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Desert High is a novel about high school football, test flight and time travel. The main character goes back in time to correct a game.

Desert High is a novel about my life, but with a slight fantastic detail - time travel. Everyone has a story of a competitive sports event or game gone awry – something they’d love to have a “do-over” for.

What if your last game as a high school football player ended in controversy? Imagine if the opposing team cheated and got away with it ... and the officials that made some questionable calls later publicly admitted their fault. Think about how you and your high school buddies might feel about this event whenever they’d get back together to reminisce on old times. What if the United States Air Force had developed a real-live time machine on their flight testing base in the Mojave Desert? And what if they were looking for a guinea pig to test the machine and alter a seemingly meaningless event some 30 years in the past? This is the setting for Desert High, which is the actual name of the high school located on Edwards Air Force Base in California. Fans of the history of test flight will relish the background as the football fan will enjoy the action and the kid in us all will thrill at the fantasy of time travel.

It’s like a combination of The Right Stuff meets Friday Night Lights, Varsity Blues and Back to the Future.

Doug Van Pelt is the editor of HM Magazine, which he founded 26 years ago. He has authored the book Rock Stars on God and been a columnist for Guitar World and CCM magazines. He lives with his wife and two children outside of Austin, TX, his beloved city ever since graduating from the high school this book is named after. Desert High is his first novel.

That’s my Desert High kickstarter campaign. I’ve finished the book and am going to self-publish it under the monicker of HM Press. I need to raise 1800 dollars to print a few hundred copies. The success of this book will, as you might expect, enhance and assist HM Magazine and hopefully keep it in print indefinitely.


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    An autographed copy and a Desert High silicone bracelet - 1" wide, but available in Medium (7") or Large (8" circumference).

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    An autographed copy, a Desert High silicone bracelet and a one-year subscription to HM Magazine (4 quarterly issues), which can be transferred or added on to your existing sub.

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    An autographed copy, a bracelet, a one-year sub to HM and an advance copy of Rock Stars on God, Volume Two, which we hope to self-publish later this fall. The cover art in the video is, of course, Volume One (we haven't finalized the cover art for Volume Two yet, but we've chosen another batch of "What So & So Says" interviews from the archives of HM).

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    An autographed copy, bracelet, one-year sub to HM, advance copy of Rock Stars on God, Volume Two and a copy of each and every book we publish at HM Press. We plan on making HM Press a small book-publishing arm of HM Magazine. We just published my dad's book, Flying Tales, plan on Rock Stars on God, Volume Two, a children's early reader, Volume Three of RSOG and other good ideas that come down the pike. Your support here means you'll be on top of everything HM Press is doing and continues to do.

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