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By Chanrithy Him
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 READ AN EXCERPT FROM RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA

http://www.moonpowermedia.com/#!preface-of-rotga/vm622

READ THE VOICE OF AMERICA INTERVIEW: 

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/author-envisions-a-romantic-vampire-fantasy-novel-with-a-cambodian-twist/3099453.html

MY STORY 

I spent three years writing Rise Of The Golden Aura. Now I need financial support to deliver it to the world for which it was created. Rise Of The Golden Aura will resonate with people everywhere, especially young girls and women. As we know, empowering girls and women helps us to be better individuals and to better nurture our families—thus benefiting society worldwide.

While growing up in Cambodia, I was captivated by the romance and mystery of the ancient Khmer temples, the Asian vampire mythology, Khmer stories of reincarnation and incantation.

Historically, Cambodia had her share of legendary leaders, namely kings who built famous temples. As a Khmer-American, I romanticize the Golden Age of Cambodia, when she was a powerful and prosperous empire that flourished and dominated almost all of inland Southeast Asia. That was during the Angkor period, between the 9th and 14th century.

I’ve inspired and empowered my readers, audiences, and hosts around the world with my award-winning memoir, When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge (Norton). Now it is time for me to write fun stories. I begin with a novel series that reimagines the vampire culture. In doing so, I hope to inspire, entertain, educate, and empower even more readers worldwide.

In 2005, I toured some of the famous ancient Cambodian temples that I have dreamt about since I was eight years old. Of all of them, there was one that truly captivated my heart and soul. It was a famous 12th Century Bayon temple with 54 majestic four-face towers. There, I felt a strong presence of a distinguished female spirit watching me.

By cosmic or spiritual energy, we made a special connection. At that moment, I pledged that I would write a novel that would feature this enigmatic temple. 

In 2012, the Year of the Dragon, I began writing Rise Of The Golden Aura that features a Cambodian-American teenager (JD Bophatip) as its main character.  

On June 29, 2013, I pitched Rise Of The Golden Aura to the California Institute of Contemporary Arts. They were so enthusiastic that the next day they awarded me more than I asked. 

MY NOVEL

Rise Of The Golden Aura is set in Cambodia and America. It is a young adult vampire-romance fantasy with a cross-cultural theme. The concept of Asian vampire myth and folklore is a fresh new take on the previous portrayals of vampire culture. It will resonate with people around the world, especially young girls and women. It will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and fans of P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series, just to name a few.

SYNOPSIS

In Cambodia, there are signs, for those who can read them. A Radio Free Asia interview documents a blind man’s vision—that ancient royalty will reincarnate as a queen with supernatural gifts, and an aura that can be seen only by those who belong to the spirit world.

Halfway around the world, in Portland, Oregon, high school student JD Bophatip, dutiful daughter of a successful immigrant mother, takes a leap into her American life when she is inspired to compete for the title of Queen of Rosaria in the Portland Rose Festival. Then her life takes an even more unexpected turn, and not just because of the charming, enigmatic Ryker Erickson.

With his tall, handsome physique, melodic voice, and mystical air, Ryker is irresistible. But Ryker, too, is powerfully struck—by the mystery of JD’s glowing, golden aura.

As JD and Ryker grow closer to each other, and closer to understanding each other’s secrets, JD’s dreams become increasingly prophetic. Struggling to understand a mysterious gift containing Sanskrit inscriptions and sacred jewels, JD seeks to harness her emerging powers in time to fulfill her destiny and save her life. 

For Ryker, a descendant of Vikings, belongs to a powerful circle of vampires. Vampires who have a vested interest in the politics of JD’s city and state—and the entire human realm. Vampires who have a prophecy that a golden vampire will come to rule the vampire underworld. Vampires who will stop at nothing to destroy her. 

PRAISE FROM THREE OF RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA'S EDITORS: 

“RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA has cultural background that is rich and interesting. It gives everything a unique twist. It’s a great change from the “usual” vampires found in young adult books.” 

“The vampire-romance-fantasy topic is in tune with what sells in today’s market. It has a popular audience. The vampire queen plot has potential to be immensely fascinating. This is a facet of vampire culture that has not yet been utilized within this culture.” 

“As you predicted of American readers, I am indeed fascinated by the idea of the Cambodian vampire— this is a story of cross-cultural exploration in both human and vampire worlds! As a reader, I enjoy learning new things about different cultures and about different perspectives on the world. I also enjoyed the strong friendships between JD, Sam, Hayden, Nathan, and Tevy. You do an excellent job at moving between scenes, dialogue, and JD’s thoughts and description. I tend to think that first-person present tense narrative is complicated to write, but it sounds very natural when you do it: JD comes across as a very trustworthy narrator of her story.” 

PRAISE FROM JULIA DRAKE, LOS ANGELES PUBLICIST: 

“We read the chapter you sent and there is a lyrical beauty in your writing, a longing, that is spell-binding. We are hooked! Thank you so much for sharing.” 

MY REQUEST

I need your financial support to get Rise Of The Golden Aura published. My first step is to raise funds to produce and publicize Rise Of The Golden Aura, so that it can reach the widest audience possible. 

I ask you to Please JOIN the California Institute of the Arts in funding my project. And I ask you to further help me by spreading the word to your network. Your contributions will pay for copy editing, proofreading, book design, and distribution set-up. The rest will go toward fulfillment services, packaging materials, freight charges, Kickstarter campaign fees, and payment processing fees. 

 MY REWARDS

Your contributions are very important and will earn my deep appreciation in the form of rewards. Allow me to describe my cool rewards. Please read the full descriptions in the Rewards Section.

RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA FAN CLUB: No physical reward, but a digital “Thank you” from me.

E-BOOK:  You will receive a PDF, Mobi, or ePub version of Rise of the Golden Aura to read on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices.

RISE TO THE OCCASION:  One unsigned first-edition hardcover of Rise of the Golden Aura.

SIGNED HARDCOVER, PLUS SIGNED PHOTO: One autographed first-edition hardcover copy of Rise of the Golden Aura, and a signed, black and white 5x7 photo of me—a picture with important historical significance! 

• SHARE THE FANTASTICAL WORLDS OF RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA: Two signed first-edition hardcover copies of Rise of the Golden Aura. And would you like a signed black and white 5x7 photo to go with them? Done. 

• THINK COLLECTIVELY WITH "RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA": Three signed first-edition hardcover books and a signed 5x7 color photo of me wearing a beautiful Khmer classical costume, taken at OU (see above).

• BE A SPONSOR OF A LECTURE IN OREGON:  For the Oregonians only. Be a sponsor of a lecture or organize a public lecture and I will speak at your high school, lecture hall, university, library or book club in Oregon.

• GOING NATIONAL. LOOKING FOR OUT-OF-STATE SPONSORS: This pitch is similar to the above, but it pertains to folks who live outside of Oregon. When you sponsor a lecture or organize a public lecture, in addition to me speaking about Rise of the Golden Aura, I will first perform a Khmer classical dance called the “Blessing Dance." 

• GOING GLOBAL. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS: When you have something important to share with the world, you go the extra miles to do so, even though you don’t like to fly. For this very special reward, I will speak to your community about When Broken Glass Floats or Rise of the Golden Aura in addition to performing the “Blessing Dance”. 

Risks and challenges

I am very confident that I can get my exciting and groundbreaking new novel to you by August 2016.

If there is a risk, it is minimal, and is only associated with a brief delay in sending the book out to you. That might be due to the availability of the copyeditor and publishing consultant with whom I would like to work in order to maintain the quality of my book. If that happens, I’ll call on Queen JD to do a flyby near your home to give you a heads-up.

For those backers who are movers and shakers who will invite me to speak, I kindly ask that you work with my schedule.

To make sure I get the novel to you in a timely manner, I have chosen Friesens in Canada as my printer, with a local company in Oregon to do the order fulfillment. This is getting so exciting. I’m jumping up and down right now!

Many thanks to all of you for helping to make my dream a reality. It is history in the making to bring new imagination and creativity to the popular vampire culture, so readers around the world can enjoy it as they escape to the new fantastical world of Oregon and the mystical realm of Cambodia.

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    • SIGNED HARDCOVER, PLUS SIGNED PHOTO: One autographed first-edition hardcover copy of "Rise of the Golden Aura," and a signed, black and white 5x7 photo of me—a picture with important historical significance! When I am as famous as J.K. Rowling (I’m not asking for much), you can walk up to total strangers and say, “I supported her first novel. Can you believe it?”

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    • SHARE THE FANTASTICAL WORLDS OF "RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA": Two signed first-edition hardcover copies of "Rise of the Golden Aura." And would you like a signed black and white 5x7 photo to go with them? Done. Purchase two copies to be shipped directly to you, plus a signed photo of moi. You can give a copy of the book as gift to your friend, son, daughter, niece, nephew, or any special person in your life.

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    • THINK COLLECTIVELY WITH "RISE OF THE GOLDEN AURA": Three signed first-edition hardcover books. You’re excited about my new novel and you can hardly hold your horses to share with those you care about. I will send you 3 signed books, and a signed 5x7 color photo of me wearing a beautiful Khmer classical costume. If I ever become crazy rich like Carlos Slim (hey, a woman can dream, can’t she?) you can definitely cash in on that signed photo. I’ll buy it back at a ridiculous price and display it in my museum. Hakuna matata. If you saw "The Lion King," you’ll remember that it means “no worries” in Swahili.

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    • BE A SPONSOR OF A LECTURE IN OREGON: To the Oregonians only, if you sponsor a lecture or organize a public lecture, I would love to speak to our community about "Rise of the Golden Aura." All the attendees and I will be most grateful to you, but Queen JD will protect you from the evil vampires and humans who are lurking somewhere in the Portland Metropolitan area.

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    • GOING NATIONAL. LOOKING FOR OUT-OF-STATE SPONSORS: This pitch pertains to folks who live outside of Oregon. It is going to cost you extra. But with the extra cost comes a blessing! Here, let me give it to you: When you sponsor a lecture or organize one, in addition to me speaking about "Rise of the Golden Aura," I will first perform a Khmer classical dance called the “Blessing Dance”, and bless the heck out of you, and yet, at the same time I get to share with you our beautiful Khmer culture that used to be performed for Cambodian Kings and distinguished guests who visited Cambodia.

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    • GOING GLOBAL. ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. LOOKING FOR INTERNATIONAL SPONSORS: When you have something important to share with the world, you go the extra miles to do so, even though you don’t like to fly. As you know, a good book leaves a lasting impression. It moves you to action. For this very special reward, I will speak to your community about "When Broken Glass Floats" or "Rise of the Golden Aura" in addition to performing the “Blessing Dance” and having a book signing for both of my books afterward.

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