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A small town, a huge party, a stolen gift. Can Lois Stone catch the thief and find the heirloom from the Titanic before Sunday?
A small town, a huge party, a stolen gift. Can Lois Stone catch the thief and find the heirloom from the Titanic before Sunday?
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When an artefact from the Titanic is stolen before her town’s 150th anniversary celebration, it’s up to Lois Stone to catch the thief. Middle-aged widow Lois has moved from bustling Toronto to tranquil Fenwater and is settling into her new life, feeling secure away from the dangers of the city. Then two events happen that shatter her serenity: her house is burgled and an antique watch belonging to a Titanic survivor is stolen from the local museum. Her best friend, Marge was responsible for the watch’s safekeeping until its official presentation to the museum at the town’s 150th anniversary party and its disappearance will jeopardise her job. Lois won’t let her friend’s reputation be tarnished or her job endangered by an accusation of theft. She’s determined to find the watch in time to save her best friend’s job and the town’s 150th anniversary celebration.

And so begins a week of new friends, apple and cinnamon muffins, calico cats, midnight intruders, shadowy caprine companions and more than one person with a reason to steal the watch, set against the backdrop of century houses on leafy residential streets, the swirling melodies of bagpipes, a shimmering heat haze and the burble of cool water. A Timeless Celebration is the story of Lois’s unwitting entry into the world of amateur sleuthing in a small town which beckons readers to stop and stay a while.

To get the book a month before the novel is released on Amazon, head over to the Rewards section of this page and choose your pledge level.

During the past two years, I’ve released six novellas in The Yankee Years series and paid all the production costs for each book myself while keeping the retail price very reasonable – and that means each book sale generates only a small profit so I have little to reinvest. I also hired an amazing narrator and funded the production of two audiobooks, An Unbidden Visitor, and Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves. Producing and marketing books is costly and I’ve invested as much as I reasonably can for the foreseeable future.

I began writing A Timeless Celebration last summer and it’s nearly ready to go to print. But, in order to get to that point, I need to raise the money to pay for developmental and copy editing, formatting the book, paperback cover design, printing backer rewards, taxes and Kickstarter fees. Your pledge will help me do this and you will receive a copy of A Timeless Celebration a month before it is released on Amazon.

There’s detailed information in the sidebar about the rewards offered for each pledge level. Here’s a brief summary of them:

I’m currently revising the novel, and when the campaign ends in late May, I will send the manuscript to the editor for developmental editing. It will take us a few weeks to complete this process then we will move on to copyediting. In late July the manuscript will be formatted as an ebook and a print book. Once I know how many pages there are in the print book, I can instruct the cover designer to design the paperback cover. By mid-August the manuscript and cover will be ready to send to the printer. The print run will be completed before mid-September and then the books can be posted to readers. I will send the links to download the ebooks to readers at the same time as the paperbacks are posted. This will happen a month before the novel is released on Amazon. By the end of September readers will receive their copies of the book, and can slip into small town life in Fenwater with Lois Stone and her new friends.

Will you make a pledge for your copy of the book, which will be sent to backers before it is released for general sale, and work with me to get the book edited and printed? I’ll appreciate any pledge you can make, but one of £26 would take us a significant step closer to making this novel a reality.

 MEET THE TEAM:

I’m a Canadian who has adopted Britain as her home. An early taste of success when I won a publishing package for an historical novel in 2008 set me firmly on the indie path. I’ve gone on to indie publish six historical novellas, as well as contemporary and historical short story collections. As a ghostwriter in 2015, I helped an amazing polio survivor tell his life story. During the past decade, I’ve dedicated many voluntary hours to helping run two local writers’ groups and co-edited seven editions of a yearly anthology. My writing life has always entailed juggling my own writing time with supporting my local writers’ organisations.

Kristen Tate has a PhD in English from Columbia University, as well as a Professional Certificate in Editing from University of California at Berkeley. She takes great joy in helping authors turn a rough and shaggy manuscript into a polished story that will delight readers. You can learn more about her here: www.thebluegarret.com

Susan Coils is a grandmother, cheesecake aficionado and fully certified Photoshop addict who is committed to providing her customers with the most awesome book covers ever. Design is how she fulfills her passion. You can learn more about her here:  www.coverkicks.com

HERE'S AN OVERVIEW OF THE PATH TO PUBLICATION AND THE COSTS:

I’m Dianne Ascroft and I write historical and contemporary fiction. No matter where in the world my stories take place, or the era in which they are set, it’s the human story running through each one that matters most to me. I hope readers will agree with me that Lois Stone and her friend, Marge, are the kind of characters anyone would love to have as friends, and when the last page is turned, it is my deepest hope each and every reader will leave feeling warmed by the story.

I’ve lived in Great Britain for almost three decades but I still have a strong connection to my birthplace, Canada. One really vivid image I have from home is of a quaint, small town with a sprightly river running through it where I’ve spent many happy hours. For several years, my mother was a resident of a nursing home in the town and each summer I flew over to spend a week with her. I pushed her wheelchair along the peaceful banks of the river in the nursing home grounds and we ate lunch at a nearby diner where the waitress always remembered my mother’s order. After I left my mother each day, I wandered along the main street, stopping at the Carnegie Library to use the computer and leisurely browsing in the bookshop and numerous craft shops. In the evenings, as the air cooled and the sun sank lower in the sky, I strolled along streets shaded by mature oak and maple trees admiring the traditional stone architecture of the houses.

Everywhere I went people were friendly. They had time to chat and I discovered a sense of community that I hadn’t known in the huge city where I grew up. Whenever I think of the town, it always makes me smile, and one day last summer as I remembered times I had spent there, I realised it was the perfect place to set my new series. I loved the town and I was sure readers would find it a delightful place to be. So that was how the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series began.

To get the book a month before the novel is released on Amazon, head over to the Rewards section of this page and choose your pledge level.

So there you have it: that’s my Kickstarter campaign plan in a nutshell - but it’s just a plan. Its success rests with readers: we need enough pledges from readers for their copies of A Timeless Celebration to reach the funding goal.

Will you help us do this? Every pledge is important to the success of this campaign, and if you can pledge £26, it will a take us a significant step closer to our goal (your credit card will only be debited at the end of May if the campaign is successful). If enough readers get behind this campaign, together we can send the first book in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series out into the world. I appreciate any help you can give - thanks for helping us make it happen.

How else can you help? Please tell as many people as possible about the campaign. Send the campaign link (the url above in the browser) to them by email and social media and ask them to make a pledge for a copy of the novel and help us to make it happen.

Risks and challenges

The editor may not be available when required: I have tentatively booked the developmental edit with my chosen editor and she will schedule her time for copy editing when the developmental edit is almost completed so we should be able to avoid conflicts in her schedule.

The cover designer may not complete the cover design in the allotted time: the designer has already completed the ebook design so she will not need much time to complete the print design once she has the book’s final dimensions. It is unlikely that designing the print cover will cause any significant delays in producing the book.

The printer may have a backlog of work and take longer to complete the job than expected: this is a problem that is beyond my control. I have allowed a generous amount of time in my schedule for printing so it should not greatly affect the date when books are shipped to backers.

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    Pledge £4 or more About $5

    Reward 1 - The Timeless Amble

    You will receive ebook copies of City Sunset, a 3000 word prequel short story to the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series, and the first book in the series, A Timeless Celebration, one month before it is released on Amazon.

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    • City Sunset short story ebook
    • A Timeless Celebration ebook
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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Reward 2 - The Timeless March

    You will receive ebook copies of City Sunset, A Timeless Celebration and the two book set of The Yankee Years novellas one month before A Timeless Celebration is published on Amazon.

    Includes:
    • A Timeless Celebration ebook
    • City Sunset short story ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 1-3 ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 4-6 ebook
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    Pledge £26 or more About $34

    Reward 3 - The Timeless Stride

    You will receive one paperback copy of A Timeless Celebration and ebook copies of City Sunset, A Timeless Celebration and the two book set of The Yankee Years novellas one month before A Timeless Celebration is published on Amazon. Paperback shipping costs included.

    Includes:
    • A Timeless Celebration paperback
    • A Timeless Celebration ebook
    • City Sunset short story ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 1-3 ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 4-6 ebook
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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    Reward 4 - The Timeless Sprint

    You will be acknowledged as a project backer in the paperback and ebook editions of A Timeless Celebration plus you will receive one paperback copy of A Timeless Celebration and ebook copies of City Sunset, A Timeless Celebration and the two book set of The Yankee Years novellas one month before A Timeless Celebration is published on Amazon. Paperback shipping costs included.

    Includes:
    • Acknowledgement as a project backer in A Timeless Celebration
    • A Timeless Celebration paperback
    • A Timeless Celebration ebook
    • City Sunset short story ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 1-3 ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 4-6 ebook
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    Pledge £100 or more About $133

    Reward 5 - The Timeless Gallop

    Name a minor character in Book 2 of Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series and receive one ebook copy of the book when it is released in early 2019. Plus you will receive one paperback copy of A Timeless Celebration and ebook copies of City Sunset, A Timeless Celebration and the two book set of The Yankee Years novellas one month before A Timeless Celebration is published on Amazon. Paperback shipping costs included.

    Includes:
    • Name a minor character in Bk 2 of Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries
    • Book 2 in Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series ebook
    • A Timeless Celebration paperback
    • A Timeless Celebration ebook
    • City Sunset short story ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 1-3 ebook
    • The Yankee Years Books 4-6 ebook
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