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A hardcore bounty hunter on a mission - Rosa Guzman is a female Jack Reacher and not afraid to throw a punch
A hardcore bounty hunter on a mission - Rosa Guzman is a female Jack Reacher and not afraid to throw a punch
A hardcore bounty hunter on a mission - Rosa Guzman is a female Jack Reacher and not afraid to throw a punch
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A hardcore bounty hunter tries to turn her life around, but her sinister connection to her next target could destroy everything she ever knew. As Rosa Guzman’s past comes back to haunt her, she works against the clock with lives hanging in the balance...

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Rosa Guzman is as tough as they come... and as flawed.  A complex character who isn't afraid to mix it up, the events of her past leave her in a constant state of self doubt and self worth, especially when a particularly difficult moment comes back to the forefront.  Growing up on the streets an orphan of crime, Rosa fell in with the wrong crowd.  During a violent conflict with a rival, she made a mistake that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

I strongly believe in both the character of Rosa Guzman and in the strength of woman characters in action novels, and I want to do this character credit.  I want to pull out all the stops, and produce this novel in a way that the complicated character of Rosa Guzman deserves.  For that, I need your help.

Welcome to my first ever Kickstarter!  I've been an independent author for four years and have several projects under my belt, but it's time for my next adventure. 

Synopsis  

An intense character and hardcore bounty hunter tries to turn her life around, but her sinister connection to her next target could destroy everything she ever knew. As Rosa Guzman’s past comes back to haunt her, she works against the clock to try and salvage a life she helped destroy a decade previously...  

Duck Duck Goose is a crime/thriller featuring female protagonist Rosa "Goose" Guzman and is the beginning of a new chapter for me as an author with a shift towards realistic thrillers in the vein of Lee Child's Jack Reacher and James Patterson's Alex Cross. 

Rosa Guzman is a child of the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts who has been working her whole life to distance herself from her criminal past. Once a member of an East Coast gang, then enlisted in the United States Army, Rosa keeps on running into obstacles on her quest for redemption. Discharged from the military and back in her old neighborhood she now works as a Fugitive Recovery Agent, operating alongside law enforcement to locate and bring in criminals and fugitives from justice.  

When a real estate mogul and local businessman enlists her aid in finding a former employee, Rosa gets embroiled in a sinister cover up and is thrust back into her old life, reliving painful old memories. As she is drawn deeper into this conspiracy, uncomfortable truths emerge between her and the man she's been paid to find, and the secrets buried there will change her life forever.  

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Jump on over to the Rewards sidebar and snag yourself a signed paperback today!

Status of the Novel  

Good news is, the novel is complete! It's been written and currently stands at 82,000 words. It's a fast-paced action thriller with some great character moments that is just begging to be unleashed upon the world. That is where you come in. 

I love the alien worlds of science fiction and the chilling interior journey of William Strickland and his monsters, and after fully immersing myself in several thriller novels by the likes of Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Gillian Flynn, I found myself drawn into the gritty, black and white world of more realistic thrillers.

My next series of novels will be a lot more realistic, featuring a series of captivating, damaged characters that must overcome challenges from their past to save themselves or others from potentially deadly situations.  

The first installment in this project focuses on a Fugitive Recovery Agent named Rosa "Goose" Guzman, a tough and bitter bounty hunter who has led a challenging life.  No matter how hard she tries, she continues to be dragged into disturbing events in her past...

With this new project, I am determined to put out a professional, polished product, and that product requires up front financing in order to be made.  That's where you all come in!  Simply hop on over to the Rewards sidebar to the right and snag yourself a signed Paperback to help give me a big step in the right direction.

In order to get this new novel off the ground, I'll require some specific services that I'm hoping Kickstarter funding will help offset.  These services include the following:

Financial support for the above items will get this novel produced and move me towards this next stage of my independent author career.

My name is Justin Bell and I've been writing for pretty close to my entire life.  I was crafting stories with my action figures when I was young, sneaking into the Dartmouth College computer lab to use their laser printers to print out X-Men fanfiction, and upon graduating High School, I went to the University of Vermont with an English major in mind.  I'm still not sure why it took me so long to finally start putting actual stories and novels together, but I published my first work on Amazon in 2013 (a Kindle Worlds novel focusing on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero) and basically haven't stopped since.  At this point I have several novels and novellas published on Amazon and I'm ready to start the next phase of my author career.

You can check out my Amazon Author Page right here and see the array of work that I've produced below as well.

Snagging a signed paperback or any of the other reward levels in the right sidebar will greatly support my work and allow me to move forward on getting this latest project made.

I'm exceptionally proud of the work I've done so far to get where I am.  Already this year I've written somewhere in the neighborhood of 500,000 words and I don't see that letting up next year, and I'm dying to take those half million words and create something for the world to see!

Reviews of my work

"If you are looking for action, this book has it. A lot of it"   - Amazon Reviewer The Fog of Dreams

"Great action packed adventure. As usual, I couldn’t put it down - read late into the night so that I could finish it." - Amazon Reviewer Voyage to Athelon

"Lots and lots of action that all comes together well. This is one well written book that flows page after page." - Amazon Reviewer The Fog of Dreams

"Yet another excellent book by this author. I love this series" - Amazon Reviewer Enemy of Reblox

See for yourself by grabbing a signed paperback from the Rewards section in the right sidebar!

Timeline

The end goal here is to get a book in the hands of all Kickstarter supporters by July, 2018.  That's basically six months.

    Is that an aggressive goal?  Yes, I think it is, but I'm an aggressive author.  It's a goal that I can hit and one that I will work very hard to hit.
    I can promise all of my backers that you will receive this novel before anyone else and before it's published on Amazon.  My backers will come first.  The current plan is to publish on Amazon in August, so you could conceivably have this novel in hand a full month earlier than anyone can buy it.
    Thank you all for your incredible support!
    Free Sample of Chapter 1
    Would you like to know if this is a book you'd even read? Well, you can give it a test drive by heading to JustinBellAuthor.com to check out a free sample of the first chapter!

Risks and challenges

In my mind the biggest risk with supporting an author on Kickstarter is knowing whether or not they will ever complete the novel. Well, rest assured the novel is done, so you don't need to worry about that piece.

If we do end up with a large number of backers, especially backers looking for physical copies of the book, the logistics of storing, handling, and shipping of those books could involve third parties, but that is also probably a good problem to have if it arises. Along with that, we must also keep in mind that for editing and cover design I will be working with third parties so we must be cognizant of their workload and their schedule. I believe my established timelines are realistic even given that fact.

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    You're the star

    So you wanna be in pictures, huh? Or, books as the case may be? I'm happy to have you!

    At this level you don't just want personal acknowledgement...you want to be someone. You will get a very unique opportunity to become a named character in the novel!

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    At this level you don't just want personal acknowledgement...you want to be someone. You will get a very unique opportunity to become a named character in the novel, AND you get to choose your own special death scene!

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    Rosa's Best Friend

    Pledges at this level will get a very unique opportunity of working with the author to create and become a recurring character in the "Goose" universe. The character can be on the side of good or evil and the sky is the limit! I do reserve the right to veto or rewrite story specific elements, but you will become canon in my corner of the world.

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    You think you can do better than me? Is that what you're saying here? Well, you may get your chance.

    For the lucky backers who decide to jump in at this level, I will work alongside you to develop a special exclusive short story featuring your character which will live in the same universe as my novel. This short story won't exceed 5,000 words give or take, and may end up being included in an anthology down the road to compliment the released novel series. Your name will be included as a contributor.

    While I look forward to working with whoever pledges at this amount, I do have to limit the number of revisions to two (2) as we work together to develop this story.

    Along with all of this, you will also receive the signed paperback, the DRM free eBook, and a signed Wolf's Head Publishing bookmark and postcard. Hit it up and let me write you a story!

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