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The conclusion to the Shattered Sigil trilogy - a tale of blood magic, spies, and wilderness adventure.
The conclusion to the Shattered Sigil trilogy - a tale of blood magic, spies, and wilderness adventure.
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    1. LexC on

      Just going through my Kickstarter history, figuring out which projects delivered and which did not, and realised that you sent the first two books to us back in April >_< Thank you very much, will start on them ASAP.

    2. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Wendy - yes, although depending on how long the line & copy edits take, it may be that ebooks go out end of Sept and print books ship out a few weeks later in October. We'll see! I'll have a better idea of schedule once line edits come back.

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      wendy on

      Oh I'm so excited!! I cannot wait for this book to come out!! Still shooting for September?

    4. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Thanks, Chris! I think the short stories will be individual ebooks. I'd love to include them in the TPB, but I'm not a fast writer and I don't want to delay The Labyrinth of Flame at all, as might happen if I had to get the stories finished, edited & proofed before the book went to press. I'd rather make getting Labyrinth of Flame out my top priority and then complete the editing & proofing of the stories.

    5. Chris Hawks on

      Congratulations, Courtney! I have a quick question about the (two!) short stories: what format will they be in? Will they be included in the LABYRINTH TPB? Or will they be individual ebooks?

    6. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Thanks, Kristina! Can't wait to see your artwork. (I don't think there is anything more cool as an author than seeing your world and characters through another's eyes!)

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      Kristina Carroll on

      Congratulations Courtney! And I want to share my delight and gratefulness for your amazing fans! I'm very much looking forward to heading to a cafe with my sketchbook and these books this week to start diving in to this world in earnest. (I'm already thoroughly enjoying Whitefire Crossing)

    8. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Kendall - OMG is right! I just checked the Kickstarter before going to bed and now I'm all, "EEEEEEE!!!!!!!" I am so delighted!

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      Just wandered by and OMG YOU DID IT! :-D Two days out and you're just over the second stretch goal - we get interior art, yeah! :-D :-D :-D

    10. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Nimrod Daniel: hooray for Mark & your GR friend - and for you, for backing! Really appreciate the support. And no worries, I know all about mountainous TBR piles. When Whitefire Crossing makes it to the top of yours, hope you enjoy the read!

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      Nimrod Daniel on

      Congrats Courtney !!!

      I'd confess that I haven't read your books yet, though they're waiting for me on my long to-read list on Goodreads (btw, I've heard about your KS project from Mark Lawrence and another GR friend :) ). As a fantasy enthusiast I'm glad that I can help you finish your trilogy after your publisher's bankruptcy.

    12. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Bill - glad you're enjoying the podcast; hope you love the books! Thanks so much for backing.

    13. Bill Simoni

      Listening to you on Rocket Talk right now. Can't wait to read your work.

    14. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Chris - I'm so glad you are a completist. You never know if lady luck will strike a third time. ;)

    15. Chris Hawks on

      Well, shoot, I kinda hafta do this, right? Gotta complete my set of autographed TPBs. ;)

    16. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Gene - hooray! Always makes my night to hear the book is eagerly awaited. (And I admire your self-discipline, haha. I have none myself; I always end up reading teaser chapters in a furor of impatience. :) Thanks so much for backing!

    17. Gene Young on

      Can't wait to read the whole book.. Been holding off and not reading the first three chapters...

    18. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Ben!!! Just seeing your name brought back many happy memories of stacks, house meetings, and squeezing into the Land Rover for ski trips to Alta. I still wear my "Lost Moles" and Hell alley shirts with pride. Great to hear from you, and thanks a million for the support.

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      Benjamin Smith on

      I had to support a fellow Blacker Mole. Now I can take the other two books off my Amazon wish list as I could get all three here--major win!

    20. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Gary - since you were the one who pushed the Kickstarter over the top, you get any lesson you want. :D Though if you want it on the Good Book, you'll have to wait, like, 10 years for me to get good enough at armbars to thrash my way up it.

    21. Gary Hann on

      Congratulations on the funding of your project!

      What, no skiing reward level? In that case, I have opted for the climbing lesson.
      In lieu of the paperback, ebook, and map, I was hoping to get my lesson on the
      6th pitch of the Good Book. The following link explains it.

      I have the number 5 and 6 Camalots that are required. I'm excited for you to show me
      the " El Matador Style" of climbing.

    22. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Aaron - ha, yeah, the axel is a killer! Though bizarrely enough, I had way more trouble learning the double salchow. A shame you don't live near CO - do you ever go to cons? Anyway, about timelines for the writers' specials: since I'm a fast reader & experienced critiquer (for the past 6 years I've been a member of a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' critique group) I am okay with people sending pages right after the KS ends, though with the understanding that I won't be getting through them as fast while I am also engaged in editing/producing The Labyrinth of Flame. On the flip side, people don't have to send pages anytime soon - there's no deadline on the offer, it can be used whenever you like. I'll work through any pages I receive on a first-come, first-served basis, and as soon as I receive them I'll let the sender know a time estimate for my feedback.

    23. Aaron M. on

      As someone who learned enough for at least pre-preliminary testing (darn that axel jump!) I'd be tempted to take you up on that skating lesson, if I didn't live so far away...I'm definitely curious about that Writers Level #2 reward though, is there any particular timeline you'd be looking at having manuscript pages sent to you though (like after you finish fulfilling other rewards for the project)?

    24. Nancy K on

      SWEET! Thank you so much!

    25. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Kendall - thanks for the good wishes, and I'm so glad you like the cover! It's definitely the same font, haha. The cover designer, Martha Wade, had designed the cover of Tainted City so she knew exactly what font & such to use to make the books match (one of the reasons I chose her, since that's a priority for me!). Ha, and as for the skating, guess I don't talk about it as much as the mountaineering, but it's a big part of my life as well. I haven't competed since my son was born, but I've continued to train at a "maintenance level." Now he's old enough for school, I'm hoping to have the time to get back into competition - once I have this book out the door, anyway!

    26. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Nancy - I checked with Dave and thanks to his generosity I can indeed offer prints of the art for all 3 books! I've changed the add-on language to reflect this. $15 will get you 11x17 prints of all 3 books' art.

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      BTW the cover looks great, and I'm happy to see the same font for the book title (or close enough that the image looks like a match to me)! :-) It's silly how little things like that make me smile, but they do. Very professional, congrats! (And of course I love Palumbo's art, yum!)

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      ROCK ON! (So to speak. ;-) Congrats on the Kickstarter launch - already almost halfway there! I really, really hope we hit at least $6000 to get the stretch goal. :-D

      BTW I love your reward tier options; I don't believe I knew you were a figure skater, wow!

    29. Courtney Schafer Creator on

      Thanks so much, Nancy! I will talk to Dave Palumbo (the artist) about the possibility of prints for books 1 and 2.

    30. Nancy K on

      Woohoo! I'm very excited for this book to be a real thing! Are art prints available for book 1 and/or book 2? I'd love to have all three. Thanks!