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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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