Counting White Stones follows the events in a fishing village where many men disappear into the ocean. To spare the widows the agony of wondering if their men will return, there is an ancient pact they can make with the Sea. They walk the black rocky shores and the Sea sends rare white stones to wash up at their feet. The number of white stones indicates how many days the Sea will grant their husband to return. However, if he does not return before the white stones run out, then the Sea will keep him forever.
But one day the roles are reversed and a fisherman's wife disappears into the waves leaving behind her small son. The man makes his own pact with the Sea and goes to live in the Waiting House. As his collection of stones dwindles away and fear enters his heart, he is propositioned by the beautiful lass in town. But before he can make a decision, strange stones are delivered to him. Are they from the sea? Or has he gone mad with the loss of his wife?
Illustrated by Saturne Mezzasalama, Counting White Stones focuses on themes of loss and the unknown, of waiting and wondering. This is a story about a man who has to fight to keep his hope alive even when the whole town is against him, when it's against rational thought, and when he must choose between his heart and his head.
The Fisherman is a successful husband, providing for his wife and child. But when his wife vanishes near the sea, he must consider how long he should wait for her and when he should give in to the seductions of the village lass. The villagers keep pushing him to remarrying and give his son a mother. Will the fisherman relent or go against tradition, and keep waiting for his wife?
The Lass has always had her eye on the fisherman, but she'd had to confine herself to longing glances. Now with his wife missing, she sees an opportunity to steal his heart. When he resists, she resorts to sabotage and more sinister methods. Will she be able to manipulate the fisherman's heart?
The Preacher is responsible for keeping the town united but when the villagers begin to complain about the fisherman flouting the laws of the waiting house, he is forced to step in. However when the fisherman shows him the strange stones, whose side will the preacher take?
$1 pledge - Black Stones includes sincere thanks from the creators!
$10 pledge - White Stones includes a digital copy of Counting White Stones and two digital wallpapers.
$20 pledge - Collection Stones includes a 8.5 x 11 full color physical copy of Counting White Stones, two character buttons, three illustrated high resolution wallpapers and a digital copy of the book.
$40 pledge - Counting Stones includes a 17x11" POSTER. a 8.5 x 11 full color physical copy of Counting White Stones, two character buttons, three illustrated high resolution wallpapers and a digital copy of the book.
$50 pledge - Dwindling Stones includes DIGITAL copies of all FIVE graphic fables: Counting White Stones, The Emerald Beetle, The Shadow Beast, Death's Footsteps, and Four Arms; and five digital wallpapers from the 5 books.
$60 pledge - Lost Stones includes a SIGNED physical copy of Counting White Stones plus poster, buttons, digital copies of 5 fables, and 9 wallpapers.
$85 pledge - Sea Stones includes a 38 page COLORING BOOK of illustrations from Counting White Stones, plus signed book, poster, buttons, digital copies of 5 fables, and 9 wallpapers.
$100 pledge - Found Stones includes physical copies of all FIVE graphic fables: Counting White Stones, The Emerald Beetle, The Shadow Beast, Death's Footsteps, and Four Arms; plus coloring book, buttons, digital copies of 5 fables, and 9 wallpapers.
$115 pledge - Strange Stones includes SIGNED copies of all FIVE graphic fables, plus audio recording of the fables read by the author, PLUS coloring book, poster, buttons, digital copies of 5 fables, and 9 wallpapers.
$150 pledge - The Last Stone includes 'The Book of Magic Truths,' a 172 page HARD COVER book containing all five graphic fables and SIGNED by the author. This Premium Tier also includes a hand-crafted sea stone TALISMAN and all previous rewards: coloring book, poster, buttons, audio and digital copies, and wallpapers.
Risks and challenges
With 4 successful kickstarter projects and seven years of publishing experience, I have no doubt 'Counting White Stones' will be completed.
All illustrations are finished, the text has been proofed and edited, files have been formatted and are ready to print. I'm using the same printer as with my previous books so there shouldn't be any surprises there.
I've factored in the time that it takes for the kickstarter funds to clear from the bank. From past projects, I've learned which packaging is most sturdy for shipping posters so they arrive undamaged.
If they are any set-backs, they will be handled with care and communication.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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