The Books

The Shifter (Book One of The Healing Wars)

A dangerous secret. A deadly skill.

Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers, Nya's skill is flawed: she can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden. If discovered, she could be used as a human weapon.

But one day Nya pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. She refuses—until Tali and other League Healers start disappearing mysteriously. Now Nya must decide: How far will she go to get Tali back alive?

Blue Fire (Book Two of The Healing Wars)

Part fugitive, part hero, fifteen-year-old Nya is barely staying ahead of the Duke of Baseer’s trackers. Wanted for a crime she didn’t mean to commit, she risks capture to protect every Taker she can find, determined to prevent the Duke from using them in his fiendish experiments. But resolve isn’t enough to protect any of them, and Nya soon realizes that the only way to keep them all out of the Duke’s clutches is to flee Geveg. Unfortunately, the Duke’s best tracker has other ideas.

Nya finds herself trapped in the last place she ever wanted to be, forced to trust the last people she ever thought she could. More is at stake than just the people of Geveg, and the closer she gets to uncovering the Duke’s plan, the more she discovers how critical she is to his victory. To save Geveg, she just might have to save Baseer—if she doesn’t destroy it first.

Darkfall (Book Three of The Healing Wars)

War has come.

Nya’s the one who brought it. And the people love her for it.

With Baseer in shambles and Geveg now an impenetrable military stronghold, Nya and the Underground have fled to a safer location—without Tali. Nya is guilt-ridden over leaving her sister behind and vows to find her, but with the rebellion in full swing and refugees flooding the Three Territories, she fears she never will.

The Duke, desperate to reclaim the throne as his own, has rallied his powerful army. And they are on the move, destroying anyone who gets in the way.

To save her sister, her family, and her people, Nya needs to stay ahead of the Duke’s army and find a way to build one of her own. Past hurts must be healed, past wrongs must be righted, and Nya must decide: Is she merely a pawn in the rebellion, a symbol of hope—or is she ready to be a hero?


Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It)

Do you struggle with show, don't tell? You don't have to.

Award-winning author Janice Hardy takes you deep into one of the most frustrating aspects of writing--showing, and not telling. She'll help you understand what show, don't tell means, teach you how to spot told prose in your writing, and reveal why common advice on how to fix it doesn't always work.

With in-depth analysis, Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) looks at what affects told prose and when telling is the right thing to do. It also explores aspects of writing that aren’t technically telling, but are connected to told prose and can make prose feel told, such as infodumps, description, and backstory.

Her easy-to-understand examples will show you clear before and after text and demonstrate how telling words change the prose. You'll learn how to find the right balance between description, narrative, and internalization for the strongest impact. These examples will also demonstrate why showing the wrong details can sound just as dull as telling.

This book will help you:
  • Understand when to tell and when to show
  • Spot common red flag words often found in told prose
  • Learn why one single rule doesn't apply to all books
  • Determine how much telling is acceptable in your writing
  • Fix stale or flat prose holding your writing back

Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It) is more than just advice on what to do and what not to do—it’s a down and dirty examination and analysis of how show, don’t tell works, so you can adapt the “rules” to whatever style or genre you’re writing. By the end of this book, you’ll have a solid understanding of show, don’t tell and the ability to use it without fear or frustration.

Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure

Do you have a great story idea? Do you want to turn it into a novel?

Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through plotting and writing a novel with her book Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure. She'll show you how to find and develop ideas, brainstorm stories from that first spark of inspiration to a complete story, develop the right characters, setting, plot, as well as teach you how to identify where your novel fits in the market, and if your idea has what it takes to be a series.

With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure offers ten self-guided workshops with more than 100 different exercises to help you craft a solid novel. Each workshop builds upon the other to flesh out your idea as much or as little as you need to start writing (useful for both plotters and pantsers). You'll find multiple options that allow you to find the right process that works for you.

Learn how to:
  • Create compelling characters readers will love
  • Choose the right point of view for your story
  • Determine the conflicts that will drive your plot (and keep readers hooked!)
  • Find the best writing process for your writing style
  • Create a solid plot from the spark of your idea
Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure also helps you develop the critical elements for submitting and selling your novel once it's finished. You'll find exercises on how to:
  • Craft your one-sentence pitch
  • Create your summary hook blurb (which makes writing query letters and cover copy easier)
  • Develop a solid working synopsis
Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure is an easy-to-follow guide to planning and writing your novel, or fixing a novel that isn’t quite working.

For those who like a hands-on approach with easy-to-use worksheets, a companion guide, Planning Your Novel Workbook is also available in paperback.

Planning Your Novel Workbook

A Hands-On Workbook for Plotting Your Novel!

Janice Hardy guided writers through the often challenging process of planning a novel with her book, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure. At reader request, she created this workbook as a companion guide. Its larger workbook format is perfect for writers who enjoy brainstorming on paper and developing their novels in an organized and guided format.
  • No more searching for ideas jotted down on bits of paper
  • No more losing notes just when you need them most
  • Keep all your thoughts in one, easy-to-use workbook
The Planning Your Novel Workbook contains more than 100 exercises for the novel-planning process.

Plus Bonus Questions! The Planning Your Novel Workbook offers writers additional exercise questions not found in Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure.

Work through the exercises of ten workshops that build upon each other to flesh out your idea as much or as little as you need to start writing. Find exercises on:
  • Creating Characters
  • Choosing Point of View
  • Determining the Conflict
  • Finding Your Process
  • Developing Your Plot
The Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure Workbook was created to be used with Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure. It contains only the exercises and assignments. 

Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft


Do you have a manuscript to revise? Could you use a little help? 

Janice Hardy takes you step-by-step through the novel revision process. She’ll show you how to analyze your draft, spot any problems or weak areas, and how to fix those problems.

With clear and easy-to-understand examples, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft offers eleven self-guided workshops that target some of the toughest aspects of writing. It will help you:
  • Develop a strong and effective revision plan
  • Analyze your manuscript to find its strengths and weaknesses
  • Spot common red flag words for problem areas (such as told prose)
  • Determine the best way to revise a scene, plot, character, or novel
  • Fix problems holding your novel back
Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft starts every workshop with an analysis and offers multiple revision options in that area. You choose the options that best fit your writing process. Learn how to:
  • Develop weak characters into strong ones
  • Strengthen plots and subplots
  • Flesh out your world or setting
  • Control your novel’s pacing to keep readers hooked
  • BONUS Workshop: How to salvage half-finished manuscripts
Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft is an easy-to-follow guide to revising your manuscript and crafting a strong finished draft.


Eight Against Reality The short story Man's Best Enemy

An anthology of eight original Science Fiction and Fantasy stories by some of the fastest-rising stars in the field today. The stories in this volume represent eight worlds crafted by strong new voices. From the depths of the underground civilization of Varin to a gritty, near-future Seattle; from post-apocalypse Atlanta to an India where technology is reshaping society; from a young girl caught in the struggles of the Aztec Gods to a story of demonic possession on the Yangtze; from neo-Shakespearian Space Opera to the cross-wiring of parallel universes... This is Eight Against Reality.