Tickets to Karasvale: A Novel
A teen fantasy novel with steampunk elements about kidnapping, love, betrayal, murder, stealing, and magic.
Augers are people who can manipulate metal through touch and mind power. Some are stronger than others.
Penny has been hiding the fact that she’s an Auger for the past eight months, and trying to save enough money to flee the city and leave her dark past behind her.
Aarik is caught between the love for his caregiver and the strength to do what is right. He wants to believe there are good reasons behind his orders to kidnap Penny, but he doesn’t know if he can go through with it. Should he take matters into his own hands?
Maiya only seems to be good at stealing. But she even got caught doing that once, and it ruined her life. The choices she made when she was young continue to haunt her, and she doesn’t know how to make it right.
Jax will do anything it takes to save the people he loves. Even if it only ends up hurting himself. He worries about Aarik and what will happen if his mission with Penny doesn’t go as planned. What will he do to help him when he needs it?
Oliver has been living amongst the Augers, knowing nothing of their powers, but suspecting something is going on. No, not suspecting, hoping. Wishing. Wishing that the people he lives with are magic, and getting caught up in dangerous things just to be a part of it.
Kaul is the one who starts it all.
Tickets to Karasvale is inspired by my trip to The Netherlands, most specifically, Amsterdam. I didn't think Amsterdam was the prettiest city I had visited in that country, but it was by far the most interesting. It had a completely different feel to it than any of the small towns I had wandered through and explored. Amsterdam was ... cool. During the day it was busy. It was hard to navigate, and the amount of canals was almost overwhelming. They separated almost every narrow one way street, and locked bikes lined the railings of virtually every bridge. The sides of the roads had nothing separating you from the canals, except for houseboats or parked cars, but they didn't take up every space along the edges of the water, so if you wanted, you could sit on the side with your feet dangling over.
At night, Amsterdam was calm. The lights reflected on the surface of every dark canal, and you could sit on a bench and admire it until the sun came up. But you could also venture to different parts of the city that stayed awake and kept you buzzing.
As I walked the streets of Amsterdam with my friend and got lost on more than one occasion, I couldn't get over how neat this city was. So when I got home, I decided to write a book with a similar setting.
But with magic.
By donating to my campaign you are helping to get this story published and in the hands of readers who love to escape into new worlds. This campaign will pay for the interior layout of the book, as well as a beautiful cover. I'm hoping for it to look similar to my placeholder cover, but I need higher quality images, and a new font that I know I can use commercially. This Kickstarter will also pay for my first run of prints, a few swag boxes to send out to book reviewers, and of course all the cool rewards listed on the right.
When it's time to publish my book, it will be available for all ereader platforms and in paperback from indigo.ca and amazon.com!
Check out the first two chapters of the book on my website here:
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Risks and challenges
The reason I'm doing this Kickstarter so far away from my anticipated release date, is to give myself room for any bumps in the road. Self publishing can come with its own sets of frustrations and setbacks, and it's my goal to have the story finished and edited, and the cover done by this Christmas or early January. If I have everything sent off to the publisher by January, we will have six months to get everything right. If there are mistakes with printing, or I find new typos, we'll have time to fix it and look at new proofs. We'll have time to make sure everything is right, and that it gets published on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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