News, commentary, and fiction by Barb Hendee, co-author of the Noble Dead saga (; author of the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and more.

The Jan and Julianna Series


JC is currently going through my draft of "The Sleeping Curse," which is the next novella in the Jan and Julianna series--the sequel to "Claws" . . . which is the sequel to "Captives."

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I'll be curious to see what kind of feedback JC gives me on "The Sleeping Curse."  As part of our process, while I'm revising the story (based on his notes), he'll go to work on the cover, and when I'm done revising, I'll hire a proofreader.  I think hiring a final proofreader is important for anyone doing self publishing.

But we should have "The Sleeping Curse" up for purchase in July.
On Thursday, I finished drafting the final story/novella in the Jan and Julianna series, called "Silent Bells."  The last one was emotional, and I felt kind of wrung out after I finished.  We'll probably let this one cool off, and we'll get it up in August.

I didn't expect to get so attached to these characters. I've always viewed myself more as a novelist, and I've never worked much at the novella length until these past two years.  But . . . having completed the draft of the final Jan and Julianna story, I almost feel like I've finished a novel.


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Vendor Update for TNDS (Tales)

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At this time, we are sad to announce that we will not release any further additions in T·N·D·S: Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga through Apple / iBookStore.

NOTE: This does not affect any of our novels produced by Roc / Penguin-Putnam. The ebook editions of our novels are control and distributed by our publisher, not us.

If you purchased past or current “tales” through Apple / iBookStore / iTunes, you will still have them forever; Apple will see to this. Currently released titles at Apple / iBookstore will also remain available for purchase until sales have flatlined for 60 days or 2 calendar months, whichever comes first. As to why this decision was made…

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A Milestone

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Yesterday was my 50th birthday.  Yikes.

JC took me to a lovely place for dinner.  This was Victorian style home years ago, and someone bought it, hired a chef, and set up a restaurant that serves French cuisine. Yummy.

The main entrance is through the back, so JC and I each shot a picture of each other on the stairs.   We had an incredible dinner and a fun evening.

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One more release for this month, and it marks the opening of a new collection in T·N·D·S: Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga.

J.C. Hendee 
“Sagecraft” Collection
$2.99 USD
Novella, 50k+ words
English Only; Kindle Only.

For further details, please visit the “Tales” page at While you are there, have a look at previous “Tales” in the other collections. And now to answer the obvious question…

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The Jan and Julianna series

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Okay, yesterday I finished the first draft of the next novella in the adventures and romance of Jan and Julianna, tentatively titled "The Sleeping Curse."

JC hasn't read it yet, and he sometimes likes to play with titles.

This is a fun story, and we should have it up in July among the other Tales

Again, if you want to read their story, this is the order:

1) The Keepers
2) The Reluctant Guardian (Note: This is actually Aunt Beija's story, but the plight of Jan and Julianna play a part).
3) Captives
4) Claws

And . . . we should have "The Sleeping Curse" available in July. 

You can just click on the link in this post for "Tales," and it will take you to a page with titles and links for purchase.

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The Story of Jan and Julianna

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When JC and I first began tossing around the idea for the Tales from the World of the Noble Dead Saga, I was thinking mainly of filling in some gaps of curiosity on the part of our readers.

So . . . I started off with Loni (the lone elf in Miiska), as he had been a source of questions from our readers over the years.  I moved to filling in some "holes" in the Rashed/Teesha story and then onto Ratboy.

I soon realized that creating something new but based in the core of the world might even more interesting.

When I wrote "The Keepers," I found myself really, really enjoying writing for Jan.  He's a fun, fascinating, unpredictable soul.  In that piece, I ended up including a teenaged orphan girl named Julianna, and something about her grabbed my interest as well.

The next story, "The Reluctant Guardian" is about Aunt Beija's harrowing journey to Miiska, but I included a scene with Julianna in the beginning.  This piece is set a little over four years after "The Keepers," and Julianna is now a young woman.  She relates to Beija that Jan has been conscripted and taken away from his home--and she is wondering how to help him.

Around this point . . . I knew that Jan and Julianna had an important story that was waiting to be written, and I wondered if I could do a serial of stories to tell their tale.  So, as soon as I finished "The Reluctant Guardian," I sat down and began to consider the adventures and romance of Jan and Julianna.

I wrote "Captives" next, picking up right where "The Reluctant Guardian" left off with their plight.

Then I wrote the novella "Claws," in which they travel off together with the gypsies:

I'm working on their next adventure now, tentatively titled, "The Sleeping Curse," and then I have one more outlined.  Before JC and I began the Tales project, it had been years since I'd written any stories or novellas (he and I just wrote novels), and I must say, I'm having a blast.  I hope this particular little series finds an audience.

For now, if you want to read these in order: "The Keepers," "The Reluctant Guardian," "Captives," and "Claws."  I'm hoping to have "The Sleeping Curse" out sometime in July. 

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NOW AVAILABLE: Claws (“Homeward” Collection)

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Hot off the virtual press at, it is time for a new release in T·N·D·S: Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga.


sequel to Captives
Barb Hendee

$2.99 USD
Short Story, 19k+ words
ISBN-10: 0985561696
ISBN-13: 9780985561697
English Only

NOTICE: this title is “on the shelves” at Amazon, B&N, and KoboBooks. It should follow shortly at iTunes / iBookStore.

For more information please visit the “Tales” page at While you are there, have a look at previous “Tales” releases in the “Homeward” and other collections. Though set in the world of the Noble Dead Saga, all “tales” and their collections do not require knowledge of any books or series by Barb & J.C. Hendee. You can easily pick up and read one as your first venture into this world. And so…

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