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Maryanne M. WellsBy Maryanne M. Wells
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Maryanne M. WellsBy Maryanne M. Wells
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About

The Book

In present day Texas, we care a lot about oil, natural gas, and water. What's the best way to control those valuables? Own the total bundle of land and mineral rights. Get the land before anyone else. In the Texas Panhandle, that means getting into the territory before Charles Goodnight, in 1876.

What could a villain do to own it all? Change history.

That's the plan of the evil Vildru sorcerers. They've got the magic to do it, but, there's a catch. They can't go back in time themselves. In a risky move, they decide to send back one of their greatest enemies, a member of the Undead Bar Association. Hopefully, they think, she'll change history and get herself lost or killed in the process.

The Project

The novel Deadhand Control will be a collision of law, history, and the supernatural, combined features that are the hallmark of Undead Bar Association books. But, in Deadhand Control, for the first time in the series, characters will be sent back in time. Sending characters back in time requires a deep knowledge of the time period, and that requires a whole new level of research by me, the writer.

Post-Civil War America was a place of great conflict and great opportunity. Native Americans and pioneers fought for land. Railroads from the east continued their western foray. Buffalo hunters entered the plains, and the Native Americans found they had to fight to preserve their way of life. In that era of great change, the US Army was key. It was the line of Army Forts that defined the frontier's western edge.

The Post-Civil War army was an unusual group of men: West Point graduates like General William T. Sherman and Colonel Ranald Mackenzie, immigrants from war-torn Europe, criminals on the run, veterans of the defeated Confederate Army, and the new "Buffalo Soldiers."

To understand the things these men saw and experienced, it isn't enough to visit libraries and research departments. I need to visit related battle sites and forts in Texas and Oklahoma, to meet with reenactors and living historians.

That's the heart of this Kickstarter project: research for the novel Deadhand Control.

The Pledge Levels

Depending on your contribution, you'll receive updates, Undead Bar Association books, Texas Panhandle roasted coffee, or the chance to name a character in Deadhand Control. Here's information about each:

Books

Deadhand Control
Deadhand Control

Deadhand Control - Book 4 of the Undead Bar Association Series. Planned publish date is early February 2014.

Matriculated Death
Matriculated Death

Matriculated Death - Book 1 of the Undead Bar Association Series. The origin story of the Undead Bar Association, this book covers how the members met (ghost haunting the library), their early battles (UBA vs. vampires, UBA vs. zombies, UBA vs. UBA), and the critical choices that impact the rest of their lives. Proving that the first two years of law school are a living hell, but with enough coffee, friends, and shotgun shells, you can survive.

Shadowed Demise
Shadowed Demise

Shadowed Demise - Book 2 of the Undead Bar Association Series. UBA member Maryanne spends her first law school summer clerking in Dallas, Texas, and she gets more than she bargained for. There's a mystery lurking in the shadows, tied to a string of deaths from 1963. It's not long before Maryanne's being haunted, by the present and the past. Includes scenes set in 1963 Dallas, with people and places tied to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Binding Deceit
Binding Deceit

Binding Deceit - Book 3 of the Undead Bar Association Series. Maryanne moves back to her hometown of Amarillo, Texas, hoping to escape the undead and live a normal life. Of course, it doesn't work quite the way she planned. There's the bizarre behavior of the partners at the law firm, the ghost begging her to take on a failed marriage case, the ex-boyfriend ... and, enter the evil Vildru sorcerers.

Coffee

Coffee service at Evocation Coffee, Amarillo, Texas
Coffee service at Evocation Coffee, Amarillo, Texas

Canyon Sunrise Coffee - a pot's worth of artisan roasted coffee beans, custom bagged for the Undead Bar Association by Evocation Coffee Roasters of Amarillo, Texas. Coffee's a big part of life for the UBA, and in every book you'll read at least one note about a main character's caffeine addiction. And, coffee was a big thing for the 1870s US Army, too. So, have some Panhandle coffee while you read about a Panhandle battle, one where the US Army sneaks into a red canyon at sunrise.

Characters to Name

Final character names are subject to author approval.

Bugler – This character is the Bugler of Company A, 4th cavalry. He fought for the Union in the Civil War, and was captured by Confederate soldiers during the Third Battle of Winchester. A seasoned fighter, he serves as a mentor for new recruits.

Southern Sharpshooter - This character is from Georgia. He fought for the Confederacy during the war. Like all Confederate soldiers in the post-Civil War US Army, he cannot hold an officer position. This soldier has defected from the US Army at least twice, but he's a darn good shot, so, the Army keeps opening the gates to him.

Irish Eyes - This character is a young man from a family of Irish immigrants. Very handsome, and has no difficulty catching the attention of the ladies. He joined the Army to help support his parents and siblings back in Boston. But, that's not the main reason he stays with the Army. There are some soldiers for whom killing is a joy, and he's one.

German 48 - Like many German Union soldiers, he immigrated to the US following the Revolution of the German States in 1848. His belief in abolition and strong central government led him to volunteer to fight for the Union during the Civil War. He has since continued his military career, and is now a an officer with the 4th Cavalry.

Tonkawa Level – This character is a Tonkawa Indian woman, wife of a Tonkawa scout who travels with 4th Cavalry. Like all Tonkawa, this woman despises the Comanches. Her character is inspired by a Tonkawa woman who was present during the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon and joined in the fight against the Comanches.

Comanche - This character is almost old enough to become a warrior, and is anxious to prove himself. At the same time, he is uncommonly wise for his age, and quick to realized when there's something bigger at stake than counting coup.

Dark Magic - The main bad guy for this book. He's a Vildru sorcerer, on the scene in the past to insure the course of history is changed in the Vildru's favor. Since he is actually from the 1870s and he's under cover, he needs a good period name.

Prairie Pup - This character is a puppy, half-setter and half-Newfoundland. The puppy's mother, a setter named Fannie, belonged to Billy Dixon, hero of the Second Battle of Adobe Walls and the Battle of Buffalo Wallow. The puppy will be a recurring character in the Undead Bar Association Series; therefore, the contribution price for this little miss is set at the highest level.

Risks and challenges

Some of the research trips I plan for this project depend on the schedules and availability of historians and reenactors. If their event calendars or schedules change, I might not get the information I hope for. But, with a book publish date set for February 2014, I have time to schedule alternate dates for interviews.

There is also a risk, because some of the battlefields are in rugged parts of Texas, that weather or critters could interfere with research. If there's a dangerous thunderstorm rolling in or a rattlesnake sunning itself beside a historic marker, I'm not going any closer. Again, I have time to reschedule. Also, I'm not doing any of these trips solo. In case a venomous snake sees me before I see it, I want backup.

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    TWO FINGER LEVEL - Decisions, decisions. Chose one book from the existing Undead Bar Association Series (Matriculated Death, Shadowed Demise, or Binding Deceit) to accompany your pre-ordered, autographed copy of DEADHAND CONTROL.

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    THREE FINGER LEVEL - Clear space on your bookshelf for the Undead Bar Association, because you're getting three books from the series. One autographed copy of DEADHAND CONTROL, and your choice of two additional books from the series (Matriculated Death, Shadowed Demise, or Binding Deceit).

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    DEADHAND LEVEL - Coffee and books. Two things that fuel the men and women of the Undead Bar Association. At this constributor level, you'll be getting both. DEADHAND CONTROL, the first three books of the series, and a bag of Canyon Sunrise coffee. The coffee is a favorite of heroine Maryanne, and it's roasted in her hometown of Amarillo, Texas, by evocation coffee.

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    ARMY BUGLER - There's an 1870s US Army bugler in this story, and he doesn't have a name! Well, not yet. You need to choose it. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    SOUTHERN SHARPSHOOTER - You've hit the mark! There's a veteran of the Confederacy, a sharpshooter from Georgia, who needs someone to name him. You arrived just in time. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    IRISH EYES - Give this solider a name that will make him smile. He's young, good looking, and a little twisted. And, his name is ... you tell me. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    GERMAN 48 - Here's a level for the refined and honorable, the stalwart leader among us. A German officer, veteran of both the American Civl War and the German States revolution of 1848, awaits his naming by you. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    TONKAWA - Native Plains beauty of the Tonkawa Tribe seeks a good hunt, revenge, and a name. You can give her the last one, then read about the first two in DEADHAND CONTROL. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    COMANCHE - A young man, ready to become a warrior for his tribe, faces a difficult choice. So do you, because you need to choose his name. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    DARK MAGIC - Name the villian! Members of the Undead Bar Association have a lot of words they'd like to use for this evil VIldru sorcerer, but what they want doesn't matter. His name is up to you. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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    PRAIRIE PUP - An association like the UBA needs a mascot, and that mascot needs a name from you! One puppy, half-setter and half-Newfounland, born on a battlefield, is ready to play fetch and fight evil. DEADHAND CONTROL will mark her first appearance; she will be a recurring character in the series. For your contribution, recieve everything at DEADHAND level, specific mention in the book acknowledgment, and the chance to name a character. For a complete character summary, see the main project description. Final character name subject to author approval.

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