Alliance YA Novels Now Available

It’s done! Finished! All of the hard work, waiting, stressing, more waiting and all other things related to my successful Indiegogo campaign are finally over!

I have two complete self-published YA novels now available on Amazon!

The digital rewards have been sent out to my awesome contributors, and physical copies of the books are on the way to me now. I can’t wait to sign and ship them out to their new homes!

Like, share, read, review and let’s get the Alliance series novel to the top of the Amazon charts!

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Again, I can’t help but to be in awe of these beautiful covers by Ida with amygdaladesign.net. You should check out her work if you need covers or formatting.

The Alliance: Bloodlines 2nd Edition Cover Reveal

Two years ago, I released my very first self-published novel, The Alliance: Bloodlines. Bloodlines was scheduled to be the first in a series of YA Urban Fantasy novels, but the debut novel generated little buzz. Rookie mistakes were made including my cover design choice, and a list of my lessons learned can be found here on my blog. I created an Indiegogo campaign to improve the quality of my novel, which was fully funded and assisted with costs of the cover designed by Ida at Amygdala Design.

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Bloodlines Blurb:

In Jefferson City, things really do go bump in the night. The city is plagued with supernatural elements, but most of the citizens are unaware. Jaysk McLeod is the owner of The Four Aces—the central hub of all things evil—where gamblers often disappear and demons usually flock.

Kristen Bailey is a bullied teen from a broken home, until one day she loses control of her emotions and her special abilities appear. She gains super strength she can’t always control and unnatural healing abilities. Jameson Brown is just a young man with an addiction and no purpose, until he meets his first demon. Sheila and Star are both survivors of demon attacks. These four random citizens—troubled outcasts—meet with one common goal, to purge the monsters from their city.

Funded by Pryce, a former government scientist, they form a demon hunter team known as The Alliance. With the help of some unlikely allies, they must take back their city from Jaysk and the other supernatural elements that plague it.

The Alliance: Bloodlines will be re-released on Amazon in late November with the sequel, Drakon. Stay tuned for Drakon’s upcoming cover reveal.

YA Series Indiegogo Fully Funded in Three Days; Let’s Exceed the Goal

Wow, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has backed the Indiegogo campaign so far.The initial goal of $500 was met in less than three days! That’s mind blowing! A thank you doesn’t even cover how grateful I am for your support. This campaign means so much to me, and I’ll continue thanking you all until you’re sick of hearing it!

What does this mean? I can provide both Bloodlines and the sequel with cohesive profession cover designs. I can also cover the formatting costs and make sure I can get my rewards delivered to my backers.

I’m currently getting quotes for promotional graphics so that my backers can hopefully have unique images to use on FB and other social media to proudly announce themselves as a part of the “Alliance Street Team.” Maybe even bookmarks! I’ll post more details once I receive info back from the quotes.

The campaign has twenty-seven days left, so there’s plenty of time for others to join the madness! If you haven’t purchased your copy of The Alliance:Bloodlines, this is a great time to support the campaign and receive books! We can exceed this goal and provide even more! I’d like to make some website upgrades and offer better quality books. The more money I have at the end of the campaign, the better quality I can provide. $400 was the bare minimum I needed to make this publishing dream come true, but with more I can make the series even better. Cover design has various levels of quality. The phrase “you get what you pay for” is often true here. $250-300 might get decent cover designs, but sometimes paying a little extra can get you an even better quality. I might even be able to get some art prints commissioned to add to some reward tiers!

If the campaign ends way over the goal, like $800+ I imagine we could be funding the third book! The third Alliance novel is scheduled for a hopeful release next fall. Again thank you all who’ve joined my adventures into self publishing. Let’s keep this campaign growing!

Sacrifice Novel Excerpt

There’s only a week left until the Kickstarter campaign launches, and i’m eager to share more information about my upcoming novel. Instead of sharing another piece of concept art or character bio, I decided to include a teaser from the Sacrifice manuscript. Did you miss my formal announcement? If so, you can click here to find out about the importance of my campaign and diversity in literature.

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Here’s an unedited excerpt from chapter eleven of the Sacrifice manuscript. I hope you enjoy this little taste of Sacrifice.

The sunset painted the concrete around me with a gorgeous orange highlight. I had no idea where I was or how I got here, but I stood on a city sidewalk in some dystopian wasteland. Collapsed and broken buildings littered the streets as vegetation crept up around the ruins. My eyes scanned the rusted yellow cars left abandoned in the street. Where were their owners? What had happened here?

Regardless of the city’s obvious decimation, I found the silence of this vast area to be quite eerie. Where were the birds and other signs of wildlife? This place had to be home to more than just plant life. I listened for several moments, but there was no sound to be heard.

Warm air still lingered from the departing sun, and I walked out toward the crumbled patch of concrete in front of me where I faced a lone parking meter. The meter seemed oddly placed even though it obviously wasn’t, but everything else I could see was deconstructed. I felt overwhelmed with an urge to reach out and touch the last surviving meter, but a cold draft of air stopped my hand before my fingers reached the metal post. Chill bumps paraded all over my body, and an icy breath tickled at my neck. I spun around on my heels, but there was no one to be seen.

I glanced back and found Micah next to the parking meter—my body jolted at his unexpected presence. My hand went to my chest as if to calm the beating of my heart, but I was even more relieved than startled.

“I’m so glad you’re here. Where ever here is. I’ve worried about you.”

“Sorry for scaring you,” he said in a soft voice. “I suck at this whole ghost thing.”

Micah’s pale grey eyes locked on with mine, but his expression was unreadable. He stepped off the sidewalk, and his eyes shifted to an enormous crater formed in the pavement nearby that was shaped like a monstrous footprint. I shuddered at the thought of what might have created such a print.

“I always wanted to visit here someday, but this is definitely not what I had in mind,” he said with a sigh.

“And where exactly is here?”

“Times Square.”

“This is New York City?” I gasped. I’d been to the city that never sleeps a few times, but never seen the place look anything shy of fabulous. Times Square made sense because the ground was littered with shattered pieces of what I recognized to be L.E.D lights, which were often used for the city’s signature lighting and billboards. The beautifully lit part of the city was always such a spectacular site, and now the entire area was growing dark as the sun continued to set.

“I always wanted to go to a Yankee’s game. Come back as a ghost and I’m still out of luck,” he said. His lips curled up slightly to match the mood of his joke, but the effect was lost with such weary eyes.

I opened my mouth to speak, but I didn’t know what to say. I felt a pull at my chest that was all too familiar. It pained me that he was gone, and we never got that baseball game he wanted.

As if he knew my thoughts had wandered to a sorrowful place, he tilted his gaze to the faded orange sky. “We need to leave here before the sun fully sets.”

“Why? What will happen at nighttime? Ghosts should be nocturnal, right?”

“I can see fine, but we won’t want to see what becomes of this place at full darkness.”

“What happens here?”

“This is the same outcome that happens everywhere if you don’t stop them. Every nasty supernatural being will be unleashed on our world if you don’t. The demons won’t come out during daylight so that keeps them at bay, but once they’re in total darkness they will come out to play.”

“Who causes this? When does this happen?”

“I tried to tell you last time, but they wouldn’t let me. The things they did, God Kat, I didn’t know it was possible to torture a ghost,” he said with a grimace. His eyes weren’t tired now, they looked troubled. A ghost with such haunted eyes just reeked of irony.

“Please Kat you have to figure this out. This isn’t just some random dream. I’m showing you the future. They know you’re the threat and they’ll be coming for you.”

Micah’s last words faded to a whisper as the sun disappeared, and the broken Times Square horizon filled with glowing eyes of inhuman color. I was suddenly engulfed in the darkness as I shouted for him.

 

From the Book: Sacrifice by S.E. Doster Copyright © 2014 by S.E. Doster. Artwork by Cindy Chan.

Enter the World of Sacrifice

Today I wanted to update you on the progress of the Sacrifice novel Kickstarter. I know last week was missing a character reveal, and I apologize for not delivering that as planned. I am still not quite satisfied with my concept art for the next character. I’ll spend the evening trying to tweak the digital portrait a bit so I can try to reveal that later this week. Did you miss my recent announcement about the Kickstarter? Don’t know what i’m talking about? Click here and let me tell you why this project is important.

Several people are asking when the Kickstarter will launch, and i’m glad so many people are anticipating the campaign! I’m currently on schedule for a September launch with either the 2nd or the 3rd as my launch date. I have a friend helping with my video for the campaign, and I am blown away by how amazing the intro looks! I can’t wait to share this with you!

Here are some random pieces of concept art that I created to show one of the books settings, as well as showcase the werewolves and mages from Sacrifice. Disclaimer: I am a digital art noob.

 

Part of Sacrifice takes place in NY's Catskill Mountains.

Part of Sacrifice takes place in NY’s Catskill Mountains.

Werewolves and mage from Sacrifice.

Werewolves and mage from Sacrifice.

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