The Magic of Book Dedications

To my sister Audrey. Thanks for being my wall.

T.S.O. The Bayshire, R.E. Klinzing

Hello readers!

Welcome back, where today we are talking about book dedications. I know it isn’t something usually discussed in book writing, or a necessary addition to a story, but they are important nonetheless. A book dedication, like the one from The Bayshire you see above, is usually found in the beginning of a book before the story even starts. It’s a little message or note from the author to a special person or group of people. Sometimes it’s more sentimental than others, but they are always fun to read and provide a glimpse into the author’s life and personality.

Book dedications are easy to write. Keep in mind, if you chose not to dedicate your book, there is nothing wrong with that! My first book, Finding Doom, didn’t have a book dedication. I’m already planning some dedications for the third and fourth books in the Teen Spy Organization series. For fun, here are some of my favorite book dedications from different authors. Maybe they can give you some ideas too.

Dedicated to America, whatever that is.

Visions of Cody, Jack Kerouac

The dedication of this book is split in seven ways: to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

To my wonderful readers:

Sorry about that last cliff-hanger. Well, no, not really. HAHAHAHA. But seriously, I love you guys.

The House of Hades, Rick Riordan

So, you see how much fun book dedications can be? It doesn’t even need to be a specific person, although sometimes that is necessary.

In The Bayshire, I dedicated the book to my little sister, Audrey. The book wouldn’t be what it is without her. Audrey is the model you see on the front cover, with some photo editing of course. She lets me bounce all my crazy ideas off her while I ramble about my stories. Audrey is a big influence on the main character as well. Alexis really does get her stubbornness, her sarcasm, and her big heart from my sister. So, y’all should be thanking her for helping me create such an amazing character. It was because of all this that I dedicated the book to her. (Read the story and you’ll see what I mean.)

Well, people, it’s that simple this week. Comment below with your favorite book dedications, or maybe with a dedication you would love to see in a book!

Happy reading, everyone!

-R.E. Klinzing

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T.S.O. Bk. #2 The Bayshire

The adventure for the agents of the Teen Spy Organization continues.

Agent Alexis Mills, stationed in Ohio, is a top agent that carries out her missions with her impressive combat skills and teaching abilities. After failing to retrieve an artifact known as the Bayshire Stone, Alexis is taken off the case, and her goal of being the Defense Tactics Instructor at the T.S.O. Training Camp might as well be thrown out the window.

To learn what went wrong and reclaim her position as instructor, Agent Mills ignores her orders and travels across the country to finish the mission on her own. But bad memories and mysterious enemies keep her on her feet as startling secrets are uncovered. Alexis must seek help in some old friends and an archenemy. Now she wonders if the T.S.O. is in danger. Several questions remain. Can Agent Mills retrieve the Bayshire Stone, be reinstated as an instructor, and finish the mission before she gets caught? Or will she lose everything?

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