Our publishing team has worked hard to get here, because we believe stories can do more than describe the world that is.
Story can show us what could be.
When I think of daring and imaginative, I'm not thinking of vampires or zombies or angsty love triangles or whatever the latest trend happens to be. I'm thinking of something different altogether. Something that makes a difference. Something that challenges the status quo. That doesn't always mean flying ships or even talking cats (although, to be fair, talking cats are pretty awesome).
I believe good stories inspire hope in the face of darkness. I'm thinking about the way story can reflect the good, the true, and the beautiful, making it easier to find in our own lives.
Now that's daring and imaginative.
We're here because we think you believe the same thing. That stories are meant to show more than what is. They show us what could be.
Nightrage Rising is a street-level fantasy-adventure novel with a healthy splash of Nancy Drewish mystery—mixed with a dollop of wit and snark. It is a fast paced, first-person, present-tense story of a girl discovering self-worth, courage and friendship in the face of an unstable kingdom, magical inequality, and a dangerous, seductive cult. If you grab a copy off the shelf and flip to the back cover, here's what you'll find:
"Essie Brightsday is blind. But that hasn’t kept her from curses, dragons, or rock basilisks in the past. Now her family lives in the bustling capital of Plen, a far cry from their small farm tucked against the Valley of Fire. Little does she know that a secretive cult is growing in the city, guaranteeing this adventure will be just as eventful as the last…"
Nightrage Rising is the sequel to A Hero's Curse, but was written to stand on its own. If you missed the first book, don't worry, you can still jump in, right now. (You can find out more about a A Hero's Curse here).
Nightrage Rising is about 76,000 words, similar to the word count for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's perfect for kids between 7-13 years old, but as C.S. Lewis said, "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."
Nightrage Rising is complete and ready to print. By picking your favorite reward level, you not only get the signed book and other fantastic awesomeness, you make the story better for others too.
Kickstarter is a special place. By setting up pre-orders here, I can sign copies, include illustration, write notes to backers, and be personally involved. And by being involved at every stage, from printing to packing, you get more.
Here on Kickstarter we're providing an exclusive, "Hero's Edition" of Nightrage Rising. (A Hero's Curse will be an exclusive "Hero's Edition" if ordered here on Kickstarter as well). The book is a slightly larger one, with a heavy cream paper of a quality that Amazon simply can't match. To mark these stories as different, Tig has put his paw print on the front of each one.
On top of the quality mentioned above, every book comes across my writing desk. I sign each one, and we carefully wrap and package the rewards to ship to you. I always ask who you want your copy signed to.
That said, you could wait and get Nightrage Rising on Amazon sometime in December. The price will probably be around the same as A Hero's Curse: $12.68, or about $18.86 with shipping. (I don't have final say over that price). If you have a free shipping option, that may be your preferred method.
But here on Kickstarter we're offering something special ~ something more. And not only are you getting more as a backer, you're advancing the story for others! Making it better for others! And maybe, a reader somewhere will be inspired by what could be.
Us too! That's why we're doing a couple of special things with this story. First, check out our cool map below. I don't know anybody who doesn't like a map to go with an adventure. Second, we're running a contest this year to involve more artists! If you're an artist, or know an artist who would want to do a sketch, let them know! There are great rewards and riches to be had for the finalists.
I loved the older books in the house growing up - the ones that had sketches in every chapter. Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, and a copy of Greek myths were favorites because they had so many! Newer books today rarely have those sketches of old. Publishers often have to weigh cost and return and decide that most stories can't be illustrated. That's one of the unique advantages of being on Kickstarter. It is about creating something you love. Something your kids will love. A story you can pick up and flip through, just to look and wonder and laugh.
The neat thing is, by choosing a reward level you join the team and help bring this compelling and beautiful story to life. So put your name in here too!
It is hard to mention all the people who have worked hard to breathe life into this project. My local writer's group has heard and encouraged Nightrage Rising, a few pages at a time, one Friday at a time. My fellow SCBWI members have poured over the story into the late hours at our regional conference.
Our editor, Brittainy Anderson, has a fantastic eye and has dedicated hours to the manuscript, polishing and refining. Our illustrator, Danny Kundzinsh, has a passion for the story and brings years of experience working on games, comics and magazine illustration. He is currently the lead illustrator and comic artist for the SOS Children's Safety Magazine. We love the way he is bringing the characters to life. Nova Nightingale is a brilliant audio narrator and the voice of Essie in all of our promotionals. Elizabeth Phillips did a fantastic job narrating A Hero's Curse audiobook. (If you haven't heard her, please check out her voice on Audible). Leah Ervin lent us her talent and ability to capture Essie in our promo video.
And then there's me, Parker. I've been writing for a while now and I'm passionate about the art of storycraft. You can read more about me under the "About" tab here on Kickstarter, or on my website. I love working with a young audience, helping them to recognize their own strengths. In a big way, this story is an extension of that same passion: it encourages us to work through our own strengths and weaknesses so we can be a hero for someone else.
Any extra money pledged goes directly into the manuscript, instilling added awesomeness for everyone. Check it out:
Elizabeth Phillips, our fantastic voice artist and narrator of A Hero's Curse has worked around a new toddler to record Chapter One of Nightrage Rising, for you. (I love that you Kickstarter backers helped pick Elizabeth out of a talented crowd).
Risks and challenges
The novel is complete, so the risks are relatively low.
We want to make this book extra special. Not just another novel, but a friend that's a part of your family. We want every word and witty line and illustration and sketch to be enjoyed and shared. A book that you would read with your kids, share for years to come, and read again to your grandkids.
With your help, we can finish this in style and amazingness. And we can give that story of hope and courage to others.
Of course, acts of God or mistakes could delay our printing and delivery schedule, and we will keep Kickstarter backers updated if we do encounter any delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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