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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Character Interview: James

It’s time for another character interview, and since I’m currently writing the next James novella (FF4.5), I thought it would be a great time to hear from everyone’s favorite grim. If you’ve been around since the beginning, you might remember the James-inspired banner above. I used it on my website back before I had it professionally designed. (Hopefully, it looks decent on whatever device you’re reading this on.)  🙂 But on to the interview… Once again, I asked fans to provide the questions and they responded with quite a list. So, without further ado, I give you James Huntsman, death incarnate and all around great guy. Becca: Thanks for stopping by, James. James: No problem. (looks concerned) I’m not so sure about the introduction, though. Becca: Which part? James: Someone who doesn’t know me might think I’m a little full of myself. Becca: Well, I’m assuming that only those who know your story would read this interview—and they already know what a great guy you are. Beyond that, it was my line. It’s what I think of you. James: (blushes) Thanks. Becca: You don’t have a problem with the death incarnate part? James: That part is true. Becca: (laughs) Good thing you’re a great guy. Which is a nice lead in to our first question. How is it that you are a kind, thoughtful person while your brothers are, well, insane psychopaths? They raised you, right? James: Yes, they raised me. I don’t remember my mother and my father died when I was very young—though I understand he was much like my brothers. Or they, like him. Becca: Addie always insisted that you must have been adopted. James: I can see why she thought that. I had spent my entire life wondering why I was so different from my brothers. Until I met Addie, I thought it was a failing on my part. But it was Ian who truly explained it. Becca: Ian? James: I don’t like to give him credit for anything, but he did offer the best explanation. Becca: What’s that? James: My brothers are still human. They have just enough hellhound blood to enhance their physical abilities, while maintaining their human egos and...

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Lords of the Dead: A Short Story

Happy Halloween! Here’s a special treat for Final Formula fans. Whether you’re new to the series, or you’ve read every book, this short story is accessible to all. There’s nothing to spoil later books for new readers, and established fans will gain added insight into a couple of familiar characters. Hope you like it! Update – If you would like a copy of this story, I’ve included it in Blood Gifts, a novella featuring the Nelson brothers as young men.  Read an excerpt here: Blood Gifts Pick up a copy of Blood Gifts at: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple Lords of the Dead Chapter 1 Halloween, 1803 Lory knelt behind the tombstone, the weathered granite cold beneath his palm. Moonlight sparkled off the dew-laden grass, dew that would most likely be frost come morning. No surprise, considering that this was the last day of October. He wiggled his toes in an attempt to warm them and wished he had worn heavier socks. But his brother had sprung this idea on him without warning, so he hadn’t had a lot of time to prepare. He glanced over at where his brother knelt behind the tombstone to his right. Lex had closed his eyes, but he was grinning. Lory could feel him using his magic to animate the dead a few yards ahead of them, and marveled anew at his brother’s skill. It made no sense that Lex was so much better than he was. Lex was only ten minutes older. A low chant began, and Lory leaned around his tombstone to see what the dozen men and women in dark cloaks were doing now. He couldn’t make out their identities beneath the hoods each wore, and there was little more than size to distinguish one from another. Their only item of ornamentation was a belt holding a small ceremonial dagger. A lit candelabra and an open book lay atop the stone sarcophagus they were gathered around. He didn’t know if the grave held significance for them or if it just served as a table. Not that it mattered. Things were about to get interesting. It was the body inside the stone box that Lex had animated. “Now?” Lory whispered....

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Character Interview: Addie

Continuing with my month of fun, I’ve finally got my next character interview ready to go. Also, I’ve added a new item to the menu bar at the top of the page called FF Fans. I’ve gathered all the fun Final Formula related posts there. Things like character interviews, alternative point-of-view scenes, and (eventually) some short stories. It’s just an organization thing so fans don’t have to scroll through a bunch of old posts to find the fun stuff. Granted, it doesn’t have a huge amount of content, but I hope to change that. Now, on to the interview. Today’s victim is Addie Daulton, everyone’s favorite alchemist and smartass.   🙂   Becca: Hey, Addie. Thanks for taking time away from the workbench to talk with us today. Addie: I’m digging my introduction. (laughs) Smartass? Becca: If the shoe fits… Addie: Oh, it does. (winks) Thanks for having me. Now maybe Ian will shut up about what an honor it was to be interviewed by you. Becca: (tries not to laugh) Has that been a problem? Addie: Well, you know what a humble guy he is. He only brings it up about once an hour. Becca: Sorry about that. Addie: (waves away the apology) That’s just Ian. But I assume we’re not here to talk about him. Becca: No. This time, fans want to learn more about you. They even supplied a list of questions. (picks up a sheet of paper) Addie: Wow, that’s some list. Good thing I turned off the hot plate. Becca: You didn’t leave Ian to watch it? Addie: He’s out. I suspect he went shopping. He’s still looking to replace that smoking jacket. (rolls her eyes) Becca: Hmm. (tries not to look guilty) Shall we begin? Addie: Hit me. Becca: (turns to question list) The most popular topic is your past. Addie: I’m not sure how much I can tell you about that. The amnesia makes my recall a bit spotty. Becca: Ha ha. I believe these questions are about how you deal with that. For example, do you ever wonder if you have any relatives out there? Parents, siblings, or good friends who don’t know what became of...

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Alternative POV Scene: Rowan in The Final Formula

As promised, here’s a new alternative POV scene from The Final Formula.  Like the first scene I did, this one is also in Rowan’s POV.  If you didn’t get to read the first one, it’s offered as a bonus when you sign up for my newsletter.  If you’d like to learn more about my newsletter, I did a post about it here. *** The Element and the Alchemist   The door closed and Rowan slumped in his chair. Just one more petitioner to go. God, what a long morning. He leaned his head back and rubbed both hands over his face. Normally, this aspect of his job didn’t bother him. He actually enjoyed talking with his people and helping them settle disputes, or work out some magical anomaly. But he just couldn’t get into it today—and deep down, he knew why. He shoved himself to his feet, and tugging up the hood of his gray robe, walked to the nearest bookshelf. He pulled down a book at random and began leafing through the pages, hoping something would draw his attention. Something to make him stop thinking about last night, when he found an intruder in the kitchen right here at the Elemental Offices. An intruder he had ended up kissing. “Don’t go there,” he told himself, though it was too late. He was already thinking about the little thief in the skin-tight body suit he had caught pilfering one of his glasses. At some point, he had lost his mind and let her take a glass in exchange for a kiss. Clearly, he needed to take his brother’s advice and date more. A knock sounded at the library door and Rowan’s heart beat quicker despite himself. She wouldn’t be knocking at his door. Hell, he would probably never see her again. No doubt, she congratulated herself on the successful heist of one of the Flame Lord’s glasses. It would impress her friends, or maybe the handsome young stud she was dating. The double doors opened and Bradley stepped inside. The young man stood at attention, looking every bit the polished servant in his black livery. Rowan still found it a surprise that people of this...

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My Favorite Time of Year

October Treats and a Giveaway Fall has arrived here in southern Ohio, and though the leaves haven’t begun to change, I can feel the difference in the air.  I love this time of year.  The weather is awesome and at the end of the month, we celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween.  (I bet you didn’t see that coming.) But Halloween isn’t the only thing I’ll be celebrating this month.  The Final Formula just turned two.  (It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since I released it.)  In celebration, I’m putting together a few fun things to share on my website this month.  I’ve got a new alternative point-of-view scene from The Final Formula.  This scene is in Rowan’s POV and immediately follows the last scene I did in his POV.  I’ll be posting it as soon as beta readers give it a look for typos.  (If you didn’t get to read the first one, it’s offered as a bonus when you sign up for my newsletter.  If you’d like to learn more about my newsletter, I did a post about it here.) I’m also putting together another character interview.  I’ll be chatting with Addie this time, so if you have a question for her, please leave it in the comments section below.  I’ve also been soliciting questions over on my Facebook page if you like to hang out there. During the final week of October, I’ll be doing a giveaway over at The Fussy Librarian.  Five winners will get their choice of a signed paperback copy of The Final Formula or an ebook copy of my bundle, The Final Formula Collection.  The giveaway goes live on October 25th and runs through October 31st.  I’ll post a reminder when it gets closer. Finally, I’m working on a Halloween themed short story.  I hesitate to even mention it because sometimes these things don’t come together like I envision, but if it does, I would love to share it as a Halloween treat for all my awesome fans.  Wish me luck! Oh, if you’re wondering about the picture…  That’s a shot of the pumpkin growing in the middle of our sidewalk.  Apparently, a stray seed from one of last year’s pumpkins made it...

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