That’s the premise of local author Devon Ellington’s HEX BREAKER, the first Jain Lazarus Adventure, an urban fantasy adventure series, released digitally from Solstice Publishing, available from the publisher and on Amazon Kindle. The second book in the series, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, is under contract, and the third book, CRAVE THE HUNT, is due at the publisher by the end of the summer.
It’s not often an author gets to re-visit a previously published book, but that’s what happened here. HEX BREAKER was originally released by a different publisher in 2008, getting terrific reviews and building a solid fan base for the series. The publisher went out of business while OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK was in final galleys. The rights reverted back to Ellington, and she worked on other projects while re-envisioning the entire arc of the series and outlining all seven books in it before approaching other publishers. Solstice liked what they read, and put her under contract, with an interest in the whole series. Partnered with a new editor, Ellington got to go deeper into the story, Jain’s point of view, and the character motivations. “I’m so lucky,” she says. “I had the opportunity to take what I learned from the other books I wrote in the interim and apply it here. Jain’s loyal fans will be even happier with this deeper, richer story.”
In addition to the books, there will be limited-release free downloads of short story tie-ins on the Jain Lazarus website over the next few months, http://hexbreaker.devonellingtonwork.com. Billy Root, a supporting character with whom fans fell in love, has his own blog, with new posts every Monday, http://billyrootblogs.wordpress.com.
Ellington, a full-time writer publishing under a half a dozen names in fiction and non-fiction, moved to Cape Cod about a year and a half ago, after a long career working backstage on Broadway and in film and television. She teaches writing, both online and in-person, and her students have a high rate of publication after weathering her classes. “If they survive,” she laughs. “I’m known for being a tough teacher. I expect you to write every day. There’