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Why do young men get all the power armor and cool guns? Military SF with a middle-aged enlisted mom for a heroine.
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The crabs are coming. They're coming, and the only thing between them and earth is an already winnowed Terran military... and their allies, suppliers of technology, the alien Fiddlers. Magda "Spots" Guitart is a retired Marine, sent back to the front lines to shore up a crippled company. She's ten years older than her squad, a lot more rickety, and she's new to powered armor.

It's not going to take her long to fit in. And God save the crabs when she and the rest of her squad set their sights on the enemy....

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I love military science fiction. I've been reading it all my life... which is why I packed some of my favorites for my hospital stay when my baby was due. But the more I read, the more despondent I became. All the people having the adventures and saving the world from aliens were twenty-somethings, usually without attachments. If they lived to be old enough to find a partner, they never had kids. So where was the story that assured me that you aren't useless after the age of thirty?

I wrote Spots the Space Marine for the rest of us. Me included. It ran as a serial for two years, crowdfunded by its readers. I wrote it terse and fast, in a format almost like a script. And because I'm crazy that way, I censored out the profanity... resulting in parents sharing it with their kids. (It also resulted in readers playing guess-the-word, something they seemed to enjoy.)

It's got religion. It's got character development. It's got alien psychology. It's got humor and a lot of fight scenes and cliffhangers. (Did I mention the fight scenes? There are a lot of fight scenes.) "I don't read military science fiction," half the readers told me, "but I can't stop reading yours."

The other half of my readers said, "I read military science fiction, and you got it right."

This is the Kickstarter project to make a print version available. It's going to pay for interior layout, cover painting and design, proof copies and all the other particulars that go into making a stellar physical book.

So. Fast-paced, character-driven, alien-riddled, explosion-rich military science fiction, with a Hispanic, Catholic thirty-something mom for a heroine.

Are you in?

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Holy wow, we're 100%+ funded at three days in! I guess that means it's time for incentives! So here's my plan:

  • At $2000, I will write an epilogue to the novel in the form of letters between Claws and Spots. All backers will get an e-copy of that free (it'll be made available for sale to everyone else).
  • At $2500, I will get custom Team Kitty patches made for all backers.

If we go over $2500, well, we will just have to sit down and come up with more cool stuff...!

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    All of the above, plus a pan mailed to you of the cookie-baking author's famous brownies using either a normal, GLUTEN-FREE or SUGAR-FREE recipe. This reward available to backers with US addresses only!

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