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$580
pledged of $3,500pledged of $3,500 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 5 2019 7:54 PM UTC +00:00

About

Do you love romance? Let me tell you about Shepherdsville, where everyone's family and love is always in the air. This little Southern town is all in my imagination--but if you join me there, you, too, can spend a happy afternoon reading about love, puppies, and even a goat named Barney.   

The boys and I have created a clean romance story that you're sure to love. Yep. It’s already written! We just need two things to bring it into reality: 1) $3,500 to secure a stellar editor, proofreader and cover designer; and 2) dog treats. Lots of dog treats.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, then settled in a small town in the South my high school years. I figured out quickly that life there was so very different than anywhere else. People really do know everyone in town. They leave their doors unlocked at night. The shops on Main Street are quaint and welcoming. And, oh boy, do the rumors fly.   I wanted to capture that. 

I wanted people to experience life in a small town, and I wanted to write something that made people smile. That meant romance and a happily ever after.   

Welcome to Shepherdsville.   

I’ve written four books in this series so far, each set in the same cozy town but also standalone reads so you could pick up in the middle and not miss a beat. And when I wrote the third book in the series, a secondary character, Eve Emerson, caught my attention. I fell in love with her. She was a little zany, a little troubled, and a little self-absorbed. But I knew she could be redeemed.   

All Bets Are Off was born.  So what’s it about? Eve is the quirky and fun-loving (if a bit flawed) heroine. She’s made a few mistakes in her life, but we love her anyway because she really is trying to do better. She’s given up men for a year in hopes of breaking a cycle of bad relationships.  

Oh, yeah, she also owns a goat named Barney.   

And then there’s our hero, Derrick. Poor Derrick has been in charge of his baby sister since their parents died. When sis makes a mess of things, Derrick rushes home to bail her out again. He takes over for the local vet, and along comes Eve. Sparks fly. But Derrick can’t imagine being involved with someone as off-kilter as Eve, and Eve...well, let’s just say that one-year sabbatical from men was for good reason, and she means to stick to it.   

The book is the perfect formula for an afternoon escape—humor + love = happily ever after. When I finished it, I decided it was time to ramp things up a notch.   

And that’s why I’m here. I’ve put together a fantastic team for this release, including an editor that worked for one of the top romance publishers in the country. As an indie author, I front all of my costs, and that means I have to keep a small budget to make the whole thing work. If I stretch beyond that, everything falls apart. With your help, though, we can take this book to the next level.

I’m Shawna Lynn Brooks, and the two furballs are Bear and Milo. Together, we try to make the world a better place. I write stories about friends, neighbors, and falling in love. They eat dog treats, chew on my tennis shoes, and nap a lot. They frequently star in my newsletters and blog, and they each have a starring role in the book. Plus they work for dog treats, so they’re budget friendly.  

The boys and I want to make people feel a little bit better about life when they read that final sentence, so you can count on a happy ending and a few laughs along the way. All Bets Are Off is my fifth book, and folks seem to like what I do. They’ve called my books “fun,” “delightful,” and (my absolute favorite) “swoonworthy.”  Come join us on our adventure and add an adjective of your own!

Editor: Victoria Curran I’m so very excited to be working with Victoria. She spent fourteen years working with Harlequin. You know, the publisher that made Fabio famous? Yeah, those guys. She’s edited more books than you could shake a stick at, but I couldn’t possibly name them all. If you like romances, there’s a good chance you’ve seen her work.

Cover designer: Angela Haddon Angela has done all of my book covers so far. Why? Because she’s amazing. I mean, just look at that mock up! She creates outstanding, memorable covers for several different genres. And she’s pretty nice, too.

Proofreader: Donna Cromeans Donna scares me a little. The grammar police are afraid of her. She's more like the grammar CIA. She’s worked for the likes of JoAnn Ross and Julie Leto. Cats love her, though, so she can’t be all bad.

So, if you want to help, jump right in to the $25, All You Need Is Love pledge to get the special edition eBook and paperback of All Bets Are Off, with a bonus chapter that will only be available to Kickstarter backers and a thank-you credit in the acknowledgements, plus the eBox set of the rest of the Shepherdsville series. Want other choices? Here’s a breakdown of the rewards: 

So where will all the money go? I’m glad you asked. I have to pay production costs up front, which means I’ll pay the editor and proofreader to make the book as good as it can be and the cover designer for a beautiful full cover before I can release the book. I’ll also have to pay for printing the paperback and sending out the rewards. And I have to buy dog treats. The boys don’t ask for much, but if I’m going to keep them doing their part, they have to stay motivated.   Here’s a full breakdown: 

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I'll have the editing complete and the proofreading done for delivery of the eBook in June, 2019 and the paperback in August, 2019. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what to expect: 

Risks and challenges

There are always risks when dealing with Kickstarter projects. One of them is that the author will never complete the book. No worries there—the first draft of the book is already done. Still, the editor and proofreader will need to do their reviews and then I’ll need to incorporate their changes. I’ve tried my best to take that into account on my timeline, but they could run behind on their revisions (or I could run behind in implementing them).

There are logistics involved in printing, handling and shipping books, and those things aren’t under my control. I don’t anticipate any problems (this isn’t my first book release!!), but any time you’re working with third parties, there can be delays. Don’t worry, though. I’ve built extra time into my timeline, and I’ll communicate with you throughout the fulfillment process, so if anything goes wrong, you’ll be the first to know.

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    Can’t Help Falling In Love

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    Be still my beating heart. This might require two or three boxes of chocolate. You’ll add the whole series to your eReader.

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    All You Need Is Love

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    A Whole Lotta Love

    It’s time to meet the parents. You’ll have an extra paperback to share when you do.

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