Liana Brooks

Liana Brooks

is creating stories!

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patrons

Hello! 

There's a moment in RETURN OF THE KING by JRR Tolkien where the hero, Frodo, turns to his friend as they sit on a war-ravaged plain and he asks, "How did we come to be here?" How did two quiet, country boys wind up in the middle of the greatest war? It was an echo of Tolkien's memories, but it's an equally appropriate question for you and I as we sit here across the screen from one another. How did we get here?

I'm a writer. Not because I had a daring dream at age nine to write The Great American novel, but because I was one of those quiet kids with an unruly mind scribbling snippets of stories on the back of my homework. I went to school for a degree in marine biology, but my life took a turn that led me to needing to be home full time to care for my daughter who had learning disabilities. Writing was first an escape, and then it became a way to pay for food and rent.

Writing became a secret door I could open to let other people escape from the stresses, fears, and sorrows of their lives. 

You're probably already familiar with my writing. Perhaps you started with Seventy, the first short story I ever sold. Maybe you jumped into the continuum with The Day Before, the first novel I sold and my first piece of time travel fiction. Or maybe you read my latest piece and decided I was a good fit for you. Whatever brought you here - THANK YOU

Thank you for coming this far. 



Publishing is a wild place, full of feasts and famines. There are months where my books sell like water bottles after a marathon, and months where sixteen books are inexplicably returned and my royalties are in the red. Needless to say, it's not easy to stay focused and creative when you don't know what your monthly income will be. I started my Patreon to balance out this boom/bust cycle and ensure that there was a baseline income every month that I could count on. 

The original experiment was the serialization of my novel BODIES IN MOTION on my blog. During that summer 100 people logged in every time a new chapter of was posted. A dollar per person during that time would have given me an income of $100/month.

There are over 3000 people who follow me on Twitter. The newsletter goes out to about 2000 people. On Tumblr nearly 800 people read snippets, short stories, fanfics, and chapters. That's not a small number of people.

One dollar from even a fraction of those people is enough to cover the cost of writing another book. It covers the time spent writing and editing, the cost of getting a professional editor for the book, and the cost of the cover art. A dollar a month goes a long way. 

From the change you find in your couch, or left over from a month's worth of treats at the local cafe, you can ensure that I have a steady income stream that allows me to write stories like LADY OF THE LAKE, the newest serialized novel on Patreon. 



Goal: Write More Books - Submit More Short Stories


Stories come in all shapes and sizes, and I admit I have a preference for big books. The bigger the better. CHANGE OF MOMENTUM hit 120k. LADY OF THE LAKE is on track to be equally long. So my goal in 2019 is to remember how to write short. 

To force myself to meet my goal I've committed to writing (and submitting) one short story a month. Patrons will be able to see the original, barely-edited version of the short story on the 3rd Friday of each month. 

On the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month a chapter of LADY OF THE LAKE will be posted. 

After LADY OF THE LAKE is finished a new novel will go up. What will it be? I don't know! When will that be? Probably before the end of 2019! It'll be a surprise for all of us! 


$1 - Eternal Gratitude (and chapters of your favorite [new] Villains)... full access to the book I'm currently posting, all long-form editions of blog posts, and other fun stuff like photographs, sketches, and sneak peeks. Throw a dollar my way for the fun shenanigans and good karma. 

-or-

All of this and a short story each month. Not everyone loves to read a serialized novel, and I get that, but you deserve something nice. So why not a quick short story emailed to you on the 3rd Friday of every month? 

$2 - Copy of the final ebook in mobi, epub, and PDF (must back 3 chapters at this level)... whatever book you start pledging during the run of is the book you get unless you specify otherwise. This is also a great level to back the novel at just because you love me. <3

SUPER FUN THING! If you start subscribing to this level now you can go and download the e-copies of the books that have run on Patreon right now! That means you can subscribe to Patreon for $2/month and read THE POLAR TERROR today! 

$5 - Books and Stories Galore!... love short stories and serialized novels? Great! Now you can get them both, with new posts three weeks a month, and the final ebook of any novel run through Patreon. You also get your name in the acknowledgments.  

$10 - Behind-The-Scene....plotting notes, deleted scenes, discussion of villain motivations, and more - and you'll get named in the acknowledgments at the back of the book. With LADY OF THE LAKE this means posts about Romans in Britain, the Legio II Augusta, mythology, Latin, and other bit and pieces of research I've collected over the years. Fair Warning: it's a lot of research.

$20 - Print copy of the final book (signed and shipped internationally) plus all the previous tiers... all my books that are published on Parteon are later edited, fine-tuned, polished, perfected, and published through Inkprint Press. Print editions are done through Ingramspark as trade paperbacks with a glossy cover. They are phenomenal and wonderful to have to show off in your home. 

$100 - Stan Lee Cameo (hop in-hop out level) ... most people do not have a few hundred to drop on an author every month, but for one chapter? Do that and I'll sit down with you to design an original character that will have a cameo in the current book I'm posting. Become a minor superhero, a spy, a doctor, or just the fun side character running with an ice cream maker.
FOR THE LADY OF THE LAKE THERE ARE VERY FEW OPENINGS. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. 


You pay once a month. No fuss. No muss. No stress. 

Chapters will be posted the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month., but since some of the chapters of LADY OF THE LAKE are very *very* long they will be broken up with half posted one week and half posted the following week. That means there will be as few as two posts a month, and as many as four, with a max word count of 8000 words.

Short stories will be posted on the 3rd Friday each month. The length will range from 500-word flash fiction to longer pieces of up to 5000 words. 

Behind-The-Scenes posts will go up at random with only one promised per month.



Thank you for coming this far. Thank you for reading. Thank you for considering this project. Even if you don't back me on Patreon, thank you. If you choose to donate, thank you. If you're here for every book, or just the one series you love, THANK YOU. 

None of what I do would be possible without readers like you. You are the one I think about when I create a new character. You're the one I want to see smile when the hero wins. You make the magic of storytelling possible be being here and reading. THANK YOU. 

The model in the promo art for LADY OF THE LAKE are Tanya Lilith whose work can be found on DevinatArt.com.  <3 

Tiers
Shadowy Figure In The Distance 2
$1 or more per month

The mastermind of every criminal operation hides in the background, unseen and unnamed, but all-powerful all the same. For a $1/month you get to read a short story posted on the 3rd Friday of each month. Indulge in heists, world domination, and adventure with the spare change you found in the couch.  

Shadowy Figure In The Distance 1
$1 or more per month

The mastermind of every criminal operation hides in the background, unseen and unnamed, but all-powerful all the same. For a $1/month you get to read the serial novel du jour (posted the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month). Indulge in heists, world domination, and the joy of magic with the spare change you found in the couch. 

Stranger In The Mask
$2 or more per month

A mysterious individual, you lurk until the moment is right and then step in to save the hero at the very last second! Lightning dramatically flashes as you vanish into the night! You, the masked hero or villain, you are the one upon who we can rely when all other hope has failed! For $2/month you'll be able to read along with the current adventure and get an advance copy of the final ebook!


NOTE - this level is not available for short story reading. 

Noble of the Realm
$5 or more per month

To survive in court you need more than charm, you need a web of spies. The story alone isn't enough for you, and for $5/month you'll get a chance to revel in both worlds. Enjoy the serial novel -and- the short story each month and a final ecopy of the book. 


Pledging $5+ will get your name in the acknowledgments section of the final edition of the book.  

Second-in-Command
$10 or more per month

Maybe you weren't born to be the hero, but in the moment of despair, when all is lost, you step in to take the lead! You are the trusted adviser and best friend. For $10/month you'll get all you need. Behind-the-scenes looks at building characters, researching scenes, and writing books. Outtakes, deleted scenes, and lost plots, you get them all along with everything from the previous tiers.

Heir To King Arthur
$20 or more per month
You are destined for greatness and nothing can stop you! Because of your generosity great things can happen, like cover art. Along with my undying gratitude you will receive a print edition that will be mailed to you when the book is finished. 
Stan Lee Cameo
$100 or more per month
Like the lauded Stan Lee, creator of so many universes, you will appear as a character in the current book. Named. Described. Remembered.

This tier is designed to be a hop-in-hop-out one time option. Use it once to get your cameo and then donate at any other level you choose. You'll receive all the rewards from previous tiers along with my awe and adulation, and quite possibly a hand-written thank you card. <3

Hello! 

There's a moment in RETURN OF THE KING by JRR Tolkien where the hero, Frodo, turns to his friend as they sit on a war-ravaged plain and he asks, "How did we come to be here?" How did two quiet, country boys wind up in the middle of the greatest war? It was an echo of Tolkien's memories, but it's an equally appropriate question for you and I as we sit here across the screen from one another. How did we get here?

I'm a writer. Not because I had a daring dream at age nine to write The Great American novel, but because I was one of those quiet kids with an unruly mind scribbling snippets of stories on the back of my homework. I went to school for a degree in marine biology, but my life took a turn that led me to needing to be home full time to care for my daughter who had learning disabilities. Writing was first an escape, and then it became a way to pay for food and rent.

Writing became a secret door I could open to let other people escape from the stresses, fears, and sorrows of their lives. 

You're probably already familiar with my writing. Perhaps you started with Seventy, the first short story I ever sold. Maybe you jumped into the continuum with The Day Before, the first novel I sold and my first piece of time travel fiction. Or maybe you read my latest piece and decided I was a good fit for you. Whatever brought you here - THANK YOU

Thank you for coming this far. 



Publishing is a wild place, full of feasts and famines. There are months where my books sell like water bottles after a marathon, and months where sixteen books are inexplicably returned and my royalties are in the red. Needless to say, it's not easy to stay focused and creative when you don't know what your monthly income will be. I started my Patreon to balance out this boom/bust cycle and ensure that there was a baseline income every month that I could count on. 

The original experiment was the serialization of my novel BODIES IN MOTION on my blog. During that summer 100 people logged in every time a new chapter of was posted. A dollar per person during that time would have given me an income of $100/month.

There are over 3000 people who follow me on Twitter. The newsletter goes out to about 2000 people. On Tumblr nearly 800 people read snippets, short stories, fanfics, and chapters. That's not a small number of people.

One dollar from even a fraction of those people is enough to cover the cost of writing another book. It covers the time spent writing and editing, the cost of getting a professional editor for the book, and the cost of the cover art. A dollar a month goes a long way. 

From the change you find in your couch, or left over from a month's worth of treats at the local cafe, you can ensure that I have a steady income stream that allows me to write stories like LADY OF THE LAKE, the newest serialized novel on Patreon. 



Goal: Write More Books - Submit More Short Stories


Stories come in all shapes and sizes, and I admit I have a preference for big books. The bigger the better. CHANGE OF MOMENTUM hit 120k. LADY OF THE LAKE is on track to be equally long. So my goal in 2019 is to remember how to write short. 

To force myself to meet my goal I've committed to writing (and submitting) one short story a month. Patrons will be able to see the original, barely-edited version of the short story on the 3rd Friday of each month. 

On the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month a chapter of LADY OF THE LAKE will be posted. 

After LADY OF THE LAKE is finished a new novel will go up. What will it be? I don't know! When will that be? Probably before the end of 2019! It'll be a surprise for all of us! 


$1 - Eternal Gratitude (and chapters of your favorite [new] Villains)... full access to the book I'm currently posting, all long-form editions of blog posts, and other fun stuff like photographs, sketches, and sneak peeks. Throw a dollar my way for the fun shenanigans and good karma. 

-or-

All of this and a short story each month. Not everyone loves to read a serialized novel, and I get that, but you deserve something nice. So why not a quick short story emailed to you on the 3rd Friday of every month? 

$2 - Copy of the final ebook in mobi, epub, and PDF (must back 3 chapters at this level)... whatever book you start pledging during the run of is the book you get unless you specify otherwise. This is also a great level to back the novel at just because you love me. <3

SUPER FUN THING! If you start subscribing to this level now you can go and download the e-copies of the books that have run on Patreon right now! That means you can subscribe to Patreon for $2/month and read THE POLAR TERROR today! 

$5 - Books and Stories Galore!... love short stories and serialized novels? Great! Now you can get them both, with new posts three weeks a month, and the final ebook of any novel run through Patreon. You also get your name in the acknowledgments.  

$10 - Behind-The-Scene....plotting notes, deleted scenes, discussion of villain motivations, and more - and you'll get named in the acknowledgments at the back of the book. With LADY OF THE LAKE this means posts about Romans in Britain, the Legio II Augusta, mythology, Latin, and other bit and pieces of research I've collected over the years. Fair Warning: it's a lot of research.

$20 - Print copy of the final book (signed and shipped internationally) plus all the previous tiers... all my books that are published on Parteon are later edited, fine-tuned, polished, perfected, and published through Inkprint Press. Print editions are done through Ingramspark as trade paperbacks with a glossy cover. They are phenomenal and wonderful to have to show off in your home. 

$100 - Stan Lee Cameo (hop in-hop out level) ... most people do not have a few hundred to drop on an author every month, but for one chapter? Do that and I'll sit down with you to design an original character that will have a cameo in the current book I'm posting. Become a minor superhero, a spy, a doctor, or just the fun side character running with an ice cream maker.
FOR THE LADY OF THE LAKE THERE ARE VERY FEW OPENINGS. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. 


You pay once a month. No fuss. No muss. No stress. 

Chapters will be posted the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month., but since some of the chapters of LADY OF THE LAKE are very *very* long they will be broken up with half posted one week and half posted the following week. That means there will be as few as two posts a month, and as many as four, with a max word count of 8000 words.

Short stories will be posted on the 3rd Friday each month. The length will range from 500-word flash fiction to longer pieces of up to 5000 words. 

Behind-The-Scenes posts will go up at random with only one promised per month.



Thank you for coming this far. Thank you for reading. Thank you for considering this project. Even if you don't back me on Patreon, thank you. If you choose to donate, thank you. If you're here for every book, or just the one series you love, THANK YOU. 

None of what I do would be possible without readers like you. You are the one I think about when I create a new character. You're the one I want to see smile when the hero wins. You make the magic of storytelling possible be being here and reading. THANK YOU. 

The model in the promo art for LADY OF THE LAKE are Tanya Lilith whose work can be found on DevinatArt.com.  <3 

Recent posts by Liana Brooks

Tiers
Shadowy Figure In The Distance 2
$1 or more per month

The mastermind of every criminal operation hides in the background, unseen and unnamed, but all-powerful all the same. For a $1/month you get to read a short story posted on the 3rd Friday of each month. Indulge in heists, world domination, and adventure with the spare change you found in the couch.  

Shadowy Figure In The Distance 1
$1 or more per month

The mastermind of every criminal operation hides in the background, unseen and unnamed, but all-powerful all the same. For a $1/month you get to read the serial novel du jour (posted the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month). Indulge in heists, world domination, and the joy of magic with the spare change you found in the couch. 

Stranger In The Mask
$2 or more per month

A mysterious individual, you lurk until the moment is right and then step in to save the hero at the very last second! Lightning dramatically flashes as you vanish into the night! You, the masked hero or villain, you are the one upon who we can rely when all other hope has failed! For $2/month you'll be able to read along with the current adventure and get an advance copy of the final ebook!


NOTE - this level is not available for short story reading. 

Noble of the Realm
$5 or more per month

To survive in court you need more than charm, you need a web of spies. The story alone isn't enough for you, and for $5/month you'll get a chance to revel in both worlds. Enjoy the serial novel -and- the short story each month and a final ecopy of the book. 


Pledging $5+ will get your name in the acknowledgments section of the final edition of the book.  

Second-in-Command
$10 or more per month

Maybe you weren't born to be the hero, but in the moment of despair, when all is lost, you step in to take the lead! You are the trusted adviser and best friend. For $10/month you'll get all you need. Behind-the-scenes looks at building characters, researching scenes, and writing books. Outtakes, deleted scenes, and lost plots, you get them all along with everything from the previous tiers.

Heir To King Arthur
$20 or more per month
You are destined for greatness and nothing can stop you! Because of your generosity great things can happen, like cover art. Along with my undying gratitude you will receive a print edition that will be mailed to you when the book is finished. 
Stan Lee Cameo
$100 or more per month
Like the lauded Stan Lee, creator of so many universes, you will appear as a character in the current book. Named. Described. Remembered.

This tier is designed to be a hop-in-hop-out one time option. Use it once to get your cameo and then donate at any other level you choose. You'll receive all the rewards from previous tiers along with my awe and adulation, and quite possibly a hand-written thank you card. <3