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About this project

Just before the end of the year, on a starlit and hopefully cloud-free evening in mid-December, join us for intrigue, celebration, and wonderment! With your help, we'll host the launch party for George Wright Padgett's new steampunk detective thriller Addleton Heights... in the Cabinet of Curiosities at the Houston Museum of Natural Science!

We'll start the evening with a pre-launch cocktail/happy hour event within walking distance of the museum, then move to the exhibit for the party. There will be a steampunk costume contest—so wear your very best finery—a reading from the author, some special hush-hush giveaways, and copies of the book for sale, naturally. If we meet our second stretch goal, we'll even have a professional photographer to capture the event and our guests, including a photobooth!

And what better place to celebrate than the spectacular confines of the Cabinet of Curiosities, a setting of imagination and mystery from centuries past!

The exact date of the party isn't set yet (due to the non-refundable deposit required by the museum), but our goal is December 13th, or as close as we can get.

 

$3,500 — We'll send digital AND physical copies of the 8.5x11 cover art poster to all backers, plus some special surprise gifts. The posters will be signed but not the limited edition, numbered posters.

$4,000 — We'll hire a professional photographer to document the event and set up a photobooth for photos of our guests in their finery and costumes. Digital copies of the photos will be available to our guests for free after the party.

$4,500 — All backers will receive the entire Grey Gecko Press eBook library for free (a $130 value!), and a backers-only code for 25% off any purchase at our online store (including print editions!). 

New Year’s Eve 1901: Six hundred feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the platform city of Addleton Heights balances on massive, soot-covered metal stilts. A grisly double murder interrupts the party in the floating mansion of the city’s most powerful man, and for reasons unknown, he coerces detective-for-hire T.H. Kipsey into taking the enigmatic case.

George Wright Padgett weaves a cat-and-mouse mystery through a steampunk, alternate-American history that will thrill readers of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker and Christopher Beats' steam-noir Magnocracy series. Join Kip as he races against time to unravel the clues that will thrust him across the city, up to the clouds, and into the depths beneath Addleton Heights.

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The book is finished and will go into full production and distribution in mid-October, with a release date of early December. We'll have plenty of copies for sale as Christmas gifts and souvenirs of your time at the museum!

As a special thank you to our highest-level backers, you'll be thanked by name in the Acknowledgments section of the book and during the party (unless you're not keen on that, of course).

From the HMNS website:

"...cabinets of curiosity first became popular in the Renaissance and reached their pinnacle of popularity in the Victorian Era.

These collections of extraordinary natural and manmade objects were displayed in cabinets with many compartments, each filled with “treasures” reflecting man’s desire to find his place within the larger context of nature and the divine. In the fullness of time, and as the collections evolved and grew in importance, they were acquired by noblemen, gentlemen, and royalty.

The collections were then integrated into larger collections eventually becoming so immense, as to occupy entire rooms. Many of these collections were eventually institutionalized and became the first public museums."

For the party, we'll have full and exclusive after-hours access to this amazing exhibit!

 

Texas native George Wright Padgett is a multi-genre author who ‘grew up’ reading science fiction and comic books. After a brief stint writing children’s picture books, he turned to darker themes. He now writes a mix of novels and short stories in sci-fi, detective, and horror categories. 

His ‘non-writing’ time is divided between being a husband and father of two, a jazz piano player, a graphic artist, and a playwright.

George's other novels include the hard science fiction book Spindown and the horror thriller Cruel Devices.

"A richly envisioned world, unlike any other I've encountered in the genre." — D. L. Young, author of Soledad

"Great immersive setting, tremendously fun details." — H.C.H. Ritz, author of The Lightbringers and Absence of Mind

"Everything I never knew I wanted from a steampunk novel." — Jason Kristopher, author of The Dying of the Light

We have several options for our backers to get the biggest value for your pledge. Just for our backers, we've got discounted copies of the book, perfect for holiday gift-giving!

To receive one of the items below in addition to your pledge rewards, simply add the amount shown to your pledge!

1 launch party ticket for you or a friend — $35

1 signed hardcover of Addleton Heights — $20

1 signed trade paperback of Addleton Heights — $10

1 eBook copy of Addleton Heights (Kindle or ePub) — $3

1 Addleton Heights cover poster — $10

1 'aged' Addleton Heights map (11x12) — $10

 

All US shipments will be through US Postal Service Media Mail. International shipments will be sent via FedEx or UPS.

 

Risks and challenges

The book is finished and will go into full production in mid-October. The museum is ready to hold the date for us. The author is excited to meet fans, as are the staff at Grey Gecko Press.

All we need is your support to launch this amazing book with all the pomp and circumstance that it deserves, in one of the most intriguing and interesting venues in all of Houston.

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    You skipped breakfast or coffee, or some other meaningful life necessity for this donation, and we thank you.

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    You're not sure if you can make it to the event, but you might buy a ticket at the door and want your book in hand should you arrive.

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    Gatter & Skilly

    "Gatter & skilly" meant having a good time during the Victorian era. Truthfully, gatter & skilly still sounds like a good time, but we won't be offering you any. Instead, grab a book and join the party.

    [Note: Your book will be available for pickup at the party. If you can't make it, we'll make other arrangements.]

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    The Davenport

    We know, we know, parties aren't your thing. You're more of the "Just send me the new book already!" type.

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    • 1 signed hardback of "Spindown" or "Cruel Devices" (your choice)
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    • 1 ticket to the event
    • 1 signed trade paperback of Addleton Heights
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    Maybe you don't have a date, maybe you don't want a date... but that doesn't have to stop you from hanging out with the coolest of the cool in the Cabinet of Curiosities after hours.

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    You're not interested in driving to Houston. Museums are kinda blah anyway. But you adore George Wright Padgett and his amazing storytelling. So why not help make his night one to remember for the ages and add the coolest stuff to your home library?

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    • 1 signed hardback copy of Spindown
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    Let's face it, you're not loaded, but this would be one spectacular date night, and you want a ebook copy of "Spindown," too!

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    Let's face it, you're not loaded, but this would be one spectacular date night, and you want a ebook copy of "Cruel Devices," too!

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    You and your group are avid problem-solvers, who can't wait to solve the mystery of Addleton Heights... and to see the Cabinet of Curiosities after-hours!

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    We could not and would not be here without you. You'll be thanked by name (if you so wish) during the event, and get a special surprise at the event.

    [Note: Your books/posters will be available for pickup at the party. If you can't make it, we'll make other arrangements.]

    Includes:
    • 4 tickets to the event
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    • 1 signed hardback copy of Spindown
    • 1 signed hardback copy of Cruel Devices
    • complete Grey Gecko Press eBook library (Kindle or ePub format)
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    You're here to support the publishing of great books, but you may live too far away, are too busy, or aren't interested in parties.

    Or maybe you're an indie bookstore amping up its awesome inventory. It's ok, we still love you and thank you for all you do.

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    • 1 signed hardback copy of Spindown
    • 1 signed hardback copy of Cruel Devices
    • Any 5 signed paperback copies from the Grey Gecko Library
    • complete Grey Gecko Press eBook library (Kindle or ePub format)
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    The Montague places you as a full on benefactor for the event with all the perks you can dream of, come prepared to behave like a VIP with your own entourage.

    You'll be part of a private Q&A with the author, and get a photo and some surprise goodies to take home only available at this level.

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    Includes:
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    • 6 tickets to the event
    • 1 signed hardback copy of Spindown
    • 1 signed hardback copy of Cruel Devices
    • complete Grey Gecko Press eBook library (Kindle or ePub format)
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    You may be unable to attend this shindig, but that doesn't mean you want to miss the opportunity to fund something amazing and get first dibs on awesome new titles for you and your family.

    You'll not only get signed copies, but also some special items that only backers at this level will receive, and a personal thank you and 15-minute Q&A session from the author via Skype.

    Includes:
    • 10 signed hardback copies of Addleton Heights
    • 2 signed hardback copies of Spindown
    • 2 signed hardback copies of Cruel Devices
    • complete Grey Gecko Press eBook library (Kindle or ePub format)
    • Any 5 signed paperback copies from the Grey Gecko Library
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