A compelling love story of the unearthly bond between a mother and her daughter, who refuses to allow even death to keep them apart. Read more
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About this project
Letters From Heaven...Summary...
In a time when rape was a secret
one kept to one's self; when bearing a child outside of marriage was taboo, Angelica "Geli-bean" Snowden
was born to a mother whose life defied the times and whose love defied
death. Ava Lorraine "Rainey" Snowden (the mother of Angelica) set out
to prove that love doesn't have to end with the grave...and the power
of love doesn't end at all.
Letters From Heaven is the story of a precocious little girl--born of rape and of another race into a family of wealth and prestige--whose journey through childhood into womanhood is guided by the love of her mother (via letters) who refuses to allow, even, death to keep them apart.
Upon discovering her fatal illness, Rainey (Angelica's mother) begins a series of letters that will follow her daughter throughout her life (long after Rainey's death), hoping to give Angelica the feeling of security and stability that only a parent--in her case, a mother--can give. If only she could have foreseen the future, she would have known that it would take far more than "letters" to bring stability to her daughter's life.
Beginning with the voice (and writings) of a 4 yr. old and ending with the voice of a woman, LFH is a mainstream, contemporary novel (with a touch of the paranormal). A comfortable, easy read in the form of letters (and lyrical prose), it proposes to change the way one views death, challenge the way one champions loss, and encourage one to embrace all of life's possibilities!
(NOTE: To learn more about Letters From Heaven, please go to http://vvtaylor.blogspot.com. There you will find a little more in-depth information regarding the book, along with The Prologue, and several excerpts.
Why This Book?...
I believe the increased interest in the subject of life after death (as well as anything supernatural / paranormal), along with the need for a simple and easy reading experience will make this book both a marketing and commercial success! Not to mention that though it's geared to a Mainstream/Commercial audience, it's also suitable for at least 3 other genres: YA, NA and Christian. It's a clear-cut CROSS-OVER book!
I'm not a novice to writing: I've freelanced for various newspapers over the past 20+ years (in Syracuse, NY & Tidewater Area of Virginia), published poetry in anthologies and newspapers and wrote a Q & A youth column in the mid 80's, as well as conducted various Workshops/Seminars.
Because I've gone as far as I can go on my own. It's a 400 page completed book, but that's just the beginning! Now it needs:
- Book Cover for Paperback / Hard Back Copies of LFH
- Developmental / Line & Copy Editing
- Purchase of a Website
- Design and Development of Website
- Obtain ISBN Numbers
- Pay Registration Fees, plus additional Costs associated with getting Listed in Various Online Bookstores
- Printing in bulk (to bring down per-book cost)
- Extra copies in case of "breakage" (those that get lost in the mail, etc.)
- Extra review copies
- Packing materials, postage, envelopes, etc.
- Audio setup and "voice person" Expenses (for Audio Books)
- Advertising / Marketing Expenses
- Any expenses I've not accounted for (or overlooked)
As a disabled writer/publisher, my funds are extremely limited. Your pledges will not only assist me in getting this book into the hands of the "masses," but give you the privilege of being able to say, I was a part of that! So, I implore you to come on board and let's write this SUCCESS STORY, TOGETHER!
Are listed in the column to the right ➨➔. I believe you will find them quite creative. Below is one of the "rewards" being offered!
FYI: If by the END OF JANUARY 2013 my goal is NOT REACHED, I will receive NOTHING and ALL your monies will be REFUNDED TO YOU, and that would make me SAD, as I've put so much into this Project to make it work! So, please, consider PLEDGING and tell ALL your friends about it. I would truly APPRECIATE it!
*Regarding miles Heaven is from Earth: Beyond the planet Pluto are trillions of miles of space. One scientist says its 11.1 light years. One light year is 6 trillion miles, therefore, 11.1 will be 66.6 trillions miles. This is the distance beyond the known solar system to the end of our universe [the solar system] and so, we have to add the distance of the solar system, which is approximately 3,666,000,000 miles. The scientist arrived at 33.968 trillion miles as the distance to heaven.
*Mottoes ("Sayings") For T-Shirts:
- "Death...that's the easy part; It's living that's so hard!"
- "Love doesn't have to end with the grave... The power of love doesn't end at all!"
- "A Mother's Love Never Dies!"
- "There is LOVE After Death!"
- 2nd Book: The Birth of Innocence - due in late 2013 (fall or winter)
- 3rd Book: Innocence Lost - due in 2014 (spring or fall)
Thanks again for your consideration in assisting me in Kickstarting LETTERS FROM HEAVEN off to becoming a Phenomenal Success!
Risks and challenges
Because my book is already completed, there shouldn't be any problems in securing everything I listed in a timely manner. However, I plan to keep my backers informed of what I'm doing as well as with any potential delays I see forming, in a timely manner.
As with any project, it has the potential to fail; and as you can see, THE CLOCK IS TICKING! The GREATEST CHALLENGE that we have to overcome is the LACK OF FUNDING: This is an ALL OR NOTHING Project, so we really NEED YOU on board!
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me at anytime with any questions!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Level 1 - INTO THE LIGHT: As Angelica "Geli-bean" Snowden saw her mother go 'into the light' with the Angel, I'm asking you to come into the "light" with me via this book, and let's show the world that in spite of difficulties and pain, the world is still full of "light," love and possibilities! Your "light" pledge will bring you my most gracious "Thanks" and gratitude, along with a LFH bookmark & PDF copy of Letters From Heaven.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 2 - SALTY WISDOM: Mama Louise is known for her sharp tongue, but even more so for her "salty wisdom" which permeates the atmosphere, seasoning every soul she meets...making them wiser for the meeting. Your "Wisdom" pledge will bring you an Ebook (in the format of your choice), plus Level 1.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 3 - JOURNEY: In Part II of Letters From Heaven, 4 yr. old "Geli-bean" is waiting for her mother to reach Heaven, which one scientist estimates to be *33.968 trillion miles (see main page) from the earth. At any rate, we're ALL on a journey of one kind or another (whether it's an inward or outward journey); thus, your "Journey" pledge will bring you a LFH Paperback along with Levels 1 & 2.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 4 - TWIN CONNECTION: You will understand these "headings" once you read LFH (if I tell you too much, you won't need to read the book)! In the meantime, for your "twin connection" pledge, you'll receive a twin connection reward: A SIGNED LFH Paperback Book, a LFH USB 2GB Flash Drive (w/ADDITIONAL LFH PDF copy installed), plus Levels 1-3.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Level 5 - LETTER FROM HEAVEN: Your own personal "Letter From Heaven" for a young child (age 2.5 to 5.5 yrs. old) that has lost a loved one (parent, sibling, grandparent, etc.) from "their" loved ones. In lieu of said "letter," you can opt to receive a SIGNED, "Letter of Gratitude" from the author, a SIGNED LFH Post Card SENT TO A FRIEND of your choice (in your name), along with Levels 1-4.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 6 - TREASURE BOX: Our hearts have an abundance of treasure. I hope I've shared some of mine in the writing of this book: A book that will both make you fall out of your chair laughing, and (sometimes) cry over characters for days...I KNOW...I wrote it! Your pledges at this level will bring you TWO signed copies of LFH in paperback (one with a written "Thank You" inside of the book), an acknowledgement on my blog (with a link to your "respectable" website), a SIGNED LFH Post Card TO A FRIEND of your choice (in your name), plus Levels 1-4.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 7 - GELI-BEAN BLOWOUT: 1 lb. of Gourmet Jellybeans along with a signed Coffee Mug (w/LFH book cover on it), plus Levels 1-4,6.
(Note: For Out of U.S. Pledges, I've chosen to incur a part of the S&H cost).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 8 - A MOTHER'S LOVE: Being not only a mother, but a great-grandmother as well, I can say without hesitation that a Mother's Love Never Dies! This package portrays this message in it's rewards: A T-Shirt (w/book cover on one side and a "saying" from LFH on the other side) -
*4 "sayings" to choose from/found on main page! Also, included 2 lbs. Gourmet Jellybeans, an ADDITIONAL signed paperback of LFH, plus Levels 1-4 & 6-7.
(Note: For Out of U.S. Pledges, I've chosen to incur a part of the S&H cost).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 9 - A MOTHER'S LOVE II: A Sterling Silver (925 Sterling) Reversible Pendant Necklace w/18" chain, reflective of the Love between a Mother & Her Daughter, along with TWO T-Shirts (Your choice of 'sayings'), A Written Acknowledgement in the back of ONE of your paperback books, plus levels 1-4, 6-8!
(NOTE: I've chosen to incur some of the S&H cost for this pledge).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 10 - PRIM AND PROPER: Auntie Rose thought it fitting that a person should always present themselves "Prim and Proper" if female, and just plain "Proper" if male! Thus, I've decided you should be honored by having YOUR NAME (or a suitable Name of Your Choosing) as a character in the next book in this series (due to be out by the end of 2013), along with a copy of the ebook and THREE signed Paperbacks from the second title in this series upon release!
(Note: Please UNDERSTAND that the 1st half of this reward CANNOT be filled until the 2nd book in this series is published near the end of 2013. However, it will be honored and you will be kept informed). Also, you will receive a "Prim & Proper" Ink Pen, along with Levels 1-9. (NOTE: I've chosen to incur some of the S&H cost for this pledge).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 11 - ANGEL HEART: Because you have the heart of an Angel, your pledge will earn you a place in the NEXT TWO BOOKS in this series via YOUR NAME AS A CHARACTER (or a name of your choosing/within reason), and you get to choose the 'type' of character (child or adult, good or not so good)...Your Character, Your Choice! You will also receive an Ebook plus FIVE signed copies of the book in the next TWO series (2nd one due out by end of 2013, the 3rd in 2014 = 2 Ebooks and 10 signed copies)! Also, TWO signed, Limited Edition HARD BACK Copies of Letters From Heaven, 10 Paperbacks of LFH (5 signed; 5 unsigned), FOUR LFH T-Shirts (with all FOUR 'Sayings' or the sayings you prefer); Plus ALL of the above levels (minus the paperbacks listed at the above levels as they are listed here)! Also, a Half-Hour PHONE CONVERSATION Re: LFH or Writing in general, along with up to SIX INVITATIONS to My Book Release Party to be held in Virginia Beach, VA, April or May 2013. (NOTE: I've chosen to incur all S&H cost for this Pledge).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Level 12 - NO GOODBYES: Rainey taught her daughter, Geli-bean, in LFH that there are NO GOODBYES; therefore, I'm not saying goodbye. What I am saying is THANK YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL...at least, I will as soon as I get up off the floor, because I'm sure I just FAINTED!!! For your Out-Of-This World generosity, you will receive Missy (Geli-bean's rag doll, created & made by me), a Diary (or Journal) to keep your "secrets" in; THREE SIGNED LIMITED EDITION HARD BACK copies of LFH, Paperbacks of LFH listed in Level 11, and all of the above Levels (minus the LFH Paperbacks listed from levels 1-10). You will receive an ADDITIONAL HALF HOUR PHONE CONVERSATION (1 HR. TOTAL), along with up to EIGHT INVITATIONS to My Book Release Party to be held in Virginia Beach, VA, April or May 2013. Last but not least, I WILL TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S. for a MEET & GREET WITH YOU and a group of your friends for A BOOK READING, SIGNING & FELLOWSHIP! (NOTE: I've chosen to incur all S&H cost for this Pledge).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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