PROMO, Now With Books – Freerange Oyster

PROMO, Now With Books – Freerange Oyster

L. Jagi Lamplighter

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin

Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 1

Rachel Griffin wants to know everything. As a freshman at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts, she has been granted to opportunity to study both mundane and magical subjects.

But even her perfect recollection of every book she has ever read does not help her when she finds a strange statue in the forest—a statue of a woman with wings. Nowhere—neither in the arcane tomes of the Wise, nor in the dictionary and encyclopedia of the non-magic-using Unwary—can she find mention of such a creature.

What could it be? And why are the statue’s wings missing when she returns?

When someone tries to kill a fellow student, Rachel soon realizes that, in the same way her World of the Wise hides from mundane folk, there is another, more secret world hiding from everyone—which her perfect recall allows her to remember. Her need to know everything drives her to investigate.

Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel finds herself beset by wraiths, magical pranks, homework, a Raven said to bring the doom of worlds, love’s first blush, and at least one fire-breathing teacher.

Curiosity might kill a cat, but nothing stops Rachel Griffin!

The Raven, The Elf, and Rachel

Books of Unexpected Enlightenment Book 2

Before coming to Roanoke Academy, Rachel Griffin had been an obedient girl—but it is hard to obey the rules when the world is in danger and no one will listen.

Now, she’s eavesdropping on Wisecraft Agents and breaking a great many regulations. Because if the adults will not believe her, then it is up to Rachel and her friends—crazy, orphan-boy Sigfried the Dragonslayer and Nastasia, the Princess of Magical Australia–to stop the insidious Mortimer Egg from destroying the world.

But first, she must survive truth spells, fights with her brother, detention, Alchemy experiments, talking to elves, and conjuring class. Oh, and the Raven with blood-red eyes continues to watch her. It is said to be the omen of the Doom of Worlds. Will her attempts to save her world bring the Raven’s wrath down upon her?

And as if that is not bad enough, someone has just turned the boy she likes into a sheep.

J.M. Ney-Grimm


Lodestone Tales Book 4

Gefnen – troll-herald and hound for Koschey the Deathless – hunts life across the moors of the far north.

Not deer, not pheasant, not meat for the table. His master eats choicer fruits. When the piercing scent of youth tingles his senses, Gefnen focuses his chase. The prey – a boy – lacks guardians strong enough to best a troll. Swift triumph awaits.

But other seekers tilt the chances of this game. Spirit of storm, poignant memories of a sea-prince, and something more ancient than memory or the wind shape the looming tumult.

Gefnen hunts victory, but a darker victory hunts him.

(This edition of Star-drake includes Rainbow’s Lodestone.)

Kyra Halland


Urdaisunia, once favored by the gods above all other lands, now lies defeated and in ruins. The gods, displeased by the Urdais’ weakness, have turned their backs on the land and left it to die.

Rashali, a widowed Urdai peasant, has vowed to destroy the conquering Sazars and restore Urdaisunia to greatness.

Prince Eruz, heir to the Sazar throne, is driven by his conscience to walk a dangerous line between loyalty and treason to do what he believes is best for all the people of Urdaisunia.

When Rashali and Eruz meet by chance, the gods take notice, and a divine wager sends peasant and prince on intertwining paths of danger, intrigue, love, and war in their fight to save the land they both love – Urdaisunia.


43 responses to “PROMO, Now With Books – Freerange Oyster

  1. A sheep?

    Now one has to wonder; regular sheep, Australian, or cranky old Suffolk ram? Meep.

  2. Hmmm. All books by girls. You must be a member of the conspiracy.
    Well, based on your recommendation, the cover, and the fact that I have been a trembling fan-boy hiding in the weeds for some time, I just got the first Jagi Lamplighter book. I will, hopefully, also get the book by Jessica Ney-Grimm, who paints such incredible life portraits with her words that I have expectations of seeing the text turn gold.

    • 😀 :: blushing :: You are too kind, Pat. Star-drake is a standalone short story, but I’ve had readers tell me that it is better read after Rainbow’s Lodestone. YMMV.

    • Randy Wilde

      All books by girls.

      I thought they were by white male Mormons?

      • *looks down* white female Mormon, does that count?

        Oh, and thanks for posting my book 🙂 Just to let everyone know, it’s 99 cents through Monday.

        • Christopher M. Chupik

          Female of religious minority would normally count for +10 goodthink points, but the white and Mormon elements counter that, I’m afraid.

    • You’ll like it. It’s good. Highly recommend.

      It’s so shamelessly derivative it passes through to the other side and becomes refreshingly original.

  3. I had hoped that the promotion of the first two Books of Enlightenment would mean the third is being released… Ah to be led up, and then have my hopes dashed on the rocks below…

  4. Completely non with this sequitur, but I hope all my fellow huns and the gentle hoydens had a happy Independence Day.

    • Tenses! You scared me! That is still tomorrow. The sentiment is heartily appreciated, however.

      Not really your fault. I’m a bit frazzled… Finished publishing the blog, finally have the first short on Amazon (in review as of… 30 minutes ago).

      If there are typos here, it’s the celebratory Bailey’s doing it. Somewhere the sun is over the yardarm…

      • And not under the Dedwyght, Maehl ‘nym, right?

        • If I had done that one – it would have needed to be the vodka the wife makes her cookies with. (190 proof, and hard to find…)

          • That’s not vodka as such, but I do have some. “Rectified spirits” from WI (I’ve heard tales of Wisconsinites drinking Aussies under the table. Truth coefficient uncertain, but it says something that WI is responsible for at least 1/3 of Korbel’s worldwide brandy sales…) Minnesota won’t allow that, and limits things to 151 proof.

            And now I am curious. Cookies with 190 proof? I admit I snagged the stuff just because I couldn’t get it locally, but I don’t have an actual use for it beside a very potent astringent – in carefully measured tiny doses.

          • Snagged it. Read it. Will likely post review later, after having thought on it some – and having gotten enough sleep to be properly awake or a(n un)reasonable facsimile thereof. However one issue might need more immediate addressing: You mention your web site in the notes, and that appears to be set “private” which is of .. dubious utility, given the mention which indicates you seek views.

            • I done fixed that – not too long after. Dang Amazon links worked fine in WordPress draft and preview – so I didn’t realize I had mucked up until I tested the published page. Sigh.

          • Cookie recipe, please?

            I just made ginger snaps today. Friday was rhubarb crispie. Tomorrow will be cherry pie. I am in a baking mood.

      • Weellll, actually . . .

        The Colonies adopted the resolution enacting their independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on the second day of July, 240 years ago, so our actual independence day anniversary should be celebrated on July 2. We get the 4th of July from the heading of the *Declaration* of the fact of Independence. I guess it took them a couple of days to get up the gumption to let the World know what they’d done and/or get the proclamation ginned up by Jefferson et al. set up in a final form ready for them to put their John Hancocks on it. Or perhaps I should say ‘assertion’ of independence, since the *fact* wasn’t established ’til several years of bloody conflict resolved the issue.

        Imagine that: They’ve been lying to us pretty much right from the start.

        • And Posner is still a Moron.

        • Randy Wilde

          I guess it took them a couple of days to get up the gumption to let the World know what they’d done

          It was probably the singing and choreography. These things take time.

          (btw… my thanks to this blog for bringing 1776 to my awareness last year… I went ahead and bought it this year so I wouldn’t be renting it every July)

          • Surely it was the copying out. They probably got some teenage apprentices to do it. You know how long that takes? First you have forty hours of moaning, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, then you bake cookies and say they can’t have any until they’re done . . .

        • They voted to secede on the 2nd. All day on the 3rd, they argued over the fast one that Thomas Jefferson tried to pull on them – he originally included this passage:

          He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he has obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed again the Liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.

          Note, it was both Southern slave-owners and Northern merchants that had the hissy-fit…