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Steampunk Adventure & Alternate History collide in book 3 of the Steam Empire Chronicles - Mongols, Airships, Assassinations and Romans
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First there was Brass, then Copper, and now Iron, cold Iron, to rule them all...

In a world where Rome fought off the barbarians, the Vikings, the Huns and the Persians, Roman steel, training, and technology proved to be the difference. Roman airships patrol the waters, while trains and steamships transport people around an empire holding most of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

But not all is as it seems. In Iron Tribune, Tribune Julius Brutus Caesar and his commanding officer, heir to the throne Constantine Tiberius Appius, find themselves neck-deep in political and military intrigue. As things go from bad to worse, the empire faces its toughest threat yet: A resurgent Mongolian Empire armed with new weaponry the likes the Romans have never seen before.

Iron Tribune is the 3rd installment in my Steam Empire Chronicles Series. This is also the 3rd novel I've Kickstarted, once again for similar reasons. I need your support in bringing the world of the Steam Empire Chronicles to life. The funds from the kickstarter will go directly towards adding illustrations, maps, and additional interior artwork to the novel.

The novel is already complete, and simply awaits your support to bring it to beautifully illustrated life!

Example Illustration from Copper Centurion - Click to see more illustrations.
Example Illustration from Copper Centurion - Click to see more illustrations.

The novel is already finished, and simply awaits illustrations to bring it fully to life. The more money this kickstarter raises, the more illustrations, maps, and other interior artwork can be done. Because of this, I'm not able to offer many stretch goals, as most of the money would go right back into the book (So, in essence you're getting stretch goals in form, if not in name!)

Stretch Goal #1 - $1,000 - Antioch Burns - All backers at a Legionnaire 2nd Class Level and above get my novella Antioch Burnsfor free! A perfect companion to Iron Tribune. Learn how the Romans got themselves in such a mess in the first place.

Stretch Goal #2 - $1,250 - Roma Aeronautica + Digital Art Booklet - If we reach this level, I'll include both of my novellas and a digital art booklet, complete with all the illustrations from all the novels.

 Stretch Goal #3 - $1,500 - Finally, if we reach this level, I'll be able to have a specially made poster created, printed, and shipped to all backers at Legionnaire 1st Class and above (IE all the physical/print copy backers) - Digital backers won't be left out! You'll just get a digital copy rather than a print copy. See the one I had created for Brass Legionnaire below.

Promotional Poster for Brass Legionnaire
Promotional Poster for Brass Legionnaire

As of right now, that's it. I'd rather put the money into making Iron Tribune a better experience than spending too much on stretch goals. But if we reach $2,000, I'll start exploring some more options and taking community input. 

Otherwise, I look forward to your support in this matter. Thanks for helping me make Iron Tribune the best book in the series (So far!)

Backer Reward Clarification - the $125 reward - Decanus - states that you get to design a character. Design means name, create a background for, occupation, etc etc etc. (I get final editing overview, as it must be consistent with the world, but I'll be working with you to make sure he/she fits in just fine) Hope that clarifies some things!

ADD-ONS! Some backers have asked if they can pledge for additional copies of my novels, and the answer is OF COURSE! See the information below for the option to add extra print copies of any of my novels.

Brass Legionnaire - $8

Copper Centurion - $10

Iron Tribune - $12

Risks and challenges

As this is the 3rd time working with Kickstarter, I'm fairly confident I've gotten a lot of the quirks worked out. That being said, some risks/challenges are as follows.

1.) The illustrators of the book need time to do their work correctly. This could easily delay the book a month or so. I'll have them starting on it as soon as the kickstarter begins, but any additional illustrations will require more time to work on.

2.) Formatting - Just as illustrating takes time, so does formatting, which can't truly be done until the illustrations are done. Fortunately, I'm working with the same company/outfit that has done my last two novels and both novellas, and I've got a good relationship with them.

3.) The good news above all else is that the book will be published regardless of whether or not the kickstarter is successful. But I think it will be a much greater project if I can add the illustrations to the novel.

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    Levy - Welcome to the Legions! You'll get a hearty thank you and see your name plastered for eternity in the Acknowledgements in book 3.

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    Trainee - Learned which end of the sword is pointy? You'll need it to get through a digital copy of Iron Tribune!

    Also receive the Levy Reward and any digital-only stretch goals.

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    Legionnaire, 2nd Class - Ready for your first posting? You'll need to read up on your history! Get the first three novels of the Steam Empire Chronicles in digital format! Includes the recently revised Brass Legionnaire.

    Also receive the Levy Reward and any digital-only stretch goals.

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    Legionnaire, 1st Class - You've seen a bit, traveled a bit, and are ready to get your signed, print edition of Iron Tribune.

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    Decanus - You not only know which end of the sword is pointy, but how to teach others the same knowledge!

    Receive signed copies of Brass Legionnaire, Copper Centurion, and Iron Tribune, plus all the digital rewards available in the Legionnaire, 2nd Class Reward and all stretch goals.

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    Praefectus - You must have good connections or good brains to be put in charge of this operation!

    Receive all the awards at the Decanus level and stretch goals, PLUS you get to design a character in the next installment in the Steam Empire Chronicles - Steel Praetorian. (see the Rewards Information Section for additional info on this!)

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    Emperor - You really want to throw money at this? Why not? You're the emperor!

    In addition to the Praefectus reward, help me name the next novella in the Steam Empire Chronicles, and be part of the plot development, storyline, character interaction, the whole nine yards! (note, I cover shipping at this level)

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