#7 Ghost in the Ashes

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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 Padishahโ€™s ambassador safe from assassins.

But when an escaped slave begs for Cainaโ€™s help, she finds dark plots stirring in the shadows.

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

20 thoughts on “#7 Ghost in the Ashes

  1. I’ve been trying to get GHOST IN THE ASHES from Barnes & Noble all day. They keep saying it can’t be found. Is it not available there, yet?

  2. Ok, so I couldnt stop reading and finishing book six. So I’ll have to find other books to read on my trip. Just a side note I liked Kylon better but do like the relationship that has developed so far with Corvalis.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked them.

      I have to admit that I’m surprised how popular Kylon has been – I intended him as a one-off character in GHOST IN THE STORM who would do short cameos in later books, but people liked him enough that I brought him back as a POV character in GHOST IN THE FORGE. He’ll be back again as a POV character in the eight book, GHOST IN THE MASK.

  3. I absolutely love this book series. I love your writing style and how you switch between the characters all the time, it is brilliant to say the least. My friend was actually speaking to me and she too loves the books and said that I look like like Caina though I disagree. However this book would make fir a brilliant movie. I believe the best character in the books so far has actually been Kylon and I originally thought at the end of ‘Ghost In The Storm’ him and Caina would get together but I seem to have been proven wrong. Although the relationship with Corvalis was a brilliant idea too. But all in all loving the series incredibly.

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

      I have to admit I am surprised at how popular Kylon has been, and how many readers want him to get together with Caina. I originally intended him as a one-off character in GHOST IN THE STORM, but he was so popular I brought him back as a POV character in GHOST IN THE FORGE. He’ll also be back as a POV character in the next book, GHOST IN THE MASK.

      1. I am glad to hear that. It’s surprising what can happen isn’t it? If you do not mind me asking, how many books are you planning for the series?

        1. As long as I can keep ’em from getting stale and people keep buying them, I’ll keep writing GHOSTS books. ๐Ÿ™‚

          More concretely, I’m planning to do between ten and fourteen, with any more beyond fourteen determined by whether or not they’re getting stale and if people are still buying them.

          1. Brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ I shall be watching the progress to see what exciting new adventures you can come up with ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Just finished the book. That was an absolutely brilliant way to end that book. Loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ then again I love all of your works so that was probably inevitable.

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. I’m looking forward to starting GHOST IN THE MASK as soon as I finish FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT.

  5. Thank you so much for writing these books! I am so happy that the waiting times between books is short due to the fact that I read them so fast! i like Corvalis better than Kylon. He understands Ciana fa better than Kylon ever will. Corvalis has experienced a difficult life, just as Ciana has.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them, and I think you’re the first person to write in favor of Corvalis over Kylon. ๐Ÿ™‚

      If all goes well, I should start working on GHOST IN THE MASK sometime in August.

      -JM

  6. I honestly did no enjoy this book as much as the others. The end was quite gruesome, which is enjoyable. Sicarion and jadgria just will not die! What gave you the idea to make Caina blonde though?

    1. Well, hopefully the next one will be more to your liking. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The blonde hair dye was part of Caina’s disguise as Sonya Tornesti, and part of that is her fear that the disguise is more enjoyable than who she really is. So it was symbolic. Also, practical, since enough people have encountered a black-haired woman of the Ghosts that a more drastic disguise became a good idea.

    1. I will give you a straight answers, and say that it depends. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Basically, it depends on how long the book is. Before I start, I outline thoroughly, so I know exactly where I’m going. I’ll usually rewrite the outline three or four times before I’m happy.

      Once it’s done, I’ll write the book as fast as I can. I’ve found that writing a rough draft is a bit like pouring molten bronze – it’s best to do it quickly, else it might cool into a funny shape. I’ll try to do a minimum of 3,000 words a day when writing a rough draft, and usually try to push myself to do more. It doesn’t always work, since responsibilities In Real Life often take precedence, but that is the goal.

      After the rough draft is done, I’ll revise and edit the book chapter by chapter. Usually I’ll cut anywhere from 200 to a thousand words per chapter, since I tend to overwrite.

      So in the end, it boils down to how long the book is. GHOST IN THE ASHES took about five weeks, while SOUL OF SWORDS took two and a half months.

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