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For a Few Gold Pieces More is a collection of ten short stories which was done as an e-series a few years ago. We intend to deliver a professionally designed book, not only as an e-book, but as a trade paperback. This Kickstarter is designed to raise money to pay for new artwork, new editing, cover and interior design work, and printing costs.

We anticipate needing approximately $1500 for art, $400 for editing, $500+ for design work, $1000 for initial printing costs, $750 for advertising and promotion, and at least $400 in misc. taxes and fees for this Kickstarter. So, if your calculator is up to snuff, you'll see the $4000 we're asking for doesn't QUITE cover anticipated expenses, but we'd be well within the ballpark.

For artwork, we intend to deliver not only this gorgeous cover by Shane Braithwaite (more about Shane in a bit), but also ten black and white interior digital paintings as the front pieces for each story.

We hope you'll give this project your support and share the word with your friends and other fans of dark fantasy, warped fairy tales and sarcastic protagonists. We look forward to the successful completion of this journey.

The cover art to For a Few Gold Pieces More
The cover art to For a Few Gold Pieces More
Preview of The Demon's Head front pieces
Preview of The Demon's Head front pieces

I’m a science fiction and fantasy author, but I have credits in non-fiction, action-adventure, and new pulp. I’ve also written media tie-in works for the Star Trek, Incredible Hulk, and Doctor Who franchises. I also did a novel based on the video game, Gauntlet Dark Legacy, which was a best-selling title for my publisher and am currently writing an on-line short story series called Strikeforce Falcon, which is historical action-adventure. My latest work was Terra Incognito, a non-fiction book, on the subject of world building for both writers and gamers. 

One of my reviewers summed up the stories as “Lord of the Rings if filmed by Sergio Leone”, which is appropriate since over ten short stories, I never name, nor do I ever describe, the protagonist, which was a lot harder than it sounds. He is an unreliable narrator at best, so he never feels the need to name himself. If you’ll humor me for a minute, he’s really “The Rogue with No Name”. I intentionally avoided naming the character outside of the stories too. Even now, I get asked what his name was at conventions, and I honestly reply, “I have no clue. What do you want his name to be?” 

The stories draw deeply from folktales and legends from around the world and my unnamed rogue allows me to put a fresh spin on these stories and occasionally mash tales together. I like to show how tales can be universal in nature. For example, one of my stories mixes a Norse tale about a cursed sword with Yorban mythology from Nigeria. I also have one tale that is based on the Swan Maiden, but it’s the Chinese version. The object for these tales was to try and find stories the readers might find familiar but put my own spin on them.

I’ve been very lucky to work with Shane Braithwaite on this project. He’s an Australian artist who’s looking to break in to the American book scene as a cover artist. I think after you see the work he’s done for the cover of For a Few Gold Pieces More and my other book, Terra Incognito, you’ll agree he shouldn’t have any problems finding more work. But please, don’t swamp him down with too many request. One of the stretch goals we have is to do even more art for this book.  

You can find more of Shane’s artwork on his Deviant Art page http://sbraithwaite.deviantart.com/

Examples of Shane Braithwaite's work
Examples of Shane Braithwaite's work

I’m also going to be working with Steve Roman, who’ll be doing the editing for this book. Steve is a former editor-in-chief for a New York publisher and he currently works as a freelance editor for various publishers.  

I know what you’re thinking, “Rich, why do you need an editor if these stories were previously published.” It’s simple. I want another set of eyes on this because I owe it to you to make this the best it can be before we go to press.

The series has gotten uniformly good reviews from both individuals and review sites. Here are a few of the comments people have had about the series:  

For a Few Gold Pieces More:

"Entertaining, old-school sword and sorcery, in the tradition of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser."  - Jim C. Hines; Author of the Magic Ex Libris, Jig the Goblin,and The Princesses Series

"Richard C. White knows how to spin a great yarn. These stories do not disappoint." - Bobby Nash; Author of Evil Ways, Domino Lady: Money Shot, and Alexandra Holzer's Ghost Gal: The Wlld Hunt

The Demon’s Head

While the book was short it was amazingly well written. The character didn't have a name but while reading it felt like I was the character. Strange huh? Super awesome writing and story. - Reese’s Reviews

Richard C. White knows how to write a story! Wow, I saw what he saw, heard what he heard, and felt what he felt. I was walking in the swamp with him and I didn't even know his name. Yes, you read it correctly... I just read a short story that never mentioned the main character's name and loved it! Who knew? Well-paced and flowing nicely... this is a sign of an awesome writer. I was hooked very early in my reading and before I knew it the story was over and leaving me wanting more. - http://cloeyk.blogspot.com

The Mountain of Ice

This is fast paced story filled with surprises. I admired our hero, empathized with the Queen’s slave, and hated the bad men, just like the author wanted me to. He kept my interest, made the story a bit spicy, and made me hope I might read more by him. - Long and Short Reviews

Shades of Blue

Despite clocking in at 20 pages Shades of Blue feels like a full length novel. I finished it wishing there could be more to this tale … Shades of Blue is the perfect choice for anyone who loves surprises. - Long and Short Reviews

The Black School

I am quite interested in learning more about the backstories of the main characters in this piece. The brief glimpses of their earlier lives that show up in this book have whetted my appetite for more … I sense that there is a lot we don’t know … and I think that figuring that out will make their adventures unforgettable. The Black School piqued my interest right away. - Long and Short Reviews

Sword of Fate

Sword of Fate by Richard White was a great read that had the main character learning that he is a better man than what he thinks he is. I enjoyed this story … It was easy to visualize the characters and find yourself rooting for them. I have no problem recommending this book to those that like this genre. - Drue's Random Chatter's & Reviews

The rewards are getting to professionally produce a book my readers will be happy to own . . . Oh, you mean the rewards for the people who contribute to the Kickstarter.  

Well, the rewards obviously vary. They run from e-copies of the book, to physical copies of the book, to art work by Shane, chain mail jewelry by Wishweaver Creations, and even a copy of every work of mine currently in print. There are also a couple of chances to see yourself in print. At one donation level, I’ll be happy to write you or a character of yours into one of my stories and at the ultimate donation level, I’ll add a new story into the collection where you are teamed up with (or perhaps the antagonist of) my rogue.

We also have stretch goals we hope to reach which will unlock additional things for the donators. One which we mentioned will be having Shane add more art to the book. The others will be released as we achieve those goals.

We anticipate the book release (and reward release) for Spring 2016. We’ll be posting updates on Kickstarter to keep everyone in the loop. Also we’ll as posting information on my web site, www.richardcwhite.com, and also on my Facebook page, which will be linked to on the Kickstarter page below.

If we hit $5000 in pledges, we'll offer those who've made a $25 pledge or higher an opportunity to upgrade their books to a slip-covered hardback, featuring art by Shane for $15. Those who've pledged less than $25, can still up grade for $25. (Locked)

 If we reach $6500 in pledges, we'll insert additional black and white art into the book by Shane. So, more art for no additional cost, just additional pledges. Now, if that's not an excuse to bug your friends and neighbors to support this Kickstarter, what is? (Locked)

 Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it. 

  Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it.

  Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it.

  Now, that would be telling, wouldn't it.

Risks and challenges

Honestly, there aren’t that many. The stories are already done—minus any changes Steve wants me to make, and Shane has already completed the cover art and one piece of the interior art. Our first stretch goal will be to get Shane to make the other nine pieces of art, one for each story that captures the essence of the story. Beyond that, the only risk are things that are generally beyond my control—I get sick, Shane gets sick, the printer burns down, packages lost in the mail, etc.)

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