About this project
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The funding from this project will help me print my novel. Funds will provide for the cover design, ISBN purchase, formatting the manuscript for printing, printing the paperbacks, and delivering the paperbacks.
These books will be trade paperbacks--not the little pocket ones. So the book will look nicer on your bookshelf.
You know what a novel is. But you've never read one like mine. Here's the basic idea...Kylie Baines is a college senior by day but by night she’s Styles Baptiste, niece and unlikely right-hand-woman to Denis Baptiste, Long Island’s public enemy number one. When Styles finds herself running the family business after Uncle Denis is arrested, the last thing she needs is a visit from high school flame Matt Tracy. Or is it?
Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Girl ends up running a crime family in North Shore South Shore.
My Story: When my husband was relocated to Los Angeles in 2007, I decided it was time to finally set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write my novel. It would be set on Long Island and be a Greater Gatsby. Or something like that.
I was blogging and editing for AOL TV's TV Squad but I had plenty of time to write the novel of my dreams between dance classes and walking my pug. Since then, the novel has been drafted, retooled, collected digital dust during my pregnancy, and revised yet again. I'm FINALLY ready and it feels great. North Shore South Shore will be available on eReaders this fall.
Earlier this summer, I started querying agents and got some positive feedback. In addition to several requests for partial manuscripts, I've sent out five full manuscripts to agents. No offers yet though. So I am taking matters into my own hands. I want to see my book in print and that's where you come in.
Here's a few ways you can be involved in this project:
- Use the rewards sidebar and get yourself a signed paperback! (Or if you're really feeling generous, get your name in my novel by pledging $1,000!)
- Donate a buck! Every dollar counts! I'll send you an email when my book drops on eReaders.
- Buy the eBook when I release it this fall. It will be on the Kindle, Nook, and iPad.
- Like the facebook page so you can get up-to-date information about my book.
- Follow me on twitter.
- Visit my website and read a few chapters. If you like it, pass it along to all your cyber friends.
REWARDS: I've got some great rewards in the sidebar. They are named after characters in North Shore South Shore. The names range from supporting characters to the main character Kylie Baines.
Denis Baptiste is a crime kingpin and arrested at the beginning of the novel. His role is largely in the background but his arrest and trial send Kylie's life into a tailspin.
Gunner Tracy is Matt and Siobhan's father, a powerful financier, and one of the most well-known residents of the North Shore. Oh, and he hates Kylie. (But I won't give away more than that.)
Colette Baptiste is Kylie's cousin and Denis's daughter, a "mafia princess" of sorts and one of the four narrators.
Ben Carrick, my favorite narrator, is Matt's best friend. He tells anecdotes about life in high school and suffers from serious nostaglia.
Matt Tracy is Kylie's ex-boyfriend and a narrator.
And Kylie? She's the girl living two lives and trying to figure out where she wants to fit. (No, I will not change Kylie's name to yours.)
If you are interested in learning more about what happens in my novel, here's an excerpt from my query letter: Kylie’s life seems pretty normal. She’s a college senior who just scored an internship with one of her favorite professors. But after the school day is over, Kylie’s life is anything but ordinary. She manages her family’s empire of nightclubs and oversees clandestine deals under the alias of Styles Baptiste.
And the week before Thanksgiving when Kylie should be writing essays, Styles is dodging the D.A. and trying to get her uncle out of jail. On the day her uncle is arrested, the last person Kylie wants to reconnect with is Ben Carrick. He was always a good friend but he played for Team Matt back in high school and barely spoke to Kylie after she and Matt broke up. And what the hell was he doing at CSU? He didn’t go there. But after a happenstance (not to mention awkward) reunion, Kylie would now be adding Ben and his fiancé Siobhan to the guest list at the Loose Moose that Saturday. Whatever. As long as Siobhan doesn’t decide to extend the invitation to her twin brother Matt.
But Matt does come that Saturday. And his reappearance in her life sends Kylie into a tailspin she could’ve never prepared for. She can handle school. She can handle running the family business. She can’t handle Matt Tracy. Now Kylie has no idea who she wants to be or who she wants to be with. And even if Kylie does choose Matt, she has to get past what Matt’s father, one of the most powerful men on the North Shore, did to her.
Thanks for visiting my kickstarter page! Tell your mom I said Hi.
P.S. A big thanks to my multi-talented husband C.K. Sample III for putting together the video for me.
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