If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, I have an exciting offer for you. I've decided to do something few authors have dared to do. I want to allow you to come behind the scenes of my newest book series and help me write the books. That's right! Not only that, but you will be among the first to read this remarkable new series that presents the gospel message in a way I've never seen before. Plus, you'll be introduced to others who have chosen to become partners in the creation of The Merlin Chronicles and will have the chance to chat with them about the books or anything else of interest.
Your first question is probably, What is The Merlin Chronicles? It is a new Christian fantasy series I'm writing, and at this point in time, I have ideas for five different books in the series though that may change over time. The plot of the story is rather complex, but I'll give you an idea of what the first book is about.
The story begins with Merlin and Arthur, both in their late teens, hunting in the woods of Camelot. A spell goes horribly wrong, casting the two boys into ancient Israel in the year 30 AD. Uncertain how to return to their home in Camelot, the two set off in search of a well-known miracle worker named Jesus. They quickly discover that finding this man called Messiah is much more difficult than they imagined. . . and much more dangerous. Their most pressing question is whether Jesus has the power to send them home, but what they should be concerned with is whether they'll reach Him in time.
Awesome, huh? So, how does this work exactly? I'll tell you in just a moment, but before I do, let me introduce myself. My name is Dana Rongione, and I'm a Christian author and speaker. I have written and published over twenty books on Amazon, some of which qualified as Amazon bestsellers. I love to write, but even more than that, I love to read. I can remember, as I child, I would prop up on my bed and while away the hours reading anything and everything I could get my hands on. Many times I would finish the book and feel satisfaction, but on occasion, I found myself questioning why the author did or didn't add a scene, character, or plot twist that had come to my mind. More than anything, I yearned to have a chat with them, pose my questions, and offer my ideas. But, of course, that never happened. So, when I grew up, I did the next best thing—I became the author!
But now, I want to give you the opportunity I never had—a chance to ask your questions and give your ideas. I'm offering you a chance to become a writer without having to do all the hard work. All you have to do is tap into your imagination (which happens naturally when you're reading) and allow it to lead you where it will. It may be that we think alike, and you come up with some of the same ideas I come up with. Or, it could be that you offer insight that I would have never dreamed of, and in the process, provide the means for a better story and, more than that, a more powerful witnessing tool for the lost. You have the opportunity to tap into the writer within you!
Intrigued yet? Good. Here's how this works. Lord willing (because we never know what a day may hold), beginning the first week in August, I will write at least one chapter per week. I am currently on the second draft of this first book in the series, so the majority of the plot holes and organization of ideas have been ironed out, but there's still a lot of work to be done, and nothing is set in stone. So, as soon as I'm finished writing each chapter, I will send you the link to read it. Yes, as soon as I'm finished writing! You are free to read at your own pace, but obviously, if you have something to add or take away that will impact the rest of the story, it's best to let me know sooner rather than later.
I'll also share with you the information where you can chat with me and other readers about elements within the book. Think book club on steroids!
That's not all. In gratitude for your contributions toward this book that has the potential to change lives across the world, I will place your name on the dedication page for all to see and send you a free e-book of the final publication upon launch.
Wait! It gets better. If I use one of your ideas or suggestions, not only will your name be listed on the dedication page, but you will also be listed as a CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR. Imagine it—your name in a book and online sites such as Amazon and Goodreads!
So, to recap, here's what's in it for you:
At least one new chapter to read per week, beginning the first week of August
Access to chat with me (the author) and other readers in a private setting
The chance to contribute to a new series that has the power to impact lives across the globe
Your name in the dedication section of the book(s)
A free e-book copy once the book is published
Your name listed as a contributing offer if I use one of your suggestions
Pretty cool, huh? I don't know any other author who is offering this kind of backstage access, so I hope you can appreciate how much thought and prayer has gone into this idea. I hope you'll also realize that the main purpose behind this book series is to glorify God and lead others to Him and that I'm willing to step outside the box to make that happen.
At this point, you're probably saying, “Okay, this sounds great, and you've been very clear about what's in it for me. But, the real question is, what's in it for you?”
Fair question, and one I'm happy to answer. The prospect of having partners ensures this series will be everything it can be. Proverbs 11:14 says, Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. I don't want to fall! I long to see this book series succeed, and I believe you can help me accomplish that. I am asking you to be one of my counsellors, to help me reach out to the lost by means of this series. Think about it. How many lost souls will read a fantasy novel but never step foot in a church? Those are the people I'm targeting with this book series, and I pray you'll help me reach them.
Hopefully, I've helped you understand this offer, and you're excited to join me on this one-of-a-kind project. If you're ready to get started, I'm going to ask you to commit to a $5/month donation through Patreon. This nominal fee shows me you're serious about wanting to be involved in this project and you'll put forth the effort to read the chapters, offer feedback, and take part in the group discussions. It also tells me that you're seeking first the kingdom of God by helping to get this series out into the hands of those who need it. Five dollars a month, that's all. That's less than a cup of coffee or a frozen yogurt these days. Surely this opportunity is worth that, right?
Here's the thing: I know what it's like to get sucked into something and later regret it, so I'm going to offer you this guarantee. If, at any time, you're not happy with the program or you want to back out, you can cancel your membership. Patreon makes it easy to cancel your subscription and any future payments. Obviously, you'll lose access to all the benefits within the program, but that's your choice, and I won't think any less of you for it. You do what you need to do.
But, I will urge you to act fast. I'm not sure how long I'll be offering this backstage access, but I do know I plan to start writing and sharing at the beginning of August. That's just a couple of weeks from now! So, if you want to get in and start from the beginning, now is the time to join. Now is the time to become a partner. Now is your chance to let your voice be heard!
Signing up is simple. Visit Patreon.com/Drongione. Click on the big red button that reads, “Become a Patron.” Choose what financial tier you want to use, but remember you must choose $5/month or more to qualify for this offer. From there, fill in your information, and you're set to go. You'll have backstage access to The Merlin Chronicles plus all of the other gifts contained within the tier of your choice. That's it! See, I told you it was simple!
I can tell you this too—I'm super excited to get cracking on this book series, so it's going to be hard to wait until the first week of August, but I will because I promised you. After that, though, I'm on a mission, and I hope you'll join me. The sooner you join, the sooner you can start reading and offering your contributions toward this one-of-a-kind project.
Remember, this isn't just an investment in a bunch of books. This is an investment in souls. Let's see how many we can reach for the kingdom!
I look forward to working with you and to seeing what kind of awesome novel we can put together! Lord willing, I'll chat with you again in August when we begin our work on Hope Reborn, the first book in The Merlin Chronicles. Until then, I'll be working hard on some other projects to keep me occupied. Ecclesiastes 12:12 says it best, Of making many books there is no end.
P.S. I am in the process of working toward non-profit status, which means, upon completion, your donation will be tax-deductible. So, you really have nothing to lose! BECOME A PARTNER TODAY.
For those of you who live in countries where you cannot access Patreon, you can still join the program. Click the subscribe button below to sign up for a $5/month membership through Paypal instead. Like Patreon, you can sign up with a number of different debit or credit cards, and you can also cancel your subscription at any time. Paypal is accepted in most countries across the world, so hopefully, this will help those of you who wish to join but do not have access to Patreon.