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Intent on some semblance of happily ever after, a woman must resolve her abusive past before she can truly move forward.
Intent on some semblance of happily ever after, a woman must resolve her abusive past before she can truly move forward.
Intent on some semblance of happily ever after, a woman must resolve her abusive past before she can truly move forward.
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A big THANK YOU to all of my backers, supporters and sharers. Because of them, this project was successfully funded and Invisible Ennk Press will be publishing its first release, the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel, in June.

Now, if you'll pardon me, I have a wedding to get ready for. 

In 2010, my first novel, Pious, was published by Two Harbors Press, but with my second novel, the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel, I want to publish it independently. I need your help to do so.

With your help, I will raise funds for this project to directly cover production costs (printing, storage and shipping), advertising and the initial marketing plan.

My novel, the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel, is a 440-page immersive tale of identity, intrigue and redemption. It will be available as a collectible, perfect-bound paperback with a french-fold cover and deckle edge pages. An e-book version will also be available for Kindle, iPad, nook, Kobo and most other e-reader devices.

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32-year-old Felona Mabel is a strikingly beautiful, freckled redhead of mixed heritage who has amassed success as a news reporter in the populous Admah City. Two weeks before her wedding day, she’s beckoned to her estranged hometown of Nathaniel to fulfill the outcome of her mother’s final wish to not be resuscitated in the event of an irrevocable condition provoked by her chronic battle with lupus. 

She resolves that her abusive mother’s impending death may be the closure that she needs to move forward with her life, but what follows is a domino effect of events and bad judgment aggravated by bad memories, leading Felona to realize that her insecurities are a much worse enemy than her mother could ever be.

Preview the first four chapters of the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel

French-fold (or french flaps) are the extension of the front and back cover. This is similar to hardcover jackets that feature a summary of the book, author information and any other brief info. Deckle edge pages are a throwback to classic books from the 1800s – similar to the crackle of a vinyl record, harkening a sense of quality and purity. 

Throughout the process of writing this novel, I drafted versions of Felona to make her more real as I wrote her. This ultimately led to what the cover would look like. Felona has always been a freckle-faced, short curly-headed mixed woman with a cleft in her chin, but she evolved visually as I learned more about her. I'm painting the cover right now and the final result will have such a perfect emotional tie-in to her story, I can't wait to share.

I'm painting the cover with gouache (vibrant, opaque watercolors) on 16"x20" acid-free, watercolor illustration board.

The most prominent visual currently associated with this novel is the circular tattoo that Felona wears on the soft of her neck. I designed this to be doubly representative of what Felona experiences and endures in the story.

While I won't spoil the story, I can tell you that the symbol is a mashup of two ancient Greek symbols. Firstly, ouroboros is a symbol depicting a dragon or serpent eating its own tail.  This represents the perpetual and cyclic renewal of life. The second symbol is a dot inside of a hollow circle that represents the element of fire. You'll have to read the novel to understand the context and what the heart lying on its side means.

The Giclée prints offered are three of the more refined early drafts of the cover/character concepts. They will be signed and numbered (limited to 30 per image) and are exclusive to this campaign. They measure at 8"x10" and will be on acid-free paper, ready for framing.

I, Kenn Bivins, am the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Pious. I am also an illustrator whose career has spanned several mediums including comic books, broadcasting and advertising. And, as if those roles aren't enough to keep me busy, I work as a Senior Developer overseeing digital advertising for a large company. I wrote the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel, designed the interior and cover layout and am now painting the cover.

I have a passion for telling stories - with words, scribblings, pixels, or whatever means available to depict a narrative that inspires people to see their world differently.

If you would like to see more of my illustration, visit kennbivins.com

Preview the first four chapters of the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel

My novel was inspired by a question that lingered with me after watching a documentary (Intended Consequences) about 30 survivors of the Rwandan genocide. How does a woman care for her child when it is a product of rape? Furthermore, how does that child, when she grows up, cope and find hope in the face of an abusive mother who never really healed herself?

I wanted to explore these questions in a different setting, but born of similar origins. We are the sum total of our experiences and this story is a great example of that.

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the Wedding & Disaster of Felona Mabel is already written, edited, and press-ready. It is scheduled to go to print the second week of April.

Unforeseen circumstances happen, but I’ve tried to prevent any possible delays. As of right now, I expect to deliver the books and prints to backers in June of 2015. All other items will ship in May 2015. If anything changes, I will let you know in the updates.

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    FELONA MABEL'S TATTOO

    You will receive an exclusive 2"x 2" temporary tattoo, just like the one that Felona Mabel has on the soft of her neck.

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    If you're one of the first few backers, you will receive a beautiful, signed print version of the novel at an earlybird price. (but with $5 off as a reward for backing early! Woo!)

    You will also receive an exclusive wedding invitation. handwritten, personal thank you and the exclusive temporary tattoo, just like the one that Felona Mabel has on the soft of her neck.

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    PAPERBACK and E-BOOK

    You will receive a signed, print version of the novel. You will also receive a MOBI* or EPUB** file of the novel one month before it is released to the rest of the world and the exclusive temporary tattoo, just like the one that Felona Mabel has on the soft of her neck.

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    PAPERBACK COLLECTION

    You will receive a beautiful, signed print version of the novel AND a signed copy of my first and highly-acclaimed novel, Pious, which is now a rare, out-of-print collectable.

    You will also receive the exclusive wedding invitation and exclusive temporary tattoo, just like the one that Felona Mabel has on the soft of her neck.

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    ART PACKAGE

    In addition to receiving a beautiful, signed print version of the novel, you will receive a signed and numbered 16x20 print of the painting that adorns the cover of the novel.

    You will also receive (3) 8x10 signed prints of early cover concepts by me that didn't make it to the paint stage.

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    BOOKCLUB CONVERSATION

    In addition to receiving (5) beautiful, signed print versions of the novel for your next book club read, you will receive a one-hour Skype call with me to talk to your book club about the novel. This call will be conveniently scheduled anytime in 2015.

    You will also receive (5) exclusive temporary tattoos, just like the one that Felona Mabel has on the soft of her neck.

    Additionally, you will receive a shout-out to your book club on Twitter and Facebook.

    But wait.. there's more. You will also get access to exclusive, password-protected online content that no one else has. This will include video outtakes, pictures, author tips, novel secrets and more.

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    BOOKCLUB VISIT

    In addition to receiving (10) beautiful, signed print versions of the novel for your next book club read, you will receive a face-to-face visit from me. If you live anywhere in the Contiguous United States, I will come participate in your book club conversation about my novel. This visit will be scheduled, consistent with our schedule and following July 11, 2015.

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING OF COVER

    In addition to receiving (3) beautiful, signed print versions of the novel, you will receive the original painting of the cover by me. It measures at 16x20 and the medium used is gouache on acid-free illustration board.

    You will also receive (3) 8x10 signed and limited prints of early cover concepts that didn't make it to the paint stage.

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