Alek Fitz is the lead reaper for Valkyrie Collections, an agency that gathers debts for the paranormal elements of the world. Bound into modern-day slavery by a contract he cannot break, sold by parents he never knew, Alek works alongside demons, spirits, witches, and even Death himself to collect on deals made with humanity.
When Alek is forced to take a job from a local vampire hunting down a run-away thrall, he is immediately thrust into a world of blackmail and backstabbing, where the Rules are nothing more than an inconvenience to ancient, supernatural predators. For the first time, Alek has more to fear from his clients than from his debtors.
But Alek is the best in the business. It’ll take more than a Vampire Lord to keep a good reaper down.
From award-winning author Brian McClellan (author of the best-selling Powder Mage novels) comes the much-anticipated sequel to Uncanny Collateral, a book about a collection agent who works for the supernatural elements of our world. In Blood Tally we are introduced to new friends, new enemies, and a new job that needs to be done by our troll-blood hero Alek Fitz.
The Valkyrie Collections novels are short, punchy books meant to be read in a couple of sittings. Uncanny Collateral comes out to about 45k words (or a five hour audiobook), while Blood Tally is about 55k words (or a six hour audiobook). They are the first two in an open-ended series that will be at least three books but hopefully far, far more.
If you'd like to read reviews of Uncanny Collateral, you can do so on Amazon and Goodreads. If you'd like to re-familiarize yourself with the world in preparation for book two, check out the wiki over on World Anvil!
As mentioned above, Blood Tally has already been finished and is now going through beta-readers. The next step is line-edits, and then on to copy-edits. It will then be sent off to the audiobook reader as well as for formatting for ebook distribution and hardcover printing.
Art has already been commissioned from the very talented Shen Fei, who did the cover art for Uncanny Collateral, and Brian has reserved time in Shawn King's schedule for the cover design and layout to match that of the first book. The whole process, including hardcover and audio delivery, should be finished by the end of the year barring any disasters.
The official launch date of Blood Tally is February 11th - so Kickstarter backers will receive the ebook a full three months before publication!
The ebook of Blood Tally will be delivered via Backerkit within four weeks of the end of the kickstarter and provided to backers in DRM-free mobi, epub, and PDF. Every backer level includes the ebook, so it will go out to everyone!
Uncanny Collateral is currently a Kindle Unlimited book, which means that the ebook cannot be offered as a reward itself. However, several of the backer levels include a free, full reviewer's copy in addition to the rewards. These will be delivered via Backerkit in DRM-free mobi, epub, and PDF as soon as the kickstarter processes payments. Please note that you are in no way required to leave a review, though they definitely help drive interest in the book!
IMPORTANT: if you have a Kindle Unlimited account, you can read Uncanny Collateral for free right now!
Blood Tally will be created in a print run from HF Book Partners, whose corporate office is located in Brian's hometown of Chesterland, Ohio (and nearby the events of the novel!). The cover is soft-touch and the materials high-quality, guaranteeing a much better collector's item than print-on-demand. It will go into production within a few weeks of the end of the kickstarter and should be shipped by the end of the year. Backer Levels or add-ons of any of Brian's other books will be sent at the same time to reduce cost. All hardcovers from the kickstarter (and BackerKit add-ons) will be signed and shipped directly from Brian.
Blood Tally will be read by the fantastic Luke Daniels, known for his work on the best-selling Iron Druid series. The audiobook will be delivered as an MP3 via Backerkit by the end of the year.
Luke also did the audiobook for Uncanny Collateral. Brian has a limited number of Audible codes for Uncanny Collateral for early birds. These will be delivered after the Kickstarter ends. Unfortunately for us, it's not possible to offer further copies as part of the kickstarter rewards, but you can purchase it immediately from Audible.
Brian is a full time author who lives on the side of a mountain in Utah. He is known best for his large epic fantasy universe that includes the twin series of the Powder Mage Trilogy and Gods of Blood and Powder, both published through Orbit Books.
Brian's last job before becoming an author was working for a collection agency in Cleveland, Ohio. The idea of a supernatural collection agency has been floating around his head ever since, and he finally put that into his first self-published novel, Uncanny Collateral. He's described the book as a cross between the Dresden Files and Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Brian has a pretty extensive backlist with a whole bunch of different formats (some of which he can offer, some of which he cannot due to rights holders and that sort of thing). So as not to over-complicate the backer levels, this Kickstarter will make use of BackerKit. Through BackerKit, you'll be able to add on the Blood Tally audiobook and hardcover, as well as any of Brian's collected works that might strike your fancy. Brian will sign all physical books and bookplates. NOTE: physical items will only be available as add-ons for US shipping. This is because the weight of books causes international shipping to very quickly spiral out of control.
A Valkyrie Collections map of Cleveland. Custom made by the wonderful Ben McSweeney, the map will show important locations from Uncanny Collateral and Blood Tally. It will be part of both the ebook and hardcover version, and will be available online for audiobook listeners.
Risks and challenges
Writing a book is always the most difficult part. Luckily, that's already finished!
The biggest challenge with *this* project, like any self-publishing endeavor, will be coordinating all of the contractors to get the project out to readers in a timely matter. Fortunately, I've worked with all of the contractors before on my Powder Mage novellas and I feel very confident that things will go smoothly. There's always a risk of a hiccup, of course, but they should be to the tune of weeks (or a month or two) delay, rather than anything that will kill the whole project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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