Rayjak and the Devil’s Halo takes juvenile fantasy in a whole new direction: the swashbuckling realm of angels versus devils. The Aetherworld versus the Netherworld. Good versus evil.
And a young hero caught in the middle.
Rayjak is a young angel who crosses paths with Ash, a runaway devil. Ash stole something he calls a "halo," and he thinks—and hopes—it can turn him into an angel. Bored, lonely, and more than a little curious, Rayjak agrees to help. But his innocent life quickly unravels when deadly enemies come chasing after them. Before long the two boys decide to do what no other angel and devil have ever done: join forces.
The book is the first in a series that takes readers on a journey that explores themes of friendship, identity, and the surprising power of redemption. If you love Harry Potter or Redwall, I think you’ll like Rayjak, too.
What's the big picture?
I want to create a whole new fantasy world of characters, places, powers, creatures, and cultures—a world of angels versus devils. (There’s nothing religious about it—it’s strictly a fantasy adventure, like elves versus orcs or Jedi versus Sith.) I hope to build a tribe of readers eager to read the stories and interact with me as I write new ones. Perhaps our collective enthusiasm will attract a publishing house willing to give Rayjak a chance at wider distribution.
What's your goal?
The funds I raise through Kickstarter will help get the series going by paying for the printing costs of the first print edition, a better website, and some promotion. More funds equal a higher quality print edition and greater distribution (and an audiobook if we exceed the goal).
Where are you at right now?
The first book is finished (76,000 words—the same as Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone). I've also completed all the chapter illustrations (see a few samples below) and page layouts, so the book is virtually ready for publication. I’m nearly halfway through writing the second book (Rayjak and the Ring of Hammers), which will be finished by the end of the year. Having the second book ready shortly after the release of the first one is a key strategy for getting momentum for the series. All the sales for the first book will go toward funding the publication of the second book.
If you love fantasy and adventure as much as I do, I hope you’ll join me on this special journey. Your generous support will give Rayjak some wings to get off the ground. And be sure to read the first chapter on my website: www.rayjak.com.
Here's a look at the rewards I created especially for this project. The T-shirt designs will be printed on the backs of the shirts, with a small version on the front pocket area. The marble packs will include a cloth bag with at least 25 hand-picked premium marbles with a story-based "Marbulos" tag attached.
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