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THE BALLADS OF DONNY GRANGER tell the story of a young man who likes to shoot things. And wear dresses. Sometimes at the same time. Read more

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THE BALLADS OF DONNY GRANGER tell the story of a young man who likes to shoot things. And wear dresses. Sometimes at the same time.

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The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book One  could be subtitled How A West Virginia Boy Becomes a Super Hero in Taffeta.  It is the tale of a bright boy from Pig Hill, West Virginia, who defies all odds (and his father) to make a life of which he can be proud.  Donny travels the southeast in search of the one person he thinks might accept him,  a woman his father banned from Pig Hill, his kind Aunt Deb.  Along the way, he learns to play the piano, take down an eight-point buck, tame a Florida panther and match a handbag with pumps.  He befriends Mean Margaret Addelbaum, the most hated girl in Masada, WV, and finds a home for Esther, a stray chimpanzee.  

The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book One will be the first in a series of books about Donny Granger, transgendered super hero for our times.  

I am Stephanie Mesler, creator of Donny Granger and author of the novels-in-progress The Ballads of Donny Granger.  Most of my work is somewhat autobiographical and Donny’s story is no exception though some of his adventures are a tad more colorful than my own.  Donny is an amalgamation of people I have known, family and friends, a few strangers who have taken special places in my heart and imagination.  In Donny, I am creating a super hero for the 21st century, someone a modern reader can love and admire.  Donny is one of the lucky few who will become exactly who he was meant to be.  He will do so on his own terms and in his own time.  

Set in the hills of West Virginia, on the sea coasts of Florida, and many places in between;  stocked with a striking cast of characters, The Ballads of Donny Granger are novels that deserve illustration.  To that end, I would like to hire Elizabeth Beronich Sheets, who did the cover for Book One in Ballads, the drawing you see here, to fully illustrate this first Donny book.   Sheets and I have collaborated previously.  She is exactly the right artist to illuminate Donny’s tale.  That is one of the things your donations to this Kickstarter campaign can support.  


Beyond that, your donations to this campaign will defray printing, binding, and shipping costs and allow this writer to breathe a little easier as she takes time to finish the book.  It will also let me know you believe in Donny Granger and my ability to write him alive.  In gratitude for your confidence in me, you will receive rewards as listed in the right-hand sidebar of this Kickstarter page.  These gifts include autographed copies of The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book Oneand Soul Hill Lullabies, my most recently published book of poetry.  There are also ebooks and audio books, as well as commissioned work by this author to be had by supporting me as I complete The Ballads of Donny Granger, Book One.  

As this Kickstarter campaign goes forward, I will express my thanks to those who contribute by adding rewards for every $500 pledged beyond the campaign’s original $2000 goal.  Please donate today and donate again should the spirit move you.  Even the smallest of donations will make a difference.  Your support and faith in me and my work are greatly appreciated.  

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    The undying gratitude of this author and the right to call yourself a patron of the arts.

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    --Soul Hill Lullabies in Ebook
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    --The chapbook, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author and delivered by postal service

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    --The first chapter of The Ballad of Donny Granger as an e-document.
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    --Soul Hill Lullabies in Ebook
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    --The first chapter of The Ballad of Donny Granger as an e-document.
    --The chapbook, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author and delivered by postal service
    -- The Audio CD, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author, delivered by postal service
    --The First Chapter of The Ballad of Donny Granger, autographed by the author, delivered by postal service

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    --Soul Hill Lullabies in Ebook
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    --The chapbook, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author and delivered by postal service
    -- The Audio CD, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed
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    -- A Poem Written for You or the person of your choice delivered in time for your birthday in 2013. You or they will receive a signed and bound copy of that poem.

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    --Soul Hill Lullabies in Ebook
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    --The first chapter of The Ballad of Donny Granger as an e-document.
    --The chapbook, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author and delivered by postal service
    -- The Audio CD, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed
    by the author
    -- A Poem Written for You or the person of your choice delivered in time for your birthday in 2013. You or they will receive a signed and bound copy of that poem.
    -- The Ballad of Donny Granger in ebook format upon its completion no later than Dec. 31, 2012

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    --Soul Hill Lullabies in Ebook
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    --The first chapter of The Ballad of Donny Granger as an e-document.
    --The chapbook, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author and delivered by postal service
    -- The Audio CD, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed
    by the author
    -- A Poem Written for You or the person of your choice delivered in time for your birthday in 2013. You or they will receive a signed and bound copy of that poem.
    -- The Ballad of Donny Granger in ebook format upon its completion no later than Dec. 31, 2012
    --Your name will appear in the Thanks pages of The Ballad of Donny Granger

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    --Soul Hill Lullabies in Ebook
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    --The first chapter of The Ballad of Donny Granger as an e-document.
    --The chapbook, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed by the author and delivered by postal service
    -- The Audio CD, Soul Hill Lullabies, autographed
    by the author
    -- A Poem Written for You or the person of your choice delivered in time for your birthday in 2013. You or they will receive a signed and bound copy of that poem.
    -- The Ballad of Donny Granger in ebook format upon its completion no later than Dec. 31, 2012
    --Your name will appear in the Thanks pages of The Ballad of Donny Granger
    --You will receive The Ballad of Donny Granger in trade paperback, autographed by the author.

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