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A fantasy adventure story about archaeologists, vicious pirates, misplaced immortals, and a rescue mission to southern islands.
A fantasy adventure story about archaeologists, vicious pirates, misplaced immortals, and a rescue mission to southern islands.
A fantasy adventure story about archaeologists, vicious pirates, misplaced immortals, and a rescue mission to southern islands.
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The Blackfeather Chronicles are an adventure series about an unusual family of archaeologists in the Victorian era of a fantastic world, who contend with the supernatural on a regular basis. Their adventures are chronicled in ebook via this link. If you'd rather have a book to hold in your hands, to take along on the train, or give to a friend or a child, the rewards on this project are meant for just that. At $5 you get a .pdf of the complete illustrated book 3 of the ongoing series, at $20 you get both books 1 and 2, and the rewards above that are better and better, featuring original art from the series, art commissions, a handmade cloak, custom tea blends, and limited edition handcrafted pendants.

My goal with this project is to introduce more readers to the Blackfeather Chronicles, and to fund the printing of book three, The Tembelaka Voyage. All funds after Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and a fair fee to my awesome layout guy Ryan, will go directly to printing the pulp paperback on wind energy produced 30% PCW recycled paper. Did I mention it's also tree free? If funding goes over my goal, I'll do a bigger, more economical print run, along with reward boosts. 

UPDATE: We're funded! Hurrah!

Time for a Stretch Goal! If we get to a grand total of $3500, just 1k over our original goal, we can print the short story collection The Cambriol Riddle and other stories. It will contain three stories, one never before seen! The novella The Cambriol Riddle and the short story A Shandorian Journey are illustrated by Asher Dumonchelle. A Shandorian Journey is written by my longtime friend and writing collaborator Jessica Van Oort. The third story, The Castle's Mysteries, is illustrated by me. They will all be bound up in a tidy paperback book with black and white illustrations, and available as a book choice option for anyone who has pledged for a book. (Anything above $5 includes this option) And yes, of course they will be printed on recycled, wind energy produced paper, because I am me.

Want even more?  At $4000 book one, The Alarna Affair, will be made into a downloadable audiobook! At $4500, book two, The Germhacht Episode will get one made as well, and at $5000 book three- The Tembelaka Voyage- will also get an audio book!

stretch goals
stretch goals

The Rewards!

Here's the good stuff!

Books! Pick which you want in your reward!
Books! Pick which you want in your reward!

 

Hand screened Hoodies, made extra soft
Hand screened Hoodies, made extra soft

 

 

Get color prints, or pick one of the originals
Get color prints, or pick one of the originals

 

Have a custom tea blend made just for you
Have a custom tea blend made just for you

 

For those who move quickly, there are a limited number of Blackfeather pendants, made with a lovely bit of copper, a black feather and some sand in a vial, all on copper chain, of course.
For those who move quickly, there are a limited number of Blackfeather pendants, made with a lovely bit of copper, a black feather and some sand in a vial, all on copper chain, of course.

 

Get something small, like character bookmarks
Get something small, like character bookmarks

 

Or go big, and get a glorious one-of-a-kind Blackfeather cloak
Or go big, and get a glorious one-of-a-kind Blackfeather cloak

 

Blackfeather cloak, showing full wingspan
Blackfeather cloak, showing full wingspan

 

Risks and challenges

The book is complete, as are the illustrations, layout is underway and the printer is ready for us; so only the usual shipping delays, natural disasters, and unforeseen hiccups in the shipping process can stop us now.

If I meet the stretch goals there is more work yet to do. One short story needs to be finished, and its illustrations completed. I will also need to paint a cover illustration for The Cambriol Riddle. Then it will all go to layout and then the printers. Doing that and the audio books will take time beyond the reward delivery goal of July 2016, so if the stretch goals are met, the additional material may arrive as long as 6-8 months later than the rest. Whatever happens, I will mail the initial, non-stretch rewards as scheduled in July.

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    Thank you for your support! You will be emailed a pdf of the illustrated book, The Tembelaka Voyage.

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    You will be mailed one signed Blackfeather Chronicles book of your choice--Book 1, The Alarna Affair; Book 2, The Germhacht Episode; or Book 3, The Tembelaka Voyage.

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    You will be mailed a pack of character bookmarks and one signed Blackfeather Chronicles book of your choice--Book 1, The Alarna Affair; Book 2, The Germhacht Episode; or Book 3, The Tembelaka Voyage.

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    You get a signed copy of any one of the Blackfeather Chronicles books, plus either a bagged and boarded illustration print of your choice or a packet of custom blended loose leaf tea.

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    You get a limited edition Blackfeather pendant, made of copper filligree, a vial of sand, and a black feather, as well as a signed copy of The Tembelaka Voyage by mail.

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    You get all three Blackfeather Chronicles books signed and mailed to you.

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    You will receive an original black and white portrait of any person or character you choose (head and shoulders), plus any one Blackfeather Chronicles book.

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    You will be mailed a hand screened hoodie of your choice, featuring characters from the Blackfeather Chronicles: available in limited sizes. Pick from 2 styles. And then pick which Blackfeather book you want mailed along with it.

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    You will receive an original watercolor portrait of any person or character you choose (head and shoulders), plus any one Blackfeather Chronicles book.

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    You'll be mailed one of the original watercolor illustrations from The Tembelaka Voyage (first backers get first choice), along with any one Blackfeather Chronicles book.

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    You'll be mailed The Blackfeather Cloak, a one of a kind custom garment, as well as the Blackfeather book of your choice

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    Tea with the Author.
    You are invited to tea with the author. Bring a friend and come spend some time talking and brainstorming story ideas over tea and cakes. Tea dates are available in Los Angeles CA, New York NY, St Louis MO, Oklahoma City OK, Indianapolis IN, Philadelphia PA, Austin TX, Chicago IL, Milwaukee WI, Santa Fe NM, Flagstaff AZ, and possibly other cities within the US. This tier also includes all 3 Blackfeather Chronicles and a gift basket delivered in person.

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