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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)

Beth Ryder knows she’s different. In a tiny rural town, being an orphaned and perpetually single amateur photographer crippled by panic disorder is pretty much guaranteed to make you stick out like a sore thumb.

But Beth doesn’t understand just how different she really is.

One day, strange things start cropping up in her photos. Things that don’t look human. Impossible things. Monstrosities. Beth thinks her hateful sister-in-law, Justine, has tampered with her pictures to play a cruel joke, but rather than admitting or denying it, Justine up and vanishes, leaving the family in disarray.

Beth’s search for Justine plunges her into a world she never knew existed, one filled with ancient and terrifying creatures. Both enemies and allies await her there—a disturbingly sexy boss, a sentient wolf with diamond fur, body-snatching dinosaur-birds. Separating the allies from the enemies is no easy chore, but in this strange new world, allies are a necessity. A plot is afoot, and Beth—whose abilities no one seems able to explain—may well hold the key to solving it.

Available as an ebook from:, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Xinxii, Oyster, Scribd, Smashwords, DriveThruFiction,,,,, and all the other Amazons. Paperback available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble (or contact Becca to purchase a signed copy).

solatium1600x2400Book 2: Solatium (2014)

Beth Ryder’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 other-worldly activity across 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.

Available as an ebook from:, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Xinxii, Scribd, Smashwords, DriveThruFiction,,,,, and all the other Amazons.

theriac333x500“Theriac,” a short story (2014)

Back in Dorf, Wisconsin, Beth Ryder’s good-hearted but emotionally fragile friend, Callie McCallister, struggles with her demons during the first Christmas season following Beth’s departure.

“Theriac” is a free short story. It’s set between Solatium and the next novel in the series (tentatively titled Isolate). Available as an ebook from:, Google Play, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, Smashwords,,, and It’s also available on the other Amazons, but some of them have not yet made it free.

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  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

        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.

    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. :)

  27. I have never really liked to read until i sat down with Becca Mills book Nolander it keeps u wanting to read more cant wait until Solatium comes out

    1. Thank you, Ruth! My semester’s just wrapping up, so I’m about to hit it again full time. Hopefully, this will be the last push!

      1. I’m so glad to the tree-‘pus had an emotional impact, Molly. It’s a goal of mine to make animal characters that aren’t anthropomorphized, that remain sort of mysterious and “other,” and yet feel real and (in some cases) lovable.

  28. Nolander was thoroughly engaging from beginning to end. The world was fascinating and incredibly imaginative and the story had me guessing the whole time. I am seriously eager to read the next book in the series. .. And then the next after that!

  29. Just finished nolander I loved it ! Was brilliant please tell me the next book is coming soon I’m having withdrawl simptoms already !!

    1. Thanks, Margaret! I’m hoping to have the second book out this month. It’s just about ready for editing. After that, it’s a matter of what sorts of revisions I need to make. Hopefully not tooooo many. It could take into July, though. :)

  30. Loved nolander ! It was amazing I couldn’t put it down , cannot wait for book 2 any relece date yet ?

  31. Erotic, sensual, stimulating, spellbinding, amazingly entertaining and this is just a few of the emotions that happen as you begin to read Nolander. Would love to meet the author and listen as her thought processes unwind to create the next illusion of fictional reality. But better yet to have the opportunity to hear in your words what influenced you to become so creative.

    1. Thank you, Steve! I’m delighted to hear you found my book creative. I actually struggle with creativity. I’m not one of of those authors who has ideas spilling out of her head and can’t write books fast enough to get them all down. I’m green with envy at such people, actually. For me, ideas only come out as I write. I’ll draft a scene and think, “No, that’s boring,” or, “Nope, I’m ripping off ________.” So I’ll do some research (I love science) and then rewrite it, trying to come up with something better. Eventually, some good ideas might appear, but they’re hard won. It’s definitely a struggle.

  32. Loved book 1, can’t wait for book 2 of Emanations to be released. I wish I can read it right now. Thanks for Publishing such a wonderful and imaginative story!

  33. My two favorite quotes from Nolander:
    “Kara sounded as keen as a hound on a three-legged squirrel.”
    “Humans kill everything. They are nature’s own weapon of mass destruction.”
    I am by my own self-inflicted delusions a little bit enamored with myself and by default a bit of a humanist.
    With that confession, I divulge that I have a hound; I get it – ha, ha! In addition, per my delusions of self-grandeur, I understand how my wants may result in various types of destruction in quantity. My point, I feel well said!

  34. I finished your book end of june although your forget some others, Nolander has stuck with me, I just cant wait for the second book to come out, the way you wrote the first, the development of the characters, the storyline and the plot, ypu actually made me plunge in deep, thanks for the experience and please! Let us know when the next one is due.

    1. Thanks so much, Sofia! I’m so glad you enjoyed Nolander! :) I’m hoping to have the next book, Solatium, out very soon. Like, in the next week or two. Fingers crossed!

    1. Thanks so much, Gina! Such wonderful praise … I really appreciate it! :) The new one should be out pretty darned soon. I was hoping for August but didn’t quite make it; now I’m hoping for this month. Fingers crossed!

  35. So, I may have come into the Nolander series a day late, but I just finished the first book – happy to see that the second book may (or may not be) almost ready for public consumption. I’m not going to be prolific in heaping on the praise for the first one, I agree with the bulk of the folken that have already commented on your first book favorably. However, I do want to say how refreshing it is to read a first effort that was actually checked for spelling and grammar. Can’t wait to read Solatium.


    1. Thank you, Charlie! I really appreciate your dropping by to let me know you enjoyed the book … and I’m glad the mechanics passed muster! Solatium should be ready darned soon. I sure hope so, anyway. A revised draft is with readers now.

  36. Absolute best book I’ve read in awhile! I read it in one day, I was very deep in it and sad when it ended! I can’t wait to see what happens next. I will tell all the readers i know to read Nolander as well!

  37. I just finished nolander and I have to say it was one of the best books I’ve read in awhile. I was hooked from the beginning. The story grabs you and holds you till the end. I can’t wait to read the second installment.

  38. I loved Nolander, the characters were so enjoyable to follow. I can’t wait to read the next one and I am hoping to learn more about Williams, and even Graham. I was completely unable to put this book down and kept imagining it as a movie, the detail made it so easy to picture everything. Thanks for the great and different story!

    1. Just finished your book and I absolutely loved it! I’ve already passed on the good word to a few people and they’re all loving it too. Very excited to see here that book too has been sent over to ebook formatting, I’ll pass that good news along :-)

      PS I very much hope that we get an update on Beth’s mouse.

      1. Thank you, JRose! Hearing that a reader has liked and recommended one’s book is wonderful. :) Yes, Book 2 should be out in the coming days. Don’t worry … we haven’t heard the last of that mouse. :)

    2. Thanks so much, Janet! What wonderful compliments! I’m just working on editing the follow-up (Solatium) this morning. Getting a message like yours is extremely motivating. :)

  39. I just finished Nolander, and it was amazing! I could not put my phone down until I finished it ( which only took me one day.) I was so impressed with it and how detailed it was, and like Janet said I could see this as a movie.

    I truly can not wait for the next book to come out!

  40. Hi Becca,

    I’ve just finished reading Nolanders and I couldn’t put it down, best book I’ve read in ages!

    I’ve checked for your next one but can’t find it? Is it coming out in the UK? I really hope so.


    Kinds regards

    1. Thanks so much, Rebekah! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book … manna to a writer’s ears. :) The next book is titled Solatium, and it’s almost ready. I’ll probably be sending it to my ebook formatter today, in fact!

      1. Woohoo! I’ve been waiting for the second book with more anticipation than I ever have for any of George R.R. Martin’s newest works.

        I shall be rereading Nolander in the next week to bring me back up to speed with everything for Solatium’s release.

        Thanks for not giving up on the book, hun. I know it came out later than you first expected, but that’s kind of the way with these things.

        1. Wow, Wyn … that’s incredible. Thank you so much! What a compliment, and thank you for being so cool about the wait. My readers are such awesome folks. :)

  41. Hi becca. Loved the book. Just the style I really enjoy. Well done. I can see your struggling to get the next book out. Not easy writing with little ones. You wouldnt believe how many unfinished projects I have from the last 15 years! I have four kids now. I go through so many books a week I rarely remember any but the best, and very few of those are downloads, im delighted to say this will be one of those few. Cannot wait for the next one. But please do tell me… did they ever return the older neighbours car after the mall incident? ;) x

    1. LOL, isobel … you are an attentive reader! No, Mrs. Gunderson’s car sat there for three days. Then mall security called it in as abandoned. By the time the police got it back to Mrs. Gunderson, she couldn’t remember whom she’d loaned it to. The Nolanders were lucky to get away with some sloppy work, there.

      Okay, can you tell I just made all that up?? You found a continuity error. I hadn’t thought of poor Mrs. Gunderson’s car. ;)

      At any rate, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! Thank you for dropping by to tell me. Yeah, writing with kids is challenging. I’m hoping I can get the third book out more quickly by being more organized. Fingers crossed on that. Toes, too.

      1. Thats pretty much how I imagined it going down ;) dont worry the book was amazing. And im certain your following two will be also. Have you a date ready for the next one? X

        1. Thanks, isobel. :) I actually put the second book up on Amazon last night. But you might want to hold off — once I get it up on all the retailers, I’ll discount it (from $3.99 to $.99) for a few days!

          1. Wonderful becca. It would be amazing to see these in paperback one day also. Im certain they will be snapped up by a publisher :) x

            1. Thank you, isobel! In truth, though, a publisher would probably have to pry them out of my cold, dead fingers. I love doing it myself. :) Nolander is out in paperback, though it’s pricey. I’ll probably get Solatium out over the Christmas holidays.

  42. I bought an anthology as a way to diversify my exposure to new authors. I must say that Nolander was quite a refreshing departure from the usual fare. This was an original world that called out to be explored. So many rapid twists and turns in the plot to keep one off-balance. I was quite riveted and as another reviewer pointed out, surprised when I came to the ending. Aside from a few grammatical/spelling errors, it was outstanding. I look forward to reading future installments as soon as they are released.

    1. Thank you, CR! I’m so glad you enjoyed Nolander. Hey, if you marked those errors and have a few spare minutes, I’d love to get an email pointing them out. I’m reediting Nolander right now (I need to republish it to include a chapter or two from Book 2 at the end), and I’ve already found a couple typos. :-/

  43. Hi Becca, just finished reading Nolander and thought it was awesome. Hopefully your next book will be available very soon as I now want to know what happens next. Absolutely brilliant book. Thank you so very much. Best regards, Mary

    1. Thank you, Mary! I really appreciate your dropping by to tell me you enjoyed Nolander. Comments like yours are like concentrated writer’s fuel — they keep us going. :) The next book, Solatium, is actually going to be available very soon — probably tomorrow on Amazon, and spread over the course of the coming week at the other retailers. But hang tight: I’m going to put it on sale (from $3.99 to $.99) for a few days, once it’s up everywhere.

  44. You are a master story weaver and teller of fables. If you continue with this series and I apologise if I offend you with my comparison, but I would then rate this series on par with Steven King’s Dark Tower series!
    The best new view and story teller I have read to date.

  45. Hi Becca, it takes a lot of me to sit still long enough to read a book, but I’ve read all of yours! Loved it keep up the great work and look forward to reading the next one :)

  46. Hi Becca – I emailed you well over a year ago when I first read Nolander (and was thrilled to get a response, about which you are so conscientious). I just finished Solatium and I do hope that the muse hits you hard and Isolate (or whatever it ends up being) can make it out in 2015!!! Your books are of the quality that would get them on top bestseller lists if you had the marketing of a publishing company. I really want to read the next 12 books ;) This is a new world with unlimited potential. Like Piers Anthony’s Xanth it could keep going and going and never feel done or contrived. I am kind of depressed I have to wait so long for the next installment – you sure you want to keep teaching full time and not become a full-time writer and PART Time professor????? Anyway, thank you for one of the highest quality self-published series I have come across in the Kindle Market.

    1. Wow, Steph, thank you SO MUCH! I’m sitting here blushing. :) Trust me, I would *love* to become a FT writer with a PT professoring gig. The more I write, the more I want to write. Maybe I’ll get there. Fingers crossed!

  47. I’ve enjoyed reading your books can’t wait till the next book I’ll have to re-read them till the new book comes out

  48. Becca, I have been a voracious reader my entire life, and it’s not very often that an offering comes along that not only grabs me by the scruff of the neck and refuses to let go but completely immerses me, leaving me awestruck and highly annoyed that I’m finished the book!! I’m deeply impressed and utterly enraptured by your work on Nolander and Solatium. Next one, please?? Quickly now … pretty please?

    1. LOL … thank you, Patrick! What a lovely message. It’s every writer’s dream to be a scruff-grabber. :) Admittedly, I’m not the speediest writer, but messages like this one are highly motivating, that’s for sure.

  49. I enjoyed reading Nolander and finished the book today. I think I had a few download issues when I downloaded this book using an E-books application on my phone, as a few earlier chapters were missing some pages. This was disappointing but unrelated to your book. I am very pleased to find that there is a 2nd book in the series that I can start reading. Thank you and keep up the great work!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed Nolander, Barret, but I’m disturbed to hear about the downloading problems. Did you get it from Google Play? I heard from another reader who had pages missing from the second book in the series, and that’s where she’d downloaded it. One download problem could be a random blip, but two would be a pattern!

      1. Yes, I did use Google Play. I am halfway through the second book and without any missing content thus far. Please keep up the great work, and feel free to have this made into a film anytime!

        1. LOL, Barret … it’d be such fun to see it become a movie! :) Thanks for the info about Google. Hopefully a professionally formatted edition will solve that problem for others. Thanks again for letting me know about it!

  50. Becca just read the first 3 books and so pleasedid I found Beth’S story. What a wonderful job you have done in walking me through her life and those around her. The world’s were beautiful and frightening, I lovedon’t them all. Can’t wait to read Isolate. Thanks for the amazing journey.

  51. Hi Becca got back into reading when I retired 5 years ago at the young age of 58 always enjoyed science fiction and super natural ect but Nolaner was a captivating read,Im just about to download Solatium for another riveting read keep up the good work, look forward to many more enjoyable books many from you thanks and God bless.

  52. i have read Nolander & Solatium which are awesome. Can’t wait for next instalment to see what happens in thee series.

  53. Hooked!💞💖💓💜. And it is only Feb 2015😢. Will have to reread all the end of the year to get back into the feelings of the books. Best series I have read in a long time. Sure hope you can get a few more books into the series. Lots of directions you can go. Awesome author.👍

  54. I am so in love with the Emanation series.. after the first book I was hooked.. I even tell my friends about the books and they aren’t even bookies.. Very creative.. keep them coming! :)

  55. I just finished Solatium. It was excellent.. I can’t wait for the next one in the series. 2016 will be a long wait! Starting Theriac now. 😃

  56. After so many comments praising the series, I’ll add another thumbs-up. The depth of your characters and blend of geological time and evolution theory creates a fantastically believable extension of ute universe. I am 84, and hope I live long enough to read at least the third book of the series. If a chapter by chapter release as the story develops becomes available, I would dearly love to be able to obtain the drafts…..

    1. Tom, this is so deeply flattering … thank you! I’d be happy to have you read chapters as I draft them, especially if you were willing to tell me whether or not you like what you’re reading! Please feel free to drop me a line at if you’re up for it. :)

  57. I can’t find Nolander on Amazon. The link is returning “Page Not Found”. I only found a Print Edition on Amazon which cots $15 ! But I find Nolander on other stores like B&N.

    Have you removed your book from Amazon? Sorry but I only download or buy books from Amazon. Please consider your decision again.

    1. Hi, Kelvin. Yeah, someone apparently sent Amazon (and Smashwords also) a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice. That means they think the book infringes on a copyright. But I am the copyright-holder for the book, so I assume this is some kind of mix-up. The book will be unavailable until Amazon figures out what’s going on. Very annoying!

      You can email me at, and I’ll send you a PDF. Kindles can display those.

  58. Hi Becca, I am really sorry to that and I also apologize if I sounded harsh in my comment. For a moment, I thought you have joined the ranks of ideological Amazon haters, whom I really find annoying. I am going to send you an important email from my main email address regarding your problem. Please read that one.

  59. Hi, I am trying to email you at but Gmail is showing “delivery failed”. Can you give me a different email address? (Or you send a test email to the email address of this comment, and I will send the email as a reply).


  60. My husband and I are big fans of fantasy, savoring such great reads as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. But, Tolkien’s LOTR is obviously a completed series and George Martin has been teasing us forever with the promise of his next book.

    So, how wonderful it was to stumble upon Nolander. I told my husband, OMG, you gotta read this! His ivy league roots make him painfully particular, but he, too, loved it. Now, we have both finished Solatium! He said your work was a great read and totally original! And, boy, does your books make for incredible discussions and theorizing over dinner. What is up with the mouse? What’s the deal with Graham? What is Williams – a Second, something more? For crying out loud . . . WHAT IS BETH???? We haven’t had such wonderful debates over what something meant or where a storyline might go since Martin’s last GOT book.

    One of your replies above mentioned a short that was at the end of Solatium. I don’t think we got that. I purchased it through Amazon for our kindles. Is there some way to get it? I did just download your Emanation short story book and will start on that tonight.

    Also, can you recommend some other fantasy writers that you enjoy? Maybe reading their books will help bridge the time until your next Emanation book. You are truly a gifted fantasy writer and I join many others in saying, “I’d love to see a film of this incredible ghost world!” Wonder if Peter Jackson has read your books?

    Keep up the good work!

    1. What a lovely message, Mary — thank you! The thought of stimulating debate and discussion over the dinner table is wonderful. Very, very flattering. Hearing that is sort of a dream come true. :)

      Other stuff to read. Well, I tend more toward urban/contemporary fantasy. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files is a fave. It gets better as they go along. Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series; anything by Elizabeth Bear or Sarah Monette; Rob Thurman’s Cal Leandro series; Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thomson series; C. Gockel’s I Bring the Fire series; Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books; Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy; Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles; Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series; Harry Connolly’s Twenty Palaces series; Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn books; Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy; stuff by Terry Pratchett, who’s been incredibly prolific; Haruki Murakami’s Wind-Up Bird Chronicle … there’s really a lot! It’s such a fun genre, and quite varied. Anything by Neil Gaiman, including the 1990s Sandman comics series, which is very worth picking up in graphic novel form. I’m sure it’s still in print. For traditional fantasy, have you read Ursula Le Guin’s original Wizard of Earthsea trilogy? I think it’s wonderful. Just the first three books.

      The short you’re wondering about is “Theriac.” It’s a quiet little Christmas story from the POV of Callie McCallister. It’s free on Amazon here:

      And … er … if you ever run into Peter (Jackson, that is), please put a bug in his ear! Tee hee.

      1. Hi Becca,

        My husband and I were absolutely certain you would be a Dresden Files fan . . . so are we! Waiting for the next book on that one, too. Arghhh! Wouldn’t it be great if Harry met Beth. Age is about right. Both awkwardly cute. Both in constant trouble. Maybe a collaboration between you and Butcher. : ) This is what happens when my imagine is peaked by great books.

        Thank you for providing other urban fantasy authors. We will certainly check out those we haven’t already read.

        Also, knowing Becca Mills is probably your alias, I just wanted you to know Mills was my maiden name, so I’m particularly happy about a Becca Mills series becoming a sensational best selling hit!

        Stay the course and keep writing excellent books! Your fans are supporting you 100%.

        Mary “Mills” Safko

        1. Thank you, Mary … so kind. :)

          Beth and Harry … that’s quite a thought! Beth would really get a kick out of Mouse, that’s for sure. ;)

          Yeah, “Becca Mills” is a pen name. But hey, we might be distantly related: I chose “Mills” because it was my great-great-great grandmother’s maiden name.

  61. I’ve just finished your book Solatium. I am an avid reader but have very rarely come across an author with your gift for storytelling. Your writing is on par with J. R. R. Tolkien and I hope you understand that for the heartfelt compliment it’s meant to be. I sincerely hope that this series goes on for at least 20 or 30 more books. I will purchase every single one. Please tell me that book number three is coming soon or at least another short story!

    1. Wow, Stacy … thank you so much! Tolkien .. that is high, high praise. Like, Everest high. I’m blushing, here. :)

      Book 3 is scheduled for early 2016, but I’ll get it out earlier if I can! In the meantime, a free short story, “Theriac,” is available on all platforms, if you’re interested in that.

      Thanks again for dropping by. It’s just lovely. :)

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  63. Hey,

    Just wanted to let you know that why that whole DMCA thing must have sucked, it is also what got me to discover your books! I love them by the way, just devoured your two novels in less than 48 hours. Which considering I both work and go to grad school full time…. that was a lot of hours I should’ve spend doing something else. But I just couldn’t put them down! You have created such a diverse and interesting world, filled with amazingly layered characters!

    Anyways, just wanted to drop a line, and let you know how much I enjoyed the books, and can’t wait for the third. (Any chance of that coming out any sooner?)

    1. Thank you, Donna! Having done the grad school thing myself, I know spending a couple days reading novels is a substantial hit. I’m very flattered! :) I wish I could get Isolate out sooner. Nothing would make me happier! But … day job. :-/

  64. Hi Becca,
    Just wanted to drop a quick note. (Please take few distractions and write “Isolate” with all of your heart and soul!) I have been in love with fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal books from an early age. Of all the stories and books I have enjoyed, your work has instantly become my very favorite. I can only hope that you become a very prolific writer because your creations fulfill my imagination and engross me deep into the characters. Will Leontis have his own story to share? Does anyone in your worlds get a happily ever after future? Most importantly thank you for holding on to seeing the good through Beth’s eyes – I am tired of seeing all my favorite characters twisted and manipulated into something that doesn’t even resemble the character I first loved.
    Thank you for sharing this gift with the world.

  65. I just finished Nolander. It was absolutely amazing! Thank you for such a brilliant mind and talented writing. I adore you!

  66. Just devoured Nolander and Solatium. Wow. Thoroughly enjoyed both and looking forward to more of Beth’s story.

  67. I just finished reading Nolander and Solatium in the last two days. I forgot to sleep last night. Your world building is incredible! You are a great talent. I will anxiously await Isolate. Thank you so much!

  68. I have just read Nolander, Solatium and Theriac whilst recovering after an operation and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward to the next instalment of this series! Keep up the good work 😊

  69. I read Nolander from a collection of books by different authors. Some of the books in these collections are interesting and I occasionally purchase the next book or so in their series. After reading Nolander I couldn’t purchase Solatium fast enough! I have thoroughly enjoyed both books and am anxiously awaiting the next installment. You are an extremely talented author and I hope you continue blessing the literary world with your gift.

  70. Just finished reading Nolander, Solatium and Theriac. A series you can’t put down. Anxiously awaiting the next book.
    You made me feel like I was in the book and knew the characters. Great storytelling. Keep up the good work.

  71. I just finished reading all 3 of your books. I was so engrossed in them I have read them all in a week. Can’t wait for the next to come.

  72. I have just finished both books and I am impressed. Your books are well written and colorful. Looking forward to the third book and will be sure to pass these two books along to others.

    1. Thank you, Jon Jon! I’m so glad you’re liking the series. That’s lovely to hear. And word of mouth from one reader to another is the best thing ever. :)

  73. I devoured both books on the weekend and can’t wait for Isolate … even though I know I have to. Love the world building and and that I want to know more about even the unlikeable characters

  74. Waiting patiently for the Next book to this series. I read about a book a day, and these are amazing! Hoping soon so I can know more of the story. (I Really thought Williams was Cordus in disguise, in book two.) But didn’t end up being so. Very excited!!

  75. I loved all three books. I couldn’t put them down and can’t wait for the next one. Your writing is engaging and brilliantly done. I will recommend these books to all my friends. Different from all the rest of the books I have read, keep them coming. 👍

  76. I have devoured your first book in record time and am trying to go a bit slower with the second because if I read to fast I will have to wait for the third – these books seriously are amazing – i will make sure that all my friends here in Australia get on to them! Thank you so much for offering such an incredible series!

  77. Just finished Solatium.Wow, your books would make awesome movies. I am so sad that I have to wait until 2016. What an imagination you have!

  78. I love your Emanations Series. Your character development skills are amazing. I was hooked from the first chapter. I kept noticing Michigan referrals and colloquialisms throughout both of your books. I especially loved the one about the Dragon being able to stretch around Michigan Stadium twice. My daughter went to U of M and her husband went to MSU. I grew up in Allen Park and graduated from Lawrence Tech many moons ago. I hope you have a 3rd book coming soon. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Beth and her friends. Take care 😎

    1. Thanks so much, Bob! :) Yes, as a native Wisconsinite, Beth would have a reasonably good handle on all things Michiginian, I think. Though perhaps with an edge of rivalry?? ;) Third book should be out early next year. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  79. I have recently finished all of the available books in your ‘Emanations’ series. I was hooked from the first page of ‘Nolander’. I am anxiously waiting to find out more about Beth’s story, progress and fate. I haven’t been this wrapped up in a series since I was a teenager. Keep them coming. I could read your work forever. You’re amazing!

  80. The books were amazing. You are extremely talented. I have read all 3 and I can’t wait for the next book. I just wanted you to know i love your work.

  81. I absolutely love this unique plot and heroine.
    I agree with others who believe this would make a remarkable movie or mini-Series. The various creative characters and worlds would surely entice the potential movie fan base just as much as they have grasped your current readers. I can’t wait to see Bob on screen !
    I’ve read all three of the Nolander books to date and, must admit, I’m very anxious for ISOLATE. When is it due out ?
    And, do you by any chance need a proof reader ? (I’m well trained and once upon a time worked as such for Dept of Defense.)

    1. Thank you, Judith! I’m so pleased you liked the books! Isolate should be out early next year. And yes, I’m always looking for good proofreaders! :) Boy, it would be fun to see the story up on the big screen … maybe one day, eh? :)

  82. Is there going to be a book 3? I found this series on Amazon through my kindle and fell IN LOVE. Could.Not.Put.It.Down.
    So many details. What a truly creative mind the author has.
    Seriously hoping she doesn’t leave me hanging like that.

    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! When readers stop by to tell me they “could not put down” … well, it’s the highest compliment. It really keeps me going. Thank you! :)

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