It's an epic steampunk fantasy filled with clockwork machines, mighty airships and wild majick.
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"Jason?" Her legs gave way.
There was no denying it any more. No telling herself someone else had been shot down.
"Jason, you promised." Her voice cracked. "You said forever."
Hannah, slave girl and Taker of the Dead, refuses to accept her secret lover, Jason, is gone. Now, she risks everything by trusting Travis, a stranger with dark secrets, who promises he can help her find the necromancers that will bring Jason back from the grave. Framed as an Ilsan terrorist and on the run, Hannah is hunted by a rogue spy who will stop at nothing to kill her.
As Hannah races to find the outlawed majick to bring Jason back, she discovers who she is and faces a decision that will change her life and all of Ilsa, forever.
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This young adult novel will be told in collage-images and words where the images enhance the story, not just illustrate the text. The story is written by Chris Michaels and the images are created by Reema Farra.
Michael and Reema, owners of Darke Media Group, met at a writers group, and the rest is history... Ha ha!
Within a couple of months the two became good friends and shortly after decided to collaborate on their first novel. One idea led to another and they soon realized one novel could not contain them all. Michael brought Danny on board. Together, they were inspired by fresh story telling and that spawned Darke Media Group, a studio dedicated to literary and artistic collaboration.
> Ok, So I'm Thinking Of Investing. How Are You Going To Put My Money To Good Use?
If you're going to invest your hard earned cash, you've got every right to know where your money is going. So here it is:
-Purchasing the necessary software to bring Phantom Hearts to life
-Purchasing the hardware to create and test out our project
- Building a website
- Promotions & Advertising of Phantom Hearts
- Creating a custom video trailer for the Special Edition
- And, taking some time off our full-time jobs to finish the project
> How Far Along Is This Project? What Kind Of Timeline Should I Expect?
Wonderful news. We've got the story already written, and we're stoked about that! We don't have all the collage images done, but we've already started them. We've broken Phantom Hearts into four parts, each about 80 pages long.
So, we plan to release Part 1: Bound by late September. The subsequent parts will follow through the beginning of 2013. When the whole story is told, we'll publish a Special Edition of the entire book with extra bonus features and credits to our backers as outlined in the Pledge column (right).
> That's Great! But Tell Me About Your Experience And Qualifications. Do You Think You Have What It Takes To Really Pull This Off?
Michael is a founding member of Darke Media Group. He is currently finishing his masters at the University of Houston and working toward a PhD in Multimodal composition (Storytelling). His greatest dream is to use storytelling to help people: to teach, to heal, and to transform lives.
Reema, another founding member, is a working Interior Designer who is passionate about art, design and the environment. She's been drawing and sketching since she was five. Using her skills + education from The Art Institute, she creates beautiful presentations and graphics. She loves stories and sharing her imagination.
Danny, the third founding member, is a musician and business man. He's helped set up and start several non-profit organizations. He is about to graduate with a double major in Managment of Information Systems and Managment Leadership with a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Bauer School of Business. His creativity, dedication and cool logic provide the right balance to help us stay grounded and focused on productive ideas.
Together, they have more than 20 years experience creating art, writing and directing plays, authoring novels, composing music and collaborating with artists.
> What Else Might I Look Forward To From Darke Media Group?
Depending on the success of Phantom Hearts, we have two more novels to complete the Hearts Trilogy.
We also have several projects 'In the Lab'. One is a 1960's noir novel, The Flawed Dance, which will be accompanied by a custom music soundtrack. Another exciting project is a young adult, alternate-history novel about a 13 year-old journalist living in Louisiana who is determined to prove paranormal beings absolutely DO NOT exist, which will be told in several mediums.
We have so many more stories we want to weave using all avenues of media that would take up too much time to talk about here. So check out our website or email us if you want more information.
> Samples of Reema Farra's art:
> I Like It! What Do I have To Do?
We can't do this without you! Well, we could, but it would take a really long time and we don't want to deprive you of the opportunity to enjoy Phantom Hearts right away. With your Pledge (whatever you feel is right, $3-2,000) we can reach our goal and get Part 1: Bound to you by the end of September, with the subsequent parts and Special Edition to follow.
If you love steampunk, if you love our concept, and if you want to see it come to life, support us! Tell your family and friends, and connect with us on Facebook, Twiter, or YouTube.
GADGETEER: Recieve an advanced copy of Part 1 with a personal "Thanks" inside the e-book format of your choice emailed to you, a Signed postcard of the cover art from the book AND a "Thank You" on our website
CLOCKWORK SPY: Recieve an advanced copy of Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4 in an e-book format of your choice emailed directly to you, a "Thank You" on our website, AND a custom designed Phantom Hearts desktop background
PRIME GADGETEER: Recieve All CLOCKWORK SPY and an advanced copy of the Special Edition with a personal "Thanks" inside the e-book format of your choice emailed to you + Signed postcard of the cover art from the book
JADEN ROYAL: Recieve All BASTIAN COURTIER but with the actual steampunk necklace from the cover art of the book AND a character drawn in your likeness featured in the Special Edition, all on a a hand crafted steampunk usb