New Novel from Award-Winning Author Open to Reader Involvement on Kickstarter Now

Does Your Smartphone Run Your Life?


Seattle, WA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2014 -- Janine A. Southard, IPPY-award winning author of Queen & Commander, returns to Kickstarter to fund her newest novel, Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story. In this heartwarming and hilarious novel, story-game aficionados acquire a magic iPhone that tries to kill them. For the month of October 2014, readers can get involved with the project on the Kickstarter website.

Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story considers the question “Do you run your life, or does your phone?” Southard’s novel takes a humorous bent. An early reader, Seattle-ite Rachel Lynn Solomon, says, “This book is both a love letter to and a parody of Seattle. Funny, clever, and poignant.”

Southard is concerned with the everyday lives of Seattle’s story-gamers. The characters are tethered to their phones. They drink a lot of coffee. They work for Starbucks, a local company. “If Douglas Adams and Jane Austen wrote a novel together, this would be it,” Southard laughingly decrees.

Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story has been through multiple revisions and will launch on Kickstarter with its bones already complete. The campaign will feature the novel itself as a reward, and it also includes promotional items like smartphone cases and Kickstarter-exclusive short stories that Southard will write for individual backers.

Be sure to check out Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story on You might be one of the limited few who get a short story to go with their novel.

About Janine A. Southard
Since becoming a professional author in 2012, Southard has used Kickstarter for three projects, all of which successfully funded and shipped on time. In addition to the award-winning Queen & Commander, she has also released a novel, a novella, and a short story. Outside of working for her fans, she has written for NCSOFT’s Aion Online and Lineage II videogame titles. For more information, visit

If you’d like more information about Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story or to schedule an interview with Janine, please email or send her a Tweet @jani_s.