Shadowglade, just published in April, features a snarky, sentient spell book, which was supposed to be a minor "character" but became a pivotal part of the plot. The breghlin, monster-like mutant gnomes, continue to make readers laugh as Lana tries to civilize them and make them useful members of society.
In the next book, Runes and Relics, which I'm editing now, an exploration team composed of gnomes, breghlin, and humans must overcome long-held prejudices and work together to solve a problem facing the gnome world. As petty rivalries spring up and personalities clash, the dynamics have all the makings of a Reality TV show, and the story has its share of comic moments.
These books lead up to a second series in which humans are no longer central characters. I found the idea of a few gnomes and breghlin forming friendships and becoming main characters irresistible. The races couldn't be more different. Gnomes are moral and well mannered, and breghlin are lawless and crude. Putting them together is a recipe for disaster . . . and laughter. Once I finish editing Runes and Relics, I'll be back to work on book 4, which is partially written. You can be sure it will be sprinkled with comical misadventures and plenty of humor.