THE PRISON HEALER – Coming April 2021

I’m so thrilled to share the cover and blurb for THE PRISON HEALER — coming April 2021:

TPH cover - FINAL

“Here at Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.”

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer.

When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

With an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

From bestselling author Lynette Noni comes a dark, thrilling YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, and Sabaa Tahir.


For Australia/New Zealand pre-orders, click here.

For USA/Canada pre-orders, click here.

Happy Kaldoras!

For anyone who missed seeing it on my socials over the last few days, I’ve just released a (free) short story that can be downloaded as an e-book from all the standard e-retailers (Amazon, iBooks, etc.):


Journey back to the world of Medora for a Kaldoras celebration like no other! Set nine months after the conclusion of The Medoran Chronicles, this short story will warm your heart as you experience the joys—and tears—of the festive season right alongside all your favourite characters!

*WARNING* Spoilers for those who haven’t read the entire Medoran Chronicles series!

Moana = Happy Sigh

I (finally) went to see Moana at the cinemas on Thursday and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. Honestly – it was sheer brilliance. I laughed, I cried, I felt like being one of “those people” at the end and clapping my heart out. Above all, I remember sitting in my car afterwards, preparing to drive home, and thinking two thoughts.

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My Newest Obsession – The Shannara Chronicles

Around this time last year I posted a blog about my first Supanova tour and I mentioned that on the way back to the airport, I shared a car with the actor, Manu Bennett – photo attached here again, just because… :-)


We were probably in the car for 30-40 mins (ish) and during that time he told me about his most recent role as a druid on a new, upcoming MTV show called The Shannara Chronicles. He explained that it was based off Terry Brooks’ The Elfstones of Shannara and what he told me about it sounded ridiculously awesome and right up my alley. I’ve been waiting all year for it to come out so I could see for myself if it was as good as it sounded.

Now, about a week ago I learned that I’m speaking on three panels over the Easter weekend at Contact 2016, and one of those panels is called “Everyday magic: from Harry Potter to Shannara“. I don’t think words can describe just how excited I am to be on this panel, not just because I’ll have a legitimate excuse to gush about Harry Potter, but also because both Kate Forsyth and Juliet Marillier will be on it with me—both of whom I had the honour of meeting last November for the Adelaide/Brisbane Supanova tours. Kate and Juliet are brilliant authors, so I’m stoked that I get to spend time with them again (AND talk about Harry Potter!!!!!!) – and given the title of the panel, I figured it was the perfect time to learn more about The Shannara Chronicles in order to at least bring something other than Harry to the stage.

So! Given that the launch of Raelia is coming up in less than a fortnight and between now and then (and definitely afterwards), life is a little hectic, I knew I wouldn’t have the chance to read the books before the Easter weekend, so I decided to hit a friend up to borrow the series. Turns out it was perfect timing because season one literally just finished and she was able to give me all 10 episodes.

That was last Sunday, and I had every intention of watching an episode here or there over the next fortnight and slowly but surely making my way through it enough to have at least some basic knowledge in time for the panel.

What I didn’t plan on was sitting down and watching the first episode, then the second, then the third, then the…. well, okay, time for an honesty moment: I literally binge-watched the entire 10-episode season in one sitting last Sunday. (Despite having deadlines that I really should have been working on.)

Shannara was THAT good.

It was literally like watching 10 episodes of The Lord of the Rings. From the setting (soooooo Middle Earth) to the characters (elves, humans, trolls, “demons” – which just reminded me of orcs with dark magic)… to the epic scope of the story and character arcs. I seriously LOVED it. It was like a fantasy TV show dream come true!!!

The casting was beyond brilliant – Manu’s character (the druid, Allanon) was AMAZING, but so too were the three young leads, the elven princess Amberle, the human “Rover” Eretria—both seriously kickass female leads—and the half-human-half-elf “Chosen One” Wil.

Then there was the elven king, Eventine, played by the always wonderful John Rhys-Davies (*cough* Gimli *cough*,and both the elven princes Ander and Arion were absolutely brilliant!

The special effects and cinematography were way better than I would have imagined – like, movie quality awesome. And so too was the music, etc. I mean, I’m totally fangirling here, but I just really, really enjoyed it.

BUT. I will state for the record that there is quite a lot of heavy fantasy violence in it. Kinda like the messy, icky battle scenes from The Lord of the Rings, but sometimes a bit more than that, too. Nose-scrunching yuck at times. So I wouldn’t recommend this for younger people. But for those who love fantasy, great characters, an intriguing world and an epic story, then all I can say is, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?!?!? Go grab a physical copy or download it from the Apple store or Amazon RIGHT NOW!!!

My First Vlogging Attempt

Anytime I see the word ‘vlogging’ I automatically think of ‘flogging’. BUT I had my first official author event of 2016 last night and it was late-ish by the time I returned home so rather than blog about it and have to do the compulsory editing, etc., I decided to try my hand at vlogging – mistakenly under the presumption that it would be waaaaay faster. However, as you’ll hear in this video, that was most definitely not the case.

Massive apologies in advance for the amount of tangents I go off on as I speak (all ten minutes of tangents… *awkward face*)… And also apologies for the random bursts of laughter that make me come across as a crazy person.

… Actually, huge apologies just for the entire thing, haha… But I ended up having so much fun with it that I just had to post it and share it anyway, despite the fact that I talk about everything from my lack of technological skills to Finding Nemo, to orange juice and robots… I also managed to actually talk about the event I’d come home from and have some (semi) professional moments regarding upcoming events towards the middle and end of the clip. But then I move back into crazy-town.

*Shrugs* If can’t be yourself, who can you be? *Laughs*

Enjoy! And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I’ll probably do this again despite the fact that I very clearly come across as having a potential multiple personality disorder… so sign up to my YouTube channel (Lynette Noni) if you want to torture yourself with any future crazy (quirky!) authorly shenanigans from yours truly.

Christmas Present From Me To You

It’s come to my attention that different readers of this blog like different things. I know, I know, that’s not such a groundbreaking revelation. But bear with me for a second here.

Some of you like reading about my writing escapades. About the random things going on in my own writing world. My crazy, often uncooperative characters. My tangent, also often uncooperative plot lines. How my writing is going on a semi-regular basis. (This also includes writing advice, encouragement, and anything else related to, well, writing.)

Some of you like reading about the publishing and/or literary agent side of things from my perspective. The editing. The copy editing. The proof reading. Writing the blurb. Writing the acknowledgements. Release dates and cover reveals and all ins and outs of publishing.

Some of you like reading about my personal life—what I bake, where I go, what I watch and read, and all the other random things I do.

Generally my rule for blogging is similar to my rule for writing novels—I write what I’d like to read. That’s how my voice comes across as genuine rather than forced, because it’s just, well, me.


As a Christmas present, I want to know what you would like to read on here over the next fortnight. If there’s a burning request you have, or something you’re curious about (especially in relation to writing/publishing etc.), then please comment below and, presuming there are enough responses, I’ll pick three (3) to write posts about between now and the New Year.

To give you an example, I had someone contact me via email the other day to ask how I find motivation to write. I’ve also had (many) people ask me how I became traditionally published without an agent… And, recently, I’ve had people ask me how I ended up signing with an agent and specifics regarding the whole querying process… So these are just a few ideas. Feel free to ask these, or similar, or something else entirely! And if I end up choosing your question/topic and you want me to include a link to your site with my post, make sure you include it with your comment (disregard this if you don’t have a website).

I’ll look forward to hearing what some of you are interested in reading!

Gratitude Post!

I want to give a massive shoutout to my wonderful mother who dropped everything this weekend to re-(re-re-)read RAELIA for me, double-checking the final proofing and picking up any last minute mistakes. (Of which there were a few!)

For the record, there’s no such thing as a (good) book being written by a single person. As the author, I create the foundation, but many people help make it good enough for the shelves. So, thank you, Mum, for being one of those people—over and over again.


(Photo credit: Lauren Ami Photographs)

The good news is, RAELIA is now all done from my end! WOOHOO! And once my publishers have inserted the final corrections, it’s due to go off to the printer later this week—how exciting! The release countdown is on for March 23rd, 2016! Fingers crossed the time passes quickly!