In Beneath a Burning Sky, the battered airship Dawnhawk is finally going home. Pirate Captain Fengel and the rest of her crew want little more than to repair their vessel, offload their plundered loot, and do something about the zombies they seem to keep accumulating. Rest and relaxation aren't to be, however, as the Perinese Royal Navy is laying in wait, ready to crush the Copper Isles Pirates. Only one thing might save Fengel and the others; an ancient Voornish superweapon, hidden away by the bloodthirsty, untrustworthy, Pirate King Blackheart. Yet the motivations of the pirate king may not be what everyone expects...
Beneath a Burning Sky is a steampunk fantasy novel, the last in my Dawnhawk Trilogy. It's fully written at over 120,000 words, awaiting final revisions and editing. I just need your help to produce the work to completion. All funds gathered for this project go towards finishing this story as a professional independently-published novel, available in both digital and physical formats.
To edit the work, I've once more engaged Indigo Editing out of Portland, Oregon. They did a stellar job with the first two novels in my series, and I look forward to working with them again.
As with the cover design and layout of the first two trade paperbacks, I've engaged Third Place Press in Seattle, Washington, to work on this third novel.
My wonderful cover art (as seen above) was once again created by SnowSkadi. Check out her work at DeviantArt.com.
So, I've got the story written and all the production details figured out. But I want my backers to know that they'll enjoy my work. To that end I've posted an excerpt from Beneath A Burning Sky over at my website, www.jonathonburgess.com. You can also find links to the first two novels (as well as more previews), at Amazon.
STRETCH GOAL #1 - 2000$: Bookmarks! People have repeatedly expressed interest in Dawnhawk Trilogy bookmarks, so if we hit 2000$ for the project, I'm going to make them happen. Anyone who backs at the SCOUNDREL pledge level will get a bookmark mailed their way.
STRETCH GOAL #2 - 2500$: Early Access Short Story! Should the amazing happen, and we hit 2500$, I'll be giving all backers a free short story, entitled "A Matter of Scale." A sneak peek of my next project, it concerns the humorous tale of Hristomarth Rofolio, a rogue who finds himself forced to deal with the troubles afflicting a small village, in the form of seven newly-hatched dragons, recently abandoned by their mother.
Risks and challenges
Beneath a Burning Sky - a Novel, is fairly safe. This is my fourth Kickstarter. I anticipate not only meeting my reward deadlines, but exceeding them just like I did with my previous two novel projects. Cover art is done, editing and revisions are lined up, and the novel is already written. The timeframes specified allow for some delay in editing, publication and shipping, should anything unforseen occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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