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Back To Good by Laura McCarthy Benson

Back To Good

by Laura McCarthy Benson

Giveaway ends April 07, 2017.

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04 December 2011

SPECIAL, BREAKING NEWS!!!! Something you'll only read here!!!!


Yes, Virginia, there is a Renegade X sequel...

Or at least there will be.  That's right.  Not only is Arrested Development coming back, not only did Red Dwarf finally make their movie (that I, um, still haven't seen), and not only are we all eagerly awaiting the release of Diablo III (well, we are, aren't we?), but there's going to be a sequel to The Rise of Renegade X.

I know because I'm publishing it myself, and I couldn't be more excited about it.  Like, crazy, can't stop thinking about it, reading everything I can about self-publishing and telling anyone who will listen way more info than they wanted to hear, excited.  And all this from me, someone who honestly never thought she'd self-publish anything.

But you know what?  There's no reason not to.  Renegade X fans have been asking me about a sequel since before the book came out, and now I'm going to put on my entrepreneur hat and make that happen.

So what does this mean for readers?  Well, for one thing, it means the book will be coming out sometime in 2012.  I'm shooting for May, but that might be too tight of a schedule, depending on any contracted work I get and how much homework I have next semester.  Plus, I've never done this before, so I'm sort of playing it by ear.

The book will be available as an ebook AND as a print on demand (POD) paperback.  You'll be able to order a physical copy from Amazon like you would any other book and, while it's very unlikely the sequel will be on the shelves at your local book store, you WILL be able to walk up to the cashier there and ask them to order you a copy.  (I ordered my copy of Glamourpuss that way and was disappointed that the cashier kept a straight face the whole time.  Even when I came to pick it up, no reaction.  Sometimes you just can't win.)

I'm going to do everything I can to make this book awesome.  It will be professionally edited.  The interior layout will be well-designed.  The price will be under $10, even for a physical copy.  And I've already got an amazing cover artist lined up.

You guys have been so supportive of me and my book, and I want to thank every single one of you who wrote to me or left me a message saying how much you loved Renegade X, or who promoted it on your blog.  It was your guys' efforts that inspired me to do this.  And now you get to be with me each step of the way of continuing Damien's story.  There will be contests.  There will be swag.  There will be the inevitable discussion on Twitter about finding the right title.  And I'll be keeping you guys up-to-date on all things sequel on my website.

“Yes, Chelsea,” you're probably saying, “that's great and all, we love you too, but OMG WHAT IS THE SEQUEL ABOUT?!?!?!”

It's about Damien enrolling at Heroesworth Academy.  It's about him trying to get comfortable with his hero side... and getting a villain power instead.

And that's all I'm saying for now.  In the meantime, I have a super special prize up for grabs.  It's a copy of The Rise of Renegade X, annotated by me.  It's loaded with behind the scenes info about how I wrote the book and tidbits you haven't heard before.  Like, did you know that for the first half of the book, I thought Gordon being named Gordon and being named the Crimson Flash was too reminiscent of Flash Gordon, so I changed his name to Herman.  I know.  Ew.  (Sorry, anyone reading this named Herman.  It's not you, it's him.  It just didn't fit.)  But he wasn't a Herman, he was a Gordon, and eventually I couldn't take it anymore, sucked it up, and changed it back.  Did you know that?  No, you didn't.  But you would if you had this annotated copy!

And if you don't want it for yourself, it would make a great gift for the Renegade X lover or the aspiring writer in your life.  All you have to do to enter to win is comment here.  For extra entries, tweet or blog about why you loved The Rise of Renegade X, or tell me what your superhero/villain name would be and why.  (If you tweet, use the hashtag #RenegadeX, and if you blog, post a link in the comments so I know to count your entries.)  The contest will run until December 11th, so be sure to get your entries in by then.

One grand prize winner will get the annotated copy.  When I contact you, you can tell me how you want the book personalized and where you want me to send it.  It will arrive by Christmas, and I will even gift wrap it for you if it's a present, though I promise no aesthetic miracles. ;)

Three runners up will each get Renegade X swag packs with signed bookmarks and embossed H, V, and X stickers.

I hope you guys are as excited about all this as I am!

--Chelsea M. Campbell

Marked-up first page of The Rise of Renegade X

Swag Pack


  1. OMG Chelsea, that is great! I'm looking forward to it, and I know many readers are.

    Supervillain name: RED WOLF. It's all legit and stuff because I got it professionally analysed. Or err, ran it through a supervillain name generator.


  2. OMG! You don't know how excited I am! I LOVED The Rise of Renegade X!

    It would be cool to be a villain but I'm too much like Damien...a little bit of both :P

    magabygc at!/magabygc/status/143323745480753152

  3. HOLY. EFFING. CRAP. Renegade X was one of my AND my two friend's favorite books, and we've had get-togethers where we do nothing but cry because we didn't think there'd be a sequel.

    But now we don't have to do that anymore!!

    Here's my tweet:!/ShutUpImReading/status/143390656155484160

    (Sorry if that comment was creepily fangirlish. I swear I'm not usually this excited.)

  4. I am so EXCITED! The Rise of Renegade X was so good and I have been hoping for a sequel!

    a_readers_adventure at!/ReaderAdventure/status/143449476579868672

  5. Yay. That's all I have to say. I blogged about the contest here:

    And can be reached at shell0flower(at) gmail.

    Sequel Power Yeah!!!

  6. Oh, and my email address is shutupjessicasreading at gmaildotcom :)

  7. I'd love to play please.


  8. I'm excited to hear what the wacky kids are up to now. I really enjoyed Rise of Renegade X. I think it does a good job of handling the drama of teenage life with appropriate balance.

  9. Yes!! I am very excited to see the sequel to Renegade X! It helps fill in my fictional superhero needs.
    manduria 10 at gmaildotcom!/fan_of_robin/status/143501772848234496

  10. What?! Exciting!

    briheartsbooks at gmail dot com

    My name would literally have the word "nefarious" in it.

    Nefarious Shadow.

    Wow, corny.

  11. Hell yes!! Both my brother and I (totally forced him to read it) loved Renegade X so I'm so happy/excited that there's a sequel in the making.

    I tweeted about this awesome giveaway:!/yanpocky/status/144455347279638528


  12. Very exciting! Best of luck to you! :)

    By the way, this is Book Chic but Google won't let me comment under my account.

  13. I haven't read your book yet but after all the hoopla Laura has done on her blog, I want to now! Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'm excited that you're going the self publishing route! I hope it's a huge success for you!

  14. I'm so excited for this sequel! I honestly can't wait to see what happens to Damien!

  15. I AM SO EXCITED. I am trying not to abuse capslock but YAYAYAYAYAYAY.

    I loved everything about Rise of Renegade X, but I especially loved Damien and the overall humor in the book. :)

  16. *swoon* YOU HAVE BO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE RENEGADE X! I found it better then even... Harry Potter. Yes, I said it! This book is even awesomer (if that's a word) than Harry Potter.

  17. hello i loved renegade x and want to read the sequel i loved the cover and everything about the book please pick me to win the annoted copy it would mean the world to me and if i had an x on my thumb my hero name would be shining star and my villain name would be darker than black


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