Thirteen years ago my first novel was published by Vivisphere Publishing. It all started with Yesterday’s Dreams, a magical coming-of-age story that I now describe as Irish Elves in New York City fighting evil demigods. It tells the tale of Kara O’Keefe, a first-generation Irish American who is unaware of her fae heritage. The trilogy documents her self-discovery, as well as her battle against three ancient and evil supernatural beings with a score to settle with Kara’s kin, the Tuatha de Danaan.
It took ten years—and three publishers—to complete the trilogy that came to be called the Eternal Cycle series.
Yesterday’s Dreams was published first in 2001 (Vivisphere Publishing), then in 2006 (Mundania Press), and finally in 2012 (Dark Quest Books):
Here is an excerpt of chapter one:
Tomorrow’s Memories was published in 2008 (Mundania Press) and again in 2012 (Dark Quest Books):
Here is an excerpt of chapter one:
And Today’s Promise finally completed the trilogy in 2012 (Dark Quest Books):
Here is an excerpt of chapter one:
Despite the long journey the series has collected quite a following and many have asked me if there will be more tales for Kara and her kin.
The trilogy is complete, but far be it from me to disappoint my fans. As long as there is interest I will comply. With this first Kickstarter our goal is to release an ebook novella entitled Eternal Wanderings, with a stretch goal to aim for that will ensure a print volume as well. If interest persists, the novella will become the first in a series.
The Continuing Tales of Kara O’Keefe
In just a few short weeks, Kara has become more than she ever imagined and nothing she ever expected. Her life has been touched by both evil and divinity until her very view of herself and the universe is transformed. She bears the scars, but none so deep as Tony DeLocosta’s, evil’s ultimate victim. The woman who is both Sidhe and human and the man who is but a shell, fractured by possession, take to wandering.
Join them on their journey of self-discovery.
Join them on their journey of healing.
Join them as their journey becomes a race as once again evil catches their scent and gives chase.
SPECIAL HOME STRETCH BACKER BONUS – All backers pledging $25 or higher will be entered into a special drawing for two dozen homemade cookies. Five winners will be selected randomly by the backers themselves, details to follow.
Cookie choices are:Limoncello Coconut (with or without candied ginger)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
First 20 backers – ACHIEVED! Receive an electronic copy of "Birth of the Tuatha de Danaan" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, the Eternal Cycle’s origin story for the Celtic elves.
First 50 backers – ACHIEVED! Receive three bonus short stories: “Forever and A Day”, “Travellin’ Show”, and “The Devil’s Own Luck”. These are the seed stories that will eventually become the novel Forever and A Day, written in the far future of the Eternal Cycle universe.
First 100 backers – Receive an electronic copy of Kara O'Keefe's origin story.
$1200 – ACHIEVED! All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Janine K. Spendlove’s novel War of Seasons: Human.
$1500 – ACHIEVED! All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Alma Alexander's story "Hourglass" featuring Aris the Gleeman.
$1600 – ACHIEVED! All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free copy of Patrick Thomas's novel Faerie With a Gun
$1800 – ACHIEVED! All backers at $5 or more will receive a digital download of Jonah Knight's Eternal Cycle songs, inspired by the novels.
$2100 – ACHIEVED! All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's story Foot-Sore Angel
$2400 – ACHIEVED! All backers at $5 or more will receive a digital download of Danny Birt's original composition based on Eternal Wanderings
$2700 – All backers at $5 or more will receive a DRM-Free electronic copy of John L. French's story "Clean and Pure"
$3000 – A print version of Eternal Wanderings will be produced
$3500 – Custom cover art will be produced, details to come
$4000 – An audiobook version of Eternal Wanderings will be produced
Quick Explanation: Kickstarter doesn't really have an intuitive way to do add-ons, and the process can be confusing, so here's a quick explanation.
To add one of the below onto your current pledge, just click on the "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top right of the page, click in the "Pledge Amount" box, and change the pledge amount to reflect the addition of the amount of the add-on you want. Example: if your current pledge amount is $10, and you want to add a $5 add-on, you would click into the "Pledge Amount" box and change the pledge amount to $15. At the end of the Kickstarter, we'll send out a questionnaire to find out what add-ons you contributed for.
I can autograph a book to whomever you want and you can order more than one copy of the same book when doing an add-on. I am also allowing add-ons for a print version of Eternal Wanderings as plans are in place to ensure this happens no matter the ultimate outcome of the Kickstarter.
$5 – Add a magnet featuring the cover art of the Eternal Cycle book of your choice. (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $5 for shipping.)
$20 – Add a set of high-quality magnets featuring the cover art from all four Eternal books. (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $15 for shipping.)
$15 – Add a set of 10 custom thank you cards to your order. (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $5 for shipping.)
$20 – Add an autographed copy of Yesterday’s Dreams to your order (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$20 – Add an autographed copy of Tomorrow’s Memories (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$20 – Add an autographed copy Today’s Promise (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$52 – Add an autographed set of the complete trilogy (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $40 for shipping.)
$20 – Add an autographed copy of Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale to your order. This is a steamunk retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: http://www.sidhenadaire.com/books/BACD.htm (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$20 – Add an autographed copy of The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale to your order. This is my biker faerie novel expanded from stories that originally appeared in the Bad-Ass Faeries anthologies: http://www.sidhenadaire.com/books/HC.htm (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$20 – Add an autographed copy of The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale to your order. This is the sequel to the Halfling’s Court wherein one of my bikers discovered roller derby: http://www.sidhenadaire.com/books/RQ.htm (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$35 – Add autographed copies of both The Halfling’s Court and The Redcaps’ Queen to your order. (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
$20 – artist signed 8x10 print (you can get as many of these as you'd like of whichever illustrations you'd like, to include the original art cover when we reach that stretch goal.)(If you're a backer living outside the U.S., please add $6 for shipping)
$20 – Add an autographed print copy of Eternal Wanderings to your order. It makes a great gift! (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books.
Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court: and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo science fiction collection, A Legacy of Stars, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections.
She is a member of the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers, the New Jersey Authors Network, and Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.
Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail or badassfaeries), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DMcPhail). To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com, or www.badassfaeries.com.
Janine K. Spendlove
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse, and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel. Fine out more at JanineSpendlove.com.
Alma Alexander's life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website www.AlmaAlexander.org, her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Alexander/67938071280 or her blog http://anghara.livejournal.com.
Over the last year, Jonah's resume has become more complicated. Yes, he has released six albums, is working on the seventh, tours science fiction conventions, and is a three time musical guest of honor. In mid 2013 he co-founded Antimatter Press, a speculative fiction publishing company focusing on episodic and serialized storytelling. He is the Show-Runner (developmental editor), exploring the possibilities of digital publishing. His podcast, Pros and Cons (co-hosted by Mikey Mason) was a 2013 Parsec Finalist. This was a rare and unforeseen honor for the show which examines geek music and convention culture. - See more at: http://www.jonahofthesea.com/about/#sthash.SDUeYfHc.dpuf
L. Jagi Lamplighter
L. Jagi Lamplighter is also the author of the Prospero’s Daughter series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained. She is an assistant editor with the Bad-Ass Faeries Anthologies, and she maintains a weekly blog on writing called Wright’s Writing Corner. When not writing, she switches to her secret identity as wife and stay-home mom in Centreville, VA, where she lives with her dashing husband, author John C. Wright, and their four darling children, Orville, Ping-Ping, Roland Wilbur, and Justinian Oberon.
Her website is: http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/
Her blog is at: http://arhyalon.livejournal.com/
On Twitter: @lampwright4
Award-winning author Danny Birt has lived all over the United States, coast-to-coast and beyond. He attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute, studied music therapy and psychology at Loyola University New Orleans, and most recently graduated from Shenandoah University with his master’s degree in music therapy.
Danny has been a contributing author to several sci-fi, fantasy, and professional publications, and isa freelance editor.
In addition to literary publication, Danny composes classical and filk music, such as his nonstop hour-long piano solo “Narcoleptic Pianist,” and the ever-peculiar album “Warped Children’s Songs."
In his spare time, Danny’s hobby is finding new hobbies.
John L. French
JOHN L. FRENCH has worked for over thirty years as a crime scene investigator and has seen more than his share of murders, shootings and serious assaults. As a break from the realities of his job, he writes science fiction, pulp, horror, fantasy, and, of course, crime fiction. His books include The Devil of Harbor City, Past Sins, Souls on Fire, Here There Be Monsters and Paradise Denied. He’s also written several books with co-conspirator Patrick Thomas, the latest of which is The Assassins’ Ball. John is the editor of Bad Cop, No Donut, Mermaids 13: Tales of the Sea, and To Hell in a Fast Car: On the Road to Death and Disaster. One of these days John will get a website and a Facebook page but in the meantime he can be contacted at email@example.com.
Mike McPhail – Graphic Artist
Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future (DTF) series of military science fiction anthologies. As a Freelance Administrator for DTF Publications @ Dark Quest Books, he is charged with not only the DTF series but also David Sherman’s 18th Race Trilogy, Phoebe Wray’s Jemma Saga, and the Science Fiction works of the late CJ Henderson. www.defendingthefuture.com
As a member of the Military Writers Society of America, he is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors, as well as supporting related organization in their efforts to help those "who have given their all for us." www.milscifi.com
A new independent publishing house drawing on decades of experience in the publishing industry. Specializing in speculative fiction produced both electronically and in print. Our goal is to focus on original works and artistically produced titles.
All values are estimated.
Basic Budget for creation of eBook version of Eternal Wanderings
$200 – Editing
$200 – Cover Art and design
$200 – Typesetting
$200 – Shipping and reward fulfillment
$100+ – Campaign Fees
$100+ – Author Advance
Advanced Budget for creation of a print version of Eternal Wanderings
$275 – Purchase of ISBNs
$400 – LLC Registration
$62 – Printer file creation
$300 – Print and Ship physical books
$500 – Custom Cover Art
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges
With over twenty years experience in publishing and connections to a wide network of skilled individuals to cover those skills we don’t have, production for this project has a solid grounding in professional ability.
While the story is not yet complete, it is begun. In addition, this is continuation of an existing storyline in a well-grounded universe. This makes the project relatively low-risk, with only time being a factor. We have allowed a good amount of time for production schedule and Danielle is known for writing a novel in as little as a month and a half.
Still, that having been said, life does at times intrude. With that in mind, this project has the potential for interruption depending on life events, but will be completed with minimal delay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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