Etania’s Worth Blog Tour

Welcome to the Etania’s Worth blog tour! M.H. Elrich has been a part of several of my blog tours in the past, and I was happy to post about her book for her blog tour and can’t wait to read it!

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About Etania’s Worth:

Etania’s new apprenticeship as a librarian is shattered when she fends off an attacker with a power, or Neuma, she didn’t know she had-the ability to disable evil beings. When her father discovers Etania’s gift, he wants to use her as a weapon to stop a new threat rising over Tamnarae. Etania doesn’t want to be her father’s new weapon and wonders if that really is the purpose of her Neuma. Yet, the death of a loved one brings the struggle closer to home, forcing Etania on a journey to embrace her newfound power before it’s too late.

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About the Author: 

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M.H. Elrich is a writer, reader, teacher and editor who wears too many hats. This means she consumes coffee and tea with a mug that reads “Wait until I’ve drained the cup.” In her free time (if she has any), she watches T.V. with her husband, rides horses, and travels to places with lots of trees. She received her B.A. in English at a local university where they handed her a paper certificate that said she could write term papers the night before and still pass. She was published in The Write Word, Orpheus, and Short Fiction Break. She currently resides in a part of California where “perfect” weather comes with a layer of smog.

Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Q&A with M.H. Elrich:

How long did it take you to write Etania’s Worth?

I’ve been writing Etania’s Worth consistently for two years, but the ideas and clippings have been around for eight years. Even after I finished the first draft of Etania’s Worth, I had to rewrite it entirely and then edit the second draft several times before formatting and publishing. It’s been a long journey for me, but well worth it.

Why did you choose to write a Christian fantasy instead of a regular fantasy?

Christianity is so infused in my blood that I found it difficult to try to write a more symbolic fantasy instead of a fantasy in the vein of C.S. Lewis. So I decided to give up trying to be the next Tolkein and strove to write the story God placed on my heart.

Does Etania’s Worth contain magic?

No. The Neuma of the peoples in my novel is based on the idea that God gives special gifts and abilities to each person that is for them to use responsibly. Spells, incantations, or anything remotely like sorcery is emphasized as evil and ungodly.

Is this book appropriate for children?

The ideal reader of this book is a young adult, ages 16+. This book is appropriate for readers with an older vocabulary and tolerance for some violent content.

New Cover

This is going to be a small break from all the announcements about Decree. Due to various reasons, I decided to get a new cover for Dagger’s Sleep. It was a kind of last minute, partway through November decision, so it wasn’t ready in time for Black Friday, but at least it will be available in time for Christmas.

Savannah Jezowski over at Dragonpress.com did an amazing job with this cover! I already have a matching cover lined up for Midnight’s Curse and they are going to look so lovely together!

The new cover is going to go live on Amazon in the next few days, so if you really liked the old cover, now is your last chance to get it.

I’m going to probably do some more fanfare for this gorgeous cover over on Instagram, so be on the look out for that.

So without further stalling, scroll down to see the new cover!

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Isn’t it stunning? Yes, it is a departure from what my previous covers look like, but I hope it will be just what this book and this series needs!

What do you think? Do you like the new cover or the old cover better?

Black Friday Sale

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It’s that time of year again! I’ve once again teamed up with a bunch of fellow indie authors to bring you a HUGE Black Friday through Cyber Monday sale on both paperbacks and Kindle books.

If you have purchased books on this Black Friday sale in the past, then this sale is going to look a little different.

This year, most of the books will be available to purchase on Amazon for the kindle version and on sale for paperback on either the author’s websites or through the main sale website.

But, you can find a list of all the books that are for sale on the main sale website with links to direct you to the place to purchase them.

Click Here For the Black Friday Sale Page


Sales on My Books

I have a few really good deals for signed paperbacks here on my website (click on the store tab above or follow this link), including free shipping on all paperbacks purchased through me during this sale.

I also have all of The Blades of Acktar series (except for Decree) on sale for $.99 from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. That means you can get the first 4 books and the companion novella for under $5 or the entire series, including pre-ordering Decree, for under $8. This is a great time to get caught up on the series before Decree‘s release or to share the series with a friend! Click here to go to my book page on Amazon.

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Pre-order Giveaway

If you pre-order Decree, make sure you email me for your pre-order author swag. First 100 people will receive 2 character cards for characters from The Blades of Acktar. Click here for more details on how to claim your pre-order swag.

Since we are one Friday closer to the release of Decree, I am going to reveal another one of the character sketches the very talented H.S.J. Williams did for these character cards pre-order swag.

Behold, Martyn!

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I love how much of their personalities the artist captured in these sketches! Leith’s stands in a very heroic pose, ready to fight, but with his knife pointed away. Martyn…*shakes head* He looks like he isn’t sure he’s going to protect or attack. Not quite sure if he’s a good guy or a bad guy yet. And that’s so Martyn.

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend!

Decree Pre-order Giveaway

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Only a little over a month until Decree releases! *hyperventilates at the size of my to-do list*

I’m so excited to share this book with you! So excited, in fact, that I decided to do one of those pre-order giveaway / author swag things that a number of authors have been doing lately.

I worked with the lovely artist H.S.J. Williams, the same artist who created the coloring book page for Dagger’s Sleep, to create six character sketches for characters from The Blades of Acktar. I’ve made character postcards that will be sent out as a pre-order swag giveaway (2 character cards per person for the first 100 people who email me to enter).

I’m going to be revealing the characters sketches one at a time for the next six Fridays here and on Instagram.

Pre-Order Swag Giveaway Details:
1) Pre-order Decree on Amazon Kindle OR purchase the paperback as soon as it is available
2). Email me at triciamingerink (at) gmail (dot) com with a screenshot of your pre-order receipt (with payment details blacked out or clipped out), your address where I can mail the character cards, and which 2 characters you would like with a third choice if your first two are unavailable. Characters available: Leith, Renna, Brandi, Martyn, Shad, Kayleigh.
3). I will mail your two signed character cards to you shortly after Decree’s release.

If you can’t pre-order or buy the paperback, I am planning to do a few giveaways with the character cards so there’s a chance you could win them that way too.

Other details:

  • this giveaway is open internationally, but there is a possibility I can only send you 1 card instead of two since I’ll have to keep the weight below 1oz
  • this giveaway is only available to the first 100 people who email me to sign up.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Now to reveal Leith’s character sketch…

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Ta-da! Isn’t it amazing?

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What do you think?

Do you like pre-order giveaways like this?

Ilyon and Acktar Blog Tour Sign Up

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The sign up for reviewers and the blog tour for Decree (by me) and Bitter Winter and Lacy (by Jaye L. Knight) is now open! You only have until November 23 to sign up for the blog tour, so don’t wait!

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A few other reminders first:

  • All of the books are available for Kindle Preorder! You can preorder here: Decree, Bitter Winter, Lacy.
  • Also, as part of the blog tour, Jaye L. Knight and I are going to be holding character Q&A chats with the combined cast of Ilyon and Acktar on our blogs. If you have a question you’d like to submit for that, you can go here to do so.
  • Finally, all of The Blades of Acktar books are going to be on sale on Kindle for Black Friday and I’ll be running a sale on the paperback books on my website, so please make sure you stop back here on Black Friday or Cyber Monday if you’re interested in those deals.

Now on to the blog tour sign up sheet!

Please use this form if you want to be reviewer or part of the blog tour. Reviewers do not need to have a blog.

Thanks so much in advance for your willingness to post about our books and to spread the word on the Internet! It means so much to see your excitement!

More Release Announcements

If you follow my blog, then you already know that Decree (The Blades of Acktar #5) releases in less than two months!

*cue me panic screaming*

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In all seriousness, it has been coming along well and the feedback I’ve been getting from beta-readers is positive, so that’s exciting!

I’m working on putting together some sort of giveaway for those who preorder Decree or buy it on the release date (since Amazon still won’t let indie authors set up a preorder for paperbacks) so keep a look out for that.

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In the meantime, keep a look out for more release announcements. They are going to be coming fast and furious over the next month or so.

But Wait There's More Billy May

Many of you are also fans of Jaye L. Knight, and she just announced today that her next books Bitter Winter (The Ilyon Chronicles book #5) and Lacy (a companion novella) are going to be releasing December 14. That is four days before Decree releases!

Since we also happen to be good friends, we decided it would be awesome to do one massively epic co-release! As part of the blog tour, we’re going to be doing Q&A chats with both the characters from Ilyon and Acktar. TOGETHER. Able to talk to each other. In one virtual “room.”

Did I mention this blog tour is going to be epic?

But we need your help. Please submit your burning questions in the form below for the Ilyon and Acktar characters.

There will be more information and the sign up form for the actual blog tour and book reviewers in the next few weeks, so please watch for that.

Thanks so much for being such amazing, loyal fans!

My Next Release

If you paged through all the coloring book entries on Tuesday, then you already heard the big news. But for those of you who didn’t, I’m officially announcing that my next release is going to be Decree (The Blades of Acktar #5)

Yes, you read that right. There’s going to be another Blades book. This one is a collection of 4 novellas and 5 or 6 short stories (depending on which ones remain in the collection after editing). Some of the stories will be back story, but most of the stories pick up only a few months after Deliver and follow the characters until about 8 years after Deliver ends.

The best part is that my planned release date is December 18, 2018. Yep. That’s only two months away!

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About the book: 

The Adventure Continues.

Discover more of The Blades of Acktar in this collection of novellas and short stories.

The Blades as They Should’ve Been
A test and the Gathering of Nobles will decide Leith and Martyn’s futures. Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept what it means to have the man who attempted to kill him as family?

The First Mission
When Martyn visits Surgis, his past seems determined to haunt him. Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help?

To the Far Great Mountains
A death sends Leith and Martyn far beyond the borders of Acktar. Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves?

From the story of how Leith and Martyn met to Ranson’s search for a life outside of the Blades, these stories will answer plaguing questions and expand the world of Acktar.

Click here to add the book on Goodreads

Click here to preorder the Kindle version on Amazon

I know some of you might have a lot of questions, so I’m going to answer as many of them in this post as possible. If you have any questions I don’t answer, feel free to ask. Though, if it is spoiler-related, be prepared if I might give a rather vague answer.

Why are you releasing these novellas and short stories as one book? Wouldn’t it make more sense to release them as companion novellas? 

I thought about releasing the novellas on their own, but in the end, I decided for several reasons that it was best to keep them all as one book because:

1). I could then label it as The Blades of Acktar #5 on Amazon. One thing readers wouldn’t know is that the Kindle Publishing page doesn’t let you set up a book as 4.5 in a series. Thus the companion books don’t show up as linked to the series and it does hurt sales. Destroy, my one companion novella, doesn’t sell as well as the others because it is harder for people to find. Yes, I can put the series name as part of the title and that does help, but if you go on Amazon, The Blades of Acktar is listed as a 4 book series and doesn’t count Destroy.

Think of this book like Ranger’s Apprentice book 11, which is a traditionally published book that did the same thing by collecting a bunch of novellas and short stories into one book to release all of them together.

2). Together, the novellas tell one story. The main theme is Leith and Martyn establishing the new Blades (won’t tell you what they are called because that is kind of a spoiler). So it makes sense to group them together. In many ways, they stand together as one book better than they would as separate novellas.

3). There is a lot of set up in the collections for The Blades of Acktar books 6 and 7. Future bad guys are introduced. The countries around Acktar are introduced. The new Blades are established. A whole bunch of new systems and laws are in place. I don’t want people to skip the novellas as just companion novellas that aren’t important when they are an important stepping stone to the next books.

4). Having a 7 book series in the end just sounds better to me than a 6 book series with a lot of companion novellas. Just personal preference, lol.

Wait, wait, wait. Did I read that right? There are going to be two more books after this one? 

Yep, you definitely read that right. I finally gave in to the inevitable and allowed all the various ideas I was getting for Acktar characters to work their way into a cohesive plot.

A lot of that was due to stepping away from Acktar for a while to write Dagger’s Sleep. While I was writing that book, the Acktar characters had a little bit of space to breathe so that when I came back to them, it felt like coming home instead of writing at the edge of being sick of them.

Who are going to be the main characters of Decree? What about books 6 and 7? 

Since Decree is a collection of stories, it has multiple point of view characters, including Leith, Martyn, Kayleigh, Ranson, and a few others.

The current plan for books 6 and 7 is that both of them will have Leith, Brandi, and Jamie as point of view characters.

Leith and Martyn are still going to be point of view characters? Won’t all of the characters be older than the young adult age range? 

Yes, most of the characters will be in their twenties in the later books. It is one reason I held off writing them as long as I did since I wasn’t sure how it would work to have my young adult characters age out of the young adult range.

But a number of things finally made me realized that, yes, it wasn’t so bad to write a few “older” characters.

1). My books, in many ways, aren’t traditional YA novels. Yes, they sort of have a coming of age story line. Yes, they have a romance. Yes, they have YA age protagonists.

But none of that is the focus of the books. The focus is the adventure. And I can keep that focus even when the protagonists are older. News flash: adventure doesn’t end the moment you turn 20 or when you get married. As someone in my twenties, I happen to know I’ve had MORE adventure and fun times in my twenties than I did as a teen.

2). If Ranger’s Apprentice can successfully pull it off, then hopefully I can too. After all, by book 5 in that series, Will is twenty. He spends half the series older than a traditional YA age range. Yet that doesn’t stop fans from loving the books. If anything, it is the later books that people like the most.

3). As a teen, I read a lot of books about adults. One reason for that was that the YA genre as we know it today didn’t exist. But the other reason was that I wanted an adventure. It didn’t matter if the main character was 15 or 35. I enjoyed the book regardless. By the time I was 16 and 17, I was fully into adult westerns and British naval historical novels, and most of the main characters were in their 20s and 30s, and that didn’t impede my enjoyment of the books at all. Hopefully I’m not the only teen reader who does this!

4). If there are some teen readers like me out there, then I didn’t just read to find characters who were teens like me, but I read up into adult books because in many ways I saw myself as an adult (even if the adults around me didn’t think so). I was the responsible sort of teen who felt like I was adult enough to tackle the world. So I think it is probably good to have books occasionally that show the teen characters growing into adults, getting married, having kids. There are many teens who don’t have examples of healthy marriage relationships to look at, and books can give them that even if the real world can’t.

I noticed the header on this book is slightly different. Please don’t tell me you are changing the covers on the books again!

Yes, if you noticed, the header is slightly different on Decree. This is on purpose and signals the new era in Acktar, so this is the header that will be on books 6 and 7 as well.

I am working with my cover designer for the first 3 books to have the header changed to match the one on Deliver and Destroy.

I am also brainstorming ideas for two book prequel series about King Brian and the founding of Acktar, and the header for that series would be similar, with just the upright sword down the center instead of the crossed knives since the upright sword is the symbol of the kings of Acktar.

Wait? A prequel series too????

Yes, but that’s way in the future. At least 2022 (after book 7 releases), so I don’t have it very planned out yet.

But I really liked the world in Dagger’s Sleep? What does writing more Acktar books mean for the new Beyond the Tales series? 

Writing Dagger’s Sleep was a very intense experience since developing that world was a lot of work and making sure the allegory remained Biblically sound shot my stress levels through the roof. After I took a few months break from writing, I found I couldn’t step back into that world right away. The ideas just weren’t fully formed yet. So I started writing a few of the novella ideas I’d had for Acktar, and next thing I knew, I had a book. Oops.

But that doesn’t mean I plan to step away from Beyond the Tales forever. In fact, once I hand Decree off to beta readers, I plan to work on the next book in Beyond the Tales in November. By working on Decree, it helped give me time to brainstorm the next book.

My current plan is to keep going back and forth between the two series so that I (hopefully) won’t get burned out on either one of them as quickly. But I’m going to be flexible depending on which book wants to be written at a given time.

Which Beyond the Tales book are you going to start writing in November?

Stepping away from Beyond the Tales and listening to feedback made me change a few things up with that series. If you look at the back of Dagger’s Sleep, it says that the next book will be Beauty’s Beast. I’ve decided to wait on writing that for now, since it is essentially a spin-off story about the side character of Mirabelle, and instead concentrate on continuing the story with Alex, Daemyn, Rosanna, Berend, and the other characters everyone liked best from Dagger’s Sleep. 

Thus the next book in the series is going to be Midnight’s Curse, the Cinderella retelling. I just brainstormed the plot of this book with a friend, and I’m super excited for how it is coming together. Let’s just say there’s going to be plenty of intrigue, Alex manages to get into more trouble (again), and Daemyn and Rosanna have to race to save him.

So what does that mean for a release schedule? 

I’m an indie author, so release schedules are always subject to a lot of change. But right now, the plan is to release Decree in December, Midnight’s Curse in spring or summer of 2019, then the next Acktar book at the end of 2019 or early 2020, depending on how long it takes me to write it.

That’s all the questions I can think of right now! I hope you guys are as excited as I am!

 

Coloring Contest Winners

Thanks so much for everyone who entered the Dagger’s Sleep Coloring Book Page Contest. The winners were chosen via Random.org, so it wasn’t skills based. I loved seeing the variety from pictures colored by six-year old to a few professional artists! Each person had a different take on the pictures from fair skin to dark skin from blond hair to purple hair to side burns. Each picture was unique and special and I hope you all enjoy scrolling through them as much as I did!

The winners are:

Rebecca R. – winner of the $10 Amazon gift card

Zoe B. – winner of the Dagger’s Sleep themed book box

Devorah B. – winner of the Dagger’s Sleep hardcover

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! It was so much fun seeing what you came up with, and I hope everyone enjoys being able to scroll through and see your artwork!

And make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the post for a big announcement. Many of you might already know, but I’m now making it official and telling the world.


Coloring Book Page Entries

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Rebecca R.’s 8 yr old son
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Rebecca R.’s 10 yr old son
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Brendan V.M. age 9
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Colby V.M. age 6
Megan V.M. age 13
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Devorah B.
Jessica D.
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Sam M.
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Hannah R.

Tricia Mingerink (because of course I did one too, even if it didn’t count as an entry).

 


Oh, you scrolled all the way down here wanting an announcement? Well, here it is:

My next release is going to be Decree (The Blades of Acktar #5)

Yes, you read that right. There’s going to be another Blades book. This one is a collection of 4 novellas and 6 short stories. Some of the stories will be back story, but most of the stories pick up only a few months after Deliver and follow the characters until about 8 years after Deliver ends.

The best part is that my planned release date is December 18, 2018. Yep. That’s only two months away!

I will be releasing the cover for Decree, links to preorder and add on Goodreads, more information, and an official blurb later this week.

Dagger’s Sleep Coloring Page Contest

I’ve been fairly silent about my writing lately, mostly because I’ve been working on a number of fun things I wasn’t ready to share with the wide-world yet. If you are a member of my Readers page on Facebook, then I’ve already given you the sneak peak and you get to giggle behind your hands as everyone else finds out a few of the things you already know. (If you want to join the fun on the Facebook group, here’s the link)

Starting today, I’m hosting a coloring book page contest! The lovely H.S.J. Williams created a coloring book page based on on chapter 22 in Dagger’s Sleep. I love how it turned out, and it looks like so much fun to color!

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Contest Rules

  1. Download the above image or download this PDF version of the coloring book page: Dagger’s Sleep Coloring Page
  2. Color the page however you like
  3. Enter the contest. You can enter by:
    1. Share your finished coloring book page on Instagram or Twitter using #DaggersSleepColoringContest and tagging me @triciamingerink
    2. Share your finished coloring book page on your blog and email the blog post to me
    3. Or, if you do not wish to post your finished page publicly, you can email it directly to me: triciamingerink (at) gmail (dot) com
  4. The contest begins today (October 1) and will end October 15. Some (but not all) of the prizes are open internationally where such giveaways are permitted.
  5. I will be picking the 3 winners randomly. This will not be a judged contest since I want everyone to have an equal chance no matter skill. This is about having fun coloring.

 

Prizes

There will be three winners chosen randomly for the below prizes:

  • A Dagger’s Sleep themed book box (not open internationally)
  • An exclusive hardcover version of Dagger’s Sleep (open internationally where Book Depository delivers. International book will not be signed)
  • A $10 Amazon gift card (open internationally)

 

The Kindle version of Dagger’s Sleep is also going to be $.99 on Amazon this week if anyone still needs to read it and wants to do so before participating in the contest. If you share about the sale on Dagger’s Sleep, you can get extra entries to the coloring book contest if you tag me and use hashtags #DaggersSleepColoringContest and/or #DaggersSleep

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I will be announcing the winners on October 16. I will ALSO be making another fun announcement on that day that might involve a book release date.

Have fun with the coloring contest!

 

Cover Reveal for Romanov

If you’ve been hanging around this blog for any amount of time, you know I absolutely LOVE every book Nadine Brandes has ever written. She’s an amazing writer and the sweetest person ever. (Seriously, check out her social media sites and hang out even five minutes and you’ll see what I mean).

And today she is revealing the cover for her next book Romanov, which is a YA standalone historical fantasy/retelling of the Russian history surrounding Anastasia. I’m so, so, so excited for this book! I grew up loving the Anastasia movie and loving The Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan, which is a middle grade book set during the Russian revolution. I can’t wait to read Nadine’s historical fantasy version of the story!

About the Book

The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

 

Doesn’t the blurb just send tingles down your spine? Or perhaps give you the sudden urge to preorder the book right this minute? (If you wish to preorder, you can find the links to all the various places to buy the book here).

The book releases May 7, 2019. Why is next May so far away?????

Anyway, I’ve kept you waiting long enough.

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Eeep!!!! It’s so beautiful!!!

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Are you excited for this book? Have you read any other of the books by Nadine Brandes?