23 Jul 2012

Kick it.

I've mentioned Ripley Patton on this blog a bunch of times. She's a friend and a fellow writer - we've turned up in the same table of contents on more than one occasion. We even tied for the Best Short Story Sir Julius Vogel Award back in 2010. Ripley tells beautiful, heartful stories that'll bite you if you're not careful.

For a few years now, Ripley's been working on a novel. Through earthquakes and moving from one side of the world to the other, she's been writing. And now it's done.

The novel's all done, polished and ready to go. But it's not a book. Yet. That's where you come in. Ripley's set up a Kickstarter to raise money to do all those things that turn done into DONE. What, you thought you just type 'the end' and that's all? You must be new around here. Professional editing. Typesetting. Printing. Typing 'the end' is just the start.

I think you're going to want to read this book. Ripley's already told some fantastic stories. This is the best one yet. What's it about? Oh, just this.

There are secrets we keep hidden deep inside of us. Secrets of abuse and abandonment and self-harm. No one can see them. No one can find them. No one can touch us there.

Until now.

Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a genetic defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world.

Olivia can pick-pocket the soul.

But she can't control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.

Go. Make a pledge.

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