Lem’s a mace-wielding teen space-ninja in a universe of sentient insectoids, purple jungles, and insane electromagnetic fields. She solves most problems by hitting harder, and never plays by her enemy’s rules – until Jared Diebol captures her.

Diebol’s the rising leader of an army uniting the galaxy by force. He believes the violent energy being Njande has “contaminated” Lem and her friends from another dimension, infiltrating their EEG signals to conquer the matter-based universe. The army usually kills contaminated people – but Diebol vows to cure Lem. When Diebol kidnaps Lem’s family, he forces her to choose between the matter beings she loves and the energy person she adores. If Lem rejects Diebol’s cure, her family dies – but if Lem cuts out Njande’s energy, she opens our universe to a much darker thermodynamic attack.

A blend of hard biomedical science fiction with multicultural fantasy, Neodymium Exodus combines the introspection of classics like Perelandra with the vibrant boldness of modern best-sellers like This Alien Shore and Space Opera. 

This series is probably the most important thing I’ve done in my life, and I am really excited to share it with the world. It’s being traditionally published with Kevin J. Anderson’s Wordfire Press, which has published SFWA presidents and even work from Dune author Frank Herbert–I am really honored to be in such proud company, and I really hope you’ll get a copy. You can find it at any library just by asking for them to pull it in, and it’s in online bookstores here.

Check out what Publisher’s Weekly and the American Library Association’s Booklist have to say about the NEODYMIUM UNIVERSE:

“The fascinating characters matched with inventive biological details makes this an adventure that’s sure to enthrall.”—Publishers Weekly

“Snappy teen protagonists (Lem is sixteen, Bereens a handful of years older), an epic conflict over the very structure of society, and battles both stealthy and dramatic combine to make an entertaining, quick read set in a lightly sketched but intriguing world.”—Booklist


On a normal day of mace-wielding duels and interplanetary sabotage, young Jei Bereens has things under control. He’s plagued by night-terrors and an arch-enemy as slippery as the grime on his gun, but freedom fighters all around the galaxy look to him for help. He’s got the favor of a mystical energy being and a best friend who’d die for him. On a normal day, Jei is legend.

Today is not a normal day.

Today, Jei broke an enemy soldier’s mask and found his best friend inside.

Tomorrow, that best friend will sell Jei out in the name of saving the universe.

And the next day, Jei will disobey orders and break promises to take her down.

This is the second book in the NEODYMIUM CHRONICLES, and it’s got moments in it where the emotion comes entirely from my real experiences with PTSD, military betrayal, and the sense that you can’t save those you’re trying hardest to protect. It’s deeply meaningful to me, and I think it stands alone without the first book (but you should probably read the first book). You can get NEODYMIUM BETRAYAL anywhere books are sold online!

The third book, NEODYMIUM SACRIFICE, was just accepted for publication by Wordfire Press, and you can get updates about it, and free sneak peeks, on my special email list! Or, if you like my work enough, patrons get extra-special treatment, and often get to read the book before it’s released.