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!)
Publishing on Kickstarter
Before you go, check out these fabulous campaigns, too. Backing publishing projects on Kickstarter allows authors and publishers to keep offering great new campaigns!
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!
Other Kickstarter Publishing Projects
Check out these great projects by other authors–backing Kickstarter publishing projects allows authors to keep bringing you more exciting books!
Again, thank you so much for supporting our project!
It’s time to set sail for adventure and romance with Destiny Blade and her pirate crew!
This steamy reverse harem fantasy romance series, along with special edition paperbacks and hardcovers, will be launched exclusively available on Kickstarter, along with your guaranteed chance to grab it.
You can also get additional pirate- and witch-themed book swag, including signed paperbacks, art prints, character cards, two exclusive short stories, and more, available only via Kickstarter!
Cali Mann is the USA Today bestselling author of the Thornbriar Academy series. She writes paranormal romance, the sexy kind with why choose, hunky shifters, sexy vampires, and women who stand up for themselves. She learned romance by reading through her mother’s entire Gothic romance collection in her teens, so she and dark romance go way back. When she’s not writing, she spends her time streaming shows, playing video games, and pestering her two tuxedo cats.
Margo Bond Collins
USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between “hanged” and “hung,” turned to writing romance novels instead. She now writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and science fiction romance. Sometimes her heroines kiss aliens, sometimes they kill monsters. But they always aim for the heart.
Shadowheart Media publishes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction romance.
Are you a fan of sexy fantasy romance, hot paranormal men, spicy reverse harems, anda witchy pirate heroine?
Even more, are you looking for a guaranteed happily ever after?
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you don’t want to miss out on the steamy reverse harem paranormal historical romance series The Mystic Marauder.
Adult Reverse Harem Paranormal Fantasy Romance 18+
The Mystic Marauder series will be available in three formats: ebook, paperback, and hardcover.
The ebooks are included in all tiers, and all three books will be delivered directly to you by June 1, 2023 (regardless of when your physical items ship). They are compatible with all reading devices.
Both hardcovers and paperbacks will have special chapter headings and formatting to allow you to immerse yourself in the magical, piratical world of Destiny Blade and her Shadowheart crew.
The special edition hardcovers will be beautifully foiled and available ONLY through this Kickstarter campaign!
The regular hardcover print version will not be available for purchase until late 2023, and that edition will not have all the bonus content included in this book as presented with this Kickstarter offer.
Genre: Adult, Reverse Harem, Fantasy Romance
Format: Hardcover, paperback, and ebook (pdf, mobi, epub)
Page Count: 400+
About The Mystic Marauder Series
I was born on the island of Tortuga. My mother died and one of her brothel customers taught me to be a thief. I stole and stole and stole until I sneaked my way into a pirate ship at fourteen.
By sixteen, I was running my own crew. I fought and scraped my way into this life and my grandmother’s bruja magic didn’t do me any favors. Healing magic was pretty much useless for a pirate who only wanted to kill and to steal—until the nobleman ended up on my boat.
He’s tougher than any rich fob had a right to be. And he has a secret—a dangerous secret—that might just kill us all. Then again, it might make us richer than we ever dreamed.
And in the meantime, I’m falling for not one but three of the men involved in this insane race to gain the treasure when we get to the X that marks the spot. If we get there.
But what’s the life of a pirate without adventure? I never expect to live past my twenties anyway.
Destiny Blade – A Pirate Witch
Henry St John – A Stowaway Vampire
Talin Kingston – A Powerful Shifter
Mack Calabran – A Rival Pirate Captain
Roseline Baptiste – First Mate on the Shadowheart
Juan Verity – First Mate on Mack’s Ship
Tomas LeBaron – A Vampire Stalking the Shadowheart
The Shadowheart—Destiny Blade’s ship—sets sail in the Caribbean.
They’re all in a race to find a long-lost treasure—but first, they must track down the map that will take them there!
Three scenes (one per book) printed on vellum inserts
One set of three NSFW art prints(Print 1 below):
One set of three postcardswith a second version of the same scene(Postcard 1 below):
One set of character cards
Each book will come with two unique Magic Marauder signed bookplates—one from Cali and one from Margo.
Each swag box will include either a complete hardcover set or a complete paperback set of the Mystic Marauder series and all the additional backer rewards.
All three books plus two shorts in ebook format
Hardcovers or paperbacks with exclusive design and formatting
Three vellum overlays
Three postcards with envelopes
Three NSFW art prints
Pirate map print
A Mini Pirate’s Treasure box with surprise book goodies!
Three vellum overlays: $20
Three postcards with envelopes: $12
Three NSFW art prints: $20
Pirate map print: $10
Character Cards: $10
A Mini Pirate’s Treasure box with surprise book goodies: $15
Welcome to this week’s Book Hooks blog hop, sponsored by Marketing for Romance Writers! For my part of the hop, I’m sharing an excerpt from Tiny and Fierce: Her Alien Crew Book 1. Check it out below, then follow the link to the rest of the hop for some great romance books!
In a galaxy where humans are considered the least of all races, she’ll build a crew that adores her strength and style.
When Lise Klein took over her family’s deep-space salvage company, she never expected to stumble through a wormhole into a whole other galaxy full of strange alien races ruled by a cruel empress.
She learns she’s not the first human to wind up there—but the others were captured and sold as slaves. She’ll have to fight to survive.
All she wants is to find a way home. But when she takes on a crew of alien conmen, she finds something truly worth fighting for.
Now, to stay alive, they may have to free the entire system. Luckily for all of them, Lise may be little, but she’s tough.
Her Alien Crew is a slow-burn sci fi reverse harem romance featuring a fae prince with a giant ego and a smart mouth, an insectoid Chilchek warrior with a sensitive soul, and a mysterious, brooding fighter with the wings of a dragonfly—plus an illegally enhanced AI ship captained by one tiny human with room enough in her heart for them all.
Fans of Ruby Dixon, Anna Zaires, and Rebecca Royce will love this hot new whychoose sci-fi romance.
“You’re a cheat and a liar!”
I didn’t turn to find the source of the voice. It had nothing to do with me.
After a heartbeat, I realized the translation running from The Bluebird to the communication device implanted behind my ear didn’t come with its usual delay.
“Way to go, Blue,” I whispered. “You’re getting better at this.”
My ship’s AI snorted in my ear. “I didn’t translate that.”
Frowning, I spun around on my too-tall barstool, designed for creatures much larger than any human. In the corner of the spaceport bar, a Chilchek warrior unfolded himself to his full height—easily seven feet, not counting his pincer horns. Those added at least another three feet to his height.
Even in the dim lighting preferred by most of the bar’s patrons, the royal blue of the Chilchek’s chitinous body gleamed, the color a sure sign that he was male. The facets of his eyes twirled in shades of blue and green. He lifted all four of the legs—arms?—attached to his thorax and pointed them at the man he was facing off against.
Man. As in human male.
I gasped, my eyes widening. No wonder Blue hadn’t had to translate his speech.
A series of clicks and snaps came from the mandibles around the Chilcheck’s mouth. A heartbeat later, Blue’s translation came through. You dare dishonor my colony name? I will squash you like the tiny bug you are.
Bug? That was a bit rich, coming from a Chilchek. I bit down on a giggle and leaned in closer to watch the drama unfolding before me.
The Chilchek leaned forward over the table, looming over the man, who glanced around nervously before taking a step back, giving me a clear look at his face.
And oh, my hot, heavenly stars, he was gorgeous.
Not just because he was the first human I’d seen in months and months.
No, he was flat-out handsome. Dark hair, wide luminous eyes, full lips, high cheekbones.
Quit it, Lise, I scolded myself. No matter how long I’d been stuck here, I wasn’t in this freakshow of an alien bar looking to get laid. I needed a crew.
The Chilchek dropped all four forelegs onto the table, scattering the cards and currency that presumably made up the game they had been playing moments before.
Taking another step back, the human finally replied, raising his own arms as if to ward off the alien warrior. “Fine. If you say you weren’t cheating, then there’s no problem. I don’t want any trouble.”
Most of the players had pulled back from the table and were now, along with the rest of the bar’s patrons, focused on the confrontation.
Any second now, one of the two combatants would lunge for the other and the whole place would erupt in fighting. Time to get out.
I tossed some coins on the table to pay for my drink—Blue had translated its name as a Galactic Blaster—and dropped off the stool to stand on the sticky metal floor beneath. But as I turned to leave, I noticed one of the players step in closer to the table. This one looked more human than not, but built on a bigger scale. And with beautiful, multicolored metal wings on his back. He wore an eyepatch over one eye. With his single good eye, he shot a glance at the human, who gave an almost imperceptible nod.
What was going on here?
With an audible screech of his mandibles, the Chilchek scuttled across the table, employing all six of his appendages as legs, his pincer horns snapping closed inches from the man’s face.
Cursing, the human picked up a nearby chair and swung it toward the Chilchek.
The rest of the bar exploded, everyone drunk and itching for a fight.
The butterfly guy, though, took advantage of the distraction and swept all the currency off the table and into a bag.
Another alien staggered back from a blow someone had landed on its face and bumped into me, almost sitting in my lap. I pushed it off me and focused on the two who had started this bar brawl. They were still lunging, but neither had made contact.
This was a setup. They planned it all.
Without stopping to second-guess myself, I ducked and wove through the reeling crowd until I reached the back-entrance butterfly guy had slipped out through.
If my guess was right, I might have just found the crew I’d been looking for.