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Marie WhittakerBy Marie Whittaker
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Marie WhittakerBy Marie Whittaker
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About

Our goal: to create a hardback edition of SCALES: Book One of the Fate and Fire Series. #MoreSuperheroines

Full Wrap Cover
Full Wrap Cover

Why the London Underground theme for this Kickstarter? Throughout Scales, Tessa travels around London in the Tube. The Tube is a subway train that runs below the streets of London. I decided to title the pledges here after some of the Tube stops I saw, coupled with those I imagined Tessa using as her adventure grew in the book.

My short biography: Marie Whittaker is an award-winning essayist and author of urban fantasy novels and horror stories. She has enjoyed professions as a truck driver, bartender, and raft guide, and now works as assistant to Kevin J. Anderson. Writing under the pen name Amity Green, her debut novel, Scales, was released in 2013, and her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. Marie is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association and keeps steady attendance at local writer’s groups. A Colorado native, Marie resides in Manitou Springs, where she continues to produce works of urban fantasy and enjoys renovating her historical Victorian home. When not writing, she spends time hiking, gardening, and trying to quit wasting time on social media. A lover of animals, Marie is an advocate against animal abuse and assists with lost pets in her community.

Who I am: ^^That's the part that's all business. A more down-to-earth version would tell you that I have two adult kids and a pug mix named Dempsey who is my copilot. I also have two fat kitties who judge everything I do on how fast I can get stuff done without being late to feed them before bedtime. I live in a small mountain town where I hike and garden as much as I can. I see myself writing as long as I can hit the keys. I love Stormtroopers and adore Stevie Nicks.

Dempsey and me.
Dempsey and me.

Some history: When I first got the idea for Scales, I was working my butt off in London, studying British Lit. I would do the tours and workshops during the days (one of them was actually an acting workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Ack!) and writing essays, play reviews, and turning in additional assignments at night. I had one day left and I wanted to spend it touring a little, trying to see some of the places I wanted to go, even if the other students there didn't feel it was their gig. I wanted to go to Cecil Court and check out the bookstores there. As I was walking that court, the concept for this book hit me and the lead character, Tessa, a tenacious orphan and American college student, appeared in the lane with me talking my ear off. I fell in love with her the moment I began writing her and I enjoy her just as much to this day. She is sassy but uncertain. Trusting, but a little guarded. Broken, but in the end, triumphant. And that's what matters.

My why: I wrote this book because when a story and a character like Scales and Tessa appear in your mind's eye, you write it. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a writer. I never thought I would be able to do it. I faced adversity and challenges that seemed to cast a permanent shadow over what I wanted to accomplish when I "grew up". I wanted to write a book. And not just any old book, I wanted to write a book about a girl who triumphed after a rough childhood. I find that relatable and I know many readers will, too. That's what makes Tessa such a great character. People fall in love with her just like I did because she doesn't quit. She walks it off. Rubs some dirt on it and keeps striving. 

Plus, I really wanted to create a new female superhero. There aren't enough of them. This book is the start of that series.

It was extremely important to me to create something new and unique. I have always loved shapeshifter books, but what to do when there are so many projects out there with werewolves, werepanthers, vampires, and such? I decided to write what I love, and that is gargoyles. Here's what readers say about my chosen shifters! From a reader review:

"Gargoyles- the next "It" creature...  I like the story to be a surprise but I will give you this because it comes up quickly in the book- Gargoyles! I do believe gargoyles are going to be the new "It" creature and this book would make a great movie."

So, it's about my why. I feel like everybody has some inner badassery and sometimes you have to dig deep to let it out. I mean, life can be really rough. Things can happen. This book is about triumphing past the hurdles Fate throws your way. Here's how a reader relates to Tessa's coming-of-age in SCALES: 

"Fun and brilliant! Wonderful fantasy. Tessa is so much fun. I loved going through her identity crisis with her, and all of the twists and turns."

From the back cover: Tessa Conley isn’t ready to go back home to Austin when her summer course in London comes to an end. She gets her wish as she steps into a new world of urban fantasy and mystery when she is transformed into a living gargoyle, complete with wings and a tail. Mostly human by day and gargoyle by night, Tessa is not alone in her new world with other gargoyles in the bookstore she now calls home. Bree, her best friend from Austin, is kidnapped and held in the UK. Tessa uncovers the mystery of her birthright, and learns what kind of monster she’s become in order to save her friend... if she can survive the horror her new life holds in store.

This is the story arc I'll accomplish by the end of book three: How does Tessa, an orphan from Austin, Texas, cope with being transformed into a living, breathing gargoyle? By rolling with change, learning to control new abilities, and using super powers to help the less-fortunate and vanquish evil. A sickly childhood under the care of a rotten gaggle of nuns is all Tessa knows, until studying in London confirms the gut feeling that there is more to her beneath the skin, and ultimately, beneath the scales. A Celtic demigoddess has fused her soul with Tessa's, and much to Fate's delight, mayhem ensues as Tessa struggles to embrace her new existence as a gargoyle with strong goddess tendencies. Ancient, magical creatures, Fate in human form, escaped fae, and fellow gargoyles of questionable motives keep Tessa on her toes as she does the unthinkable to protect and save lives. Tessa's inner conflict grows with the body count. Is killing still a sin if it's done in the name of greater good? 

Thank you so much for reading my story and considering my project for backing. We will create a great hardcover edition!
Thank you so much for reading my story and considering my project for backing. We will create a great hardcover edition!

We've added our first stretch goal! See below. Thanks!

Stretch Goal 1: The SCALES Audiobook!
Stretch Goal 1: The SCALES Audiobook!
 

Timeline and Funding:

We want to launch the book during DragonCon in Atlanta, which takes place over Labor Day Weekend of 2018. Our goal is to send out all books by the end of October, with any stretch goal gifts, bonuses, and extras following soon after. 

If this project is successfully funded, we will use the funds to create and format the interior of the hardback edition, update the trade paperback interior, and the epub for the ebook formats. We will also create a dust jacket for the hardback, as well as the art prints for rewards. Funds will be used to fulfill book orders for rewards and to create other materials as promised. Remaining funds will then be used for advertising and to promote sales of the book in all formats on available webplatforms and websites. We will also send copies of the book for review, plus submit copies to many contests for fantasy fiction.

 Early Bird Bonuses:

All backers who pledge $25 or more during the first day of the Kickstarter will receive a free PDF of my short horror story, Loathsome Creatures.
All backers who pledge $25 or more during the first day of the Kickstarter will receive a free PDF of my short horror story, Loathsome Creatures.
As a special thank you, we'll design a SCALES Kickstarter bookmark.
As a special thank you, we'll design a SCALES Kickstarter bookmark.

 Please note: Keep in mind that incentives and bonuses will only be sent if the Kickstarter succeeds.

Rewards and Incentives:

The Tottenham Court Pledge. Pledge $10 and you will receive the ebook copy of SCALES. You'll also be invited to join my readers group and you will receive a personalized thank you email.
The Tottenham Court Pledge. Pledge $10 and you will receive the ebook copy of SCALES. You'll also be invited to join my readers group and you will receive a personalized thank you email.
The Knightsbridge Pledge. Pledge $20 and receive a signed full-wrap cover art print of SCALES. You'll also receive the ebook copy of SCALES, an invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Knightsbridge Pledge. Pledge $20 and receive a signed full-wrap cover art print of SCALES. You'll also receive the ebook copy of SCALES, an invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.

We want to go live with the book during DragonCon 2018 which will take place in Atlanta. I'll be there at the Bards Tower booth signing and selling books while I get to spend time with some of my author friends!

The Waterloo Pledge, Pledge $25 and receive a trade paperback copy of SCALES. You'll also receive the ebook, an invitation to my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Waterloo Pledge, Pledge $25 and receive a trade paperback copy of SCALES. You'll also receive the ebook, an invitation to my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Charing Cross Pledge. Pledge $40 and receive the hardback edition of SCALES. You'll also receive the ebook, an invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Charing Cross Pledge. Pledge $40 and receive the hardback edition of SCALES. You'll also receive the ebook, an invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Leicester Square Pledge. Pledge $50 and receive a personalized hardback edition of SCALES. You'll also receive the trade paperback, the ebook, an invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Leicester Square Pledge. Pledge $50 and receive a personalized hardback edition of SCALES. You'll also receive the trade paperback, the ebook, an invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Victoria Pledge. Pledge $75 and we can chat over Skype. You'll also receive the hardback edition, the ebook, invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Victoria Pledge. Pledge $75 and we can chat over Skype. You'll also receive the hardback edition, the ebook, invitation to join my readers group, and a personalized thank you email.
The Arsenal Pledge. Pledge $100 and receive a personalized hardback edition and trade paperback, plus one of each signed for gifting, the ebook, invitation to my readers group, and a thank you email.
The Arsenal Pledge. Pledge $100 and receive a personalized hardback edition and trade paperback, plus one of each signed for gifting, the ebook, invitation to my readers group, and a thank you email.
A big thank you gift to backers who pledge $100 or more. Trace is the only zombie fiction I've ever written.
A big thank you gift to backers who pledge $100 or more. Trace is the only zombie fiction I've ever written.
The Picadilly Circus Pledge, Pledge $500 and let's get lunch at Dragoncon. You'll also receive a personalized hardback and paperback, the ebook, an invitation to join my readers group and a thank you email.
The Picadilly Circus Pledge, Pledge $500 and let's get lunch at Dragoncon. You'll also receive a personalized hardback and paperback, the ebook, an invitation to join my readers group and a thank you email.
As a special thank you to backers who pledge $500 or more, we'll send a copy of THE WITCHER CHIME, by Amity Green, in ebook format.
As a special thank you to backers who pledge $500 or more, we'll send a copy of THE WITCHER CHIME, by Amity Green, in ebook format.
The Oxford Circus Pledge. Pledge $750 and receive a personalized limited edition first printing copy of SCALES. You'll also receive the items above, plus extras for gifting!
The Oxford Circus Pledge. Pledge $750 and receive a personalized limited edition first printing copy of SCALES. You'll also receive the items above, plus extras for gifting!
The Angel Pledge. Pledge $1000 and I will write you in with a cameo appearance in SOUL COUNT: Book 3 of the Fate and Fire Series. You'll also receive the above editions, personalized, with extras for gifting.
The Angel Pledge. Pledge $1000 and I will write you in with a cameo appearance in SOUL COUNT: Book 3 of the Fate and Fire Series. You'll also receive the above editions, personalized, with extras for gifting.

Add-ons: We'll post more add-ons as the campaign progresses. To add an item to your pledge, click "Manage My Pledge" and add the additional amount onto your first pledge amount. Once the project successfully funds, we'll send out a survey and ask which item the additional amount is for.

Please make sure the trade paperback isn't already part of the reward for your existing pledge.
Please make sure the trade paperback isn't already part of the reward for your existing pledge.

 Stretch Goals!

Stretch Goal 1! Listen up! We're making the audiobook!

We'll add an additional pledge level to add the audiobook once funding reaches 4K.

Stretch Goal 1: The SCALES Audiobook!
Stretch Goal 1: The SCALES Audiobook!

Risks and challenges

One great part of this project is knowing that the book is complete and ready for upload to at least one webplatform. The story has been edited and through beta readers and has several five-star reader reviews, which, put together, provide great momentum.

A challenge will be learning to use the best software correctly to benefit this book and future books as they are completed and ready for formatting. I will master this myself, but in the beginning it will be a learning curve. I have a plan. I have amazing people in my corner that will support me and help me if I need it. I have a few people, professional book format contractors, who are great at using programs and software, who are there for me. This ensures the successful formatting of the book, which will help ensure the project is successfully delivered to backers. I'm pretty quick on my feet and I love to learn to do these things, so I'm looking forward to the challenge.

There are the typical risks that any delivery system faces, such as lost packages or slow shipping times. I have built in what I feel is enough time to ensure we have the time and means to cover for a glitch with a shipper.

More good things already in place-- the art is beautiful and complete, and we have added a great blurb from a New York TImes Bestselling author who is familiar with the book. Having a nicely wrapped package for the story is important.

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    Receive the entire arsenal of previous pledge items signed to you. You could gift the paperback and keep the hardback for yourself!

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    The Limited! Receive a limited quantity first edition trade paperback copy of SCALES from 2013, personalized. This edition is very dear to my heart. My daughter posed for the cover photography. I only have a handful of these left.

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    Get a cameo appearance in Book 3! Did you know Tessa's story is a series? Book two is done and off to the editor. I would love to write you in as a cameo character in Soul Count, Book 3 of the Fate and Fire Series!

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