Branded: Pre-order the Sequel to Inked, Get Signed Postcards & Tattoos!

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Well, it’s that time.

Branded, the sequel to Inked, had a pretty wild ride. But now, it’s finally almost here, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

To celebrate, I’m running a little pre-order giveaway. Since my duology is a digital-only series, I wanted to be able to give my awesome readers a little something to actually hold onto.

So! If you pre-order Branded, you’ll get a set of signed postcards of the covers, an Inked and Branded quote postcard set designed by rockstar author and illustrator Ashley Poston, and a handful of temporary tattoos!

silver and gold

As you know from Inked, the characters have magical, moving tattoos. And the nature imagery is a big deal in the book. So I’ve ordered a ton of these fantastic Tattify tattoos. Every pre-order-er will get a few, and you can request gold or silver when you email me.

You know, because the books are about tattoos and magic and stuff.

You can pre-order it from anywhere eBooks are sold:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

iTUNES

KOBO

All you have to do is send your proof of pre-order to me at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com. It can be a screenshot of your order, a forward of the email, whatever you want. And since the swag items are light and made of paper… this pre-order campaign is international! Hooray! Swag will be mailed out the week the book is published.

As for the story in Branded… well, it’s been about two years since Inked, so here’s what it’s all about, taken right from the Bloomsbury website, because they are way better at explaining my writing than I am:

In Inked, Caenum discovered his destiny.

Now, in Branded, he must fight for it.

As the final battle approaches, Caenum must choose his own path one last time… or it will be decided for him.

After narrowly escaping the soldiers of the Citadel six months ago, farmboy-turned-rebel Caenum is now at the head of the rebel army. He and his fellow Conduits, practitioners of an ancient, forbidden magic, have spread across the Realm, freeing city after city from the Citadel’s tyrannical grip. But in the midst of their rebellion, a traitor lurks. And when their safe haven is destroyed, Caenum and his friends must flee deeper into the wilds than ever before. Because he has something the Citadel wants–a weapon that could change everything. A weapon he must protect at all costs.

In this thrilling new sequel to Inked, Eric Smith delivers a heart-pounding conclusion to the battle between magic and free will.

I hope you all like it. <3

An Update on Branded: Coming in May 2017

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Hey friends!

So, you might notice my next book, Branded, had a publication date change. It’s not coming out tomorrow.

Earlier this Fall, my rockstar editrix Meredith Rich left Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark, for another awesome gig. Branded wasn’t quite done yet, which put the book in an odd little limbo. That’s one of the quirky things about digital publishing. You can keep editing until a few months before the release date.

She’s still editing away, freelancing for Bloomsbury while doing cool things at her new publishing house, but instead of it being released this month, it’ll likely come out in May 2017.

I’m patient, I know it’ll be out in the world eventually, so this shouldn’t reflect poorly on anyone involved. I adore Meredith and the team at Bloomsbury, and I’m excited for Inked’s sequel to be in your hands. It’ll just be a little longer.

So hang in there! The adventure continues in 2017.

Want to Review INKED Before BRANDED Comes Out?

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Hey friends!

So BRANDED is heading your way soon, the sequel to INKED, thanks to the wonderful people at Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark. Hi Meredith!

I’d LOVE to get the first book into more hands before the second comes out, so if you’d like a review copy to review on your blog or post about on Goodreads, drop me an email! It’s digital only, so I’ll be gifting a copy your way via Amazon or Barnes & Noble, as those are the easiest for me. Sorry, no .PDFs or anything like that.

Since it’s a digital book, it doesn’t matter where you are. This is open internationally. Just drop me an email (ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com) with a link to your blog or Goodreads profile, and if you’re an active reviewer, I’ll happily gift a book your way.

And no, you don’t have to worry about followup “omg did you review the book yet?!” emails. If you review it, great. If not, that’s fine too.

BRANDED: Inked 2 Gets a Cover, Title, & Publication Date!

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Oh.

Oh my.

It’s happening.

Last week, while I was on my lil’ writing retreat with Adi Alsaid and Zoraida Cordova (more on that in a future blog post soon, you guys), YA Interrobang unveiled the title and cover for Inked 2. BRANDED will hit eReaders everywhere on September 8th via Bloomsbury’s digital imprint, Bloomsbury Spark.

Jenny Zemanek designed the cover, and she also works on covers by a number of other lovely Bloomsbury Spark authors, including Actual BFF ® Ashley Poston, who writes YA books I adore. Definitely check out Jenny’s portfolio here. She’s a rockstar.

BRANDED is available for pre-order via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other e-retailers now, and you can add it on Goodreads. Please do!

I’ll launch a fun pre-order campaign soon, so keep an eye out for that. Folks who pre-order will get a signed poster pack from Inked, Branded, and a really lovely quote illustration that Ashley Poston drew a while back. You can see that here. If you pre-order it, drop me an email at ericsmithrocks at gmail dot com, and I’ll make sure you’re on that mailing list.

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Look how cute those posters are! Please note, bunny will NOT be included.

And speaking of mailing lists!

If you’re a book blogger that’s interested in a review copy of Branded, let me know! As ya’ll know from my days at the Quirk Books HQ, I LOVE BOOK BLOGGERS TERRIBLY. If you want a review copy of Branded, email me, and I’ll make sure there’s one in your inbox.

Huge thank you to Nicole at YA Interrobang for doing the reveal! And of course, to Dawn Frederick for her tireless work as my agent, Meredith Rich for her patience with my frequent ellipsis use, and my dear Kristina for the continued push. Can’t wait for September.

INKED: One Year Anniversary Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway

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Oh snap! INKED turns ONE this week!

Where did the time go, you guys? Where?! It seems like just yesterday I was having crippling anxiety attacks over the book coming out, and now here we are, one year later, with the sequel due out in May. My goodness.

To celebrate, I nudged the lovely crew at YA Bound Blog Tours to put together a lil’ one year anniversary blog tour this week. You’ll see a bundle of reviews, interviews, and guest posts across a bundle of book blogs through the week. You can see a roundup of the spots here on their website.

Big thank you to everyone playing along, and to Sara for putting it together.

And as a big ol’ thank you to the amazingly talented authors under the Bloomsbury Spark blanket, I’m giving away a Kindle with a ton of YA books on it. Winners will win copies of these TEN BOOKS:

And FIVE MORE Bloomsbury Spark titles of YOUR CHOICE. You can check out the entire Bloomsbury Spark catalog here on Bloomsbury’s website. Lots of amazing books to choose from, by authors I looooove. And those books with stars? Those are pre-orders! They aren’t even out yet.

You can enter via the Rafflecopter below, by following any of these authors, my AMAZING editor, or my publisher on the ol’ Twitter. You can also like my Facebook page, or the Bloomsbury Spark imprint’s FB page.

Good luck! And thanks for an amazing year.

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