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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The Heir of Death

Cover, Blurb, and Excerpt   Update: The wait is over!  FF 3.5, now The Heir of Death, has been uploaded everywhere.  (I’ve added the retailer links below.)  If it’s not available at your favorite retailer, check back later.  Some sites are slower than others to update. Here’s the cover (that’s Doug, by the way) and blurb.  Click the link below to read an excerpt… 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 gift to possess the Deacon, the leader of the necromancer community, she decides it’s time to take control of the power she was given. Will her gift give her the ability to right a wrong centuries in the making? Or will she become another puppet for him to control? Read the first chapter here: The Heir of Death Excerpt Pick up a copy here: Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |...

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Reader Appreciation

First, let me say… The Alchemist’s Flame has had a great release week! It jumped up as high as #5 on Amazon’s dark fantasy list, and into the 40s on the much more competitive paranormal & urban list. And this is all because of my awesome fans! I haven’t done any advertising, yet. (I’m adding excerpts to the other books and wanted to wait until that was done.) To further illustrate the awesomeness of my fans, I even had a couple of folks tell me that they would wait until the book went off sale to buy it. What a sweet thought, but as I told them, I’m doing this for you. However, this did get me thinking about ways a person could help their favorite authors—if they’re so inclined. As an independent author, one of the biggest obstacles I face is visibility. I don’t have a big publishing house backing me. I’m on my own—which for the most part is pretty darn cool, but I could use some help getting the word out. Here are a few ideas… Tell a friend. Word of mouth is huge. Which has more credibility: a random email from a retailer or a friend’s praise of a new book she just read? Yeah, I thought so. And in today’s world of social media, we’re not limited to face-to-face conversations. Leave a review. Social proof is a big deal. Think about the way people shop online. I always scope out the reviews when I’m thinking about purchasing an item I haven’t bought before. That’s especially true for a new author. An intriguing blurb and a good overall rating go a long way in reassuring me that I’m not about to waste my time or money. And a review doesn’t have to include plot summaries and in-depth analysis, a couple sentences about why the reader enjoyed the book is what interests me when reading reviews about new books. Actually, I prefer not to have the plot spoiled. Interact. I’m back to social media on this one. By interact, I mean like or follow your favorite authors’ pages and/or profiles. Share, comment on, or just like relevant posts. An example of...

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New Release in the Final Formula Series

Release Day!  (Okay, it’s more like Release Night for me.)  The Alchemist’s Flame, book 3 in my Final Formula Series, has been uploaded in all the usual places.  It’s already live on Smashwords and Amazon, but look for it to show up everywhere in the next few days. (I hope.) Also, I have a special release week sale.  For the rest of the week, The Alchemist’s Flame will be only $2.99!  Don’t miss out.  After this weekend, it goes up to its regular price of $4.99. If you would like to read the first three chapters, you can find it here: The Alchemist’s Flame Excerpt. Thanks for giving my books a try.  I hope you enjoy this new installment!   Update – The new book is now available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and...

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The Alchemist’s Flame

Cover Reveal and Excerpt It’s time for another cover reveal! Here is the blurb and cover for the third full-length novel in the Final Formula Series… Now that the local hospital is using her burn salve, master alchemist Addie Daulton has become a celebrity. The positive press will go a long way in helping her redeem alchemy’s reputation, but Addie wishes the media would stop calling her the Flame Lord’s alchemist. She doesn’t need his sanction to validate her skills. Besides, having the name of the city’s premier Element tied to hers makes it hard to carry out her clandestine activities—like spying on the leader of the necromancer community. If she’s not careful, she could kick off a war between Old Magic and New. The risk proves worth it when she discovers that her former colleague and current nemesis, Neil Dunstan, is working with the Deacon himself. If that wasn’t bad enough, she learns that Neil has resurrected a grim and made it his own. A grim that once destroyed a family of Elements. And this month, every Element in the world is gathering right here in Cincinnati. With the date of the gathering fast approaching, Addie must figure out what Neil plans to do and stop him, or Old Magic will win the war before it even begins. Read the first three chapters here: The Alchemist’s Flame...

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