Sonya Lano is creating novels, short stories
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patrons

$16
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Journey through fantastical worlds...
...where dark heroes meet tormented heroines in caged cities or walled demesnes, in places where only one rule holds true: falling in love with the enemy just might save your life.

I'm Sonya Lano and I write. I write for love: for love of words, for love of characters and tales that steal you away to places that enthrall. As a linguaphile, I love phrases that sing off the tongue, that paint a vibrancy of images and bring you into the character's experience: the hitch in heartbeat when they leap from a ledge, the shortness of breath when a lover's fingers touch skin...

Stories throng the threshold of my mind, begging to be told, but because I'm still fairly unknown and I'm crap at marketing and promoting, the income from my books forces me to hold down a day job, which slows my progress on my books to a snail's pace.

Because of that, I started this Patreon in hopes that pledges and support will enable me to work on more novels and get them out more quickly. And at the same time, if you become a Patreon supporter, you'll get access to snippets of my works in progress (often my favorite bits!), and sometimes whole books.

A sneak peek to some of my favorite bits are below.

Painted gold on their heavy-lidded eyes...
He arrived in the middle of the night, banging on their door in the midst of a raging storm. Windy gusts lashed the windows, tree branches scraping the panes. It brought her and her parents barefoot down the creaking stairs, their movements indolent from sleep. Guttering candles in iron sconces painted gold on their heavy-lidded eyes.
Her father opened the door, letting in a fury of tempest that billowed her nightgown around her legs and sprinkled raindrops on her cheeks. They clung like crystals to the cloudy curls around her head.
And there he stood: his long dark hair plastered to his skull by the torrential rains of the autumn storm, a crumpled piece of parchment with water-blotched ink on it clutched in his pale fingers.
He thrust the paper with her parents’ writing on it onto the floor. The script bled bold black streaks onto the white tiles, inky veins spilling betrayal.
“I’ll take her,” he said.

[From Then Keep Me, a short story on my website]

Hungry-eyed and irreverent...
I crept into the Compound where orphans roved around partying.
They were hungry-eyed and irreverent: drunken grins, hazed expressions, and drugged-up limbs that grasped at my lithe figure. Barely standing on tottering legs, they goaded one another to acts that would get them caged later in the night.
I didn’t find Lunar among them, and without my phone to track wristbands, I had to search the traditional way.
I was sure I’d find him buried deep in another girl’s pleasure, riding the shudders of her ecstasy with his own.
I found many of them like that. In janitor’s closets, bathrooms, in the dormitories. Their jaws slack and bodies spent.
Not Lunar.
I almost gave up. I’d reached the top of the Compound, a place of cobwebs and echoes, but footprints on the floor led me to a rancid hellhole of a room.
There, on a bed in the light of the open window, lay Lunar—alone, asleep.
We were still human then.
[From Incandesce, a paranormal dystopian romance currently out]

Staked to the earth like changelings...
I took up the dagger Iven had carved and I took my barbarous emotions and I raced through the grasses, over the meadows, and into the village.
It is no longer the village you know, Char.
The thatched cottages blurred into witch-crafted huts in the wood: spurned shadows ripped from a feyrie story and staked in our earth like changelings in place of what used to be our homes. Stabbed right in the village’s heart, all splatter and dirt—and the air went dark as a sprawling arachnid squatted on our land, settled here for good, its myriad eyes observing our follies...

[From Heiress of Shadow, an epic fantasy currently in progress]
Tiers
Heiress
$1 or more per month

Heiresses get access to snippets of my works in progress, one to be posted every two weeks or less. These will be the most enthralling, enticing (or maybe just my favorite) bits from whatever book I'm currently working on.

Princess
$5 or more per month

Princesses get access to all benefits from the first tier plus one free e-book (of your choice) that I've already published and a free e-book of each new novel that I publish later.

Empress
$25 or more per month

Empresses get access to all benefits from the first two tiers plus free e-copies of all my currently published books, acknowledgement any way you prefer (in the acknowledgments section of future books, on Facebook, on Twitter, etc. - you choose), and input into my future book covers [if you'd like, of course].

Prophetess
$50 or more per month

Prophetesses get access to all benefits from previous tiers plus [optionally] I'll send you a handwritten postcard once a month (you can specify if you'd like me to [briefly!] write about a specific topic), plus [again optionally] you can offer input into my books as I edit them (which means early access to all my books and you can give me early feedback - what you like or don't). Also, if you'd like, after four months of support, I can write a short story based on your request [limit 3 per year, each 7,500 words or less] - but keep in mind that this is not a ghostwritten story! It will be written and published in my name, just based on the story you want to read, with you credited for the idea.

Enchantress
$150 or more per month

Enchantresses get access to all benefits from previous tiers plus I'll name a character after you [or use a name you choose], I'll send you (if you'd like) a signed print copy of one of my books [your choice] and signed print copies of all the books I publish later. And if you'd like, after two years of support or after an equivalent pledge amount, I can also write a novella based on your requests [limit 1 per year, 30,000 words or less] - but keep in mind that this is not a ghostwritten novella! It will be written and published in my name, just based on the story you want to read, with you credited for the idea.

Goddess
$500 or more per month

Goddesses get access to all benefits from previous tiers plus (if you'd like) I'll send you signed print copies of all my books, I'll skype with you once a month on a topic of your choice (if you want to, of course). I'll also take time off and give you a tour of all my favorite places in Prague if you come into town! And (again, if you'd like, after two years of support or after an equivalent pledge amount) I can write a novel based on your specifications - genre, characters, plot [limit one per 18 months, 65,000 words or less] - but keep in mind that this is not a ghostwritten novel! It will be written and published in my name, just based on the story you want to read, with you credited for the idea.

Journey through fantastical worlds...
...where dark heroes meet tormented heroines in caged cities or walled demesnes, in places where only one rule holds true: falling in love with the enemy just might save your life.

I'm Sonya Lano and I write. I write for love: for love of words, for love of characters and tales that steal you away to places that enthrall. As a linguaphile, I love phrases that sing off the tongue, that paint a vibrancy of images and bring you into the character's experience: the hitch in heartbeat when they leap from a ledge, the shortness of breath when a lover's fingers touch skin...

Stories throng the threshold of my mind, begging to be told, but because I'm still fairly unknown and I'm crap at marketing and promoting, the income from my books forces me to hold down a day job, which slows my progress on my books to a snail's pace.

Because of that, I started this Patreon in hopes that pledges and support will enable me to work on more novels and get them out more quickly. And at the same time, if you become a Patreon supporter, you'll get access to snippets of my works in progress (often my favorite bits!), and sometimes whole books.

A sneak peek to some of my favorite bits are below.

Painted gold on their heavy-lidded eyes...
He arrived in the middle of the night, banging on their door in the midst of a raging storm. Windy gusts lashed the windows, tree branches scraping the panes. It brought her and her parents barefoot down the creaking stairs, their movements indolent from sleep. Guttering candles in iron sconces painted gold on their heavy-lidded eyes.
Her father opened the door, letting in a fury of tempest that billowed her nightgown around her legs and sprinkled raindrops on her cheeks. They clung like crystals to the cloudy curls around her head.
And there he stood: his long dark hair plastered to his skull by the torrential rains of the autumn storm, a crumpled piece of parchment with water-blotched ink on it clutched in his pale fingers.
He thrust the paper with her parents’ writing on it onto the floor. The script bled bold black streaks onto the white tiles, inky veins spilling betrayal.
“I’ll take her,” he said.

[From Then Keep Me, a short story on my website]

Hungry-eyed and irreverent...
I crept into the Compound where orphans roved around partying.
They were hungry-eyed and irreverent: drunken grins, hazed expressions, and drugged-up limbs that grasped at my lithe figure. Barely standing on tottering legs, they goaded one another to acts that would get them caged later in the night.
I didn’t find Lunar among them, and without my phone to track wristbands, I had to search the traditional way.
I was sure I’d find him buried deep in another girl’s pleasure, riding the shudders of her ecstasy with his own.
I found many of them like that. In janitor’s closets, bathrooms, in the dormitories. Their jaws slack and bodies spent.
Not Lunar.
I almost gave up. I’d reached the top of the Compound, a place of cobwebs and echoes, but footprints on the floor led me to a rancid hellhole of a room.
There, on a bed in the light of the open window, lay Lunar—alone, asleep.
We were still human then.
[From Incandesce, a paranormal dystopian romance currently out]

Staked to the earth like changelings...
I took up the dagger Iven had carved and I took my barbarous emotions and I raced through the grasses, over the meadows, and into the village.
It is no longer the village you know, Char.
The thatched cottages blurred into witch-crafted huts in the wood: spurned shadows ripped from a feyrie story and staked in our earth like changelings in place of what used to be our homes. Stabbed right in the village’s heart, all splatter and dirt—and the air went dark as a sprawling arachnid squatted on our land, settled here for good, its myriad eyes observing our follies...

[From Heiress of Shadow, an epic fantasy currently in progress]

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Tiers
Heiress
$1 or more per month

Heiresses get access to snippets of my works in progress, one to be posted every two weeks or less. These will be the most enthralling, enticing (or maybe just my favorite) bits from whatever book I'm currently working on.

Princess
$5 or more per month

Princesses get access to all benefits from the first tier plus one free e-book (of your choice) that I've already published and a free e-book of each new novel that I publish later.

Empress
$25 or more per month

Empresses get access to all benefits from the first two tiers plus free e-copies of all my currently published books, acknowledgement any way you prefer (in the acknowledgments section of future books, on Facebook, on Twitter, etc. - you choose), and input into my future book covers [if you'd like, of course].

Prophetess
$50 or more per month

Prophetesses get access to all benefits from previous tiers plus [optionally] I'll send you a handwritten postcard once a month (you can specify if you'd like me to [briefly!] write about a specific topic), plus [again optionally] you can offer input into my books as I edit them (which means early access to all my books and you can give me early feedback - what you like or don't). Also, if you'd like, after four months of support, I can write a short story based on your request [limit 3 per year, each 7,500 words or less] - but keep in mind that this is not a ghostwritten story! It will be written and published in my name, just based on the story you want to read, with you credited for the idea.

Enchantress
$150 or more per month

Enchantresses get access to all benefits from previous tiers plus I'll name a character after you [or use a name you choose], I'll send you (if you'd like) a signed print copy of one of my books [your choice] and signed print copies of all the books I publish later. And if you'd like, after two years of support or after an equivalent pledge amount, I can also write a novella based on your requests [limit 1 per year, 30,000 words or less] - but keep in mind that this is not a ghostwritten novella! It will be written and published in my name, just based on the story you want to read, with you credited for the idea.

Goddess
$500 or more per month

Goddesses get access to all benefits from previous tiers plus (if you'd like) I'll send you signed print copies of all my books, I'll skype with you once a month on a topic of your choice (if you want to, of course). I'll also take time off and give you a tour of all my favorite places in Prague if you come into town! And (again, if you'd like, after two years of support or after an equivalent pledge amount) I can write a novel based on your specifications - genre, characters, plot [limit one per 18 months, 65,000 words or less] - but keep in mind that this is not a ghostwritten novel! It will be written and published in my name, just based on the story you want to read, with you credited for the idea.