Kickstarter--Some Questions Answered

Last week, I revealed the covers for The Ripple Effect Romance Series that I'm excited to be a part of. I'm writing Book 4, Lost and Found. My main character will first appear in the book before mine (Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson) and the main character from the book after mine (Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver) will play an important part in my book. I've never done something like this before. None of us have. You could call it a bit of an experiment.

When we revealed the covers, we also mentioned a Kickstarter that we're running for the next month or so. We've all had questions come up about Kickstarter. There have been some who have misunderstood what Kickstarter is and I know of one person who was actually annoyed that we'd be "begging for money" before the books are even written.

I'd like to explain a few things to answer the questions and hopefully clear up any misunderstandings.

Here's what Wikipedia says about Kickstarter:

Kickstarter is an American-based private for-profit company founded in 2009 that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via crowd funding through its website.
Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of endeavors, such as filmsmusicstage showscomicsjournalismvideo games, and food-related projects. People cannot invest in Kickstarter projects to make money. They can only back projects in exchange for a tangible reward or one-of-a-kind experience, like a personal note of thanks, custom T-shirts, dinner with an author, or initial production run of a new product.
There are thirteen categories that are included (with many more subcategories). They are: Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film and Video, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology and Theater.

I first became acquainted with Kickstarter last spring. Midas Whale, a group I loved on The Voice, who I followed on Facebook, launched a Kickstarter project to fund an album they'll release this fall. They were trying to raise $30,000 to finance the project. They ended up getting $36,442. I became a backer. My reward is a that I'll get one of the first CDs when it's released. I also get updates that tell me where they are in the process, show first recordings of songs they're including, and other things that make me feel like I'm part of the whole process. It's been fun for me and to them, it's like getting advance sales that help them pay for the project up front, instead of having to finance it and then hope they earn enough to pay back the debt.

I first had the idea to use Kickstarter myself shortly after I backed Midas Whale. I had decided to go the self-publishing route for My Own Mr. Darcy and there were some up-front expenses that were going to be difficult. I needed to establish my own LLC, I needed to design a cover, and I needed to be able to buy inventory and swag for my launch. So I used Kickstarter.
I figured out what I'd need to provide the rewards and pay for the expenses I was hoping to cover and set my goal at $750.00. I ended up getting $918.00. I was thrilled to reach my goal, but even more than that, I was happy to be able to finance the book without having to go into debt, AND (and here's the big thing) I didn't have to feel like a beggar. The people who pledged money did it because they wanted to and they were getting something for it. We were all able to feel good about it.

I'm a HUGE fan of Kickstarter. I've backed a few projects now. I'm eagerly awaiting some cookies that look phenomenal. (Look at those. I know you're jealous.) I have a book loaded on my Kindle from a man I've never met, but I thought the book looked interesting so I backed his project so he could pay for professional editing and cover design.
I think the creators of Kickstarter are geniuses. Seriously! What a brilliant idea to help creative people create! If you spend a couple of hours on Kickstarter, you'll see people hoping to finance publishing ideas, developing new cheeses, paying for new ovens for their bakery, making music, funding dance pieces, making movies that Hollywood might not be so interested in, developing new board games and video games, creating new software, funding the manufacturing of a really cool wallet they've designed, launching their own dressmaker shoppe. I find the site inspiring and exciting.
So when someone (like me) tells you about a Kickstarter project they've launched, we're not begging. We're just asking you to take a look at our project and see if it excites you. We don't want you to give us something for nothing. We don't even want you to give unless you want one of the rewards or you believe in and are excited about the project. There's no pressure or obligation. 
It's supposed to be a WIN/WIN.

Now, with all that said, check out the Kickstarter for our new series of books. If you're excited about a clean romance series that's written by six different authors and/or you think the rewards sound good, please feel free to pledge. 
If it doesn't, maybe there's someone making some brownies that look exciting. That's okay. I'll probably be backing the brownies, too.

Cover Reveal! Ripple Effect Romance Series


The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 
Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

"Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love."

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford
Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin
Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson
Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White
Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver
Book 6: Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can't even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She's confident that her destiny is finally within reach.

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of "smart" business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn't take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he's broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn't the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend's new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father's been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.

If only life worked that way.

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.

If only it were that easy.

Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.

Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.

Until… Erik.

Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she'd never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.

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My Own Mr. Darcy Launch Party

Once again, The King's English was the host of my book launch. This time it was for My Own Mr. Darcy. It was a great success!
Right off the bat, it was pretty exciting for me as my Aunt Lola and Uncle Merle surprised me, coming all the way from Washington just for the launch. Wow! 
The food was fabulous. Holly Frasche catered and she was amazing--cake bites in several varieties, candies, fudge, caramels. All DELICIOUS!

 So many people came. The room was full--standing room only and even overflowing into the next room.

Which made me very, very nervous.+

I read the first scene from Chapter 4. I'd been dreading the reading bigtime. What if no one laughed when I read the lines I thought were funny? What if the whole thing fell flat and what if my facial expressions made me really ugly?

When people laughed at the first funny line, I breathed a sigh of relief. All was okay! I wasn't going to die of embarrassment.

But I did make some pretty awful expressions. I tasked my sweet husband with the job of taking enough photos while I was talking that I'd have something I could post without humiliating my family. It wasn't an easy job. This one is as good as it got, but if I was making a blooper reel, you'd see some doozies! Wow some of them were awful. And it wasn't his fault.
Much better when he doesn't zoom in too close. I actually look really beautiful if you're far enough away.

Two years ago, at my book launch for Gifted, Bruce was in the Missionary Training Center and missed it.

Last year, at my launch for For What It's Worth, Bruce was in Taiwan and missed it. 

This year, he was here. YAY! It was so nice to have him here.

But alas, Veronica is in Seattle and couldn't be here. Someday I hope to have a launch with all my children present.
I was so excited to have my parents here for this launch. I really was. So it's ridiculous that this is the only picture of them. That's my dad in the striped shirt and my mom is in the green blouse. They're not even standing together. In typical Dad form, by the time we got around to taking pictures with most of the family, Dad was gone to the car. Bummer.

Not only did we fail photographically as far as my parents were concerned, I didn't get a single picture with my kind husband, who handles most of the dirty work so I can just look like an author.
Luckily, we got this one of him with Savannah, my patient cover model.

When my little schpeel was over, I moved to the Mystery Room to sign and the line formed.

The lady in pink came from California!
And then the signing began. 

 Cute Kate came with her parents.
My sister, Lori, brought her sweet kids.

Author and friend, Cindy Bennett.

Edonna, a good friend for many, many years, came from Arizona.
These are the sweet people who made long trips to be here.

My sister, Leslie, brought her son and her friend, Lisa.

  My son, Joe, found ways to entertain himself. 
 The parents of my cover photographer and the male model came.

 My mother-in-law (right) was able to come. This was the first time she's been able to come. She brought Aunt Carol (from Idaho).
 Savannah enjoying a cute little corner of the bookstore.

 Sharon, a good friend from Bountiful.

It was really such a wonderful evening. The King's English is such a charming place and they're so helpful and gracious! A special thanks to Jennifer who helped plan the event.

I'm still amazed at the turnout and the support. There were people who came from five different states--Washington, Arizona, Idaho, California and Utah! 

I'm including the notes for my remarks here:

As I've tried to prepare a few things to say, my thoughts keep coming back to Gratitude.

I have so many things I’m thankful for.

I'm thankful for ideas. I love creativity and am grateful to be surrounded by it. Not all ideas are good ones, but somewhere in the dozens of ideas that marinate in my mind all the time, there will be one that rises to the surface and demands that I pay attention.

I'm thankful for daughters, sisters, parents and friends who brainstorm with me, are my first readers and who push me. (It was because of a brainstorming session with my daughters that this book came about.)

I'm grateful for a community of writers who are writing books that are clean and uplifting. The kind you can share with your mom or grandma & your teenage daughters.

I'm grateful for a family that encourages me and helps me make time to write, who's willing to eat sandwiches if I'm on a roll and who pitch in with housework and laundry. I'm glad my parents are here and that Bruce is here (he missed my first two launches because he was on a mission.) I wish Veronica could be here, but I'm glad she’s where she is.

I'm thankful for Jina Jay, who came up with the perfect cast for Pride and Prejudice, a cast that was inspired.

I'm thankful for Matthew MacFadyen who created what is (in my opinion) the ultimate Mr. Darcy.

I'm grateful for Joe Wright, the director who knew that 45 seconds of one shot of a man walking across a meadow, with no dialogue and no switched camera angles, just beautiful music and Mr. Darcy walking toward Elizabeth, would be enough to make women all over the world swoon. It's possibly the best use of 45 seconds of film ever made.

I'm thankful for The King’s English, who has hosted two of my three book launches. They’re amazing and this little store is a treasure.

And of course, I'm thankful for all of you. I'm humbled and so grateful for your support.

It's Tomorrow, Friends!!!

I've been looking forward to tomorrow for more than a year, and once again, The King's English is hosting the launch party for my new book. 

Last year I saw friends and family I hadn't seen for so long. I also met new friends. And I expect tomorrow will be the same.

Last year, the guest who came the farthest was from Idaho. This year I know of one from Arizona and I've heard rumors of Washington (the state).

Last year we served wedding cake. This year it will be an assortment of small treats (and they're so good!!).

Last year's book was set in Seattle. This year's is set in Portland.

Last year I didn't stand up and speak or read. This year, I am. 

Last year I wore pants. This year I'm wearing a dress.

Last year it was a winter night just before Christmas. This year it's a fall (sort of) afternoon just before a football game.

Last year we had t-shirts. This year we have... t-shirts.

Last year was a blast. This year will be even blastier.

I hope you can come! See you tomorrow.

Sep 14 2013 4:00 pm
Sep 14 2013 6:00 pm

1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City
United States
Join Karey White as she reads from and signs her novel My Own Mr. Darcy.
Refreshments and Prizes
After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love.
Six years later, coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, she meets a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. As Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

Things I Want My Children to Remember After September 11

In some ways September 11, 2001 seems like just yesterday. In other ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. My oldest two children were getting ready for school when my Mom called and said I should turn on the TV. Bad things were happening in New York. The first tower fell while we watched.

My youngest two were still in bed asleep. All four of my children will learn the details of that day through news stories, documentaries and history books. But here are a few things I want them to remember.

1. There is evil in the world. Monsters and bad guys are real. There are people out there who want to do us harm and we have to do all we can to protect ourselves from those people. Some will be terrorists who try to scare you into staying home and living in fear. Others are wicked people who will try to trap you into addictive behaviors, like drugs or pornography. Others will bully you and try to make you feel smaller than you are. They're all bad guys and you need to protect yourself from them.

2. There is good in the world. Sublime, brilliant good. There are people who love you and will do whatever they can to help you. There are also people who don't know you, who would step in and rescue you with no thought for themselves. Be some of those people. Lose your life serving both those you know and those you don't know. Be a light that guides others to safety and a hand that lifts others up. And be grateful for those who do it for you.

3. Value your freedom. There are many kinds of bondage. Do what you can to be self-reliant. Be responsible for yourself and those entrusted to your care. Do all you can politically to keep the government off your back, but realize that the greatest bondage there is is self-imposed. Be free of bad habits and addictions. Steer clear of relationships that drag you down. Keep your mind free of doubts and dark thoughts.

4. Don't live in fear. Have joy and enthusiasm. Travel. Learn. See new places and try new foods. Don't let the evil of a few force you into a dull and unadventurous life. Live your life with gusto.

5. Remember that there are a few people who you can always turn to who will always love you. Two of those are your dad and me, but even above us is your Heavenly Father and your Savior. Turn to them first and always!

I love you.

Celebrating an Early Anniversary

It's been years since Travis and I have gone on a couple vacation, so when Travis had to go to Maui for work (don't you feel sorry for him?) we were excited to be able to work it out for me to go meet him for the last part of his trip. It was heavenly and the perfect way to celebrate 24 (in November) years of marriage.

I hope this won't be too distracting, but for the sake of saving time and effort, I'm going to link my Instagram pictures.

This was the view from our room. We opened the door to the deck and enjoyed the lovely view and the sound of the waves. It's not even legal any more to build hotels right on the beach like ours was and I'd hate to be there during a tsunami, but holy cow, it was spectacular.

Just outside the door from our hotel was the ocean. I loved that it got deep really quickly. It made for easy floating and swimming close to the shore. We watched the sun set as we floated in the water on two different nights. Someone told us later that we were in the water during the prime shark attack time of day, but we saw no fins and heard no scary music.

We went to the top of Haleakala, a dormant volcano to watch the sunrise and then bike down the mountain. The sunrise was a disappointing bust. Too much cloud cover. It was so cold and misty. Still pretty, but no spectacular, never-seen-anything-like-it-in-your-life experience like we'd heard. That was sad. But what followed was a blast!

We rode bikes down the side of the mountain--27 miles. Most of it was downhill, which would make it sound easy, but the few parts that were uphill were rough because our bikes didn't have gears so you couldn't start pedaling until you'd lost all momentum. We were in a semi-push-up state all the way down and after about the first two miles, the hard little slab they called a seat was just about killing us. We held ourselves up off the seat as best we could which helped our sit bones, but we sure felt it in our thighs the next day.

The scenery was spectacular. I can't even describe it. God was using his most colorful paintbrushes when he created that part of the world.

Get a grip on life at the Cowboy Church. This is one of the things we passed on the way down the mountain. See that bike seat? It wasn't soft. And it's narrow. It's the kind of seat that would be used by the North Koreans to coerce captured spies into giving up all their secrets.

We stopped in Makawao for a donut on a stick. Like my helmet? It made me go faster.

This church was beautiful--old, rock, stained glass. And there was going to be a dance there in the evening. We didn't make it to the dance.

Along the way were flowering trees and sugar cane. A couple of little fruit and flower stands sat unattended. If you left $4, you could take a bouquet. They were beautiful, but if I'd tried to carry a bouquet down while I rode, you'd have had to use the flowers to decorate my grave.

Leslie, this rubbish sign is for you. I guess they use that word in England and Hawaii.

This is Lavender Fields Cafe, where we stopped for some delicious french toast and to give our sit bones a little rest. Such a beautiful place.

I met Spike Mendelson on the plane. He was headed to Maui to cook at the Food and Wine Festival with Marcel. (They were two of my favorites on Iron Chef.) He said we should come and enjoy the food. We would have except that the tickets were $250 each. They really should have a food and wine price and a just food price. Those of us who don't drink get a bum deal on that.

Although we didn't get to go to the Food and Wine Festival, we had some pretty spectacular food, including braised shortribs with roasted farm veggies (not your typical Utah fare), swordfish, mahi mahi and shrimp. One night I was craving French Onion soup, so I googled it and found that The Fish House had a famous version, so that's where we went to dinner. It was perfect.

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop was so cute. It has to be the inspiration for something I write someday--old reused wood, a painted antique hutch, fresh-baked bread for the buns and sandwiches, and homemade pie. Delicious!

My blogger is short-circuiting and keeps loading Leoda's over and over every time I try to load another picture, so I guess that's my cue that it's time to call it a night. My swollen feet and ankles would agree. They didn't much enjoy flying all night. I'll  post the rest of my pictures in a day or two, because we all know that travel photos of someone else's wonderful trip make for riveting reading.

Thanks for indulging me so I can remember the details. You're awfully nice!