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Kieran & her husband Tyler are newlywed twentysomethings navigating a new city, house, jobs and group of couple friends in Savannah.
Kieran & her husband Tyler are newlywed twentysomethings navigating a new city, house, jobs and group of couple friends in Savannah.
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This relatable novel, set in Savannah, Georgia, is about what happens AFTER you couple up: finding couple friends. Dinners, drinks, BBQs, group vacations, and celebrating an umpteenth number of birthdays, promotions, weddings...the list of obligations can mount quickly, filling up every weekend.

The novel's main characters and couple, Kieran and Tyler, take turns recounting in first person their horrific and hilarious encounters with a group of couple friends that threatens to derail their relationship at every turn. 

Set during that period between post-college and pre-baby, these couples party together like their still undergrads while facing grown-up challenges such as first jobs, first homes, and living in a new city. 

This Kickstarter will fund some of the expenses associated with self-publishing through Amazon and other outlets, such as:

  • Hiring a professional editor (60% of costs)
  • Printing and shipping print edition--for Kickstarter backers only because my book will NOT be available for purchase in print form for non-backers (25% of costs)
  • Fees from Amazon, Kickstarter, and ebook distribution company (10%) 
  • Purchasing ISBNs (5%) 
  • Designing an ebook cover (backers get to vote on cover!). I'm attempting to do this on my own, but if it doesn't turn out well, I will hire a professional which could be 5% or more of costs.

BONUS! If this Kickstarter reaches $8,000, I will be able to publish my second finished novel, tentatively titled Keepsakes, also about love, friendship, and first jobs (not a series). Several tiers of rewards will include EACH novel in printed form if we reach this goal, so please help spread the word so BOTH novels can be published!

THANK YOU for helping make my dreams come true. I want to spend the rest of my life sharing stories with all of you, and I will be eternally grateful to my special dream-granting backers!

Here's an excerpt from Couple Friends:

KIERAN

I knew our friendship was doomed as she walked down the aisle towards me. Being her maid of honor, I had a front row view of her making a terrible decision about who to spend the rest of her life with, and I felt I was the last person that should be standing up beside them while they exchanged vows. The entire day felt contrived, and my heart pounded painfully when she asked that I deliver her husband-to-be his groom’s gift pre-ceremony—a bottle of his favorite liquor, Southern Comfort, which he promptly snatched from my hands, then turned his back on me.

Although the family and friends that gathered for the occasion would be clueless about the doubts I had swirling around in my head, I felt like Jane and Bill could see into my soul as I silently prayed that despite my huge, suffocating concerns, they would have a long, happy life together. Scratch that. I should have been screaming at the top of my lungs for Jane to run while she could after what happened last night...

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    Dinner Party special: 10 signed print editions and ebook editions of my book, plus my husband and I (the inspiration for the main characters!) will fly to your city to organize and pay for a dinner party for you and 9 of your couple friends (U.S. only, date set by us).

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