Umm. Hot dang, we broke 100% under -- *checks watch* -- 10 hours. Which is crazy and amazing -- "cramazing?" I dunno.
Thanks everybody! Now the question becomes: just how many Atlanta Burns novels do you want me to write? We've got the duration of this Kickstarter to find out.
“Shotgun Gravy is like Veronica Mars on Adderall. Atlanta Burns is a troubled teenage girl who’s scared, angry, and not taking s--t from anybody." -- Stephen Blackmoore, City of the Lost
The last time shotgun-wielding Atlanta Burns tangled with the town bullies it seemed like she and her friends has won the day. But then her cohort Chris Coyne ended up dead -- dead by his own hand if you believe the reports.
Atlanta and her pal Shane are not so sure.
Atlanta, afraid of once again stirring up the hornets by investigating her friend's apparent suicide, instead focuses her efforts on looking into the death of another teen's beloved dog. Once again she kicks over a log and doesn't like what squirms underneath -- Atlanta's efforts will embroil her in a rural Pennsylvania dog-fighting ring and, to her surprise, provide new clues regarding the suicide of her friend that suggest Chris may have been murdered.
Once again she finds herself face-to-face with bullies of the worst sort, staring down a corruption that's seeped into the town like a septic infection. It's all too much for one girl to handle and she knows what happens when she and her trusty .410 squirrel gun go up against the cruel and callous malefactors of the world. No good can come of this, and yet, Atlanta cannot abide letting bad men do awful things to those who don't deserve it.
This, then, is Bait Dog: one girl, her single-barrel Winchester shotgun, and a whole town full of terrible deserving of some country justice.
(Bait Dog is a complete standalone novel at least 50,000 words in length. Everything you need to know about Atlanta Burns come with successfully pledging and funding this Kickstarter.)
Here's The Deal
“Give Nancy Drew a shotgun and a kick-butt attitude and you get Atlanta Burns. Packed with action and fascinating characters, Shotgun Gravy is a story that will captivate both teens and adults and have them clamoring for the next installment.” –- Joelle Charbonneau, author of Skating Over the Line
In the fall I released a novella -- Shotgun Gravy -- starring the character of Atlanta Burns, a girl with a troubled past who was the subject of abuse and who can no longer abide the abuse of others. I intended for her to be a little bit Veronica Mars, a touch of Raylan Givens from Justified, and a dollop of Charles Bronson in Death Wish. Equal parts detective and vigilante, but in a country-noir teen mode of storytelling.
The original intention was to release a series of novellas -- four to start -- that detailed a kind of "season of Atlanta Burns episodes," but as I started to work on Bait Dog I found that what I had was a story that did not want to be compressed into a novella. It had... greater aspirations.
The prologue novella, Shotgun Gravy, has gotten a lot of love since its release, now rocking 51 four- and five-star reviews at Amazon. I recently made that novella available for free during a short promotional period and in 24 hours the story ended up in over 5000 new hands. I continue to get emails from people and see blog posts detailing how much they like Atlanta, and how the novella -- which deals with issues of bullying, gay rights, and teen violence -- hit them hard in some way, both as entertainment and as something that reached a little deeper.
So, that means it's high time to get Bait Dog out there. I appreciate you supporting me and this book and throwing a little love toward Atlanta Burns. She's a character that means a lot to me, so I can only hope she'll mean something to you, too. Thanks for reading, Glorious Humans of the Internet.
If this Kickstarter goes beyond it's goal, then the additional rewards go toward additional Atlanta Burns novels. For every $3,000 raised beyond the goal, I'll write another brand new Atlanta Burns novel (potential titles include: Be Aggressive, Harum Scarum, Bully Pulpit, though titles are subject to change, of course).
(art below by the mighty Amy Houser)
- (32 days)