Second, we wanted to take a minute to tell you about the Pirate Party happening this Friday (10/21) on Facebook. Cali Mann and Margo Bond Collins will be running the party and we have lots of guest authors lined up for the day, too.
Also, we’re announcing our next stretch goals. As we noted before, the $3000 stretch goal will include special header designs for ebooks (they’re already included in the paperback and hardcover books) and a gold-foiled pirate-themed bookmark for all levels including merch.
At $4000, we’ll be adding special pirate- and witch-themed stickers (physical for merch backers, digital for everyone). And at $5000, we have an amazing bonus for everyone–we’ll share it once we unlock the $3k bonus!
This week, our bonus book is Cali Mann’s short story collection. If you’ve pledged to the campaign already, you’ll get all the bonus books (and we have more coming!).
Thank you SO MUCH for your support and encouragement! As the campaign continues, we’ll be adding more surprise bonuses to celebrate and share with you, so be sure to spread the word.
While we continue to work on getting everything ready to send to you, we’d love to know: What would you be interested in seeing as a bonus on this (or any) campaign? Let me know with a comment on this post.
Don’t forget–YOU can star in a witchy pirate story!
If you pledge before Oct. 19, you can get a story starring YOU added to your swag box without paying anything extra. (You can still get the bonus story after the 19th, of course–but the early-bird specials are going away then!)
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We’re so stinking excited about this project and hope you are too. We really appreciate your support in bringing Destiny Blade and her pirate mates to life.
Early Bird Rewards Ending Soon
Just a heads up that EARLY BIRD rewards are only available for a few more days. If you want one of these special collections or want to recommend them to a friend, now’s the time.
Do go and check out the new images of the art (both clean and NSFW versions) that are now posted on our Kickstarter page. We’re so pleased at how they turned out. We’re sure you’ll agree that they are amazing.
YOU in a Mystic Marauder Story
In case you missed it, you have a chance to star in a Mystic Marauder story along with getting all the books in paperback or hardcover!
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Again, thank you so much for supporting our project!
The Alien Bride Lottery Kickstarter just passed another stretch goal! In January 2023, I will be sending an audio annotation of Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery to all backers at the $5 and above level!
And as a bonus gift, I will send a magnet of the Alien Bride Lottery Vol. 1 to all backers whose pledges include physical merchandise.
Stretch Goal 11: Every backer at $5 and above will receive an Alien Bride Lottery pin or keychain and every backer whose pledge level includes physical merch will receive a paperback copy of Betrayed by the Alien Bride Lottery.
Stretch Goal 12: I’ll send an audio file of the second Alien Bride Lottery short, “Betrayed by the Alien Bride Lottery,” read by the author (me!) to all backers at the $5 and above tiers.
When youback this project for as little as $5, you join more than a hundred other readers and receive Kickstarter-exclusive perks, including two brand-new Alien Bride Lottery stories, exclusive artwork, bonus ebooks, alien-romance-themed book swag, and more!
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The Alien Bride Lottery Kickstarter campaign is almost over! If you haven’t backed it yet, be sure to check it out here–as a backer, you can get tons of alien romance ebooks, paperbacks, hardbacks, swag, and more!
Format: Hardcover, paperback, and ebook (pdf, mobi, epub)
Page Count: 400+
The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games…In Space!
The Alien Bride Lottery Volume 1 tells the stories of three human women whose names are drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery to participate in the Bride Games as part of a treaty between the Khanavai warriors and Earth’s leaders—whether or not the women want to become an alien’s chosen mate! (Hint: they don’t!)
This book includes three novels, and you do not need to have read any of the other books in the series in order to enjoy this fantastic sci-fi romance.
The Alien Bride Lottery is fully written. It is currently being edited for a second time and is awaiting professional formatting. This story, previously published on Amazon Kindle, has not been released in hardcover. This version also includes a hot bonus scene written especially for this edition!
I have successfully published more than fifty books on Amazon and various retailers.
The hardcover print version will not be available for purchase until late 2023, and that edition will not have all of the bonus content included in this book as presented with this Kickstarter offer.
Station 21 is the Khanavai-run space station that is home to The Bride Games, the Bride Treaty’s answer to “neutral territory.” There, the brides whose names are drawn in the Bride Lottery compete for the chance to win an alien mate–and participation is compulsory.
The Heroes: Khanavai Males
Cav Adredoni is a pilot in the Khanavai space military, but he has plans to go through training to join the military intelligence unit. He doesn’t have time for a new mate, but this might be his only opportunity!
Zont Lanov is a member of the Khanavai’s military intelligence, a spy for his government. But when Dr. Amelia Rivers goes on the run rather than join the Bride Games, Zont decides she’s the mate for him and goes to Earth to track her down.
Eldron Gendovi is a military commander who takes care of his people–including the woman he hopes will become her mate and her young son–no matter what it takes.
The Heroines: Human Women
Natalie Ferguson is a college student with a crush on a jazz musician classmate. When her name is drawn in the Alien Bride Lottery, she’s determined to get out of marrying a total stranger. She’s playing this game to lose.
Amelia Rivers is a talented surgeon who’s avoided the Bride Lottery so far–and when her name is drawn, she removes her tracker and translator and runs. Too bad for her, Zont Lanov is as determined to catch her as she is to avoid being caught.
Mia Jones is in hiding from her abusive ex. But her black-market tracker isn’t as anonymous as she was assured, so when she’s taken to Station 21, she focuses on bringing her young son to join her…while Commander Gendovi focuses all his attention on her.
Plus a whole slew of fun alien sidekicks, most of whom are tasked with keeping the brides in check, including Vos Klavoii, the beleaguered and manipulative Games Director.
***To READ an excerpt from Entered in the Alien Bride Lottery, for free, CLICK HERE. ***
We’re past the 6th stretch goal, thanks to all you amazing folks who backed the project! I have reached out to an artist to commission the chapter headings for the special edition of the hardcover edition. I can’t wait to share them with you!
I’m also adding a new bonus perk to everyone who backed at a level to receive physical merch (or who orders physical merchandise as an add-on). You’ll all be getting a signed bookplate sticker. Check out the design below—I’ll be signing these right before I send them out!
We’re on our way to goal #7 – which is…a second ebook volume of early science fiction stories by women. I used to be a college English professor and have edited a lot of collections of works by other authors—I’ve had a lot of fun putting this one together and am excited about sharing it with you. You can see the cover for this one below!
Right now, I’ve got six possible series ideas. Five of these are connected to new series: Alien Guardians, Alien War Brides, Abracadabra Apocalypse, Shadow Chronicles, or Borrowed Wings. OR I could use Kickstarter to finish out my Star Mate Interstellar Shifters series. You can see some of the covers from the projects below, and I’d love it if you took the quiz to let me know which one I should start with!
Again, thank you SO MUCH for your support and encouragement! As the campaign continues, I’ll continue to share more surprise bonuses to celebrate and share with you, so be sure to spread the word.
Also, the Early Backer Ebook Rewards (five hot alien and sci-fi romances by some of my favorite authors!) end on July 15, so if you’ve been waiting to back the campaign, now is the time to do it!
Tell Me More!
And I know I continue to ask this in every update, but as I continue to add stretch goals, I’d love to know: what are your favorite kinds of bonuses to receive when backing a publishing Kickstarter campaign?
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I was working alone in my office while Carla, my new part-time nanny, played with Joey upstairs, when Ariana texted me.
Hey, chica! I met the most amazing man today. And guess what? He wants to meet you!
Groaning, I dropped my head into one hand. Then I texted her back.
I told you, I’m just not ready to date yet.
And I really wasn’t. I was far too busy working out how to deal with all the competing demands on my time.
I had a day-job as a website tester, a part-time monster-hunting job that required regular training with my far-too-hot werewolf boss, way too many PTA meetings, an ex-husband who was still trying to sue me for custody of my kids, an end-of-school carnival to plan, and two very demanding children—both of whom now knew about my alter-ego as a badass vampire slayer (though I hadn’t yet told them about all the other creatures that went bump in the night).
I did not have time to date.
Besides, the last thing I wanted was to go out on another date with someone I’d have to kill by the end of the evening.
Because really, wouldn’t that be just my luck, to have to take out another monster I went out with?
My phone rang, and I answered it without looking, assuming it was Ariana calling to try to badger me into going out with the “amazing man” she’d met.
Instead, it was the amazing man I had met.
“Jenna,” Bentley said, “I have an assignment for you.”
Great. Job Number Two needed my attention when I hadn’t even finished Job Number One for the day.
“What’s up?” I asked.
“It looks like there are a couple of werewolves tearing up a Walmart in Plano—and you’re the closest team member. I need you to go check it out, see if you can get them to calm down.”
“You want me to confront rampaging werewolves in Walmart?”
“Yes, please. Here are the details.”
I sighed and pulled a notepad across the desk, prepared to take notes.
When I finally got around to dating after my jackhole of a husband walked out on my fortieth birthday, I thought personal grooming was my biggest worry. Until I went on a date with a vampire and ended up fighting for my life.
Now I see magic—and danger—everywhere I look, and somehow I’m the one responsible for keeping everyone safe.
It’s worse than being roped into heading a PTA committee. Well…maybe.
Anyway, whatever happened to finding a teenage girl to be the Chosen One?
Still, I’ll do whatever it takes to keep the people I love safe.
I might even be willing to protect that jackhole ex. But only if I have to.
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In the kitchen, two vampires still stood guard at the exit into the garage. Reaching into my purse, I pulled out the first metal object I touched and brandished it at the vampire guards.
“Get out of our way, or I will…” My voice trailed off as I glanced down at what I was holding. Then I rallied and continued speaking. “This spoon might not look dangerous. But it’s silver, and I’m a Chosen One.”
One of the guards snickered, and I took a threatening step toward him, lowering my voice. “Do you really want to bet against me? I can shove this spoon into your chest and scoop out your heart without ever breaking a sweat.”