The Phobia of Renegade X (Renegade X 4)
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It’s come to my attention that some of you–kind of a lot of you, actually–had signed up for the newsletter, but never got the confirmation email. Some email providers were rejecting it, so it didn’t even go into spam, but just never showed up.
So, if you signed up for the newsletter but never got anything from me, that’s why, and it’s fixed now.
I switched newsletter providers and imported everyone who signed up, confirmed and unconfirmed alike. It should all work smoothly, so that when I announce the release of book 3, everyone will actually get the notification. You can also sign up from my facebook page as well.
I tested it out, and it seems to be working, but please let me know if you have any problems with it.
I know, I know–The Betrayal of Renegade X was supposed to come out on June 10th. (A lot of you saw that on Goodreads, I think.) You guys have been waiting and waiting, and nobody wants this book to come out more than me. Unfortunately, there’s been a delay with the cover, but I should have the finished art very soon. And the second I do, I will hit the publish button! I’ll also post about it everywhere and send out a newsletter. So hang in there! The wait is almost over.
The Betrayal of Renegade X is almost done–only three scenes left to write–and, barring some disaster, will come out in June. That’s right, June, as in next month. I don’t have an exact release date yet, but I expect that the ebook will be out around the 6th, with paperback and hardback versions soon to follow. That’s not an official date, just a probable one, but I’ll send out a newsletter as soon as the ebook goes on sale, so if you’re worried about missing it, sign up in the top left corner of the site to get notified.
And I’ve got good news for fans who have been waiting for the audiobook for The Trials of Renegade X! Thanks to the extra funds raised in the kickstarter, I’ve worked out a plan with the narrator/producer team, and they’re currently working on the audiobook for Trials right now. Expect that to come out sometime in September.
Last reminder–there are 12 hours left to go on the kickstarter for The Betrayal of Renegade X. We’ve reached stretch goal #4, so besides the holiday special, the postcards, and the travel guide, all reward tiers now include magnets! And Kickstarter backers get to read the book two weeks early.
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!
As I’m typing this, the kickstarter for The Betrayal of Renegade X is at 97%! (It also got chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick!) And with 20 days still left to go, that means it’s time to announce some stretch goals.
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.
I’ve added another reward tier to the Kickstarter.
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???”
Well, maybe you didn’t think that exactly, but if you wanted to be on that list, you’ve got a second chance, because the Kickstarter for The Betrayal of Renegade X is now live!
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.