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Tatia’s Tattoo Quote – Back Alleys | by Linda Brendle

Dark Alleys

As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?

Tatia’s Tattoo is a novel about sex trafficking in small-town America. It will be published by Crowdscribed later this year. In the meantime, check out the first two chapters HERE.

Blessings,

Linda

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Tatia’s Tattoo Quote – Trashing the Old Life | by Linda Brendle

Trashing the old life

As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?

Tatia’s Tattoo will be released by Crowdscribed this summer. To read sample chapters, go to my book page and click the link under the cover mock-up. Comments are always welcome.

Blessings,

Linda

Tatia’s Tattoo – Quote | by Linda Brendle

Angry Eyes

As a successful D.C. lawyer, Tatia’s mission in life was to destroy the sex trafficking trade in small-town America. She knew where to find it. She’d been there. With only apathetic foster parents to protect her, she fell prey to the local pimp. Trapped in the sordid underbelly of a small Texas town, she survived by sheer will. Her friendship with her fellow victim Cindy was the only light of humanity in the darkness until she saw a familiar face. Would Mrs. G, a mama bear of an attorney, still think she had strength and potential? Would Jesse, the young Christian tattoo artist and biker, still look at her with a twinkle in his eyes? Or would they both see only the mark of shame Eric had etched onto her forearm?

Find a link to sample chapters on my Crowdscribed Book Page.

Blessings,

Linda

Making a fuss about Tatia’s Tattoo | by Linda Brendle

Cover coming soonOn March 23, I launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the costs of publishing my first novel. Tatia’s Tattoo is a literary Christian tale of child sex trafficking in small-town America.

The response from those who have read the manuscript has been very enthusiastic, but the response to the crowdfunding campaign – not so much. With less than two weeks left until the push for pre-orders and contributions in exchange for ebooks, print copies, and other rewards ends, I asked a more experienced friend for advice. He just completed his fourth crowdfunding effort with over 500 participants and over 100% of his goal. He generously shared many suggestions, but this is the heart of what he had to say:

My first bit of advice is – make a nuisance of yourself. We Brits really don’t like to make a fuss but you have to I’m afraid.

Most Texans don’t mind making a fuss, but I’m uncomfortable with it myself. However, I am passionate about this project, and my hope is that it will raise awareness of the problem as well as presenting some ways in which people can be involved in the solution. For that reason, I plan to stir up as much of a commotion as I can the next few days in order to fund the cost of development and copy edits, cover and interior design, typesetting, proofreading, setting up the ebook conversion, and other miscellaneous production costs.

If you would like to know more about Tatia’s Tattoo, visit my Crowdscribed book page  to read a brief synopsis of the story. Under the mock up of the book cover, you will see “Download a sample.” This is a link to the preface and first two chapters. If you would like to review the levels of support and reward, click the green “Contribute” button.

If you have any questions, email me at lindabrendle@yahoo.com, and I would be happy to answer them. I hope you will join me in this project. Together I believe we can make a difference.

Blessings,

Linda

Tatia’s Tattoo – Quote – Sorrow | by Linda Brendle

Human trafficking is one of the three largest illegal industries in the world  – experts disagree on whether it is second or third. Over a million children each year fall victim to traffickers. Tatia was one of those children.

Sorrow

Blessings,

Linda

To download sample chapters and check out the crowdfunding campaign, CLICK HERE.

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Book Club Levels – Tatia’s Tattoo Crowdfunding | by Linda Brendle

stop-human-traffickingHuman trafficking is one of the three largest illegal industries in the world – experts disagree on whether it is second or third. Over a million children each year fall victim to traffickers.

Tatia’s Tattoo is a Christian novel that tells the story of sex trafficking in small-town America. Raising awareness of this issue could be the first step in solving it. It is my belief that Tatia’s story can play a large part of taking that first step.

You can be involved in Tatia’s story by pledging financial support to help cover the costs of development and copy editing, typesetting, proof reading, and cover design. Proceeds will also cover the miscellaneous costs involved in setting up the ebook, acquiring the ISBN and Library of Congress numbers, and so forth, as well as the printing costs for the books supporters will receive as rewards. None of the funds from the campaign are released to the author at any time.

There are six different levels of support, each with a minimum dollar amount and a corresponding reward. My last two posts have explained the details of the first four levels. This post is about Levels 5 and 6 – the Book Club Levels.

Book-clubbannerSilver Book Club – Level 5: Silver Book Clubs are small groups of book lovers who love to meet to discuss books they have read. The reward for this level includes five autographed paperback copies of Tatia’s Tattoo with 5 custom bookmarks, 5 custom tote bags, 5 chances to win a $25 Amazon gift certificate, and the names of your book club and club members on a list of supporters in the book. The minimum contribution for this level is $125.

Gold Book Club – Level 6: Gold Book Clubs are larger groups of Bibliophiles who love to meet to discuss books they have read. Contributors at this level will receive ten autographed paperback copies of Tatia’s Tattoo, 10 custom bookmarks, 10 custom tote bags, a personal or video appearance by the author (depending on location), 10 chances to win a $30 Amazon gift certificate, and the names of your book club and club members on a list of supporters in the book. The minimum contribution for all of this is $275.

Here are several easy ways to see what all the excitement is about:

1. To read a sample of Tatia’s Tattoo, CLICK HERE.
2. For an overview of the crowdfunding process, CLICK HERE.
3. For details of Levels 1 and 2, CLICK HERE.
4. For details of Levels 3 and 4, CLICK HERE.
5. To go to the “Contribute” page, CLICK HERE.

The contribution amounts listed are minimums. To contribute an amount not listed, go to the bottom of the “Contribute” page and fill in the space labeled “Choose your amount.”
Several people have joined me in this project. Who will be next? Together I believe we can make a difference.

Blessings,

Linda

Tatia’s Tattoo Crowdfunding Levels 3 and 4 | by Linda Brendle

bibliophile-07The crowdfunding campaign to publish Tatia’s Tattoo went live on Thursday. On Friday I posted some details about the first two levels of six. Here is a description of Levels 3 and 4.

The third level is the Book Lovers Level. It is for those who love the experience of snuggling into a comfortable spot with a freshly printed book in hand. The reward for Book Lovers includes an autographed paperback copy of Tatia’s Tattoo with a custom bookmark, one chance to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate, and your name on a list of supporters in the book. The minimum contribution for this level is $20.

Level 4 is for Bibliophiles, those who love books so much they need a way to carry the stack of books they are currently reading anywhere they go. Their reward is an autographed paperback copy of Tatia’s Tattoo with a custom bookmark, a custom tote bag, one chance to win a $20 Amazon gift certificate, and your name on a list of supporters in the book. The Level 4 minimum is $27.

On Friday, a friend asked me about the minimum amounts on each level. He wondered if he could contribute more than the minimum on a certain level. The answer is “Yes.” To contribute an amount not listed, go to the bottom of the page and fill in the space labeled “Choose your amount.”

Here are several easy ways to see what all the excitement is about:

  1. To read a sample of Tatia’s Tattoo, CLICK HERE.
  1. For an overview of the crowdfunding process, CLICK HERE.
  1. For details of Levels 1 and 2, CLICK HERE.
  1. To review all levels, CLICK HERE.

Several people have joined me in this project. Who will be next? Together I believe we can make a difference.

Blessings,

Linda

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