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$1,293
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43
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 16 2015 8:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

Before leaving from his homeland in Ilmarinen, Xandr had never seen clothing of any kind. He lived free, as did Thelana and her family. As famine forces them to the outside world, they discover the hypocrisy of civilization, where war is waged in the name of indifferent gods, the poor are abandoned to the alleys, and the "naked" are treated as savages and pariahs.

Xandr and Thelana are the first naturist heroes in the fantasy genre by a naturist author. Looking at the successes of Harry Potter, Twilight and Game of Thrones is proof that people are still hungry for fantasy, especially for fantasy they've never seen before. Naturist fantasy *could* be the new thing! If it worked for survival shows and dating shows, why not? But simply getting "Ages of Aenya" into print isn't enough. Readers need to know the book exists. It needs marketing to succeed!!! After fifteen years in development, I am reaching out to the online community for help in funding this project. The money will go to a professional edit, cover printing costs, graphic design and marketing.

The Prologue: Thelana is far from the home and family she knew in Ilmarinen, and she can never return. Trusting in her skills as an archer to hunt and fend off predators, she struggles for survival. In the deep of the Wildwood, she discovers an ancient, forgotten city, and strange humans who cover their bodies in something called clothing.

Chapter 1: A Compass for Miseries: After ten years of wandering, Xandr believes he is the last of the Ilmar. Ouranos, an old winged friend, convinces him that there may be more to his future than sulking in the swamp. Hedonia, the City by the Sea, is under siege, and only Xandr can aid them.

Chapter 2: Dreams of Ilmarinen: In Ilmarinen, the waking world is inseparable from dreams. On his way to Hedonia, Xandr is haunted by memories of his mentor and the lost paradise that was his home.

Chapter 3: Jewel of the Sea: In Hedonia, Xandr is treated with scorn for his "barbaric" ways. As he travels to meet the High Priest at the Temple of Sargonus, he discovers the human cost of great empires.

Here is what some people are saying about "Aenya":

You have just destroyed my evening. I am thoroughly engrossed in Aenya now. I need to know more about Thelana and Xandr, need to know more about the world, and am downright angry you haven't posted more. Now I see on the blog that you are trying to get published; so my question is when and where can I pre-order? Give me fantasy that says something. So thank you Nick for writing something different and damn you for making me wait to read it." ---Jason

"Hey Nick... I truly think you have a gift... Your ability to describe the environment and surroundings in the story is amazing... I felt mesmerized by the environment and beauty of the words you used to describe the surroundings." ---Susan Akhoondan

"The Prologue for 'Ages of Aenya' is phenomenal, and it enticed me in something both different and exciting." ---Arthur K.

"Thelana's struggle makes us care for [this] adventure way too much, more than any other story I've read recently. It fires up our anticipation for the rest to come ... Keep up the good work ..." ---Aris Ioannou

"Often times I forget how intimately involved in the world of Aenya I've been. As this point, I feel a degree of genuine love for it's characters. I absolutely love the subtle nuances [which] says so much about her [Thelana] with so little. As you know, I'm a huge fan of minimalist storytelling. The issue of nudity is also brilliantly addressed here. By weaving it into Thelana's thoughts, more than into the physical description of the actions, you make nudity, not sexuality, a clear theme. Masterful storytelling there, man. You should be very proud." ---David Pasco

Risks and challenges

The great thing about this project is that there is very little risk. Once editing, artwork, and printing are completed, the only challenge will be to get the word out. I will do book signings, reach out to online critics, and make use of my established fanbase. With proper marketing, the book should grab the attention of major publishers and agents. This is how "Eragon" and "50 Shades of Grey" started out!

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