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War of the Seasons, a fantasy trilogy with a strong young female protagonist and minimal sparkling! A book for youth and adults.
War of the Seasons, a fantasy trilogy with a strong young female protagonist and minimal sparkling! A book for youth and adults.
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In 2005, seven year old Katie Johnson passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2008, eighteen year old William Snell died in a single car accident. Will and Katie had a very special relationship, and both of them left a lasting imprint on the lives of everyone they touched.

As mentioned in the video, Will and Katie were very important to author Janine K. Spendlove, and their loss motivated her writing of War of the Seasons, Book 1: The Human. Driven by a desire to express her feelings of loss in a way that others could understand, Janine worked feverishly on the project until it’s completion in 2011.

The result was a best-selling fantasy novel. The Human has all of the things that you expect from and love about fantasy: mythical creatures, adventure, magic, heroes, and villains. But it has something even more than that. It has heart.

The protagonist of The Human, Story, starts out as an angry teenager battered by the loss of loved ones. As is usually the case with this type of loss, in her anger she strikes out unreasonably against those who love her and want to help her. Through the course of an epic adventure in which Story finds herself thrust into a magical world she does not understand and wants to escape, and called upon to be the savior of that world, the reader gets to see her development from an angry, confused, lonely teenager to a human being who learns and grows from the loss she has experienced. 

Story is the type of strong character that all of us want to see in good fiction. Though she is young, her journey will appeal to youth and adults, men and women, boys and girls.

The War of the Seasons Trilogy brings us character development at it’s finest. And it wraps that character development in a tale rich in adventure, magic, and a touch of romance.

In 2012, Janine Spendlove followed up The Human with the publication of War of the Seasons, Book 2: The Half-blood

The second book in the series brings us a more mature and confident Story who has accepted and come to love the magical world of Ailionora. When evil threatens to destroy the life she has built and take the elf she has come to love, Story embarks on another exciting adventure. 

Janine has described The Half-Blood as her "The Empire Strikes Back", in that Story makes choices that reverberate through the rest of the trilogy, and she must ultimately deal with the consequences of those decisions.

Now, Janine has completed the third and final book in the series, War of the Seasons, Book 3: The Hunter, and we’re excited to be able to offer it in this Kickstarter. In The Hunter, Story must face an evil greater than any she's encountered before. As darkness looms over Ailionora, Story, her companions, and all of the races of Ailionora band together to fight for their very survival.

By day, Janine K. Spendlove is an officer and KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. The experience gained in her training and multiple combat tours shows through in the vivid combat scenes you will find throughout all three War of the Seasons books.

Each of the novels in the War of the Seasons Trilogy has beautiful cover art by artist Betsy Waddell. There will be opportunities in the rewards section of this Kickstarter to have Betsy draw you as a mythical creature from the War of the Seasons. You could become an elf, a faerie, a dwarf, a gnome, a dryad, or a troll.

Many of you have read the first and second books of the trilogy. Many of you have not read any of the books. That’s okay! We have something for all of you. In the reward levels to the right, you’ll find opportunities to get just the final book of the series, or all three books. For those of you who already have The Human, we also have an add-on for book two, The Halfblood, below. Please remember that at any level at which you get a print book, you also get the eBook version of that print book.

Because Will and Katie were so important to the creation of War of the Seasons, we wanted to do something to recognize them, the things they loved, and the impact they had on all of our lives. 

To that end, we have created an exclusive Will and Katie patch that you will only be able to get at select reward levels as part of this Kickstarter. The patch features Will posing in Stormtrooper armor and Katie in Rebel uniform. We’d like to thank talented artist Juan Jose Matamoros for developing the patch. As you can see below, it is pretty awesome, and captures the spirit of both Will and Katie: 

Our 501st and Rebel Legion friends out there who love to collect patches will already know the deal with these patches. For everyone else, this is a great chance to get into the excitement of patch collecting and to help keep alive the memory of Will and Katie. 

Will was an incredible artist, and a member of the 501st who loved wearing armor. A couple of years before his death, he created the poster you see below using a picture of himself in Stormtrooper armor. 

As part of this Kickstarter, we will be offering a limited run of 11x17 prints of this poster created by Will. Of course, we expect that all of our 501st friends will love it, but we also think its appeal as art is more universal. 

Any funds from add-ons involving Will and Katie will be used in a responsible philanthropic manner, and will not be taken as profit from this project. 

Take a look at our stretch goals below. We have some amazing authors lined up to create short stories in the War of the Seasons universe. Authors you know and love, like Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston. Rising stars you'll recognize from multiple genres like Bryan Young. And writers you know from other venues, like Cleolinda Jones, Albin Johnson, and Maggie Allen. Artist Betsy Waddell is standing by to create illustrations for each of those stories. If we hit those stretch goals, everyone at the $5 and above level will receive electronic copies of all of the short stories at no additional cost. After the Kickstarter is over, we will bundle the stories together with some of Janine’s short stories and publish them as a print anthology. 

Those of you who have contributed to our recent Kickstarters for Time Traveled Tales and A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination will know that we have a few general goals here at Silence in the Library. 

First, we want to bring to market books that we love and that perhaps might not make it to market through the standard publishing process. We like books that are quirky, that don’t fit in an easily defined categories, but that entertain, edify and touch us in important ways. Janine K. Spendlove’s War of the Seasons Trilogy easily fits that definition. Her exploration of the subject of loss and growth amid adventure and danger harkens back to some of the greatest works of the fantasy genre. 

Second, we seek to make authors more fully partners in the publishing process. We want the original creative drivers who came up with the stories we love to be fully involved in the creative process all the way through to publication, and we want them to more evenly share in the financial rewards of their work. To that end, Janine K. Spendlove was intimately involved in the cover design for this book, as well as layout and editing processes. Further, she will be running this Kickstarter once it is launched. When you get an update, it will come from Janine. When you post a comment or ask a question, responses will come from Janine. And, Janine’s contract with Silence in the Library ensures that she receives the lion’s share of any profits made from the sale of her book. While it is important for Silence in the Library to make a profit to continue operation, it is equally important to make sure that good authors can make a living off of their work so that all of us can continue to enjoy it. 

Third, and finally, we want to continue to use Kickstarter as a funding platform for our projects because we believe that it gives you, the reader, the most direct control over the process possible. Publishing is a relationship between reader, author, and publisher. We believe that this relationship should be viewed by publishing companies as an equal partnership in which all parties get a say in the final product. Kickstarter allows us to make this type of relationship a reality. 

I know I’ve said it before, but we’re really excited about this project. We’ve got a great trilogy of books, some really cool extras, and amazing authors lined up to write short stories that we want to read. We hope you’ll join us in this journey, and help us bring these stories to life. 

STRETCH GOALS

$3500 - UNLOCKED - Each backer at or above $5 gets a free copy of the eBook of Bryan Young's Operation Montauk. Featuring dinosaurs, spaceships, Nazis, and a talking monkey, this time travel tale is sure to please.

$4250 - UNLOCKED! - We'll be adding a short story in the War of the Seasons universe by Cleolinda Jones, popular blogger known for her 'Movies in 15 Minutes' and 'Secret Life of Dolls'. Those of you who are familiar with Cleolinda's unique brand of snark will be chomping at the bits for this one! Artist Betsy Waddell will draw an original illustration for this story. Each contributor at or above $5 will get an electronic copy of this short story at no additional cost.

$4750 - UNLOCKED! - Each backer at or above $5 gets free copies of the eBooks of Janine K. Spendlove's short stories Girl, White Flag, and The World Spins Madly On from the War of the Seasons universe.

$5500 - UNLOCKED! - We'll be adding a short short story in the War of the Seasons universe by, also in his written fiction publishing debut, Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion and father of Katie Johnson. Artist Betsy Waddell will draw an original illustration for this story. Each contributor at or above $5 will get an electronic copy of this short story at no additional cost.

$6000 - UNLOCKED! - Each backer at or over $15 gets a free 5x7 print of the cover art for War of the Seasons, Book 3: The Hunter.

$7000 - UNLOCKED! - We'll be adding a short story in the War of the Seasons universe by best selling author Aaron Allston, best known for his work in the Star Wars universe. Artist Betsy Waddell will draw an original illustration for this story. Each contributor at or above $5 will get an electronic copy of this short story at no additional cost.

$8000 - Every backer at or over $5 gets a free download of the War of the Seasons, Book I: The Human audiobook, read by Patricia Albrecht, the voice of Pizzazz from the 1980's cartoon Jem and the Holograms.

$8500 - We'll be adding short stories in the War of the Seasons universe by authors Bryan Young and Maggie Allen. Artist Betsy Waddell will draw an original illustrations for these stories. Each contributor at or above $5 will get an electronic copy of these short stories at no additional cost.

$9000 - Every backer will receive a free digital music download of the album Last Call by Naked Singularity. Fans of classic rock will love this one!

$10,000 - We'll be adding a short story in the War of the Seasons universe by best selling author Michael A. Stackpole, best known for his work in the Star Wars universe. Artist Betsy Waddell will draw an original illustration for this story. Each contributor at or above $5 will get an electronic copy of this short story at no additional cost.

AND…the first 100 contributors will get, absolutely free, an electronic copy of Janine K. Spendlove's as yet unpublished short story Fire and Rain. Set in the War of the Seasons universe, it is the perfect companion to the books.

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$5 - The eBook for War of the Seasons, Book One: The Human, or War of the Seasons, Book Two, The Half-blood. ($10 for both)

$5 - The eBook of the Time Traveled Tales anthology, with stories by Janine K. Spendlove, Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Jean Rabe, Bryan Young, Maxwell Alexander Drake, R.T. Kaelin, Aaron Rosenberg, and many others.

$5 - The eBook of the superhero anthology A Hero By Any Other Name, with stories by Janine K. Spendlove, Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Jean Rabe, Maxwell Alexander Drake, and others.

$15 - An 11x17 Limited Edition Print of William Snell's 'Expendability is Dependability' 501st propaganda-style poster. This is available only through this Kickstarter. (Please add $6 for international shipping)

$20 - A print copy of the superhero anthology A Hero By Any Other Name, with stories by Janine K. Spendlove, Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Jean Rabe, Maxwell Alexander Drake, and others. (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

$20 - A print copy of War of the Seasons, Book One, The Human (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

$20 - A print copy of War of the Seasons, Book Two, The Half-blood (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

$20 - A print copy of Dogs of War, a military science fiction anthology with stories by Janine K. Spendlove, David Sherman, James Chambers, C.J. Henderson, and many more. (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

$20 - A print copy of Eighth Day Genesis, a writers world building codex featuring essays by Janine K. Spendlove, Maurice Broaddus, Tim Waggoner, and many others. (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

$25 - A print copy of Supersonic Saints 2, an anthology of true combat and training stories from military pilots. (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

$30 - A print copy of the Time Traveled Tales anthology, with stories by Janine K. Spendlove, Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Jean Rabe, Bryan Young, Maxwell Alexander Drake, R.T. Kaelin, Aaron Rosenberg, and many others. (shipping included. International backers please add $20 for shipping if you've contributed at a level that does not already include shipping and you have not already added on a book with shipping included.)

WHO IS JANINE K. SPENDLOVE?

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. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in Washington, DC. Find out more at janinespendlove.com.

You can read a sample from any of the War of the Seasons books, or any of Janine's other work, at the following link: 

http://www.ailionora.com/works/

Just click on the image of the cover and then scroll down to the "Read a Sample" link.

WHO IS BETSY WADDELL?

Betsy Waddell 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. Originally from Asheville, N.C., she currently lives in New York City and works behind the scenes in the theatre and film industry.

STRETCH GOAL AUTHORS:

Aaron Allston: Best known for his work in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Aaron Allston is also a long-time game writer who was inducted into the AAGAD Hall of Fame at Origins 2006. He lives in Central Texas. Please visit his web site at www.aaronallston.com and his weblog at community.aaronallston.com.

Michael A. Stackpole: Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning author, editor, screenwriter, graphic novelist, game designer, computer game designer and podcaster. He has an asteroid named after him. You can learn more about him and his work at stormwolf.com

Maggie Allen: Maggie Allen is new to the publishing world, but not new to writing. By day, Maggie writes about non-fictional topics in astronomy and astrophysics – and at night, she spends time in other creative pursuits. These include writing short stories, sewing (mostly historical) costumes, and playing guitar in a rock band, which just came out with its first album of original music. Maggie has short stories published in the anthologies A Hero By Any Other Name and Time Traveled Tales by Silence in the LIbrary Publishing. She is married and lives with her husband (and a fluffy white cat) in the Washington, D.C. area.

Albin Johnson: Albin Johnson is best known as the founder of the 501st Legion, the world's premier Star Wars costuming group. He is also a talented writer who is debuting his first published work (Lets hit that stretch goal!) as a part of this Kickstarter. Albin's daughter Katie Johnson was the inspiration for the pink droid R2-KT. 

Cleolinda Jones: 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 Tumblr. She is still blogging on Livejournal out of pure cussedness. Like a drifter, she was born to walk alone, but is available for podcasts.

Bryan Young: Bryan Young is the author of Lost at the Con, Operation Montauk, and A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination and is an award winning documentary film producer. He’s also the editor-in-chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! He calls Salt Lake City his home, and you can read more about his work at www.bryanyoungfiction.com.

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    Work With Me Here! Janine K. Spendlove will workshop your manuscript of up to 10,000 words. Janine will provide feedback on your work in an interactive workshop experience. You will also receive print copies of all three books in the War of the Seasons Trilogy, the 5x7 print of William Snell's 'Expendability is Dependability' 501st propaganda-style poster, and the Will and Katie: Defenders of the Force patch. You will be listed in the special Patrons section in the book.

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    Work With Me More! Janine K. Spendlove will workshop your manuscript of up to 50,000 words. Janine will provide feedback on your work in an interactive workshop experience. You will also receive print copies of all three books in the War of the Seasons Trilogy, the 5x7 print of William Snell's 'Expendability is Dependability' 501st propaganda-style poster, and the Will and Katie: Defenders of the Force patch. You will be listed in the special Patrons section in the book.

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