eSpec Books is back with three delightfully punky tomes for your reading enjoyment. The project has already funded, but won't you help us make these fantastical books a truly awesome experience? We bring you familiar favorites and shiny new names, but as always wonderful fiction. This campaign will allow us to cover production costs, pay the authors, and include artwork in these books, which you can read about below...
WE FUNDED PRIZE PACK
This project has funded, which means we are all winners, but one more than all the rest. Who? you ask? We don't know yet, but one lucky backer pledging $30 or more will win the following prize pack at the end of the campaign:
- Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq (DVD)
- The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (Blu-ray)
- Frankenstein's Army (Blu-ray)
- The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Blu-ray)
- Girl Genius #8 and #9
- a handcrafted steampunk pendant (donated by Wastland Supply Company)
- a handcrafted steampunk hat pin (donated by Wastland Supply Company)
- Mystifying Mints (donated by Wastland Supply Company)
- Sherlock Holmes mini journal (donated by RetroDaddio)
- The Ablutions of Sherlock Holmes novelty soap (donated by RetroDaddio)
THE CLOCKWORK WITCH
by Michelle D. Sonnier
The seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, Arabella is destined to disappoint, when she was expected to shine. Though she descends from a long line of gifted witches she has earned the moniker of a "brown bud" showing no sign of magical talent.
When it truly seems her lot can grow no worse, she discovers an unnatural affinity for...of all things...technology. Not only are the mysteries of the mechanical world open to her, but her new-found ability allows her to manipulate them, making her the first ever clockwork witch and anathema to the nature of the witching world.
How will she come to grips with her new power when she must question if she will survive the judgement of her family and her peers?
by Jeff Young
The Kassandra Leyden Adventures
The Leydens were people of extraordinary means. The father a well-known adventurer. The mother a spiritualist oft consulted by the government of New Britain. The daughter, Kassandra, inherent of both the skill and sense of adventure that made her parents great.
But when her mother vanishes without a trace, and her father turns toward spirits of a fluid nature as he loses himself in memory, Kassandra is left to find her own way and purpose. She quickly learns a sense of caution as she discovers there is as much intrigue as adventure about the world she lives in. And not all those she’s had faith in are to be trusted.
With the whispers of spirits in her ear and unlikely allies at her back, Kassandra strives to defend both the living and the departed…after all…
It’s the Spirit of the matter…
AFTER PUNK: STEAMPOWERED TALES OF THE AFTERLIFE
edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer
While mankind can scarce hope to pierce the Veil without crossing it, a few intrepid souls will ever bend their will against the aether, combining artifice and the arcane to uncover its secrets.
From voodoo death cults to the Day of the Dead, mummy parties, the wheel of reincarnation, the practice of death portraits, and so much more, these tales leave no gravestone unturned.
Be it heaven or hell or the limbo in between, the hereafter is about to get 'Punked.
With stories by Jody Lynn Nye, David Sherman, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, James Chambers, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jeffrey Lyman, Bernie Mojzes, Travis I. Sivart, Jeff Young, David Lee Summers, L. Jagi Lamplighter, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
UNLOCKED! FIRST 15 BACKER BONUS - The first 15 backers will receive a code for a free audiobook download of the steampunk novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamad.
UNLOCKED! FIRST-DAY EARLY BACKER BONUS - All those backing within the first twenty-four hours of the campaign will receive a DRM-free copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story collection Between Darkness and Light.
UNLOCKED! FIRST 100 BACKER BONUS - The first 100 backers will receive a DRM-free copy of Jeff Lyman's Troll King.
FIRST 150 BACKER BONUS - The first 150 backers will receive a DRM-free copy of Travis I. Sivart's short story collection The Croaker Nordge Case Files.
YOU LIKE US BACKER BONUS - If we hit 500 likes on the eSpec Books Facebook Fan Page all backers will receive a DRM-Free copy of an as yet undisclosed work of awesome fiction. (Current count: 388 Likes)
UNLOCKED! $1000 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story "Devil in the Details".
UNLOCKED! $1300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Travis I. Sivart's short story collection The Tridington Birthright.
UNLOCKED! $1600 - We will add a bonus story by David Lee Summers to AFTER PUNK.
UNLOCKED! $1900 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of "Grave Voices" by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin.
UNLOCKED! $2200 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a bonus novella by Michelle D. Sonnier, set in the same universe as THE CLOCKWORK WITCH.
UNLOCKED! $2500 - We will add one illustration to each book.
UNLOCKED! $2800 - We will add a story by L. Jagi Lamplighter to AFTER PUNK, set in her Books of Unexpected Enlightenment series.
UNLOCKED! $3100 - All backers at the $5 and higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of a bonus Kassandra Leyden story by Jeff Young.
UNLOCKED! $3400 - We will add one more illustration to each book.
UNLOCKED! $3700 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of L. Jagi Lamplighter's novel The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin.
UNLOCKED! $4000 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of David Lee Summer's novella Revolution of Air and Rust.
UNLOCKED! $4300 - We will add yet another illustration to each book.
$4600 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of David Sherman's short story "Vest of the Pecos."
$4900 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-free copy of Jeff Young's short story "The Witness of the Senses."
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.
NOTES: all ebooks listed available in .epub, mobi, or .pdf, unless indicated. Also, we 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.
$5 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of The Clockwork Witch, Spirit Seeker, or After Punk to your pledge.
$10 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the Jeffrey Lyman eShorts collection: The Fall of Autumn, Lord of Fire, Lord of Wind, and The Troll King to your pledge.
$20 – Upgrade your digital copy of The Clockwork Witch, Spirit Seeker, or After Punk to a print copy.
$25/$5 – Add a print or DRM-free ebook copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Sister Paradox, POST, Gaslight and Grimm, Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, In the Lamplight, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, Issue in Doubt, In All Directions, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, If We Had Known, Best of DTF, Awakened Modern, OR The Die Is Cast). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one. They make great gifts! (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 and editor Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit.
Her published works include six novels and over sixty short story collections or anthologies in print, ebook, and audiobook.
Danielle lives in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail) and Twitter (DMcPhail and TheHornieLady).
James Chambers is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the original graphic novel Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe as well as the Lovecraftian novella collection, The Engines of Sacrifice, described in a Publisher’s Weekly starred-review as “…chillingly evocative….” He has also written the story collection Resurrection House and the dark, urban fantasy novella, Three Chords of Chaos. His tales of crime, fantasy, horror, pulp, science fiction, steampunk, and more have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines.
He has edited and written numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, Gene Roddenberry’s Lost Universe, Isaac Asimov’s I*Bots, the graphic novel adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, and the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House. His website is www.jameschambersonline.com.
L. Jagi Lamplighter is the author of the YA fantasy series: The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin. She is also the author of the Prospero’s Daughter series: Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained. She has a brand-new short story collection, In the Lamplight, out through eSpec BooksShe has published numerous articles on Japanese animation and appears in several short story anthologies, including Best Of Dreams Of Decadence, No Longer Dreams, Coliseum Morpheuon, Bad-Ass Faeries Anthologies (where she is also an assistant editor) and the Science Fiction Book Club’s Don’t Open This Book. Her website is: http://www.ljagilamplighter.com/ Her blog is at: http://arhyalon.livejournal.com/ On Twitter: @lampwright4
Jeffrey Lyman is an engineer in the New York City area. His work has appeared in Sails and Sorcery, Trouble on the Water, and in The Defending the Future anthology series, including the Best of Defending The Future. He was co-editor of No Longer Dreams and the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series. He is a 2004 graduate of the Odyssey Writing School and was a finalist for the Writers of the Future Award.
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Assassins of Landria and Deadly Curiosities. Newest titles include Scourge, Trifles & Folly2, and Assassin’s Honor.
Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel/New Templars series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author of the upcoming Wasteland Marshals series and the Cauldron/Secret Council series.
Much to his embarrassment, Bernie Mojzes has outlived Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Janice Joplin and the Red Baron, without even once having been shot down over Morlancourt Ridge. Having failed to achieve a glorious martyrdom, he has instead turned his hand to the penning of paltry prose (a rather wretched example of which you currently hold in your hands), in the pathetic hope that he shall here find the notoriety that has thus far proven elusive. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines, including Bad-Ass Faeries II and III, Gaslight & Grimm, Betwixt Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and What Lies Beneath. In his copious free time, he published and co-edited Unlikely Story (www.unlikely-story.com) and the ever-timely Clowns: The Unlikely Coulrophobia Remix, as well as editing The Flesh Made Word for Circlet Press. Should Pity or perhaps a Perverse Curiosity move you to seek him out, he can be found at http://www.kappamaki.com.
Jody Lynn Nye lists her main career activity as ‘spoiling cats.’ When not engaged upon this worthy occupation, she writes fantasy and science fiction books and short stories. Since 1987 she has published over 45 books and more than 150 short stories. Her newest series is the Lord Thomas Kinago books, beginning with View From the Imperium (Baen Books), a humorous military SF novel. Her newest books are Rhythm of the Imperium, third in the Lord Thomas Kinago series; an e-collection of cat stories, Cats Triumphant! (Event Horizon), Wishing on a Star, part of the Stellar Guild series, with Angelina Adams, (Arc Manor Press) and a collection of holiday stories, A Circle of Celebrations (WordFire Press) , and her novella in the second in the Clan of the Claw series, Tooth and Claw. Check out her websites at www.jodynye.com and mythadventures.net. She is on Facebook as Jody Lynn Nye and Twitter @JodyLynnNye.
Greg Schauer has been a bookseller for over 33 years as the owner of Between Books in Claymont, Delaware. He has also helped produce concerts by local and national bands at the Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware, one of the countries oldest continuously run secular utopian art colonies, for the past 10 years. He has previously worked on Stories in Between: Between Books 30th anniversary Anthology with W.H. Horner and Jeanne Benzel and Steampowered Tales of Awesomeness Vol 1 by Brian Thomas and Ray Witte and With Great Power with John L. French. He is editor or co-editor on The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, The Die Is Cast, and The Awakened Modern. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Sherman is the author or co-author of some three dozen books, most of which are about Marines in combat. He has written about US Marines in Vietnam (the Night Fighters series and three other novels), and the DemonTech series about Marines in a fantasy world. The 18th Race trilogy is military science fiction. Other than military, he wrote a non-conventional vampire novel, The Hunt, and a mystery, Dead Man's Chest. He has also released a collection of short fiction and non-fiction from early in his writing career, Sherman's Shorts; the Beginnings. With Dan Cragg he wrote the popular Starfist series and its spin off series, Starfist: Force Recon—all about Marines in the Twenty-fifth Century.; and a Star Wars novel, Jedi Trial. His books have been translated into Czech, Polish, German, and Japanese. He lives in sunny South Florida, where he doesn't have to worry about hypothermia or snow-shoveling-induced heart attacks. He invites readers to visit his website, novelier.com.
Travis I. Sivart writes Steampunk, Social DIY, Science Fiction, Medieval Fantasy, Young Adult, Speculative Fiction, Horror, and more in the forms of poetry, short stories in more than a dozen anthologies, full-length novels, as well as editorials on manners, pipe smoking, and medieval re-enactment. He began writing in his early teens and his creativity flourished with the help of fantasy role-playing games.
Travis's writing style has been described as true storytelling, with the feel of sitting next to a fireplace and listening to a tale from a favorite uncle. His writing style has been described as a blend of Stephen King's character development, George RR Martin's world building, and Mark Twain's wit.
Oh, and for three minutes, he was a King.
Michelle D. Sonnier is a fiction writer with a specialty in mythic fiction, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and classic horror. She delights in giving a giggle and a shiver. Look for upcoming projects from Sam's Dot Publications and Otter Libris.
David Lee Summers is the author of eleven novels and numerous short stories and poems. His most recent novels are the global steampunk adventure, Owl Riders, and a horror novel set an astronomical observatory, The Astronomer's Crypt. His short stories have appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Cemetery Dance, Realms of Fantasy, Straight Outta Tombstone, and Gaslight & Grimm. He's one of the editors of Maximum Velocity: The Best of the Full-Throttle Space Tales from WordFire Press. He's been nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards. When he's not writing, David operates telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Find David on the web at http://www.davidleesummers.com.
Jeff Young is a bookseller first and a writer second – although he wouldn’t mind a reversal of fortune. He is an award winning author who contributed to the anthologies: Writers of the Future v.26, By Any Means, Best Laid Plans, Dogs of War, In an Iron Cage, Fantastic Futures 13, Clockwork Chaos, TV Gods, The Society for the Preservation of C.J. Henderson and Gaslight & Grimm. Jeff’s work was also published in the magazines eSteampunk, Realms, Cemetery Moon, Trail of Indiscretion, Realms Beyond, Carbon14 and Neuronet. He is also an editor with Fortress Publishing for their Drunken Comic Book Monkey line as well as the anthologies TV Gods and TV Gods : Summer Programming. Jeff has helped run the Watch the Skies SF&F Reading Group of Harrisburg and Camp Hill for more than fifteen years. Finally, Jeff is also the proprietor of the online eBay and Etsy shops- Helm Haven, which produces Renaissance and Steampunk costume pieces.
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Risks and challenges
Two of these books are already edited and entering the final production phase, the other has begun the process, but we do not have a manuscript on hand, as of yet. However, we have edited and published many anthologies and while delays are possible, we do not anticipate anything to seriously hinder the project. We have a proven track record when it comes to funding and completing projects.
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