"Damien Vennar used to be a god." -- BIRTHRIGHT is a cross-genre science-fiction/fantasy novel by B.J. Keeton.
The Technomage Archive
The New $2,700 Mini-Stretch Goal: The next two books in The Technomage Archive (Lineage and Legacy) will get cover art to match Birthright. In return, ALL BACKERS (from 1 dollar to over 9,000!) will receive a signed and personalized card printed with all three covers. How cool is that? Tell your friends!
Major Update Posted! - Three New Reward Tiers Announced for Backers! Final Cover Art!
Birthright is the first book in a science-fiction/fantasy trilogy titled The Technomage Archive. One of the major reasons I started writing Birthright is because I just love books that play with genre conventions. I want spaceships with my dragons and laser guns with my wizard staffs. I want an awesome sci-fi setting with a good ole fantasy plot and conventions.
Unfortunately, hybrid-genre literature is a nightmare to market (example: Joss Whedon's Firefly). That's where the wonder of ebooks and the so-called self-publishing revolution come in.
So what is Birthright? Well, it's kind of like Ender's Game meets Lord of the Rings meets Star Wars meets Harry Potter. Excited yet? Awesome.
You can see what I mean by checking out the super-cool Birthright sample PDF, which features the first two chapters of the novel.
I am also an avid MMORPG gamer, having spent many years of my life living in Britannia, Azeroth, and Norrath. I couldn't let that experience go to waste, so Birthright features conventions that MMO gamers should be intimately familiar with. For example, rather than flying between distance planets in a spaceship, characters in Birthright use portals to travel between Instances, which are pocket universes that exist in the same physical space as one another.
What Readers Have To Say About Birthright
My beta readers were brutal, and after spending a lot of hours integrating their comments, I know Birthright is a much stronger novel. Here's a few snippets of what they had to say about it.
"The narrative illustrates the novel's beautifully complex universe and pulls you into a powerful and captivating story."
"This space opera is better than feeding chicken wings to dinosaurs."
"I don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but if I do say so myself, I wrote a really good book--a staggeringly good book. Birthright is a masterpiece of genre fiction."
Oh, wait, sorry. Strike that last one. Listen to the other guys, though! But don't just take their words for it. See for yourself by reading a sample of Birthright right now!
Damien Vennar used to be a god. As a technomage of the Charonic Archive, Damien had the power to create entire universes. Then, five hundred years ago, he gave it all up. He suspended the nanites that made up his bloodstream and began to age—and eventually die—like anyone else. For centuries, Damien has lived among those who once worshipped him, his real identity fading into myth and legend.
Hundreds of years later, when Ceril Bain finds Damien’s old sword buried in his grandfather's garden, he is put on the fast-track to follow in Vennar's footsteps. Over the next six years, Ceril trains as a technomage aboard the Inkwell Sigil, a ship with the ability to travel between dimensions. Just as Ceril is preparing to undergo his Rites and finish his training, the Inkwell Sigil loses power. Stranded in space with no way back home, Ceril and four of his classmates are given their final assignment: go into uncharted territory, find a way back home, and bring back the one person who can fix the ship—Damien Vennar himself.
While away, Ceril and his team find themselves in a predicament when they confuse an attempt at first contact with an attack and kill two of the world’s winged inhabitants. They are shortly captured and imprisoned, and the only thing keeping them alive is their angel-like captors’ belief they may be the subjects of an ancient prophecy about a group of magic-wielding messiahs. But that’s impossible. Isn’t it?
Sounds awesome, huh?
Because I want to do this right, and publishing a book ain't cheap.
I'm working with a very talented local artist (Falon Yates) for cover art/design, and I have to pay someone to edit/copyedit the book, someone to format the manuscript for Kindle and other ebook formats (as well as for print editions!), someone to help design a new author website/blog, and so on and so forth.
The expenses just keep adding up because I will have this project done professionally, or not at all.
But Wait! There's More!
Birthright is only the first book in a trilogy! You've seen how it starts, but don't you guys and gals want to see how it ends? Of course you do!
If we reach the following milestones, I'll include even more rewards!
- $4k: If we reach $4,000 in pledges, Lineage (Book 2) gets unlocked and will be added to the ebook and print editions in the rewards section for free.
- $6k: If we reach $6,000 in pledges, Legacy (Book 3) gets unlocked and will be added to the ebook and print editions in the rewards section for free.
You can do it!
More than anything, I want to thank you all in advance for your support in this project. Pledge anything you can, and I will love you forever for doing so. Even if you can't pledge, then you can still help, and I’ll still love you! You can share this project with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and across any other corners of the Internet you want to. Heck, even share it with the strangers around there, too!
Thank you all so very much.
Cover: Falon Yates
I'm afraid not. The hardcover of BIRTHRIGHT offered at the Agent-level reward tier is exclusive to Kickstarter. Once the campaign has ended, the novel will only be released as an ebook and a softcover.
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Student: Your name will be listed in the acknowledgement sections of every edition of BIRTHRIGHT.Estimated delivery:
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In addition to your name in the acknowledgements section in every edition of BIRTHRIGHT, I will also include a link to a website, project, or blog of your choice in the acknowledgements in the book and on my author website. That way, the whole world can know how awesome you are! [Note: some restrictions apply--no adult content, link farms, etc.--and this reward is included in all higher tiers]Estimated delivery:
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Recruit: An ebook copy of the finished book in PDF, Amazon Kindle (.mobi), and ePub formats. (You will also receive all rewards at the Student level.)Estimated delivery:
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Apprentice: A signed softcover copy of BIRTHRIGHT. International shipping, please add $10. (You will also receive all rewards at the Recruit level.)Estimated delivery:
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Be a beta reader for LINEAGE, Book 2 of the Technomage Archive! That's right, you will get to read an advance draft of the sequel to BIRTHRIGHT, and your feedback will shape how the book turns out! And if you're not interested in providing feedback, you still get to read the novel earlier than anyone else! [This reward is included in all higher tiers, and it includes the Agent level of rewards with it]Estimated delivery:
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Charon: PDF, Kindle, or ePub copies of all previous draft versions of BIRTHRIGHT. Note: Right now, there are at least 4 drafts of Birthright. (You will also receive all rewards at the Agent level.)Estimated delivery:
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Jaronya: Have your name immortalized in print (or e-ink!) by having a character in LINEAGE, the sequel to BIRTHRIGHT, named after you. Note: The author reserves the right to work with you to find a suitable name if your name is already used or does not fit the tone/theme of the novel. (You will also receive all rewards at the Charon level.)Estimated delivery:
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Archive: Have your name immortalized in print (or e-ink!) by having a character in BIRTHRIGHT, named after you. Note: The author reserves the right to work with you to find a suitable name if your name is already used or does not fit the tone/theme of the novel. (You will also receive all rewards at the Charon level.)Estimated delivery:
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Headmaster: A unique short story written just for you, focusing on the character of your choice from BIRTHRIGHT. This story will be yours to do with what you choose. Post it on your blog, burn it and use it to chant voodoo curses in my direction, or lock it safely away so that it becomes a valuable one-of-a-kind artifact after I’m killed in the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The choice is yours. (You will also receive all rewards at the Jaronya level.)Estimated delivery:
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