"The Blood and the Life" is my first novel and is a story about a young man who is transformed into a vampire by drinking Jesus' blood as Christ dies on the cross and has to deal with what he has become while journeying toward redemption.
It has been accepted for publication by booklocker.com, a POD (print on demand) publishing service. I've decided to self-publish mainly because of the uncertainty of where this novel falls genre-wise and how to pitch that to traditional publishers. Self-publishing will allow me to get my novel out there and build an audience for it and my further writing.
Funding on kickstarter works on an all-or-nothing basis: if the funding level is matched, then pledges are collected and sent to me. If not, then no one is obligated for their pledge.
There are two levels to my funding request: $1500 and $4500.
- If $1500 is raised, I will be able to have it published, made into a Kindle-friendly ebook and distributed on Amazon, and print 100 copies.
- If the full $4500 is raised, I will also be able to have the book recorded in a professional studio (where I work) with a professional narrator. In that case, everyone who pledges will get an audio copy of the book in MP3 format, available for download, with digital cover art.
Excerpt from "The Blood and the Life"
Feranos limped toward the cross, ignoring the glares of the man’s disciples who were attending to weeping women. The lounging soldiers on either side of the three crosses watched as he approached; finally, as he neared the foot of the cross, one stood and barred his way with a spear, speaking in Latin a warning to stay back. Feranos stopped and knelt, as if he were one of the disciples. This seemed to placate the guard enough that he relaxed the spear.
Feranos looked up into the face of the man on the cross. In the strange, low light of this afternoon, he could see dirty, bloodily matted hair framing a gaunt face whose eyes were closed against pain. He was repeatedly muttering something Feranos couldn’t make out. There was a crude ring of thorns on his head. Rivulets of blood trickled down his forehead and face where the thorns bit into his flesh. More trails of blood were visible on his sides. The scent of so much blood caught Feranos’ nose and he inhaled deeply.
A deep rumbling as thunder ran though the earth. Suddenly Jesus cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Feranos and the soldiers scrambled to their feet and backed away. The loneliness in the voice caught at Feranos’ heart and he felt a sudden kinship with him. He stepped closer as Jesus bowed his head again. Jesus’ breathing was deep, but ragged. Through the matted tendrils of his hair, Jesus’ eyes peered out at Feranos. Again, the feeling that Feranos’ soul was being laid bare overcame him. He tried to move, but was held captive in the unimaginable pain he saw in those eyes. Jesus attempted to raise himself, but pain rippled over his face and he slumped down, hanging by the nails in his hands.
The words came from Jesus’ parched lips so softly Feranos wasn’t sure he had said anything until a guard stepped near him and extended to Jesus’ lips a spear tipped with a sponge soaked in what smelled like vinegar. Jesus wet his lips from the sponge and his head hung again. Blood continued to run down the man’s back.
A wash of pain ransacked Jesus’ face as he raised his eyes toward the sky. “It is finished,” he said, his eyes searching the sky for something Feranos could not see. The words Feranos had overheard, but not understood, at the Passover meal unexpectedly came to his mind as their eyes met again. What you are going to do, do quickly.
Pledging and Rewards
The pledging phase will last one month. From then, it should be 4-6 weeks (perhaps sooner) for the publishing process through booklocker. Copies of books and other rewards will start arriving in March; delivery of the audio book will depend greatly on how long it takes to record, but I will keep you updated on that as we go if that level of funding is met.
If my self-designed cover is accepted by booklocker, this is what the bookmark will resemble and will be shipped with the books:
So, if you think this is a worthwhile endeavor, I would greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you and God bless.
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