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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New Release!

It’s release day for The Bonds of Blood, the second-to-the-last book in the Final Formula Series!  I’ve uploaded it in all the usual places.  Some sites are slower than others, so check back if it isn’t up at your favorite retailer.  I’ve added the links below and I’ll update them as the others become available. As I’ve mentioned before, I took a slightly different approach with this series by alternating novels told from Addie’s point of view with shorter works told from James and Elysia’s point of view.  And though I try to write a complete story in each novel/novella, none of the books are truly stand alone.  They’re all part of one big story which I plan to wrap up in FF5. The Bonds of Blood follows this formula with two exceptions.  One, it’s actually a novel at 62,000 words, and two, this one ends on a cliffhanger.  I want to apologize for that.  I dislike cliffhangers myself, especially when it’s just a gimmick to get readers to buy the next book.  That wasn’t my intent here, but to jump back to Addie’s point of view and start FF5 where I needed to, I had to leave you hanging in this one.  That said, I’ve been writing like mad to finish FF5 in a timely fashion. Thanks for giving my books a try!  I hope you enjoy the new installment.  🙂 Pick up a copy here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | Apple Read an excerpt here: The Bonds of...

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Coming Soon: The Bonds of Blood

Cover Reveal and Blurb The next title in the Final Formula Series, The Bonds of Blood (aka FF4.5) is just about ready to go.  Like the other in-between books, James and Elysia tell this story.  But unlike the other in-between books, this one is a novel at almost 62,000 words. Here’s the cover and blurb.  Release date: July 15, 2016. 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. Update – I’ve added an excerpt. Read it here: The Bonds of...

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Blood Gifts

Happy release day!  Blood Gifts, my Ian novella, has been uploaded in all the usual places.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  Writing Ian as a young man was great, and I also enjoyed getting Isabelle on the page.  I hope you like it! I’ve listed the ebook links below.  The print book will be available soon. Thanks for reading! Read an excerpt: Blood Gifts Pick up a copy at: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple...

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