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Help us bring Matchbox Girls to print! Marley Claviger must look after two mysterious little girls who could save the world-or end it.
Help us bring Matchbox Girls to print! Marley Claviger must look after two mysterious little girls who could save the world-or end it.
110 backers pledged $4,440 to help bring this project to life.

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Chrysoula Tzavelas, author of the web serial Nightlights, makes her print debut with the contemporary fantasy novel Matchbox Girls.

Help us get ready for the print run by pre-ordering the novel, and possibly getting yourself some fabulous bonuses in the process.

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Final Push Super Stretch Goal!

We've decided to go for broke and shoot for a huge super-stretch goal in the last week of the pre-order!

So here's the deal. We're going to go for $5,000. If we make it there, everyone who backs the project for $20 or higher gets the Karen Gadient illustrated Geometric Sight poster. Everyone who backs the project for $40 or more gets a Matchbox Girls nonwoven tote bag.

And here's the big one - everyone who chips in a little bit - $5 or up - gets that mystery grab bag of stuff! You may not get the print edition of the book in the pre-order (but never fear; it'll be available wherever books are sold, including in eBook form, starting February 21), but we appreciate your support, and we'd love to send you some goodies to thank you!

So let's see if we can break the $5,000 mark in this last week of the pre-order!

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New Reward Added!

We've added a new $100 tier, since the handbound editions all sold out to early backers. In this tier, you can get a hardcover - not handbound, but lovely jacketed hardcover - edition of the novel, signed by the author, plus all the other top-tier goodies!

If you previously selected a handbound edition but would prefer to get a hardcover instead, you can swap your reward tier or message us to let us know your preference.

Let's keep this going!

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Stretch Goal Achieved!

We've made the $2,000 mark, and we still have 9 days to go!

Now everyone who's backed the project will receive a Mystery Grab Bag full of Matchbox Girls-related goodies, and anyone at the $30 level or higher will get a series of postcards from characters in the novel. Wow!

There's still time to get in on backing the project, and there might even be a last-minute booster goal/reward coming...so tell your friends and let's see how high we can push this!

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Stretch Goal #3!

If we reach $2,000 in pre-orders, everyone who backs the project at $20 or higher will get extra Matchbox Girls goodies with their book -  it'll be a mystery grab bag, with anything from stickers to buttons to bookmarks, all of which will be awesome, we promise!

In addition, anyone who has pledged $30 or more will get a postcard mailed to them by the character of their choice from the book each month for four months, beginning around April 2012.

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Stretch Goal #2!

If we reach $1,500 in pre-orders, we'll give a gorgeous printed, glossy illustration of the Geometric Sight, done by the talented Karen Gadient, to everyone who's pledged $25 or more.

Update: We made it! Everyone who's backed at the $25 level or higher will now get a glossy, printed illustration of the Geometric Sight, with art by Karen Gadient!

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Stretch Goal #1!

If we reach $1,000 in pre-orders, everyone who pledges - that's right, everyone! - will receive a short-story prelude to the action of the novel.

Update: We made it! Prelude story all around!

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Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder...

When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into a secret war. She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers...

And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart...

Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she's gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her.

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What others are saying:

“Lovely worldbuilding and an unusual heroine surrounded by strong relationships and good intrigue kept me reading Matchbox Girls until well past my bedtime. Tzavelas has created a winning story universe and I’m impatient for the next book!” 
- CE Murphy, author of Urban Shaman and The Queen's Bastard

"An intriguing debut urban fantasy with intricate and deep worldbuilding and engaging characters in the heroine and two young girls. Children who are pawns in a game of power and the keys to the future...."
--Robin D. Owens, author of Enchanted Again

"You want to read Matchbox Girls because it will devour you. It will consume you. It will wrap around you and it will colonize your world with its shapes and symbols and its faces."
--Jenna Moran, author/creator of Nobilis

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    You'll receive a signed handbound edition of Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas, along with a digital copy of the novel, a short story set in the Matchbox Girls world, and a fairy doll tie-in toy. You'll also receive a Machine Toy from the novel, suitable for play or display, made by the author. Add $10 for international shipping (including Canada).

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    You'll receive a signed limited-edition hardcover (not handbound) edition of Matchbox Girls by Chrysoula Tzavelas, along with a digital copy of the novel, a short story set in the Matchbox Girls world, and a fairy doll tie-in toy. You'll also receive a Machine Toy from the novel, suitable for play or display, made by the author. Add $10 for international shipping (including Canada).

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