Ian Novella Cover Reveal

My new novella featuring everyone’s favorite lich is almost ready to go.  Here’s a look at the cover and blurb for Blood Gifts.  Included with the novella is the short story, Lords of the Dead, originally posted here on my website.  That brings the total word count to almost 53,000 words.  Blood Gifts will be available in both ebook and print. 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. Update – I just added an excerpt. You can read it here: Blood Gifts Release Date: Friday, April...

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Release News and a Sale

For a limited time, The Final Formula Collection is just $0.99! The Final Formula Collection is an ebook bundle containing the first three titles in the series: The Final Formula, The Element of Death, and The Blood Alchemist.  As an added bonus, this bundle includes two brand new short stories. The Lich’s Lab takes place between the last chapter of The Final Formula and the epilogue. The story is told from Addie’s point of view and shows how she and Ian came to their working agreement. A Christmas Formula is set a week or so after The Blood Alchemist.  In this one, Era and Cora tell the story of their first Christmas with Addie. If you haven’t read all the titles in the collection, or maybe you’re interested in the two bonus short stories, now would be a great time to snatch up the bundle. You can pick up a copy at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | Apple   Next Up I’m currently working on FF4.5, the next James-Elysia novella, and hope to release it this summer.  But that’s not all I’ve been working on.  I also have a novella told from Ian’s point-of-view, giving a glimpse into his life as a young man.  It’s the story of how he becomes an alchemist and first meets his wife, Isabelle.  I plan to release it in April, so be watching for a cover reveal and excerpt .  Also, I’ll be sharing a few snippets on my Facebook page over the next few weeks. For those of you who prefer paperbacks, The Catalyst of Corruption is now available in paperback.  It should be on sale in all the usual places my paperbacks are sold. Finally, to help pass the time between releases, I’m putting together another character interview.  Keeping with the spirit of FF4.5, I’ll be interviewing James this time.  If you have a question for him, you can ask it in the comments below or send me an email. Thanks for reading!...

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Release Day!

The Catalyst of Corruption, the fourth full-length novel in my Final Formula Series, has been uploaded in all the usual places–and specially priced! You can snag a copy for just $2.99 this week only. After that, it goes up to its regular price of $4.99. 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. Thanks for giving my books a try.  I hope you enjoy the new installment.  🙂 Pick up a copy at: Amazon | Kobo | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Apple Read an excerpt: The Catalyst of...

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The Catalyst of Corruption

Cover Reveal, Blurb, and Excerpt It’s time for another cover reveal! Here is the cover, blurb, and excerpt for the fourth full-length novel in the Final Formula Series. (Yep, that’s Neil. I put my villain on the cover. 😛 ) Addie Daulton wants nothing to do with her dark past as an Alchemica alchemist. Content with her new life surrounded by the people she cares about, she has chosen to live with amnesia rather than face the person she was. She focuses on alchemy’s healing properties, helping others and hoping to find a way to save Rowan before his magic consumes him. But Addie isn’t the only one with a dark history. Her lab partner, Ian Mallory has just had his past resurrected in the form of his brother. Alexander is a powerful necromancer who has been secretly leading the necromancer community for centuries. He’s not the type to share his power, and certainly not with the Flame Lord. Addie must watch helplessly as Rowan struggles to maintain control of both his volatile magic and his influence in magical politics. Meanwhile, flashbacks tease her, suggesting that the solution to all their problems lies in her past. Unwilling to reclaim her memories, Addie must find another way to learn what she was studying at the Alchemica. Unfortunately, the only person who knows is her former colleague, Neil Dunstan. The question now becomes: how far is she willing to go to save the man she loves? Read an excerpt here: The Catalyst of Corruption Due to release in early February...

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FF4 Title Reveal and Sale

The wait is almost over!  FF4 will be released soon.  I don’t have a date yet, but the book is currently with my editor, Shelley Holloway, then it heads to Streetlight Graphics for formatting.  So I should be making a release announcement in a few weeks.  But I won’t be calling it FF4.  I’ll be calling it… *drum roll* The Catalyst of Corruption Any guesses on who I put on the cover?  Here’s a snippet between Addie and another character that might give you a clue: He frowned.  “Don’t be an ass.  You know perfectly well what I’m capable of.  As you used to say, we have different strengths as alchemists, but together we find true power.” “I said that?”  Uh-huh.  Sure. “Maybe not so eloquently.” “Did I ever like you?  Because I’m not seeing it.” Check back next week for a cover reveal! In anticipation of this new release, I have a sale going on. If you’ve fallen behind on The Final Formula story, now is your chance to catch up.  For a limited time, the last title in the series, The Heir of Death, is on sale for just $0.99–a savings of $2.  This sale will run until the release of FF4. I’ve taken a different approach to The Final Formula series by alternating between novels in Addie’s point of view and novellas in other character’s points of view.  I know some folks aren’t fans of shorter works, so I try to bring readers up to speed in the beginning of each novel.  But reading the novellas does give a fuller experience.  It’s a lot more fun to watch a story unfold than to be told about it after the fact.  Plus, The Heir of Death is 53,000 words long.  That’s novel length in some genres.  😉 Here’s the blurb for The Heir of Death: Elysia Mallory has never embraced her magic, not when doing so comes at the price of her sanity. Her family is cursed with bizarre necromantic gifts that have driven each recipient mad, and she doesn’t want to be another dead branch on the family tree. But when Elysia learns that an ancestor is still in the mortal world and using his rare...

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The Final Formula Collection

Now Available! The Final Formula Collection is an ebook bundle containing the first three titles in the series: The Final Formula, The Element of Death, and The Blood Alchemist.  As an added bonus, this bundle also includes two brand new short stories. The Lich’s Lab takes place between the last chapter of The Final Formula and the epilogue. The story is told from Addie’s point of view and shows how she and Ian came to their working agreement. A Christmas Formula is set a week or so after The Blood Alchemist.  In this one, Era and Cora tell the story of their first Christmas with Addie.     You can pick up a copy at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | Apple   Why a bundle? I’ve put this collection together as a way to attract new readers with a bundled deal, plus it gives me another title to advertise.  With a series, it doesn’t make sense to advertise any book except the first one, and I can only throw that book out there so many times before folks get tired of seeing it.  That said, I don’t like to ask fans to re-buy books they already own just to get the new short stories.  So, I’ve made the short stories available to newsletter subscribers.  The sign up form is in the side bar on the right.  As an added bonus, you’ll get an alternative POV scene from The Final Formula.  (For more information on newsletter sign up, check out my post here.)   Now for a little teaser…   The Lich’s Lab Chapter 1 I stood on the threshold and peered into the mausoleum, wishing I had a flashlight. The multiple holes in the ancient roof let in surprisingly little sunlight. I had hoped that coming here in the middle of the day would be different, but the small room was just as creepy as it had been after dark. The rare bright beam of sunlight only made the shadows deeper by contrast. I remained where I was, letting my eyes adjust until I was certain that all the dark corners were empty. I returned the rusted bolt to the hasp...

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