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!
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:
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
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.
With BRANDED on it's way (you can pre-order it everywhere, btw!), the awesome crew at Bloomsbury have discounted INKED to just $1.99, now through September 15th!
You can pick it up for just $1.99 on the Kindle, Nook, or in the iBookstore:
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.
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.
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.