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Can Kiva and DeeDee learn the secret skills of DreamKeepers before it's too late? Find out with this middle-grade adventure ebook & app Read more

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Can Kiva and DeeDee learn the secret skills of DreamKeepers before it's too late? Find out with this middle-grade adventure ebook & app

Boston, MA Young Adult
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Video: Paola Bennet; book trailer: Angela Harrer; Music: Joao Luis and Leo Langinger; Illustrations: Veronica V. Jones; Story Editing: Tom Griffin & Stephanie Reich; Sound Design: Akash Thakkar; App Design: Gregg Goldner; Web Design: Barbara Groth
Video: Paola Bennet; book trailer: Angela Harrer; Music: Joao Luis and Leo Langinger; Illustrations: Veronica V. Jones; Story Editing: Tom Griffin & Stephanie Reich; Sound Design: Akash Thakkar; App Design: Gregg Goldner; Web Design: Barbara Groth

Graphic Design: Mim Adkins

The Story:

Kiva and DeeDee Stone have tough lives keeping up with the go-go-go pace of their hometown, Solasenda. Their father disappeared 5 years ago, their mother is too busy working double shifts to be home often, and their Aunt Agnes is hounding them to get into a trade guild so that they can finally move west with the rest of the town. 

But their world is turned upside down when the girls discover that the wall the town calls The Beginning actually ended thousands of years of traditions focused on not on working, but dreaming. In that world, the 6 tribes of DreamKeepers could use their dream powers to fly, change shape, travel to the past, live underwater, create impossible buildings, look into the future, and more. When Kiva discovers a dangerous plot to get rid of her and DeeDee and capture all remaining dreamers, they run to Hilde and Marcel, two of the last free DreamKeepers, to save them. 

As these elders lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyland of Return, they train the girls how to develop dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come. 

The Project:

Hi. I'm an artist and author who has been studying dreams for the past 30 years BECAUSE DREAMS ARE AMAZING DEMONSTRATIONS OF  CREATIVITY AND SOURCES OF INSPIRATION! People were always telling my daughters, "Follow your dreams!" but they never meant their actual night dreams, and most people didn't even pay attention to their own dreams, let alone show my daughters tap into them to discover how unique, amazing, and inspiring they were. Pfft! So I started teaching them how to do that, and what they accomplished in their dreams turned into the adventures of Kiva and DeeDee Stone. 

So this KickStarter is a chance to help readers explore dreams as keys to their individual awesomeness. How? Through a fantasy adventure series about the Stone sisters who live in a town where no one dreams. Then, they meet members of a dying culture, the DreamKeepers, who teach them how to not only remember and explore their dreams, but also use them to develop incredible super powers. The 6 tribes of DreamKeepers can use their dreams to fly, change shape, travel to the past, live underwater, create impossible buildings, look into the future, and lots of other awesome tricks. Why? BECAUSE WE CAN DO ANYTHING WE WANT IN OUR DREAMS!

Now this is a fantasy series, but most of the techniques the characters use in the book really work, so readers can actually get better at dreaming by following what the characters do. So, if you want to help fill the world with more people interested in TRULY following their dreams, then support this project, which will pay for the development of the first book into a TOTALLY AWESOME multimedia ebook app that IS ALL ABOUT DREAMING and will BLOW YOUR MIND!

This project I started 11 years ago has grown into 3 books- of which Raising Sleeping Stones is the first -that will be released as interactive apps so that readers can do things they can't with physical books. Like what? Like explore the story more deeply through music. I hired 2 incredible composers to create the world's first complete story score, a soundtrack embedded in the book so that every time you read an important passage, music plays that not only reflects the characters' emotions at that time, but also includes plenty of musical clues that curious listeners can use to unlock hidden layers of the story. Why? BECAUSE DREAMS ARE LIKE OGRES- THEY HAVE LOTS OF LAYERS!  Listen to the track below, for example, to hear what plays while the restless DeeDee is racing to complete her challenge. This is her theme, which changes over the course of the book as she changes:

Isn't she fun? And you can hear how different the sisters are by listening to Kiva's opening theme, which plays as she's worrying if she will ever complete a challenge or fit in (wait a couple of seconds for it to begin):

Oo! I've got chills! And that theme, too, changes every time Kiva changes, giving readers extra clues to what's happening to her that are not in the text.

But wait- there's more. I've got an incredible illustrator who is making images that...wait for it...develop as the characters do. What does that mean? It means that, for example, when a character makes a breakthrough in their dreams in Chapter 8, that breakthrough unlocks hidden layers of an illustration in an earlier chapter. And the more you read, the more hidden images the cover will reveal. Why? BECAUSE  DREAMS CAN REVEAL SO MUCH TO US THAT WAS HIDDEN BEFORE! (See video below).

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OK, that's already pretty cool, and I know you're ready to hit the BACK  THIS PROJECT button, but wait- there's more! Here's a quick rundown of some other features we need your backing to make possible:

-The ability to make reading and thinking about dreams an international EVENT by rolling out chapters each week over this summer so that readers have time to reflect, discover hidden layers of the plot and share ideas about what they are are learning to do. This is what Charles Dickens used to do and readers loved it because WE ALL WANT TO SHARE WHAT MATTERS TO US!
-Interactive features of the app that will let readers solve mysteries and unlock more hidden illustrations, music, and text;
-An online gallery on our awesome website raisingstones.com (designed by web designer Barbara Groth) where readers can upload and share their own illustrations from each chapter because this project is as much about readers' creativity as it is about our team's;
-A Tumblr where readers can share their ideas about dreaming and even their own dreams; (see above)
-A Notes and Highlights feature that allows readers to keep track of their favorite characters, dream tribe, and plot developments;
-and more!

So if you think that readers deserve a chance to TRULY follow their dreams and are ready to help me pay all the team members to lend their awesomeness to the project and make it incredible, then HIT THAT BUTTON AND BACK THIS PROJECT! 

Haven't hit it yet? Then remember that everyone dreams every night, but so few pay attention and tap into them to discover their own super powers. Don't you want readers to discover how unique and amazing they are? THEN MAKE IT HAPPEN! Back this project.

Risks and challenges

So this is a project with a LOT of moving parts and new elements. Here's how we plan to handle any bumps in the road that might come up:

-Technical integration of all the features and assets: we have an amazing app developer AND a backup developer, both with lots of experience getting apps onto the app store and through debugging;
-Reaching more readers: we have thousands of contacts in our team's networks and are reaching out to them and to bloggers of middle-grade and YA readers to spread the word;
-Issues with illustrations and music: we have built in trial and error protocols as we roll out chapters so that we can respond quickly to reader issues and suggestions.

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    For beginning dreamers: Pledge $1 and get a link to download the text-only ebook of the first 2 chapters of Raising Sleeping Stones, which you can read on any device as a PDF.

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    These dream tracks, created by Hyper Light Drifter Sound Designer Akash Thakkar, can help you dream more often and more deeply. They are his translations of the 6 ancient tribal melodies from the Valley of Dreams.

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    1 backer

    For Boston people: a 2-hour dreaming workshop in which you will learn about the history of dream experiments that informed the book, astral travel, rewinding & replaying dreams, becoming lucid, and other dream skills. Note: past workshops went well beyond the 2 hours, which is absolutely fine with the author ;)

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    For Story Score fans: Pledge $6 and get a intro ebook with chapters 1 & 2, along with the music.

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    39 backers

    Pledge $10 and get the full app that contains the complete story, the music, and art.

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    10 backers

    Pledge $20 and get a set of all 6 Dream Tribes cards, along with information on how to do what they do.

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    7 backers

    Get the complete iOS app plus a downloadable CD of all the music and art from Part 1 of the book, which is over 50 original pieces that you can listen to in any order, over and over.

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    For Art lovers: Pledge $35 and get the complete iOS app plus an 8 x 10' print of Kiva and DeeDee by the amazing Veronica V. Jones.

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    10 backers

    For Music Fans: Pledge $45 and get the complete iOS app plus downloads of the entire story score soundtrack. That's close to 2 hours of original music that you can either play all the way through or organize into playlists by character, chapter, or mood. This is the first such extensive and complex story score ever written for a book- and it will all be yours! Mouahahahahaha!

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    2 backers

    For BIG Music fans: OK, so you want to step up your funding game? Well, here's some incentive: in addition to the complete iOS app, you will receive a physical copy of the multidisk CD (That's about 2 hours of original music!) signed by the co-composers, Joao Luis and Leo Langinger with art from the book.

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    6 backers

    For hardcore dreamers: OK, for $75, you get the complete iOS app AND all the music AND an incredible collection of 6 dream tracks, 1 for each of the tribes of Orora Crona. These are the melodies that the tribes used for thousands of years to help get them ready to dream deeply- try them out!

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    6 backers

    For those who want it all: Wow! At this level, you are really pushing the project forward, so we will show our appreciation by giving you: 1) the complete iOS app, 2) an 8 1/2 x 11" color print of the amazing cover signed by the equally amazing Veronica V. Jones (complete with revealed illustrations), and 3) your/your favorite reader's name in the back of the book for all readers to admire and be awed by.

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    1 backer

    For hardcore fans of Veronica V. Jones' incredible illustrations: a collection of all the art from the book. You get the full color cover, all 20 chapter illustrations, and all the character portraits bound into a collector book. The perfect gift for readers who want to spend more time with the characters!

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    For Illustration fans: Veronica V. Jones will add you or anyone you want to an illustration from the book and send you a signed 8 1/2" x 11" print of it.

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    2 backers

    This is for the hardcore fans who want to meet the author. In addition to the complete iOS app and multidisk CD, anyone who funds at this level will get a live, 30-minute Google Hangout reading by the author of whichever chapters your audience wants to hear, accompanied by the original music from those chapters, plus a Q & A session with the author and composer Joao Luis that will cover anything your readers want to know about the story or music except spoilers from Books 2 & 3.

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    Limited edition, full-color archival print of the cover signed by the artist, Veronica V. Jones. Matted, shrink-wrapped, and shipped to the reader of your choice. These are in very limited supply.

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    For fantasy fans: Decide which of the 6 dreaming tribes of the Valley of Dreams you'd like to belong to, and the author will create a character from that tribe based on you and put them into Book 2 of the series.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    (For New England backers only) For anyone who backs at this level, you get everything at the $99 level, plus, the author will come to YOUR TOWN and do a LIVE reading, accompanied by music from the book, for you and whomever you want to invite. The reading will be followed by a Q & A about dreaming in the book and in your audience's lives. This is a great package for anyone who wants to stage a once-in-a-lifetime book-lovers event for harcore readers and dream fans. Only 10 available.

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    1 backer

    (Only for people in the Boston or New York areas): You get the app, the disks, the art AND a live reading with the author with the music while art is projected at EXACTLY the right moments. The reading will be followed by a Q & A with the co-composer Joao Luis about the music and the author about dreaming in the book and in your audience's lives. You never had the chance to do this with Ernest Hemingway, J.R.R. Tolkien, or another favorite author? Then take advantage of the incredible opportunity to do this NOW with P.H.T. Bennet and Joao. Only 5 available.

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    The author will fly anywhere in the U.S. to do a live reading with music and illustrations, pose for selfies, and write you into the next book as a character. Top that!

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