CJ Brightley


C. J. Brightley lives with her husband and young daughter 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 a fourth book in the Erdemen Honor series set in the same world much later in history, with all new characters.

I'm also working on The Dragon's Tongue, the second in my new Christian fantasy / supernatural thriller series. I'm editing it now, as well as starting to draft the third book. I think the series will be complete at the end of book 4, so there are a lot of threads I need to figure out. The Dragon's Tongue should be out in November 2014.
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Honor's Heir
Series: Erdemen Honor, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,860. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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: 77,710. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
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?
Series: Erdemen Tales, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 10,010. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Category: 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.
Series: Erdemen Tales, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,360. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: 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: 6,210. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: 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: 79,570. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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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