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The Elemental Mysteries are a four book paranormal romance/mystery series for adult readers.
Welcome to the Elemental Mysteries, where history and the paranormal collide, and where no secret stays hidden forever. Join five hundred year old rare book dealer, Giovanni Vecchio, and librarian, Beatrice De Novo, as they travel the world in search of the mystery that brought them together, the same mystery that could tear everything they love apart.
“Elemental Mysteries turned into one of the best paranormal series I’ve read this year. It’s sharp, elegant, clever, evenly paced without dragging its feet, and at the same time emotionally intense.”
—Nocturnal Book Reviews
Also Available: The Elemental World Series
Continue reading in the expanded universe of the Elemental Mysteries
Building From Ashes (Carwyn and Brigid’s novel)
Waterlocked (Terry and Gemma’s novella)
Blood and Sand (Baojia and Natalie’s novel)
The Bronze Blade (Tenzin’s origin story, novella)
The Scarlet Deep (Murphy and Anne’s novel)
The Elemental Legacy Series
A new paranormal mystery series set in the Elemental universe featuring Ben Vecchio and Tenzin.
FAQ: Elemental series
1. Will there be any more books about Gio and Beatrice from the Elemental Mysteries?
Books? Probably not. Novellas? Possibly. (I just wrote a novella with them for All the Stars Look Down.) Will they show up as supporting characters in other books in the Elemental World? Definitely! In fact, they already have; both characters were pretty important to events in Blood and Sand and showed up separately in Building From Ashes.
See, here’s the thing. I left both those characters in a really good place (I think so, anyway.) and if I wanted to write more books about them… I’d have to go and do something horrible to create drama again! Do you want me to do something mean to Gio and B? Do you? *gives you puppy dog eyes* Don’t ask me to torture my characters more than I already have. Lots more stories to tell!
2. What about Ben and Tenzin??? BEN! TENZIN! I need to know about Ben and Tenzin!!!!!
(You think I’m exaggerating the number of exclamation points, but I promise you, I am not.)
Sooooo, Ben and Tenzin are very popular characters, which I love! And I’ve actually written a bit about their future in a couple places. Thank you for loving these characters so much!!! They will be the two main characters in the Elemental Legacy series, which will lean a bit more toward urban fantasy. The first novella, Shadows and Gold is already out and available at retailers everywhere.
3. How many books will be in the Elemental World series?
To be honest, I don’t have a strict number. What I wanted with this series was to create a world where I could dip in and out of the mythology and write about characters all over the place. Some, like the original Elemental Mysteries will be more contemporary fantasy with a historical twist. Some will be closer to traditional paranormal romance, like Blood and Sand. Some might be historical fantasy like The Bronze Blade. I love this world, so I’ll continue writing in it as long as I feel inspired. I’m currently working on the next Elemental World novel, which will be a paranormal romance featuring Murphy and Anne, who were introduced in Building From Ashes.
UPDATING FAQ for the Elemental Legacy series:
By far, the most questions I get on future series/books/characters have to do with Ben Vecchio and Tenzin in the Elemental Legacy series. So I’m going to try to answer a few of those right now, particularly as they apply to Imitation and Alchemy, the current story I’m publishing for free here on the website.
- When will Imitation and Alchemy be up for preorder/published?
I’m probably not going to do a preorder for this book. I’m publishing all the chapters on the website in serial fashion, one chapter a week. Since the novella is finished and I know it has nine chapters, I can tell you that Chapter Nine will post January 16th, but then it’ll have to go through the editing process before it’s made available for sale. So a lot depends on my editors’/proofreader’s schedule. I’d estimate late January to early February.
2. Are you going to publish the whole thing for free?
I’m going to publish all the chapters, so the story will be finished. Those who buy the book will also get an epilogue. And the book! I don’t keep it online forever.
3. Will you be doing a paperback/audio?
Paperback, yes. Again, that’ll depend on when it’s finished, but I do plan on doing a paperback edition.
Audio is a different story. My audio publisher has not picked up the series (probably because they’re novellas) but I have considered doing a combined audio edition once all three novellas are out. And I’ll definitely be doing audio editions of the main series, even if I have to publish them myself.
4. When will the main series be published?
I have three novellas planned as prequels to get Ben and Tenzin where I want them before the start of their series. Shadows and Gold (set in China) was the first, Imitation and Alchemy (set in Italy) was the second, and the third will be written next year in the fall/winter and set in the UK. After that, I’ll be starting their series, which will be full-length novels, not novellas. The first will probably be written in 2017.
5. What will the Elemental Legacy novels be about? What genre will they be? Urban fantasy? Paranormal romance? Steampunk long-form poetry?
Once you get to the end of Imitation and Alchemy, you should have a very, very good idea of what the Elemental Legacy series will be. There will be five books. Urban fantasy genre. More action. Lots of humor. Romance? Still my style. I’m really looking forward to them.
I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite character (like you’re not supposed to have a favorite kid, you know?) but IF I DID Ben Vecchio would probably be mine. He’s quickly becoming a fan favorite, as well.
6. Are Ben and Tenzin going to be a romantic couple?
I am so not going to tell you that. Nice try, though.
Listen, nothing about these two characters is normal. So… even if I wanted to tell you, I’m not sure I could. Yes, I know how it’s all going to shake out. I have a rough outline for the series. I’m just not going to tell you what it is. :)I really need to rethink my life.%22