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The true story of Master Vineart Bradhai, who cleared the seas of serpents, and went down in history as the greatest vine-mage ever.


The Vineart War trilogy told the story of Jerzy, who defended the Lands Vin from a threat from without.  But generations before, there had been a threat from below.  It was a passing reference, part of the history of the Lands Vin... but once mentioned, it grew in my head, until I couldn't not tell the story...

"From Whence You Came"

In The Vineart War, mention is made of Bradhai, the Master Vineart, who generations before had rid the seas of the last of the deadly sea-serpents.  He is known as the greatest of Vinearts, a myth second only to Sin Washer himself. Bradhai was as great and as powerful a Vineart as legend claims.  But there was far more to the story than is told….

If The Vineart War trilogy was the story that ate my brain, this is the one that's consuming every spare moment I (allegedly) have.  It wants to be TOLD.

As a plus, when I mentioned this project to my friend Bob Eggleton (http://bobsartdujour.blogspot.com/), wondering if he might be willing to create a cover for this project, his response was so enthusiastic, it quickly became a collaborative project, with his energy adding to mine.  Because of that, and because Kickstarter is, above all, a collaborative effort between creator and sponsors, I'm going to be adding some additional "rollover" rewards:

If we break $5,000, there will be internal art from Bob as well.
If we break $7,500, the novella becomes a novel (40k+ words)
If we break $15,000, there will be a limited signed (hardcopy) edition of both novella and short story available to all patrons  (included automatically for those who pledged $100 or more).

FAQ

  • Absolutely not! "From Whence You Came" is set almost 500 years earlier, and is in fact an excellent introduction to the world.

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  • A novella (also called a "short novel") runs between 15,000 and 40,000 words, depending on whose definition you follow. I expect this story to run between 20-25,000 words, but can't say for certain until it's written!

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  • Again, it's hard to say until it's written! My short stories have run all the way up to 15,000 words, with the average length hitting 7,000.

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    as above, plus the "origins" story of how Wren and Sergei (of the Retrievers series) first started working together, which will also give hints as to how Sergei got caught up in the whole mess, in the first place....

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    as above, plus I will write an additional Lands Vin short story for all $75+ supporters [probably but not guaranteed to be the story of how Jerzy was first taken by slavers/ended up with Master Malech]

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    as above, plus a signed photo [by me] of the vineyards that inspired the Lands Vin (or a digital version - your choice).

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    as above, plus the novella will be dedicated to you (or the person of your choice). And I will make you cookies. No, really. One dozen homemade cookies. Either chocolate chip or ginger shortbread, your choice.

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