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Olivia Black, the girl with the ghost hand, is back in the third installment of this innovative young adult paranormal thriller series.
Olivia Black, the girl with the ghost hand, is back in the third installment of this innovative young adult paranormal thriller series.
108 backers pledged $3,543 to help bring this project to life.

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The PSS Chronicles is the acclaimed young adult paranormal thriller series written and self-published by award-winning author Ripley Patton.

Hey, thanks for checking out my Kickstarter. I really appreciate it.

You may have realized by now that this isn't my first rodeo. You see, I funded the publication of the first two books of my series, GHOST HAND and GHOST HOLD, on Kickstarter and now I'm back to publish the third book of the series, GHOST HEART.

STRETCH GOAL #1 - $3,000

In proper Kickstarter tradition and since we've made our initial goal, I'll be offering a SPECIAL STRETCH GOAL and REWARD. If we make the next benchmark of $3,000, I will give EVERY backer an MP3 audio reading of my short story "Sister of the Benevolent Gods," produced by Cossmass Infinities and read by the talented Stephanie Gallagher in the most amazing Scottish accent. 

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $3,500

If we hit $3,500, I will add a bonus MP3 of my professionally recorded contest-winning short story, "The Future of the Sky."

YOU UNVEILED THE GHOST HEART COVER!

If you're already a fan of The PSS Chronicles, you've come to the right place. Through this Kickstarter you can pre-order the e-book or a signed paperback (or both) by choosing the appropriate reward in the sidebar. 

Becoming a backer will also help unveil the cover of GHOST HEART to the world RIGHT HERE on Kickstarter. I started by offering a first piece FREE. Just a corner. Just a tease. And with the project reaching it's FINAL GOAL already (with 8 days left), my wonderful backers have unveiled the rest for the world to see below. Isn't it a beauty?

In addition to all that, backers will have access to sneak peek content of GHOST HEART and insider information straight from the author. Most of all, you get the privilege of saying, "That book is mine. I helped make it a reality on Kickstarter."

NEW TO THE SERIES?

Never heard of The PSS Chronicles? Then you've seriously come to the right place. Here's what people are saying about it.

GHOST HAND was a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards 2013 and a Cybil Award Nominee. 

And never fear, even though this Kickstarter is for the third book in the series, there are rewards that can nab you all three series books in e-book and paperback for an amazing price. 

Still not convinced? Well, I'm so confident that you'll love the series once you've started it that I'm currently offering the first book, GHOST HAND, FREE for KINDLE and KOBO, and for only 99 cents on B&N

If you do go grab it and you like it, I hope you'll come back here to show your support for GHOST HEART and the entire series.

WHAT'S THE SERIES ABOUT? 

The PSS Chronicles is about small town girl, Olivia Black, born with a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, Olivia has a hand made of ethereal energy which she refers to as her ghost hand. 

The inspiration for PSS came from the real medical phenomenon of phantom limb syndrome in which amputees can still feel sensation in the appendages they no longer have. I decided to ask myself, "What if those limbs really existed? What would they do, and look like, and what power would they hold? And how would society react to the people who had them?" 

Blurbs for GHOST HAND and GHOST HOLD can be read on my website HERE. 

GHOST HEART: THE BLURB 

In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren't enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman's personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered. They are devastated. They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia's stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS.

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

GHOST HEART: THE COVER

The cover for GHOST HEART was professionally designed by the wonderful Scarlett Rugers and will be fully unveiled on this Kickstarter when the project reaches its funding goal. And it is going to blow you away. I promise. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am an award-winning short story writer and Indie novelist, and I live in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. I don't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as my characters. My only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.
I LOVE being an independent, self-published writer who has complete control over my creative work. And that is made possible largely by Kickstarter and the support of my readers, so thank you for considering backing me.

To find out more about me and my fiction you can check out my website and subscribe to The PSS Chronicles newsletter, or follow me on one or all of these various internet places.

Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Google +

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?

Traditionally published authors get an advance from a publisher in exchange for the chance to publish their book. KIckstarter is my advance. It is a way for me to fund my book projects and produce a much higher quality product than I could otherwise. 

Having done this before, I pretty much know where the money will go and here is a basic breakdown.

$500 for the professional book cover design

$700 for professional editing fees

$200 for print and e-book formatting

$800 for the first paperback print run 

$300 for fees and shipping costs

Any extra funding will go toward the promotion of my books and investment into the future of the series. 

And if the money REALLY flows, there will be stretch goals, of course.

WHAT IF YOU DON'T READ YA?

Even if you don't read or like Young Adult Fiction or the Paranormal Thriller Genre, I can guarantee you know or love someone who DOES.  Every reward level of this project can be given as a gift to someone else. Just pledge the amount for the reward you'd like to gift, and when the surveys go out to collect your information, you can let me know it is a gift and who to send it to. I'd even be happy to write a special gift message for you as well.

WHAT TO DO NOW

So, you're convinced and want to be a part of making GHOST HEART a reality? Awesome, and thank you. All you have to do is click the BACK THIS PROJECT BUTTON at the top right of this page and pledge any amount over $1. Then choose your reward, follow the instructions to pay, and I'll keep you updated on the project every step of the way.

And if you can't pledge today, thanks for stopping by and giving me your time, and feel free to share the project with your friends.

SPECIAL THANKS - Special thanks to my son, Soren, for the amazing job he did on my video again and to my daughter, Valerie, for her brief appearance in it that never fails to make me laugh. 

Risks and challenges

Having done this twice and delivered on time, I like to think I'm an old pro by now.

However, scheduling issues with editing, formatting, and print proofs can always crop up, but they are fairly easy to manage. I always keep my backers well up-to-date on all my adventures, especially the unpleasant ones.

I wouldn't worry too much.

Just trust the story.

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    THE BITTY BACKER - Mama always said every little bit counts. Even five dollars can add up and make this project a reality, so thank you for your support. For this pledge level you get a SIGNED POST CARD of the GHOST HEART cover, and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE E-BACKER - E-books are awesome.They save trees, are easy to ship, and don't get dog-earned or page-worn. At this pledge level, you are pre-ordering an E-BOOK COPY OF GHOST HEART (PDF, epub, and mobi formats available) to be delivered directly to your e-mail and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE TRIPLE E-BOOK STEAL - New to the PSS Chronicles and want to nab all three e-books for an amazing price? This reward is for you. You get E-BOOK COPIES of GHOST HAND, GHOST HOLD and GHOST HEART direct to your e-mail box (PDF, epub, and mobi formats available) so you can binge read the series to your heart's content. And you get THANKED on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE BLOGGER-LOVE BACKER - I LOVE bloggers. So many amazing book bloggers have supported me as an Indie Author and spread the word about The PSS Chronicles. So, this pledge level is for YOU. All you have to do is post on your blog about the series and this Kickstarter Project (FB posts and Tweeting count too), and you will receive a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF GHOST HEART plus AN E-BOOK COPY (PDF, mobi and epub available) and THANKS on my website and in the e-book. **Bloggers, please feel free to use images from this Kickstarter or my website for you blog post.**

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    THE PAPER-BACKER - E-books are nice but sometimes there's nothing like gripping a good old paperback in your hands. At this pledge level, you get a SIGNED PAPERBACK of GHOST HEART plus AN E-BOOK COPY (PDF, mobi, and epub availalbe) and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE BROTHERLY BACKER - When you find something great, you have to share it with a friend. At this pledge level, you get TWO SIGNED COPIES OF GHOST HEART, one for you and one for a friend, plus an E-BOOK COPY (available in PDF, mobi, or epub) and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE PARIS HAS A GREAT HEART BACKER - This reward is for my friend Paris Crenshaw who I'm so glad has a new lease on his life and his heart. At this reward level, he gets a signed paperback of GHOST HOLD and GHOST HEART, plus both e-book copies. You can still choose this reward if you aren't Paris, or ask for a custom reward of your own.

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    THE "GET THE SET" PAPER-BACKER - Are you new to the PSS Chronicles or just want the whole set signed for your collection? Well, this pledge level is for you because you get A SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF GHOST HAND, GHOST HOLD, and GHOST HEART, plus E-BOOK COPIES OF ALL THREE (available in PDF, mobi, or epub) and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE TRIPLE BACKER - When you find something great, you have to share it with the WORLD. At this pledge level, you get THREE SIGNED COPIES OF GHOST HEART, one for yourself and two to share with friends, plus an E-BOOK COPY OF GHOST HEART (PDF, mobi, or epub available) and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE MEGA-FAN BACKER - You are a FANatic of the PSS Chronicles series. You want to own everything you can, tell everyone you can, and read everything you can. Then this pledge level is for you, because you get A SIGNED COPY OF GHOST HEART, PLUS an E-BOOK COPY (PDF, mobi and epub available), and A SWAG-PACK including 6 swag items (two from each book) and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

    **Examples of swag are cover posters, bumper stickers, mini ghost hands, pens, bookmarks, bracelets.** Items based on availability.

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    THE MICHAELA NEEDS HER SWAG BACKER - This reward is for Michaela, so she can flaunt her PSS swag to all her friends. At this reward level, she gets 11x14" posters of ALL THREE of the PSS Chronicle Book Covers, plus SIX more swag items (2 from each book) for a total of NINE PIECES OF PSS SWAG to prove she is the best fan ever. If you are not Michaela and you would like this reward, feel free to choose it or ask for a "custom" reward of your choice and I shall make it so. But remember, Michaela was awesome first. That is all.

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    THE LISA B. GETS THE SET TWICE BACKER - Lisa wants all the books signed and she wants them twice. This is because she is an awesome fan and loves to spread the bookish love. She asked for this awesome reward and she got it. You too can have this reward or ask for your own custom reward and I'll make it for you.

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    THE STREET TEAM BACKER - You LOVE The PSS Chronicles and want to help spread the word far and wide like a book evangelist. You'd love to get the inside scoop as Ripley writes the next book of the series and help her build her fan base. If this sounds like you, this is your reward. You get a SIGNED COPY OF GHOST HEART and THANKS on my website and in the e-book. Plus, you get AN INVITATION to Ripley Patton's private Street Team Facebook Group which includes sneak peeks, access and input into Ripley's writing process, chances to win swag, opportunities to help promote the series, and access to an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of the next book in the series. (Facebook Profile is required for this reward).

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    THE YOUNJEE GETS IT ALL BACKER - This one is for Younjee who wants all the swag and all the books. At this level she gets GHOST HAND, GHOST HOLD, and GHOST HEART in signed paperback (and in ebook format) and two items of swag for each book (a total of 6 pieces of wonderful swag). Anyone else can order this one too, or ask for a custom reward of your own.

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    THE BENEVOLENT BACKER - If you LOVE to support the art, the artist, and the creativity, but don't really feel the need for a lot of "stuff" in return, then this pledge level is for you. You get TWO SIGNED COPIES OF GHOST HEART and a personal phone call from the author thanking you for your support and THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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    THE COFFEE CULTURE BACKER - This reward is for Alisa, owner of Coffee Culture in Gainesville, Florida, because she is awesome and asked for it. At this level, she gets a signed paperback set of GHOST HAND, GHOST HOLD, and GHOST HEART for herself and signed paperback copies of GHOST HOLD and GHOST HEART for her amazing coffee shop library. She already has GHOST HAND for the shop and everyone reads it. If you are not Alisa and you would like this reward as well, feel free to choose it or request your own custom reward and I will make it so.

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    THE OFF-THE-CHARTS BACKER - You are generous beyond my wildest imagination. You can pretty much have whatever you want selected from the above listed rewards (except more than five paperback copies of the book) Ask, and you shall receive. Plus, you'll get a big, huge THANKS on my website and in the e-book.

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