Rebel Queen officially launched this morning!
Cassandra has a problem, and it’s only the first of many. Being raised as the youngest child in a family of great heroes would be a challenge for anyone.
Until a few days ago, Cassandra was content with her role as a child of greatness. She was studious, spent most of her waking hours with her mother and other heads of state and at her father’s insistence, learned how to duel. As her siblings had before her, Cassandra knew she would likely be matched with a partner for political reasons and had long since accepted her role in the world.
That was, of course, before her mother died, and before her…transformation. Overnight, her soft pale skin sprouted gorgeous golden dragon scales.
Presented with a future she no longer recognizes, as the first of her kind, she must overcome a whole new set of challenges if she hopes to survive the unknown threat that comes from across the Careless Sea.
The Sakwa dragonkin are a dying race, fueled by a tribal system that failed them centuries ago but yet unable to adapt to a new way of life. In a desperate bid to keep the people focused on outside conflict, Jenya of the Toho has declared war on Cassandra’s country. An ocean may separate the two cultures, but the Sakwa see the Seven Kingdoms as their opportunity for a new start; a new start they will willingly kill and die for.
The time has come. I’ve been working on Rebel Queen for a few months now and I’m getting close to handing it over to a professional editor. Now, full disclosure…my budget is sufficient to release this book. So whether the KickStarter works or not, Rebel Queen will be released on December 1, 2015!
I have another fantastic artist lined up and working on the cover as I write this.
After the editor is done, Rebel Queen will go out to my Beta Readers for feedback.
All told, I should be putting the final touches on a publishable manuscript by November.
So why the hell am I doing a KickStarter?
Well. It’s pretty simple really. Marketing. It’s actually incredibly difficult to market books. I have a great following, but in order to reach new readers and expand beyond what I’ve established so far…I have to reach out to new people. Not everyone finds my books on Amazon, nor do they just stumble upon my work by typing dragon into a search engine. There are so many writers out there (both good and bad) and it’s pretty easy to get lost in the crowd.
So, in an effort to expand the readership base and get the word out that a new book is on the horizon…I’m prepared to do some extra (albeit fun) work. The threat of carpel tunnel has never been more imminent. I’ll sign just about anything you shove in front of me, including my own work. So have a look at the KickStarter and share it with your family and friends! Help me get the word out there!