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A Celtic fantasy novel where magic is music and music is faith. The first novel in history to include originally composed music.
When
Peek saw a way out of his servitude he took it. But his way out led him to a
mystical island, musical monks, and battles with seafaring raiders, his abusive
grandfather, and his own conscience.
When Peek saw a way out of his servitude he took it. But his way out led him to a mystical island, musical monks, and battles with seafaring raiders, his abusive grandfather, and his own conscience.
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Take 2:

The first try at this didn't work out. But I did learn that I have a lot of support for this project. So the plan is to do it again, with a lower budget and a short campaign. 

Cutting $3,000 from my budget means I will have to find deals on music composition and recording, art and editing. But through the course of the last campaign I found several people who have those skills and are willing to help.

But with $4,000 I can still create an amazing book with a soundtrack - and that's something that hasn't been done before. Are you ready to make history with me?  

The Original Story:

The first draft is done. I have the story out (and a start on the second book), but now the work really starts. I need to polish this gem. I've been professionally writing for two years and I have 2 non-fiction books published. My fiction work, to this point, has been short stories. Now it's time for a novel.

If this is funded, I'll get the rewrite done in three months (when you'll all get the PDF copy). Then, depending on the editing, design and publishing, I'll get the printed books out as soon as possible. I hope to have it all done within 9 months.

Timeline:

0-3 months - I rewrite the book. You all get the PDF.
3-6 months - I have the book edited, incorporate feedback and rewrite it again.
3-6 months - I work with designers on cover design, typography and overall prettiness.
3-6 months - I have songs commissioned based on the book.
6-9 months - I publish and get the eBook and hard copies delivered.
So, what's the money for? The goal of $4000 will cover editing, design, music and printing.

Budget:

$1000 - editing
$1000 - cover design, type setting and photography
$1000 - music composition and recording of songs inspired by the story
$1000 - book printing and shipping

In the publishing industry they ask three questions when an author submits a book query: Why you? Why this? and Why now?

Fair enough, here are your answers:

Why Me?
I bring a new voice to fantasy fiction, having written over one million published words in the last two years, I can begin at the point where David Eddings suggested. “Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while.”

Why This?
Fantasy fiction is populated by an astonishing array of sameness. The gems are those books that create a new, believable world out of nothingness. Middle Earth and Narnia had no seams showing, they were woven wholly and beautifully as places to enter, escape and enjoy. Much of modern fantasy is a re-hashing of previous tropes rather than a new, fresh world to explore with wonder. The characters, magic and conflict in my world are in the vein of Tolkien and Lewis. They invite us to escape, yet reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Why Now?
In a market filled with Vampires and Zombies, there’s a need for something different. A story inspired by Celtic spiritualism, Viking raiders and music history is like nothing else on the market. The characters are believable and complex, not providing any clear-cut answers to tough moral questions. In a world grappling with difficult dilemmas, they will resonate and shine.

Synopsis

Peek ran away from his village hoping to find a new life. He paddled out to an island he thought was deserted. There he would make a home to share with is only friend, Dray. But when Peek arrived he found the island populated by monks who took him in and tried to teach him their ways and their magic. Wise, old Locambius explained the way of magic, it was a reflection of the song that filled and created the world, the Melody.

Despite his efforts, Peek couldn’t learn the monk’s songs and when he discovered that Dray had been attacked and abducted, he left to find her. To Peek’s surprise, Locambius and several other monks were going with him to join the hunt. Not only did the abductor have Dray, but he was a renegade monk, an apostate who wielded the song-magic at the same time as he defiled it.

Now Peek and the monks must race to catch the kidnapper before he can harm Dray, or worse yet, destroy the song of the world.

Read the first chapter here.

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