Shattering Illusions, One Beaker at a Time

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Writing | 0 comments

The covered crucible rattled against the glowing red support ring. When it took a little hop, I stepped back. No need to risk my eyebrows. Again. The opening scene in The Final Formula is based on a real event.  It wasn’t quite as dramatic, nor did it happen to me, but I’m pretty sure the stain is still on the ceiling.  Fortunately, no eyebrows were lost. When I tell someone that I’m a chemist, I usually get an enthusiastic response of, “That’s cool!” I suspect they imagine a white lab coat, flasks of mysterious liquids, and explosions. I’m...

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The Method to My Madness

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Writing | 2 comments

I admit, the title is a bit misleading. This isn’t so much a post about what’s involved in my writing process; it’s more the story of my ongoing quest to find one. I’ve always been a seat-of-my-pants writer. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term, that’s a writer who grabs a pen, or a keyboard, and just starts writing. No outlines, no plans—just a desire to get the story down.) In hindsight, it makes sense that I would approach writing this way. For most of my life, writing was a hobby. I would write a novel, slap it in a ring binder, and...

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Geek Fail

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Random Ramblings | 8 comments

The other day I came across an article in one of my video gaming magazines (yes, I’m an avid gamer—if you haven’t picked up on that yet) praising the goodness of the original Dungeons & Dragons game, and how it served as an inspiration to so many folks in the gaming industry.  After reading the article, I felt a bit bummed because (confession time), I’ve never played D&D.  I never knew anyone who played.  Heck, I didn’t even hear of the game until I was in my twenties.  Considering my interests (writer, fantasy junkie), I think of...

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The Necromancer’s Betrayal – Cover Reveal

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in My Books | 6 comments

And here it is, the cover reveal for FF 2.5, The Necromancer’s Betrayal.  This is another novella featuring James, but unlike The Element of Death, he’s not the only one telling the story.  James shares the spotlight with a new character, and yes, that’s her on the cover. This story takes place about a month and a half after The Blood Alchemist ended.  James has gone off to college, but the poor guy just can’t seem to stay out of trouble.  And this time, he found it without Addie’s help.   The Necromancer’s...

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Get an Alternative POV Scene from The Final Formula

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Fun Stuff | 9 comments

Ever wonder what Rowan was thinking the first time he met Addie?  Now you can find out!  Just sign up for my newsletter (in the sidebar on the right), and you’ll be given access to Rowan’s thoughts the night he caught Addie in his kitchen, stealing one of his glasses.   As for my newsletter…  Fear not.  Your inbox won’t be bombarded with emails from me.  I’ll only email you with news of a new release, a giveaway, or perhaps the occasional contest.  So unless I learn to write faster, you won’t hear from me that...

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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Fun Stuff | 5 comments

With the release of The Blood Alchemist fast approaching (only two days to go!), I thought I’d share a few doodles from my sketch book.  I’m not much of an artist, but sometimes I do some sketches to get the creative juices flowing.  When I admitted as much to my Twitter buddy Jenn (who’s an awesome artist–check out her stuff!), she encouraged me to share.  So, here we go.  Yet another glimpse into my mind.  (Scary place, I know.  :P) These three sketches are scenes you might recognize from the three chapters I posted...

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The Blood Alchemist – Cover Reveal and Release Date

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in My Books | 7 comments

Update!  I’ve added a blurb and the first three chapters of The Blood Alchemist here.  Just scroll down to read the blurb, then click the link for the excerpt. I’ve got a cover and a release date for the next book in my Final Formula Series!  The Blood Alchemist (aka FF2) is a full length novel told from Addie’s POV.  It takes place just six weeks after The Final Formula ended. In case you missed them, there are some snippets over on my Facebook page.  This is my favorite place to add snippets while working on a new project,...

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Novella Cover Reveal

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in My Books | 1 comment

New addition to the Final Formula Series! Update!  The Element of Death is available everywhere ebooks are sold–or it will be shortly.  Some sites are a little slower than others, so keep checking.  If you’d like to read an excerpt, visit my books page. The Element of Death is a short novella told from James’s point of view that fills a gap of time within the first novel, The Final Formula. This story is more of a buddy flick between the guys, and offers some insight into how they became friends. Addie and her sharp tongue...

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The Rock Cycle – A Story

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Fun Stuff | 12 comments

I mentioned on Twitter a few weeks ago that my son had written a story for his sixth grade science class.  The assignment was to write a narrative and do character sketches to illustrate the rock cycle.  You know, when an igneous rock becomes a sedimentary rock, etc.  Some readers expressed an interest in seeing his story, so here it is. This tale is my son’s, but I might have helped with sentence structure and punctuation.  Also, if you enjoyed the story, please leave a comment.  He’ll be thrilled. (The picture of...

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Zombie Girl

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Writing | 4 comments

Contrary to common belief, I don’t like zombies.  Really.  I mean, what’s to like?  They’re mindless, rotting hunks of nastiness.  But if you throw a few in your novel, or sit up all night slaying them on the Xbox, suddenly everyone thinks you like them. I blame my son. From a young age, the boy has always gravitated toward the spooky and the creepy.  I can’t fault him there; I enjoy those things myself.  But he takes it a step further into the gross.  (Judging by the interests of his friends, I suspect it’s a boy thing.) It’s his fault I...

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