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Book 4 in the Renegade X series, about a supervillain teen who discovers he's half superhero.
Book 4 in the Renegade X series, about a supervillain teen who discovers he's half superhero.
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What is this book?

The Phobia of Renegade X is the fourth book in the Renegade X series. In book one, Damien Locke, the 16-year-old son of one of Golden City's most notorious supervillains, finds out that he's also the son of the city's most beloved superhero and has to go live with him and his goody-goody hero family.

What people are saying about the first book:

"A snarky protagonist, laugh-out-loud quips and fresh twist on superheroes (who knew there could still be one?) make ... 'The Rise of Renegade X' a surprising hit." --The Seattle Times

"A witty tale that older teens will appreciate." -- Publishers Weekly

"Damien's voice is snarky and delightful; get ready to cheer for a new kind of hero." --Julie Kagawa, New York Times best-selling author of the IRON FEY series.

Where will the funds go?

If this Kickstarter is successful, your pledges will pay for:  

  • Full wrap cover art by the amazing Raul Allen, who illustrated the gorgeous covers for books 1, 2, and 3
  • Publishing the book in hardcover  
  • Fulfilling incentives 
  • Kickstarter and payment processing fees, which come out to between 3% and 5% of the total amount raised  
  • Taxes

How does Kickstarter work?

When you make a pledge, you'll choose your incentive, the amount you want to pledge, and your payment method. Kickstarter won't actually collect the funds until the end of the campaign, and then only if the campaign is successful.  

So if we don't raise the total amount, you keep your money, but nobody gets any of the incentives. Essentially, everybody loses. Which is why it's so important to spread the word! Even if you can't make a pledge, you can still help out by posting about this campaign on Twitter and Facebook (click the Share button up top for handy links), your blog, or just by telling your friends. Or your enemies. Whoever.

Who are these books for?

  • Fans of YA novels  
  • Fans of snarky protagonists 
  • People who love supervillains 
  • People who love superheroes 
  • Boys AND girls 

The suggested age level is 14+. There's some violence and references to/jokes about sex (okay, a lot of jokes about sex), but nothing graphic. I know both 10-year-olds and 80-year-olds who love the books, but who you feel they're appropriate for may vary. The best way to see if this series is for you is by reading a sample chapter from the first book.

What kind of incentives can I get?

ALL REWARD TIERS come with the ebook for The Phobia of Renegade X, AND you get to read it as soon as it's done, which I expect will be in May. The official publication of the book won't be until July or August, depending on when the cover art is finished. That means you get to read it way before anyone else! It also means you'll be getting two copies of the ebook from me--one without a cover that you get right away, and a second, finished version that includes the final cover art.

And no matter what reward tier you choose, you get your superhero/supervillain name and superpower listed in the special thank-you section in the back of the book! Returning backers are welcome to use the name/power they came up with for previous books, or come up with something completely different.

Hardback copies of books 1-3, with cover art by Raul Allen.
Hardback copies of books 1-3, with cover art by Raul Allen.

Besides the books, you can also get the superhero definition mug. As you can see below, it's a dictionary definition of the word superhero, Renegade X style:

And if for some reason you can't see the pic, the mug defines a superhero as:

a morally inclined douchebag, prone to reciting useless rules from the League Treaty and sleeping with supervillains in dirty subway bathrooms.

Reward Tiers:

  • $10 - EARLY BIRD - For backers who already have the rest of the series and just need book 4. You get The Phobia of Renegade X in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, and you get to read it at least a month BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. You also get your superhero/supervillain name and superpower listed in the special thank-you section of the book.
  • $25 - ALL THE EBOOKS - For backers who are new to the series. You get all four books, plus the novella, in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, and you still get to read book 4 before anybody else! You also get your superhero/supervillain name and superpower listed in the special thank-you section of the book.
  • $35 - PAPERBACK - You get a limited-edition paperback copy of The Phobia of Renegade X, signed, dated, embossed, and numbered. You also get all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $60 - MUG AND EBOOKS - You get the superhero definition mug, plus all the ebooks! Tired of your coworkers not knowing how douchey superheroes are? Now there's a mug for you! You also get your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section. (Mugs expected to ship in May, 2017, after the Kickstarter ends.)
  • $70 - TWO PAPERBACKS - Get two Renegade X paperbacks of your choice. Have a friend you think would like the series? Get a copy of book 1 for them and a copy of book 4 for yourself! Both paperbacks will be signed, dated, and embossed, and any copies of book 4 will also be numbered. Comes with all the ebooks, and you get your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $75 - HARDBACK - You get a limited-edition signed, dated, embossed, and numbered hardback copy of The Phobia of Renegade X. Also comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $85 - MUG AND PAPERBACK - Get the superhero-definition mug (scroll up to see the picture) and the limited-edition paperback of book 4! The paperback will be signed, dated, numbered, and embossed. You also get all the ebooks, and your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section. (Mugs are expected to ship in May, as soon as the Kickstarter ends.)
  • $100 - THREE PAPERBACKS - For backers who need to complete their collection. Get three Renegade X paperbacks of your choice, signed, dated, and embossed. Any copies of book 4 will also be numbered. Comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $110 - TWO HARDBACKS - Get two Renegade X hardbacks of your choice. Complete your collection, or get a copy of book 4 for yourself and a copy of book 1 for a friend. All hardbacks will be signed, dated, and embossed, and any copies of book 4 will also be numbered. Comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $125 - MUG AND HARDBACK - Get the superhero definition mug (scroll up to see the picture) and the limited-edition hardback of book 4! The hardback will be signed, dated, embossed, and numbered, and you also get all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section. (Mugs are expected to ship in May, as soon as the Kickstarter ends.)
  • $140 - ALL THE PAPERBACKS - Get paperback copies all four books, plus the novella! The books will all be signed, dated, and embossed, and book 4 will also be numbered. Comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $150 - THREE HARDBACKS - Already have one of the books in hardback? Now you can complete your collection with three Renegade X hardbacks of your choice! All books will be signed, dated, and embossed, and any copies of book 4 will also be numbered. Comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $200 - ALL THE HARDBACKS - Get all four books in hardback, plus a paperback copy of the novella! All books will be signed, dated, and embossed, and book 4 will also be numbered. Comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section.
  • $215 - NAME A CHARACTER - You get a minor character in the book named after you! Could be your hero/villain name, could be your secret identity--we will discuss! You also get a limited-edition signed, dated, embossed, and numbered hardback copy of book 4, plus all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the back of the book. Note that this tier is EXTREMELY LIMITED!
  • $450 - ULTIMATE NAME A CHARACTER - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! You get to name a minor character in the book, PLUS you get all four hardbacks and a paperback copy of the novella AND the superhero definition mug! The books will be signed, dated, and embossed, and book 4 will also be numbered. Also comes with all the ebooks, and your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section. (Mugs are expected to ship in May, as soon as the Kickstarter ends.)
  • $500 - ANNOTATED HARDBACK AND MUG - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! You get the superhero definition mug, and a one-of-a-kind annotated hardback copy of The Phobia of Renegade X, with handwritten behind-the-scenes notes and drawings from me! There will be something on every page! The hardback will also be signed, dated, embossed, and numbered. *Note that this is a lot of work, and the annotations will take me a while.* Also comes with all the ebooks, plus your hero/villain name and power listed in the special thank-you section. (Mugs expected to ship in May, as soon as the Kickstarter ends.)

The series so far:

 The Rise of Renegade X

Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family. Damien gets shipped off to stay with them in their suburban hellhole, and he has only six weeks to prove he's not a hero in any way, or else he's stuck living with them for the rest of his life, or until he turns eighteen, whichever comes first.

To get out of this mess, Damien has to survive his dad's "flying lessons" that involve throwing him off the tallest building in the city--despite his nearly debilitating fear of heights--thwarting the eccentric teen scientist who insists she's his sidekick, and keeping his supervillain girlfriend from finding out the truth. But when Damien uncovers a dastardly plot to turn all the superheroes into mindless zombie slaves, a plan hatched by his own mom, he discovers he cares about his new family more than he thought. Now he has to choose: go back to his life of villainy and let his family become zombies, or stand up to his mom and become a real hero.

 

 The Trials of Renegade X

Can a half villain ever be a full hero?

Damien Locke didn't choose for his supervillain mom to disown him — just because he sort of defied her and ruined her evil plans to take over Golden City — and he didn't choose for his superpower to be flying, a superhero ability that involves his least favorite thing: heights. But now that he's living with his dad's superhero family and enrolling at Heroesworth Academy, he's ready to embrace his new life, get his H, and finally belong somewhere. But belonging isn't as easy as signing up for classes, and Damien finds himself struggling to fit in more than ever.

Just when he's sure his fate as a hero has been decided, though, he gets a new villain power that he can't control. And things only get worse when he accidentally screws up one of his sidekick Sarah's gadgets, altering her personality and turning her into a crazed, anti-supervillain vigilante — leaving him no choice but to team up with her annoying superhero boyfriend if he hopes to have any chance of getting the old Sarah back, before she captures — or kills — another supervillain like him.

 

 The Haunting of Renegade X (novella - takes place between books 2 and 3)

Damien doesn't believe in ghosts, even when he hears the voice of his ex-best friend Pete calling to him from the Banking and Finances building, the scene of his death. His new friend Riley doesn't believe in ghosts, either, but when Damien confides in him about what he thinks he heard, the two of them decide to investigate. On Halloween night.

A decision they come to regret as soon as Pete's ghost traps them inside the building. It turns out Pete's got unfinished business with Damien concerning the collapse of their friendship. Damien's always blamed Pete for how it ended, but now Pete forces him to acknowledge the part he played in it. In order to survive the night, Damien will not only have to figure out how to fight a ghost, but he'll have to tell the truth about his past--even when that truth threatens to destroy his new friendship with Riley. 

 

 The Betrayal of Renegade X

Damien thinks he has the whole hero thing figured out—he's getting good grades at Heroesworth and acing all his missions—at least until he zaps an unarmed bad guy he believes tortured and murdered children. It turns out the “bad guy” was actually a superhero working with the school. The mission was staged, and Damien blew it.

Now his best friend refuses to work with him, his dad is considering getting him professional help, and everyone's questioning whether or not he has a future as a hero—including his grandpa, who will do anything to ensure Damien's future lies in villainy. His grandpa creates a villain organization called the Truth, intent on exposing the way heroes really treat villains. But when the Truth launches its plan and the whole city erupts in chaos, Damien is caught between the opposing sides, and his future is anything but certain.

With heroes and villains bent on destroying each other, it's up to him to do whatever it takes to stop the fighting, even if it means betraying the people closest to him.

 The Phobia of Renegade X

Damien's always been afraid of heights, but he's never been afraid of fieldwork or of being in the spotlight. At least, he wasn't before the gala—the one where his grandpa nearly caused a massacre and heroes from the League almost killed his best friend. Now he finds himself dreading the very things he used to love, and all he wants is to skate by in school, avoid fieldwork, and keep a low profile.

But avoiding his fears isn't as easy as he hopes, especially when the school decides to send him and his best friend to hunt down a dangerous criminal. And as if that isn't bad enough, it turns out he also has to pass a flying test if he wants to make it through the school year, even though his debilitating fear of heights means it's pretty much impossible.

In order to pass the test and catch a criminal, Damien accepts help from unlikely allies. But when his mission goes south and he accidentally lets a terrible weapon fall into the wrong hands, he'll have to overcome his doubts and save his friends from a psychotic killer bent on using his worst fears against him.

Read the first two chapters!

UPDATE #1

Added a new $60 reward tier for the superhero definition mug and all the ebooks!

Risks and challenges

The risks for this project are very low. The book is almost finished, and will be done soon after the Kickstarter ends, if not before. The cover art will be done by the same cover artist I've worked with for the previous books. I've self-published before, and this is also my third Kickstarter, so I know the process and what to expect. There were some delays with the last campaign, due to my health issues--I have an autoimmune disease and adrenal fatigue--but I've taken huge steps to regain my health since then (thanks to the Autoimmune Protocol/Autoimmune Paleo!) and am feeling MUCH better. Of course, something unforeseen could still happen and cause a delay, but I will do everything I can to make sure that doesn't happen and that you get your incentives as soon as possible.

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