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The Inheritor, Book 6 of the Marketplace brings an epic erotic saga back to life in a new age!
The Inheritor, Book 6 of the Marketplace brings an epic erotic saga back to life in a new age!
506 backers pledged $35,826 to help bring this project to life.

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At last! Chris Parker is back in The Inheritor, the long-awaited next installment of the epic erotic saga of the Marketplace.

Since the release of the first volume in 1992, the erotic novels of the Marketplace—featuring a world of real-life slaves, their demanding trainers and their spoiled owners—have sold thousands of copies all over the world.

"...Laura Antoniou is heiress presumptive to some of the erotic territory staked out by Pat Califia and John Preston… Her writing moves with assurance between genders and sexual orientations, relentlessly exploring the dark side of sexuality." —Michael Rowe, author, Enter Night

Five novels, a short story collection and two volumes of fan-written tales make up a realistic and diverse universe of edgy, sometimes extreme service and domination. From the introduction of how and why this secretive world operates in The Marketplace (Vol. 1), through the story of one especially submissive and daring woman in The Slave (Vol. 2), readers discovered this was more than a jaunt to the local kinky clubs or a complete fantasy that strains the imagination. This was the start of a journey.

"Antoniou creates a wonderfully diverse world of lesbian, gay, straight, bi and transgendered characters, all mixing in the melting pot of sadomasochism...The tales ring true, the dialogue achingly real, and the sex is as hot as you'd ever hope for." —Kate Bornstein, author of A Queer and Pleasant Danger

In 1995, The Trainer (Vol. 3) took the series into the complex world of the people who trained the more-than-eager slaves. Volume four, The Academy, gave readers a deeper glimpse into that world, as Antoniou wove her novel around stories contributed by guest authors such as Cecilia Tan and M. Christian.

Skin Two noted: "It's a panoply of pansexual perversion - tops, bottoms, switches of all races, genders and sexual preferences indulge in scenes of dominance and submission hot enough to ignite the pages, but the book goes far beyond merely appealing to base pornographic stimulation. The degree of literary satisfaction is also high, with careful plot development and believable characterization. The SM novel has finally come of age."

And in The Reunion (Vol 5), Antoniou brought together the two most popular characters, Chris Parker and Robin Cassidy, and crafted a story of one week in an Irish castle, a hundred slaves, a nosy reporter and over one thousand pages of drama, humor and erotic shenanigans.

But that was over ten years ago.

At long last, book 6—The Inheritor—is complete and ready to go to print. (And audio, and e-book!) With your help.

Just as the novels started in a world without cell phones or the internet as we know it, publishing has moved on. But instead of just making a regular e-book line up and a quick print-on-demand, it's time the Marketplace got a nicer edition. Hardcover, sure. Signed and numbered? Oh, yeah. With limited edition swag? You know you want some swag.

And did we mention - LEATHER BOUND?

Yeah. If you help publish this book, you can get very cool rewards. So can we. Like money to pay the cover photographer and artists, the staff necessary to bring it to life. Buy advertising and promotional help. Get the author some coffee when she's on the road doing readings. Important publishing stuff. That's where you come in. Get in at a low amount to just get the e-book, that's cool. Or go wild. Get Laura over to your place to hand you your personalized copy and read some to you and your best friends, family, loved ones, slaves, owners and pets.

Be part of an event in publishing. Because there's more than 50 reasons you should.

THE REWARDS

We have many possible rewards and donation levels so that there are many ways to support Laura's writing and get some special things for backing this campaign. Want brief descriptions? Peruse to the right. Details? Scroll down.

The most important thing about this campaign is this is will be the FIRST chance to buy and read the ebook or book! The ebook will not be released to the general public until February 2015, and the paperback edition won't be out until August 2015. But Kickstarter backers will receive the ebook copies THE DAY THIS CAMPAIGN ENDS. Well, that is, IF WE REACH OUR FUNDING GOAL. 

So here are all the ways you can help us reach that goal:

$1 level

You get thanked in The Inheritor! (Plus you'll get any backers-only announcements and special treats that we might announce!)

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Design of the rose tattoo!
Design of the rose tattoo!

 $5 level

You get a Marketplace temporary tattoo - this elegant rose - and thanked in The Inheritor!

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Available for Kindle, Nook, or any other e-reader! PDF, epub, or mobi.
Available for Kindle, Nook, or any other e-reader! PDF, epub, or mobi.

$10 level

You get an ebook edition of book one of the series, The Marketplace (which is the place to start if you're new to the series) and thanked in The Inheritor!

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 $12 level

This is it! You get the ebook edition of The Inheritor before it goes on sale to the general public! They won't see it until February, but you'll get yours the day this campaign ends! (That is, IF the campaign is successful!) And you get thanked in it, too.

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Ebooks come in PDF, mobi (Kindle), or epub formats!
Ebooks come in PDF, mobi (Kindle), or epub formats!

 $20 level

At this level you get en ebook edition of The Marketplace (book one of the series) and an ebook edition of Laura Antoniou's short story collection Scenes from the Marketplace, which collects 13 stories set in the Marketplace by Laura Antoniou herself. And you get thanked in The Inheritor. A great introduction to the series for new readers.

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  $25 level

Get the special deluxe ebook edition of The Inheritor, which includes not only the full text of the novel but some digital extras (outtakes, bonus scenes), and we'll send you a temporary tattoo, too! Plus you get thanked in The Inheritor.

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 $30 level

How about an autographed paperback Kickstarter-only edition of The Inheritor, before anyone in the general public can get it! This book won't be in bookstores until August 2015! And, you'll also receive the ebook edition as a bonus, and be thanked in the book! This is the first level offering a printed book.
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Printed on the back only. You know why.
Printed on the back only. You know why.

$35 level

T-shirt and ebook bundle! A beautiful shirt featuring the infamous rose tattoo over the shoulder, plus the deluxe ebook edition of The Inheritor, with bonus material -  and you'll be thanked in the book. 

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$50 level

T-shirt and paperback bundle! Such a deal! Get the autographed Kickstarter edition paperback of The Inheritor AND the rose T-shirt! And be thanked in The Inheritor.

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$51 level

Ebook package deal! Get all 6 ebook novels in the Marketplace series, including The Inheritor, for your donation of $51. (Regular retail $62) And be thanked in The Inheritor.

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$65 level

Digital goodies ebook package deal! Get 8 ebooks in all! All 6 ebooks in the Marketplace series, including The Inheritor and any digital extras, AND Laura Antoniou's short story collection Scenes from the Marketplace AND No Safewords, an anthology of Marketplace-themed short stories by writers including DL King, Sassafras Lowrey, Cecilia Tan, and more. And be thanked in The Inheritor.


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$66 level

The entire series on a LEATHER wristband/ thumb drive packed with all 8 ebooks in the Marketplace series including The Inheritor! Plus bonus stories or additional material to be selected later. And be thanked in The Inheritor.

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How about some serious backing cred?

Cloth-bound, dust-jacketed. So. Classy.
Cloth-bound, dust-jacketed. So. Classy.

$75 level

Limited-edition dust-jacketed HARDCOVER edition of The Inheritor! Each one hand numbered and autographed. Of course, this comes with The Inheritor deluxe ebook, the temporary tattoo, and you will be thanked in The Inheritor.

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When you want it all.
When you want it all.

$100 level

Deluxe Goodies Package. Lots of physical things!  Get the leather wristband thumb drive full of books, - 8 books in all plus bonus materials! -  the T-shirt, the paperback Kickstarter edition of The Inheritor, the temporary tattoo, and be thanked in The Inheritor!

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$125 level

Deluxe Plus Digital Goodies. Get the What Would Chris Parker Do? pin to go with the leather wristband thumb drive with all the digital goodies, the T-shirt, and the paperback Kickstarter edition of The Inheritor, and the temporary tattoo.  And be thanked in The Inheritor.

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$150 level

All seven paperbacks! Yes, you get The Marketplace, The Slave, The Trainer, The Academy, The Reunion, AND The Inheritor, as well as the No Safewords paperback anthology, all autographed by Laura Antoniou! Plus all digital rewards and be thanked in The Inheritor! A complete library in one fabulous moment!

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Once upon a time...
Once upon a time...

$200 level

60-minute Skype reading and chat with Laura Antoniou! Invite your friends over! Meet her cat! Ask anything you want! Plus all the digital goodies and of course you will be thanked in The Inheritor!

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You said you'd go for this.
You said you'd go for this.

$225 level

Limited-edition, numbered and autographed leather bound hardcover of The Inheritor. LEATHER BOUND, did you hear me? Plus all the digital goodies and be thanked in the Inheritor!

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So. Many. Characters.
So. Many. Characters.

$350 level

Live forever in the pages of a book! Name a character in an upcoming novel or story by Laura Antoniou!  Plus all the digital goodies and be thanked in the Inheritor!

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Ding-dong! Author calling!
Ding-dong! Author calling!

$500 level

Want personal service? How about an In-person reading for you and any friends you'd care to invite, anywhere in the immediate New York City tri-state (NYC, LI and suburbs through Westchester and Rockland, Northern NJ, and Southern CT) area by Laura Antoniou herself. Laura will deliver a copy of the hard-cover edition of The Inheritor & read selections from it -  and possibly other goodies - for at least 60 minutes.

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EXTRA, LAST MINUTE, SO-YOU-REALLY-WANT-SOMETHING-SPECIAL LEVEL

$500 level

How about the strap? You know the one.

Look at that leather
Look at that leather
Because you waited and waited for this...
Because you waited and waited for this...

This is a handcrafted artist's rendition of Chris Parker's iconic strap. Made from doubled 1/8 inch thick London Tan latigo with hand burnished edges, a saddler's crease, waxed and oiled finish, and aged brass fittings, this strap hooks on to your belt with a swiveling clip that makes it quick to deploy. The inside is stamped by hand with Chris Parker's favorite admonition: PATIENCE.

Each one personally handmade by Angel Adeyoha, specifically for this project.

The strap will come with a digital edition of The Inheritor and a signed, cloth bound edition. NOPE! Revised - this backer level now comes with the leather wristband containing the ENTIRE Marketplace series in e-book format, just to make it sexier.  Because you waited so patiently.

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Because leather goes with leather, you say?

$750

Then if you want the strap AND the signed & numbered leather bound edition...you have ONE chance for them both. 

But only one person gets both.
But only one person gets both.

The strap. AND the leather edition. Plus the digital package - in fact, the digital package ON the leather wristband. YOU GET ALL THE LEATHER.

And it's taken. Sorry. Try the previous level.

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Not local enough for $500 reading?

$1,250 level

OK, fine.  Laura Antoniou will fly out to where you are, stay somewhere overnight and bring you one of the LEATHER editions for an In-person reading anywhere in the Lower 48. Invite everyone you know! or keep it intimate. Laura will read selections from The Inheritor and possibly other selections of her fiction for at least 60 minutes. And then fly home. Now, that's service.

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ADD ON!

Want one more copy of The Inheritor? or a few to give as gifts? You can increase the number if you have pledged at the $25 or above level! For each additional paperback you want to receive, increase your pledge by $25 and when we send our backer surveys at the end, remind us that the extra money goes toward extra copies of the book! 

Risks and challenges

Fortunately for us, the manuscript is already written, and Circlet Press has already committed to publishing it, so the biggest hurdle has already been cleared. The biggest challenge will be making sure all the many and varied rewards are manufactured as we want them to be! It'll be a complex process but we think it'll be highly worth it to give fans lots of fun things to celebrate this new book.

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    Get the special deluxe ebook edition of The Inheritor, which includes not only the full text of the novel but some digital extras (outtakes, bonus scenes), and we'll send you a temporary tattoo, too! And you get thanked in The Inheritor.

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    Autographed paperback Kickstarter-only edition of The Inheritor, before anyone in the general public can get it! This book won't be in bookstores until August 2015! You'll also receive the ebook edition as a bonus, and be thanked in the book!

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    T-shirt and ebook bundle! A beautiful shirt featuring the infamous rose tattoo over the shoulder, plus the deluxe ebook, and you'll be thanked in the book.

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    Basic ebook package! Get all 6 ebook novels in the Marketplace series, including The Inheritor, for your donation of $51. (Regular retail $62) And be thanked in The Inheritor.

    (Note:This collection does not include the two short story anthologies or digital extras.)

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    Digital goodies ebook package deal! Get 8 ebooks in all! All 6 ebooks in the Marketplace series, including The Inheritor and any digital extras, AND two short story collections!

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    The entire series on a LEATHER wristband/ thumb drive packed with all 8 ebooks in the Marketplace series including The Inheritor! Plus bonus stories or additional material to be selected later. And be thanked in The Inheritor.

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    Limited-edition dustjacketed hardcover edition of The Inheritor! Numbered and autographed. And get the Inheritor deluxe ebook, temporary tattoo, and be thanked in The Inheritor.

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    Deluxe Goodies Package. Get the thumb drive wristband packed with ebooks, T-shirt, paperback Kickstarter edition of The Inheritor, temporary tattoo, and be thanked in The Inheritor!

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    Deluxe Plus Digital Goodies. Get the What Would Chris Parker Do? pin to go with the leather wristband thumb drive with all the digital goodies, the T-shirt, and the paperback Kickstarter edition of The Inheritor, and the temporary tattoo. And be thanked in The Inheritor.

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    All seven paperbacks! Yes, you get The Marketplace, The Slave, The Trainer, The Academy, The Reunion, AND The Inheritor, as well as the No Safewords paperback anthology, all autographed by Laura Antoniou! Plus all digital rewards and be thanked in The Inheritor!

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    60-minute Skype reading and chat with Laura Antoniou! Plus all the digital goodies and be thanked in the Inheritor!

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    Limited-edition, numbered and autographed leatherbound hardcover of The Inheritor. LEATHERBOUND, did you hear me? Plus all the digital goodies and be thanked in the Inheritor!

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    Name a character in an upcoming book by Laura Antoniou! Plus all the digital goodies and be thanked in the Inheritor!

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    In-person reading for you and any friends you'd care to invite, anywhere in the New York City tri-state area by Laura Antoniou herself. Laura will read selections from The Inheritor and possibly other selections of her fiction for at least 60 minutes. Includes the cloth-bound edition.

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    You want REALLY rare? Then make an impact with one of TWO handcrafted artist's rendition of Chris Parker's iconic strap. Made from doubled 1/8 inch thick London Tan latigo with hand burnished edges, a saddler's crease, waxed and oiled finish, and aged brass fittings, this strap hooks on to your belt with a swiveling clip that makes it quick to deploy. The inside is stamped by hand with Chris Parker's favorite admonition: PATIENCE. Each strap is made individually by Each one personally handmade by Angel Adeyoha, specifically for this project so yours will feel as close to unique as you can get. The strap comes with the digital collection on the leather wrist band and a signed cloth-bound edition.

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    The one-of-a-kind, everything leather package deal. You get a hand-crafted, lovingly detailed Chris Parker strap AND the signed and numbered leather-bound edition of the book, AND the digital package on the leather wristband. Because you want it all.

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    In-person reading for you and any friends you'd care to invite, anywhere in the United States, by Laura Antoniou herself. Laura will read selections from The Inheritor and possibly other selections of her fiction for at least 60 minutes. Includes the leather-bound edition.

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