Time to Live

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?


I left you with this question last post to whet your appetite for A Time to Die. This was a question I asked myself over and over three years ago after the sudden death of a peer. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to take action with my life. I was no longer content wasting time to any extent or living without a vision or goal. First, the thoughts turned into my novel, A Time to Die, but then they changed the way I chose to live. Since then, I’ve found life through the pursuit of taking action. My life is richer, more adventurous, and full because of the proactive steps I take with God. This is something I want to capture with A Time to Die and the subsequent books: a choice to live more actively. Because, really, we don’t know our expiration date.

With that being said, here’s a small blurb about A Time to Die:

Like everyone else on the east side of the Wall, Parvin Blackwater has a clock counting down the days until her death. Though she is still a teenager, she has only one year to live. When the authorities find out she has been sharing a clock with her twin brother, she is cast out through the Wall, from which no one ever returns. It’s not clear whether the countdown of her clock refers to her time of death or her brother’s, so when she is sent through, she knows she could die immediately. What she finds on the other side of the Wall about the world, about God, and about herself, changes Parvin forever, and might just save her people. If she can get the word to them before her time runs out.
Do you have any thoughts about living an active life? Where do you feel your life falls on that spectrum?



A New Marcher Lord

I created this website and Brandes Editorial with plans to convert it into my author website should the day ever come when I received an offer for a publishing contract. Well, dear readers and writers, the day has arrived (with blaring trumpets, dancing on the streets, and a glorious soundtrack, of course.)

I officially signed a book publishing deal with Marcher Lord Press (publisher and founder, Jeff Gerke) for my Christian dystopian series.


The official signing of the contract (yes, I photo-documented it)

Marcher Lord Press (MLP) is the premier publisher of Christian speculative fiction and I’m ecstatic to join the ranks of some of my literary luminaries at MLP including Jill Williamson, Morgan Busse, Steve Rzasa, Kerry Nietz, John W. Otte, Vox Day and many others. It is truly an honor to enter the vision behind MLP and a testament of God’s overwhelming involvement and love.


The first book in my series is  titled, A Time to Die. To whet your appetite for the book blurb that will come soon, here is a question for you:

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Please answer or share your thoughts in the comments section. This is essentially a cornerstone theme in A Time to Die. More information shall come soon. For now, I am completing edits on the manuscript. Stay posted and please help me share the news!

Anticipated Questions:

How can I stay tuned for updates?

Why, by clicking the little “Follow” button in the top left corner of this page AND (if you’re really ambitious or just have a different preference) you can follow my Facebook page by clicking “Like” or by going here (and still clicking “like”).

What does this mean for Brandes Editorial?

I will still be offering editing services, however, I may be limiting my client intake. You may always inquire as to my editing schedule and openings through my Contact page. Aside from that, nothing should change for now. My desire is still to help educate fellow writers and to join them on their journey through writing toward publication.

What does this mean for the Brandes Editorial Facebook page?

The page is still active, but it will also be changed into the Nadine Brandes (author) page. Editing services will always be available, but more announcements will now grace the pages of Facebook. To follow, click here and then click the ‘Like’ button!

If you have any other questions, please leave a comment or contact me and I’d be happy to answer as best I can.