Silence in the Library is back with our Fall 2015 slate of books. We’re thrilled to bring you four novels that will take you from the mountains of upstate New York to the far reaches of space; from a school where children are taught to literally conquer the world to a wasteland full of monsters to an alternate universe with a very different United States of America.
These four books are from a variety of genres: urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fantasy, and mystery/alternate history. In Kelly Swails, Michael A. Stackpole, Stuart Jaffe, and Ginger Breo, we've brought you authors you know, and authors you'll want to know. With so many excellent choices, you're sure to find something you'll love. So, come join us once again on another exciting adventure!
The Japan of bright lights and somber temples is gone. In its place is a horrific world of monsters—yokai—terrorizing all those who suffer in the wasteland of the Now.
Into this hell one fiercely determined woman must go: she is Suzume, the "Sparrow", and she seeks to rescue her grandfather, a hero to his people and a legendary Yokai-Hunter. Her only help in this mission is a kitsune, Suzume's sworn enemy: a liar, a seducer, and a powerful ally. Together they must face impossible horrors and confront their own prejudices as they race to save more than the life of just one man—the fate of Japan may hang in the balance.
What do you do when you’ve left everything behind on Earth to colonize a new planet, when there’s no possibility to return, when everyone you knew and loved is long since dead, and the place you’ve come to call home turns out to be a maze of secrets? What if there are mysteries hidden in those secrets? What if you were not the first ones to that new planet?
Rica, Pimly, and Craig are three of the founding colony on a new world. Thrown together as a makeshift family, they struggle against law, murder, and madness as they try to uncover the truth behind the bizarre death of a friend.
But some truths are worse than the lies.
Perfectly Dead is the second in the Homeland Security Services series. HSS agents Miracle Dunn and Abraham Fyn are sent to Phoenix to investigate the occult murder of Connor Moran. Moran—a failed science fiction author—hadn’t an enemy in the world, and evidence at the site fits a frame firmly around a friend of his. And at the same time Moran was being murdered, the notes and manuscript for his new novel are stolen from his apartment. Fyn and Dunn rely on world-famous occultist Merlin Bloodstone to sort the mystery out, and the conspiracy they uncover reaches as far as the highest offices in the land.
The Homeland Security Services novels are set in an alternate history where the first attack on the Twin Towers successfully dropped them into the city, killing tens of thousands. Three years later, terrorists successfully attacked the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, wiping out the political leadership of the nation’s left wing and propelling Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, into the White House. The Patriot Amendment to the Constitution redefined what it is to be an American citizen.
Perfectly Dead not only follows up Perfectly Invisible, but also crosses-over with Michael A. Stackpole’s Merlin Bloodstone series of mysteries. Perfectly Dead takes a look at how a very liberally-minded occultist would fit in an America which has lurched to the right in order to maintain the nation’s security. For reasons of his own, Bloodstone works with HSS, hates ever second of it, and is not shy about sharing his displeasure.
Sally Clark is curious about how technology works, which would be fine except her experiments tend to be illegal. She’s also a terrible liar, which is why she ends up in court for stealing groceries with nothing but a hacked smart phone. While the judge isn’t impressed that her alcoholic mother had traded the grocery money for booze, he is intrigued by her hacking skills. He offers her a deal to keep her out of Juvenile Detention. The only one caveat: if she fails, she’s going straight to Juvie. Sally accepts, and before the end of the day she’s enrolled in the School for Extraordinary Youth. She’s barely unpacked her bags when she discovers that SEY is a prep school for world domination.
Sally feels like the biggest outsider ever because most of the other students are legacies with SEY alumni in their families. Someone has sponsored Sally’s presence—she’s basically a charity case—but no one will tell her who or why. She manages to make a real friend for the first time, and it’s a good thing, because life at SEY isn’t all puppies and butterflies. Courses like Military Maneuvers, Fun with Chemical Warfare, and Monologues for the Masses means she’s playing an eternal game of catch-up. To top it off, Justine Carmichael appoints herself President of the freshman class and declares war on sponsored students like Sally. Sally must navigate the treacherous waters of the School for Extraordinary Youth to keep Justine from getting her way and to stay out of Juvie. In the process, she forms unexpected alliances, learns the identity of her mysterious benefactor, and discovers where she truly belongs.
$7500 - ACHIEVED - All print backers will receive a sticker featuring the logo of the School for Extraordinary Youth from This May Go On Your Permanent Record by Kelly Swails.
$8000 - ACHIEVED - All backers will receive a free digital download of Stuart Jaffe's short story collection 10 Bits of My Brain.
From the tiny life of a fly to the far reaches of space, from an elderly witch in WWII's Lublin ghetto to a dragon detective in the modern world's harsh streets, from tattoos and chess games to robberies and betrayals, these ten stories are packed with action, drama, and a bit of the weird.
$8500 - All print backers will receive a postcard featuring Ginger Breo's artwork from Fox and Sparrow. Digital-only backers will receive a downloadable image of the art (as will print backers). Additionally, for those of you who backed at a level including Michael A. Stackpole's novel Mysterious Ways, all copies (eBook and print) of that novel will become the "Super Deluxe" edition. This edition includes the novella "The Cards Call Themselves" and the short stories "Seamless" and "Brewed Fortune". It also includes an behind-the-scenes essay about how the books and characters came into being.
$9500 - All print backers will receive a postcard featuring the artwork from Stuart Jaffe's novel Founders. Digital-only backers will receive a downloadable image of the art (as will print backers).
$10,500 - All print backers will receive a sticker featuring the logo of the Homeland Security Services from Michael A. Stackpole's novel Perfectly Dead.
$12,000 - All backers will receive the eBook of the never-before-published In Hero Years novella Easy As Pie by Michael A. Stackpole. The story follows "Field Trip" from the HEROES! anthology.
More exciting stretch goals will be announced as we progress!
$5 - The eBook of Michael A. Stackpole's novel Perfectly Invisible
$5 - The eBook of Michael A. Stackpole's novel Mysterious Ways
$5 - The eBook of This May Go On Your Permanent Record by Kelly Swails
$5 - The eBook of Fox and Sparrow by Ginger Breo
$5- The eBook of Founders by Stuart Jaffe
$5 - The eBook of Perfectly Dead by Michael A. Stackpole
$13 - A trade paperback copy of Michael A. Stackpole's novel Perfectly Invisible (please add $5 for shipping inside the US and $20 for shipping outside the US)
$13 - A trade paperback copy of Michael A. Stackpole's novel Mysterious Ways (please add $5 for shipping inside the US and $20 for shipping outside the US)
$13 - A trade paperback copy of This May Go On Your Permanent Record by Kelly Swails (please add $5 for shipping inside the US and $20 for shipping outside the US)
$13 - A trade paperback copy of Fox and Sparrow by Ginger Breo (please add $5 for shipping inside the US and $20 for shipping outside the US)
$13 - A trade paperback copy of Founders by Stuart Jaffe (please add $5 for shipping inside the US and $20 for shipping outside the US)
$13 - A trade paperback copy of Perfectly Dead by Michael A. Stackpole (please add $5 for shipping inside the US and $20 for shipping outside the US)
$20 - An 11x14 print of the title page art from Ginger Breo's novel Fox and Sparrow, signed by the artist.
$20 - An 11x14 print of Ginger Breo's bonus art for her novel Fox and Sparrow, signed by the artist.
Funtastical Bedtime Stories Anthology
Click this link to check out this new Zombies Need Brains LLC anthology featuring at least twenty brand new fun and fantastic (funtastical) takes on the bedtime story, each with its own unique, perhaps even modern, twist. Stories will be written by a talented collection of SF & F writers, cartoonists, media people, and actors/writers. It will be loaded with entertaining reads for the entire family (even if they’re not sleepy . . .)
The Fettered Flame by Atthis Arts, LLC
Our friends at Atthis Arts have a campaign with less than a week to go, and they are not yet funded. E.D.E. Bell is offering the second installment in the Shkode trilogy, an exciting and unique fantasy tale of dragons, wizards, and the quest for lost magic. We love the story and we also love her commitment to diverse writing - The Fettered Flame features gender identity and equality themes, cultural exploration, and LGBT heroes. A vegan herself, Bell also explores themes of compassion and non-violence. Her first book, The Banished Craft has great reviews online. If you haven’t read the first book, you can get both through the Kickstarter. Check it out by clicking on this link.
Risks and challenges
There are risks and challenges with any project, but as with our previous Kickstarters we’ve minimized them considerably. All four books are already written, edited, and are either in layout or the proofing stage.
The biggest challenge for a publisher, other than getting the content in and formatted, is generally timely printing. We have solid relationships with our printers, and are generally able to get proofs back and books printed within 30 days of submission, but there is always a chance that the printer will take longer than expected. If that happens and it causes the project to run past the promised date, we will send out regular status updates until the books have arrived.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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