Ravensblood is an urban fantasy set in an alternate version of Portland, OR.
Corwyn Ravenscroft—Raven— is the last heir of an ancient family of dark mages. He holds the secret to recreating the Ravensblood, a legendary magical artifact of immense power. As a youth, Raven wanted to be a Guardian—magical law enforcement for the elected council, but was rejected because of his ancestry. In his pride and his anger, he turned to William, the darkest and most powerful mage of their time. William wants a return to the old ways, where the most powerful mage was ruler absolute. But William would not be a True King from the fairy tales. He would reign in blood and terror and darkest magic.
Raven discovers that he does have a conscience. It’s rather inconvenient.
He becomes a spy for the elected council that William wants to overthrow. His contact, Cassandra, is a former apprentice—and a former lover. She had been doing everything she could to live down her past with him. The ambiguous and contradictory feelings between them only add a level of complication.
Cass and Raven think they have a plan to trap William outside his warded sanctuary, where he is most vulnerable. But William is one step ahead of the game, with Raven’s life, his soul, and the Ravensblood all at stake.
New!! Sample chapters now available at http://www.shawna-reppert.com/ravensblood-coming-soon/
What readers have said about some of my other works:
". . .This is a well written piece full of adventure, tension, and a slow-burn romance. It full of twists, turns, and surprises. I was glued to this book from beginning to end. The plot is exciting and heartbreaking. It’s a fantastic read. If I were to judge by this debut novel, I would say that Shawna Reppert is an author to keep your eyes on." (review of The Stolen Luck on JoyfullyJay.com)
". . .I certainly hope Shawna Reppert writes more books like this, because if she does, I will most certainly be reading them. I should warn you, be prepared to sit down and spend hours reading. You’re not going to want to get up. And you’re not going to want interruptions, either. I may or may not have yelled at a few people who interrupted my reading." Jennifer Lavoie, Goodreads review of The Stolen Luck.". . .one of the most thoughtful, well-characterized novels I've read in a long time. . ." (review of The Stolen Luck on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)
“I got this for my Kindle on a whim–and am so very glad I did. The basic tales are familiar but the telling is fresh, the writing lyrical, and each one touched my emotions. Fans of Charles de Lint will enjoy Shawna Reppert’s prose; the highest compliment I can pay to any author! “ (Amazon review of The Three Tunes)
“After reading other short stories by this author, I was expecting a well-written tale with strong characters and I was not disappointed! Shawna Reppert writes with a lyrical voice, bringing her characters to vibrant life. . . I definitely look forward to reading more of her work!” (Amazon review of The Sword and the Kestrel)
I should mention that many of my beta readers consider Ravensblood to be one of my best works yet. One of them, a resident of Paris, France, was so in love with the book that she flew out here on vacation to take the Ravensblood tour of Portland and surrounding areas!
I need funds to pay for a professional copyeditor in order to successfully indie-publish this book on Amazon. Any funds over goal will go for promotional expenses. My target release date is October 31st, 2013
Risks and challenges
You mean other than figuring out how to get the book cover to center on the Kickstarter image?
I feel like I have already met the biggest challenge a writer faces: slogging through years of writing workshops and critique groups and the pages and pages of practice it takes to develop the craft to the point where I could write a damned good novel. And I've also met the second-biggest challenge: actually writing that novel.
The challenge I see before me now is in developing readership. I have already started climbing that mountain by learning to effectively use social media (still a work in progress), giving readings, attending cons and appearing on panels, and by writing well enough to build that word of mouth. Still, it's a long road ahead, but I have the determination to see it through to the summit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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