Introducing My New Series

With the Final Formula Series now complete, sort of (more on that below), I’m ready to move into new territory.  I’ve been working on this new series in the background, but since it wasn’t scheduled for release until August of this year, I haven’t said much.  (I don’t know about you, but I just hate to be teased by something I want, only to learn there’s a looong wait until it’s available.)  But with the release date less than two months away, I think it’s close enough for me to start teasing. My new series is entitled Iron Souls, and is set in nineteenth century rural America, on the Ohio & Erie Canal.  I’m categorizing this one as a Steampunk Fantasy, though that might not be a true category.  From what I’ve read, steampunk tends to be science fiction, but my steampunk elements are fantasy based.  Since I’m a science geek, that seems to work for me.  I’m always trying to explain my magic with science, but where the Final Formula was alchemy, Iron Souls delves into metallurgy. I hope you’ll give my new series a try.  Though it’s a different world, I’m still me, so you’ll find mouthy characters, a little romance, some darker elements, and an occasional explosion.  And I must admit that I’m digging the magic system in this one. But enough of that.  Here’s the cover and blurb for Ferromancer, Iron Souls: Book One. Captain Bridget “Briar” Rose wants for nothing. Each day is a new adventure, living the life she loves, running cargo on the Ohio & Erie Canal. That is, until her cousin decides to sell the family boat to finance a new business venture. He wants to build locomotives for the railroad—the very industry that could put the entire canal system out of business. Not one to give up without a fight, Briar does a little snooping into her cousin’s new business partner. When she gets a sneak peek at the locomotive plans, she suspects that the man is either a genius, or a ferromancer—one of the dreaded metal mages of Europe’s industrial revolution. Determined to reveal her suspicions, Briar takes the plans and heads for the...

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FF5 Releases Today

The Fifth Essence, the last novel in my Final Formula Series, has been uploaded in all the usual places–and specially priced! You can grab a copy for just $2.99 this week only. After that, it goes up to its regular price of $4.99. Pick up a copy at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | Apple Read an excerpt here: The Fifth Essence … Thanks for joining me on this adventure. The Fifth Essence wraps up the current conflict and I hope you’ll find the ending satisfying. I’ve been asked if this is the last we’ll see of Addie and the gang and the answer is no. I plan to return to the Final Formula world with a new series one day. I’m kicking around some ideas, and if I can pull it off, I might have a side story later this year. In the meantime, I’ll be releasing a new series. I’ll share more details as it gets closer to completion, but this one is a steampunk fantasy set on an Ohio & Erie Canal boat. I hope you’ll give my new series a try. It initially releases in a multi-author bundle on August 8, 2017. This bundle of 22 brand new science fiction and fantasy books is available for pre-order for just $0.99! Once the set releases, the price goes up, so if you’re interested, reserve your copy today. I’ll include the cover, blurb, and retailer links below.   Dominion Rising   Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy reads you’ve been craving! Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 22 BRAND NEW FULL LENGTH novels set in fantastical realms. Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction. Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses. These award-winning, New York Times, USA Today and International bestselling authors have left no stone in the science fiction and...

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The Fifth Essence

Cover Reveal, Blurb, and Excerpt Here’s a sneak peek at the last book in my Final Formula Series.  Addie is back on the cover of The Fifth Essence (aka FF5) where her story–or maybe I should say, the current conflict–comes to a close.  Release day is Friday, April 28th–just two days away! Also, if you haven’t had a chance to read The Bonds of Blood, it’s currently on sale for just $0.99, but will return to full price with the release of The Fifth Essence.  The Bonds of Blood is novel length and ends just hours before The Fifth Essence begins. Addie Daulton has never backed down from a challenge. After all, doing the impossible is what makes her a master alchemist. So when she learns that her best friend, James Huntsman, has been banished from the mortal world, she believes she can get him back. But finding James isn’t her only problem. An infectious breed of zombies has appeared in the city, and they’re like nothing any necromancer has seen. Addie suspects that alchemy is involved, or more specifically, an alchemist. She strongly suspects her former colleague Neil Dunstan is behind it, using the ingredient she inadvertently gave him. And if all of this isn’t enough, New Magic suddenly vanishes as mysteriously as it appeared two decades ago. With the naming of a new Deacon only days away and infectious zombies targeting former New Magic users, it’s not the best time for Rowan to lose his power—magically or politically. Impossible problems require improbable solutions, and circumstances keep pushing Addie to the same conclusion: the answer is buried in her family history. A history she doesn’t remember. Now to save those she cares about, and perhaps the entire city, Addie will have to face her greatest fear. Her past. Read an excerpt here: The Fifth...

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FF5 Release Date and Other News

The first draft of FF5 is finished and currently with beta readers.  This book is the biggest in the series at 117,000 words (though that number could change as it goes through the editing process).  FF5 goes to my editor at the end of March/early April and is scheduled for formatting after that.  Look for FF5 to release on April 28th.  Meanwhile, you can check out some of the FF5 snippets I’ve shared over on my Facebook page. In anticipation of FF5’s release, The Bonds of Blood (FF4.5) is on sale for just $0.99.  The Final Formula series was originally set up to alternate between novels told from Addie’s point-of-view, and novellas told from James and/or Elysia’s points-of-view.  These in-between books are not side stories, but part of the overall story, often setting up events in Addie’s next book.  As the series went on, these in-between books have grown from novellas to novels, with The Bonds of Blood the longest yet.  FF5 picks up just hours after The Bonds of Blood ended.  Here’s the blurb, cover, and retailer links if you’re interested.   The Bonds of Blood (Book 4.5) Born without a heartbeat or a soul, James Huntsman has never felt part of the mortal world. It’s an insecurity his abusive brothers reinforced daily, and with his very existence bound to theirs through the alchemically altered blood they share, James has always been at their mercy. All that changed when James found a home within the magical community and fell in love. Elysia Mallory doesn’t mind that he is technically dead. The only thing standing between them is her lethal magic. As her health continues to deteriorate, James searches for a cure, determined to save her and give them a chance at a life together. But his brothers aren’t willing to let him go, not when the Huntsman legacy is dependent on James. They will stop at nothing to capture their wayward brother, and that includes using Elysia as leverage. James is left to decide how far he is willing to go to save the family he has chosen from the family he was created to serve. Read an excerpt here: The Bonds of Blood Pick up a copy...

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What’s Next

First, I should mention that my Holiday Giveaway has ended and emails have been sent to the entrants.  If you entered, be sure to check your inbox.  Thanks, everyone!  (Now I’d best get started on those charms.) For those who have been asking… FF5 is still in the works, but I’m afraid that one has taken longer than expected. I apologize for the wait, but it shouldn’t be too much longer. I’ll post the release date as soon as I have one. If you’d like to receive an email notification when it’s available, please sign up for my newsletter.  The sign-up form is in the sidebar on the right (if you’re reading this on a desktop computer) or you can find the sign-up form here. Meanwhile, you can check out some FF5 snippets on my Facebook page. Since I’ll be wrapping up the Final Formula Series with FF5, I plan to start a new series in 2017. I’ve had a lot of readers express sadness to see the Final Formula end, and I’m with you there. However, I don’t intend for this to be goodbye forever. That said, I hope you’ll give my new series a try. This one is a Steampunk Fantasy set in the nineteenth century, but don’t expect the typical Victorian London setting. This story takes place on a canal boat on the Ohio & Erie Canal.  🙂  I hesitate to share many details since this story is still very much in the planning stages, but you can expect a mix of science and magic with the usual smart-mouthed characters, an occasional explosion, some darker elements, and a little romance. This new book will initially release in a multi-author bundle in August 2017. This bundle will include 22 never before published, full length science fiction and fantasy novels. It’s currently available for pre-order on iTunes for just $0.99, with other retailers to follow in the coming months. I’ll keep you posted when those show up. But if you buy your books through iTunes, now is a great time to reserve a copy. The price goes up once the set goes live. Check out the cover and blurb below. … Dominion Rising Find the Science Fiction and Fantasy...

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