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Indy Publishing my first novel, a Post Apocalyptic Adventure! Meteor strikes, mutant herds, and a bad-ass problem-solver named Clutch!

Dallas, TX Fiction
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CLUTCH IS FUNDED!

In just over ONE DAY, Clutch: Book One of the Wrecked Earth, is funded! I am so excited that I will be able to get the AMAZING art done now, and have funds for promo copies and setting up a website for the series.

BUT WAIT... there's more!

We still have about five days left as I type this, and the last KS ended at $830, so there may be more funds coming in. Every dollar that comes in will go towards MORE awesomeness for this book. MORE art, MORE robustness for the website, and a lot of things that go into producing a professional book (such as paying my long-suffering editor).

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL! (now back to the program...)

...something has changed...

Don't worry, your eyes are not playing tricks on you! This is indeed a second run for Clutch on Kickstarter. This time the goal is smaller, and the funds will be focused on two things: fantastic art (including the cover and back cover) and printing promotional copies!

In addition the rewards have changed - LOWER price levels and/or MORE STUFF per level!

And we only have ONE WEEK to raise the funds! So take a look, pick your rewards, and pull the trigger!

Oh, yes, I also changed the name slightly to better reflect that this book will be the first in a tight series. So, withought further ado, I give you:

CLUTCH: Book One of the Wrecked Earth, by C.E.L. Welsh

In 2033 the Earth you know has changed.

Meteors fill the sky and pummel the Earth. Cities have crumbled or vanished in atomic fire. Mankind struggles to rebuild, but can barely survive. The old maps are useless. The old ways are dead. All that matters now is power…

Horsepower

One man rises above the rest: Clutch. The last Tribesman. He rides across the blasted lands searching for the men who killed his people, moving from one island of humanity to another, praying his fuel doesn’t run out before his luck.

Firepower

After years of harrowing travel, Clutch finally has a chance for peace. He thinks he can hide from a world of violence and blood, of gun battles and up-close-and-personal killing. He is wrong.

Willpower

Fate conspires against him, using herds of mutated animals, wicked surgical experiments and their master – a strange being with the power to control the minds of men. When the only person he cares about is threatened and the people who depend on him stand in his way, Clutch must decide:

Does he stand for humanity, or himself?

Clutch, The Last Tribesman
Clutch, The Last Tribesman

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Prologue

(Clutch is a Post Apocalypse Adventure novel and will include a bonus short story set in the Wrecked Earth setting. Most rewards include novel plus an additional, Kickstarter-Exclusive short story set in the Wrecked Earth. You can learn more about the Wrecked Earth below.)

The Dream

*(Note: the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SHORT STORY will only be produced if we hit our first stretch goal as outlined below.)

I am raising funds to publish CLUTCH, to cover editing and formatting costs in addition to a load of exciting artwork used to promote the novel!  The novel is complete, the cover and other artwork is in development.  

I’ve published a few shorter works on my own, and I’ve had some work published, but this will be my first novel publication of any kind, and I am very proud of the final story. I want to be even more proud of the final PRODUCT, which takes the story and adds in many other elements to produce the book you will (hopefully soon) hold in your hand. For that I need cashola.

How much cashola?

I hope to raise $3,000 to produce Clutch. Those dollars will be put to work for Cover Art and Design, Additional Art (for marketing), Professional Editing, eBook and Print Book Layout and Design, a Book Trailer, and a First Print Run of books to use for marketing and giveaways (and rewards! Let’s not forget about rewards).

Did you forget about rewards?

No! And I have some fun things in mind, including Story Rewards (copies of the book and exclusive short stories) Art Rewards (The Original Cover Art, Prints and Postcards, and an exclusive commission) Inclusive Rewards (Your Name in the Story, Design a Character and Design a Vehicle options) and Interactive Rewards (Skype Conversations & Personal Appearances) and of course, Stretch Rewards (copies of the next book in the series, an online Clutch comic, an iPhone & Android App, and more!) See the rewards to the right, stretch rewards below.

So about that art

The cover artist is none other than Danny Cruz, and this is amazing for a number of reasons. First, the man radiates talent, and second, the concept of Clutch himself was born from a collaborative comic project Danny and I hashed out but never completed. Having Danny produce the cover and other art is like coming home.

Stretch Rewards

$3000 If we hit this level I will write an EXCLUSIVE, KICKSTARTER ONLY short story set in the Wrecked Earth for all backers to enjoy.

$4000 If we hit this level I will write another short story set in the Wrecked Earth and post it on my blog for everyone to read for free.

$6000 If we hit this level then everyone who backed this project will get a pre-release PDF of the next book in the series!

$10,000 If we hit this level then Danny Cruz and I will write and produce a hefty, limited-run online Clutch comic, featuring a new story, free to all! (And based on how well that does, the online comics may continue.)

$12,000 If we hit this level I will have an iPhone & Android App developed – now, what, you may be wondering, would go in such an app? First, the eNovel, of course.  Second, ALL the artwork.  If the Clutch comic level is done prior to the app, then that will go in, too. PLUS an exclusive short story set in the Wrecked Earth that will only be available on the App! How much would this App cost to purchase? No clue! I’m still researching it (likely the same price as the eBook), but anyone who contributed to this Kickstarter will get a discount, hopefully a significant one (and maybe even free!!)

$105,000 This is the big one. Look at that number. That’s a big number. Odds are we won’t hit that number. BUT IF WE DO… I’m going to build Sweetheart. Yes, that’s right.  Clutch’s car. The 1971 Dodge Demon elevated on a 4x4 chassis with a turbo V8 and NITROX OXIDE system on Bogger tires with double wishbone suspension and portal axels.  I’ll document the entire process and produce a video to share with the world for free. And I’ll do it all BLINDFOL…wait, wait, no I won’t. Everything but the last part.

The Wrecked Earth & Clutch

Want to know a bit more about the world and namesake of CLUTCH? Here we go (in addition you can read the Prologue on my blog)

The name of the book and the main character is CLUTCH. Think part Conan, part Mad Max. Throw in a little Wolf and Cub into the mix. Maybe… MAYBE I SAID… a little horror…

CLUTCH is a Post Apocalypse/Adventure novel set 20 years after a celestial event that forever changed the face of Earth. The meteors started falling…and they haven’t stopped. The old earth is dead, and this Wrecked Earth is a place filled with islands of humanity fighting to survive each other, hordes of mutated beasts, and the inevitable, capricious meteor strikes.  Clutch is a “Pre-Wrecker” – born before Rockfall (the initial period of meteor strikes) and The Wrecking (the years immediately after Rockfall, when most of the damage to Earth was done) with an unusual background: born into a motorcycle gang called “The Tribe”, he learned how to survive and thrive in the Wrecked Earth. The Tribe found new purpose in the Wrecking, helping survivors learn the skills they needed to live off of the wild of the land. A run in with a fanatical group went badly for the Tribe, leaving Clutch the sole survivor at the age of 12.

The story takes place in the year 2033 and Clutch, now 28, has adopted a ‘little brother’ Jorge, 17, and the two of them have made their home in New Greenville, Texas – one of those “islands of humanity”. Clutch wants to stay put for the first time and build some kind of life, thinking it best for Jorge and himself.   Unfortunately Fate has other plans, starting with the appearance of monstrous, unnatural surgical experiments showing up and harassing the townsfolk. The townsfolk want Clutch to pitch in and fight, but Clutch is caught between wanting to stay smart and safe, and keeping Jorge out of trouble. 

As you might imagine, things go from rough to worse, and soon Clutch has to ride to the rescue. NO MORE OR WE HEAD INTO SPOILER TOWN. No one likes to go to Spoiler Town.

You are awesome!

Thanks for stopping by and helping to bring Clutch to life! Now, be careful out there, and keep an eye out for low-flying meteors…

-Chris

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