Alternative POV Scene: Zach in Ferromancer

A few weeks ago, I asked folks over on my Facebook page to suggest an Iron Souls scene they’d like to see from a different point-of-view. Mandy suggested a look through Zach’s eyes during/after being healed in Ferromancer. Intrigued by the idea, I decided to give it a try. Hope you like it! Warning – If you haven’t read Ferromancer, there are spoilers here. … Finding the Words   Zach knelt on the deck beside Grayson, but could only watch as he pulled his knees tighter to his stomach, whimpering in pain. The movement caused the metal spines protruding from his upper back to glint in the sun. The sight was disturbing, but Zach had grown used to it over the course of the night. Unlike the stomach churning split in the skin over Grayson’s shoulder blades, exposing even more metal. The emergence of that metal had been painful enough to wake Grayson from his near comatose state a short while ago. Captain Briar knelt across from Zach, looking as lost as he felt. He wished he could offer some words of encouragement to her, but even if he could speak, he didn’t know what to say. “Miss Briar?” Eli said from above them, his voice soft and uncertain. Grayson cried out and a stream of blood ran from one nostril. Zach gripped his shoulder, feeling helpless with his inability to offer anything but comfort. Still, he knew how important that contact was. After the fire that had taken most of his family, he’d lain for weeks, slipping in and out of consciousness, fighting fever after fever and unimaginable pain. His cousin had sat at his bedside, as helpless as he was now, but she hadn’t left him alone. She had held his hand and talked to him through those long days and even longer nights. That was why, when he saw Grayson writhing in pain and delirium, he had silently vowed to stay with him—even though he couldn’t talk him through it. “Whatever’s happening,” Jimmy said, softly, “I don’t think he’s going to make it.” “Lock?” Briar said. The strange response made Zach look up and he saw that she had pulled a...

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Character Interview: Molly

A while back, I interviewed several characters from my Final Formula Series (you can find them here: FF fans). Those were so much fun that I wanted to do the same with my Iron Souls Series. I polled folks over on my Facebook page and they selected Perseus and Molly—much to my surprise. I decided to interview Molly first and save Perseus for after the release of Book Four. So be thinking about your questions for Perseus. Corroded: Iron Souls, Book Four releases on August 31, 2018. Let’s get started… Here’s Molly Rose, newest crew member of the Briar Rose, and by all accounts, a wonderful cook. Becca: Thanks for taking time away from the stove to talk with us, Molly. Molly: I honored to be here. (looks around) It’s so much cooler. (her gaze settles on the computer) What is that? Some kind of ferromantic device? Becca: Um, no. Think of it as a typewriter. Molly: (doesn’t look convinced) All right. Becca: (clears throat) Moving on to the interview… Let’s begin with your position on the Briar Rose. It must be a bit of a culture shock to go from what you knew before to your life now. Do you miss your high society parties? Did you have to leave any friends behind? Molly: Parties in Mr. Rose’s household were a source of anxiety for me. Everything had to be perfect. Attending another’s party wasn’t much better. As for friends, I was only permitted those that Mr. Rose judged as acceptable—and they were never the sort I wished to spend time with. Becca: I can imagine. I wouldn’t like Andrew choosing my friends either. (turns back to question list) Janet would like to know if you expect to cook for the foreseeable future and if you really enjoy it? Molly: Those who knew me before seem to have a hard time believing that I enjoy being part of a canal boat crew, but it’s the truth. I’ve made some wonderful new friends and discovered that I enjoy cooking. Becca: Isn’t it a lot of work? You had servants before. I would think— Molly: I’ve never minded work. I’m the sort of person who...

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December Book Fair

The authors of the Dominion Rising Boxed Set are hosting a book fair that runs through December 15th. With over 100 fantasy and science fiction books for just 99c or free in Kindle Unlimited, it’s a great opportunity to do a little holiday shopping for yourself. You can find this super sale on Lisa Blackwood’s website here. Happy...

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A Halloween Sale and What’s Coming Next

Happy Halloween! I must admit, this is my favorite time of year. The trees have started to turn, the temperature is dropping, and we get to celebrate a holiday dedicated to all things creepy. And if you know me at all, you know that I like the spooky stuff.  😉 In honor of the holiday, Blood Gifts, my Final Formula prequel story is on sale for $0.99 until November 5th. This novella offers a glimpse into the early years of fan favorite, Ian Mallory, and also includes the short story, Lords of the Dead. (I originally posted Lords of the Dead on my website here.) If you haven’t had a chance to grab a copy of Blood Gifts, now’s a great time to get it cheap. Here’s the cover, blurb, and retailer links: Seventeen-year-old Ian is used to pressure. Born into a necromancer family, he and his twin brother Lex exhibited uncommon magical potential at an early age that led their father to expect great things—from them both. That is until Lex’s blood gift fails to manifest. Or so everyone believes. For the past five years, Ian has been keeping a secret. A secret that—if it got out—would see his brother shunned, or worse. Lex does have a blood gift, but not every gift is a blessing, and not every recipient can manage the talent in his blood. As Lex’s sanity begins to slip, Ian knows the responsibility to raise his family’s fortunes is on his shoulders, and his alone. When he is offered an apprenticeship with one of the most influential men in the necromancer community, Lex convinces Ian that the connection would offer their family even more if Ian were to marry his elderly mentor’s “spinster” niece. Ian’s plan takes an unexpected turn when he discovers that Isabelle is not a spinster. She’s a young, beautiful, intelligent woman who, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with him. Now Ian must find a way to win her over before Lex attempts to elevate their family, his way. Pick up a copy here: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple … If you missed my recent post on Facebook, I’m currently busy writing the next two novels in my Iron Souls series. I...

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It’s Release Day! (Plus a Giveaway)

The Dominion Rising Boxed Set has gone live! Ferromancer is now out in the world! Suspecting that the railroad’s new locomotive runs on forbidden magic, canal boat captain Bridget “Briar” Rose decides to steal the schematics and expose the truth. Kidnapping the man who designed the engine wasn’t part of the plan, but solutions aren’t always black and white—sometimes they come in shades of iron gray. Read the first two chapters here: Ferromancer Dominion Rising is available at: Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon … Release Week Giveaway I have some amazing Ferromancer swag created by Ann Christy, one of the Dominion Rising authors. This stuff is gorgeous. Fortunately, she made enough that I’m willing to part with some of it. 😉 I’ll be giving away six items: a magnet, a braided bracelet, a cell phone dust plug dangle, a necklace, a keychain, and a bookmark. See the picture above for a better look at all six items. I also have a closeup picture of the bookmark so you can see the book charms used to create the necklace, dust plug dangle, bracelet, and bookmark. They’re little books! One side has the Ferromancer cover and the other side has the Dominion Rising cover. It even has my name on the spine. So cute! Winners will be chosen at random from the entrants. First name chosen gets first choice, second name gets second choice of the items left, etc. How to enter: Post a review of Ferromancer somewhere. It can be on one of the retail sites, a place like Goodreads, or your own website if you do that sort of thing. Then email me (using my contact form here) and tell me where you posted your review. Giveaway closes at midnight (PST) on Sunday, August 13th. I’ll send out emails the following day notifying the winners. Looking for more release week fun? Check out at the Dominion Rising Launch Party on Facebook. Meet the Dominion Rising authors and get in on the giveaways. My day to help host is Sunday, August 13th. Please come hang out with me. I’ll have some paperbacks and more swag to give away.  🙂 … Stay tuned. I’ll be doing a cover/title/blurb reveal on my Final...

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A Holiday Giveaway

In this season of gift giving, I wanted to give back to all the awesome folks who have helped spread the word about my books by leaving an honest review. As a thank you for your help, I’m giving away autographed paperbacks from the Final Formula Series. To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is let me know where you left a review of one of my books. The review can be on a retailer (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) or a site like Goodreads. You’ll get a giveaway entry for each review. If you reviewed three of my books, that’s three chances to win. If you reviewed The Final Formula on Amazon, then copied that review to your Goodreads account, that counts as two reviews, and two entries. Just send me an email using the contact form here on my website, and let me know where your reviews are and what name you used to post them. Grand Prize – A complete set of signed paperbacks featuring every novel and novella in the Final Formula Series. That’s nine books! I’ll even send FF5 once it becomes available—hopefully in early 2017 (sorry, that one took longer to come together than I had hoped). Runner Up Prizes – Three lucky winners will receive autographed paperback copies of Blood Gifts, my Ian prequel novella. But that’s not all. For those special fans who went above and beyond, and reviewed every book in the Final Formula series—including the bundle—I have a little thank you gift. (See picture.) This charm features some fun icons from the series, including a vial of the Final Formula, a Fire Element bead for New Magic, and a little golden skull for Old Magic. 🙂 It’s not too late to enter! Have you been meaning to leave a review on that last book and just haven’t gotten around to it? Or maybe you just discovered the series and haven’t finished reading? You still have time. The contest ends on January 5th at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). A final note… All reviews count, even the less than glowing ones. Also, reviews don’t need to contain plot summaries and in-depth character analysis. A few...

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