Book Giveaway Results and…NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH!

We have our five books for the giveaway! All the votes are double and triple tallied and I’m pleased to share we have a nice five-book spread across the different sub-genres published by Marcher Lord Press.

I’m guessing you want to know which books they are and how to win them? Well, today also marks the launch of my new author and editor website! In honor of this launch and because it’s more fun, I’m hosting the actual giveaway portion on my new website. In my mind, leaving this blog  and moving to my new one is akin to leaving Sparknotes behind and picking up the real book.

Please visit to enter the giveaway (finally!), to explore so many more tidbits behind my writing, and to re-subscribe to my blog if need be. Or, if you’re pressed on time and have three minutes to enter the giveaway, just go straight to the giveaway page (and explore later!)

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MLP 5-Book Giveaway – Step 1: Repin Your Books of Choice!

The fifth anniversary of my publisher, Marcher Lord Press, approaches. How am I going to celebrate? Why, with a five-book FREE giveaway, of course! But not just that, you get to pick which five books should be entered into the giveaway out of over 35 Marcher Lord Press options.

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The giveaway starts today and will end two weeks from now on October 1st, Marcher Lord Press’s five year anniversary. Here’s how it’s going to work:

  • Step 1: Starting September 18, a photo of each full-length speculative fiction book published by MLP will be posted on my Pinterest page. For 7 days, anyone can share, like, and repin these photos onto their own pages.
  • Step 2: The top five books with the most “repins” and “likes” combined will be the five books to enter the giveaway on September 25th.
  • Step 3: The giveaway will take place on my newly launched website where you will have over 10 opportunities to enter per day for the book/s of your choice.
  • Step 4: On October 1Marcher Lord Press’s birthday—five winners will be announced, five FREE books will be sent out, and five people will be the new owners of spectacular speculative fiction books!

Right now, we are in Step 1: the voting stage. Go to my Pinterest page and “repin” or “like” the book covers you would most like to see as the 5 free options. Please keep in mind I’ve split the list of books into two boards (books 1-24 and books 25-38. Be sure to look through them both before choosing your five!

For those who do not have Pinterest, you can also “like” the photo through my Facebook Pinterest account. Just hover over the book of your choice and the Facebook “Like” button should show up. Here is a screenshot example:

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I’ve had a few reports of the Like button not showing up. After contacting the App management, they told me to just allow some time to pass before trying again. Sorry for any inconvenience!

Stay tuned via this website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for the next step, which will be entering to win one or all of the five books! For now, here are the MLP books eligible for the giveaway. I’ve listed them by author (in no particular order.) Click on a picture to go to my Pinterest site and repin or like it!

Steve Rzasa

The Word Reclaimed (edited) The Word Unleashed (edited) Broken Sight (edited) Crosswind (edited) Sandstorm (edited)

Morgan L. Busse

Daughter of Light (edited) Son of Truth (edited)

Jill Williamson

By Darkness Hid (edited) To Darkness Fled (edited) From Darkness Won (edited) The New Recruit (edited) Project Gemini (edit)

Kathy Tyers

Annotated Firebird (edited) Wind and Shadow (edited) Daystar (edited)

Kerry Nietz

A Star Curiously Singing (edited 2) The Superlative Stream (edited) Freeheads (edited) Mask (edited) Amish Vampires in Space (edited)

Sharon Hinck

Restorer (edited) Restorer's Son (edited) The Restorer's Journey (edited) Vox Day A Throne of Bones (edited) Summa Elvetica (edited)

John W. Otte

Failstate (edited) Faistate - Legends (edited) Numb (edited)

Marc Schooley

Dark Man (edited)  Nightriders (edited) Konig's Fire (edited)

Stuart Vaughn Stockton

Starfire (edited)

Kirk Outerbridge

The Tenth Crusader (edited) Eternity Falls (edited)

John B. Olson & Randy Ingermanson

Oxygen (edited) The Fifth Man (edited)

Mitchell Bonds

Hero Second Class (edited) Hero in Hiding (edited)

Please don’t forget to share this giveaway with your friends, family, writing buddies, reading buddies, and anyone else who might be interested!

New Website and MLP Book Giveaways!

**update** For the first step in the FIVE BOOK GIVEAWAY and a list of eligible MLP books, go here!

Welcome back home to all authors who attended the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference! I have been to a writer’s conference four different times and still return home with the same “high” of determination. Although I did not attend the ACFW Conference this year, I still busied myself with a fresh adventure I’m excited to announce:

I have a new website!

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Changing websites is a big step, one I’ve wanted to take for a long time, but also one that has the potential to cause my readers some headache. This is why I am giving everyone a heads up. For those who are subscribed via e-mail, you will be automatically transferred to receive the blog updates from the new site once it launches. For those who subscribed using “Reader” or through any form other than e-mail, you will need to resubscribe to the new blog when it is launched. Until then, I will continue with updates on this blog as reminders.

Mark your calendars! My new website will launch on September 25, 2013. I have a special celebration in store for you that goes hand in hand with this launch. But first, I must preface it with my second big announcement:

My publisher, Marcher Lord Press, is celebrating its five-year-anniversary!

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Being the newest Marcher Lord, I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this milestone. I’ve followed the progress of MLP almost from the beginning. To celebrate 5 years of phenomenal Christian speculative fiction, I’m hosting my first book giveaway!

I’m giving away five FREE MLP books—one to celebrate each MLP year. You (yes, you, even if you don’t like speculative fiction) have the chance to both choose and win any of the Marcher Lord Press books. Here’s how it is going to work:

  • Step 1: Starting September 18, a photo of each full-length speculative fiction book published by MLP will be posted on my Pinterest page. For 7 days, anyone can share, like, and repin these photos onto their own pages.
  • Step 2: The top five books with the most “repins” and “likes” combined will be the five books to enter the giveaway on September 25th.
  • Step 3: The giveaway will take place on my newly launched website where you will have over 10 opportunities to enter per day for the book/s of your choice.
  • Step 4: On October 1Marcher Lord Press’s birthday—five winners will be announced, five FREE books will be sent out, and five people will be the new owners of spectacular speculative fiction books!

It’s that simple. Stay tuned on this website and my Facebook site for updates. Do you think you’ll enter the book giveaway? If so, which MLP book would you want to see as one of the five?


As an optional postscript, I thought I’d return to the topic of my new website to answer a few unspoken questions you may be thinking:

Why are you changing websites? I am changing to a self-hosted website, which allows me to have more control over the design, what I post, etc. Basically, I can make it look exactly how I want it to. My account has limitations because it is a free service. I’ve loved the convenience of my current site, but I have a vision for my website that can’t be met without switching. Just wait until you see the new site. I’m quite certain you’ll agree with me.

Why is the name changing? Because looks so much nicer than, don’t you think? [grin.] On a more serious note, it is important to me to have a simple website name that is directly related to my line of work. As an author, this means my name.

What will happen to this site? It will eventually go dormant with a permanent message directing visitors to the new site.

If you have any more questions about my website, feel free to ask in the comments.

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.

FREE Download – One Night with a Rock Star, by Chana Keefer

Today (July 16th) through Thursday (July 18th), Chana Keefer’s new release, One Night with a Rock Star, is FREE for kindle download. Follow this link to view the download page on Amazon. I’m so blessed to have worked with her on this masterpiece! It’s still an inspiration to me even though I only read it the one time. If you like romantic comedies that maintain realistic plot turns amidst the world of imagination, this book is for you.


Chana Keefer’s New Release, One Night With a Rock Star


Congratulations to Chana Keefer for her newest release, One Night With a Rock StarI was blessed to edit her work and witness firsthand her skill with a pen (er…keyboard).

God has graced Chana with insight into real emotions and fearless daydreaming. She’s a passionate writer with a vision. I’m honored to have been a part of this process.

Entering the eyes of the main character, Esther, readers see God work through His children who are in the world, but not of the world. At times, I felt like I read about myself in my earlier college years (although I never met a rock star). The main character is easy to relate to, connect with, and cheer for.



Good, Country-bred girl meets the Rock Star of her dreams and worlds collide.

For Esther Collins, struggling journalism student and mediocre print model, international singing star Sky has been the ultimate male since she sported frizzy hair, braces, and too-skinny legs. She has dreamed of meeting this icon countless times, but life has a way of happening when you least expect it…and of coming in hues that don’t fit so easily into simple black and white. 

Will Esther’s deep roots in family and God keep her feet on the ground when a tornado named Sky blows her world apart?

The story of Good Christian Girl meets Bad-Boy Rockstar defied the risks of being cliche. Keefer’s plot is fresh and well-delivered. I loved both Esther and Sky, not just for their humor and wit, but because they were both likable and human. Often times, I couldn’t put the book down (a grateful plus for an editor).

Spiritual themes are thick throughout the book without being preachy. Esther’s relationship with God is real and imperfect. The lessons delivered through her story stuck with me far past my editing hours. I left the story with the reminder God works through all talents and accepts all areas of service.

Again, congratulations to Chana Keefer. She should be very proud. I know I am. Visit her Amazon page to get the Kindle version of One Night With a Rock Star for only $0.99.