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The Ten of Spades

What is The Ten of Spades?

The Ten of Spades is Part 5 of the Red Dog Conspiracy!


If you’ve arrived on this page and have not read The Jacq of Spades (Part 1) and The Queen of Diamonds (part 2), The Ace of Clubs (part 3), AND The King of Hearts (part 4) yet, go read them before reading further.

From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Patricia Loofbourrow:

The Ten of Spades brings you the fifth chapter of the Red Dog Conspiracy.

Be careful what you wish for …

After eleven years trapped in the Spadros crime syndicate, 23-year-old private eye Jacqueline Spadros is an independent woman, free to run her investigation business.

But her problems are only beginning.

Deeply in debt, Jacqui is in danger from both the rogue Spadros men calling themselves “The Ten of Spades” and the ruthless Red Dog Gang — who may be one and the same.

Jacqui is determined to find Black Maria, the key to the identity of the Red Dog Gang’s secretive leader. To survive long enough to do that, Jacqui needs a paying case.

The one she's offered may put her in the most danger of all …

Cover by Patricia Loofbourrow. Proofreading by The Well-Chosen Word.

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Want to catch up with the series? You can get all my current books on my custom flash drives (including the prequels), or just get the first three books in the Red Dog Conspiracy Act 1 box set!

Note: this is chapter 5 of a 13-part serial novel. I strongly urge you to read chapter 1 (The Jacq of Spades), chapter 2 (The Queen of Diamonds), chapter 3 (The Ace of Clubs), and chapter 4 (The King of Hearts before venturing forth.

Prefer audio?

I would love to produce The Ten of Spades: Part 5 of the Red Dog Conspiracy in audio for you.

When that happens is up to you!

Here's the Real Story

Audio narration and editing is extremely expensive (my audiobooks have cost $800 to $2000 per audiobook) and must be paid up front before the audiobook's release.

When you purchase an audiobook from anywhere other than my Gumroad store, I only get a small amount (it depends on the retailer, but can be anywhere from a few dollars to as low as a few pennies per book). And with Audible allowing audiobook returns, there are months where I actually sell several books yet get nothing or even owe money.

I just recently broke even on audio sales for book 1. If I were to wait until I'd sold enough to break even on book 4, it would be many years before I could produce another one.

For The King of Hearts, we tried raising funds for the production costs via an Indiegogo and preorders, and were unsuccessful.

(I actually lost money when you take into account buying graphics for the wallpapers, which I thought would be a popular perk for those contributing)

This time, I'm trying something different: donations.

How do donations work?

All sales profits of The Ten of Spades ebook and print copies will go towards audiobook production. That means I'm not taking any profits on the book until we get the audiobook made.

When we have raised half the production costs via print and ebook sales of The Ten of Spades plus donations ($1000), I'll begin production of The Ten of Spades audiobook.

*** If you would like to help this go faster by making a small donation towards audio production costs, click here to donate via PayPal.

Or you can donate through Ko-fi or through Buy Me A Coffee, if you prefer.

Please mark that it's for The Ten of Spades audiobook so I can keep track. Your name (first name, last initial, and country) will appear on this site as a contributor unless you request to be anonymous.

Anyone donating $20 USD or more will receive a free code to download the audiobook through either Gumroad or Authors Direct (your choice) at no charge once the audiobook is released.

My Patrons at the $20 USD/month level or more receive all of my audiobooks for no extra charge! Click here to learn more about Patreon.

31% there!
Claire L., USA - $1 * * * Anonymous, USA - $1 * * * Jennifer E., USA - $10 * * * Paperback pre-order profits, The Ten of Spades - $107 * * * Hardcover pre-order profits, The Ten of Spades - $66 * * * Online sales royalties, The Ten of Spades, 2019 - $167 * * * Live sales profits, The Ten of Spades, 2019 - $20 * * * Online sales royalties, The Ten of Spades, 2020 - $93 * * * Online sales royalties, The Ten of Spades, 2021 - $101 * * * Anonymous, USA - $30 * * * Anonymous - $5 * * * Hope G., USA - $20 * * * Online sales royalties, The Ten of Spades, Q1 2022 - $3

(statistics are delayed 30-90 days, depending on when the retailers pay me)

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Have other ideas as to what we might do? Contact me.

Thank you so much for your support!

A special message to you, my rabid Red Dog fan ...

I'm an independent author! This means I pay for every step of the publishing process out of my own pocket. I received no advance payment for writing this book, and there's no giant publishing corporation backing me.

I'm also a partially disabled housewife whose spouse is retired. We live on a fixed income, without a trust fund or six-figure day job to finance book production. At present, I'm forced to split the short amount of time I am able to work between writing this series and other endeavors to pay for up-front book production and marketing costs. These are things I must pay for before I see any money from sales.

I would like to produce this series faster. So I need your help.

Production of this particular book was partially paid for by the generosity of people like you. Your monthly donation of $1.00 USD or more helps me to be financially able to spend more time writing and producing this series.

If you (yes, you!) become my $1.00 a month Patron, I'd be one step closer to removing this message! Click here to donate.

Patrons can get:

  • digital versions of all my books and stories - even ones not yet published - at no extra cost
  • massive discounts on merchandise - concept art, signed print books, collectors' editions, custom flash drives
  • behind the scenes articles, stories, bonus scenes, and other fun stuff
  • vote in my polls about the future of the series, what to work on next, and so on
  • in-depth character discussions
  • patron-only swag: buttons, wallpapers, etc.
  • patrons are the first to see book covers, videos, and concept art, and to get the newest swag when it comes out
  • and so much more.

Click here to get started

I deeply appreciate your support of the Red Dog Conspiracy, however you choose to support it.

~ Patty

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A portion of sales from the Red Dog Conspiracy series go to non-profit organizations which help domestic violence and child abuse survivors.

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