The Ghosts Series

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When her life is torn apart by sorcery and murder, young Caina Amalas joins the Ghosts, the legendary spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar. She learns the secrets of disguise and stealth, of assassination and infiltration.

But even that might not be enough to save her.

For the evil that destroyed her family seeks to devour the entire world…

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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…

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Caina is a Ghost nightfighter, one of the Emperor’s elite spies and assassins, and few enemies of the Empire ever escape her cunning.

Yet all Caina’s wit and skill might not be enough to save her from a terrible fate.

Sent to hunt down a cruel slave trader, Caina encounters something far darker. An ancient evil, a thing of legend and terror.

A creature that wants to corrupt her, heart and soul…

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CAINA AMALAS is a Ghost nightfighter, one of the Emperor’s elite spies and assassins. And though she remains anonymous, already legends grow around her. Whispers speak of the Ghost nightfighter who stopped the fire of the gods from consuming Rasadda, who defeated sorcerers of terrible power, who liberated slaves and threw down cruel lords.

Yet now the storm is coming to claim her…

ARK spent five long years hunting for his missing wife and son. Now, at long last, he has found them again. When the storm comes, he will do anything to save them.

No matter what the cost to himself…

KYLON is a stormdancer of New Kyre, master of the sword, wielder of the sorcery of air and water. The youngest man ever to claim the title of stormdancer, he will fight for the honor of his city and his sister.

Even if he is doomed to fail…

REZIR SHAHAN is an Emir of Istarinmul, a man of cruelty and power, a tyrant who rules over his slaves with a rod of iron. For too long the commoners of the Empire have defied their rightful masters.

When the storm comes, he will teach them to wear a slave’s collar…

ANDROMACHE is one of the nine archons of New Kyre, her lineage ancient, her authority vast. For the honor of her city, she will bring the storm of war to the Empire.

And when she does, her true master will reward her with dark power beyond imagining.

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Caina Amalas is a Ghost nightfighter, an assassin and spy of the Emperor, and her cunning saved the city of Marsis from a brutal invasion. 

Now she must keep the war from becoming worse. 

The nobles of the Imperial city of Cyrioch plan to revolt, and assassins stalk the high lords of the Empire. Only Caina stands between the Empire and a ruinous civil war. 

But Caina faces a far more dangerous enemy than mere assassins.

A enemy that whispers from the darkness of her own mind…

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Caina Amalas is a Ghost nightfigher, a spy and agent of the Emperor, and time and time again she has overcome mighty foes through boldness and cunning.

But even her boldness might not be enough to stop the coming destruction.

A secretive cabal of sorcerers has created a weapon so powerful that its wielder will have dominion over the entire world – and the weapon is for sale to the highest bidder.

Unless Caina unravels the sorcerers’ secrets, uncounted millions will perish in the weapon’s wrath.

Starting with her…

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Caina Amalas is a Ghost nightfighter, one of the elite agents of the Emperor of Nighmar, and she has defeated both corrupt lords and mighty sorcerers.

As the Padishah of Istarinmul prepares to make peace with the Emperor, the Ghosts must keep the Padishah’s ambassador safe from assassins.

But when an escaped slave begs for Caina’s help, she finds dark plots stirring in the shadows.

Plots that threaten to devour the Empire and unleash terrible horrors.

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Caina Amalas is a nightfighter of the Ghosts, the spies and assassins of the Emperor of Nighmar, and through cunning and valor she has cast down both proud lords and mighty sorcerers.

But a power darker than any she has ever faced is awakening. 

When a mad assassin armed with a sorcerous blade rampages through the Emperor’s capital, Caina must track the weapon to its origin, a ruined city blighted by the folly of sorcerers, a city that holds weapons far more potent than mere blades. 

Weapons that can resurrect an ancient empire of dark sorcery to enslave the world anew… 

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CAINA AMALAS is a nightfighter of the Ghosts, one of the elite agents of the Emperor of Nighmar. She has defeated powerful sorcerers and corrupt lords, freed slaves and overthrown great evils.

But now someone has begun slaughtering the Ghosts of the Imperial capital, and the killer is wearing her face.

And this time, saving the Empire might cost her everything…

ARK is a man of many roles – father and husband, Ghost and veteran, blacksmith and Champion of Marsis.

But when the circlemasters of the Ghosts order him to hunt down the renegade Caina Amalas, Ark must make a choice between his family and the woman who saved his life and children…

THE MOROAICA is the ancient sorceress of legend and terror, and after two thousand years of toil, she is ready. She shall destroy the world and remake it in a better image, ending suffering and pain forever. She will rip open a gate to the heavens, cast down the gods from their thrones, and make them pay for all the suffering of mankind.

Or so she thinks…

 

137 thoughts on “The Ghosts Series

  1. Garnet

    Hy i was wondering if there is any continuation of the ghost series? One of the bet book i’ve ever read and loving.. When will the next book b availble… I want the first to get it.. Thank you for creating such a wonderful books

    Regards
    Garnet

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Garnet,

      Thanks for the kind words about the Ghosts books. I do indeed have a fourth book planned – GHOST IN THE STORM, and I hope to start writing it toward the end of February or the beginning of March, as soon as I finish my current project. If all goes well, it should be done by the beginning of summer.

      Watch this blog for further details!

      -JM

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      1. Anthony

        How did you come up with all the empires? Did you base them off of real life empires? Such as The Empire could be compared to the Roman Empire or Anshan to Africa.

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Yes. Caina’s Empire is based off what I think the Western Roman Empire might have become if it had survived to the Renaissance. Anshan is based off the Sassanid Empire of Late Antiquity.

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  2. Katie

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    Hi! I love your ghost series! I initially read your short stories in Sword and Sorceress, and as I often do with stories I like, I looked you up to see if you had written anything else. I was very happy to discover you had written longer stories about Caina, and happy to discover I could read them on my ipad. I have a newborn and your stories have been an excellent way of passing the time while feeding my voracious son.
    I have a few questions about the series-please feel free to answer them or ignore them.
    1.) In Sword and Sorceress 25 (I think) Caina is reunited with Ark, and he helps her out. However, at the end of Ghost in the Blood it sounds like he retires from an active ghost role to become more of a spy ghost. Is he still happily living with his family, or back to doing more active ghost work?
    2.) In Sword and Sorceress 23, Halfdan dies, and it seems so sudden and abrupt, especially after learning so much about him in your longer works. Was that story written before your longer works? I liked him as a character, and thus was saddened when I re-read the Sword and Sorceress story after your longer works.
    3.) Will you next story take place with Caina still as a ghost, or more after your short stories where she is working directly as the Emperors spy? If it is the former, do you ever plan to write more on the latter? It would be fascinating to learn how she built up her new reputation and gathered spies for herself.
    These are the things I ponder now that I’m finished with your series. I’m very much looking forward to your next story, and will be giving your other series a try next!
    Thanks for writing such great stories! -Katie

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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      Hi Katie,

      Thanks for the kind words about the GHOSTS books, and congratulations on your newborn! For your questions:

      “1.) In Sword and Sorceress 25 (I think) Caina is reunited with Ark, and he helps her out. However, at the end of Ghost in the Blood it sounds like he retires from an active ghost role to become more of a spy ghost. Is he still happily living with his family, or back to doing more active ghost work?”

      That will actually be a major plot point in GHOST IN THE STORM, the next book in the series, which I am hoping to start work on this month. Ark will be one of the three point-of-view characters in GHOST IN THE STORM – I figure he’s been in two novels and a short story now, so it’s time he had some POV chapters of his own.

      “2.) In Sword and Sorceress 23, Halfdan dies, and it seems so sudden and abrupt, especially after learning so much about him in your longer works. Was that story written before your longer works? I liked him as a character, and thus was saddened when I re-read the Sword and Sorceress story after your longer works.”

      Basically, I wrote the stories in SWORD & SORCERESS 22 and SWORD & SORCERESS 23 before I started working on the novels. However, in terms of the story’s continuity, the novels predate all the short stories. So at the end of the SWORD & SORCERESS 26 story, Caina is about twenty-eight, while at the end of GHOST IN THE BLOOD, she’s still only twenty or so. Halfdan started out as a comparatively minor figure in SWORD & SORCERESS 23, but as I wrote more of Caina’s background, he became an increasingly important figure to her. Eventually, the novels will catch up to the short stories, and hopefully that will flesh out some of the events around Halfdan’s death and Ryther (who was actually a student of Maglarion).

      “3.) Will you next story take place with Caina still as a ghost, or more after your short stories where she is working directly as the Emperors spy?”

      The next Caina story I write will be a novel, GHOST IN THE STORM, and it will be set in the city of Marsis, about three weeks or so after the end of GHOST IN THE BLOOD.

      “If it is the former, do you ever plan to write more on the latter?”

      I plan on doing both, so long as people keep buying them. 🙂

      -JM

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  3. Chris

    Hi, I’m a huge fan of the series and find them very interesting. I appreciate the fact that the series is based on a strong, complicated heroine. I do have one question though. Throughout the series Caina encounters men that could one day be more to her than just brothers/fathers/friends. Is there any chance we will see Caina finally find someone she loves and accepts her for who she is?

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the kind words about THE GHOSTS. In answer to your question, Caina will eventually have a romantic involvement. But I don’t think that will happen for a few books yet.

      -JM

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  4. Joe

    I just finished “Ghost in the Storm” and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. Each book in the series just gets better and better. I’ve read all of the Demonsouled books as well and am really looking forward to “Soul of Sorcery”. I’ll probably check out the Third Soul series in the mean time. I would like to make one request. As I have read each of the books and the worlds within them have evolved, it has occurred to me that a map would greatly help in putting the geography into perspective. I would love to see that added to future books in both these series. I believe it would be an enriching addition, but even without it the books have been an excellent read. Thank you and I look forward to many more books in both series.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for the kind words about the books!

      I’ve never really drawn a map for any of the books, since I’m not terribly good at drawing. And to be frank a map is somewhat limiting when writing, since you get locked into whatever the map says. So generally instead of a map, I’ll write up a few pages that describes the setting – Knightcastle is west of Castle Cravenlock, Swordgrim is north, Deepforest Keep is far to the south, and Arylkrad is far to the northeast.

      Or for THE GHOSTS, Malarae is in the center of the Empire, Marsis is on the western coast, and Rasadda is southeast of Malarae, on the northern coast of the Alqaarin Sea.

      Still, enough people have asked for maps that I might start including these geographic write-ups with the books.

      -JM

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  5. Rohaya

    Wow, thanks so much for writing the Ghost series. Completed all 4 books in the series in one week. Can’t wait for the next one…if there is one? I’m a huge fan of Raymond Feist, David Eddings, Greg Bear and Isaac Asimov. Now I’ve got you on my list of authors to read. Will keep checking your site for the next volume of the Ghost series . In the meantime, will check out your Demonsouled series.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Rohaya,

      Thanks for the kind words about THE GHOST series! I do indeed plan new books for THE GHOSTS – I’m hoping to start the next one, GHOST IN THE STONE, in September or October, once I finish my current DEMONSOULED book.

      I might do a short THE GHOSTS novella after I finish the rough draft of the next DEMONSOULED book, to tide people over until GHOST IN THE STONE.

      -JM

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  6. Vicky K.

    I was just wondering when Ghost in the Stone will be coming out? I just finished Ghost in the Storm (which I loved!) and at the end of the ebook it said Ghost in the Stone will be coming out later this year, but I was wondering when.

    Also, every word I read is fantastic! The way you write made me full of horror for Caina’s pain (particularly in Child of the Ghosts when Maglarion was torturing her), and with ever successive book I kept thinking, “this would make a fantastic movie series… or tv series… or video game franchise!” I absolutely love this series, and it’s the first new series I’ve found in a long time that I have enjoyed so much that I want to go back and read it again right away from the beginning. I’ve read the first four books in about a month because they were so enthralling. I can’t wait to read what the consequences of Jadriga’s death will be in Ghost in the Stone. 😀

    I have to ask, I’m pretty sure that the Maatish society they talk about in the series is in reference to Ancient Egypt (because of their worship of cats, their pictographical hieroglyphic writing, and the pyramids talked about in Ghost in the Flame). Did you take influence from other ancient cultures/societies to create Caina’s world, or did you do actual research and make them as accurate as you could to the ancient cultures/societies/empire(s) and then just give them new names? Because the Empire reminds me of the Roman Empire, but I don’t know the history around those times very well.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Vicky,

      Thanks for the kind words about THE GHOSTS books.

      I am planning to start writing GHOST IN THE STONE before the end of the year. Ideally, it would be nice if I could finish writing it before the end of the year, but a lot of stuff in Real Life has come up and I don’t know how it will all resolve.

      Basically, this is my writing plan for the rest of 2012:

      -Finish SOUL OF SORCERY.

      -Finish GHOST DAGGER (a short stand-alone GHOSTS novella).

      -Finish the UBUNTU DESKTOP BEGINNER’S GUIDE and the WINDOWS 8 BEGINNER’S GUIDE.

      -Start writing GHOST IN THE STONE.

      So it probably looks like I will start writing GHOST IN THE STONE in November, since I want to get the Ubuntu and Windows 8 books out, if possible, by the end of October (since Windows 8 and the new version of Ubuntu both come out in October, but doing both a Ubuntu book and a Windows 8 book might be overly optimistic). Because I’m starting GHOST IN THE STONE later than I had hoped, that’s why I’m writing GHOST DAGGER right now – a novella for GHOSTS readers until I can get to GHOST IN THE STONE.

      As for the historical stuff, good observation! Maatish society is based on ancient Egypt. Given how obsessed the ancient Egyptians were with death (the mummies, the pyramids, the elaborate rituals of burial and the afterlife), I thought it would be interesting to have a fantasy version of ancient Egypt built upon necromancy.

      In the backstory, the Saddai (the people who built the pyramids in GHOST IN THE FLAMES) were originally slaves in the Kingdom of the Rising Sun, the Maatish empire. After the Maatish kingdom collapsed, the Saddai migrated north, into the land that would become Caina’s Empire, and founded a kingdom for themselves. So though they never practiced necromancy, they were culturally influenced by the Maatish – the pyramids and so forth, and even the Saddaic language is a corrupted version of the Maatish language.

      Caina’s Empire is essentially what the Western Roman Empire would have been if it had survived to the Renaissance. So there are Legions and such, but it’s more technologically and economically developed than the old Roman Empire ever managed.

      When it comes to creating cultures in fantasy books, I generally just pick the details from history I find interesting (ancient Egypt and the Maatish, for instance) and go with them.

      -JM

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  7. Stefanie Dabe

    Are you planning on writing a fifth book? I lovethe series and want to read more. I just thought there would be another one because there are still slavers and Kylon is still alive and they are bound to meet again. Jadgria’s soul is still partially inside Caina and there is bound to be more of her deciples.

    How did you think of all these different languages and places. Everything is very unique, I haven’t read anything like it before. I would love to read more of theses books if they are to come.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Stefaine,

      Thanks for the kind words about the books!

      I am indeed planning additional books. First, a novella, GHOST DAGGER, which should come out in October. And then in October or November I’ll start writing GHOST IN THE STONE, the next full novel in the series. With more to come after that, hopefully.

      -JM

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  8. Perry

    Just read Child of the Ghosts last night. It kept me up way too late…excellent book. Enjoyed it so much I just bought the next three books in the series on Smashwords. I know what I am doing this long week end.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Perry,

      Thanks for the kind words about THE GHOSTS books!

      I have a new DEMONSOULED book coming soon, and that will be followed very closely by a GHOSTS novella, so hopefully you should have some new reading material soon. 🙂

      -JM

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      1. Perry

        Looking forward to them. Just started Ghost in the Storm, so they won’t quite last the weekend. Really enjoying this series alot.

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Glad you like the books!

          As a writer, it’s always amusing that someone can read in a few days books that took months to write. 🙂

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  9. skippy

    Hi,

    I LOVED your Ghost stories in the Sword and Sorceress anthologies, so much so that I would skip to your stories (and a few others) first when a new one came out. Thus, I was delighted when I finally decided to track down your website and see if there were other Ghost stories written (or if a compilation was available), and discovered a whole series of ebooks. What I am curious about is the chronology of the ebooks and the stories. I am one of those people who is CDO [i.e. OCD put in the correct order], and HATES to read book series out of order. So I would appreciate it if you could tell me the chronological order of your books and short stories in the ghost series.

    Thank you for your time,

    skippy

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi skippy,

      Thanks for the kind words about the stories!

      Here’s the order of THE GHOSTS books and stories.

      #1 – Child of the Ghosts
      #2 – Ghost in the Flames
      #3 – Ghost Dagger (a novella)
      #4 – Ghost in the Blood
      #5 – Ghost in the Storm
      #6 – Ghost in the Stone (if I am diligent, this should be available by the end of October).
      #7 – Black Ghost, Red Ghost in Sword & Sorceress 22
      #8 – Stolen Ghosts in Sword & Sorceress 23
      #9 – Ghost Mask in Sword & Sorceress 24
      #10 – Ghost Puppet in Sword & Sorceress 25
      #11 – Ghost Dance in Sword & Sorceress 26
      #12 – Ghost Pyres in Sword & Sorceress 27 (this is coming out in November).

      The continuity of the short stories is about six or seven years ahead of the continuity of the books (i.e., Caina is twenty-one at the end of GHOST IN THE STONE, but by GHOST PYRES she’s about twenty-eight or so). Eventually, if I can keep doing the novels long enough, they’ll catch up to the short stories.

      Hope that helps!

      -JM

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  10. carla

    Just curious … just now getting into your books.. I really love what I have read but I want to ensure I’m reading them in the correct order. I’m reading child of the ghosts.. amazing by the way.. what’s the order for the rest?? And am I missing any before this one??

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Carla,

      The order of the books is as follows:

      #1 – Child of the Ghosts
      #2 – Ghost in the Flames
      (GHOST DAGGER, a stand-alone novella, would fall here.)
      #3 – Ghost in the Blood
      #4 – Ghost in the Storm
      #5 – Ghost in the Stone (which should come out before the end of October).

      Hope that helps!

      -JM

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      1. carla

        Thanks for the reply. Had to catch up on multiple sets but I have purchased all books so far except the shorts… where can I find these??

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Most of the short stories are in the SWORD & SORCERESS anthologies, volumes 22 through 27.

          One of the short stories, GHOST ARIA, is available for sale on all ebook platforms, along with a novella called GHOST DAGGER.

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  11. Vicky K.

    I just came back and realized that you’d replied to my earlier comment; I’d totally missed it months ago. And upon reading further comments, I see you’re ahead of schedule and Ghost in the Stone is supposed to come out by the end of this month. I’m so excited!!! 😀 I can hardly contain my enthusiasm, especially since the eBooks are so affordable. (I’m a college student, so that makes things a little easier). 😀

    Seriously, how are these books NOT a TV series yet? They made Game of Thrones, why not Ghosts? This would be way more accessible, especially since while the books don’t shy away from sex, it’s much more tasteful.

    Can’t wait for more! 😀

    Regards,
    -Vicky

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      1. Vicky K.

        It was great, but I have a question with regards to the cover of the book: How come the girl on the cover is holding a sword? Caina uses mainly knives, and stealth, yet the character on the cover is conveying more of a Western stereotypical ninja feel to me. Was that a personal design choice, or something your publisher decided on?

        Regards,
        Vicky

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Basically, it’s because artists are expensive. 🙂

          The idea is that when you pick up a book, the cover is supposed to say “this is X kind of book”. So a book with a cover showing a man in a leather jacket with a gun and a police badge is probably some sort of mystery novel or thriller, while a book with a cover showing a partially-undressed man in 18th century costume holding a swooning woman in a corset is probably some sort of period romance. If the cover sends the wrong signals, people get ticked – if someone buys a book that shows a man with a badge and a gun, they’ll be pretty annoyed if it turns out to be a period romance or a book of crockpot recipes or something (or a period romance about crockpot recipes).

          So for the Caina books, we wanted covers that said “this is a book about a female spy and assassin who has adventures”, and I think the covers send that message. Eventually we’d like to hire an artist for custom covers, but we’re not there quite yet.

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  12. Vicky K.

    Hello,
    I’m curious as to how long you had been writing before you were first published? Did you have to look around a lot for someone to publish your books? I am an aspiring writer myself, and I hope (someday) to get something of mine published. Do you do a lot of research for your novels, or is it something where you just sit down and write? How much editing do you have to do before the book is published?

    I’m still a college student, so being published is a far way off still, but I am always looking for critique/advice, to prepare for the future. I hope you haven’t found my questions too forward, and I still can’t wait for Ghost in the Stone. 🙂

    Regards,
    -Vicky

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Vicky,

      Actually, GHOST IN THE STONE came out today. 🙂

      That question has a long answer, so check back tomorrow for Reader Question Day – I’ll have an answer for you then!

      -JM

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks! That’s so cool! I heard that library students had to do book trailers nowadays, so I’m flattered you picked my book to do.

      Can I post it tomorrow?

      -JM

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      1. Vicky K.

        Hey, I was wondering if it would be alright if I recorded myself reading Child of the Ghosts, and then put it on YouTube. I love audiobooks, and I think more people who aren’t as bookie as me might get interested in the series is they heard it as an audiobook. You can check out some children’s stories I’ve done on my youtube account, beyondthepages: http://www.youtube.com/user/beyondthepages

        Let me know!
        -Vicky

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Sounds cool! Go for it. Just be sure to put a “used by permissions of author 2013 blah blah blah” somewhere in the description so the copyright bots don’t lock on to you (or me).

          -JM

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  13. Kelly Michal

    Already finished the Demonsouled series, and am now working on the ghost series. I am pleasantly surprised about how great an author you are, however, I ask that you find someone to do a better job with editing…I promise I’m not an editing Nazi, but some of the mistakes were distracting.

    I’d be more than happy to volunteer for the job! I love your books, and make a great editor!

    Kelly

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  14. Kelly Michal

    Oh…and as to your earlier comments about hiring an artist for the covers…my husband is an extraordinary artist, and would be happy to be volunteered to help you out as well -whether he likes it or not 🙂

    He doesn’t do photos, but rather is a fabulous painter (acrylics, oils, and watercolors) and sculptor. The best part is, he loves me to distraction and is willing to do whatever I ask him to do within reason!!

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  15. Ian Leggatt

    I came across Child of the Ghosts as a Kindle freebee while I was searching for a new fantasy fix. Pulp it might be, but the story was engaging from page one and I read it in a couple of days and needed more. Over the past month I’ve read eveything up to Ghost in the Stone and loved every minute of the series so far. Only one question for you – the finalpage of “Stone” mentions a new book “Ghost in the Forge” out in the first half of 2012. The timetable’s obviously slipped a bit, because the book isn’t available anywhere yet…………….any clues as to when it might come out ?????
    Ian L

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Oh dear. That was supposed to say “first half of 2013”, not the first half of 2012. I will fix that immediately.

      Anyway, thanks for the kind words about the books!

      -JM

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  16. Melissa

    I JUST READ THE FIRST IN THE GHOST SERIES AND LOVED IT! WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW MISSING WORDS HERE & THERE? CAN’T WAIT TO DOWLOAD THE NEXT BOOK ON MY NOOK!!!

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  17. Simon

    Picked up a free copy of “Child of the Ghosts” on Kindle a few days ago and am almost done. It’s a great book and it looks like it’s set up to be a superb series. I really want to read them all, but I have one major gripe; the sheer number of typos and missing words in the book. I would be severely annoyed if I had bought a paper copy with such a high error count and I don’t see why it should be acceptable for a digital copy. I genuinely think that the proof reading/spell checking needs to be much better. You’ve clearly put a huge effort into your writing. Allowing it to be ruined by something so small is criminal.
    I really hope that you can assure me that the other books are not prone to it. I know it might seem petty, but it really spoils my enjoyment. I may buy the next one, but if it’s as bad, that’ll probably be where I stop…

    PS If you need someone to proof-read and hunt down errors, just let me know!! 🙂

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      Concerning the typo situation, I agree I need to find a better solution, but I haven’t found it yet. The copyeditors I’ve worked with have been either prohibitively expensive or grossly unreliable – one woman refused to do any work at all for six weeks because her cat had died. So hopefully I’ll have better luck with that in 2013.

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  18. Hayley

    After getting a kindle for Christmas and desperately wanting something to read on it I found Child of the Ghosts as a freebie new years eve and I’ve already finished them all. I couldn’t put any book of the series down. I just wanted to say thank you for such amazing books and wish you all the best with your writing because you’re now on the list along with Trudi Canavan and Maggie Furey for me whose books get bought the day they are released! I do wish someone would come up with a super human brew for authors like you because you just can’t write them quick enough! 😉 Thanks again!

    Can’t wait for Ghost in the Forge…..

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      “I do wish someone would come up with a super human brew for authors like you because you just can’t write them quick enough!”

      It’s called coffee. 🙂

      Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m working on the rough draft of GHOST IN THE FORGE now, and I’m currently on chapter 4 of 27.

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  19. Danica

    I love your books! Read the first Ghost book and downloaded everything I could find the next day!
    Any chance you will release the stories that appear in the Sword & Sorceress books into a book of shorts?
    Please keep writing!!

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Danica,

      Thanks for the kind words about the books! I fully intend to keep writing. 🙂

      Eventually the books will catch up to the short stories – at the end of the last book, Caina is twenty-one, and at the end of the last short story, she’s almost thirty. So eventually the events of short stories will be incorporated into the books.

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  20. Dianne Garnett

    Only found your books on Amazon last week and I have downloaded one every day. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book. Can you plse tell me when Ghost in the Forge is due out.
    Regards
    Dianne

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      I’m making good progress on GHOST IN THE FORGE, and barring unexpected disaster, it should be out in the first week of March.

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  21. dustin

    Hi, I have read all the ghost novels to date and am about to start soul of skulls, I love your style. I don`t know how you plan to end the ghost series, but I had an idea for an offshoot. If Caina were to ordered to train a young person that reminds her of herself, but this young person has strong magical ability, which conflicts with Caina`s beliefs and experiences.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      Actually, something like that will be part of the plot of GHOST IN THE FORGE.

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  22. Edward

    Hi, I have read all the Ghost, Demonsouled, Tower of Endless Worlds and Third Soul books and loved every one. I downloaded Ghost in the Forge last night and finished it this afternoon. It was excellent!! I liked it even better than the rest of the Ghost series which says a lot!! So when is your next book coming out (of any series)? Obviously, I am a little impatient. Also, I understand that there are short stories about Caina. How can I go about reading those? (They may hold me over until the next of your books is released…though probably not). Thanks and keep on writing (but you know…quicker)!!

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks for the kind words about the books! Not many people have read all the series. 🙂

      The next thing I have coming out will be some new stuff in THE THIRD SOUL later this month or at the beginning of April.

      The short stories about Caina are in the SWORD & SORCERESS anthologies, and they should be available in both paper and ebook format. They do take place several years after the novels, though.

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  23. james

    I’ve read all the Ghost books up to date and I was simply wondering when Ghost in the Ashes is going to come out.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      I’m glad you liked the books!

      Before I start GHOST IN THE ASHES, I’m going to write the final DEMONSOULED book, SOUL OF SWORDS. Once that is done, I will start GHOST IN THE ASHES. So unless something goes amiss, I should have GHOST IN THE ASHES out by the end of the summer or the beginning of fall.

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  24. james

    I’m looking forward to reading Soul of Swords too. I started reading both series because it gave me something to do during long days at work. When can a person expect Soul of Swords?

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Glad you liked them!

      I started writing SOUL OF SWORDS this morning, so if all goes well, I hope to have it out in June sometime.

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  25. Kyra

    I’m currently reading Ghost in the Flames. I’m enjoying your books and looking foward to making my way through the rest of them. Keep up the good work, and good luck! 🙂

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  26. Gavin Thurston

    Just finished ‘Ghost in the Forge’ and I’m champing at the bit for the next installment. Really can’t wait. Straight from the heart you’re right up there with the best of them Jonathan. If this series ever makes it to the big screen, and, for the sakes of the masses, I sincerely hope it does, then this tune would be the perfect soundtrack. For any of the classic fantasy, or sci-fi, series I’ve ever read they’ve got a tune to set the flaming wheels of my imagination rolling – this tune is the one for the Ghosts – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thDNJ-aHBNs .

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks! I’m very glad you liked them.

      I will listen to the song as soon as I’m at a computer with functional sound. 🙂

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  27. Niknac K.

    Hi, I love the ghost series, and i’m just wondering when ghost in the ashes is coming out. You said near the end of 2013, but I want a more specific time. Thanks, :3

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      I started writing GHOST IN THE ASHES on Friday. So, barring unexpected developments, I hope to have it out sometime in July or August.

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  28. stefanie

    Hey Jonathan, I have no idea how many times I’ve commented on this site. I was wondering when Ghost in the Ashes is coming out.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Stefanie,

      I am writing GHOST IN THE ASHES right now, and I’m currently on chapter 17 of 25. So if all goes well, I think it will come out in July sometime.

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  29. James

    I just finished Soul of Swords early this morning and I fully enjoyed every single chapter, as well as the entire series. Now, I’m looking forward Ghost in the Ashes when it’s released.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

      Right now I’m on chapter 19 of 25 of GHOST IN THE ASHES, so if all goes well the book should come out sometime in July.

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  30. Mackenzie

    hello mister Jonathan moeller . this may sound strange but i wish to help you out if your willing, not that you need any help with your stories, they are excellent, great fiction part from the very occasional spelling or grammatical error, sorry don’t mean to criticize . i may know a way how to increase your book sales, there is a company called graphic audio which makes audio adaptations of priamrily novels with a lot of action or ones that are written like block busters. instead of your usual one guy narrateing and doing all the voices, this company assigns a narrartor a full cast of voice actors and sound effects and back ground music. so when lord craven lock or ark from ghosts are doing battle you will nactually here the sickenning sound of their blades pericing human flesh and their enemies scream. here is a link to their website and one of their book series a suggest lsitening to the first sample. after doing so and looking around the site a bit please tell me what you think. often times they will ask some of their customers what books they would want to hear and i am one of those who is often makeing suggestions. so if this is something you think you would consider please let me know, becuase i might be able to help by drumming up support on their forums, its not much i know and i dont know all the details of their selection process but i just thought that you might be interested, thank you for reading this

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Hi Mackenzie,

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

      Thanks for the tip. I will take a look at the Graphic Audio site. Though if they use realistic sound effects, I shudder to think at what they would employ for the romantic scenes. 🙂

      -JM

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  31. Mackenzie

    the romance scenes are realistic to, however since you dont go into graphic detail with those scenes i dont think you have anything to worry about, tell me when youve listened to the sample or samples and what you think

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  32. Shay

    Hi,
    I’m trying to organise my books right now and wondered if you could update us with a list of the books and short stories/novellas in chronological order again?

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Sure. Here are all the series in order, with the various short stories inserted where they would be chronologically:

      THE GHOSTS:

      #1 Child of the Ghosts

      Ghost Aria (Short story)

      #2 Ghost in the Flames

      Ghost Dagger (novella)

      #3 Ghost in the Blood

      #4 Ghost in the Storm

      #5 Ghost in the Stone

      #6 Ghost in the Forge

      Ghost Claws (short story)

      Ghost Omens (short story)

      #7 Ghost in the Ashes

      # Ghost in the Mask

      DEMONSOULED:

      The Wandering Knight (short story)

      The Tournament Knight (short story)

      The Dragon’s Shadow (novella)

      #1 Demonsouled

      #2 Soul of Tyrants

      #3 Soul of Serpents

      #4 Soul of Dragons

      #5 Soul of Sorcery

      #6 Soul of Skulls

      #7 Soul of Swords

      THE THIRD sOUL

      #1 The Testing

      #2 The Assassins

      #3 The Blood Shaman

      #4 The High Demon

      #5 The Burning Child

      #6 The Outlaw Adept

      #7 The Black Paladin

      #8 The Tomb of Baligant

      (Omnibus One has 1-5, and Omnibus Two has 6-8.)

      THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS

      #1 The Tower of Endless Worlds

      #2 A Knight of the Sacred Blade

      #3 A Wizard of the White Council

      #4 The Destroyer of Worlds

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  33. Shay

    Thanks for that! I also spotted on Amazon yesterday a novella(?) called Fall of Kyrace – is that really a Ghosts-related word and where does it fit in?

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Short answer: it takes place about a thousand years before the GHOSTS books, and deals with one of Kylon’s ancestors.

      Longer answer: I had a couple of short story collections for sale, but in 2 1/2 years they sold about 150 copies total. So I decided to change tactics, unbundle the short stories, and give away one story for free a week. THE FALL OF KYRACE is one of those stories. The plan is to start doing that next month.

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Yes. I use the newsletter for announcing new releases and (usually) giving away a free short story with new novels.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Yes – if all goes well, I should be able to bundle the first three books (along with GHOST DAGGER) into an omnibus in time for Christmas.

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  34. Nishant Mandadi

    Is there any way to get short story books like the fall of kyrace on something other than the kindle? Also how many books in the ghost series do you plan on making? By the way I was wondering if you made a map for any of your books yet? Love your books by the way. I read all of them except for the adept series and plan to rectify that soon though I was wondering why you made the books in that series so much shorter than the books in your other series

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      “Is there any way to get short story books like the fall of kyrace on something other than the kindle?”

      At the moment, I’m afraid not – Nook and iTunes don’t let me give the short stories away in short bursts like Amazon does.

      “Also how many books in the ghost series do you plan on making?”

      A lot. 🙂 After all, at the end of GHOST IN THE SURGE Caina is only twenty-two, and I think there’s lots of room for more stories there yet!

      “By the way I was wondering if you made a map for any of your books yet?”

      I do have a map for FROSTBORN, and I might add maps for the other series later. I generally don’t like to do maps because I find them confining, but there’s enough reader demand for maps that I’ve had to rethink that. The Frostborn map is here:

      http://www.jonathanmoeller.com/writer/?page_id=4487

      “I read all of them except for the adept series and plan to rectify that soon though I was wondering why you made the books in that series so much shorter than the books in your other series”

      That was an experiment I did to see if people preferred short serialized books or longer novels, and I’ve found that they seem to prefer longer novels.

      Anyway, thanks for the kind words about the books. I am glad you liked them!

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  35. James

    I love The Ghosts series. I finished Ghost in the Surge yesterday and already I’m looking forward to the next. One question though. Excluding the short stories, how many books are there in the series?

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      Right now there are nine books, not counting the short stories. GHOST IN THE COWL will be the tenth.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks! I am glad you liked the books.

      Currently, I do not have a map for Caina’s world. I might do one at some point, though.

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      1. leptismagna

        A map would be awesome! I love naming my cities after ones from The Ghosts when I play civilization. I only get about ten though, and a collection of unrelated ones such as owning both Malarae and Istarinmul.

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          I do have to carve out the time to make a map – it will help with upcoming books in the series.

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  36. Cathelyn

    I just read your book Child of The Ghosts, and I must say it was one of the BEST books that I have ever read in over thirty years of reading. I have read a LOT of books in my life,
    For me it’s one of my TOP 20 favs! I look forward to reading the rest of the series and the Demonsouled & Frostborn series also.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks for the kind words about the books! I am glad that you liked them. 🙂

      Currently I am working on edits for GHOST IN THE COWL, the next book in the series.

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  37. James

    Just finished Ghost in the Cowl. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series. I love every aspect of the books. Can’t wait for the next one!

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      If all goes well, I’m hoping to start GHOST IN THE MAZE, the next book, towards the end of April or the beginning of May.

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      1. James

        I’ve been reading The Ghost series since 2011.I can honestly say that this is the only series in my life that I’ve been addicted to. Keep it up!

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you have liked them so far. I started writing what would become THE GHOSTS back in 2007, so I’ve been very grateful for the reader response all these years later. 🙂

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  38. Mandy

    When will there be the final attempt at “The Great Plan”. I haven’t read the Ghost Exile books yet so if this is a stupid question you can ignore it and just tell me read the next book.

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  39. James

    Ahh….its been awhile since I’ve made a comment. I’m really looking forward to reading Ghost in the Hunt. A question though. Besides the first two exile books and a soon to be third, are there going to be more that follow a regular storyline?

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Yes. The entire GHOST EXILE arc (Caina’s time in Istarinmul) is already plotted out, and the last book in that arc will be called GHOST IN THE WINDS. Not entirely sure how many books it will take to get there, though. 🙂

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  40. James

    I hope I’m not making you feel rushed but I was wondering if you had an estimated release date for Ghost in the Hunt.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked them. 🙂

      I’m writing the outline for GHOST IN THE RAZOR right now, and I’m hoping to start on it the day after Thanksgiving. So if all goes well it should be out in late January or early February.

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  41. Deborah

    Hi, I’m trying to figure out the order of the Ghosts & Ghost Exile series and if Ghosts should be read before the Exile or vice versa or if it matters. I’m really confused with all the shorts. Love them but it’s hard to keep it all straight 🙂 and I’m OCD about reading everything in order. Thanks!

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      The short stories are designed to be read in any order – some of them take place hundreds of years before Caina was born. That said, this is the reading order I usually recommend:

      Child of the Ghosts
      Ghost Aria
      Ghost in the Flames
      Ghost Dagger
      Ghost in the Blood
      The Fall of Kyrace
      Ghost in the Storm
      Ghost in the Stone
      Ghost in the Forge
      Ghost Claws
      Ghost Omens
      Ghost in the Ashes
      Ghost in the Mask
      Ghost Thorns
      Ghost Undying
      Ghost in the Surge
      Ghost in the Cowl
      Ghost Sword
      Ghost in the Maze
      Ghost Price
      Ghost Relics
      Ghost in the Hunt
      Ghost Keeper
      Ghost Nails
      Blood Artists
      Bound To The Eye
      Ghost in the Razor

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  42. Iheart

    Hi! Iheart here again 😉

    I wanted to ask when is your next book coming out. Can you betray something that will happen in it? Pretty pretty please with a cherry on the top??? I can’t wait and I really, really, really want to know what will happen with Kylon. I don’t know why, but when I read your books, I keep thinking he will get killed around every corner! I really like him and I’m…nervous, I guess.

    I also wanted to ask about the daevagoths. Or is it deavegoths? What are they? I understand that the master sorcerers (Ulvan and the others, in what category are they in? Did I say guess right? Master sorcerers or traders or else?) make them for protection. They make them the same way they make wraithblood right? I’m totally mixed up now. So, I’m asking:
    1. What are daevagoths?
    2. How are they made?
    3. How do they look like?
    4. How do you spell the word? daevegoths? deavagoths?
    5. What is Ulvan? (master trader, sorcerer…I know WHAT he is I just don’t know how it’s called)

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      “I wanted to ask when is your next book coming out. Can you betray something that will happen in it?”

      The next GHOST EXILE book I’m writing is GHOST IN THE INFERNO, which I hope to start writing in March (when FROSTBORN: THE GORGON SPIRIT) is finished. So if all goes well I’ll have GHOST IN THE INFERNO out sometime around Memorial Day.

      In GHOST IN THE INFERNO, Caina and her allies will try to break into the Inferno, the hellish fortress where the Immortals are made and trained.

      “I can’t wait and I really, really, really want to know what will happen with Kylon. I don’t know why, but when I read your books, I keep thinking he will get killed around every corner!”

      Thanks! I was quite surprised at how popular he has been. When I wrote GHOST IN THE STORM (Kylon’s first appearance) back in 2012, I intended him to be a one-off character. But then I got a lot of emails asking “when is Kylon coming back?” So I brought him back for GHOST IN THE FORGE, got even more emails about Kylon, so then I brought him back in GHOST IN THE MASK…and here we are three years later and I’m still writing about Kylon. 🙂

      “1. What are daevagoths?”

      Normal humans twisted into insane monsters by alchemical sorcery, equipped with absolutely lethal venom in their stingers. The Alchemists typically use them as guard dogs.

      “2. How are they made?”

      Alchemical sorcery. Think a lot of vats and vile elixirs and madness-inducing transformations, that kind of thing.

      “3. What do they look like?”

      Dog-sized spiders with human heads and scorpion tails. Their heads are hairless and gray, and their eyes and blood glow with a pale blue light.

      “4. How do you spell the word? daevegoths? deavagoths?”

      Daevagoth.

      “5. What is Ulvan? (master trader, sorcerer…I know WHAT he is I just don’t know how it’s called)…(Ulvan and the others, in what category are they in? Did I say guess right? Master sorcerers or traders or else?)”

      Ulvan is a Master Slaver of the Brotherhood of Slavers of Istarinmul. The Master Slavers wear cowls of black leather as formal, ceremonial garb (similar to how certain legal officials in Britain wear black robes and white wigs when in court), and so the Master Slavers are informally known as the “cowled masters”.

      The Brotherhood of Slavers is the only organization that has the legal right to sell slaves in Istarinmul. (Even when people sell slaves to each other, the Brotherhood is technically supposed to record the sale and receive a cut, though transactions often happen under the table.) Because of that, the Brotherhood is richer and more powerful than many nobles, the way a modern international corporation is sometimes richer than smaller national governments. Callatas hired the Brotherhood to supply him with the thousands of slaves he needed to murder to create wraithblood, so they became even wealthier and more powerful.

      That said, by the time of GHOST IN THE RAZOR Caina has spent a year and a half harassing the Brotherhood and disrupting their operations, and the Brotherhood is in a lot of political and financial trouble. They are having a very difficult time finding new slaves, and so the price of slaves have skyrocketed. This in turn is disrupting Istarinmul’s economy and ticked off Grand Master Callatas, which has made the Brotherhood desperate. They’re legally forbidden from kidnapping Istarish citizens to sell as slaves, but the Brotherhood has been kidnapping Istarish peasants to meet the demand for slaves. That in turn has seriously angered a lot of powerful rural Istarish nobles.

      So Caina hasn’t fully realized it yet (Morgant and Nasser have, though), but she has been pushing Istarinmul towards a major civil war…and there is your hint for what might happen in GHOST IN THE INFERNO. 🙂

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      1. Iheart

        Thanks for the daevagoth info 😉 Before, I thought they were giant mechanical spiders that had a hellish blue glow around them and came from the netherworld…not very accurate.

        As to Kylon, I like him as much as Caina…and that’s a LOT. <3 😀 I picture him as a proud, handsome young man who is clueless when it comes to Ghost strategy and such other, maybe not as much when it comes to politics. He describes himself as a "simple warrior", so maybe his lack of information about everything is understandable, but in reality, he is much more than that. Not only is he honorable (the Exile gladiator fighting without the aid of sorcery) but he is trying his best to do anything he can to help Caina, even though he doesn't have the faintest clue what to do. Of course, you know all that about him, but I wanted to point out that those are the reasons I like him. I'm not surprised that everyone likes him. I think he was, is, and is going to be (hopefully), as loved and important as Corvalis or Halfdan. Yes, that's how awesome he is 😀

        Thanks soooooooooo much for the hint 😉 I'm probably going to toss and turn at night, dreaming about a hundred different scenarios of what will happen, contemplating what crude jokes will be said, what thoughts will flitter through Kylon head, what clever ideas Caina will have this time 🙂

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        1. jmoellerwriter Post author

          It is always interesting to see what things a reader likes in a book. A writer never can predict it.

          Morgant is fond of crude jokes. He likes to use them as needles, to jab at people to see how they will react. 🙂

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  43. Adrian

    Hey! Ive been re-reading every book in the Ghost series for a loooong time. I absolutely love this series. You are, by far, my FAVORITE author. You’ve inspired me to write and in many other things as well. I can not wait until the next book comes out *on the edge of my seat*

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the books, and am impressed that you re-read them all – that’s like 1.1 million words at this point. 🙂

      Good luck with your own books!

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  44. Francis

    Thank you so much for the ghosts series. It brought be out of my reading slump and I am so excited to read the series. I was wondering if the exile ghosts series is over. I’m only on book 2 of this series though, so no spoilers! Also, which order do the shorts go in. Thanks!

    -Big Fan

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

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

      GHOST EXILE isn’t over yet – I’m planning nine books total for that, too.

      The short stories can be read in any order, but here’s the preferred reading order of the novels and the stories:

      Child of the Ghosts
      Ghost Aria
      Ghost in the Flames
      Ghost Dagger
      Ghost Light
      Ghost in the Blood
      The Fall of Kyrace
      Ghost in the Storm
      Ghost in the Stone
      Ghost in the Forge
      Ghost Claws
      Ghost Omens
      Ghost in the Ashes
      Ghost in the Mask
      Ghost Thorns
      Ghost Undying
      Ghost in the Surge
      Ghost in the Cowl
      Ghost Sword
      Ghost in the Maze
      Ghost Price
      Ghost Relics
      Ghost in the Hunt
      Ghost Keeper
      Ghost Nails
      Blood Artists
      Bound To The Eye
      Ghost in the Razor

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  45. Kaylan

    I love this first book, Im not quite finished with it yet and Im already looking forward to the others. I just learned that there are 7 of them and my heart skipped a beat!
    I love Caina, shes such a strong character and she has a reason to be. I enjoy reading of a women being the leading role and a assassin. I stay up at at least until 3am reading and I cant get enough.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Thanks for the kind words about the book! I hope you will be pleased to learn that there are in fact currently a total of 13 GHOSTS books, and the 14th one, GHOST IN THE INFERNO, is scheduled to come out around mid-April.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Istarinmul would sort of be a combination of Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul. New Kyre is based on the Athenian Empire at its height, and Alqaarin is still somewhat ill-defined since Caina’s never visited and we haven’t had any major characters from there.

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  46. Anthony

    Do you think there ever will be an important character from there or will one book take place in Alqaar? Also how did you come up with the names of the cities?

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Maybe. I haven’t decided yet.

      The names come from various sources. “Malarae” was from a RPG I ran as a teenager lo these many years ago, and the name “Kyrace” came from the same setting. (New Kyre was easily derived from that name.) Since Caina would do a lot of fighting in Marsis, I named it after Mars, the Roman god of war. Cyrioch/Cyrica Urbana was derived from Antioch and Roman Syria, and I believe Anshan was actually the name of an ancient Elamite kingdom that predated the Persian Empire. Calvarium came from one of the Latin words for “skull.”

      So the city names usually come from ancient history or mythology.

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  47. James

    So, I was simply curious as to when we can expect Ghost in the Seal to come out. I’ve been waiting patiently.

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    1. jmoellerwriter Post author

      Sometime in July. Rough draft’s done, it just needs editing. So hopefully the wait should not require too much more patience. 🙂

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  49. Alex

    Hi!!
    I’d just like to ask when we can expect Ghost Night to be started…I’m itching to get another Caina fix! 🙂

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