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The Soul Within - YA Science fiction novel

Featuring sci fi adventure, aliens, spaceships, mysterious fighter jets, cute robots and people. Warning: May contain pizza.

The Soul Within - YA Science fiction novel

Featuring sci fi adventure, aliens, spaceships, mysterious fighter jets, cute robots and people. Warning: May contain pizza.

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Welcome to the kickstarter campaign for the YA sci-fi novel "The Soul Within". 

Welcome, friends of old and backers of new, whether you've travelled the paths of adventure along with me before or you're taking up a quest with Dragonquill for the first time :)

I'm Mae McKinnon; Author, Musewrangler and, on a good day, possibly a Human Being (you never know, I *could* be a butterfly dreaming I'm human ... mind, it'd be way cooler if I was a *dragon* dreaming I was a human, alas, we shall never know). 

*Waves flag* Have you started your engines? Are you ready? Good, because I hope you'll join me as we head off on a brand new adventure together. 

GO!

"The Soul Within"  is a, nearly, 300 pages YA (Young-Adult) science-fiction novel. It's set on Earth, somewhere in the near future. But not Earth as we know it. This is an Earth that is being ravaged by aliens harvesting the planet's resources. 

It follows the exploits of Jo, a scrappy 12-year old who likes exploring the off-limits - and often abandoned - levels of Black Hawk Base, and Ikazuchi, one of the mothballed experimental alien hybrid fighter jets known as F.U.R.I.s (Futuristic. Unbound. Raiding. Intelligence.) as they (somewhat grudgingly from Jo's side) tries to save the world. 

* All the physical books come signed (if you want them to) and the Dust Jackets will all have a silk book band (there will be three colours to choose from - since that's all I've got at home atm -  though personally I favour the blue, going with certain themes in the book :) 

I would also like to get something off my chest: This book has had a mind of its own. I started it *goes to check and turns white* in 2015. Oh dear, that was longer ago than I thought it was, and have written, finished and published several books while the draft for this one was throwing a tantrum in a drawer and refusing to cooperate. I'm happy to say that it was worth waiting for the characters to make up their minds, even if they nearly drove me barmy in the process, and the end result is (aside from being an almost entirely different book) a much, much better story. 

  • (note: kickstarter and book formatting do not get along well. Alas, the text is there, but the formatting isn't. Still, you can read it so that's something. Right? And it looks very nice on the *actual* page :)

The click I’d heard before, it was the lock on the door. The door itself was struggling to open, with lots of rubbish and debris in the way, but the opening was growing larger. 

Shadows were moving behind that opening. Lots of shadows. 

'Oh, crap!' 

I took a few steps backwards. 

Then a small one turned sideways and squeezed through the opening. It was barely through it, all four rotors spinning like dervishes with a death wish, before it made a beeline straight for me. 

Ducking out of the way, it smashed against the wall beside me and fell to the floor, one rotor blade still spinning, almost cutting my foot. 

While I watched, the gap enlarged. Two more appeared. Two bigger ones. 

They too dived straight at me, the red light below the cameras following me like an electronic evil eye. 

‘Bugger this,’ I cried out, stumbling through the nearest doorway and running away as fast as my legs could take me.  

Behind me several more whirred around the nearest corner. 

‘Why are they all following me?’ I yelled into the com. 

‘They appear to be an early model of security drone,’ Ike replied to my, equally yelled, description. 

‘There isn’t anything here to secure!’

‘They appear to disagree.’

Two more smashed against a wall as I stumbled, flashing over my head. I kept on running, taking a corner at speed. There was so much debris here, it was impossible to think and run at the same time. 

I managed to slam a wooden door behind me. That’d stop them, surely? 

The door splintered behind me.

The first one through caught up. The blades cut several bits of hair, along with a scrape along my cheek, before — by sheer luck, I dodged it. 

The whine of the rotors increased angrily as it moved back into position, right on my tail. 

There were more behind me now. The last door hadn’t held them for long. They were catching up on me fast. No surprise. They could fly. The only reason I was alive is down to a head-start and a ridiculous amount of luck. 

My legs felt like they were frozen in place. Still I kept on running. 

‘Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit, I’m gonna die!’

Scrambling through hallways that now somehow seem darker than before, I ran as fast as I could. 

If there was something I could pull down behind me as I rushed past, I did. The stitch in my side was killing me. But I wasn’t slowing down. No way. 

‘IKE! IKE, I’m gonna KILL you!’

‘If you have breath left enough to yell at me, I suggest you conserve it and concentrate on running,’ Ike’s voice calmly informed me. 

‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ I shouted back, narrowly avoiding smacking right into an overturned bookcase. 

The sensible thing would have been to listen to him. I was a bit too upset to be sensible. 

‘Inform you of what?’

‘That there are spinning machines of death in here with me!’

‘They’re merely malfunctioning security drones.’

‘Will that make me less dead?’

‘No.’

‘Can’t you, you know, override their system or something?’

‘Malfunctioning, remember.’

‘So that’s a no?’

‘Yes.’

‘Then what’d you suggest I do?’

‘Run faster.’




SEVEN OF STARS is an Original Universe spanning 7 separate Ages. Within it you'll  find (depending on the Age); Magic; Heroes; Fallen Kingdoms; Things with lots of teeth; Aliens; Horses; Spaceships; Adventures; Wizards; Gryphons; Laser guns and lots of the other things that furnishes the worlds of fantasy and/or science-fiction. 

There are also DRAGONS of all sorts and sizes except - sadly - in this current book you're thinking about backing (that isn't to say that I didn't manage to sneak in a dragon *connection* and I challenge you to find that little Easter Egg *grins* ;-) 

You'll also find the books filled with various levels of snark, sarcasm, humour and the magic of being able to whisk you away to another world. 

And without further ado, let's move on to the tiers themselves, shall we? 

  • All physical copies of the book comes with the e-book (E-pub or PDF - no Mobi this time as it'd really mess up the formatting). 
  • All the books are standard 6x9 inches.
  • All the physical copies are signed editions (opting out will be possible).
  • All tiers except for the "Phase Transition Engines" will be powerful enough to take you all the way to the acknowledgements in both the book itself as well as the book's page on the website (opting out will be possible). 
  • "Hyper Drive" & "Warp Drive" & the "Wave Motion Engine" all contain my currently available previous novels. "Academia Draconia" - a science-fantasy following the shenanigans of a dragonrider in training who's terrified of heights. "The Damsel and the Dragon" - a fantasy featuring heroines, dragons, wizards and, dare I say it, Dragonmages. "High Fyelds 1 & 2" - a science-fantasy follows the adventures of a shipwrecked Erina and her new horse-like friends in a valley that shouldn't exist. "You're a Dragon" is a gamebook where YOU get to choose the story *and* play the lead character. Will you be powerful enough to survive? 
  •  Create a character: These two tiers are special and there's only one available of each. You'll get a chance to, just as the tier says, create a character in my next book; either a human or a dragon. Now, this will be the sequel to "Academia Draconia" so the dragons are shapeshifters with both a draconic and a human form. I'll work with you to ensure that the character fits within the OU rules (the few there are) but aside from that, imagination is your only limit. If you've ever wanted a dragon in a sci-fi setting, here's your chance :) Of course, you'll get a lovely copy of "The Soul Within" to call your own as well. That'll be with you this November. The character you'll see in print some time in 2020, with a bit of help from the Muse. 

Previous examples include; "Pickles" the shapeshifting dog, who appeared in TDATD; "Ahzzadel" the horse of evil, who appeared in HF2; and "Mordjen" the fanged steed who showed up in HF1. 


  Where is my (that is, your) money going? 

As you can see, most of it goes straight into book production costs, either direct, fixed per book costs (like printing and shipping) or indirect (everything else) which reduces according to the amount of books in question. 

This is calculated on a sale of 40+ books. Below that and I have to cover all the production costs out of my own pocket. 


Q: Who is this book aimed at? 

A: It's a YA, so I'd say anyone within the range between 10/13 (depending on reading ability) and 100+ years old who likes Science-Fiction, adventure and/or talking, flying, machines. 

Q: Is there any sex, violence, swearing etc in this book? 

A: If the reader is fine with fantasy violence (Star Wars, general anime, comics etc) that's the level we're talking about. There is *no* sex or allusions to it whatsoever. There's not even any kissing (there IS, however, pizza).  There is some mild swearing (see excerpt above for examples of the type). 

Q: This is part of the "Seven of Stars" original universe. Can someone read this without having read all the other books? 

A: Absolutely. I try to write each book so they can be read as stand-alones and this one has a setting never visited before, so it's an excellent point to join in at :)



*IMPORTANT* The World postage is an average of the postal cost to the most expensive destinations. If you let me know what country you want your tier sent to, I'm happy to check what the specific postage would be and if it's lower, that'll be all you'll pay. 

For anyone who's looked over the different postages, you'll probably seen that there's no correlation between distance and price. This is, I assume, because of deals and arrangements the post office has with various countries. As such, it can be almost twice as expensive to send something to the Netherlands as to Belgium and cheaper yet to send the heavier tiers to the USA and Canada rather than to Europe (and I'm IN Europe). This makes the postage a bit all over the place, I'm afraid. 

Also, the Dustjacket and Paperback both have the same postage despite one, obviously, being the heavier item, because they're both within the same 'tier' for postage weight.

None of the postage includes costs for packaging, (still using up all the packaging material from my latest house move so figured I'd pass that along) but they all  *do* contain the added kickstarter fee % rates :)


Books don't make themselves so

Mae McKinnon (Malta): (that'll be me, just in case anyone's not aware of that ;-) I'm a fantasy and science-fiction author with a penchant for dragons and a weakness for silver haired characters. I've so far failed to become owned by a cat (sad face) and "The Soul Within" is my 8th published novel (two written under a different name which I keep promising myself I'll rewrite and re-release one day). I also procrasticraft ;-) If you'd like to know more, come visit me over at Dragonsandquill.

Ashley Lachance (Canada):  Ashley is my trusted, eagle-eyed, co-conspirator, fellow adventurer and general cheer-on/cheer-up when the days are dark and life feels depressing. The only downside is that she lives on the other side of the planet. She's a writer in her own right working on turning her own idea into a series. If you'd like to take a peek at what she's up to at the moment, head over to Scribecat. 

Elizabeth Rose Best (Scotland):  Is a talented artist and author. She's previously done some of the internal illustrations for my novel  "The Damsel and the Dragon" and I was very excited to work with her on the cover for this new book. She's as good an author as she is an illustrator and if you've read and liked any of my previous books, I highly recommend that you check out her series "The Naiad Chronicles".  For books and art, art and more art, why not saunter over to Inuki Books. 

LOCKED: Special Edition End Papers for the Dustjacket :)

With previous novels I've offered this right from the start, but now I have to import the end papers, rather than just go down to the shops, so it's gotten a bit pricier for me and we'll just have to unlock it as a stretch goal instead :) I'm sure we can do it - please, please do it, I've found the most gorgeous paper to use and I sooo want to buy it. 

LOCKED: A5 or A6 (depending on what looks the best)  prints of the magnificent cover art that Rosie created. 

LOCKED: Mystery goal...

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges DQ can not be held responsible for:

* Scorch Marks on your book from stray laser blasts
* Your package being delivered via Mars because new postal re-routings due to alien invasions
* Printer delays (we've factored in plenty of time to allow for potential delays of the normal variety, but extra-ordinary ones can still occur - in this case, perhaps extra-terrestrial ones too ;-)
* Postal thieves
WARNING: Once you start reading, you might not be able to stop until it's 2AM in the morning and your eyes are trying to fall out of your head (or maybe that's just me?).

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