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Some people will pay to be beautiful...Ernie Boudreaux preys on that desire and sometimes his "clients" pay with their lives.

“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.  Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”  ~Attributed to Groucho Marx

What is my project?

My fifth novel, entitled Pump It Up.

Like its four predecessors, Pump It Up is a fast-paced, action story infused with “colorful” characters and healthy doses of tension, suspense and humor.

What’s it about?

Pump explores the reality of the adage: “Beauty is merely skin deep.”

Ernie Boudreaux knows people want to be beautiful and he preys upon it. For those with the desire for beauty, but without the means to seek professional help, he offers low-cost silicone injections. It’s a “back-room” solution at bargain-basement costs.

Unfortunately, Ernie is living proof of the other  saying: “You get what you pay for.”

When Ernie’s less-than-professional methods result in the death of one of his “clients”, things turn ugly in a hurry.

Meanwhile, Dave Ryan is on vacation in scenic Flagler Beach, Florida and enjoying a midnight stroll along A1A listening to the ocean. Dave crosses paths with Ernie at an inopportune moment and finds himself sitting on the ocean floor chained to an anchor…

Dave thinks the nightmare is over when a stranger saves him from certain death...but it is has only just begun…because Ernie is not the type to forgive or forget.

Things get even uglier when Ernie's own sordid past catches up to him in the form of a six-foot transvestite named Saffire.

In case you’re curious:

The premise for Pump It Up is based on an actual story about these so-called “pumping parties” from my local newspaper, which confirmed the maxim “truth is stranger than fiction.”

Using the newspaper article as a jumping off point – I fictionalized the story (a lot!), adding an element of urgency, a cast of colorful characters and a pace that doesn’t take a break, creating an entertaining work that will also shed some light on a very shady practice.

When will it be finished?

The first-draft of the manuscript has been completed and sent to the editor for the first round of revisions.

You can read the first chapter here and you can read a review of the manuscript here.

My goal is to release Pump in July of 2012 – hopefully capitalizing on the popularity of my last novel, No Good Deed (Nov. 2011).

Some background and the big question…

The instinctual question is, “If you have already written four books, aren’t they generating enough income to fund a fifth?”

As an Independent Author, I have personally funded three novels since 2009. Due to lack of available funds, my fourth novel, Back Seat to Justice, was released only as an e-book.

The costs associated with turning a completed first-draft manuscript into a hard-copy novel can easily run into the thousands of dollars, and once the book is a reality, it then needs to be marketed.

Thus far, my marketing has been limited to free internet exposure, and while sales of my work is picking up, I have not yet broken into the black…therefore the need for your support.

The funding from Kickstarter will be used to cover the costs of editing, formatting and interior layout, cover design, printing the first run of 200 copies of Pump It Up and most importantly – marketing.

Professional marketing services are the Catch-22 of the art world. Without it, projects will not reach the target audience and sales will be less-than-stellar – but until the work reaches the audience and sells, most artists can’t afford marketing.

Finally…

Thank you for considering my proposal.

Every dollar pledged will be extremely appreciated and I hope the rewards I have proposed are worthy of your support. If you decide not to join the cause, please consider sharing this proposal with the book lovers you know.

Looking ahead, I have already begun work on my sixth novel and have drafted outlines for three more.

I do not intend to stop writing, and if necessary I will publish my future books electronically (which is extremely inexpensive). Unfortunately, e-readers are not as popular as “real books” (yet) so many of my readers (a modest, but extremely loyal, fan base) would be unable to enjoy my books.

My Team:

Publisher – TrIndie Publishing

Publicist – Letting the Ink Dry

Cover Design – Shane Baker

Video – Engine Room Edit

                Produced by: Cheryl McKeever

                Editing & Titles by: Danielle Statuto

                Music: Chris Turchetti

Please visit my website for more information about my work.

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