In January of 2013, I released a book called Gatemaker. The three subsequent books in the Spiralchain series (Mindshaper, Metalbreaker, and Fatewaker) released annually after that thanks to the generous support of Kickstarter backers. I want to continue the quest to publish all eight books in the series, and book 5, Shadowbender, is ready to be born!
I'm a teacher by trade, but more than anything else I love working with young adults. My career gives me opportunities to do this, but it also reminds me of how hard it is to be that age and how hard it is to find your way in the world and to find yourself. The novels in the Spiralchain are action-adventure, science-fiction and fantasy tales, of course... but they are also places where we can find pieces of ourselves.
Growing up, I never read anything in the genres that I loved that really spoke to who I was. I didn't see myself in my books, and I hoped that one day I would change that. These days, that problem seems so much bigger than ever before--too many of our children, of our family members and our friends, don't get to see themselves as the heroes of the story, or as the model of what is good and right. Too many people grow up thinking they are wrong and that they make no difference in the world.
These books are one small way of me saying to every single reader that they are not wrong or broken and that they do, most assuredly, make a difference.
They aren't preachy. They aren't full of lectures and diatribes. The series is just a good story about good people in awful and fantastic situations, and I need your help to tell the next piece of that story.
Getting my book into the hands of those who care to read it is costly. When Gatemaker came out, it took every penny I had in savings to cover the cost of printing before I could sell a single book. It was nerve-wracking and a little scary to stretch myself so thin. For the following three books, I turned to Kickstarter, and that helped protect me from the risky, shaky, stretched-too-thin phenomena of the past. I want to keep writing, but I also live a real life in a real world where, just like anyone else, I can't absorb any more financial burden than absolutely necessary. So that's where you come in, I hope.
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to finance the initial printing of Shadowbender in both hardcover and paperback. With this money, I can get the books into the hands of the people most interested in seeing what happens next in the ongoing story of the Spiralchain.
::Cover Art Forthcoming::
What happens when everything you believe about your Purpose comes apart at the seams? Steven Mollison has been many things—he’s been a student, a soldier, a police officer, and even a mystical shaper of shadows. But with the door between worlds slammed shut in his face, he and all of the other Children of the Line must consider the possibility that their future is not the grand adventure that was prophesied. After months of living mundane lives back home, the glimmering possibility emerges of a way back once more into the Spiral of Worlds. But what perils await along this new road, and what discoveries lurk in the shadows that will test Steven and his friends? When all the forces of destiny have been turned aside, what choices will be made by these young people as the darkness of the Rot closes its grip on the eight worlds? The battle to turn back the Foreverot begins here, and Steven stands at its center.
Shadowbender is currently on track to run ~425 pages (depending on format).
Shadowbender is Book 5 in the Spiralchain series. See below for a short blurb about each of the first four books, all of which are available through this Kickstarter!
Most of the rewards are for the book (in e-book, paperback, and hardcover formats). Here are some notes about the things that are not books...
Special Note About Hardcovers
All hardcovers will also include an e-book copy of the same book in the format of your choice (Kindle or Nook/iBooks). This was supposed to be listed in the pledge descriptions. Sorry!
The acknowledgement to all Backers by name will appear in two places:
- On the web at http://spiralchain.net/supporters/ (The page already exists--it currently contains Mindshaper's, Metalbreaker's, and Fatewaker’s Kickstarter backers.)
- At the back of all versions of Shadowbender, just before the "About the Author" section, forever.
This Kickstarter is your last chance (aside from potential future Kickstarters) to get any of these books in the Nook or iBooks digital format (e-pub). During the rest of the year, all Spiralchain novels are Kindle-exclusive for digital formats (Mobi). So if you are a Nook or other ePub reader user, now is your chance!
There are four "Binge Rewards" for this Kickstarter. These represent ways to catch-up on the series all in one swoop. A Binge reward gets you all five books in the series in whatever format you are purchasing. If you want to know more about the earlier books, you can see details about them below!
The custom slipcase that accompanies the deluxe hardcover (also available as a separate purchase from the add-on menu, below) is hand-made by a talented craftsman. These cases are unlabeled--just smooth, sturdy, perfectly fitting cases that the hardcover book slides into for protection and added attractiveness. The slipcase for Shadowbender will be black, echoing the theme color of the book. If you choose to buy slipcases for the first four books (from the add-on menu below, or from the Deluxe Binge reward level), they will be a dark red for Gatemaker, white for Metalbreaker, dark green for Metalbreaker, and bright purple for Fatewaker, again echoing the theme color for each book.
The slipcovers are being designed and executed by the talented craftsman at Slipcase Books!
Next Alliance: False Starts
This paperback novel is the first in my super-hero series, Next Alliance. It released at Wizard World Des Moines in May of this year, and I am very proud of this little novel and its cast of young super-heroes trying to find their place in a world of alien invasions, super-villain grudge matches, and mad science. If you happen to be interested in picking up a copy of the first book, the Follower pledge level (or the add-on menu, below) will get you what you need.
For more information about the Next Alliance series, visit www.omnigenos.com!
If you want to add additional copies of Shadowbender or any other book in the series to your rewards, you can do so by adding the following amounts to your pledge (see FAQs, below). You will indicate the specific details about what books you want when purchasing these add-ons during the survey that is sent out at the end of the campaign.
- e-Book: $5 (This add-on throws another e-book into your order.)
- Paperback: $15 (This add-on gets you a copy of any one book in the Spiralchain series in its brand new paperback printing, which uses the same cover art as the hardcover versions.)
- Hardcover: $35 (This add-on grabs one book in hardcover for you--perfect for picking up the one or two volumes of the series that you missed.)
- Deluxe Slipcase: $60 (This add-on is for a slipcase only, not a book, but you CAN purchase slipcases for previous Spiralchain novels this way!)
- Next Alliance: False Starts: $10 (This add-on slips the 180 page paperback of my first super-hero novel, False Starts, in with the rest of your order.)
(NOTE: For Spiralchain paperbacks, hardcovers, and deluxe slipcases, please add $20 per item if shipping internationally. For Next Alliance paperbacks, add $10 per item if shipping internationally)
Spiralchain is an eight-book series about eight parallel worlds under threat from a cosmic force of decay called the Rot. Some time ago, in accordance with the master plan of the universe, called the Purpose, a group of children were identified on the world of Core (Earth)--the Children of the Line. These young people possess incredible mystic abilities, and only by working together can the Children of the Line stop the looming destruction of the Spiral of Worlds.
If the total money raised by this Kickstarter passes our $1000 funding goal, additional goodies will be unlocked for Backers. The complete plan for Stretch Goals is listed below! As we get closer to goals, additional details about them will be announced.
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Risks and challenges
Shadowbender hardcovers will print using the same services and file formats as the previous four books, which proceeded without any significant hiccups, so I feel confident that there should be no production mishaps that will notably impact delivery.
All paperbacks (Shadowbender and previous books) will be produced through a new printing partner, with the same cover art as the original hardcover release (we are temporarily retiring the marble-and-sigil paperback design. Don’t worry, it will be back!), and there may be some delays in getting the proofs and files set up correctly. Shipping dates for paperbacks have been adjusted to account for these potential delays.
The novel is completely written and is undergoing edits presently, so it will be ready for printing on time!
The cover art is in development, but Andrew Aguirre is a proven professional and has delivered terrific cover art time and time again for my projects.
The largest problem I can imagine at this time is managing the redistribution (sending out books once they arrive from the printer), but there were no hiccups in distribution last year, and I am confident we will do equally well or better this year.
Additionally, unlocking additional stretch goals does impact the timeline on things, so I have to be careful to not over-promise on these opportunities. Several stretch goals from the Fatewaker campaign missed their release dates (some in major ways) and I want to avoid that this time around.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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