C. J. Brightley

Biography

C. J. Brightley grew up in Georgia. After a career in national security, she turned her attention to writing. She lives with her husband and young children in Northern Virginia. She blogs at CJBrightley.com, where you can find sneak peeks of upcoming books, deleted scenes, background material, thoughts on writing, and books she enjoys.

She also runs the Noblebright.org website dedicated to highlighting the best of noblebright fantasy. Noblebright fantasy characters have the courage to risk kindness, honesty, integrity, and love; to fight against their own flaws and the darkness of the world around them; and to find hope in a grim world.

Where to find C. J. Brightley online

Series

Fairy King
Fairy tale romance
A Fairy King
Price: $0.99 USD.
A Fairy Promise
Price: $2.99 USD.
Erdemen Honor
The King's Sword
Price: $4.99 USD.
A Cold Wind
Price: $4.99 USD.
Honor's Heir
Price: $4.99 USD.
Erdemen Tales
Street Fox
Price: $0.99 USD.
Heroes
Price: $2.99 USD.
Color
Price: Free!

Books

The Shield and the Thorn
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 106,420. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2022 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The Wraith saved the Fair Lands. Now he must save Fair hearts. When Lord Fenton Selby is accosted at his own back door by Miss Crocus Firethorn, a beautiful Fair maiden looking for the Wraith’s young ally Juniper, he’s torn as to whether to trust her any more than she trusts him. His charm and kindness quickly win her affection, until she finds out...
The Wraith and the Rose
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 104,890. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2021 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
A Scarlet Pimpernel Reimagining with Fairies and Magic The Fair Folk are stealing children. One man is stealing them back. The Wraith and the Rose is a delightful reimagining of The Scarlet Pimpernel in a Victorian-inspired setting with dangerous Fair Folk and a love worth dying for. Book 1 of a complete duology.
Shards: A Noblebright Fantasy Anthology
Series: Lucent Anthologies, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 120,520. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Shards of lives, shards of a broken heart, shards of broken pottery or glass, shards of myth and memory... each author in this exciting collection of fantasy has interpreted the theme in a different way. Focused on noblebright fantasy, this anthology includes stories that edge toward grimbright and nobledark, exploring themes of despair tempered by hope and brokenness tempered by redemption.
Fell Beasts and Fair - A Noblebright Fantasy Anthology
Series: Lucent Anthologies, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 124,570. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2018 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
In this exciting collection of noblebright fantasy, fresh new fantasy voices and award-winning authors explore grief and hope, sacrifice and heroism. Rediscover the best aspect of classic fantasy - the noblebright ideals that made heroes heroic, even when the world grew dark around them. Meet thieves, dragons, nightmares, fairy warriors, pookas, enchanted bear-men, and other magical creatures!
Twelve Days of (Faerie) Christmas
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 41,380. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
When Charlotte meets mysterious Ronan, her comfortable life is upended in a confusion of magic, monsters, and birds. Lots of birds. But Ronan's increasingly ridiculous gifts are the least of her concerns - the spell connecting them is ticking like a bomb, and time is running out. This is a clean standalone fantasy adventure-romance novella/short novel of about 41,000 words.
Still Waters: A Noblebright Fantasy Anthology
Series: Lucent Anthologies, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,710. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2017 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In this exciting collection of noblebright fantasy, fresh new fantasy voices and award-winning authors explore grief and hope, sacrifice and heroism. Rediscover the best aspect of classic fantasy - the noblebright ideals that make heroes heroic, even when the world turns dark around them.
Erdemen Honor: Books 1 - 3
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 244,170. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Get all three books in this inspiring noblebright fantasy series now! The King's Sword - Erdemen Honor Book I A Cold Wind - Erdemen Honor Book II Honor's Heir - Book III Fantasy at its finest, something different for those that discover it. - Amazon Reviewer Charles J. Kravetz Best Read of 2015 - ...belongs on every fiction reader's bookshelf - Amazon Reviewer K.M.C., carpenter
The Lord of Dreams
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,660. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2017 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fairy tales
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there's more at stake than dreams.
The Beginning of Wisdom
Series: A Long-Forgotten Song. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,790. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2016 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
When Edwin reveals his true colors, Colonel Grenidor realizes he has run out of options. The Fae prince Niall offers Grenidor a way out, but defection forces Grenidor to face the repercussions of his actions. Feichin's redemption has rocked the Fae, who struggle to understand El and their own place in creation. Lord Owen, still not recovered, turns to Dr. Bartok for answers.
A Fairy Promise
Series: Fairy King. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,910. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
For better or worse, decisions have consequences. Even for a fairy king.
The Dragon's Tongue
Series: A Long-Forgotten Song. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,710. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
While hiding with Lord Owen, the Fae, and the human resistance, Aria questions everything she thought she understood. What are the Fae? Who is Aria herself? More than refuge, Aria needs answers. Despite the appeal of Dr. Bartok's talk of grace, the Empire's darkness threatens to overwhelm Aria as she wrestles with questions of sin, justice, and love.
A Fairy King
Series: Fairy King. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,950. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Young Hannah receives an interesting letter. Is her pen pal a fairy prince or a prankster? How long will he write to her, and what will change as a result of his letters? He offers her a wish. Can he really grant a wish? What will she wish, and what will she offer him in return?
Honor's Heir
Series: Erdemen Honor, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,410. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Back in the Erdemen royal palace, Kemen begins training Elathlo, the young Tarvil heir. His own life and love are finally peaceful. Elathlo, however, is terrified of Kemen and his future on the tundra, making him the perfect target to pressure in a plot against Hakan. Elathlo must face his fears and defy the traditions of his people if he hopes to be the leader his people need.
Things Unseen
Series: A Long-Forgotten Song, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,970. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
History student Aria Forsyth's studies lead her to dangerous questions about the Empire's origins. A mysterious man named Owen, impervious to the winter cold, further unravels the safety of the world she thought she knew. At first, Aria believes Owen is human. He says he's not. What if they're both wrong?
Color
Series: Erdemen Tales, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 10,010. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Color is a short story set about 8 generations later than The King's Sword. It's about 9950 words. In it, a little girl finds her talent.
Heroes
Series: Erdemen Tales, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,550. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A brother and sister play at being heroes, and the game changes their lives. This is a NOVELLA and is about 16,200 words. It stands alone but is set about 12 years after Street Fox and several generations after The King's Sword. It is concurrent with an upcoming novel.
Street Fox
Series: Erdemen Tales, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,430. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A boy learns heroes still exist. This is a short story set in the world of the series Erdemen Honor. It stands alone but also is a prequel/introduction to an upcoming novel and takes place several generations after The King's Sword. It is approximately 6150 words.
A Cold Wind
Series: Erdemen Honor, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,440. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2013 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
When retired Erdemen army officer Kemen Sendoa helped the young prince Hakan Ithel reclaim his throne, he thought he was happy. Now, in the shelter of the palace, he is offered joy he never imagined. But will choices and circumstances force him to make a final sacrifice? A tale of love, honor, and forgiveness, A Cold Wind follows The King's Sword in the Erdemen Honor series.
The King's Sword
Series: Erdemen Honor, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,030. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013 by Spring Song Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A disillusioned soldier. A spoiled, untried prince. A coup that threatens the country they love. When retired soldier Kemen finds the young prince Hakan fleeing an attempted assassination, he reluctantly takes the role of mentor and guardian. Invasion looms, and Kemen's decisions will shape the fate of a nation. What will he sacrifice for friendship and honor?

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