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Olivia Black is back. And so is her ghost hand. Young Adult Paranormal Thriller Series, Book Two.

PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS!

We've made our initial goal, all thanks to YOU! So, I thought we could celebrate the LAST WEEKEND of the project by pulling out ALL THE STOPS. 

$3000 STRETCH GOAL

With only three days left, I've reduced the first stretch goal to just $3000. Only $230 more pledged. If we reach that, EVERY BACKER will received a free e-book of my award-nominated young adult fantasy novella, OVER THE RIM. 

$5 GETS YOU THE $10 REWARD

Good 6/28-the end of the project, pledge $5 and get the $10 e-book reward. Yes, this means you can pre-order the Ghost Hold e-book for only $5.

REDUCED INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

Shipping really went up in the US this year and I've hated that I've had to ask for so much from my international backers. So, this last three days only, I am reducing all international shipping for all new backers at all pledge levels to just $10. 

BUMP UP YOUR PLEDGE

Good 6/28-end of the project, bump up any current pledge by at least $5 and receive a surprise piece of SWAG from the PSS Series (could be a poster, bumper sticker, bracelet, or mini ghost hand).

THE PSS CHRONICLES

Last year (July/August 2012) my friends, family, and fans helped make GHOST HAND, my first novel, a reality through Kickstarter. That project was 110% funded and you can see it HERE

GHOST HAND has been loved by many, is selling steadily, and has garnered RAVE REVIEWS on Amazon and Goodreads. Kickstarter peeps from around the world helped bring Olivia Black and her ghost hand to life. 

And now it is time to do it again for book two of the series, GHOST HOLD.

GHOST HOLD: THE BOOK BLURB

Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. And in order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she has ever believed about herself, her ghost hand, and especially Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with. 

 

GHOST HOLD: THE COVER

The cover for GHOST HOLD was professionally designed by the wonderful Scarlett Rugers and was UNVEILED HERE JUNE 15th  at the halfway mark of this project. It features main characters Olivia Black, Marcus Jordon, and Passion Wainwright. 

GHOST HOLD EXCERPTS

Want to SAMPLE the work before you buy?

You can read the first four chapters of GHOST HAND, book one of The PSS Chronicles, using the LOOK INSIDE FEATURE of Amazon.

In addition, you can read the FIRST CHAPTER OF GHOST HOLD HERE. It was unlocked to the general public thanks to the generosity and support of the project backers. BACKERS to the project at any level will also have IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO CHAPTER TWO. And CHAPTER THREE through the backer only updates section. In addition I've made available THIS steamy, romantic excerpt between Olivia and Marcus from Chapter Eight of GHOST HOLD (WARNING- if you haven't read GHOST HAND yet, this excerpt has information that could spoil a twist in book one).

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 the Kickstarter projects I do to fund the publication of my books, so thank you for considering backing me.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?

Kickstarter is NOT a charity, and neither is this project. If you examine the pledge and reward levels to the right, you can see  you are essentially PRE-ORDERING an e-book or paperback copy of GHOST HOLD with anything over a $10 pledge. 

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 money earned on the project will most likely go to buy me a new laptop to write on, as my current one is on its last leg.

STRETCH GOALS

Now that we've reached our initial funding goal, I've added a new reward for ALL BACKERS. If we reach $3000 by the end of the project, I'll be sending out an e-book copy of my Award-Nominated Young Adult Fantasy Novella, Over the Rim, to everyone.

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 Hold 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.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Well, considering I finished the last project despite several large earthquakes and a move overseas and back, I don't think there is much that would stop me from finishing this book (other than being hit by a Mac truck).

I think the biggest hurdle might be delays in the publication process, such as editing and formatting. These do happen, in which case the book release and shipping might occur later than expected.

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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 HOLD cover, and THANKS 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 GHOST HAND, book one of the PSS Chronicles. So, this pledge level is for YOU. All you have to do is post on your blog about GHOST HOLD and/or GHOST HAND with a link to this Kickstarter Project (FB posts and Tweeting count too), and you will receive a SIGNED COPY OF GHOST HOLD, plus everything from the $10 reward. **Bloggers, please feel free to use images from this Kickstarter or my website for you blog post.**

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    THE BOOKS ARE ART BACKER - Do you love the covers of Ghost Hand and Ghost Hold as much as I do? Well, here's your chance to own the art of The PSS Chronicles. Back at this level and you get a signed 11"x14" poster of each cover on high-quality glossy poster stock.

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    THE SWAG-PACK BACKER - You don't just love the books, you LOVE the swag. At this pledge level, you get A SIGNED COPY OF GHOST HOLD, A SWAG-PACK of GHOST HAND and GHOST HOLD items (three swag items for each book), plus everything from the $10 reward level. **Examples of swag are cover posters, bumper stickers, mini ghost hands, pens, bookmarks, bracelets.** Items based on availability.

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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 HOLD, A SWAG-PACK including 6 swag items (three from each book, a CHANCE TO MEET THE AUTHOR (either in person or via Skype or the Internet- depending on location) for a 30 minute chat, plus everything from the $10 reward.

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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 HOLD and a personal phone call from the author thanking you for your support.

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