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Stranded on a foreign space station! Our heroes must take back their stolen FTL drive. Somehow.
Stranded on a foreign space station! Our heroes must take back their stolen FTL drive. Somehow.
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In the adventure-oriented sequel to the award-winning Queen & Commander, our heroes have made it to John Wayne Space Station where they have lots of bills… and no money.

In between gambling at the casino and stage managing a play for the brothel, they pick up work for the futuristic equivalent of an 1800s Texas Ranger. The Ranger, a sentient robot (possibly the only one in the universe), is tracking a ring of thieves. She really doesn’t like thieves.

When the station authorities “appropriate” the Hive’s Alcubierre tensor jet (their faster than light drive), Rhiannon and company must steal it back or be stuck on the station forever. Of course, planning a heist is harder than films make it out to be, and is further complicated by sharing living space with a member of law enforcement.

Want to see a sample? Read the first two chapters of the latest draft.

Sweet, sweet cover art

Whee! Cover image!
Whee! Cover image!

Do you see this cover and think (1) I want to read that and (2) I wish I had a poster of that on my wall?

Well, then, you'll be thrilled to know that Kickstarter backers at the $50+ level get posters as rewards! (As well as books because obviously there are books.)

What's the money for?

All the other pieces of this project come either pre-paid (like the ISBNs) or via barter (like my arrangement with copyediting maven Rachel L. Solomon). 

Some stretch goals

Whoa. We passed 70% with over 20 days to go. So, ah, I guess some stretch goals sound like a good idea.

$1300 - If we hit $1300 raised, I'll throw in an origin story for the robotic American Star Ranger. What was she like before she was a Ranger? How about before she was even sentient? This short story will go at the end of each Kickstarter copy of Hive & Heist.

$1700 - If we reach $1700 raised, I'll learn how one sets up their home studio to make an audiobook version. No idea how long that'll take to make, but you'll all get a copy when it happens.

I'm still not sure...

If you have a computer, you can read the first few chapters of the previous novel, Queen & Commander, for free! And I'm pretty sure you have an internet connected device of some kind.

Find Q&C on Amazon.com, iTunes, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords. The first chapters are also available on Goodreads and, of course, my website.

Risks and challenges

Since the drafting process is already complete, the remaining risks are:

1) Pro editing - If something happens to my editor's schedule, I'll need to either contract a different one or see what her new schedule looks like. While we do have a written agreement (so I'm not particularly worried), this would be the stickiest issue since I'm using the same editor for book two as for book one. Consistency! But, I have worked with two different editors on other projects before, so I'm sure something would work out.

2) Cover art - In theory, I'll have the ebook art before this Kickstarter finishes! In practice, something could happen to my artist. In which case, I know a few other artists who could step in. Of course, I'd like to keep the same artist for book two as for book one, so hopefully that won't happen.

3) Layout - I do my own ebook layout, so if I got sick or something... I'd have to pay someone $50-$150 to do it for me. And I would totally do that for you all.

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    An ebook of HIVE & HEIST will be emailed or gifted to you on release day (presuming you've filled out your backer survey). ePub and MOBI formats available.

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    The Hive Queen Saga so far. You'll receive ebooks of both QUEEN & COMMANDER and the sequel HIVE & HEIST. Plus, you'll have your name in the acknowledgements to H&H.

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    The digital oeuvre! Receive ebook versions of all my ebooks available at the time. This is expected to be: QUEEN & COMMANDER, HIVE & HEIST, and the (unrelated) space fantasy novella THESE CONVERGENT STARS. Plus, you'll have your name in the acknowledgements to H&H. (Note: If I put out another book in the meantime, you'll get that one too.)

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    Even more physical stuff! In addition to the ebooks and acknowledgements as described at the $35 level, you'll also receive a physical, signed copy of the award-winning QUEEN & COMMANDER.

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    Name a teeny tiny MALE minor characters See your name in lights! This character gets a few lines and only shows up in one scene, but he needs a name because he's a person. (Plus all the stuff from the $50 level, obviously.)

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    Name a teeny tiny FEMALE minor character. See your name in lights. These characters get a few lines and only show up in one scene, but they still have character. (Plus all the stuff from the $50 level, obviously.)

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    Shape the future. Have you ever slammed a book shut and screamed "What was the author thinking?" Here's your chance to edit a book yourself! In addition to all the regular goodies from the $50 level (which you should see in July 2014), you'll receive email from me immediately after this project ends, and you'll have 3 weeks to read, reflect, and tell me all the things you wish I'd change in the final version. I'll even reply.

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    Name a recurring, MALE minor character. See your name in lights. These characters get a few lines and show up a couple of times. Every time you see one, you can enjoy knowing it's you. (Plus all the stuff from the $90 level, obviously.)

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    NAME THE BAD GUY (FEMALE). Well, whether she's "bad" or misguided is up for debate. She's in a subplot which will also show up in book three (with people who are much more bad than she is). She currently goes by "Stacy." (Plus all the stuff from the $90 level.)

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