NEW RELEASE: Spliced Magic

 

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Sylphie Seaton’s life is about to get turned upside-down when elemental law enforcement agents show up on her doorstep looking for her brother Josh. He’s wanted for the murder of a colleague, but she’s convinced there must be more to the story.

When she finally hears from Josh, Sylphie discovers the situation is much worse than she feared. His coworkers were rogue elementals attempting to genetically engineer supernatural abilities, and Josh was accidentally contaminated. Now, Sylphie not only has to protect her brother from the law, but also find a way to reverse the unstable serum before it kills him.

On the run with no one to turn to, Sylphie will risk everything to save her brother. But the conspiracy may go deeper than either of them ever imagined, and not even an acclaimed storm chaser can outrun this tempest.

Available on Amazon and B&N

Sneak Peek: Spliced Magic

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Excerpt, Spliced Magic

I grabbed some coveralls from a cabinet and slipped into them, then rolled the tool cart over to the TIV, my baby. She was a cherry red Ford 350 Super Duty truck with four-wheel drive and a 6.7-liter turbo charged Diesel engine with propane and water injection. I’d take her home with me, if it weren’t for the modifications: aluminum, steel, Kevlar, and polycarbonate armor, hydraulic wind skirts on all sides, and stabilizing spikes. The TIV was a 14,000-pound tank that would probably scare most other drivers in Tulsa off the road. It was too bad I only ever got to drive her May through June.

I changed the oil, cleaned the cylinders, flushed the fuel injection system, and was about to move on to rotating the tires when my cell phone rang. My nerves were still wound so tight that I bumped my head on the elevated hood as I jerked up. Rubbing the sore spot with one hand, I frantically fished my phone out of my pocket with the other, not even caring that I was getting grease on the case. Preston’s name lit up the caller ID.

I swiped the answer arrow, then tucked the phone between my ear and shoulder so I could grab a rag. “Hey.”

“Hey, you at home?” There was a tightness in his voice that made me take notice.

“No, the garage.”

Preston sighed. “Mind calling me back from an office line?” He sounded a little put out by the request, which baffled me since it was coming from him in the first place.

“I guess, but why?”

He hung up without answering, and I pulled the phone away from my ear to stare at it in bewilderment. Shaking my head, I went to the sink and washed my hands before heading into the lab. I didn’t bother flipping a light switch, as there was enough illumination from the ten computers sitting on the right side of the large room. Their screen savers alternated between slideshow photos of our team and generic swirly rainbows. We left the computers on over the weekend because they were processing data and running simulations that couldn’t be interrupted. That also meant the air conditioning ran constantly, and the shades on all the windows were pulled down to keep the place cool.

I slumped into a rolling chair from one of the desks and picked up the landline telephone. Preston answered before the first ring had finished.

“You alone?”

I quirked a confused brow. “Yes. What’s going on?”

Preston made a disgruntled noise. “Josh called me.”

What?” I lurched to my feet, sending the chair wheeling back to knock against another desk. “Is he okay? Where the hell is he? And why did he call you?”

“Before you get pissed, he only called me to pass on a message to you. He didn’t call you directly because he’s afraid your phone might be tapped.”

Preston snorted as though the idea was ridiculous. I, however, felt a chill down my spine. Would the SPA tap my phone? Maybe if they didn’t believe I hadn’t heard from my brother, or they thought Josh would reach out eventually. Which he had, finally, though I was going to ream him good for making me crazy with worry.

I took a deep breath. “What’d he say?”

“He wants you to meet him,” Preston said tightly. “Where—and I quote—‘you beat up Howard Minke.’ The first time.”

I blinked. Josh was using code? Was it because he was afraid the SPA was listening in, or because he didn’t trust Preston, even though Josh was using him as a middle man? I pinched the bridge of my nose. This was too much. At least I knew the place he was referring to, and it was only a twenty-minute drive with no traffic on a late Sunday afternoon.

A cold thought dropped a lead ball into my stomach. What if the SPA was watching me? I didn’t want to lead them to Josh, not without hearing his side first. My head turned toward the parking lot where my motorcycle had been sitting unattended for the past six hours. And before that, it’d been at my apartment while I’d walked to the café to meet Gage. What if Agents Ford and Romero had stuck a tracker on it? I snorted to myself; now I sounded paranoid. Still…

“Can I borrow your car?”

“Sylphie,” Preston said, tone warning. “Don’t get mixed up in this.”

“He’s my brother.”

“Then do what’s best for Josh and convince him to turn himself in.”

I gritted my teeth and said irritably, “I can’t very well do that if I don’t go meet him. And it’d be better if I drove him back in a car, not on the back of my bike.” I heard a scowl on the other end of the line.

“Fine, just…try not to get charged aiding a fugitive.”

“They’d have to catch me first.”

I wasn’t completely convinced the SPA would be on my tail, but if they were, they wouldn’t find me an easy target. I outran tornados for a living; I could certainly outrun them.

Spliced Magic is available for pre-order on Amazon. Release date August 3, 2015.

Sylphie Seaton’s life is about to get turned upside-down when her brother ends up wanted for murder. Framed and dying from exposure to a genetically engineered super serum, Josh turns to Sylphie for help clearing his name and finding a cure. But the conspiracy may go deeper than either of them ever imagined, and not even an acclaimed storm chaser can outrun this tempest.

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SALE! Elemental Magic, Book One

AW-EM-750x1125Elemental Magic, Book One is on sale this week! So if you know anyone who might enjoy the series, now is a great time to get the first book for only $0.99. But hurry, these sales don’t happen often (the last one was two years ago).

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COVER REVEAL: Spliced Magic

 

I am so excited for this release, particularly because there was a period where I thought the book might not happen. But at last it is finished and being prepped for publishing. And to start, here is the FANTASTIC cover.

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Cover by Shelley at Spittyfish Designs

EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: August 3, 2015

Summary:

Sylphie Seaton’s life is about to get turned upside-down when elemental law enforcement agents show up on her doorstep looking for her brother Josh. He’s wanted for the murder of a colleague, but she’s convinced there must be more to the story.

When she finally hears from Josh, Sylphie discovers the situation is much worse than she feared. His coworkers were rogue elementals attempting to genetically engineer supernatural abilities, and Josh was accidentally contaminated. Now, Sylphie not only has to protect her brother from the law, but also find a way to reverse the unstable serum before it kills him.

On the run with no one to turn to, Sylphie will risk everything to save her brother. But the conspiracy may go deeper than either of them ever imagined, and not even an acclaimed storm chaser can outrun this tempest.

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NEW RELEASE: Supernatural Sleuth Vol. 3

It’s December! And just in time for the holidays is another collection of Supernatural Sleuth stories, including a fun Christmas short.

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Paige and her friends are back with four new adventures.

“Hot Rod Haunting” — Paige thought a 1964 Camaro would be the perfect gift for Sean. She didn’t count on it being possessed.

“Lonely Hearts” — Becca’s new boyfriend seems to make all the ladies’ hearts flutter. Yet when something starts draining her friend’s life energy, Paige suspects there may be something sinister behind the man’s charming exterior.

“Klepto Christmas Kitty” — There’s a new grinch in town and his name is Vlad. But why is the vampire cat stealing presents from a donation center? And can Paige and Sean solve the case in time to save Christmas?

“Timeless” — Paige’s birthday celebration is a blast—until she wakes up the following morning having aged forty years instead of one.

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COMING SOON: Supernatural Sleuth, Case Files #6-9

The third (and at this moment final) volume of Supernatural Sleuth short stories will be out December 1, 2014!

Cover by Shelley at Spittyfish Designs

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Join Paige, Sean, Becca, and Vlad for four new adventures:

“Hot Rod Haunting” — Paige thought a 1964 Camaro would be the perfect gift for Sean. She didn’t count on it being possessed.

“Lonely Hearts” — Becca’s new boyfriend seems to make all the ladies’ hearts flutter. Yet when something starts draining her friend’s life energy, Paige suspects there may be something sinister behind the man’s charming exterior.

“Klepto Christmas Kitty” — There’s a new grinch in town and his name is Vlad. But why is the vampire cat stealing presents from a donation center? And can Paige and Sean solve the case in time to save Christmas?

“Timeless” — Paige’s birthday celebration is a blast—until she wakes up the following morning having aged forty years instead of one.

Supernatural Sleuth #6-9 is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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NEW RELEASE: Storm Chaser

Here it is, the fifth book in the Elemental Magic series! This was quite a challenge to write in terms of the main character, Sylphie, the science, and a host of other things beyond my realm of knowledge or experience. It did make for fun research though. (And excuse me if not everything is entirely accurate.) So I hope you guys enjoy it. 🙂

AW-SC-bk-5-432x648 Air elemental Sylphie Seaton has the perfect job—chasing twisters. Every year she and her team of elemental scientists hit the road during tornado season to track the elusive weather phenomena in order to collect new data.

Things are about to get complicated when Eric Gage, an extreme photojournalist, comes along for the ride. He’s human, and completely ignorant about the supernatural world. Sylphie can’t decide whether to find the man charming or infuriating, a tension that’s tested when they go up against one of Nature’s most volatile forces.

For something’s off with this season’s twisters. There’s an eerie echo in the wind, and the most destructive weather events seem a little too targeted. It’s impossible to control a tornado…or so she thought. But when Gage stumbles upon an unnatural pattern and a shady corporation, Sylphie is drawn into a deadly conspiracy that could not only expose elementals, but cost the lives of everyone she holds dear.

Available on Amazon and B&N

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NEW RELEASE: Supernatural Sleuth, Case Files 2-5

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A collection of Supernatural Sleuth short stories.

Join Paige, Sean, and their vampire cat, Vlad, as they tackle some wild cases.

“Cupid’s Curse” — A simple job retrieving stolen property in a domestic dispute goes bad when the family heirloom has a powerful love curse on it…and Sean gets exposed.

“Let Sleeping Bats Lie” — The new vampire master of Seattle has a case for Sean and Paige: capture and kill a dangerous monster that escaped from Drake’s menagerie. But how does one go about trapping a giant cryptid bat with a hunger for human flesh?

“Missing” — When Paige’s friend doesn’t show for an important meeting, she sets off on a series of leads to track her down. Paige has to watch her step though, before she ends up missing as well.

“Trick-or-Tweet” — Some Halloween fun turns deadly when a cursed hashtag on Twitter starts killing those who tweet it.

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Sneak Peek: Storm Chaser

AW-SC-bk-5-432x648Excerpt, Storm Chaser

The Missouri River came up on our right, and sure enough, a wall cloud was slowly descending over the water. I floored the gas, bringing the TIV to sixty miles an hour as we skimmed under the edge of the rotating cloud. The rain lightened save for a few haphazard splatters, meaning we were beneath the rain-free base where a funnel would emerge.

“Sylphie, pull back a little,” Dad’s voice crackled. “The RFD’s kicking up.”

I’d felt it already, knew we were right alongside the clear slot. The buoyant rear flank downdraft had dried out the clouds and I could feel the warm inflow gusting around the truck. I followed my dad’s instructions and eased off the gas a bit. Our team would be hanging back at the moment, waiting to see not only if we’d get a cyclone, but if it would hit land, hopefully this side of the river as there’d be no point chasing it across a bridge. If it happened to shift its path, you didn’t want to be caught on an overpass.

I sensed the funnel before I saw it, a much smaller twisting of air descending from the center of the wall cloud. It connected with the river, exploding in a column of blue. I increased speed to keep pace with it, but stayed a good distance behind in case it decided to bank left and cross our path.

Gage’s camera clicked furiously. It wasn’t an extreme twister, probably an F1, maybe pushing F2 with wind speed approaching 110 miles per hour. But it was beautiful nonetheless, like an ice-blue snake bending and contorting in a vertical dance, head buried in the clouds as its jaws devoured lightning.

“Not bad, huh?” I said over the cyclone’s whistling.

Gage took a split second to flash me a grin before returning his eyes to the camera’s viewfinder.

“Sylphie,” David’s serious tone cut in. “You seeing that?”

I immediately pulled my focus back and scanned the air currents. Shoot, the thing was gaining speed.

“See what?” Gage asked.

“It’s getting stronger,” I said, tightening my grip on the wheel and watching for a signal it would change direction. At the moment, the waterspout seemed content just to coast up the river.

Gage tilted his head away from his camera, brow quirked. “How can you tell?”

“Experience,” I hastily replied. “Man, if the thing would just come ashore we might be able to get the probe out.” But even a low-level intensity tornado like this one was beyond our physical and mental limits to control, not unless we all pulled off the road, stood in a circle, and concentrated like a bunch of Wiccans chanting a spell. Minus the chanting.

Lightning whipped across the sky like fractured glass. A branch backlit the cyclone, filling it with a refracted glow that reminded me of a pale, buzzing, Jedi sword. Thunder cracked above our heads, rattling the bulletproof windows. More streaks cut through the clouds in rapid succession. I only had a split second to recognize one of the discharges was flashing straight down for ground contact, and even then I couldn’t stop it as the charge struck a power line several yards ahead on our left. Sparks exploded in a showering sizzle and a live wire suddenly whipped out, slashing across the road.

I swore and cranked the wheel right, slamming Gage and David against the far side of the truck. The TIV careened onto a side road—straight onto a small bridge.

“What the hell are you doing, Sylphie?” Dad’s alarmed voice shouted. He would’ve seen the abrupt turn on GPS, but not the reason for it.

“Sorry!” I exclaimed to my passengers before snatching up the radio to assuage my dad. “Wayward lightning strike, nothing to worry about.”

“Sylphie, it’s shifting!”

I jerked my attention out the driver’s side window at the twister I’d assumed would be leaving us behind. But the waterspout suddenly wrenched around, its top veering back while the bottom half took a twisted moment to switch gears and change direction. And it was heading straight for us.

“Oh.” Crap on toast. “Hang on.”

I jammed my foot on the brake, jolting everyone forward. Gage clutched his camera protectively to his chest with one arm while catching himself on the dash with the other. David thudded against the back of my seat with an “oomph.” The back tires squealed and started to slip. Pumping the brakes, I steered into the skid, focusing on keeping the truck steady. The buzzing cyclone was nearly on top of us.

As soon as the TIV came to a jerking full stop, I dropped the stabilizing spikes and wind skirts, nearly jumping out of my skin as my gaze darted between the twister bearing down on us and the slowly deploying hydraulics. The metal teeth hit the ground and dug in just as the truck started to wobble in the increasing wind speed.

The cyclone hissed and veered right in front of us, a sheet of water covering the windows and blinding visibility. Gage kept shooting pictures anyway. The truck lurched and tipped a few feet to the side and I let out an exultant whoop as the waterspout’s sheer power enveloped my senses in a wash of sensory overload. Twisting air currents, colliding temperatures, and the electrostatic discharge converging in a raging storm right over our heads sent my heart into overdrive and flooded my system with endorphins. I lived for this high.

Storm Chaser is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Release date October 16.

Air elemental Sylphie Seaton has the perfect job—chasing twisters. She’s excited for another season of tracking them until Eric Gage, an extreme photojournalist, shows up for a ride along. When he stumbles upon a pattern of unnatural storms and a shady corporation, Sylphie is drawn into a deadly conspiracy that could not only expose the supernatural, but cost the lives of everyone she holds dear.

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Cover Reveal: Storm Chaser

Elemental Magic Book Five is coming soon! I am very excited for this book, and I hope you all are as well. But for now, please give a drumroll for the astounding cover that the amazing Shelley at Spittyfish Designs created. She ROCKS!

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Air elemental Sylphie Seaton has the perfect job—chasing twisters. Every year she and her team of elemental scientists hit the road during tornado season to track the elusive weather phenomena in order to collect new data.

Things are about to get complicated when Eric Gage, an extreme photojournalist, comes along for the ride. He’s human, and completely ignorant about the supernatural world. Sylphie can’t decide whether to find the man charming or infuriating, a tension that’s tested when they go up against one of Nature’s most volatile forces.

For something’s off with this season’s twisters. There’s an eerie echo in the wind, and the most destructive weather events seem a little too targeted. It’s impossible to control a tornado…or so she thought. But when Gage stumbles upon an unnatural pattern and a shady corporation, Sylphie is drawn into a deadly conspiracy that could not only expose elementals, but cost the lives of everyone she holds dear.

Storm Chaser will be released October 16, but you can pre-order your Kindle copy on Amazon now!

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