Thank you so much for your support over the last month. I am still sitting firmly in 8th place in the Nerdist contest, which, as you know, is out of the running. Mutants: Uprising will not be published through this contest - and you know what? That’s okay.
The story is in no way DEAD - it still exists and will be published at some point. However, you will be refunded your money for this campaign after the contest ends.
THANK YOU so much for following me on this journey! It means the world to me.
NINE DAYS REMAIN
I have great news! Mutants Uprising was picked by the Inkshares Staff Syndicate as their book of the month for June 2017! We gained some readers and are now tied for 6th place. Just one order will put us up and properly into 6th. That’s where you come in - if you’re waiting for the dramatic, last minute save-the-day time to order, we’re there!
First, Second, and Third place keep adding to their numbers so it’s going to be an uphill climb, but WE CAN DO THIS. If you’ve already ordered, please sit a friend down at the computer and walk them through placing an order. This is a huge contest, and winning it means more exposure and good things for the first book I funded through Inkshares, Fae Child.
I’ve sent you the second chapter of the book, temporarily titled "Drive By." I hope you enjoy it!
Do you hear that clock ticking? I do!~ Jane-Holly
Hello dear followers!
We have slipped down to 7th place! Backwards momentum isn’t good. SO, an incentive for you to order, and order now:
If I get 9 preorders in the next 24 hours, I will record myself reading the first chapter of Mutants: Uprising, swears and all. I don’t normally swear all that much, so this could be a disaster. A disaster you’ll want to hear!
Preorder here. Just $10 for an ebook and my undying gratitude!
If you’re interested in Spotify playlists, here’s the one I listen to when I’m writing this story.
Have a great Sunday! I’m off to see Wonder Woman again and get empowered.~Jane-Holly
Hello all 93 of my followers! I hope you are having a great weekend.
42 of you have already preordered - thank you! If the rest of you preorder, we will have a little breathing room for the rest of the competition. There are 15 days left, FIFTEEN, and we have slipped to 6th place after holding onto 2nd or 3rd from the beginning.
Time is running out. We need at least 8 preorders to reclaim 3rd, and the other contestants are continuing to add to their numbers. Please preorder now if you can, or share the project with friends and talk to them about preordering their own copy!
There is some good news: I just made a book trailer! Click the banner above, or any other link in the update, and check it out on the book page. I hope you enjoy it! You can also like me on Facebook, and share the pinned video with your friends to help spread the word.
Thank you so much! Have a good rest of the weekend - Jane-Holly
18 days to go!
We are still tied for third place in the Nerdist contest, which is GOOD.
One preorder will put us into third by ourselves. This is BETTER.
Five preorders will place Mutants: Uprising into second place. This is BEST.
If you have already preordered: Thank you! I have an additional favor to ask you. Spread the word about Mutants: Uprising to your friends and get them to preorder as well! Anyone who likes the X-Men movies, or superheroes in general, will enjoy this book.
As the contest draws closer to the end, the competition is heating up. I don’t need 750 preorders to get a full publishing contract from Inkshares and put this book in your hands, I only need to remain in the top 3 of the contest, and you can make this happen!
Thank you! ~~ Jane-Holly
What people are saying about Mutants: Uprising -
"Such a cool concept with unique execution, in 2nd person. Meissner is an engaging, creative author and I’ve no doubt that Mutants: Uprising will be a brilliant read." - J. Graham-Jones, author of 1000 Faces and Witherfist
"A brilliant concept promising inventive action, compelling characters and an exciting new world, with a unique 2nd-person narrative style. An automatic buy, for me." - Evan Graham, author of Proteus and Tantalus Depths
"X-Men is the obvious link, but the story also kind of strikes me as bring like a mutant version of True Blood. 2nd person POV is a novelty, and in this case well-written. Bought my copy, look forward to reading the finished piece." - Chris Picone, author of Kanimbla
"X-Men and Lovecraft. Two of my fave things in one book, also with a rather unique writing style, makind it stand out from other books I’ve read trying to do the same. Interesting and looking forward to seeing where this ends up!" - Anniken Haga, author of Artificial Generation
It is just past the end of the second full week of the Inkshares/Nerdist science fiction novel contest, and my entry, Mutants: Uprising, is tied for second (so technically in 2nd, alphabetically). I spent a good part of the week in third, and then yesterday was TIED FOR THIRD with two other books, but a surge of support put me up, and here we are today.
Needless to say, without continued support from YOU (and you, and you too) we won’t be able to stay in the running. Mutants: Uprising was nominated in a couple Inkshares Syndicates this month, and I am hopeful that I might get at least one to back me. It would be an immense boost to my campaign!
Less than four weeks to go. Never give up, never surrender!
I’ve had some questions about the Lovecraft connection in my novel, and while I’m wary of giving away too much, I’m going to let you, my followers, in on part of it. The Cthulhu/Lovecraft connection is a surprise for Jane, who has a lot on her plate already, so it isn’t present except as foreshadowing in the early parts of the novel.
Lovecraft exists in my universe, only he was a mutant - a psychic who managed to contact a much stronger psychic Presence in another dimension...and It wants to come here. My main character (you) stumbles into this information the further she goes, as the conflict escalates from local gangs to shadowy organizations who may or may not want the world as we know it to end.
Order your copy today!~ Jane-Holly
12 days into the contest, and we are still in the top three! It’s pretty important that we keep our momentum and stay up here on the top of the pile. More authors are entering the contest every day - in the Fantasy contest last year we had a late entry who blasted to the top of the leaderboard in a few hours, and then went on to win the whole thing with over 750 preorders. SO. If you’re thinking you want to preorder, please do it today.
And now, to the fun stuff. Here is a glimpse at one of the characters in Mutants: Uprising, and since it’s written in second person, today this is all about YOU.
You are Jane Meyers, known in League circles as Zombie. You discovered your mutant gene like many people do - the hard way. When your adrenaline surges your strength increases and your body becomes numb. You can take an obscene amount of damage and keep walking, as long as you can keep your adrenaline high. As soon as your heart rate drops, however, you fall into a coma which looks a lot like death, and you stay in that state while your body heals. You ran away from home as a teenager, and were mentored by a mutant named Deimos, who brought you with him when he became a leader in a Midwest cell of the League. After serving as his enforcer for years, Deimos recommended you to take charge of the fumbling Los Angeles cell. You’ve been there a few months, and have gathered a fairly solid group around you. Maybe being a leader isn’t so hard after all?
That’s it for now, I can’t wait to tell you about the other mutants who are in your group, but that will be another day!
Thank you for the support! Jane-Holly [PREORDER HERE]
"It’s the end of the world as we know it... ...and I feel fine."
Mutants: Uprising is tied for 3rd in the Nerdist SciFi contest. One preorder puts me on top, one from my plucky competitor puts me out of the running. You are one of over 60 people following this book, and if you have already preordered I am so thankful and amazed to have your support and trust. If you haven’t yet...
...Help me stay on top, and in the top 3? Put in your preorder today, don’t put it off. Once I lose the top it’s going to be hell to get back into it. Mutants: Uprising is an irreverent, kickass story with heroine who doesn’t know the meaning of "you can’t". She’s out to make her name on her own, and so am I - and you’re going to help me do it.
See ya soon,Jane-Holly
p.s. buy my book
We are one week into the Nerdist Science Fiction contest, and Mutants: Uprising (billed as X-Men meets Call of Cthulhu) is holding steady in 2nd place. This is awesome, but other entrants are right on our heels, looking to dethrone us! Order counts are low all around right now, and YOUR preorder could make a huge difference in this contest. There are just a few more weeks in the contest.
So, what is "second person"? Usually books are written in first person (I went to the store and dropped my groceries in the parking lot) or third person (She went to the store and dropped her groceries in the parking lot). Second person puts YOU right into the action (You went to the store and dropped your groceries in the parking lot). Mutants: Uprising is written in second person present tense, immersing you in the world and giving the narrative an immediacy that you’re not going to find in another book.
I wrote up a new synopsis for the story:
Mutants: Uprising is a second person POV novel about humans with super-human abilities trying to overcome the shadowy organizations that want to control them. The story centers on Jane "Zombie" Meyers, a relatively new leader of an underground cell of the League of Mutants, a terrorist organization, who is trying to make a name for herself while rising above her enforcer roots. Along the way she uncovers a plot against the pregnant founder of a second-chance shelter for homeless mutant teens, and has to work hard to save her from harm, figure out what the ulterior motives of her enemies are, all while earning the other woman’s trust. Oh, and there are horrors from other dimensions trying to break into ours, and state governments who want to register all mutated humans "for the greater good." All in a day’s work.
Inkshares launched a new contest today, in conjunction with Nerdist, for Science Fiction books! I decided to enter Mutants: Uprising into the contest. This is a short, two month sprint for preorders, and the top three will be published by Inkshares, with at least one picked by Nerdist to be part of their publishing imprint!
Please click through and check out my story samples. The book is written in SECOND PERSON, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Highlight what you like, recommend, or even review it! And, of course, your preorders are desired! Mutants: Uprising already exists as a complete first draft of over 100k words. (If you haven’t already, check out my already-funded book Fae Child!)
Thank you for your time!Jane-Holly