Stretch goal #3 has been reached! This means that backers of the kickstarter of all reward tiers get the Renegade X holiday special (and get to vote on which holiday I write about), the postcard set, and Damien’s Guide to Golden City, a snarky travel guide from Damien’s point of view. The kickstarter is currently at $4,166. and there are still five days left, so it’s time to announce the next stretch goal:
If the kickstarter reaches $4,500, ALL REWARD TIERS will get a high-quality 2×3 inch fridge magnet featuring the wrap cover art from book one, which looks like this:
These are going to be really cool, and I know I want one!
I also announced that I’ve been talking with ACX, the distributor for the Renegade X audiobook, and they’ve provided me with some extra promo codes, good for downloading a free copy of The Rise of Renegade X from Audible.com. This means that the top 40 backers–based on pledge amount–will be getting a free copy of the first audiobook!
Unfortunately, these only apply to backers in the US or the UK. And if you’re in the top 40 and already have the audiobook, you’ll have the chance to opt out so someone else can have a copy. Or you can hoard more for yourself, or give your Audible code to a friend–it’s up to you.
We’ve hit stretch goal #2! That means all reward tiers in the kickstarter come with not only the Renegade X holiday special (where backers get to vote on which holiday I write about), but also a set of 3 postcards featuring the cover art (one postcard for each cover).
And I’m super excited to announce that if the kickstarter reaches $4,000, I will write and illustrate Damien’s Guide to Golden City. This will be a tour/travel guide to Golden City, as only Damien can tell it. Expect lots of snark and hilarious anecdotes about your favorite characters. This will come in ebook format and will be included with ALL REWARD TIERS.
If you’ve been keeping up with the kickstarter for The Betrayal of Renegade X, then you’ve probably seen that we’ve reached our first stretch goal! That means I’ll be writing a Renegade X HOLIDAY SPECIAL. Backers get to vote on which holiday I write about. It’s going to be awesome.
And we’re getting close to reaching the second stretch goal:
If the kickstarter reaches $3,500, ALL REWARD TIERS will come with a set of three 4×6 postcards, featuring the gorgeous artwork from each book cover. I can also sign and/or personalize these, or leave them blank. And that’s all reward tiers, so even if you only pre-order the ebook, you’ll still get the postcards sent to you.
We’re at $3,385 as I write this, with eight days left to go–let’s make this happen!
My ultimate stretch goal is to raise enough to produce the second audiobook, which I’m really excited about, and I know a lot of you are, too. The whole campaign would need to get up to $5,500 in order to make that happen. We’re still a long way off from that, but I have some fun stretch goals planned for the milestones in between, and any extra funds raised by this kickstarter will go towards producing the second audiobook. So there will still be a second audiobook at some point either way–it’ll just be a much longer wait if we don’t make it.
If you haven’t heard the audiobook for The Rise of Renegade X, it’s freaking hilarious. I cracked up laughing the whole time. Philip Russell Newman is the absolute perfect narrator to capture Damien’s humor, and I love every minute of it. You can check out the first audiobook here. It’s also part of the Whispersync program on Amazon, so if you’ve bought the ebook version, you can get the audiobook for $1.99.
That’s my ultimate goal. For now, here’s Stretch Goal #1:
If the campaign gets up to $3,000, I’m going to write a Renegade X HOLIDAY SPECIAL. It’ll be a short story included in ebook format with all reward tiers, and backers get to vote one which holiday I write about.
One lucky person can get an annotated hardback copy of The Betrayal of Renegade X, with my handwritten behind-the-scenes notes and drawings all over it. There will be something on every page, and this will obviously be a one-of-a-kind item!
If you’ve read The Trials of Renegade X, then you probably saw all those awesome names of superheroes and supervillains in the back, and maybe you thought, “Who are these people? I’m a superhero or villain, and I live in Golden City–why isn’t MY name in here???”
The Kickstarter is the ONLY way to pre-order the book, AND you also get to read it a couple weeks before it goes on sale.
You can get ebooks, signed and embossed paperbacks, or signed and embossed hardbacks of any/all of the Renegade X books. (If you’ve never seen a signed book from me, I have embossing stamps based on if you’re a hero, a villain, or something else…)
There’s also a very limited reward tier where you get to name a character in book 3. These go fast (it’s day two and there are only 2 out of 3 spots left), so if you want to be in a Renegade X book, get it before it’s gone.
A 7th grade noir detective. A femme – er, fille – fatale. A PTA mafia. Not your average mystery.
Harper Madigan: Junior High Private Eye comes out in ebook on March 2nd, which is this Friday, and also my birthday! (The paperback version will be out later this month, for anyone who’d rather have a physical copy. Or, you know, both–I won’t stop you.) The ebook is $3.99 and will be available for purchase through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Smashwords. I did not know you could buy books on Goodreads, but apparently you can!
To celebrate the release, I’m going to have a Twitter contest and am giving away 10 epub copies and 1 grand prize of an epub and a signed paperback, once it’s available. The contest will start on Friday and run through Sunday, and all you’ll have to do to enter is RT the contest tweet (which I will be posting here and tweeting on Friday). You can RT the contest tweet once per day to get extra entries (up to 3 total). Winners will be posted on the blog on Monday!
I announced some exclusive information about the Renegade X sequel over at Laura’s Review Bookshelf, mainly that there WILL be one. Head over and check out my post to find out what this means for readers and what the book’s about.
Also head over there to enter to win a special annotated copy of The Rise of Renegade X! I’ve gone through a copy of the book and scribbled behind the scenes notes and drawn pictures all over it. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for the Renegade X lover or aspiring writer in your life, if you, you know, aren’t selfish like me and wouldn’t want it for yourself. Three runners up will also win swag packs. The contest runs from now until December 11th, so go check it out!
Here are a few teaser pics of the annotated book:
The first page.
A close-up of the cake building.
Don’t cry, PB&J, you’ll taste even worse if you’re soggy!
Three winners will also win a swag pack like this one!
I was using the Neti Pot just now and Teisel, the 20lb Bengal, decided the saline solution flowing out my nose was the best thing ever. :/ I was like, “GO AWAY!” and he was like, “OM NOM NOM” and wouldn’t go away. I tried letting the solution drip on him, but that didn’t faze him, he just flicked his ear a little. So he’s there, crowding the sink, while The Kitten is off in the corner, mewling and making noise, and I’m still like, “OMG, GO AWAY!” and nobody was going away. Teisel wasn’t going to leave his wonderful new fountain that was COMING OUT OF MY NOSE. :/ And then I was like snorting out the excess solution in between pourings, and Teisel was still cool with that (OM NOM NOM), and then Kitten came over to watch and was all fascinated, like me using Neti Pot was even more interesting than watching the toilet flush, and meanwhile Teisel’s still crowding the sink and refusing to be pushed away. At that point the Neti Pot was mostly empty anyway and I gave up. Once I turned the water on to rinse everything out, Teisel bolted, though Kitten stayed, so as not to miss out on any more fascinating water movements. These cats, I tell you!
P.S. Just so everybody knows, he didn’t really drink very much of the saline solution, and I totally rinsed out the sink afterwards so he can’t go back for more.