About this project
This anthology features stories written by women about women.
Those of you who followed the Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter will know that here at Silence in the Library we like to bring you projects that are not just fun and entertaining (though they are most certainly those things), but that also have purpose and substance. We feel that readers have the right to demand everything, that they shouldn’t have to settle for one or the other.
Athena’s Daughters was born of that mindset. While we love our male science fiction and fantasy authors, we wanted, in this project, to provide a platform by which our female authors, artists, graphic designers, and editors could showcase their incredible talents.
To that end, Athena’s Daughters is a project conceived, developed, and driven by women. All of the authors in this anthology are women, as are the artists, the graphic designer, and the editor.
In this anthology you will find authors you know and love like Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Cleolinda Jones, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jean Rabe, Sherwood Smith, Janine K. Spendlove, Vicki Johnson-Steger, Cynthia Ward, and Jean Marie Ward and new and exciting talents like Maggie Allen, Conley Lyons, Doris Stever, and C.A. (Christine) Verstraete.
We're incredibly excited to have an introduction to the anthology by retired astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pam Melroy.
Athena’s Daughters is a collection of diverse and engaging science fiction and fantasy stories (clocking in right around 100,000 words with more to come when we reach our stretch goals!) with one unifying theme: all of the protagonists are strong women that exhibit a wide range of physical attributes and abilities. And by strong we don't necessarily mean physical strength (though we have those characters too), but ALL kinds of strength. The strength to stand up for what you know is right, the strength to make an unpopular decision, the strength to be a calming voice in a contentious situation. ALL forms of strength.
While many of these stories feature central characters who fit the prototypical ‘hero’ mold, that does not hold across the board. You’ll be entertained by a whole cast of female protagonists from your traditional ‘good guy’ to the villain you just love to hate (or even hate to love).
Silence in the Library believes strongly in the concept of bringing the artistry back to publishing. To that end, every anthology we produce features illustrations for each and every story. When we are putting an anthology together, we search for the right artist for the project.
This anthology carries on that tradition. And we’ve been lucky enough to find two amazing artists who will be providing the illustrations for the stories in Athena’s Daughters.
Autumn Frederickson has been creating fantasy worlds since childhood. In addition to commissioned art and conventions, Autumn still continues to work on a personal body of illustrations that draws from numerous mythological and fairytale sources as well as her own brand of humor.
Check out some of her amazing artwork:
Best known for her covers for Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy, Betsy Waddell’s work brings an ethereal beauty to the project that helps the reader more fully connect with the emotional heart of the stories.
As you will see when you take a look at the reward levels, Betsy and Autumn have graciously offered their original art as rewards for this Kickstarter. By contributing at the appropriate level, you can own an original piece of one of our stories.
In addition to illustrating the stories, we are offering this work in trade paperback and, if we reach the stretch goal, limited hard cover editions.
We have also developed some really exciting stretch goals, as you will see below. In particular, if we reach the initial goal of $8,500, our cover will be a very attractive graphic design cover (as seen above). If, however, we reach the $13,000 stretch goal, we will have a beautiful original art cover created by artist Tietjen Alvarez.
Heres a some sample of Tietjen’s work:
We also have an amazing artist, Bright Copper Penny, who has created one of her popular "Penny Blossoms" exclusively for Athena's Daughters . These beautiful hair accessories are a wonderfully subtle way of letting your geek flag fly no matter the setting.
The authors who have contributed to Athena’s Daughters and the staff at Silence in the Library Publishing believe strongly that any good project should contribute something to improving the human community. We are pleased to announce that a portion of every book sold will go to RAINN. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
In this project Silence in the Library continues its dedication to making the creative drivers of the publishing industry, authors and artists, full partners both in the process of publishing and in the fiscal rewards. We want to ensure that our authors and artists make a decent living at their craft so that they will continue to enlighten us with their work. To that end, as the Kickstarter makes more above the initial goal, the authors and artists will make more.
Take a look at the tiers to the right, and decide how you would best like to participate in the Athena’s Daughters experience.
If there is a combination of things you would like that you don't see in the reward levels, just let us know, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
After you’ve perused the tiers, look at our stretch goals to see what we can achieve with your support. We believe in this project, and we can produce it, but only you can make it live. Please be a part of the team, and travel with us on this incredible journey.
We've passed the $24,000 stretch goal, and that mean's we're producing a companion volume to Athena’s Daughters titled Apollo’s Daughters. This anthology features stories with female protagonists by some of the best male science fiction and fantasy authors in the business. We're really excited about the line-up of authors for this anthology. Aaron Allston, David Mack, John Jackson Miller, Michael A. Stackpole, Jim Bernheimer, Jamie Chambers, Ron Garner, Elias Pate, Aaron Rosenberg, Christopher Ruz, Neal Shaffer, Brian Shaw, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Jason Young, and Bryan Young have all signed on for the project. Artist Joe Corroney will create an original art cover of the anthology, and Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Color Design will provide the color. You can get Athena's Daughters bundled with the eBook or eBook and trade paperback of Apollo's Daughters at the $10, $45, and $60 levels, and the hard cover at the $75 level, or add it on to your existing reward level by adding $5 (eBook) $20 (eBook and trade paper back), or $35 (eBook and limited edition hard cover) to your pledge.
The introduction will be by Dr. John Mather, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in confirming the Big Bang theory and NASA's Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope.
FIRST 100 BACKERS: *ACHIEVED* Okay, this one's not really a stretch goal. Author Maggie Allen has offered to give an electronic copy of her short story "Land of the Lost" exclusively to the first 100 backers of Athena's Daughters.
FIRST 200 BACKERS: *ACHEIVED* Author Janine Spendlove has offered to write an exclusive short story, free to the first 200 backers only, titled "Birth of Anarchy" that is a companion piece to her HEROES! anthology story "He Was a Marvelous Man".
FIRST 500 BACKERS: *ACHIEVED* Will receive a free digital download of Janine Spendlove's story "He Was a Marvelous Man" from the Origins anthology HEROES!
$9000 - ACHIEVED - Artist Ginger Breo will produce an exclusive work of art featuring the goddess Athena. We will make 8x10 prints of the artwork available for purchase. Here it is:
$9500 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s novel The Halfling’s Court.
$10,000 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Gail Z. Martin’s short story bundle 3 Deadly Curiosities. This bundle includes the short stories “Vanities”, “Steer a Pale Course”, and “Buttons”.
$10,500 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Naked Singularity’s album Last Call. This classic-rock and modern-day folk inspired band is led by author Maggie Allen.
$11,000- ACHIEVED - We will add a story by author Nisi Shawl and will continue our policy of bringing you new and interesting authors by including a story by Tanya Spackman, a talent you’re sure to love as much as we do.
Nisi Shawl’s collection Filter House was a 2009 James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner; her stories have been published at Strange Horizons, in Asimov’s SF Magazine, and in anthologies including The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and both volumes of the Dark Matter series. She co-authored the renowned Writing the Other: A Practical Approach with Cynthia Ward. Shawl’s Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is forthcoming in 2015 from Tor Books.
Tanya Spackman is a technical writer for various corners of the government. When she's not writing for fun or profit, she volunteers as an editor and webmaster for a couple of religious organizations. She loves NASA, the growing private space industry, and things that glow in the dark.
$11,500- ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Danielle Ackley McPhail’s novel Yesterday’s Dreams.
$12,000 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download of Cynthia Ward’s short story “Gabriella”.
$12,500 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download of Sherwood Smith’s novel Crown Duel.
$13,000 - ACHIEVED – At this stretch goal we will replace the graphic design cover of the print version of Athena's Daughters with an original art cover by artist Tietjen Alvarez. But don't worry, you'll actually get to have both awesome covers, as we'll be keeping the original cover for the eBook version.
$13,500 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download of Jean Marie Ward’s short story bundle Four For More.
$14,000 - ACHIEVED - We will include a story by new and exciting author E.J. Lawrence. When not writing, EJ Lawrence is a forensic scientist and genetics expert who has practiced her craft at the Armed forces DNA Identification Laboratory and the Smithsonian Institute.
$14,500 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of the audio book of Danielle Ackley McPhail’s collection of short stories titled Flash in the Can.
$15,000- ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of a bundle of three of Gail Z. Martin’s Jonmarc Vahanian short stories. Included in this bundle are the stories “Raiders’ Curse”, “Caves of the Dead”, and “Storm Surge”.
$15,500 - ACHIEVED – We’ll include stories by talented new authors Tera Fulbright and Tricia Barr.
Tera Fulbright has five short stories published in a variety of anthologies (Her latest is “Fires within the Blank Page” published in Urban Fantasy: An Anthology.) and is working on her first novel.
Tricia Barr is the creator of FANgirl Blog, a genre-focused website analyzing female characters and the heroine's journey. She contributes to numerous geek websites, including Lucasfilm's Star Wars Blog and Random House's Suvudu, as well as the Star Wars Insider print magazine. She also c-hosts two podcasts, Fangirls Going Rogue and Assembly of Geeks. Tricia's novel Wynde is a military science fiction epic with a fantastical twist.
$16,000 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of the eBook of Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human.
$17,000 - ACHIEVED - All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of Tera Fulbright's short story "Fires Within the Blank Page".
$17,500 - ACHIEVED - We'll add a story by author Jennifer Brozek.
Jennifer Brozek of Bothell, WA, is an award winning author and editor. She has been writing roleplaying games and professionally publishing fiction since 2004. She has won awards for game design and editing.
$18,000 - ACHIEVED – All backers at $5 or greater will receive a free digital download artist Ginger Breo's original illustration of the goddess Athena. Additionally, backers who purchase print copies of the book will receive a free 5x7 print of Ginger’s art.
$19,000 - ACHIEVED - All backers at $5 or more will receive a free digital download of the audio book for Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human.
$20,000 - ACHIEVED – We will produce a limited hard cover edition of Athena’s Daughters with the original cover art by Tietjen Alvarez. This edition will be a run limited to this Kickstarter only.
$22,000 - ACHIEVED - We'll add a story to the anthology by author Diana Peterfreund.
Diana Peterfreund is the author of nine books for adults and teens about awesome young women doing awesome things: from breaking down the gender barriers of an all-male secret society to saving the world from killer unicorns. Her latest book, Across a Star-Swept Sea, is a gender-flipped take on the Scarlet Pimpernel set in a post-apocalyptic future. Her critically acclaimed short stories have appeared on the Locus Recommended Reading List and in the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 5.
$24,000 - ACHIEVED – We will produce a companion volume to Athena’s Daughters titled Apollo’s Daughters.
$26,000 - ACHIEVED - We'll add a story to Athena's Daughters by author Alma Alexander.
Alma Alexander is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and cat) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination.
$28,000 - ACHIEVED - Every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of Janine K. Spendlove's War of the Seasons short stories "Girl" and "White Flag".
$30,000 - ACHIEVED - Every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of the eBook for TS Rhodes' novel Scarlet Sails.
$31,000 - ACHIEVED - At this level we will replace the graphic design cover of the print version of Apollo's Daughters with an original art cover by artist Joe Corroney, colored by Brian Miller.
Joe has been providing Lucasfilm with official Star Wars artwork for books, games, trading cards, comic books, posters and magazines since 1997. Other comic books he's illustrated include True Blood, GI Joe, Fallen Angel, 24: Nightfall, Doctor WHO, Angel and Spike Vs. Dracula for IDW Publishing, Farscape for BOOM! Studios, Buckaroo Banzai, Kolchak The Night Stalker and The Phantom for Moonstone Books and Crimson Dynamo for Marvel Comics. Currently, he's illustrating for IDW's new Star Trek and X-Files comic books. He's also developing his creator owned comic book series, Death Avenger and continuing to create new Star Wars artwork for Lucasfilm.
Brian Miller, founder of Hi-Fi Color Design, has provided art for Marvel, DC Comics, Disney, and many others, and has worked with Joe on all of his current and recent artwork.
$32,000 - ACHIEVED - Every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of Janine K. Spendlove's War of the Seasons short stories "World Spins Madly On" and "Fire and Rain".
$34,000 - ACHIEVED - Every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of the eBook for Vicki Johnson-Steger's short story "When Dragons Fly"
$35,000 - ACHIEVED - We'll add stories to the Apollo's Daughters anthology by authors Joshua Palmatier and Donald J. Bingle.
$38,000 - ACHIEVED - We will produce a limited hard cover edition of Apollo’s Daughters. This edition will be a run limited to this Kickstarter only. Backers will be able to order this as an add-on even after the Kickstarter ends, just in case we make this goal just under the wire.
$42,000 - ACHIEVED - Every backer at or above $5 will get a free digital download of an eBook collection of Cynthia Ward's stories "Beat Surrender" and "The Longest Night", both vampire stories.
$44,000 - ACHIEVED - We will produce an Athena's Daughters Volume II, which will be open to submissions from any author, writer, or aspiring author or writer who wants to have her work reviewed for inclusion in the anthology. Publication will be in June of 2015, and submissions will begin in the summer of 2014.
Quick Explanation: Kickstarter doesn't really have an intuitive way to do add-ons, and the process can be confusing, so here's a quick explanation.
To add one of the below onto your current pledge, just click on the "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top right of the page, click in the "Pledge Amount" box, and change the pledge amount to reflect the addition of the amount of the add-on you want. Example: if your current pledge amount is $10, and you want to add a $5 add-on, you would click into the "Pledge Amount" box and change the pledge amount to $15. At the end of the Kickstarter, we'll send out a questionnaire to find out what add-ons you contributed for.
$15 - Athena's Daughters Kickstarter exclusive Penny Blossom
$15 - artist signed 8x10 print (you can get as many of these as you'd like of whichever illustrations you'd like, to include the original art cover when we reach that stretch goal.)(If you're a backer living outside the U.S., please add $6 for shipping) *now also available to Ginger Breo's exclusive print for Athena's Daughters
$20 - additional copy of Athena's Daughters. It makes a great gift! (If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has already backed for a print copy, please add $5 for shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$35 - Add a copy of the limited edition hard cover of Athena's Daughters to your order. (If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has already backed for a print copy, please add $5 for shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$15 - Upgrade your trade paperback of Athena's Daughters to a limited edition hard cover of Athena's Daughters.
$5 - eBook of Apollo's Daughters, companion volume to Athena's Daughters
$20 - Trade Paperback of Apollo's Daughters, companion volume to Athena's Daughters. (If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has already backed for a print copy, please add $5 for shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$15 - Upgrade your trade paperback of Apollo's Daughters to a limited edition hard cover of Apollo's Daughters only available through the Kickstarter.
$35 - Add a limited edition hard cover of Apollo's Daughters to your current reward selection (if you have contributed at a level that has no print book reward - i.e. an electronic reward only level - and live in the U.S., please add $5 for shipping. If are an international backer and have contributed at a level that has a print book reward, please add $5 for shipping. If you are an international backer and have contributed at a level that does not include a print book reward, please add $25 for shipping.)
$60 - A collection of postcards, signed by the artists, featuring all of the illustrations from the stories in Athena's Daughters by artists Autumn Frederickson and Betsy Waddell, one per postcard, as well as the cover art by artist Tietjen Alvarez. (Please add $6 for international shipping if you have not ordered any other print rewards)
$60 - A collection of postcards, signed by the artist, featuring all of the illustrations from the stories in Apollo's Daughters by artist Elias Pate, one per postcard, as well as the cover art by artist Joe Corroney and colored by Brian Miller. (Please add $6 for international shipping if you have not ordered any other print rewards)
WHO WE ARE:
Pam Melroy is a retired Air Force test pilot and former NASA astronaut and Space Shuttle commander. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College in 1983 and a Master of Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. Col Melroy is a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, with more than 200 combat and combat support hours. She has logged more than 6,000 hours flight time in more than 50 different aircraft. Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994, Colonel Melroy flew three missions in space: as Space Shuttle pilot during STS-92 in 2000 and STS-112 in 2002, and as Space Shuttle Commander during STS-120 in 2007. All three missions were assembly missions to build the International Space Station. She is one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle. Colonel Melroy has logged more than 924 hours (more than 38 days) in space. She retired from the Air Force in 2007, and left NASA in August 2009. She currently serves as Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Jean Rabe: USA Today bestselling author Jean Rabe has written more than two dozen fantasy and adventure novels and more than 60 short stories. When she’s not writing, which isn’t often, she edits . . . two dozen anthologies and more than 100 magazine issues so far. She’s a former news reporter and news bureau chief who penned a true crime book with noted attorney F. Lee Bailey. Her genre writing includes military, science-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, mystery, horror, and modern-day adventure. Rabe occasionally teaches genre writing courses.
Autumn Frederickson: (see bio above)
Betsy received her B.F.A. in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. When she’s not illustrating the covers for Janine Spendlove’s War of the Seasons series, she can be found designing, building, and repairing costumes, helping award-winning costume designers illustrate their designs, or drawing caricatures of Broadway actors. She currently lives in New York City and works behind the scenes in the theatre and film industry.
Kelli Neier (rhymes with fire) is a native Memphian who works as a freelance graphic designer and editor (by night) and exercises her left brain as a bank teller (by day). She has edited Janine K. Spendlove's War of the Seasons series and designed covers for Time Traveled Tales and Athena's Daughters anthologies by Silence in the Library Publishing and the Wanderlust series by Elieba Levine.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor, 2010) and Glamour in Glass (Tor, 2012). In 2008 she received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor, recording fiction for authors such as Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.
Sherwood Smith began her publishing career in 1986, writing mostly for young adults and children. Sherwood Smith studied in Austria for a year, earning a masters in history. She worked many jobs, from bar tender to running the copy department at MGM studios, then turned to teaching for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school. She specialized in literature, history, drama and dance. To date she’s published over forty books.
C.A. (Christine) Verstraete enjoys writing both flash and short fiction with a touch of the fantastic or macabre. Her stories have appeared in various anthologies including, Darlings of Decay, Feast of the Dead - Hors D' Oeuvres, 100 Doors to Madness, plus in Timeshares and Steampunk'd from DAW Books. She's also written a nonfiction book on miniatures and dollhouses, In Miniature Style II. Her new book is GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.
Maggie Allen recently started writing short fiction, but for her day job at NASA she has years of experience writing and podcasting about various non-fiction topics in astronomy and astrophysics. Maggie is a guitarist and singer in the rock band "Naked Singularity," which released its first album of original music in 2013. She has also been a long-time member of the costuming community, and has run her popular costume research and resource sites (padawansguide.com and costumersguide.com) for the past 14 years.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail's published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
Cynthia Ward has lived in Oklahoma, Maine, Spain, West Germany, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Tucson. She has published stories in Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful (Prime Books), among other anthologies and magazines. She has published articles in Weird Tales Magazine and Locus Online, among other webzines and magazines. Her story "Norms", published in Triangulation: Last Contact, made the Tangent Online Recommended Reading List for 2011. With Nisi Shawl, Cynthia coauthored Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press), which is based on their diversity writing workshop, Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differences for Successful Fiction. A graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, she lives in the Los Angeles area, where she is not working on a screenplay.
Vicki Johnson-Steger has several short stories published in DAW anthologies, Spells of the City, Timeshares, Boondocks Fantasy, and Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk Romance. Orphan Train was published in Triumph over Tragedy, 2013. “Auggie’s Wings,” a novella, was acquired by Dragonfly Soapworks, to launch their Bitty Bug line of skincare products for children. Fairydale Tale, a YA fairytale mystery, was a quarterfinalist in Amazon Penguin’s Novel Contest 2012 and is currently being shopped. Her tribute to Gene Wolfe appeared in The BULLETIN of the SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY WRITERS of AMERICA.
D.L. Stever has several short stories in three anthologies: Fractured Fairy Tales, Timeshares, and Boondocks Fantasy, all published by Daw Books. She also a story in the Triumph Over Tragedy Anthology.
Cleolinda Jones is the author of Movies in Fifteen Minutes; she has written many novels and might even finish one of them someday. A classy dame who knows what's what, Cleo currently supervises the House of Bark, recaps when she is least expected, and maintains a howling vortex of delight on Tumbler. She is still blogging on Livejournal out of pure cussedness.
Conley Lyons is a 2010 graduate of Elon University, with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is an avid costumer and runner, having completed a full marathon, numerous half-marathons, and many other races. She is currently a freelance writer living in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Athena’s Daughters features her first published short story.
Jean Rabe (see bio above)
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various anthologies alongside such authors as Aaron Allston, Jean Rabe, Michael A. Stackpole, Bryan Young, and Timothy Zahn. She is also the co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. She resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC.
Gail Z. Martin is the author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga and the upcoming Reign of Ash (Orbit Books, 2014), plus The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen ) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. In 2014, Gail launches a new urban fantasy novel, Deadly Curiosities, from Solaris Books. She is also the author of two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail also enjoys reading, cooking, watching anime and Dr. Who, and hanging out with her husband, kids and dogs.
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. Her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr (written with the late Teri Smith), finaled in two categories of the 2008 Indie Book Awards. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including the award-winning Hellebore and Rue, and The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity. Her short story “Lord Bai’s Discovery”, which appeared in the Eppie-nominated Dark Quest Books anthology Dragon’s Lure, was shortlisted for the Washington Science Fiction Association’s Small Press Award. She is also known for her art books, Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete and Fantasy Art Templates. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years, and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Magazine.
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Risks and challenges
As with most of our projects, there really aren't a whole lot of risks here. We already have the vast majority of the stories in hand. As you saw in the description, our artists are already producing the illustrations for the stories.
When dealing with printers, there is always a chance of delay in delivery, but our printer has been really good about delivering on time to date.
At this point, it is all just a matter of funding the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter