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Hello Everyone! 

Only a month left to get your nominations in for Beyond the Masquerade! So if you love the action packed adventures of Luna and Ranger and want more, let Inkshares know with their new nomination feature! If the project gets enough, it may be the next chosen to move on in the 2020 All Genre Manuscript Contest! 

Hello Everyone, 

I’ve got some news. The first winners of the 2020 All-Genre Manuscript Contest have been announced but it’s not over yet. Between now and May 1st, Inkshares will be looking at the other entrants and may select additional winners based on reader interaction and overall merit of the books content. One of the things that will help them narrow down the field is the new nomination feature. 

So if you like what you see with Beyond the Masquerade and want it to become a reality, let the people at Inkshares know with a nomination. 

Thank you all for your support

Hello Everyone, 

Well, the 2020 All-Genre Manuscript Contest has come to a close and Beyond the Masquerade came in a 8th place. Pretty good considering there were more then 300 entries but, unfortunately, not good enough for the prize. 

I am still proud of the position it reached and I would like to thank all of you who decided to take a chance on my work and a special thanks to the Break the Bechdel Syndicate for selecting Beyond the Masquerade. It was a big help in getting as far as it did. 

The campaign is still up and running so, if you haven’t already, give it a follow and share it around. Every little bit helps. 

Thanks again for your support. 

Kelsey Rae Barthel  

Hey Everyone!

The 2020 All Genre Manuscript Contest is coming into it’s last week and Beyond the Masquerade has made a good showing. Right now, it is holding at 8th place but I think we can do better. Let’s come together and help Beyond the Masquerade end the contest with a splash.

There are many ways to help Beyond the Masquerade gain momentum, and the majority of them are completely free. 

Follow: Following the Beyond the Masquerade campaign will give it more stock and will keep you informed of the campaigns progression.

Share: Tell you friends and family to get on board with the campaign to help it gain momentum. You can share it among the community on the Inkshares website or through social media.

Read, Comment, or Recommend: The first three chapters of Beyond the Masquerade for free to read on the campaign page. Give them a look through and tell me what you think through comments or recommendations. This will let others know that follows are giving the campaign some attention.

Nominate: Inkshares has recently added a Nominate function onto the book campaign pages. This enables you to send a clear message to the people with Inkshares on why you want to see this work published.

Pre-Order: The campaign for Beyond the Masquerade has to get at least 750 pre-orders in order for it to be published through this platform. So, if you love the epic adventure of Beyond the Code and want more action packed adventures with Luna and the other Knights, pre-order a copy today.

And remember, with every one of these you do, you will be entered into the Beyond the Masquerade 3 Tiered Raffle contest to win a tote bag, a coffee mug, or a cozy blanket.

Also, if you want a completely non-committal peek into the world of the Knights and The Order, the digital version or Beyond the Code is available on Amazon for FREE!

So let’s make one more push in the last days of the contest to bring more eyes on the campaign.

Thank you. 

Hello everyone!

The campaign for the sequel of Beyond the Code, Beyond the Masquerade, is chugging along but we are far from the goal. If you loved Beyond the Code and want to read more adventures with Luna and Ranger in the world of the Order, we need your support. Follow the link below to the Beyond the Masquerade campaign page. 

Any support that can be given, From a simple following of the project, reading and commenting on the sample chapters, using Inkshares new Nominate function, or pre-ordering a copy would be greatly appreciated and would do soo much for keeping this campaign alive.

And remember, for every follow, share, recommendation, and pre-order, you will be entered into the 3 Tiered Raffle contest. Enter today for your chance to win some cool Beyond the Masquerade prizes.

So if you want to see a sequel to my first novel, Beyond the Code, follow the link below and help in anyway you can. This campaign goes nowhere without your support.


  Got the word from Inkshares! The Nominate function is up and running! So if you want to let Inkshares know how much you want Beyond the Masquerade to be a reality, get your nominations in today.   

Hello Everyone, 

For anyone who has tried to use the Nominate function with Inkshares for Beyond the Masquerade and couldn’t find the button, I am in communication with them now to try and found out what’s the status of that. Will let you know if I find anything. 

Thank you to all of you who tried. I deeply appreciate your support. 

Kelsey Rae Barthel 

Hello Everyone, 

So, there is a new feature on Inkshares.com that could give you a cost free method of letting the people at Inkshares know that you want this book in your hands. 

On every books page, beside the Share button is a new and fancy Nominate button. This function helps you give Inkshares more information on why you think this book is special and how much you want it to become a reality. 

It will bring up a small form asking questions like, how interesting is the story, how well written is the story, what other novels does it remind you of, and why you think it should be published.

So if you want to experience more adventures with Luna and the other Knights in the dangerous world of The Order, submit your nomination today! Thank you all soo much for your support. 

Kelsey Rae Barthel 

Happy New Years Everyone!!

New year, new campaign. That’s right. I’m going into this campaign full tilt. We have a new, super cool book cover up on the page right now, made by my good friend, Shawna Ray. It’s beautiful and you should check it out.

And over the holiday, we reached 25 orders. As promised, I’ve posted Chapter Three to note the milestone. Give it a read if you’re eager for more adventures with the Knights.

Now time for the BIG announcement. I’m starting a CAMPAIGN RAFFLE CONTEST!! The prizes will be broken up into three tiers.

Tier One: Followers Prize : Beyond the Masquerade Tote Bag  - Draw will be made for every 50 followers.

Tier Two: Share and Recommendation Prize : Beyond the Masquerade Coffee Mug - Draw will be made for every 50 shares or recommendation. 

Tier Three: Pre-Order Prize : Beyond the Masquerade Blanket  - Draw will be made for every 50 pre-orders.

Pictures of the prizes and new cover will be posted on the Beyond the Code Facebook page and the winner of the first Followers prize will be posted later today. Cross your fingers.

Thank you all for following and good luck in the hopefully many contest draws to come.

Kelsey Rae Barthel

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