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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 (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.

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).

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141 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 ├╝ber 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. :)

  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 and..as 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.

    CZ

    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. 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. :)

    2. 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. :)

  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.

    Thanks

    Kinds regards
    Rebekah

    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.
        -Wyn

        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.

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