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A Dark Lord is rising. Again. But hey, that's what the royal family is for, right? Kicking butt in nice dresses: a new epic tradition.
A Dark Lord is rising. Again. But hey, that's what the royal family is for, right? Kicking butt in nice dresses: a new epic tradition.
A Dark Lord is rising. Again. But hey, that's what the royal family is for, right? Kicking butt in nice dresses: a new epic tradition.
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Citadel of the Sky (Epic fantasy novel)

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Just as a refresher, there are stretch goals! To see the full list, check out Update #4 but right now we're looking at:

  • $5000: A cover for the second book in the series, Green Wild.
  • $6000: early release of Green Wild within 6 months.

Thanks very much for all your support!

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Her (not very) Serene Highness Princess Tiana tries her best not to think about the dark lords ravaging her country or how the magic in her bloodline makes her family go mad. The descendant of a legendary hero, she prefers bringing the myths of old to life on the theater stage, not on the battlefield.

Then a rash of suspicious deaths strikes the Regents—trusted advisors, friends, and guides to her troubled royal family—and the Noble’s Council tries to cover it all up. Tiana is determined to get to the bottom of the murders and the conspiracy, even if that means making a dangerous pact with a telepathic demon trapped in a magical sword. But he may just be the edge she needs to save the people she loves.

Cursed sword in hand, Tiana and her friends prepare to face the encroaching darkness­—and the ultimate truth about her and her family.

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Hi!

Citadel of the Sky is the epic fantasy I always wanted to read when I was young. It has girls as the protagonists, with magic weapons and amazing powers. It has strange places to explore and a sense of humor and a plot that keeps moving. And the complex characters have very human problems they have to work with, not just overcome.

It's a fantasy in the style of the older epic fantasies of my childhood, with a limited number of points of view interacting with many entertaining characters. But it's also about what happens after an epic story about destroying a Dark Lordlong, long after. Generations later, the Dark Lords just keep coming after the power protected by the Chosen One's heirs. Dealing with them has become something everyone faces regularly-- and the burden of bearing a unique magic has made the Royal Blood... eccentric. Our protagonist, Princess Tiana, is particularly interested in overcoming the reputation of her family. Alas, genetics and fate have something else in store for her in a fun, energetic story with a dark twist.

The book, first in a pentalogy, is completed (and features a complete story arc). This Kickstarter is intended to launch that Book 1 into the world. The second book is drafted but not ready to be released. The series, Thrones of the Firstborn, is planned out and definitely happening one way or another. This Kickstarter will determine how quickly it comes out and how high the first book's production values are. 

Why Kickstarter? 

This Kickstarter is primarily to pay for the book's production. A lot of people are involved in making it awesome and I'd like to pay them. Production costs include editing, layout, the cover, proper ISBNs and other miscellaneous expenses. The rest of the Kickstarter funding goes to fulfillment of the Kickstarter itself.

Who Am I?

I've had three novels in another series published by a small press, and I've self-published a stand alone novel. I have prior experience with Kickstarter on both sides of the fence. I'm very schedule-focused and I like to get things done. I'm really excited to share this book with the world. 

Why Might You Back It?

...you're a fan of epic fantasy that isn't relentlessly grim

...you like wicked, nasty, fun demons

...or sentient swords

...or smart girls with superpowers

...you'd like to see more girls and women dominating the show in epic fantasy

...or more people being awesome heroes despite mental disorders.

Or maybe just because you read the sample below and wanted more.

Want To Read The First Two Chapters?

Here you go.

About The Tiers

All tiers include an ebook of CITADEL OF THE SKY.

POSTCARD: You get a lovely postcard of the cover of Citadel of the Sky, which you can preserve as a keepsake of the Kickstarter, or send to a friend. You also get an ebook.

HAND-COLORED: A handmade, stamped, colored thank you card with some pretty art, and a postcard as above. And an ebook!

PIXELS: The thank you card, the postcard, a mention in the acknowledgements, a high resolution digital color map, and a short story that will expand on the setting of CITADEL OF THE SKY. And of course, you get an ebook.

JUST THE PAPERBACK: A signed, personalized paperback of CITADEL OF THE SKY. These will be signed directly on the page, unless a bookplate is explicitly requested. Naturally, you also get an ebook.

PATRON: As JUST THE PAPERBACK, with the addition of a mention in the acknowledgements and a postcard. Oh, did I mention the ebook? That too.

PRINT: As PATRON, with a printed (and digital) color map of Ceria. The ebook will be pretty nifty!

SECOND PRINT: As PRINT, with a print of the cover and a digital-format short story later this year. Don't forget the ebook!

BAKE SALE: As SECOND PRINT with dessert! If you're in the US, I'll bend my skills in the kitchen in your service. You can have cookies or fudge, your choice, and I'll write you a piece of flash fiction that links the treat with the novel. You'll have a lovely ebook too!

CRAFT FAIR: As SECOND PRINT, with yarn! I'll knit (or weave or crochet) for you! You can have a warm winter hat (fiber to be determined) or some lovely, durable cotton kitchen towels/dishcloths. I'll also write a piece of flash fiction about my protagonists' experience with domestic handicrafts. And certainly you get the ebook.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: This Kickstarter closes on my birthday! And you love me (or my books) and just want to support me or give me a nice warm fuzzy. So! You get one perfect, lovingly signed paperback copy of the novel, along with a second one suitable for gifting. You also get all digital perks up to SECOND PRINT and whatever print swag I can cram into the box. This may or may not include the prints, so if you definitely want those send me a message.

If you're not in the US, you can manually add $25 for shipping. But you don't have to. You do you.

TUCKERIZED:  As SECOND PRINT, with your name in print! I'll name a character after you or as you request. I'd like the name to fit within the setting, but most non-internet names will. We can talk about it. It'll be in the ebook too, which you'll have.

EXTRA: As SECOND PRINT, with more fiction! I'll write a new short story for you. It can be about your choice of element from any of my existing settings: Senyaza, Carouselchain, Nightlights, Ceria. You'll see the story first and it will be dedicated to you. Yes, the ebook is included!

FEEDBACK: As SECOND PRINT, with critique services. I'll provide a full manuscript critique to yourself or somebody you refer (and an ebook). I have extensive experience helping others develop their stories and polish their manuscripts and I'd be happy to put that experience to work on your behalf.

Add-ons

If you'd like to get the books in my urban-fantasy-with-angels-and-faeries series as part of a Kickstarter Bargain, you can add $12 to get the first three books (plus a collection of short stories in June) as ebooks.  See the $12 tier at my previous Kickstarter for details!

If you'd like a second copy of CITADEL OF THE SKY, you can add on an additional e-copy for $4. A second print copy would be an another $20 plus any shipping. These offers are only available if you're already getting one book.

Credits

Video music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod. Video backdrop courtesy of wyldraven.

Risks and challenges

The book is completely written and mostly edited (and in the hands of people other than me) so there's little risk of the book not appearing at all. This time I'm responsible for getting the publication & print edition of the books produced and we're only producing paperbacks so it should go pretty smoothly. There might be delays with final production phase of the manuscript, but they'll only be delays and probably not long. The extras beyond the novel have a variable timeframe but I've tried to give my best estimate for each one.

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    POSTCARD:
    You get a souvenir postcard with the book's cover and an ebook of CITADEL OF THE SKY in the format you request.

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    You get a hand-colored souvenir thank you card, a postcard and an ebook of CITADEL OF THE SKY in the format you request.

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    PIXELS:
    You get a hand-colored souvenir thank you card, a postcard.an ebook of CITADEL OF THE SKY, a mention in the acknowledgements (if desired) and a high-resolution digital map of Ceria (delivered May 2015). Later this year, you will get a bonus short story in the same setting.

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    JUST THE PAPERBACK:
    You get a signed paperback copy of CITADEL OF THE SKY, personally inspected for maximum loveliness. A complimentary ebook is included as well.

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    PATRON:
    You get a signed paperback copy of CITADEL OF THE SKY, an ebook, a postcard, and I'll mention you in the book's acknowledgements.

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    PRINT:
    You get a signed paperback copy of CITADEL OF THE SKY, an ebook, a postcard, a color print of the map of Ceria, and I'll mention you in the book's acknowledgements.

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    SECOND PRINT:
    You get a signed paperback copy of CITADEL OF THE SKY, an ebook, a color print of the map of Ceria, a color print of the cover, and I'll mention you in the book's acknowledgements. Later this year, you will get a bonus short story in the same setting.

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    BAKE SALE:
    You get everything in SECOND PRINT. Also, I will make you cookies or fudge (your choice) and ship it to you along with a piece of flash fiction that unites your treat with heroine Tiana's experiences. US-only.

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    CRAFT FAIR:
    You get everything in SECOND PRINT. Also, I will handcraft you a hat or a set of dishtowels and ship it to you along with a piece of flash fiction that unites your reward with heroine Tiana's experiences.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY: You love me (or my books) and just want to support me. You get one perfect, lovingly signed paperback copy of the novel, along with a second one suitable for gifting. You also get all digital perks up to SECOND PRINT and whatever print swag I can cram into the box.

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    TUCKERIZED:
    You get everything in SECOND PRINT. Also, I will name a character in the book after you.

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    EXTRA:
    You get everything in SECOND PRINT. Also, I'll write a short story about a topic, setting element, or character of your choice, from any setting in my portfolio.

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    FEEDBACK:
    You get everything in SECOND PRINT. Also, I will provide a full manuscript critique for yourself or somebody you refer.

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