setbacks, complications, and new side problems. 3.) Protagonist overcomes or resolves the problem in some way, with or without grave personal cost and sacrifice.

      I also find that it’s a good idea to outline a story thoroughly before attempting to write it. That way I’m not flailing around halfway through the story trying to figure out what happens next.

      The key to writing believable characters is to remember that real people frequently want contradictory things. Like, a man could want to spend Christmas with his parents and his wife’s family, but he can’t actually do both and has to choose. (This can help set up the conflict in the story.) In a fantasy story, for example, the protagonist might have a spell to save the life of his brother or sister…but he can only pick one. His efforts to deal with this can form the backbone of the story.

      Your protagonist must take action (even if it backfires) – he or she cannot wait around for things to happen to him. Passive protagonists are boring. Additionally, a villain should not be evil just for the sake of being evil – the villain should have a goal that (immoral or not) puts him in conflict with the protagonist.

      If you’ve never written a novel before, it might help to try a few short stories or novellas first. They’re good practice for things like plot structure and characterization.

      Hope that helps!

      -JM

  8. Just finished reading your first book and have to admit it was really good. I love the way how you made the readers want to read more because you wrote it in a way where its all action all around. Something interesting is always happening whichever entices us to not want to stop reading the book!!!!
    I am a huge reader and lately I have been reading random books of unknown writers to see if they are good and suggest it to those around me and my blog!!
    lastly I cant wait to get all your other books to see what fun she gets into now!!!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you liked the book.

      Currently there are five Caina books, with one accompanying novella. If all goes well I hope start writing the sixth book, GHOST IN THE FORGE, sometime in February.

        1. Thanks!

          The problem isn’t coming up with ideas – it’s finding the time to turn those ideas into books! πŸ™‚

    2. Since I got my kindle, I have tried so many free books that I normally wouldn’t have even looked at in a bookstore or in the library. The first book in the ghosts series hooked me and I will be buying the rest of them!

      1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I am glad you liked them. πŸ™‚ Next week I’m hoping to start on the 10th book in the series, so there is definitely more to read. πŸ™‚

        I’ve found that people who like a free book are willing to take a chance on the rest of the series. Ebooks have really made it much easier to get new books into the hands of readers.

  9. Haven’ t enjoyed a fantasy novel as much since Eddings ‘ Belgariad’ series. Can’ t wait to get stuck in to the rest of Ghosts.

  10. I can’t wait to read this! I just finished your first book and I loved it all the cultures coming together and fitting like puzzle pieces! how about extending the series where Caina adopts a child and trains it to be a ghost but ends up being a traitor and is hunted down by other ghosts and in the end everything ends up being okay!

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I have five books in THE GHOSTS series so far, and at the end of the fifth book, Caina is only twenty-one. So there’s lots of opportunity for future books yet. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’ve noticed that some people like DEMONSOULED, and some people like THE GHOSTS, but they don’t always overlap. But that’s okay.

  11. Enjoyed the book and looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I am easily distracted by typos and such when reading so please try to find a copy editor that is good πŸ™‚ This seems to be more prevelant in the ebooks than the paper/hardback books, not sure why.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the book! I’m glad you liked it.

      Sorry about the typos – I’ve had bad luck with copyeditors. πŸ™

  12. Loved it, easy to read and follow, enjoyed the character she became very real as the story progressed, looking forward to her frowning into adulthood

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the book! I’m glad you liked it.

      Actually, GHOST IN THE FLAMES was the first book about Caina I ever wrote. I wrote CHILD OF THE GHOSTS two years later when I decided to do Caina’s origin story.

  13. I enjoy stories like Caina’s. Especially the fact that she was but a girl who did not allow herself to break and grew into one remarkable woman. Reminds me of a few other stories I stumbled upon in my high school library days. Truly enjoyable. Thank you for creating a good read. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the books.

      I plan to keep writing new ones as long as I can manage it. πŸ™‚

  14. I have just finished reading ‘Child of the Ghosts’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you for your exciting work.

  15. I am not a fan of fantasy, however, I really enjoyed this book. I loved Caina. She had such courage and conviction for one so young. I will definately read the other Caina stories. Like others, I was thrown off by the missing words and minor grammatical errors. They seem to jump off the page and throw off the flow of reading. I wonder how one gets into being an editor for books..I am sure I would be great at it lol. Good job, thank you for a few enjoyable hours!

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them.

      Caina is a fun character to write on several levels.

  16. I loved the first book. I’m planning to read second. I never though I’d love this story. The characters are exquisite.
    Well done for making a great story

  17. Absolutely incredible, I am an extremely avid reader of many genres so to come across a book that is totally unique makes me do a “happy dance” . And I have to say this is one of my all time favorites! So from the bottom of my heart thank you and your creative genius for this book, I’ll be buying all of your other books and recommending them to anyone who stands still long enough!

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them. πŸ™‚ The next one, GHOST IN THE HUNT, I’m hoping to have out in the first part of September.

  18. Really liked Child of the Ghosts, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I have a large library of my favorite books that my children,friends and neighbors love to borrow from and am teaching the grandkids the wonders and joys of reading. I was wondering if your books are available in hard copy for future reading by said grandkids? If so from where can I get them?

    1. Thanks for the kind words about CHILD OF THE GHOSTS – I’m glad you liked it.

      I do have several of my books available in paperback – they should be available off Amazon and Createspace.com.

  19. Loved the story line. Very engaging plot and characters. Do the hard copies of the books have the same missing words and grammatical errors as the ebooks? Fortunately because I read as I do, I read the copy as it should be written as opposed to the actual writing. But I know this bothers others and probably should be addressed. I comment on this only because it could give young readers the impression that this is okay. Thinking that if a published author can write this way, why shouldn’t they be able to do the same and thus their school work suffers. Perhaps this can be addressed. Again good story line and characters and will probably read more.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them.

      The typo thing is an ongoing problem. It’s gotten better in my more recent books, but I still need to fix some of my older ones.

  20. Loved your book Child of the Ghosts, was very interesting and not at all predictable.I am an avid reader of all genres actually voracious would better describe my appetite for books.I almost never email an author , however this book deserves it.Keep up the good work I am now hooked totally and will be reading the entire series…..Anita

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the book! I’m glad you liked it.

      There’s quite a bit more to come in the series, so I hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚

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