- High/Dark Fantasy Fiction by Barb Hendee and J.C. Hendee

Official site for the high/dark fantasy books of authors Barb Hendee and J. C. Hendee, including the Noble Dead Saga (a.k.a. The Noble Dead series), the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and TNDS: Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga.

SITE UPDATE: “Tales” Page

Additional details have been added to our page for “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga” about Homeward, II: The Feral Path. This new work by Barb is set for release sometime in the first week of June, 2012.

J.C. is already working on compiling this new e-story to be made available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Stay tuned for more details to come as we get closer to the actual release date.

Site Update: “Tales” Page

Homeward, II: The Feral Path , by Barb Hendee, has been added to the page and release schedule for “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga.” The cover is available for viewing. All other other details of this work are still pending.

Q&A: About “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga”

With the recent release of the first stories in “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga,” inevitable questions came up. So far, “Tales” has been a fun but sometimes confusing side venture. We did expect some puzzlement from fans and readers as well, so it’s time to share those concerns on both sides…

AVAILABLE NOW: Karras the Kitten

BE1Bones of the Earth, I:
Karras the Kitten

 J.C. Hendee
$3.00 USD

Short story, 26k+ words; English Only; Also available at all international Amazon outlets.

Karras, who humans mistakenly call “Carrow,” is not a typical Rughìr’thai’âch, "Earth-Born," or dwarf. In fact, in serving his family’s shipping and trading business, he has taken on too many human ways in place of those of his people. No wonder that, in attempting to “barter” for marriage with the fiery and dour Skirra"Sliver"of the fallen family of Yêarclág, he has bungled the deal for years. Dismissed once more by her to salve his heart’s wounds, this time those wounds get salted with the unwanted assistance of a blustery clan-kinFiáh’our, or the great "Hammer-Stag."

The old honored warrior has his own notion of what Karras needs. To Fiáh’our, honorable barter for love and marriage is akin to one battle after another. And only the way of their people’s warriors can see Karras to victory… over himself, first of all.

May their people’s eternal ancestors, the Bäynæ, watch over themespecially to keep them from each other’s throats.

Here’s hoping you find this entertaining during the wait until the release of the next book in the Noble Dead Saga, S3B2: The Dog in the Dark, next January 2013.

Noble Dead Raffle—AND THE WINNER IS… (And some Coming Attractions)…

Charles Shumaker wins the signed hardbound first edition of S3B1: Between Their Worlds.

Delivery instructions have been forwarded to the publisher’s publicity department. Charles’ prize should be shipped by early Tuesday and arrive within ten business days. This concludes the last of the current series of bi-weekly raffles for signed volumes from the Noble Dead Saga.

Don’t be sad, for we’ll have more online events like this in the future. For now, it is time for us to settle into a busy summer schedule of planning for S3B3 [untitled], waiting to see copyedits for S3B2: The Dog in the Dark… oh, and another entry in “Tales from the world of the Noble Dead Saga”…


Yes, indeed, watch for a notice later this week about the (early) release of the first entry in the “Bones of the Earth” sequence, Karras the Kitten. Anyone up for a little dwarven adventure? Also coming sometime in June (maybe earlier) will be the second entry in the “Homeward” sequence called The Feral Path. Of course, this means J.C. has to also find time to do the publishing side. In the meantime, for those who missed it, stop by the “Tales” page at to check out Homeward, I: The Game Piece, already available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.

That’s enough of a teaser for now. And most of all, thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun with the raffles.

Noble Dead Raffle—CLOSED

The current raffle for a signed hardbound first edition of S3B1: Between Their Worlds is now closed. The random winner has been selected, contacted for verification of shipping information, and has 48 hours to respond.

Once verified, the official winner will be announced. This is the last in the current series of raffles, but don’t be too sad; we’ll have other little online events like this in the future. And keep an eye out in the coming week for something special of interest as well.

Noble Dead Raffle—REMINDER!

There’s about 35 hours left in the final raffle in this series for a signed, hardbound, first edition of S3B1: Between Their Worlds. The deadline for entries is this Friday, Midnight, PST, so get yours in if you haven’t already.

Please follow the instructions below so your entry is confirmed on the first submission.

The raffle is open to only readers in the USA. Deadline for receipt of all entries is Friday, May 11th, Midnight PST (via the timestamp on the email you send for your entry). By the following Monday, one random winner will be notified via email and (once confirmed) will be announced (by name only) through the and its newsfeed and accepted social systems. The publisher will be notified as well, and the winner should receive the prize within 10 business days.

Go to the Contact page and submit the following information:

Name: [First and Last in full]
Email: [where winners will be notified]
Street Address, City, State, Zip Code


  1. Use an account that you check at least once everyday.
  2. If you are screening for spam by rejecting HTML content, white-list the “” domain in your mail program and/or server to be certain you receive notification if you win a raffle. [We do not send email spam—ever!]
  3. Barb and J.C. have full control of all participant information; you will not be added to any form of mailing list. All entries are discarded/deleted once a raffle is complete.

Winner Selection Process

The following is the process for the raffle and awarding of the prize.

  1. Each entry is checked upon arrival for complete contact and delivery information as required. This saves a step in the process for having to request and then verify the winner’s shipping information.
  2. Correct and complete entries are confirmed by email within 72 hours of being received. Incomplete entries are discarded and, if possible, the entrant is notified.
  3. After the raffle's closing date/time, all entries are checked for duplicates based on Name, Email, and Delivery Address. Clear duplicates are discarded. Indeterminate ones may receive an email query at our discretion.
  4. Verified entries are assigned a number by ordered of date/time received. The total number of entries is entered into a pure random number generator to select the winner. [See]
  5. The winner is notified and reconfirmation of entry delivery information is requested. The winner has 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, that entry is discarded and a new winner is selected according to Step 4.
  6. Upon confirmation of delivery information, the winner is announced via and its news distribution systems, including linked social systems.
  7. Delivery information is passed on to the publisher’s publicity department, and the winner will receive the indicated prize, usually within 10 business days.

Help needed for the Noble Dead Codex

…or how you can help rebuild the old Glossary.

codex_projectSince moving to (on the Google Blogger system), one offering that has been missed from the old site is the Glossary. Not a dictionary, per se, but a listing and brief explanation of people, places, terms, and things found in the Noble Dead Saga’s volumes. In other words, sort of a codex for where to find that first (or other) reference and a general note explaining the specified term.

If you’ve read through the second series, you have a notion of what a codex is. Perhaps even some entries from “Tales from the World of the Noble Dead Saga” and Barb’s coming “Mist Torn Witches” series (also set in the Noble Dead world) might be added to this accessory text as well. But there is a big problem with restarting the Glossary.

Noble Dead Raffle—OOPS!

As pointed out by several people, the recent opening announcement for the current raffle had a typo in it. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 11th, Midnight PST… not April.

The original announcement and instructions have been corrected, and hopefully this didn’t throw too many people off track. Blame J.C. for that one, as he was the one to set it up after a long day at the keyboard.

Noble Dead Raffle—NOW OPEN!

Here we are again for the sixth and finally time in this current series of raffles. Time for just one more chance to have a book shipped straight to your door from the publisher, this time for another signed hardbound first edition of S3B1: Between Their Worlds

Please follow the instructions below so your entry is confirmed on the first submission.