AND THE DEMON SQUAD INITIATIVE HAS FUNDED! THANK YOU!
Demon Squad 10 - Institutionalized!
Here we are already, at the tenth book of my urban fantasy series the Demon Squad and I want to make it something extra special so I'm turning to YOU so we can do this together.
I've been writing the Demon Squad since 2008 or so, the first book, Armageddon Bound, released late 2009 and it's been going ever since. Between the snark and the action and all around craziness it's been a hell of a ride and I've taken it alongside tens of thousands of readers, for which I'm eternally grateful. It's for these folks, and for YOU, that I want to do something different for Demon Squad 10 - Institutionalized.
On top of providing you with copies of DS10 - Institutionalized I intend to include a novella featuring Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg's angelic cousin, Scarlett. And if the project does well enough I'll turn that novella into a full length novel included right alongside Institutionalized.
And, and...I also hope to include the Demon Squad offshoot novel entitled Chasing the Ghost, featuring Grace, Alexander Poe, and the zany characters of the Department of Supernatural Investigation in their own adventure.
So, by backing this Kickstarter you're looking at walking away with three new novels in the Demon Squad world (favorably compared the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey, and the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne) as well as tons of extras to include previous books in the series and the opportunity to be included in the books themselves.
To help make this even better I'm enlisting the help of longtime Demon Squad cover art collaborator Carter Reid of the Zombie Nation to create his usual standard of awesome for the cover of Institutionalized and I've got a fantastic idea for it churning in my skull. And if we hit the goals for the Scarlett and DSI novels he'll do the art for those as well, with design and titling by the master Shawn T. King of STK∙Kreations and Ragnarok Publications fame.
**Carter's preliminary sketch work featuring Grace:
Now Here's a snippet of Demon Squad 10 - Institutionalized:
After all I’ve been through lately I figured I was due for a bit of an emotional holiday before I consigned myself to the government’s mercy.
Clearly I figured wrong.
“Well look who it is.” And I did. Disappointment comes in all sizes but this was the granddaddy whopper of them all. Like unwrapping a Christmas present to find hand me down underwear no one bothered to wash.
Lucifer stood before me, regal and superior as always.
I so wanted to punch him in his smug mouth.
“Aren’t you supposed to be somewhere, saving the multi-verse or some shit?”
“And here I was thinking you might hold a grudge after our last encounter,” he said. “Glad to see I was wrong.”
“That’d be a first.” I turned from the desk where I’d been gathering my things to drop off with Scarlett and Katon, not that there was much. Just some odds and ends of Karra’s and a contract written in my blood that would allow Abigail to assume ownership of Hell should she ever decide she wanted it. All in all, it was a piss poor inheritance on the emotional side of things. At least it came with a metric ton of cash and property. That had to mean something, right?
“How’d you get in here, anyway?” I asked. “Thought I’d changed all the locks to keep the riff raff out.”
He wiggled his fingers, red sparks dancing at the tips. “You didn’t actually think I’d hand Hell over without some way to get back in, did you?”
“You came in my back door? And you wonder why people don’t trust you.”
Lucifer grinned, his teeth gleaming. Hence the nickname the Morning Star. Well, one of the reasons for it, at least. He puts the best used car salesmen to shame with that chrome smile of his. Tell the guy a few off-color God jokes and you could turn off half the lights in your house and save big on the electric bill just off the shine.
We stared at each other for a long moment, him playing up the mysterious arrival bullshit while I simply fought the urge to ask him what the hell he wanted so I could get on with my day. His popping in out of nowhere couldn’t be a good thing. Not for me, at least.
While he’d traded in the Mad Max gladiator outfit he had on the last time I saw him for a tailored suit, which pigeonholed him as a hitman or lawyer, he’d kept the murderous sleekness of his appearance. Gone was the doting old man of Social Security age who looked as if he was owned by a half dozen cats. He’d whitewashed his skin a bit to get rid of the stereotypical redness he liked to portray but he still wore his jet black hair long, a Mohawk slicked tight to his scalp and hanging down his back in a thick braid. The sides of his shaved skull gleaned in the cavern’s light. He’d also taken to wearing a goatee, the beard just as black as his hair and nearly as long. It hung to mid-chest and was held in place by a half-dozen silver clasps in the shape of serpents eating their own tails. Tiny crimson eyes stared out from each.
“Looking snazzy. Devil’s Wearhouse?”
*Scroll to the bottom of the page for a preview of Chasing the Ghost -
**You can read previews of each and every Demon Squad book over on Amazon.
And now that you know what else you're getting here's a look at what you can help fund if we clobber our goal.
(OVER!) Early Bird Special: Those who pledge in the first 24 hours will get an eBook copy of War God Rising, my comedic, pseudo-heroic fantasy novel.
2-27-16 5:00 P.M. = FUNDED!
(ACHIEVED!) Stretch Goal One: $3,000 = The Scarlett novella will become a full length novel included with Institutionalized!
(ACHIEVED!) At 50 Backers = A first year bundle pack of Grimdark Magazine (epub, mobi, or PDF format.)
(ACHIEVED!) Stretch Goal Two: $4,000 = Chasing the Ghost, the Demon Squad offshoot novel featuring Grace, Alexander Poe, and the members of the Department of Supernatural Investigation, will become a reality and will be included with Institutionalized.
(ACHIEVED!) At 55 Backers = Clandestine Daze for all! If we reach this goal I'll provide copies of Influx, book one in the Clandestine Daze urban fantasy/noir thriller series (in mobi, epub, and PDF formats.)
Stretch Goal Three: $5,800 = Institutionalized audiobooks for all! If we hit this stretch goal I'll have Noah Michael Levine (the voice of Frank Trigg) narrate Institutionalized and everyone who backed the campaign will get a copy.
(ACHIEVED!) At 60 Backers = Dead West! If we reach this goal I'll provide everyone with eBook copies of the Dead West Omnibus, written by myself, Kenny Soward, and J.M. Martin, featuring the first two Dead West stories, published by Ragnarok Publications.
Stretch Goal Four: $7,600 = Scarlett novel audiobooks for all! if we hit this stretch goal I'll have Erin DeWard narrate the book and everyone who backed the campaign will get a copy.
(ACHIEVED!) At 65 Backers = Defects for all! At 65 backers I'll give away, thanks to the generous Chris Garrett, the first copy of Defects, a comic book about a group of children raised together in a ‘school’ for super powered children, but when a small group of students think something larger is happening they escape and go on the run from their former classmates.
Stretch Goal Five: $8,100 = Carter Reid will provide three B&W interior art pieces for Institutionalized.
(ACHIEVED!) At 73 Backers = Tales of Magic and Misery for all! Tales features a collection of Tim's short stories but it also features a never before released tale by by C.L. Werner and many more authors.
(ACHIEVED!) At 78 Backers = Witch Bane for everyone!
(ACHIEVED!) At 85 Backers = Blackguards for all! A FANTASY ANTHOLOGY featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. BLACKGUARDS consists mainly of stories in established series, and the authors range from wildly successful indie authors to USA Today and New York Times bestsellers.
Stretch Goal Six: $8,300 = A bonus, original short story featuring Chatterbox added to Institutionalized.
ADD-ON 1: Add the Scarlett trade paperback novel (if funding reaches the appropriate stretch goal) for $10 ($7 for the book and $3 for shipping.)
ADD-ON 2: Add Chasing the Ghost trade paperback (if funding reaches the appropriate stretch goal) for $10 ($7 for the book and $3 for shipping.)
ADD-ON 3: Add the T-shirt for $20 plus $5 for shipping.
*Here's a snippet of Chasing the Ghost:
Blood is a siren.
Sometimes it whispers, other times it shrieks, but its voice never stills. It’s the lure of family forever ingrained within the prison of our flesh. Its call has hounded me for months now, a serpentine murmur peeling at the frayed edges of my sanity, its volume rising since the war for Eden went south. Memories of my father were acid in my veins until I could ignore their summons no longer.
Their cries brought me here, to Old Town. It’d been a long time since I’d traipsed these sordid streets, and for good reason. Baalth had run the place with an iron fist, keeping us Nephilim at bay. It didn’t help that there was no love lost between my father, Iraen, and the former lieutenant of Lucifer. Not much surprise given their opposing sides of the fence during the Fall, but their grudge was a big ol’ boot stomping into the muddy puddle of my life. If Baalth hadn’t disappeared as abruptly as God had, I wouldn’t have dared walk so openly.
I still would have come, though.
Night had settled hours earlier, but Old Town might as well have been a B-rate zombie flick given how little foot traffic there was. The people on the streets were either high or drunk or on their way to being both. I’d heard Baalth wreaked some havoc a while back, which brought Old Town low. Seemed the place was only getting back on its feet when Triggaltheron and the Angel of Death hammered another nail into it with their little dust up a few months earlier. All that was left now was a battered slum segregated from the rest of El Paseo, the authorities too afraid or disinterested to reincorporate it. That was a shame for the folks living here, but for me, it was an opportunity.
I made my way along the pockmarked sidewalks, dodging the gray dots of old gum as I dug in my pocket for my cigs. A small crowd had gathered across the street at a rundown club, held at bay by a ratty gold rope and a bouncer who looked as if he had giant blood swimming somewhere in his gene pool. The partiers chattered on, their words like bees humming in my ears. I drowned it out with a flick of my lighter. The Marlboro flared at my lips and tinted the world red. Smoke swirled warm down my throat, and I let it linger in my lungs for a few seconds before turning and blowing it out around the corner…
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Down to its last 10 days, the Into the Nanten campaign could use your help.
Into the Nanten is the journal of Marceles na Tetrarch, a warrior currently exiled to the Nanten for a murder of passion. This Kickstarter is to keep his story going. He goes in search of a man that he hates who was exiled there 20 years ago: Brin Salisir. It's rumored that Salisir went to discover a cult risen from the darkest dredges of humanity. What Marceles doesn't know is if those rumors are true.
Into the Nanten is created and produced by Jay Swanson, illustrated by Nimit Malavia, and narrated by Dennis Kleinman. This is our second Kickstarter and bid to run a third season of Into the Nanten.
And coming soon from Ragnarok Publications! The followup to Kaiju Rising.
And if you've a spare buck or two, a buddy of mine's Kickstarter is down to the wire and could use your help. And if you can't chip in please share the campaign. Ashe would be grateful for any help you can provide and so would I.
Risks and challenges
I've been a part of quite a few successful Kickstarter campaigns alongside my publishing house Ragnarok Publications (and one I canceled) and understand what it takes to fulfill a campaign and ensure backers get what they helped to create. Barring unexpected circumstances this campaign will be fulfilled by the goal date or sooner.
On top of that both Institutionalized and Chasing the Ghost are already underway and I've published 25+ novels/novellas since 2009 plus numerous shorts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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