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The third and final part of the Most Majelicus trilogy - but will Matlock the Hare find all the answers...?
The third and final part of the Most Majelicus trilogy - but will Matlock the Hare find all the answers...?
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£6000 Stretch Goal Achieved!  And now the clottabussed-hare 'pid-pads' on for the last few 'sun-turns'

  Wow! Saztaculous, peffa-shindinculous...even...yamamantally spious!!  Thanks to you, we have achieved both our target and initial stretch-goal of £6000!  Needless to say, we're completely overjoyed - the book is now completely certain to be published to the same high-standard as the other two in the trilogy, and we have an advertising budget to go with it!

Could things get any more excrimbly??

Oh, yes they can - and will!  The moment we reach our next stretch-goal of £7000, everyone who has backed us (or will back us from this moment onwards) for £25.00 or more, will also receive a signed copy of 'Winchett Dale's Bimble Survival Guide' alongside their other chosen rewards- possibly the most important survival guide of its type featuring bimble-related survival strategy!  Next time you're bimbled - have no fear, with this guide you'll not only know how to recognise bimbles (they take many guises and can appear almost anywhere to thwart even the most harmless of plans) but also how to deal with their persistent, and frankly rather irritating bimbling.

That time when you've planned to be somewhere at a certain time, but something makes you late? - You've been bimbled.

Those times when you plan to do something quite saztaculous which should be peffa-easy, yet goes quite glopped? - Look for the bimbles - they're the ones behind it.

But with this handy, paw-sized guide, full of clottabussed instructions and strategies, you're bimbled sun-turns are over!

So join us now, in these last few days - and let's get Matlock's kickstarter right up to £7000! Full details below...

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"Your majick, Matlock, won't work here in The Ganticus Ethereal Realm.  As such, you will most surely be found guilty and stroff as the glubbstooled, glopped-up majickal-hare you've always been..."

Judge Baselott, Ledel and Matlock in the courtroom of The Ganticus Ethereal Realm - illustration from 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.
Judge Baselott, Ledel and Matlock in the courtroom of The Ganticus Ethereal Realm - illustration from 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

 The Book...

For Matlock the Hare, his third and final challenge to become Most Majelicus is going to be the 'twizzliest' of them all. Fresh from solving The Riddle of Trefflepugga Path and only just completing The Puzzle of the Tillian Wand - our sometimes intrepid hare-hero from Winchett Dale soon finds himself alone in The Ganticus Ethereal Realm standing trial for crimes he didn't commit in front of the fearsome Majickal-Elders...

Well, not quite alone - unfortunately, some of his more useless, clottabussed friends are also there to help, which will surely only make matters far, far worse and truly glopped up!

This 'excrimbly', page-turning, final book will contain over 500 pages of 'saztaculous-griffles', complete with over 30 full-page black and white illustrations taken from the colour originals -  plus maps, glossary and a host of other wondrously 'twizzly' surprsies, too!

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The Creators...

Hi - we're author and illustrator Phil and Jacqui Lovesey, and so far we've published the first two books in the Matlock the Hare trilogy.  Right now we're looking for your amazing help to enable us to fund, complete and publish the third and final book in the trilogy - The Trial of the Majickal-Elders - together with paying for books and materials for all our rewards, postage costs and Kickstarter fees.

Together, all three books will form a unique 1500 page fantasy adventure, complete with over 90 full page black-and-white illustrations (full colour versions are available for colour Kindle readers!) detailing Matlock's quest to finally become a 'Most Majelicus Hare', as he and his friends from Winchett Dale confront all sorts of strange, bizarre and...well, sometimes just downright 'peffa-twizzly' creatures in his way.

Oh, and in case you're wondering just what some of these peculiar 'griffles' mean - there's an explanatory glossary in each book to help those who wish to 'griffle' in Dalespeak, making for a truly immersive reading experience.  It's one of the reasons we love doing this - to create a truly 'majickal' world, a place readers can languish and enjoy as they follow Matlock's adventures...  

'Guzzwort' Beermat artwork in progress...
'Guzzwort' Beermat artwork in progress...
Matlock handmade books and miniature artworks - he's been a 'ganticus' part of 'our' world now for four years...
Matlock handmade books and miniature artworks - he's been a 'ganticus' part of 'our' world now for four years...

As author and illustrator, we well remember the books from long ago that held our rapt attention as we digested every page, thoroughly absorbed in maps, pictures and text.  So we decided to do the same with Matlock the Hare, a wand-carrying green-robed hare who 'grew' from just an initial series of Jacqui's miniature watercolour paintings into the hare he is today... 

'Working' version of proposed cover for 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders
'Working' version of proposed cover for 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders

The 'Saztaculous' Rewards...

'Crumlush' rewards, many handmade, completely unique, and hand-painted by Matlock artist, Jacqui Lovesey.
'Crumlush' rewards, many handmade, completely unique, and hand-painted by Matlock artist, Jacqui Lovesey.

 This is our second 'journey' on Kickstarter (we were extremely grateful to have The Puzzle of the Tillian Wand funded in June, 2014 - please check the project if you wish to find out more about Matlock's 'origins'!) and as such, we've been hard at work in 'the potionary' creating as many crumlush and saztaculous rewards for all our backers.  Many are handmade - all are completely 'Matlock' with badges, 'Guzzwort Beermats' and postcards taken from original Matlock artworks...

So, what crumlush, saztaculous rewards are we offering to backers?

'Guzzwort' beermats - the 'official' beer of Winchett Dale!
'Guzzwort' beermats - the 'official' beer of Winchett Dale!
Matlock pin-badge - wear with pride, wherever you 'pid-pad'!
Matlock pin-badge - wear with pride, wherever you 'pid-pad'!
Baselott's 'Eyeball-Necklace' - just the thing to be 'seen' with...
Baselott's 'Eyeball-Necklace' - just the thing to be 'seen' with...
Crivens! Your very own handmade 'Racing-Jubble' - complete with obligatory matchbox-home!
Crivens! Your very own handmade 'Racing-Jubble' - complete with obligatory matchbox-home!

 ..and if you're wondering just what a 'racing-jubble' is - or the relevance of eyes in jars...don't worry all will be revealed in  the book itself...

Completely handmade copies of 'Winchett Dale's Field-Guide to Common-Shroomery'!
Completely handmade copies of 'Winchett Dale's Field-Guide to Common-Shroomery'!
Saztaculous, crumlush, completely handmade, hand-painted Matlock and Ursula figures!
Saztaculous, crumlush, completely handmade, hand-painted Matlock and Ursula figures!
Ltd Edition prints and Original illustrations from the book!
Ltd Edition prints and Original illustrations from the book!
Handmade, hand-sculpted and hand-painted 'tweazles'!!!  Only three available!!
Handmade, hand-sculpted and hand-painted 'tweazles'!!! Only three available!!

 Plus...

 ...signed paperback and hardback copies of the books themselves, together with the chance to be mentioned in our acknowledgements and other 'peffa-special' interim rewards that we already have waiting in Winchett Dale as complimentary 'extras' for backers who help us get to certain targets along the way...

Keep 'an eye out' for our stretch goals...

The saztaculous thing about kickstarter is the possibility of 'stretch goals'.  In the event of reaching our publishing goal, we'd use any extra-funds to help publicise all three books in the trilogy, in order to help Matlock 'pid-pad' to a far wider audience.

Plus - of course - there'd be a crumlush-plethora of additional extra-rewards, too..!

So...

Really hoping you can join us and be part of Matlock's final adventure The Trial of the Majickal-Elders  - for what will be both a saztaculous book to read and treasure as the final part of the 'Most Majelicus' trilogy - and also hopefully an 'excrimbly' project for you to be a valued part of, too!

We finish on 29th February - so please 'leap in' this leap-year to help a 'leaping majickal-hare'!

'Ganticus' thanks from ourselves and all the creatures in the majickal-dales for taking the time to look at our Kickstarter - please share this project with as many friends, family and as you can, and we look forward to welcoming you as one of our 'saztaculous Matlock folk'.

Wishing you all the most peffa-shindiculous sun-turn...

Risks and challenges

Any risks and challenges with this project are, thankfully, very small indeed.
With well over half the manuscript already complete, we've complete confidence in reaching our own publishing deadline with Silverwood Books - who published Matlock's two previous full-length novels - for early August.
Publication is estimated for Oct 2016 - in the unlikely event that this moves, we'd keep all our backers informed via emails and updates.
Having worked with Silverwood, all typographical setting templates are ready, and styles already chosen to compliment the other novels.
Oh, and by the way, we've got Matlock on our side - so with a majickal-hare pid-padding alongside us, how can we fail?

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    THE 'CRUMLUSH' REWARD!

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    THE 'SAZTACULOUS' REWARD!

    Your own SIGNED paperback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

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    THE 'PEFFA-SAZTACULOUS' REWARD!

    An acknowledgement for your support in the front of the book. Your name - in print - alongside other 'Saztaculous Matlock Folk' who've helped support the project and Matlock over the years...

    Your own SIGNED paperback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

    PLUS - your very own EXCLUSIVE, handmade 'racing-jubble' - complete with its own traditional matchbox 'home' - as featured in the book and made and hand-painted by Matlock the Hare artist, Jacqui Lovesey!

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    THE 'SHINDINCULOUS' REWARD!

    Your very own EXCLUSIVE, handmade 'eyeball-necklace' as featured in the story.

    An acknowledgement for your support in the front of the book. Your name - in print - alongside other 'Saztaculous Matlock Folk' who've helped support the project and Matlock over the years...

    Your own SIGNED paperback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

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    THE 'PEFFA-SHINDINCULOUS' REWARD!

    Your very own SIGNED hardback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

    SIGNED A4 Ltd Ed print taken from one of the illustrations in the book. Choose from the selection once the manuscript is complete.

    An acknowledgement for your support in the front of the book. Your name - in print - alongside other 'Saztaculous Matlock Folk' who've helped support the project and Matlock over the years...

    A saztaculous signed postcard with our thanks for backing our project.
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    THE 'GOOLE' REWARD!

    A SIGNED copy of 'Winchett Dale's Most Saztaculous Guide to Common-Shroomery' - one of our collectable HANDMADE Matlock the Hare books featuring all you'll ever need to know about the various majickal 'ploff' species in his home of Winchett Dale!

    Your very own SIGNED hardback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

    SIGNED A4 Ltd print of 'Goole and the Shroomadours - all at Sea' taken from the illustrations in the book - PLUS an EXCLUSIVE, SIGNED 'set-list' from a 'Goole and the Shroomadours' gig - signed by the clottabussed, flaxen winged crooner himself!

    An acknowledgement for your support in the front of the book. Your name - in print - alongside other 'Saztaculous Matlock Folk' who've helped support the project and Matlock over the years...

    PLUS - A saztaculous signed postcard with our thanks for backing our project.
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    THE 'TZORKLY' REWARD!

    Hold onto those hats and brooms - Ursula Brifthaven Stoltz is coming - in the shape of this lovingly created 'Ursula' doll, completely handmade, hand-painted and hand-stitched by Matlock the Hare artist Jacqui Lovesey!

    PLUS - Your very own SIGNED hardback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

    SIGNED A4 Ltd Ed print taken from one of the illustrations in the book - choose from the selection once the manuscript is complete.

    An acknowledgement for your support in the front of the book. Your name - in print - alongside other 'Saztaculous Matlock Folk' who've helped support the project and Matlock over the years...

    A saztaculous signed postcard with our thanks for backing our project.
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    THE 'MATLOCK' REWARD!

    Grab your dripples and wands - own your very own 'Matlock'in the shape of this lovingly created doll, completely handmade, hand-painted and hand-stitched by Matlock the Hare artist Jacqui Lovesey!

    PLUS - Your very own SIGNED hardback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

    SIGNED A4 Ltd Ed print taken from one of the illustrations in the book.

    An acknowledgement for your support in the front of the book. Your name - in print - alongside other 'Saztaculous Matlock Folk' who've helped support the project and Matlock over the years...

    Signed postcard with our thanks.
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    THE 'GANTICUS' REWARD!

    ONE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION from the book. You choose from the selection when manuscript is complete - first come, first served, in order of backing.

    Your very own SIGNED hardback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders', complete with your name in the acknowledgments.

    PLUS - Your very own 'racing-jubble' and matchbox 'home', exclusively handmade and painted by Matlock artist Jacqui Lovesey.

    Signed postcard with our thanks.
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    THE 'PEFFA-GANTICUS' REWARD!

    Tweazle-taculous! Now you can own your very own Tweazle, direct from Wand Wood itself, and hand-crafted and painted by Matlock the Hare artist Jacqui Lovesey. Rarely glimpsed, rarely seen - the favourite food of Proftulous the Dworp!

    PLUS - ONE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION from the book. You choose from the selection when manuscript is complete - first come, first served!

    Your very own SIGNED hardback copy of 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders', complete with your name in the acknowledgments.

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    THE 'YAMAMANTALLY-SPIOUS' REWARD!

    Crivens - it's the reward that never ends...!

    You'll receive BOTH the ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT, signed and dated by author PHIL LOVESEY, together with the ORIGINAL COVER ARTWORK for 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders', signed by JACQUI LOVESEY.

    PLUS - ONE ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION from the book. You choose from the selection when manuscript is complete - first come, first served!

    Your very own SIGNED hardback copies of ALL THREE books in the 'Most Majelicus' trilogy; 'The Riddle of Trefflepugga Path', 'The Puzzle of the TIllian Wand' and 'The Trial of the Majickal-Elders'

    Your name in the acknowledgments of 'Trial of the Majickal-Elders'.

    AND your very own exclusive, handmade, hand-painted 'racing-jubble', complete with matchbox 'home'!

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