Separated by thousands of miles, two young women are about to realize their extraordinary powers which will bind their lives together in ways they can't begin to understand.
Protecting others. Maintaining order. Being good. These are all important things for Bonnie Braverman, even if she doesn't understand why. Confined to a group home since she survived the car accident that killed both her parents, Bonnie has lived her life until now in self-imposed isolation and silence; but when an opportunity presents itself to help another girl in need, Bonnie has to decide whether to actually use the power she has long suspected she has. Power that frightens her.
Across the country, Lola LeFever is inheriting her own power by sending her mother over a cliff...literally. For Lola the only thing that matters is power; getting it, taking it, and eliminating anyone who would get in the way of her pursuit of it. With her mother dead and nothing to hold her back from the world any longer, Lola sets off to test her own powers on anyone unfortunate enough to cross her. And Lola's not afraid of anything.
One girl driven to rescue, save, and heal; the other driven to punish, destroy, and kill.
And now they're about to meet.
THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING is a novel written by Kelly Thompson. The book is completed and has been work-shopped and revised with both a writing group and an agent and was almost purchased by a major publishing house in 2010. The book is being edited professionally (begone typos!), and has a gorgeous professional cover by renowned comic book cover artist Stephanie Hans.
This is not a graphic novel, but an approximately 375 page prose novel.
Books will go to printing immediately following the completion of the Kickstarter and rewards will be mailed out shortly thereafter. So this is a very quick turnaround time for Kickstarter. You won't have to wait long to read the book. In addition, I am giving away "Part 1" (roughly 90 pages) for free on my blog 1979 Semi-Finalist throughout the duration of the Kickstarter. And you should out TheGirlWhoWouldBeKing.com to learn more about the project, see some additional art, and great behind the scenes stuff!
If the Kickstarter is successful the book will be published in three formats:
- A paperback edition for Kickstarter and for retail distribution.
- An epub edition for the Kindle, Nook, or iPad for the Kickstarter and for retail distribution.
- A limited edition, signed & numbered, casewrap hardcover first printing.
Funding will go to the production of the book: the actual printing, costs for editing, cover art, isbn’s, taxes, shipping, and other general expenses related to getting the book out there without me going broke in the process.
So who is this book for you ask? That is an excellent question.
Fans of superheroes
Fans of comics
Fans of YA and Crossover Fiction
Fans of Feminism (woo!)
Fans of strong but complicated female leads
Fans of The Hunger Games or Battle Royale. (While the themes and plots are quite different, the violence is similarly intense)
Fans of character driven epics
And fans who enjoy falling love and then having their hearts torn out…who doesn’t love that?!
As for age appropriateness, that’s trickier and a bit the reason why we’re here in the first place. I feel it’s appropriate for about 15 and up, but if it’s a serious concern I’d recommend reading it yourself first, or at least checking out the sample chapters available here. In truth, I would have read a book like this when I was 12 or 13 on up and loved the crap out of it…but everyone has different guidelines for these things.
Thanks in advance to everyone for taking a look at this project and supporting it. If you think THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING is a worthwhile project please do your best to recommend it to others and to get the word out there!
25K STRETCH GOAL REACHED!!!!
You guys are AMAZING. I'm so excited for what this hardcover edition will now get to be a truly one of a kind item for a prose novel!
For those of you just checking the project out now - if you pledge at the $50 level (or above) your hardcover edition will now instantly become a limited edition signed and numbered hardcover with a section of between 6 and 12 FULL COLOR illustrations by Stephanie Hans - the uber talent behind the cover and other visuals for the book! The three Stephanie drawings that have already been released (the cover, the Bonnie vs Lola painting, and the Bonnie Subway painting) will all be included, as will a number of BRAND NEW illustrations/paintings Stephanie is doing (you can check out Update #7 for some rough sketches she's done for a few of the paintings).
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU. This is completely amazing and I hope that everything about the project delivers for you guys - I will try my best in every way - promise!
STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED!
We're doing so well here that if we can hit $25,000 then everyone already getting the hardback edition (i.e. the $50 Ultimate Badass Level) and up, will receive an upgraded hardback edition that includes a section of full color Stephanie Hans illustrations - the three you've already seen (the cover, the Bonnie vs. Lola painting below, and the Bonnie Subway painting below) as well as newly commissioned never before seen illustrations by Hans.
Additionally, anyone from the "Sidekick Level" ($20) and up will receive 3 new exclusive postcards - 2 of the newly commissioned Stephanie Hans art and 1 of this limited edition Meredith McClaren art of Lola LeFever:
Also, if we make it to the 25k goal, everyone from the "Sidekick Level" and up will get additional merchandise, like this Meredith McClaren Bonnie vs Lola magnet:
I have been absolutely floored by your interest and support - not to mention funds. I hope we can all get across that 25k line because I would just LOVE to see the hardcover with Stephanie's illustrations - THAT will truly be a one of a kind thing to own!
Thanks again for the big push forward in these last days!
Some other gorgeous art and at the bottom - links to articles about THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE KING from Wired, Pop Candy, After Ellen, The Mary Sue and more! Plus some of my favorite quotes about the book so far!
A peek at the "Team Bonnie" and "Team Lola" magnets by the amazing Ross Campbell, here's a peek:
Also, some of the stickers are going to be more "Meredith McClaren 'itties'" - here's a peek at two!
Some amazing people have been writing fantastic things about both the book and the kickstarter - check it out!
- (30 days)