The Girl From Mars, by author Brenda Hiatt is the fifth book in the Starstruck series. A few things hit me right away. First, unlike the other books, this one was in first person. That can throw me off sometimes, but the story was so good I barely noticed after the first chapter. Second, the book centers around another character, Kira Morain, who lives on Mars and is a star Caidpel (Martian sport) player. Getting used to a different character’s point of view after spending so much time in M’s head was strange at first. And honestly I didn’t like her too much in the first half of the book, however she did have many redeeming qualities. As the story went on and Kira’s character grew, I warmed up to her.
It was also strange getting used to another character’s POV as I was very attached to M and Rigel. I didn’t like it at first. However, it is necessary for the rest of the series. And once again, shortly after beginning the story, I was caught up in it.
The Girl From Mars introduces Kira as another critical character in the series. It follows Kira’s migration to Earth and how she’s learning fit in. While she doesn’t start out with the best of intentions, that all changes as she gets to know people in Jewel. She also learns much more about who she is and what she is capable of.
This is a tough thing to post, but I want to be sure my energies are utilized the best they can be. We were on day 6 of the campaign and at 17%. In order for this to succeed in reaching the goal I chose, I should have been over 30%. So I chose to stop the All or Nothing Kickstarter and relaunch it here with a better goal and more flexibility.
WAIT! HEAR ME OUT!
That isn’t a bad thing, really.
In fact, it just means I’m going to go about this another way. I wanted the Kickstarter so I could get a decent print run but that’s not the only way to publish a book.
Instead, I relaunched this on Indigogo. Any funds I raise will cover your rewards and printing in a smaller quantity. The good news about this, with the nature of my plan, is there will be no risk to either you or me. Those who order a book, will get their books. No matter how much is raised.
We also won’t have to wait as long for delivery of the books.
So what exactly is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform but it is very different than just donating money to a project. Every project has reward tiers. Most projects, including mine, have tiers directly related to the project such as copies of the book or book swag. Most authors’ tiers are Pre-orders of the actual book. Below is an image of a few tiers that I have set up.
I have several more tiers created as an attempt to meet everyone’s comfort level of support. In addition to the tiers, I have a special announcement. For TODAY and TOMORROW only you can pre-order at the $18 level and get:
Autographed Hardcover Copy of Souled
Digital Download of Souled
Printed Autographed Bookmark
Digital Characters Card – a digital photo of the main characters
Printed Characters Card – A printed card featuring the Characters
TY Message from Ethan, Alyssa, Jason, and Brody from SOULED
Once you have stopped by my page and helped me out there, share the page and tag me in it. You will get a free downloaded image of Ethan, the main character in Souled. Again, be sure to tag me in your post so I know.
If you’re part of my VIP team, you already know. The cover for my middle-grade novel SOULED has been released. A day later I posted it on some of my social media.
The amazing cover was done by Junior’s Digital Designs . I was so impressed with the quality of their artwork. As you can see above, they do amazing work, so definitely follow them on Instagram.
In addition to the cover, I am launching a Kickstarter campaign in THREE days. I can’t wait to send you over there to see what I put together. There will be rewards with print copies, digital copies, bookmarks, character cards, stickers and more. Also, there will be an EARLY BIRD special featuring a limited time only reward. Again, my VIP team will hear about it first, so be sure to join here.
I want to thank all my family, friends and readers for all your support during my writing journey. You’ve been there while all four of my picture books have been traditionally published. There may be a fifth one on the way…time will tell.
If you’ve been following me, you know I also started a whole other writing project and wrote my first middle grade novel. As I transition from the writing phase to the publishing phase, I am tackling another first for me- I’m choosing to independently publish my novel.
There are many reasons for this such as gaining higher royalties and control over my content, but the biggest one so far is how much I enjoy being part of the whole process. I find it fascinating and I’m always learning something new.
As the book passes through its final edits, I will be preparing for the printing stage. In order to meet the costs, I will be running a pre-order campaign using the Kickstarter platform. I haven’t started it yet as I’m still planning all the fabulous rewards for you. For this to be successful I need all of your support and I want you to be the first to hear about when it goes live. Why? Because the first day will be a one day deal only for a super deal. Sign up here to get the updates (I also send freebies occasionally). Make sure you add me to your safe list. Just by joining my group ,you will be helping me while being the first to access updates and my freebies.(Psst a cover reveal is in the works!)
Once again I am so grateful for all of you. Signing up is the a sure fire way of showing your support and ensuring you have the latest information.
The middle-grade book, Going Wild by Lisa McCann is fantasy story set in the suburbs of Arizona. Charlie Wilde recently moved there from Chicago. Before she left, somebody left a mysterious package at her door. Soon, Charlie and her friends discover the abilities that come with this device – and all the danger that comes with it.
It was an interesting story with a fun concept. I think middle graders who love superheros will really enjoy it. While I enjoyed getting to know Charlie and her friends, I felt the first half of the book was a bit slow – but that’s just my preference. Lots of readers had no issue at all with the pacing of the story.
The second half of the book picks up dramatically when the dangerous organization responsible for the powerful device realizes Charlie has it. I do wish, with this being the first book, that it didn’t end with such a big cliff hanger. But I still enjoyed the majority of it and I think it is something the intended audience would love.
Have you read Going Wild? What were your thoughts?
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