About this project
Want a taste of what Marla’s all about? Here are some free stories about her, and her world.
NEW STRETCH GOALS
I met my first stretch goal! That means I can hire Lindsey Look to paint original cover art for Lady of Misrule. She did the fantastic cover art for Grim Tides and Bride of Death, too. You can see some of her work below.
Of course, this necessitates MORE stretch goals.
$15,000: I like paying artists, so if I reach this goal, I'll commission at least three pieces of interior artwork for the book from an artist or artists I like (and I trust you'll like them, too). Last time I got Zack Stella to do interiors for the ebook versions, and the work was stunning. Next time I'll try to get the interior art into the print edition too.
For every thousand after that -- if such a thing should happen -- I will commission a new piece of interior art. (Up to ten pieces total, if it comes to that.)
I've been writing stories about a sorcerer named Marla Mason for over a dozen years, and publishing books about her since 2007. She's my favorite character, and her world is always a joy to explore, as it's full of snark, violence, weirdness, bad choices with surprising consequences, friendship, betrayal, villainous living severed heads, magic motorcycles, axes made of fragments of moonlight, monsters from beyond the multiverse, and other delights.
The novel I'm crowdfunding now, Lady of Misrule, will be the eighth full-length book in the series. (I know, continuity is daunting. All you really need to know is that Marla is a part-time goddess of Death, alternating one month in the mortal world and one month in the underworld. When she's on Earth, she tries to do good and remember what it means to be mortal. Often this involves reminding her adversaries how very mortal they are.)
In this volume, Marla awakens for her month on Earth and finds her allies missing, and an old enemy causing trouble in her home city of Felport, where Marla once ruled as chief sorcerer. Meanwhile, a rather charming gentlemen who happens to be a monstrous exile from beyond our multiverse has decided that murdering gods might be a fun pastime, and he figures he'll start with Marla. With the help of her former apprentice Bradley Bowman, Marla has to rescue her friends, crush her enemies, and eliminate the aforementioned existential threat–before her month runs out and she returns to the underworld.
I hope you can support the novel, either by contributing or helping to spread the word. I've successfully crowdfunded the past four books in the series, and have always been amazed and humbled by the generosity and kindness of my readers.
As always, your support allows me to devote a few months to writing about Marla – months I wouldn't otherwise be able to afford. I support my family mostly through freelance writing for various publishers... but I'd love to write Lady of Misrule for all of you. If this gets funded, I can put off other jobs and devote my attention to Marla for a while.
I expect the book to be done by this fall. I'll send out e-books as soon as the book is done and edited, with a print edition to follow as soon as practically possible.
If I reach $12,000: I'll commission an original cover painting from artist Lindsey Look, who did these amazing covers for Grim Tides and Bride of Death.
If it goes bigger than that? I'll add more goodies.
Risks and challenges
I've crowdfunded seven projects (four through Kickstarter) successfully in the past few years, and I don't foresee any problems with this one, either. I write novels for a living, and this is a book I'm excited to do. It's always possible there will be bumps and delays on the production process, or an unforeseen illness or other disaster, but if so, I'll keep everyone posted, and we'll get there in the end.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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