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Just a quick disclaimer here before we get into the story. (LOL, "quick")

First of all, I should warn you that this book has a somewhat bad ending. The few people who have read the book and given me feedback have kindly suggested that *maybe* I shouldn't have *done that.* But I have chosen to keep the ending as I intended it all along, and I'm writing this brief disclaimer instead. If you're looking for happily ever after, look elsewhere. This journey and its ending makes sense for these characters and I couldn't bring myself to write it any other way.

The second thing I'd like to talk about is similarities to other books. It's not easy writing something that's never been done before, and there are definitely some common themes in my book when compared to others. I've simply put my own spin on them.

Specifically, the one thing I'd like to address is my use of the phrase "little lightning girl." I am aware of another YA book [Red Queen] that uses the same nickname for their heroine. For this reason, I tried pretty hard to use something--anything--different. I tried changing the way I phrased it, or omitting it completely, but no matter how hard I tried I kept coming back to it. It just happened so organically and fit so naturally within my story that I couldn't stand to remove it. Please forgive. The idea still came to me on my own, it just so happens that it has been used before as well.

Finally, I must thank you for reading. And I'm not just saying that. This book means a lot to me and I really do appreciate every single one of you for choosing it and taking the time. You, like, totally rock my world.

That is all xo

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