CJ Brightley

Biography

C. J. Brightley lives with her husband and young children in Northern Virginia. Her writings include essays, short stories, novellas, novels, and poetry.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted the freedom of being independent. I'm able to write the kind of stories that I want to write and choose the cover art that best represents my books, rather than trying to conform to a publisher's expectations about what might be most financially successful.

I'm very happy being indie! The technology changes in the last decade have revolutionized publishing and made indie publishing not just possible, but an attractive option, especially for writers who may write for a smaller niche. I love hearing from readers, and I suspect I might not have as direct a connection to readers if I were traditionally published. I manage my own website at cjbrightley.com - please come visit!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the fourth book in my Christian fantasy / supernatural thriller series A Long-Forgotten Song. I'm also working on a fourth book in the Erdemen Honor series set in the same world much later in history, with all new characters, as well as a new fairy adventure-romance.
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Where to find CJ Brightley online


Where to buy in print


Series

Books

Shards: A Noblebright Fantasy Anthology
Series: Lucent Anthologies, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 120,520. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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