Cover Makeover: The Final Formula

In September, The Final Formula turned five years old. (Hard to believe it’s been that long!) I decided it was time to give the book a different look, and perhaps entice new readers who weren’t attracted to the first cover. Please note that this is the same book. Aside from a few typos, nothing in the interior was changed. I’m in the process of updating all the retail sites. If you haven’t tried The Final Formula, it free everywhere it’s sold. Pick up a copy at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | Apple Here’s a look at the new cover. Happy Birthday,...

Read More

Corroded: Iron Souls, Book Four

Corroded will release on August 31, 2018. Cover, blurb, and excerpt below. (And yes, that’s Andrew on the cover.) Captain Briar Rose is on a deadline. She has one week to deliver Grayson to Solon, the ferromancer behind so many of her problems. If she doesn’t arrive in time, Solon has promised to destroy her hometown. She’ll have to push hard to meet his arbitrary deadline, but it should be possible—if her cousin Andrew doesn’t get in the way. Andrew has been Briar’s nemesis since they were children, but now that he’s working for Solon, Andrew has become an even bigger problem. His insistence on meeting at every toll office is a hinderance, especially when her boat becomes a target for sabotage. Briar doesn’t have time for a pretentious cousin or a damaged boat, but her troubles don’t stop there. The clock is ticking for Grayson as well. His devolvement is accelerating at an alarming rate and nothing they try seems to slow it. As Grayson struggles to remain the man he is, Briar begins to believe that time is her true enemy. Perhaps Solon’s deadline wasn’t so arbitrary after all. Read an excerpt here: Corroded Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords |...

Read More

Surprise New Release

A Final Formula Short Story Surprise! I’ve got a new short story available in a multi-author anthology that just released today. This story is a prequel to The Final Formula and shows how Addie and James met from his point-of-view. If you haven’t read my Final Formula Series, this story can serve as an introduction. If you’re already a fan, this story will give you a look at familiar events through James’s eyes. The anthology includes six other urban fantasy shorts and is a great opportunity to check out some authors you may not have tried. And best of all, it’s FREE! Here’s the cover, blurb, and retailer links… Magic stalks modern streets. Werewolves and witches. Demons and elves. Street Spells compiles seven new and exclusive short stories featuring mythical beings hidden in plain sight. Aimee Easterling: “Scapegoat” Tori Centanni: “Dead Goblins and Overdue Rent” Rachel Medhurst: “Magically Hidden” Dale Ivan Smith: “Siloed” Becca Andre: “Alchemy and Destiny” N. R. Hairston: “Dirty Magic” Kat Cotton: “Run Away” Break out of jail, hunt down magical art thieves, and dabble in alchemy as you discover a new author (or seven) in this page-turning collection of paranormal shorts. Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple |...

Read More

Release News: Iron Souls Three

Heart of Iron: Iron Souls, Book Three will release on April 30th, but it’s available for preorder now. Check out the cover, blurb, and other details below. Having seen Grayson’s future, Briar is ready to meet his past… Captain Briar Rose has eluded the law, outwitted the soulless, and defeated a fully devolved ferromancer. Now she faces her biggest challenge yet. She must convince Esme, one of the females of the ferromancer race, to teach her how to use her own ferra magic. But nothing in the ferromancer world ever goes as Briar plans, and dealing with Esme is no exception. Briar anticipated the woman’s arrogance and condescension, but she didn’t expect a lab full of macabre samples. It seems Grayson had left out a few details about Esme’s past, and the more Briar learns, the more she wants to punch the woman. But fisticuffs—warranted or not—aren’t an option. Not when Esme is her lone hope for finding some answers. It won’t be easy, but Briar must find a way to make this partnership work. Otherwise, she will never master her unique talent, or use it to save Grayson from his fate. Read an excerpt here: Heart of Iron Preorder a copy:...

Read More

The Story Behind Iron Souls

From alchemy to magical metallurgy… My new steampunk flavored fantasy is a bit different from the urban fantasy I’ve written before, but those who have given it a chance seem taken with the unusual setting and unique magic system. I’ve had quite a few folks ask about the inspiration behind this story, so I thought a blog post was in order. An Epic Journey On a Slow Moving Boat Back in 2010, I discovered steampunk and decided I’d like to try my hand at writing one—once I finished my Final Formula series. My first consideration was where to set the story. One of the defining features of steampunk is the Victorian setting, but I wasn’t comfortable writing a story set in London. I wanted to keep it closer to home. But what was going on in Ohio during the late 1800s? Then it hit me. What if the story was set on a canal boat? As with my Final Formula story, I was once again taking the familiar and giving it a magical twist. The overgrown bed of Ohio & Erie Canal is just a few miles from my house, and with today’s modern roads still following its path, I travel along it everyday on my way to work or into town. Though it ceased operations after the flood of 1913, there were people alive when I was a child who remembered the boats. The old timers even called the road into town the towpath. But I needed more than a setting, I needed some characters and a conflict. With my story set on a canal boat, I decided to make my main character a boat captain. The conflict would deal with the railroad because the two transportation systems were in competition, and since I was shooting for steampunk, I needed some gadgets and advanced tech, which is where the magic came in. What if I had a race of people who could create a magical alloy that gave them a technology more advanced than the steam power of their day? And what if one of them was working for the railroad? Voilà! Ferromancy was born. But had I written a steampunk story? By definition,...

Read More

Iron Souls Two: Release Date

Soul Singer: Iron Souls, Book Two releases on February 26th, but it’s available for preorder now. Here’s the cover, blurb, and link… Captain Bridget “Briar” Rose only wanted to stop the railroad’s expansion and save the canal life she loves. She didn’t intend to make herself and her crew outlaws, or stumble into a magical world she knew nothing about. And she certainly didn’t mean to damn a man, but that’s exactly what she did to Grayson, a brilliant railroad engineer who turned out to be much more than he seemed. To set matters straight, Briar is on her way to Cleveland to meet with a woman who may be able to help Grayson. But getting there won’t be easy. Wanted posters are everywhere, an old…friend is stalking Grayson, and he’s attracted the attention of the Scourge—the executioners of the ferromancer world. If she’s to keep Grayson safe, Briar must pretend to be his keeper. Which won’t be easy. Not when she knows so little about his world and her own newly discovered magic. Can she fool those who know that world so well? Or will Grayson pay the price for her failure? Read an except here: Soul Singer Preorder a copy here:...

Read More