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The fifth novel in the "Precinct" series of high fantasy police procedurals starring Danthres Tresyllione & Torin ban Wyvald.
The fifth novel in the "Precinct" series of high fantasy police procedurals starring Danthres Tresyllione & Torin ban Wyvald.
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Humans and elves, dwarves and gnomes, wizards and warriors all live and do business in the thriving, overcrowded port city of Cliff's End, to say nothing of the tourists and travelers who arrive by land and sea, passing through the metropolis on matters of business or pleasure—or on quests. The hard-working, under-appreciated officers of the Cliff's End Castle Guard work day and night to maintain law and order as best they can.

 

In 2004, my novel Dragon Precinct was published. It introduced Lieutenants Torin ban Wyvald and Danthres Tresyllione of the Cliff's End Castle Guard. Tasked with enforcing the Lord and Lady's law in the port city of Cliff's End, Torin and Danthres are detectives who solve the many crimes that are committed in the city-state.

In the intervening thirteen years, I've written three more novels (Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, and Gryphon Precinct) and more than a dozen short stories in this universe, including three that were initially released via Kickstarter ("When the Magick Goes Away," "Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty," and the recent "Baker's Dozen").

We've seen Danthres and Torin learn the secret behind a designer drug spreading through the city-state like wildfire, deal with significant castle intrigue when Lord Albin dies unexpectedly, and solve murders ranging from a scion of a rich family to the members of a heroic quest to several wizards to who own magick shops. Plus they've dealt with perpetrators and suspects ranging from a succubus to a senile old dragon to a house faerie to a piece of animated furniture.

However, it's been a few years since Gryphon Precinct, and it's past time I finally got up off my butt and did the next book in the series, Mermaid Precinct. But I've also found in my career as a freelancer that having firm deadlines is a good motivator, and I've never really had such for the "Precinct" books, as since 2011 they've been published by a small-press publisher, Dark Quest Books, who is unable to pay advances, and who has granted me perhaps a bit too much flexibility in my deadlines.

Now, though, thanks to the magic of crowdfunding, I can give the fans of the "Precinct" series a chance to get in on the ground floor of the creation of one of the novels, help me get the project done, and also get some nifty rewards on top of that.

With this novel, I've run out of precincts for my titles. There are still stories to tell in the city-state of Cliff's End, however, and part of why I'm doing this latest novel via Kickstarter is to gauge interest in continuing the series. Crowdfunding has worked for short fiction -- will it work for novel-length fiction? Are there more stories to be told? Do people want to read them?

As an added incentive, there will be regular updates that will include excerpts of the novel in progress, which only backers will have access to.

So this is a multi-purpose Kickstarter. Do you want to read Mermaid Precinct? Do you want more "Precinct" stories? Do you like to support my work? What is the price of tea in China? Some of these questions will be answered......

So please do support the latest adventure of Torin and Danthres as they try to solve the murder of the legendary Pirate Queen!

STRETCH GOALS: We have achieved our goal! Thank you all so much!

And now we've got a mess of stretch goals....

NEW STRETCH GOAL AS OF 11 APRIL 2017: IF WE REACH $5300: Everyone who pledges $50 or higher will not only receive all the short stories, but also eBooks of all the previous novels: Dragon Precinct, Unicorn Precinct, Goblin Precinct, and Gryphon Precinct. STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED ON 13 APRIL 2017!!!!!!!!!

IF WE REACH $5500: Everyone who pledges $15 or higher will also receive eBook editions of Keith's Super City Cops short stories "Stone Cold Whodunit" and "Send in the Clones." STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED ON 15 APRIL 2017!!!!!!!!!

IF WE REACH $5750: Everyone who pledges between $15 and $49 will receive, in addition to "Partners in Crime," eBook editions of the previous Dragon Precinct Kickstarter short stories "When the Magick Goes Away," "Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty," and "Baker's Dozen." STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED ON 17 APRIL 2017!!!!!!!!

IF WE REACH $6000: Everyone who pledges $35 or more will also get an audio file of me reading Mermaid Precinct.

IF WE REACH $6500: Everyone who pledges $15 or higher will also receive eBook editions of Keith's V-Wars short stories "The Ballad of Big Charlie" and "Streets of Fire."

IF WE REACH $7000: Everyone whose pledge includes a trade paperback and/or a thank-you card will also receive a unique art print, designed by me and Wrenn Simms, featuring all five Precinct medallions seen on the covers of the novels.

If we make it to $7000, we'll announce more stretch goals.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk in this project is that it won't get funded. But I think the series has a big enough following that it will.

We'll know for sure in 30 days, won't we?

And even if it doesn't fund, just one pledge means that it's a success, because it means that the project speaks to someone. And that matters.

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    EARLY BACKER: eBook of MERMAID PRECINCT

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    the eBook of MERMAID PRECINCT

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    eBook plus short story

    Get the eBook of both MERMAID PRECINCT and the short story "Partners in Crime" in PDF, epub, or mobi format. ("Partners in Crime" is a story featuring Danthres and Aleta that originally appeared in the collection WITHOUT A LICENSE, and has not been reprinted anywhere else.)

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    EARLY BACKER: TPB of MERMAID PRECINCT

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    the trade paperback of MERMAID PRECINCT

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    trade paperback plus short story

    Get the trade paperback of MERMAID PRECINCT, signed by the author, and the eBook of both the novel as well as the short story "Partners in Crime" in PDF, epub, or mobi format. ("Partners in Crime" is a story featuring Danthres and Aleta that originally appeared in the collection WITHOUT A LICENSE, and has not been reprinted anywhere else.)

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    thank you note

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    eBook plus all the short stories

    Get the eBook of MERMAID PRECINCT, plus all thirteen "Precinct" short stories in PDF, epub, or mobi format.

    Stories include "Getting the Chair," "Crime of Passion," "House Arrest," "A Clean Getaway," "Fire in the Hole," "When the Magick Goes Away," "Catch and Release," "Brotherly Love," "Blood on the Water," "Heroes Welcome," "Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty," "Partners in Crime," and "Baker's Dozen."

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    be a character in the novel

    Be a character in MERMAID PRECINCT! Limited to ten people, you will have a character in the novel named after you.

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    trade paperback plus all the stories

    Get the trade paperback of MERMAID PRECINCT, signed by the author, plus all thirteen "Precinct" short stories in PDF, epub, or mobi format.

    Stories include "Getting the Chair," "Crime of Passion," "House Arrest," "A Clean Getaway," "Fire in the Hole," "When the Magick Goes Away," "Catch and Release," "Brotherly Love," "Blood on the Water," "Heroes Welcome," "Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty," "Partners in Crime," and "Baker's Dozen."

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    signed/numbered limited ed. hardcover

    Get a signed and numbered limited edition hardcover of MERMAID PRECINCT.

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    ltd. ed. hardcover plus all the stories

    Get a signed and numbered limited edition hardcover of MERMAID PRECINCT plus all thirteen "Precinct" short stories in PDF, epub, or mobi format.

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    DRAGON PRECINCT tote bag

    A unique, one-of-a-kind tote bag with the Dragon Precinct medallion on it.

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    DRAGON PRECINCT pillow

    A hand-made, one-of-a-kind pillow made from fabric covered in the Dragon Precinct medallion, created by Wrenn Simms of WrennsCrafts.

    You will also receive an acknowledgment in the book, the trade paperback of MERMAID PRECINCT signed by the author, all thirteen short stories in PDF, epub, or mobi form, and a thank-you note mailed to you by the author.

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    DRAGON PRECINCT bear

    A hand-made, one-of-a-kind teddy bear made from fabric covered in the Dragon Precinct medallion, created by Wrenn Simms of WrennsCrafts.

    You will also receive an acknowledgment in the book, the trade paperback of MERMAID PRECINCT signed by the author, all thirteen short stories in PDF, epub, or mobi form, and a thank-you note mailed to you by the author.

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    all the Precinct books & stories

    Get the trade paperbacks of all six books in the series -- the novels DRAGON PRECINCT, UNICORN PRECINCT, GOBLIN PRECINCT, GRYPHON PRECINCT, MERMAID PRECINCT, and the short story collection TALES FROM DRAGON PRECINCT -- signed by the author, plus copies of all thirteen short stories in PDF, epub, or mobi format.

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