Book Update – Don’t Miss it!

Ookkaayy, time for a book update. As some of you may know, I’ve been writing for months to finish the first draft of my YA portal fantasy with the working title, One Light Shining. And now . . .

. . . I FINISHED IT!!! Please celebrate with me and throw confetti! 🙂

Of course, we’re having a party here today. Come one, come all! To celebrate, we’re doing two special things. First off, you all get to see the synopsis of this WIP (work in progress). This has only been seen by about three other people, so consider yourselves invited to something special.

Ready? Ready? Okay . .

Ties of blood are easily broken.

The words Cade spoke the night he killed his brother. Or . . . almost killed. Nothing haunts him more than the reality that he failed all those years ago to end the raging conflict between the nations. So, when two strangers come through the mysterious portal in answer to an ancient prophecy, Cade is ready to see his brother pay in full.

Wrenched from their modern world into a land of swords, bloodthirsty brothers and a nonsensical prophecy, Katrina and her long-time neighbor and nemesis, Andrew, grope for some kind of purpose in this strange world . . . but on opposite sides of a dangerous border. Spurred on by embittered contempt for Andrew, Katrina is more than ready to join Cade if he takes up the sword against the country of Mithunda. Until her own lust for revenge reveals a side of herself she never knew existed.

In a sea of secrets in which both are haunted by inner demons, Katrina and Andrew are forced to give the prophetic words a closer look, to search for what they truly mean. But the prophecy is shrouded in mystery, and all around them, people are proving determined enough to go to great lengths to see it negated.

All right, what do you think? Now, the story itself is still in first-draft stage, and to understand this, I highly recommend you check out Nadine Brandes’ take on first drafts. It’s brilliant. In short, I’m not finished. This is a 170,000+  word manuscript. I probably shouldn’t have made it so long when there’s another draft to be written. 🙂

Right now, the plan is to launch the rewriting during this November’s NaNoWriMo. Meanwhile, it’s an exhilarating feel to have the whole summer to tackle another project! Which shall it be???

Now, for the second part of this celebration, I’m part of the launch team for Tricia Mingerink’s new book, Deliver, which I reviewed here last week. To help wrap up the launch, I’m going to share with you guys today some of the other release-related posts hanging around. All this to say . . . “YOU MUST READ THIS BOOOOOOOK!” And mine, too, of course, but it’s not ready yet. *sighs*  So, to hold you over, check out Tricia’s series. It’s awesome.


Well, that concludes our celebration. Did you have fun? I’ll keep bookish updates coming here and there, so follow along! It’s an exciting journey filled with twists and turns and triumphs and thudding and flying and failing . . .  You get the picture, right?


The Blades of Acktar Book Release and Review

Today there’s something exciting going on the book world – a release of the final Blades of Acktar story! Deliver can be found on Amazon, so I highly recommend you jump over there and grab this incredible book. But before you do, let me squeal about it a little longer. Actually, I’m squealing about all of Tricia Mingerink’s books. The Blades of Acktar series has truly inspired me, and I know many other readers as well. If you’re picking up these books for the first time, I assure you, you will be far from disappointed.

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When I finished reading book three, Defy, I was blown away. But I was also skeptical about there being a book four. The series, I thought, could have ended with Defy. When I jumped into the launch team for this book, I was blown away yet again. This is the kind of story you wish you could claim to have written yourself. 🙂

Deliver picks up exactly where Defy left off, and (slight spolier alert) we see Martyn’s POV for the first time. Given the struggle between him and Leith in Defy, the stage was set for part of Deliver’s plot. In this book, we see incredible character development, as well as a certain new character . . .  Oh, but that really would be a spoiler. I shall say no more. Just, please, read this book so we can squeal about that together!

One of the highlights I’ve found in Tricia’s books is the character development. It is so smoothly interwoven and often extremely powerful, as it was in Deliver. It’s sad to see the series end, but for where it has come from, it ended well.

Plot: 5/5  Need I say more??

Characters: 5/5  They were all awesome! Completely fangirl-worthy. Even Martyn. 😉

Dialog: 4/5  Dialog is a pretty tricky business when you’re a writer, but the Blades of Acktar series has always handled it well.

Worried about violence? That’s a gold star too. Tricia doesn’t leave it out by any means, but it is handled expertly, and is less in this book than in Deny and Defy.

In short, I absolutely loved this story. There was so much power, so much meaning, so much to capture a reader’s attention and make them hang on! With the Blades of Acktar characters – Leith, Renna, Martyn, Shad, Brandi, Keevan – it has been a wild ride. Here in Deliver it comes to a close, but it does so with hope, promise and a smile.




Can something broken ever heal?

Martyn is broken. After torturing his best friend, he doesn’t belong anywhere in Acktar. No matter how far he runs, he can’t lose his guilt.

Leith is broken. While healing from the torture he received at Nalgar Castle, he struggles to find his new role. But can a Blade ever outrun his past?

The country is broken. Bitterness divides town against town, neighbor against neighbor. What will it take to deliver Acktar from itself?

They face their hardest battle yet.


Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, and her blog.


Of course, there’s a party to attend. Go on over to Facebook and join the fun! #TheBladesofAcktar everybody!

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You have got to check out this series today!

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