Time is running out to support Far Flung on Inkshares!

With 5 days left in the Launch Pad Inkshares contest, I’m losing my hold over 4th place, let alone a top 3 place that I would need to win.

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So here I am, again, trying to get pre-orders for Far Flung. I’ve got two supporter previews left. I think those previews are why a lot of new blog visitors are here!

To my new visitors and my readers before the campaign – will you support Far Flung?

If you plan to, now is the time!

Check out Far Flung at the Inkshares page here and see the updates and chapters I’ve provided. With complex characters and worldbuilding, I think sci-fi fans will deeply appreciate this journey. Read over the preview chapters, maybe leave a comment or recommendation, and let me know what you think!

#Inkshares Preview #45 – Tainted by P.J. Marshman (@PJMarshman)

After being attacked while in the forest, a man fights the beast within for control over his mind and body in Tainted by P.J. Marshman

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Alex has had nightmares for as long as he can remember – dark images of death that plague his sleep but vanish when he wakes. When he’s with his friends on vacation, he’s viciously attacked in a remote mountain forest. The attack awakens something inside him, a hungry creature from his horrid nightmares. Alex must suppress this beast within, or his friends may be the only thing that satisfy his new hunger.

The author has worked on the manuscript for several years, and is even devoloping a screenplay based on it. The narrative is nice and creepy, moving quickly as it promises scares to come. Go check out Tainted on Inkshares now!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

Preview #44 – Daughter of the Mara by Alexandra Bittner (@theladyisanerd)

Nightmares intertwine with reality for the heroine of Daughter of the Mara by Alexandra Bittner.

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Jayashree Atkinson is constantly surrounded by dreams even while awake, and is locked away for five years for a crime she doesn’t remember. Now she is finally free from the psychiatric hospital where she feared she would spend her entire life. Thanks to a mysterious stranger who broke into her hospital, she knows that she is a mara – the living embodiment of a nightmare.

She begins to learn what it means to be a mara, as she controls her dreams and faces enemies in the waking world. She will have to confront the mother who abandoned her as well as other mara as she tries to learn who and what she is.

Reviewers praise the dark descriptions of the nightmares that surround Jayashree, as well as the complex narrative that follows her journey of self-discovery amidst her struggles against unknown evils. The preview chapters are deeply intriquing as Jayashree deals with both dark visions and skepticism from the doctors around her. Be sure to check out Daughter of the Mara on Amazon and learn more about her dark journey

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

Why Support Support Far Flung?

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As you likely know, I’ve been working away at previews of other authors’ works and other promotions for Far Flung.

There are more previews in the pipeline, but not many! The rest will go up soon, but first, a personal note about my desire for Far Flung. It’s the reason for all these previews, after all – a perk for supporting the book to come. I’ll write a preview for your book, music, artwork, blog, or whatever else it is you do in return for a $10 pre-order.

Why do all this?

It’s a fair question, one that certainly keeps coming up!

With a place in the Top 50 in Launch Pad, and the supportive community at Inkshares, I saw a chance. Normally, it takes 750 pre-orders of a book at Inkshares to get a fully-featured publishing deal, but I could get the same level of quality and service if I land in the Top 3 of the current Launch Pad Contest by October 9. An e-book, paperback copies, hardcover, signed copies, distribution in major bookstores – the whole deal.

I could do this without Inkshares, it will just take a lot longer.

Story development editing is expensive. So is promotion, cover design, distribution, and I would (somehow) have to pay for all of it if I end up self-publishing. As someone already in a nasty bit of debt, a means of subsidizing production, like crowdfunding, has a certain appeal!

What happens if I don’t get the Top 3 by October 9?

Just so you don’t think I’m pinning all my hopes on this one chance, I figure I’ll let you know the alternatives I can see. First, I will not cancel the campaign for Far Flung. There’s a level of publishing at 250 pre-orders that I can take, and I’ll try for that. It doesn’t offer as much editing, but it will get physical copies of the book in bookstores in the US and Canada – something quite difficult for me to do on my own.

After that, there’s self-publishing. No idea how I’ll afford everything, so I’ll be pitching it to traditional literary agents as I work through the steps. But somehow, I will finish it. I’m also starting the sequel (yes, there will be one!) as soon as I can – it’ll be my submission for next year’s Launch Pad (yes, I will do it again, but probably without the crowdfunding part).

tl;dr – It will get done.

So why should you throw in $10 for an e-book, or $20 for a physical copy? Because it will get done. I have a plan, and I’m following it now, but if I can get a 50-80 additional pre-orders within the next two weeks, you know what happens? My plans get accelerated drastically and you get Far Flung and all the books that follow a lot sooner (hey, remember Bound in Shadows? Don’t worry, I do).

I hope you will pre-order!

Here’s the page where you order. Oh, note that if you get an e-book, it’ll come in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats.

Order now, get a nice little promo for your work, and get a great sci-fi novel!

#Inkshares Preview #43 – The Wolf in the Woods by Benjamin Gray (@ImBenvincible)

The Wolf in the Woods is an anthology of terror by Benjamin Gray that is in the running for the horror contest.

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This book promises to be a creepy anthology of flash fiction and short stories with creepy themes. Wishes with terrible prices, journeys that never end, a computer game that acts against its creator’s wishes – the stories vary in genre, but each promises to have a dark twist.

Anthologies can be a tough sell, but when they promise unusual premises and creeping terror, it’s hard not to be drawn in. The three preview stories available already show a good, crisp narrative with good characters and storytelling. Be sure to check it out on Inkshares!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #42 – The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel

In The Sulphur Cure by Barry Brennessel, an artist who lost everything in the Great Depression searches for the brother he thought was lost in the Great War.

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This book is a bit different from the other Inkshares books I’m previewing – The Sulphur Cure was written and published before going on Inkshares for the Launch Pad competition, but this contest should get a bigger audience for the author.

The story follows Vincent Rhodes, an artist who lost his family fortune in the Great Depression, as he receives letters from his brother Theo. Theo went missing in the Great War, so Vincent leaves Brooklyn, following clues in the letters to solve the mystery and find his brother. His search takes him to New England, but the eclectic residents of a decaying resort known as The Sulphur Cure have dark secrets of their own.

Rhodes is an intriguing character from the start, and I really appreciate the simple, compelling narrative of the chapters I’ve read so far. Be sure to check it out on Inkshares and Amazon!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

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Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think

#Inkshares Preview #41 – The Valentine Saga: Innocence by Brendon Udy (@BrendonUdy )

In The Valentine Saga: Innocence by Brendon Udy, a young woman emerges from a fallout bunker after spending 24 years with only a humanoid robot for company.

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Nina Valentine lives in a fallout shelter with only one friend, her robot Bob. After 24 years, Nina is ready to break out to the surface, but when she does, she finds the remains of a global war with aliens. As she and Bob search for answers, they discover that the war never truly ended.

Nina is a likable character from the start – smart, brave, and witty. The narrative moves quickly, and promises an enjoyable adventure to come. Check it out on  Inkshares now!

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Help me kickstart my writing career and get a great sci-fi novel!

Cover with Title - small

Far Flung, my sci-fi epic that’s in the Top 50 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition, is in funding now.

Support this story, and I will write a preview for any work you want to promote! Be sure to read the preview chapters & tell me what you think