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The premier short story collection from epic fantasist Bradley P. Beaulieu, author of The Winds of Khalakovo.

Interior Art News

I have some news on the interior art that I'm very excited to share. I've worked out arrangements with an artist for the pieces we'll have inside the covers should we meet either of our upcoming stretch goals. His name is Evgeni Maloshenkov. He's twenty-four, lives in the Ukraine, is a self-taught illustrator, and, as you can see from the two examples below, amazingly talented.

I love these two pieces. I tend to like the more abstract, and these are no exceptions. I also love the eastern European and Russian steppe sensibilities of them. They fit the style and tone I'm shooting for for The Lays of Anuskaya stories in particular, but I think Evgeni will do wonderful work with the other pieces as well. You can see more of Evgeni's work over at his website.

As of this writing, we haven't yet reached the stretch goals for interior art, but now I'm even more excited about getting there!

Recap of Rewards

Stiletto - $5 level

  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)

Khanjar - $15 level

  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Kindjal - $30 level

  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Digitally signed DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Longsword - $50 level

  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Limited Edition Hardcover - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Digitally signed DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • Backer's choice of either a trade paperback of The Winds of Khalakovo or The Straits of Galahesh - signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) 
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Shashka - $75 level

  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Limited Edition Hardcover - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Straits of Galahesh Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Shamshir - $100 level

  • Two copies of Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Limited Edition Hardcover - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Straits of Galahesh Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Berdische - $250 level

  • Name a character in one of the stories to appear in the collection!
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Limited Edition Hardcover - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Straits of Galahesh Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Skiff - $500 level

  • Name and develop a character's backstory and plot in one of the stories to appear in the collection!
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Limited Edition Hardcover - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Straits of Galahesh Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

Windship - $1,000 level

  • Develop the plot of a story to appear in the collection!
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Limited Edition Hardcover - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • The Straits of Galahesh Trade Paperback - signed & personalized
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI) - digitally signed & personalized
  • The Winds of Khalakovo DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • The Straits of Galahesh DRM-free ePack (PDF, EPUB, and MOBI)
  • Name included in credits at your pledge level

More Night Shade Goodness!

Night Shade Books has stepped up again to help support this Kickstarter! They've donated trade paperback versions of The Winds of Khalakovo and The Straits of Galahesh, so effective immediately, I'm officially adding the following bonuses to the upper reward levels:

If you pledge at the Longsword ($50) level, in addition to the current rewards, you'll get your choice of a trade paperback copy of The Winds of Khalakovo or The Straits of Galahesh.

If you pledge at the Shashka ($75) level or higher (which includes Shamshir, Berdische, Skiff, and Windship), in addition to the current rewards, you'll get a trade paperback copy of both The Winds of Khalakovo and The Straits of Galahesh.

Interested in these new rewards but aren't sure how to change your reward level? Here's an FAQ from Kickstarter that covers that:

http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/backer%20questions#HowCanIChanMyRewaSele

Thanks again to Night Shade Books for being such a strong backer of this project. Be sure to check out their website for the many fine books they're putting out.

The Details

Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories is a brand new story collection from the Bradley P. Beaulieu, the author of The Winds of Khalakovo, The Straits of Galahesh, and The Flames of Shadam Khoreh.

Since the release of my debut novel and its sequel, I've been asked by fans if I have any more fiction out. I've written a few dozen short stories that have been published in places like Realms of Fantasy, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future, and several DAW Books anthologies like Steampunk'd, The Dimension Next Door, and Spells of the City. The trouble was, these stories aren't collected in any one place that people can buy.

That's the goal of this Kickstarter, to get these stories into the hands of the readers who want them. I've already contacted the wonderful artist of the Dark Valkyrie, Sang Han, the piece you see above, and arranged for its use once the Kickstarter is fully funded. I also have a copy editor lined up to go over any new material for this collection.

I've set the initial goal of the Kickstarter as low as I can to cover things like copy editing and artwork, and I'm confident we can reach that goal. But I have some exciting stretch goals planned as well (see Stretch Goals above).

I would very much appreciated your spreading the word about this, my first Kickstarter. Even if it's not for you, your friends might love a chance to get an early copy of this story collection. And if you participate, I am deeply grateful in your confidence in me as a writer, because let's face it, that's the writer's greatest pleasure, sharing the stories they wish to tell.

The Stretch Goals

$1,500 — Unlocked! — I'll write a brand new story set in the Winds of Khalakovo universe.

$2,000 — Unlocked! — Everyone will receive an e-copy of The Winds of Khalakovo as part of their ePack.

$2,500 — Unlocked! — I'll write a second story set in the Winds of Khalakovo universe.

$3,000 — Unlocked! — Everyone will receive an e-copy of The Straits of Galahesh as part of their ePack.

$3,500 — Unlocked! — I'll write a third story set in a brand new middle-grade world I'm working on, a world that's loosely based off of Norse mythology.

$5,000 — Unlocked! — Six stories will receive interior art. I'll work with an artist to get introductory pieces for some of the stories, some of which I'll open up to a survey at the end of the Kickstarter. These will be included in the e and print versions of the collection.

$7,500 — All of the stories in the collection will receive interior art. No need for voting in this case. Every single story will get its own custom illustration and will be included in the e and print versions of the collection.

And in the event we get even higher, I'll add additional stretch goals, which will probably be art renderings for some of the stories in the anthology.

The Cover

Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories
Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories

Preliminary Table of Contents

This is preliminary because more stories may be added, but these are the list of stories the anthology will start with.

  • “In the Eyes of the Empress’s Cat”. First printed in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.
  • “Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten”. First printed in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.
  • “Sweet as Honey”. First printed in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.
  • “Shadows in the Mirrors”. First printed in Dimensions Next Door by DAW Books.
  • “Parting the Clouds”. First printed in Time-Traveled Tales.
  • “Flotsam”. First printed in Writers of the Future XX.
  • “A Trade of Shades”. First printed in Alien Skin Magazine.
  • “Good Morning Heartache”. First printed in Spells in the City by DAW Books.
  • “Cirque Du Lumière”. First printed in Fellowship Fantastic by DAW Books.
  • “How Peacefully the Desert Sleeps”. First printed in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.
  • “Foretold”. First printed in Steampunk’d by DAW Books.
  • “From the Spices of Sanandira”. First printed in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
And two previously unpublished stories:
  • “An Instrument of War”
  • “Prey to the Gods”

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are typically a few major challenges to overcome in a project like this. The first is the cover art and cover design. This has already been completed. I've contacted artist Sang Han and arranged for the use of his wonderful Dark Valkyrie for this story collection. The second challenge is to get the book copy edited. I have a copy editor identified and plan to work with them once the Kickstarter is fully funded.

The stories in the collection are already written, so that won't be an issue. There are, however, stories included in the stretch goals that may provide a challenge in that stories take time to write. But in all three cases, I have the rough story ideas in mind, so this should not be a difficult obstacle to overcome.

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