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Bad things always happen to Quinn in threes. First her mother gets involuntarily committed to the behavioral disorder unit of the hospital. Then Quinn moves in with her new college roommates, only to find out that they are each as different as night and day. But the worst is yet to come: if Quinn can’t support her eleven-year-old sister, Tara will go into the foster care system, and she will never see her again.

Quinn devises a plan. She brings Tara to the dorms, telling her resident assistant and the desk attendant that her little sister is only spending the night. At first no one notices that Tara never actually goes home, but after a few days, Quinn’s roommates get suspicious. Tara’s social worker could stop by their house at any time and take Tara away forever. Quinn has to choose between her dream of living the college life, or Tara’s safety.

Crazy Comes in Threes is a New Adult drama for twenty-somethings, and is the first novel in the Comes in Threes series.

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"I’m not out to change the world, by any means. I’m just one person. But, if I can start a conversation between two people because of one story, I will know I’ve paid it forward. [...] Here’s the thing, though. Ebooks just don’t start conversations the way that physical books do. I need your help to publish Crazy Comes in Threes in print." (From "Why Mental Health in Literature Matters," on my blog)

I have written the entire first draft of Crazy Comes in Threes. It is 61,432 words—about 241 pages. Below is a photo of me with the finished first draft!

Crazy Comes in Threes, 102% complete!
Crazy Comes in Threes, 102% complete!

When I released my debut novel, I hired a cover designer and someone to format the interior of the trade paperback. Crazy Comes in Threes will be the second full-length novel I've released. Like a parent having their second child, I've learned a lot about the publishing process.

The funds raised will go toward production costs of Crazy Comes in Threes: cover design, editing, formatting, and a little PR.

Let's Start a Conversation About Mental Illness

Crazy Comes in Threes is more than a novel. It's an icebreaker. Mental illnesses run in families, but we just don't talk about them the way we talk about cancer or heart disease. As a teenager, I had no idea that depression and anxiety ran in my family, so when I was suddenly bombarded with all of these thoughts and emotions, I thought I was crazy. I didn't want to ask for help.

Luckily, I made it through. (Okay, with more than luck.) Others aren't so lucky, though. Crazy Comes in Threes is a book about love, hope, and family, but it is also about the horrible feeling of being alone—and then realizing that you don't have to be.

Risks and challenges

I already have a professional to format the interior of my book, and am currently shopping around for a cover designer and PR person.

I can't foresee any setbacks, but let's be real—things happen. I will do everything in my power to deliver this book to you. I have been through the publishing process before, though, and am pretty aware of the hiccups that can and do occur.

As a sign of good faith, I am giving everyone who pledges at least $1 an ARC (advanced reader copy).

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    SHOUT OUT. I will thank you on my official Facebook page (http://facebook.com/elizabethbaronebooks). I'll also thank you in the acknowledgements section of the book, and you'll receive an ARC PDF of the book.

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    STARTER. New to my books? Receive an ebook copy of Crazy Comes in Threes, plus a signed trade paperback copy of my debut novel, Sade on the Wall (http://elizabethbarone.net/sade-on-the-wall/).

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    SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW. Get the trade paperback edition of my debut novel, Sade on the Wall, and the trade paperback edition of Crazy Comes in Threes—both signed and personalized!

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    NANCY-ISM. Get a tee shirt with a Nancy-ism—things that Quinn's mother taught her. Plus, receive a signed hardcover copy.

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    CHARACTER CREATOR. Get a character named after you, and a cameo in the novel!

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    THE BOOK CLUB. You receive 6 signed trade paperback copies of Crazy Comes in Threes for your book club, plus a readers' guide with questions and discussion topics.

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    NAME GENERATOR. Name Quinn's roommate—the queen of all Bs. Choose a female first name for the roommate who makes Quinn's life hell.

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    Name Quinn's social worker. Choose a male first name for the Department of Children and Families social worker who tries to help Quinn and Tara.

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