Gift of the Phoenix delighted pre-release readers. Watch the book trailer and discover the novel for yourself.
UPDATES: Click the update tab to read the first few chapters and watch the blooper reel from the video shoot. Lucky for us, I'm better at writing than making videos.
Gift of the Phoenix is a finished, full-length novel that's ready to launch... as soon as it has its own cover. That's where you come in. View the video to watch the book trailer and learn more about the project. (Never mind the awkward lady in front of the camera. She writes better than she performs.)
Please check out the great rewards you'll receive if you help support the book. Let me know if there's a reward you'd like to see offered.
I've spent years writing, revising, and perfecting the book. It's been through the trenches with my editor and pre-release readers. The final version receives praise again and again. This book is polished and ready. After all this work, I'm so excited to release Gift of the Phoenix! If you enjoy a good fantasy adventure, you'll love this book!
If you don't enjoy fantasy (say wha?) I'm sure you know someone who does. Gift of the Phoenix would make a fantastic, unique gift for that fantasy-loving reader in your life.
Please keep reading to learn more. Thank you!
What Pre-Release Readers are Saying About Gift of the Phoenix:
Note: Most of my pre-release readers did not know me before reading the book. There's not one quote here from my mom. I promise.
“You have all the essentials of a successful fantasy – imaginative characters, elements of mystery, complex questions of good vs. bad, and romance.”
“Very descriptive and engaging.”
“I truly did not want the book to end.”
“It was a fun, wonderful world to disappear into for hours on end.”
“A consistent narrative voice that is compelling and easy to read.”
“I liked it so much I’m reading it again!”
“It’s always easy to picture the story, like a movie in my head.”
“The plot was well woven; at some points I thought I knew the outcome, but I was surprised by what happened instead.”
“I never guessed any of the twists or turns.”
“It rang true.”
“I want to keep reading to find out more about their adventures.”
Back of the Book Blurb:
A prince is murdered.
An island sinks into the sea.
A thousand-year-old ritual foretells great evil.
A nation’s fate rests in the hands of three strangers, thrust together by their common destiny to protect the Phoenix, and their world, from destruction. The Three must learn to unite in spite of what separates them, and unlock the magic of three stones that seem to harm as much as they help. Their journey leads them through unexpected doors. Along the way they encounter a cursed people, a haunting vision, a woman on the run.
It all begins and ends with the gift of the Phoenix.
How Will Kickstarter Funds be Used?
I've already invested years of time as well as my own money to get the completed book where it is today, I just need a little kick. I set the fundraising goal as low as I could, to cover the bare minimum needed to release Gift of the Phoenix to the public. Funds will be used for:
- Original cover art, by professional illustrator Kevin McCain
- ISBNs for the digital and print versions of the book
- Rewards for Kickstarter supporters
Any funds raised beyond the fundraising goal will go toward building a decent website (which I badly need), advertising and promotion, and other project-related stuff.
Remember, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition. If we don't meet the fundraising goal, the project doesn't fund. That means no money goes toward the project and no one gets rewards and everyone is sad.
Let's meet our goal and be happy!
Thank you for checking out my project. I have great rewards for you, in the sidebar on the right, no matter which reward level you choose. Whether you can contribute to the project or not, I would greatly appreciate it if you could also help spread the word. Publicity for the project is so important and every little bit helps!
Please be a patron of the arts and help bring Gift of the Phoenix to life.
The electronic version of the book will be available in a PDF file, which can be read on your computer, in addition to formats for the various e-readers (including Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo Reader, iPhone/iPad, smart phones, etc.). When you come in at just $5, you get a digital copy of the novel in the format of your choice.
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Jul 6, 2012 - Aug 5, 2012 (30 days)
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I truly appreciate backers at any level. For those coming in at this level, you will receive a warm thank you email for your encouragement and support. Thank you!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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SPARK LEVEL - ebook copy in the format of your choice. There will be several formats available; please contact me if you have questions.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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EMBER LEVEL - same as the Spark Level reward, plus receive a postcard of the cover art. It's going to be AMAZING!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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FLAME LEVEL - same as the Ember Level rewards, plus receive a paperback copy of the novel. (International supporters please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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FLAME LEVEL PLUS - Same as the Flame Level, but I will sign the paperback and include the inscription of your choice. (International supporters please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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BLAZE LEVEL - Same as the Flame Level Plus rewards, PLUS you get your name in the acknowledgments, PLUS an ebook copy of my next novel, PLUS periodic updates about future novels. (International supporters please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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BONFIRE LEVEL - Same as the Blaze Level rewards, PLUS receive a small print of the cover art (approx. 5x7), signed or unsigned by the artist, with or without title and author, your choice. (International supporters please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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COMBUSTION LEVEL - same as the Bonfire Level, except your print is upgraded from small to medium (approx. 8 1/2x11). (International supporters please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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INFERNO LEVEL - Same as the Combustion Level, except your signed or unsigned medium print is upgraded to a large (approx 11x14). (International supporters please add $10.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $250 or more
MULTIPLE COPIES/PHONE CHAT - This is a stand-alone reward level not related to the other levels. You receive 5 copies of the paperback, 5 ebook copies, 5 small prints of the cover, 5 ebook copies of my next novel, periodic updates of future novels, and a 1 hour phone or Skype chat with you, your book club, your writing group, or other participants of your choice. (International supporters, please add $35 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $500 or more
FAN CLUB LEVEL - Supporters at this level are in good with me forever! Receive all rewards at the Inferno Level, PLUS an ebook and physical copy of ALL future novels, PLUS your name in the acknowledgments of all future novels, PLUS exclusive updates on my future projects above and beyond the other levels. Due to the unpredictable nature of the creative process and my commitment to release only high-quality work, I cannot make guarantees on publication dates and future projects are subject to change. However, I can confidently tell you that the next two novels will be the sequel to Gift of the Phoenix, and a stand-alone fantasy titled The Crossroads. Both are well along their way. I'm so excited about these projects! I will happily share them (along with all other future novels) with supporters who come in a this level. Cuz you are awesome like that! (International supporters, please add $10 for shipping Gift of the Phoenix rewards, but I will pay shipping for the physical copy of future novels, unless I feel shipping is excessively high due to your location. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about this.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
SUPER DUPER PATRON OF THE ARTS LEVEL - For you, my angelic and generous friend, you get everything at the Fan Club Level, PLUS everything in the Multiple Copies/Phone Chat Reward Level, PLUS the artist and I will sign and inscribe any and all copies of the books and prints of the cover, as you choose, PLUS you may upgrade the small prints of the cover to medium or large prints, as you choose, PLUS an early, sneak peak at bonus material destined for the website (behind-the-scenes maps and notes that expand on the magical world of the Gift of the Phoenix, etc.), PLUS a personalized letter from the author, PLUS Eternal Glory and my undying gratitude for your faith in this project and myself as an author. You da' bomb!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012