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Two new worlds, one strange alien race...and a woman trapped in a war she despises. Can the Daughter Star see her through?
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In November 2011, Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow made waves in the science fiction and superhero worlds! In January 2012, the sequel, Fly Into Fire, ignited a whole new audience, while The Spark took the characters full circle.

Now, Susan is starting a new series set in a new universe, starring freighter pilot Marta Grayline and venturing into the deepest reaches of humanity's core.

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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What a rotten way for everything to turn out. Marta Grayline’s stable, fulfilling life as a freighter pilot has been yanked out from under her, she’s stuck on her miserable home planet with her obnoxious family, her beautiful girlfriend’s now on the opposite side of an interstellar war, and she’s bored to tears. What else could go wrong?

Never ask that question.

Marta’s enigmatic sister Beth offers her a way out by enlisting in the Novan Emergency Fleet, and Marta jumps at it. But it only gets worse from there; her ship is attacked and destroyed, and she finds herself stranded on a mysterious space station with a crew that won’t answer her questions.

And, of course, then there’s the aliens – the planet-destroying Abrax that somehow seem to have a hold on Beth. They’re coming for Marta, too.

Marta’s quest for answers will take her to the frozen dark side of a faraway planet, into the tense politics of a rebel base, through vast subterranean caves and into the heart of the enemy’s defenses.  She’ll have to face ancient forces, her own doubts, and the inside of an alien mind if she wants to get some answers, complete her mission and unlock her own latent potential. The Daughter Star, the red beacon in the night sky, may yet be the key to the freedom and understanding Marta so desperately wants.

Read the first two chapters on our website!

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All rewards include domestic shipping in the US. If you live outside the US - and yes, this includes Canada and Mexico - please add $20 to your pledge for international shipping for most tiers. Yes, we know this is REALLY expensive, but international shipping prices recently went through the roof, and this is still less than it actually costs us to ship the book to you. If you do not add these funds, we will contact you after the completion of the project's run to make arrangements; otherwise, we will, unfortunately, be forced to cancel your pledge and refund your money - we're sorry to have to do this, but international shipping on books is expensive!

Risks and challenges

While there are risks in every project, we've already addressed most of them here! We're experienced book publishers, specializing in fantastika, and we're ready to bring this book to the world.

The manuscript is done, edited, and typeset; the cover art is in; the book is queued for production and WILL launch in May 2013 - we're just looking for pre-launch interest and a way to help pay for the initial printing costs.

We've even tested the first few batches of delicious ochopo!

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    COLONIST: You'll receive a first-edition trade paperback of The Daughter Star by Susan Jane Bigelow, along with a digital copy of the novel.

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    SPACER: You'll receive a first-edition trade paperback of The Daughter Star by Susan Jane Bigelow, with a custom bookplate inscribed to you by the author. You'll also get a digital copy of the novel.

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    PILOT: You'll receive everything in the SPACER tier, plus a PDF of an original tie-in short story.

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    FIRST MATE: You'll receive everything in the PILOT tier, plus an 11x17 poster of the book's cover.

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    SHADOW RUNNER: You'll receive everything in the FIRST MATE tier, plus 4oz of loose-leaf ochopo, the slightly bitter, aromatic drink of the people of Müller-Darvan on Nova, custom-blended by Tea Noir for the novel! Ochopo is a not-quite-tea, not-quite-coffee beverage with roasty overtones and a smooth finish, with a good hit of caffeine.

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    RETAIL PACK: You'll receive 5 paperback copies of The Daughter Star by Susan Jane Bigelow, ready and waiting for resale, along with a batch of bookmarks for your store. Perfect for bookstores, comic shops, game shops, and more! Domestic shipping is included.

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    ALIL: You'll receive a signed hardcover copy of The Daughter Star by Susan Jane Bigelow, along with the tie-in short story, the cover poster, and 4oz. of ochopo.

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