The prince first kissed Kate Carpenter for fear of missing the chance if they didn’t survive the journey home through the monster-prowled mountains.
Now that kiss seems like a fever dream. It’s back to work for her, back to the fellow physicians jealous of her talents and the sneers of an infirmary director who wants her shipped off to some tiny village. Kate means to be on the front lines to save lives. She’s worked too hard to overcome her past to let them deny her the chance to serve her homeland when the enemy’s army reaches their kingdom.
The grand jousting tournament is a chance to prove she can manage combat wounded, and at the royal Solstice banquet Kate means to prove she isn’t an ignorant peasant girl anymore.
But the prince’s kiss still haunts her. Their paths cross at the joust, at the banquet, and the easy familiarity they earned on the journey home is a welcome escape from their duties. It’s a small slip from chatting to kisses.
Kate knows it’s foolish; he’s doomed to a political marriage. As a knight, he will be on the battleground this spring. The kingdom needs every defender, every physician, focused on the war. The vast and powerful empire is coming to slaughter anyone standing between them and the kingdom’s magical fount.
Kate ought to break both their hearts, for duty’s sake.
Read a sample of Part II.
Disciple's story so far:
Disciple is a hard, gritty fantasy romance -- its main character, Kate, is a healer who falls back on primitive surgical techniques when the magic runs out. Her homeland faces invasion by a powerful empire. And she's falling in love with the crown prince.
I funded the production of Disciple, Part I, through Kickstarter and now I'm back for Part II. This is a six part story, in total, and I recently finished the first draft of the final part. I plan to self-publish the entire thing over the next couple years.
This project will cover the price of hiring a freelance editor for Disciple, Part II. It will also cover the price of a professional cover artist for Disciple, Part III, which I hope to publish in late summer, 2013.
I will be doing the graphic design and ebook coding myself, as I did for Part I. I have 15 years' experience in graphic design, prepress, and proofreading, and I'm committed to presenting my writing as professionally as possible.
About the rewards:
Pre-order your copy of Disciple, Part II, in electronic or paper form! I offer three major ebook formats: MOBI (for Kindles), EPUB (for Nooks, iPads and other readers), and PDF. A paperback edition of Part II will also be available.
If you haven't read Disciple, Part I, yet, get a bundle of both!
Everyone who pledges will be thanked at my webpage and in the dedication page of Disciple, Part II. Everyone will also receive an email invitation to the private mailing list, Secret Disciples of the Fount, which is the best place to keep up to date on the project's progress.
And then there's THE PROLOGUE… When I ran the Kickstarter project for Disciple, Part I, I offered the as-yet-unfinished prologue story to high-level pledgers. I am committed to writing that, since I received four pledgers at that level. The current plan is to finish that by November, 2013 -- before I finish publishing the entire Disciple series. It will go out, as an ebook, to ONLY those who have pledged in a Kickstarter campaign. Look for the TOTAL reward packages if you'd like to add the prologue to your rewards.
Budget breakdown for this project:
Cover art for Part III: $800
Shipping and production costs for paperbacks: $100
Kickstarter & Amazon fees: +10%
Thank you for reading!
Risks and challenges
The worst thing I see happening in production of Part II is my editor pointing out some major flaw in the story that needs extensive re-writing. That could cause a delay while I do the writing, double-check it, and polish the new version.
That would be a challenge, but I know I have the discipline to meet it. My Twitter stream documents my dedication to writing, and I've overcome discouraging problems in Disciple already -- just in getting to the end of the six parts.
If my computer should spontaneously combust, I have off-site backups of everything. If I should be hit by a bus tomorrow, the first draft of Part VI (the end of the story) has already been finished.
Part I was challenging in that it was my first time self-publishing a novel. Things have changed a lot since I was last involved in publishing. But I still made all the deadlines of my first Kickstarter project. On the whole, I'm optimistic. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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