Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Sorcerer Marla Mason teams up with her old apprentice to fight a chaos witch and a dapper monster from beyond the multiverse.
Sorcerer Marla Mason teams up with her old apprentice to fight a chaos witch and a dapper monster from beyond the multiverse.
307 backers pledged $15,125 to help bring this project to life.

About

Lady of Misrule: A Marla Mason Novel project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$15,125

307

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.

Stretch Goal:

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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Every bit is appreciated, and this gets your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    An e-book bundle of the novel in various formats (mobi, epub, PDF), plus your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    143 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    An exclusive Lady of Misrule bookmark, the e-book bundle, and your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    For those who don't care about signatures or extra goodies, this no-frills level gets you the trade paperback plus the e-book of Lady of Misrule.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    13 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    If you don't like objects cluttering up your mailbox, consider this digital cornucopia! Get the e-book bundle of Lady of Misrule, plus my Complete Stories ebook (including all the Marla Mason stories), and I'll throw in e-books of previous volumes Bone Shop, Broken Mirrors, Grim Tides, and Bride of Death, too, along with my science fantasy novel The Nex, plus your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    A signed trade paperback of the novel, all the e-books mentioned above, a bookmark, and your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    40 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A signed limited edition chapbook featuring a new Marla Mason story, plus a signed trade paperback of the novel, all the e-books, a bookmark, and your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    27 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A handwritten note from Marla Mason (or an authorized forger), on a custom "Greetings from Felport" postcard. Plus chapbook, trade paperback, all the e-books, a bookmark, and your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    16 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Tuckerization! I'll name a character–or spell, or academy, or magical disease, or something else in the book – after you, or use a name we mutually agree on. Plus the postcard, chapbook, trade paperback, all the e-books, a bookmark, and your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    I'll write a Marla Mason short story just for you, to be produced in a signed chapbook limited edition of a single copy. If you have particular characters you want to appear in the story, we can work it out. Plus tuckerization, the postcard, chapbook, trade paperback, all the e-books, a bookmark, and your name in the acknowledgments.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    All of the above rewards; I'll dedicate the book to you; I'll have a replica of Marla's purple-and-white cloak made for you, so you can do Marla Mason cosplay; and I'll send you signed copies of every single one of my books (over 25 titles at this point). If you're in the California Bay Area (or can get here) I'll take you out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants one night, too (we'll have to work out the timing, but I'm pretty flexible).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)