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Emanations

Of all the beings that have lived on Earth, what if just a few had the power to make new realities, according to their desires? What would they create? The Second Emanation. A shadow world where ancient creatures persist, where humanity’s dominance is far less certain, where wonder competes with horror. A world like an autumn forest, its realities as multiple and layered as fallen leaves. The world that gives us our gods.

In Becca Mills’s Emanations series, this strange and magical world crosses paths with a seemingly ordinary young woman from the American Midwest. It’ll never be the same again.

Nolander coverBook 1: Nolander (2012)
Amateur photographer Beth Ryder is in trouble. She’s taking pictures of things she can’t see, things that aren’t human. Beth has her own dreams, but people like her don’t get to go free. She’s seized by a dangerous organization dedicated to keeping Earth’s shadow world — and its frightening inhabitants — a secret. Forced into otherworldly politics and uncertain whom to trust, Beth must come to terms with a radically altered future — one in which her own humanity seems to be slipping away. Available as an ebook just about everywhere. Reviews: Banned SorceryBookingly YoursDragon’s InkpotGeeky Girl Reviews, The LL Book Review, My Guilty Obsession, Penguins and KittensReaders’ FavoriteTwisting the Lens

solatium1600x2400Book 2: Solatium (forthcoming in 2014)
Beth’s dangerously sexy and seemingly all-powerful boss has disappeared, leaving an increasingly desperate group of Nolanders — and one inept Second — in charge of policing much of North America. What better time for a legendary monster to emerge from the Second Emanation and make New York City its hunting ground? But little does Beth know that dealing with the voracious Thirsting Ground will pale in comparison to a shocking betrayal that threatens to destroy her new life among the Nolanders. Solatium is slated for release in spring 2014.

 

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84 comments

  1. I just finished your book, Nolander, and I wanted to let you know it was one of the best books I’ve read! I bought it not knowing anything about it, and wanted something new to read. It held me attention, and made me spend many nights staying up waaaay too late because I couldn’t put it down!
    (also über excited that you mentioned northern VA at the end because that’s where I live….uh oh :p ) I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see how Beth progresses in her new world!

    1. Thank you so much! That’s high praise, and I’m really flattered. I’m working on the second book now and will happily continue doing so, imagining you as one of its future readers. Happy thought. :)

  2. I just finished Nolander and WOW! I really enjoyed it. I can NOT wait for the next in the series! I signed up to be e-mailed when it comes out – very good idea, by the way. Thank you so much for making this story real.

  3. I really enjoyed reading Nolander and look forward to the next book. I also enjoy reading your thoughts on self publishing. I just finished the first draft of my very first novel and have been tossing back and forth between self publishing vs traditional as I work on my rewrites.

    1. Thank you so much for the compliment, Robin! I’m very glad to hear you liked my book. :)

      And congrats on your work in progress! Isn’t it a great feeling to get that first draft done?

      Yeah, indie vs. traditional is a tough decision for many people. One thing you may find reassuring: it seems that quite a few successful writers are ending up straddling the fence, putting some books/series out independently and pursuing traditional deals for others. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing thing.

  4. I just finished reading Nolander and thoroughly enjoyed it. Started reading at 1 am and read all night! I’m very impressed with the wonderful world you’ve created and look forward to immersing myself in it again. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow. I just read your book in one day, didn’t do any of the work I meant to do, then hopped over to Amazon and left a five-star review. It’s amazing.
    And now, I’m almost wishing I’d discovered it later, because I’m so excited for the next book.

    1. Thank you so much, Jen! And thank you, especially, for your very kind review, which I just saw. In all honesty, I blushed to read it. I’ll keep working hard on Book 2, knowing I have one more terrific, wonderful, amazing reader out there. :)

  6. Becca, I just finished your book. I DID get it for free on Kindle but had NOT gotten around to reading it yet when it was automatically updated to fix grammer (it said), I was so impressed, I immediately began reading it and have really enjoyed it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
    Regarding this site, its VERY difficult to find. unless I entered the exact web address it would NOT come up on the search, at least not anywhere close to the beginning. Also all combinations of your name and book did not reveal this site.

    In addition, the comments above are nice, but there is no date on them which I HOPE is an oversight.

    I hope you continue to have a great writing career. -teresa

    1. Hi, Teresa! Thanks so much for writing to let me know you enjoyed Nolander! I really appreciate it! :)

      As for the dates on the comments, I’ve been through the WordPress options, and I don’t see a way to make them display. That seems like a silly oversight: it’d certainly be nice to know when people commented. I’ll drop WordPress a line and see if it’s something they might be willing to change in the future (or if I’m just missing some setting I should be seeing).

      Hopefully this site will become easier to find as the months go by. I suppose not many other sites are linking to The Active Voice, as of yet, so it’s not appearing high on the Google returns.

  7. I read a lot of the free books on Amazon, but Nolander is in a class by itself. I hope I’m the first person to say this book deserves to be a movie, and I think that will be a reality one day. It’s that good.

    1. Thank you so much, Roy. I’m deeply flattered, and so very glad to stopped by to let me know! :) I’d love to see Nolander become a movie — what fun. Maybe someday!

  8. I really enjoyed your book, Nolander! Thank you for sharing your writing with us! Any idea on when a second book in the series may be available on Kindle? I can’t wait to delve back into the world you created!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Nolander, Kim! And thank you for writing to tell me! I’m finishing up the draft of the second book in the series right now. After that, it will need some editing and formatting. I’m hoping to bring it out in October.

  9. just finished Nolander, after getting it for free on amazon. when will the second book be available? i want to pay full price for it!

    1. That’s so kind of you, gal — thank you! :) Believe it or not, I’m hoping to have the second book, which is called Solatium, out by the end of this month. The design for the ebook cover has just been completed. Maybe I’ll post it on the blog!

      1. actually, i think you are the kind one, giving us the opportunity to read such an enjoyable book. im hoping solatium will be as good as, if not better than nolander (that won’t be easy). taking the time to read and answer your readers thoughts is also nice of you :)

        i picked up nolander looking for something lighter after finishing the fountainhead, which has been quite a ponderous read. nolander was obviously an easier book to get into, but i must say i was surprised by the depth of beth’s character and the way she changes over the course of the book, while remaining the same girl with the same fears and anxieties she was at the beginning of the book. i liked how she changed the way she deals with these things and found her thinking and mental processes very believable.

        looking forward to continue reading about her development
        gal
        israel

        1. Thank you so much, gal! These are very high compliments. I’m so glad you liked the character development in particular. That’s especially important to me. :)

  10. Great read, I too read straight through in one day! Looking forward to reading more as soon as it’s released. I read all the commentary above and am confused about the release date of the next book. I read something about October? Gosh Becca, don’t make us wait that long! :)

    1. Thank you so much, Haylee! I’m so glad you enjoyed Nolander. I hate to say it, but the “October” mentioned above is October of last year. I just grossly underestimated how much time it would take me to write, revise, and edit the second book. Color me embarrassed! :( Late February is my new target release date for the next in the series. Thank you for dropping by to provide such great motivation! :)

  11. I picked your book up a few weeks ago for the kindle and couldn’t put it down once I started it. I thoroughly enjoyed it but did cringe through every “f**k” and “G**D***”. It would’ve been much more pleasant to read without having to mentally screen out those words. I plan to continue reading your future works and hope you consider eliminating some of the offensive language.

    1. I’m so glad to hear you found the book absorbing, Ann! Thank you for writing to tell me. :)

      The swearing thing is tricky, I’ll admit. Some readers enjoy the grittiness of it; others find it deeply offensive. The route I’ve chosen is to have a diverse cast of characters. Some of them, such as Callie, would never swear and are quite bothered by it (especially by blasphemy, in Callie’s case). Others aren’t big swearers but also aren’t particularly bothered by it (Beth). Others revel in it and can’t open their mouths without saying something “gritty” (Kara).

      This kind of diversity is something I’d actually like to examine actively in the series: how do people with diverse moral outlooks, diverse religious outlooks, work together? What are the points of friction? Where do very different people with different values find points of compromise? Callie is particularly interesting to me, in this vein. There’s so much contemporary fantasy set in the U.S., and the U.S. is a very religious nation, yet religious characters don’t crop up in contemporary fantasy all that often. How come? It seems to me like a missed opportunity for exploration.

      Hmm, I’ve started to ramble, so I’d better sign off. But thanks for sharing your thoughts on this issue. I truly appreciate it.

  12. Thanks for your candor. I actually had some of the same thoughts after writing you yesterday. I’ll just keep my personal censor on while reading since I’m a bit more like Callie but I loved everything else about your book.

  13. You have created a world in which I can believe, see and feel inside and outside my mind. I am currently awaiting the release of the second book in the series. The wait is becoming unbearable, you’ve left me wanting more. I want to dive deeper into this world you have created! Thank you.

    I will buy my special lady a copy of the book soon.

    1. Thank you so much, Thomas! That’s very high praise! Building a believable world is one of the highest priority for me. :) At this point, Book 2 is scheduled to come out in the third week of March. Fingers crossed!

  14. Nolander was wonderfully refreshing. I am looking very forward to the next book. I love finding new authors who use their own voice instead of mimicking others. You have gained a new fan.

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! I’m delighted to hear you liked it. :)

      Dunno, WordPress doesn’t seem to be bothered by lots of page comments. So far, no website “tantrums”!

  15. Loved the book – waiting for the second book – soon, I hope. Good job. I’m a writer and I was impressed, for sure.

  16. I just finished reading your book on my kindle. I was so deep into the story that I didn’t realize I was at the end. It’s definitely one of those books that you wish would never end. It touched on all the emotions and I’m so thrilled for the next book to come out.

    1. Thank you, Nikki! That’s high praise. It makes me really happy to hear that the book was so emotionally engaging for you. Thanks for dropping by to tell me! :)

    1. Thank you! That’s very good to hear. :) I’m hoping to get Book 2 out in mid-July. I’ve had the draft completed for ages, but revising it has been troublesome — haven’t been able to get the last section quite right. I do think it will be done soon, though.

  17. I’ve read Nolander several times on my kindle and have loved its amazing world it brings to life each time. I recently went out and bought a hard copy of it because its totally worth adding to my bookshelf. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the next book. I just wanted to let you know that I am one of the many fans of your writing. And what you do, truly has made an impact on me. Keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you so much, Garrett! Multiple readings … surely the highest praise a book can get! I’m just delighted to hear you enjoyed Nolander so much. Thank you for dropping by to tell me so. :)

  18. Loved Nolander!!! That cant be the last page! I know it’s been a great read when I feel that disappointment on the last page. After a frantic search on amazon & google for book2, I see that Ill have to wait till it’s released. i thoroughly enjoyed Nolander & I’m excited to follow Beth on her journey! Thank you for sharing your talents with us, I’m definitely a fan!

  19. Just wanted to say how much I loved Nolander! It was great the first time I read it and even better the second time around. I can’t wait for the next book to come out and am looking forward to reading it as soon as it does.

  20. I just bought Nolander for my kindle last well and finished it within a day… It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The story was not only extremely original, but it was captivating, well written and fast paced. The characters were amazingly fleshed out and real to me and I find myself cheering several of them on throughout the course of the book.

    I can’t wait for Solatium to come out. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to, Becca :)

      1. Thank you so much, Wyn! It’s wonderful to hear such encouraging feedback. I’m so glad you liked Nolander. :)

        P.S. Auto-correct is more like auto-incorrect, isn’t it?

        1. I swear, I love my slide keyboard for the most part, but there are some times when it definitely *is* like auto-incorrect.

          Any update on when the second book is slated to be out? I’m itching to read it :)

          1. I’m glad you’re looking forward to Book 2, Wyn! I’ve struggled mightily with revising the manuscript, but about a month ago I finally figured out what was hanging the story up. Since then, the revisions have gone smoothly. I’ll have to wrap those up, and then it will need editing. I’m aiming to have it out before Christmas.

            1. I’m glad I read this reply; I was going just a little crazy trying to content myself with waiting a lot longer for your next book lol

  21. I have just read and enjoyed “Nolander”. I found it creative, imaginative and different. All qualities found in the very best Fantasy and SciFi. Very nicely done, it definitely didn’t read like a first book. Thanks for taking the time and effort to create this story.
    SGL

    1. Thank you so much, Scott! I’m delighted to hear you thought well of the book. Thanks for taking the time to come and tell me. Authors live for this sort of message. :)

  22. AH! I just finished Emanations and I am dying for more! Where/when can I get Solatium?? Seriously, I almost never finish series. I can’t believe all the incredible imagery and characters; I was riveted from the beginning and didn’t stop reading till I was done–and I have a 6 month old, so that’s saying something.

    1. Thanks so much, Malorie! I’m extremely flattered that you found Nolander so hard to put down. My own kids (age 3) are just emerging from the need-parent-every-moment phase, so I know how hard it is to escape to take a shower, much less read a book! :) Thanks for dropping by to tell me so.

      I’m still thinking “before Christmas” is a reasonable target for getting Solatium out. I’m sorry it’s taken me so, so, so much longer to write than I thought it would. Good heavens!

  23. I just left you an Amazon review. Nolander was an incredible read and I hope more is coming soon! You’re an amazing author!

  24. So enjoyed Nolander and am very anxiously awaiting Solatium. The mouse!!! Have to find out the rest of the story. Thank you

  25. I found Nolander to be both wonderfully well written and refreshing in premise. I look forward to reading the second book in your Emanations series, thankyou for a great story :)

    1. Thank you, Maretta! I’m delighted that you liked Nolander, and I’m even more delighted that you took the time to stop by and tell me so. I really appreciate it! :)

  26. Hi Becca ! I greatly enjoyed Nolander and I am wondering if the sequel is still planned for March or april ? (Love your originality)thanks

    1. Thank you so much, Andy! I am indeed hoping to wrap up my work on Solatium during my spring break (I’m a teacher), which is a couple weeks from now. If so, I’ll need to edit and proofread and would be able to have it out in April. I sure hope that schedule works. It helps so much to know people are waiting for it. :)

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