New Covers for the Daughter of the Pirate King duology

So excited to share that the Daughter of the Pirate King duology is getting a new look!

I’m very excited about these new special editions, which will include sprayed edges, a ribbon bookmark, a case stamp, and bonus material in the back! Preorder book 1 here and book 2 here. These will release in June and July, respectively.

I know a lot of you are curious about why we’re changing the look of the series. The best answer I can give is that I feel these new covers are a better representation of the words inside. They convey the upper YA feel that this series has. Also, the original covers weren’t receiving a lot of love from readers, so we’re super excited to reveal these.

My next book, Vengeance of the Pirate Queen, releases next year, and it will have a cover that matches this design. It too will have a special edition with sprayed edges and everything else. We’ll announce that reveal early next year when the preorder links are live!

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Master of Iron Tour Schedule

As I receive updates to my tour schedule, I’ll post them on my events page.

July 22–24
San Diego Comic Con
Full Schedule to come!

July 26
MASTER OF IRON local launch Party!
Springville Public Library | Springville, UT | 45 S Main St. | 7 PM
Come for games, giveaways, and insight into the Bladesmith Duology! Register here!

July 27
In Conversation Event with Margaret Rogerson.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers | Cincinnati, OH | 7 PM
More details here!

July 28
Event and Signing with Main Street Books
Kisker Library | St. Charles, MO | 7 PM
More details here!

July 29
Event and Signing at Best of Books
Edmond, OK | 7 PM
More details here!

July 30
In Conversation Event with Cynthia Hand
Boise Public Library | Boise, ID | 6 PM
Books sold by Rediscovered Books
More details to come!

July 31
In Conversation with Kendare Blake
University Bookstore | Seattle, WA | 2 PM
More details to come!

August 1
Event and Signing at Powell’s Books
Cedar Hills Crossing Location | Beaverton, OR | 7 PM
More details to come!

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Hi Friends!

The preorder campaign for MASTER OF IRON is live! Please read below carefully before doing anything!

First off, anyone (including international readers) who would like to preorder a signed and personalized edition of the book (and any of my past books) may do so from my local indie, The Printed Garden. Simply send an email to Aaron at ACance64@msn.com and he will let you know pricing and whatnot.

US and Canada readers (excluding Quebec): submit your receipts here to receive the necklace, a signed bookplate, and the surprise item from phase 2, which we will announce next month! If you want to be eligible for the necklace pendant, you must submit your receipts before 6/28! Once phase 2 goes live, you will only be able to qualify for that item. Don’t forget the paperback preorder campaign for BLADE OF SECRETS is happening simultaneously (more info below). Be sure to submit your receipts for that here.

International readers: I’m sorry to say I cannot afford to send you all necklaces, but I would like to offer you something for preordering the book! Send your preorder receipts to my email ( TriciaLevenseller@gmail.com ) to receive a signed bookplate and bookmark. If you preorder the paperback of BLADE OF SECRETS (or purchase the hardback) as well, I’m happy to also send you a special bookplate for that book. Additionally, you may request up to four more bookplates for any past books of mine you may own. Be sure to put your full bookplate request in one single email with the proof of purchase of MASTER OF IRON. Along with your request, please include your full address EXACTLY as it should appear on an envelop.

Now for the BLADE OF SECRETS paperback preorder campaign!

If you missed out on the hardback preorder campaign last year for BLADE OF SECRETS, you can still get your hands on this gorgeous art print this year by preordering the paperback! US and Canada readers submit your receipts here. International readers, I will send you a matching bookplate with your purchase!

Feel free to message me ( TriciaLevenseller@gmail.com ) with any questions, and thank you so much for all your support with this series.

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Book Deal News!

I’m so excited to share that I have sold another book to my amazing publisher! I am returning to the Daughter of the Pirate King world with a companion novel! Here is the official announcement:

Holly West at Feiwel & Friends has acquired Tricia Levenseller’s VENGEANCE OF THE PIRATE QUEEN. Full of action and romance, this companion novel to her acclaimed Daughter of the Pirate King series is best described as Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Mummy. When assassin Sorinda is ordered by Pirate Queen Alosa to investigate a missing ship with navigator Kearan, what started as a rescue mission quickly becomes a fight to save the world, as they accidentally awaken the King of the Undersea. Publication is set for summer 2023; Rachel Brooks at BookEnds negotiated world rights.

Some FAQs about the announcement:

Is this a standalone? Yes.

Can it be read without having read your other pirate books? Yes, but I think you’ll enjoy it more if you have read the Daughter of the Pirate King duology.

Are Alosa and Riden in the book? They’ll probably have brief cameo appearances.

What about Roslyn and Enwen? Niridia and Mandsy? For spoiler reasons, I can’t tell you that!

Wait, I thought the SHADOWS companion novel was coming out in summer 2023? It was. The sales team has made some adjustments. My new publication schedule is as follows:

Summer 2022: Master of Iron
Summer 2023: Vengeance of the Pirate Queen
Summer 2024: The Darkness within Us
Summer 2025: Trilogy book 1
Winter 2026: Trilogy book 2
Summer 2026: Trilogy book 3

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SHADOWS Is a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist!

Exciting news! THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US is a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist in the Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi Category. If you enjoyed the book, I’d love for you to vote on it! Link here:


Thanks so much to everyone who has voted so far. I can’t thank you all enough!

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Blade of Secrets Map

I’m revealing the map that will be inside Blade of Secrets! The map was created by the fabulously talented Noverantale.

If you’re viewing this post on Goodreads, it doesn’t support images. Go to TriciaLevenseller.com/blog to view!

Don’t forget that Blade of Secrets is available to add to your wishlist on Netgalley! There will be no physical ARCs of this book, so reading an eVersion is the only way to read this one early! Otherwise, this beautiful hardback will hit shelves May 4, 2021!

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Updated Blade of Secrets Cover

Thank you to all those who brought up your concerns over the original cover. I am pleased to share the new cover. I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Please do consider adding the book to your TBR on Goodreads!

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New Book Cover

I’m so excited to share my newest book cover with you guys! Here it is!

BLADE OF SECRETS is book 1 in the Bladesmith Duology, and it releases May 4, 2021!

Here’s the official book description:

“Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Four companions—a blacksmith, a mercenary, a scholar, and an aspiring warrior—set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.”

I’ll share more details about the book soon!

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February Releases

It’s February! You know what that means? DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN releases this month! The 27th is only a few weeks away. I’m having such a hard time being patient for it to get here, so I thought I’d talk about all the other awesome February YA book releases I’m looking forward to!

1. SHADOWSONG (Feb 6th) by S. Jae-Jones, the sequel to WINTERSONG. This book is perfect for those who love strong romantic plot lines; beautiful, atmospheric writing; and fairytales.


What it’s about: Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

2. THE QUEEN’S RISING (Feb 6th) By Rebecca Ross. Perfect for fans of political intrigue and historical settings.

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What it’s about: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

3. THE ROGUE QUEEN (Feb 13th) by Emily R. King. I loved Emily’s first two books in this series. This book will appeal to fans of elemental magic systems, strong female relationships, and well-choreographed action sequences.

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What it’s about: Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

4. SIGHTWITCH (Feb 13th) by Susan Dennard. This book is for fans of epic fantasy! With fantastic character dynamics, a touch of romance, and epic magical battles, this series will appeal to fans of THRONE OF GLASS.


Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

5. PITCH DARK (Feb 20th) by Courtney Alameda. The best way to describe this book is sci-fi horror! Courtney has such a way with creating unique, terrifying monsters. The pacing is spot on in this novel, and the characters jump off the page.

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What it’s about: Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

6. HEART OF IRON (Feb 27th) by Ashley Poston. Another totally original sci-fi!

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What it’s about: Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?









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What I’ve Been Up To

First off, there are fewer than three months until DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING releases, and I could not be more excited! To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway on Twitter. You can check that out here!

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve updated my website. There is now an EVENTS tab on my homepage, where you can find conferences, signings, and other events I’ll be at—I’ll update this throughout the year as more things come up. One highlight is the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING launch party, which will be held in Provo, Utah. If you’re in the area, I would love for you to join me for a night of giveaways, swashbuckling costumes, and piratey treats! More details here!

I’ve already commissioned my costume for the event. I cannot wait to wear this darling pirate corset! The only thing I need now is the perfect pirate hat to go with it! Oh, and I’ll be wearing boots and leggings instead of the skirt.


As for the writing side of things, I’m currently working on edits for the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING sequel. The series is only two books, so this is the second and final installment in the duology. The second book has a title already, but I’m not allowed to announce it yet. It’s somewhat of a spoiler if you haven’t already read the first book.

I’m still reading in my spare time. There are so many exciting books coming out next year that I’ve already had the pleasure of reading. You’ll want to put these on your TBR.

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And then Emily King’s THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN (doesn’t have a cover yet)!

Sadly, I haven’t allowed myself to watch any shows lately. I tend to glue myself to the TV instead of doing my edits, so I’ve cut myself off for now. The fourth season of VIKINGS is just waiting for me on Hulu as soon as I finish these edits.


I was given an early Christmas present this year:


OVERWATCH on Xbox 1. Playing the game is my reward each day I get in my page/word count done.

I think that’s everything! I’m so looking forward to the holidays, and I really hope I get these edits done beforehand so I can properly enjoy them! Happy holidays to everyone and stay safe if you’re traveling (and safe if you’re not, too)!





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